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Neurognostics Elects New Board Member

Neurognostics Elects New Board Member

Milwaukee, WI, August 29, 2005 – Neurognostics, Inc., the leader in functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) products and services, is pleased to announce the election of Milton Silva-Craig to its Board of Directors. Mr. Silva-Craig will begin his service as a Board Director as of the next regularly scheduled Board meeting.

Mr. Silva-Craig is the President and Chief Operating Officer of Emageon Inc., (NASDAQ: EMAG). Mr. Silva-Craig joined Emageon in March, 2001 as its COO. Emageon provides enterprise-based, medical image management software and services. Prior to joining Emageon, Mr. Silva-Craig held key leadership positions in marketing and sales, business development, product development and operations during his eight years at General Electric Medical Systems, a leading provider of medical diagnostic imaging equipment and information technologies. Mr. Silva-Craig holds a BA in International Relations, an MBA in International Business and Marketing, and a JD in Corporate Law from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.

"Milton has a tremendous track record in the field of medical imaging, both in a multi-national setting and most recently with a successful start-up organization. His experience, knowledge and demonstrated success in the field are great assets. I'm excited at the prospect of working with him and certain that he will be able to make significant contributions to the company’s success," said Jeff Rusinow, Neurognostics’ Board Chairman.

Founded in 2003, Neurognostics strives to enhance the quality of life for millions of patients suffering from disorders of the central nervous system (CNS) by developing, validating, and implementing applications that release the clinical power of fMRI. fMRI is a powerful imaging technique that extends the capability of Magnetic Resonance (MR) imaging by providing information about the functioning of imaged tissue. The Company strives to develop applications that will become the standard technique to assess and manage patients suffering from a variety of CNS disorders.

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Move to Emphasize Nanotech in Madison Over Biotech

Getting the state to see the light
00:00 am 8/29/05
JASON STEIN 608-252-6154

To see the economic power of nanotechnology, the science of the small, walk down a humdrum hallway on the third-floor of UW-Madison's Engineering Hall.

The green floors and white- tiled walls look more like a middle school than a money- maker, but don't be fooled. A row of four engineers' offices holds the co-founders of two hot startup companies and the directors of two campus research centers with millions in federal money.

Yet no state officials have walked this hall to learn about nanotech's potential of engineering products from the atoms up, said Juan de Pablo, a chemical engineer in office No. 2 and head of the university's Materials Research Science and Engineering Center.

"I think the Legislature is placing a lot of emphasis on biotechnology," said de Pablo, whose center has drawn about $12 million in federal money for its innovative research and is in the running for an additional $18 million grant to be announced next month. "But (nanotechnology) has an equal if not more impressive list of successes, and it's not on their radar screen."

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Building starts on space for Promega

Building starts on space for Promega
00:00 am 8/25/05

Construction began Wednesday on a three-building office and retail project in the Fitchburg Center that will provide additional space for Promega Corp.

The $22 million, 84,000-square-foot project near Cheryl Parkway and Fish Hatchery Road will contain 62,000 square feet occupied by Promega and 22,000 square feet of retail space.

Promega aims to add more than 100 employees over the next five years and the company plans to expand its manufacturing and research space.

"This expansion by Promega promises to be a signature project within Fitchburg Center," said Mayor Tom Clauder in a statement. "This development accomplishes our economic development objectives by assisting one of our major employers to expand."

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Legislature to mull cloning ban; scientists outraged

Legislature to mull cloning ban; scientists outraged

By Todd Richmond
Associated Press

MADISON, Wis. - Anyone caught cloning a human being in Wisconsin could face up to a decade in prison and a million dollars in forfeitures under a Republican bill that outraged stem cell scientists fear could handcuff their work in the state.

The measure would ban cloning to create babies. It also would outlaw so-called therapeutic cloning, a term for cloning human embryos for research such as extracting stem cells. Embryos are destroyed after taking out the cells.

The bill also would ban a practice called parthenogenesis, in which a female egg cell is stimulated to divide without fertilizing it.

The Senate Judiciary, Corrections and Privacy Committee and the Assembly Committee on Children and Families are scheduled to hear comments on identical versions of the bill in both houses during a hearing Monday. The meeting promises to pit supporters of stem cell research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison against conservative lawmakers and right-to-life lobbyists.

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Lloyds offers relief for Linux-patent concerns

Lloyds offers relief for Linux-patent concerns
Offer might attract firms fearing legal action

Roger Howorth, IT Week 18 Aug 2005

Lloyd's of London is to offer insurance to protect firms if patent actions arise from their use of Linux and open-source software.

The offer may attract firms that would not be able to afford the costs of a legal action for patent infringement. Experts estimate that the cost of defending a typical patent case in the US is $3m.

The policy from Lloyd's will be offered in conjunction with software insurance specialist Open Source Risk Management (OSRM), which already offers similar policies and says it will charge firms $60 (£35) per server.

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Burns victims healed with foetal skin cells

Burns victims healed with foetal skin cells
Children suffering from burns injuries have been healed using skin samples grown from the cells of a miscarried foetus, say Swiss researchers.

They said the groundbreaking procedure, which was carried out at Lausanne University Hospital, offered the hope of rapid and complication-free treatment.

The study, which was published in the medical journal m>The Lancetm>, reported that a bank of foetal skin cells was developed from a single donation of foetal skin. The mother, who had miscarried after 14 weeks of pregnancy, had consented to the donation, it said.

The eight children, who had a combination of second- and third-degree burns, were treated as outpatients and the healing process took just two weeks. The skin samples were placed on the lesions, which were then bandaged.

Led by Patrick Hohlfeld, the medical team found that several million skin samples could be constructed from just one donation of foetal skin.

"Normally, these children would have needed skin grafts, but thanks to the very favourable conditions created by contact with the foetal skin, their skin regenerated rapidly itself," Hohlfeld told swissinfo.

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Scientists reprogram skin cells as stem cells

Scientists reprogram skin cells as stem cells
New lab technique doesn't use human eggs, embryos
Washington Post
Posted: Aug. 21, 2005

Washington - Scientists for the first time have turned ordinary skin cells into what appear to be embryonic stem cells - without having to use human eggs or make new human embryos in the process, as has previously been required, a Harvard research team announced Sunday.

The new technique uses laboratory-grown human embryonic stem cells - such as the ones President Bush has already approved for use by federally funded researchers - to "reprogram" the genes in a person's skin cell, turning that skin cell into an embryonic stem cell itself.

Moreover, since the new stem cells made this way are essentially rejuvenated versions of a person's own skin cells, the DNA in those new stem cells matches the DNA of the person who provided the skin cells. In theory at least, that means that any tissues grown from those newly minted stem cells could be transplanted into the person to treat a disease without much risk that they would be rejected, since they would constitute an exact genetic match.

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Scientists Mess with the Speed of Light

Scientists Mess with the Speed of Light
By Ker Than
LiveScience Staff Writer
posted: 19 August, 2005
3:41 pm ET

Researchers in Switzerland have succeeded in breaking the cosmic speed limit by getting light to go faster than, well, light.

Or is it all an illusion?

Scientists have recently succeeded in doing all sorts of fancy things with light, including slowing it down and even stopping it all together. Now a team at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland is controlling the speed of light using simple off-the-shelf optical fibers, without the aid of special media such as cold gases or crystalline solids like in other experiments.

“This has the enormous advantage of being a simple, inexpensive procedure that works at any wavelength,” said Luc Thévenaz, lead author of the study detailing the research.

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Spammer Receives 15-Month Sentence

Spammer Receives 15-Month Sentence
Engineer Stole, Sold AOL Screen Names

By Jonathan Krim
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, August 18, 2005; Page D05

A former America Online Inc. engineer was sentenced yesterday to 15 months in prison for stealing the company's entire subscriber list, which was used to send hundreds of millions of spam e-mails to AOL members.

Jason Smathers of Harpers Ferry, W.Va., pleaded guilty in February to using another America Online employee's ID to break into the company's database and steal 92 million screen names used by the Dulles Internet company's nearly 30 million subscribers.

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