Wexford and PTRP Agree to Downtown Project

WINSTON-SALEM JOURNAL: A downtown economic-development project that has been planned for three years — and hoped for over the course of more than 16 years — is finally moving forward…

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Beverage-Air move to bring HQ, 40 jobs to Winston-Salem – The Business Journal of the Greater Triad Area

An Italian food service equipment conglomerate will further consolidate its U.S. operations in the Triad when it moves the headquarters of its Beverage-Air commercial refrigeration company and about 40 jobs to Winston-Salem.

CEO Filippo Berti said his firm’s new 21,600-square-foot building near Smith Reynolds Airport should be ready in May. Frank L. Blum Construction is handling the building project, which has a permit value of $980,000.

Beverage-Air, currently based in Spartanburg, S.C., is owned by The Ali Group, an Italian firm controlled by Berti’s family. It has more than 7,000 employees in 24 countries. The new Beverage-Air building will be located on Patterson Street next to the existing headquarters of Champion Industries, another Ali company that makes commercial dishwashing equipment.

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W-S to host Regenerative Med forum – The Business Journal of the Greater Triad Area

The Business Journal of the Greater Triad Area
Wednesday, December 23, 2009

The Translational Regenerative Medicine Foundation will hold a three-day forum on “Drivers and Strategies for Healthcare Innovation and Personalized Medicine” in Winston-Salem in April, according to an announcement.
More than 40 speakers, panelists and moderators are already confirmed for the event, according to the Foundation, which was formed in 2005 by Dr. Anthony Atala of Wake Forest University’s Institute for Regenerative Medicine.

Atala will be among the featured speakers, along with scientists and investors from organizations such as the Harvard Stem Cell Institute, the U.S. Army Medical Command, the Kauffman Foundation and several venture capital firms.

Regenerative medicine uses techniques and devices such as tissue-engineered scaffolds and stem cells to replace damaged or diseased cells in the body. At Wake Forest, Atala’s laboratory is involved in research aimed a being able to replace failed organs such as kidneys or bladders with new organs grown from a patient’s own cells, and to repair damage to limbs and tissue suffered by soldiers in combat, among other applications.

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WFU organizes translational science effort – The Business Journal of the Greater Triad Area

The Business Journal of the Greater Triad Area
Thursday, December 17, 2009

Wake Forest University’s Translational Science Institute will organize itself around four programs and four specialized centers as it pursues its mission of translating medical research into improved health care, according to an announcement.

The Institute functions in support of research conducted at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, said Dr. Charles “Cash” McCall, director of the TSI.

“To best support this mission, the Wake Forest Baptist leadership is committed to building an infrastructure that facilitates and supports the clinical and translational research initiatives within our institution, with our academic partners and our community collaborators,” McCall said.

Each of the four programs provide functions enabling research to be translated into health care, while the centers provide the assets that allow for program activities.

The four programs are:

  • Clinical and translational research facilitation, which will expand services in support of clinical trial research
  • Community engagement and implementation, which will bring together community organizations, faculty and health care providers to focus research on relevant topics
  • Innovation and technologies, which will provide an incubator program for entrepreneurial activities
  • a Translation Research Academy, which will serve as the administrative home for educational activities.
    The specialized centers organized under the TSI will be in the areas of Biomedical Research Informatics, Primate Models of Chronic Diseases; Genomics and Personalized Medicine; and Population Science and Research Design.

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