BREAKING NEWS: Advanced Bionics lays off 150 100+ employees in the wake of the FDA-ordered Recall Production Halt, including longtime field support staff. Details to be posted as they become available.
Posted 11:15 PM January 14, 2011
UPDATE 1A: We have received additional reports after the first one received Friday 11:00PM that the number of layoffs is “slightly over 100.” We can confirm that there was one unnamed layoff at Rixheim; Linda Luallen being laid off from Valencia; Phil Ives, Ph.D being laid off in Denver; and we are still awaiting reports from Hannover and AB-UK
CLARIFICATION: We received an email from a very upset friend, Terri Ives, Ph.D, about us naming her husband Phil as one of the 100+ that was laid off in Update 1 published on Monday; with the implication that he was the source of the leak on Friday night when we broke the story to the world — He was .NOT. our source. Instead, we happened to see a post on his wife’s Facebook page on Sunday that Phil was laid off. Phil and Terri are both honorable and trustworthy professionals; and anyone implying anything to the contrary will be met with the Full Force of this publication~
Update 1A posted 3:00 AM January 19, 2011
Clarification posted 8:00 PM January 20, 2011
UPDATE 2: We are in receipt of an unusual email from Jennifer Raulie, an Audiologist at Advanced Bionics whom we know, sent Monday afternoon to a reader of this publication. Here is an excerpt:
My name is Jennifer and I am one of the audiologists on staff at Advanced Bionics. I was reviewing the Hearing Journey [URL added: Ed.] today and came across several of your posts. Welcome to the online community! It is nice you see you there! I just wanted to reach out to you to let you know that the information in the links to The Hearing Blog you posted is absolutely false and not based on any factual information. The person that runs this blog has no connection to Advanced Bionics or Sonova and in fact is not even a CI recipient of any brand. It was clear to me, from reading your posts you figured this out on your own, but I just wanted to reassure you that what you read was in fact garbage.
We would like to remind Ms Raulie that Sonova Holding AG (SOON.VX) is listed on the Zurich Exchange; and her denial — “what you read was in fact garbage” — of their Advanced Bionics subsidiary’s layoffs could be construed by Swiss and EU regulators as making materially false statements about the financial condition of a publicly traded corporation.
As we have previously stated, we are in no way affiliated with any corporation or other entity; and we accept no advertising; and for that, we thank Ms Raulie for emphasizing that point. However, the Editor, Dan Schwartz, must take exception to a cheap shot by Ms Raulie when she wrote “in fact is not even a CI recipient of any brand.” That is indeed true, as although Mr Schwartz is a candidate for cochlear implants, he is not a user yet due to insurance issues. Why Ms Raulie chose to raise this extraneous issue cuts to the very core of her letter: Instead of explicitly addressing the issues she, as a spokeswoman for her employers, factually disputes, all she can do is resort to name-calling.
Our answer to Ms Raulie, Sonova, and Advanced Bionics is this: Tell us explicitly where we are wrong, supply us with documentation so we can verify your claim; and we will promptly correct the record. Please address your correspondence to Dan@Snip.Net: We are awaiting your reply.
Update posted 3:00 AM January 19, 2011