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Arbor Research Collaborative for Health

410 Huron St
Ann Arbor, MI 48103

Bob Merion

What educational, entrepreneurial or business development programs, if any, have you taken advantage of?
We take advantage of educational programs put on by several organizations associated with our type work. We also seek support and input from organizations such as Non-Profit Enterprise at Work, A2YChamber and Ann Arbor SPARK, to name a few.

What was your first grant and where did you find it?
Our first grant was for a study of Dialysis Outcomes and Practice Patterns Study. That was a prospective cohort study of hemodialysis practices based on the collection of observational longitudinal data for a random sample of patients from a representative and random sample of units in 12 countries (Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Italy, New Zealand, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States). Data collection for the study has been on-going since 1996 and has yielded detailed data on more than 38,000 patients in over 900 dialysis facilities.

The DOPPS is supported by scientific research grants from Amgen (since 1996), Kyowa Hakko Kirin (since 1999, in Japan), Genzyme (since 2009), and Abbott (since 2009) without restrictions on publications.

Where did you find your first employee?
Our first employee came from the University of Michigan.

Have you promoted an intern to employee status, and if so how many times have you done it?
We do not have interns at Arbor Research.

Where have you turned to find capital to grow your non-profit and which institutions have provided it?
In addition to our first study, funded by scientific research grants from Industry, we have pursued funding opportunities through grants and contracts with the federal government. We currently work with several areas; Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services, National Institutes of Health, and Health Resources and Services Administration. We continue to pursue funding through national and international channels as well.

What are some of the advantages to doing business here?
Ann Arbor is a vibrant community filled with smart people interested in the highest quality of scientific research. There is a strong knowledge economy here. Opportunities for collaborations with colleagues at the University of Michigan and being centrally located in the United States are two additional benefits of being located in Ann Arbor. Ann Arbor provides a location filled with cultural resources and diversity that helps bring qualified individuals to our organization.

If you could change one thing about this region, what would it be?
Milder weather, although the long winters make us appreciate the spring all the more.

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