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Business Briefs: OmegaGenesis, UA work on foot ulcers

The Department of Surgery at The University of Arizona College
of Medicine and OmegaGenesis, Inc., based in Gilroy, announced an
agreement to collaborate on potential remedies to address diabetic
foot ulcers.
The Department of Surgery at The University of Arizona College of Medicine and OmegaGenesis, Inc., based in Gilroy, announced an agreement to collaborate on potential remedies to address diabetic foot ulcers.

The agreement includes joint work in support of potential remedies and to identify effective ways to provide information and education to medical professionals and patients globally.

Diabetic foot ulcers are painful, open sores that develop on the feet of people with diabetes. If not diagnosed and treated promptly, diabetic foot ulcers can cause extensive damage to soft-tissue and bone that may necessitate amputation.

“This is a global problem that is profoundly affecting millions of people in the United States and throughout the world,” said Dr. David Armstrong, University of Arizona (UA) professor of surgery and the director of the University’s Southern Arizona Limb Salvage Alliance (SALSA). “The problem is especially challenging in the developing world, where education and a remedy can have a significant impact.”

Estimates indicate people with diabetes have about a 25-percent lifetime risk for developing a foot ulcer; half of these ulcers become infected. Of these, 1 in 4 will undergo amputation, and one amputation is performed every 30 seconds around the world.

The UA Department of Surgery, Dr. Armstrong and Dr. Horacio Rilo, also a UA professor of surgery, have established a new laboratory and are conducting research in the areas of diabetes and prevention of limb amputations resulting from diabetic ulcers. Dr. Rilo also is director of cellular transplantation and co-director of the Arizona Diabetes Center at the UA.

The UA is collaborating with OmegaGenesis to address common goals in testing remedies to address foot ulcers, providing education and in reducing amputations related to foot ulcers.

“We are honored to be working with Dr. Armstrong, Dr. Rilo and their team at The University of Arizona’s Southern Arizona Limb Salvage Alliance,” said Oostur Raza, CEO, OmegaGenesis. “Through this collaboration we hope to reduce the number of amputations that result from diabetic foot ulcers by increasing education in developing countries and bringing treatments that will address this global problem to market quickly.”

The joint agreement outlines three areas of potential study and work:

– Information – Publication of information to the medical community

worldwide in support of preventing amputations and developing a cure for diabetic foot ulcers. As the work progresses, the UA and OmegaGenesis will publish technical and medical information from joint research and testing work.

– Education – Creation of a consumer guide for diabetic foot ulcer care and amputation prevention for people in developing nations. For medical professionals, joint programs and seminars to educate the medical community in preventing amputations and promoting a cure for diabetic foot ulcers.

– Pilot Testing – The new UA lab provides a state-of-the-art facility to OmegaGenesis for performing pilot testing of its new diabetic foot ulcer products being developed. OmegaGenesis also may work with the UA researchers to prepare FDA actions for pre-clinical and clinical trials. These efforts will support the FDA submission for diabetic foot ulcer prevention and therapeutic drugs developed by OmegaGenesis.

STWA to market ELEKTRA technology

Save the World Air, Inc., an innovative pioneer in the clean technology industry focused on energy efficiency and air quality issues based in Morgan Hill, announced today that it has engaged an East Coast based business-consulting firm to assist the Company with marketing services connected with its ELEKTRA-based technology as it applies to tractor-trailer truck and other heavy diesel truck operators.

The firm will arrange presentations, set-up meetings and assist in executing deals for STWA with potential customers who operate large fleets of diesel trucks. The Agreement initially targets 5 accounts that represent over 41,000 trucks. In addition, it covers one of North America’s largest employee unions, with nearly 1,900 affiliates and 1.4 million members throughout the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico. To that end, they will work to introduce the product to the Union’s independent trucking operators to support the implementation and purchase of STWA’s Products.

Cecil Bond Kyte, Chairman and CEO of Save The World Air, Inc., commented, “We have had numerous inquiries from many organizations interested in assisting us with the sales, development and distribution of ELEKTRA. We chose to work with a group that can immediately provide executive level introductions for our company. This helps STWA gain entry into doors that could otherwise take us months, if not years, to open on our own.”

Kyte added, “For strategic reasons we are not naming the firm at this time, but we can say that they specialize in enhancing the competitiveness of businesses and industries on behalf of corporate, union and government clients. For almost twenty years, they have directed hundreds of projects spanning the manufacturing, transportation and distribution and mining industries. They are the right partners at the right time. Engaging this firm is a major leap forward for this company and its marketing and sales initiatives for ELEKTRA.”

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