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Patient enrollment complete for lung cancer treatment trial

BY Alaric DeArment

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. Drug maker OXiGENE has finished enrolling patients for a mid-stage clinical trial of a lung cancer treatment, the company said Wednesday.

OXiGENE announced that it had enrolled 60 patients in “FALCON,” a phase 2 trial of the drug Zybrestat, a treatment for non-small cell lung cancer. The trial comprises two arms, a study arm with patients taking Zybrestat with Genentech’s Avastin (bevacizumab) and chemotherapy, and a control arm with patients taking Avastin and chemotherapy alone. OXiGENE said some preliminary results from the trial presented at the recent meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology have indicated that the drug is safe and effective.

“We look forward to presenting a more complete analysis of the FALCON trial later in 2010 at a scientific meeting,” OXiGENE CEO Peter Langecker said. “If the encouraging positive trends in terms of progression-free survival and overall survival that we presented at ASCO are maintained, they will underscore Zybrestat’s utility in non-small cell lung cancer and potentially pave the way toward embarking upon a registration pathway.”

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JumpStart Dual makes retail debut

BY Allison Cerra

AVENEL, N.J. Digipower, a division of Mizco International, has introduced a portable AC adapter with a built–in rechargeable battery back-up.

The JumpStart Dual, available at retailers nationwide for $49.99, provides mobile device enthusiasts with two powerful products in one solution. Designed to support mobile phones, MP3 and other portable devices, JumpStart Dual comes with two USB ports for simultaneously charging two devices, built-in short circuit, over-charge, and temperature protection; a two-step LED display that shows both charge status and battery life; power on/light function, an emergency flashlight, and a 5V USB output.

“JumpStart Dual combines power and innovation in one portable solution and that’s the philosophy that drives our entire product development program,” said Digipower president Maurice Mizrahi. “There is no other portable power device currently on the market that combines an AC adapter with a built-in rechargeable battery back-up. JumpStart Dual is designed to meet all of the power requirements of today’s power hungry consumers.”

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Kodak looks to capture wedding bliss

BY Allison Cerra

ROCHESTER, N.Y. Kodak is looking to make weddings even more memorable with the launch of its new line of single-use cameras.

Two new Kodak wedding single use cameras — available in red and blue — and bachelorette edition in teal, were launched with the help of wedding website TheKnot.com. Additionally, an exclusive edition of the camera — Forever Floral — only can be found on the site.

The new camera will be available at a special introductory price of $5.99.

“2010 is a year of the fun, modern bride, so Kodak has introduced these four new camera designs to reflect the personality of today’s brides and complement almost any color scheme,” said Therese Corrigan-Bastuk, worldwide marketing director, film capture, paper and output systems, Eastman Kodak Co. “The stylish new designs for the new line of single use wedding cameras make for great looking cameras that provide great looking pictures by using high quality 800-speed Kodak film, making it easy to capture and share all of your Kodak moments.”

For more ordering information, please visit http://tinyurl.com/knotkodakcameras.

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