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North Pinellas business digest for April 28

Published Apr. 26, 2013

CoreRx, a contract research organization providing customized preformulation services, formulation development, manufacturing, and analytical services to pharmaceutical, biotechnology, academic and veterinary clients, plans to build a facility that will add approximately 40,000 square feet of manufacturing and office space.

The new building will be across from CoreRX's current 35,000-square-foot facility at 14205 Myerlake Circle, Clearwater, and will house three additional suites dedicated to process development and clinical manufacturing, where investigational medicines will be produced to support clinical trials.

"These therapies are increasingly important in the treatment of serious diseases and are a growing part of our client's pipeline of potential new therapies," said Brian R. McMillan, vice president of product development. "This initiative is designed to accelerate the development of new medicines through the closer alignment of our research and development, and manufacturing."

According to the company, the expansion is projected to cost about $2 million and about 25 employees will eventually be added to the Clearwater workforce.

"This project represents a significant expansion in both the size and mission of CoreRx," said Todd R. Daviau, president and CEO. "We envision Clearwater as a center of excellence for the development and manufacture of pharmaceutical products."

Construction is expected to begin in May and be completed by late this year.

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Total Tennis Center, 2565 NE Coachman Road, Clearwater, will present its renovated facilities to the public during a two-day grand opening at 5:30 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. Sunday.

The center offers resurfaced clay courts as well as hard courts, a new fitness center, swimming pool, restaurant and bar.

Nicholas Guizar, Total Tennis Center's president, is also the co-founder of Guizar Tennis Academy, a full-time tennis boarding school at the center that combines intensive tennis training with an academic curriculum. Ryan Sweeting, the 2005 U.S. Open junior champion, was trained by Guizar.

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Allegany Franciscan Ministries has awarded a two-year, $200,000 grant to the Homeless Emergency Project's dental clinic in Clearwater. This is the second time in the last four years that Allegany has awarded HEP a grant in this amount.

The funding has allowed the clinic to hire a full-time office manager, streamline operations and serve more patients.

More than 3,400 procedures valued at about $480,000 were performed by volunteer dentists in 2012.

"We are honored to have received this support from Allegany Franciscan Ministries and appreciate their continuing confidence in our mission," said Dr. Patrick Lepeak, a HEP board member who volunteers at the dental clinic.

Cheri Wright-Jones, Allegany regional vice president (Tampa Bay), said the ministry is excited to work with HEP to provide dental services to the homeless in Pinellas County and added, "We support efforts that increase the overall health of the underserved and disadvantaged in our society. This project will have a profound impact in our community."

HEP was founded in 1986 to provide homeless and low-income families and individuals with basic necessities in an effort to help them become self-sufficient and improve quality of life.

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Two new barbecue sauces created by Pirate Jonny's are available for purchase now. Information provided by the company and used in a previous business article reported a different launch date.

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