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Taconic Biosciences Launches Rapid Restart™ Program

First Animal Model Provider to Create Program Aiding Researchers Planning for Return

RENSSELAER, N.Y., May 18, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Taconic Biosciences, a global leader in providing drug discovery animal model solutions, announces the successful implementation of its Rapid Restart™ program.  Launched over a month ago, Taconic was the first animal model provider in the industry to provide researchers with a program specifically designed to aid laboratories transitioning back to increased productivity.

COVID-19 forced many institutions to discontinue critical research programs, and in some cases decrease their animal model use.  As institutions consider ramping research back up, ensuring scientists have access to animal models is paramount.  Taconic launched the Rapid Restart™ program to address this urgent and unique need.  Rapid Restart™ is a planning service that provides customers with a unique blend of flexible scheduling and availability assurances to ensure they have what they need, when they need it.

Scaling production of animal models is a complex process.  With over 65 years of experience, Taconic has sophisticated tools to align supply with demand.  Noting biology plays a large role in establishing timeframes, connecting with customers well-before laboratories considered returning to full capacity has provided Taconic with critical insight for inventory planning.  In turn, Taconic will provide researchers with supply chain continuity, ensuring no momentum is lost as they look to make up for lost time.  Most importantly, the planning precision afforded by the Rapid Restart™ program honors Taconic’s commitment to animal welfare by reducing the gap between supply and demand.

“Customer feedback on the Rapid Restart™ program has been overwhelmingly positive.  Researchers from academia, biotechnology, and pharmaceutical companies have expressed gratitude for Taconic’s willingness to partner during this unprecedented time,” shares Dr. Michael Seiler, vice president of commercial products at Taconic Biosciences.  “We have always found the greatest value in not thinking like a vendor, but rather a trusted partner for our customers.  That approach is more important now than ever before as we all look to get past the uncertainty and focus on research.”

Beyond commercially available animal models, Taconic also offers custom model generation and colony management solutions, which can play a role in how laboratories ramp back up capabilities.  Outsourced breeding is particularly important in contingency plans for laboratories, providing a consistent supply of animals to labs when their own facilities may be impaired.  The design, breeding, and maintaining of critical animal models is more important than ever to preserve research momentum.

To learn more about Taconic Biosciences’ Rapid Restart™ program or other services, 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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MPO Recognized as “Visionary” in Gartner Magic Quadrant

    Global Cloud Platform Offers a Revolutionary Approach to MESCBNs

BOSTON, May 18, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — MPO today announced their recognition by Gartner as the sole “Visionary” in the 2020 Magic Quadrant for Multienterprise Supply Chain Business Networks. This milestone validates MPO’s mission to empower companies to boost both customer experience and operational excellence with a unique, customer- and order-centric approach to multi-party supply chain orchestration.

“For most companies, the value chain consists of 80% of external network activities. By focusing on internal systems, executives miss out on the extraordinary benefits that business networks offer – from improving delivery options, order fulfilment, and customer service to reducing inventory levels, transportation costs, and working capital,” says Martin Verwijmeren, CEO and Co-Founder of MPO. “Gartner’s Magic Quadrant clearly articulates the critical role of MESCBN technology, and we’re humbled to be recognized as Visionary for our platform’s ability to help businesses from diverse industries become innovative, competitive, flexible, and resilient through dynamic networking.”

This news comes in the wake of many recent initiatives and accomplishments of the company, including being named a Top Logistics IT Provider, Most Influential Leader in Supply Chain Technology 2020, and launching their Emergency Relief Cloud Solution for companies impacted by the pandemic.

“With the recent global crisis, we’ve seen a surge in awareness, interest, and need for MESCBN platforms like MPO’s. Companies are realizing they operate within a greater ecosystem, and that their survival and success depends on the strength of their business network. MPO has invested years of research and development into the smart cloud platform, uniquely capable of optimizing micro supply chains. Customers can turn their end-to-end supply chains into a competitive advantage – delighting customers and growing sales – under any condition.”

To learn more about MPO’s Visionary perspective on Multienterprise Supply Chain Business Networks, click here. For information and resources on how to best leverage your multi-party network, including Gartner’s Magic Quadrant, visit our solution toolkit.

About MPO: MPO offers the world’s only natively unified cloud platform for Supply Chain Orchestration. The platform complements existing enterprise systems with visibility and control, and optimizes order, inventory, and transportation across dynamic, multi-party networks. MPO processes over 2 million orders per day for over 200 leading manufacturers, distributors, retailers, and logistics service providers. For more information, please contact info@mpo.com or visit www.mpo.com.

Management of public complaints KPI for Melaka local councillors – Chief Minister

MELAKA Effective and quick handling of public complaints is one of the key performance indicators (KPI) set by the Melaka State Government to gauge the performance of its local councillors.


Melaka Chief Minister Datuk Sulaiman Md Ali said the KPI also considered if they went out to look at the actual conditions on the ground or understood the needs of their constituents.


“Councillors have a role to play to look into and resolve the complaints of the public within the jurisdiction of the local authorities (PBT) and must present the Monthly Public Complaint Report of the area as well as the latest status of the complaints.



“The councillors will hopefully give their full commitment to their tasks by helping the Mayor and staff of the local authorities in carrying out their work and the plans that are being or will be implemented,” he said in his speech at the swearing-in ceremony of members of the Melaka Historic City Council (MBMB) here today.


At the ceremony, 22 people were sworn-in as MBMB councillors. Also present were chairman of the state Housing, Local Government, and Environment committee Datuk Seri Abdul Ghafar Atan as well as MBMB Mayor, Datuk Zainal Abu.


Sulaiman said the appointed councillors will hopefully play their roles as go-between and facilitators between the local authorities and the public.



“If there are any problems or issues involving the public, the local councillors must play their part in a proactive and informed manner.


“Any problem involving the people and local communities must be addressed within a reasonable time in line with the emphasis of the state government under my leadership that every heartbeat of the people is given attention and resolved accordingly,” he said.


Sulaiman also urged the local councillors to master modern technological skills including use of social media like  Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, WhatsApp and Telegram which will make it easier for them to carry out their responsibilities.


He said this will help them monitor and resolve all complaints, problems, issues and proposals from the public at both the state government and local authority levels.


He added that cleanliness was also an important aspect in the evaluation of the KPI of the local councillors in the four local authorities in the state in order to bring back the status of the state and Melaka City as the cleanest state and city in the country.


Besides MBMB, the other local authorities in Melaka are the Alor Gajah Municipal Council (MPAG), the Jasin Municipal Council (MPJ) and the Hang Tuah Jaya Municipal Council (MPHTJ).



Source: BERNAMA News Agency

Police nab 14, seize drugs worth over RM100,000 in Kota Kinabalu

KOTA KINABALU Police arrested 14 individuals and seized drugs worth RM107,200, in several raids conducted in the Kota Kinabalu district  last Friday and yesterday.


Sabah police commissioner Datuk Zaini Jass said in the first case on Friday, 13 individuals, including four women, aged between 18 to 27, were arrested in four raids conducted by State Narcotics Criminal Investigation Department and Kota Kinabalu district police headquarters.


He said the first raid involved the arrest of three men in a car at Taman Perindustrian Kota Kinabalu (KKIP) Timur, Sepanggar, at 9.15 am.



Police conducted a search and found 578.07gm, believed to be cannabis,  in a plastic pack on one of them and another 548.22 gm, believed to be of the same drug, in the car, he said, adding that the drug was believed to have just arrived from the peninsula.


Following their arrest, police conducted three more raids, which led to the seizure of 1400.99 gm believed to be cannabis and 600.51 gm believed to be syabu, all worth RM92,500, he told reporters here today.


Zaini said the second case involved the arrest of a foreigner, who was found in possession of 98 gm believed to be syabu, worth RM14,700, in a raid at a house in Jalan Sulaman, Menggatal, yesterday.



All the suspects are in remand for seven days until May 22.




Source: BERNAMA News Agency

Police cripple drug smuggling syndicate, 112.7kg drugs worth RM7.2 million seized

SEREMBAN Police have crippled a drug-smuggling syndicate with the seizure of 112.7kg of various drugs worth RM7.2 million, some of which in packets labelled as Chinese tea, in raids in Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Selangor.


Bukit Aman Narcotics Criminal Investigation director Datuk Ramli Din said seven men, including three Indonesians, aged between 24 and 44, were arrested in raids jointly conducted by Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) between May 9 to 14.


Following their arrest, he said the police were led to a bush area by the beach near Marina Bay, Port Dickson, where they found seven gunny sacks containing various drugs, some packed as Chinese tea.



The drugs included 80.87 kg of syabu, 31.88 kg of ecstasy pills (approximately 106,267 pills) and one gram of ganja, he told a media conference here today.


Also present was MMEA deputy director-general (operations) Vice-Admiral Datuk Ibrahim Mohamed.


Ramli said the drugs were believed to be smuggled to Indonesia due to its higher price there.



He said police also seized four cars, a glass fibre boat with an engine, seven pieces of gold and cash of   RM164,045.


Three of the suspects had previous records and four tested positive for meth, he said, adding that all of them would be in remand until May 21 to facilitate investigation for drug trafficking.




Source: BERNAMA News Agency

Stubborn Malaysians still attempting ‘balik kampung’

PUTRAJAYA More than 1,000 vehicles have been caught attempting unauthorised interstate travel daily for the past two days and this clearly shows that many Malaysians are still stubbornly trying to ‘balik kampung’ (returning) to their hometowns.


Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said a total 1,175 vehicles were caught attempting interstate travel yesterday.


“Surprisingly, many are still trying to return to their villages. Yesterday, 1,175 vehicles were caught trying to cross the state borders to return to their hometowns and they were subsequently asked to turn around by the police,” he said this at a daily press conference on the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) here, today.



Ismail Sabri also urged the public to forget the plan for interstate travel as it would have been very frustrating to be told to turn around.


On May 16, a total of 1,248 vehicles were caught attempting unauthorised interstate travel and ordered to turn around by the police.


Meanwhile, when asked about the findings of the survey conducted by the National Security Council (MKN), he said more than 70 per cent of 215,712 respondents had agreed to celebrate the first day of Aidilfitri with family members in the same house.



“If this is indeed the trend and the way people see it, then I don’t have to worry too much. Because 74 per cent don’t want to open their home for Aidilfitri and limited to family members in the house only.


“That is the hope of the government, even if we are allowed up to 20 people in one house. If this happens then we should not be too worried and we can break the COVID-19 chain because many fear there will be ‘balik kampung’ clusters,” he said.


He added that 20 per cent of respondents agreed to celebrate the first day of Raya with relatives, while six per cent agreed to celebrate the day with relatives and neighbours.


He also said the police had established 148 interstate roadblocks nationwide and inspected a total of 156,096 vehicles.


In another development, Ismail Sabri said the government would consult with the Attorney-General’s Chambers, the Ministry of Health (MOH) and MKN on the need to amend the law under the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988 (Act 342), which would allow action to be taken against stubborn parents and guardians for taking their children aged 12 years and younger to public places.


“We heard that many children are still being brought to the shopping complexes. This is a matter of law. If they want to take action against their parents, it must be stipulated in the law or regulation under Act 342.


“We will discuss with the Attorney-General, MOH and MKN and if this is agreed upon, the law can be amended and those found violating the law they can be punished under Act 342,” he said.


Meanwhile, touching on construction sites, Ismail Sabri said on Saturday, the Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) had inspected 120 construction sites involving 98 enforcement personnel and found 15 sites were in compliance with the standard operating procedure (SOP), eight others were non-compliance and one site was ordered to shut while 96 others were not operational .


“The cumulative number of construction sites inspected currently stood at 4,183, of which 425 were SOP-compliance, 150 SOP non-compliance and given warnings and five others were ordered to close,” he said, adding that the inspection also found that 3,603 sites were not operational.



Source: BERNAMA News Agency

MCO: Residents under administrative control in Jalan Pudu cooperating well – Police

KUALA LUMPUR Compliance with the Movement Control Order (MCO) in Jalan Pudu here which is under administrative control, has reached 90 per cent, with residents cooperating well with the authorities.


According to police sources, there have also been no crimes reported in the area, with heads of families allowed to go out to get food and other necessities.


“Everyone is giving good cooperation and listening to instructions from the health staff, as well as adhering to the MCO which is under administrative control in the area,” said the source.



On Friday, barbed wire fencing was installed in several areas around Jalan Pudu by the Malaysian Armed Forces, while residents were requested to undergo screenings for the virus.


Checks by Bernama today afternoon found the screening process was also running smoothly, with a resident in his late 40s saying he and several other family members had been screened a few days back.


Senior Minister (Security) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob was earlier quoted as saying that the Jalan Pudu area was not subject to the Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO), but rather under administrative control, with residents still allowed to go out to get necessities.



Source: BERNAMA News Agency