Business Briefs: LakePharma works to combat COVID-19

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LakePharma, a biologics company that has a facility on South Street, recently announced it was making versions of purified COVID-19 proteins available to the biotech community for “rapid antibody and diagnostic development under relaxed business terms” in an effort to combat the pandemic.

“LakePharma has been working actively with various partners on approaches against COVID-19 since the end of January,” LakePharma president/CEO Hua Tu said in a press release. “We have produced several versions of the COVID-19 spike proteins. We believe they serve as useful reagents for antibody and diagnostic development, and therefore we have made arrangements to make the reagents available to the biotech community. Furthermore, I would like to thank and acknowledge the LakePharma employees who have adapted to this difficult situation and continue to show their dedication to being part of the solution to this global pandemic.”

The release stated that LakePharma is considered an essential business exempt from stay at home guidance, but the California-based company was taking “great precautions to minimize risks and protect employees, thus continuing the discovery and production of urgently needed biologics.”

Calvario honored by Coldwell Banker

Realtor Bernie Calvario was recognized with the Coldwell Banker International Sterling Society award based on her 2018 and 2019 sales achievements. This award is presented to the top 15 percent of approximately 94,000 Coldwell Banker-affiliated agents worldwide.
“It is my pleasure to congratulate Bernie Calvario for attaining the Coldwell Banker International Sterling Society award,” said Pauline Bennett, president of Coldwell Banker Realty New England.

With more than 19 years of experience, Calvario serves home buyers and sellers in her hometown of Hopkinton and surrounding towns in the Metrowest area. She has numerous professional designations.

Active in her community, Calvario has assisted many organizations, most recently Project Just Because, with achieving housing grants through her different membership organizations.

MRMC announces new chair of radiology

Milford Regional Medical Center last month announced the appointment of Jeffrey Brooks as chair of radiology. Dr. Brooks graduated with a degree in medicine from the University of Vermont College of Medicine in 2006. He completed a diagnostic radiology residency program at Boston University Medical Center. Dr. Brooks continued his training with a breast imaging fellowship program at Boston University Medical Center. He is board certified in radiology.

“We are extraordinarily pleased that Dr. Brooks is the new chair of radiology,” said Leslie Selbovitz, Milford Regional’s chief medical officer and senior vice president for medical affairs. “In addition to his fellowship training in breast imaging, Dr. Brooks has been one of the key members of the interdisciplinary Pulmonary Nodule Board dedicated to the early diagnosis and cure of lung cancer, similar to his leadership activities with breast disease. He is a vital member of the Breast Tumor Board at Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center at Milford Regional. He and his wife are avid Red Sox fans, and he always enjoys discussing his favorite team.”