Published February 17, 2015
Volume 23, Number 2

Business Bits

  • Voxeleron Software Improves Disease Detection      

    Voxeleron has introduced advanced optical coherence tomography (OCT) analysis software called Orion that could help physicians better diagnose such crippling diseases as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.       

    Orion is fully-automated software that can rapidly and accurately segment seven retinal layers in OCT images. Current OCT analysis tools have limited function that allows only two or three retinal layers to be analyzed.      

    The retina in the eye is an extension of the central nervous system. The health of the retina is closely tied to the health of the brain. Overwhelming evidence proves the clinical importance of the inner retinal layers in the detection of disease and prognosis.      

    Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease) and multiple sclerosis are among the most debilitating neurological diseases that could be better diagnosed with the use of Orion. Early work studying deeper layers of the retina has shown potential for early detection and accurate diagnosis of such diseases.      

    Early detection of these diseases can allow for early intervention and better clinical options. Orion offers the unique ability to isolate and quantify retinal layers, empowering fundamental clinical research.      

    Learn more about Hacienda-based Voxeleron and Orion at voxeleron.com/orion.
  • Veeva Vault Improves Efficiency for Life Sciences Industry       

    Veeva Vault is helping the Vital Therapies company streamline the process for getting its newest biological product through clinical trials.      

    The cloud-based Veeva Vault software enables efficient collaboration between Vital Therapies’ external partners, global study sites and internal clinical and regulatory teams.      

    “We wanted an end-to-end solution that would allow improved efficiency, enable streamlined operations and provide team members with access to product and study documentation in a structured and secure location,” Heidi Spanish, Vital Therapies’ director of global regulatory and quality operations, said. “With Veeva Vault, it’s easier to share information. Veeva Vault will also scale to grow with our organization as we drive toward our goal of commercialization.”      

    Veeva Vault helps companies by leveraging a single system for regulated documents.       

    “Veeva Vault connects workstreams between clinical and regulatory, which improves productivity,” Spanish said. “Users no longer have to pull documents from multiple places. And we no longer need multiple versions of the same document.”      

    Veeva Vault is accessed anywhere in the world with a simple Internet connection. Veeva maintains the system and provides regular upgrades.     

    Vault eTMF and Vault Submissions are part of Veeva Vault, a cloud-based suite of integrated content management applications and platform for the life sciences industry. Vault spans clinical, quality, commercial, and medical – every major part of a life sciences company – giving pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device companies the ability to deploy a single content management system globally.      

    Learn more about Hacienda-based Veeva at veeva.com.
  • Waters Recognized for Product Innovation       

    Waters Corporation has been recognized as a product innovator by Frost & Sullivan, a global consulting firm that releases annual awards for industry leaders.      

    Waters received the 2014 product innovation award for its PATROL UPLC process analysis system, marking it as a leader in the global process liquid chromatography market.      

    PATROL UltraPerformance Liquid Chromotography (UPLC) was launched in 2010. It is based on Waters’ ACQUITY UPLC, which pioneered a new category of chromatographic performance.      

    “On behalf of the employees of Waters, we are honored to receive this recognition from such a respected organization like Frost & Sullivan,” Rohit Khanna, vice president of worldwide marketing and informatics for the Waters Division, said. “The PATROL UPLC process analysis system provides our customers, for the first time, the combination of automation and UPLC together for direct online connection to their processes with real-time UPLC analysis.”      

    Waters makes innovative analytical instruments that help scientists reach their goals, increase productivity and earn lab-based organization a higher return on their investments in research, development and quality control.      

    The Massachusetts-based Waters has an office in Hacienda. Learn more about the company at waters.com.
  • iTradeNetwork Improves Efficiency of Nation’s Food Supply      

    The nation’s food network is operating more efficiently, thanks to a new food traceability project from iTradeNetwork.     

    iTradeNetwork is the leading provider of global supply chain solutions, allowing the food industry to track goods and services with the company’s cloud-based solutions.     

    The Hacienda-based company has partnered with Dot Foods, the nation’s largest food redistributor, to launch the innovative supply chain traceability project.     

    “Dot has consistently shown leadership and innovation in the ways they use iTradeNetwork solutions,” Jim Corbett, iTradeNetwork vice president, said. “Working with Dot has helped us refine the ways we can use the (advanced shipment information) to act as a fundamental framework for capturing critical traceability signals.”      

    The project leverages iTradeNetwork’s ability to capture, cleanse and transmit information electronically from food and beverage suppliers through every stage of the supply chain.      

    The Dot Foods traceability solution takes data from the standard GS1-128 pallet label and associates it with active shipments and sales orders being transmitted electronically to customers. The resulting system aligns with industry-driven traceability and food safety requirements while providing advanced shipment information using iTradeNetwork’s procurement system for food service distributors and operators.     

    iTradNetwork’s networks are used by more than 8,000 companies in the food industry, including many of the country’s biggest grocery retailers, food distributors, food service management companies and restaurant chains.

    Learn more about iTradeNetwork at itradenetwork.com.


Compiled by Zoe Francis


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