Genome Dynamics International LLC
Genome Dynamics International (GDI) identifies and develops new blood tests to help diagnose and monitor treatments for diseases. One such representative disease is overactive bladder, which is often subjectively described with urinary concerns by the patient and treated by the doctor in a trial and error fashion with different front-line drugs. Traditionally the only definitive diagnosis of overactive bladder is through a very invasive and often uncomfortable procedure called urodynamics that must be performed by a urology specialist. “This disease poses an enormous health care burden. It also has psycho-social impacts where patients often remain reclusive for fear of involuntarily voiding or staining their clothes in a public setting,” noted Genome Dynamics co-founder Dr. Martin Bluth. Overactive bladder disease costs the U.S. economy nearly $26 billion annually. GDI has developed an experimental method that can objectively diagnose the condition through an inexpensive blood test that can be performed at any physician’s office. “Our revolutionary approach is becoming highly sought after by venture capital and established pharmaceutical companies as a means to facilitate effective diagnosis of the patients,” Bluth said. GDI still needs to petition the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to approve its new blood test. But once approved, Bluth expects the new test could eliminate other invasive tests and costly therapeutic trials, and allow physicians to make early diagnosis of the disease so they can provide efficient and timely treatment for patients.
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By Joseph Cabadas
March 29, 2012
That spirit of innovation is alive and well in the Great Lakes state.
To recognize the Michigan companies and individuals who are pushing the boundaries of science, technology – even in the digital world – Corp! magazine inaugurated the Business of Science and Technology Awards in 2010 and added a separate Digital Award category the following year. For the third annual “DiSciTech” awards, 20 companies were honored at a March 20, 2012, breakfast at the Michigan State University Management Education Center in Troy. On the Digital side, these award winning firms promote, improve or enhance enterprises. The leaders in Science and Technology have produced innovations or conducted research and applied science to improve life in general.
|Representatives from Dynamic Advisory Solutions, BullsEye Telecom, Budco, Beaumont Health System and ArtJen accept their DiSciTech Award.
The Digital winners are: Consumers Energy, Dynamic Advisory Solutions, FamilyMint, Illuminating Concepts Inc., JacApps Inc., MosaicMedia, and Mymentalspace.com. The Digital category included firms that have conducted website design, digital marketing, search engine optimization, written blogs, hosted webinars and more.
The Science & Technology Award winners are: ArtJen Complexus USA LLC, Asterand, AzulStar, Beaumont Hospital System, Budco, BullsEye Telecom, Future Help Designs, GalaxE.Solutions, Genome Dynamics International LLC, Highway T, InfoReady Corp., Online Tech, and Phillips Service Industries (PSI). This category includes companies or educational organizations whose work has advanced sectors such as alternative energy, advanced electronic and controls, advanced manufacturing, software, life sciences, telecommunications and many more.
|Representatives from Highway T, Genome Dynamics International, GalaxE. Solutions, Future Help Designs and FamilyMint accept their DiSciTech Award.
Michigan’s people traditionally are known for being innovative – being able to build products better, faster and smarter – that is the state’s competitive advantage, noted Sci-Tech honoree Dr. Joseph Artiss, co-founder of ArtJen Complexus USA, which markets a unique weight loss pill called Mirafit fbcx. Part of that has to do with America’s university educational system versus that of other countries.
“Not only do we have kids memorize facts, we show them how to apply those facts – to think about what they can do with the facts,” Artiss said. “That is a major development that leads to development and innovation. We have a simple choice, we either ignore science and technology developments and research and the last factory here closes.”
Science and technology is critical for the future of the state, agreed Ryan Hoyle, director of global recruiting for GalaxE.Solutions of Detroit. “Technology is rapidly turning over in the software development languages, industry trends, you name it. Michigan needs to capitalize on the opportunities and not be a one job shop.”
|Representatives from Phillips Service Industries, Online Tech, Illuminating Concepts and JacApps accept their DiSciTech Award.
While it is important to see continued success in the automotive industry and to keep the state’s core of highly skilled engineers and science-related professionals, Michigan can be a hub for information technology such as mobile computer applications development and related customer services, Hoyle said.
GalaxE has created its “Outsource to Detroit” campaign in April 2010 bring work back to the United States.
“When you look at the big picture of turning downtown Detroit into an IT hub, I would be amiss if I did not mention the efforts of Compuware and Quicken Loans, who are across the street from us,” Hoyle added. “We share a vision to keep our top students in Detroit by making IT a very attractive career path to them and also working closely in the training efforts. We are collaborating with them in an initiative called ‘IT in the D’ where the companies are taking a lead role in doing the training instead of following the lead of the workforce agencies.”
The whole world is moving toward digital with the attention and information economy, noted Jeff Eusebio, CEO and co-founder of FamilyMint, a Digital award winner whose online tool teaches children the value of saving and investing money.
“There’s a lot of good content out there as far as financial education is concerned, but that content but doesn’t necessarily translate into behavior,” Eusebio said. “That’s where digital tools help.”
A synopsis of each award-winning organization follows.