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January 26, 2015 10:08 am | by GE Reports | Articles | Comments

Like many inventors, Thomas Edison started out as a teenage tinkerer with empty pockets. But his work on improving the telegraph led him to a better stock market ticker and a valuable patent, which he sold for $10,000 to Western Union. He used the money to build a lab in Menlo Park, N.J., and amp up his work with...

Johnson & Johnson Begins Ebola Vaccine Testing In Humans

January 6, 2015 7:46 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Johnson & Johnson has begun testing an Ebola vaccine in humans intended to counter a strain...

FDA Drug Approvals Reached 18-Year High In 2014

January 5, 2015 1:25 pm | by Matthew Perrone, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration approved 41 first-of-a-kind drugs in 2014, including a record...

Fake Bar Part Of Research Into Anti-Drinking Drug

January 2, 2015 9:36 am | by Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

There's no skunky bar odor amid the beer taps. Instead of booze, colored water fills the bottles...

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Savvy Row: A Better Suit For Fighting Ebola

December 22, 2014 10:12 am | by GE Reports | Articles | Comments

Here’s an idea for a smarter business suit, if your business is fighting Ebola or some other deadly infectious disease. The suit was designed by a team from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Md., that included students, engineers, medical and public health specialists, an architect, and even fashion...

GlaxoSmithKline Cutting Hundreds Of U.S. Jobs

December 4, 2014 4:44 pm | by Linda A. Johnson, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Hundreds of British drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline's 17,000 U.S.-based employees will lose their jobs by the end of next year under the pharmaceutical industry's latest restructuring. GlaxoSmithKline PLC, best known for its widely used asthma inhaler Advair, is making changes worldwide that are meant...

Ebola Scare Boosts Business For AL Company

December 1, 2014 9:56 am | by Jay Reeves, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Ebola scare has subsided in the United States, at least temporarily, but an Alabama manufacturer is still trying to catch up with a glut of orders for gear to protect against the disease. Located in north Alabama, the family-owned Kappler Inc. of Guntersville typically gets only a few orders annually...

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GE Working On Wearable Brain Imaging Helmet

November 25, 2014 10:00 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

GE scientists are working on a wearable, high-resolution imaging “helmet” that would allow doctors to observe the brain on the cellular level. The portable device could also allow doctors to study motor activity in the brain, since patients will be able to move around as their brains are being...

Company Wins $22M Federal Contract To Produce Lithium-Ion Batteries

November 12, 2014 12:07 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

EaglePicher Technologies plans to expand its plant and hire more employees in Joplin after receiving a $22 million federal contract. The company will use the Department of Defense grant to produce new lithium-ion batteries, The Joplin Globe reported. Company officials...

Lombard Gains FDA Clearance For Expanded Manufacturing Facility

November 11, 2014 2:29 pm | by Globe Newswire | News | Comments

Lombard Medical, Inc., a medical device company focused on Endovascular Aneurysm Repair (EVAR) of abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAAs), today announced that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared the way for manufacturing to commence at Lombard Medical's new...

New Pot Shops On The Block Not Always Popular

November 11, 2014 1:36 pm | by Kristen Wyatt, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The booming new marijuana industry has an image problem. Not with government officials and the public — but with other businesses. From crime fears to smell complaints, new marijuana retailers and growers face suspicion and sometimes open antagonism from their commercial...

HeathCare.gov Gets Cybersecurity Upgrade

November 6, 2014 11:19 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Officials say HealthCare.gov has gotten cybersecurity upgrades ahead of a Nov. 15 start for the second open enrollment season under President Barack Obama's health care law. Andy Slavitt, overseeing the complex technology, says the facility that hosts HealthCare.gov is now certified to meet the...

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China Factory Works Overtime Manufacturing Ebola Suits

November 5, 2014 10:23 am | by Zhang Weigun, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Far from the Ebola hot zone, the sewing and gluing machines at a factory in China have been whirring more than usual to produce crucial yellow suits that protect the front-line medics more than 7,000 miles away in West Africa. The Weifang Lakeland Safety Products factory in the eastern Shandong...

Market Expands As Oregon, D.C. Legalize Marijuana

November 5, 2014 10:19 am | by Gene Johnson, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Marijuana activists who have longed for decades to end America's drug war pocketed more major victories Tuesday, with Oregon and the nation's capital approving recreational pot use. The advocates believed they also have another win, too, in Alaska, as a legal pot...

Novartis Announces Layoffs At NE Plant

October 31, 2014 10:58 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Novartis has announced more layoffs at its manufacturing plant in Lincoln. Company spokeswoman Julie Masow tells the Lincoln Journal Star that 75 jobs were eliminated Thursday. That includes 31 positions that were open. The cuts represent the third phase of restructuring at the plant that Novartis...

Kimberly-Clark Lawsuit: Surgical Gowns Don't Protect Against Ebola

October 31, 2014 10:35 am | by Robert Jablon, The Associated Press | News | Comments

A $500 million lawsuit against Kimberly-Clark Corp. alleges the company falsely claimed its surgical gowns protected against Ebola and other infectious diseases. The suit, filed Wednesday in federal court, alleges that the multinational company knew for at least a year that its Microcool Breathable High...

Pharma Firm To Establish Operations In VA

October 30, 2014 1:07 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Chinese pharmaceutical ingredients maker is planning to invest $22.5 million to establish operations in Virginia, creating 376 jobs. Gov. Terry McAuliffe said Thursday that UniTao Pharmaceuticals LLC has purchased the Boehringer Ingelheim plant that's slated to close by the end of the year. Officials say the project is a...

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Novo Nordisk Hiring For NH Manufacturing Facility

October 29, 2014 11:41 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Novo Nordisk, a global pharmaceutical company that produces medicines for patients with diabetes, hemophilia, or growth-related disorders, announced plans to hire up to 90 people at its newly-acquired manufacturing plant in West Lebanon, NH. The facility was formerly owned by Olympus...

Google At Work On Cancer-Detecting Pill

October 28, 2014 5:28 pm | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Google is working on a cancer-detecting pill in its latest effort to push the boundaries of technology. Still in the experimental stage, the pill is packed with tiny magnetic particles, which can travel through a patient's bloodstream, search for malignant cells and report their findings to a sensor on a wearable...

Johnson & Johnson Innovation Launches Asia Pacific Innovation Center

October 28, 2014 5:25 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Johnson & Johnson Innovation today announced the opening of the Asia Pacific Innovation Center, located in Shanghai with satellites in Singapore, Australia, and Japan. The Asia Pacific Innovation Center extends the network of Johnson & Johnson Innovation Centers in life sciences hotspots around...

U.S. Stocks Rising As Investors Await Fed Meeting

October 28, 2014 10:37 am | by Bernard Condon, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

U.S. stocks rose early Tuesday as investors weighed earnings reports from several companies and awaited news from a two-day U.S. Federal Reserve meeting that ends tomorrow. KEEPING SCORE: The Dow Jones industrial average rose 66 points, or 0.4 percent, to 16,884 as of 9:55 a.m. The Standard &...

Valeant Willing To Raise Allergan Takeover Bid

October 27, 2014 10:11 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Canadian drugmaker Valeant said it would be willing to raise its takeover bid for Allergan by almost 12 percent, which would mean $200 or more per share for the maker of Botox. The letter to Allergan's board Monday did not break down the exact terms of the new offer, but Valeant...

Drugmakers Race To Produce Safe Ebola Vaccine

October 26, 2014 9:32 am | by Matthew Perrone, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Drugmakers are racing to develop vaccines and drugs to address the worst outbreak of Ebola in history. It's unclear who will pay for their products, but companies are betting that governments and aid groups will foot the bill. There are no proven drugs or vaccines for Ebola, in large part because...

Kimberly-Clark To Cut Up To 1,300 Jobs

October 21, 2014 10:09 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Kimberly-Clark plans to eliminate up to 1,300 jobs as part of restructuring efforts aimed at reducing costs and making its business more efficient. The consumer products company has 58,000 workers worldwide, according to its website. Kimberly-Clark Corp. said Tuesday that it anticipates...

Eli Lilly Closing Puerto Rico-Based Facility

October 16, 2014 4:52 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Eli Lilly said Thursday that it will close one of its three manufacturing facilities in Puerto Rico at the end of 2015. The Indianapolis company said it is closing its Guayama facility because the patents on some of the drugs made there have expired. That means new competition reached the...

Liquid Nicotine Exposures Up Sharply Among Kids

October 14, 2014 3:44 am | by Lindsay Whitehurst - Associated Press | News | Comments

Poison control workers say that as the e-cigarette industry has boomed, the number of children exposed to the liquid nicotine that gives hand-held vaporizing gadgets their kick also has spiked. More than 2,700 people have called poison control this year to report an exposure to...

GT Advanced Tech Files For Bankruptcy Protection

October 6, 2014 1:49 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

GT Advanced Technologies, which announced last year that it would supply scratch-resistant sapphire materials to Apple, said Monday it is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization. The Merrimack, New Hampshire, company said it is trying to...

Baxter Breaks Ground On $300M Expansion

October 1, 2014 5:28 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Baxter International Inc., a company that produces medical equipment, has broken ground on a $300 million expansion project that's expected to create 200 jobs by 2016.The Opelika-Auburn News reports Gov. Robert Bentley was on hand Wednesday for the...

DHL Set To Use Drones In Delivery Project, Beating Amazon, Google

September 29, 2014 3:24 pm | by USA Today | Videos | Comments

Logistics company DHL is using a drone to fly parcels to a German island, beating Amazon and Google to the punch. DHL, owned by Germany's Deutsche Post, will start delivering medicine and other urgent goods to Juist, a German island in the North Sea...

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