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Implus creates Implus Fitness & Wellness Division

BY Michael Johnsen

AUSTIN, Texas – Implus on Tuesday announced the launch of the Implus Fitness & Wellness Division, focused on driving Implus to the forefront of the health and wellness industry. The Implus Fitness & Wellness Division manages category-leading brands renowned for premium quality, innovative designs and brand heritage. 
 
“2015 marks a strong year for Implus,” stated Todd Vore, president of Implus. “We have expanded our product portfolio with multiple brand acquisitions which will continue to increase our retail distribution. The Fitness & Wellness Division perfectly positions Implus to become the one-stop-shop for a variety of active lifestyle retailer partners. We will continue to combine consumer-driven brands with the unparalleled service levels and support our customers know and trust from Implus – a valuable combination.” 
 
The Implus Fitness & Wellness Division is led by Ryan Cruthirds, VP sales and product, and Marco Garsed, VP marketing. 
 
“As consumer trends continue to show growth in the health and wellness sector, the Implus Fitness & Wellness Division is in a unique position to provide quality products and innovative education to help consumers ‘Prepare, Perform and Recover’ as part of a healthier, active lifestyle,” Garsed said. 
 
Implus experienced tremendous growth following a majority investment in the company in 2015 by Berkshire Partners. Recent acquisitions include TriggerPoint, Balega, Harbinger Fitness and FuelBelt, growing the Implus portfolio to a total of 16 brands. “The Implus Fitness portfolio is made up of top brands that provide innovative solutions for anyone wanting to live an active, healthy lifestyle,” Cruthirds said. “We are excited to focus on continued excellence in innovation with this newly established division.” 
 
 
 
 
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Twinlab names new supply chain EVP

BY Michael Johnsen

NEW YORK – Twinlab Consolidation Corporation on Wednesday named Wade Nolte EVP, supply chain.
 
"I am excited and inspired by having Wade Nolte join TCC and its family of companies," stated Tom Tolworthy, CEO. "As an experienced senior executive who has enjoyed a highly successful 27-year career in the foods and nutraceuticals sectors, Wade is the ideal leader for enhancing our supply chain capabilities, securing significant operational synergies, and building scale on a global basis to create value for all of our stakeholders."
 
Prior to joining TCC, Nolte worked with Century Foods International, the manufacturer of nutritional products in the Specialty Foods Division of Hormel Foods Corporation. Most recently, Wade had overall strategic and operating responsibility for global supply chain management and he played a leading role in integrating Hormel's acquisition of CytoSport, the maker of Muscle Milk products.
 
In his new role, Nolte will have management accountability for all supply chain capabilities of the corporation including demand planning, purchasing and procurement, production planning, manufacturing operations and inventory management. Nolte will serve as a member of the company's executive committee and will chair TCC's operations committee.
 
 
 
 
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Philosys’ blood glucose meter goes mobile with new FDA approval

BY Michael Johnsen

NEW YORK – Philosys, the maker of Gmate products, announced Wednesday that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved clearance for the Gmate SMART Blood Glucose Monitoring System and App for Android. The Gmate SMART is a small, portable blood glucose meter that plugs into the headphone jack of a smartphone and provides blood glucose test results. 
 
Together, the Gmate SMART Meter and App turn a smartphone into a mobile blood glucose monitoring system.
 
"As cloud technology grows, Philosys is working to create an App-to-Cloud secure connection in the next generation of updates," stated Mike Tickle, SVP sales Philosys. This will allow for improved communication and notifications between patients and physicians, he said. "Not only is Gmate SMART changing diabetes care by improving health and lifestyle, but it's also affordable. Most retail pharmacies are selling both the meter and box of 50 count strips at a low cost."
 
The FDA approval of Gmate SMART for Android is another important milestone for Philosys. The Gmate SMART App is now available for both iOS and Android users. This is the next critical step for Gmate mHealth technology, the company stated.
 
The Gmate SMART Meter is the size of a quarter and connects to the headphone jack of the smartphone. The Gmate SMART App integrates diabetes management directly to the iOS and Android device, providing diabetes management tools including goal setting, graphing and the ability to email or text blood glucose test results directly to a family member or healthcare provider. 
 
The Gmate SMART App stores an unlimited number of test results electronically with the date and time. A user can also add custom comments, actions or notes to each test result. 
 
 
 
 
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