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Forsyth Tech Awarded National Science Foundation Grant

Forsyth Technical Community College has won a $579,961 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF), Division of Undergraduate Education-Advanced Technological Education, to define the workforce skills technicians will need for manufacturing jobs where biomedical devices intersect with tissue engineering. To see the grant, click here.

Skills for Biomedical Emerging Technology Applications (BETA Skills) will run through the National Center for the Biotechnology Workforce at Forsyth Tech. The three-year project will begin July 1.

“We use the phrase ‘on the body or in the body’ as a simple definition of the types of high-tech combination devices either in production, in development, or still in the future, that this project will address,” said Russ Read, executive director of the National Center for the Biotechnology Workforce and Principal Investigator for the BETA Skills grant.

Read will work with co-principal investigators at Ivy Tech Community College in Indiana, Anoka-Ramsey Community College in Minnesota, and College of the Canyons in California. Including North Carolina, the four states account for about 25 percent of the employment nationwide across all biosciences industry subsectors and 32 percent of jobs in medical devices and equipment.

“With the development of combination devices, sensors, photonics, and implantable systems, employers will need technician-specialists who understand more than classical biological and chemical sciences and traditional engineering,” Read said.

Emerging technician-specialists will also need to understand fundamental principles of electronics engineering, mechanical engineering, nanotechnology, optics, photonics, and process-control/quality assurance.

“Working across geographic regions will help create a national platform for defining, providing instruction, and promoting technician careers around new specialized skills,” Read said.

The BETA Skills project will include annual meetings at Forsyth Tech including representatives from community colleges, employers, trade organizations, industry groups, researchers and other stakeholders. The project will deliver new, industry-driven skill standards that build on the work Read led for Forsyth Tech under a $15 million Department of Labor grant that ended in 2016. Other project deliverables will include new credit-bearing and non-credit courses, certificates and an online database with information about emerging employment and educational opportunities.

“The BETA Skills project represents an important strategic partnership in biotechnology and biomedical device education,” said President of Forsyth Tech, Gary Green. “Forsyth Tech is proud to lead this important nation collaboration of community colleges with support from the National Science Foundation.”

BETA Skills is the second NSF project through the National Center for the Biotechnology Workforce at Forsyth Tech for which Read is principal investigator. The first is the Bioscience Industry Fellowship Project, which will hold its fifth summer program for community college instructors in June.

About Forsyth Tech

Forsyth Technical Community College provides students with guided educational pathways into a competitive workforce for the community and global economy. The college offers associate degrees, diplomas, and certificates in more than 200 programs of study, including programs that promote personal and professional development through non-credit courses and seminars, as well as customized training for business and industry. Forsyth Tech is the seventh largest community college in North Carolina and serves more than 35,000 students with approximately 1,500 full and part-time faculty and staff.

About the National Center for the Biotechnology Workforce (NCBW)

The National Center for the Biotechnology Workforce (NCBW) has strong ties to national bioscience workforce development back to 2005. It has led several federally funded bioscience workforce initiatives. The NCBW work focuses on capacity building, best practice and skills standard generation. The National Center for Biotechnology Workforce is part of the Economic Development Workforce of

Forsyth Technical Community College. The laboratory is open to qualified tenants as well as educational instructors and grant partners. For more information, see www.biotechworkforce.org.

Some Dash Games to be Televised on NBC Sports Chicago

The Winston-Salem Dash will broadcast seven of their home games this year on NBC Sports Chicago, the Chicago White Sox cable rights holder, marking the first season the network will carry Dash games.

Here is a full list of Dash games that will be broadcasted on NBC Sports Chicago (all eastern time):

– Thursday, May 24 vs. Buies Creek Astros – 7 p.m.
– Saturday, June 2 vs. Carolina Mudcats – 6 p.m.
– Saturday, June 16 vs. Wilmington Blue Rocks – 6 p.m.
– Saturday, July 14 vs. Buies Creek Astros – 6 p.m.
– Monday, July 16 vs. Buies Creek Astros – 7 p.m.
– Thursday, July 26 vs. Frederick Keys – 7 p.m.
– Wednesday, August 22 vs. Myrtle Beach Pelicans – 7 p.m.

Every Dash telecast on NBC Sports Chicago will be streamed on NBCSportsChicago.com/WatchLive and will be made available via the NBC Sports app on tablets and smartphones.

“The future is bright for the White Sox, and we are thrilled that their fans in Chicago will have the chance to see the stars of tomorrow with our NBC Sports Chicago telecasts,” said Dash president C.J. Johnson. “The telecasts also present a unique opportunity for us to showcase BB&T Ballpark, our corporate partners and the City of Winston-Salem to the third biggest market in the United States.”

The two Thursday games will also be broadcasted on WSJS Sports (600 AM & 101.5 FM) and wsjssports.com. Meanwhile, all seven games will be available on wsdash.com/broadcast, MiLB.tv and the TuneIn Radio App.

Winston-Salem currently boasts one of the most talented teams in Minor League Baseball. Five of the White Sox top 30 prospects per MLB Pipeline are on the Dash’s active roster: right-hander Dylan Cease (fifth), outfielder Blake Rutherford (seventh), outfielder Micker Adolfo (10th), infielder Gavin Sheets (11th) and outfielder Luis Basabe (13th). Meanwhile, outfielder Luis Robert, the White Sox third-best prospect, is on the disabled list but is reported to join the club in late May or early June. The Dash are managed by Omar Vizquel, who won 11 Gold Gloves during his illustrious 24-year MLB career.

 

Don’t Forget That Your Digital Assets Will Outlive You

If you are reading this article, chances are you have at least one “digital asset.”  In fact, one statistic (that we, admittedly, found via a Google search) shows that 4.3 billion people have email accounts.[1] 

North Carolina law defines a “digital asset” as an “electronic record in which an individual has a right or interest.”  N.C. Gen. Stat. § 36F-2(10)  This broad definition includes email accounts, social networking accounts (e.g., Facebook and LinkedIn), blogs, and file storage accounts (e.g., iCloud).[2]

Over the past 10 to 15 years, custodians of digital assets (e.g., email service providers), courts, and state legislatures have grappled with the thorny question:  “Who, if anyone, should be permitted to access and control a person’s digital assets after he/she dies or becomes incompetent?”  Fortunately, in North Carolina, individuals have some control over the answer to this question.

In 2016, North Carolina adopted the Revised Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act, which authorizes a user (i.e., the owner of the digital assets) to:

  • Use an “online tool” to direct the custodian of the digital asset (e.g., an email service provider) to disclose or not to disclose some or all of the user’s information to a designated recipient; or
  • Provide instructions regarding the disclosure and/or use of the user’s digital assets in a will, trust, and/or power of attorney.

N.C. Gen. Stat. § 36F-4.

There are two important things to keep in mind in connection with these options.  First, the directions in the online tool will override contrary directions in a will, trust, or power of attorney, as long as the online tool allowed the user to modify or delete her directions at any and all times.  N.C. Gen. Stat. § 36F-4(a).  Further, a user’s directions, memorialized via an online tool or in traditional estate planning documents, will generally override a contrary provision in the terms-of-service agreement between the user and the custodian of the digital asset.  N.C. Gen. Stat. § 36F(c).

These options are intended to give the user more control over the disposition of her digital assets and to ease the burden on executors or other fiduciaries who are charged with protecting the user’s digital assets.  However, both options require the user to be proactive.

As the number and complexity of digital assets increases, businesses also need to think about implementing and, more importantly, enforcing policies regarding the use of personal digital assets for business purposes.  For example, many businesses have policies prohibiting the use of personal email accounts for business purposes.  This is an important policy for many reasons, including the fact that companies—absent instructions by the employee—cannot access an employee’s personal email account after the employee’s death or incompetency. 

Digital Asset Checklist – A Starting Point

This checklist is a helpful starting point when making decisions about your digital afterlife.

  1. 1. Draft an inventory of your digital assets, including passwords to access those assets. The inventory should include assets like:  email accounts; social networking accounts; file storage accounts; accounts for electronically stored music; financial information accounts; and online purchasing accounts.
  1. 2. Consider which of these assets, if any, to dispose of prior to your death or incompetency. For example, if you have an email account that you have not used for 10  years, consider whether the account can and should be deleted.
  1. 3. Determine which of these assets, if any, offer online tools that allow you to give instructions regarding access to the digital assets upon your death. For example, Google has a feature called “Inactive Account Manager” that permits the user to instruct Google as to:  (i) when Google should consider the account to be inactive; and (ii) what Google should do with the user’s data once the account is deemed inactive, i.e., disclose the data to a third person or delete the inactive account.
  1. 4. Consult with an attorney about updating your will and/or power of attorney to provide instructions for how to handle your digital assets. The instructions in these documents are particularly important for digital assets that do not offer online tools for providing such instructions.
  1. 5. If you designate one or more persons to access your digital assets after you become disabled or die, then you should let those individuals know about the designation.

Allison Buckner Parker is an attorney at Bell, Davis & Pitt. She concentrates her practice in the area of commercial litigation with a focus on insurance coverage litigation for corporate policyholders.

Citations:
[1] //expandedramblings.com/index.php/email-statistics/
[2] See Natalie M. Banta, Death and Privacy in the Digital Age, 94 N.C. Law. Rev. 927 (March, 2016).

Volunteering on the Construction Industry Council | Keep it Local

Being part of the Chamber’s Construction Industry Council is a natural fit for Habitat for Humanity of Forsyth County. After all, Habitat has been nurturing the next generation of tradespeople for years — right in line with the goals of the Council, which seeks to recruit more young adults for construction jobs.

Each year the Winston-Salem Forsyth County Schools’ Career Center builds a Habitat house as part of its curriculum, giving high school students the chance to learn valuable skills in carpentry, masonry, plumbing and electrical trades. At the Chamber’s Construction Career Days field trip, students from WS/FCS and surrounding counties experienced hands-on learning by building the framing for the home of Wevell Valentine through a partnership with Habitat.

Many of Habitat’s youngest volunteers encounter Joe Brown, Habitat’s director of construction and land development. “I really enjoy working with young people, and I have met college students from everywhere, from as far away as India and Korea. I like to say I have ‘grandchildren’ all over the world,” Brown said.

Joe Brown – Habitat for Humanity

After spending the better part of 30 years running his own general contracting business, Brown has been enjoying a second career at Habitat since 2009, putting his skills to use guiding volunteers on construction sites. He is particularly excited that, thanks to connections made through the Construction Industry Council meetings, an official Boy Scouts Explorer Post for youth ages 14 to 20 is being established at the Habitat construction warehouse.

“Young people who enjoy working with their hands are ideal for the construction trades, and there will be many job opportunities for them in the near future as current tradespeople are retiring,” Brown said. 

Construction Career Days 2017

Habitat’s membership on the Council is also invaluable for forming relationships with construction companies and potential vendor partners, said Mike Campbell, Habitat Forsyth’s executive director. As one of the Triad’s most active residential builders, the organization generally builds or remodels 15 homes a year for Habitat partner families. And, as part of its overall Neighborhood Revitalization strategy, Habitat also performs critical repairs on another 25 houses owned by other families in its target communities.

“The Chamber recently helped us secure an in-kind donation of materials for a wall build from 84 Lumber,” Campbell said. “Gifts like this, as well as the volunteer time committed to Habitat by many of our local builders and tradespeople, allow us to do our work of providing badly needed affordable housing for local working families.” 

Learn more about Habitat for Humanity of Forsyth County

Learn more about the Chamber’s Construction Industry Council 


The Chamber’s Keep it Local initiative promotes community support for local business ventures. Spending locally creates a strong economy and a sense of place which gives our town its unique lifestyle. The Keep it Local campaign will feature a different segment of businesses each month in 2018. May is Real Estate/Home Services Month.

Apartment Market Overview for Forsyth County | Keep it Local

The apartment industry continues to be the “not so little engine that could” in the real estate sector, both nationally and locally. Due to a confluence of factors, including a tight single-family home market, strict lending standards for mortgages, and young professionals’ desire to retain mobility at a time when job changes often mean moving hundreds or thousands of miles, demand for apartments remains higher than supply so apartment managers are enjoying an extended period of low vacancy and rising rents.

Lofts at Little Creek (Hanes Mall Blvd)

Real Data, a company that surveys market-rate apartments in metro areas throughout the southeast, recently released it’s April 2018 report and the numbers show that the local apartment industry remains very strong. (It’s important to note that we are referencing market-rate apartments with 5+ units only and a relatively few apartment communities that accept housing vouchers; the data does not include the housing authority, SFH rentals or senior housing).

According to Real Data’s survey results, average rents in the Piedmont Triad have grown 4.2% in the past 12 months and vacancy has fallen from 6% to 5.5% in the same time frame. Average rents across all apartment types – class, and number of bedrooms – are now $842 and the average rent per square foot is up from $0.844 to $0.888 in the last year.

Lofts at Little Creek (Hanes Mall Blvd)

In Forsyth County, Real Data reports 23,035 apartment units with a vacancy rate of 4.8%, an average rent of $827 and an average rent per square foot of $0.867. The strongest submarket in Forsyth is downtown, with vacancy there at 4.5% and average rent at $962 and rent per square foot at $1.107.

Downtown is also where a large majority of apartment construction is happening, with 573 of the 813 apartment units under construction in the county being built there. While that could lead to a short-term spike in vacancies and a flattening of rent growth as those units come online, it should not have a long-term negative effect on vacancies or rent.

One relatively new change to the local apartment industry is the entry of companies from outside the region. The Triad apartment market has traditionally been dominated by “homegrown” companies, but now that the larger metro markets like Charlotte and Raleigh have been saturated with new development, apartment investors and developers are looking at smaller markets like Winston-Salem because they are finding greater returns here. As a result, our rent and occupancy rates are expected to outperform those of the rest of the southeast, which is a change from the past.

Overall, the local apartment market is expected to remain strong for the foreseeable future. In 2017 the National Apartment Association released a study that showed the Piedmont Triad will need to add over 19,000 new apartment units in the next 12 years. Combine this increased demand with our currently well-balanced supply and the future looks bright for the local apartment industry.


Jon Lowder is the Executive Director of the Piedmont Triad Apartment Association, a trade association that represents 140 companies that own and manage 65,000 apartments throughout the Triad, and 20,000 units in Forsyth County alone. Contact Jon.


The Chamber’s Keep it Local initiative promotes community support for local business ventures. Spending locally creates a strong economy and a sense of place which gives our town its unique lifestyle. The Keep it Local campaign will feature a different segment of businesses each month in 2018. May is Real Estate Month.

Wake Forest Innovation Quarter Wins “Great Transformation” Award

Wake Forest Innovation Quarter has officially been recognized as a “Great Transformation” in the 2018 Great Places in North Carolina awards program, sponsored by the North Carolina Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA-NC).

A Great Transformation is a place that has been retrofitted and reenergized. Winston-Salem’s nomination highlighted the major efforts being taken to spur revitalization of a place that is central to the city’s identity and industrial heritage. The panel noted the importance of this project to the economic vitality of the community. John Morck, who served on the expert panel and is the Planning and Community Development Manager for the City of Wilson and a former APA-NC President, said, “This is what a lot of cities hope to have – a mixed-use innovation district in the heart of their downtown.”

Professional’s Category: Great Transformation
Wake Forest Innovation Quarter, Winston-Salem

The Wake Forest Innovation Quarter, an urban mixed-use innovation district in Downtown Winston-Salem, has developed through the transformation/renovation of former R. J. Reynolds tobacco facilities adjacent to downtown Winston-Salem. The Reynolds structures were constructed primarily in the 1920s, with additions/improvements continuing through the 1960s. At that time, Reynolds began decentralizing its manufacturing facilities with its last downtown facility closing in 1990. Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center saw the potential in these vacant structures and began using a building donated by Reynolds for research purposes in 1994. In the 2000s, 3 new buildings totaling 320,000 square feet were constructed. Since 2010, 7 additional former tobacco structures and land donated by Reynolds has been developed into 1.5 million square feet of mixed-use space. Preservation NC recently declared that the Innovation Quarter is home to the largest historic redevelopment project in the history of North Carolina. Today, the Innovation Quarter is one of the fastest-growing urban innovation districts in the country–a national center for research, education, and business in biomedical science, information technology, clinical services, and advanced materials. The Innovation Quarter is currently home to 150 companies, 5 academic institutions, 1,500 undergraduate/graduate students, and 3,600 employees. The district presently contains 1.9 million square feet of office, laboratory, and education space along with 1,230 multifamily units representing a $700 million capital investment.

See the other winning projects in North Carolina

Cook Medical Named One of America’s Best Employers by Forbes

Forbes has announced Cook Medical as one of America’s Best Employers of 2018. Cook Medical ranked 44 on the list of 500 midsize companies and ranked third of 25 in the midsize healthcare equipment and suppliers’ category. This is the first time that Cook has been recognized on this list.

“We’re honored to be named one of America’s Best Employers of the Year. This acknowledgment is particularly special because it is based in part on feedback from our own employees,” said Pete Yonkman, president of Cook Group and Cook Medical. “We are a family company and we work hard to preserve our unique culture. We believe that culture is what sets Cook apart.”

One of Cook’s employee benefits includes the My Cook Pathway education assistance and workforce development program. The program has recently received multiple accolades in the state of Indiana, including the Regional Talent Innovation Award by the Regional Opportunity Initiative in Southwest Central Indiana, the Bloomington Chamber of Commerce Workforce Development Award and the Industry Partner of the Year by the Indiana Association for Adult and Continuing Education (IAACE). Additionally, from the IAACE last week, one of the program’s key educators was named the 2018 New Adult Educator of the Year. Cook plans to continue expanding the program to other regions.

“We have implemented programs like the My Cook Pathway education program to support employee growth while providing the flexibility for the individual to shape the path for their life,” said Nicky James, vice president of Human Resources and Talent Development for Cook Group and Cook Medical. “We want to empower all employees to reach their personal and professional goals.”

Cook Medical has 10,000+ global employees, 70 percent of them are located in the U.S.

The America’s Best Employers of the Year are chosen through anonymous independent surveys collected from more than 30,000 Americans. Employees were asked to rank employers on a scale of 0 to 10 based on direct reviews of the company as well as a willingness to recommend the employer to others.

For information on careers at Cook Medical, visit cookmedical.com/careers.

 About Cook Medical
Since 1963 Cook Medical has worked closely with physicians to develop technologies that eliminate the need for open surgery. Today we are combining medical devices, biologic materials and cellular therapies to help the world’s healthcare systems deliver better outcomes more efficiently. We have always remained family owned so that we have the freedom to focus on what we care about: patients, our employees and our communities. Find out more at www.cookmedical.com, and for the latest news, follow us on TwitterFacebook and LinkedIn.

Supporting Student Success – Volunteers Make a Difference

On Wednesday morning, we welcomed more than 200 of our volunteers to an appreciation breakfast to thank them for participating in our programs supporting students in the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools: the Corporate Volunteers program and Senior Academy.

Corporate Volunteers read to students in Kindergarten-2nd grade and help them with activities that increase reading comprehension. Last year, 73 percent of Kindergarteners in the program achieved reading proficiency. 

Senior Academy mentors are paired with an 11th or 12th-grade student to provide support and guidance to students who may be struggling to graduate. Last year, 99 percent of the students in the program graduated. 

The event also celebrates a unique community partnership between WSFCS and the Winston-Salem Chamber- we’re one of the only communities in the nation which has a formal partnership linking the public school system with the local Chamber. 

The event was sponsored by Kaplan Early Learning Company, which also sponsors the Corporate Volunteers program. The opening remarks were delivered by Judy Cartwright-Stephenson of Kaplan, who reminded the group that investing in education always provides the biggest returns. Calling all volunteers “the difference makers”, she thanked the volunteers for their service. 

The event also featured moving performances by two student groups: the Knocks on Wood Drummers of Kimberley Park Elementary School and a poetry slam by students at Carver High School. 

We extend our heartfelt gratitude to the more than 500 volunteers who take part in the Corporate Volunteers Program and Senior Academy. Please check out the additional content below to learn more about these programs, and share on social media to encourage everyone to get involved in our local schools! 

Corporate Volunteers & Senior Academy Video  

The Difference Makers

By Kim Underwood, Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools

On Thursday afternoons, John Love heads over to Forest Park Elementary School to work as a volunteer with kindergarten and first-grade students.

He does it because he believes that children need education to grow, and he believes children need to know people care about them.

“Children – that’s our future,” Love said.

Love learned about the volunteer program through his church – Morning Star Missionary Baptist – and others from the church also volunteer at Forest Park through the Corporate Volunteers Program sponsored by the Greater Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce.

This school year, more than 300 people in the community have been participating in that program, and another 130 serve as mentors for high school students in the Chamber’s Senior Academy program.

Full Article on WSFCS Blog – Your Permanent Record

Jennifer Cobb, WS Chamber and Patrick Saddler, Kimberley Park Elementary School -Photo: Kim Underwood, WSFCS

Photo: Kim Underwood, WSFCS

Jennifer Cobb, Judy Cartwright-Stephenson, Matthew Marceron, Dr. Beverly Emory, Rodessa Mitchell, Tina Long Photo: Kim Underwood, WSFCS

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Selling a Home in Today’s Real Estate Market | Keep it Local

Your friend sold her home the second day it was on the market. Your cousin had multiple offers on his home – some above listing price. Your co-worker had interested buyers for her home – and it wasn’t even listed for sale.

So if homes are in such demand today, why do some stay on the market for months – or longer?

While buyer demand is outpacing the number of homes for sale at many price points, that doesn’t mean buyers aren’t particular.

“Most buyers today are looking for move-in ready homes that have been updated, repaired and in excellent condition. Buyers simply don’t want to do the work. Even something as simple as paint color can cause a buyer to choose a different home,” said Angela Kalamaras, branch leader of the Allen Tate Realtors® Winston-Salem Cherry Street office.

Kalamaras offers the following tips to sell a home quickly at a fair price in today’s market:

Price to sell. Many sellers make the mistake of initially pricing their home too high, thinking they can reduce it later. Your home will receive the most exposure within the first week of listing. If the price causes a potential buyer to turn away, you might not have a second chance.

Keep your home updated. Today’s buyers are not looking for yesterday’s trends, designs or colors. Modern appliances, fixtures, countertops, and carpet are expectations – not just luxuries – for many buyers. Even if you are not looking to sell for a few years, start making updates today so your home will be ready when the time comes. Important: Talk to a Realtor for advice before making updates.

First impressions matter! Make sure your home has excellent “curb appeal.”

Stage to sell. You want a potential buyer to imagine themselves living in your home. Create a neutral environment that is extremely clean, decluttered and free of personal items like photographs. Remove excess furniture to make rooms appear larger. Don’t forget that buyers will also open closets and peek in cabinets. Add a fresh coat of paint throughout and repaint all rooms to a neutral color. If you’ve already moved, invest in some staging furniture to make your home more appealing.

Modern appliances, countertops and fixture are expectations for today’s homebuyers.

Create a spacious atmosphere with neutral colors, tasteful accessories and well-placed furniture.

Negotiate a fair offer. Today’s buyers are willing to move quickly, but only for homes priced fairly for the market and condition. And buyers are likely to make more demands with a higher offer. Your Realtor can help you price your home by looking at comparable home sales and market conditions.

Use a Realtor. A professional Realtor has the expertise, knowledge, and connections to help you price and market your home, evaluate and accept an offer, and most importantly, get to closing without difficulty or delay.

“Even in a seller’s market, it’s not easy to sell your home without the help of an expert. Accordingly to the National Association of Realtors, the typical FSBO (For Sale By Owner) home sold for $190,000, compared to $249,000 for agent-assisted home sales,” said Kalamaras.

Allen Tate Realtors is the No. 1 real estate firm in the Carolinas and is ranked No. 4 in the country among independent real estate brokerages. Allen Tate has 47 local offices in North and South Carolina, including two in Winston-Salem at 147 South Cherry Street, Suite 100 and 3884 Oxford Station Way (Hanes Mall Boulevard).

To contact an Allen Tate Realtor in Winston-Salem, call 336-722-0331 or 336-722-0331.


The Chamber’s Keep it Local initiative promotes community support for local business ventures. Spending locally creates a strong economy and a sense of place which gives our town its unique lifestyle. The Keep it Local campaign will feature a different segment of businesses each month in 2018. May is Real Estate Month.

Cook Medical Receives FDA Approval to Market Hemospray®

The FDA has granted Cook Medical approval to market Hemospray®, in the United States. An endoscopic hemostat, Hemospray achieves hemostasis with a proprietary inorganic powder. Bleeding in the gastrointestinal tract is a leading cause of morbidity and is associated with an estimated 20,000 deaths per year in the United States alone.1 Since 2011, Cook Medical’s Hemospray has been used to treat bleeding in the GI tract, with thousands of patients treated throughout Europe, Canada and other countries around the globe.

“We are extremely pleased to receive this approval to market from FDA,” said Barry Slowey, president of Cook Winston-Salem and vice president of Cook Medical’s Endoscopy specialty. “We have worked diligently to bring a different approach to hemostasis for gastroenterology teams across the United States.”

Hemospray will soon be available to clinicians across the US for the treatment of non-variceal GI bleeds. This product is a single-use device that delivers hemostatic powder through the channel of an endoscope toward the source of a bleed. When the powder comes in contact with blood, it absorbs water and forms a gel, which acts cohesively and adhesively to create a stable mechanical barrier that covers the bleeding site. Hemospray is a nonthermal, nontraumatic treatment modality for achieving hemostasis.

“Hemospray gives clinicians another tool for the care of their patients,” said DJ Sirota, vice president of Cook Medical’s MedSurg division. “Patients have been our number one priority for over 50 years and we’ve worked hard to bring this innovation to the field of gastroenterology across the U.S.“

Numerous reports in the clinical literature have demonstrated the clinical utility of Hemospray when used alone or with other methods.2 In a summary of 19 studies of Hemospray comprising treatment of 234 patients, the combined rate of successful hemostasis was 88.5 percent. Rebleeding occurred within 72 hours in 16.2% after successful initial hemostasis with Hemospray.

Current endoscopic hemostasis treatment options can be challenging. Thermal, mechanical or contact devices can carry a risk of further tissue damage and require precise placement of the device directly onto the bleeding vessel.3 Hemospray represents a different approach to treat GI bleeds by helping to achieve hemostasis without the precision or direct visualization required of other current treatments.This makes Hemospray a treatment option for bleeding from damaged tissue where the bleeding source cannot be easily identified.

For more information about Hemospray and other endoscopy products, visit hemospray.cookmedical.com or cookmedical.com/endoscopy.

About Cook Medical
Since 1963 Cook Medical has worked closely with physicians to develop technologies that eliminate the need for open surgery. Today we are combining medical devices, biologic materials and cellular therapies to help the world’s healthcare systems deliver better outcomes more efficiently. We have always remained family owned so that we have the freedom to focus on what we care about: patients, our employees and our communities. Find out more at cookmedical.com, and for the latest news, follow us on TwitterFacebook and LinkedIn.