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Tracy Frank, Published September 04 2010

Trade Talk: Cetero expands trials

Cetero Research, an early stage contract research organization with a Fargo location, has expanded its dermatology clinical trial facilities.

The dermatology clinical trials were previously only held in Fargo and will now also occur in St. Louis, Miami, and Toronto.

That means local studies for drugs delivered through the skin, such as nicotine patches or acne cream, can now be expanded into national studies, a news release stated.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently released recommendations that drugs delivered through the skin should be tested in two different locations to take into account different environmental and climate factors, the news release stated.

The expansion will open up opportunities to bring new national and international business to Fargo.

Business seminar to be held

The North Dakota District Export Council is holding a seminar to help businesses negotiate international business deals.

“How to Succeed in International Business Negotiations” will offer techniques on how to effectively prepare for negotiations, and experienced exporters will share their lessons learned.

The seminar will also involve real-life scenarios through role-play and simulation.

The seminar is Sept. 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Titan Machinery Headquarters, 644 East Beaton Drive, Fargo. The cost is $85. Register by e-mailing Yuliya.Sapelnikova@trade.gov.

Winery, distillery win honors

The Maple River Distillery and Maple River Winery, both in Casselton, N.D., have won international awards at the 2010 Indy International Wine Competition held at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind.

Wineries from 39 states and 12 countries participated.

The Maple River Distillery was awarded a gold medal for its Rhubarb Cordial.

The Maple River Winery won the fruit blends category with a double gold medal for its Strawberry Rhubarb Wine. That wine also won the 2010 International Fruit Wine of the Year trophy.

Chamber webinars on tap

The North Dakota Chamber of Commerce is holding webinars in September and October to offer information on regulatory and reporting issues that affect state businesses.

The Workforce Safety and Insurance webinar is Sept. 22 from 10 to 11:30 a.m.

The Job Service North Dakota Unemployment Division webinar is Sept. 29 from 10 to 11 a.m.

The North Dakota Child Support Enforcement webinar is Oct. 6 from 10 to 11 a.m.

The North Dakota Tax Department Sales and Use Tax Division webinar is Oct. 13 from 10 to 11:30 a.m.

The cost is $25 per webinar or $80 for all four for any chamber members and $50 per webinar or $160 for all four for nonmembers.

Businesses can register online at www.ndchamber.com or by calling 701-222-0929 or 800-382-1405.

Readers can reach business reporter Tracy Frank at (701) 241-5526