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Daily Distillery Introduces Vodkow

Vodkow – vodka from a cow

The Dairy Distillery, in Almonte, Ontario, has brought together artisanal distilling techniques with cutting edge science to develop Vodkow, vodka made from cow’s milk. 

Omid McDonald, founder of Dairy Distillery, learned about unwanted milk permeate – the leftover from milk after the fats and proteins are taken out to make popular dairy products such as ice cream, cheese and butter, and worked with the University of Ottawa to find a yeast that can consume lactose and produce alcohol.

McDonald hopes that “more people will start making use of this lactose, which is currently being wasted. So we will see it as a positive thing if other people also started working with milk-based spirits.”

Click here to read more about Dairy Distillery.


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New Wave Endo announces M-Close surgical device

New Wave Endo announced the launch of the M-Close surgical device at the American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress on October 22, 2018. The M-Close multifunction closure device combines targeted anesthesia delivery with the most advanced port closure device for laparoscopic surgery. As of the date of this article, the device is not yet available for sale in the U.S.

The M-Close was conceived of and developed by the late Dr. Manoj B. Patel, a dear friend and colleague of Upstream Partners.

New Wave Endo is run by the same team that founded and ran New Wave Surgical, which was acquired by Covidien in 2014. Read more about the acquisition here.

IAM Strategy 300 for 2018

IAM Strategy 300 for 2018

Mark Chandler was again recognized by Intellectual Asset Magazine as one of the World’s Leading IP Strategists, by being included in the IAM 300 for the tenth straight year. This peer-selected list cites individuals whose key skill-set is working with IP owners to help them maximize the value of their patents, copyrights, trademarks and other rights.

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IP Assets in Population Health Management

Upstream Partners helped a health care provider identify and protect its intellectual property (IP) assets in order to recognize, preserve and increase the value of the company’s intangible assets.

Upstream conducted an audit of a non-for-profit company in health care predictive analytics and patient health care programs in order to help the company identify and value its IP assets as well as the data it had produced, and continues to produce, through its analytics and care plans. This included a deep review of proprietary algorithms, data structures and data content.

It is critical that the company protects and prevents its IP from being copied, adopted and leaked which requires identification and cataloguing its IP. It is also critical that this be updated on a regular and periodic basis.

This closely relates to an engagement in the population health management space. Click here to read more.