Arthur J. Tipton, Ph.D., Named President of Controlled Release Society

BIRMINGHAM, Ala., July 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Southern Research Institute today announced that Arthur J. Tipton, Ph.D., President and CEO of Southern Research Institute, has been named president of the Controlled Release Society (CRS) for the 2014-2015 term.  The inauguration took place at the Society’s annual meeting on July 12 in Chicago with attendees from more than 40 countries. 

Arthur J. Tipton, Ph.D. Named President of Controlled Release Society
Arthur J. Tipton, Ph.D. Named President of Controlled Release Society

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The Controlled Release Society is an international, interdisciplinary, not-for-profit organization whose guiding purpose is the advancement of delivery science and technology. CRS is the home for experts dedicated to the science of delivery, including delivery scientists, engineers, clinicians, and technical professionals. The primary interest of about 70% of the CRS membership is in the pharmaceutical area (including ~18% animal health) and 30% in the non-pharmaceutical areas (called consumer and diversified products).

Dr. Tipton has worked in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries for more than 25 years.  During that time, he has pioneered the use of controlled release technologies through his work in polymer science and engineering.

“It is an honor to be named president of the Controlled Release Society,” said Dr. Tipton.  “Over the past several decades, controlled release formulations have changed the treatment paradigm for a number of serious health conditions, including cancer, pain management, cardiovascular and central nervous system disorders, and have been involved in many industrial applications such as food flavorings and long acting fertilizers.  As controlled release technologies continue to mature, industry and academia are meeting the challenges of developing the next generation of faster, safer, more accessible formulations, and CRS represents the world’s leaders in advancing these novel techniques.  I look forward to leading this distinguished and important group.”

Previously Dr. Tipton held senior positions at Durect Corporation, its wholly-owned subsidiary Southern BioSystems, Birmingham Polymers, and Atrix Laboratories.  In 2005, he founded Brookwood Pharmaceuticals, which was subsequently acquired by SurModics and later by Evonik.  At Evonik, he served as senior vice president of the Birmingham Division and also led the company’s global drug delivery program.  Dr Tipton has 31 issued U.S. patents, 22 published U.S. patent applications, and numerous foreign equivalents, with more than 70 presentations and publications.

He is a fellow of AIMBE and CRS and was awarded the CRS Distinguished Service Award in 2012. He serves as an external advisor to the Biomedical Engineering Department at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and volunteers as a mentor and judge in business plan competitions.  His election as president of CRS marks the first time in the organization’s 36 year history that it has been led by two individuals of the same organization.  Danny H. Lewis, Ph.D., former Head, Biosystems Division for Southern Research Institute, served as president of CRS for the 1982-1983 term.

In his role as president of the Controlled Release Society, Dr. Tipton will continue to serve on the CRS Board of Directors as well as the boards of the Birmingham Venture Club, the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama Foundation, the Biotech Association of Alabama, and as a member of the Alabama Workforce Council spearheaded by Governor Robert Bentley.

Dr. Tipton earned a Ph.D. in Polymer Science and Engineering from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, and a B.S. in Chemistry from Spring Hill College.

About Southern Research Institute
Southern Research Institute is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) scientific research organization founded in 1941 that conducts preclinical drug discovery and development, advanced engineering research in materials, systems development, and environment and energy research. Approximately 500 scientific and engineering team members support clients and partners in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, defense, aerospace, environmental, and energy industries. Southern Research is headquartered in Birmingham, AL, with additional laboratories and offices in Wilsonville and Huntsville, AL, Frederick, MD, Durham, NC, Houston, TX, and Cartersville, GA. For more information visit: http://www.southernresearch.org.

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Milliken & Company Escalates Patent Enforcement against Guangzhou Tongbo

SHANGHAI, July 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Milliken & Company escalated its patent protection efforts in China by asking Guangzhou Municipal Intellectual Property (IP) to investigate Guangzhou Tongbo Telecom Equipment Co., Ltd.

Together with other local authorities, the Guangzhou Intellectual Property Bureau completed an inspection against Guangzhou Tongbo Telecom Equipment Co., Ltd. on May 6, 2014.  It was found that Guangzhou Tongbo manufactured fabric innerducts. As Milliken has patents concerning related fabric innerducts, the enforcement authorities seized the accused fabric innerducts during the inspection proceedings.

“The action led by the IP Bureau showed China is committed to enforcing intellectual property, and therefore encouraging innovation,” stated Jim Porterfield, Global Market Director at Milliken & Company, “Each action that helps protect our intellectual property in China ensures our customers and partners can continue to benefit from Milliken’s infrastructure solutions.”

About Milliken

Milliken is an innovation company that has been exploring, discovering, and creating ways to enhance people’s lives since 1865.  Our community of innovators has developed one of the largest collections of patents held by a private company. With expertise across a breadth of disciplines including specialty chemical, floor covering, and performance materials, we work around the world every day to add true value to people’s lives, improve health and safety, and make this world more sustainable. For more information, visit www.milliken.com.

CoinTerra acquires Bits of Proof and welcomes founder Tamas Blummer as Vice President of Enterprise Software.

AUSTIN, Texas, July 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — CoinTerra, the market leader in Bitcoin mining solutions today announced the acquisition of Europe based Enterprise Bitcoin Software Company Bits of Proof™. 

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Through the acquisition, Bits of Proof CEO Tamas Blummer joins CoinTerra as Vice President of Enterprise Software and CoinTerra gains access to Bits of Proof’s assets including its modern and modular, enterprise ready implementation of the Bitcoin protocol that enabled BopShop – a merchant payment processor for both online and “brick and mortar” shops, BullionBitcoin – the first real-time auditable exchange for institutional investors, and the back-end for myTREZOR® – the first hardware Bitcoin wallet.

By acquiring Bits of Proof CoinTerra gains enterprise software expertise and solutions that complement our expertise in hardware development and significantly strengthen our offering.” said Ravi Iyengar – CEO, CoinTerra. “The software solutions developed by Bits of Proof and the expertise of Tamas Blummer represent an important piece of the enterprise mining puzzle that will allow us to grow our operations quickly and security at peak efficiency.”

“With CoinTerra, the Bits of Proof software stack is sure to become the industry standard software stack for Bitcoin in enterprises” said Tamas Blummer, VP of Enterprise Software – CoinTerra, Inc.

CoinTerra provides large scale Bitcoin mining hash power through its multiple state-of-the-art datacenters installations employing the highly scalable TruePeta™ deployment architecture.

The TruePeta™ architecture employs CoinTerra’s proven GoldStrike™ I ASIC and TerraMiner™ platform together with an enterprise implementation of Bits of Proof’s modern and modular implementation of the Bitcoin protocol to allow for unrivaled reliability, performance and scalability for large scale Bitcoin mining operations.

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About CoinTerra™

Founded in Austin, Texas in mid-2013, CoinTerra is currently one of the fastest-growing technology startups in the world. CoinTerra designs, produces, and operates systems that power the Bitcoin blockchain network.

Our state-of-the-art design methodologies and advanced architectures enable the delivery of enterprise level Bitcoin mining solutions with the highest performance and lowest total cost of ownership available on the market today.

CoinTerra boasts a highly experienced engineering team of semiconductor architects and designers who have previously designed some of the world’s highest performance CPUs, GPUs, SOCs and chipsets for Apple®, Intel®, Nvidia®, Qualcomm® and Samsung®.

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