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Factor

A financial institution that buys a firm's accounts receivable and collects the accounts.

Factor

A third party that buys a firm's accounts receivable. If a firm is not confident in its ability to collect on its credit sales, it may sell the right to receive payment to the factor at a discount. The factor then assumes the credit risk associated with the accounts receivable. This provides the firm immediate access to working capital, which is important, especially if the firm has a cash flow problem. The price of factoring is determined by the creditworthiness of the firm's customer, not of the firm itself. It is also known as accounts receivable financing.

factor

A firm that purchases accounts receivable from another firm at a discount. The purchasing firm then attempts to collect the receivables.

factor

To sell accounts receivable to another party at a discount from face value. Thus, a firm in need of cash to pay down short-term debt may decide to factor its accounts receivable to another firm.

factor

  1. a firm that purchases TRADE DEBTS from client firms. See FACTORING.
  2. a firm that buys in bulk and performs a WHOLESALING function.
  3. an input (for example raw material, labour, capital) which is used to produce a good or provide a service.

factor

  1. 1a FACTOR INPUT that is used in production (see NATURAL RESOURCES, LABOUR, CAPITAL).
  2. a business that buys in bulk and performs a WHOLESALING function.
  3. a business that buys trade debts from client firms (at some agreed price below the nominal value of the debts) and then arranges to recover them for itself. See FACTOR MARKET, FACTORING.
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Platelet-derived growth factor exerts its function by binding to 3 different tyrosine kinase receptors.
The endothelin peptides ET-1, ET-2, ET-3, and sarafotoxin S6b are co-mitogenic with platelet-derived growth factor for vascular smooth muscle cells.
In a retrospective cohort study of 25,098 patients, 10% were treated with becaplermin (Regranex), a topical recombinant human platelet-derived growth factor (rhPDGF).
Alpha] granules contain a number of different proteins, including fibrinogen, platelet-derived growth factor, von Willebrand factor, factor V, fibronectin, [Beta]-thromboglobulin, and heparin-neutralizing factor (platelet factor 4).
Says Bonner, "Perhaps the most significant finding so far is that we defined the importance of two receptors--the platelet-derived growth factor receptor and the epidermal growth factor receptor--to the progression of lung fibrosis and showed that blocking these receptors with specific tyrosine kinase inhibitors reduced the fibrotic effect of vanadium pentoxide in rats.
Along with his mentor, he demonstrated that nitric oxide and cyclic GMP inhibit smooth muscle and mesangial cell growth and proliferation induced by serum and various growth factors, such as platelet-derived growth factor, epidermal growth factor, insulin-like growth factor, and fibroblast growth factor.
For example, receptors for several growth-promoting cytokines--such as interleukin-6, tumor necrosis factor-[alpha], platelet-derived growth factor, and vascular endothelial growth factor--are expressed on the CLL cell surface.
ATLANTA -- The recombinant human platelet-derived growth factor becaplermin helps wounds heal faster than bacitracin, according to data presented at the annual meeting of the Wound Healing Society.
In a retrospective cohort study of 25,098 patients, approximately 10% were treated with becaplermin (Regranex), a topical recombinant human platelet-derived growth factor (rhPDGF).
The product is comprised of recombinant human platelet-derived growth factor and a tri-calcium phosphate and collagen carrier (rhPDGF-BB/-TCP/collagen).
All Augment branded products are based upon recombinant human platelet-derived growth factor (rhPDGF-BB), which is an engineered form of PDGF, one of the body's principal agents to stimulate and direct healing and regeneration.

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