08 Jun GE partners with New York blood center
Waukesha, Wis. – GE Healthcare has fully automated the steps for the processing, storage and cryopreservation of cord blood stem cell units at the New York Blood Center’s National Cord Blood Program (NCBP).
The NCBP uses the AutoXpress system, developed by ThermoGenesis Corp. and distributed by GE Healthcare. The system automates the harvesting of the stem cell-rich cord blood into a user-determined final volume of approximately 20 ml, and in a functionally closed and sterile system. The blood is then frozen and archived using the BioArchive system, another ThermoGenesis system.
The New York Blood Center is one of the nation’s largest independent blood collection and distribution organizations, providing blood to over 20 million people in the New York-New Jersey region. The NCBP was established in 1993 as the world’s first public cord blood bank, collecting blood donated from umbilical cords and placental veins.
GE Healthcare, a division of General Electric, manufactures medical imaging technology at its Waukesha headquarters, GE Healthcare Technologies, and its Milwaukee location, GE Healthcare Information Technologies.
Sonic Foundry’s Mediasite moves to podcasts, wins award
Madison, Wis. – Sonic Foundry, a Madison-based provider of rich media communications technology, has customized its Mediasite system to record presentations and play them as podcasts, which can be played on iPods and other handheld devices.
Using this new feature, audio presentations such as classroom lectures, speeches by experts, and on-demand training sessions can be converted into MP3 media formats and downloaded through Mediasite catalogues. These recordings can then be played on the computer, or synchronized with an MP3 player, and taken anywhere.
The University of Pittsburgh has been using Mediasite for the last six months to create audio and video podcasts. The podcasts provide information such as audio additions to online course content, and lectures by professors for repeat viewing.
In addition, Sonic Foundry announced that Mediasite was used on a project that received the 2006 ARCHI-TECH AV Award, which recognizes audio/visual architectural products. The winning entry was the CDC Global Communications Building, which was designed by Waveguide Consulting.