Only Wide-Scale Use of a Fully At-Home Test Will Make a Dent in COVID-19

An at-home blood test that uses a finger prick to sample blood.

We already have a great prototype for an at-home blood test, and millions of Americans already use it every day.

To win this war and save American lives, we need an at-home sampling and processing blood test, and we need it soon.

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, UNITED STATES, March 31, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — There was justifiable excitement when Abbott announced a new 5-minute test for COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. More rapid and widespread testing at point-of-care will do much to help us win this war.

Ultimately, though, hospital-based or office-based testing devices, like Abbotts, aren’t going to make a big-enough dent in this battle. Only at-home sample collecting and processing will truly help us get our arms around this enormously difficult to defeat new enemy and defeat it.

In my earlier article, I outlined a 3-step plan to save lives. The third, and arguably most important, step of that plan is the rapid wide-scale deployment of a fully at-home blood test for COVID-19. In this article, I will more fully explain why this is so critical, and so doable, financially, technologically and psychologically.

WE ALREADY HAVE A PROTOTYPE UNDER WIDESPREAD USE

Can you imagine a diabetic going to the hospital four times a day, 365 days a year, to get his or her blood-sugar level tested? Because diabetics need frequent, easy-to-use blood tests, the market responded with an at-home sampling AND processing kit that helps millions of American diabetics manage their condition fully at-home.

Without this tool, it is safe to assume that many diabetics would be flying blind, living their lives at the whims of an invisible killer – much as we are today with the coronavirus.

The 5-minute Abbott test is a game-changer, to be sure. The President, the FDA, and private business should be applauded for expediting its development and approval.

But touting it as a patient/consumer-centered test is misleading. It’s only a “5-minute test” if you live at a hospital or doctor’s office. For many Americans, particularly those who rely on public transportation, the start-to-finish testing process could actually consume at least four-and-a-half hours.

This, obviously, is an impractical and psychologically intolerable amount of time for most Americans, if you want them to test themselves (and others) every time they seek entry back into their “virus-free” homes. Yet, this would be the price they would have to pay, daily, if they went back to work at their plant or office.

If you were a soldier in a foxhole, would it be reasonable to expect you to spend four hours every time you need to get a bullet to fire your next round?

HERE'S EXACTLY WHAT WE NEED

What we need to win the war as soon as possible is a test kit having ALL of the following features:

1. Very fast results: If we plan to keep our homes a virus-free safe haven, we need to be able to quickly test anyone who seeks entry into it. This means we need super-fast (no longer than 15-minutes, and preferably 5-minutes) sampling and processing, combined, i.e. as fast as the current finger-prick blood sugar testing.
2. Mobile: So we can use it at home or on the road.
3. Convenient: Easy-to-carry and low-profile, so that it can be kept in the average entry way.
4. Ease-of-use: A simple finger prick should do it. The current nasal- and throat-swabs are difficult to do correctly (meaning a high, very dangerous, false-negative rate) and painful for the patient.
5. No time, energy, or transportation costs: Quick, easy, and at-home.
6. Low-aggregate costs: No personnel or labs needed to sample or interpret results.
7. No prior-authorization needed: Nobody should need an order from their doctor to quickly learn if they have COVID-19. Test can be done any time, day or night.
8. High-quality and “idiot-proof”: No medical – or even high school – degree needed.
9. Safe and effective: Proven repeatedly over many years of use.
10. Highly accurate: Very low error rate, especially dangerous false-negative rate

THREE COMPANIES READY TO ROLL

I personally know of three companies that, if soon they receive adequate funding for further development, manufacturing, and distribution, and robust regulatory support, can very quickly help us accomplish the goal of having a large-scale at-home-test program that could meet these requirements, nationwide.

Why are all of those features of great importance? Because, if the tests aren’t widely and aggressively used, we won’t come close to being able to save, by my count, 50,000 American lives. It would be like performing D-Day with only 1,000 soldiers, instead of 156,000.

Gen. Eisenhower didn’t do it, and I don’t believe President Trump will either. He is looking for “The One Big Thing,” a knock-out punch.

Based on my decades of experience in the health sciences, including previously serving as the Principal Deputy Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, I know that at-home-sample-collection and processing, which will help us accomplish aggressive testing in enormous numbers, is the only way we are going to win this war.

This is doable. We just need our leaders to make this Phase I of my plan happen, very, very soon.

The Hon. John Norris is an FDA Former Principal Deputy Commissioner, a Harvard Former Health Policy and Management Faculty Member, a Massachusetts Former Chairman of the Clinical Laboratory Regulation Reform Commission, and Chairman of FDTH Regulatory Affairs Strategies, as well as an inventor-entrepreneur and frequent drug, device, Healthcare-IT, clinical lab, and hospital-system visionary, innovator, advisor, and board member. He can be reached at john.norris.jd.mba@fdthregulatoryaffairsstrategies.com.

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Company That just Released World’s First Saliva Test for Autism Opens Up Investment Opportunity to the Public

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Quadrant Biosciences

Quadrant Biosciences offers common shares through equity crowdfunding platform

SYRACUSE, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES, March 31, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — Company That just Released World’s First Saliva Test for Autism Opens Up Investment Opportunity to the Public

Quadrant Biosciences offers common shares through equity crowdfunding platform

Quadrant Biosciences Inc (“Quadrant Biosciences”), a leading developer of epigenetic diagnostic solutions, including the world's first saliva test for autism, announced that it is now offering common shares of the company (at a price of $3/share, with a minimum investment of $300) through equity crowdfunding platform Wefunder. The Reg A plus campaign is Quadrant’s first offering of common shares to the public — the company has previously raised over $32 million through private sales of its common shares to accredited investors only.

Quadrant Biosciences is a life science company that leverages new discoveries in the field of epigenetics and microbiome research to develop novel diagnostic solutions to many of today's critical health care challenges. In December, the company commercially released Clarifi ASD™, the first of its kind epigenetic saliva test to aid the diagnosis of autism in children 18 months through six years of age. Quadrant Biosciences collaborated with researchers from SUNY Upstate Medical University and Penn State College of Medicine to create this novel biological test that is based on the genetic sequencing and molecular analysis of regulatory RNAs and microbes in the saliva.

Clarifi ASD™is the first product to be launched from the company's Clarifi™ Epigenetic Diagnostic Platform. According to Quadrant CEO and Founder Richard Uhlig, several other tests using the same epigenetic research and next-generation sequencing technology are currently under research and development. “Our collaborative research with SUNY Upstate Medical and Penn State College of Medicine has shown that the same approach we used for developing the Clarifi autism saliva test – evaluating epigenetic molecules found in the saliva – is demonstrating similar diagnostic utility for other neurological diseases such as Parkinson's Disease and Concussion Injuries. It is exciting and extremely gratifying to be on the forefront of these life-changing discoveries.”

Prospective investors interested in learning more about Quadrant Biosciences and the investment opportunity can review offering documents and other information about the company at https://www.quadrantbiosciences.com/investor-relations/

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Singapore Pharmaceutical Market Outlook 2017-2030 – by Goldstein Market Intelligence

, In 2016, Singapore government invested around USD 13 billion in the development of healthcare facilities in the region.

NEW YORK, NY, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, March 31, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — Singapore Pharmaceutical Market Outlook 2017-2030 – by Goldstein Market Intelligence

According to the Goldstein Market Intelligence forecast, In 2016, Singapore government invested around USD 13 billion in the development of healthcare facilities in the region. As per Ministry of Singapore Health, there were 12,000 hospital beds in 25 hospitals and specialty centers in Singapore.
A more recent investment of $1 billion to develop several research institutes and the Biopolis R&D complex. Together, the investments have attracted more than 30 major global life-sciences companies and created an effective ecosystem that harnesses the benefits of economies of scale and knowledge transfer. The first tier of protection comprises government subsidies of up to 80 percent of the total cost of care provided in public hospitals and primary care polyclinics. This is supported by a group of savings and insurance programs known as the “3Ms” system—for Medisave, MediShield, and Medifund—which plays a critical role in maintaining the public’s health and welfare.

Report is available at :- https://bit.ly/2Uv4YIp
Market dynamic / Drivers & Restraints to Market Growth
Increase in aging population and focusing on fitness & healthy lifestyle is predicted to rise the Singapore pharmaceuticals market. Rise in aging population in many nations across the globe is a major a growth driver for the pharmaceutical industry. Occupational stress across diverse work settings including job insecurity, work hours, job quality (job strain, job control) and wages.
Meanwhile, the innovative pharmaceutical industry is currently facing unprecedented challenges caused by slower sales growth, expiring patents, increasing competition from generics, shorter product life cycles, tighter regulations, adverse media coverage and reputational damage, and a decline in the number of new innovative drugs under development.

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Covered in this Singapore Pharmaceutical Market Outlook 2030 Report are
“Singapore Pharmaceutical Market Outlook 2030” by Goldstein Research contains detailed overview of Singapore Pharmaceutical Market in terms of market segmentation by analysis basis, therapy type and geography. The Report highlights the competitive outlook of major global players that includes the business strategies, product portfolio, revenue distribution, financial analysis, R&D activities, and investments. The in-depth analysis of POS Terminal Market report will help the clients to assess their business strategies as per the competitive environment in the market space.

Major players covered in this POS Terminal Market report are:
• GlaxoSmithKline (GSK)
• Abbot Laboratories
• Lonza
• Merck Sharp & Dohme
• Takeda
• Roche Holding AG
• Pfizer Inc.
• Raffles Medical Group Ltd.
• Wave Life Sciences
• Sphaera Pharma
• Special Access Pharma
• Pharmaskin
• NCI Health
• Melbourne Drugs

Further, Singapore Pharmaceutical Market Report encompasses the major trends & opportunities, market dynamics and other growth factors of the market Singapore Pharmaceutical Market outlook also comprises of key challenges, risk analysis, BPS analysis, SWOT Analysis and Market Attractiveness. The report also highlights the expert analysis to provide a complete overview of the market including the PESTLE analysis of each region and country.
About Goldstein Research
Based in the US, Goldstein Research currently has a strong presence in the American and Asian countries. In the next five years, we strive to expand our reach to 50+ nations spanning across Europe, Asia and parts of the Middle East and Africa. We strive to realize a strong brand presence globally through our quality research and forecasting solutions.
Our mission is simple: to develop insightful business solutions, help our clients make powerful future decisions to keep them well ahead of the game which is the market, and leave a mark across businesses and communities through our well-defined ideas and clear-cut forecasts. Our market research reports provide in-depth analysis of global and regional variations along with competitors’ overview.
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Silica Aerogel Exports From China 2017-2030 Outlook – By Goldstein Market Intelligence

Changzhou National Hi-Tech District consented to an arrangement,underneath which China greatest aerogel materials fabricating base will be built up in locale.

NEW YORK, NY, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, March 31, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — Silica Aerogel Exports From China 2017-2030 Outlook – By Goldstein Market Intelligence
According to the Goldstein Market Intelligence report , Changzhou National Hi-Tech District consented to an arrangement, underneath which China's greatest aerogel materials fabricating base will be built up in the locale. Changzhou National Hi-Tech District intends to place in an excited assurance to acquire more than 10 aerogel creation offices inside five years, with the conviction of delivering a yield esteem anticipated at 10 billion yuan (approx. USD 1.5 billion).
Silica aerogel warm protection in current structures has become a basic method to meet the troubles of upgraded vitality productivity, by which the conduction of warmth through dividers, roofs, windows rooftops and floors can be impeded effectively. In addition, rising interest from North America and European markets will give the significant lift to the Chinese aerogels fabricating industry.

Report is available at:- https://bit.ly/2UOiOEN
Covered in this China Silica Aerogel Exports Market Report are
“China Silica Aerogel Exports Market Outlook 2030” by Goldstein Research contains detailed overview of China Silica Aerogel Exports Market in terms of market segmentation by analysis basis, therapy type and geography. The Report highlights the competitive outlook of major global players that includes the business strategies, product portfolio, revenue distribution, financial analysis, R&D activities, and investments. The in-depth analysis of China Silica Aerogel Exports Market report will help the clients to assess their business strategies as per the competitive environment in the market space.
Major players covered in this China Silica Aerogel Exports Market report are:
Aspen Aerogels
Cabot Corporation
Aerogel Technologies
Nano High-Tech
Guangdong Alison Hi-Tech
Active Aerogels
Enersens
Jios Aerogel Corporation
Insulgel High-Tech
Protective Polymers
BASF
Guizhou Aerospace
Green Earth
Aerogel Technologies (GEAT).

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About Goldstein Research
Based in the US, Goldstein Research currently has a strong presence in the American and Asian countries. In the next five years, we strive to expand our reach to 50+ nations spanning across Europe, Asia and parts of the Middle East and Africa. We strive to realize a strong brand presence globally through our quality research and forecasting solutions.
Our mission is simple: to develop insightful business solutions, help our clients make powerful future decisions to keep them well ahead of the game which is the market, and leave a mark across businesses and communities through our well-defined ideas and clear-cut forecasts. Our market research reports provide in-depth analysis of global and regional variations along with competitors’ overview.
Our analysts working on chemicals construction to help various tech-giants, tech start-ups and entry players to assess the current and upcoming business scenario. We believe in the vigorous examination of the current market scenario and build around creative ideas and approaches that are most suitable to our clients’ needs and business agenda.

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ExAM4Inspections providing standardized Infectious Disease Control software to hospitals

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MB&A providing its ExAM4Inspections.com solution supporting infectious disease control and healthcare associated infection solutions to the healthcare market.

Our IDC and HAI accelerators will enable our customers to get programs started faster than ever before which is especially important right now as we work to stop the spread of COVID-19.”

— Bradley Hilker, Strategic Account Executive

ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA, UNITED STATES, March 31, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — Millsapps, Ballinger & Associates, LLC (MB&A) announced that they are delivering standardized rollout and delivery of the companies ExAM4Inspections.com Salesforce AppExchange product (ExAM) in support of Infectious Disease Control (IDC) and Healthcare Associated Infections (HAI). The approach has been used at more than a dozen hospitals to date and promises a standardized and rapid on boarding that helps hospitals respond to the need to control infectious diseases.

The standardization of key programs ExAM supports such as Hand Hygiene (HH), Sterile Processing, Operating Room Inspections and Patient Care Area Quality Assurance Inspections form a critical component of a hospital’s front line in the fight against infection. With the rise of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), programs like these help hospitals understand and employ best practices with regard to ensuring basic patient and caregiver safety.

Even before the onset of COVID-19, healthcare leadership has been pushing tirelessly for funding to support Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) programs to assure their facilities are taking the necessary steps to combat the spread of viruses and other infectious diseases. As an example one of our customers at Martinsburg VA Medical Center estimates in an internal cost benefit analysis the implementation of ExAM4Inspections would enable them to “reallocate 536 hours of IPC time currently spent performing administrative tasks to more specialized Infection Prevention and Control duties. Although the value of IPC time can be challenging to precisely quantify, reallocation towards additional prevention, training and education is worthwhile considering a single S. aureus bloodstream infection recently cost facilities more than $100,000.” This was of course written prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, but it hints at the scale of the cost reduction in human lives and dollars that could be achieved by leveraging the Salesforce AppExchange product ‘ExAM4Inspections’ to confirm proper standards are met, and to enable leadership to make necessary decisions and adjustments in real time.

MB&A has been awarded the CIO Applications Top 25 Salesforce Solution Providers of 2019. MB&A was recognized for their groundbreaking Salesforce AppExchange product ExAM (ExAM4Inspections.com) which is currently being used to enable adherence to standards at hospitals nationwide.

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From Chill to Kill – Pheronym treated Nematodes Aggressively Disperse in Lower Temperatures

Pheromones’ role in EPN foraging to find host

Third Peer-Reviewed Study Shows Company’s Bio-remediation Technology Works in Cooler Weather, Expanding the Range for Deploying Nematode-based biocontrol

In essence, Pheronym’s Nemastim takes the Nematodes from chill, to kill.”

— Dr. Fatma Kaplan, CEO of Pheronym

DAVIS, CA, UNITED STATES, March 31, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — Pheronym, an ag-biotech pest control company, announced today the results of their third peer-reviewed study demonstrating the efficacy of their patented Nematism ™ pheromone extract for bio-remediation of agricultural pests. In a study to be published in Scientific Reports by Springer Nature, Dr. David Shapiro-
Ilan with the USDA-ARS, Dr. Ed Lewis, with the University of Idaho, and Dr. Fatma Kaplan, with Pheronym reported that nematodes treated with Pheronym’s pheromones still aggressively dispersed in temperatures as low as 15 degrees Celsius, which was superior to untreated nematodes. Most entomopathogenic (insect-killing) nematode species require 20 degrees or above for optimum activity.

The research, led by Dr. Kaplan with Pheronym, Inc., studied pheromones’ role in the stimulation of dispersal at temperatures from 15 to 30 degrees Celsius and how this is affected by nematodes’ foraging strategy.

“Nematodes typically reduce their dispersal or remain motionless in cooler temperatures. Expanding the temperature range downward for deploying beneficial nematodes means farmers can enhance the use of environmentally-friendly pest management solutions and thereby reduce harmful chemical inputs,” said Dr. Fatma Kaplan, CEO of Pheronym. “In essence, Pheronym’s Nemastim takes the Nematodes from chill, to kill.”

“Expanding the temperature range for the deployment of beneficial nematodes is a huge win for sustainable agriculture,” said Dr. David Shapiro, USDA-ARS. “It’s just one more reason for more aggressive commercial deployment of effective solutions like nematode pheromones.”

The new study can be found here www.nature.com/articles.
Pheronnym’s previous two peer-reviewed studies on efficacy and infectivity can be found here, Pheromone extracts act as boosters for entomopathogenic nematodes efficacy and here, Conspecific pheromone extracts enhance entomopathogenic infectivity.

About Pheronym:
Award-winning Pheronym is an ag-biotech pest management company that enables sustainable farming through its novel platform of nematode pheromones. Based in Merritt Island, Florida and Davis, California, the company uses a new pheromone to control plant-parasitic nematodes (microscopic roundworms) in an eco-friendly way and enhances beneficial nematodes’ efficacy to eliminate pest insects. Learn more at http://www.pheronym.com.

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Untangling the Social Lives of Spiders

Scientists start to unravel the genetic basis of social behavior in spiders.

NEW YORK, UNITED STATES, March 31, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — The idea of a complex spider society—in which thousands of spiders live, hunt, and raise their young together in a single colony—is unsettling to many of us. We are perhaps lucky that this scene is relatively rare among arachnids. Among the 40,000 known species of spiders, the vast majority live solitary lives and often show aggression toward other spiders they encounter, even within their own species. There are fewer than 25 known species of social spiders, distributed broadly across 6 different families and 9 different genera. Not only do these spiders live in social groups, but they produce populations that grow over time as new offspring are added to the nest, enabling the capture of increasingly large prey as the colony expands, and even give rise to new daughter colonies. As social creatures ourselves, humans have long been interested in the evolutionary innovations that enable social cooperation. In a new article in Genome Biology and Evolution titled “Comparative genomics identifies putative signatures of sociality in spiders”, researchers provide a glimpse into the genetic underpinnings of how a solitary spider evolves into a social one.

The research, led by Dr. Chao Tong, a postdoc in the lab of Dr. Timothy Linksvayer at the University of Pennsylvania, represents one of the first comparative genomic studies to be conducted in spiders. According to Dr. Tong, “The high complexity and large size of spider genomes has constrained the development of genomic resources for spiders.” Because of this, earlier studies compared individual spider genomes to insect genomes and sought mainly to identify venom and silk genes. In the new study, however, a curiosity about the genetic basis of social life led Dr. Tong and his colleagues to compare the genomes of 7 spider species: two social species in the genus Stegodyphus that evolved sociality independently, and five solitary species from five different genera.

The analysis revealed a number of interesting findings. First, rapidly evolving genes in the two social species were involved not only in behavior but also in immunity, indicating that group living may require better defenses against pathogens that spread more easily in dense social groups. In contrast, genes that were rapidly evolving in the solitary species were enriched for energy metabolism processes. Dr. Tong notes that this is the opposite pattern from what is observed in social insects such as bees and ants, in which metabolic genes evolve more rapidly. Still, in both insects and spiders, there appear to be metabolic differences between solitary and social organisms that may reflect differences in hunting and feeding behaviors.

In addition, the researchers found that the genomes of the two social spiders exhibited a higher rate of evolution overall than those of the solitary species. While this might reflect a greater number of genes under positive selection, the authors are quick to point out that this pattern may also stem from demographic features that characterize social spiders, such as a female-skewed sex ratio (social spiders have more female offspring than males) and high levels of inbreeding. Perhaps most interesting of all, the new study identified a set of rapidly evolving genes that showed brain-specific expression and were enriched for social behavioral processes. These genes represent top candidates for those that influence social behavior and may have been involved in the evolution of spider sociality.

The researchers note an important limitation of their analysis: since the two social spiders they studied are from the same genus and they did not have access to a solitary spider from this genus, it is difficult to untangle which patterns are directly related to sociality and which may simply characterize spiders in the genus Stegodyphus—both social and non-social species. Thus, the group has already started their next project to verify the above patterns in more species, including more social spiders and their solitary relatives within the same genus. Realizing that the success of this endeavor may require establishing new collaborations due to the scarcity of spider genomic resources, Dr. Tong would like to put out a call to other researchers: “We welcome samples from other researchers, as we want to include as many spiders as possible in future studies, including social, subsocial, and solitary spider samples from multiple genera."

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AnX Robotica Corp Receives 510(k) Clearance from FDA to Market its IntraMarX™ Radiopaque Markers

Radiopaque markers are used to measure colon transit time and they are the most basic and primary tool in evaluating disorders of colonic motility.

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AnX Robotica Corp receives 510(k) clearance from FDA to market its IntraMarX™ Radiopaque Markers
Plano, TX March 31st, 2020

AnX Robotica Corp (AnX) today announced that it has received FDA 510(k) clearance to market its IntraMarX™ Radiopaque Markers (ROM).

Radiopaque markers are used to measure colon transit time and they are the most basic and primary tool in evaluating disorders of colonic motility. The radiopaque marker test is the most widely used diagnostic testing method for colonic motility disorders. It is simple to perform as well as being cost effective.

“Our market research found that radiopaque markers have been increasingly difficult to obtain. Despite this, ROM’s remain the gold standard for diagnosis of GI motility disorders,” said Lee Linton, Director of Sales & Marketing at AnX Robotica Corp. AnX plans to make the markers available through its website with direct ordering and immediate delivery, direct to the physician, GI department or radiology department of the ordering facility. This is the first product of an entire platform of GI capsule related products which AnX plans to introduce beginning in 2020.

“After having so much difficulty getting radiopaque markers for evaluating colonic motility, it was terrific that AnX is now making this test available without delay for my patients. Many GI’s such as I have had to utilize more expensive and overburdensome tests due to the difficulty of accessing these markers. It is nice to now have an office-based method to evaluate constipation and slow transit disorders, and even to assess overflow diarrhea and correlate the results with patient symptoms”, said Dr. Douglas Drossman (Drossman Gastroenterology/Rome Foundation President Emeritus and COO).

AnX’s IntraMarX™ Radiopaque Markers are available in three (3) shapes, Round, Double-D and Tri-chamber for easy identification and location on x-rays. They are available in packages of 10 (10-pack) and (3 X 10-pack). The 3 X 10-pack includes one of each available shape.

The AnX website is, www.anxrobotics.com
Orders may also be placed by calling, 469-606-9495.

About AnX Corp
AnX Robotica has developed the NaviCam™ System, a robotic control platform for GI diagnostic and therapeutic applications. The NaviCam System utilizes advanced robotic technologies, innovative software & AI to give practitioners external control of capsules inside the body. AnX’s initial application is the NaviCam Stomach Capsule for visualization of the stomach. The NaviCam System is widely used with over 200,000 patients benefiting from the procedure in 2019 alone. AnX Robotica has also developed an advanced capsule for small bowl visualization (NaviCam™ SBXact) and a product for constipation (VibraBot™), with additional products forthcoming. AnX Robotica is based in Texas and California with worldwide sales.

Contact:
Lee Linton, Director of Sales & Marketing
(214) 707-1349
lee.linton@anxrobotics.com
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Marie Diamond, Global Transformational Teacher, Starring in New Film About the Law of Attraction

Beyond The Secret – The Awakening

Marie Diamond, “Beyond The Secret”

“Beyond The Secret” Film

Marie Diamond.

March 27th was the official launch of “Beyond The Secret – The Awakening”, a movie that provides key missing information about the Law of Attraction.

LOS ANGELES, CA, UNITED STATES, March 30, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — Marie Diamond, global transformational teacher, has certainly had a great start to a busy year for her so far, and it is only March. She was most recently recognized for her endless positive contribution in society by Women Appreciating Women (WAW). They inducted her into the WAW Hall of Fame where she received the WAW Honorary Award 2020 on International Women’s Day. Diamond was also a Special Guest Speaker at Mindvalley Live 2020, in which she will lectured the group on energy clearing and was interviewed by Mindvalley CEO Vishen Lakhiani. To continue such success, Diamond launched her organization, The Diamond Forest Initiative, as a way to add 10,000 trees to the Diamond Forest in 2020. Now, after all these amazing feats, Diamond is at it again trying to impact lives starring in the latest film, “Beyond The Secret – The Awakening”.

In 2006 a movie called “The Secret” changed lives all over the globe. It made people aware of a powerful phenomenon in our universe called “The Law of Attraction”. The film taught people that thoughts become things, and what we believe at the deepest level is what we attract into our lives. Now nearly 14 years later, Producers Melinda and Don Boyer are taking the understanding of the Law of Attraction to a whole new level in “Beyond The Secret – The Awakening". Marie Diamond, the only European teacher featured in the movie “The Secret”, was thrilled for the launch of the movie “Beyond The Secret – The Awakening”, where she is once again one of the teachers.

“We are dispelling the myths, bridging the gaps to help you become empowered like never before,” states Diamond. “Join us as we go even deeper talking to some of original experts in ‘The Secret’ and be amazed at the extraordinary new insights and breakthroughs coming from some of the greatest thought leaders the world has ever seen. It’s time to discover your true power, it’s time for your Awakening, in ‘Beyond The Secret’.”

March 27th was the official launch of “Beyond The Secret – The Awakening”, the film that provides key missing information about the Law of Attraction. Join Marie Diamond and some of the original experts in “The Secret” as they find extraordinary new insights and breakthroughs. “It’s time to discover your true power, it’s time for your Awakening, in ‘Beyond The Secret’,” concludes Diamond.

Watch “Beyond the Secret” Here:

https://www.awakenme.tv/m/beyond-the-secret-md

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Marie Diamond

https://mariediamond.com/about-me/

Since her childhood experience, Marie Diamond has lived like a Magical Live. Her life reads like a magical story where she manifested her most incredible dreams, living in all her favorite places in the world, meeting and helping millions of people worldwide. For the last 25 years she has been the Spiritual mentor and Feng Shui Master of hundreds of thousands of students worldwide, top public speakers, international best-selling authors, celebrities in the music and movie industry, politicians and top athletes.

She has become a global household name in the field of the Law of Attraction and Self Help, using the Energy Systems of Feng Shui, Dowsing, Law of Attraction and Meditation. Recognized as a Global Energy master, she is known for her love for people and her ability to explain very complicated spiritual and energy knowledge in a practical and down to earth way. She is a successful spiritual businesswoman that loves being a mom of 3 children and enjoying her journey with her husband of 30 years.

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MI Releases Updated 5th Edition Methanol Safe Handling Manual

The Methanol Institute is committed to promoting the safe handling of methanol across the global distribution chain

Our goal is to always provide the most up-to-date methanol safety information to our members and the general public.”

— Gregory Dolan, CEO

WASHINGTON, DC, USA, March 30, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — The Methanol Institute (MI), the trade association for the global methanol industry, is proud to introduce a new and updated 5th Edition of our Methanol Safe Handling Manual, as well as updates to our suite of technical bulletins. The Methanol Safe Handling Manual provides an overview of critical methanol safety information, including methanol health and fire risks, and how to mitigate them through proper safe handling procedures. This important document provides critical information not just for methanol production facility personnel, but anyone who may come in contact with methanol across the global distribution chain..

MI’s member companies as well as additional outside organizations were critical partners in the production of this vital safety resource.

This newly updated 5th Edition Methanol Manual, in conjunction with last year's update of MI’s Methanol Safe Handling Video, means that MI has completely revamped our safe handling materials over the past two years. "Our goal is to always provide the most up-to-date methanol safety information to our members and the general public. Product stewardship is job #1" said MI CEO Gregory Dolan.

The new 263-page Methanol Safe Handing Manual is available on our website at www.methanol.org/safe-handling/ and the companion Methanol Safe Handling Video is available on our website and on MI’s YouTube page at www.youtube.com/user/MethanolInstitute

About MI

The Methanol Institute serves as the trade association for the global methanol industry. SGS Inspire is a data and information service that provides expertise in the areas of fuel quality, vehicle emissions, energy and transportation. Future Fuel Strategies provides market and policy intelligence with a unique insight and analysis drawn from a global network in the fuels industry.

Lawrence Navin
Methanol Institute
+1 703-248-3636
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