Over at Venture Nashville Connections, Milt Capps has written about a potentially promising alliance between Middle Tennessee State University, Tennessee State University and Tennessee Technological University. Officials at the schools are looking to develop a "distributed research park" that would pool best practices around their tech transfer operations and supporting the state's regional business accelerators. Things are at a very early stage and there are plenty of paths to explore.
A physical campus for a central MT-DRP "technology concentration" facility is among the options that are to be studied. However, in the absence of such a physical geographic nexus, the "distributed research park" could take the form of collaborative, cooperative or community programs.
Cigna-HealthSpring and partner Intel-GE Care Innovations are expanding a population health program focused on patients with congestive heart failure.
Intel-GE is a joint venture between the chip maker and General Electric's health care division that has provided tablets to virtually connect patients to Cigna-HealthSpring nurse practitioners. Patients also are given blood pressure cuffs and scales to chart their daily metrics on the tablet, allowing them to manage their condition at home.
A pilot version of the program engaged 50 patients and the expansion will reach up to 250. The goal is to reduce hospitalizations and readmissions.
"We are dedicated to helping our customers get more from life and the success of the pilot program shows what an invaluable opportunity we have to truly make a positive impact in our customers' lives," Dr. Jim Lancaster, Cigna HealthSpring senior medical director, said in a release. "Many people with congestive heart failure find themselves back in the hospital within a matter of weeks after returning home, so it's important that we continue to see new and innovative solutions to help them better manage their health."
Scott Borchetta and his Big Machine Label Group have signed on with Republic Records and John Varvatos Records to market the Zac Brown Band's next record, which is due next spring. The four-way partnership with Brown's three-year-old Southern Ground Artists — which started life under the umbrella of Warner Music's Atlantic Records — was announced this past weekend at the iHeartRadio Fest.
Borchetta, who at Big Machine works with artists like Taylor Swift, Tim McGraw and Florida Georgia Line, said he’d always wanted to work with Brown “from day one. So over the years, knowing him from a distance, I was always working the managers [ROAR’s Bernie Cahill and Will Ward] and just really admiring the musicianship and the trueness of everything Zac and his band stand for.”
Brookdale Senior Living has closed on its $1.2 billion joint venture with Long Island, Calif.-based HCP Inc. to own and operate 14 retirement communities.
Through the deal, the two companies will also amend leases on 202 HCP-owned senior living communities formerly operated by Emeritus Senior Living, which Brookdale acquired earlier this year.
"We are very excited about broadening our relationship with HCP through both the merger with Emeritus and this transaction, which creates attractive opportunities to build shareholder value for Brookdale and HCP," Andy Smith, Brookdale CEO, said in a release.
Shares of Brookdale (Ticker: BKD) were down 1 percent to $34.60 Tuesday afternoon. Year to date, they're up 27 percent.
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