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Alpha Innotech (San Leandro, California) reported that it has entered into a five-year strategic supplier alliance agreement with GE Healthcare (Waukesha, Wisconsin), a continuation and expansion of the previous agreement signed between the two companies in 2005 (Medical Device Daily, Sept. 7, 2005).

Under terms of the agreement, Alpha Innotech will continue to develop, manufacture and supply a full line of imaging systems to GE Healthcare to be sold exclusively worldwide under the GE brand in the life science research and drug discovery markets.

"Over the past three years we have built a very strong relationship with GE Healthcare and are pleased to extend our partnership in commercializing life sciences imaging systems," said Sia Ghazvini, VP for marketing and business development at Alpha Innotech.

"We are happy to extend our partnership with Alpha Innotech and to work closely with them providing leading edge scientific imaging systems and developing next generation products. Our partnership with Alpha Innotech expands our imaging portfolio and provides researchers with a broad choice of imaging modalities," said Ron Alves, purchase family leader, GE Healthcare.

In other agreements/contracts news:

• Millipore (Billerica, Massachusetts) and Agilent Technologies (Santa Clara, California) said they have formed a collaboration to develop chromatin immunoprecipitation (ChIP) kits for the fast-growing epigenetics research market. The kits will be designed to improve protein researchers' productivity and simplify the way they study genetic information.

ChIP is a technique that helps researchers understand the relationship between DNA and the proteins that impact gene regulation. The collaboration will combine Millipore's expertise in antibodies, ChIP kits and reagents with Agilent's leading position in microarrays and data analysis solutions.

• MZI HealthCare (Valencia, California) and InterComponentWare (Wayne, Pennsylvania) reported a strategic partnership to deliver eHealth solutions to Independent Practice Associations (IPAs) and health plans nationwide. MZIHC is a vendor of health plan software and offers the EZ-CAP product for claims adjudication. ICW develops eHealth technology solutions that provide secure access to aggregated patient data and interoperability across disparate systems.

The companies have complementary solutions that provide IPAs and health plans with clinical and administrative patient data in a dashboard view, accessed via a secure web browser.

Jeremy Coote, CEO of ICW, said, "By combining the EZ-CAP platform and ICW solutions, we can deliver relevant data to all stakeholders in the care continuum, when and where it is needed."

• MedeFinance (Emeryville, California) reported that it has extended its agreement with Baptist Health System (BHS; Birmingham, Alabama), and has added Reserve Analytics to its Mede solution suite to enable facility CFOs to streamline and improve the organization's monthly reserve process.

BHS VP of Revenue Management Janice Ridling said, "The analytics solutions and added value of Mede's experienced client team quickly helped me reach my initial goal of reducing AR days. In addition we've reduced bad debt and improved our clean claim rate. Since implementation the return with Mede has been swift and sustainable. I look forward to the same success in improving our reserve process across the BHS facilities."

• Aspyra (Calabasas, California) has entered into an agreement with Data Strategies (DSI; Poway, California) allowing Aspyra to represent Data Strategies' elligence billing product line nationally to new and existing Aspyra customers. Data Strategies develops, manufactures and distributes products for healthcare practice management much of the same audience for Aspyra's clinical and diagnostic product solutions.

The non-exclusive national agreement became effective July 18 and is specific to Data Strategies elligence Healthcare Practice Management Billing software and all of its integrated modules and components.