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1. Construction Details Emerge of Wright Medical’s Expansion -

Wright Medical Group’s plans to expand its manufacturing near Memphis could add 80 jobs, according to construction plans.

The maker of orthopedic implants last week submitted for code review documents that show a 43,750-square-foot building at the northeast corner of Tenn. 385 and Memphis Arlington Road. The site is adjacent to Wright Medical’s existing facilities at 11576 Memphis Arlington Road.

2. Memphis Fusion -

With more than 40 life science companies operating in the Greater Memphis area and Shelby County ranking second in the U.S. for orthopedic device manufacturing, the Mid-South can stake its claim as one of the top medical device markets in the world.

3. Monogram Foods Taps Vanness for Role as CIO -

Memphis-based Monogram Foods has tapped a woman who joined the company in 2013 to fill a newly created position of chief information officer.

Having a female executive at a company like Monogram in charge of IT is something of a rarity, according to Joan Vanness, who was promoted to the new role after joining Monogram first as senior vice president for information technology.

4. Musculoskeletal Conference Back for 14th Year -

The annual Musculoskeletal New Ventures Conference set to take place in Memphis next week for the 14th time is a confab that brings together surgeons, venture capitalists and other industry leaders from around the world to network and pursue a bit of deal-making.

5. Wright Medical Group Reports Quarterly Loss, Strong Outlook -

Wright Medical Group N.V. turned in a net loss of $39.3 million for the first quarter of 2016, though the company said the quarter was a strong one overall in each of its three business areas.

The company recorded a 14 percent growth in global extremities and biologics net sales.

6. Council Working to Build Local Manufacturing for Device Industry -

The medical device industry fuels Memphis’ backbone. With a $2.6 billion local economic impact and nearly 17,000 direct and indirect jobs, original equipment manufacturers like Smith & Nephew, Wright Medical Group, Medtronic Spinal & Biologistics and Microport Orthopedics have made the Memphis area their base for products and medical devices.

7. Wright CEO: Merger Fuels Growth -

In the wake of the closing of its merger with Tornier N.V., a global medical device company headquartered in Amsterdam that makes and markets joint replacement and soft tissue repair devices, Wright Medical Group Inc. has transformed itself into a high-growth extremities and biologics company.

8. Memphis to Soon Host 13th Annual Musculoskeletal Industry Conference -

Memphis is gearing up to host what will be the 13th annual Musculoskeletal New Ventures Conference, an annual confab where surgeons, venture capitalists, angel investors, industry leaders and others gather to talk shop, and more.

9. Baker Donelson Adds Carletos-Drayton -

Carmalita “CC” Carletos-Drayton has joined the Memphis office of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC as a shareholder. Carletos-Drayton’s legal practice primarily focuses on environmental law, economic development, and government contracts.

10. Snapshot: Memphis-Based Public Companies -

Here's a look at what's going on at the dozen public companies headquartered in Memphis:

AutoZone Inc.

AutoZone Inc. is one of the largest auto parts retailers and distributors in the U.S., with a store count of 5,476 as of Feb. 14. Since 1998, the company has repurchased $15.7 billion worth of its own shares. At the end of March, AutoZone continued its share buyback program with the authorization to buy back another $750 million in company stock. The company followed that news with plans to pursue a $650 million debt offering to be used for “general corporate purposes.” – Andy Meek

11. Change on Tap for Many Local Public Companies -

Here’s a snapshot of recent news and developments at some of the publicly traded companies based in Memphis, reflecting the influence these companies have and the shadows they cast both in Memphis and beyond, in industries that range from bioscience to banking.

12. Ellis Joins State Systems As Sales Executive -

Alisa Ellis has joined State Systems Inc. as a low voltage sales executive. She brings 16 years of telecommunications experience to the company, which offers protection products and services, including fire protection equipment, training and cleaning services, as well as technology services such as network integration, cabling systems and wireless support.

13. Industry Spotlight -

An audience of a few hundred people, including investors, entrepreneurs, researchers, clinicians and musculoskeletal industry leaders, is gathering in Memphis this week to network, learn about new business opportunities and hear about companies like Restore Medical Solutions, a Memphis-based medical device startup.

14. Coopwood Lays Out Future of Health Care -

Health care was the hot topic Thursday, Sept. 19, as nearly 150 people gathered in the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art auditorium to discuss the current landscape and impending changes in that field.

Health Care: The State of the Industry – one of six seminars in The Daily News’ 2013 Seminar Series – attracted a variety of professionals, most of them from outside the medical realm. They included lawyers, architects, administrative professionals, Realtors, assisted-living specialists and bankers, among others, and most of them were eager to learn more about the Affordable Care Act and how it would affect them. Others came to be inspired.

15. Campbell Clinic Holds True to Founder’s Vision -

For more than a century, Campbell Clinic has provided the care for the bones and muscles of Memphis. The clinic’s doctors and other staff also have shared their knowledge of orthopedics and how to best provide such care to the world at large.

16. Hester Builds Know-How in Commercial Construction -

Len Hester is a project manager for Grinder Haizlip Construction Co., a general contractor that specializes in industrial and commercial projects and has worked on high-profile projects such as the Wright Medical Technology Inc. headquarters in Arlington, New Ballet Ensemble, the Grizzlies Sportsplex and the renovation of Memphis Theological Seminary.

17. Malone Begins Campaign for County Mayor -

Four years after she left elected office, Deidre Malone says she has learned a lot.

And as a result, her second campaign to become Shelby County mayor will be different than the first one four years ago.

18. Medical Mergers -

In January, The Medical Group, an adult internal medicine practice in Germantown with seven physicians: Drs. Todd Overby, Alison Pomykala, Richard Jordan, Terinell Beaver, Steven Wener, Mark Castellaw and Dana Wright sold to Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp. after being independent since 1956.

19. Gowen Named Marketing Head at Renshaw Property Management -

Kellyn Gowen has joined Renshaw Property Management as marketing coordinator. In her new role, Gowen manages social media, marketing and communications for the company’s 800 Mid-South rental properties, serves as a liaison for property owners and real estate agents, and spearheads marketing efforts for vacant properties.

20. Palmer Joins Cannon Wright Blount As Director of Assurance -

David Palmer has joined Cannon Wright Blount certified public accounting firm as director of assurance and accounting services. Palmer’s specialties include audit and profit-sharing plans in the nonprofit, health care, government and construction industries.

21. Excise Tax Looms for Local Device Companies -

A new excise tax will be levied on medical devices beginning Jan. 1, and the impact will be significant for medical device companies with a Memphis presence.

Large players like Wright Medical Technology Inc. and fledgling outfits like Arrowhead Medical Device Technologies Inc. are preparing for the 2.3 percent pinch on each device sold in the U.S., including pacemakers and stents, defibrillators, artificial joints, chemotherapy delivery systems, surgical tools and X-ray machines.

22. Arrowhead Strengthens Area Footprint -

Local startup Arrowhead Medical Device Technologies LLC is rapidly growing a presence in the medical device industry thanks to its Arrow-Lok Digital Fusion System, an innovative toe implant device used for the surgical repair of a painful condition commonly referred to as “hammertoe,” or proximal interphalangeal joint flexion deformity.

23. Packed Week for Entrepreneurs Draws to Close -

The week that’s now drawing to a close is Exhibit A for why a national tech media site co-founder said he and his partner are relocating their operation to Memphis.

Nibletz.com co-founder Kyle Sandler said other cities made strong offers – some of them even willing to pony up more incentives than could be matched by Memphis entities wooing Nibletz, which bills itself as “the voice of startups everywhere else.” But Sandler said he wants to be where the action is, and as he sees it, the entrepreneurial and startup action is in Memphis.

24. Shakeup Could Impact Wright’s Q2 -

Wright Medical Group Inc. over the last two years has seen its fair share of restructuring, and some analysts anticipate that realignment, coupled with sales dislocations and customer losses, will likely result in some short-term pain surrounding the company’s Q2 reported earnings.

25. Schools Work To Grow Pool Of Engineers -

Last year President Barack Obama announced an “all-hands-on-deck strategy” to train 10,000 new American engineers every year.

Local schools like the Memphis Academy of Science and Engineering, Christian Brothers University and University of Memphis continue striving to attract new students to their engineering programs to train the next generation of engineers.

26. Wright Medical Unveils Pre-Op Ortho Product -

Wright Medical Group Inc. on Tuesday, Feb. 7, announced the 510(k) clearance and limited launch of its Prophecy Inbone Pre-Operative Navigation Alignment Guides for total ankle replacement.

27. Wright Medical Hires New SVP -

Less than a month after Wright Medical Group Inc.’s former Senior Vice President Frank Bono filed a complaint in Shelby County Chancery Court against his former employer, the Arlington-based orthopedic medical device company has named Daniel Garen its new senior vice president and chief compliance officer.

28. Threadgill Steers BACC Toward Life Sciences -

The life sciences sector is getting a heavy push from John Threadgill, president of the Bartlett Area Chamber of Commerce.

29. Ex-Wright Exec Sues -

Frank Bono, former senior vice president and chief technology officer for Wright Medical Technology Inc., has filed complaint in Shelby County Chancery Court against his former employer seeking damages and injunctive relief for breach of contract, retaliatory discharge, defamation and violations of the Tennessee Public Protection Act.

30. Inconclusive Prognosis -

It was a mixed year of highs and lows for the Memphis area health care industry – which employs one out of seven workers locally – as the nation’s uncertain economy and changing health care system prompted hospital networks and biotech companies to realign, restructure and rethink the way they operate.

31. Rep. DeBerry Says She’s Free of Cancer -

NASHVILLE (AP) – State Rep. Lois DeBerry of Memphis has a lot to be thankful for this holiday season – mainly being alive.

32. Education Key to Life Sciences Jobs -

As pioneers in industrial real estate, we’ve forever beaten the drum about our area’s logistics prowess. We’ve been known as America’s Distribution Center for decades, with a transportation hub that boasts superior rail, roadway, river and air cargo access.

33. Bares, Bioworks Build Up Biosciences in Decade -

In his 10th year as president and executive director of Memphis Bioworks Foundation, Dr. Steven J. Bares remains focused on economic development, urban revitalization and educational opportunities in the community through biosciences.

34. Wright’s Q3 Net Sales Drop 3 Pct. -

Arlington-based medical device maker Wright Medical Group Inc. has reported a 3 percent decrease in net sales for the third quarter, citing distributor changes and challenges connected to implementing enhancements to the company’s compliance processes.

35. Leadership Academy Announces Graduates -

The Leadership Academy has announced its September 2011 Fellows Program graduates.

They are Mary Elizabeth Anthony of Smith & Nephew; Gene Baker of Smith & Nephew; TaKeisha Butler of Smith & Nephew; Brenda Caldwell of Dr. B Empowerment Services; Donnell Cobbins Jr. of Universal Commercial Real Estate LLC; Jonathan Cross II of Jonathan Cross Venture & Holdings Corp.; Reggie F. Davis of Street Ministries; Shenenka Davis of Baptist Memorial Hospital-Memphis; Jeb Fields of Commercial Advisors; Jonathan Flynt of Bryce Corp.; Lori Guy of First Horizon National Corp.; Channa Halmon of Le Bonheur Center for Children and Parents; Ursala Holmes of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC; Shannon Izquierdo of FedEx Corp.; Jared Johnson of Pier 1 Imports; Ken Kimble III of Boy Scouts of America – Chickasaw Council; Joy Lockridge of Spherion Staffing Services; Nathan Martin of the University of Memphis; Shawn McCutcheon of Regions Bank; Katie Midgley of the Urban Child Institute; Tanner Mueller of First Tennessee Bank; Bettina Kurtz Pearson of First Tennessee Bank; Robin Poston of the University of Memphis; Kerra Saine of First Tennessee Bank; Joy Stephens of Joy Factor Consulting; Colby Stough of Youth Villages; Carrie Strehlau of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital; Marvin Todd of FedEx Corp.; Brittney Rogers of Duncan-Williams Inc.; Lindsey Waugh of Medtronic Inc.; Carsett Webber of Wright Medical Technology; Josh White of MAA (formerly Mid-America Apartment Communities); and McLean Wilson of Kemmons Wilson Cos.

36. Recession Proves Tough for Medical Device Cos. -

When the Great Recession began in 2008, the health care industry was one of the few said to be recession-proof, but 2011 has proved otherwise, at least for medical device makers.

The prolonged recession, a decrease in procedure volumes and delayed reimbursement are several factors that have led to corporate restructuring – including layoffs – in the medical device industry this year.

37. Wright Medical Names New CEO -

Just days after Wright Medical Group Inc. announced it would cut its workforce by 6 percent, the Arlington-based maker of orthopedic medical devices on Monday, Sept. 19, announced Robert J. Palmisano will serve as its new president and CEO.

38. Wright Medical Names New CEO -

Wright Medical Group Inc. on Monday announced Robert J. Palmisano will serve as the new president and CEO of the Arlington, Tenn.-based maker of orthopedic medical devices. The appointment by the company’s board went into effect Saturday, Sept. 17.

39. Wright’s Compliance Officer Resigns -

Another top executive has resigned from Wright Medical Group Inc. Vice president and chief compliance officer Lisa L. Michels resigned from the company Tuesday, Aug. 16, according to a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing signed Friday, Aug. 19, by Wright Medical Interim CEO David Stevens.

40. Wright Medical’s Q2 Net Sales Up 4 Percent -

Wright Medical Group Inc., an Arlington-based global orthopedic medical device manufacturer, on Thursday, July 28, reported its net sales had risen 4 percent in the second quarter, totaling $132.5 million as compared to $127.7 million during the second quarter of 2010.

41. Wright Medical's Q2 Net Sales Up 4 Percent -

Wright Medical Group Inc., an Arlington-based global orthopedic medical device manufacturer, on Thursday, July 28 reported its net sales had risen 4 percent in the second quarter, totaling $132.5 million as compared to $127.7 million during the second quarter of 2010.

42. DeVivo Departure Signals Shift at Smith & Nephew -

Smith & Nephew Inc. said its Memphis-based president of Orthopaedic Reconstruction and Trauma will soon leave the company as part of an organizational restructuring that will combine the company’s Memphis and Andover, Mass., divisions.

43. Wright Medical Announces ArthroCare Distribution Deal -

Wright Medical Group Inc. has announced a supply and distribution agreement with ArthroCare Corp., an orthopedic sports medicine company.

44. Plan to Train Engineers Applauded Locally -

President Barack Obama has announced an “all-hands-on-deck strategy” to train 10,000 new American engineers every year.

“Today, only 14 percent of all undergraduate students enroll in what we call the STEM subjects – science, technology, engineering and math,” Obama said this week at a clean energy plant in Durham, N.C. “We can do better than that. We must do better than that. If we’re going to make sure the good jobs of tomorrow stay in America, stay here in North Carolina, we need to make sure all our companies have a steady stream of skilled workers to draw from.”

45. Wright Medical Receives Justice Dept. Notice -

Wright Medical Group Inc. on Thursday announced that it received a letter from the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey pursuant to Paragraph 50 of the Deferred Prosecution Agreement stating that the USAO believes Wright Medical Group knowingly and willfully breached material provisions of the DPA.

46. Wright Medical Reports Earnings, Resignation of 3 Execs -

As Wright Medical Group Inc. Wednesday reported its net sales had increased 3 percent to $135.4 million in the first quarter of 2011 up from $131.2 million for the same period last year, the company also announced three of its executives have resigned effective immediately.

47. Stevens Replaces Henley as Wright President, CEO -

Wright Medical Group Inc. announced Tuesday its board has appointed Chairman David D. Stevens as interim president and CEO, effective immediately.

48. Stevens Replaces Henley as Wright Medical President, CEO -

Wright Medical Group Inc. announced Tuesday that its board of directors has appointed Chairman David D. Stevens as interim president and chief executive officer, effective immediately.

49. Haslam Says $10M Research Funding an ‘Investment’ -

University of Memphis president Dr. Shirley Raines couldn’t have picked a more ironic time to lose her voice last week.

50. Research Consortium Tops Haslam’s Memphis Visit -

With his first state of the state address delivered to the Tennessee Legislature Monday, Gov. Bill Haslam now takes the message on the road this week with a series of stops including one Thursday on the University of Memphis campus.

51. Wright Medical Posts Strong Fourth Quarter Sales, Income -

Wright Medical Group, Inc. Thursday reported increased net sales and net income for the fourth quarter ended Dec. 31.

52. Wright Medical Posts Strong Fourth Quarter Sales, Income -

Wright Medical Group, Inc. Thursday reported increased net sales and net income for the fourth quarter ended Dec. 31.

53. Medical Impact -

The Medical Education & Research Institute has evolved into one of the elite medical training facilities in the country. The center’s list of faculty and students reads like a “Who’s Who” of medicine from all over the world.

54. U of M to Host Biomaterials Day -

Biomedical industry professionals, students and faculty will have the opportunity to pick the brains of industry professionals at next week’s Biomaterials Day at the University of Memphis.

The Jan. 28 event, to be held at the University of Memphis Holiday Inn from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., will include presentations by both graduate and undergraduate students, as well as industry professionals. Experts from Wright Medical Technology Inc., Smith & Nephew and Medtronic Inc. will speak about challenges in biomaterials and offer their expertise in the biomedical field through panel discussions.

55. Healthy Industry -

Throughout a prolonged recession and anemic recovery, hospitals and health care companies have given Memphis a powerful antidote to an ailing economy.

They have invested more than a billion dollars in new construction and equipment, expanded operations and kept tens of thousands of people working.

56. Gary Henley Joins Fed Advisory Board -

Gary D. Henley, the chief executive officer of Wright Medical Technology Inc., has joined the Health Care Industry Council of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.

57. Wright Latest Orthopedic Firm Hit by Probe -

The agreement between Wright Medical Group Inc. and the U.S. Justice Department that allowed the company to avoid prosecution for allegedly violating the federal kickback statute is the latest run in a series of scandals that has touched all three of the city’s big orthopedic firms.

58. Haslam Talks Biz with Wright Execs -

Republican candidate for governor Bill Haslam sat in a corporate conference room last week and asked what the next governor of Tennessee can do for business. And he got a direct answer from executives of Wright Medical Technology Inc. in Arlington.

59. Customer-Driven MBAs Win-Win For Students, Employers -

Mark Reed doesn’t have to worry about graduating without a job waiting for him.

Unlike thousands of highly qualified MBA students across the country who will face a lagging job market with hefty student loans in tow, Reed secured a position the day he started classes at the University of Memphis.

60. Database Threat to Device Industry -

Memphis orthopedics jobs could be lost to foreign competitors if they lift proprietary information about medical devices from a public database proposed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

AdvaMed, the association that represents medical device companies, has raised the flag about this concern and is asking the FDA to extend the public comment period on the proposed requirement and other regulatory changes.

61. FDA Proposals Could Affect Memphis Medical Companies -

Memphis medical device companies are closely looking at new recommendations released late Tuesday by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration that affect the approval track for many of their products.

62. Fulbright-Dent Joins First Tennessee Team -

Moya Fulbright-Dent has been named to the First Tennessee Bank private client team.

Hometown: Hot Springs, Ark.
Education: B.S. in finance, University of Memphis; MBA, Union University
Work Experience: Eight years at American Express Financial Advisors; six and a half years in banking, five at First Tennessee
Family: Husband and college sweetheart, Daniel; and two-year-old son, Colin.
Favorite quote: “Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul – and sings the tunes without the words – and never stops at all.” – Emily Dickinson
Who has had the greatest influence on you? The two people who have influenced me most are my mother and my first boss, Harish Vishria. By example, my mom instilled a work ethic, mental toughness and positive attitude that has gotten me through every experience in my life. (Vishria) taught me the difference between a dream and a goal and gave me the ability to teach others how to achieve their dreams by setting goals.
Why did you pursue a career in financial services? As a child, I saw firsthand the difference asset management can make in not only one person’s life but that of a whole multigenerational family. When I was about 10 years old, two older family members passed away. I learned at that early age how difficult it can be to struggle with the emotional and financial challenges that can come with a loss in a family. I saw then how important it is to be prepared for life’s uncertainties so that one can make the right choices.
What do you consider your greatest professional accomplishments? I consider the everyday difference I am able to make in my clients’ lives my greatest accomplishment.
What do you most enjoy about your work? Each person’s financial situation is different. When I chose to major in business instead of art or literature, I thought I was giving up the chance to use my creativity. I have found that developing a plan for an individual, a family, or a business takes just as much creativity as writing a novel or painting a picture.

63. Orthopedic Forum Returns To Memphis -

The Orthopedic Design & Technology Forum is well on its way to becoming an annual event for Memphis.

The forum returns Wednesday to the FedEx Institute of Technology at the University of Memphis for the second year. The New Jersey-based industry magazine Orthopedic Design & Technology launched the forum in Memphis in addition to the annual conference and exhibition it hosts in Fort Wayne, Ind.

64. Savage Spreads Word Of Women’s Role in Engineering -

A high school aptitude test told Heather Savage she should become a secretary, but she set her sights a little higher.

65. Baker Donelson Sends Startups Back to Basic Training -

Startup and portfolio companies have been invited to attend an “Emerging Company Boot Camp” today at Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC.

By bringing together individuals from the legal, accounting, human resources and insurance industries, the firm hopes to help people who are starting their own businesses.

66. Holtgrewe Honored as Outstanding Engineer of the Year -

Josh Holtgrewe, 27, is not necessarily comfortable with having the reputation as someone “wise beyond his years.” However, he has heard the phrase many times.

Whether it is counseling college students, serving in leadership positions, taking an active role in the community or serving as a mentor, Holtgrewe is making the right moves.

67. Rainey Kizer Names Waddell Partner -

Amanda C. Waddell has been named a partner at Rainey, Kizer, Reviere & Bell PLC. Waddell’s practice is concentrated in the areas of medical malpractice, auto liability and insurance coverage.

68. Colvett Named Greenscape President -

Frank Colvett Jr. has been promoted to president of GreenScape Inc.

Colvett previously was executive vice president and corporate treasurer. He has been at GreenScape since 1992 and has served in various capacities including project manager, estimator and vice president of marketing.

69. The Business of Law -

As many sectors of the economy slowly sputter back to life, the state of the legal industry is often overlooked in economic reports. This trend can be surprising because law firms and corporate legal departments provide the advice and representation necessary for many different kinds of businesses to move forward with their recovery.

70. Health Care Legislation Could Affect Local Medical Industry -

Medical device makers will pick up a $20 billion tab to help cover the cost of insuring more Americans under legislation pending in Congress to overhaul the health care system.

That’s half of what was originally proposed in the bill put forth by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev. Even so, industry executives are keeping a close watch on the legislation. It could have an impact on the Memphis economy where thousands of people work for Medtronic Inc., Smith & Nephew, Wright Medical Group Inc. and several smaller companies that manufacture orthopedic products and other medical devices.

71. Proposed Fees Reduced For Medical Device Industry -

The U.S. Senate’s decision to revise proposed fees on the medical device industry to help fund expanded health care coverage for Americans is welcome news for Medtronic Inc.

72. Wright Medical Buys Arlington Bldg. For Distribution Needs -

11481 Gulf Stream Ave.
Arlington, TN 38002
Sale Amount: $1.6 Million

Sale Date: Oct. 29, 2009
Buyer: Wright Medical Technology Inc.
Seller: Covington Furniture Manufacturing Co.
Details:  Wright Medical Group Inc. has bought a 56,340-square-foot building at 11481 Gulf Stream Ave. near its Arlington campus to increase distribution capacity. Operating in the transaction as Wright Medical Technology Inc., the company paid $1.6 million for the building, which was completed in 1973 and sits on 4.29 acres near the intersection of Tenn. 385 and U.S. 70.

73. Wright Buys Warehouse For Distribution Needs -

Wright Medical Group Inc. has bought a 56,340-square-foot building at 11481 Gulf Stream Ave. near its Arlington campus to increase distribution capacity. Operating in the transaction as Wright Medical Technology Inc., the company paid $1.6 million for the building, which was completed in 1973 and sits on 4.29 acres at near the intersection of Tenn. 385 and U.S. 70.

74. Stem Cell Study Under Way at Baptist Hospital -

Baptist Memorial Health Care-Memphis has begun its first clinical study involving a stem cell treatment for heart attacks.

Dr. Frank A. McGrew III at Stern Cardiovascular Center PA is identifying patients who meet the criteria for the study and then assessing the effectiveness of the therapy in healing scarred cardiac tissue. The study is the first in the Mid-South to incorporate stem cells for the treatment of cardiovascular disease, McGrew said.

75. Researchers Discover Each Other At Bioworks Lectures -

Researchers from throughout Memphis are increasingly stepping outside the walls of their institutions to share knowledge about medical mysteries and biotechnology innovations through networking events.

76. Wright Gains FDA Nod for Trials of Bone Graft Product -

Wright Medical Group Inc. is a step closer to full market launch of a new biologics product to promote bone growth.

77. Society of Entrepreneurs Names Crye Master Entrepreneur -

Harold Crye, co-founder and chief executive officer of Crye-Leike Realtors, has been honored as the 2009 Master Entrepreneur by the Society of Entrepreneurs in partnership with Junior Achievement of Memphis.

78. Memphis Orthopedics Competitor Opens New Training Center -

Warsaw, Ind., which competes with Memphis for orthopedics manufacturing jobs, recently opened a state-of-the-art training center with new equipment and machinery.

The 20,000-square-foot Orthopedic and Advanced Manufacturing Training Center at the Warsaw campus of Ivy Tech Community College replaces a 5,600-square-foot facility that opened two and a half years ago.

79. Wright Medical Group Launches New Product -

Arlington-based Wright Medical Group Inc. this week announced the full launch of its new Prophecy pre-operative navigation guides for knee arthroplasty.

80. Researcher Speaks About Elbow Replacement Woes -

Every Wednesday “the bad elbow club” meets at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, joked Timothy Wright, professor of applied biomechanics in orthopedic surgery at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University.

81. Events -

The Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change at the University of Memphis will present “The Obama Phenomenon: Race and Political Discourse in the United States Today” today and Saturday on the University of Memphis campus. On Friday at 6 p.m. the Rev. Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. will give the conference’s keynote address. On Saturday at 4 p.m. Ronald S. Sullivan, director of Harvard Law School’s Criminal Justice Institute, will deliver a plenary address. A full schedule is available at benhooks.memphis.edu/obamaconference.html.

82. Orthopedic Cos. Unveil Rival Products -

It’s no coincidence that Wright Medical Group of Arlington and the Memphis division of Smith & Nephew announced new products for total knee replacements on the same day this week.

The companies planned the announcements for the annual meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons in Las Vegas, which began Wednesday, and are unveiling the products in exhibitions at the Venetian/Sands EXPO.

83. Wright Medical Permit Filed For Interior Alterations -

Wright Medical Technology Inc. has applied for a $300,000 permit for property at 5677 Airline Road in Arlington. The permit described the project as “interior alterations.” The contractor for the project is Grinder & Haizlip Construction Inc.

84. Foreign Workers Face Stress as Unemployment Rises -

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - For foreign professionals in the United States, the rising unemployment rate is especially daunting.

Laid-off foreign workers are scrambling for temporary visas and seeking advice from immigration attorneys about how long they can legally stay in the country while hunting for jobs.

85. Commercial Real Estate Sales Bleak in October -

Commercial real estate’s downward spiral continued in October, with sales falling by a third compared to the same month a year ago.

Just 64 commercial deals occurred in Shelby County last month, a 33.3 percent decline from 96 in October 2007, according to the latest data from real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com.

86. Vorder-Bruegge Combines Technology Passion With Practice -

Mark Vorder-Bruegge Jr. is a partner at Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs LLP, where he heads the Intellectual Property Protection & Litigation Service team. He also is the partner in charge of firm technology.

87. Outlook Bleak for Investment in Health Care Startups -

Venture capital fund managers gave a bleak outlook for new investments in startup health care companies at the Musculoskeletal New Ventures Conference this week, but they did note that people who choose to invest in proven companies could see big payoffs.

88. Aintree Farms to Build Replacement Clubhouse -

3310 Winners Circle
Germantown, TN 38138
Permit Amount: $1.3 Million

Project Cost: $1.3 million
Permit Date: Applied October 2008
Completion: Spring 2009
Owner: Aintree Farms
Tenant: Aintree Farms
Contractor: Montgomery Martin Contractors LLC
Architect: Fleming/Associates/Architects PC

89. Conference to Promote Orthopedics Industry -

The Musculoskeletal New Ventures Conference keeps Memphis at the forefront of the orthopedics industry by showcasing the city’s competitive advantages and connecting investors to companies, its organizers say.

90. Wright Medical Buys Arlington Warehouse -

Wright Medical Technology has bought for $1.1 million an approximately 29,000-square-foot, one-story concrete block warehouse at 11450 Gulf Stream Drive in Arlington. The seller was Machining Technology Group LLC.

91. Kiesewetter Wise’s Thompson Named Among Top 100 Labor Attorneys -

Tanja L. Thompson has been named among the nation’s Top 100 Labor Attorneys by the Labor Relations Institute for the second consecutive year.

Thompson is a member of Kiesewetter Wise Kaplan Prather PLC and is the only labor attorney in Tennessee, Arkansas and Mississippi to receive this professional honor, which puts her in the top 1 percent of labor attorneys throughout the U.S.

92. Leading Real Estate Companies of the World Recognizes Marx & Bensdorf’s Cherny -

Eileen Cherny, relocation director for Marx & Bensdorf, has received the Leading Real Estate Companies of the World President’s Service Recognition Award. The award acknowledges committee and board involvement, presentations at network conferences and service in various capacities.

93. Hip Resurfacing Success a Plus for Memphis Orthopedics Players -

New information on hip resurfacing confirms that that the procedure is viable for younger patients. That's good news for Memphis orthopedic companies, which are shaping their marketing messages for younger consumers.

94. Insulated Industry -

In a sluggish economy replete with residential housing woes, it's easy to see how real estate and its peripheral industries can suffer.

If consumers have fears about buying a home, they merely wait it out and stay in their rental for another six months while builders, Realtors and mortgage bankers - among others - feel the ripple effects of the delay.

95. Archived Article -

7819 Crescent Ridge Lane
Memphis, TN 38133
Sale Amount: $16.3 million

Sale Date: Aug. 16, 2007

Buyer: Morgan Crescent at Wolfchase LLC

96. Wright Medical Files$15M Permit for Expansion -      Wright Medical Technology Inc. has filed an application for a $15 million permit to expand its campus at 5677 Airline Road in Arlington.
     The permit covers a 50,000-square-foot expansion

97. Nonprofit Org to Rake In Bucks by Pulling Jumbo Jets -

The secret to pulling a 155,000-pound FedEx 727 jet is simple: Just get 19 of your closest friends or co-workers to help.

While that might sound like an amazing feat, teams of varying sizes will be doing just that Aug. 25 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Millington Regional Jetport at 8181 Hornet Ave.

98. Supreme Court Decision Could Shed Different Light on Patents -

A recent ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court could change the way Memphis businesses look at patents.

One thing is for sure, it will definitely change the way attorneys look at them.

In a unanimous ruling on a patent case in late April, the court used a new, more flexible standard that favors competition and ultimately will make it more difficult to get - and keep - patents on new and existing products.

99. Obsidian Public Relations 'Makes Today a Great Day' for Clients -

Every morning when Courtney Liebenrood drops her 7-year-old daughter Savannah off at school, she tells her to "Make today a great day."

That farewell statement, opposed to the usual "Have a good day," has an important meaning. Liebenrood said she tells her daughter that because she wants to instill in her the belief that she has to make it a good day, rather than letting the day, or even herself, be defined by circumstances.

100. Musculoskeletal Conference Draws Ideas - and Deep Pockets -

To get an idea of how rapidly the bioscience industry has matured in Memphis, one good starting point is the annual Musculoskeletal New Ventures Conference (MNVC), which kicks off Tuesday at the FedEx Institute of Technology on Innovation Drive.