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Taconic Biosciences Supports Coronavirus Research

Announces Preclinical COVID-19 Research Tools

RENSSELAER, N.Y., March 20, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Taconic Biosciences, a global leader in providing drug discovery animal model solutions, announces support for global COVID-19 research efforts via a new Coronavirus Toolkit featuring relevant models and services.

Mouse models have been extensively used for research on the SARS-CoV virus, closely related to the new SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19.  Taconic offers many animal models and services to support COVID-19 research and empower the global fight against this disease.

Taconic’s Coronavirus Toolkit models are grouped by application: COVID-19 disease models, antibody development and production, and vaccine research and development.

The toolkit includes several proprietary models, one example being an Ace2 knockout mouse available to Taconic through our partnership with inventor Lexicon Pharmaceuticals.  Ace2 knockout mice are used to study acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), a COVID-19 complication.  Taconic and Lexicon have partnered to scale production of this strain with subsidized distribution to researchers worldwide.  A second example includes genetically humanized HLA (human leukocyte antigen) mice, which are better able to model human vaccine response compared to standard mice.  Finally, Taconic is one of only a few companies in the world which can produce humanized immune system mice on scale, which carry human immune cells in a mouse.

Beyond models, Taconic’s colony management solutions also offer relief to laboratories faced with restrictions, staff reductions, or temporary closures.  Cryopreservation services are offered at a highly competitive price to ensure the security of valuable genetically modified models for the future.  As research priorities change, Taconic also encourages researchers to consider custom model generation as a path to move research forward without requiring extensive internal human resources.  Taconic has the most comprehensive, fully-licensed gene modification toolkit in the industry.

“Taconic is proud to contribute to the global fight against the coronavirus pandemic.  We take our mission to provide animal model solutions seriously and are committed to empowering COVID-19 research,” shared Nancy J. Sandy, Taconic Biosciences’ chief executive officer. “We are investing significant resources to make these critical models available to enable immediate studies.”

To learn more about Taconic Biosciences’ Coronavirus Toolkit, please contact Taconic at 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, microbiome, immuno-oncology 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.

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Smile Direct Club Opens 3D Printing Facility to Aid in Production of Medical Supplies

As One Of The U.S.’s Largest 3D Printing Manufacturers, Company Donates Capacity And Plastic To Aid Health Efforts

NASHVILLE, Tenn., March 19, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — SmileDirectClub, the industry pioneer and first direct-to-consumer medtech platform for teeth straightening, is one of the largest 3D printing manufacturers in the United States, and as a result has opened its manufacturing facility to partner with medical supply companies and health organizations to increase production of medical supplies necessary to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.  SmileDirectClub is actively seeking communications and partnerships with medical supply companies and health organizations that are in need of additional production of plastic materials such as medical face shields, respirator valves or other supplies.

SmileDirectClub urges medical supply companies and health organizations to contact them directly at resilience@smiledirectclub.com to determine if the company can be of assistance. Specifically, SmileDirectClub is able to print materials using STL 3D printing files, and once provided can quickly offer manufacturing capacity. SmileDirectClub also has a global HIPAA-trained contact center team and support system to assist in health aid efforts.

“In times like these, it is incumbent on all of us do what we can to help those in need however we can,” said SmileDirectClub Chief Executive Officer David Katzman.  “Reports of medical supply shortages are very concerning and we have the production capacity to help in the printing of plastic materials.  Due to recent automations that increased our printing output capacity, we’re able to easily add this production to our current clear aligner therapy lines. We urge any company or health organization that could use additional production resources to reach out to us directly.”

About SmileDirectClub
SmileDirectClub, Inc. (Nasdaq: SDC) (“SmileDirectClub”) is an oral care company and creator of the first direct-to-consumer medtech platform for teeth straightening, now also offered directly via dentist and orthodontists’ offices. Through our cutting-edge teledentistry technology and vertically integrated model, we are revolutionizing the oral care industry, from clear aligner therapy to our affordable, premium oral care product line. SmileDirectClub’s mission is to democratize access to affordable and convenient care, unleashing the power of a person’s smile to positively impact their place in the world. SmileDirectClub is headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee and operates in the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany and Hong Kong. For more information, please visit SmileDirectClub.com.

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NetSfere Offers Free Secure Enterprise Messaging Services for Healthcare Providers and First Responders During COVID-19

To enable healthcare workers and first responders during this pandemic, NetSfere is offering free access to its cloud-based platform to communicate and collaborate in a safe, secure and compliant manner

CHICAGO, March 19, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — NetSfere, an award-winning, global secure mobile messaging service and a collaboration platform from Infinite Convergence Solutions, Inc., today announced its secure enterprise messaging services are offered free of charge to hospitals, healthcare providers, first responders and government entities world-wide in an effort to offset the impact of COVID-19, effective immediately.

This offer applies to new customers only. Free services will be offered through June 30th, 2020 and this offer is valid globally. To inquire about NetSfere’s offer of free enterprise messaging services contact COVID-19Support@netsfere.com.

NetSfere’s cloud-based platform includes end-to-end encryption that complies with HIPAA and other global regulatory requirements such as GDPR, providing healthcare providers, first responders and government workers with a secure communication option that offers the immediacy of instant messaging across multiple devices. Doctors, nurses and other medical professionals are able to communicate and consult with one another simultaneously regarding patient diagnoses or test results while streamlining communications and operations.

“Healthcare providers and first responders are currently on the front lines protecting the safety of people across the world during the COVID-19 global pandemic and we felt the need to offer them assistance any way we can,” said Anurag Lal, president and CEO of Infinite Convergence. “We hope that by offering our enterprise messaging services free of charge to these healthcare providers it will help improve internal communications, eliminating any existing pain points and enabling them to perform their jobs more efficiently.”

NetSfere’s enterprise messaging plan includes global cloud-based service availability, industry-leading security algorithms that support device-to-device encryption, location-based features, administrative controls and collaboration tools including high definition one-to-one and group voice calling, video streaming and screen sharing.

About NetSfere
NetSfere is a secure enterprise messaging service and collaboration platform from Infinite Convergence Solutions, Inc. NetSfere provides industry-leading security and message delivery capabilities, including global cloud-based service availability, device-to-device encryption, location-based features and administrative controls. The service is also offered in partnership with Deutsche Telekom, one of the world’s leading integrated telecommunications companies, and with NTT, a global information communications & technology service provider, to jointly offer NetSfere to its worldwide customers. The service leverages Infinite Convergence’s experience in delivering mobility solutions to tier 1 mobile operators globally and technology that supports more than 400 million subscribers and over a trillion messages on an annual basis. NetSfere is also compliant with global regulatory requirements, including GDPR, HIPAA, Sarbanes-Oxley, ISO 27001 and others. Infinite Convergence Solutions has offices in the United States, Germany, India and Singapore. For more information, visit www.netsfere.com.

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