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Massage Therapy Can Play a Role in Keeping your Mental Health in Check, According to Massage Expert & Author Michelle Ebbin


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Holistic practices like massage therapy, available at home and at work from services like Soothe on-demand massage, can play a greater role in helping people keep their mental health in check.

“Massage is an excellent way to relieve stress, anxiety, tension, worry, and even depression, and it can be easily incorporated into one’s wellness regimen at home and work. Plus convenient on-demand services like Soothe deliver the massage therapist directly to your home, office, or hotel.”

As this country turns toward National Mental Illness Awareness Week, Oct. 6-12, Michelle Ebbin, massage therapy expert and author of The Touch Remedy, believes that holistic practices like massage therapy can play a greater role in helping people keep their mental health in check. She also offers ideas on how to incorporate massage into one’s routine at home and also at work.

Massage has been scientifically proven to lower the stress hormone cortisol while increasing the release of feel-good hormones (endorphins) in the body,” says Ebbin, a former massage therapist who frequently appears on national TV to discuss the wellness benefits of massage. “Massage is an excellent way to relieve stress, anxiety, tension, worry, and even depression, and it can be easily incorporated into one’s wellness regimen at home and work.” According to American Massage Therapy Association, a review of more than a dozen studies concluded that massage therapy helps relieve depression and anxiety by affecting the body’s biochemistry. Massage therapy also promotes better sleep.

Maintaining Mental Health At Home & Work

She says, “At home, I recommend getting a massage on a monthly basis so that you’re not bearing loads of stress and tension that gets unintentionally released in your interactions with partners or family members. There are many types of massage you can request, such as Swedish, deep tissue, sports, reflexology, as well as assisted stretching, which can suit your desired level of intensity, as well as address specific needs. And, they can be combined with other holistic practices like yoga, meditation, and ongoing exercise to relax the body and mind. Plus convenient on-demand services like Soothe (http://www.soothe.com) deliver the massage therapist directly to your home, office, or hotel room with at little as 60 minutes advance notice, which makes it very easy so you don’t have to drive anywhere.”

“Given that so many employees experience work overload or workplace burnout, having a workplace benefit of weekly chair massage or assisted stretching can really change an employee’s outlook for the rest of the day or even the entire week! Even a brief respite of 10-15 minute massage can make a world of difference in stress levels, and massage is a wonderful way to start the week because it improves mental clarity, focus and boosts energy levels.”

Self-Massage Option

She adds, “Alternatively, if workplace massage is not an employee benefit, and you don’t have a budget for regular massage, you can always buy a simple self-massage tool for less than $30 to massage tense neck, shoulder and forearm muscles which work extra hard when you sit at the computer for extended periods. I recommend using the self-massage tool for 5-10 minutes during your breaks. You can also buy small ‘tune up’ balls for use at home, which you can roll your back, neck, shoulders, and legs onto, to loosen stiffness and tightness. I recommend doing this for at least 10-15 minutes daily. Plus, doing deep bends where you fold over at your hips and allow the upper body to hang like a ‘rag doll’ to release back and neck tension.”

For more information about Michelle Ebbin and her book, visit basicknead.com.

Soothe, the world’s leading on-demand massage service and app, lets users schedule a same-day massage in the privacy of their home or hotel. It also offers workplace massage through its corporate massage program Soothe At Work. Headquartered in Las Vegas, Soothe currently serves 70 markets across the United States, Canada, United Kingdom and Australia. For more information about Soothe, visit soothe.com or call 833-276-6843 for more information.

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NAIFA’s Life and Annuities Certified Professional (LACP) Continues to Gain Corporate Support


Larry Holzberg, NAIFA Board of Trustee, is a Financial Representative with Guardian Life Insurance Company of America and holds the LACP certification.

Larry Holzberg, NAIFA Board of Trustee, is a Financial Representative with Guardian Life Insurance Company of America and holds the LACP certification.

I attained my LACP when it was first available and have successfully used it for several years as a way to differentiate myself

The NAIFA Certification Commission (NCCA) announced that Guardian supports and actively encourages its financial representatives to attain the Life and Annuities Certified Professional (LACP) certification as evidence of their knowledge of and ethical approach to sales of life and annuity products. The support will allow Guardian financial representatives to list the LACP certification as an earned designation and use the LACP mark in promotional materials to differentiate themselves in the financial services marketplace.

“After thorough review, we fully provide our support for the LACP,” stated Kathryn Tague, Head of Financial Representative Learning & Development from Guardian. “We view the LACP as a way to increase consumer trust in life insurance and annuities as a whole, and in particular, to let the consumer know that every Guardian financial representative that is a NAIFA member ascribes to a code of ethics that puts client interests first.”

“I attained my LACP when it was first available and have successfully used it for several years as a way to differentiate myself,” explained Lawrence Holzberg, LUTCF, LACP of Wealth Advisory Group, LLC, an agency of The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America. “With the comprehensive study guide and my years of experience, I was able to immediately sit for the exam. I’m delighted that Guardian recognizes the LACP and I encourage every advisor to put forth the effort to attain this certification.”

The LACP certification is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) and complies with the NCCA’s rigid Standards for the Accreditation of Certification Programs. The LACP certification is officially listed in the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) professional designations database, one of only ten accredited designations of the hundreds listed with FINRA.

“The industry is recognizing that the LACP certification signifies professionalism, trustworthiness and expert knowledge – all characteristics consumers should look for in a financial professional,” Kevin Mayeux, CEO of NAIFA, said. “The LACP is a benefit to those professionals who are able to achieve it and to the clients they serve. It is the gold standard and an indication of excellence for any professional providing annuities and other life insurance products to clients”

In addition to Guardian, several other companies including New York Life, Country Financial, SagePoint, Woodbury Financial, Royal Alliance, FSC Securities and Cambridge Investment Research support the LACP certification. On the consumer side, the Alliance for Lifetime Income(ALI), recognizes the importance of the LACP and features holders of the certification in its public information campaigns. NAIFA works with ALI to educate the public and policymakers about the importance of financial products that provide lifetime incomes and the risk many Americans face of outliving their savings during retirement.

To attain the LACP, financial professionals must meet the exam eligibility criteria and exemplify excellence in the following three areas: product knowledge, consultative sales process, and commitment to ethical conduct.

Eligible professionals may register to take the exam during three month-long testing windows each year in July, October and January. The proctored exams are administered by Castle Worldwide through a network of nearly 1,000 testing centers in cities throughout the world. Registration for the month of October is Sept. 15, 2019, and registration for January is Dec. 1. See the Exam Schedule and Registration.

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TRC Services of Texas, Inc. Today Announced that Jonathan Dimock has Joined the TRC Texas Team


TRC Services, sucker rods, steel sucker rods, fiberglass sucker rods, artifcial lift

Jonathan Dimock

“We are excited to welcome Jonathan to our team,” said Ralph Stark, President of TRC Service of Texas, Inc. “Jonathan’s long history in the beam pumping market and his dedication to solving customer problems is very exciting. Jonathan wakes up every morning being his customers’ advocate, and we like that.”

Prior to joining TRC Services of Texas, Inc., Mr. Dimock was employed by Weatherford International as US Technical Sales Manager for two years. Before Weatherford, Mr. Dimock was employed by Rod Lift Consulting as Sales Manager for the Permian Basin for seven years. Mr. Dimock has held various positions at Norris, a Dover Company, CDI, and Dresser Oil Tools.

Mr. Dimock’s appointment is effective August 31, 2019.

About TRC Services, Inc.

Founded in 1996, TRC Services, Inc. is a leader in the sucker rod industry. TRC is uniquely positioned to manage its customers entire sucker rod programs. Product and service lines include new and remanufactured steel sucker rods, new Fiberflex Fiberglass sucker rods, sucker rod string designs, failure analysis, and well optimization services. TRC services customers throughout the United States through three plants in Midland, TX, and plant in Oklahoma City, OK.

For more information, please contact Ralph Stark at rstark(at)trcsuckerrods(dot)com.

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Established Carmel Divorce & Family Law Firm, Hollingsworth & Zivitz, PC Announces Merger with Carmel Firm, Roberts Means, LLC to Form Hollingsworth Roberts Means, LLC


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Together, we will challenge ourselves and our unified team to raise our standards of client service and efficiency even higher.

Kena Hollingsworth of Hollingsworth & Zivitz, PC (“HZ”), together with Jeffrey D. Roberts and William P. Means of Roberts Means, LLC (“RM”) proudly announce the merger of the two Carmel-based law firms to form the full-service litigation and family law firm, HOLLINGSWORTH ROBERTS MEANS, LLC (“HRM”).

Earlier this summer, HZ announced that co-founder Hollingsworth had reached an agreement to purchase sole ownership of the divorce & family law firm she opened 15 years ago. Blessed with numerous options, and after careful contemplation of the next chapter for herself and her loyal HZ colleagues, the ultimate decision to merge with RM was an easy one for Hollingsworth.    

“I believe that HZ established an excellent reputation in our community by prioritizing our clients’ emotional needs along with their need for financial and legal counsel. Our primary mission has always been to guide each client into the next best stage of life with integrity and with the least amount of emotional turmoil as possible. I believe RM has demonstrated the same care for and commitment to its clients—just with a broader litigation focus.”

Hollingsworth’s professional counterparts and longtime friends at RM similarly built their firm’s reputation by prioritizing exceptional client service—not only in the family law arena but also as a full-service litigation boutique serving local and national businesses. According to Roberts, “RM prides itself on offering clients a superior level of attention and cost management via operational processes that veer from the traditional law firm norms.”

“The breadth and depth of the experience that Jeff and Bill bring to the table provide invaluable resources to clients involved in disputes ranging from traditional divorce and family law matters to complex business disputes,” Hollingsworth said. “But even more so, RM’s positive culture, its attorneys’ ability to effectively communicate and relate to clients, and the firm’s focus on providing real value to clients, were selling points that were impossible to ignore.” Per Means, “Together, we will challenge ourselves and our unified team to raise our standards of client service and efficiency even higher.”

All three law graduates of Indiana University, HRM’s founders share a core goal to grow a client-focused business, but they respect and appreciate that each brings something unique as well. Hollingsworth’s personal experience as a child of divorce provides her with an extraordinary ability to empathize with clients and clients’ children alike. Accordingly, she approaches legal issues with a commitment to minimizing conflict and creating long term solutions to set families up to positively co-parent (or just co-exist) after a divorce. Means draws upon his background in the mental health field to bring a compassionate perspective and a unique ability to understand and communicate, while his extensive litigation experience provides clients with unwavering confidence. Roberts has an impressive business background, earning a double major in finance and marketing from IU’s Kelley School of Business and having worked as a financial analyst for an investment bank before law school. His experience, coupled with an innate ability to bring business principles and plain language to guide clients toward solutions to complex matters, adds a valued perspective to the HRM team.

Accompanying Hollingsworth from the legacy HZ firm are attorneys Genevieve Keegan Bedano, Anne-Marie Briscoe, Kristy Horvath, and Ashley Roncevic, along with business manager, Hillary Showley. Joining from the RM team, along with Roberts and Means, are attorneys Kimberly McCabe, Angela Hamm, and Jamie Meyer. For the next several months, the combined HRM firm will continue working out of two locations – HZ’s office located at 11555 N Meridian Street, Suite 530, Carmel, IN 46032; and RM’s office at 12805 E. New Market Street, Suite 300, Carmel, IN 46032. Later this year, the HRM team will join together in their new HRM office building currently under construction in the center of Carmel’s fast-growing Village of West Clay. The team is excited to transition to the new building with modern amenities in a uniquely quaint setting.

Like its future new home, the firm’s new website, http://www.HRMlaw.com, while functional and informational, is also very much under construction. In the meantime, any members of the HRM team can still be reached by calling 317-569-2200, 317-353-3600 and 317-DIVORCE or by emailing any of the firms’ attorneys at their HZ or RM email addresses or new addresses which can be found on the firm’s website.

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Bristol-Myers Squibb, Boehringer Ingelheim and Others to Present Use of Carterra’s Next Generation Antibody Screening Technology at Symposia Across the US and Europe


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Our upcoming symposia series will provide attendees with real-world examples of the LSA applications in drug discovery.

Carterra® Inc., the world leader in high-throughput antibody screening and characterization, will host a series of symposia across the United States and Europe entitled, The therapeutic antibody revolution in the post genomics era. Leading industry experts from some of the most influential pharmaceutical, biotech companies, and institutions in the world such as Bristol Myers Squibb, Boehringer Ingelheim, and the Huntsman Cancer Institute will provide insight on using high throughput surface plasmon resonance (SPR) technology to explore the full kinetic and epitope diversity of antibody libraries.

The symposia will take place in Cambridge, MA (September 10, 2019), San Diego, CA (September 17, 2019), San Francisco (September 19, 2019) and Munich, Germany (October 8, 2019). Presentations from leading industry experts and Carterra will demonstrate how high throughput SPR using the Carterra LSA™ is facilitating a paradigm shift in antibody screening, enabling higher information content assays to be conducted earlier in the research pipeline. This essentially combines screening and detailed characterization in the same step to increase efficiency and productivity and to reduce expenditure during drug discovery and development. For detailed schedules and registration information for each event please see the Carterra website.

Christopher Silva, Vice President of Marketing at Carterra commented: “Our upcoming symposia series will provide attendees with real-world examples of the LSA applications in drug discovery. Following our recent expansion into Europe with the opening of a new Customer Experience Center in Munich, Carterra customers are excited to spread the word about our revolutionary platform to even more scientists across the US and in Europe.”

Recent updates to the Carterra website highlight the therapeutic areas where high throughput SPR is making a difference from cancer (immuno-oncology) and heart disease to infectious diseases/vaccines, autoimmune diseases, and pain. The impact of the Carterra LSA on different antibody formats including discovery platforms, bispecifics, antibody-drug conjugates (ADCs), and CAR-T therapy is also explained in detail.

Dr Yasmina Abdiche, PhD, Chief Scientific Officer at Carterra elaborated: “The Carterra LSA is a high throughput SPR platform that is disrupting antibody analytics. The LSA can measure the binding kinetics and affinities of hundreds of interactions in parallel and perform comprehensive epitope binning experiments on up to 384 antibodies per chip. With the additional advantages of minimal sample consumption and industry-leading analysis software, the LSA is streamlining the library-to-leads triage by saving time, cost, and resources in discovering clinically-ready molecules for a number of diseases and conditions.”

About Carterra, Inc.

Carterra® is the leading provider of high throughput technologies designed to accelerate and improve the discovery of novel therapeutic candidates. Carterra’s LSA™ instrument, software, and consumables for monoclonal antibody (mAb) characterization deliver up to 100 times the throughput of existing platforms in 10% of the time while using only 1% of the sample required by other systems. The LSA combines patented microfluidics technology with real-time high throughput Surface Plasmon Resonance (HT-SPR) and industry-leading data analysis and visualization software to revolutionize mAb screening. Carterra, Inc. is based in Salt Lake City Utah, and has Customer Experience Centers in Dublin, California, Newtown, Pennsylvania, and Munich, Germany. For additional information, please visit https://carterra-bio.com/.

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Gary Fuss and Xulon Press Share Amazing Stories that Show God is Real


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Many will grow in the love, mercy, and grace in authentic discipleship for the Lamb of God in the power of The Holy Spirit

Minister Gary Fuss shares accounts of miracles, dreams and angelic encounters in his newest book, POP ($23.99, hardback, 9781545669990, $14.99, paperback, 9781545669983; $7.99, e-book, 9781545670002).

“Many will grow in the love, mercy, and grace in authentic discipleship for the Lamb of God in the power of The Holy Spirit,” said Fuss.

Gary Fuss is a Graduate of Grove City College, Pa. and received his M.Div. from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. Fuss pastored 35 years in West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Florida, preached Revivals and founded the Ephesians 4 Prayer Fellowship.

Xulon Press, a division of Salem Media Group, is the world’s largest Christian self-publisher, with more than 12,000 titles published to date. POP is available online through xulonpress.com/bookstore, amazon.com, and barnesandnoble.com.

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Noblis Autonomous Vehicle Interoperability Concept Receives 2019 Government – Industry Innovator Award


The Noblis Po8 approach can have a significant impact on public sector endeavors, unmanned systems and the future of human-machine interaction.

Noblis, a leading provider of science, technology and strategy services to the federal government has received a 2019 Government – Industry Innovator award from 1105 Public Sector Media Group for Pieces of Eight (Po8), a trusted autonomous operations system that enables ad hoc collections of autonomous machines to communicate, self-organize, and plan coordinated motions and actions based on trust earned in prior interactions. Noblis will be recognized at the Government Innovation Awards event on Nov. 7. The awards celebrate the transformative public-sector activities from government, industry and individuals that are reimagining public-sector IT, according to 1105 Media.

“We are delighted to be recognized as a leader and innovator in the autonomy at scale arena, one of the many research efforts Noblis has undertaken in the past ten years to study the effects of autonomy on a larger scale – across air, sea, land, space and cyber domains,” said Amr ElSawy, Noblis president and chief executive officer. “Innovation is a common thread at Noblis and programs such as Po8 demonstrate how our forward-thinking research and technical solutions are helping our government customers solve their most complex challenges.”

The Noblis Po8 trusted autonomous operations concept has received significant recognition since its public release, including winning the Highest Potential Impact Award and the Most Creative Award at the MOBI (mobility open blockchain initiative) Grand Challenge in Munich, Germany in February 2019. More info here.

MOBI is a nonprofit global foundation formed to accelerate the adoption of standards in blockchain, distributed ledgers, and related technologies for the benefit of consumers, communities and mobility industries.

“The Noblis Po8 approach can have a significant impact on public sector endeavors, unmanned systems and the future of human-machine interaction,” said Mile Corrigan, vice president Federal Civilian Solutions, Noblis. “Our system enables nearby connected machines – such as autonomous passenger vehicles, autonomous drones or autonomous robots traversing hostile terrain – to share situational awareness regarding obstacles and threats projected over time, and collectively plan actions that avoid collision or other conflicts.”

The Noblis Po8 process links heterogenous autonomous machines using ad hoc networking and blockchain technology to demonstrate the effects of orchestrated autonomy in comparison to isolated autonomy. The Po8 system includes an accountability process of trust scores which are recorded on blockchain technology to help ensure transparency, accuracy and the security of the system.

“Po8 allows pick-up teams of autonomous machines to perform as if they have trained together extensively,” said Karl Wunderlich, Noblis research team lead. “Further, if one machine in the system malfunctions or begins to perform erratically, the team will self-organize to re-assign critical team functions and isolate the compromised machine.”

ABOUT NOBLIS

Noblis is a dynamic science, technology, and strategy organization dedicated to creating forward-thinking technical and advisory solutions in the public interest. We bring the best of scientific thought, management, and engineering expertise together in an environment of independence and objectivity to deliver enduring impact on federal missions. Noblis works with a wide range of government clients in the defense, intelligence and federal civil sectors. Together with our wholly owned subsidiary, Noblis ESI, we tackle the nation’s toughest problems and support our clients’ most critical missions.

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LifeCare Announces New Mobile App For Its Industry Leading Backup Care Service


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As demand for our backup care services continue to escalate, we thought it important to offer our members even greater flexibility to manage it all through this best-in-class app.

The country’s leading work-life provider, LifeCare, is pleased to announce the launch of its new Backup Care Connection mobile app, supporting their premier backup care assistance service known for helping employees minimize disruption when their regular care arrangements fall through. With the app’s release, LifeCare is making it more convenient for members to manage all aspects of their backup care needs, whenever and wherever they are.

“As demand for our backup care services continue to escalate, we thought it important to offer our members even greater flexibility to manage it all through this best-in-class app,” says Peter Burki, CEO of LifeCare, “Now members can engage with us through any method they prefer — phone, web or app — to receive the right backup care solution they need.”

The app allows members to manage all aspects of their Backup Care benefit, including the ability to request care for their covered dependents such as children, seniors, pets and even themselves. Additional features include ability for employees to track their backup care utilization, view available visits, update or modify upcoming care reservations, submit for reimbursement and more.

According to Apperian, 91% of corporate employees are using at least one mobile app. Employees expect that the services they need be available as an app on their mobile devices, available at their fingertips. With the new Backup Care Connection mobile app, reliable backup care is just a few taps away.

Employers that offer Backup Care Connection to their employees recognize the value of the service, both in helping to alleviate the caregiving burden faced by their workforce and helping to reduce employee absenteeism. With the robust and flexible solution offered by LifeCare, children, aging loved ones, pets and even employees who are recovering from serious illness or surgery are covered.

As Burki referenced, LifeCare’s backup care services have seen steady growth in both demand and usage as more and more corporations look to provide valuable, productivity-enhancing care support for their employees. These nationwide companies specifically choose LifeCare’s Backup Care Connection because it’s the most flexible in the industry, enabling members to choose from a large selection of network care providers, locations, and out-of-network options (including their own preferred privately secured caregiver such as a personal babysitter, friend or even family member). Plus, members can schedule care up to 30 days in advance or even at the last minute. As a result, Backup Care Connection offers unmatched efficiency in reducing employee stress while increasing their work attendance and productivity.

Beyond Backup Care Connection — as the country’s leading work-life provider — LifeCare assists its members in the areas of parenting, senior care, legal guidance, financial help, home services and wellness. Specifically, LifeCare’s specialists provide personalized guidance 24/7/365 and connect employees with the solutions they need, when and where they need them.

About LifeCare

LifeCare provides employer-sponsored work-life benefits to 61,000 clients, including Fortune 500 companies and large branches of the federal government, representing 100 million members nationwide. In addition to child and backup care solutions, LifeCare also provides a full suite of work-life solutions that save members time with personal life needs such as Senior Care Management, Homework Connection, Mothers@Work, MilkShip, LeaveCoach and BenConnect. LifeCare also operates LifeMart, an online discount shopping website that provides real savings on everyday products and needs. LifeCare is headquartered in Shelton, CT.

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Study shows Mesenchymal Stromal Cells importance of tissue origin in predicting function


A new study released today in STEM CELLS demonstrates that mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs) expanded from adipose tissue (ASC) outperform those expanded from bone marrow (BM-MSCs). Importantly, while several previous studies have compared the performance of BM-MSCs versus ASCs, this is the first to pair MSCs from the same donor to show that tissue, rather than donor origin, is the functional predictor.

“Numerous clinical trials are evaluating the therapeutic potential of MSCs in degenerative and inflammatory diseases,” said lead investigator Karin Tarte, Pharm D, Ph.D., of the Université de Rennes. “However, the influence of their tissue of origin on their functional properties, including their immunosuppressive activity, remains unsolved.

“Prior to our study, the comparison of ASCs versus BM-MSCs was essentially completed using MSC batches obtained from different donors. We demonstrated for the first time on a large series of ASCs and BM-MSCs, obtained from the same donors, the strong impact of tissue origin on these cells’ properties. Moreover,” she added, “we pinpointed that ASCs could be an interesting alternative to BM-MSCs for therapeutic applications, considering their huge expression of anti-inflammatory and immunosuppressive molecules.”

To conduct their study, the investigators produced paired BM-MSC and ASC batches from 14 healthy donors, cultured under identical clinical grade-like conditions. They then compared them using transcriptomic (that is, all RNA molecules in a cell or a population of cells), phenotype (their physical characteristics) and functional analyses. Lastly, they validated the results on purified native MSCs to infer which differences were really endowed by tissue of origin.

What they learned was that the cultured MSCs segregated together by tissue origin rather than donor origin, which translated into distinct immune-related gene signatures, phenotypes and functional cell interactions.

“In particular, ASCs exhibited an immune profile consistent with a stronger inhibition of T-cell and myeloid cell immune response and a lower immunogenicity,” Dr. Tarte said. “This study supports the need to select therapeutic MSCs by tissue of origin functionality,” she concluded.

“The ability to assess key characteristics of adipose and bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem/stromal cells from the same individual has not before been done on such a defined and large-scale manner,” said Dr. Jan Nolta, Editor-in-Chief of STEM CELLS. “The report from Tarte et al gives us an important comparison from which we can draw key insight for future clinical trials”.

The full article, “Integrated transcriptomic, phenotypic, and functional study reveals tissue-specific immune properties of mesenchymal stromal cells,” can be accessed at https://stemcellsjournals.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/stem.3077.

About the Journal: STEM CELLS, a peer reviewed journal published monthly, provides a forum for prompt publication of original investigative papers and concise reviews. The journal covers all aspects of stem cells: embryonic stem cells/induced pluripotent stem cells; tissue-specific stem cells; cancer stem cells; the stem cell niche; stem cell epigenetics, genomics and proteomics; and translational and clinical research. STEM CELLS is co-published by AlphaMed Press and Wiley.

About AlphaMed Press: Established in 1983, AlphaMed Press with offices in Durham, NC, San Francisco, CA, and Belfast, Northern Ireland, publishes three internationally renowned peer-reviewed journals with globally recognized editorial boards dedicated to advancing knowledge and education in their focused disciplines. STEM CELLS® (http://www.StemCells.com) is the world’s first journal devoted to this fast paced field of research. THE ONCOLOGIST® (http://www.TheOncologist.com) is devoted to community and hospital-based oncologists and physicians entrusted with cancer patient care. STEM CELLS TRANSLATIONAL MEDICINE® (http://www.StemCellsTM.com) is dedicated to significantly advancing the clinical utilization of stem cell molecular and cellular biology. By bridging stem cell research and clinical trials, SCTM will help move applications of these critical investigations closer to accepted best practices.

About Wiley: Wiley, a global company, helps people and organizations develop the skills and knowledge they need to succeed. Our online scientific, technical, medical and scholarly journals, combined with our digital learning, assessment and certification solutions, help universities, learned societies, businesses, governments and individuals increase the academic and professional impact of their work. For more than 200 years, we have delivered consistent performance to our stakeholders. The company’s website can be accessed at http://www.wiley.com.

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LensDirect.com Named to 2019 Inc. 5000 List for Third Year in a Row


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LensDirect.com – One of The Most Successful Companies in America

“We’re excited to once again be honored by Inc. Magazine as one of America’s fastest-growing private companies,” – Ryan Alovis, CEO of LensDirect.com

Inc. Magazine has announced that LensDirect.com, one of North America’s largest independent retailer of optical goods has been ranked in 1101th place on the annual Inc. 5000, the most prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest growing private companies.

The list represents the most successful companies within the American economy’s most dynamic segment – independent small businesses.

Many well-known companies first gained national exposure as honorees on the Inc. 5000. Companies like Microsoft, Dell, Domino’s Pizza, LinkedIn, Zillow, Yelp, Pandora, and many others.

“We’re excited to once again be honored by Inc. Magazine as one of America’s fastest-growing private companies,” said Ryan Alovis, CEO of LensDirect.com. “With over 70% of North American adults having corrective vision needs, yet the eyecare industry is plagued by inconvenience, high costs, and subpar customer care – LensDirect.com is uniquely positioned to become America’s Optical Store.”

LensDirect.com expects its growth numbers to continue to rise as it puts more emphasis on enriching their customer relationships. Over the past few years, they’ve launched novel concepts such as their ‘set it and forget it’ AutoRefill Subscription and Dedicated Account Reps. Those endeavors have been key factors in its extraordinary customer satisfaction rating of 97%.

Additionally, LensDirect.com is dedicated to becoming a single-source full-service online optical store by expanding their product offerings with accessories, premium sunglasses, prescription eyewear and lens replacement.

“The companies on this year’s Inc. 5000 have followed so many different paths to success,” says Inc. editor in chief James Ledbetter. “There’s no single course you can follow or investment you can take that will guarantee this kind of spectacular growth. But what they have in common is persistence and seizing opportunities.”

Complete results of the Inc. 5000 can be found at http://www.inc.com/inc5000.

For more information on LensDirect.com, please visit the company’s website at http://www.lensdirect.com

About LensDirect.com

Founded in 1992, LensDirect.com is a New York-based online retailer of optical goods. Originally a contact lens mail order company, it has evolved into the leading provider of name-brand contact lenses, accessories, sunglasses, prescription eyewear and lens replacement on the internet.. With a customer first mentality, LensDirect.com has found its place as one of the highest-rated online retailers.

About Inc. 5000

The Inc. 5000 is a list of the fastest-growing private companies in the nation. Started in 1982, this prestigious list has become the hallmark of entrepreneurial success. The Inc. 5000 Conference & Awards Ceremony is an annual event that celebrates the remarkable achievements of these companies. The event also offers informative workshops, celebrated keynote speakers, and evening functions.

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