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Protein Sciences: FDA approves 2016/17 formulation of Flublok

BY Michael Johnsen

MERIDEN, Conn. – Protein Sciences Corporation on Tuesday announced that FDA has approved the 2016/17 formulation of Flublok influenza vaccine.   

FDA approval of the 2016/17 formulation of Flublok means that Flublok is on track to ship to healthcare providers in early August.     

"The timing of this approval could not be better. We will be able distribute Flublok earlier this season than before," stated Manon Cox, president and CEO of Protein Sciences Corporation. "In a surprise turn of events, CDC recently recommended against the use of FluMist vaccine that will result in a significant shortage of flu vaccines this season. Flublok is an excellent alternative for adults 18 and older."

This year FDA mandated two new components be made for trivalent flu vaccines, including a new H3N2 component that is also required for quadrivalent vaccines.  

In a post-marketing clinical study of 9,000 adults 50 years and older during the 2014/15 flu season where H3N2 influenza was dominant, people who received Flublok were over 40% less likely to get cell culture confirmed influenza than people who received an egg-based flu vaccine, Protein Sciences reported.  
 

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Omron president, CEO joins board of HealthCorps, the organization founded by Dr. Oz

BY Michael Johnsen

NEW YORK – HealthCorps, the national not-for-profit organization founded by Dr. Mehmet Oz and Lisa Oz, on Tuesday named Ranndy Kellogg, president and CEO of Omron Healthcare, to its board of directors.

Omron Healthcare is a world leader in heart and wellness technology and Kellogg is an outspoken advocate for heart health, advancing a vision of a world with zero heart attacks and strokes.

"Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. But as we advance technology and education, it is feasible to make that statistic obsolete," Kellogg said. "HealthCorps has shown commitment and efficacy in establishing good habits in our nation's youth – a vital component in our mission to eliminate heart attack and stroke. I'm excited to take on a role with the organization to help us advance our shared goal of a healthier future."

Kellogg joins other influential members of the healthcare community on the HealthCorps board, which is chaired by HealthCorps founder Dr. Oz.  Board members are committed to wellness advocacy at a national level, and support of HealthCorps' grassroots programs for young people that focus on fitness, nutrition and mental resilience.

"HealthCorps brings together leaders in public service and the private sector to make a meaningful difference,"  Dr. Oz said. "As a leader in the field of heart health and a passionate proponent of education and prevention of heart disease, Ranndy Kellogg, is a welcome addition to our team."

Omron Healthcare, has been developing heart monitors and studying patient behavior for 40 years, and is using that information to continually advance heart health technology. The company's emerging technology in the category is helping consumers collaborate with their physicians and take measureable real-time steps to avoid events and change their behavior. At the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show, Omron Healthcare showed its new Project Zero wrist and upper arm monitors that provide medical accuracy and convenient portability to effectively monitor heart health anytime-anywhere.

HealthCorps bestowed Golden Heart Honors on Omron Healthcare at the 2016 HealthCorps Garden Gala in May.  Ranndy Kellogg was present to accept the award, which is given to organizations for outstanding efforts in promoting health and wellness among America's youth.

Prior to his work at Omron Healthcare, Kellogg served as VP and director of marketing for Baxter Healthcare. Before joining Baxter Healthcare, Kellogg held the position of group marketing manager at CR Bard. Kellogg holds a master's in business administration from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management.

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CytoSport energizes protein lineup with Muscle Milk Coffee House launch

BY Michael Johnsen

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. – CytoSport on Tuesday launched its new Muscle Milk Coffee House ready to drink product line, combining high quality protein and caffeine into three coffee-inspired flavors: vanilla latte, cafe latte and mocha latte.

The shakes are available in 11 oz. Tetra four-packs and contain 20 grams of protein, 120 mg of caffeine and are gluten and sugar free.  With enough caffeine equal to a cup of coffee, they are a portable solution to get a boost of energy and daily protein.

"This new innovation highlights our commitment to providing protein solutions for every body," stated Greg Longstreet, president and CEO CytoSport. "Coffee House complements a variety of lifestyles and offers a great-tasting, on-the-go solution for protein throughout the day."
 

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