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Protein Sciences Corp: Flublok influenza vaccine ready for shipment

BY Michael Johnsen

MERIDEN, Conn. — Protein Sciences Corp. on Monday announced today that doses of its Flublok influenza vaccine have been released and are now available for shipment.
 
Flublok is triple the strength of traditional flu vaccines and is the only flu vaccine made without eggs, antibiotics and influenza virus. 
 
"We are pleased to deliver Flublok on schedule and with ample time for people to get vaccinated this season," stated Manon Cox, president and CEO of Protein Sciences. "Last year many consumers allergic to eggs or gelatin or those seeking a pure flu vaccine told us they were grateful to receive Flublok. By being earlier to market and having a wider distribution network this year we hope we can reach even more people who want or need Flublok."
 
Flublok has a unique CPT code (90673) and is fully reimbursed by most insurance companies, the company stated. 
 

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Comedienne Wanda Sykes joins Stand Up To Cancer and the Safeway Foundation on breast cancer PSA

BY Michael Johnsen

LOS ANGELES — Stand Up To Cancer, the Safeway Foundation and actress and comedienne Wanda Sykes on Tuesday collaborated on a campaign to raise money and public awareness for breast cancer and treatment. The PSA campaign launches Oct. 1, the start of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
 
The campaign, scheduled to run the entire month of October, will coincide with Safeway's annual in-store Breast Cancer Awareness fundraiser, which offers customers multiple opportunities to donate at more than 1,300 Safeway stores across the U.S. Through the fundraiser and a new public service announcement featuring Sykes, a SU2C Ambassador, SU2C and The Safeway Foundation will encourage the public to support research to help find a cure for breast cancer. 
 
The print, radio, digital and out-of-home PSA, entitled "Our mother. Our daughters. Our best friends.", is designed to increase funds and awareness toward the fight against breast cancer.
 
"As a breast cancer survivor, I am honored to join Stand Up To Cancer and The Safeway Foundation in this critical initiative," stated Sykes. "Together we hope to raise funds and create awareness toward cancer research to help find more effective ways to treat the disease that has affected not only my life, but the lives of our mothers, daughters, sisters and friends."  
 
At the center of the fundraising and public awareness campaign is a limited-edition, breast cancer awareness-themed reusable tote. The bag will be available for purchase at all Safeway locations, including Vons, Pavilions, Tom Thumb, Randalls and Carrs stores, as well as online at SafewayFoundation.org. Proceeds will benefit accelerated breast cancer research. Additionally, Safeway shoppers can make a separate donation at checkout stands.
 
"We are proud to continue our longstanding commitment to fund research and, ultimately, cure for cancer," noted Larree Renda, Safeway EVP and chair of the Safeway Foundation. "We are thrilled to work with Stand Up To Cancer and Wanda Sykes, two amazing partners who have worked tirelessly to bring awareness to this important cause."
 
The collaborative campaign represents a continued dedication to breast cancer research and awareness for the Safeway Foundation and Stand Up To Cancer. To date, Safeway and the Safeway Foundation have raised more than $115 million for breast cancer causes. Stand Up To Cancer continues to make significant strides in breast cancer research. The SU2C Breast Cancer Dream Team, led by Dennis Slamon and Joe Gray, is working to develop more effective, less toxic treatments for the three major breast cancer subtypes: estrogen receptor (ER)-positive, HER2- positive, and triple negative. 
 
The team is also addressing cancer cells' ability to become resistant to therapies that are initially effective, which is one of the key obstacles to successful treatment. Understanding this resistance opens the door to developing new therapeutic agents to overcome this critical problem.
 
"We are grateful to The Safeway Foundation for their continued commitment to Stand Up To Cancer and to Wanda Sykes for participating in this campaign," commented Lisa Paulsen, co-founder of Stand Up To Cancer and CEO of the Entertainment Industry Foundation. "As a breast cancer survivor, Wanda is a powerful and inspirational voice."

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Diplomat Pharmacy names new CIO

BY Michael Johnsen

 

FLINT, Mich. — Diplomat on Tuesday announced that Stephen Brown has been named chief information officer. As CIO, Brown will oversee the day-to-day operations of the information technology department while being responsible for strategic planning, data warehouse management and facilitating internal and external partnerships.
 
Prior to joining Diplomat, Brown served as an executive consultant specializing in the development of technology architectures and organizational solutions, new client acquisition and business development. Additionally, Brown is actively serving as a board adviser for several companies, providing expertise and guidance on operations, information technology, sales and marketing and executive leadership.
 
Brown's career history has included a number of executive leadership roles in the information technology field. He previously served as chief information officer of Omnicare, a healthcare company specializing in providing medications to the elderly community. Prior to Omnicare, he served as CIO for Carlson Companies, a global provider of travel, hospitality and marketing products. Additional CIO positions were held at Micron Electronics and Imation, a spinoff of 3M.
 
Brown holds a bachelor's degree in business marketing from Texas Tech University and a Master of Science in Management Information Systems from the Naval Post Graduate Institute. Brown also enjoyed a decade-long career in the United States Marine Corps, where he specialized in data processing.
 

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J.Head says:
Nov-07-2014 09:54 am

Congratulations and Semper Fidelis Stephen. Looking forward to hopefully meeting you at the CIO Executive Summit in Detroit November 13th. Jeffrey Head Regioanl Director -Windstream (810) 348-8260 www.windstreambusiness.com 3rd LSB, 3rd Marines

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