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The Center for Organic Photonics and Electronics (COPE) at the Georgia Institute of Technology and Solvay (Brussels, Belgium) reported a $3 million, three-year deal for organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) research.

Solvay is an international chemical and pharmaceutical group with units in more than 50 countries and a strong presence in Georgia.

“Solvay's partnership represents a substantial investment in Georgia Tech and signifies the company's confidence in Tech's ability to provide end-to-end resources encompassing modeling, synthesis, fabrication and testing,” said Seth Marder, director of COPE.

The deal is designed to help fund research in OLEDs, thin-films of organic molecules that give off light when electricity is applied. OLEDs could be used in everything from television and computer monitors to household lighting to handheld computing devices, such as iPods and personal digital assistants.

In other grant news: Impac Medical Systems (Mountain View, California), a business of Elekta (Stockholm, Sweden) and a provider of oncology information technology (IT) solutions, and OTN (South San Francisco), a specialty pharmaceutical services company, have entered a co-marketing alliance in which Impac will become OTN's preferred oncology electronic medical records (EMR) vendor.

The companies will combine inventory management, practice management, drug distribution and a full-spectrum of oncology information management solutions. Impac and OTN also plan to enhance the interoperability between their systems.

“IMPAC and OTN have worked together on an informal basis for several years. Formalizing our relationship allows us to further refine the workflow capabilities of our oncology information system for managing patient charting, scheduling, charge capture, billing and outcomes analysis,” said Jay Hoey, president and CEO of Impac Medical Systems. “The complementary suite of oncology-specific IT products and services offered by IMPAC and OTN presents a compelling solution for any oncology practice that desires to improve process efficiency, increase checks and balances, and enhance the quality of patient care.”