Published May 17, 2005
Volume 13, Number 5

Business Bits
  • The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Roche Molecular Systems’ Cobas AmpliScreen HBV Test for use as a screening test for the detection of Hepatitis B in donated whole blood, blood components, source plasma and other living donors. The test is the first nucleic acid test designed for screening whole blood for HBV to be approved by the FDA. The approval follows a 2004 vote by the Blood Products Advisory Committee of the FDA which recommended that the test be licensed.
  • Polycom has introduced two new judicial solutions based on its flagship VSX group video conferencing and collaboration platform, which features TV-like video quality, near-CD quality StereoSurround sound, and AES encryption. Known as the Judicial VSX Collaboration Systems, the Polycom Judicial Cart and Polycom Judicial Wall Unit are specifically designed for the unique requirements of judicial, legal and penal environments. The units provide judges, legal professionals, court officials, inmates and witnesses with an efficient, cost-effective and safe process for deposition, trials, and consultations.
  • AdventNet, Inc. has released version 4.2.0 of its ManageEngine WiFi Manager, a software product which adds support for DLINK, SMC, and Linksys Wireless Access Points and Routers. The latest version of WiFi Manager will provide IT departments at small and medium enterprises the ability to seamlessly secure, configure, and monitor wireless networks with multi-vendor Wireless LAN hardware. In addition to the access points and routers, WiFi Manager also now supports wireless access gateways from Nomadix. This enables Wireless ISPs using Nomadix solutions to leverage the benefit of centralized network management at an affordable price point.
  • Hacienda’s Bivio Networks has received $16.5 million in its fourth round of funding, including investors like Goldman Sachs, InterWest Partners, Storm Ventures, and Venrock Associates. Bivio has now received a total of $54 million in financing. The company will use the additional funds to continue work on their multi-gigabit network appliances, which feature a groundbreaking architecture optimized for wire-speed execution of software-based network services.
  • InnerWorkings has secured $8.8 million in financing from Benchmark Capital Europe and Mohr, Davidow Ventures (MDV). The company will use funds from this Series A round to accelerate its R&D capabilities in Ireland and expand its sales, marketing, and client services organizations in the U.S. InnerWorkings, which has its headquarters in Hacienda, is a software company that creates unique practice-based learning solutions that present real-world coding and application design techniques, thereby providing true visibility into developer performance.

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