MON AM News: Talking Trade with Briggs & Stratton’s Jennifer Jin on trade sanction impacts; Exact Sciences announces research results

— In the latest episode of “Talking Trade,” Briggs & Stratton legal executive Jennifer Jin discusses the impact of trade sanctions on manufacturing supply chains. 

Jin holds the position of senior counsel, global compliance, contract and litigation for the Wauwatosa-based manufacturer. She shares her perspective with hosts M. E. Dey & Co. President Sandi Siegel and Katie Henry, executive director of the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce’s World Trade Association. 

She explains the importance of geopolitical changes related to the conflict between Ukraine and Russia. 

“It’s vital that companies, especially global companies, are able to respond and understand their responsibilities as it relates to some of those changing laws, not just here in the United States but all across the world,” she said. 

Jin says Briggs & Stratton created a rapid response team to grapple with the complexities of export control changes resulting from the conflict, including members of sales, finance, logistics and legal divisions. 

“Making sure that you understand not only where your products are coming from directly, but where your products are coming from along the chain,” she said. “So where are the materials coming from, are the materials going to be sourced from places, or people or entities that are sanctioned?” 

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Jin will be speaking Sept. 21 during a webinar being held as part of the WTA’s Global Business Insights series. See details on the Global Business Insights series: 

— New research from Exact Sciences shows screening for multiple cancer indicators at the same time can improve detection in earlier stages of the disease. 

That’s according to Dr. Tom Beer, chief medical officer and vice president multi-cancer early detection for the Madison-based cancer diagnostics company. A recent release from Exact Sciences details results from a validation study presented during a convention of the European Society for Medical Oncology. 

Beer notes this approach can help clinicians find cancer in its first two stages, when treatments are typically much more effective. 

“This is a major step forward in our mission to detect cancer earlier before signs and symptoms appear,” he said in the release. 

The biomarkers explored in the study include mutations, signature proteins and more. By analyzing them together, the company says this diagnostic approach provided encouraging results. The study focused on cancers from 15 organ sites, including 11 different organ sites with no current recommended screening option, the release shows. 

The research is linked to Exact Sciences’ efforts to develop a “multi-cancer early detection” blood test, which would be used along with other screening tools. 

Anne Marie Lennon, a professor of medicine at Johns Hopkins Medicine and director of its Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, says the potential of this type of blood test is “extremely exciting.” The indicators analyzed in the study were identified through partnerships with Johns Hopkins and Mayo Clinic, the release shows. 

“Robust studies like this one are important in understanding the potential effectiveness of a multi-biomarker approach to MCED,” Lennon said in the release. “This study shows encouraging signs that cancers, including early-stage cancers, can be detected, providing us the opportunity to improve patient outcomes by treating the disease when it is typically most responsive to therapy.”

See more on the study results here: 

— The seven-day average for COVID-19 cases in Wisconsin has dropped to 969 cases per day, according to the latest Department of Health Services data. 

Last week marked the first time the average has fallen below 1,000 cases per day since mid-April, the DHS site shows. 

Community levels of COVID-19 remain high in just three counties: Florence; Marinette; and Jackson. Meanwhile, 25 counties have medium spread, and the remaining 44 are at low spread. 

The average positive test rate was 11 percent on Friday. Just two new deaths were reported on average over the past week.

Since DHS started compiling data, the state has seen 13,389 total confirmed COVID-19 deaths and 1,731 probable deaths.

See the latest DHS figures here: 

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— Madison-based American Family Ventures led a recent $17 million Series A investment round for TCARE, the St. Louis-based company announced recently.

TCARE has created an analytics platform for families who are taking care of a loved one. According to a release, the funds will be used to help the company expand its offerings with its enterprise customers.

“As we’ve been watching the caregiver support landscape evolve over the last few years, TCARE stood out from others for several reasons,” American Family Ventures Managing Director Brittany Clements said in a statement. “TCARE has 15+ years of longitudinal data and outcomes on caregivers that identify their risk factors to burnout and suggests proven interventions.”

Other participants in the financing round include Unum Ventures of Tennessee and Inception Health, which is linked to the Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin health network. Specifics of American Family Venture’s investment were not disclosed. 

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— DATCP has announced three new appointees to the Wisconsin Cranberry Board, which conducts research, education and promotional activities to support the industry. 

After certifying the board’s recent election results, the agency announced Rochelle Hoffman of Tomah, Amber Bristow of Warrens and Michael Gnewikow of Warrens as its latest members. 

The board includes seven producer members and oversees the collection and use of $500,000 in fees paid by growers each year. 

See the release: 


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