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Beacon Equity Research Featured Company: Medistem Laboratories, Inc. (MDSM.OB)

Thursday, February 28th, 2008

Medistem Laboratories, Inc. (MDSM.OB) is an innovative biotechnology company committed to the creation and commercialization of advanced medical therapies based on non-controversial adult stem cells. Medistem’s corporate mission is to transform these stem cells into valuable medical treatments.

The Company’s business strategy calls for the establishment of a series of clinics and laboratories around the world to deliver unprecedented, next-generation cell therapies to help millions of patients while seeking to commercialize products in the U.S. market. Medistem’s proprietary technology is based on adult stem cells sourced from umbilical cords, fat, bone marrow, and muscle, and is used Medistem’s licensee ICM in the treatment of cerebral palsy, stroke, cardiovascular disease and orthopedic diseases.

Medistem believes it may hold a substantial competitive edge in the worldwide emerging market for stem cell-sourced medical solutions. This positions the company to become a leading global provider of stem cell treatments on a fee-for-service basis, while accumulating intellectual property based on clinical and laboratory findings.

The global market for stem cell treatments and therapies is expected to have substantial growth from its market value of $24.6 billion in 2005 to reach $68.9 billion in 2010. These findings are according to the biopharma research firm, Piribo. Overseas, stem cell therapy centers have increased rapidly due to less stringent regulations in comparison to US regulations.

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Stevia: Illegal if Referenced as “Sweetener,” but Money to Sunwin

Tuesday, October 9th, 2007

Shares of Sunwin International Neutraceuticals Inc. (OTCBB: SUWN) climbed 12 cents, or 21 percent today, settling at 71 cents at the market’s close. This morning the company announced its wholly-owned subsidiary Sunwin Stevia Int. Corp. received a purchase order for its OnlySweet “stevia” to be used in a line of low calorie cola, orange soda, and lemon-lime twist soft drinks.

Stevia (also called sweet leaf or sugarleaf) is a genus of about 150 species of herbs and shrubs in the sunflower family. It’s extracts have up to 300 times the sweetness of sugar, which accounts for its growing, worldwide popularity as a sugar alternative for food and beverages. Gaining momentum in the U.S., stevia is already widely used in the East.

Sunwin International engages in essential traditional Chinese medicine, 100 percent herbal medicine, neutraceutical products, animal medicine, and the aforementioned stevia. According to the company’s Web site, the China Stevioside Sugar Association (yes, there’s really a sugar association) reported that worldwide demand for stevia in 2002 exceeded 1,200 tons – China supplied more than 1,000 tons.

Nutrional beverages and other products have gained momentum as consumers seek healthier lifestyles – and Sunwin intends to capitalize on the demand. Stevia distribution and marketing comes with strings attached, however.

In 1994, the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA) allowed stevia to be sold legally in the U.S., but only as a “dietary supplement.”Stevia is already found in many health-food stores and in many tea products, but legally cannot be called a “sweetener.”

According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), referring to the product as “sweetener” would render the product illegal, or “adulterated.”Still not approved in the U.S. as a “sweetening agent,” stevia can be sold as a dietary supplement if the label refrains from mentioning “sweet” on the label.

But this hasn’t stopped the use of stevia – and hasn’t stopped Sunwin’s distribution or stevia’s popularity.

“We have been approached by numerous companies that have expressed an interest in utilizing stevia produced by our parent company, Sunwin Neutraceuticals, as well as our blended product OnlySweet for utilization in the food and beverage industry. In the United States these products would be labeled as a dietary supplement in accordance with FDA requirements,” said Steven Silbert, executive vice president of Sunwin Stevia International Corp. said in the press release.”While our focus is on the distribution and sales growth of OnlySweet, we also understand the value of positioning our product as an ingredient in a wide variety of ‘All Natural’ dietary supplement products.

“We are currently assessing the market, as well as the companies that have approached us, to ensure that any potential strategic relationships will benefit the company and enhance our product offerings over the coming years,” added Silbert.”The recent attention regarding stevia, due to articles in several national publications, has sparked a flurry of activity which we believe will lead to significant revenue opportunities in the near future.”

Though the U.S. has put restrictions on the plant, stevia has been used for hundreds of years in parts of South America – and in Japan, stevia has been used for over 25 years. Sunwin launched OnlySweet in January 2007, and blends stevia in an FDA approved facility in the U.S., in accordance, of course, with FDA requirements. Notice that the brand name is OnlySweet – but at the far corner, the company added the disclosure “dietary supplement.

SCON Shares Up 76 Percent Following Joint Venture Announcement

Monday, August 27th, 2007

Superconductor Technologies (Nasdaq: SCON) this morning announced a joint venture with Hunchun BaoLi Communication (BAOLI). The two companies will work together in the development and manufacture of SCONs SuperLink interference elimination solution.

Following the announcement, SCON trading skyrocketed. There was pre-market movement and by 8:50 a.m. CDT the company had volume of 1.9 million with a 76 percent jump. Shares went from Friday’s close at $3.33 per share to $5.91 per share this morning. The heavy trading shows market excitement over the new partnering.

Within the joint venture, SCON will provide the technology of its SuperLink solution, while BAOLI will head the manufacture and distribution of the product. Both companies are leaders in their industries within the Chinese market. The joint venture plans to be finalized by the end of 2007.

“BAOLI is a well recognized and successful wireless communications solutions provider in China. BAOLI’s reputation, market presence and manufacturing capabilities make it an excellent potential partner to help SCON build meaningful distribution in Asia. We will provide additional information on our progress as appropriate.” SCON’s President and CEO Jeff Quiram recently commented.

SCON is a leading provider of high performance infrastructure products for wireless voice and data applications. The SuperLink solution increases capacity utilization, lowers dropped and blocked calls, extends coverage and enables faster wireless data rates.

Don’t Edit Me Out: The Truth Will Set You Free

Thursday, August 2nd, 2007

Movie directors have the final say on how something is shot and what scenes audiences will see; even the overall story behind the movie is framed through the director’s eyes. The vision behind this craftsmanship is what draws you in; it is how the content is shifted in order to provide more action, more drama, and more laughter all in an effort to provide entertainment that captures your attention.

Shows like the Real World on MTV have the ability to bring viewers distorted reality TV. Episodes consist of fights, sexuality, and fun in order to draw audiences into the type of show that gets people talking. This might be more exciting to watch, but the ability of the director and producer to add spin creates a distorted vision that leaves out crucial details behind the real story.

Media companies are the most guilty of distorting the reality of something in order to provide the side, or angle, that probably will be the most controversial, all in an effort to keep viewer’s eyes glued on the TV (or the Internet as IPTV hit the mainstream yesterday).

Media companies originally cared about accuracy of the news, focused on providing the public with factual news they could use. Building viewers was based on relevance and the truth of the story. This was news you could count on, “news you could trust.”

Greed though, has been the driving force behind companies and individuals looking to make money since the dawn of time: ‘How much money can we squeeze out of this segment, how much can we generate from this portion of the business?’ These are the questions and thought processes of the world’s corporate leaders. Monetization of anything and everything in order to create revenue streams is what makes businesses successful. Investors love companies that can make them more money, and businesses want to be the most powerful company in the world.

Since the dawn of time, companies like U.S. Steel, Standard Oil, AT&T, and Microsoft have been able to create monopolies of some sort by being able to dominate the market. This greed, this passion, and the drive to be the best are what capitalism is about. Media is now the newest form of greed. Companies all over the world have been competing to get their hands on the newest Web sites in order to create more traffic, and more media advertising in order to create greater revenues.

At what lengths does the media go to in order to reach the most potential viewers, or the largest audience, in order to generate the most media dollars? News stories are shown at the most obscure of angles, with spins and twists that leave you dizzy and unclear on the truth. If Fox covers a story from one angle, ABC might take an alternate angle just to draw in the other viewers who don’t believe Fox’s take on the story.

Throughout the years, high-profile court cases have been prime examples of how the public views a person in a crime. How the film is shot, what audiences are targeted, and the ratio of bad to good puts a perception in the publics eye as to whether someone is guilty or not. Take O.J. Simpson’s case, which might be one of the most public cases in history, for example:

Cameras were set up inside the courtroom all day; reporters interviewed people on the streets about their opinion of his innocence. If six people interviewed believed that O.J. was guilty, and two that believed he was innocent, you would get the overall perception that he should be guilty. People tend to be sheep, believing what the media tells them. Even after the case was over, you still could feel the perception that the media though he was guilty and they filmed it that way.

“I have one problem … with the media and how they will couch things, and kind of skew it to the negative; I’ve said that to the media in this country,” O.J. said in an interview.

He later added, “When my trial was over and I was driving home, if you took a camera and scrolled the street I had people cheering. The media liked that they found one or two negative things and kind of zoomed in on those people who were upset, but if you look at the whole line, you saw people cheering for me.”

The same thing is happening with Michael Vick, who is now in the object of the public’s eyes as the latest super trial to hit the media.

Referencing the case, O.J. said,”I see it with Michael Vick, last week I saw that 90 percent of the people last Wednesday or Thursday said he was guilty. And that was before any real charges were filed. We are in a country now that’s like the old Judge Roy Bean. ‘I’m going to give you a fair trial and then I’m going to hang you!’But then media say’s ‘I’m going to hang you and then I’m going to give you a fair trial.’ I don’t see how this guy in any way could get a fair trial.”

He went on to add, “Unfortunately for Michael Vick, nobody’s cheering for him. I just saw yesterday, finally the NAACP, and somebody is saying, let the man have due process.

Other incidents of the negative lining include Kenny Rogers with the cameraman, Ron Artest after Detroit attacked him, Tank Johnson’s speeding incident, or even the Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinski scandal.

These twists and spins are for revenue purposes only. The perception of these people, although famous and in the spotlight, is generally and consistently skewed to the negative for media companies and news agencies own incentives.

Can you blame them though? If you don’t make money, you can’t stay in business. The chairmen of the board can’t get rich, entertainment would be limited, and the positive effect the media has on the economy would be greatly decreased. Where will you get the truth? Can you trust the media anymore to give you the real facts?

Yesterday, the truth was finally given a chance. A public figure looking to tell his story LIVE, unedited, and how he wanted to be seen in front of the cameras, was finally give the chance. Although you can post your own video on YouTube, Facebook, or MySpace, never before has a media outlet been able to provide a platform of truth someone who has been told what to say since day one.

Finanlly, O.J. Simpson was given the chance to tell his story. He was given the opportunity to show his side of the story, and but how the media has affected not only his life, but also how it affected his image in the public light during the trial. No longer was he seen as the great “Running Back,” or NFL personality. He was viewed as a criminal, guilty before trial.

Referencing the interview on his blog site, O.J. stated, “For the most part, I enjoyed it. It’s nice to finally be able to talk without being so edited. You know overly edited. Most interviews I do, I feel like I’m being cross-examined. One of the reasons I wanted to do this was because it gave me the opportunity to enlighten the public about a lot of things and a lot of misconceptions … one of those being the whole thing about the Bronco.”

IPTV might finally be able to provide an outlet for disgruntled victims of mass media’s distorted reality. The outlet for them has been provided, a way to reach the public and tell their story, one that doesn’t have to be edited, or one that the FCC can’t control. Politicians, actors, athletes can now get back and answer what the media has misconstrued. They no longer need major media to broadcast their statements, which will be edited to fit the need and potentially leave out vital information.

The new platform has been set, and the future is here for the next wave of media. Truth can finally be told, and may the truth finally be what the these slighted individuals need to set them free.

Early Gainers with Big News

Monday, June 4th, 2007

Every public company loves to put out good news and see the reflection in its stock price. The following four companies released positive news of some kind either this morning or late yesterday and have seen their stock prices soar so far today.Just after the market’s open, shares of ESmart Technologies Inc. (Pink Sheets: ESMT) were up 100 percent, or 4 cents, to 8 cents on volume of 679,000. The company announced today it has entered into an agreement with Gwangju City, South Korea, to provide its Biometric Verification Security System and its Super Smart Card for processing payment, ID, e-government and other e-commerce, digital transactions. The technology will be used as part of Gwangju City’s “Digital City” project.

Shares of Law Enforcement Associates Corp. (AMEX: AID) rose 20 percent, or 11 cents, to 66 cents on volume of 18,000 this morning after the company announced more than 60 new orders for its covert tracking system with an aggregate value of approximately $425,000. The orders come from 28 domestic law enforcement and intelligence agencies. The company provides surveillance and security products to the global law enforcement, military, security and corrections market.

Hyperdynamics Corp. (AMEX: HDY) shares rose nearly 15 percent, or 31 cents, to $2.79 this morning on volume of 563,500. The company announced today its wholly owned subsidiary SCS has received a positive disposition of its lawsuit against USOil Corp. (USOil). The case, filed in July, was dropped when USOil made admissions before the court severing “any and all ties Hyperdynamics once had with USOil in conjunction with the old agreement that Hyperdynamics once operated under for oil and gas exploration and production offshore the Republic of Guinea.”

Ascendia Brands Inc. (AMEX: ASB) shares rose 8 percent, or 12 cents, to $1.62 this morning on volume of 7,600. Friday afternoon the company said it would not file its 10-K for the fiscal year ended Feb. 28, 2007 on time, but did release its unaudited earnings for the year. Ascendia reported net sales of $99.6 million as compared to $79.5 million the prior year; gross profit increased to $14.6 million as compared to $5.3 million for 2006. The company accredits its acquisition of Playtex brands in November 2005 to increased net sales.

HOP-ON’s (HPNN.PK) Skye-Phone Awarded Regional Approval

Friday, June 1st, 2007

June 01, 2007 — HOP-ON, INC. (PINKSHEETS: HPNN) announced today the first carrier deployment of its Skye-phone™ product to Dubai’s national telephone carrier Etisalat. The distribution approval, received last Monday, completes the first phase of Skye-phones’ Global Peer Program (GPP).Speaking at an Industry event in Internet city (IC), Dubai Mr. Mohamed Salem, chief manager of new product development, stated, “The Skye-phone service will enable Etisalat to exploit a previously underserved and untapped market in the region. The first deployment of service is expected in 3Q of this year in Dubai.”

Skye-phone’s unlimited market potential stems from integrated “peer-to-peer” VOIP and gaming communication offering full security. These unique features enable units to communicate free of cost and extra-territorially to global locations. Last month, HOP-ON’s subsidiary, MobileGaming.eu, secured GBM as a market partner and negotiations continue pending INPI approval. Skye-phone’s “peer-to-peer gaming” utility patent is expected to be approved this quarter as the company seeks development financing in foreign gaming markets. Dominique Triche, attorney with Chekhov and Legros in France, filed the patent application on behalf of the Company. Triche is certain the final approval will be presented to the public in the next few days, stating, “The patent is in process with the appropriate government agencies as required by guidelines. I can only remark the time of disclosure to commensurate with time requirements in Industrial Property application procedure.” The patent application, filed in 2005, was recently acquired by MobileGaming.eu and will be securing financing to promote GPP in EU and Middle Eastern markets.

Peter Michaels, President of HOP-ON stated, “I am certain to face legal challenges in the U.S. for production of Skye-phone. The decision for immediate entry in global arenas where infrastructures require IP exclusivity for market security has allowed us to move forward with industry leaders and respected partners. Etisalat offered our company an opportunity to expand with Mobile-Gaming.eu. I am looking forward to our patent approval and the financing completion before the board meeting in July.”

The next shareholder meeting, announced by private letter to all shareholders in both regions will include the financial investors of MobileGaming.eu. The meeting is scheduled for July 29, 2007, 6:00 p.m., Lafayette Hotel, Paris, France. For more information on updates of the approval, www.european-patent-office.org/epidos/conf/patlib/press/chapard

About HOP-ON, INC. HOP-ON (PINKSHEETS: HPNN) develops and markets wireless phones and accessories as well as wireless surveillance systems. Its product line includes the next generation CDMA2000 handsets designed by its R&D team as well as GSM/GPRS handsets. HOP-ON targets its phones to both emerging market carriers and other domestic carriers and resellers needing an entry level priced phone. In addition, HOP-ON offers a line of innovative and attractively priced wireless accessories for both HOP-ON phones and other leading manufacturers as well as affordable, wireless surveillance systems. HOP-ON is also known for developing the world’s first disposable cell phone. It was an IS-95 CDMA phone that was sold to consumers with prepaid airtime and included the capability to add on additional minutes. For more information, visit http://www.Hop-on.com .

Early Gainers with Big News

Friday, June 1st, 2007

Every public company loves to put out good news and see the reflection in its stock price. The following four companies released positive news of some kind either this morning or late yesterday and have seen their stock prices soar so far today.Just after the market’s open, shares of RussOil Corp. (OTCBB: RUSO) rose nearly 59 percent, 59 cents, to $1.60. The jump comes after the company’s announcement yesterday of the completion of a purchase agreement with oil and gas company OSJC Smolenergy. Per the agreement, RussOil will acquire 100 percent of Smolenergy in consideration of 11 million shares of restricted shares of RussOil common stock.

Shares of Celsion Corp. (AMEX: CLN) rose 5.6 percent, or 3 cents, to $6.44 this morning, reflecting yesterday’s announcement regarding the company’s Phase I liver cancer study. The company reported it completed the study, conducted at the National Cancer Institute. The clinical data is being assembled for analysis for future submission to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Galaxy Energy Corp. (AMEX: GAX) shares were up 8 percent, or 1 cent, to 16 cents this morning. The company today announced an amendment to the Purchase and Sale Agreement with PetroHunter Energy Corp. Per the agreement between Galaxy, its subsidiary Dolphin Energy and PetroHunter, PetroHunter will pay an aggregate of $45 million to acquire all of Galaxy and Dolphin Energy’s oil and gas interest in several Wyoming and Montana counties. The amendment extends the original closing date of Dec. 29, 2006, to on or before June 30, 2007.

JED Oil Inc. (AMEX: JDO) shares rose nearly 10 percent, or 19 cents, to $2.19 this morning as the company announced its previous offer to Caribou Resources Corp. (TSX: CBU) has moved closer toward acceptance. The offer is to acquire all of Caribou shares and settle with its creditors. The Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta in Calgary approved an extension of the stay of proceedings until June 14, 2007, to give Caribou and its Monitor Deloitte and Touche Inc. time to negotiate details of the transaction.

Elite Wellness Story and Podcast Available at MN1

Friday, June 1st, 2007

Elite Wellness (private company) announced that they were featured in an exclusive Market News First interview on May 23, 2007. Elite Wellness’ CEO Michael Nadeau was featured in an exclusive Market News First interview May 23, 2007 at 3:30 PM CDT with MN1 host Kate Delaney. Mr. Nadeau spoke with Ms. Delaney about what drives effective corporate wellness programs, Elite Wellness’ approach to creating a healthy workforce, and how Elite Wellness works with companies to create health care cost containment strategies that impact the bottom line. The podcast is available for download at: http://files.mn1.com/mp3/ELITEWELLNESS_052307.mp3. The article about Elite Wellness is available at: http://feeds.mn1.com/elite_wellness_saving_your_company_cash.htm. About Elite Wellness: Elite Wellness is a leading, national provider of traditional and customized health and productivity programs that help organizations contain and/or reduce health care costs. Through unique employee engagement strategies, Elite Wellness ensures high participation in its programs helping individuals to adopt healthy, sustainable lifestyle behaviors and companies to create cultural approaches to employee wellness. To learn more about Elite Wellness go to: www.elitewellnessusa.com. About MN1.com Market News First is an online, market news provider that brings investors current news on the market. Market News First is the only online, live IPTV web site that brings real market news to investors and features live interaction with companies from the Bulletin Board to NYSE. Through daily, live interviews, we bring you up to date on all the established companies and inform the investors of the newest opportunities within the market. www.mn1.com

The Next Step in Hybrid Vehicle Technology???

Friday, June 1st, 2007

What’s the big deal with hybrid vehicles? That was the question on everyone’s mind a few years ago when gas prices weren’t so outrageous, and we all looked at a car’s horsepower instead of its miles per gallon. Oh my how $3 gas can change the mindset of consumers and manufacturers. Now almost all the car makers – including General Motors Corporation (NYSE: GM), Ford Motor Co. (NYSE: F) and Daimlerchrysler AG (NYSE: DCX) – have hybrid models.One smallcap company looking to capitalize on a niche within this booming trend is Odyne Corporation (OTCBB: ODYC) with its advanced plug-in hybrid electric vehicle technology for trucks and buses. Odyne’s plug-in technology provides much of the energy that is used to operate the truck loads during stationary operation from the power grid.

The company’s drive system is designed to minimize fuel use and emissions in a typical aerial truck mission; these vehicles are generally dispatched to a work area and then spend several stationary hours at a site while repair or installation tasks are completed. In a conventionally powered aerial truck, the engine is idling during this stationary period to provide power for the aerial lift, power tools, lights and other auxiliary loads that are required by the work crew.

The Odyne system will provide the fuel efficiency and emission enhancements typical of a hybrid vehicle while the truck is traveling to and from the work site and will allow the engine to be shut off during most of the stationary operation. This results in fuel savings, noise and emission reductions during the work period.

The company recently received a purchase order from DUECO Inc. for installation of Odyne’s propulsion technology into an aerial lift truck which will be displayed at the International Construction and Utility Equipment Exposition on October 16 – 18 in Louisville, Kentucky. Odyne and DUECO had entered into an exclusive agreement earlier this month whereby DUECO and Odyne will develop and install proprietary plug-in hybrid electric vehicle propulsion systems optimized for aerial lift truck applications.

Roger M. Slotkin – CEO of Odyne – commented in a press release, “It’s been less than a month since we established a relationship with DUECO and we are excited about installing our propulsion technology into their TL50M material handling bucket truck that will be displayed at the exposition.”

Odyne could definitely be in for quite a run if they are able to capitalize on this untapped niche. Just think of all the fuel/energy that could be saved from construction equipment, school buses and utility trucks having their engines shut off during stationary operation. All we can do is wait and see if truck, bus and heavy equipment manufactures buy into this new technology.

New Medium Enterprises (MNEN.OB) Teams with Scandinavian Distributor

Friday, June 1st, 2007

New Medium Enterprises Inc. (OTCBB: NMEN) provides global High Definition (HD) medium solutions using Red Laser Technology and DVD industrial infrastructure with technology ideal for the video gaming industry and software developers.The company’s Versatile Multilayer Disc (VMD) technology is a multilayered disc equipped with the capability to store large data, about 10 times that of a standard DVD. This eliminates the need for multiple discs to store and build data – the technology is applicable for the recording and playback of HD video.

Earlier this week, New Medium announced it signed a content deal with film distributor Scanbox Entertainment at the Cannes Film Festival in France to ensure that Scanbox will be the leading supplier of HD VMD films across the Scandinavian territory for blockbuster Hollywood titles such as Saw 2, Lucky Number Slevin and more.

“Officially announcing the VMD pioneer for Scandinavia, Scanbox has been one of our successful highlights of the Cannes Film Festival event. Scanbox’s involvement with VMD strengthens the European need for affordable High Definition content now rather than in the future,” said Executive Vice-President of New Medium Alexander Bolker-Hagerty in a press release.

Shares of New Media were slightly down Friday morning, trading at 27 cents.

Thomas Group (TGIS) – Changing Cultures

Friday, June 1st, 2007

“Top down” is a strategy of information processing – a technique to write a program for a main procedure that names all the major functions the program will need. According to Wikipedia, the advantages of top-down programming as compared to bottom-up programming is having a ‘skeleton’ code that clearly illustrates how low level modules integrate an easier to follow code since it is written methodically and with purpose.While the method is used for software and computer programming purposes, it can also be used within a corporation or business that recognizes the need for change and improvement but doesn’t quite know how to build or execute a plan.

Thomas Group Inc. (Nasdaq: TGIS) is a process improvement firm that focuses on the inter cultural change management of a business. It develops and employs methods to transform current processes, procedures and people within the operation to help it assess linkages and efficiencies. Thomas Group then lays down short and long term enhancement programs for the company to follow.

Thomas Group CEO David English told Market News First that the change begins with management and is strengthened when the change becomes part of the company’s culture rather than just a process focused on current employees.

“We find that our process improvements are enhanced when we are able to actually change cultures within a company,” English said. “If we can change a culture within an organization, then those improvements stick around after the people are gone – it becomes a part of the entity rather than invested in the people that are there at the time.”

Just like the top-down computer programming method, English said the changes have to come from the top down. It’s the skeleton code, setting the pace and structure that builds the strength of the plan. If it’s not precisely written and followed, the company can fall back into its previous rut.

“You’ve got to have management that supports the changes you’re trying to make and has to help drive those changes through the organization … ultimately its the people that work there that do the day to day work that make those changes successful or not.”

English said a lot of companies are looking for software or a “magic pill” to fix problems within its structure, looking past the fundamentals.

“If you have a broken process … software may help you get information faster … but the output is still going to be bad unless you fix the fundamentals of what you’re doing,” said English.

He added that many times after talking to Thomas Group, a company will recognize what really is a basic issue or problem and try to address it themselves, many times lacking the self discipline to carry through with the revamped plan.

“So many times … companies need an outside eye to come in and look at things … you can’t see the forest through the trees many times,” he said. “Many times it takes an outside change agent to drive improvements through an organization.

Shares of Thomas Group were down 28 cents to $11.50 Friday afternoon.

Wi-Fi TV (WVTI.PK) Brings Internet to the Next Level

Friday, June 1st, 2007

Stocks for Wi-Fi TV (Pink Sheets: WTVI) were down 12 percent, closing at $0.0029 after a steadily climbing earlier this week after the company released news it would start holding live online sales opportunity Webinars this week, the first of its kind in the business.According to a company press release, Wi-Fi TV founder and Chairman Alex Kanakaris brought a “wave of energy and excitement to the panel on convergence at the iHollywood Forum Mobile Entertainment Summit,” where Kanakaris predicted the end of Digital Rights Management (DRM) software for music and movies, along with a new business model that will “result in the biggest viewership ever while paying the artists and actors more than they have ever been paid, and shifting the balance of power to content control.”

Kanakaris also reportedly criticized movie executives and spoke out on artists’ rights after the show, as well as conferring with Brad Duea, president of Napster, about his vision of Wi-Fi TV’s future.

Wi-Fi TV is slowly making a name for itself on the Internet as a provider of online television-based entertainment, touting itself as the “coming convergence of TV and the Internet.”

“The big thing right now is that we’re selling Wi-Fi television stations for $25,000,” Kanakaris told Market News First. “Any business … can own their own television station 24/7 with their own videos, chatrooms, etc. It’s aimed pretty much at any business or organization that would like to have a television station on the Internet that can be viewed globally.”

While many companies have touted this line before, Wi-Fi TV seems to be making it work; the company has made several sales over the past few days to a number of customers encompassing a broad range of interests, from spiritual stations to real estate information. In fact, Kanakaris says it’s this broad range of content that will appeal to viewers.

“It’s enabling us to have a lot of exclusive television content … that you can’t find anywhere else – I think that’s the big push,” Kanakaris said. “We have music, movies, politics, presidential candidates, and those are just some of the topics.”

In fact, the company currently has 450 different channels of content, more than most cable providers – including global broadcast stations and specialty stations. However, Kanakaris feels Wi-Fi TV can go much farther than that.

“We hope to top 1000 this year,” he said.

So what’s the big draw of Wi-Fi TV – or for any interactive television medium, for that matter? What can viewers get from television online that they can’t get from their normal television set?

“[The big difference is] the fact that [our] television is interactive,” Kanakaris said. “There’s a chatbox, instant messaging, there’re multiple ways of meeting people with similar interest. You can see and hear people in 25 different locations. It’s a live community that’s based around interactive television.”

ODYSSEY MARINE (AMEX: OMR) CLAIMS SPANISH LAWSUIT FALSE

Friday, June 1st, 2007

Famed salvage and recovery firm Odyssey Marine Exploration (AMEX: OMR) sent out a release today stating that the recent claims that the Kingdom of Spain had filed a lawsuit against Odyssey were false.According to the press release, Odyssey’s legal counsel talked to Jim Goold – “the lawyer apparently representing Spain,” the release states – yesterday in response to circulating rumors that the Spanish government had followed through on its threat to lay claim to the find.

“Any media reports suggesting that a lawsuit was filed are erroneous,” the release stated.

The release also states that the only document filed is a Verified Claim stating that the Spanish government does not intend to give up property rights to any Spanish property which might be on sites Odyssey filed Admiralty arrests during the last year, including two unidentified colonial sites in the Atlantic Ocean and a 20th century steam ship.

“Such a move was anticipated by Odyssey and is considered normal in Admiralty cases,” stated John Morris, Odyssey’s CEO.

The source of all the hubbub, of course, is the mysterious Black Swan project, a sunken ship that Odyssey Marine recently discovered to be stocked to the gills with treasure. When the story originally broke, the value of the artifacts swung violently, rumored to be $500 million by some sources, $4.4 billion by others. While the absolute worth of the find has yet to be tabulated, news of the find has set imaginations on fire, with everybody wanting a share of the booty.

Including the Spanish government, it would seem. On May 21, 2007, the Spanish Ministry of Culture released information stating that they thought Odyssey’s find was “suspicious,” and wanted to know if the find was actually the HMS Sussex, a British ship that sank off the coast of Spain in 1694 while leading a British fleet into the Mediterranean Sea for war against France.

“But that permit was only for exploration, not for removing anything from the Sussex if it were found,” the report went on to say. However, Odyssey Marine flatly denied the allegation that the Black Swan was the Sussex.

According to Odyssey Marine, none of the afore-mentioned “arrest” sites have been confirmed as the Black Swan, and the company has informed the Spanish Government through “official diplomatic channels” that the company will notify any entities who have an interest in the specific nature of the shipwreck only when – and if – the identity of the Black Swan find is confirmed.

Odyssey Marine said in its press release of May 21, 2007, the company anticipated such an action from possible claimants.

“If we are able to confirm that some other entity has a legitimate legal claim to this shipwreck when – and if – the identity is confirmed, we intend to provide legal notice to any and all potential claimants,” the May 21 press release states. “Even if another entity is able to prove that it has an ownership interest in the shipwreck and/or cargo and that they had not legally abandoned the shipwreck, Odyssey would apply for a salvage award from the Admiralty Court. In cases such as this, salvors are typically awarded up to 90% of the recovery.

“We do believe that most shipwrecks that we recover, including the `Black Swan’, will likely result in claims by other parties,” the release continued. “Many will be spurious claims, but we anticipate that there might be some legitimate ones as well. In the case of the `Black Swan’, it is the opinion of our legal counsel that even if a claim is deemed to be legitimate by the courts, Odyssey should still receive title to a significant majority of the recovered goods.”

Odyssey will continue to communicate through the US and UK embassies to Spain. The company also reiterates the claim that the Black Swan was found in international waters and not Spanish waters or the waters of any other nation.

Penge (PNGC.OB) Reduces Debt, Moves Up to OTCBB

Thursday, May 31st, 2007

It’s good to see companies in our space taking the route of being a fully reporting and filing company, moving off the Pink Sheets and listing on the OTCBB. Penge Corp. (OTCBB: PNGC) has had a busy year so far, taking the necessary steps to make this happen.The company recently announced that it received approval from the National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD) to step up from the Pink Sheet quotation service onto the OTC Bulletin Board effective May 16, 2007. Penge will file its quarterly reports on Form 10-QSB and annual reports on Form 10-KSB, containing financial reports and other important information, with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and expects to hold its annual shareholder meeting in July, 2007. Penge’s fiscal year end is June 30.

Penge reduced its short and long-term debt by $2.45 million dollars during the period from January 1, 2007, to May 2, 2007. The company converted $1,234,299 of short and long-term debt into common stock and reduced its non revenue-producing real estate holdings by approximately $1.22 million dollars for a total monthly interest expense reduction of over $23,000 per month.

“Being a public company and having just reduced our debt by $2.45 million should significantly increase our ability to now create much greater shareholder liquidity and value than ever before,” said KC Holmes – president of Penge – in a press release.

Penge is a public holding company that is vertically integrating the retail and wholesale nursery businesses. Penge’s current holdings include two Texas Landscape Center retail nurseries in Midland and Odessa, Texas, and three wholesale growing facilities in Tucson, Ariz., and Houston and Midland, Texas. Penge maintains its principal offices in Midland.

RAE Systems Inc (AMEX:RAE) Products Enhance Industrial Worker Safety

Thursday, May 31st, 2007

RAE Systems Inc. (AMEX: RAE) today announced it will exhibit its leading gas detection and industrial hygiene monitoring solutions at the American Industrial Hygienists Conference and Exposition (AIHce) Monday. In addition, RAE will introduce two next-generation, photoionization (PID) based instruments to attendees.Founded in 1991, RAE focuses on global expansion through multiple markets, increasing infrastructure in China and pursuing acquisitions and strategic relationships.

RAE is a global provider of sensor networks that can be quickly deployed for homeland security and industrial use. The sensors alert customers to safety and security threats in real time. RAE products are used in over 65 countries by U.S. government agencies and corporations.

The company is seeing demand in China’s sector as it looks to keep its refinery workers safe.

“We’re doing a good job of riding the industrialization wave in China,” Bob Durstenfeld, director of investor relations for RAE, told Market News First, adding that the company expects 40 percent of its revenue to come out of China’s industrialization sector.

In a recent press release, Thomas Negre, director of instrumentation products for RAE said, “One of the biggest challenges in the field is the effective, accurate sensing of unseen threats in real-time. Our next-generation products for the measurement of toxic and flammable volatile organic compounds (VOCs) put a new level of information in the hand of industrial safety officers.

“Industrial hygienists strive to keep workers, their families, and their communities healthy and safe. They have a critical role in making sure that federal, state, and local laws and regulations are followed in the work environment.”

The company supplies those hygienists with the ability to do so through its marketing and distribution plans, utilizing 130 people in industrial sector about 60 in coal mine safety in China through direct selling methods, and supplying the rest of the world through retailers and distribution centers.

Durstenfeld gave guidance for fiscal 2007, expecting between $90 million and $95 million in 2007 revenue, up roughly 40 percent from $68 million reported in 2006.

Revenue for the first quarter of 2007 was up 45 percent to $18 million from $12.4 million in the same period last year.

“We’re a global company with a strong presence in China with high growth and profits for 2007,” concluded Durstenfeld.

AIMS (AWMM.OB) Goes on Acquisition Spree

Thursday, May 31st, 2007

Up-and-coming marketing firm AIMS Worldwide (OTCBB: AMWW) has been on an acquisition spree lately, gobbling up other companies in an effort to expand its operations beyond its original borders.In a recent interview with Market News First, AIMS President and CEO Gerald Garcia Jr. revealed the company’s latest acquisitions and the strategy behind them.

“We have been in an acquisition mode and client development mode,” Garcia said. “We have added a couple of significant emerging clients to our book of business.”

Included among the company’s acquisitions are southwestern U.S.-based restaurant Times Grill, a chain famous for its grilled burgers; BestLine International Research, an emerging microsynthetic lubricant company that recently developed a near-frictionless lubricant for industrial uses; and Street Fighting Marketing, a Ohio-based grassroots marketing firm that gives small-town individuals the chance to market their individual businesses more effectively.

To Garcia, these acquisitions are the perfect reward to several years of hard work.

“In the past four years, we simply have been a company in development working to bring our strategy of changing the marketing paradigm to fruition,” Garcia said. “We think this and next year will be the year that AIMS comes out.”

Garcia said that the core strategy behind all these acquisitions is giving AIMS a larger network of interconnected companies to pass services through, both giving AIMS a wide selection of services and giving customers a wider choice.

“We want to deliver accurate, integrated marketing solutions to our clients,” Garcia said. “If you own the company, you can just pass the business to your company and significantly lower cost of sales.”

Quantum (QTWW) Stocks Rise after News of Contract

Thursday, May 31st, 2007

Stocks for Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide Inc. (Nasdaq: QTWW) jumped 22 percent today after the company announced it had been awarded a contract by Force Protection Inc. (Nasdaq: FRPT), manufacturer and developer of Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles for the military.According to the press release, Quantum will provide Force Protection with engineering design and production support on the latter’s vehicles, including prototype vehicle builds and manufacturing process development. As a fully integrated alternative energy company and a leader in power-train engineering, system integration, and fuel system manufacturing, Quantum is well-suited for dealing with the project.

“We are pleased to be able to support Force Protection Inc. in producing its advanced ballistic- and blast-protected vehicles, which have protected and saved the lives of our armed forces and security personnel overseas,” said Alan Niedzwiecki, president and CEO of Quantum. “We look forward to building on this relationship through this contract and future opportunities to apply our fast-to-market, limited volume production expertise to assist in the deployment of these critically needed vehicles.”

This news comes less than two weeks after Quantum was awarded a contract by the U.S. Army to develop a diesel hybrid version of the company’s successful “Aggressor” hybrid vehicle.

Stocks rose steadily after the news, from an opening price of $1.60 a share to $1.79 a share by mid-afternoon.

Calls made to Quantum headquarters went unreturned.

Global Beverage (GBVS.OB) Reaches Distribution Agreement for Rudy

Thursday, May 31st, 2007

It’s doubtful that as the Notre Dame football team of 1975 hoisted Daniel “Rudy” Reuttiger on their shoulders, the oil refinery worker turned Fighting Irish icon imagined that he would one day motivate people of all ages around the world. It’s even more doubtful he envisioned he would be the spokesperson for a line of beverages to address rising obesity and diabetes issues.But that’s just what he did. The Rudy Line of Beverages consists of five sports drinks low in sugar and elevated nutritional value compared to other sports drinks on the market.

Rudy Partners Ltd. today announced it signed an exclusive distribution agreement with Beverage Network, a subsidiary of Global Beverage Solutions Inc. (OTCBB: GBVS). Global Beverage shares climbed steadily this morning after the announcement, up 5 cents, nearly 63 percent, to 13 cents Thursday afternoon.

Global Beverage recently sold Rudy Revolution and Rudy! Rudy! Flying Colors to Rudy Partners, granting Global Beverage the rights to distribute Rudy Revolution to the Baltimore, Md. and Washington D.C. markets.

“We are excited to be launching Rudy Revolution in the Baltimore-Washington, D.C. market this summer. Given our history and ongoing relationship with Rudy Brands Inc. we will go the extra mile to grow distribution and sales for the Rudy Revolution brand,” said Jerry Pearring, CEO of Global Beverage, in a press release.

Drew Carver, president and co-founder of Rudy Beverage said the company’s strategy is to focus on the metropolitan markets in Buffalo, N.Y., Boston, Ma. and Washington D.C.

“Coming on the heels of successful launches in Boston and Buffalo, we look forward to an equally successful launch in Baltimore-Washington, DC. Beverage Network of Maryland is a very capable distributor with a reputation for growing brands to their full potential and we are certain that Rudy will realize its full potential in this market,” Carver added.

It’s a step toward a huge market, actually. The sports drink industry is worth about $6.8 billion, according to Smallcapresearch. Ruettiger and Carver started Rudy Beverage Inc. to create a line of healthy children-centric beverages and “to fundamentally change the face of the beverage industry,” the company states on its Web site. The company is now a subsidiary of Global Beverage.

BioSante (BPA.OB) – THE BIG REVEAL

Thursday, May 31st, 2007

Leading small-cap pharmaceutical company BioSante Pharmaceuticals (OTCBB: BPA) recently told Market News First about three new developments the company is looking at, and how they could affect the company’s future.BioSante’s CEO Stephen Simes discussed the news in a phone interview, particularly on the introduction of two new products in the BioSante product line: Eslestrin, a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) – approved estrodiol hormonal gel that Simes expects to be a competitive product in the $1.3 million marketplace; and LibiGel, a female sexual dysfunction gel.

Simes said that the LibiGel product is extremely important at this point because it’s entered the crucial third stage of development before reaching FDA approval – if it passes, it will make LibiGel the first product of its kind on the U.S. market.

“We believe we can be the first product approved in the U.S. for female sexual dysfunction,” Simes said.

In addition, Simes said the company has $18 million in cash “in the pipe” that will bring the company’s current cash balance to over $30 million.

“We’re in very good shape to implement our plans,” Simes added. “We want to create value [for our investors] by performing and delivering to our stockholders.”

Sungold Racing (SGIHF.OB) into 2007 with New License & Consultant

Thursday, May 31st, 2007

Sungold International Holdings Corp. (OTCBB: SGIHF) announced earlier this quarter that it acquired an exclusive license on intellectual property currently under patent application for the first ever lottery to be determined by the results of actual live racing events, for example horse racing or car racing.To be launched as Horsepower World Pool Lottery, the license grants Sungold the rights to a suite of lottery games that will include live horse racing at participating racetracks. In general the patents cover live and virtual horse, dog and auto races across North America.

Sungold also announced the appointment of experienced Thoroughbred breeder and owner, Todd Stinson, as its Racing Industry Consultant, and that the company will be directing a portion of the takeout on the Horsepower World Pool Lottery games to recognized North American Horsemen’s Associations for direct purse enhancements for horsemen.

To date, Sungold has not earned significant revenues and is considered to be in the development stage. The company has funded its business operations, working capital and the development of its interests by the issuance of share capital under private placements and through the exercise of warrants and stock options for the aggregate amount of $22,531,154 since inception.

Sungold is a development stage company focused on the development and promotion of a pari-mutuel, virtual horseracing game, the development of a live race lottery event, distribution of an internet sports scores video display and the related sale of place-based advertising, publishing the Thoroughbred Style magazine, and the development of an Internet payment system. The company conducts its operations through its wholly owned subsidiaries: Horsepower Broadcasting Network (HBN) International Ltd.; Racing Unified Network (R.U.N.) Inc.; SafeSpending Inc.; and Silks Media Corporation.

ECPL Converting Restaurant Waste to Alternative Fuel

Friday, May 18th, 2007

EcoPlus Inc. (Pink Sheets: ECPL) recently contracted with O’Neal Inc. of Greenville, S.C. to perform a review of the systems associated with the EcoPlus Technology for converting restaurant waste to alternative fuel. O’Neal will add control features to the package and modify the system for higher throughputs and improved materials handling, especially for truck offloading, and will provide related piping and instrumentation diagrams.

Ralph Rogers – president of ECPL – noted in a press release, “A review of costs and delivery schedules are important given the rise in energy and the demand for raw materials for equipment fabrication. Additionally, discussions with potential purchasers have identified certain digital system configurations that will provide improved control over the process. We feel that the collaboration with O’Neal will yield significant benefits, and we have been impressed with their staff and their commitment to our project.”

Rogers continued, “We do not take this step lightly, as it involves significant commitment of time and cash. We do, however, feel that the timing is correct, given the profile we have achieved with our technology and the interest from potential clients.”

ECPL (www.ecoplusinc.com) has a patent-pending, commercially proven technology that utilizes an environmentally friendly process for turning brown grease restaurant refuse into a high quality, solid fuel product. This product can be used as a coal substitute to produce power, as an adjunct fuel in waste-to-energy and steam plant operations and as a fuel for industrial process heat over a broad range of applications.

Revenues Up Over 100% for Second Consecutive Quarter at Medistem Laboratories (MDSM.OB)

Friday, May 4th, 2007

Medistem Laboratories (MDSM.OB) reports that revenues were $477,000 for the first quarter of 2007, up from $214,000 in the fourth quarter of 2006 and $105,000 in the third quarter of 2006.

Revenues were derived from patient treatments in its licensee clinics in Costa Rica and Mexico.

Key events in the first quarter of 2007 were as follows: 
—  Revenues more than doubled for the second consecutive quarter
—  Net cash outflows from operations was reduced to $62,000
—  Medistem initiated preclinical research with Indiana University and
    Lawson Health Research Institute for its first two pipeline drugs,
    Angiostem(TM) and Tolerostem(TM), aimed at the U.S. markets
—  Medistem executes agreement with second licensee in Mexico

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Medistem Laboratories, Inc. (MDSM.OB) Targets Autoimmune Diseases with Launch of Pre-Clinical Reasearch In Canada

Thursday, March 29th, 2007

Medistem Laboratories, Inc. (MDSM.OB) is aggressively moving forward with its stem cell therapy research.  

MDSM is collaborating on pre-clinical research with the Lawson Health Research Institute in London, Ontario regarding the Company’s proprietary platform called Tolerostem(TM) in the fight against autoimmune diseases.

Subject to positive research results Medistem plans to submit an IND application to the FDA. The Tolerostem(TM) proprietary technology is designed to treat autoimmune diseases through reprogramming components of the immune system to stop attacking healthy tissue, while maintaining their role in fighting external pathogens.

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Medistem Laboratories, Inc. (MDSM.OB) Advances Second Stem Cell Therapy Product into its Development Pipeline

Wednesday, March 21st, 2007

Medistem Laboratories, Inc. (MDSM.OB) is moving forward with its second pipeline candidate known as, Tolerostem(TM).

This procedure is a cellular therapy platform aimed at controlling harmful immunological responses through the use of adult stem cells undergoing a proprietary modification.

If approved for human use, the Tolerostem(TM) platform could make a significant contribution in the treatment of multiple autoimmune diseases ranging from rheumatoid arthritis, to multiple sclerosis, to Type I diabetes.

Currently Medistem is in discussions with immunology laboratories for performing preclinical safety and efficacy experiments to hopefully enable Investigational New Drug (IND) filing with the FDA in the last quarter of 2007. If accepted by the FDA, the company will then work towards initiating U.S. clinical trials.

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Medistem Laboratories, Inc. (MDSM) Outlines Progress Made in 2006

Thursday, March 15th, 2007

Medistem Laboratories, Inc. (MDSM) reported recently that 2006 was a very good year, in many respects. 

Its Chief Financial Officer, Steve Rivers noted that, “During 2006, we have built the necessary infrastructure to poise ourselves for future growth. We raised sufficient capital to finance the construction of our first licensee clinic and we ended the year with cash and cash equivalents of $986,000.”

He continued, “With revenue generating activities firmly underway, we reduced our cash used in operating activities to less than $100,000 in the fourth quarter of 2006. We are excited and motivated by not only our future business prospects, but by the possibilities that our therapies can bring to the world of medicine.”

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