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Madcap Logic’s New ‘Creativity Express’ Suite of Apps Receives Top 5-Star Awards from the Educational App Store. They’re Creative Mobile Fun Parents Can Feel Good About!

Tampa, Florida (PRWEB) April 21, 2015

Look for ‘Art Education’ in the App Store, and you won’t find it. Sure, there’s Painting and Drawing, and Music, Geology, Astronomy and a host of other subjects. Still there’s no true category for Art – one that gives children the elements and principles of art in a way that they can understand, even have fun with. Madcap Logic is pleased to fill that niche with their new suite of Creativity Express Apps.

The Educational App Store has awarded all four Creativity Express Apps their to 5-star rating. All Apps are recognized for learning outcomes including Cognitive Development, Communication Skills, Collaboration Skills and Creative Development.

Each App is a set of four lessons, covering the full 16 lesson Creativity Express curriculum. The Apps move in sequence:

Start with Art” contains the first four introductory lessons from Creativity Express. Start With Art begins the sequence of four apps, which cover the full 16 lessons of Creativity Express. The lessons in Start With Art are designed to begin a child’s journey into the world of art, creativity, and visual learning.

Includes: ‘Art as a Language’, ‘Messages in Art’, ‘Line’, ’Shape & Form’

Color Smart” contains the second set of four lessons from Creativity Express. The lessons in Color Smart focus on color theory, the use of color in artwork to create an emotional response, and the chemistry and history of making paint.

Includes: ‘Value’, ‘Color’, ‘Warm & Cool Colors’, ‘Making Paint’

Envision Art” contains the third installment of Creativity Express. The four lessons of Envision Art use the foundations of the previous apps to explore subtle but sophisticated techniques artists use to convey emotions and communicate through their work.

Includes: ‘Eyes’, ‘Movement’, ‘Emphasis’, ‘Portraits’

Charting Art” contains the last four lessons of Creativity Express. These final lessons make cross-curricular connections to math and history, engaging children in more complex subjects using art as the compass.

Includes: ‘Time’, ‘Math’, ‘Museums’, ‘Inspiration’

Each App Features:

  Animated art guides – Tickles, Furnace, and Ruby – lead children through four fun and engaging cross-curricular lessons designed to enhance your child’s critical thinking skills and unlock their creativity and problem solving capability.
  8 ‘Creativity Builders’ art projects give children hands-on experience using knowledge from each lesson. Two projects per lesson, the topics range from making a time capsule to designing a movie set.
  A ‘Parents’ page detailed guide to each Creativity Builders project including objectives, vocabulary, materials and procedures.
  Idea Gizmo to jump-start your child’s imagination and creative thinking skills.
  Doodle Gizmo -A fun, easy-to-use drawing and painting program for your mobile device.
  Comprehensive Glossary of art terms and definitions

These four apps are available individually, or as a discounted Bundle in the App Store.

About Madcap Logic:

Madcap Logic, LLC was founded in 2003 by former animators from The Walt Disney Company with a vision to re-define Art Education. Collaborating with professional educators they produced Creativity Express, a multi-award winning online curriculum that meets the National Standards for the Visual Arts. Sixteen cross-curricular lessons teach the elements and principles of art, with an added focus on empowering kids’ inner creativity, imagination and critical thinking skills. Today, Madcap Logic is known for developing fun, innovative educational products that help kids achieve a new understanding of the visual world around them. .

Madcap Logic’s ‘Character Lab‘ App further showcases the company’s artistic talents with an innovative approach to messaging. ‘Character Lab’ allows for manipulation of characters, props and settings to create unique images that tell visually comic stories. Character Lab is available in the App Store.

About the Educational App Store:

The Educational App Store (EAS) are educational app specialists, who provide personalised services relating to the successful integration of mobile learning in schools, colleges and universities. The EAS believe that a focus on matching educational apps to the curriculum is key for ensuring that both educators and learners get the most out of their mobile learning experience. They focus on performance, educational value and curriculum alignment when assessing the apps within their store. As well as writing a written review, teachers use a set of criteria, called Rubrics, to assess apps based on their learning outcomes and award a Certification, which is presented as a score out of 5 stars.

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Cutting Edge Spine Receives FDA 510(k) Clearance for EVOS System: Lumbar Interbody Technology Includes Proprietary Implant Manufactured with PEEK-OPTIMA HA Enhanced

Cutting Edge Spine (, a technology-driven spine company focused on the development and distribution of highly differentiated spinal technologies, announced today that the US Food and Drug Administration has cleared the “EVOS system”. This groundbreaking system offers an extensive array of interbody implants manufactured in PEEK-OPTIMA NATURAL and the novel PEEK-OPTIMA HA Enhanced, both offered by Invibio Biomaterial Solutions (“Invibio”).

“With the approval of the EVOS system, we are proud to be first-to-market in the US with an HA enhanced PEEK Lumbar Interbody system,” said Randy Roof, President and Co-Founder. He added, “The innovative polymer, Invibio´s PEEK-OPTIMA HA Enhanced has been compounded with hydroxyapatite (HA), an osteoconductive material, to enhance bone apposition. The integration of two proven Invibio biomaterials combined with cutting edge designs and the largest range of footprints in the market is truly a game changer. Our strategic partnership with Invibio made it possible, and was key to obtaining FDA clearance. We look forward to the impact that the EVOS system will have on fusion rates, and ultimately, patient care.”

PEEK-OPTIMA HA Enhanced shares all of the material properties that originally made PEEK-OPTIMA Natural the leading material for spinal interbody fusion devices, including a modulus similar to that of cortical bone and radiolucency, allowing visualization of the fusion mass. Hydroxyapatite is fully integrated into the PEEK-OPTIMA Natural Grade providing a complete homogeneous compound that ensures HA is present on all surfaces of a device. “Supporting Cutting Edge Spine in every phase of the development of the new clinically impactful EVOS system now entering the US market, also allowed us to contribute to a solution that we believe will have positive impact on the quality of life of patients with clinical conditions,” said Dr John Devine, Director of Invibio Biomaterial Solutions.

Invibio´s PEEK-OPTIMA HA Enhanced polymer has demonstrated its performance in pre-clinical studies, with superior new bone formation and quality of new bone bridging compared with PEEK-OPTIMA Natural at early time points.(1) A further study, that evaluated the bone on-growth of the two implantable polymers in a bone defect model in sheep, revealed that PEEK-OPTIMA HA Enhanced resulted in approximately 75% direct bone apposition as early as four weeks following implantation.(2)

“Our goal is to provide today’s market with tomorrow’s technology,” said John Souza Sr., Director of Research and Development at Cutting Edge Spine. He added, “to that effect, we have taken a no-excuse approach, providing surgeons with 3,714 lumbar implant options, and hospitals with single use, bar coded, and pre-sterilized packaging.” Cutting Edge Spine is currently in the process of commercializing the new technology and establishing distribution throughout the United States.

1. Study evaluated the in vivo response in a cervical spine fusion model in sheep. Study did not use Cutting Edge Spine products. Data on file at Invibio. This has not been correlated with human clinical experience.

2. Study evaluated bone ongrowth in a bone defect model in sheep. Study did not use Cutting Edge Spine products. Data on file at Invibio. This has not been correlated with human clinical experience.

About Cutting Edge Spine

Founded in 2009, Cutting Edge Spine (CES) is a privately owned medical device organization, headquartered in Waxhaw, North Carolina, dedicated to developing and distributing new generation spinal technologies. The company was built on the conviction that patients, payers and healthcare providers deserve more value from the technologies that they select. CES is future ready, providing the market with highly differentiated implant systems that meet the clinical and economic demands of today’s marketplace. As a testimony to its founding principles, CES developed the EVOS-ha, the first Lumbar Interbody system, manufactured with PEEK-OPTIMA Enhanced, to be approved in the United States. The company possesses three FDA cleared proprietary technologies. For more information, please visit

About Invibio Biomaterial Solutions

Invibio®, a Victrex plc company, is a global leader in providing high performance biomaterial solutions to medical device manufacturers. The company provides PEEK-OPTIMA® polymers, advanced technical research and support and manufacturing of components for spine, trauma and orthopaedic medical segments for the development of long implantable medical devices. Today, Invibio’s PEEK-OPTIMA® polymers are used in more than five million implanted devices worldwide.

Wisdom Natural Brands Receives Presidential Award For Export Successes

Gilbert, Arizona (PRWEB) May 28, 2015

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker presented Wisdom Natural Brands® with the President’s “E” Award for Exports at a ceremony in Washington, DC. The President’s “E” Award is the highest recognition any U.S. entity can receive for making a significant contribution to the expansion of U.S. exports.

“The President’s ‘E’ Award winners are outstanding American businesses and organizations that have played a crucial role in strengthening and growing our economy through increased U.S. exports,” said Secretary Pritzker. “By selling Made-in-America goods and services internationally, winners are creating jobs in Arizona and their local communities. Congratulations to Wisdom Natural Brands. Exports are critical to our nation’s competitiveness in the global marketplace and solidify our country’s economic leadership across the globe.”

Wisdom Natural Brands is a manufacturer of natural sweetener products made from the Stevia plant and other natural ingredients. Branded under SweetLeaf®, our product line includes powders, liquids and tabs.

“We are honored to be one of the 45 companies to receive the Presidential ‘E’ Award. And we are especially grateful for the assistance that the U.S. Department of Commerce has rendered in helping us make the world a sweeter place,” said Michael May, Ph.D., Chief Operating Officer for Wisdom Natural Brands. “A key part of our strategy for growth in the coming years will originate from customers and partners in the global marketplace.”

In 1961, President Kennedy signed an executive order reviving the World War II “E” symbol of excellence to honor and provide recognition to America’s exporters. Secretary Pritzker honored 45 U.S. companies with the President’s “E” Award for their outstanding work to reduce barriers to foreign markets and to open the door to more trade around the world.

U.S. exports of goods and services hit an all-time record of $ 2.34 trillion in 2014, accounting for 13.4 percent of U.S. GDP, compared to 7.5 percent 30 years ago. Nationally, jobs supported by exports reached an all-time high last year with more than 11.7 million jobs, up 1.8 million since 2009.

American companies are nominated for “E” Awards through the U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service office network, located within the Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration. Record years of successive export growth and an applicant’s demonstration of an innovative international marketing plan that led to the increase in exports is a significant factor in selecting the overall winners.

For more information about the “E” Awards and the benefits of exporting, visit


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