iTech expanding MPR to Southern California

iTech Medical (Huntington Beach, California), an information technology company, said that it will be expanding its pilot clinical study of the company's information technology platform, Muscle Pattern Recognition (MPR) to Southern California.

The two sites that have been selected to participate in the trial are the Rehabilitation Associates Medical Group, located on the campus of the Long Beach Memorial Hospital, under the direction of Richard Adams, MD, and the Advanced Clinical Research Institute in Anaheim, under the direction of Dennis Riff, MD.

MPR is a clinical tool that analyzes patterns of muscle recruitment. It provides detailed physiological information on muscle function that can assist in the diagnosis and treatment of back and neck injuries and illness.

BD buys another North Carolina facility

Becton, Dickinson and Co. (BD; Franklin Lakes, New Jersey) has purchased a new facility in Mebane, North Carolina, to employ 40 workers, including 20 new jobs for Alamance County.

The new facility will manufacture laboratory instrumentation used in diagnosing cancer. BD is investing about $20 million in the 100,852-square-foot plant plus seven acres of land, equipment and technology. Operations in the new building should start later this year.

Following the Mebane expansion, the company will keep its existing facility in Burlington, where about 100 people work in the BD Diagnostics-TriPath unit manufacturing cervical cancer screening products.