The Oligonucleotide Therapeutics Society’s Highly Anticipated Annual Meeting Returns in Person This Year

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SAN DIEGO, Sept. 04, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — OTS is pleased to announce that, after two years of meeting virtually, the 18th Annual Oligo Meeting will include a robust in-person program live from Hilton Phoenix Resort at the Peak in Phoenix, Arizona, where delegates from many different countries can engage in lively discussions and enjoy interacting face-to-face once again. This year’s meeting, which will be held Oct. 2 – 5, is a hybrid event and will also include a virtual component allowing delegates who are unable to attend in person to enjoy the Annual Meeting from the comfort of their home or office.

The Oligonucleotide Therapeutics Society (OTS) is an open, nonprofit forum to foster academic and industry-based research and development of oligonucleotide therapeutics. The Founders’ vision was to bring together the expertise from different angles of oligonucleotide research to create synergies and to bring the field of oligonucleotides to its full therapeutic potential.

The OTS Annual Meeting is a forum for the realization of the Society’s mission and goals. At the annual meeting, anyone who is interested or involved in oligonucleotide therapeutics may attend and benefit from the incredible opportunity to learn from and engage with experts, post-docs, and students for a cross-disciplinary exchange, fostering the development of ground-breaking new ideas.

Due to the efforts and persistence of those in the field, multiple oligonucleotide therapeutic treatments have received approval from regulatory agencies around the world, two mRNA Covid-19 vaccines were created due to decades of prior development in the field, and over 100 oligonucleotide therapeutic treatments are in development for common conditions, including cancer and Alzheimer’s disease, as well as rare diseases. Incredibly, oligonucleotide therapeutics are being used to create individualized treatments for people with ultra-rare, fatal diseases.

Attendees of this year’s Oligo Meeting will hear from leading experts, students, and postdocs in the field from around the world. An array of intriguing topics will be covered, from chemistry, AI/machine learning, and genome and RNA editing to current preclinical and clinical research.

The Clinical Session is always engaging and inspiring, and this year’s session promises to continue the trend with topics such as Clinical Advances in CRISPR Cas9 Therapeutics, SLN360 and Controlling Lp(a), and Lessons Learned from ALS Clinical Trials. Speakers include notable authorities in the field at key roles in Biogen, Ionis Pharmaceuticals, Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, Intellia Therapeutics, Silence Therapeutics, and n-Lorem Foundation.

A special session is dedicated to celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Oligonucleotide Therapeutics Society, and attendees will have the privilege of hearing from founders of the OTS as well as past Board of Directors members who were there during the early days of the society, including Masad J. Damha, PhD, Gunther Hartmann, MD, PhD, Anastasia Khvorova, PhD, Art Krieg, MD, Mano Manoharan, PhD, Brett Monia, PhD, John Rossi, PhD, Georg Sczakiel, PhD, Hermona Soreq, PhD, and Cy Stein, MD, PhD.

OTS also has the privilege of presenting two OTS Lifetime Achievement Awards this year to individuals who have been influential in the field. Ryszard Kole, PhD, Professor Emeritus at the University of North Carolina, will be honored with the OTS Lifetime Achievement Award 2020 and C. Frank Bennett, PhD, the Senior Vice President of Research at Ionis Pharmaceuticals, will be honored with the OTS Lifetime Achievement Award 2021.

The Annual Meeting is open to anyone interested or involved in oligonucleotide therapeutics. Those wishing to attend in person or virtually can register at

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?? Morning digest on September 5

The following is a list of selected news summaries last weekend by Vietnam News Agency.

-On the occasion of the 77th anniversary of the August Revolution (August 19) and National Day (September 2 – also the date of death of President Ho Chi Minh), President Nguyen Xuan Phuc offered incense in commemoration of the late leader at Na Nua tent in Tan Trao special national relic site in the northern province of Tuyen Quang on September 4. Read full story

-On the occasion of Vietnam’s 77th National Day (September 2), leaders of foreign parties, countries and international organisations have sent their messages and letters of congratulations to the Southeast Asian nation’s leaders. Read full story

-Politburo member, and Secretary of Ho Chi Minh City’s Party Committee Nguyen Van Nen hosted a reception on September 4 for US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry who stressed the need for the US and Vietnam to strengthen cooperation to carry out policies in response to climate change.

Kerry also highlighted the urgency to promote national and global efforts to minimise global warming and enhance endeavours to adapt to climate change impacts, adding that the US and Vietnam have good relations in many fields.Read full story

The US Special Envoy for Climate paid a working visit to Ben Tre on climate change situation in the Mekong Delta province on September 3.Read full story

-Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh on September 3 asked the northern midland province of Phu Tho to work harder to become an economic connectivity centre between Vietnam and other ASEAN member countries as well as China’s southwestern region.

At a working session with the Standing Board of the provincial Party Committee as part of his trip to the locality, Chinh said with its special potential and competitive advantages, Phu Tho should become a leading locality in the northern midland and mountainous region, especially in rapid, sustainable development and economic restructuring. Read full story

-The Party and the State always pay special attention to education and training, ensuring the equal access to education for all, National Assembly Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue affirmed while attending the inaugural ceremony of a high school in a mountainous district of Nghe An province on September 3.

This is the only high school in Ky Son – one of the most 74 disadvantaged districts nationwide, about 250km from Nghe An province’s Vinh city. More than 95% of its students belong to ethnic minority groups in the district.Read full story

-The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on September 2 adopted a resolution on the organisation of a “High-level meeting on pandemic prevention, preparedness and response”.

The resolution was jointly introduced to the UNGA by Vietnam, Australia, Bangladesh, Canada, Costa Rica, Ghana, Jamaica, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Africa, Sweden and Indonesia. Read full story

-A delegation of the Vietnamese education and training sector’s labour union led by its President Nguyen Ngoc An attended the 36th ASEAN Plus One Council of Teachers Convention with the Republic of Korea (ACT 1) held in Jakarta, Indonesia, from September 2-4.

With the theme “Recovering from the pandemic: Designing post-pandemic education in digitally infused world”, the event attracted the participation of around 600 officials and teachers from nine member countries, namely Brunei, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam and the Republic of Korea (RoK).Read full story

-A Vietnamese rice product has for the first time been put on the shelves of E.Leclerc Viry Châtillon, a hypermarket run by top French retailer E.Leclerc, as part of a programme run by the Vietnam Trade Office in France.

The product branded ‘Com Vietnam’ is produced by Loc Troi Group, a leading provider of agricultural services and products in Vietnam. It was introduced in the E.Leclerc hypermarket chain on September 2 during the office’s Vietnamese mid-autumn week event. Read full story

-Vietnam’s U20 team was held to a goalless draw in a friendly match against Palestine on September 3 at Viet Tri Stadium in the northern province of Phu Tho.

The match was a warm-up for the Vietnamese team before they move to Indonesia for the 2023 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) U20 qualifiers in less than two weeks ahead.Read full story/.

Source: Vietnam News Agency

Vietnamese dishes showcased at int’l gastronomy village in Paris

Vietnam joined more than 40 other countries at the International Gastronomy Village 2022 in Paris from September 1-4 after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Southeast Asian nation introduced dishes such as nem (spring rolls), fried noodles, bread and sugarcane juice, along with its traditional martial arts and folk music.

This is the first time Vietnam has attended the festival, the sixth of its kind, which took place at the foot of the Eiffel Tower, attracting some 30,000 visitors.

One of the biggest gourmet events in Paris, the International Gastronomy Village features popular cuisines and cultures from over 50 countries and French regions.

It included tasting sessions, food catering corners, craft products, cooking lessons, concerts and shows./.

Source: Vietnam News Agency

Maintenance of Dung Quat oil refinery slated for mid-2023

Dung Quat Refinery will undertake the fifth maintenance that will last for 50 days from June 22, 2023, according to Binh Son Refining and Petrochemical Joint Stock Company (BSR).

The company said that during this maintenance, it will focus on strengthening risk management and optimising the bidding package distribution plans. It will strive to shorten the maintenance period to about 43-45 days.

There will be six main bidding packages in which BSR’s personnel directly conduct the maintenance of several parts, including the compressor system, rotating equipment, automation system, and electric equipment.

The last overall maintenance of Dung Quat Refinery took place in June 2021.

Dung Quat Refinery, which is located in the Dung Quat Economic Zone, Binh Son district of central Quang Ngai province, has a refining capacity of 148,000 barrels per day (6.5 million tones crude oil annually) and can process 67 types of crude oil from various parts of the world. The plant’s products include Mogas A92/A95 and E5/10; Jet A1/Jet A1K fuels; kerosene; diesel; fuel oil (FO); liquefied petroleum gas (LPG); propylene; polypropylene resins and sulfur./.

Source: Vietnam News Agency

Lao press spotlights Vietnam-Laos relations on diplomatic anniversary

Major newspapers of Laos on September 5 published front page articles and photos marking the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Vietnam and Laos.

Pasaxon, the official organ of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party Central Committee, published an editorial to highlight the anniversary and emphasise its significance.

Laos has established diplomatic relations with more than 140 countries, but its relationship with Vietnam is special and rare. Over the six decades, the two nations have made multiple achievements, particularly during their struggles for independence. Laos and Vietnam have supported each other to fight the common enemies and liberate their nations.

The editorial said that bilateral cooperation has been deepened across fields such as politics-security, economy, and culture-society, bringing practical benefits to the Vietnamese and Lao people.

The Vientiane Mai newspaper posted on its front page an article on mastering the thoughts of late Lao President Kaysone Phomvihane on the special Vietnam-Laos relationship.

It said the great friendship, special solidarity and comprehensive cooperation have been cultivated by Lao Presidents Kaysone Phomvihane and Souphanouvong. These ties will be protected, becoming an invaluable heritage for future generations, and contributing to the cause of peace, stability and cooperation in the region and the world.

The PathetLao Daily run by the Lao News Agency (KPL) published an interview with Vietnamese Ambassador to Laos Nguyen Ba Hung on the occasion.

Talking to the press in Laos, the diplomat said the fact that Vietnamese and Lao leaders agreed to make 2022 the year of friendship and solidarity between the countries affirmed the importance of the great friendship, special solidarity, and comprehensive cooperation.

It also showed that this is an invaluable common property of the two peoples to ensure the existence and development of the two countries, sending a very clear message that no matter how the world changes, the two Parties and States are always determined to cultivate and deepen their relationship./.

Source: Vietnam News Agency

Quang Ninh works hard on sustainable import-export development

Authorities of the northern coastal province of Quang Ninh have taken a wide range of specific solutions to gradually remove difficulties and restore import-export activities, towards achieving its twin goals of effectively combating the COVID-19 and boosting economic growth.

Their efforts have contributed to promoting production and business activities and sustainable socio-economic development.

Over the recent years, Quang Ninh has focused on promoting sustainable development and developing harmonious and modern infrastructure, especially in traffic. Local highways, seaports, and airport are connected with industrial parks, economic zones, and border gates.

These helps create an impetus for the locality to further develop strongly, enhance trade connection and regional linkages, speed up international integration, and trade facilitation.

The only locality having land and sea borders with China, Quang Ninh boasts a strength in promoting cross-border trade.

Efforts to maintain “safe green zone”

To promote this advantage, the locality has paid attention to concertedly implementing measures to prevent and control the COVID-19 pandemic and strengthen import-export activities, with a special focus on proactively building pandemic prevention plans and maintaining a “safe green zone” for border gates and border crossings.

All-level meetings and talks with authorities of Chinese localities have been maintained regularly, aiming to restore customs clearance and import-export activities between the two sides. Notably, the import-export turnover through Mong Cai city, a border economic zone in Quang Ninh, topped 1.5 million USD in the first seven months of 2022. The city attracted 128 new import-export firms, lifting the total number of import-export enterprises to 455.

To further promote cross-border import and export activities, a series of measures have been enhanced, helping maintain revenues through import and export activities.

The locality has also created breakthroughs in administrative reform. It has also paid heed to strengthening inspection, supervision and internal discipline control among the sectors in handling import-export procedures in order to ensure administrative discipline and prevent troubles and negative phenomena.

Quang Ninh has also given priority to speeding up digital transformation, building database, developing e-government and modernising customs activities.

Thanks to safe adaptation solutions, import-export activities in Quang Ninh have recorded positive results, contributing to improving investment and business environment in the locality.

In the first seven months of this year, the export turnover of enterprises in Quang Ninh reached an estimated 1.5 million USD, up 8.23% year-on-year, equivalent to 109.11% of the plan set for the year. Meanwhile, local firms spent 1.7 million USD on imports in the period.

Quang Ninh’s enterprises have expanded their export markets to over 70 countries and territories around the world, including China, Japan, the Republic of Korea, ASEAN countries, the Middle East, and countries in the Eurasian Economic Union.

In the coming time, local authorities will take measures to soon resume import-export activities, focusing on enhancing state management and attracting investment to processing and manufacturing sectors and hi-tech and high-value products.

Local businesses will be assisted to take advantage of incentives brought about by trade deals that Vietnam has joined, including the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) Agreement, the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), the EU – Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA), and the UK – Vietnam FTA (UKVFTA).

Quang Ninh will also continue to lure more investment projects into industrial parks and clusters that have been planned; and effectively connect seaports, economic zones and industrial zones with border gates in order to maximise advantages for import-export activities.

Local industrial parks and economic zones are accommodating 283 valid projects which are not invested by the State budget, including 90 foreign direct investment (FDI) ones worth over 4.3 billion USD and 193 domestic ones worth over 111.8 trillion VND (4.75 billion USD).

Vice Director of the provincial Department of Industry and Trade Le Hong Giang said his agency will continue to coordinate with relevant sectors to remove difficulties facing local import-export enterprises and update them on policies on management of border trade, thus facilitating import-export activities in the locality./.

Source: Vietnam News Agency

US to boost cooperation with Vietnam on climate change: official

The US will enhance exchange and cooperation with Vietnam on climate change response in order to realise goals set by leaders of the two countries at the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26), US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry affirmed while meeting with Vietnamese Minister of Public Security Gen. To Lam in Hanoi on September 5.

Highlighting the sound growth of Vietnam – US relations in many spheres, the envoy noted that the response to climate change plays an important role in ensuring environmental and energy security.

Taking into account Kerry’s suggestions, Lam proposed the US side to strengthen experience exchanges, technology transfer, and investment in clean energy projects in Vietnam.

He also recommended a series of fields for further cooperation such as ensuring environmental security, and preventing and combating environmental crimes.

Vietnam is well aware of climate change-induced challenges and has been consistent in conducting related responses and protecting the environment, he said.

After COP 26, Vietnam has demonstrated its strong commitment to combating climate change and taken steps to reach the net zero goal by 2050, the minister stated./.

Source: Vietnam News Agency

President beats drum to launch 2022-2023 academic year at high school in Hanoi

President Nguyen Xuan Phuc beat the drum to kick off the new 2022-2023 academic year at the High School for Gifted Students under the Vietnam National University (VNU)’s Hanoi University of Science (HUS) on September 5.

The school, which has 39 classes with 1,736 students, is one of the top educational facilities in Vietnam, with many students winning medals and prizes at regional and international Olympiads.

Speaking at the ceremony, President Phuc affirmed that education is the foundation for sustainable development, decisive to the nation’s future; therefore, investing in education is investing in the future. He hailed achievements gained by teachers and students nationwide, including those from the VNU-HUS High School for Gifted Students, during international Olympiads, thus contributing to affirming the position of Vietnamese education in the world.

To successfully fulfil tasks for the new academic year, the State leader asked the educational sector to speed up fundamental and comprehensive reform of education and training.

He expressed his hope that teachers and students of the VNU – HUS High School for the Gifted will try their best to reap more fruits in their teaching and learning./.

Source: Vietnam News Agency