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News from May, 2012

Diane Mastrull: Ecospan has plan for vegetable-based plastics

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012 – Diane Mastrull

With all his talk about sugar cane, corn, casnaba, and fungi, Jeff White sounded like someone with a food obsession. But the ingredients he enumerated during an interview last week had to do with manufacturing, not a meal.

His is an unconventional view of the world, where vegetables and other crops are the base materials for such durable goods as cellphone covers, DVD trays, and shipping containers. But the success of Ecospan L.L.C., the bioplastics company he now leads that aims to replace petroleum-based plastics with those made from natural resources, depends on White’s perspective becoming widely held by consumers.

It’s not there by a long shot. (Full Article)

InsideView Delivers Industry’s First ROI Dashboard That Links Social Selling Activities to Bottom-Line Revenue

Monday, May 14th, 2012

Press Release – InsideView

InsideView, the only social selling provider to reveal the person behind the contact, today released the industry’s most comprehensive and accurate tools for tracking return on investment from social selling activities and technologies. The new InsideView ROI Dashboard and advanced Sales Team Activity reports enable sales leaders to tie actual business results to InsideView social selling activities. The new dashboard, available now for, and for Microsoft Dynamics CRM later this quarter, provides actionable insight into sales activities and their resulting revenue. (Full Article)

Plastics get playful

Sunday, May 13th, 2012

Portland Press Herald – Kim Cook

Next time you’re having a backyard barbecue or going mod with some new furniture, thank science.

Your salad spinner’s made of the same sort of silicone rubber developed to make Neil Armstrong’s moon boot. And those acrylic salad bowls and patio chairs? World War II fighter pilots needed safer canopies, and Plexiglas was the answer.

Manufacturers of home goods are quick to adopt innovative materials and technology, and synthetics have long been a favorite. The newest ones are a designer’s delight: They’re malleable, strong, lightweight and take color easily.  (Full Article)

Leading Global Management Consulting and Technology Services Company Selects Aravo Solutions to Optimize Supplier Management Processes

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

Press Release – Aravo

Aravo Solutions, Inc., the leading provider of cloud-based Supplier Lifecycle Management (SLM) and B2B information and collaboration solutions, announced today that a leading global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company has selected Aravo EnterpriseTM to help it optimize global SLM business processes. Following an exhaustive competitive evaluation, Aravo was chosen for both its market-leading SLM technology and its experience helping large geographically dispersed customers manage complex supply chain business processes. (Full Article)

Linkage Biosciences Establishes New Manufacturing Facility

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

Press Release – Linkage Biosciences

Linkage Biosciences, Inc., a molecular diagnostics company and leader in molecular HLA typing and associated products, has entered a long-term lease arrangement for new manufacturing, lab, and office space in South San Francisco, California. In the heart of the biotechnology corridor in the Bay Area, this facility will become the primary commercial-scale plant for the company’s complete LinkS?q™ product line. The move allows Linkage to continue its growth and expansion in both domestic and international markets.

“This state-of-the-art facility meets our process requirements and provides significantly more production capacity than our previous facility,” said Zachary Antovich, CEO of Linkage Biosciences. “In addition, these new facilities accommodate our expanding R&D, regulatory and administrative needs. This facility is ready to be a part of our ISO 13485 certification and other regulatory efforts including CE and FDA regulatory filings.”  (Full Article)

groSolar COO Jamie Resor Tapped as New CEO

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

groSolar – Press Release

Co-Founder Jeff Wolfe Assumes Non-Executive Board Chairman Position

White River Junction, VT– groSolar Co-Founder Jeff Wolfe announced his decision to step down as CEO after placing the company in a strong position and establishing it as a national leader in the solar industry. Jamie Resor, who has served as COO and CFO since 2007, succeeds Jeff as the company’s new CEO. Wolfe has assumed the role of Non-Executive Chairman of groSolar’s Board of Directors and will continue to play an active and vital role in the continued growth of the solar industry. (Full Article)