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Corporate Report: December 21

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Valpak and app startup offer in-car coupons
g Systems Inc. has partnered with ROXIMITY to bring its offers right into the car.

Valpak coupons and offers are now available to be downloaded in any of the 4.5 million Ford and Lincoln automobiles with SYNC AppLink. Valpak plans to expand the offer to another 2 million Honda and Subaru vehicles soon. The hands-free system allows consumers to find coupons and other deals that are nearby. Offers are delivered based on a user's preferences and proximity to various retail locations.

“The system delivers deals as you're driving by, from merchants that are interesting to you,” Danny Newman, the CEO of ROXIMITY, says in a press release.

ROXIMITY, a startup company founded in 2011, won Ford's SYNC app developer challenge in mid-2011.

Lutz publishing company selling Miranda ability tool kits
Lutz-based PAR Inc. has released a new psychological tool to help forensic psychologists evaluate a defendant's understanding of his or her Miranda rights. Called the Standardized Assessment of Miranda Abilities (SAMA), the evaluation was developed to create a systematic framework for assessing individuals' capacity to understand their rights.

Developed by Richard Rogers, one of the top experts on Miranda law, the SAMA includes five measures that assess vocabulary and comprehension of the wording typically used in Miranda warnings as well as an individual's knowledge, beliefs, misconceptions and reasoning skills.

Miranda warnings are required to address an individual's right to remain silent and to have an attorney present when he or she is in custody during police questioning.

Founded in 1978, PAR is a publisher of assessment instruments, software and other related materials.

Florida's Premier Biomedical reports successful cancer testing
St. Petersburg-based Premier Biomedical Inc. announced the company reached a milestone in cancer-focused research. Researchers successfully killed a cancer tumor in a test tube by removing molecular compounds necessary for the cancer's development.

The researchers removed a specific cancer-related protein signaling molecule (Interleukin). The company says it eventually may be possible to destroy cancer tissue without medication and/or surgery and the resulting negative side effects.

Further testing has reportedly resulted in the successful removal of additional critical cancer-related antigens, which cause the production of antibodies and are important in the development, growth and metastasis of cancer tissue. Leukemia and lymphoma cancers were the focus of the recent tests.

Premier Biomedical Inc. is a medical research company focused on discovering treatments for a number of diseases, including Alzheimer's, fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis and cancer.

QualaWash Holdings buys Utah and West Virginia businesses
Tampa-based portable bulk container commercial cleaning and maintenance services company QualaWash Holdings LLC purchased Stallion Tank LLC of Salt Lake City and Sparkle Klean LLC of Charleston, W.Va.

Troy Taylor, president of Stallion Tank, has joined QualaWash as its regional manager overseeing operations in the mountain region (including Salt Lake City) and Joseph Taylor has assumed the role of facility manager at the new Salt Lake City QualaWash location.

“The purchase of both locations is a strong strategic move for us at this time as we continue to expand our footprint,” Mike Bauer, CEO of QualaWash, says in a press release. “Both facilities have solid reputations in their markets and will allow QualaWash to offer better service and expand our reach to all customers doing business in the mountain states and Appalachian regions.”

Little Greek Restaurant adds Westshore location
Tampa's Little Greek Restaurant chain has announced plans to open its 11th location in Westshore Plaza's food court in Tampa.

“Opening a location inside a mall will not only be a first for our company, but also for me,” Nick Vojnovic, past president of Beef 'O' Brady's, says in a press release.

Vojnovic formed a partnership with Little Greek founder Sigrid Bratic in May, to become president of Little Greek Franchise Development LLC. Nine of the locations are in the Tampa Bay area and another two locations are in Texas.

An additional New Tampa location is slotted to open by the end of the year, with two more locations under negotiation.

The restaurant group recently reduced a number of the non-Greek items from the menu and changed the look of the restaurants. Little Greek is now projecting eight restaurant openings in 2013.


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