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nSpire Health (Longmont, Colorado) reported a new three-year contract with Novation (Irving, Texas), a group purchasing organization. The agreement, commencing Oct. 1, offers Novation member hospitals and clinics special tiered access to nSpire Health's broad range of respiratory products and services, including HDpft pulmonary function testing systems through September 30, 2014.

With the added benefits of HDpft, Novation says its customers will be able to take advantage of several new advancements in lung function diagnostics, including iFlow, nSpire Health's newest product in flow sensor technology. iFlow ensures flow & volume measuring accuracy and reproducibility, and nSight software streamlines testing and workflow in the pulmonary function laboratory. Consistent with nSpire Health's vision of revolutionizing the way the world detects and treats respiratory diseases, HDpft technology identifies smaller changes in lung function sooner.

“nSpire Health is pleased to continue supporting Novation membership with advanced and emerging technologies,“ said Rich Rosenthal, VP of sales & marketing for nSpire Health. “I am confident that our agreement, coupled with our emphasis and commitment to customer satisfaction, supports Novation's on-going mission of improving healthcare quality.“

nSpire Health makes respiratory care products and provides related services. Novation is a healthcare supply contracting company for more than 25,000 members of VHA and the University HealthSystem Consortium, two national healthcare alliances.

In other agreements/contracts news:

• RaySearch Laboratories (Stockholm, Sweden) has received an order for its RayStation treatment planning system from Advanced Radiation Oncology Services (Nyack, New York).

Advanced ROS is a free-standing cancer center that offers comprehensive radiation therapy services to patients throughout the Hudson Valley and Northern New Jersey.

Advanced ROS will use RayStation as its treatment planning system for conventional 3D-CRT treatments, as well as more advanced treatments, such as IMRT. The order also includes advanced tools enabling a more efficient treatment planning process, such as Multi-Criteria optimization. Advanced ROS will begin the implementation in late August with plans of being clinical in early September.

RayStation integrates all RaySearch's treatment planning solutions into a flexible treatment planning system. It combines features such as multi-criteria optimization tools with full support for 4-D adaptive radiation therapy.

• Acacia Research (Newport Beach, California) said its Catheter Flushing subsidiary has entered into a license agreement with Medical Components (Wallingford, Connecticut) covering patents generally relating to the catheterization of patients using a guide wire and a flushing port. The agreement resolves litigation that was pending in the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah with respect to certain Medical Components products.

Acacia Research Corporation's subsidiaries partner with inventors and patent owners, license the patents to corporate users, and share the revenue.