A Medical Device Daily

Harvest Technologies (Plymouth, Minnesota) reported that it has signed an exclusive distribution agreement related to its BMAC system in the U.S. for the orthopedic bone regeneration market with Osteotech (Eatontown, New Jersey), a developer of biologic solutions for regenerative medicine.

Harvest’s BMAC (Bone Marrow Aspirate Concentrate) system is a point-of-care device for concentrating a patient’s own (autologous) bone marrow stem cells. The system derives bone marrow aspirate concentrate, which is a rich source of autologous adult stem cells, in just 15 minutes.

The companies believe that the combination of Osteotech’s biologic bone regeneration products with Harvest’s BMAC will provide orthopedic surgeons a new powerful tool.

In other agreements: Amerinet (St. Louis), a national healthcare group purchasing organization, reported an exclusive agreement with EKLA (Westchester, Illinois), for medical surgical distribution services.

The partnership will focus on the distribution of medical surgical products and services in 10 states. This three-year agreement creates a partnership of shared responsibility to ensure Amerinet members receive the valuable resources necessary to delivery high quality healthcare.

EKLA said it offers extended hours of operation, quality trained customer service representatives, high and accurate fill rates, efficient order processing, and same day, next day and scheduled deliveries.

EKLA is a woman- and minority-owned business. It offers various products from numerous manufacturers such as medical surgical and laboratory products, textiles/uniforms, durable medical equipment and even physician office setups.

Samarion (Jackson, Mississippi), the long-term care (LTC) industry’s technology partner, reported that Christwood Retirement Community (Covington, Louisiana) is the company’s second outcome based study (OBS) partner site for SamarionSolution, an enterprise quality improvement system for the nursing home industry.

Christwood, which recently celebrated a decade as the first licensed continuing care retirement community in Louisiana, features independent living options and assisted living/skilled nursing care.

The company said its SamarionSolution provides restraint-free fall prevention; wandering and elopement prevention; resident, staff and visitor safety and security management; unparalleled staff management and facility monitoring; and an all-encompassing family-and-friends communications system.

Christwood has a strategic partnership with Life Care Services (Des Moines, Iowa), which manages nearly 100 communities throughout the U.S., providing services for more than 23,000 residents daily.