ZymeTx on Wednesday signed a nationwide distribution agreement for ZstatFlu with Dade Behring Inc., a clinical diagnostic company based in Dearfield, Ill.
The agreement will provide a direct selling channel into 25,000 reference laboratories and hospitals in the United States, said Norman R. Proulx, president and CEO of Oklahoma City-based ZymeTx.
"This represents a strategically important new distribution opportunity for our company," Proulx said. "Dade Behring is a company with sales offices throughout the country, established distribution channels and more than $1.3 billion in annual revenues, primarily from diagnostic instruments and tests.
"The agreement provides a platform for our flu diagnostic test, ZstatFlu, to affect the all-important hospital reference lab market," he said.
Hospital reference laboratories administered the overwhelming majority last year of flu diagnostic tests -- an estimated 570,000. Physicians administered roughly 230,000 point-of-care flu tests last year in their offices, with ZymeTx's ZstatFlu approaching a 50 percent market share in that category.
"The addition of ZstatFlu to Dade Behring's strong offering of diagnostic products provides us an immediate and substantial presence this upcoming winter flu season in the large hospital reference lab market," Proulx said. "We expect increased sales to result from this strategic distribution relationship."
Among Dade Behring's products are diagnostic instruments that test how well blood coagulates. In addition, the company markets tests for infectious and cardiac diseases, as well as tests to measure levels of cholesterol, glucose, iron or sodium in the body. "We added ZstatFlu to our product line based upon an expected increase in demand from hospital reference labs, for an accurate and proven influenza diagnostic solution. ZstatFlu is by far, in our opinion, the most effective and easiest-to-administer flu diagnostic test on the market today," said Hiroshi Uchida, president, Americas and Asia Pacific operations for Dade Behring.
Marketing Matters Inc.'s fall seminar series will focus on competitive intelligence and creativity.
"Comprehending Competitive Intelligence" will be presented Oct. 6. The seminar will focus on methods to identify potential competitors, track competitors in a way that helps you understand their plans and use Internet sources for information. "This may be the first seminar on competitive intelligence in Oklahoma," said Kathleen Miller, president of Marketing Matters.
"Working Creatively: How to find It and Use It" is scheduled Nov. 17. The seminar will focus on the creative abilities of fluency, flexibility, originality and elaboration and practical strategies. Both seminars are scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to noon at Seller's Special Event Center in Edmond. For more information, contact Miller at 748-6840 or at www.marketmatters.com.
Britton Road bridge opens
The first project dealing with widening Broadway Extension was opened to traffic Wednesday afternoon.
The Britton Road bridge over the extension was opened by Transportation Secretary Neal McCaleb, who thought he was going to be the first to drive across it.
Instead, an older-model car, which had several rust spots and dents in the body, went across as McCaleb was turning around. The driver appeared to be oblivious to the informal ceremony going on around him.
Haskell-Lemon Paving Co., of Oklahoma City, was general contractor on the $18 million project. Although the contractor had 400 days to complete the project, it was done 75 days early and will earn a $7,500 per day bonus, which is a little better than $560,000.
In addition, McCaleb said, the contractor will receive a bonus based upon the smoothness of the bridge decking.
Planners within the Oklahoma Department of Transportation had refused to close adjoining bridges, to keep from causing traffic jams. Now that the Britton Road bridge is open, that means "we can award the work order on the Wilshire Street bridge," McCaleb said. Duit Construction Co. of Oklahoma City has the contract to build the next bridge, McCaleb said.
There are six regular bridges over the mainline roadway, plus a multiple bridge over Memorial Road.
The Britton Road bridge has two lanes in each direction, plus a constant left-turn lane and the Texas turnaround lanes atop the bridge. This allows motorists to make a U-turn without getting involved with the traffic signalization.
Earthquakes cause an estimated $4.6 million in damage each year to structures across Oklahoma, according to a new study by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
The study ranks Oklahoma 33rd among the 50 states and the District of Columbia in the cost of potential annual building damage caused by earthquakes. The FEMA study places Oklahoma's cost at a total of $4,681,000.
By comparison, earthquakes can cause an estimated $16.6 million in damage to structures in Arkansas each year and more than $17.7 million in New Mexico. Potential annual damage to buildings in Missouri is $38.4 million, according to the study. But in Texas, where earthquakes are rare, potential annual damage totals only $722,000 a year, according to FEMA. In Kansas, the study estimates damage at $294,000 a year. Oklahoma experiences about 60 earthquakes a year, usually of a magnitude less than the 2.4 to 2.5 range. A quake with a magnitude of 4 can cause moderate damage.
Most of Oklahoma's earthquakes occur in Garvin County, where there is a known fault. Some 269 quakes have been recorded there.
In April, an earthquake measuring 2.6 on the Richter Scale hit an area just southwest of Covington. It was Garfield County's 13th earthquake since 1942.
Firms join Quality Jobs Program
Eight firms have been added to the Oklahoma Quality Jobs Program pledging a total of 2,966 jobs within three years, the Oklahoma Department of Commerce reported Wednesday. Four of the eight projects are in Oklahoma City -- AT&T Wireless, 850 jobs; Logistics.com Inc., 100 jobs; CoorsTek, 170 jobs; and AAA Cooper Transportation, 125 jobs. The other projects are Splitrock Services, 746 jobs in Tulsa; Brunswick, 325 jobs in Stillwater; Southwestern Bell Wireless, 400 jobs in Catoosa; and DecisionOne #2, 420 jobs in Tulsa. The Brunswick and AAA Cooper projects are new. The others are expansions.
Cole gets federal order
Cole Computer Corp. on Wednesday said it has received an initial order from the U.S. Corps of Engineers, Fort Worth District for its custom-built AMD line of processor equipped computer systems.
With this new order and new customer, Cole Computer continues to expand its presence in the Federal Supply Schedule market for computer hardware, said John Ruth, president of Oklahoma City-based Cole Computer.
"Purchase orders pursuant to our previously announced Government Services Administration Federal Supply Schedule are really starting to pick up and may make a significant impact on our fourth quarter results," he said.
Library picks executive director
The director of a five-library Saginaw, Mich., system has been chosen as executive director of the Metropolitan Library System of Oklahoma County.
Norman Maas was the unanimous choice for the post. He is expected to start his new job before the end of the year.
Maas believes libraries are "universities for all people."
Before taking the Michigan job in 1991, he worked for the Detroit Public Library for 20 years. At Saginaw, he led the renovation of the system's libraries, expanded computer services and developed history and genealogy collections. He also improved children's services and library funding.
Maas said he is concerned with involving children in their local libraries. He said the Metropolitan Library System appears to work with children intensively, including helping parents find materials and encouraging them to read to their children.
Keating heads to Rhode Island
Gov. Frank Keating will campaign for presidential candidate George W. Bush in Rhode Island this weekend.
The Republican Governors Association is picking up the tab for transportation and is sending a plane to Oklahoma to get Keating. The governor will leave Rhode Island on Saturday evening and go to Little Rock for the Southern Governor's Association annual meeting. Keating returned from a Scandanavian trip on Wednesday. The trip was sponsored by the Oklahoma Department of Commerce.
OCAST approves projects
The board of directors of the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology has approved two Oklahoma Applied Research Support R&D Faculty and Student Intern Partnership Supplement projects for funding.
"A total of $40,878 will be made available to extend two current internship programs for one year," said Dr. William A. Sibley, OCAST president.
Professor Elizabeth Wallace, Western Oklahoma State College department of chemistry, received $15,655 in OCAST funds to continue her Faculty and Student Intern Partnership program. The OCAST funds are matched by consortium funds provided to the Southwest Research and Extension Center by farms and firms for the purpose of improving cotton farming techniques and methods. The research directly benefits Robbins Farms, Worrell Farms, and Williams Farms all of Altus.
Professor E. Ann Nalley, Cameron University department of physical science, has been awarded $25,223 in OCAST funds to supplement a program that has interns working at Cosmetic Specialty Labs of Lawton.
Halliburton Energy Services of Duncan will join the program with interns utilizing molecular modeling to predict the properties of new chemicals. In addition to the OCAST funds each project is matched by an equal amount of support from non-state appropriated funds.
Stossel coming to Oklahoma
John Stossel, anchor of ABC's 20/20, will be the speaker for "Pandering to Fear: The Media's Crisis Mentality" presented by the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs.
The program will be presented at noon Oct. 3 at the Myriad Convention Center in Oklahoma City and at 6:15 p.m. Oct. 2 at the Southern Hills Marriott in Tulsa. The Oklahoma City program is $35 per person and the Tulsa program is $100.
Call 843-9212 for reservations.…