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November 19, 2012News for the transfusion medicine and cellular therapy community

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Quotient is on a roll with new FDA approvals & GPO contracts
More good news from Quotient! Not only do we have FDA-approved Reagent Red Blood Cells products, but also just approved Rare Antisera, including Anti-s and Anti-Wra. We also have new 3-yr agreements with Premier Inc. and the General Services Administration. Great products and value from the one manufacturer focused on manual testing. Contact us today.

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  • State health agencies to update IT systems, survey finds
    Many state health departments are implementing best practices and technological advancements to modernize the IT platforms they use, according to the results of a survey published by Microsoft and the American Public Human Services Association. The report found 57% of agencies surveyed have not upgraded their IT systems, but the majority of them will pursue modernization within the next three to five years. The findings also show good program management practices, due diligence and proper leadership could help agencies get gradual benefits from IT modernization despite challenges. Healthcare IT News (11/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Need Help Applying for the NBF Grant?
AABB has added a FREE audioconference for November 28 titled How to Get That NBF Grant! This session will discuss the grant application process, common application mistakes, and factors the review committee considers when looking over proposals. All early-career researchers are encouraged to register whether they want to apply for a grant in 2013 or beyond.

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  • TG licenses cancer drug candidate to South Korean firm
    TG Therapeutics granted Ildong Pharmaceutical exclusive rights to develop and market ublituximab, or TGTX-1101, for all indications in South Korea and Southeast Asia. Ublituximab, an anti-CD20 antibody, is being developed as a treatment for hematologic malignancies and other B-cell lymphoproliferative diseases. The deal entitles TG Therapeutics to $2 million upfront plus milestone and royalty fees based on sales. Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News (11/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Ind. lawmakers look to defer device tax implementation
    Efforts are ongoing to put off implementation of the 2.3% medical device tax by one to two years, said Indiana Reps. Marlin Stutzman, a Republican, and Joe Donnelly, a Democrat, who expressed opposition to the tax. Plans to defer the tax could be included in a fiscal proposal Congress is devising to stop $600 billion in automatic tax hikes and spending reductions from taking effect, Stutzman said. The Journal Gazette (Fort Wayne, Ind.) (11/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Reminder: 2 sets of proposed standards available for comment
    The public comment period for the proposed draft "Standards for Immunohematology Reference Laboratories," eighth edition, and draft "Standards for Molecular Testing for Red Cell, Platelet, and Neutrophil Antigens," second edition, will conclude Dec. 28. The Immunohematology Reference Laboratory Standards Program Unit and the Molecular Testing Standards Program Unit are encouraging all interested individuals to submit their comments. The drafts are available on the AABB website. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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