Daily Archives: April 20, 2018

Taconic Biosciences Licenses Easi-CRISPR Technology from the University of Nebraska

RENSSELAER, N.Y., April 20, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Taconic Biosciences, a global leader in providing genetically engineered mouse model and service solutions, has been granted a license to the Easi-CRISPR technology from the University of Nebraska.

EasiCRISPR was developed in the laboratories of Drs. Masato Ohtsuka (Tokai University in Japan), and Channabasavaiah Gurumurthy (University of Nebraska). The terms of the agreement include a world-wide, non-exclusive license to the technology, allowing Taconic rights to generate and sell rodent models generated via Easi-CRISPR.  When compared to traditional CRISPR, Easi-CRISPR represents a significant advantage, allowing researchers to perform whole genetic insertions versus being limited to point mutations and constitutive knockouts.

“Easi-CRISPR is the next progression of the revolutionary CRISPR/Cas technology.  Combining the speed of CRISPR with larger genetic insertions allows complex projects typically requiring homologous recombination techniques to reduce project timelines by six months.  In an industry where time is a precious resource, access to this technology underscores Taconic’s commitment to providing our customers with the best solutions,” shared John Couse, vice president of scientific services of Taconic Biosciences.

Channabasavaiah Gurumurthy commented, “we are pleased to see the research community quickly adopting Easi-CRISPR. Licensing of Easi-CRISPR by Taconic, a globally recognized leader of animal model generation, should help scientists rapidly generate innovative models to benefit scientific research”.

Taconic is a fully-licensed provider of rodent model generation services and has over twenty years of model design experience. The company provides gene inactivation, gene mutation or replacement, transgene expression, RNAi, and gene editing via CRISPR/Cas9, pronuclear injection, and homologous recombination technologies to ensure that the right tools are leveraged for each specific customer project. Taconic’s unique capability of providing a seamless transition from model design to breeding and colony management, offers customers a complete solution. These scientific solutions include acquiring or generating, importing, licensing, breeding, testing, preparing, and distributing genetically engineered models to any location worldwide.

To learn more about Taconic’s custom model generation, please call 1-888-TACONIC (888-822-6642) in the US, +45 70 23 04 05 in Europe, or email info@taconic.com.

About Taconic Biosciences, Inc.
Taconic Biosciences is a fully-licensed, global leader in genetically engineered rodent models and services. Founded in 1952, Taconic provides the best animal solutions so that customers can acquire, custom generate, breed, precondition, test, and distribute valuable research models worldwide. Specialists in genetically engineered mouse and rat models, precision research mouse models, and integrated model design and breeding services, Taconic operates three service laboratories and six breeding facilities in the U.S. and Europe, maintains distributor relationships in Asia and has global shipping capabilities to provide animal models almost anywhere in the world.

Media Contact:
Kelly Owen Grover
Director of Marketing Communications
(518) 697-3824
kelly.grover@taconic.com

PayByPhone appoints Andreas Gruber as new President and CEO

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, April 19, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — PayByPhone, the global leader in mobile parking payments, today announced that it will appoint Andreas Gruber as president and Chief Executive Officer effective June 1st, 2018. Francis Dupuis, the former President and CEO, will take over a position in Germany with parent company Volkswagen Financial Services AG. To provide additional impetus to the PayByPhone board, two new board positions have been created and as a result Maggie Clay (CFO) and Catherine Scott (Legal Counsel) will be appointed effective June 1st, 2018.

During his time at PayByPhone, Francis led the business through significant growth and organizational change and leaves the company well positioned for continued success. “We would like to thank Francis for his strong leadership and look forward to building on his experience within Volkswagen Financial Services,” Gerd Künne, Vice-President of mobility unit at Volkswagen Financial Services, said.

Francis is excited about working in the parent company, but is also grateful for his time at PayByPhone: “Working for the PayByPhone team has been an amazing experience; I will be cheering the team on from Germany!”

Andreas, a former board member of PayByPhone, will take the reins of a company poised for global expansion. “With close to 20 years of international experience in the OEM business and with an extensive background in Strategy and Business Development, Andreas is the ideal candidate to continue to lead PayByPhone into a successful future,” Lars Henner Santelmann, CEO of parent company Volkswagen Financial Services AG, said.

Andreas Gruber is looking forward to the new challenge: “I have been deeply involved in the Parking business in recent years through my board appointments at PayByPhone and Sunhill technologies. Parking is today one of the key pain points for drivers around the world. I very much look forward to working with the team at PayByPhone and to delivering great products that will make the world of mobility an easier place for our customers.”

ABOUT  PAYBYPHONE
PayByPhone is one of the fastest growing mobile payments companies in the world, processing more than $400 million in payments annually. Through the company’s mobile web, smartphone and smartwatch applications, PayByPhone helps millions of consumers easily and securely pay for parking without the hassles of waiting in line, having to carry change or risking costly fines.

Contact:
Name: Megan Smit
Designation: Marketing Director, PayByPhone Global
Email: msmit@paybyphone.com
Mobile: (+1) 650 – 451 – 2489

Progress and Potential for Achieving Cleaner Air on a Global Basis

Adoption of New Generation Diesel Technology
Delivers Rapid Clean Air Benefits

New understanding of global air quality highlights the need for technologies like
new-generation diesel engines, which are capable of accelerating emissions reductions

WASHINGTON, April 19, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Recent reports highlighting air quality conditions in the United States (State of the Air) and globally (State of Global Air 2018) celebrate the progress made in developed and developing countries, but also emphasize significant disparities in progress toward reducing levels of key pollutants such as particulate matter and ozone.

“Achieving continued clean air progress while also sustaining economic growth is possible. Cities and countries must move to proven cleaner engines and fuels,” said Allen Schaeffer, executive director of the Diesel Technology Forum. “We can and should bring the tremendous benefits of new technology diesel engines to communities and countries large and small around the world so they too can reduce emissions while efficiently building their economies and infrastructure, improving the quality of life for people everywhere.”

“While it is surprising the extent that particulate matter from household cooking and non-transportation sources contributes to the health burden in the new report, the opportunities for reducing fine particle emissions from the motor vehicle and industrial engine segments are also part of the solution,” said Schaeffer. “Worldwide harmonization of fuel quality and vehicle engine emissions standards would leverage the societal benefits of new diesel technology to more users around the world.”

For example: Today, nearly one in every two trucks on the road in the United States are equipped with fine particle- and smog-reducing advanced clean diesel technology. In the most comprehensive study conducted on these engines, The Health Effects Institute found “substantial emissions and health benefits from US 2007/2010 and Euro VI/6 engines,” demonstrating “dramatic improvements in emissions and the absence of any significant health effects.”

In 2000, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) challenged diesel engine and truck manufacturers to achieve near-zero emissions in their products by 2010, with diesel off-road equipment manufacturers targeting 2014. Following a switch to ultra-low-sulfur diesel fuel in 2006, today’s industry has not only met the near-zero challenge, but is well into the second and third generations of new diesel technologies. The industry continues to build on this success by seeking lower greenhouse gas emissions and greater fuel efficiency for the diesel engine.

The societal benefits of these efforts are now clear: According to the American Lung Association’s analysis, “…the best progress [in 2018] came in the continued reduction of year-round particle pollution, thanks to cleaner power plants and increased use of cleaner vehicles and engines.”

Clean diesel technology plays an increasing role in helping cities, states and countries achieve cleaner air quality worldwide,” said Schaeffer. “The latest generation diesel engines – ones that use selective catalytic reduction systems and diesel particulate filters – offer near-zero particulate matter (PM) and nitrogen oxides (NOx) emissions. With such technology, NOx emissions can be reduced by up to 90 percent while simultaneously reducing hydrocarbon and carbon monoxide emissions by 50-90 percent, and PM emissions by 30-50 percent. Ultra-low-sulfur diesel fuel immediately cuts soot emissions from diesel vehicles and equipment by 10 percent.”

The State of Global Air 2018, compiled by The Health Effects Institute, the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington, and the University of British Columbia, dramatically expands our understanding of all the sources that contribute to fine-particle air pollution; this was identified as the greatest environmental risk factor worldwide. Ninety-five percent of the world’s population lives in areas exceeding the World Health Organization’s (WHO) guideline for healthy air, and nearly 60 percent live in areas that do not meet even the WHO’s least-stringent air quality target.

“Global considerations of air quality improvement must go beyond the road transport sector because diesel engines not only power the majority of commercial vehicles, but also nearly all marine and rail, industrial, agricultural and construction machines and equipment,” said Schaeffer. “Similar clean diesel technologies that reduce fine particle emissions from commercial vehicles are now available in these large engine applications.”

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Cuba’s new leader vows to defend legacy of Castro revolution

Cuba’s new president of the Council of State and Council of Ministers, Miguel Diaz-Canel BermA�dez, began his term on Thursday with a promise to defend the socialist revolution led by the Castro brothers since 1959, giving a speech that also emphasized the need to modernize the island’s economy.

He delivered a warm homage to former President Raul Castro, praising the achievements and reforms he ushered in during his decade as president. Earlier, the Cuban National Assembly voted 603-1 to elect Mr. Bermudez as President for the next 5 years.

Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang and Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc on Friday sent congratulatory messages to Miguel Diaz-Canel Bermudez on his election as President of Cuba’s Council of State and Council of Ministers.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Thursday congratulated Mr. Bermudez for his democratic and participatory appointment and election by Cuba’s legislative and executive authorities.

Chinese President Xi Jinping extended his congratulations, saying that China is ready to work with Cuba to continue to promote bilateral cooperation and work for a steady development of bilateral ties.

The President of Bolivia, Mexico, and Panama also sent their best wishes to the Cuban president.

Source: VOV5

Cuba’s new leader vows to defend legacy of Castro revolution

Cuba’s new president of the Council of State and Council of Ministers, Miguel Diaz-Canel BermA�dez, began his term on Thursday with a promise to defend the socialist revolution led by the Castro brothers since 1959, giving a speech that also emphasized the need to modernize the island’s economy.

He delivered a warm homage to former President Raul Castro, praising the achievements and reforms he ushered in during his decade as president. Earlier, the Cuban National Assembly voted 603-1 to elect Mr. Bermudez as President for the next 5 years.

Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang and Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc on Friday sent congratulatory messages to Miguel Diaz-Canel Bermudez on his election as President of Cuba’s Council of State and Council of Ministers.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Thursday congratulated Mr. Bermudez for his democratic and participatory appointment and election by Cuba’s legislative and executive authorities.

Chinese President Xi Jinping extended his congratulations, saying that China is ready to work with Cuba to continue to promote bilateral cooperation and work for a steady development of bilateral ties.

The President of Bolivia, Mexico, and Panama also sent their best wishes to the Cuban president.

Source: VOV5

Vietnam trademark forum 2018 discusses brand development

The Vietnam trademark forum 2018 took place in Hanoi on Friday as part of the Week of Vietnam Trademarks.

The forum is themed Trademarks together with integration and sustainable exports development. Vu Ba Phu, Director of the Trade Promotion Department of the Ministry of Industry and Trade, said: The forum gathers domestic and foreign speakers who will help Vietnam gain more knowledge and practical experience in brand building during international integration and exports development. It also contributes to increasing added values for Vietnamese products. I strongly believe that the forum is an opportunity for businesses and managers to clarify the importance of branding thus improving the national trademark program.

At the forum, participants discussed the awareness of society and the business community of trademark roles in expanding and developing markets, and opportunities for Vietnamese trademarks provided by free trade agreements.

Source: VOV5

Vietnam trademark forum 2018 discusses brand development

The Vietnam trademark forum 2018 took place in Hanoi on Friday as part of the Week of Vietnam Trademarks.

The forum is themed Trademarks together with integration and sustainable exports development. Vu Ba Phu, Director of the Trade Promotion Department of the Ministry of Industry and Trade, said: The forum gathers domestic and foreign speakers who will help Vietnam gain more knowledge and practical experience in brand building during international integration and exports development. It also contributes to increasing added values for Vietnamese products. I strongly believe that the forum is an opportunity for businesses and managers to clarify the importance of branding thus improving the national trademark program.

At the forum, participants discussed the awareness of society and the business community of trademark roles in expanding and developing markets, and opportunities for Vietnamese trademarks provided by free trade agreements.

Source: VOV5