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Whistleblower Defeats Motion To Dismiss In Lawsuit Alleging Defective Defibrilators

14 12 2017

MINNEAPOLIS, Dec. 14, 2017 -- Late yesterday, Judge Joan N. Ericksen denied in its entirety Boston Scientific Corporation's motion to dismiss a whistleblower lawsuit involving allegedly defective cardiac defibrillators. The case will now move into discovery. The whistleblower's complaint alleged that Boston Scientific defrauded the United States and the State of California by marketing and selling defibrillators known as Cognis and Teligen, which Boston Scientific knew were defective. These devices are implanted in patients and are intended to deliver life-saving electric shocks to a patient's heart in the event of an abnormal heart rhythm. However, the whistleblower's suit alleges that Cognis and Teligen suffered from serious and potentially fatal defects in their design. The suit further alleges that Boston Scientific knew that the devices were defective to the point of complete malfunction, yet continued to sell them. Boston Scientific's motion to dismiss...

First-of-its-Kind Pilot Program Aims to Increase Awareness of Hearing Loss Among Older Minnesotans

14 12 2017

17-logo Deaf - Deaf Blind MNCDHH_logo_High.jpg Minnesota is an aging state, and we believe the research we conduct now will help protect future generations.. ST. PAUL, Minn. December 14, 2017 The Commission of Deaf, DeafBlind & Hard of Hearing Minnesotans announced today a first of its kind pilot program to turn up the volume on age-related hearing loss across Minnesota. In December, the Commission, in collaboration with University of Minnesota researchers will commence the program that will take place at nearly a dozen senior care facilities across the state. Each site will use specially designed training kits to help understand, test and collect proprietary data about the consequences of untreated age-related hearing loss. In 2015, the Commission formed a task force to examine and make recommendations addressing age-related hearing loss and its impact on healthy aging for Minnesotans. The task force included various stakeholders from Leading Age Minnesota, Minnesota Department...

Counsyl Appoints Pamela Sedmak to Board of Directors

14 12 2017

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Counsyl today announced the appointment of Pamela Sedmak, former president and chief executive officer of Aetna Medicaid/Dual Eligibles and current senior advisor at McKinsey & Company, to the company’s board of directors. “We’re thrilled to have Pamela join our board and are confident in the valuable contributions she will make to Counsyl going forward,” said Ramji Srinivasan, co-founder and chief executive officer of Counsyl. “Pamela understands patient, provider and payer needs through her extensive experience working with some of the largest domestic payer organizations. Her insights and perspective will be essential for Counsyl in achieving our mission to provide actionable information that guides women and their families in making critical and timely health decisions.” Pamela is a senior advisor at McKinsey & Company, a worldwide management consulting firm. Prior to this role, she served as president and chief executive...

Mayo Clinic to begin Prospective Clinical Study with Medibio Technology for Expanded Market Opportunities

14 12 2017

Study designed to determine differential diagnosis in depression patientsStudy designed to monitor patient data following pharmacological treatmentSYDNEY, Australia and MINNEAPOLIS, Dec. 14, 2017 -- Medibio Limited (MEB or the Company) (ASX:MEB) (OTCQB:MDBIF), a mental health technology company that has pioneered the use of objective biometrics to assist in the screening, diagnosing, monitoring and management of depression and other mental health conditions,  is pleased to announce the first prospective clinical trial with Mayo Clinic under a 5-year Master Clinical Trial Agreement that was signed in October of this year.  This initial study, undertakes the prospective diagnosis and longitudinal monitoring of both unipolar and bipolar depression, along with the depressive subtypes (melancholic and atypical).The primary goal is to characterize longitudinal autonomic, circadian, and sleep patterns, as classified by the Medibio Analytics Platform (MAP), following the initiation of...

InventHelp Inventor Develops Fun Game (MIS-251)

14 12 2017

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Vaporizer Holder Developed by InventHelp Inventor (MIS-238)

14 12 2017

PITTSBURGH December 14, 2017 "I needed a safe and sturdy spot to store my vaporizer," said an inventor from Mason City, Iowa. "All too often I will leave it on the table, and if the table gets bumped, my vaporizer falls over. To avoid this, I came up with this convenient holder to keep my vaporizer safe." She developed the Vaporizer Charging Base offer a convenient place to store a vaporizer while not in use or while charging. The holder prevents the vaporizer from falling over or rolling off a table. This keeps the vaporizer safe from harm. It also ensures that the vaporizer remains readily accessible for use. The unit is designed to be compact and space-saving. Additionally, the invention accommodates a variety of vaporizers on the market. The original design was submitted to the Minneapolis office of InventHelp. It is currently patent pending and available for licensing or sale to manufacturers or marketers. For more information, write Dept. 16-MIS-238, InventHelp, 217 Ninth Street,...

Badia Spices Teams Up With Award-Winning TV Personality and Chef Andrew Zimmern

14 12 2017

MIAMI, Dec. 14, 2017 -- Badia Spices has teamed up with four-time James Beard Award-winning TV personality and chef Andrew Zimmern. Badia Spices' products will be featured and used by Zimmern in his all-new online cooking series, AZ Cooks, available at AndrewZimmern.com.Host of Travel Channel's Bizarre Foods, chef Andrew Zimmern has explored culture through food in more than 170 countries. His new digital series, AZ Cooks, is for the food lover and home chef who want to master culinary classics. Zimmern is sharing cooking techniques and recipes inspired by his travels and experiences in the professional kitchen, demystifying essential dishes and ingredients from cultures around the world.Zimmern will highlight Badia Spices in some of his favorite recipes, from New Orleans-style shrimp remoulade to Hainanese chicken rice. Using his travels as inspiration, Zimmern teaches viewers how to master dishes from culinary genres around the world in pursuit of culinary literacy....

Segel Vision, LLC, Withdraws Offer to Purchase Evine Shopping Television Network

14 12 2017

NEW YORK, Dec. 14, 2017 -- It was announced today that Marvin L. Segel, Board Chairman & Founder of New York City-based, Segel Vision, LLC, in association with StarShop, (a celebrity driven shopping App on more than 55 Million devices around the world), has withdrawn his company's offer to make an equity purchase of the operational subsidiary of the multi-broadcast shopping channel, Evine, owned by Evine Live, Inc., a publicly-traded company headquartered in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. Segel Vision was prepared to acquire all of Evine's assets, while preserving its existing tax credits. However, according to Jim Morrison, StarShop's CEO, "After three attempts to present an offer to negotiate a transaction valued at $175 Million Total Enterprise Value, (which in essence, equaled an offer at $2.66 per share), all of which were rebuffed by Evine's Board, Marvin will be investing elsewhere." To assist in the acquisition of Evine, Segel Vision had retained...

21st Century Fox to Spin off Businesses and Create New “Fox”; a Growth Company Centered on Live News and Sports Brands and the Iconic Fox Brand

14 12 2017

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Third Wave Systems Successfully Models and Optimizes 5 Axis Machined Composite Components

14 12 2017

Third Wave Systems Finite Element Modeling of Continuous fiber composite machining. Third Wave Systems modeled the trimming process of 40 ply carbon-epoxy workpiece and predicted post-cut part quality Minneapolis, Minnesota December 14, 2017 In 2013, Third Wave Systems (TWS) was awarded a $3 million contract by the United States Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, one of the largest funded projects in the company’s 20-year history. The focus of the project was to expand Third Wave Systems impressive and successful metal-cutting solutions to polymer matrix composite (PMC) materials used on the latest warfighter programs. The Department of Defense Rapid Innovation Fund (RIF), which was designed to transition innovative technologies that resolve operational DoD challenges, allocated funds for the contract. Developed under the RIF, Third Wave Systems software products reduced machining cycle times by predicting and managing forces and predicting composite behavior. Engineers from...

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