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Jennifer and Steve Rattner are the owners and operators of FirstLight HomeCare, now open in Clearwater.

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Jennifer and Steve Rattner are the owners and operators of FirstLight HomeCare, now open in Clearwater.

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Biopsy Sciences LLC, 4900 Creekside Drive in Clearwater, announced it has received approval to market its new Magne-Cath medical device to the European market, and will begin introducing it during the first quarter of 2013.

According to Fred Ahari, founder and chief technical officer of Biopsy Sciences, the Magne-Cath is designed for use in the cardiovascular system to retrieve or manipulate objects during stent graft placement.

Its design consists of two separate catheters, each with a magnetic tip, that create a closed loop, allowing the physician to more easily manipulate a guiding wire into the proper location of the stent graft.

"This device will make the procedure faster and improve the safety, thus reducing the risks commonly associated with stent graft placement," said Dr. Mitchell Weiss, inventor of the Magne-Cath.

"Having performed over 500 stent graft placements since they were developed, we understand the difficulties of this complex procedure, and think we've come up with a device surgeons will find very useful," said Dr. John Fisher, CEO of Biopsy Sciences. "We are excited to bring this device to our European colleagues, and Florida's Target Sector Trade Grants will be quite helpful with our promotional efforts."

The Enterprise Florida Target Sector Trade Grant program provides event-specific grants on a reimbursable basis to eligible small companies in target sectors, like medical device manufacturing. The funds help offset costs and enable companies to participate in Enterprise Florida trade shows and select U.S. certified trade exhibitions in target sectors.

The company first used Florida's Target Sector Trade Grants in 2011 to attend Latin America's largest medical products trade show in Brazil.

Biopsy Sciences learned about the availability of these grants through retention visits with Pinellas County Economic Development's Business Development team, whose managers, Andrea Falvey and Scott Talcott, meet regularly with Pinellas County companies in target industries to discuss programs that can assist businesses with their growth.

"There are a number of programs available to assist Pinellas companies with increasing exports, training staff, reducing tax liability and financing growth," explained Falvey. "We listen to the needs of Pinellas companies, connect their team to resources and offer consultations to help them grow and create new jobs in Pinellas."

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FirstLight HomeCare is now open at 2750 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater.

Owned and operated by local husband and wife team Steve and Jennifer Rattner, the enterprise is focused on relationship-building and providing in-home care customized for seniors, new mothers, adults with disabilities and those recovering from illness, injury or surgery.

The couple feels their personal experiences with their grandparents and own aging parents help them relate to their client's needs and requests.

"We are looking forward to servicing the residents of Pinellas and Pasco counties," said Steve Rattner. "Going into the home care industry, we'll be able to help the aging population live well at home as well as lend a helping hand to people like us who are caring for their own family while caregiving for the seniors in their lives."

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Clearwater business briefs 01/31/13 [Last modified: Thursday, January 31, 2013 6:48pm]
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