Whole-Food Health Entrepreneur Frank Davis to Speak at the University of Utah

Salt Lake City, UT (PRWEB) November 13, 2014

The David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah is pleased to announce Frank Davis, founder of Food for Health International, Activz Whole-Food Nutrition and Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year, will be a guest speaker Thursday, Nov. 13 at 4:30 p.m. in the Spencer Fox Eccles Business Building (room LL130) at the University of Utah. The lecture is open to the public.

As an entrepreneur for more than 40 years, Davis has started and built several multi-million-dollar companies. His successes amid the challenges show a consistent ability to innovate and adapt in an ever-changing business environment.

Davis is an entrepreneur for good health, an award-winning amateur athlete and a whole-food health advocate. Davis’s entrepreneurial mindset and consistent ability to adapt to changing business environments has produced several well-known, successful companies. His most recent ventures are: Food for Health International, Activz Whole-Food Nutrition and Food Supply Depot.

Davis has always been actively engaged in volunteering and giving back to the community. Charitable donations are a long-standing part of Davis’s life and part of the culture that he instills at Food for Health. In recent years, he has donated thousands of pounds of food after the Japan tsunami, Haiti earthquake and the attacks of September 11. He also provided 5,750 servings of food to the Engaged Now Foundation to feed mothers and children in Ethiopian villages hit by drought, and just last year, Davis donated $ 500,000 of premium, complete meals to the Utah Food Bank and Feed America.

The Entrepreneurial Marketing class (ENTP 2010), taught by author, marketing entrepreneur and national talk radio host Kim Power Stilson, is part of the David Eccles School of Business, which offers an undergraduate Interdisciplinary Certificate in Entrepreneurship. The certificate’s innovative and highly collaborative curriculum is intended to complement every major and teaches students how to create, test and launch new ventures.

For more information about Davis, see his story or visit his LinkedIn profile.

For more information about the University of Utah Entrepreneurial Marketing class, visit http://gotentrepreneurs.com/

About Frank Davis and Food for Health International:

Over the years and through a debilitating illness, Davis developed a passion for real nutrition and emergency preparedness. Davis’s innate entrepreneurial skills identified another key niche market: he recognized the need to simplify emergency preparedness for most of the world’s population. He created quick-prep, healthy emergency foods that did not require much storage or rotating bulk staples. Davis’s line of complete and balanced meals is packaged in family-serving pouches extending shelf life unlike bulk items that are exposed to air each time they are opened. This resourcefulness launched Food for Health International.

Humanitarian organizations around the world speak highly of Davis. Feed the Children calls his nutrient-dense foods “the ideal product line for addressing the issue of hunger and nutrition.” The Humanitarian Resource Center of North America used the food products to feed thousands of children in Romania, Ghana and Ethiopia. The Peoria Rescue Ministries says they “can think of no other organization that has a better opportunity of overcoming hunger and malnutrition than Nourish the World and its army of ambassadors. (They) personally thank Frank Davis and his co-workers for the thousands of meals donated.”

At Food for Health, Davis believes in creating a company culture of caring and well being–financially, physically and emotionally. He does this by encouraging healthy living with a corporate wellness plan. Employees are also given the opportunity to improve financially with a generous benefit package, bonuses through a company profit-sharing program and employee recognition incentives. Employee loyalty and satisfaction has always been an essential part of Davis’s philosophy. http://www.foodforhealthinternational.com and http://www.activz.com

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Global LVAD (Left Ventricular Assist Devices) Market Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast Report 2014 Edition: MarketResearchReports.Biz

Albany, NY (PRWEB) October 20, 2014

LVAD, Left Ventricular Assist Device, is a mechanical device that circulates blood throughout the body when the heart is too weak to pump blood on its own. They are used in the bridge-to-transplantation (BTT), destination therapy (DT) and bridge to recovery. With the existing conventional therapies and other invasive therapies that provide only symptomatic benefits to patients, LVAD is a key potential area of focus for researchers and various manufacturers at present. The cost-effectiveness and increased insurance reimbursement conditions are likely to increase the demand for LVADs in the future.

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The LVAD companies compete with each other on the basis of substantially greater or broader financial base of the company, product development, sales and marketing resources and experience. Products in this market mainly compete on the basis of product safety, compliance with the prevailing regulations as well as efficiency as a treatment for congestive heart failure as compared to other devices and other treatments. Furthermore, the high prevalence of heart failure coupled with the limited availability of heart donors, aging baby-boomer population, and new and improved technologies is likely to contribute to the market growth.

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The key factors driving growth of the global LVAD industry include rising diabetic population, increasingly ageing population with heart disorder and escalating healthcare expenditure. Also, growing bridge-to-transplant, which help patients to survive until a donor heart becomes available for transplant, is a major driver for LVAD market. Some of the noteworthy developments of this industry include reimbursement trends and expansion in the number of LVAD centers. However, the growth of respective industry is hindered by the barrier for destination therapy adoption and safety issues.

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This report offers a comprehensive analysis of the worldwide LVAD market, along with an in-depth study of the US market. The competition in the respective market is intense with two large players viz Thoratec Corporation and Heartware Holdings, among others. The competitive landscape of the global LVAD markets, along with the company profiles of the leading players are also discussed in detail.

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Ultra-Light, 8-Inch Rugged Windows Tablet Introduced by MobileDemand, Third New Tablet of 2014

Hiawatha, Iowa (PRWEB) October 08, 2014

MobileDemand today introduced the xTablet Flex 8, the third new xTablet of 2014 and the thinnest and lightest to date. The new xTablet Flex 8 is part of the expanding family of tablets by MobileDemand which now offers customers the widest variety of form factors and price points of enterprise grade tablets in the industry. Six variations of ruggedness, sealing, size, and weight now offer the right tablet for any given job. Running Windows 8.1 Professional or Windows 8.1 with Bing, this 8-inch device is setting a new standard for rugged, enterprise-ready tablets, with a price point starting at only $ 595. The xTablet Flex 8 is masterfully designed for applications in field service, field sales, utilities, retail, hospitality and healthcare, where ultra-mobile devices are essential.

Enterprise-Ready, Unique Features Set the xTablet Flex 8 Apart – The xTablet Flex 8 has many business features which set it apart from consumer-grade tablets as well as other rugged tablets. It has an Intel BayTrail-T Z3770 processor, Windows 8.1 (Pro optional), a 1280×800 display, 4GB RAM and 64GB system storage provide business level performance in a lightweight (1.7 lb.), 8-inch form factor. Equipped with USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 ports, and Bluetooth 4.0, directly connect to peripherals such as a barcode scanner or receipt printer without requiring adapters. Finally, the xTablet Flex 8 is equipped with WiFi 802.11a/b/g/n for internet access and can utilize WWAN via internet sharing and Mobile Hotspot (MiFi) options.

Designed for Front Line Workers – When selecting a specific tablet to deploy to field employees, it’s vital to take in to consideration the environment in which the tablets will be installed and how often the users will be handing the device. The xTablet Flex 8 is not only a powerful tablet itself, but comes standard with many of the accessories pre-installed for fast deployment and easy carrying. Included with the tablet is a ruggedized case, back hand strap, briefcase handle, stylus and scratch-proof screen protector. Typically for this class of tablets, one would have to research and pay extra for these accessories from third parties.

The rugged case is comprised of two layers for drop protection. The first layer with corner bumpers is made out of rubber which helps absorb the shock when the device is dropped. The second layer is a high-impact polycarbonate case that holds the rubber layer in place, but also provides mounting details for the back hand strap, briefcase handle, stylus holder, I/O door cover, and MiFi pouch. MobileDemand also applies an innovative screen protector that has a special coating to reduce finger prints and make water bead and safely run off of the touch panel, allowing for uninterrupted use in rain.

Secure, Windows 8.1 Professional – Regardless of the industry, there are countless opportunities to reinvent business processes for today’s increasingly mobile and interconnected world. By offering a seamless experience for IT and across mobile devices and PCs, the xTablet Flex 8 utilizes Windows 8.1 which helps better engage customers, encourage a more productive mobile workforce and give companies a competitive edge. Rest assured its mission critical information is safe with built-in security features to prevent unauthorized transfer of data.

Rugged Right Out of the Box – Ready to make the move to affordable rugged tablets that endure tough environments? The xTablet Flex 8 comes business-ready. The factory-installed case is MIL-STD-810G for shock and drop from 4 feet while the screen protector can withstand an 8 oz. (228g) steel ball drop from 3.28 feet (100cm) and provides scratch protection. Equip mobile workforces with a rugged Windows tablet that can withstand accidents in the field.

Backed by Superior Support and Service – The xTablet Flex 8 comes with a 1-year warranty with optional extended coverage and is backed by industry-leading service and support from MobileDemand.

Mount in Vehicle in Minutes – The xTablet Flex 8 vehicle cradle, also known as the Snap Mount, is as lightweight as cradles come, but is still as sturdy and durable as all of MobileDemand’s other mounts and takes only minutes to install. The xTablet Flex 8 Snap Mount is installed in passenger vehicles on the passenger side of the vehicle on to the nut and bolt which keeps the seat secure to the floor. It can easily be installed in under 10 minutes at the exact height and angle necessary. In addition, the xTablet Flex 8 has been tested and installed with the Snap Mount on forklifts,, providing added productivity in the warehouse at a reasonable price.

Companion to the new xTablet Flex 10 – Not only does the xTablet Flex 8 expand the family of MobileDemand rugged tablets, but it is the perfect companion for the xTablet Flex 10 which was announced in August 2014. With nearly identical specifications, the xTablet Flex devices give the end user a choice of screen size for optimal performance in the field. Both are rugged to withstand daily abuse, as shown in MobileDemand’s recent torture chamber video series.

“The 8-inch xTablet Flex 8 is a great companion to the new xTablet Flex 10 and complements the wide range of rugged tablets MobileDemand currently offers. It’s small and lightweight for all-day, mobile use but is also rugged to withstand the real-world abuse that happens in the field,” said Jon Rasmussen, Senior Director of Product Management. “Enterprises across the globe can now rely on secure, enterprise-ready Windows in a ruggedized form factor at a truly affordable price point.”

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MobileDemand is the nation’s leading provider of rugged tablets used in the transportation industry to improve productivity, anywhere. MobileDemand xTablets are used by mobile workers in many other industries including Oil and Gas, Food and Beverage Distribution, Manufacturing, Retail and Field Service to cut operational costs and improve customer service. MobileDemand xTablet Rugged Tablet PCs range from semi-rugged to military rugged and sealed to meet the performance you need for your work environment. They deliver the power, reliable performance and long-term savings companies need to achieve greater efficiency and productivity in the field. In 2013, MobileDemand earned the position of 800 on the Inc. 500/5000 list of the nation’s fastest growing private companies. The company has built its success on a commitment to innovation everywhere – in product design, customer relationships and in its channel. MobileDemand. Innovation everywhere. Productivity anywhere. Additional information is available at http://www.RuggedTabletPC.com.

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BioHitech America Supports New Massachusetts Food Waste Ban

Chestnut Ridge, New York (PRWEB) October 01, 2014

BioHitech America, the most innovative and sustainable solution company for food waste disposal, endorses the Massachusetts commercial food waste ban which went into effect today. The ban, which is the strictest food-waste legislation to date, requires that businesses and institutions producing one ton or more of food waste per week must divert it from landfills.

“With the growing challenges of climate change and depletion of our Earth’s natural resources, the inefficient processes for waste collection and disposal need to be reformed in order to provide a better solution,” said Frank E. Celli, Chief Executive Officer of BioHitech America. “The Massachusetts law banning food waste helps reduce the needs for landfills, decrease greenhouse gasses, saves on disposal costs, and helps turn trash into vital resources needed for the continued survival of our environment.”

Experts estimate that nearly 1,700 businesses in Massachusetts including hospitals, hotels, grocery stores, restaurant chains, universities, etc. will be subject to the new ban.

“Massachusetts joins Vermont and Connecticut which already have imposed bans on the disposal of food waste,” added Mr. Celli. “We are seeing this shift becoming a trend, upcoming legislation has been passed to start in New York City in July 2015 and others will follow. Sustainable alternatives are no longer just a social responsibility; they are becoming a mandatory requirement.”

Every year, more than 34 million tons of food waste ends up in landfills that release harmful methane gas into the environment. As landfills continue to run out of space and companies continue to generate an excess of food waste, a growing number of jurisdictions are starting to restrict or ban food waste from going to landfills.

About BioHitech America

BioHitech America’s unique solution to food waste combines green technology with the power of big data to offer transparency, savings and a sustainable future. The company’s Eco-Safe Digester, an on-site aerobic digester, eliminates up to 2,400 pounds of food waste in a 24-hour period by converting it into nutrient-neutral water and transporting the water safely through standard sewer lines. The BioHitech Cloud, a technology platform hosted by Amazon, measures key metrics to optimize the food waste disposal process. These metrics are providing the industry with an unprecedented level of transparency that not only helps to reduce the amount of waste generated, but improve company-wide efficiency and profitability.

BioHitech America was recently selected to participate in the exclusive Credit Suisse Private Innovation Circle event. Their solution is the leading sustainable method that allows businesses to move towards the prevention of waste altogether. For more information, please visit http://www.biohitech.com.

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Storage Sheds Outlet Now Offers Plastic Storage Building Sheds

Ponderay, ID (PRWEB) September 23, 2014

Reinforcing their position as the most reliable provider of storage sheds, Storage Sheds Outlet is now offering a versatile range of plastic storage building sheds at cost-effective prices. Their sheds are designed with the utmost care and are maintenance-free and easy to use. Their plastic sheds feature expansive double doors, air vents, shelving, and skid-resistant flooring. With Storage Shed Outlet, one will get high-density polyethylene plastic and steel reinforcements. Their safe, secure and attractive sheds are ideal to be used as a backyard shed.

Storage Sheds Outlet also offers greenhouse sheds at discounted prices. Their greenhouse sheds truly enhance the gardening experience as these sheds provide the ample light required for the optimum growth of plants and flowers. With them, one will get effective, as well as attractive greenhouse sheds that also create a beautiful surrounding. In addition to greenhouses and sheds, the company also offers metal garden sheds, storage shed accessories, and many other similar products.

Talking more about their products, one of their representatives, Jason Guerrettaz, CEO of United Commerce Group, owner of StorageShedsOutlet.com stated, “Storage sheds are the perfect solution for regaining control over your yard and garage! From storage sheds to steel buildings, we have the outdoor storage products and accessories you need. Organize your outdoor equipment and tools by creating more space with a new storage shed today. With dealer-direct outlet prices and Free Shipping on all our products, we won’t be beat in price or service right here at Storage Sheds Outlet.”

About Storage Sheds Outlet- A Division of United Commerce Group, Inc.

StorageShedsOutlet.com is a market leader in the provision of a number of outdoor structures including Storage Sheds (garden, metal, plastic, vinyl and wood), Storage Buildings, Garages, Portable Buildings, Deck Boxes, Greenhouses, Outdoor Canopies, Outdoor Shelters, Carports, Utility Sheds, Patio Accessories, Shed Accessories, Solar Lighting and Firewood Storage. This company will continue to expand by increasing its product offerings and categories. Its primary goal is to ensure a positive customer service relationship and to ensure the very best prices in this sector.

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Tickets Available Aug. 28 for Boo at the Zoo Family-Fun Event

New Orleans, LA (PRWEB) August 28, 2014

Tickets go on sale Aug. 28, 2014, for Boo at the Zoo, the annual, four-night Halloween extravaganza for kids to benefit Children’s Hospital and Audubon Zoo.

Event dates this year are Oct. 17, 18, 24 and 25.

This year’s Boo at the Zoo will kick off on Friday, Oct. 17 with a one-night-only performance on the Capital One Stage by Imagination Movers, the popular children’s music quartet based in New Orleans.

Boo at the Zoo is a safe, fun-filled Halloween event for children up to age 12, featuring trick-or-treat houses with candy, a Ghost Train, games with prizes, entertainment and more. All games and treats, except concessions, are included with admission.

The spooky party will be held from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. all four nights. Audubon Zoo will close at 3 p.m. each day to prepare for Boo at the Zoo.

In addition to the opening night performance by Imagination Movers, the 2014 edition of Boo at the Zoo will feature a new and improved haunted mansion, Laser Tag, Angry Bird Launchers and Monster Maze on all four nights.

The Matthew Davidson Band will perform on the Capital One Stage Friday, Oct. 25. The Lowe’s Build and Grow Workshop will be open Saturday, Oct. 18, and Saturday, Oct. 25 for kids to build fun wooden crafts to take home.

A limited number of tickets will be sold for each night. The Endangered Species Carousel and the Dinosaur Adventures Exhibit are included in admission.

The fun also includes a Zombie-themed Ghost Train Ride with three trams, an expanded toddler area featuring nightly live entertainment in Audubon Zoo’s Cool Zoo (be aware, no water will be running).

Tickets will be honored only for the date purchased. Ticket holders attempting to enter on another night will not be admitted.

Ticket prices are $ 17 per person (adult or child) plus handling fee. Adults must purchase tickets as well as all children 12 months and older. Children under 12 months of age are admitted free. Ticket holders may enter at any time during event hours. Each person entering the event needs a ticket. Event is held rain or shine.

Ticket holders who are unable to attend should consider their purchase a donation; there will be no refunds nor will tickets be honored on another night or year. No outside food or beverages are allowed. Animal exhibits at the Zoo are not open during Boo at the Zoo.

Designated bags will be distributed at Boo at the Zoo and are available for children to use for Trick or Treating. Note that the Ghost Ride will close around 8 p.m., or earlier as crowd permits, and that this attraction can be scary for children under 8 years of age.

To purchase tickets and for more information on one of the most anticipated family things to do in New Orleans, visit http://www.AudubonInstitute.org or phone (504) 581-4629. Tickets may also be purchased at any Audubon attraction.

Boilerplate: Audubon Nature Institute is a 501(c)3 not for profit that operates a family of museums and parks dedicated to nature. These New Orleans facilities include: Audubon Park, Audubon Zoo, Woldenberg Riverfront Park, Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, Freeport-McMoRan Audubon Species Survival Center, Entergy IMAX® Theatre, Audubon Center for Research of Endangered Species, Audubon Louisiana Nature Center, Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium and Audubon Nature Institute Foundation. Ron Forman is President and CEO of Audubon Nature Institute.

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PharmaChk Device for Substandard, Counterfeit Drug Detection Receives Saving Lives at Birth Transition-to-Scale Grant

Rockville, MD (PRWEB) August 07, 2014

With the potential to revolutionize how medicines regulators, customs agents, procurement agencies, warehouse personnel, health facilities, and other providers throughout the world detect poor-quality medicines, a new portable device called PharmaChk will be supported with a $ 2 million transition-to-scale grant from Saving Lives at Birth: A Grand Challenge for Development. The funding will help further PharmaChk’s development and bring it closer to commercial production and availability.

“The toll that poor-quality medicines take on global public health—particularly among the most vulnerable populations in the developing world—is staggering, with 99% of all maternal deaths occurring in developing countries,” said Ronald T. Piervincenzi, Ph.D., chief executive officer of the U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP). “Helping to ensure patient access to good quality drugs—including those for used for neonatal care, to fight infectious diseases or to maintain good maternal health—is a leading priority for USP.”

Portable and easy-to-use, PharmaChk is being developed in conjunction with researchers at Boston University (BU) to detect and quantify active ingredients in medicines. The ability to screen for potential medicines quality problems can be a tremendous benefit to healthcare personnel treating patients and to regulators and health program officials responsible for tracking and ensuring the quality of their medicines. This holds especially true in Sub-Saharan Africa and in Asia where national borders are often porous and tracking the flow of medicines from country to country can be extremely challenging.

According to Patrick Lukulay, Ph.D., USP’s vice president of global health impact programs and director of the Promoting the Quality of Medicines (PQM) program funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), “Having the appropriate amount of an active pharmaceutical ingredient is key for any medicine to be effective. A poor-quality medicine can be one without enough active ingredient, which can lead to both preventable disease progression and to the development of drug resistance in patients and the community. In other cases, a medicine may have the correct amount of active ingredient but be of poor quality—for example not dissolve properly or contain impurities—due to poor manufacturing or storage practices, which can also compromise the medicine’s ability to bring a clinical benefit to the patient.”

PharmaChk—which was named as one of Scientific American magazine’s “World Changing Ideas of 2013”—has been in development by scientists from Boston University (BU), with support from the PQM program and seed funding from the Saving Lives at Birth partnership. Building country capacity to address public health concerns posed by counterfeit and substandard-quality medicines has been a long-standing goal of PQM, a 10-year program managed by the USAID Office of Health Systems of the Bureau for Global Health, with the aim of strengthening country health systems and improving health outcomes. A scientific organization dedicated to creating quality standards for medicines, food ingredients and dietary supplements, USP works collaboratively with USAID to implement PQM.

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While other methods to screen for substandard or counterfeit products in the field are currently available, they are limited in their ability to quickly and accurately quantify the actual amount of active ingredient in a sample as well as to determine how quickly that active ingredient dissolves so it can work in the body as intended.

This past spring, the first pilot study using PharmaChk on medicine samples was conducted at USP’s Center for Pharmaceutical Advancement and Training (CePAT) in Accra, Ghana. USP opened CePAT in May 2013 to help expand the number of trained experts and available tools to combat substandard and counterfeit medicines that threaten nations in Sub-Saharan Africa.

The pilot study was conducted of samples of the antimalarial medicine artesunate, collected from three main medicine sources in Accra—public hospital/clinics, private retail/wholesale pharmacies, and informal outlets. USP and BU scientists are excited about early results from the pilot study, and plans are underway to further refine PharmaChk and to use the device to test samples of other medicines collected from the field.

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