Published August 17, 2004
Volume 12, Number 8

Business Bits
  • Transdyn has been awarded a $5.1 million contract from the Maryland Transportation Authority to design and build integrated traffic control and facility management systems for the Baltimore Harbor and Fort McHenry Tunnels. “These tunnels are vital transportation links in the Baltimore area,” says Mark Thompson, Transdyn vice president. “We look forward to delivering new computer and software technology that will help the Authority more effectively manage these important facilities.  This award, along with our portfolio of other intelligent transportation systems for important facilities such as the George Washington Bridge and Boston's Central Artery/Tunnel, further establishes Transdyn as the premier provider of bridge and tunnel management systems in the United States.”
  • The Blood Products Advisory Committee of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has voted overwhelmingly to support licensing of a Roche Molecular Systems screening test for the detection of Hepatitis B (HBV) in donated whole blood. The test is the first nucleic acid test designed for screening whole blood for HBV to be accepted for review by the FDA. “We are delighted with the committee’s recommendation and we commend the committee on its thorough analysis of Roche's extensive clinical data,” says Rich Thayer, a Roche Molecular Systems vice president. “Our studies demonstrate the sensitivity and specificity of our HBV test both as a stand-alone and as used in conjunction with existing screening assays, enabling Blood Centers to further improve the safety of the blood and blood products used in a variety of therapeutic applications. Ultimately, we feel that blood transfusion recipients will directly benefit from the committee’s recommendation today.”
  • Ross Stores, Inc., the second largest off-price company in the nation, launched dd's DISCOUNTS, a new off-price concept store targeting lower income consumers on August 14.  Ross, now headquartered in Hacienda, says the new stores will offer “exceptional values on brand name fashions typically featured in moderate department and national discount stores, but at prices 20 to 70 percent lower everyday.” The first three locations are in Vallejo, San Leandro and Fresno, California.  Seven additional stores are scheduled to have grand openings in the Oakland, Sacramento and Fresno markets over the next two months.  These new stores will be located in smaller, neighborhood shopping centers in more densely populated urban and suburban markets.
  • ZANTAZ, specialists in e-communications management solutions for compliance, electronic discovery and storage management, will enter the French market through an agreement with Optrium, a supplier of software solutions focusing on optimizing the management of data in the enterprise. Optrium will resell ZANTAZ’ award-winning Exchange Archive Solution, an onsite e-mail archiving and management solution which complies with e-mail retention regulations now required or recommended by legislative bodies in France and throughout the European Union.

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