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The Search Agency, a search engine marketing (SEM) and search engine optimization (SEO) firm, has completed its move to a larger office on Ocean Park Blvd. to accommodate its expanding number of employees. In the last eight months, the agency has hired 30 new employees including a vice president of business development, a vice president of account management and partner relations and a vice president of web strategy and development. The company’s new hires also include account managers, web designers, engineers and system administrators. “We’ve expanded at the right time,” said David Hughes, CEO. “With our burgeoning client roster, we needed to make sure we had the personnel to keep up.”

A new molecule designed to battle advanced metastatic melanoma doubles the Progression-Free Survival rate of cancer patients compared with those receiving a conventional treatment, according to Steven O’Day, M.D., chief of research and director of the Melanoma Program at The Angeles Clinic and Research Institute at Wilshire Blvd. and 20th St. in Santa Monica. Dr. O’Day, who served as principal investigator of a multi-center study to evaluate the new molecule, presented the full study results Saturday, September 16, at a joint melanoma conference taking place near Amsterdam. “The Angeles Clinic was established as a center where cancer patients could get the best, most advanced care, including access to clinical trials of novel treatments such as STA-4783,” explained The Angeles Clinic Chief Executive Officer Lawrence D. Piro, M.D. “Dr. O’Day has built an outstanding team at the Clinic, and his role in leading this trial is an example of the robustness of our melanoma research program. Patients come from all over the country to the Clinic for access to clinical trials such as this, and it’s exciting that we are helping to make progress in establishing the efficacy of new molecules to treat melanoma.”

The City of Santa Monica has announced that it will sponsor and host the most comprehensive, technologically advanced exposition of alternative fuel and high MPG vehicles ever held. AltCar Expo, specifically designed for the public, will take place on December 9 and 10, 2006. Admission to the Expo, as well as a wide-ranging selection of seminars and advanced technology displays, will be free. The event will be held at Barker Hangar, located at the Santa Monica Airport. Over 100 alternative fuel and high MPG vehicles will be showcased at the event. Vehicles and fuel types will include hybrid, electric, hydrogen, compressed natural gas, plug-in hybrid, high MPG gasoline, ethanol and biodiesel. Other eco-friendly vehicles on display will be electric bicycles, mopeds and two- and three-wheeled scooters. A key goal of AltCar Expo is showing consumers how they can save money and earn tax credits by going green.

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