A Medical Device Daily

The Los Angeles Times reported that the University of Southern California (USC; Los Angeles) has received a $25 million gift from philanthropist Eli Broad’s foundation to construct a stem cell research facility on the medical school campus in East Los Angeles.

The gift is part of his larger effort to bring new biomedical jobs to Los Angeles, Broad said in an interview with the newspaper last week.

Groundbreaking for the Broad Institute for Integrative Biology and Stem Cell Research at USC’s Keck School of Medicine is scheduled to begin this fall. It will house the university’s new Center for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine, USC officials said.

The Broad Foundation funds urban public education initiatives and medical research involving the human genome and stem cells.

Nonlinear Dynamics (Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK), a bioinformatics solutions provider, reported a new distribution agreement with life science supplier New England BioGroup (Atkinson, New Hampshire). New England BioGroup will distribute Nonlinear’s TotalLab product line, for analysis of 1D electrophoresis gels, throughout the U.S.

Nonlinear’s extended TotalLab line incorporates the TL100 general image analysis software and TL120 for automated analysis of 1-D gel images. Also included is the TL120 DM analysis solution, incorporating a database component to enable researchers to store and mine data across multiple experiments. All software will be available for both PC and Apple MacIntosh users.

Orthometrix (White Plains, New York) has entered into an alliance with Healthcare Reimbursement Solutions (Orlando, Florida) to provide healthcare providers, such as those with podiatric and orthopedic practices, using its new Orbasone Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy Pain Relief System with a range of billing advisory services.

The Orbasone ESWT Pain Relief System received market approval from the FDA in August 2005 for the treatment of chronic plantar fasciitis (foot pain).

The alliance enables purchasers of the Orbasone ESWT system to avail themselves of HRSI’s billing and reimbursement consulting services.

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