Premier Fertility Center, Shady Grove Fertility (SGF) Expands to Colorado

SGF Colorado’s two new locations will open on May 17, 2021, with former University of Colorado Advanced Reproductive Medicine (CU ARM) Drs. Murray, Polotsky, and Roeca on board.

“Among the many reasons we are excited to bring on Drs. Murray, Polotsky, and Roeca is because it allows us to formally connect with providers who share similar values and goals.”

Shady Grove Fertility (SGF), a leading provider of comprehensive fertility services and IVF, with locations throughout FL, GA, MD, NY, PA, VA, D.C., and Santiago, Chile, announced today it is opening two new locations in Colorado. The new locations will open on May 17, 2021, with former University of Colorado Advanced Reproductive Medicine (CU ARM) physicians Shona Murray, M.D., Alex Polotsky, M.D., and Cassandra Roeca, M.D., on board.

Drs. Murray, Polotsky, and Roeca will provide training to the University of Colorado Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility fellowship program while providing patient care in SGF Colorado’s Denver and Colorado Springs, CO, locations.

“I am incredibly proud to continue in my role teaching our next generation of REIs, while at the same time join the SGF family. My respect for SGF spans many years as I’ve long admired their ability to increase access to care through exclusive financial programs, their commitment to innovation, and their delivery care model that seeks to always put patient needs first,” Dr. Polotsky said.

SGF Colorado will offer comprehensive fertility services, including in-person and virtual physician consultations, diagnostic testing, low- and high-tech treatment options such as intrauterine insemination (IUI), in vitro fertilization (IVF), donor egg treatment, egg freezing, fertility preservation for people with cancer, and LGBTQ family building.

The Denver location will be home to physician offices for patient consultations, transfer rooms for embryo transfer and IUI procedures, and endocrine and andrology laboratories, as well as cycle monitoring services, such as bloodwork and ultrasound. Plus, the space will be equipped with a state-of-the-art embryology laboratory and ambulatory surgery center with five recovery bays and an operating room. The Colorado Springs location will be home to physician offices for patient consultation, intrauterine insemination (IUI) procedures, endocrine and andrology laboratories, as well as cycle monitoring services, such as bloodwork and ultrasound.

“Among the many reasons we are excited to bring on Drs. Murray, Polotsky, and Roeca is because it allows us to formally connect with providers who share similar values and goals. These physicians believe in a patient-centric care model that addresses patients very individual and personal set of needs, a core belief of SGF’s as well. The natural synergy of joining forces as SGF Colorado provides a tremendous advantage to patients in need of fertility care,” said Eric A. Widra, M.D., Chief Medical Officer, SGF.

SGF’s expansion into Colorado also enhances access to their renowned donor egg treatment and gestational carrier programs. SGF is home to the largest donor egg treatment program in the nation with more than 8,000 babies and counting to its credit. A unique feature of SGF’s program, the practice recruits and medically, psychologically, and genetically prescreens all prospective, ready-to-cycle egg donors prior to listing them on the SGF donor registry.

Given the staggering fact that one in eight couples of reproductive age are in need of fertility care, it’s reassuring that SGF Colorado offers an expansive insurance network as well as unique financial programs for self-pay patients. Their hallmark program, the Shared Risk 100% Refund Guarantee Program, offers patients the reassurance they will either take home a baby or receive a full refund. SGF also provides income-based and military discounts, to name a few, as well as an exclusive financing partner, Fertility Finance.

“SGF is known as a pioneer in many ways, shown through their commitment to research, innovation, and education. I am proud to be joining a practice of this caliber, home to award-winning physicians who continuously and safely push the envelope and offer the very finest in care,” shared Dr. Roeca.

“It’s long been my commitment to put patients on the most direct path to a baby. My decision to join the SGF Colorado team was made simpler by their long-standing commitment to evidence-based medicine, and to their sense of professional collaboration. Patients benefit from a network of strongly affiliated, connected physicians who stay in frequent communication and unite under the same mission, to advance the standard of care,” says Dr. Murray.

New patients may schedule an appointment at either of the SGF CO locations by calling the SGF New Patient Center at 1-888-761-1967 or submitting this brief online form. Established CU ARM patients may schedule appointments by contacting CU ARM directly.

About Shady Grove Fertility (SGF) 

SGF is a leading fertility and IVF center of excellence with more than 85,000 babies born and 5,000+ 5-star patient reviews. With 37 locations throughout FL, GA, MD, NY, PA, VA, D.C., and Santiago, Chile, SGF offers patients virtual physician consults, deliver individualized care, accept most insurance plans, and make treatment affordable through innovative financial options, including 100% refund guarantees. More physicians refer their patients to SGF than any other center. SGF is among the founding partner practices of US Fertility, the largest physician-owned, physician-led partnership of top-tier fertility practices in the U.S. Call 1-888-761-1967 or visit 

Allegheny Health Network Appoints Bill Johnjulio, MD, Chief Population Health Officer

Dr. Bill Johnjulio

“He’ll be an incredible champion for our patients and the many communities we serve.”

Allegheny Health Network (AHN) announced today that Bill Johnjulio, MD, has been appointed AHN’s chief population health officer.

Dr. Johnjulio, a longtime family medicine physician with AHN, presently chairs AHN’s Primary Care Institute and is president of AHN’s clinically integrated network (Physician Partners of Western Pennsylvania LLC). He will continue to serve in those positions.

As AHN’s chief population health officer, Dr. Johnjulio will work with primary care practices, specialty practices, social service agencies and other external stakeholders to address barriers to care and develop more equitable, cost-effective ways to serve the many unique populations living in our region.

“Dr. Johnjulio has a deep background in chronic disease management, health education, and other tools and tactics used to assess and enhance quality of life across broad patient populations,” said Donald Whiting, MD, AHN’s chief medical officer. “He’ll be an incredible champion for our patients and the many communities we serve.”

Over the last decade, commercial health insurers and the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have placed an increased emphasis on population health management, asking that providers better coordinate and improve the health of large groups of patients. Increasingly, a provider’s reimbursement payments are tied to their ability to identify at-risk patients, implement targeted care programs, prevent chronic disease and monitor health outcomes in real time.

The goal of these efforts is to improve overall health and minimize health care disparities across geographies and demographic groups, leading to better outcomes and reduced avoidable hospital admissions and emergency department visits. While population health management programs incorporate care and input from specialists, they are typically coordinated at the primary care level.

“At Highmark Health and AHN, we are committed to changing the way health care is organized and delivered,” said Tony Farah, MD, ‎Highmark Health’s chief medical & clinical transformation officer. “One of our top priorities is to eliminate the fragmentation that exists in the healthcare system and reduce health disparities, ensuring that all patients receive exceptional care across our footprint. As an expert and leader in primary care, Dr. Johnjulio will help us achieve that, by bridging the gaps that exist between the hospital, the doctor’s office, and the community.”

Dr. Johnjulio joined AHN in 2010 and maintains a clinical practice with Forbes Family Medicine. He received his medical degree from the University of Iowa College of Medicine, and he completed his postgraduate training with a family medicine internship at the University of Rochester’s Highland Hospital and a family medicine residency at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. He also completed a faculty development fellowship at Duke University.

Dr. Johnjulio is certified by the American Board of Family Medicine, and he is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians and the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine.

He has served on the board of directors of the Allegheny County Medical Society since 2013, and last year he served as the organization’s president.

About the Allegheny Health Network

Allegheny Health Network (, a Highmark Health company, is an integrated healthcare delivery system primarily serving the greater Western Pennsylvania region. The Network is composed of 13 hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, Health + Wellness Pavilions, multiple employed physician organizations, home and community-based health services, a research institute, and a group purchasing organization. The Network provides patients with access to a complete spectrum of advanced medical services, including nationally recognized programs for primary and emergency care, trauma care, cardiovascular disease, organ transplantation, cancer care, orthopedic surgery, neurology and neurosurgery, women’s health, diabetes, autoimmune disease and more. AHN employs approximately 21,000 people, has more than 2,600 physicians on its medical staff and serves as a clinical campus for Drexel University College of Medicine and the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine.

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AltaPointe Health’s supported employment program gives participant new lease on life

Work is an integral part of recovery, and a means for many of our patients to maintain wellness

You have given me an opportunity to gain work experience and to feel independent. This program saved my life! Thank you!

Lucian Wainright lives with serious mental illness. Sadly, he believes he would have taken his own life had it not been for AltaPointe Health’s supported employment program.

Individual Placement and Support (IPS) is a model of supported employment for people with serious mental illness. AltaPointe Health’s IPS-supported employment helps people living with behavioral health conditions work at regular jobs of their choice. Although variations of supported employment exist, IPS refers to the evidence-based practice of supported employment.

Each IPS team includes one Certified Peer Specialist, three Employment Specialists, a Benefits Specialist, and a Part-Time Supervisor. IPS Teams collaborate with vocational rehabilitation offices, career centers, education leaders, and community employers. IPS Teams provide ongoing support through all phases of job development and continue after employment is obtained.

Research shows that the IPS model has a high success rate when provided as a mental health service to individuals who want to join the workforce. Lucian Wainright, AltaPointe Health IPS participant, says the program saved his life. He is thankful for the opportunity.

“To my employer, I want to say thank you. You have no idea how good of a time I am having,” Wainright added. “You have given me an opportunity to gain work experience and to feel independent. Thank you!” Wainright believes he would have succumbed to suicide had it not been for AltaPointe’s program. “Without this program, I would not have been able to discover how I am as a person, and I think that I may have committed suicide a long time ago,” he said.

AltaPointe Health IPS Supported Employment Benefits Specialist Tricia Murray says the growth Wainright has experienced is remarkable. Murray says when Wainright first joined the program, he was shy and had a hard time opening up. She says that is not the case now.

“After transporting Lucian to and from our meetings with the IPS Supported Employment team, I really got to know Lucian. We began having conversations about his goals and plans in life,” Murray shared. “I am happy to say some of Lucian’s goals have been met, and he is working hard to achieve even more. Lucian is why I believe in the saying; You can do anything you put your mind to. Lucian has experienced a lot in his life, and he has turned it around positively.”

IPS follows eight guiding principles to help its participants succeed.

  • Competitive employment
  • Systematic job development
  • Rapid job search
  • Integrated services
  • Benefits planning
  • Zero exclusion
  • Time-unlimited supports
  • Worker preferences

Tuerk Schlesinger, AltaPointe Health CEO, says for many patients, work allows them to maintain wellness.

“AltaPointe’s IPS supported employment staff has been able to help countless individuals just like Lucian, achieve competitive employment, therefore, improving their quality of life,” Schlesinger said. “It is evident the IPS program can serve as an integral part of a patient’s recovery.”

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Local Tutoring Center for Children with Learning Differences Expands and Creates Jobs Amid Pandemic

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It’s no secret that because of the COVID classroom kids are academically behind and struggling with mental health.

The Learning Lab FL, located in Fort Lauderdale, has announced its expansion to a new Davie location in order to keep up with demand. The Davie location is set to open in April and will maintain the same evidence-based programs to provide expert instruction and remediation that are all backed by the neuroscience of reading.

The Learning Lab’s niche and expertise is with reading, writing, and math interventions for children (K-8th grade) with specific learning disabilities such as dyslexia, dysgraphia, and dyscalculia. They also work with students with ADHD, auditory processing issues, and children who struggle with executive functioning skills.

All of The Learning Lab’s instruction is data driven and collaborates with the entire “ecosystem” of every child in order to reach the best results. This includes one-on-one and small group homework management programs, homeschool and e-learning support and intensive, individualized instruction.

Alyson Young, Owner-Operator at the Learning Lab, has seen a significant increase in demand for their programs since the onset of the pandemic caused a shift in the typical classroom setting. They have taken strict safety precautions in order to continue to operate as normally as possible.

In February 2020, the Learning Lab had 15 students enrolled, and now in February 2021, there are 27 students enrolled, and that number continues to grow with a maxed out wait list.

“It’s no secret that because of the COVID classroom kids are academically behind and struggling with mental health,” said Young. “We can break down those emotional barriers and help them to learn while gaining their confidence back through teaching them the way they learn with social and emotional support.”

Expanding and bringing on new teachers was the only way to stay true to their mission of guiding every smart but struggling learner, their families and school communities toward a holistic path of social, emotional and academic practices. At the Learning Lab, each child will receive individualized support in order to meet their specific needs.

About the Learning Lab FL:

The Learning Lab is a safe place for kids who learn differently and struggle to show their brilliance at school. This is where kids go for out-of-the-box learning solutions that are focused on them, as an individual, not as a number in a classroom roster. Their programs include academic interventions for children with ADHD, dyslexia and other learning challenges.

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Elias Theodorou, MMA Champion The Mane Event (™) Makes History with Inaugural Sanctioned Cannabis Fight Night On March 13th, 2021

Elias Theodorou, MMA Champion The Mane Event (™) Makes History with Inaugural Sanctioned Cannabis Fight Night On March 13th, 2021

Top-ranked middleweight fighter and medical cannabis activist fights the stigma of athletes and cannabis both inside and outside of the ring

Top-ranked middleweight fighter and medical cannabis activist fights the stigma of athletes and cannabis both inside and outside of the ring.


Elias Theodorou will be returning to the cage as both fighter and co-promoter with Rise FC this Winter in Canada’s first contact sports event since competition was suspended due to COVID19 in the Spring of 2020. The ‘Mane Event ®’ has joined forces with ImagineBC, a revolutionary new media company that promotes a safe and equitable digital platform, to stream his next bout live.


Elias will be hitting the ring with Matt Dwyer, a fellow UFC veteran, alongside four other match-ups on the card


Elias is doing an Instagram Live on March 11th at 7:20pm EST @eliastheodorou to answer questions. Further interview Time Slots are available on March 10th & 11th, 2021. To book a media interview please contact:


Saturday, March 13th, 2021, Songhee Wellness Centre, Victoria, British Columbia.

The event will be streamed live exclusively on Imagine BC’s new digital platform. It will also include access to Elias’ premiere content. The fight is supported and sponsored by: Terpwell, Medistik, Hemp Energy Drink, GG Poker, Coors Organic, SOVRIN Extracts, CAFE Herb Angels, USG, Planet of the Vapes, Seed & Stone, PotHub, Storz & Bickle, and Combat Sports Law. Fans can learn more about streaming the live event on Elias’ channel.


Elias is a UFC veteran and the first-ever Canadian winner of the reality show/tournament, The Ultimate Fighter. He is also dedicated to ‘Fighting the Stigma’ of medical cannabis in sports.

Theodorou is the first professional athlete and MMA fighter in the world to receive a therapeutic use exemption (TUE) for medical cannabis in competition, which was granted in February by the British Columbia Athletic Commission. This historic ruling sets a precedent not only for Elias but all other MMA athletes and boxers in BC who may now apply for the same TUE where medically appropriate. This fall, Elias will look to make professional sports history in his next fight, as the first sanctioned cannabis athlete in a jurisdiction (TBA) that recognizes his medical cannabis rights.

About Elias Theodorou

Elias, “The Spartan” Theodorou, is a top-ranked middleweight fighter who amassed an impressive 8-3 record during his time in the UFC. Elias is committed to fighting the stigma of medical cannabis in athletics. In January 2020, he became the first professional athlete to receive a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) for medical cannabis, the first in combat sports or professional sports. Elias has transcended the stereotypes of a fighter by employing his advertising degree and corporate experience in the development, creation, and production of personal and corporate brands, including The Mane Event™, The Ring Boy™ and Weedbae™ When Elias is not busy training or competing, he’s working on several films and various TV projects. Elias is committed to using his growing platform to expand his reach beyond MMA and to fight for acceptance of medical cannabis in professional sports. Follow Elias on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

About ImagineBC

ImagineBC is a next-generation media company shaping a new landscape for a better world, empowering both content creators and consumers alike to unlock monetary value. By building an open, safe and equitable digital community, ImagineBC is championing a new path that allows everyone to participate in the economics of their data and thereby ensuring that the benefits are enjoyed by all, not just a few. ImagineBC is available in both the United States and Canada iOS, Android, and web portal. Follow ImagineBC on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram. To learn more about ImagineBC, visit

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Drugmaker’s Guide to Process Validation:

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Has a risk-based plan to determine which aspects of a business needs validation been developed? Is the team prepared to prove the consistent performance of manufacturing equipment and its operating procedures?

Process validation can be confusing and complicated. Knowing exactly what the FDA and other regulators are expecting when it comes to validation will pave the way for a more straightforward, successful process — and this report can get one there.

With the Drugmaker’s Guide to Process Validation: Principles, Methods and Compliance management report, readers will be able to align validation choices with the expectations of regulators. Discover the best methods for conducting a risk analysis, creating testing and sampling procedures and interpreting test results. With these expert tips, one will be able to develop an acceptable validation report and deal with any issues that may arise.

This report will cover:

a.    Understanding different types of validation: prospective, retrospective and concurrent

b.    Determining roles concerning validation

c.    Matching the expectations of regulators

  • Developing a Validation Master Plan

a.    Creating a master plan, validation matrix and validation protocol

b.    Setting the scope of the master plan

c.    Considering whether to outsource validation

a.    Applying risk management methods to validation

b.    Conducting risk analysis

c.    Defining critical quality attributes and process parameters

d.    Performing testing in different environments

e.    Writing test scripts

f.     Determining the advantages of executing test scripts electronically

g.    Interpreting results and preparing validation reports

h.    Dealing with validation problems

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National Cannabis Industry Association Reschedules 2021 Cannabis Business Events to Deliver Full Experience

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While we recognize the inconvenience of a date change, we are confident that this is the best decision for our members, exhibitors, sponsors, and attendees.

The National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA) is pleased to announce its new event schedule. To deliver the full, in-person experience for NCIA’s cannabis business events, they have been rescheduled for the second half of 2021.

The Cannabis Business Summit & Expo, originally scheduled for August 3-5, 2021 in San Francisco, will now take place December 15-17, 2021, and will remain at the Moscone Center in San Francisco.

The Midwest Cannabis Business Conference, which was scheduled for August 25-26, 2021 in Detroit, will now take place September 22-23, 2021, and remains at TCF Center.

“While we recognize the inconvenience of a date change, we are confident that this is the best decision for our members, exhibitors, sponsors, and attendees,” said Aaron Smith, Chief Executive Officer of NCIA. “The cannabis industry is a tight-knit community, and we’re dedicated to providing our members with the highest quality and most enriching experiences in 2021. As we continue to navigate the ever-changing landscape and carry on with our cannabis policy reform efforts in Congress, we look forward to making 2021 a pivotal year for NCIA members and our events program.”

As NCIA looks forward to its 2021 cannabis business events, their number one priority is the health & safety of all event participants, in addition to providing a reliably unique and enriching experience for the industry. NCIA will implement health & safety protocols that meet or exceed those set forth by federal, state, and local health departments at all events.

Although the 2021 events have been rescheduled, NCIA continues its advocacy efforts on behalf of cannabis businesses and feels the current state of the legal cannabis industry necessitates the importance of bringing the industry together in 2021. NCIA highlights the fact that in 2020, on the heels of voters in four states approving adult use cannabis measures in November, cannabis became an $18.3 billion industry in the United States and the job market saw a 31% increase in full-time legal cannabis jobs. The appetite for federal reform is stronger than ever with public opinion for legalization ringing in at an all-time high of 68% of Americans.

For more information and updates about NCIA’s events, please visit


The National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA) is the largest cannabis trade association in the U.S. and the only organization broadly representing cannabis-related businesses at the national level. NCIA promotes the growth of a responsible and legitimate cannabis industry and works toward a favorable social, economic, and legal environment for that industry in the United States.

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E. DEWEY SMITH To Release Single ‘YOUR PRESENCE IS A GIFT’ FRIDAY, MARCH 5, 2021 New Single Marks Launch of Pebble Street Records

During a major time of grief, bereavement & loss, I had to rely on God’s presence totally.

Renowned faith-leader, author, and pastor E. Dewey Smith, releases “Your Presence Is A Gift,” today under his new record label, Pebble Street Records.

The prolific teacher and Atlanta-based Senior Pastor delivers “Your Presence Is A Gift” digitally on all streaming platforms. The beautiful ballad will precede a full album due later this year. Speaking to the goodness of always having God in our life “Your Presence Is A Gift” showcases Smith’s deep, resonant vocals and establishes him as a bonafide contemporary Gospel artist

“During a major time of grief, bereavement & loss, I had to rely on God’s presence totally,” said Smith. “I have always preached about it … multiple deaths made me now live it! Now I understand that even when we have to deal with the absence of those closest to us God’s presence is a gift.”

An ardent supporter of Gospel music, Smith, has regularly given gospel artists and worship leaders from across the country a platform at The House of Hope, and he is now excited to share his music ministry. The song is the first release under the newly established Pebble Street Records, which will be home to his forthcoming debut album and future projects from the House of Hope music family. Based in Atlanta, Smith continues to build his multi-media brand that includes film, television, content production, books, and music.

“I am deeply excited to launch my label Pebble Street Records,” Smith said. “It is the fulfillment of a lifelong dream, an opportunity to pay tribute to my musical roots and also to allow other gifted people to produce music! God gets the glory.”

“Your Presence Is A Gift” is available now on all digital platforms.

About E. Dewey Smith:

Dr. E. Dewey Smith is the Senior Pastor/Teacher of The House of Hope Atlanta and The House of Hope Macon, and the new expansion, The House of Hope WestPointe, “A Global Word Church.” A proud native of Macon, Ga., he has been a minister of the gospel for 30 years. Smith received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA; graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Master of Science degree from Amridge University in Montgomery, AL; and earned his Doctor of Ministry degree from the United Theological Seminary in Dayton, OH. Additionally, he was inducted into the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Board of Preachers at Morehouse College as “”Distinguished Preacher.”” Dr. Smith has served on the Board of Directors for the Morehouse School of Religion and the United Theological Seminary and Bible College in Monroe, LA. 


Dr. Smith is also professionally involved in media, film, and television production. He has produced media and film for over 25 years. He served as a co-host on the first daytime, a faith-based panel talk show produced by Warner Brothers in Burbank, California. 

Dr. Smith is married to the lovely former Andrea Fambro, his best friend of over 30 years. They are blessed with two sons: Kamari Elijah and Kylen Isaiah.

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Refraction AI Raises $4.2 Million to Accelerate Reliable, Affordable, Sustainable Last-Mile Robot Delivery for the Masses

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With new capital, the company plans to expand both the geographic and industry reach of its last-mile delivery as a service offering.

Refraction AI, the robotics startup and creator of the REV-1, a low-cost, lightweight autonomous delivery robot, today announced $4.2 million in new seed funding led by Pillar VC [Pillar VC __title__ . The capital will be used for customer acquisition, geographic expansion and product development.

Founded in July 2019, Refraction AI solves last-mile delivery logistics with a practical, economical and sustainable application of mobile robot technology. Recent market reports* estimate compound annual growth in the last-mile delivery sector over the next 10 years will exceed 14 percent, with the autonomous delivery segment projected to grow at over 24 percent from $11.9 billion in 2021 to more than $84 billion globally by 2031. For many, the COVID-19 pandemic has made home delivery of food, medicine and other necessities directly from retailers and restaurants a necessity. The Refraction REV-1 autonomous delivery robot is the ideal way for restaurants, grocers and other retailers to benefit from these trends reliably, affordably and sustainably.

“Last-mile delivery is the quintessential example of a sector that is ripe for innovation, owing to a powerful confluence of advancing technology, demographics, social values and consumer models. Conventional approaches have left businesses and consumers with few choices in this new environment as they struggle to keep pace with surging demand – burdened by the costs, regulatory, and logistical challenges of a legacy infrastructure,” said Luke Schneider, who took the helm as CEO of Refraction AI in fall 2020. “Our platform uses technology that exists today in an innovative way, to get people the things they need, when they need them, where they live. And we’re doing so in a way that reduces business’ costs, makes roads less congested, and eliminates carbon emissions.”

In addition to Pillar VC, the round was filled out by a syndicate of investors including eLab Ventures, Osage Venture Partners, Trucks Venture Capital, Alumni Ventures Group, Chad Laurans (founder of SimpliSafe), Invest Michigan, and others.

“With a tremendous potential to impact the future of last-mile goods delivery, Refraction AI is incredibly well-positioned because their solution is up and running today,” said Jamie Goldstein, founder and partner of Pillar VC. “We believe Refraction AI will create the de facto standard for this rapidly-expanding category; the combination of technology, momentum and leadership makes the company poised to break down barriers to AV for any business, which in turn increases access to goods for households that need them.”

Since its inception, Refraction AI has deployed the first application of its technology serving restaurants and grocery stores in its Ann Arbor, MI location. With new capital, the company plans to expand both the geographic and industry reach of its last-mile delivery as a service offering.

Refraction AI has recently expanded its office and production space for a growing team. For open job listings and information on partnering, please visit

*Sources: Allied Market Research Report on Global Autonomous Last-Mile Delivery (August 2020) and Infiniti Research Limited Report on Last Mile Delivery Market in North America (November 2019).

About Refraction AI

Refraction AI makes low-cost, lightweight autonomous robots for last-mile delivery. The smaller form factor of its REV-1 delivery robot allows it to operate in both the bike lane and roadway, providing many of the benefits of autonomous vehicles with more route flexibility and safety. Founded by roboticists and professors at the University of Michigan, Refraction AI’s first application was with restaurant and grocery partners, and the company expects to expand across the gamut of last-mile delivery.

For more information about Refraction’s products, technology or career opportunities, please visit

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EMMA International Consulting Group, Inc. Appoints New Members and New Chairwoman to their Board of Directors

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E.M.M.A. International Consulting Group, Inc. (EMMA International), a global leader in FDA compliance consulting, is pleased to announce four new members and a new chairwoman to their Board of Directors. The new members will work closely with the firm’s leadership team to address the growing needs of the marketplace, and plan for future strategic growth.

The new members are:

  •     Carmine Jabri – CEO, EMMA International Consulting Group
  •     Jacob George – Managing Partner – Head of Global M&A, George + Company
  •     Murad Elamir – Vice President, George + Company
  •     Thomas Baughman – Chairman of the Board, New Concept Technology

Kira Jabri has been appointed as the new chairwoman of the board and will transition from her role as company CEO this month.

“I have been fortunate enough to be part of the growth of EMMA International over the past ten years. First, as the company’s COO, and then CEO. It is an honor to be appointed as the Chairwoman of the Board of Directors and look forward to my new role with EMMA International for years to come,” said Kira Jabri.

EMMA International has achieved major growth accomplishments over the years. Most recent accomplishment is being named to the Inc.5000 list. Additionally, EMMA International is certified to ISO 9001:2015, and as a Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) through the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC).

About EMMA International

EMMA International Consulting Group, Inc. is a global leader in FDA compliance consulting. We focus on quality, regulatory, and compliance services for the Medical Device, Combination Products, and Diagnostics industries.

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For additional information, please contact Katie McCallum, Marketing and Operations Specialist, at 248-987-4497 or email at

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