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Matrix Solutions Adds Features to Matrix Locker
Matrix Solutions, a provider of Media CRM and Sales Analytics software, announces the new features included in the next release of their industry leading solution. Matrix Locker™, a shared document storage module at an enterprise level, will be part of the product release enabling content to be stored within the system and attached to applicable records. Additional features of the release that were designed to help drive operational sales efficiencies include shared accounts and enhanced reporting that is keyword search driven. The release will be fully deployed to current Matrix customers October 26, 2013.
Matrix Locker, our new document storage module, allows users to save e-mails as activities with attachments such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint and PDF documents. The Matrix Locker, where a user can download or upload files, is available within Account, Agency, Contact, Deal, and Activity locations. Matrix Locker users will have the option to create and manage personal folder hierarchies, customize file storage types and to send files via a unique generated URL to anyone within or outside of the Matrix system.
PLSG Closes $338K in Investments
On the heels of an updated vision and mission in the firm’s strategic focus at the end of the second quarter, Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse (PLSG), the region’s only pure life sciences investment firm, and managing member of the PLSG Accelerator Fund, announced today the closing of $338,000 in new investments at the end of the third quarter.
“We have committed to working hard and staying focused on raising funds for both the PLSG and our portfolio companies,” said John Manzetti, President and CEO of PLSG. “The redefined business structure put a laser focus on later stage investments and we are pleased that it has helped to deliver more opportunities for our growing life sciences region, even during times of the uncertain economy.”
The most recent PLSG direct investment commitment includes $200,000 into Complexa, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company focused on treating inflammatory and metabolic disorders with nitrated unsaturated fatty acids, and $138,000 into Cognition Therapeutics, Inc. a drug discovery company focused on neurodegenerative disorders that uses proprietary and biologically-relevant screening technology. PLSG has invested multiple times in both of these companies. PLSG has invested into Complexa a total of $550,000 and into Cognition for $1.1 million, which is PLSG’s largest investment to-date. In addition, the PLSG Accelerator Fund has also invested heavily into Cognition.
BJ’s Wholesale Club Powers Up with Direct Energy and SolarCity
Direct Energy, one of North America’s largest energy and energy-related services companies, and SolarCity® (Nasdaq: SCTY), America’s no. 1 full-service solar power provider, announced that they will provide solar electricity to a club location of BJ’S Wholesale Club, a leading operator of warehouse clubs in the eastern United States. SolarCity will install solar panels at BJ’s North Brunswick, New Jersey location at little to no cost, and BJ’s will pay for the solar electricity produced at a discount to current energy rates.
NSF Grant Will Integrate Carnegie Mellon Robotic Kits Into Middle School Courses in Pennsylvania and West Virginia
An innovative program that introduces robotic technology into non-technical middle school classes will be used by suburban Pittsburgh and rural West Virginia schools in a federally funded research project to identify and nurture students with an affinity for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
All 7th and 8th grade students at Springdale Junior-Senior High School and all 6th, 7th and 8th grade students in the Mingo County (WV) Schools — a total of 900 children annually — will use robotic kits developed at Carnegie Mellon University. They will use the kits to complete at least one project or assignment each year in required courses such as health, earth science and language arts.
The three-year Creative Robotics project, supported by a $1.5 million National Science Foundation grant, seeks to increase the number and diversity of students in the STEM education pipeline.