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Innovation -- Survival Kits

Fort Lauderdale-based Cyalume Technologies picked the right year to launch its Sustain Kits, $199 to $299 military-grade emergency preparedness kits for consumers. Its stockpile sold out by the end of September, and it ordered 2,000 more in November. The kits are a new product for 20-employee Cyalume, which created the light stick more than 40 years ago and now makes chemical lighting for the military, law enforcement and safety markets. The kits have up to 24 food servings, six liters of water, three light sources, a water-filtration device, first aid kit, emergency blankets, portable woodburning stove, bowls and utensils and a highgrade survival knife.

Business Briefs

BOCA RATON — Randy Blakely, executive director of Florida Atlantic University’s Brain Institute, received $2.3 million from the National Institutes of Health to continue researching how a gene in the brain regulates the supply of serotonin. Blakely’s ultimate aim is to find ways to treat disorders such as depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder and autism that are associated with the gene sending mistaken signals regulating serotonin levels. Former McDonald’s franchisee H. Keith Melton donated his collection of more than 5,000 espionagerelated items, including a chunk of Gary Powers’ U2 spy plane and the ax used to murder Leon Trotsky, to the International Spy Museum in Washington, D.C. Appraisers valued the collection at $20 million.

FORT LAUDERDALE — The Fort Lauderdale City Commission approved Ocean Land Investments’ proposed Riverwalk Residences of Las Olas, a seniors and assistedliving apartment facility on the north side of the New River. The building will include 193 independent living apartments, 152 assisted-living units and 57 memory-care residences as well as a theater, pool, hotel rooms and other amenities. Commissioners also approved Las Olas Walk, a two-tower project on South Federal Highway, and developer Jim Ellis’ 488 Residences, named for its street address, which will hold 362 units on the river’s south side.

FORT PIERCE — Indian River State College partnered with Precision Contracting Services to train fiber-optic technicians in a two-year degree program. St. Lucie County wants to partner with Fort Pierce in acquiring a 12-acre site at the Port of Fort Pierce to run a mega-yacht refurbishing business.

HOLLYWOOD — The city, after complaints from residents about noise and parties at vacation rental homes, raised registration fees for vacation properties by $300, annual renewal fees by $200 and imposed a $225 inspection fee.

JUPITER — Scripps Florida scientist Patrick Griffin, co-chair of its molecular medicine department, won $2.5 million from the National Institutes of Health for a five-year study to find whether inhibiting a certain protein may make a viable target for treating Type 2 Diabetes.

PLANTATION — Local startup Magic Leap, which already has raised $1.4 billion from Google and others, raised another $502 million from a Singapore investor and others. The augmented reality company is reportedly on the verge of shipping its first devices at $1,500 to $2,000 apiece.

RIVIERA BEACH — FEMA chartered the 750-cabin Grand Celebration, the Port of Palm Beach’s only cruise ship, from owner Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line to serve as an on-water hotel for National Guardsmen helping the recovery in St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Bahamas Paradise said it expects the ship to resume its regular twonight sailings late in December.

Players

  • Citrix Systems appointed Mark J. Ferrer, COO at SAP Global Customer Operations, executive vice president and chief revenue officer. Citrix executive vice president of worldwide sales and services, Carlos Sartorius, will assist in the transition and retire this month.
  • Xtreme Action Park, a Fort Lauderdale indoor entertainment business, appointed Nate Howard managing director. He formerly was an IT consultant for Business Solutions Consulting and was a U.S. Army captain.

 

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