MON AM News: MMAC report details economic recovery; NorthStar, GE Healthcare sign manufacturing and distribution agreement

— The latest report from the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce details the economic recovery of Wisconsin’s largest city. 

In the report for June, 20 of the 22 economic indicators tracked  had improved over the year. An equal number had shown improvement in May, the previous report showed. 

“This positive year-over-year trend is partly due to the extreme depth that most indicators reached one year ago, as well as the continuing progress made toward a fuller recovery over one year later,” said Bret Mayborne, economic research director for the MMAC. 

The report also shows employment in Milwaukee improving compared to last year’s low point, though job numbers are still below pre-pandemic levels. Since that time, the metro area has recovered approximately 66,200 non-farm jobs, which is 59 percent of the 112,400 jobs initially lost due to the impact of the pandemic on the area’s economy, according to MMAC. 

“In terms of employment, our metro area remains on a good path to recovery but has not yet returned to pre-pandemic levels,” Mayborne said in a release. “We saw strong growth in leisure and hospitality jobs in June, an area that was among the hardest hit during the pandemic.”

This sector saw a 21.4 percent increase in jobs over the year, the report shows. Eight of Milwaukee’s 10 “major industry sectors” had increased jobs over the year in June, while financial activities, and construction, mining and natural resources each saw a decrease of around 5 percent. 

Meanwhile, manufacturing employment in Milwaukee increased 4.5 percent in June over the year; May’s increase was 3.7 percent over May 2020. At the same time, indicators for manufacturing production levels and earnings also improved in June, the report shows. 

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— NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes and GE Healthcare have signed an exclusive agreement for the manufacturing and distribution of iodine-123 capsules in the United States, NorthStar announced recently.

Iodine-123 is a radioactive form of iodine that’s used in diagnosing thyroid cancer. 

According to a release, GE Healthcare’s Pharmaceutical Diagnostics unit will manufacture and supply NorthStar with these capsules under the NorthStar label using a new production system at its facility in Illinois. 

After the receipt of the required regulatory approvals, Beloit-based NorthStar will retain exclusive U.S. marketing and distribution rights for the I-123 capsules.

“This exclusive sales and manufacturing agreement marks NorthStar’s strong and growing relationship with GE Healthcare, and we look forward to working with the company in meeting the needs of radiopharmacy customers and the patients we all serve,” NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes CEO Stephen Merrick said in a statement.

The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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— Marquette University’s Neuro Recovery Clinic will receive extra funding for equipment and staff thanks to a $2 million donation to the university’s College of Health Sciences. 

A release shows the anonymous donation will also support scholarships for students in the university’s physical therapy program. 

The Neuro Recovery Clinic is an on-campus training center where people living with “life-altering” brain and spinal cord injuries and illnesses can receive rehabilitation including physical therapy and speech therapy. 

“This gift provides important opportunities for our students and faculty within the College of Health Sciences,” said Dr. William E. Cullinan, the college’s dean. “But it also makes a powerful impact on our community through our Neuro Recovery Clinic that treats patients across the city, state and region.” 

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— A Madison-based startup called Rentable with an e-commerce rental platform recently raised $22.5 million in a Series B investment round. 

The round was led by Susquehanna Growth Equity, a private equity and venture capital firm based in Philadelphia. Rentable was formerly called ABODO.

“Our team is rapidly working to transform the rental experience from a classifieds model to an e-commerce model, where renters can search, tour and apply for apartments from their couch,” Rentable CEO Alec Slocum said in a statement. “We are excited to be partnering with SGE to supercharge the ability to bring our vision to life.”

A release shows these funds will be used to further develop products while the company works to double its workforce over the next 12 months, including sales, engineering, business development and its executive team. 

Rentable’s marketplace is used by millions of renters.

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