Health Care

May 7, 2021

Vaccination 'passports' Come Into Focus

By Neil Cotiaux, posted May 7, 2021

CastleBranch, the Wilmington-based consumer reporting agency, touts its status as “one of the first companies in the world” to issue a COVID-19 vaccination ID card.   The digital pass, which provides proof of vaccination to third parties, allows someone to enter a business, school, concert, sporting event or other site that may require such certification ...

May 7, 2021

PPD Influences Regional Economy

By Christina Haley O'Neal, posted May 7, 2021

The growth Wilmington-headquartered PPD Inc. has experienced in the Port City is an economic driver for the region, local economic development leaders say.   On top of the global contract research organization’s large tax base in New Hanover County and its 1,800 local employees, it can also lay claim to having a big role in spawning the region’s clinical ...

Apr 22, 2021

NHRMC Given The Go-ahead To Build Hospital In Scotts Hill

By Staff Reports, posted Apr 22, 2021

NHRMC is expanding its footprint on the northern side of New Hanover County. New Hanover Regional Medical Center, a part of Novant Health, is being granted a certificate of need (CON) to build a new 66-bed acute care hospital in Scotts Hill, according to an announcement Thursday. Construction is expected to begin in 2022, with an opening around 2024, a news release s ...

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5 Essential Tips To Boosting Your Search Engine Rank

Posted May 4, 2021
A solid SEO (search engine optimization) strategy helps you rank higher in search engines when potential customers look for the products and services you offer. Unfortunately, it’s becoming consistently more challenging to maintain a high rank above your competition. Here are five of the most critical factors to ranking higher in searches. entire article
Apr 20, 2021

Nearly three months after purchasing NHRMC, Novant Health is beefing up the “regional” in New Hanover Regional Medical Center. The private, nonprofit announced a series of changes Tuesday that integrate key NHRMC leaders into Novant’s newly formed Coastal market as well as systemwide roles with the Winston-Salem-based health network. The new lineup mea ...

Apr 19, 2021

The acquisition of Wilmington-based PPD Inc. could go two ways for the company's base in Wilmington, said Adam Jones, an economist with the University of North Carolina Wilmington. "It could be a threat to the location as headquarters operations get rolled into a larger organization (potentially elsewhere), or it could mean more resources for the organization t ...

Apr 16, 2021

Publisher’s Note: The Mixed Emotions Of PPD's Deal

By Rob Kaiser, posted Apr 16, 2021

It’s not every day the Wall Street Journal writes about a homegrown Wilmington company being sold for $17 billion.   In fact, that sentence has never been written anywhere before this week.   The news that Pharmaceutical Product Development (now known as PPD), which started 36 years ago as a one-person consulting firm, is likely being sold for $17.4 bil ...

Apr 16, 2021

Pharmaceutical Pipeline

By Staff Reports, posted Apr 16, 2021

Alcami Corp. 2320 Scientific Park Drive, Wilmington No. of employees: About 400 locally and 850 globally   Year founded: 1979   Top local officials: Amanda Wohlleber, site director of drug product operations in Wilmington, and Katie Schlipp, executive director of analytical services in Wilmington Company description: Alcami Corp. is a Wilmington ...

Apr 15, 2021

Thermo Fisher Announces It Will Buy PPD For $17.4B

By Vicky Janowski, posted Apr 15, 2021

Thermo Fisher Scientific will buy Wilmington-based PPD for $17.4 billion, the companies announced this morning.   Under the agreement, approved by both companies’ boards, Thermo Fisher will acquire PPD for $47.50 per share for the total cash prices as well as assume about $3.5 billion of net debt, according to a news release.   The transaction is expect ...

Apr 14, 2021

WSJ Reports That PPD In Talks To Sell

By Vicky Janowski and Cece Nunn, posted Apr 14, 2021

Wilmington-based PPD is in talks to sell to Thermo Fisher Scientific for more than $15 billion, The Wall Street Journal reported this afternoon.   Citing unnamed sources familiar with the issue, the publication said the companies could come to a deal as early as this week if talks don’t fall through.   PPD officials did not immediately return requests f ...

Apr 2, 2021

Cape Fear Clinic Rises To Occasion

By Scott Nunn, posted Apr 2, 2021

Cape Fear Clinic was already in for an eventful 2021. As with most everything, however, the pandemic meant a change of plans for the medical clinic, which is marking its 30th anniversary this year.   It’s a milestone for the unique provider, founded in 1991 through the efforts of three physicians who were members of St. Mary Catholic Church. In its early years ...

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