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Safeway raises $10.4 million for Muscular Dystrophy Association

BY Allison Cerra

PLEASANTON, Calif. — After ending its five-week fundraising campaign to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s efforts to develop treatments and assist people coping with neuromuscular diseases, Safeway announced that its stores raised $10.4 million for the organization.

The campaign, which ran from Aug. 1 through Labor Day, marked Safeway’s 10th annual fundraising effort. Safeway has raised more than $58 million for muscular dystrophy charities.

"We are grateful to our customers and employees for their support and commitment to helping MDA find cures for some of the most debilitating diseases that face medical science," said Larree Renda, EVP and chair of the Safeway Foundation. "The funds we raised will support medical advances as well as services and therapies designed to help people with neuromuscular disease."

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Velcro introduces removable poster and picture hangers

BY Allison Cerra

MANCHESTER, N.H. — Velcro has introduced a new solution designed for securely hanging framed pictures, photos and posters.

Velcro said that its removable poster and picture hangers are designed to securely hang items without damaging the surface of the wall. Featuring pre-cut pieces and cut-to-length tape for quick application, Velcro’s new removable poster and picture hangers are available in 0.25-lb., 1-lb. and 3-lb. sizes.

Velcro’s removable products are available at Walmart, Staples and Home Depot, as well as HomeDepot.com and Amazon.com.

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Savient expands board of directors

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EAST BRUNSWICK, N.J. — A specialty biopharmaceutical company has elected two members to its board of directors.

Savient said that William Owen, current president of the University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey, and David Norton, the former company group chairman of global pharmaceuticals for Johnson & Johnson, were elected Sept. 1.

"We believe that Bill and David bring unique and relevant experience to our board of directors that will complement and be immediately beneficial to our board and senior management team," Savient board chairman Stephen Jaeger said.

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