NORIAN GETS SBIR FOR BONE REPAIR MATERIALNorian Corp., a medical device company specializing in bonerepair biomaterials, has received a $50,000 Small BusinessInnovation Research grant from the National ScienceFoundation to study the use of Norian's SuperBone as a grout toimprove the performance of joint replacements.

SuperBone is an injectable, rapid-setting, bioactive bonecement. About half of the 150,000 hip replacements done eachyear in the United States use non-cemented implants. Many ofthese result in pain, limping and other problems, which may becaused by micromotion of the implants. Privately held Norianof Mountain View, Calif., said it hopes that using SuperBone asa gap filler will reduce the problem.


Vivigen Inc. (AMEX:VIV), a Santa Fe, N.M.-based provider ofgenetic testing services, has signed a marketing agreementwith Caremark, an affiliate of Baxter Healthcare Corp. ofDeerfield, Ill. Caremark will market Vivigen's products andservices to Caremark's customers through its Women's HealthService, the companies said Wednesday.

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