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Biotech

BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc. in Novato partnered with industry and patient advocacy groups to raise awareness of rare diseases that affect nearly 30 million Americans and millions of others around the world. Rare Disease Day will include a nationwide network of activities for patients, caregivers and the general public. The day is observed by industry, medical, research and patient communities and government entities such as the National Institutes of Health, Office of Rare Diseases Research and the Food and Drug Administration's Office of Orphan Products Development.

Business Organizations

Leadership Award nominations are being accepted by the Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce. They will be given to ten people in the areas of agriculture, government, health care, human services, justice, education, business and economy, public relations, media and communications, quality of life, and planning and development. From that group of ten, one will be selected to receive the 2010 Bob Blanchard Leadership Award. The deadline for nominations is March 5.  Visit www.santarosachamber.com.

Government

The town of Yountville’s municipal code is now available on the town’s Web site at www.townofyountville.com. Residents and others can click on the Town Council tab then go to Municipal Code to access the document. Individuals will find a table of contents, search feature for keywords, statutory references and code alert for recent ordinances that are not yet codified.

Green

Petaluma-based HydroPoint Data Systems Inc. will partner with the city of Santa Clarita to roll out the world's largest smart water management implementation, replacing inefficient irrigation timers with   Internet-enabled, central-control irrigation systems for 700 acres of the city's landscape maintenance districts. Upon completion of the program, overall water savings are expected to exceed 180 million gallons annually.

Nonprofit and Community Organizations

Santa Rosa-based Disability & Legal Center is seeking board members with experience in marketing, publicity, financing, fundraising and medical aspects of disabilities. The nonprofit serves people with disabilities in Sonoma, Napa, Lake and Mendocino counties. For more information, visit www.disabilityserviceandlegal.org or contact Michael Ellenwood at 707-528-2745 or Michael_ellenwood@sonic.net.

Technology

San Rafael-based Autodesk’s Autodesk Lustre software was honored with an Academy Award for design and development of Lustre software for digital color grading for film and television. This is the fifth time a technology development from Autodesk has been recognized and honored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Enwisen, the Novato developer of human resources software, will sponsor the Shared Services Institute's 2010 North America Human Resources Shared Services Survey, the only comprehensive, independent survey to focus exclusively on HR shared services. Participants will receive a complimentary copy of survey results, which will also be presented at a Webinar hosted by Enwisen on March 18.

Rohnert Park-based e-mail security solutions provider Red Condor said telecommunications carrier Comporium selected Red Condor's anti-spam technology to protect its more than 95,000 residential and business customers from e-mail threats. Comporium in Rock Hill, S.C., has been servicing customers across York and Lancaster counties for more than 100 years.

Wine

The Napa Valley Vintners in St. Helena was given two Awards of Excellence by the American Society of Association Executives and the Center for Association Leadership in Washington, D.C., one for its Adopt-a-School program, a cooperative effort to stimulate business, industry and government in support of education while enriching the educational experiences of public school students. The other award was for its wine auction’s commitment to distribute a minimum of $5 million to Napa County nonprofits each year over the next five years whether or not the auction raised $5 million.

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