SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

October 30, 2013

Business Briefcase


The Salem News

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Sheila Mitsuma has been named deputy editor for DynaMed and will oversee the infectious disease content. DynaMed is an evidence-based clinical decision support tool from Ipswich-based EBSCO Information Services, which is updated daily and provides doctors and other healthcare providers with clinically organized summaries at the point of care. Dr. Mitsuma is an associate physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and a consultant in medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital. She is also a diplomate with both the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Infectious Disease. Mitsuma received her medical degree from Northwestern University and completed internal medicine residency and infectious disease fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital. She also underwent additional subspeciality training in the care of immunocompromised hosts at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

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Jeff Odiet, an internal medicine physician, has joined the North Shore Physicians Group practice and, beginning Jan. 1, 2014, will see patients at his permanent practice at 192 North St. in Danvers. Dr. Odiet is a graduate of Harvard Medical School and is board certified in internal medicine. He completed his residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and has clinical interests in dermatology, sports medicine, preventive health care and minor surgery.

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Ladd Shuford, a resident of Swampscott, has joined J. Barrett & Company as a Realtor in the agency’s Marblehead office. Shuford’s business background in customer service includes relationship management with corporate firms such as Bain Capital, Marriot, Raytheon, and the Four Seasons.

Cammy Gregorio-Bille, a Peabody resident, has also joined as a Realtor in the agency’s Cummings Center office in Beverly. Gregorio-Bille is a graduate of Endicott College.

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The New England Library Association has awarded the 2013 Emerson Greenaway Distinguished Service Award for Librarianship, or “The Great Librarian Award,” to Robert C. Maier of Salem. Maier has retired this year from his position as executive director of the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, the state agency that oversees library service in the Commonwealth. Maier received the award in recognition of his dedicated and effective service to libraries during his career; he has been an advocate for improved library service and funding, and for innovation and new programs and technology in libraries. Maier was one of the founding members of the Minuteman Library network as director of the Bedford Public Library in the 1980s, and in his first years at the MBLC, he oversaw the development of a major and sustained effort by the Commonwealth to build and renovate more than 200 public libraries over the last 20 years. On the national level, Maier assumed a leadership role in legislative affairs for the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies. He continues his involvement with libraries by volunteering on the Digital Content Working Group, a committee of the American Library Association that is working on making e-books available through libraries. Maier was nominated for the award by the Massachusetts Library Association.

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Bob Eastman, vice president at Salem Five Bank, has been named president of the Board of Directors at the Salem YMCA. Eastman joins the following six North Shore residents who have been appointed to the Board of Directors: Marge Cregg, advancement director, Shore Country Day School; Ed Crouch, founder, Not for Profit Capital Strategies; Jeff Loeb, attorney, Rich May Attorneys at Law; Karen Lucas, school adjustment counselor, Manchester Essex Regional School District, and certified instructor, William Glasser Institute; Michelle McCarthy, vice president of marketing, Energi Insurance Services; and Peter Richardson, vice president, Jones Lange LaSalle.

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Milestones

Commonwealth Laboratories, Inc., a state and federally-licensed, FDA-registered independent diagnostic laboratory headquartered in Salem, and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, a hospital in Los Angeles, Calif., have signed an exclusive license agreement for three patents owned by Cedars-Sinai that cover technology developed by Dr. Mark Pimentel, director of Cedars-Sinai’s Gastrointestmal Motility Program and Laboratory, and Dr. Henry C. Lin. These patents describe the use of hydrogen and methane breath testing in the diagnosis of irritable bowel syndrome and other disorders caused by small intestinal bacterial overgrowth.

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Endodynamix, Inc. in Salem has been awarded $10,000 as part of the $2.8 million in Workforce Training Fund General Program Grants awarded to 37 companies across the Commonwealth. The grant is expected to train five employees at Endodynamix and create 10 new jobs as a result of training at the company.