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PolyOne (Cleveland) and Zyvex Performance Materials (Columbus, Ohio) reported a joint development agreement to provide carbon nanotube-filled polymer materials for structural and electrically conductive applications. PolyOne will compound the functionalized nanotubes with a variety of high-performance engineering thermoplastics, and will market and sell the compounds through its global commercial teams.

Zyvex Performance Materials will provide the chemistry and carbon-nanotube functionalization necessary to be compatible with select high-end thermoplastics. PolyOne will supply the compounding technology, product development and process optimization to take full advantage of the nanotubes and chemistry.

Cecil Chappelow, vice president, innovation, sustainability and chief innovation officer at PolyOne, said, "We are encouraged by the significant market potential for these new nanocomposite compounds in applications such as medical packaging, consumer electronics, and other high-performance products." Wound Care Innovations (Fort Worth, Texas) said it has entered into a vendor agreement with Independent Medical Co-Op (IMCO; Daytona Beach, Florida).

IMCO said its vendors are selected on quality, price, service, integrity and market acceptance, as well as their support for IMCO members and their customers. Wound Care Innovation's wound care collagen product, CellerateRx, was selected as a unique product that has "unprecedented capabilities" and benefits through all phases of wound healing and is FDA-cleared for use on all wound types, except for third-degree burns.

"As an IMCO vendor, Wound Care Innovations joins an elite growing network of independent distributors with over 1,000 sales people to market CellerateRx throughout the U.S.," said Cathy Bradshaw, president of Wound Care Innovations. "IMCO has grown into a major distribution force in the physician and nursing home markets, while expanding acute care and other market segments. We are excited with the new sales and marketing opportunities this new relationship brings to Wound Care Innovations."

In other agreements/contracts news:

• Authentidate Holding (Berkeley Heights, New Jersey) reported that UroMed (Alpharetta, Georgia) selected Authentidate's Inscrybe Healthcare web-based service to accelerate health information exchange and approvals from their referring physicians.

"By utilizing Inscrybe Healthcare, UroMed will be able to reduce the time it takes to process referring physicians' approvals on healthcare documentation," said Jim Weatherford, president of UroMed. "Shortening the approval process will enable UroMed to provide its products and services to patients more quickly and significantly reduce back office processing and follow up."

• Imaging Diagnostic Systems (Fort Lauderdale, Florida) said it has redefined its marketing strategy and launched a new campaign focusing on the international market. While attending the Arab Health Exhibition and Congress in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, IDSI company management secured new distributors for the United Arab Emirates and hired a managing director to market the CT Laser Mammography System in the UAE and parts of the Middle East.

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