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M2D2 receives $500,000 grant to develop new medical devices

BY Drew Buono

LOWELL and WORCESTER, Mass. The Massachusetts Medical Device Development Center (or M2D2), a collaboration of UMass Lowell and the UMass Medical Center in Worcester, has received a $500,000 grant from the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative’s John Adams Innovation Institute, according to printed reports. M2D2 offers small medical device companies access to world-class researchers and resources to help venture capitalists see the products and ideas these smaller companies can offer.

The grant aims to help entrepreneurs develop new medical device ideas. M2D2 is now working with companies from around the state to develop products including a system to prevent elderly people from falling, a dissolvable heart stent and a system that uses contact lenses to deliver glaucoma drugs.

M2D2 has already received $150,000 from the institute, and UMass Lowell is seeking funding from the state life sciences board to transform the Institute for Plastics Innovation, which houses M2D2, into an innovation center for life sciences.

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FDA grants Mylan tentative approval for generic Lamictal

BY Drew Buono

PITTSBURGH, Pa. Mylan Pharmaceuticals has received tentative approval from the Food and Drug Administration for a generic version of Lamictal.

Lamictal, by GlaxoSmithKline is used to treat epilepsy and bipolar I disorder. The generic version, lamotrigine, will be available in 25 mg, 100 mg, 150 mg and 200 mg tablet strengths.

The drug had sales of about $1.97 billion for the 12 months ended Sept. 30, 2007.

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NoMoreClipboard.com, ReliefInsite.com partner to offer online pain management module

BY Drew Buono

FORT WAYNE, Ind. NoMoreClipboard.com and ReliefInsite.com have teamed up to ease pain management for patients, practitioners and caregivers. The two have incorporated a free pain management module into the NoMoreClipBoard.com interface.

NoMoreClipboard.com, an online personal health record company, works with health care providers and industry groups to simplify transactions between patients, providers and payors, saving each party significant time and effort. Within NoMoreClipboard.com, patients or caregivers can store information such as allergies, medications and medical conditions in a secure environment. The patient can then choose to share their records with selected health care providers, and NoMoreClipboard.com takes care of securely transferring the record to physicians on behalf of the patient. ReliefInsite.com is a health care information technology company that provides secure online pain management services.

The ReliefInsite.com pain management module within NoMoreClipboard.com allows patients to share their daily pain diary with doctors, nurses, therapists, family members and friends. In addition, ReliefInsite.com offers dynamic, real-time graphical reports to help improve patient compliance, and assists case managers by monitoring therapy effectiveness with time-stamped records, revealing the interaction between pain levels and the patient’s personal and professional lifestyle.

“NoMoreClipboard.com allows patients to store and manage health information and share it with their health care providers, easily and seamlessly,” said Jeff Donnell, NoMoreClipboard.com vice president of marketing. “The ReliefInsite pain management module makes our personal health record even more valuable for the 50 million Americans who currently suffer from chronic pain.”

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