Published October 20, 2015
Volume 23, Number 10

Business Bits


  • Roche Acquires GeneWEAVE to Strengthen Offerings in Microbiology Diagnostics     

    Roche has signed a definitive agreement to acquire GeneWEAVE BioSciences, Inc., a privately held company focused on innovative, clinical microbiology diagnostics solutions based in Los Gatos. When completed, GeneWEAVE will be integrated into Roche Molecular Diagnostics.    

    The acquisition provides Roche with GeneWEAVE’s Smarticles technology, an innovative class of molecular diagnostics that quickly identifies multidrug-resistant organisms and assesses antibiotic susceptibility directly from clinical samples, without the need for traditional enrichment, culture or sample preparation processes. GeneWEAVE’s first system in development is the vivoDx—a fully automated, random-access system designed to meet the needs of laboratories addressing MDRO detection and antibiotic therapy guidance. The technology is currently being evaluated in multiple sites across the U.S.     

    “With GeneWEAVE, we further strengthen our microbiology diagnostics offerings with cutting-edge technology that will aid in the fight against drug-resistant bacteria,” said Roland Diggelmann, COO of Roche Diagnostics. “This technology has the potential to provide healthcare professionals access to quick and accurate diagnoses that can lead to rapid, informed treatment decisions.”
  • Veeva Systems Teams with HighPoint Solutions to Deliver Master Data Management    

    Veeva Systems and HighPoint Solutions are expanding their partnership to bring Veeva Network Customer Master to more life sciences companies. HighPoint, which has a long and successful track record implementing master data management (MDM) systems, will now offer its customers implementation services for Veeva Network, the only MDM application developed exclusively for the life sciences industry.    

    “Since 2007, our partnership with Veeva has enabled us to deliver the most innovative, industry-specific solutions available to our clients and backed by the company’s commitment to customer success,” said Chris Colapietro, HighPoint’s executive vice president of technology. “We are pleased to expand our relationship with Veeva’s customer master solution. Veeva Network offers a single system for harmonized processes and worldwide visibility plus the flexibility to meet local market needs, making it the optimal solution for life sciences.”    

    “Well-recognized and experienced in MDM solutions consulting, HighPoint has been helping life sciences organizations address the challenge of maintaining a single, complete customer view for nearly a decade,” said Dan Goldsmith, Veeva’s chief strategy officer. “The company brings a strong vision and the depth of industry and technical expertise companies need.” Eric Letts, HighPoint’s vice president of MDM Solutions added, “Veeva Network is a next-generation MDM solution that’s not only powerful but also easy to use and implement.”
  • ServiceMax Launches Android App, Revised iPad App to Follow    

    Hacienda’s ServiceMax is expanding their field-ready mobile capabilities to more devices with the introduction of the first-ever native ServiceMax Android app. Like the ServiceMax iPhone and iPad apps, the new ServiceMax Mobile for Android app offers a complete mobile end-to-end field service solution, providing technicians efficient access to the information they need to get their jobs done in the field, quickly and accurately, the first time.      

    The ServiceMax Winter ‘15 release also features a completely redesigned version of its award-winning iPad app — a trailblazing mobile solution that is used by hundreds of field service organizations.    
  • Diebold Adds New High-Performance ATMs to Latest Self-Service Platform     

    To help financial institutions provide the fast, reliable and secure experience that consumers are demanding, Diebold has added high-performance cash-dispensing and full-function models to its latest self-service platform. These self-service terminals feature a new intelligent cash dispensing module that offers 50 percent higher cassette note capacity to drive operational efficiencies, a modern interface that enhances privacy and accessibility, and state-of-the-art security features that protect consumers and financial institutions against fraud.    

    “We are encouraged by financial institutions’ interest in the high-performance capabilities added to our latest self-service family,” said Frank A. Natoli, Jr., Diebold executive vice president. “Paired with our recently acquired Phoenix software capabilities and best-in-class services, the newest additions to our self-service family provide an end-to-end solution to address the needs and aspirations of our customers and their consumers.”

Stories compiled by Jay Hipps


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