Bio-Imaging Technologies is now BioClinica

Bio-Imaging Technologies (Newtown, Pennsylvania), a provider of clinical trial services, has received shareholder approval to change its name to BioClinica. In conjunction with this name change, the company's stock symbol will change to BIOC at the commencement of trading on Monday, July 13, 2009, and will continue to trade on the Nasdaq Global Market and its CUSIP number will change to 09071B 100.

"Having operated under the BioClinica name since early May, we have already benefited from the increased strength of our company's clinical trial services platform. The name change and our robust suite of products have been well-received by our clients and prospective clients. Now that our shareholders, too, have embraced the name change, we look forward to moving ahead and executing our business plan under the new name and stock symbol," said Mark Weinstein, president/CEO of BioClinica.

Newborn cystic fibrosis screening now in all states

The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (Bethesda, Maryland) said that all 50 states plus the District of Columbia have passed legislation requiring that all newborns be screened for cystic fibrosis (CF) by the year 2010.

Newborn screening for CF was adopted nationwide at a rapid pace, following the advocacy efforts of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, its volunteers and many local and national interest groups. In 2005, only five states required that CF be included on the list of mandatory screening conditions.

After years of debate, Texas and Connecticut the last two states without mandatory newborn screening will now establish programs. Connecticut will begin screening Oct. 1, 2009, and Texas is expected to start in December.

"We congratulate Texas and Connecticut for joining a nationwide effort to ensure that every child born with cystic fibrosis gets the best possible start in life," said Robert Beall, PhD, presiden/CEO of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. "Newborn screening is critically important for this disease because early diagnosis is tied to better health. We extend our thanks to every volunteer and advocate who fought to establish screening programs across the country."

The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is devoted to curing and controlling cystic fibrosis. The Foundation has more than 70 chapters and branch offices throughout the country, and supports and accredits a nationwide network of over 110 care centers, which provide vital treatments and other CF resources to patients and families.