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Mark Sanchez

Mark Sanchez

Senior Writer

msanchez@mibiz.com

GRAND RAPIDS — Randy Rua left NuVescor Group LLC seven years ago to break out on his own and launch an M&A firm that focused on working with small business owners.

Mike Jandernoa leaves the board at Perrigo Co. plc next spring and in the process ends a link to the company’s past when it was a far smaller producer of medications in rural Allegan.

GRAND RAPIDS — Grand Valley State University seeks to raise $10 million through a capital campaign to coincide with the construction of a $37.5 million academic center along the Medical Mile.

Fifth Third Bank’s $30 billion corporate commitment over the next four years for community development offers a massive pool of money for West Michigan organizations to potentially tap to fund projects and initiatives.

KALAMAZOO — Southwest Michigan’s legacy in the life sciences industry and the area’s strong talent pool led accuFD Inc. to set up shop in Kalamazoo.

EAST LANSING — A new venture capital firm formed by Michigan State University’s research foundation targets a critical need for early-stage capital for startups in the state.

After a successful launch last year in Kent County, Priority Health has extended a narrow-network insurance product into Southwestern Michigan for consumers who buy their own health coverage.

A $6 million federal grant will pay for Grand Rapids Community College to train more health care workers.

Michigan State University researchers seeking financial backing to commercialize an innovation now have a potential capital source available right on campus.

As Michigan life sciences companies grow and seek to commercialize their innovations, the firms often face key constraints when it comes to access to capital in the state. 

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