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MedPro Safety Products (Lexington, Kentucky), which develops passive needlestick injury prevention technology, entered into an exclusive agreement with Advanced MedTech (AMT) in which AMT will provide MedPro with R&D, market research, product design and development, engineering and other services.

AMT is wholly owned by Hooman Asbgahi, the inventor of MedPro's phlebotomy products, marketed by Greiner Bio-One (Frickenhausen, Germany) under its Vacuette brand as the Vacuette Premium Safety Needle System and Vacuette Premium Blood Collection Set.

MedPro has the first right of refusal to all intellectual property in which Asbaghi has an interest and products he develops.

"This exclusive agreement with Advanced MedTech solidifies our relationship with one of the leading innovators in passive needlestick injury prevention," said Walter Waller, MedPro president/COO. "We believe that Mr. Asbaghi's Vacuette fully-passive designs provide healthcare providers with superior needlestick risk management, and with our manufacturing and distribution partner, Greiner Bio-One, we are very excited to introduce them to the marketplace. We foresee a long and fruitful relationship with Mr. Asbaghi as we work together to develop new passive technologies for our product portfolio."

In other agreements/contracts news:

Helicos BioSciences (Cambridge, Massachusetts) reported the sale of a system and a scientific collaboration with Correlagen Diagnostics, a provider of genetic tests for disease diagnosis.

Correlagen plans to use the Helicos Genetic Analysis System for high-content, genetic tests based on resequencing broad panels of genes involved in disease areas such as cardiology, endocrinology, neuropsychiatry, and immunology. Helicos and Correlagen will collaborate on the optimization of sample preparation methodologies that benefit from single-molecule sequencing in the context of targeted resequencing, as well as on data analysis and visualization technologies for sequence variant detection, annotation, and clinical reporting.

Cardinal Health (Dublin, Ohio) has signed a five-year, sole-source laboratory products supply agreement with Novation (Irving, Texas), a group purchasing organizations. The agreement is effective Oct. 1 and runs through 2014. Cardinal will be the exclusive provider of laboratory products to Novation's clinical acute members, which includes hospital laboratories, core labs, blood banks and reference laboratories.

Premier Purchasing Partners (Charlotte, North Carolina) reported new agreements for bulk oxygen have been awarded to Airgas Puritan Medical (Radnor, Pennsylvania); LifeGas, a division of Linde Gas North America (Atlanta); Air Liquide Healthcare America (Houston); and Praxair Healthcare Services (Danbury, Connecticut). Effective Nov. 1, 2009, the agreements are available to acute care and continuum of care members of the Premier healthcare alliance.