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FDA selects contractors to lead IT, data systems management

BY Alaric DeArment

WASHINGTON The Food and Drug Administration announced Tuesday that it had selected 10 contractors to receive a total of up to $2.5 billion for information technology and data center management services over the next 10 years.

The agency said the contract was a cornerstone of its Information Technology for the 21st Century bioinformatics initiative, a modernization program that includes data management, data warehousing, IT infrastructure and IT security.

“This contract sets the stage for the FDA to have IT to acquire, analyze and act on data critical for import protection, food protection and medical product safety plans,” commissioner of food and drugs Dr. Andrew von Eschenbach said. “We are creating a high-tech, efficient data-management system designed to meet the needs of those who must accomplish our mission‹protecting and promoting the health of the American public.”

Contracts worth at least $25,000 each went to Buccaneer, Computer Sciences Corporation, Dynanet, Electronic Data Systems, General Dynamics, Human Touch, IDL-Pragmatics, Interactive Technology Solutions, Telesis and Unisys.

 

Three companies have received task orders to design and migrate systems applications to new data centers, which the FDA said would be the cornerstone of its IT infrastructure and bioinformatics modernization for the next 10 years. IT Solutions received $3 million to design, implement and migrate existing FDA applications to the newly configured White Oak Data Center to support test and development applications; Buccaneer received $3 million to operate and maintain the data center; EDS received $12 million to design, implement and migrate applications to a “contractor owned, contractor operated” hosted data center for FDA production operations.

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Dr Pepper Snapple Group names new chief marketing officer, other shifts in management

BY Jenna Duncan

PLANO, Texas Dr Pepper Snapple Group has announced a change to its managerial lineup; former senior vice president of marketing Jim Trebilcock has been bumped to the position of chief marketing officer, the company has said. Other management adjustments have also been made in the course of a wider reorganization effort, according to reports. Trebilcock, a 21-year veteran, will now report to president and chief executive officer Larry Young.

In other moves, former executive vice president of marketing and research and development, Randy Gier, has parted from the company; Rodger Collins assumes the lead of DPS’ finished-goods business; Mexico and Caribbean divisions president, Pedro Herran, will now also take on heading corporate strategy; and vice president of corporate communications Tina Barry will also take on a new corporate affairs role. Other management moves also will effect supply chain operations and other marketing divisions.

Dr Pepper Snapple Group currently ranks as No. 3 in the U.S. carbonated soft drink business, following Coca-Cola Company and PepsiCo. Reports have stated that DPS’ annual sales total around $5.7 billion.

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Studies of green tea show myriad of health benefits

BY Jenna Duncan

SEATTLE According to researchers, not only is green tea an excellent source of antioxidants, it can also help with things like maintaining cholesterol, burning fat and calming nerves, researchers at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, as well as researched at the University of Seattle have said.

Green tea contains a mild dose of caffeine which can stimulate the brain. It also contains thiamine, or vitamin B, which can benefit regular drinkers by improving cognitive functions and giving the drinker more energy, reports said.  

Research also indicated that women who rink green tea regularly had a 54 percent decreased risk of ovarian cancer. Hutch Center scientists said that green tea contains high levels of EGCG, or epigallocatechin-3-gallate, which not only has been shown to help prevent ovarian cancer, but other forms such as breast cancer and colorectal cancer, as well.

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