Zintro Blog http://blog.zintro.com Business News written by Industry Experts Thu, 23 Oct 2014 21:42:04 +0000 en-US hourly 1 FDA Clarifies Medical Device Update Guidelines http://blog.zintro.com/2014/10/23/fda-clarifies-medical-device-update-guidelines/ http://blog.zintro.com/2014/10/23/fda-clarifies-medical-device-update-guidelines/#respond Thu, 23 Oct 2014 21:41:50 +0000 http://blog.zintro.com/?p=22485 The FDA recently made an attempt to clarify when a change in a medical device requires a recall or should be considered an “enhancement.” According to a notice published in... Read More

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FDAThe FDA recently made an attempt to clarify when a change in a medical device requires a recall or should be considered an “enhancement.” According to a notice published in the Federal Register last week, some companies may have difficulty determining whether an update to their product actually meets the criteria for a recall. The FDA guidance provides a formal definition of an enhancement as well as supporting examples of different scenarios.

FDA guidance explains that “enhancement” is a change that improves the quality of a device so that it better meets the needs of consumers but is not something that remedies a violation of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act.

Zintro expert Daniel O’Connell is President of Prometheus Medical Device Consultants. He and his consulting group have extensive experience in various specialties within the medical device industry such as marketing, business development, quality systems, FDA, OEM deals and partnership agreements. He says, “The meaning of the new guidance is that if the change does not adversely affect the safety or effectiveness of the device, then it does not require a new filing or a refile.”

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Success Story: MDB Capital Group http://blog.zintro.com/2014/10/21/success-story-mdb-capital-group/ http://blog.zintro.com/2014/10/21/success-story-mdb-capital-group/#respond Tue, 21 Oct 2014 22:16:46 +0000 http://blog.zintro.com/?p=22454 MDB Capital Group, LLC, a VC firm based in Dallas and Santa Monica, was the first company to conduct a search for a senior level hire through crowdsourcing on the... Read More

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chrisMDBMDB Capital Group, LLC, a VC firm based in Dallas and Santa Monica, was the first company to conduct a search for a senior level hire through crowdsourcing on the Zintro platform. Instead of hiring a recruitment firm, MDB offered $20K to any Zintro member that referred a successful CEO candidate with experience in mobile devices or consumer electronics for their Austin-based portfolio company.

The crowdsourced recruiting method was a strong success. A total of 128 referrals were received and a candidate was hired. Chris Marlett, CEO of MDB Capital Group, was thrilled with the results of the Zintro bounty inquiry. He commented, “It was one of the best hires we have ever made.”

As a result of the search, Zintro member Dan Mullaney received a check from MDB for $24,000. Since that time, MDB submitted a second bounty inquiry for another senior executive search, this time in the medical devices space. MDB Capital Group is Wall Street’s only IP-driven public venture bank, with over 15 years of experience launching disruptive technologies into the public markets.

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Inquiry Roundup – Automobile Industry http://blog.zintro.com/2014/10/17/inquiry-roundup-automobile-industry-3/ http://blog.zintro.com/2014/10/17/inquiry-roundup-automobile-industry-3/#respond Fri, 17 Oct 2014 21:57:33 +0000 http://blog.zintro.com/?p=22445 Automotive PPAP Looking for a testifying expert in a piece of litigation regarding PPAP standards and procedures. Issue involves a dispute between a Tier I automotive supplier and a Tier... Read More

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hi-manufacturing852-cp01542Automotive PPAP

Looking for a testifying expert in a piece of litigation regarding PPAP standards and procedures. Issue involves a dispute between a Tier I automotive supplier and a Tier II automotive supplier

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Drivetrain

Seeking experts in matters related to driveline/drivetrain technology. Looking for information in regards to future technologies and research initiatives of lead suppliers of drivetrain products to OEMs.

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Truck Manufacturing

We would like to speak with manufacturers of commercial trucks that service the oil and gas industry. In the conversation we would be speaking about the sales process, who is purchasing these trucks, and services / specifications common in the sales of commercial trucks. Truck types include wireline, vacuum, and rig movers.

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Automotive OEM

We are looking to get connected with experts from the Automotive OEM Industry in US/Russia who work closely with automotive glasses suppliers. We are looking to have a macro understanding of the market share of different automotive glasses, the sell-in price change that Automotive glass manufacturer offer in recent years and the pros and cons of different automotive glasses suppliers.

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Comcast Battles Netflix and Discovery Communications http://blog.zintro.com/2014/10/16/comcast-battles-netflix-discovery-communications/ http://blog.zintro.com/2014/10/16/comcast-battles-netflix-discovery-communications/#respond Thu, 16 Oct 2014 21:52:46 +0000 http://blog.zintro.com/?p=22434 Comcast Corp. has received criticism by companies like Netflix and Discovery Communications Inc. for its $45.2 billion bid for Time Warner Cable Inc. last February. Netlix has opposed the deal... Read More

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l78838-comcast-eps-logo-60255-1Comcast Corp. has received criticism by companies like Netflix and Discovery Communications Inc. for its $45.2 billion bid for Time Warner Cable Inc. last February. Netlix has opposed the deal because it want Comcast to be prevented from charging for the streamer’s Web traffic. Discovery has argued that the merger would reduce the number of independent voices among programmers.

Comcast defended the proposed deal to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in a recent filing. Comcast argued that it won’t interfere with competition and will allow the new company to invest more in its networks. The FCC and Justice Department are in the process of vetting the acquisition for harms to competition or consumers.

Herbert Rossin is a past cable network president. He warns, “Allowing Comcast to take over Time Warner is a big mistake for the American cable customer. After each merger you will notice cable rates go up and service down. This would make Comcast a virtual monopoly. With NBC and their other TV interest this gives them carte blanche to charge whatever they want. It is the worst idea since the elimination of the equal time amendment. After 40 years in the industry I want to know what ever happened to Newton Minnow and the FCC?”

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Study Questions FDA Decisions for Medical Devices http://blog.zintro.com/2014/10/14/study-questions-fda-decisions-medical-devices/ http://blog.zintro.com/2014/10/14/study-questions-fda-decisions-medical-devices/#respond Tue, 14 Oct 2014 21:47:37 +0000 http://blog.zintro.com/?p=22400 Last month Zintro experts discussed a drive within the medical devices industry to develop consumer-friendly heart devices for the aging population. One example is the Reveal Linq, a $5,000 device... Read More

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CaptureLast month Zintro experts discussed a drive within the medical devices industry to develop consumer-friendly heart devices for the aging population. One example is the Reveal Linq, a $5,000 device made by Medtronic Inc. that is the size of a paperclip. It records heart abnormalities when inserted underneath the skin of a patient’s chest.

Michael Plishka, President of ZenStorming, responded to the discussion. “We will see more of this as sensor and wireless transmission technologies continue to advance, and their costs continue to drop. Decreases in size and power requirements means more possibilities for use in medical devices. A concern is that Regulatory bodies such as the FDA cannot move with the same speed as technology. This will result in implementation delays, meaning the public won’t see these products in a prompt manner. On the horizon, look for these types of products to have patient interactivity.”

Incidentally, the FDA is in the news this week due to a newly released study that calls the agency into question when it comes to medical device safety. Researchers published in JAMA Internal Medicine found that the majority of moderate to high-risk devices approved by the FDA lack publicly available scientific evidence to verify their safety and effectiveness. This is despite a 1990 law requiring public data to justify FDA clearance.

Study author Dr. Diana Zuckerman is president of the National Center for Health Research in Washington. She has called for better enforcement of the law. “It’s shocking how little information is available despite an FDA leadership that talks about transparency.”

The FDA responded by explaining that it “reviews a significant amount of data—far more than what is publicly available.” In addition, the agency claimed it “has served the American public well by balancing the need for robust evidence to assure safety, while expeditiously bringing new technologies” to the public.

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Blackberry Releases Passport for Professionals Part 2 http://blog.zintro.com/2014/10/13/blackberry-releases-passport-professionals-part-2/ http://blog.zintro.com/2014/10/13/blackberry-releases-passport-professionals-part-2/#respond Mon, 13 Oct 2014 21:55:08 +0000 http://blog.zintro.com/?p=22390 We recently discussed the release of Blackberry’s new square-screened Passport phone with Zintro experts in the industry. The Passport is the first major device introduced globally by the company since... Read More

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BlackBerry_Passport 3We recently discussed the release of Blackberry’s new square-screened Passport phone with Zintro experts in the industry. The Passport is the first major device introduced globally by the company since John Chen was named Chief Executive Officer last November. The smartphone, which is geared to professionals, is one example of how Blackberry is concentrating on providing higher-margin services for corporations. We received additional responses from Zintro experts about the release.

Quinton Crenshaw is a Senior Partner at Purity Technology, LLC, where he works with large enterprises to solve business problems through the use of technology. According to Quinton , “Blackberry’s announcement that they are back in the game is great for workers in the financial and defense segments. They have been tied to antiquated devices for the sake of being on the ‘most secure mobile platform’ for several years now while Blackberry was in this slump. This announcement signals that at least at some point in the future, these workers will have some device options that remotely compare to the devices their cool friends are carrying.

“The announcement is also good for the EMM industry. If Blackberry is able to become relevant again, the EMM’s will have to improve their performance and capabilities when it comes to security where Blackberry has always dominated. If Blackberry can deliver an end user experience with some competing features and applications in BlackberryWorld that create stickiness to their platform, then there is a chance that they could gain back some marketshare.”

Jeff Griffin, a pioneer in the creation of mobile device applications, has over 15 years of experience in the industry. One of his many accomplishments was creating a patent pending system to establish cell phone quiet zones. He does not see the Passport making a significant difference for Blackberry.

“Unfortunately for Blackberry, a ‘Back to the Future’ approach will not help them solve their core strategic issues,” Jeff explains. “Blackberry built their success on Enterprise email and access, focusing on key enablers and innovating along a direct path to helping businesses drive efficiency. By delivering email in a timely and secure manner, Blackberry could drive device sales and also drive adoption of their Enterprise server.

“Now, there are many solutions that provide that same function. These solutions work across device and platform and have lowered corporate costs while providing equivalent service. While the Blackberry keyboard is a great tool, it is not enough to drive an entire ecosystem and to entice users to their platform. It may be the greatest device ever – but they will not be able to build momentum in the market.”

Chris McKinney handles management of aspects of mobile services for underserved SME sized companies. He agrees with Jeff. “While it seems to have a number of people talking about it — and Blackberry’s ecosystem is by far the best Business system in the world — I can’t see the Passport giving them one iota of traction on their way to a comeback. Stick with Mobile Device Security and cross-platform enablement and innovate in the size/look/feel of the consumer devices available right now….or not at all.”

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“Why Most Consultants Bite!” Presented by David A. Fields http://blog.zintro.com/2014/10/13/consultants-bite-presented-david-fields/ http://blog.zintro.com/2014/10/13/consultants-bite-presented-david-fields/#comments Mon, 13 Oct 2014 17:35:38 +0000 http://blog.zintro.com/?p=22376 Zintro Webinar Presented by David A. Fields, Managing Director at The Ascendant Consortium. Author, speaker and consultant specializing in maximizing the ROI from consulting engagements. Presenter’s Note: “Don’t waste another dime... Read More

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Zintro Webinar

Presented by David A. Fields, Managing Director at The Ascendant Consortium. Author, speaker and consultant specializing in maximizing the ROI from consulting engagements.

Presenter’s Note:
“Don’t waste another dime on an outside expert that overpromises and under-delivers. In this practical, consultant-reveals-all webinar, you’ll learn why standard RFPs and most purchasing practices virtually guarantee a dismal outcome from hired guns. More importantly, you’ll walk away knowing the six questions you must answer before talking a consultant; the only three outcomes from a consulting project that are worth paying for; a proven method for tripling your ROI whenever you hire an outside expert; the two biggest mistakes executives make when hiring consultants, and how to avoid them, and much more.”

About David A. Fields:
David A. Fields is one of the world’s leading authorities on using outside experts such as consultants, coaches and agencies. He is author of the highly acclaimed book, The Executive’s Guide to Consultants (McGraw-Hill, 2012), writes monthly columns for IndustryWeek and Consulting Magazine and has contributed to CNN Money, USA Today, Investor’s Business Daily, and dozens of other leading publications. Both sides of the client/consultant relationship love David’s work – he is regularly hired by savvy corporations including Time-Warner, Abbott Labs, ITT and dozens of others to help them get the most out of their investments in outside experts. He also works directly with hundreds of consulting firms every year to help them win more projects that are highly lucrative for their clients and for them.

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Inquiry Roundup – Food Science http://blog.zintro.com/2014/10/10/inquiry-roundup-food-science/ http://blog.zintro.com/2014/10/10/inquiry-roundup-food-science/#respond Fri, 10 Oct 2014 22:01:42 +0000 http://blog.zintro.com/?p=22372 Food Science Hello, I was wondering if you could answer the following questions: 1) What are ALL of the unlearned (innate) factors that produce pleasure affects when a human eats... Read More

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Oct10_Nut1Food Science

Hello,
I was wondering if you could answer the following questions:

1) What are ALL of the unlearned (innate) factors that produce pleasure affects when a human eats food (i.e. the first bullet point on page 7 of 34 in this presentation that i found online **** ) –
the answer should therefore include the pleasure affects of oral sensations when eating food (hence the flavor of food i.e taste, smell and chemesthesis sensations e.g.- Sweet causes pleasure, bitter causes aversion etc) and all of the other hardwired pleasure affects of food on humans eg-unconscious hedonic responses that relay to the pleasure centres due to amino acids, fatty acids, maltodextrins, sugars, especially sucrose. We do not experience conscious sensations when these receptors are stimulated in the GI tract. E.g.- Both fats and proteins are broken into their constituent parts by digestion. There are receptors for those constituent parts (fatty acids from fats, the amino acid glutamate from proteins) in the digestive tract. Therefore the stomach can signal the brain that you have eaten a food containing fat or protein. Our brains make us like the sensations evoked by the foods that gave rise to the fatty acids and glutamate.
(Having done a bit of research online on this topic, it seems that the research of Dr Steven Witherly is very relevant to this question)
By “pleasure affects” i mean the hardwired factors that release pleasure chemicals when a human eats food…

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I am looking for a food scientist to help me scale vietnamese coffee for co packer.

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We’re a start up ***** looking for a food scientist/consultant that will formulate and consult on how to make and preserve something like a Jamaican Beef/Chicken Patties. We have our own unique recipe but need to know how to go about with mass production and preservation for store shelves.

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My ***** is expanding into a different environment, being food production. We are in the early stages of this venture and we would just like to get an idea on the costs associated with producing a certain type of gum, containing ingredients used as stimulants. Thank you.

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Norway Tops List of Foreign Commercial Real Estate Buyers http://blog.zintro.com/2014/10/09/norway-tops-list-foreign-commercial-real-estate-buyers/ http://blog.zintro.com/2014/10/09/norway-tops-list-foreign-commercial-real-estate-buyers/#respond Thu, 09 Oct 2014 22:00:41 +0000 http://blog.zintro.com/?p=22356 Bloomberg.com recently posted an article stating that Norway, with its $870 billion sovereign-wealth fund, is at the top of the list of foreign U.S. commercial real estate buyers. According to... Read More

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Bnorwayloomberg.com recently posted an article stating that Norway, with its $870 billion sovereign-wealth fund, is at the top of the list of foreign U.S. commercial real estate buyers. According to research firm Real Capital Analytics Inc., the country is acquiring buildings across the globe, including the U.S., with a total of more than $3.2 billion spent so far in 2014. Just last year Norway spent less than half that amount for property purchases. Research firm Green Street Advisors claims that prices for top-quality buildings in major U.S. markets are currently being driven up by foreign funds because of the willingness to accept lower yields than domestic buyers.

Rick Rybeck is an attorney with a master’s degree in real estate and urban development. He has over 20 years of experience with the legislative and executive branches of state and local government. According to Rybeck, “We live in a global economy. The desire for profit is the same regardless of the nationality of the investor. Articles that focus on the nationality of investors in U.S. property create specious fears and exploit xenophobia while missing the important news.

“The important news is that real estate booms and busts helped create the Great Depression and every major recession or depression in our history. Unless we address the root cause of real estate speculation, we will repeat these episodes regardless of whether the speculators are foreign or domestic.

“Fortunately, there is a policy tool that has been successfully employed to promote affordable housing, job creation and more sustainable development while reducing land speculation and sprawl. This tool is a reform of the property tax whereby the tax rate on privately-created building values is reduced while the tax rate on publicly-created land values is increased.”

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College Enrollment Down for Second Year- Part 2 http://blog.zintro.com/2014/10/08/college-enrollment-second-year-part-2/ http://blog.zintro.com/2014/10/08/college-enrollment-second-year-part-2/#respond Wed, 08 Oct 2014 21:55:53 +0000 http://blog.zintro.com/?p=22348 In a previous post, Zintro experts weighed in on the U.S. Census Bureau announcement that total college enrollment dropped 2.3 percent in 2013– a decline of 463,000 students. We received... Read More

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collegeIn a previous post, Zintro experts weighed in on the U.S. Census Bureau announcement that total college enrollment dropped 2.3 percent in 2013– a decline of 463,000 students. We received such strong feedback that today’s post will include additional opinions from  Zintro experts.

D. Terry Rawls, Ed.D. is President and Founder of the consulting firm Strategic Transitions Group, where he assists individuals and institutions worldwide with embracing and successfully navigating change. He has worked in higher education administration for over 25 years. Dr. Rawls says, “The inverse relationship between the economy and college enrollments has been tracked for decades, so as the U.S. economy improves it is not a surprise that enrollments would decline. That the biggest decline would be in community colleges where career-focused associate’s degrees are most common is also no surprise. Those individuals who found themselves out of word in the recession went back to school to re-tool for their next career.

“And while this accounts for much of the decline, it is not the whole story. A quick check of the pipeline– high school enrollments around the country– shows a plateau and even declines in the numbers of high school graduates coming into the system. As those numbers fall colleges and universities will find themselves in an increasingly competitive landscape, and this trend will continue for some time to come. On the positive side for these institutions, there are still 31 million working adults who need to complete their degree that they abandoned in their youth. Of course, there will be plenty of competition for this population too.”

Dr. Carol Barash is Founder and CEO of Story to College, an online education company focused on college access. “Many U.S. families have lost confidence in college’s ability to improve work prospects,” explains Dr. Barash. “This is completely counter to facts, as college graduates, on average, earn $2.7 million more over their working life than non-degree holders. That’s why talented students from other countries flock to U.S. colleges and universities.

“But it is also true that college—particularly for students who are burdened with debt after college—does not guarantee the combination of subject matter expertise, skills + experience, and access to professional networks that once came with a college degree. Increasingly, 21st century professional success comes from one’s ability to create a compelling story that connects diverse learning and work experiences.”

As a higher educational professional with 40 years of experience, Vijendra Agarwal consults in the areas of student/professional mobility globally and career guidance for Ph.D.s in STEM fields, among other services. According to Agarwal, “The decline in student enrollment, particularly, in two-year colleges is likely due to improved employment opportunities. It is known that less motivated students, many of whom are first generation and from under-represented groups with no role-models, have little or no guidance on why they should complete a four-year college for better quality of life. Many of them prefer to seek employment after high school and if that does not happen, they seek admission in a two-year college as a fall back option.

“The enrollment decline is also associated with the increasing debt burden as a result of college degree while the college degree, according to some misinformed individuals, does not add any value to better career choices. Unfortunately, these declining trends are not good news as we are on the road to economic recovery resulting in need for well-educated workforce, particularly in STEM areas, to preserve our global standing in high tech areas and innovation.”

Jeff Marcus consults in college admissions and marketing after working 24 years for private colleges. He was named as an industry leader who has made critical contributions and had significant impact on the private college career sector in Career College Central Magazine (May/June 2012 issue). Marcus has seen significant enrollment trends over the years and has definite opinions on why college enrollment overall is down and why enrollment in two year colleges particularly is down.

“Many times I have seen the trend of slow economy equates to increased college enrollment,” discusses Marcus. “People look to add credentials to give them increased employment options in a slow economy and a college degree is number one on the list. However, when people perceive that there is no end to the down economy or it has lasted so long…people get discouraged or give up, or check out their options including college, more carefully.

“Upon careful fact finding people discover for example, that the Department of Education will tell them that the average two-year degree takes three and one-half years to complete and the average four-year degree takes five and one-half years to complete. In addition, the graduation rate at most two-year community colleges will cause nightmares! I have been in cities where the main local newspaper has published articles about community college graduation rates in the state and they were as low as 12% within four years of starting. When you added students who transferred to four-year colleges, the percentage jumped up to 20%. Three and one-half years instead of two, or five and one-half years instead of four, do not provide a quick or certain fix to unemployment. When you add in the low graduation rate for the shorter term college…people just give up and do not enroll in college!”

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Success Story: Jon Mackney http://blog.zintro.com/2014/10/07/success-story-jon-mackney/ http://blog.zintro.com/2014/10/07/success-story-jon-mackney/#respond Tue, 07 Oct 2014 21:27:03 +0000 http://blog.zintro.com/?p=22339 Jon Mackney is a fleet sales professional with over 25 years of experience in the industry. His experience spans from directly managing a 2000 unit mixed fleet to delivering against... Read More

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jonJon Mackney is a fleet sales professional with over 25 years of experience in the industry. His experience spans from directly managing a 2000 unit mixed fleet to delivering against stretching targets in corporate sales for a high profile leasing business. Jon has helped many of Europe’s large fleet organizations to achieve their strategic objectives in areas such as health and safety, procurement, cash allowances and cost reduction. He received his MBA from Buckingham Chilterns University College. Jon shares his experience working with clients through the Zintro platform:

I was approached by a procurement company that wanted to understand how best to procure vehicles globally and how how to reduce their fleet operating costs, across a number of countries. I helped them identify the best options for funding, how to mitigate operating risk and how to reduce operating costs by approximately £500 per vehicle per year. It should be noted that where a company has a poorly structured cash option or offers free fuel for private use, this level of fleet saving can be more than doubled. The attractiveness of this is that the saving is annual, not a one-off!

Zintro creates a completely new market for buyers and sellers by bringing the two together in a manner that ensures an appropriate match expertise and a mutually acceptable cost. Traditionally, many procurement teams would rely on in-house expertise when renegotiating high-value specialist supply contracts, such as fleet financing and vehicle procurement. Zintro’s proposition now offers a simple method of tapping into expertise as and when required and at relatively low cost. For example, the 250 (UK) vehicle fleet I have just advised will save about £125,000 p/a, each year. This is because we have challenged old-world fleet practices, whilst at the same time paved the way for a new choice of vehicles that in addition to reducing cost will help with the attraction and retention of staff.

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College Enrollment Down for Second Year http://blog.zintro.com/2014/10/06/college-enrollment-second-year/ http://blog.zintro.com/2014/10/06/college-enrollment-second-year/#respond Mon, 06 Oct 2014 21:24:02 +0000 http://blog.zintro.com/?p=22321 Student enrollment at colleges and universities in the U.S. declined in 2013 for the second year in a row. The U.S. Census Bureau announced last week that total enrollment dropped... Read More

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collegeStudent enrollment at colleges and universities in the U.S. declined in 2013 for the second year in a row. The U.S. Census Bureau announced last week that total enrollment dropped 2.3 percent to 19.5 million, a decline of 463,000. The biggest drop was at two-year institutions, which fell 9.7 percent. Economic trends have been blamed for enrollment trends in education over the past decade. Enrollment numbers increased when the economy was hit hard in 2008, and there appears to be a fallback. In this two-part series, Zintro experts will discuss the enrollment figures.

Ian Hale is an autism/author consultant and education expert. “Some may argue that a mere two-year drop in enrollments can be written off as an anomaly, a ‘blip,’ but a closer analysis of the figures reveal this not to be the case,” explains Hale. “I have looked at each year’s figures starting from 2010, and all show a drop on the previous year’s. The last two years are significant only because the percentages appear to have accelerated to the point where they have been stimulating a broad debate, both within and outside the Higher Education community. The question at hand therefore: “Why have University enrollments been dropping, now increasingly rapidly for 5 years straight?

“I believe this has been caused by not one, but a combination of factors, one of which is, as mentioned above, the continuing stagnation of the US economy and its failure to make much impact on the level of unemployment, which has dropped by only a little over 1% over this period. These factors have two results. Firstly, fewer potential students from family’s being unable to afford high University fees; and, secondly, a well-founded fear from students of taking out college loans when even a good degree is no a guarantor of a good job at its conclusion. Many able young people are choosing to either study abroad where the standards are high, but the fees relatively low-the UK is a good example and has seen a rise in American students, or alternatively, young people are opting to stay in America and work their way up a career through in-house corporate training programs. However, this is by no means the whole story.”

Dr. Ron Thomas Jr. has been in higher education as a Dean and Professor since 1979. He has worked at technical colleges, community colleges, and major research universities, both public and private. “While it’s true that we have normally associated lean economic times with higher college enrollment, that has generally been because students thought that education would be a key to getting a job quickly thereafter. We are in a different economic situation right now as corporations are sitting on cash reserves and not hiring. Therefore, students do not see the openings or which to get training and education. Higher education is not seen as an end in itself but its utility comes from career opportunities. If those opportunities do not seem to be extant, why enroll in college?

“Further, I think we need to prepare for the next economic bubble which will be student loan defaults. Just like easy credit led to the housing bubble, easy college loan credit will lead to many people having loans with no hope of repayment. Another Federal bailout may keep the loan system solvent, especially now that it has largely been federalized anyway. Since large credit lines have been available to students, colleges had no incentive to cut tuition. I expect a retraction of the education market like the housing market experienced.”

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Inquiry Roundup – Automation http://blog.zintro.com/2014/10/03/inquiry-roundup-automation/ http://blog.zintro.com/2014/10/03/inquiry-roundup-automation/#respond Fri, 03 Oct 2014 22:45:46 +0000 http://blog.zintro.com/?p=22325 Automation Engineering  Automation Engineer – Bergen County NJ – Pharmaceutical Experience!! ** US CITIZENS ONLY ** Essential Job Function: 1. The ability to develop (not modify), test, and commission Allen... Read More

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Essential Job Function:

1. The ability to develop (not modify), test, and commission Allen Bradley PLC (ControlLogix and/or PLC-5) control system applications using RSLogix. Recent experience is a must. Higher level skills that are required include analog data handling, data exchanges, batch sequencing (S88), recipe handling, etc.
2. The ability to develop (not modify), test, and commission SCADA (iFix and/or Wonderware) control system applications. Recent experience is a must. Higher level skills that are required include scripting, security configuration, recipe configuration, database interfacing, report configuration, etc.
3. The ability to develop, test, and commission database interfaces associated with PLC/SCADA automation systems. Recent Microsoft SQL experience is a must. Higher level database skills that are required include the following:

• Ability to create normalized tables and relationships
• Define table identities, indexes and constraints
• Design/understand primary & foreign key relationships
• Ability to create stored procedures, triggers and views
• Write and understand complex query statements
• Backup and restore databases
• Knowledge of SQL security
• Create SQL maintenance plans
• Create and schedule SQL jobs
• SSIS functionality
• SQL Reporting

4. Travel up to 25% to customer sites to perform commissioning, customer training, validation support, warrantee support, and service support for companies equipment and control systems.
5. The ability to specify, purchase, and troubleshoot control system hardware and instrumentation. This would include field mounted and panel mounted instruments.
6. The ability to read, understand, and develop control system design documents. This would include diagrams/drawings (P&ID, control system schematics, wiring drawings, pneumatic/hydraulic drawings, etc.) and written design specifications (Functional Specifications, User’s Manual, Sequence of Operations).
7. Must be aware of cGMP’s procedures and practices and the implication on control system development and modifications.
8. Must have good troubleshooting skills.
9. Prior experience in validation is desirable.
10. Must be willing and be capable to climb ladders and to enter restrictive spaces.
11. Must have an understanding of computer operation and configuration.
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 I require integrated (4 to 8 lines) IP PBX / SIP System to be integrated with Home automation System to be installed in the house and to able to do the following functions :-

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Blackberry Releases Passport for Professionals http://blog.zintro.com/2014/10/01/blackberry-releases-passport-professionals/ http://blog.zintro.com/2014/10/01/blackberry-releases-passport-professionals/#respond Wed, 01 Oct 2014 20:31:54 +0000 http://blog.zintro.com/?p=22299 Last week Blackberry introduced the square-screened Passport phone, the first major new device introduced globally by the company since John Chen was named Chief Executive Officer in November. The Passport,... Read More

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BlackBerry_Passport 3Last week Blackberry introduced the square-screened Passport phone, the first major new device introduced globally by the company since John Chen was named Chief Executive Officer in November. The Passport, which is geared toward professionals, is Blackberry’s attempt to concentrate on higher-margin services for corporations.

Maira Bay de Souza has over 10 years of experience as an IT professional, from small businesses to Fortune 20 companies. She says, “I think RIM is trying as hard as they can to save their sinking ship. I am not sure at this point if it will manage to stay afloat. From an IT development perspective, we write apps for the platforms where we can get the most number of users or the highest paying customers. In terms of user base, Android and Apple seem like the most logical choice. These are the platforms with the most users.

“However, big companies (who might prefer Blackberry due to its yet unbeatable security) also have big money. If I were offered to develop a highly specialized app for Blackberry for a big company, I would jump at the opportunity without hesitation. Whether the big and rich corporations will choose to stay with RIM remains to be seen. I personally (as a Canadian IT professional) hope that RIM thrives. More platforms mean more competition in the industry and also more jobs.”

Software engineer Neil Jacobson’s primary focus is specialized application development. “Before Apple made an enterprise push and before well-designed Android phones were available, Blackberry had fostered a great amount of goodwill in the marketplace,” explains Jacobsen. “The arrival of well integrated and useful business apps for OS and Android and RIM’s slower than slow response eroded that goodwill and their fans dissipated and moved on. Perhaps if RIM moves to Android and engages with that ecosphere they may rise again but it truly seems that their time has passed.”

James Davis and his partner have over 30 years of combined cellular and telecom experience. In his opinion, “It’s far too easy right now to count BlackBerry out given the level of competition and mindshare for productivity in devices from competitors. That said, we should better understand their expectations.. They essentially have two options in branding and device development:

1. Leverage and cater the brand for what it has been great at (professionals) and hope to capture some of market share within that small slice of the pie.

2. Develop devices and platform interesting enough to sway users business users accustomed to the multiuse capabilities found amongst competitor devices and OS’s.

It seems they are addressing both of these well with the Passport. It’s different enough, has the iconic keyboard and still brings the business centric design front and forward. I do think they will have very loyal users buying the new device. But as we shift to convergence platforms and services outside of just a mobile phones, it may prove to be a difficult road ahead.”

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CDC Study Finds Abdominal Obesity Increasing in Americans: Part 2 http://blog.zintro.com/2014/09/30/cdc-study-finds-abdominal-obesity-increasing-americans-part-2/ http://blog.zintro.com/2014/09/30/cdc-study-finds-abdominal-obesity-increasing-americans-part-2/#respond Tue, 30 Sep 2014 22:14:39 +0000 http://blog.zintro.com/?p=22291 In Part 1 of this two-part series, Zintro experts responded to the study by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) published in the Journal of the American Medical Association that... Read More

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US-CDC-LogoIn Part 1 of this two-part series, Zintro experts responded to the study by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) published in the Journal of the American Medical Association that found an increase in obesity among Americans. Here are several more responses to the study.

Dr. Roy Vartabedian is a corporate wellness strategy expert increasing longevity, productivity, and retention of senior-level executives. In addition to being President of Designs for Wellness, he is a New York Times best-selling author and has worked in the field of health promotion and disease prevention for over 30 years. “The only way we will turn the tide on obesity in the U.S. in to design/engineer communities and work environments that foster a culture of health and wellness,” says Dr. Vartabian. “That includes healthy food choices readily available at a reasonable cost, incorporating walking and other physical activities into communities and working environments, and rewarding life-balance rather than material success at any price. Obesity is not simply caused by an imbalance of calories in and calories out. If it was, we would have solved the problem by now. It is caused by design–a lifestyle designed by convenience, taste, excess, and a toxic environment.

“The reason it is so difficult to achieve and maintain an ideal weight in America is because to do so, the individual needs to constantly swim upstream, against the current of the culture and environment. The key to success for the majority is to change the direction of the stream by design to make the healthiest choices the easiest and most convenient choices. That takes a conscious and sustained effort by those with the power to do so.”

Nutritionist Sherry Granader  is a writer, author of two cookbooks, and national speaker in the field of nutrition, health and wellness. She explains, “Highly processed foods cause inflammation and it is this inflammation that causes neurological damage in the brain. The British Journal Of Nutrition (February 2013) reported that diets high in saturated fats and processed carbohydrates cause dysfunction in metabolism. The hormones leptin and ghrelin that regulate appetite cannot function properly. Leptin suppresses appetite while ghrelin increases it when the body needs fuel.

“Change eating habits at every meal. Replace a highly processed food with fresh vegetables or salad. Choose good quality protein sources and work with your body, not against it. Healthy eating habits can heal the damage done to the brain that wreaked havoc with fullness and hunger cues. Permanent weight loss does take time, specifically for the brain to heal its messaging system, but results can be noticed rather quickly.”

According to Richard Lasker, a 25-year consultant to Growing, Fertilizer, Seed and Distribution Industries, “Comparisons have been made in the past between diets of different regions of world versus USA, in particular the Mediterranean diet and the typical USA diet. The emphasis has been on items in the diets, items like red wine and olive oils. However this does not fully explain the obesity differences between the USA and other regions of the world.

“Our research shows that the USDA nutritional composition labels of USA grown foods and USA plant varieties are not at all similar to European, or for that matter Asian, grown varieties. Particular attention must be paid to the USDA food labeling information mandated in the USA. The information on those labels is computer generated from USDA laboratory research testing done 50 years ago. To be clear: no new laboratory testing is done on a yearly basis for nutritional content of our foods. The data on USDA labels is completely false. Many fruits & vegetables contain little or NO nutrients and create a ‘hidden hunger’ in those consuming them; because the fruits & vegetables are so nutrition-less the consumer is constantly hungry, the body requires nutrition and the only source we have is our foods.

“This can be compared to the fruits & vegetables of the Mediterranean regions whose fruits & vegetables are older varieties, much higher in nutrition and grown with better fertilizer growing programs. European consumers demand taste in their produce and care little about the appearance of it. Our varieties, grown in USA & Mexico, are shipped for extreme long distances and must be picture-perfect on the shelf. This has influenced the breeding of USA varieties to look good and ship long distances, but impacts nutritional values. This is one reason for the difference in obesity values in the USA versus the rest of the world. There are a number of other factors influencing obesity in the USA as well, equally important.”

As a dietitian, Lorie Hagan has worked for 13 years in a variety of fields. She has a health coaching certification from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition of New York and teaches weight loss classes based on the book The Full Plate Diet. She references the following quote: “You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have.”

“This quote is by an unknown author but is so true,” explains Hagan. “So many Americans are finding themselves at a point that losing weight is a necessity. Insurance companies are cutting back on the meds they are willing to cover and disease prevention is being pushed more and more to help save financial resources. The obesity epidemic began in the mid 1980’s when we started putting more emphasizes on low-fat and adding sugar to everything.

“The average American consumes 150+ pounds of sugar every year compared to the 1800s when we consumed about 10 pounds per year. Cutting back on sugar is a struggle for everyone, but it can be done with a conscious effort. Eating foods higher in protein along with more root vegetables helps to keep the cravings under control. Also, waiting 15 minutes after a meal before eating sweets can help. Our digestive tract issues are a contributing factor as well. Foods that are not digested properly do not nourish us properly and leave us hungry for more nutrients. Improving gut flora with good probiotics and fermented foods helps our bodies to be more satisfied.

“Notice I don’t suggest counting calories or depriving ourselves of naturally filling foods like fat, (however the quality of fat is important). We have made dieting so much more difficult than it has to be. Eating whole natural foods makes weight loss much less painful. Being strong is possible. If you need encouragement there is a health coach or dietitian that is right sound the corner willing to give you a hand.”

Dr. Jana Boggs is an independent researcher and consultant on the cutting edge of technology used to produce the very best quality, nutritionally-dense foods and feeds utilizing sustainable, environmentally-friendly methods. She stresses the importance of nutrients. “Foods that are not grown well, heavily processed or refined may contain a lot of calories, but lack the nutrients our bodies need. Consuming these foods results in improper nutrition. This can cause ‘hidden hunger’ which drives one to eat more food in an attempt to satisfy the underlying nutrient needs. As long-time gardening authority, Steve Solomon, says, “Health = Nutrition/Calories”. Perhaps a corollary would be “Overweight = Calories/Nutrition”.

“Not getting the nutrients one needs results in poorly functioning metabolic processes, such as hormonal imbalances. The symptoms of insulin resistance and glucose intolerance can be corrected through dietary means. With swings in blood glucose, one may feel tired and hungry—certainly not feel like doing something physically active. This lack of exercise, besides the immediate effect of not burning as many calories, results in poor muscle tone and a change in body composition to a proportionally greater percentage of fat. This further slows metabolism, because even at rest, muscle burns more calories than fat tissue.”

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CDC Study Finds Abdominal Obesity Increasing in Americans: Part 1 http://blog.zintro.com/2014/09/29/cdc-study-finds-abdominal-obesity-increasing-americans-part-1/ http://blog.zintro.com/2014/09/29/cdc-study-finds-abdominal-obesity-increasing-americans-part-1/#respond Mon, 29 Sep 2014 19:41:44 +0000 http://blog.zintro.com/?p=22211 According to a study from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) published in the Journal of the American Medical Association last week, the average waist size in the U.S.... Read More

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US-CDC-LogoAccording to a study from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) published in the Journal of the American Medical Association last week, the average waist size in the U.S. is a circumference of 38.8 inches. That is a 1-inch increase over the past 12 years. In addition, almost two out of three women in the U.S. had abdominal obesity by the end of the study.

Although the root cause of the increase in abdominal obesity is unknown, researchers acknowledged that poor sleep, medications and chemicals likely play a role. Lead researcher Earl S. Ford, a medical officer at the CDC, said, “We have some signs that things may be stabilizing. We have to just watch it for a couple more cycles to know where we stand and if we have turned the corner on obesity. It’s a little early in the game yet.”

This post is first in a two-part series presenting opinions by Zintro experts.

Patricia M. Iorio, MS, RD, LDN, is President of Health Span Solutions. The company develops and implements training programs and nutrition and wellness messages to optimize health, marketed to specific audiences. Patricia says, “The rate of increases in the obesity rates seem to be slowing, although the obesity epidemic is far from over. Obesity, as measured by BMI, body mass index, is derived from a formula based on height and weight. BMI does not take into account additional weight due to increased muscle mass, such as with athletes. It also does not account for those normal weight individuals with a large waist circumference, which is not healthy.

“A large waist circumference can mean a large amount of visceral fat, which increases cardiovascular disease risk or simply too much fat on the waist. The hormone, cortisol, enlarges fat cells and is generally responsible for the increase in visceral fat. Cortisol is believed to be increased by certain medications, inadequate sleep, not enough exercise, and of course, eating too much and the wrong food.

“Reducing body fat and overall weight requires a commitment to daily moderate intensity exercise, getting adequate sleep and consuming less calories than the body needs. Focusing on vegetables, fruits, good fats, high quality protein and whole grains will lead to overall better health and weight changes, including reductions in waist circumference! While this is not always easy to accomplish, professionals, such as Registered Dietitians/Nutritionists can develop individualized meal plans that will work!”

Namita Panagaria has a doctorate in Foods and Nutrition and eight years of experience in clinical nutritional counseling. “Obesity, I believe is a growing epidemic all over the world not only the USA. Even developing countries like India have been reported to have a huge prevalence of this epidemic. It is not finding its roots in children and adolescents as well.

“Poor eating habits, sedentary lifestyle, the excessive consumption of refined and sugary foods and lack of physical activity are the major contributory factors for this growing epidemic. The treatment of this disorder lies in effective nutrition education right from the beginning, initiating from the schools. This not only requires educating the children but the parents and the teachers as well. For combating adult obesity, the adults have to be educated, counseled and explained properly about the ill effects of obesity in the long run.

“For this purpose, in addition to these efforts, efforts also have to be made in the direction of the foods that are available in school and college canteens and restaurants. Is it necessary that low-calorie food has to be bad in taste? I really don’t think so. The restaurants can keep a separate menu for healthy foods and similarly the canteens. I think that it has to be a multi-dimensional approach covering all the aspects of food and science behind it.”

Debra Zwiefelhofer, RDN, LD, a medical marketing professional with extensive knowledge of the nutrition and healthcare industry, agrees. “As a registered dietitian, I work with many individuals who struggle with weight and body size and a whole host of related issues. We lose sight of the fact that the body is very complex – when one system is affected the others adjust and not necessarily in a positive way. The very process of aging (which starts earlier than most think and no one can escape) includes an accumulation of central fat mass along with a host of body system alterations.

Genetics, environment and lifestyle choices all matter too so ‘the sum of the whole tends to be greater than any one action’. Everyone is unique and each individual reacts differently to different triggers. While it is all a fascinating mystery to study and find singular answers much of it comes back around to eating a well- balanced whole foods diet (other food and drink in moderation), maintaining a healthy weight, regular activity, adequate rest and just plain taking care of stress and self.”

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Governor Brown Takes on Climate Change in California http://blog.zintro.com/2014/09/26/governor-richardson-takes-climate-change-california/ http://blog.zintro.com/2014/09/26/governor-richardson-takes-climate-change-california/#respond Fri, 26 Sep 2014 22:38:37 +0000 http://blog.zintro.com/?p=22190 California Governor Jerry Brown has pledged to lead in the fight against climate change. His goal is to put 1.5 million zero-emission cars on the roads of his state over... Read More

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MCalifornia Governor Jerry Brown has pledged to lead in the fight against climate change. His goal is to put 1.5 million zero-emission cars on the roads of his state over the next 10 years. Governor Brown has already signed 11 global warming bills that include:

  • Giving rebates for the purchase of cleaner automobiles to low-income residents
  • Adding 15,000 permits for clean-air vehicles in car-pool lanes
  • Requiring California to come up with a plan to fight methane and other short-lived pollutants
  • Asking cities and counties speed up the permit process for the installation of residential solar panels

John Zolotas is a chemical engineer for Fossil Fuels & Thermal Treatment of Waste at Aachen University, and a consultant for green business opportunities. He has been active in the renewable energy sector for the last decade. John explains, “If electric vehicles consume electric power NOT produced by renewables, then Governor Jerry Brown has ‘dug a hole in the water.’ I would start with inner city fleets, such as taxi cabs, buses, and UPS trucks, and gradually work my way to small city company cars and rentals.

“As far as the subject of ‘how to produce electric power within the city limits,’ I would endorse BIPV (building integrated photovoltaics) and vertical wind generators at parking lots and building roof tops. And one final comment: Saving energy is the greatest renewable source from a philosophical point of view.”

Steve Shepard of SBT Designs in Woodland Park, Colorado says, “Governor Brown is taking aggressive and assertive measures to address the threat of global warming in his state. Some of the measures are admirable and ambitious, but one can’t help but wonder what additional and new financial and personal burdens these mandates place on small business, homeowners and individuals.

“Americans have a bad habit of not doing anything until crisis or necessity forces them to but when government forces action it often has a nefarious tone behind it. Hopefully California bureaucrats develop or have the wisdom to make allowances when economics or personal situations prevent compliance with state laws that are new and foreign to many citizens.”

Rick Van Schoik, who has spent the last 30 years teaching, researching and doing sustainability policy work mostly trans-border, suggests, “A North American GHG emissions offset program based on the joint auction of ERC credits by California and Quebec could serve as a continental model until we get a world agreement.”

After spending more than 30 years in the Solar Power industry—with the core belief that ‘Solar Power should be a vital part of the mainstream energy solution’—Ronald Kenedi agrees with the other Zintro experts that Governor Richardson’s plan is addressing the issue. He says, “The increased use of clean solar electric power is one way to combat climate change.”

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Fracking Study Blames Faulty Wells for Water Contamination http://blog.zintro.com/2014/09/24/fracking-study-blames-faulty-wells-water-contamination/ http://blog.zintro.com/2014/09/24/fracking-study-blames-faulty-wells-water-contamination/#respond Wed, 24 Sep 2014 22:18:34 +0000 http://blog.zintro.com/?p=22169 According to a recent study in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a Texas community can expect to see water contamination conditions worsen because of nearby gas production. The... Read More

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OAccording to a recent study in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a Texas community can expect to see water contamination conditions worsen because of nearby gas production. The study, by researchers at five universities, found faulty fracking wells are to blame for the contamination present in Texas and Pennsylvania testing sites. Fracking involves pumping high-pressure water and chemicals deep into the ground in order to break shale rock and, ultimately, release oil and natural gas.

Researchers did not find evidence that the actual process of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, was responsible for the tainted water. Instead, construction problems with natural gas wells such as poor casings and failed cement jobs were to blame. Regardless, the results differ from statements made by driller Range Resources Corp. and state regulators that claim gas drilling is not responsible for the presence of explosive methane in the homeowners’ water wells.

Rob Jackson, a Stanford University and Duke University environmental and earth sciences professor involved in the study, released a written statement that said, “People’s water has been harmed by drilling. In Texas, we even saw two homes go from clean to contaminated after our sampling began.”

Zintro expert Michael Jones, HPE is an environmental consultant with over 25 years of experience in the business and academic degrees in biology, ecology and health physics. His primary area of expertise is ecological risk assessment of chemical contamination at hazardous waste sites. Michael is also certified as a Senior Ecologist by the Ecological Society of America. He shares his opinion:

Certainly, the potential for chemical contamination of nearby drinking water wells has always been a possibility. The somewhat unknown nature of connectivity in groundwater formations, coupled with the high-pressure inherent feature of the fracturing process of shale, would lead one to believe that potential cross-contamination cannot be ruled out.

As more rigorous scientific studies are performed on existing well fields that are adjacent to residential areas, it is likely that correlations, and perhaps even causality, will be demonstrated between hydraulic fracturing activity and contamination of drinking water wells or ill effects on human health.
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New Heart Monitor the Size of a Paperclip http://blog.zintro.com/2014/09/23/new-heart-monitor-size-paperclip/ http://blog.zintro.com/2014/09/23/new-heart-monitor-size-paperclip/#respond Tue, 23 Sep 2014 21:15:28 +0000 http://blog.zintro.com/?p=22159 There is currently a drive within the medical devices industry to develop consumer-friendly heart devices for the aging population. These image-conscious boomers are not interested in wearing electric wires and... Read More

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RevealThere is currently a drive within the medical devices industry to develop consumer-friendly heart devices for the aging population. These image-conscious boomers are not interested in wearing electric wires and halters. The Reveal Linq is a $5,000 device made by Medtronic Inc. that records heart abnormalities when inserted under the skin of a person’s chest. And it’s the size of a paperclip.

The Medtronic monitor was approved in both the U.S. and Europe in February after a decade long miniaturization initiative. The company is currently working on the final human trials for a pacemaker small enough to be threaded into the heart via an artery. According to Medtronic, the pacemaker has the battery power to last ten years.

Manas Kanungo leads innovative strategic marketing and business initiatives as a management consultant. He says, “Remote, wireless, minimally invasive/implantable sensors are a step in the right direction to monitor patients at all stages of the care cycle … detecting early symptoms, diagnosis, therapeutic monitoring, post-surgery, etc. However, their true benefits would probably be realized when they become affordable, accessible, easy and fool-proof to be used by, a layperson, and do not need specialists to implement or manage their applications.

“Similar innovations are now being launched in the area of glucose monitoring, where one may not have to prick one’s fingers frequently on a daily basis, using a minimally invasive 14-day patch that monitors interstitial fluid, with an on-demand proximity sensor that gives instant glucose readings, trend, and 8-history. XPrize has a challenge out for the “Tricorder” – the holy grail of diagnostic tools. The race is on.”

Marco A. Oropeza, an expert in medical and surgical sales and consultation, explains, “The device is very nice, but the cases where you need to monitor a patient continuously for 24 hours a day and 365 days a year are quite few. Also, the need for a heart data collection device implanted under the skin is under debate. I would say that in the USA could be more accepted because of the insurance structure, but in my country—and a lot more—where the access to a Holter is not easy, I don´t see the real justification. The use of a Holter for a few days for diagnosis of cardiac arrhythmia is more than enough. I understand that many people does not like to wear a device with wires for a few days, but I think it is okay.”
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Success Story: Sokol Bojaj http://blog.zintro.com/2014/09/22/success-story-sokol-bojaj/ http://blog.zintro.com/2014/09/22/success-story-sokol-bojaj/#respond Mon, 22 Sep 2014 22:50:28 +0000 http://blog.zintro.com/?p=22149 Sokol Bojaj is a senior executive with over 20 years of Financial and Operational experience in both distressed and high growth companies. His experience includes working capital initiative, corporate solvency,... Read More

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Corporate SolvencySokol Bojaj is a senior executive with over 20 years of Financial and Operational experience in both distressed and high growth companies. His experience includes working capital initiative, corporate solvency, budget and operating initiatives, debtor business plans and creditor impairment. In addition Sokol has extensive knowledge of the valuation of public and private enterprises for mergers, acquisitions, bankruptcy, divestitures, and liquidation and determining damage estimates associated with litigation. He shares his experience working with clients on the Zintro platform:

With my extensive background in Legal/Litigation research, unique industry contacts, and proprietary database models, I was able to assist a client in a very specifically-focused research need/topic that they had been struggling with for quite some time. I worked closely with their research personnel in gaining an in-depth understanding, at a very granular level, of their research topic, the intended audience, and how the research was to be used.

Based on all this, I was able to not only to provide the requested information but introduce derivative data/statistics that the client was unaware of. The client remarked that they received much greater value than they ever expected from the engagement, and would not hesitate to utilize my experience (and Zintro) for their future research needs.

With Zintro’s resources, I was able to penetrate a far deeper market of clients than through my own marketing capabilities. As a direct result, my consulting practice has greatly expanded, and now includes clients from as far as India. The Zintro portal is robust, intuitive, and easy to navigate and utilize. It provides all of the functionality that is necessary to identify, engage with, and provide the deliverable for the client.

The Zintro staff is always available to assist participants in every aspect of the Zintro experience. Please let me know if you’d like me to add more. Thank you again for all your assistance. I sincerely look forward to working with Zintro, and its clients, in the future.

Zintro has experts in every industry sector, across every job function, in every geographic region. Recently, some of the following topics have seen inquiry activity:

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