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June 1, 2012News for the transfusion medicine and cellular therapy community

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  • Synthetic platelets have applications in wound care
    Researchers have developed synthetic platelets that imitate the physical features of natural platelets and their blood-clotting mechanism, according to a study published in the journal Advanced Materials. The platelets could have a profound effect on wound care on the battlefield and in surgery, according to the director of the Institute of Collaborative Biotechnologies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. InnovationNewsDaily.com (5/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Emerging Trends 
  • Wis. ACOs project health care cost savings
    Health care reform and rising costs are leading self-insured employers to examine the possibility of direct contracting with health care providers. In some cases, employers' savings from direct contracting are shared with providers. To be eligible for direct contracting, providers must be able to make the case for their inclusion with data that demonstrate low costs and high quality, according to experts. Eastern Wisconsin health systems that have formed accountable care organizations are guaranteeing savings for employers that choose health insurance plans that require employees to use their hospitals and health care providers. Peter Pruessing, CEO of Quality Health Solutions, said ACOs are "the engine for making health care better." American Medical News (free content) (5/23), Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (tiered subscription model) (5/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Survey: Costs for health care to increase 7.5% next year
    Health care prices are rising at historically low rates, according to a PricewaterhouseCoopers analysis. Higher utilization of generic drugs, retail and workplace clinics, and insurance industry pressure are among factors keeping costs down, the PwC report said. Reuters (5/31), Bloomberg (5/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Industry News & Practice 
  • South Texas Blood and Tissue to share cells with Saneron
    South Texas Blood and Tissue Center affiliates Texas Cord Blood Bank and GenCure have entered a deal with Saneron to share an umbilical cord blood cell supply for use in disease research, including Phase II trials. The agreement covers work on therapies for conditions such as Alzheimer's disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and stroke. San Antonio Express-News (5/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Government & Regulatory 
  • Bill seeking repeal of medical device tax clears House panel
    A bill that aims to overturn the Affordable Care Act's 2.3% tax on medical devices cleared the House Ways and Means Committee and could see a full chamber vote as early as next week. The Advanced Medical Technology Association praised Congress for taking the initial step to end the tax, which it says "could cost as many as 40,000 jobs and lead to reductions in research and development." MassDevice.com (Boston) (5/31), Reuters (5/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Senators try to put the brakes on FDA regulation of medical apps
    A bipartisan group of senators is supporting an amendment to the Prescription Drug User Fee Act that would put a moratorium on the agency's ability to regulate health care applications as medical devices. The HHS health IT certification program is a better venue than the FDA's premarket approval process for regulating the use of computers in health care, write former FDA Deputy Commissioner Scott Gottlieb and health information entrepreneur J.D. Kleinke, who are fellows of the American Enterprise Institute. The Wall Street Journal (5/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
  Association News 
  • Public conference on secondary bacterial screening of platelet components scheduled for July 17
    AABB is sponsoring a public conference — scheduled for July 17, in Bethesda, Md. — to discuss secondary bacterial screening of platelet components. The objectives of this conference include providing updated scientific information on bacterial testing of platelet components, including ongoing risks of septic transfusion reactions; sharing operational experience with testing on the day of use; and enabling stakeholders with a variety of operational experiences to raise their concerns. More information will be announced in the coming weeks regarding the conference agenda and instructions addressing registration, hotel accommodations and requests from the public to present statements. Visit the AABB website to learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Bacterial contamination testing survey closes June 8
    The deadline to complete the survey designed to evaluate current measures used to test platelet components (apheresis and whole blood-derived) for bacterial contamination has been extended to June 8. AABB members were first notified about the survey in the May 4 edition of AABB Weekly Report, and the survey was distributed to the accreditation contact listed for U.S. AABB-accredited facilities on May 11. Individuals with questions, including accreditation contacts who have not received an e-mail with a link to the survey, should e-mail AABB's Regulatory Affairs department. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Position TitleCompany NameLocation
Supervisor of Blood Donor ServicesBaystate HealthUS - MA - Springfield
Chief Transfusion Safety OfficerPuget Sound Blood CenterUS - WA
Medical Technologist II (Reference Laboratory)San Diego Blood BankUS - CA - San Diego
Advanced Clinical Lab Specialist - IRLBlood Systems, Inc.US - AZ - Tempe
Technologist III (Cell Therapy)Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer CenterUS - NY - New York
Manufacturing Processes SpecialistBlood Systems, Inc.US - AZ - Scottsdale
Manager of Donor RecruitmentAmerican Red CrossUS - MI - Detroit
Cellular Therapy ConsultantAABBUS - Nationwide
Manufacturing ManagerHemo bioscience Inc.US - NC - RTP
Regional Director of Transfusion ServicesAdvocate Health CareUS - IL
Executive Director - HemostasisNovo NordiskUS - NJ - Princeton
Standards Development SpecialistAABBUS - MD - Bethesda
Communications ManagerAABBUS - MD - Bethesda
Country Director - MozambiqueAABBMOZ - Nationwide
Deputy Director, Regulatory Affairs - Cellular TherapyAABBUS - MD - Bethesda
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