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News Article | July 28, 2017
Site: www.prnewswire.com

"In just a few years, I've watched THINX and Icon change the conversation around menstruation and incontinence, and empower people from all walks of life with their revolutionary products and ideas," said Selby. "I'm tremendously excited to join such a talented group of people as we continue to drive global education and expand resources around menstruation and incontinence." Selby has over 21 years of experience in development and management of e-commerce, digital media, and technology businesses, and brings strong international business and company growth experience to THINX. Selby has previously held leadership roles at companies such as Splacer, Fab.com, Thomson Reuters, Dow Jones, Yahoo!, and Walt Disney Internet Group. "We are thrilled to have Maria join the team," said Shama Amalean, COO of THINX Inc. "Today, it's essential for brands to have an authentic personality and a bold point of view in order to be relevant and connect with customers. THINX and Icon embody that ethic and, with Maria at the helm, we will continue to grow our brands while making an impact in our community." About THINX: THINX's mission is to create the most innovative period solutions that empower our people and sustain our planet, while breaking taboos about menstruation and reproductive health everywhere. Our innovation in period-proof underwear has been recognized by top industry publications, such as Fast Company's Most Innovative Companies of 2017, Entrepreneur Magazine's 100 Most Brilliant Companies of 2016, and TIME Magazine's Top 25 Inventions of 2015. About Icon: Icon is on a mission to eliminate anxiety and raise awareness of pelvic floor health for the 1 in 3 women who pee a little when they run, jump, dance, cough, or sneeze. Our patented pee-proof underwear let ladies kick pantyliners (and the lame stigma of bladder leaks) to the curb. Created by the same team that brought you THINX, Icon's innovative underwear are absorbent, washable, and a *wee* bit sexy. Equally committed to helping sisters around the world, through a partnership with the Fistula Foundation, every pair of Icon sold helps fund life-changing surgeries for women in developing countries.


News Article | August 15, 2017
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On September 6, Alliance Homecare co-founders Michele (Leahy) Teter and Diane (O’Dea) Sirakovsky will be honored at the 2017 Irish America Healthcare & Life Sciences 50 Awards dinner. The dinner is co-hosted by Irish America Magazine and Dublin-based ICON plc, one of the world’s leading clinical research companies. The Annual Irish America Healthcare & Life Sciences 50 list honors top Irish and Irish American doctors, clinical researchers, pharmaceutical leaders, and medical professionals, highlighting the work they are doing to improve the lives of their communities and the healthcare industry. Michele Teter and Diane Sirakovsky co-founded Alliance Homecare, a concierge home health care provider serving individuals and families in New York City, Long Island, Westchester and the Lower Hudson Valley, in 2006 with the company’s CEO, Gregory Solometo. “There has been a strong tradition of Irish women in the nursing industry dating back to the founding of the state,” said Patricia Harty of Irish America Magazine. “In honoring Diane and Michele, co-founders of Alliance Homecare, Irish America honors the thousands of Irish nurses who, down through the generations, have given patients the best of care, compassion and solace, whether in hospitals, on the battle fields, or in private practice.” The Leahy family, originally from Counties Kilkenny and Galway, and O’Dea family, originally from County Clare, emigrated from Ireland in the 1960s. As Alliance Homecare’s Director of Patient Services, Michele (Leahy) Teter oversees all nursing cases and coordinates care with case managers to ensure the highest quality of care. She also works directly with doctors and families as a case manager to develop appropriate care plans specific to patients’ needs. For the past 17 years, Teter has worked at Columbia’s New York Presbyterian Medical Center on the Neurosurgical ICU. She is responsible for the care of critically ill patients who are often mechanically ventilated and maintained on several cardiac drips. Her continuous assessment of the patient and ability to recognize a change directly impact the plan of care. In 2008, Teter received her CCRN and is now held to the highest standard of critical care. She received a B.S. in Nursing from Dominican College and currently resides in Pearl River, NY. Diane (O’Dea) Sirakovsky heads Alliance Homecare’s caregiver education program the Director of Education. In this capacity, Sirakovsky researches, selects, and evaluates educational material used to provide continuing education for the homecare staff. Prior to Alliance, she worked as a staff nurse in the Neurological ICU at New York Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center, gaining experience in the fields of Neurological, Cardiac, Cardiothoracic, Medical, and Surgical intensive care nursing. Sirakovsky was previously a Medical-Surgical Nurse at New York Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, receiving the honor of Medical-Surgical Nurse of the Year from her unit. She started working in homecare in 2003 and continues to care for chronically and acutely ill patients in the home setting. Sirakovsky received a B.S. in Nursing at Dominican College and attended Columbia University for graduate studies in nursing. She currently resides in Orangeburg, NY. “For more than a decade, Michele and Diane have dedicated themselves to ensuring all Alliance clients and their families receive the best possible care,” said Greg Solometo, co-founder and CEO of Alliance Homecare. “They continue to be a driving force behind our success and an inspiration to the entire Alliance team. I cannot think of two more deserving individuals for this honor.” The 2017 Irish America Healthcare and Life Sciences 50 Awards dinner will be held at the New York Yacht Club, located at 37 West 44th Street in New York, and feature a keynote address from Roche Pharmaceuticals CEO Daniel O’Day. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Kate Overbeck at kate(at)irishamerica.com. Alliance Homecare is located on the sixth floor of 252 West 37th Street in New York. They can be reached at 1.877.NURSE80 or http://www.alliancehomecare.com. For the latest news and updates, follow Alliance Homecare on LinkedIn, Facebook (@AllianceHomecareNY), Twitter (@alliancehcny) and Google+. About Alliance Homecare Alliance Homecare is a concierge home health care company which offers an extensive range of high-quality private home care services to an elite client base in lower New York State which includes: the five boroughs of New York City, Nassau, Suffolk, Westchester and Rockland Counties. Co-founded in 2006, Alliance has a uniquely selective hiring process, known as The Grandma RuleSM. This process ensures Alliance only hires the highest caliber of registered nurses, home health aides and health care professionals, resources the company would be comfortable caring for their own families. These specialized professionals provide best-in-class care for Alliance’s clients and their loved ones while honoring a strict code of confidentiality. A Licensed Home Care Services Agency (LHCSA), Alliance’s services include private duty nursing, home health aides, companions, professional care management, physical therapy, and nutritional counseling. To learn more, visit http://www.alliancehomecare.com. About Irish America Magazine Irish America magazine is the leading national glossy publication of Irish interest in North America. Since its inception in October 1985, Irish America has become a powerful vehicle for expression on a range of political, economic, social and cultural themes that are of paramount importance to the Irish in the United States. It has helped re-establish the Irish ethnic identity in the U.S. (34.7 million according to the last U.S. census) and highlights the top political and business leaders, artists, writers, organizations, and community figures among the Irish in America. To learn more, visit http://www.irishamerica.com. About ICON plc ICON plc is a global provider of drug development solutions and services to the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device industries and is one of Ireland’s most successful indigenous companies. The company specializes in the strategic development, management and analysis of programs that support clinical development - from compound selection to Phase I-IV clinical studies. ICON currently employs over 12,300 employees in 38 countries worldwide. For more information, visit http://www.iconplc.com.


News Article | May 11, 2017
Site: www.businesswire.com

DUBLIN--(BUSINESS WIRE)--ICON plc, (NASDAQ: ICLR) a global provider of drug development solutions and services to the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device industries, today announced that it has been included in Forbes magazine’s America’s Best Employers list for 2017. Now in its third year, the Forbes list features the top 500 large employers in the US with more than 5,000 employees and the top 300 midsize companies with 1,000 – 5,000 employees. ICON was the highest ranked CRO in the best midsize employers listing. The Forbes list is determined following an independent, online survey of 30,000 employees representing companies from 25 industry sectors. In conjunction with consumer research provider, Statista, employees were consulted anonymously in September 2016 through several online panels to allow them to share their opinions about their employers openly and without any influence from their employer. Respondents were asked to rate their willingness to recommend their own companies on a scale of 0 – 10 and were also asked to name good and bad employers in industry sectors other than their own. “We are proud to be named by Forbes as one of the best employers in America and we are pleased that our employees are recommending ICON as an excellent place to work,” commented Dr. Steve Cutler, Chief Executive Officer, ICON. “We have great people who are committed to helping our clients to accelerate the development of drugs and devices that are saving lives and improving the quality of life of patients right across the globe. We will continue to work hard to ensure that we provide a work environment that engages, rewards and develops our employees so that they can build successful careers at ICON.” ICON plc is a global provider of drug development solutions and services to the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device industries. The company specialises in the strategic development, management and analysis of programs that support clinical development - from compound selection to Phase I-IV clinical studies. With headquarters in Dublin, Ireland, ICON currently, operates from 87 locations in 38 countries and has approximately 12,300 employees. Further information is available at www.iconplc.com. This press release contains forward-looking statements. These statements are based on management's current expectations and information currently available, including current economic and industry conditions. These statements are not guarantees of future performance or actual results, and actual results, developments and business decisions may differ from those stated in this press release. The forward-looking statements are subject to future events, risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected in the statements, including, but not limited to, the ability to enter into new contracts, maintain client relationships, manage the opening of new offices and offering of new services, the integration of new business mergers and acquisitions, as well as economic and global market conditions and other risks and uncertainties detailed from time to time in SEC reports filed by ICON, all of which are difficult to predict and some of which are beyond our control. For these reasons, you should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements when making investment decisions. The word "expected" and variations of such words and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are only as of the date they are made and we do not undertake any obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statement, either as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. More information about the risks and uncertainties relating to these forward-looking statements may be found in SEC reports filed by ICON, including its Form 20-F, F-1, S-8 and F-3, which are available on the SEC's website at http://www.sec.gov.


PubMed | Eli Lilly and Company, University of Pennsylvania, Eisai Inc, Biomarkable and 13 more.
Type: Journal Article | Journal: Journal of Alzheimer's disease : JAD | Year: 2016

Alzheimers disease (AD) drug development is burdened with the current requirement to conduct large, lengthy, and costly trials to overcome uncertainty in patient progression and effect size on treatment outcome measures. There is an urgent need for the discovery, development, and implementation of novel, objectively measured biomarkers for AD that would aid selection of the appropriate subpopulation of patients in clinical trials, and presumably, improve the likelihood of successfully evaluating innovative treatment options. Amyloid deposition and tau in the brain, which are most commonly assessed either in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) or by molecular imaging, are consistently and widely accepted. Nonetheless, a clear gap still exists in the accurate identification of subjects that truly have the hallmarks of AD. The Coalition Against Major Diseases (CAMD), one of 12 consortia of the Critical Path Institute (C-Path), aims to streamline drug development for AD and related dementias by advancing regulatory approved drug development tools for clinical trials through precompetitive data sharing and adoption of consensus clinical data standards. This report focuses on the regulatory process for biomarker qualification, briefly comments on how it contrasts with approval or clearance of companion diagnostics, details the qualifications currently available to the field of AD, and highlights the current challenges facing the landscape of CSF biomarkers qualified as hallmarks of AD. Finally, it recommends actions to accelerate regulatory qualification of CSF biomarkers that would, in turn, improve the efficiency of AD therapeutic development.


The 9th GCCClosed Forum was held just prior to the 2015 Workshop on Recent Issues in Bioanalysis (WRIB) in Miami, FL, USA on 13 April 2015. In attendance were 58 senior-level participants, from eight countries, representing 38 CRO companies offering bioanalytical services. The objective of this meeting was for CRO bioanalytical representatives to meet and discuss scientific and regulatory issues specific to bioanalysis. The issues selected at this years closed forum include CAPA, biosimilars, preclinical method validation, endogenous biomarkers, whole blood stability, and ELNs. A summary of the industrys best practices and the conclusions from the discussion of these topics is included in this meeting report.


PubMed | Maimonides Medical Center, Syracuse University, Childrens Hospital, Arnold Palmer Hospital and 4 more.
Type: Journal Article | Journal: Clinical pediatrics | Year: 2016

This study was conducted to assess the perception of US pediatric specialists of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) disease risk and determine their clinical practices regarding immunoprophylaxis for high-risk children. Separate surveys were sent to neonatologists, pediatricians, pediatric pulmonologists, and pediatric cardiologists. Data were collected using structured questions requiring quantitative responses. Most neonatologists and pediatricians (>82.7%) reported a high clinical need for RSV immunoprophylaxis in preterm infants <32 weeks gestational age. Pediatric pulmonologists and pediatric cardiologists suggested that health conditions indicative of chronic lung disease of prematurity and hemodynamically significant congenital heart disease, respectively, confer eligibility for RSV immunoprophylaxis. Agreement with the changes in the 2014 American Academy of Pediatrics guidance for RSV immunoprophylaxis was mixed among respondents from the 4 specialties. Survey findings may provide a basis to improve education about risk for severe RSV disease and evaluate changes in physician use of RSV immunoprophylaxis based on the 2014 guidance.


PubMed | University of Edinburgh, University of Versailles, Allergy and Respiratory Clinic, Ghent University and 6 more.
Type: | Journal: Clinical and translational allergy | Year: 2015

The affliction of allergic rhinitis (AR) has been trivialised in the past. Recent initiatives by the European Academy of Allergy & Clinical Immunology and by the EU parliament seek to rectify that situation. The aim of this study was to provide a comprehensive picture of the burden and unmet need of AR patients.This was a cross-sectional, online, questionnaire-based study (June-July 2011) including symptomatic seasonal AR (SAR) patients (18years) from a panel. SAR episode pattern, severity, medication/co-medication usage, residual symptoms on treatment, number of healthcare visits, absenteeism and presenteeism were collected.One thousand patients were recruited (mild: n=254; moderate/severe: n=746). Patients with moderate/severe disease had significantly more symptomatic episodes/year (8.0 vs 6.0/year; p=0.025) with longer episode-duration (12.5 vs 9.8days; p=0.0041) and more commonly used 2 AR therapies (70.5 vs 56.1%; OR 1.87; p=0.0001), looking for better and faster nasal and ocular symptom relief. The reported symptom burden was high irrespective of treatment, and significantly (p<0.0001) higher in the moderate/severe group. Patients with moderate/severe AR were more likely to visit their GP (1.61 vs 1.19 times/year; OR: 1.49; p=0.0061); due to dissatisfaction with therapy in 35.4% of cases. Patients reported SAR-related absenteeism from work on 4.1days/year (total cost to UK: 1.25 billion/year) and noted presenteeism for a mean of 37.7days/year (vs 21.0days/year; OR 1.71; p=0.0048). Asthma co-morbid patients reported the need to increase their reliever- (1 in 2 patients) and controller-medication (1 in 5 patients) if they did not take their rhinitis medication.This study differentiated between patients with mild and moderate/severe AR, demonstrating a burden of poorly controlled symptoms and high co-medication use. The deficiency in obtaining symptom control with what are currently considered firstline treatments suggests the need for a novel therapeutic approach.

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