Mednet Direct unveils new business plan

Mednet Direct (Ridge, New York), a source for Dukal disposable medical supplies online, reported a new business model that it says saves customers time and money by eliminating the distribution costs traditionally associated with disposable medical supplies.

"Typically, case quantity orders are made through distributors, who sell to retail stores, which then sell to customers at the box level," said Kerry Perissi, VP of sales & marketing. "End-users told us that until Mednet came along, they didn't have many, if any, options to purchase these products and receive case-quantity discounts. We provide the ability to save in bulk and purchase easily online. Additionally, our model allows even large companies to save money by eliminating the distributor mark-up in the typical supply chain."

Mednet provides direct supply through Dukal Products, a U.S. manufacturer of medical supplies.

New orthopedic education community formed

Pri-Med (Boston) reported the formation of the International Congress for Joint Reconstruction (ICJR), a new community of orthopedic surgeons who have come together to improve patient care through innovative education formats.

Each of ICJR's founding board members, led by president /CEO Dr. Norman Scott and VP Dr. Arlen Hanssen, has more than 25 years of clinical experience and expertise in orthopedic education.

According to Scott, "It was time to develop a new environment where orthopedic surgeons can engage in compliant, year-round live and online CME [continuing medical education], interact with faculty and peers, and have access to information on the latest products and services available to them in their practice."

ICJR was established in response to the highly regulatory CME environment, and the need for compliant educational programs available to the community. "We recognized the need for a curriculum that was 100% compliant, free from commercial biases, grounded in outcomes, and fully comprehensive," said Scott. "It's the future of how to educate surgeons and have a profound impact on orthopedics."

The group's first annual meeting is scheduled for Dec. 11-13 in Orlando, Florida.

ICJR partnered with Pri-Med to manage both the live and online programs. Pri-Med is a provider of educational solutions designed to meet the needs of specialists and primary care practitioners.

Senetek hires Michael Rogers PR to market skincare

Senetek (Napa, California), a life sciences company specializing in advanced anti-aging technologies, reported the appointment of Michael Rogers Public Relations to support its public relations activities for the launch of Pyratine-6, the company's second generation of advanced cytokinin-based skincare for fighting the visible signs of aging.

In the 1990s Senetek developed Kinetin, the cytokinin-based active ingredient in the successful Kinerase skincare line, and are now taking cytokinin technology further with Pyratine-6. In this role, Michael Rogers PR will focus on corporate positioning, physician outreach and consumer education to successfully launch the new Pyratine-6 brand.

Frank Massino, CEO/chairman of Senetek, said, "I am confident the knowledge, skills, and expertise brought to us by the team of Michael Rogers PR will enhance the development of the Pyratine-6 brand, as well as create new opportunities for Senetek PLC, resulting in continued success for our company."

RadNet reincorporates in New York State

RadNet (Los Angeles), a provider of diagnostic imaging services through a network of owned and operated outpatient imaging centers, completed its reincorporation in the State of Delaware from the State of New York on Sept. 3, 2008. The reincorporation did not result in any change to the company's name, ticker symbol, CUSIP number, business, management, executive officers, assets, liabilities or net worth.

"We're pleased to complete the reincorporation, and we thank RadNet, Inc. shareholders for their support," said Howard G. Berger, MD, CEO of RadNet.

The RadNet New York shareholders approved the reincorporation at the conclusion of the annual meeting of shareholders on June 12, 2008. In the reincorporation, each outstanding share of common stock of RadNet New York was converted into one share of common stock of RadNet Delaware, and RadNet New York ceased to exist as a separate legal entity. Stockholders do not need to exchange their stock certificates.

Emeritus to list on NYSE

Emeritus (Seattle) said that it has filed an application to list its common stock on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). The company expects to begin trading on the NYSE on Sept. 17, 2008 (subject to approval by the NYSE) under the stock symbol "ESC." Until that time, the company's shares will continue to trade on the AMEX national market under the symbol "ESC."

To mark this milestone, the company will ring the opening bell at the NYSE on Wednesday, Sept. 17.

Daniel Baty, chairman/co-CEO of Emeritus, said, "Our move to the NYSE is an important next step for Emeritus, and we look forward to joining the many leading companies that are part of this exchange. We believe our association with the NYSE will help to further raise our visibility within the investment community as we continue to focus on providing high-quality resident care and continued growth. We would also like to thank the American Stock Exchange for its service and support over the years."

Emeritus is a provider of assisted living and Alzheimer's and related dementia care services to seniors.

CSMG Technologies moves to Corpus Christi

CSMG Technologies (Corpus Christi, Texas) a technology management company, said it is moving its corporate home office, expanding into larger office space in order to accommodate additional personnel, its growing core business, and to support growth of its Live Tissue Connect subsidiary, headquartered in Santa Barbara, California. The new address is 500 North Shoreline, Suite 1005, Corpus Christi, Texas, 78471.

Development group breaks ground in Colorado

Developer Forest City Science + Technology Group (Aurora, Colorado) broke ground at the Colorado Science + Technology Park at Fitzsimons, a 184-acre business park dedicated to life science focused companies, by demolishing the old Fitzsimons smokestack to make way for new, state-of-the-art scientific facilities. Plans call for Forest City's first life science building that will accommodate the growth of the region's existing life science industry as well as existing incubator tenants on site.

In addition, Aurora Mayor Ed Tauer unveiled an updated economic study predicting $3.5 billion in annual economic output in 2008 and up to $4.5 billion in annual economic impact by 2013 from the former Fitzsimons Army Medical Center, which now includes the Science + Technology Park, the Anschutz Medical Campus, The Children's Hospital and Research Center, and the future Veterans Affairs Hospital.

"The build-out of the Colorado Science + Technology Park at Fitzsimons is an important part of a grand vision to bring science and business together in one square mile that is fast becoming one of the most advanced life science communities in the world," said Tauer. "According to our latest economic study, developments at Fitzsimons and the Anschutz Medical Campus will yield 20,000 on-site jobs by 2013 and more than 43,000 on-site jobs when fully developed."

Forest City Science + Technology Group operates a portfolio of more than 2 million square feet of life science/technology office space, with more than 8 million square feet in the planning or development stages.