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Monday, December 16, 2013, 5:00 am

Business News: Week of Dec. 16, 2013

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    Energy

    MCE Clean Energy has announced that it is offering $10,000 in solar rebates for its residential customers. MCE will provide twenty $500 rebates, on a first-come, first-served basis, to qualifying customers in Marin and Richmond who install a solar photovoltaic system on their home. Initially, the rebates will only be available to low-income customers but will be open to all MCE customers beginning in March 2013.  In order to receive the $500 rebate, customers are required to fill out a simple form verifying that the solar panels were purchased (or building permits signed) on or after November 15, 2013 and provide proof of eligibility for the SASH or MASH program.  MCE’s solar rebate forms can be found at mceCleanEnergy.com/solar-rebates.  MCE’s solar rebates can be used in conjunction with other Federal, State or PG&E incentives.  

    Technology

    San Rafael’s NewMo (formerly NewMomentum), provider of the suite of CyberAnalyst online brand protection solutions,announced significant new functionality in its CyberAnalyst Version 4 platform.  NewMo customers can now readily utilize CyberAnalyst to identify linkages among sellers representing, or purporting to represent, their brands online. As CyberAnalyst monitors the global online arena, it collects detailed data, as available, from online listings including listing title, description, product being sold, quantity of units advertised, listing price, shipping method, seller name, seller location, and seller contact information.  CyberAnalyst Version 4 automatically compares all of the information collected for a customer on an ongoing basis, searching for matches that can link a seller to another seller, or to many other sellers.

    Cyan (NYSE:CYNI), a Petaluma-based provider of software-defined networking and packet-optical solutions for network operators, announced that its Blue Planet SDN and NFV Orchestration Platform won the distinction of “SDN Innovation of the Year” in the 2013 Telecom Asia Readers’ Choice & Innovation Awards. Cyan’s selection is based on Blue Planet’s market traction (over 100 deployments worldwide) and the platform’s ability to address multi-layer, multi-vendor WAN, data center, and NFV orchestration challenges for network operators.

    Sausalito’s Sanovas, Inc., a life science technology company focused on developing and commercializing next generation micro-invasive diagnostics, devices and drug delivery technologies announced that the United States Patent and Trademark Office issued patent # 8,597,239 for the company’s Abrading Balloon Catheter for Extravasated Drug Delivery. The Abrading Balloon Catheter for Extravasated Drug Delivery is a multi-lumen balloon catheter that features abrasive outer surfaces upon the substrate of the balloons that are intended to abrade tissue and stimulate cellular function to optimize the osmotic uptake of therapeutic agents into target tissues.

    Claret Medical, Inc., a Santa Rosa developer of innovative solutions for cerebral protection during structural heart interventions, vascular interventions, and cardiac surgery procedures, announced that it has submitted an investigational device exemption (IDE) application to the US Food and Drug Administration for a multicenter study of the Company’s Sentinel Cerebral Protection System (CPS) for embolic protection during Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR).  The IDE application is the result of comprehensive and collaborative pre-IDE discussions.

    Wine

    The Court of Master Sommeliers, Americas (CMS-A) announced the launch of two new corporate programs that will provide companies with group rates and access to its Introductory Sommelier Course and Examination at a significant savings. The intensive two-day seminar led by Master Sommeliers is aimed at providing employees in the restaurant and hospitality business with the confidence and skill to recommend, buy and serve wine, beer and spirits from around the world. Companies can either purchase a block of seats in a course scheduled by the Court through “Block Purchase” or can choose to host their own private course by selecting the “In House” program.

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