Vans Triple Crown of Surfing Brings Thousands to Oahu Hotels like Courtyard Marriott Waikiki Beach

Nov 1, 2014

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Oahu Hotels like Courtyard Marriott Waikiki Beach prepare to welcome the crowds that will come to Oahu for Vans Triple Crown of Surfing. This hugely popular Oahu event draws some of the world’s best surfers, and spectators enjoy sitting on the gorgeous North Shore beaches to watch the action. Courtyard Marriott Waikiki Beach has impressive special offers to welcome visitors to this and other Oahu events in November.  View Offer Details >

Vans Triple Crown of Surfing
November 1 through December 20, 2014
North Shore Beaches

The very first international surfing competition in Hawaii took place in 1954. The modest beginnings of surfing competitions on Oahu included a few folding chairs and a purse that was barely worth $ 1,000. Today, thousands come to the Island to watch the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing which is one of the most prestigious competitions in the sport.

The Oahu Event includes 3 competitions: Reef Hawaiian Pro, Vans World Cup of Surfing, and Billabong Pipe Masters. Each is designed to test a different set of skills, and all 3 attract the best of the best in the world of surfing.

Spectators are encouraged to obey the local rules that surround this Oahu event such as not stopping along the Kamehameha Highway to watch the surfers. Doing so will result in a fine. Instead, visitors are invited to find a spot on the sand and watch some of the most exciting surfing to take place in the country.

Courtyard Marriott Waikiki Beach is located near top Oahu attractions and is just a short drive from Oahu events like Vans Triple Crown of Surfing. Call 808.954.4000 for more information about this conveniently-located Oahu Hotel.

About Courtyard by Marriott Waikiki – An Oahu Hotel:
Our Oahu Accommodations give our guests the chance to experience all the best that Oahu has to offer – all within a short distance of our conveniently located Honolulu Hotel. Courtyard by Marriott Waikiki Beach is just a few steps from the world-famous Waikiki Beach and a short drive from Honolulu International Airport.

The beautiful Guest Rooms at Courtyard by Marriott Waikiki feature comforts and amenities that make all of our visitors feel right at home. Guests can email or post pictures using our super-fast complimentary internet connections, watch movies on flat panel TVs, and get tips from our Concierge about Oahu Attractions, Oahu Events, Oahu Activities, Oahu Restaurants, Oahu Shopping, and more. Private Lanais and Dreamer Beds with Pillowtop Mattresses assure a relaxing stay.

Planning a visit to Oahu? Choose Courtyard by Marriott Waikiki Beach. Our ideal location, well-appointed Guest Rooms, thoughtful amenities, and attentive service keep our guests coming back again and again. Check Rates, Make Reservations   or call 808-954-4000.

View the beautiful Guest Rooms at our Oahu Hotel.

Take a Photo Tour of our Waikiki Hotel and the island of Oahu.

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QuizRevolution Addictive Digital Content

Oct 31, 2014

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QuizRevolution has launched their interactive and engaging online app platform with unique ways to enhance website content. They are offering enticing, educational, even addictive entertainment value for client web sites. With that, QuizRevolution offers a dynamic opportunity for investors to be part of one of the newest, most effective ways to enrich digital content.

QuizRevolution was designed for companies and individuals wanting to create more meaningful, long-term and interactive relationship with consumers and visitors to their web pages.

The intuitive platform delivers a customizable, user-friendly and multidimensional quiz or survey interface that can be used for multiple purposes, such as: multimedia surveys, quizzes, data collection, tutorials, training, competitive games and any web content which can be organized as questions and answers. Additionally, QuizRevolution has made it easy to incorporate the quizzes into social media pages and campaigns on Facebook, Twitter, and such.

QuizRevolution is trusted and supported by numerous household names since its inception. Quiz Apps have been launched by major companies and individuals, including, The History Channel, Wired Magazine, Vanity Fair Magazine, MTV, Monster, the Governor of Hawaii, University of Copenhagen, Rolling Stone Magazine, Warner Brothers, The Seattle Times and even Britney Spears. Also, thousands of bloggers, educators and businesses.

Most recently, the company has partnered with Wix, a major website developer with additional strategic partnerships on the horizon. Over the next 2 years, QuizRevolution aims to help users build and launch 10 million quizzes, surveys and apps based on client’s online content. For more information, check out www.fundable.com/quizrevolution

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QuizRevolution Addictive Digital Content

Oct 31, 2014

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QuizRevolution has launched their interactive and engaging online app platform with unique ways to enhance website content. They are offering enticing, educational, even addictive entertainment value for client web sites. With that, QuizRevolution offers a dynamic opportunity for investors to be part of one of the newest, most effective ways to enrich digital content.

QuizRevolution was designed for companies and individuals wanting to create more meaningful, long-term and interactive relationship with consumers and visitors to their web pages.

The intuitive platform delivers a customizable, user-friendly and multidimensional quiz or survey interface that can be used for multiple purposes, such as: multimedia surveys, quizzes, data collection, tutorials, training, competitive games and any web content which can be organized as questions and answers. Additionally, QuizRevolution has made it easy to incorporate the quizzes into social media pages and campaigns on Facebook, Twitter, and such.

QuizRevolution is trusted and supported by numerous household names since its inception. Quiz Apps have been launched by major companies and individuals, including, The History Channel, Wired Magazine, Vanity Fair Magazine, MTV, Monster, the Governor of Hawaii, University of Copenhagen, Rolling Stone Magazine, Warner Brothers, The Seattle Times and even Britney Spears. Also, thousands of bloggers, educators and businesses.

Most recently, the company has partnered with Wix, a major website developer with additional strategic partnerships on the horizon. Over the next 2 years, QuizRevolution aims to help users build and launch 10 million quizzes, surveys and apps based on client’s online content. For more information, check out www.fundable.com/quizrevolution

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Lars Tetens Cigars Now Available On New Luxury Lifestyle Cigar Website for UrLuxLife

Oct 29, 2014

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Living luxuriously is now easier and at your fingertips with the exciting new website www.UrLuxLife.com.  UrLuxLife is certain to become one of the most innovative and influential online marketplaces to offer many of the finer things in life, including cigars from the highly sought after line of Lars Tetens Cigars.  Perhaps you have heard the buzz that surrounds these legendary cigars and the ancient techniques used to make them. The world renown Lars Tetens has been making and blending cigars for over 35 years and we are pleased to have his popular cigars available on our online store at www.urluxlife.com.

Cigars from Lars’ “Signature Series” like The Ivan, G Method, Series D, Cubagua and Monaco, Marbella and Sutton Place are now for sale on www.UrLuxLife.com.  Also, a selection of cigars from the “Lars Legacy Leaf Collection” – Asadachi, Brooklyn King, Air Catcher, Big Grass, and Mihous – are available now in limited quantities.  Order now before they are gone forever!   For a limited time, you can save 10% by using Promo Code – Lars10%pr.

A vast variety of new cigar brands will be added and coming soon www.UrLuxLife.com will begin to offer Lars’ coveted line of hot sauces, BBQ sauces, seasonings, exotic chocolates and cookies.  Check the website for specials and promotions.  Register on the website to receive our newsletter.

Go ahead and celebrate “your luxurious life” today and make www.UrLuxLife.com your choice for the world’s best cigars!  Don’t forget to use the Promo Code: Lars10pr to save 10%.

For More Information Contact – info@urluxlife.com  or visit our site.

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A Practical and Fun Way to Go Boating is Found on Indiegogo

Oct 28, 2014

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An Italian company has launched a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo to introduce their newest recreational invention to the water loving public. This campaign has a funding goal of €50,000, which needs to be raised by November 27th in order to bring their easily transportable Solar Energy Boat to market. This idea started when the inventor thought: “My partners and I live in Italy near the beautiful Lake Como, which is a dream come true for many. But we can’t take advantage of everything the lake has to offer because we do not have a boat.” However, boat ownership is not simple, and it is not an option for many people because of the problems associated with it. A person must have access to either a dock or a place to store their boat, as well the funds to pay for the costly upkeep and a vehicle for towing and transport. These are problems that Solar Energy Boat promises to help an owner overcome.

The Solar Energy Boat will be easily transportable, often on the roof of the car in their own containers. The boats are self-inflatable using the included solar-energy powered electric pump, and do not require cumbersome heavy batteries. There is however, an emergency battery for use on cloudier days, which is included. Since the boat is solar-powered the navigation control is virtually unlimited thereby allowing a boater to enjoy the water all day long without needing to refill the gas tank like they would with regular boats. This feature is also very eco-friendly, which means a boater can feel good knowing that they are doing their part for the environment while having a great time. Solar Energy Boat will come in three versions: Kart, Kata, and Spider. Both the Spider and Kart are for single person use, while the Kata version is suitable for up to 4 people. 

The team has already completed most of the essential groundwork for the Solar Water Boat, and have constructed fully-functioning prototypes. They are now ready to begin the full production stage of their invention, which is why they have launched their Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign in order to raise the funds needed for their project to go forward. As an added bonus to all of their Indiegogo supporters, the team is offering several perks. These perks, which serve as funding incentives, range in value from a “Thank You” perk which allows a funder to follow the campaign, to various merchandise items and the chance to pre-order a boat at a greatly discounted price. There are even a couple of perks which give a funder the opportunity to travel to Italy and enjoy a holiday on the beautiful Lake Como. Full details can be found on their Indiegogo campaign page.

 

About Elletiemme:  

Elletiemme was founded by inventor Enzo Coduri. The company consists of a group of experts who have extensive experience in their individual specialties. Elletiemme specializes in the creation of new inventions in the field of solar energy. They strive to produce inventions that benefit their customers, while making the world a better place. Their latest invention is the Solar water Boat.

To learn more about the Solar Boat crowdfunding project Click Here

For more information about Elletiemme Click Here

To contact via email write to Enzo Coduri at: enzo.coduri@elletiemme.com

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Kickstarter Campaign Launched for Titanium Water Filter

Oct 27, 2014

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The outdoors lifestyle is pretty demanding on gear. The freezing cold nights, hot days, packing, unpacking and carrying gear around all cause a lot of wear and tear. The Australian Walkabout Ti filters have been developed and designed with this in mind and,  with a successful Kickstarter campaign, they  will be introduced as the  world’s first Titanium  personal water filter.

According to Go Walkabout Engineering Manager Matt Munoz, “We have made and tested filters using a number of different metals. We know that weight, size and ruggedness are always considerations when looking at outdoor gear, so we decided to use Titanium for the Walkabout line of personal water filters. Titanium has the highest strength-to-weight ratio of any metal. It is also the most hypoallergenic material known and doesn’t add any flavor to the water you drink.”

A Titanium filtration membrane forms the core of Walkabout Ti filters.  Sealed inside a tough Titanium casing, this membrane can be safely frozen or boiled. The filtration process involves pre-filtration and filtration stages to hold back harmful bacteria and particles. On the larger filter an activated carbon filtration stage removes chlorine, heavy metals and odors. The flexible and lightweight filtration system can be used in a variety of ways such as a squeeze filter, gravity filter, pumped filter, filter straw, or as an inline filter.

Since the  filters are  Titanium  inside  and  out,  the  only real  weak  point  is the  O- ring seal.  With this in mind, Go Walkabout has designed in an integrity indicator. This means that if a seal starts leaking, water drips out of the filter instead of through to the clean side.

While Go Walkabout’s current equipment has successfully produced prototypes, the manufacturing process in uneconomical, making Walkabout Ti filters too expensive to be a good value in the outdoor gear market. Go Walkabout has determined that minimal additional tooling and equipment will result in the production of readily  affordable filter. Adequate funding through their Kickstarter campaign will allow Go Walkabout to purchase the needed material and tools.

The funding target for this campaign is $ 48,000, and it will close on November 18th, 2014. The filters are being offered in their campaign below the expected retail price.

To find out more about the campaign, please visit the campaign

The official website of Go Walkabout is http://www.wegowalkabout.com/

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Angels of Need Gets Help from I-bobbles Bobble-head Retailer

Oct 25, 2014

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Christmas may be more than two months away, but it is never too early to start preparing for the holidays when it comes to helping those in need. The Boston Angels of Need has kicked off its Angel Tree registration in an effort to help provide Christmas to thousands of local families in need.

For Donna Childers, a Boston mother of two, the program is a means to get a jump on the holidays. “It’ll actually help me a lot this year because I’m not working at the time,” said Childers.

For Martin Downey, a father of two sets of twins from Cape Cod, taking part in the Angel Tree program is about doing what he can.

“I’ve got a set of girls [age] 12 and a set of boys [age] 7,” said Downey. “I’m disabled and I fell back in 2004 at work and I don’t draw much from social security now.”

Their motivations may have differed, but their missions proved to be the same Monday: put smiles on the little faces they love come Christmas Day.

As the Angel Tree registration in downtown Boston kicked off, it drew large crowds early on, thanks in part to i-Bobbles, a local retailer who creates custom Bobble Head Dolls and very unique Bobble Head Holiday Greeting Cards in less than a minute. 

As the day went on, the crowds got bigger and the line got longer as the company agreed to donate 50% of their proceeds to the Angel Tree Program. 

“They’re anxious to make sure that the children are taken care of during the Christmas season,” said Bernadette Penn with the Boston Angels of Need. “They’ve been wonderful and were able to donate $ 945 from just today’s proceeds alone.  Its a great kick-off to the holiday season.”

“You will see those Angel Trees up in the malls and at Walmart and they can go and select a child that they want to shop for,” said Penn. “While they’re shopping for their own children or their grandchildren, maybe they can help out another child as well, and get a very nice Bobble Head Doll or Card while they are here.”

It’s a program many people waiting to register Monday said they had learned of through word of mouth.

“To get a jump start on Christmas,” began Childers, “it’ll be a big help.”

“I’m very grateful to the people who can afford to help us out,” said Downey.

From security to good ole’ good will, the gift of Christmas will soon be hanging from an Angel Tree near you.

After Angel Tree registrations wrap up in Boston November 1, the public will be able to access Angel Trees at six area Walmart stores starting November 29.

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$52M Tech High School Renovation Culminates in Oct. 22 Ribbon-Cutting

Oct 25, 2014

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Conn. Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman, State Senator Donald E. Williams, and State Technical High School Superintendent Dr. Nivea Torres joined KBE Building Corp. at the ribbon-cutting for the $ 52.4-million renovation and addition at Harvard H. Ellis Technical High School. 

KBE served as General Contractor for the 117,300-square-foot renovation and 68,000-square-foot addition to the existing building at 613 Upper Maple Street in Danielson. The architect was The S/L/A/M Collaborative of Glastonbury, Conn. The building was completed eight months ahead of schedule.

The new Harvard Ellis Technical High School is the latest jewel in the State’s ongoing program to renovate Connecticut’s technical high schools. As with all the newly renovated tech schools, Harvard Ellis is a high-tech, cutting-edge academic and technical training facility designed to better prepare Connecticut students for technical careers in construction, manufacturing, and more.

It’s a high-quality project throughout, from the careful and detailed programming and design that reflect the school’s educational mission to the caliber of the construction and focus on bringing the architect’s vision to life.

“It was a primary goal of the owner to express the technological evolution in the body of the school building,” said Julija Singer, AIA, NCARB, design architect for The S/L/A/M Collaborative. “With a relatively simple material palette and a variety of building forms – including angled and serpentine walls, a soaring aspirational canopy – we were able to transform the 1950s factory-like facility into a modern building with a crisp contemporary image, one that does justice to the complexity of functions that happen inside the building.” This is the second of the State’s technical high schools S/L/A/M has completed with KBE.

“Being able to deliver this project a full eight months ahead of schedule meant that students and teachers could start using these exceptional spaces even sooner than hoped,” explains KBE principal and CEO Mike Kolakowski, who bought the firm in 2007 with Eric Brown and Simon Etzel. “We developed an alternate phasing plan that let us complete the project much sooner than anticipated. It was a real team effort with the State, the school, the architect, and the subcontractors.”

Harvard Ellis Project Highlights

·         Upgrades to all trade shops, including manufacturing, auto tech, autobody, carpentry, electrical, masonry, and plumbing, and athletic fields

·         New bus garage, gymnasium, classroom wing, media center, community café

·         New culinary arts/teaching kitchen and hairdressing studio

Harvard Ellis remained open and fully operational during all construction work.

“This is KBE’s eighth technical high school project for the State of Connecticut, and we have a lot of experience working around vulnerable populations at schools, senior living centers, and medical facilities,” said Kolakowski. “That enables us to keep students learning while still managing to complete the project on time and on budget.”

State-of-the-Art Addition and Renovation

Harvard Ellis now provides 11 innovative technical programs taught within shops boasting state-of-the-art features. The carpentry shop, for example, uses highly specialized dust collection and extraction systems that require proper balancing with the building’s Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) systems and interface with the alarm and sprinkler systems.

KBE Project Manager Shaun St. Lawrence and the firm’s in-house Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing (MEP) Specialist, Charlie Juhasz, worked closely with all subcontractors and the commissioning agent throughout the installation process to ensure that the building systems were properly operating and balanced as specified.

Supporting Technical Education and Careers in Connecticut    

Building isn’t the only way KBE is helping promote technical education and careers in Connecticut, a state long-recognized for its cutting-edge contributions to precision manufacturing and high-tech engineering.

In June 2014, KBE awarded $ 17,000 in scholarships to 34 bright and hard-working students within Connecticut’s technical high school system. Students will apply their scholarships toward expenses associated with continued education in construction or related fields including mechanical, electrical, and plumbing.

KBE is also helping educate the entire state about Connecticut’s high tech industries by serving as the Founding Sponsor of a year-long Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network (CPBN) initiative and original documentary, which premiered on CPTV on Oct. 23 and will re-air on Oct. 26 on CPTV and Oct. 29 and Nov. 2 on CPTV Sports.

It’s All Because of 50 Ways

Both the scholarships and the founding sponsorship are part of KBE’s corporate philanthropic program 50 Ways to Make a Difference.

Established in 2009 to celebrate the firm’s new ownership, name change, and 50 years in business, 50 Ways has helped KBE associates donate more than $ 1.2 million and 5,000 volunteer hours to charitable causes benefiting children, seniors, and military veterans in Connecticut and Maryland.

The State’s Top Technical High School Builder

Since 2002, KBE has completed eight technical high school projects across Connecticut – more than any other building firm in the state.

In September 2014, KBE celebrated the grand re-opening of Stamford’s J.M. Wright Technical High School, which underwent a $ 60.5-million renovation and addition in 2014.

KBE also performed work at these schools between 2002 and 2014:

·         E.C. Goodwin Technical High School

·         Norwich Technical High School

·         Platt Technical High School

·         Quinebaug Valley Middle College High School

·         Vernon Cleaves Vocational Agricultural Center

·         W.F. Kaynor Technical High School

High-resolution photographs of the Harvard H. Ellis Technical High School ribbon-cutting ceremony are available below. Credit to Connecticut Technical High School System.

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Caption: The official ribbon-cutting ceremony

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Caption: CTHSS Superintendent Dr. Torres speaking at the ceremony

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Caption: CT Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman with Dr. Torres and Ellis Tech Assistant Principals Rafael Calixto and Angela Corentin

High-resolution photographs of the renovated Harvard H. Ellis Technical High School building are available below. Credit to Paul Burk Photography.

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Caption: Harvard H. Ellis Technical High School exterior

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Caption: New windows at Harvard H. Ellis Technical High School

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Caption: Upgraded auto shop at Harvard H. Ellis Technical High School

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Caption: Library at Harvard H. Ellis Technical High School

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Caption: Hair salon at Harvard H. Ellis Technical High School

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Invents Unveils “Easy Pour Mixing Bowl”, Make Life Simpler For Every Cook & Chef

Oct 24, 2014

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Every chef or cook has been faced with the problem of spills and drips when trying to transfer the contents from a mixing bowl into a dish, pan or cooking surface. That problem ends when using the new Easy Pour Mixing Bowl. The Easy Pour Mixing Bowl is a specially modified mixing bowl that features a pouring spout in a lower position than on conventional units. The design intent is to provide a fully functional kitchen tool that alleviates the messes that can result from pouring out the contents of a mixing bowl.

The Easy Pour Mixing Bowl line comes in standard sizes, 8”, 10” and 12” and is a circular non-handled dish fabricated of glass, durable plastic or aluminum materials. When ready to pour the bowl is to be carefully tipped and the contents flow easily and freely from the lowered spout. It is a far more efficient means of pouring because of the lowered spout egress that gives the user control over the pouring process. The line comes in a variety of colors to appeal to individual likes. Televised test marketing has been completed indicating exceptional consumer interest in the Easy Pour Mixing Bowl.

The Patent Pending Easy Pour Mixing Bowl was invented by Gerald Shaw of Cleveland, TX who said, “This line of bowls is an essential tool in any kitchen, that of a professional chef or amateur cook. The Easy Pour Mixing Bowl means no more spilled on the counter-top, stove-top or even the floor…contents go where intended. It is the perfect way to transfer foods and will be appreciated by every user.”

EDITOR’S NOTE: Development of this product is being handled by Invents Company. For more information about licensing or sale, contact the Licensing Department at Invents Company, 450 7th Avenue, Suite #1107 New York, NY 10123. Tel: 212-620-2629

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Ebola Detection Using Rapid Tests and ELISA Kits for Humans and Animals

Oct 22, 2014

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San Antonio, Texas-based Biotech Company Alpha Diagnostic Int’l (ADI) has developed and released several convenient, rapid, and sensitive ELISA test kits for the detection of major Ebola viral protein antibodies (Glycoprotein, GP; Nucleoprotein, NP, and Viral Protein 40 or VP40).  The antibody ELISA kits are available not only for human samples but also for monkey, dog and mouse as some of the Ebola vaccines are first tested in the animal and primate model. 

Dr. Kent Brantly, the first American to return to the U.S. from Liberia and then survive Ebola, has donated blood for transfusions to other patients, including Nurse Nina Pham who contracted Ebola while taking care of a Liberian patient who succumbed to Ebola.  ADI’s Ebola virus antibody ELISA kits can be used to determine if Dr. Brantly, or any other potential Ebola survivors, actually has the antibodies prior to giving a blood donation.  “More importantly, a population survey can be done to determine the immunity levels of Ebola in endemic regions,” said Dr. Masarrat Ali, Director of ADI.  The levels of antibodies sufficient enough to provide immunity also need to be established.  ADI has made similar antibody kits for dog and pig to establish if the animals from Ebola endemic regions have any circulating Ebola virus protein antibodies and, therefore, exposed to Ebola virus.  The antibody ELISA kits are highly sensitive and need only a tiny drop of blood or serum to conduct the test within two hours.

The United States, United Kingdom, and Canada have started clinical trials on the most promising candidates for Ebola vaccines.  These vaccines use an adenovirus (chAd3) or vesicular stomatitis virus (VSV) vectors to deliver one of the most antigenic Ebola virus’s Glycoprotein (GP) in order to induce antibodies in humans or primates.  “ADI’s Ebola virus GP antibody ELISA tests along with the chAd3 and VSV protein antibody ELISA kits will allow for immediate assessment of vaccine efficacy,” said Dr. Ali. 

Zmapp, an experimental therapeutic cocktail of three humanized GP monoclonal antibodies, has been used in some Ebola patients in order to neutralize the Ebola virus.  The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has provided $ 42.3 million to help San Diego-based Mapp Biopharmaceutical accelerate the development and testing of ZMapp.  ADI has developed ELISA kits to not only measure the Zmapp antibody concentration in its purified form but also after infusion to humans or animals.  For example, it is possible to establish the levels of Zmapp in Dr. Brantly’s blood immediately after the first dose and then weeks and months afterwards.  It is also now possible to assess what levels of Zmapp, natural antibodies, or antibodies induced by vaccines are sufficient to prevent an Ebola infection. The Ebola antibodies test is conducted in less than two hours in a laboratory in field setting with minimal instruments or equipment. 

Additional rapid tests, similar to pregnancy tests, have been developed to quickly identify and assess the activity of Zmapp in 2-5 minutes.  “These tests will not only help in the manufacturing and quality control of Zmapp but also prevent any fraudulent marketing of the drug,” said Dr Ali. 

ADI has also developed the Ebola virus GP antigen and antibody rapid tests to quickly help identify potential exposure to the virus.  The rapid tests, when approved by FDA, can be used in field settings, doctors’ offices, pharmacies, airports, or borders.  The tests require no instruments and can be used by any laboratory personnel.  ADI is the first company to develop and release a number of Ebola tests.  ADI is contacting the CDC and health officials in Texas to donate some of these kits.  “The availability of these kits should help diagnose Ebola in humans and animals and allow for rapid testing of various Ebola vaccines,” said Dr. Ali.

 

About Alpha Diagnostic Int’l Inc (ADI).

ADI, established in 1993 in San Antonio, Texas, USA, is a biotech company engaged in developing and testing many vaccines for malaria, cholera, anthrax, Ebola, Japanese encephalitis, universal influenza, Congo, and papilloma (HPV) viruses.  It is also a unique source for many vaccine efficacy tests for diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, hepatitis, rabies, measles, mumps, rubella, polio, meningitis and tuberculosis in humans and animals.  To find out more, please visit: http://4adi.com/objects/catalog/product/extras/Ebola_Marburg_Vaccines_ELISA_Flr.pdf

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Alpha Diagnostic, Customer Support
6203 Woodlake Center
San Antonio, Texas 78244
Toll Free: (800)-786-5777
Office: (210) 561-9515   Fax: (210) 561-9544
Email: customerservice@4adi.com

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Alpha Diagnostic International
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Email: customerservice@4adi.com

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