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Marlborough renews 'Phantom Gourmet' partnership

The Marlborough Economic Development Corp. (MEDC) has renewed its exclusive partnership with the popular food-centric TV program "Phantom Gourmet." As part of the year-long collaboration, "Phantom Gourmet" has begun production of a new 30-second commercial that will aim to attract restaurateurs to Marlborough by highlighting the city’s business friendliness, expedited permitting and financial incentives. MEDC executive director, Meredith Harris, shared the news with close to 60 state and local officials, as well as business and community leaders at the annual MEDC Founders Reception, which celebrated the organization’s 13th anniversary at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Marlborough. One of TV program's founders, Michael Andelman, and his father, legendary radio host, Eddie Andelman, also attended the event to speak about their brand’s symbiotic relationship with the city. Originally established last fall, the partnership gave Marlborough exclusivity as the only community working with "Phantom Gourmet" to help promote it as an ideal place to live, work, play and invest to thousands of people across New England. For more information, visit http://marlboroughedc.com/restaurant.

Walmart, Sam's Club support food banks in Massachusetts

This year, through the retailer’s spring “Fight Hunger. Spark Change.” campaign, Walmart and Sam’s Club customers and associates raised more than $297,000 for Massachusetts food banks, helping them provide healthy, nutritious meals to individuals and families struggling to get enough to eat. Since 2014, the “Fight Hunger. Spark Change.” campaign has helped raise more than $1.1 million for Massachusetts food banks, helping secure more than 1 billion meals for food banks nationwide. In addition to monetary contributions, retail food donations are also an important part of Feeding America’s strategy for fighting hunger, accounting for the largest single source of meals the organization provided to people facing hunger last year. In 2018, 1.4 billion meals – 32.5% of total meals provided by Feeding America partners—resulted from retail food donations. In Massachusetts last year Walmart stores, Sam’s Clubs, and distribution centers donated more than 1,300,000 lbs. of food to Massachusetts food banks and affiliated pantries, resulting in thousands of meals for Massachusetts families and individuals. For more information, visit www.hungeractionmonth.com.

Newton to host Authors & Innovators Business Ideas Festival

Tech venture capitalist, entrepreneur and author Brad Feld will kick off the 3rd annual Authors & Innovators Business Ideas Festival with a keynote conversation on Thursday, Oct. 24, at the UMass Mount Ida Campus, 777 Dedham St., Newton. Curated each year by Gennari Aronson LLP, Authors & Innovators features notable business book authors, innovators and top business minds, with content focused on promoting idea exchange and sparking thoughtful, actionable dialogue. Feld joins 14 business book authors, innovators and top business minds for two days packed with insights, idea exchange and thoughtful, intelligent conversation. The event takes place Thursday, Oct. 24, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. and Friday, Oct. 25, from 7:30 a.m. to noon. Authors & Innovators tickets are complimentary, but RSVP is requested. Visit www.authorsinnovators.org to register.

Waltham's Histogenics approves merger with Ocugen

Histogenics Corp., a Waltham-based developer of restorative cell therapies, recently announced that all proposals related to its proposed merger with Ocugen Inc. were approved by Histogenics’ stockholders at a special meeting held on Sept. 26. As previously announced, the proposed merger will create a public company under which the stockholders of Ocugen will become majority holders of the combined company. The proposed merger remains subject to further customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals. Histogenics and Ocugen expected the closing of the merger to occur on or about Sept. 27. Upon closing of the transaction, the combined company will change its name to Ocugen Inc. and the Nasdaq trading symbol will become “OCGN.” The executive team of Ocugen will serve as the executive team of the combined company, led by Shankar Musunuri, as chairman, CEO and co-founder. Based in Pennsylvania, Ocugen is a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company focused on discovering, developing and commercializing a pipeline of innovative therapies that address rare and underserved eye diseases. For more information, visit  https://www.histogenics.com.

Massachusetts approves marijuana home delivery

The Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission (CCC) has approved new regulations that pave the way for home delivery of cannabis. The CCC’s chairman noted that it may take some time to get the service up and running, and companies that want to get started will have to obtain agreements with the towns and cities where they want to operate. That said, the CCC “felt it was the right thing to do.”