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Sanofi, Scripps Genomic Medicine form partnership

BY Alaric DeArment

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. French drug maker Sanofi-Aventis and a division of San Diego-based nonprofit community health system Scripps Health will work together in the field of personalized medicine.

The two companies announced Tuesday the partnership between Sanofi and Scripps Genomic Medicine, under which Sanofi-Aventis Research & Development will fund up to three grants per year for research proposals from Scripps investigators.

“Our alliance with Sanofi-Aventis exemplifies the ideal collaboration between the pharmaceutical industry and nonprofit research community,” Scripps Health chief academic officer Eric Topol said. “The partnership aims to foster an environment of open scientific exchange in genomic medicine that we hope will translate to new discoveries to benefit patients while establishing a collaborative approach to drug development.”

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PositiveID files patent for Insulin Tracker

BY Alaric DeArment

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. A company that develops healthcare and information management products has applied for a patent for an insulin-pen tracking and recording device.

 

PositiveID announced Monday that it had filed for a patent for the Insulin Tracker with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The device slides onto insulin pens and allows diabetes patients to track and record the amount of insulin they inject, including the time and date of each injection, transmitting it to PositiveID’s iGlucose System database and allowing patients and their healthcare providers to monitor compliance.

 

 

“Due to the cumbersome nature of manually recording blood glucose levels, insulin dosages and the appropriate dates and times for each, many patients’ diabetes logs are incomplete or even nonexistent, which directly impacts patient compliance,” PositiveID chairman and CEO Scott Silverman said.

 

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Milwaukee Health Services taps new corporate communications specialist

BY Antoinette Alexander

MILWAUKEE, Wis. Milwaukee Health Services, which owns and operates a retail-based convenient care clinic here, has hired Clarene Mitchell as corporate communications specialist.

In her new role, Mitchell’s duties will include advancing the organization’s public image, facilitating business and government partnerships, fundraising strategy efforts and special projects.

An initial area of concentration will focus on increasing the public image and utilization of MHSI’s Convenient Care Clinic that operates in the Midtown Piggly Wiggly supermarket. MHSI opened the clinic in October 2009 in partnership with Managed Health Services. The clinic, which is owned and operated by MHSI, was the first retail based clinic to be opened by a Federally Qualified Health Center on a national basis, the company stated.

Mitchell most recently worked with VITAS Innovative Hospice Care. Her professional history includes managing programs and public relations interests for Black Health Coalition of Wisconsin.  Prior to that she was a health communications officer for the Milwaukee Health Department, the health and education liaison for Mayor John O. Norquist, in addition to other roles with such organizations as Sojourner Truth House, American Lung Association, Lisbon Avenue Neighborhood Development and the Milwaukee Urban League.

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