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Waters Corp. recognizes Md. pharmacy school’s mass spectrometry center as ‘center of innovation’

BY Alaric DeArment

MILFORD, Mass. — Laboratory sciences company Waters Corp. has recognized the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy’s Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences’ mass spectrometry facility as the first to receive its Waters Centers of Innovation honors, the company announced at a ceremony Tuesday.

As part of the Centers of Innovation program, the school will receive priority access to new technologies, opportunities to influence the development of next-generation research instruments, shared opportunities for collaboration with Waters and priority applications support and funding assistance. Waters honored the school for its interdisciplinary research using mass spectrometry to discover new and improved drugs to treat cancer, diabetes and infections diseases.

"Today’s ceremony is a testament to the achievements of this school," University of Maryland, Baltimore president Jay Perman said. "Our new mass spectrometry facility is the largest, most well-equipped and well-staffed facility of its kind in the Mid-Atlantic region, and it will enable us to shorten the time it takes to translate research findings into new diagnostics, therapeutics and preventive procedures that will help patients."

 

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Giant-Landover sells gift cards at 5% discount for full-price resale by non-profit organizations

BY Alaric DeArment

LANDOVER, Md. — Supermarket chain Giant Food of Landover, Md., has started a new way for non-profit organizations to use its gift cards to raise money.

Giant-Landover announced the launch of "Ca$h for Causes," whereby non-profits can purchase at least $500 worth of Giant gift cards at a 5% discount and then sell them at face value.

"Ca$h for Causes continues our commitment as the nation’s capital grocer to give back to those who seek to improve their community," Giant-Landover manager of public and community relations Jamie Miller said. "Seventy-seven years ago, when the Cohen and Lehrman families collaborated to open the very first supermarket in our nation’s capital, the public was at the forefront of their minds. We’ve inherited a priceless legacy, which we’re privileged to build upon each and every day."

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Rite Aid appoints Kevin Lofton to board of directors

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CAMP HILL, Pa. — Rite Aid has elected the president and CEO of Catholic Health Initiatives to its board of directors, the retail pharmacy chain said Tuesday.

Rite Aid announced the appointment of Kevin Lofton, who has worked with the Englewood, Colo.-based operator of hospitals and long-term care centers since 1998 and was appointed as its president and CEO in 2003.

"Kevin is a widely recognized and well-respected leader in the healthcare industry whose broad knowledge and experience will be beneficial in helping Rite Aid continue to grow our business and develop innovative ways to better serve our customers in a rapidly changing healthcare environment," Rite Aid chairman, president and CEO John Standley said.

Lofton also served as the American Hospital Association’s chairman in 2007 and is on the boards of the Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, Conifer Health Solutions and drug maker Gilead Sciences.

 

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