Boys & Girls Clubs of MetroWest to honor Panera Bread

The Boys & Girls Clubs of MetroWest will honor Panera Bread and Greg Tresaloni, regional director of operations at PR Management Corp. a franchisee of Panera Bread, with the Champion Fore Kids Award at the 2018 Kids Classic Golf Tournament on July 16. 2018 marks the first year the Boys & Girls Clubs of MetroWest will be awarding the Champion Fore Kids Award. The award is presented to an individual or organization that displays selflessness and commitment to the Boys & Girls Clubs of MetroWest and the community. Since 2008, Panera Bread has been donating to the Kids Classic Golf Tournament and, over the years, employees have participated by playing in the tournament. Panera Bread has also provided funding for the after school programs at the Boys & Girls Clubs of MetroWest’s three Clubhouses in Framingham, Hudson and Marlborough. This year’s golf tournament will take place at Charter Oak Country Club, 394 Chestnut St., Hudson. Golfers will enjoy 18 holes of golf, lunch on the course provided by Panera Bread of Hudson, followed by a cocktail reception and dinner, sponsored by Ken’s Foods. There will also be the opportunity to participate in raffles, a putting contest and a Hole-in-One contest. Proceeds will support the club’s quality out-of-school programming that serves over 3,200 local youth each year. To register: http://bgcmetrowest.org. For sponsorship inquiries: 508-485-4912.

Captain D’s wins Paytronix Loyaltees Award

The Newton-based Paytronix Systems recently announced that Captain D’s is the winner of its 2018 Paytronix Loyaltees Award for Early Adoption. The seafood restaurant brand more than tripled its registration rates with an innovative new Text-to-Join program that simplifies guest registration. Captain D’s has been rolling out its D’s Club loyalty program to company stores in 22 states with the aim of full system roll-out. The brand had seen great results from an initial loyalty program pilot, which rewarded guests with special coupons and exclusive offers. Yet Captain D’s realized success for the nationwide launch required an easier way for guests to join the program, and for store managers to train new employees on the loyalty program. Paytronix built a powerful new “SMS Text-Back” feature, which enables Captain D’s cashiers to simply request a mobile phone number from guests, who then receive an immediate text asking for their email address. Paytronix automatically attaches the phone and email to the new guests’ loyalty account, while the guest enjoys being able to immediately begin earning rewards. After six weeks with the text-back program, Captain D’s grew its registration rate by 300 percent.

Minerva Neurosciences announces published results

The Waltham-based Minerva Neurosciences, a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the development of therapies to treat central nervous system disorders, recently announced that The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry has published online results demonstrating cognitive improvements in patients with schizophrenia treated with roluperidone. The results also demonstrated that cognitive improvements correlate with previously reported improvements in negative symptoms. The manuscript, entitled “Cognitive Effects of MIN-101 in Patients with Schizophrenia and Negative Symptoms: Results from a Randomized Controlled Trial,” can be found online at https://doi.org/10.4088/JCP.17m11753. Roluperidone is a novel compound with affinities for 5HT2A and sigma2 receptors and no direct binding to dopamine receptors. In this regard, roluperidone differs from drugs currently indicated for schizophrenia, all of which directly interfere with dopamine neurotransmission. Results presented in this publication suggest a benefit of roluperidone on cognitive performance in schizophrenia patients with stable positive symptoms and moderate to severe negative symptoms. Researchers hypothesized that because roluperidone lacks the detrimental effects associated with currently available medications that do not benefit cognitive performance in patients with schizophrenia, the potential beneficial effects on cognition induced by 5HT2A antagonism and sigma2 antagonism would not be disrupted or diminished by other aspects of the compound’s mechanism of action.