Medtronic – the spinal division of which is based in Memphis – has announced a major partnership with Samsung to help improve some of the things associated with diabetes management for the millions of people living with and at risk of the disease.
The companies are developing a range of solutions that include everything from the ability to remotely view diabetes data to integrating mobile and wearable devices into diabetes management systems.
Details of the partnership were announced at the recent American Diabetes Association 75th Scientific Sessions. The companies said their first project “focuses on delivering more discreet and convenient access to personal diabetes data by developing mobile applications optimized for Samsung mobile devices that will enable the viewing of insulin pump and continuous glucose monitoring information.”
That application will work with Medtronic`s MiniMed Connect product, which provides access to important diabetes information for people with diabetes as well as remote alerts for their loved ones, and it’s expected to be available in the U.S. later this year.
You might remember Branden Canepa and Thor Harland, the Hnedak Bobo Group team members who won the inaugural Gregory O. Hnedak Travel Scholarship.
We wrote about them here back in January.
Well, Canepa and Harland have touched down in Europe and they’re blogging about it.
Canepa will walk a portion of El Camino de Santiago, the ancient pilgrimage route that winds its way to the tomb of St. James in Santiago de Compostela.
Harland is travelling through London and Paris to study the interplay between history and progress in design, how the old and new mix together in the built environment.
You can follow the pair’s adventures on their blog, where they’ve already posted some updates and great pictures. You can also follow along on Facebook.
FedEx has announced it’s committing about $1 million to support relief efforts in the wake of the Nepal earthquake.
The company’s contribution will be in the form of a mix of cash, transportation support and a chartered flight to deliver medical aid and supplies. FedEx says it’s mobilizing its disaster relief program through the company’s existing relationships with Direct Relief, Heart to Heart International, Water Missions International, American Red Cross and The Salvation Army.
FedEx’s specific contributions will include:
- Providing a $250,00 cash donation to the American Red Cross and a $50,000 donation to The Salvation Army
- Sponsoring Heart to Heart International’s mobile medical clinic, “which contains tents, vital medicines, medical supplies, portable medical equipment, communication equipment, non-perishable food and water purification systems.”
- Transporting on behalf of Direct Relief large volumes of IV solutions, medicines, surgical supplies, and other medical essentials requested and approved by Nepal’s Ministry of Health and Population.
- And transporting 12 large Living Water Treatment Systems, 31 potable water chlorinators and 12 large water tanks on behalf of Water Missions International. “Combined,” says FedEx, “these systems will provide fresh water for up to 370,000 people per day.”
Memphis-based Translational Sciences Inc. has been awarded a $1 million federal grant via the National Institutes of Health’s Small Business Innovation Research awards.
The grant is intended to be used for the company to study “Novel Methods for Dissolving Blood Clots.” Translational Sciences will attempt to treat dangerous blood clots while still in the body by dissolving them through molecular engineering.
The project’s goals include reducing death, disability, and cost of service.
After seven years of service, Indie Memphis executive director Erik Jambor is stepping down.
Indie Memphis board president Ryan Watt announced Jambor’s resignation in an email to members, saying that the organization thanks Jambor for his service “building an excellent slate of programming and growth. Our organization is fully committed to continuing our first-class festival and year-round events. Erik will always part of the Indie Memphis family.”
Watt went on to say the organization is beginning the search for a new executive director, with the volunteer board running events in the meantime.
“I will be at our upcoming events, and I look forward to speaking with each of you,” Watt concluded. “I can confirm we will be having our festival this year and some exciting announcements are coming soon.”