USAA, Costco, Virgin America, and YouTube Lead in Customer Loyalty in Satmetrix 2017 NPS(R) Benchmarks

SAN MATEO, CA—(Marketwired – June 27, 2017) – Satmetrix®, the leading global provider of customer experience solutions, today released its annual U.S. Consumer Net Promoter Score® (NPS®) Benchmarks. The 2017 study reveals data–driven insights on brand loyalty and drivers of customer satisfaction for nearly 190 individual brands across 23 U.S. industry sectors, including banking, financial services, insurance, retail, telecommunications, travel and hospitality, and more.

Now in its 16th year, this research draws on the world's most comprehensive repository of customer experience data and provides business leaders with the objective confidence necessary to set performance targets.

“Executives around the world rely on our Net Promoter benchmarks to ground themselves in what best–in–class looks like as they develop short– and long–term business plans,” said Richard Owen, Chief Executive Officer at Satmetrix. “And the more progressive business leaders study the behaviors of top performing customer experience teams outside of their immediate industry to really understand what drives excellence. The most innovative ideas often come from peers that don't look like you at all.”

Benchmark users can review NPS performance and drivers of customer satisfaction for their entire industry or just a select group of their closest competitors, using the intuitive design features of the company's enhanced reporting tool. Users have the flexibility to tailor the type of reporting used – line graphs, bar charts, tables – and export both images and data files for the individual charts. The U.S. Consumer NPS Benchmarks are exclusively available via subscription to Satmetrix Academy & Research, which also includes access to the industry's most respected Net Promoter Certification and an advanced training course in Net Promoter Economics.

Notably, USAA continues its impressive eight–year run at the top of three different industry sectors (auto insurance, banking, and home and contents insurance). In addition, Satmetrix observed a number of interesting shifts in this year's rankings. Some highlights:

  • Costco sits atop the rankings across all industry sectors, regaining its leadership position from Nordstrom after a brief one–year hiatus from the top spot for department and specialty stores. Nordstrom tumbled to the fourth position.
  • Virgin America edged out Jet Blue (last year's leader) and Southwest Airlines (a historical leader) among major airlines.
  • American Express beat out Discover in the credit card category; both are consistent top performers.
  • Publix edged out a crowd of other grocery stores and supermarket chains as it ascended to the top of this year's rankings. The industry has seen four different leaders across the last five years (Publix, H–E–B, Wegmans, and Trader Joe's, twice).
  • YouTube caught up to back–to–back industry leader, Netflix, in the online entertainment industry.
  • Apple regained leadership in the smartphone industry, beating out last year's winner, Samsung, but the company lost its longstanding position atop the tablet industry to Amazon.

Additionally, the following companies retained their leadership position in their respective industries: Vanguard (brokerage and investments), Verizon (cable and satellite TV), Cricket Wireless (cell phone service), Walgreens (drug stores and pharmacies), Kaiser Permanente (health insurance), Ritz Carlton (hotels), Fios Internet (internet service), Apple (laptop computers), Amazon (online shopping), State Farm (life insurance), USPS (shipping services), Turbo Tax (software and apps), and TripAdvisor (travel websites).

The 16th annual Satmetrix Net Promoter Score Benchmarks draw on insights from more than 65,000 brand ratings from more than 20,000 U.S. consumers. NPS has a proven track record as leading indicator of revenue growth, and it is widely acknowledged as the most effective overall metric for managing customer experience. NPS is based on answers to the question “How likely is it that you would recommend [brand] to a friend or colleague?” It is calculated as the difference between the percentage of customers who are Promoters, rating the company 9 or 10 on a 0– to 10–point scale, and the percentage who are Detractors, rating 6 or lower. Consumers also rated each brand on various aspects of customer experience, including product or service features, customer service, and overall value, enabling Satmetrix to identify the key drivers of loyalty and recommendation.

NPS®, Net Promoter® and Net Promoter Score® are registered trademarks of Satmetrix Systems, Inc., Bain & Company and Fred Reichheld.

About Satmetrix

Satmetrix is the leading global provider of customer experience software for companies who demand differentiated knowledge about their customers. As co–developer of the Net Promoter® methodology, Satmetrix combines unrivaled Net Promoter expertise with its powerful, yet cost–effective NPX product, a complete, always on–customer experience management (CEM) SaaS solution battle tested by the leading NPS–driven, customer–first companies in the world.

PolarityTE(TM) Appoints Distinguished Major General Jay Hood of the U.S. Army as Director of Newly Created Military and Mass Casualty Advisory Board

SALT LAKE CITY, UT—(Marketwired – Jun 27, 2017) – PolarityTE™, Inc. (NASDAQ: COOL) today announced the appointment of Major General (U.S. Army – Retired) Jay Hood as the Director of the Company's newly formed Military and Mass Casualty Advisory Board. Major General Hood amassed more than 36 years of service to the United States as an Army Officer. 

“I am proud to announce the formation of the PolarityTE™ Military and Mass Casualty Advisory Board with the appointment of Major General Jay Hood. We aim to develop our technology to serve both the civilian and military communities, and our newly formed Military and Mass Casualty Advisory Board serves as a catalyst in the development of regenerative medicine solutions to large scale problems due to military conflict or disasters,” said Denver Lough, MD, PhD, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, and Chief Scientific Officer of PolarityTE™. “Major General Hood's wealth of knowledge in military policy and military–medical needs will help guide PolarityTE™ towards addressing the unmet needs of our military personnel who selflessly serve our country.”

Following his distinguished military career, Major General Hood has advised many industries on the development of a wide range of commercial products with military application, often reducing time to adoption. He routinely speaks to many educational and civic groups on current national security and defense issues.

“I am excited about the prospect of working with the PolarityTE™ Team to help introduce their revolutionary technology to the military medical community. Regenerating skin and other tissue in wound healing and reconstructive surgery cases could be life changing for thousands of men and women seriously injured in the last 15 years of conflict in Iraq and Afghanistan,” said Major General Hood. “I am certain the Military Departments and the Veterans Administration will be eager to hear of clinical advances of this new technology and quick to recognize the enormous impact it could have on the lives of so many service men and women.”

Major General Jay Hood
Major General Hood completed more than 36 years of distinguished service to the United States as an Army Officer on March 1, 2012, having served in numerous staff and commandment assignments in Europe, the 82d Airborne Division at Ft Bragg, North Carolina and the Middle East. Since the 9/11 attacks on the United States, Major General Hood has focused on issues related to the Middle East and combating terrorism as the Chief Operations Officer for NATO forces in Kosovo, the Commander of Joint Task Force Guantanamo, the Commander of First Army Division East, the Chief of Staff, United States Central Command, and Director of the International Security Assistance Forces Liaison at the US Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan. Major General Hood graduated from Pittsburg State University as a Distinguished Military Graduate, and was then commissioned as a Field Artillery Officer in 1975. Since retiring Major General Hood has remained current on the range of geo–political issues burning in the Middle East. He recently returned for 20 months to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) where he provided strategic counsel to the UAE Land Forces as they sought to improve their overall military capability.

About the PolarityTE™ Platform
The PolarityTE™ investigational platform is being developed to simplify regeneration and allow tissue and cellular elements to function naturally. Using our revolutionary platform, we seek to utilize cell and tissue polarity to create a spectrum of uniquely functional tissues in a way that mirrors the natural development of the human body. Our goal is to apply the platform across all cells, tissues and composite structures, transforming regenerative medicine into what has been envisioned since its inception.

About PolarityTE™
PolarityTE™, Inc. is a regenerative medicine company positioned to be the first to successfully regenerate human skin. The Company's novel regenerative medicine and tissue engineering platform was developed and patented by chairman and chief executive officer, Denver Lough M.D., Ph.D. This radical and proprietary technology employs a patient's own cells for the healing of full–thickness, functionally–polarized tissues. If clinically successful, the PolarityTE™ platform will provide medical professionals with a truly new paradigm in wound healing and reconstructive surgery by utilizing a patient's own tissue substrates for the regeneration of skin, bone, muscle, cartilage, fat, blood vessels and nerves. The PolarityTE™ platform leverages natural and biologically–sound principles which are readily adaptable to a wide spectrum of organ and tissue systems. This revolutionary technology, paired with the Company's world–renowned clinical advisory board, position PolarityTE™ to drastically change the field and future of translational regenerative medicine. More information can be found online at www.PolarityTE.com.

Forward Looking Statements
Certain statements contained in this release are “forward–looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward looking statements contained in this release relate to, among other things, the Company's ongoing compliance with the requirements of The NASDAQ Stock Market and the Company's ability to maintain the closing bid price requirements of The NASDAQ Stock Market on a post reverse split basis. They are generally identified by words such as “believes,” “may,” “expects,” “anticipates,” “should'” and similar expressions. Readers should not place undue reliance on such forward–looking statements, which are based upon the Company's beliefs and assumptions as of the date of this release. The Company's actual results could differ materially due to risk factors and other items described in more detail in the “Risk Factors” section of the Company's Annual Reports and other filings with the SEC (copies of which may be obtained at www.sec.gov). Subsequent events and developments may cause these forward–looking statements to change. The Company specifically disclaims any obligation or intention to update or revise these forward–looking statements as a result of changed events or circumstances that occur after the date of this release, except as required by applicable law.

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Vascular and Neural Complications in Rodent Models of Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes, New Webinar Hosted by Xtalks

TORONTO, ON—(Marketwired – June 26, 2017) – Peripheral neuropathy affects about 50% of the diabetic population. The manifestations range from pain, numbness, paresthesia and ulceration in the extremities and it is the major cause of non–traumatic amputations. Other than good glycemic control, which is non–effective for subjects with type 2 diabetes, there is no treatment for diabetic peripheral neuropathy. With the prevalence of obesity and type 2 diabetes and associated complications reaching epidemic levels, there is a critical need for finding a treatment to preserve and perhaps restore nerve function.

Studies of obese and diabetic animal models, primarily rodents, have been employed for many years to further our understanding of peripheral neuropathy and to seek an effective treatment. The traditional endpoints for diabetic neuropathy in animal and human studies have been nerve conduction velocity, nerve biopsies and quantitative sensory testing. However, translation of results from animal studies has not led to an effective treatment.

Attendees will learn about:

  • Challenges in translational modeling of vascular and neural complications in the context of obesity and type 2 diabetes
  • Rodent models of diabetes that have been used in the past to examine the development, progression, and potential treatment of diabetic peripheral neuropathy (eg., the Zucker and Zucker Diabetic Fatty [ZDF] rats)
  • Characterization of peripheral neuropathy and vascular complications in the diabetic ZDSD rat
  • Neural complications such as motor and sensory deficits in diabetic ZDSD rats
  • New endpoints that may improve translation of results from the bench to the bedside

The complimentary webinar benefiting pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, non–profit organizations and academia working within diabetes research, includes a Q&A with the audience. For more information or to register visit: Vascular and Neural Complications in Rodent Models of Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes

Xtalks, powered by Honeycomb Worldwide Inc., is a leading provider of educational webinars to the global Life Sciences community. Every year thousands of industry practitioners (from pharmaceutical & biotech companies, private & academic research institutions, healthcare centers, etc.) turn to Xtalks for access to quality content. Xtalks helps Life Science professionals stay current with industry developments, trends and regulations. Xtalks webinars also provide perspectives on key issues from top industry thought leaders and service providers.

To learn more about Xtalks visit http://xtalks.com

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Mission Ready Reports Strengthened Production & Sales Revenues for Q2 2017

VANCOUVER, BC—(Marketwired – June 22, 2017) – Mission Ready Services Inc. (“Mission Ready” or the “Company“) (TSX VENTURE: MRS) is pleased to report strengthened production and sales volumes for the current quarter with Q2 2017 revenues projected to be approximately $1.8MM[1], an increase exceeding 65% over the same period in 2016. These revenues represent the combined sales from the Company's wholly–owned subsidiaries — PTF Manufacturing (“PTFM”), Wild Things USA (“Wild Things”), and 10–20 Services (“10–20″) — and will be reflected in the Company's 2nd quarter financial results due August 29, 2017.

“We are very pleased with the growth we are seeing during what is typically the slowest quarter of the year in terms of sales and revenue generation,” states Jeff Schwartz, President & CEO of Mission Ready Services Inc.

Manufactured in–house at the Company's 22,000 square foot facility in Jacksboro, Tennessee, PTFM delivered $425,000[1] in B–Cool Concealed Carriers to White Horse R&D, Inc. (“White Horse”) in addition to the fulfillment of multiple additional purchase orders over the most recent 11 weeks. The $7.98MM[1] commitment for the B–Cool concealed carriers to be delivered over a 36–month period was first announced in a February 8, 2017 news release. Production at PTFM is in full swing fulfilling purchase orders and delivering the quality–assured products per client specifications and on schedule. Additionally, while generating sales revenues for the quarter of approximately $865,000[1], Wild Things began transitioning its products to be manufactured in–house at PTFM as part of the ongoing integration initiatives.

Mr. Schwartz continues, “At PTFM, rapid prototyping, custom design and manufacturing is what we do, and we do it well. Our process from concept to delivery — the B–Cool concealed carrier being a prime example — is highly scalable and gives us a competitive edge in capturing a significant volume of the market share within the vast and growing personal protective equipment industry. Our team — design, production, sales & administration — is comprised of some of the best and most experienced professionals in the industry who will be instrumental in helping us reach our growth targets both short and long term.”

[1] Amounts are approximate and quoted in Canadian dollars converted from USD using a USD–CAD exchange rate of 1.33.

About White Horse
White Horse R&D, Inc. offers state of the art ballistics and blast protection, asset protection and hazardous environmental containment. White Horse's products provide life–saving protection for the United States war fighters, law enforcement officers and its Allies. For more information on White Horse R&D, Inc., visit https://whitehorserd.com/.

About Wild Things, LLC
Founded in 1981, Wild Things, LLC has earned a reputation for sophisticated, tough, lightweight technical outerwear, alpine–style backpacks, haul–bags, and innovative tactical clothing. Wild Things occupies a unique position in the marketplace with a 35–year heritage of pioneering product design for the specialized needs of the alpine mountaineering and military communities. Chosen for the world's most demanding conditions by the world's most demanding users, Wild Things, LLC manufactures its products in the USA under two divisions — Wild Things for the outdoor enthusiast and Wild Things Tactical for the unique needs of the military and law enforcement communities. In addition to the design studio and executive offices located in Middletown, Rhode Island, Wild Things operates a factory and second design studio in Gorham, New Hampshire. For more information, visit http://wildthingsgear.com.

About Mission Ready Services Inc.
Mission Ready serves to save lives and enhance the performance of military personnel, first responders, and those who protect us by working to ensure they are equipped with the best possible personal protective equipment.

Headquartered in Vancouver, BC, Mission Ready has three distinct, synergistic operating divisions:

  • Innovations and Development of Personal Protective Equipment & Cold Weather Gear
  • Manufacturing of Leading Military & Law Enforcement Personal Protective Equipment / Cold Weather Gear / Tough, Lightweight Technical Outwear
  • Cleaning, Decontamination & Repair of Personal Protective Equipment

Mission Ready's management team offers over 100 years of combined industry experience and is composed of industry experts in developing products, contracting, and selling to the federal government, first responders and tactical markets through open market procurements, teaming arrangements, and a variety of federal contract tools.

For further information, visit MissionReady.ca or ProtectTheForce.com

Mission Ready Services Inc.

(signed “Jeff Schwartz”)

Jeff Schwartz,
President & CEO

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Forward–looking statements are based on assumptions management believes to be reasonable. Although Mission Ready Services Inc. has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in forward–looking information, there may be other factors that cause results not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended. There can be no assurance that such information will prove to be accurate, as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such information. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward–looking information. Mission Ready Services Inc. does not undertake to update any forward–looking information that is included herein, except in accordance with applicable securities laws.

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8i launches Holo to let you add holograms of real people to your videos and photos

LOS ANGELES, CA—(Marketwired – Jun 22, 2017) – Today at VidCon 2017, holographic technology company 8i announced the global launch of Holo, the first mobile app of its kind which allows you to add 3D holograms of real people (and animals) into your real–world and create videos and photos to share with friends. 8i also announced it has teamed up with leading entertainment and media companies to bring relevant and engaging content to Holo. In partnership with Columbia Pictures, Holo features a collection of Spider–Man: Homecoming holograms to promote the film's theatrical release. The app also features exclusive content in partnership with Hearst Magazines Digital Media's Cosmopolitan and go90. Holo is available today as a free download on the App Store for iPhone and on Google Play Store for Android devices.

“People are creating, augmenting and sharing content like never before directly through the cameras on their phones,” said Steve Raymond, CEO of 8i. “With Holo, we're introducing a new way to create and express yourself using holograms of real people combined with the AR capabilities of smartphones. Until now, it's never been possible to direct your own videos using recognizable characters and celebrities and we're seeing lots of creative storytelling from Holo users. It's fun to see what people come up with.”

To use Holo, simply add a character into the camera view, start recording, and the holograms will appear as if they are there in real life. Holo will regularly release new hologram collections featuring movie characters, memes, athletes, musicians, and original characters with poses to personify every mood and reaction. You can even snap a video with your friendly neighborhood superhero from Spider–Man: Homecoming, in theaters July 7, doing flips down your street, facepalming on command, and posing heroically for a selfie.

“We're thrilled to be a launch partner for Holo,” said Elias Plishner, EVP, Worldwide Digital Marketing at Sony Pictures Entertainment. “Now, you can send your friends images of yourself hanging out with your friendly neighborhood Spider–Man. It's a fantastic way to get excited for the movie.”

“We are constantly innovating and finding new ways to entertain and engage the millions of consumers who connect with our brands each day,” said Sheel Shah, director of Mobile Growth and Innovation at Hearst Magazines Digital Media. ”Mobile AR is an experience that they have an increasing appetite for and the timing of the Holo launch couldn't have been better.”

At VidCon, where Raymond will be speaking on June 23, conference–goers will be some of the first to experience the new app as part of the go90 Holo experience, created by RYOT Lab in partnership with 8i. Fans can take photos and videos with holograms of favorite go90 stars, including Caleb Marshall (aka Fitness Marshall), Kenny San Jose (Boy Squad), and Jeremy Shada (Mr. Student Body President). The go90 collection is also available in Holo. Also at VidCon, dance phenom and YouTube star Matt Steffanina will perform on June 24, as fans of his freestyle moves can dance alongside his hologram in Holo.

Holo also features a variety of other engaging content and familiar faces:

  • “Magic Mike Live” dancers presented by Cosmopolitan, fun for #holobombing pretty much anyone. 
  • Actress Debby Ryan, who stars in the upcoming Netflix show “Insatiable.”
  • Fun and original characters, including the infamous llama from Fall Out Boy's “Young and Menace” video, a tiger named Lola, and a French bulldog in a hot dog costume.

Following launch, you can expect to see more holograms from Cosmopolitan and other Hearst brands as part of an ongoing partnership. Holo will also feature celebrated astronaut Buzz Aldrin, professional skateboarder Nyjah Huston, pop duo Superfruit, mixed martial artist Anderson Silva, LGBTQ activist Jeffrey Marsh, comedic actor Flula Borg, Anna Brisbin, aka Brizzy Voices, plus a JASH comedy channel debuting with comedian Nathan Barnatt, and others.

Holo is powered by 8i's proprietary technology which transforms video of human performances into 3D holograms that look real and can be viewed from any angle. Once the performance is volumetrically captured, holograms are easy and fast to create and publish on Holo.

Hearst Ventures and Verizon Ventures are investors in 8i.

To learn more, visit thisisholo.com. For assets and additional information, visit: http://bit.ly/2rT9fEl

About 8i™
8i's mission is to give people the best way to connect with each other and express themselves through holograms. We provide the easiest way to create, use and experience human holograms that look real, and can be viewed from any angle, on any device for virtual, augmented or mixed reality. Our proprietary technology transforms video from an array of cameras using volumetric capture into a photorealistic hologram that can easily be integrated into a variety of 3D computing experiences. Founded in May 2014, 8i is based in Wellington, New Zealand, and Los Angeles. Learn more at http://8i.com/.

About Spider–Man: Homecoming
A young Peter Parker/Spider–Man (Tom Holland), who made his sensational debut in Captain America: Civil War, begins to navigate his newfound identity as the web–slinging super hero in Spider–Man: Homecoming. Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, Peter returns home, where he lives with his Aunt May (Marisa Tomei), under the watchful eye of his new mentor Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.). Peter tries to fall back into his normal daily routine — distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just your friendly neighborhood Spider–Man — but when the Vulture (Michael Keaton) emerges as a new villain, everything that Peter holds most important will be threatened. Directed by Jon Watts. Produced by Kevin Feige and Amy Pascal. Screenplay by Jonathan Goldstein & John Francis Daley and Jon Watts & Christopher Ford and Chris McKenna & Erik Sommers, Screen Story by Jonathan Goldstein & John Francis Daley, Based on the Marvel Comic Book by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. 

About Sony Pictures Entertainment
Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) is a subsidiary of Sony Entertainment Inc., a subsidiary of Tokyo–based Sony Corporation. SPE's global operations encompass motion picture production, acquisition and distribution; television production, acquisition and distribution; television networks; digital content creation and distribution; operation of studio facilities; and development of new entertainment products, services and technologies. For additional information, go to http://www.sonypictures.com.

About go90
go90 is a free, digital entertainment platform that makes it easy to discover and view content from the most beloved networks, distributors, creators, audiences and brands in online entertainment. Available on the web, iOS and Android, go90 brings together and delivers premier entertainment experiences across every screen. go90 is part of the Verizon Communications family of companies. Anyone with a smartphone can download go90 for free via the App Store or Google Play. Start watching now on go90.com.

About Hearst Magazines Digital Media
Hearst Digital Media reaches nearly 80 million site visitors each month [comScore] and 132 million social media followers, with 22 digital brands including Cosmopolitan, ELLE, Marie Claire, Esquire, Good Housekeeping, Harper's BAZAAR, Seventeen, and Delish. The portfolio also includes Sweet, a collaboration with Snapchat on its Discover platform. Hearst Magazines is a unit of Hearst (www.hearst.com), one of the nation's largest diversified media information and services companies.

RYOT LAB
RYOT Lab is Oath's technology and innovation hub for immersive formats and emerging technologies. The Lab is a growing team of technologists and engineers working hand–in–hand with Verizon Labs to empower advertisers and publishers to tap into the opportunity of immersive formats and interactive experiences. Through RYOT Lab, brands, publishers and advertisers can now tell their stories through a combination of formats including virtual reality, 360 video, augmented reality, volumetric capture (holograms) as well as physical activations and events. 

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Top Pharma Companies Look to Partnerships and Acquisitions to Maximize Resources During Product Development & Commercialization

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC—(Marketwired – June 20, 2017) – Research into medical device acquisitions revealed that many device manufacturers look to partnerships and acquisitions to move products from the laboratory to market, according to a study by business intelligence provider, Cutting Edge Information.

Data published in the study, Medical Device Development: Benchmarking Early–Stage Product Management and Promotion, revealed that 60% of Top 10 pharmaceutical companies report developing and commercializing products via acquisitions. An additional 20% of the largest surveyed device makers look to collaborations.

Surveyed Top 50 and small medical device companies, 11% and 7% respectively, look to acquisitions to drive product development. Data from the same study show that 21% of small device firms also report using collaborations to drive product development.

“Medical device development and commercialization consume a lot of resources,” said Adam Bianchi, senior director of research at Cutting Edge Information. “As such, many medical device manufacturers look to partnerships and collaboration to aid a number of processes in both product development and early commercialization.”

The study found that in some cases, companies may work together to develop and support a single brand. For example, one company reported working with another parent company in a true partnership, where they developed and manufactured the product while its partner took on the cost of testing and commercializing the device.

Medical device manufacturers use acquisitions to gain technology, intellectual property or complete businesses. Among the surveyed companies reporting acquisitions, half gained whole companies or technology.

However, medical device companies must be cautious before buying these new technologies. Firms should always be aware of the potential problems for which they will be liable in the future. One interviewed executive cautions, “If it's a technical product — one that would be FDA–regulated — you should go into a company like you're the FDA. You dig and find all of the problems because, if you do buy the company, you're going to have to explain to the FDA why [the problems] haven't been fixed.”

Medical Device Development: Benchmarking Early–Stage Product Management and Promotion, available at https://www.cuttingedgeinfo.com/product/medical–device–development/, explores the resources and best practices necessary to support new product planning and commercialization for US–based medical device launches. This benchmarking study, conducted through primary research, includes:

  • Profiles of medical device firms and their products, highlighting human and financial resources supporting development and commercialization, product development timelines and expected commercial success.
  • Data on anticipated US commercial success, including market size, market share and competition levels.
  • Commercial board staffing benchmarks as well as best practices for integrating stakeholders across multiple firms and communicating throughout the development process.
  • Expert insights on selecting the best regulatory pathways for emerging medical technology products, implementing clinical trials and partnering to support development.

To learn more about Cutting Edge Information's primary benchmarking research on medical device development and commercialization, or other life sciences topics, please download the brochure at: https://www.cuttingedgeinfo.com/preview/medical–device–development–data/.

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Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon Voted “Best of the Beach” in 2017 Easy Reader News Poll

LOS ANGELES, CA—(Marketwired – Jun 15, 2017) – Easy Reader News conducts a yearly “Best of the Beach” survey to highlight the top businesses and service providers of the South Bay area. Los Angeles plastic surgeon Christine Petti, MD was named the “Best Cosmetic Surgeon” for her fourth consecutive year, and she is pleased to be recognized for her continued dedication to the local beach communities. Over 3,100 votes were counted to determine the winners of each category, which actually outnumbers the quantity of votes cast in some of the area's recent political elections.

According to the Easy Reader News, “[The awards] satisfy people's need to express appreciation to those whose extra effort makes life a little bit richer than it would be otherwise.” Dr. Petti holds herself and her staff to the highest standards of patient safety and care, so this award is especially meaningful to her. She notes that her aim as a cosmetic plastic surgeon is to help her patients both look and feel their best. Receiving the title of “Best Cosmetic Surgeon” once again, demonstrates the satisfaction of Dr. Petti's many patients from the area and also signals the consistency and excellence of her work to prospective patients who may be seeking an experienced plastic surgeon.

As the Medical Director of Palos Verdes Plastic Surgery Medical Center and Spa Bella, Dr. Petti offers a wide range of surgical and non–surgical aesthetic procedures in a safe, comfortable environment. At her facilities, patients have the opportunity to address their cosmetic concerns with innovative solutions that can beautifully enhance the appearance of the body, breasts, face, and skin. Dr. Petti's friendly and knowledgeable team keep her state–of–the–art medical center running smoothly and efficiently, which helps maintain a high rate of patient satisfaction. According to Dr. Petti, the patient remains the focus from consultation to recovery, and every procedure is custom–tailored to meet the patient's unique needs and expectations.

About Christine Petti, MD, FACS

Dr. Christine Petti is a plastic surgeon, certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and an active member of the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) and the American Society for Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). A graduate of Saint Mary's College of Notre Dame and Georgetown University, Dr. Petti earned her medical degree from The Medical College of Pennsylvania. Dr. Petti completed her plastic surgery residency at The University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine. She is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a medical expert for The Medical Board of California. She has published numerous scientific manuscripts on laser body contouring, laser liposuction and laser cellulite treatment. Dr. Petti is the Medical Director of Palos Verdes Plastic Surgery Medical Center and Spa Bella, Medical Day Spa, located in the South Bay area of Los Angeles, California. She has been featured on “The Doctors”, “20/20″, “Inside Edition”, “Discovery Health”, and “Aesthetic TV” discussing her aesthetic expertise in facial, breast, and body contouring procedures. Dr. Petti is available for interview upon request.

For more information about Dr. Petti and her practice, please visit dr–petti.com and facebook.com/drpetti.

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