Published October 19, 2010
Volume 18, Number 10

  • Roche Molecular Systems and the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) have entered into a research collaboration to enable more specific prediction of a woman’s risk for developing cervical cancer.     

    The work is based on recent DKFZ research indicating that the relative amounts of certain RNA markers in cells infected with human papilloma virus (HPV) can be used to differentiate between cervical cancer and pre-cancer from low-grade cervical lesions. DKFZ’s research is being conducted using Roche proprietary platforms, which will facilitate direct transition and application of any relevant findings to the Roche diagnostics product line.    

    “DKFZ is among the world's leading HPV research institutes. Through this collaboration, we have the opportunity to work with them to further improve screening and diagnosis of cervical cancer,” says Paul Brown, Ph.D., president and CEO of Roche Molecular Diagnostics. “Our hope is that this will ultimately lead to the development of a new test to make cervical cancer screening, diagnosis and grading even more accurate and specific.”
  • Hacienda’s Bivio Networks has joined the Open Source Information Security Foundation (OISF) Suricata Project. The project, a non-profit initiative funded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and a multinational group of networking vendors, systems integrators and managed security organizations, is developing an open source engine capable of performing real-time analysis on network traffic to detect suspicious probes, intrusions and attacks.    

    “Network attacks are more prevalent and pernicious than ever, so making networks more resilient against attack is the challenge of our times,” says Dr. Elan Amir, president and CEO of Bivio Networks. “We are honored to contribute our time, equipment and expertise to develop, in collaboration with OISF’s other industry partners, advanced intrusion detection solutions to protect critical federal and enterprise infrastructures.”
  • Hacienda employees who join 1st United Services Credit Union and open a qualifying account will receive a $25 “thank you” deposit in their account, and in addition, Hacienda Helping Hands will receive a matching $25 donation to support Pleasanton-area charitable organizations that provide critically-needed healthcare and education related programs. To mark the beginning of these programs, 1st USCU has made a $1,000 donation to Hacienda Helping Hands.      

    “1st USCU is proud to partner with organizations that help people in the communities we serve in the Tri-Valley and East Bay areas,” says Victor Quint, 1st USCU president and CEO.

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