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Ex Pfizer workers launch new business,
fifth TH Innovation Alliance client

December 8, 2008

Former Pfizer employees have launched a new business that will keep jobs in the Wabash Valley and provide needed services to industry.

Midwest Compliance Laboratories LLC is a joint venture of five former employees of Pfizer Inc.'s Vigo Facility who have a combined experience of more than 100 years. The company will provide contract regulatory compliant testing for the pharmaceutical and food industries that will include both analytical and microbiological testing and development services.

The Terre Haute Innovation Alliance, based at Indiana State University, will provide start-up services for the company.

"Our business philosophy is to have the best trained, most capable and knowledgeable staff to serve our clients," said Brent Schludecker, president and CEO of Midwest Compliance Labs. "By continually investing in the latest equipment and educating our staff, we will be poised for decades of growth and become not only a desirable place to develop a career, but will be a haven to scientific professionals to learn and adapt to new and changing technology."

Outsourcing of critical and complex services such as regulatory compliant testing has become commonplace in the industry and it is no longer economically feasible for companies to maintain "in house" testing labs, Schludecker said.

The company's initial team will consist of two former Pfizer employees who are experts in such areas as analytical chemistry, information technology, quality assurance and program management. Additional professionals from Pfizer will join the company to offer expanded services during a Phase II expansion.

Terre Haute Innovation Alliance partners will provide faculty and students from Indiana State and Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology to develop and document testing protocols and procedures, perform testing, and provide marketing and business plan assistance.

Schludecker and the other former Pfizer employees who established Midwest Compliance Laboratories have invested not only their time, but their own money into starting the company, noted Richard Pittelkow, interim director of the Center for Business Support and Economic Innovation at Indiana State.

"Many of these individuals could have packed up and moved elsewhere, taking advantage of their abilities and many years of industry experience, but they saw the opportunities available here in the Wabash Valley," Pittelkow said. "The alliance is thrilled to be able to work with such a dedicated group of individuals. Their vision will not only provide needed jobs for our community, it will provide valuable real-world experience for ISU and Rose-Hulman students and help keep our talented college graduates in Indiana."

Launched in April 2007, Terre Haute Innovation Alliance is an economic development and education partnership between the city of Terre Haute, Indiana State University and Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. Existing clients include DesAcc, a medical software engineering company; InfraWare, which provides next generation software for medical transcripts and reports; VEXTEC Corp., which develops product testing software for the automotive and aerospace industries; and Handshake LLC, which is developing a web-based social utility portal envisioned to become a virtual marketplace for delivering and looking for services.

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Terre Haute Innovation Alliance provides university commercialization services for companies that are developing or expanding their products while engaging students in hands-on projects and creating jobs for the local economy. The alliance was started with $500,000 in federal funds garnered with assistance from Sens. Evan Bayh and Richard Lugar. The alliance is housed in Room 003 of the John T. Myers Technology Center on the Indiana State University campus in Terre Haute.

Photo: Brent Schludecker, president and CEO of Midwest Compliance Labs, stands in the company's new offices on Indiana 46. The Terre Haute Innovation Alliance, based at Indiana State University, is assisting with start-up of the new business.

Contact: Richard Pittelkow, interim director, Center for Business Support and Economic Innovation, Indiana State University, 812-237-2530 or rpittelkow@indstate.edu

Writer: Dave Taylor, media relations director, Office of Communications & Marketing, Indiana State University, 812-237-3743 or dave.taylor@indstate.edu

Story Highlights

Former Pfizer employees have launched a new business that will keep jobs in the Wabash Valley and provide needed services to industry. Midwest Compliance Laboratories is the fifth start-up business to work with the Terre Haute Innovation Alliance, based at the Center for Business Support and Economic Innovation at ISU.

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