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Ann Arbor SPARK Receives $3.75M from Michigan's Company Formation & Growth Fund
Date:11/29/2007

Five Companies Receive Initial Funding to Retain Pfizer Assets, Talent

ANN ARBOR, Mich., Nov. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Ann Arbor SPARK has been awarded $3.75 million by the state of Michigan through the 21st Century Jobs Fund. The Company Formation and Growth Fund, a state of Michigan loan fund with a low interest rate, is intended to encourage the retention of Pfizer assets and talent in the region. Job creation is vital for consideration for approval of funding through the Company Formation and Growth Fund.

"The Company Formation and Growth Fund provides the essential capital for jobs creation as well as support for start-up companies that can retain displaced Pfizer talent in our region," explained Michael A. Finney, Ann Arbor SPARK CEO. "Providing an economic catalyst for entrepreneurial growth is vital to our region's success; the Company Formation and Growth Fund's focus on creating new jobs for talented biotech professionals is an exciting opportunity."

Ann Arbor SPARK has distributed $1.5 million of the funds it received to five life science companies in the region:

-- Phrixus Pharmaceuticals, a heart repair pharmaceutical company based in

Ann Arbor that is focused on therapeutic drug discovery for heart

failure, was awarded $350,000.

-- Jackson-based TransPharm Preclinical Solutions, specializing in animal

infection studies and contract research studies to test new antibiotic

drugs, was awarded $400,000.

-- SensiGen LLC, based in Ann Arbor, was awarded $300,000, to support its

gene-based molecular diagnostics work.

-- Ann Arbor-based Lycera, Inc., awarded $400,000, develops small molecule

drugs for the treatment of psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus and

cancer.

-- Integrated Nonclinical Development Solutions, Inc., based in Ann Arbor,

awarded $50,000, provide toxicology providing consulting and informatic

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