Centrex Inc. has announced patent filings in both U.S. and
foreign jurisdictions for the nucleic acid sequence detection
technology that forms the core of its planned multi-channel
The patents for this platform technology were filed through Los
Alamos National Laboratory and the University of California. The
foreign filings were for the European Union and Japan.
Tulsa-based Centrex owns the exclusive U.S. license to develop,
manufacture, and market a system for detecting microbial
contamination due to E. coli bacteria, developed at the Los Alamos
National Laboratory by Alonso Castro. The detection system,
currently in development at Los Alamos, is designed to be adaptable
and can be tailored to detect a variety of bacterial or viral
organisms in real time. Recently, Centrex proposed to the Los Alamos
National Laboratory that the application of the technology be
expanded to detect a variety of potentially lethal biowarfare or
Once a funds-in agreement has been executed between Centrex and
the laboratory, work can begin on the proposed multi-channel
prototype. The organisms being considered for detection by the
device include all those named in the biological warfare threat list
published by the Defense Intelligence Agency, in addition to several
other potential biowarfare agents.
The proposed device is a simultaneous multi-channel detection
system that is compact, fully automated and capable of monitoring
the presence of biological agents in food, air and water.
Centrex is a development-stage company organized in 1998 to
identify and commercialize proprietary systems for the detection of
biological contaminants in food, air and water.
A Denver-based company that compared nursing home inspection and
complaint reports for metropolitan areas in the United States over
the last four years has ranked Oklahoma City among the best metro
areas in the nation.
The Healthgrades.com analysis rated Nashville, Tenn., as the best
in the nation, followed by Baton Rouge, La.; Jacksonville, Fla.;
Oklahoma City; and Los Angeles, Calif.
The cities were rated by the high percentage of facilities
showing no actual harm violations from health or complaint surveys.
Compliance Resource Group
The Compliance Resource Group, a provider of employment-related
substance abuse testing and management services, will open a drug
and alcohol testing facility, CRG Laboratories on March 4 in
The grand opening celebration will take place onsite at the
Parkway Office Building, 1300 S. Meridian Ave., Ste. 303, from 11:30
a.m. to 1 p.m. March 1.
The Ombudsman Program is seeking volunteers to help protect the
care of those in long-term care facilities. Those interested can
learn more at a public information workshop, scheduled from 9 a.m.
to 3:30 p.m. March 4 and 5 at the Canadian County Vo-Tech, three
miles east of El Reno.
The workshop is free. For more information, call Anna States at
942-8500, Ext. 141.
Contact Crisis Helpline
Contact Crisis Helpline's board of directors has elected officers
and six new members who will comprise the Class of 2004. …