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California Time and Labor Company Offers PEO Services for California Companies

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 3 dicembre 2019

California Time and Labor Company – provider of a fully-integrated human capital management (HCM) solution for small to enterprise-sized businesses in California, today, announced the availability of PEO services through their LABORsuite platform. LABORsuite helps employers off-load the weight and cost of backend administration and the contingent liabilities associated with them. LABORsuite helps manage employees more effectively and in line with Federal and State wage-hour laws.“By utilizing California Time and Labor Company’s LABORsuite PEO platform, companies will no longer be managing tasks such as payroll, workers’ compensation, benefits and tax management. California Time and Labor Company shifts that burden away from the employers and allows a company to focus on growing their business and not on the backend administration responsibilities”, stated Jim Thompson, President of California Time and Labor Company. “LABORsuite provides administrative freedom for businesses and lets employers focus on what is important – providing excellent products and services to their customers.”

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California Southern University Selects Ellucian Cloud

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 21 novembre 2019

Ellucian, the leading provider of software and services built to power higher education, today announced a new engagement with California Southern University (CalSouthern). CalSouthern has selected cloud-based Ellucian Colleague, Ellucian CRM Recruit, Ellucian Analytics, and Ellucian Intelligent Learning Platform (ILP) to power its digital transformation and enable campus-wide innovation.
By moving from its homegrown enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution to a Software as a Service (SaaS)-based ERP from Ellucian, CalSouthern will modernize outdated manual processes and the overall constituent experience. Ellucian Colleague SaaS is built for flexibility and will enable the university to provide a more secure and digitally connected campus, enhancing the overall experience for both students and staff. It will also provide the university with continual access to the latest updates and innovative capabilities, letting technical staff shift focus from maintenance to more valuable business process improvements and strategic initiatives.The unified technology framework created by this suite of cloud solutions will enable CalSouthern to provide an enhanced experience for its constituents. Ellucian Analytics and ILP will enable data-informed decision making that will drive student success and increase operational efficiency, while the integration between Colleague and CRM Recruit will help ensure that students are enrolled in the right courses and supported until graduation.

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USG Corporation Recognized as Top Workplace in California and Michigan

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 16 novembre 2019

USG Corporation has been named a 2019 ‘Top Workplace’ by the Detroit Free Press and the San Diego Union-Tribune.“It’s a huge honor to receive this award once again and be recognized by our employees as a Top Workplace. Our employees are the foundation of USG and we know that fostering an engaged, inclusive and innovative culture is an important way to create success,” said Diane Earll, senior vice president and chief human resources officer, USG Corporation. “This award honors our dedicated teams and we appreciate their commitment to creating a safe work environment and quality products for our customers.”
USG received these awards based on its employees’ responses to a survey that measures organizational health, including company culture and communication, leadership, career opportunities, compensation and benefits and working environment. This marks the sixth year that the Detroit Free Press has named USG as a ‘Top Workplace’ in Michigan, and the third year the company has received the award in San Diego from The San Diego Union-Tribune. The Top Workplaces program is administered by independent research firm Energage in partnership with 30 of the most prestigious publications in the country. For more information about the Top Workplaces lists and Energage, visit and

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Fatburger Debuts Craig’s Vegan Milkshake in Southern California

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 16 ottobre 2019

NASDAQ: FAT. FAT (Fresh. Authentic. Tasty.) Brands Inc. (“FAT Brands” or the “Company”), parent company of Fatburger, is proud to announce its latest menu addition, vegan milkshakes. Made with hand-scooped Craig’s Vegan Ice Cream, the new milkshakes topped with non-dairy whipped cream will debut at 12 Fatburger locations in Southern California on October 14th.Fatburger’s new vegan milkshakes will be available in two flavors, vanilla and strawberry, and are available starting today at the Beverly Hills, North Hollywood, West Hollywood, Sherman Oaks, Woodland Hills, Venice, Van Nuys, Wilshire, Redondo Beach, Carson, Santa Monic & Sepulveda, and Lincoln & Pico locations. This latest menu addition expands on Fatburger’s current vegan menu offerings, such as the Impossible Burger patty, and speak to the brand’s commitment of offering top-quality new items for customers of all dietary preferences to enjoy.Hollywood’s iconic Fatburger is best known for its mouthwatering, juicy burgers made famous by founder Lovie Yancey in Los Angeles more than 70 years ago. Each burger is made-to-order with traditional toppings along with delicious add-ons including bacon, egg, cheese, and onion rings. In addition to their iconic burgers, Fatburger offers perfectly crisp fries and hand-scooped milkshakes.

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Online School Year Underway at iQ Academy California – Los Angeles

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 30 agosto 2019

Students logged onto the first day of school at iQ Academy California – Los Angeles (iQLA) on August 26. A full-time online public charter school authorized by the Rowland Unified School District, iQLA provides a tuition-free public education option for students in kindergarten through 12th grade who reside in Kern, Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino and Ventura counties.Combining innovative technology with a rigorous curriculum, iQLA provides each student with a personalized learning experience. Students in all grade levels take a full course load in the core subjects of math, science, history and English/language arts, as well as world languages, music and art. Electives are available to high school students, offering exposure to academic and career-focused content as they work towards their high school diploma. Students enroll in online school for a variety of reasons, including advanced learning, a bullying-free environment, and the ability to balance academic goals with extracurricular pursuits or medical needs. For many students, iQLA offers an education they wouldn’t otherwise be able to access. iQLA’s California-credentialed teachers facilitate lessons during live, interactive online classes, allowing students to enjoy a safe learning environment anywhere with an internet connection. In addition to scheduled classes, teachers offer one-on-one instruction and support, online chat sessions, and family phone calls to build close partnerships in support of academic success.Throughout the year, iQLA fosters a sense of community through in-person field trips and social outings and celebrates graduating seniors with a commencement ceremony in the spring. Virtual clubs and organizations also allow students to further explore shared interests together in an online setting. iQLA is accepting enrollment applications for the 2019-2020 school year. To learn more about enrollment or for a schedule of upcoming information sessions, visit or download the K12 mobile app for iOS and Android devices.

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Eight California Hospitals Join Manifest MedEx

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 18 luglio 2019

Manifest MedEx (MX), California’s nonprofit health data network, continues to expand in California with the addition of Prime Healthcare. Once named “The Fastest Growing Hospital System” in the country by Modern Healthcare, Prime Healthcare is an award-winning hospital system with 45 hospitals in 14 states. The health system will add eight of its California hospitals to Manifest MedEx, joining the seven Prime hospitals already in the network. Manifest MedEx is helping California health leaders reach their goals of improving outcomes, reducing costs, and enhancing patient experience.Prime Healthcare’s chief information officer and vice president of information technology, Will Conaway, is also joining Manifest MedEx’s Advisory Committee. He serves on the Forbes Technology Council and AT&T’s Healthcare Advisory Council and teaches at Cornell University. He is listed on Becker’s Hospital Review’s 100 Hospital and Health System CIOs to Know for 2019.The eight Prime Healthcare hospitals took part in MX’s incentive program, which offers $60,000 to qualifying hospitals that choose the nonprofit as their HIE partner for California’s new Cal-HOP program, a statewide initiative to support health information sharing for Medi-Cal providers. Due to the volume of interest from hospitals across the state, Manifest MedEx has extended this incentive to eligible California hospitals until July 31, 2019.
The eight California Prime Healthcare hospitals joining the network are: Alvarado Hospital Medical Center in San Diego; Garden Grove Hospital Medical Center in Garden Grove; West Anaheim Medical Center in Anaheim; Huntington Beach Hospital in Huntington Beach; La Palma Intercommunity Hospital in La Palma; Paradise Valley Hospital in National City; Centinela Hospital Medical Center in Inglewood; and Shasta Regional Medical Center in Redding.
Prime Healthcare is the fifth-largest, for-profit health system in the United States and consistently earns top marks for its clinical quality. Three of its California hospitals recently received a five-star rating in quality from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services in the latest hospital performance report released by the federal agency. In addition, Prime Healthcare has more Patient Safety Excellence Award recipients in California than any other health system in the country, according to Healthgrades. Its hospitals have also been recognized among the “100 Top Hospitals” in the nation 47 times by IBM Watson Health. To date, more than 400 healthcare organizations — including more than 80 California hospitals and six of the state’s health plans — participate in the Manifest MedEx health data network, receiving real-time information on millions of patients every day. Manifest MedEx is helping California healthcare leaders deliver care that is patient-focused, affordable, and high value. Its scalable technology gathers real-time data from across the MX network and aggregates clinical and claims data into a single medical record, giving the entire care team access to life-saving data quickly and easily.

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VCA Animal Hospitals Offers Free Boarding for Pets Displaced by Southern California Earthquakes

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 9 luglio 2019

VCA Animal Hospitals announced that all VCA Animal Hospitals in Southern California are offering free boarding assistance to dogs and cats, and other species, to families affected by the two Southern California earthquakes.The 7.1 magnitude earthquake was centered near Ridgecrest, the same location as the 6.4 magnitude temblor struck on July 4th. Fires, power outages and other damage were reported in both Ridgecrest and Trona, and the quake was felt as far away as Las Vegas.“These damaging earthquakes have impacted the homes of thousands of local residents with pets, including in the VCA family, and they need to find a safe place to shelter their pets,” said Doug Drew, President VCA Animal Hospitals and Pet Care Services. “All our VCA hospitals in Southern California are extending free boarding for pets, so affected families can focus on their most pressing priorities.” Boarding assistance is based on space availability. Impacted pet owners who need help boarding their pets can locate a hospital near them at

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MedMen Partners with Equality California for Pride Month

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 9 giugno 2019

MedMen Enterprises, Inc. (“MedMen” or the “Company”) (CSE: MMEN) (OTCQX: MMNFF) (FSE: A2JM6N) is pleased to partner with Equality California, the largest statewide LGBTQ civil rights organization. During the month of June at all California stores, MedMen will donate 15% of proceeds from limited-edition Pride products to advance LGBTQ equality.
In addition, MedMen employees, friends, and family, including many in the LGBTQ community, will march on June 9th in the Los Angeles Pride Parade in support of the local community. MedMen’s first flagship store is in West Hollywood and the Company has five other locations throughout Los Angeles.West Hollywood has been a safe haven from the stigma associated with HIV/AIDS for many years. The area launched medical marijuana collectives and dispensaries to provide access to marijuana as an alternative for pain relief. MedMen West Hollywood is home to one of those founding sites, and MedMen is proud to carry on the tradition of offering safe access to regulated cannabis.“Cannabis has played an important role in LGBTQ history. It is an honor to celebrate Pride Month and support our many LGBTQ employees, customers and partners,” stated Andrew Modlin, MedMen Co-Founder and President. “In West Hollywood, we are more than a member of the business community. We are a partner in the fight for equality and an advocate for happier, healthier and safer communities.”

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State-of-the-Art Fiber Network to Serve Fullerton, California

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 30 maggio 2019

International network developer, SiFi Networks, will deliver a state-of-the-art fiber optic network in Fullerton passing every home and business in the city.The Fullerton FiberCity™ network which is privately funded, built and operated by SiFi Networks will be an open access network enabling a choice of internet service providers whilst saving customers money on what will be one of the most reliable FiberCity networks in the USA. The primary internet service providers on the network will be GigabitNow and Ting, both exceptional providers with excellent customer service levels and competitive pricing.
Construction is expected to commence in June 2019 using a technique called micro-trenching which causes minimal disruption. Customers are able to pre-subscribe to service now with either Ting or GigabitNow. Pre-subscribers will benefit from the best deals; and the first homes will receive service before the end of the year.“Ting is excited to meet the people and the businesses of Fullerton and work with the community to bring the benefits of gigabit fiber Internet backed by a truly human customer experience,” said Ting CEO, Elliot Noss.The Fullerton FiberCity project will provide a significant upgrade to internet speeds and accommodate a growing demand for data from next generation devices in local households and businesses. It will also facilitate new smart city initiatives in key government services, such as traffic control, street lighting and emergency

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REPEAT/Halo Labs Products Now Available via Online Marketplace Eaze in California and Oregon

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 29 maggio 2019

Halo Labs Inc. (“Halo” or the “Company”) (NEO:HALO, OTCQX:AGEEF, Germany:A9KN) is pleased to announce their launch on the leading online cannabis marketplace Eaze to sell it products direct to consumers in California and Oregon. Eaze has established itself as the go to marketplace which provides access to safe, legal cannabis to adults 21+ all over California and Portland. The roll out of Halo’s first product offering through the Eaze marketplace and rapid delivery system is a remarkable brand collaboration.
The first product offering will be the GILT branded DabTabs™ Dablets, the proprietary ceramic discs that store an ANSI certified pre-measured dose of either cannabis concentrate or oil and provide a cleaner, smoother, mess free way to consume full spectrum cannabis oils and concentrates. There will additional products launched in the coming months.According to Eaze Insights data, since adult use legalization in California, new cannabis consumers increased by 140%. This data shows a clear curiosity and adoption of cannabis. With this increasing consumer base, dosing technologies have been crucial in educating newcomers about responsible cannabis use.David Orr, Halo CRO, commented: “Eaze has established itself as the leading online marketplace in the cannabis space, and we are excited to be partnering with them to reach the growing numbers of online cannabis consumers. Merchandising and selling our products online provides the opportunity to create more convenient accessibility to Halo’s brand products while reaching a larger consumer base.”

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Western Dental Partners with the California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 2 maggio 2019

Western Dental & Orthodontics, one of the nation’s leaders in accessible, affordable oral healthcare and the leading orthodontics provider in the country, today announced an agreement with the California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce (CHCC) to offer the Western Dental Group Plan to their employer membership.Under the arrangement, members of the CHCC can enroll their employees in Western Dental’s dental plan. In addition, members will have access to other products offered through affiliates of Western Dental, including the EyeMax Vision Plan, as well as hearing and discount prescription plans.All Western Dental plan and affiliated plan products can be accessed on the CHCC website, where members can select and enroll in the coverage they want.“Western Dental plays an important role in our members’ communities,” said Julian Canete, President & CEO of the CHCC. “We appreciate their commitment to provide oral health education to our members and their employees to help keep them healthy and productive.”
The California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce is the premier and largest regional ethnic business organization in the nation. It was founded in 1978 to promote the economic growth and development of Hispanic entrepreneurs and California’s emerging businesses. The CHCC consists of 75 individual Hispanic Chambers of Commerce representing 25,000 employer members.Western Dental has provided full-service Dental HMO plans to employer groups, unions, associations, school districts, credit unions and individuals for more than 30 years. Every dental plan provides access to Western Dental’s 226 California offices, including 27 Western Dental Kids locations.“Since 1903, Western Dental has served the communities where California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce members own their businesses,” said Edwin Rivera, Vice President-Community Engagement and Strategic Alliances for Western Dental. “We welcome our partnership and look forward to seeing it grow.”

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Western Dental Acquires Two Dental Offices in Vallejo and Tracy, California

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 1 maggio 2019

Western Dental & Orthodontics, one of the nation’s leaders in accessible, affordable oral healthcare and the leading orthodontics provider in the country, announced the purchase of two former Coast Dental offices, one in Vallejo and another in Tracy, Calif. The offices were acquired from a private seller.The transaction brings the total number of Western Dental offices in California to 225. Western Dental supports a total of 316 offices in five states, including California, Texas, Arizona, Nevada and Alabama.Both offices currently provide general dentistry, including oral hygiene, as well as orthodontics and oral surgery. The Vallejo office also offers endodontics and pediatric dentistry.“These attractive offices are an excellent complement to our existing footprint in Northern California,” said Daniel D. Crowley, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Western Dental. “They share our practice philosophy, focusing on quality and access to a full range of affordable dental and orthodontic services. We welcome the patients and staff to our Dental Home.”In addition to accepting uninsured and privately insured patients, Western Dental welcomes patients covered by the Medi-Cal Dental program (known as Denti-Cal) at these new locations and all of its California offices. Western Dental is the leading provider of services to the Medi-Cal Dental program, which provides healthcare benefits to more than 13 million individuals throughout California.

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New Health Data Policies and Incentives Coming for California Healthcare

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 13 aprile 2019

California health data could be significantly more connected soon, thanks to the twin forces of proposed federal regulations for information sharing combined with a new state incentive program for health data exchange. California is investing $50 million this year to help hospitals and providers participate in health information exchanges (HIEs). It’s called the California Medi-Cal HIE Onboarding Program (Cal-HOP).
“Massive change and opportunity are coming for California healthcare in the next few months,” said Claudia Williams, CEO of Manifest MedEx, who also previously led health data policy at the White House. “Hospitals, clinics, providers, and health plans are all facing new requirements for sharing health data information and have new financial support available to help make those connections. We’re doing what we can to support health leaders across the state as they put data to work.”Healthcare leaders are invited to register for a free webinar on Monday, April 15, at 3:00 p.m. PT. Hosted by Williams and Erica Galvez, chief strategy officer for Manifest MedEx, who previously developed the Office of the National Coordinator’s (ONC) interoperability road map, this free session will answer health policy questions and give healthcare leaders a head start on earning Cal-HOP incentives.The nonprofit has also structured a special limited-time bonus program offering $60,000 to qualifying hospitals that choose Manifest MedEx as their HIE partner for the Cal-HOP program before May 31, 2019. Learn more about this bonus incentive and sign up here.
“We hope that providing additional resources will make it easy for hospitals across our state to sign up and get value quickly,” said Williams. “Accelerating health information sharing in California is key to improving patient care, reducing healthcare costs, and collaboratively doing the hard work of transforming our medical systems.”More than 400 healthcare organizations in California already participate in the Manifest MedEx health data network, receiving real-time information on millions of patients every day. Recently announced new participants include AHMC Healthcare, Health Net, Heritage California, Hill Physicians, Scripps Health, and Stanford Health Care.

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Pharmacy Times Continuing Education™ to Host Directions in Pharmacy® Conference in California

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 30 marzo 2019

Pharmacy Times Continuing Education™ (PTCE), a leader in continuing education for retail, health-system, managed care and specialty pharmacists, will present the ninth annual Directions in Pharmacy® spring continuing education conference on Saturday, April 27, at the Sheraton Park Hotel, in Anaheim, California.This one-day pharmacy conference will offer a unique platform for practicing pharmacists to review the latest clinical data while exploring best practices and management strategies to help them enhance their performance and ultimately improve patient care. During this conference session, PTCE will also be joined by Hannah Lee-Brown, Pharm.D., executive fellow, a member of the Pharmacy Quality Alliance (PQA), who will provide accredited education on the steps that pharmacists can take to improve patient care as well as examine the clinical and economic impact to patients and the health care system.The Directions in Pharmacy® spring conferences are held in major cities across the United States and offer pharmacists the opportunity to participate in 10 interactive sessions. The meetings cover the most recent and relevant information on disease-state management, clinical data and treatment guidelines as well as best practices for patient care for a wide array of disease states, including opioid abuse-deterrent formulations, migraine management, metabolic and cardiovascular disorders, new influenza treatment recommendations, chronic idiopathic constipation and depression. Accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), each meeting provides attendees with the opportunity to earn up to 9.5 continuing education credits, including law credit.
This conference is supported by educational grants from Amgen; Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Lilly USA, LLC; Daiichi Sankyo, Inc.; Genentech; Lilly; Novartis Pharmaceutical Corporation; Novo Nordisk; Otsuka and Lundbeck; Portola Pharmaceuticals; Sanofi Pasteur US; and Shire.

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Halo Labs Announces Dab Tabs™ to Launch in Leading Retailer Med Men in California and Nevada

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 26 gennaio 2019

Halo Labs Inc. (“Halo” or the “Company”) (NEO:HALO, OTC:AGEEF) is pleased to announce that the company will be launching DabTabs™, a revolutionary new product that will alter the way cannabis consumers use cannabis concentrates or oils. DabTabs™ are proprietary ceramic discs that store a pre-measured dose of either cannabis concentrate or oil. The DabTabs™ provide a cleaner, smoother, mess free way to consume full spectrum cannabis concentrates that capture the full benefits of the cannabis plant. DabTabs™ work with almost every dabbing device on the market and can be used easily on the go or at home. The DabTabs™ recently launched in Oregon in late January, with rollouts in Nevada and California in February. As part of the launch, Halo is very excited to announce that MedMen (CSE:MMEN, OTCQX:MMNFF) will merchandise and sell DabTabs™ at all of MedMen’s dispensaries in Nevada and California. MedMen has established itself as a premier merchant in the emerging legal marijuana industry, and Halo is delighted to be partnering with MedMen on the DabTabs™ launch.DabTabs™ will initially launch under Halo’s Gilt brand, which is being introduced by Halo to appeal to the growing premium recreational consumer. DabTabs™ are the brand’s flagship product offering and will embody the brand’s bold and unapologetic approach to making the most of the special moment’s life presents you.MedMen SVP Corporate Communications, Daniel Yi, said: “MedMen always strives to offer the highest quality and most innovative products in the cannabis space. We are proud to offer DabTabs™ from Halo in our stores and look forward to getting our customers something that is clearly cutting edge.”Kiran Sidhu, Halo CEO, commented: “DabTabs is a unique propriety product that gives us a differentiated offering that is unlike any product currently on the market. We are honored to be partnering with MedMen to bring the product to the market which will revolutionize the cannabis vaporization experienced for first time and casual users as well as connoisseurs.”
Halo exclusively licenses DabTabs for Oregon, Nevada and California from ilo™ Vapor: a division of Iconic Ventures, Inc., is a Portland, Oregon based technology, brand and product development company. Its patent pending devices are reinventing vaping. Through cutting edge technology and innovative design, ilo’s™ mission is to create clean, reliable and convenient products that deliver the optimal vaporization experience.

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California Life Sciences Association (CLSA) Welcomes Proposed 5-Year Delay of Medical Device Tax

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 14 dicembre 2018

California Life Sciences Association (CLSA), the trade association representing California’s life sciences industry, welcomes the introduction of new legislation in Congress this week that suspends until December 2024 the innovation and job hindering 2.3% medical device excise tax levied on medical device firms established as part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The tax is currently suspended until December 2019. The following statement can be attributed to Sara Radcliffe, President & CEO, CLSA:“California Life Sciences Association (CLSA) welcomes the introduction of legislation that places an additional delay on the ill-conceived 2.3% medical device excise tax, until December 2024. Since its inception, this tax has only hindered investment in medical technology research and development.“While our membership, comprised of the nation’s leading medical technology innovators, certainly welcomes an additional 5-year reprieve from the tax, CLSA will continue to advocate for full and permanent repeal, so that the U.S. does not jeopardize our position as a global leader in medical technology innovation. As the voice of California’s life sciences community, we strongly urge our California congressional delegation to support this measure to suspend this counterproductive tax.”

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Climate change plays second fiddle as California burns

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 14 novembre 2018

By Jon Allsop. California is burning again. Separate fires in the north and south of the state wreaked devastation over the weekend and are not done yet. In SoCal, the Woolsey Fire has killed two people so far. In Butte County, north of Sacramento, the death toll from the Camp Fire is 29 and rising, with more than 200 people still missing. Many news organizations have stressed the historic proportions of the latter fire, in particular—on Sunday night, it tied as the deadliest recorded in California history. While outlets at all levels have painted poignant portraits of human suffering, local newspapers, as is their responsibility, have led with more pragmatic coverage. Small titles like the Chico Enterprise-Record have reported on what dislocated residents can expect to happen next. The San Francisco Chronicle, meanwhile, took a bigger picture look at how the state’s intensifying fire threat might be mitigated going forward. The Woolsey and Camp fires are not coincidental, one-off monstrosities, but rather significant new evidence of a rapidly changing climate. Sadly, far too much media coverage has failed to draw that link. That oversight is not surprising—in turn, it fits its own trend of big news organizations investing in detailed reporting on climate change, then failing to cite it in their quick turnaround stories when the threat strikes close to home. (As Hurricane Michael made landfall in Florida last month, CJR’s Pete Vernon pointed out that newspaper front pages did not mention climate change, despite having splashed dire UN climate projections just days earlier.) Over the weekend, fire stories that did reference climate change often did so in quotation marks, referencing, variously, high-profile comments from outgoing California Governor Jerry Brown, Los Angeles fire chief Daryl Osby, and the musician Neil Young (the latter’s remarks, on his website, were a rare benefit of a cycle that otherwise paid wildly disproportionate attention to celebrities losing their homes). These are weighty voices, and editors’ hesitation to blame individual meteorological events on climate change in the absence of conclusive proof is not without reason. Nonetheless, this sort of attribution is not sufficiently authoritative. Brown’s comments, in particular, were framed as a political dispute with President Trump, even though the latter’s weekend tweets blaming poor forest management for the fires carried significantly less merit.There is clear contextual evidence of the role of climate change in California’s worsening wildfire problem, and not enough outlets have cited it. The San Francisco Chronicle, at least, quickly got bona fide experts on the record: LeRoy Westerling, a climate and fire scientist at the University of California, Merced, for example, told the paper that “Climate change is drying out our landscape.” The Chronicle’s editorial board itself weighed in definitively as the fires spread on Friday, adding a practical call to action. “Rather than absolve us of responsibility for the growing human and material devastation of wildfires,” it wrote, “global warming should spur more urgent efforts to mitigate the danger with policies that make sense in any weather.” (font: CJR Editors)

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Stabilimento per la produzione di terapie a base di cellule staminali in California

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 18 ottobre 2018

Novo Nordisk aprirà nel 2019 un sito produttivo per lo sviluppo e la produzione di terapie a base di cellule staminali a Fremont in California. Lo stabilimento sarà destinato a fornire cure basate sulle cellule staminali per i programmi di sperimentazione clinica di Novo Nordisk negli ambiti del diabete tipo 1 e di altre gravi malattie croniche.Per l’occasione, Novo Nordisk ha siglato un accordo con Asterias Biotherapeutics per l’affitto di un loro sito pre-esistente e per la licenza biennale non esclusiva sulla proprietà intellettuale relativa alla tecnologia di produzione di cellule staminali. L’accordo prevede, inoltre, la reciprocità della concessione, fino alla fine del 2021, di laboratori, impianti produttivi e uffici ad Asterias per consentire il proseguimento dei propri programmi clinici e facilitare la collaborazione in corso con Novo Nordisk.L’attivazione del nuovo stabilimento produttivo avviene in seguito alla collaborazione tra Novo Nordisk e l’Università della California di San Francisco (UCSF) annunciata a maggio in base alla quale l’azienda danese ha concesso in licenza a UCSF una tecnologia per consentire la generazione di linee cellulari staminali embrionali umane (hESC), secondo gli standard di Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP), così come il diritto di sviluppare ulteriormente queste linee cellulari per future terapie di medicina rigenerativa. La collaborazione instauratasi tra i ricercatori di Novo Nordisk e di UCSF, sta mettendo le basi per ottenere le linee cellulari che dovrebbero definire un nuovo standard di qualità nella produzione di terapie con cellule staminali.Recentemente, Novo Nordisk ha costituito la Stem Cell Transformational Research Unit con sede a Måløv, in Danimarca, a cui afferiscono la ricerca e lo sviluppo dell’azienda in questo campo e che si occupa di svariati progetti di partnership per ottenere trattamenti a base di cellule staminali per il diabete, il morbo di Parkinson, l’insufficienza cardiaca cronica e la degenerazione maculare legata all’età (AMD o DMLE). Il nuovo impianto di produzione sosterrà direttamente questi progetti, consentendo in futuro il passaggio dalla fase di pura ricerca allo sviluppo clinico.Le cellule staminali pluripotenti hanno una capacità illimitata di autorinnovamento e la possibilità di differenziarsi in qualsiasi tipo di cellula specializzata nel corpo. La piattaforma tecnologica delle cellule staminali di Novo Nordisk è basata su cellule staminali embrionali umane (hESC) che possono essere utilizzate per sviluppare una vasta gamma di indicazioni terapeutiche.

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Steven Galvez Joins Red River to Fuel Sales and Business Development of Consulting Services in California

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 2 settembre 2018

Red River, a technology transformation company, announced today that Steven Galvez has joined Red River to direct the sales and business development of consulting services in California and the neighboring western states. Galvez is based out of Red River’s Sacramento office and is responsible for expanding the company’s consulting and services business with public sector and commercial organizations. “Steven’s decades of experience, particularly within the public sector, make him the ideal candidate to drive the expansion of our consulting services division,” said Alan Dumas Chief Revenue Officer of Red River. “Steven’s understanding of all aspects of the technology lifecycle will give our customers a reliable and knowledgeable resource as their technology needs evolve.”
Galvez brings more than 30 years of experience in the technology sector, with a focus on helping government agencies integrate and optimize their technology investments to deliver better citizen services and engagement. Most recently, Galvez served as the public sector Regional Sales Director for Applications Software Technology (AST). Previously, he served in various roles at Vlocity, Salesforce, and Eskel Porter Consulting, a Sacramento IT consulting firm.
“Red River has a stellar reputation for delivering world-class technology solutions and services to the public sector,” said Galvez. “I will look to build upon this history as we expand our offering and bring consulting services to market.”

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iQ Academy California-Los Angeles Begins 2018-19 School Year

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 28 agosto 2018

Los Angeles-area students enrolled at iQ Academy California-Los Angeles (iQLA), an online public charter school authorized by the Rowland Unified School District, begin the 2018-19 school year on August 28, simply by turning on their computers. Operating since 2010, iQLA is open to students in kindergarten through 12th grade who reside in Kern, Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino and Ventura counties.iQLA is public school at home, providing families and students an alternative to traditional brick-and-mortar education. Students enroll in online school for a variety of reasons, including advanced learning, a bullying-free environment and the ability to balance their education with extracurricular pursuits or medical needs. Combining innovative technology with a rigorous and engaging curriculum led by state-credentialed teachers, iQLA offers each student a personalized learning experience.iQLA’s personalized learning approach lets students learn in the ways that are right for them, helping students become independent, self-motivated learners. iQLA’s dedicated teachers guide students through individualized learning plans focused on student’s unique learning needs, goals and interests. Understanding that students need support in many ways to be successful, iQLA also provides a weekly social-emotional educational program which teaches value-based learning.
Students in all grade levels take a full course load across the core subjects of English/language arts, math, science and history, as well as world languages, art and music. A wide selection of academic and career-focused electives is also available for high school students, who also have access to college placement advice and job and career counseling. In addition, qualified students can earn college credits in select courses through concurrent enrollment, which is available in partnership with local colleges.iQLA’s California-credentialed teachers facilitate lessons during live, interactive online classes, and interact with students and families via phone, email, web-based classrooms and online discussions, building close partnerships with parents and students to support academic success. The online platform enables students to enjoy a safe learning environment while connecting with classmates and teachers from across the region.Throughout the school year, iQLA builds a sense of community through in-person field trips, social outings and service learning opportunities. iQLA also celebrates graduating seniors with an in-person commencement ceremony in the spring, and virtual clubs and student organizations allow students to further explore their interests in the online setting. iQLA is currently accepting enrollments for the fall. Interested families are encouraged to attend online and in-person information sessions hosted by the school. To learn more, visit or download the K12 enrollment app for iOS and Android devices.

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