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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Baxa Corp's NeoThrive Enteral Feeding System featured in March issue of Today's Medical Developments

"Dozens of patients – frequently tiny babies – have been killed or wounded by a little-known medical mistake made by nurses and doctors. Well documented in medical literature, the error is a tubing misconnection. It occurs... when caregivers deliver the wrong medication or liquid to the wrong part of a patient’s body.

Now, borrowing theory from automotive and industrial designers, medical supply companies are redesigning their tubes and syringes with behavior-shaping constraints that make these devastating mistakes impossible. In this arena, [Denver-based] Baxa Corp., has developed a syringe and pump specifically to feed premature babies in intensive care."

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Thursday, March 11, 2010

New Products: Bell Perch Announcement in Seafood Business

"Frozen breaded yellow perch fillets and Cajun nuggets are now available through an online ordering system from Bell Aquaculture.

Bell’s panko breading balances tangy and mild flavors, and the fillets cook best in canola oil in just under three minutes. The sweet, mild-tasting fish is available year-round. Bell Aquaculture in Albany, Ind., owns and operates one of the nation’s largest yellow perch farms, with corporate headquarters and production facilities nearby in Redkey, northeast of Indianapolis. The fillets and nuggets are available in orders of either 5 or 20 pounds. Non-breaded fillets will be available online in the near future. Contact Bell Aquaculture at (765) 369-2392, or visit www.bellperch.com."

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Fitzsimons: From vacant Army post to medical promised land
There was a great multi-part feature in Sunday's Denver Post on the Fitzsimons Life Sciences District and Anschutz Medical Campus and how it "has emerged as an economic bright spot in the area, bringing advanced health care and research facilities to the region, garnering national attention, and providing an economic engine that is expected to employ nearly 45,000 people when it is fully developed."

Don't miss these related articles:
Venture capital firms sought to boost Fitzsimons life-science incubator
2) Fitzsimons growth fueling retail development
3) CU Hospital's diabetes research sets standards worldwide

Link to Margaret Jackson's Feature Article
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Special Report: Green Technology - Can Green Technology Propel Economic Development?
Chad Vander Veen's article in the March 2010 Governing magazine includes quotes from Matt Cheroutes, CCIA Founding Board Member:

"That's the case in Colorado, where Gov. Bill Ritter ordered his Energy Office, Economic Development Office and state CIO to collaborate on ways to nurture green technology start-ups and create demand among consumers for emerging — and typically more expensive — green products.

Colorado is testing a new Discovery Grant Program designed to help early stage companies, which are often simply groups of researchers attempting to take an idea out of the lab and into the commercial market.

'At that point, there's not a lot of available seed capital. So to give them some small grants at the very beginning really shows great support from the state,' says Matt Cheroutes, director of communications and external affairs for the Colorado Governor's Office of Economic Development and International Trade.

Cheroutes, a founding member of the Colorado Cleantech Industry Association, says strong executive support for green technology in Colorado will lead to job growth and economic prosperity. But that won't happen, he says, unless companies can deliver their products to a public that can afford them — a tall order in green tech markets that are often too immature to deliver at affordable economies of scale.

Cheroutes says the state works closely with renewable energy firms to develop incentives for consumers. Take solar power, for example, where the cost of installing solar panels typically doesn't pencil out for the average homeowner.

'We've had a lot of people in our state say they want solar on their homes,' Cheroutes says. 'But they simply can't afford the initial investment to do it. We've seen estimates anywhere from $8,000 for a very small home to $15,000 for a medium-sized home. These days, not a lot of people have the ability to pay that.'

The state worked with two Colorado solar firms — SolarCity and SunRun — to develop a financing model that makes solar installations more affordable. Instead of paying the full installation fee upfront, consumers instead put up a down payment that is a fraction of the total cost. Over the next three or four years, the energy savings the consumer realizes goes back to the solar company to pay the remaining balance. After the company is paid in full, the consumer's energy bill decreases significantly. . .

'The culture has changed in Colorado,' says Cheroutes. 'It's something that everyone in Colorado has sort of agreed to and bought in to. And whether that's out of a desire to protect our mountains or to keep our kids from being sent halfway around the world to fight, or if it's to keep kids who are home employed and working, it's a cultural mind change, and sometimes those are the hardest things to deal with in the beginning. So if you have the will of the people, of industry and of political leaders, you can make anything happen.'"

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