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“You do what? Sorry, we don’t want Your business…..”

Posted by Jim H on February 23, 2009

Couple weeks ago I went to a Frederick County Chamber of Commerce lunch networking event at the Red Horse.  It’s like a speed dating networking event:  you sit with 4 other people, give them your elevator talk, pass out cards, move to next table every 5 minutes.  As a small business owner with no real “retail” or consumer services to offer (although I have toyed around with the idea of handing out “coupons” for free placental perfusion or “Recycle your placenta” bumper stickers), the sales people at these events like to pitch their wares:  Web design, Accounting services, graphic arts, office supplies, computer stuff, etc.

So I had a couple follow-up calls and made appointments to chat with a few people since I really need to start “branding” the Hemacell Perfusion (and man, does the web site need some work).  Here’s where it gets bizarre.

I get an email back from one of my appointments stating “we really think the work you are doing is great, but we’re not going to be able to business with you because of potential conflict of interest with existing clients.”  That’s a first for me.

And on another rant, there was a great little opt ed piece in the Baltimore Sun last week written by Dr’s Curt Civin (best known as the person who discovered CD34) and E. Albert Reece.  In the piece he make allusion to the belief that Obama will overturn the Bush “Stem Cell Legislation”.  As I have said before (HERE and HERE), this piece of legislation is really not the problem and as the Opt-ed piece states:

Lifting the ban is an important first step – but it is mostly symbolic. Unless it leads to a significant increase in funding for rebuilding the infrastructure this field needs to mature, it is likely to have little tangible effect. This would be very unfortunate, because the field of regenerative medicine – which utilizes stem cells, among other tools, to understand disease processes and to repair damaged organs – is ripe for development.

I also have been meaning to ask you all to oppose HR 801 “Fair Copyright in Research Works Act” which seeks to overturn the order that all NIH funded research be made available to the public at no charge.  Most critically, H.R. 801 would reverse the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Public Access Policy, prohibit American taxpayers from accessing the results of the crucial biomedical research funded by their taxpayer dollars, and stifle critical advancements in life-saving research and scientific discovery.  Please write your Senator, House member, and local officials and state your opposition to HR 801.  I’ve already sent an e-mail to Roscoe Bartlett and a few others.  You can go to the web site for more information.

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