Fluence Analytics Signs Distribution Agreement in Japan

(New Orleans) ‒ Fluence Analytics, a manufacturer of industrial and laboratory analytics products, today announced it has signed a distribution agreement with Nihon Rufuto, a Japanese company specializing in the import and domestic sales of scientific instruments.

Nihon Rufuto will introduce, market and distribute ARGEN throughout Japan. ARGEN is a static light scattering instrument that yields realtime measurements on the stability of therapeutic proteins and peptides and the quality of natural and synthetic polymers.

The partnership combines ARGEN’s unique technology and the value it delivers to the biopharmaceutical development process with Nihon Rufuto’s presence and expertise in the rapidly expanding Japanese biotech market. Nihon Rufuto is scheduled to showcase an ARGEN system during InterPhex Japan in Tokyo on June 27-29, 2018.

“We are excited about this new partnership enabling us to expand into another major market,” says Alex Reed, CEO of Fluence Analytics. “Working with Nihon Rufuto gives us access to Japan’s diverse range of advanced industries, including polymers and biopharmaceuticals, where our products will help scientists and engineers save time while developing better, safer products.”

About Fluence Analytics
Fluence Analytics is a manufacturer of industrial and laboratory products that produce continuous data streams. These measurements, combined with powerful, proprietary analytical tools, enable realtime optimization of process control and faster R&D for polymer and biopharmaceutical manufacturers. Visit www.FluenceAnalytics.com to learn more about the company’s solutions for realtime data. realtime optimization.

About Nihon Rufuto
Nihon Rufuto is a company concerned with the import and domestic sales of foreign-based medical and scientific instruments. Since 1998 Nihon Rufuto has been engaged in the consulting, marketing and distribution of scientific equipment for R&D and quality control applications in industry and academia. Visit www.nihon-rufuto.com/english/ to know more about the company’s products and applications.

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“We’re tremendously excited to join the BioAesthetics team on their journey to innovate patient care through regenerative medicine,” said Amy Gu, Managing Director of Hemi Ventures. “Their advancements are writing the next chapter for living tissue grafts and will improve choices for patients and their medical providers.”

This funding accelerates the development of BioAesthetics’ first product – an acellular tissue-engineered graft that regenerates the nipple-areolar complex (NAC) for breast cancer/mastectomy patients who are currently limited to prostheses, tattoos, and surgical reconstructions out of skin. Just like breast reconstruction, NAC reconstruction provides significant physical and psychological benefits for many patients. “Nipple reconstructions are an important part of completing the reconstruction of the breast, but current methods for reconstruction lack in aesthetics and longevity and are unsatisfactory,” said Abigail Chaffin, MD, a reconstructive surgeon at Tulane University. “The NAC graft BioAesthetics offers will be a game-changer in nipple reconstruction.”

Nicholas Pashos, PhD, founder and CEO of BioAesthetics, developed a graft that regenerates a permanent, living NAC during his doctoral work at Tulane University. Test grafts show promising results. Within one week, living cells migrate from the host tissue into and throughout the graft. Within three weeks, blood vessels begin to form within the graft and new skin forms over the graft. These results indicate integration and acceptance of the acellular graft by the host without immunocompromising antibiotics or steroids as is the case with standard organ transplants and tissue grafts. “We’re working hard with reconstructive surgeons to develop innovative treatment options that improve the aesthetic and overall health outcomes for patients,” said Dr. Pashos.