U. of N.C. mascot's legacy inspires tens of thousands of donor registrations | MTF Biologics is new name of tissue supplier | Ind. Donor Network's TxJet flight service honored as innovator
October 18, 2017
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U. of N.C. mascot's legacy inspires tens of thousands of donor registrations
University of North Carolina Tar Heels mascot Jason Ray died 10 years ago, and a news story about his tissue and organ donation inspired 50,000 people to register as organ donors, according to Donate Life America. The donations helped 118 people in 26 states and Canada, according to MTF Biologics, and the Jason Ray Foundation has raised more than a half-million dollars to help the families of patients who need transplants.
ESPN (10/16) 
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7 keys: Put real-world evidence into action
Life sciences organizations need to know how their therapies work in the real world once clinical trials end. And these seven key components to standardizing real-world data and analytics platforms are how they get started. Read the paper, Institutionalizing Real World Evidence.
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MTF Biologics is new name of tissue supplier
The Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation has taken on a new name: MTF Biologics. MTF Biologics is a supplier of donated tissue including skin, bone, tendons, ligaments, cartilage and birth tissue and has distributed more than 7.5 million grafts since it was founded in 1987.
OrthoWorld (10/3) 
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Ind. Donor Network's TxJet flight service honored as innovator
TxJet was launched by the Indiana Donor Network in 2014 to speed the delivery of organs for transplant. The service has been recognized by the 2017 Indiana Innovation Awards for its work delivering almost 625 organs across the nation.
Inside Indiana Business (10/3) 
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Healthy breast tissue collected at Ind. bank
Healthy breast tissue is being collected at the Susan G. Komen Tissue Bank in Indianapolis. The bank provides resources for 117 research projects around the world.
The Seattle Times (tiered subscription model)/The Associated Press (10/13) 
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Government & Regulatory
Fla. reports first local case of Zika virus transmission in 2017
Florida health officials say the state's first case of locally transmitted Zika virus infection in 2017 has been reported, involving a mosquito transmission from a person who traveled to Cuba to a partner in Manatee County. The state has reported 187 confirmed cases of Zika virus infection for the year, most of them travel-related.
U.S. News & World Report (10/13) 
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Aftermath of Hurricane Maria puts health at risk in Puerto Rico
The population's health is at risk in Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, owing in part to the island's severely damaged public health system, with hospitals running on generators and some staff unable to report for work, reducing the ability to provide care. Potential dangers include the spread of infectious diseases, such as the Zika virus and a lack of treatment for patients with conditions such as diabetes, hepatitis C, HIV and tuberculosis.
MD Magazine online (10/15),  The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (10/13) 
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US study looks at mosquito-borne disease at Brazil Olympics
A study of blood samples from 457 US Olympic team members at the 2016 Summer Games in Brazil found 7% tested positive for mosquito-borne chikungunya, dengue fever or West Nile virus, but none for the Zika virus. The study was conducted by researchers from the University of Utah and the US Olympic Committee.
The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (10/10),  HealthDay News (10/9) 
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CryoLife enters $225M deal to acquire German medical device maker
Medical device and tissue processing company CryoLife reached a deal to pay approximately $225 million in cash and stock for Jotec, a German company that makes medical devices for treating aortic and peripheral vascular diseases. The acquisition, which is expected to close later this year subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions, will allow for CryoLife's expansion in the endovascular surgical market.
Medical Devices Business Review (U.K.) (10/11) 
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Upcoming webinar
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2017 AATB Annual Meeting presentation spotlight
  • Emily Duncanson, M.D., forensic cardiac pathologist with The Jesse Edwards Registry of Cardiac Disease, presents Diagnosing Cardiac Disease & Abnormalities After Valve Donation. This lecture will educate attendees on multiple critical roles surrounding the diagnosis of cardiac diseases and abnormalities on forensic cases when the heart is examined after valvectomy.
  • Scott Brubaker, CTBS of the US FDA, presents on the New eRegistration Process and Other Updates from the FDA. Scott will elaborate on new critical processes being put in to place by the US FDA.
  • Irma Sison, M.D., with LifeNet Health, will present Recruitment Success of Donor Services Coordinators. With high turnover rates, recruiting the right people for this critical job is essential. Dr. Sison will review best practices in assuring we hire the right individuals for these roles.
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