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CMO Leadership Awards

Vetter was granted the 2021 CMO Leadership Awards in five core categories – quality, expertise, compatibility, capabilities, and service. Winning five core categories reaffirms Vetter as a trusted solution provider, particularly during globally challenging times.

“Yet again, Vetter is honored to be a winner of the CMO Leadership Awards as determined by our most important judges – our global customers,” said Vetter Managing Director Peter Soelkner. “This recognition is of particular importance given the challenging and turbulent times we are all experiencing with the global Covid-19 pandemic.” Carsten Press, Vetter’s Senior Vice President Key Account Management/Supply Chain Management/Marketing added, “Winning this award in five key categories is a direct reflection of what we strive to project to our customers. It further demonstrates our stable performance for them and especially their patients.”

Unlike other awards where an application process takes place, winners of the CMO Leadership Awards are chosen according to a customer ranking system. The basis for this is their hands-on experience with the service providers they have actually worked with. Using this method of validation means results are not able to be influenced in any manner. As such, the awards honor true customer performance and signify that winning companies have distinguished themselves through a leading level of support for the needs of their pharma and biotech customers.

To read the entire release, click here

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8-Story Hotel In Downtown Skokie

The 142-room Homewood Suites by Hilton is planned for the northeast corner of Oakton Street and Niles Avenue. The deal calls for the developer to present proof that a hotel at least as prestigious as a Homewood Suites plans to operate at the site for at least 15 years.

The hotel is set to include 30,000 square feet of retail space on its ground floor and rooftop and about 10,000 square feet of banquet and event space.

Corporation Counsel Michael Lorge said the project will be a positive addition to the under-construction 8000 North development about 1,000 feet to the west on Oakton Avenue.  “The addition of a hotel to the downtown area is an important and a commanding addition to the economic development already going on in downtown Skokie, and it provides great resources for the surrounding corridor,” Lorge said ahead of the project’s approval at the Dec. 7 village board meeting. “It is also an important addition to the Illinois Science and Technology Park, which needs hotel accommodations for its tenants.”

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Sketchbook and LanzaTech

LanzaTech, the CarbonSmart(TM) recycling company that operates globally, was founded in New Zealand and has headquartered in Skokie since 2014 at ISTP. LanzaTech specializes in ‘gas fermentation’—converting industrial waste gases (CO, CO2 and H2) into ethanol and everyday products (including mixing it with gasoline for your car —E10 at the pump). The alcohol has also been turned into Jetfuel and into polyethylene for packaging materials! According to Björn Heijstra (Director, Process Validation): “Diverting CO2 from the atmosphere, turning it into products, capturing the CO2—we like this a lot, great for the Earth!”

Two blocks north, newer Skokie biz Sketchbook Brewing has been creating delicious beer since 2020 in this new headquarters (they founded their biz in 2014). The brewery process relies upon a quite different fermentation that occurs when yeast, water, grain and heat combine. The LanzaTech team quickly became regulars at Sketchbook’s patio this summer and fall…and an idea started brewing.

This year, when LanzaTech hit a huge commercial scale milestone, they knocked on Sketchbook’s door to see if a celebration beer could be brewed in Skokie. (Most people that do fermentation for a living tend to continue this in their spare time). Sketchbook Brewing Co of course happily obliged and a collaboration brew was initiated. The LanzaTech staff came by and helped on the brew day.

The name? The 150 refers to an incredible 150 days of continuous gas fermentation at commercial scale. LanzaTech incorporated the actual daily production graph into the label design. So cool!

The beer? According to Cesar Marron, Sketchbook’s head brewer, “LanzaTech polled their employees to choose a style they would like. Hoppy and Saison were the most picked. So, since New Zealand is where LanzaTech was founded we thought it would make sense to use New Zealand Hops in this batch. The beer is a dry, effervescent saison with a nice spiciness and citrus peel flavor. Great on its own, or paired with your favorite cheese, bread, or any other food really.”

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Sketchbook Brewing – Skokie

Sketchbook Brewing has expanded to Skokie and has successfully brewed and packaged several styles!

The new site is located at 4901 W. Main Street, just up the walking path from ISTP.  This represents a major expansion, more than tripling the brewing capacity. The new Tap Room features outdoor seating, a large and inviting bar-area, games and room for events.

“The Village of Skokie enthusiastically welcomes Sketchbook Brewing Company to the community,” said Mayor George Van Dusen. “We have long been impressed by Sketchbook’s success in our neighbor to the east, the City of Evanston, and we are grateful that the Sketchbook team decided to invest in Skokie for this exciting expansion of their high-quality, community-forward brewery operations. This announcement marks another significant advancement in redeveloping not only Downtown Skokie, but adjacent areas on Main Street and Skokie Boulevard. We are proud to welcome Sketchbook Brewing Company and its entrepreneurial owners!”

Sketchbook’s Shawn Decker says:“Sketchbook’s five-year history has been a story of constant and organic growth—and the challenge to produce enough beer to keep our loyal community well-supplied. We have been searching for a suitable building for a while and did not want to go very far from our existing location. We were very lucky to find a great building so close to us and to have the opportunity to partner with the wonderfully diverse and welcoming Village of Skokie.

Click here to learn more about what’s happening at Sketchbook Brewing in Skokie. 

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Vetter Celebrates 10 Years @ISTP

At the time of its creation, the Skokie facility employed approximately 15 German expats to support the setting up of the core processes at the site. Today, the facility has a working staff of around 100 employees, almost all of whom are from the US. In addition to its growing employee population, the facility has also doubled in size from its original 24,000 sq. ft. to 50,000 sq. ft. today. To access the press release, click here.

“Our Skokie facility is a clear demonstration of the successful strategy we put into place in the second half of the 2000s,” said Vetter Managing Director Thomas Otto “That strategy was to be closer to the injectable development projects taking place in the US. The facility is also further proof of our family related business philosophy. By bringing expats to the facility first, and then gradually transitioning primarily to local employees, we created strong intercultural teams and secured knowledge transfer from our German specialists to our US experts.”

Vetter Development Service Chicago has the people, processes, and technology to serve pharma and biotech companies of every size with customizable solutions for drug products from early stages to Phase II, with transfer to the company’s commercial manufacturing capabilities in Europe. As a strategic partner with a global network of excellence, Vetter provides proven drug delivery systems specifically designed for the clinical needs and timelines of complex compounds. For more on Vetter’s Chicago site, please see: https://www.vetter-pharma.com/en/clinical-manufacturing-us

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New Downtown Skokie TIF

As noted in the Winter 2020 edition of Skokie Biz, the newly formed Oakton – Niles Tax Increment Finance (TIF) District was approved by the Skokie Village Board and has the unanimous support from all taxing jurisdictions.  The 6.25 acre TIF District was formed to spur transformational development of Downtown Skokie and the region around ISTP.

Construction on multiple projects is expected to begin in spring 2020, including a new combined public/private parking garage, a new 143-room Homewood Suites by Hilton Hotel and Conference Center and continued improvement to 8030 Lamon Ave at ISTP to accommodate new/or growing life science companies and research facilities.    Additionally, construction is underway at The BLVD, located at 8025 Skokie Blvd.  The development will feature 40 two bedroom luxury rental units and 2,600 square feet of ground floor commercial/retail space.

The Winter 2020 edition of Skokie Biz also noted additional new developments in Skokie such as the opening of an Amazon distribution center, new restaurant openings and other activities.  Click here to read the entire edition of SKOKIEBIZ

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CycloPure – $1 million SBIR Grant

CycloPure, Inc., a leading innovator in water purification technologies and the developer of the DEXSORB™ line of adsorbents, announced that the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences has awarded the company a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II grant in the amount of $1,000,000.

CycloPure will use the Phase II grant to continue development of its DEXSORB+ adsorbent for removal of PFAS from drinking water.

“We’re thrilled to continue working with the NIEHS Superfund Research Program,” said CycloPure Chief Executive Frank Cassou. “NIEHS has been a great partner; they care deeply about the issue of PFAS in domestic drinking water supplies. Funds from this award come at a great time as we push to expand field activities with our environmental and municipal partners. We do our best work removing nanoscale contaminants. The PFAS Superfund Program is in our sweet spot.”

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Vetter’s Chicago Site Wins Award

Vetter, a globally operating Contract Development and Manufacturing Organization (CDMO), announced that its US clinical manufacturing facility located at the Illinois Science+Technology Park in Skokie has been named as one of “Chicago’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For®”.

The award, sponsored by the National Association for Business Resources, recognizes only those companies that have distinguished themselves as having the most innovative and thoughtful human resources approach. An independent research firm evaluates each company’s entry based on key measures in various categories which include among others, Compensation; Benefits and Employee Solutions; Employee Enrichment; Work-Life Balance; Communication and Shared Vision; Diversity and Inclusion, and Community Initiatives.

“Vetter is thrilled to be recognized for our efforts, particularly since the key parameters for deciding award winners are those of critical importance to our employees,” said Dr. Susanne Lemaine, President Vetter Development Services USA Inc. “This recognition reflects our ongoing efforts to perform consistently at a high level for our customers and to be an attractive company to work for in Chicago.”

Jennifer Kluge, President and CEO, Best and Brightest Programs said “..these companies rise to the challenge through their cultural innovation by maximizing their workforce potential.” .

To read the entire release, click here.

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Exicure: Nasdaq Uplisting

Exicure (XCUR), a pioneer in gene regulatory and immunotherapeutic drugs utilizing spherical nucleic acid (SNA™) constructs, reported financial results for 2Q 2019 & an update on corporate progress.

2Q 2019 Progress & Recent Developments

Announced important preclinical data supporting development of SNA technology in the central nervous system (CNS)

Expanded Board with experienced biotechnology leaders

AST-008 Phase 1b/2 clinical trial continues to progress—AST-008 is an SNA consisting of toll-like receptor 9 agonists designed for immuno-oncology applications.

Enhanced Financial Resources
• Up-listed from the OTC to the Nasdaq Capital Market.
• Closed oversubscribed underwritten public offering of 31,625,000 shares of common stock
• Insider participation of approximately $2.6 M

“The first half of 2019 continued to bring advancements across our pipeline,” said Dr. David Giljohann, Exicure’s chief executive officer. “We are extremely pleased with the strong progress in both our neurology and oncology franchises, while we simultaneously strengthened our board leadership and balance sheet. Our non-human primate data confirmed our enthusiasm for neurological applications of our SNA platform. Our recent $63.3 million public offering, which closed on August 2, 2019 provides the financial resources to advance these opportunities,” he added.

For the entire announcement, click here.

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2019 International Institute for Nanotechnology

IIN Symposium: Maps, Materials, and Methods for Navigating the Nanoscale World

Thursday, November 14
8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Hilton Orrington Hotel, Grand Ballroom
1710 Orrington Avenue
Evanston, IL

Speakers:
Stefan Hell, 2014 Nobel Laureate, Max Planck Institute, Germany
Harry Anderson, Oxford University, England
Julia Greer, California Institute of Technology
David Mooney, Harvard University
The winner of the 2019 Kabiller Prize

Organized by IIN, this popular all-day conference brings together leading national and international researchers to share the latest in nanotechnology discoveries and trends. The Symposium also provides a unique opportunity to encourage interactions and collaborations among the scientists in attendance.

Click here for a link to the IIN page.

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