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NetSfere Broadcast Message Center Enables State and Federal Agencies Worldwide to Deliver Real-Time Emergency Alerts to Their Citizens and Communities

The Broadcast Message Center is the first to leverage 5G to enable agencies to distribute mass notifications and alerts to targeted geographical areas in times of emergencies or unrest

CHICAGO, Feb. 16, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — NetSfere, a global provider of next-generation messaging and mobility solutions, is enabling government agencies worldwide to communicate vital information to their citizens in the most effective way through its 5G equipped NetSfere Broadcast Message Center (BMC). The NetSfere BMC is a field-proven, carrier-grade emergency alert solution designed for simultaneous message delivery to a range of cellular users in a specified area. The company is the leading provider for all major carriers to deploy wireless emergency alerts (WEA’s) across North America, Europe and Asia.

“Now more than ever, it’s essential for state and federal government agencies to have a direct line of communication to their citizens,” said Anurag Lal, President and CEO of NetSfere. “Almost everyone has received a severe weather or AMBER alert on their phones, and they’re nearly impossible to ignore. The role of the NetSfere BMC becomes even more vital during the COVID-19 pandemic, as government and healthcare agencies globally must communicate vital information about mask-wearing, social distancing, testing and vaccinations.”

The BMC is the part of the NetSfere Mobile Solutions portfolio which offers a comprehensive suite of mobility and messaging solutions. The technology supports more than 500 million subscribers and over one trillion messages per year. The NetSfere BMC provides a mission-critical service to help government agencies communicate crucial information during emergencies when time is of the essence. Alerts can be targeted to specific geographic regions to communicate vital information to a specific set of people or sent nationwide. The alerts remain in a user’s notifications accompanied by a loud alert tone, drawing greater attention instantly to the message. The NetSfere BMC supports all major radio access technologies including 5G, LTE, CDMA, GSM and UMTS to provide alerts to all cellular users. It is WEA (Wireless Emergency Alert) compliant, as well as ETSI (European Telecommunications Standards Institute), CAP (Common Alerting Protocol), and WPAS (Wireless Public Alerting Service) compliant.

“There are plenty of methods a government agency can utilize to disseminate emergency information, including social media or TV broadcast alerts,” Lal went on to say. “But these are not always the most effective ways to reach people in moments of crisis. It can be difficult to cut through the noise of traditional media or social media. With more than 275M smartphone users in the U.S., the best way to ensure vital information is disseminated to a large group of people in the most effective and timely manner is for state and federal agencies to leverage our BMC solution to reach the masses on the device they use most – their mobile phones.”

About NetSfere
NetSfere provides next generation messaging and mobility solutions to carriers and enterprises globally including its enterprise-grade, secure mobile messaging platform NetSfere Enterprise. NetSfere Enterprise is a secure enterprise messaging service and platform which 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 GmbH, one of the world’s leading integrated telecommunications companies, and with NTT Ltd., a global information communications & technology service provider, to jointly offer NetSfere to its worldwide customers. NetSfere is also compliant with global regulatory requirements, including GDPR, HIPAA, Sarbanes-Oxley, ISO 27001 and others. The company’s technology supports more than 500 million subscribers and over one trillion messages per year. NetSfere has offices in the United States, Germany, India and Singapore. For more information, visit: https://www.netsfere.com/

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Lithium Werks Elects Jack Perkowski to Board of Directors as a Non-Executive Director

AUSTIN, Texas and ENSCHEDE, The Netherlands, Feb. 16, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Lithium Werks BV is proud to announce the election of Jack Perkowski as a non-executive director to the Lithium Werks Board of Directors. Perkowski joins founders T. Joseph Fisher, III and Christian R. Ringvold as directors of the company.

Perkowski brings a wealth of experience and knowledge in fields of corporate strategy, raising capital and assembling management teams.

Perkowski founded ASIMCO Technologies in 1994, and from 1994 to 2008, served as the Chairman of ASIMCO’s Board of Directors and the company’s Chief Executive Officer. Under Perkowski’s leadership, ASIMCO became one of the most important players in China’s automotive components industry and gained a reputation for developing local management and integrating a broad-based China operation into the global economy.

In 2009, Perkowski founded JFP Holdings, a merchant banking firm focused on China, where he now serves as Chairman. JFP Holdings was established to help integrate the world’s greatest providers of technology and know-how with China’s rapidly growing economy by helping foreign companies gain access to the China market and helping domestic companies develop global footprints.

Perkowski currently also serves on the China Advisory Council of Magna International Inc., one of the world’s largest auto suppliers; the Board of Advisers for the Center for Emerging Markets at Northeastern University; the International Advisory Board of Management and Economics (IABME) at Tianjin University in China; and as a member of the Board of Directors for ADOMANI, Inc., a publicly traded electric vehicle company.

Widely recognized as an expert on doing business in China, Perkowski authored Managing the Dragon: How I’m Building a Billion Dollar Business in China. Perkowski is a frequent speaker and commentator on the subject of China to the broadcast media.

“We are thrilled to welcome Jack to our Board. His international contacts and global business acumen will be of great benefit to Lithium Werks as we continue to grow and expand our international presence,” commented T. Joseph Fisher, III, who is co-founder and Chief Executive Officer.

Lithium Werks possesses the world’s most comprehensive portfolio of Lithium Iron Phosphate materials, cells, intellectual property LFP patents and products.  Lithium Werks operates in China, Europe, and the United States. For more information, please visit us at www.lithiumwerks.com.


Global energy majors lead pivot to Eavor’s geothermal solution with USD$40 million investment

  • Eavor’s solution is the world’s first truly scalable form of clean dispatchable power
  • This investment will support Eavor’s aim to power the equivalent of 10 million homes by 2030
  • Investors in this round Include: bp Ventures, Chevron Technology Ventures, Temasek, BDC Capital, Eversource1 and Vickers Venture Partners

CALGARY, Alberta, Feb. 16, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Eavor Technologies Inc., the leader in scalable geothermal technology, has completed a USD$40 million (CAD$50.7 million) funding round. These investments, and the partnerships formed around them, are critical to the commercialization of the technology and to help Eavor scale its already extensive project pipeline.

Eavor’s technology, known as Eavor-Loop™, uses the natural heat of the earth like a giant rechargeable battery. Fluids are heated by the earth and circulated in a closed network of underground wellbores, unlocking a reliable and consistent energy source. Eavor’s technology differs from other forms of geothermal in that it is a scalable “go anywhere” solution, harvesting geothermal heat to generate dispatchable power with zero emissions.

In addition to Eavor-Loop’s™ environmental benefits, the consistency of its heat harvesting gives it the potential to directly replace the traditional forms of baseload power such as coal and nuclear. The dispatchable nature of its design also makes Eavor-Loop™ a form of energy storage and thus singularly complementary to intermittent power sources like wind and solar.

The investments will also bolster Eavor’s on-going research and development efforts to drive the cost of Eavor-Loop’s™ clean dispatchable power to a price point that is competitive in all markets.

Felipe Arbelaez, bp’s svp zero carbon energy, said: “We see Eavor’s potential to be complementary to our growing wind and solar portfolios. Our expertise and experience also makes bp well equipped to support Eavor’s growth. Technology such as Eavor’s has the potential to deliver geothermal power and heat and help unlock a low carbon future.”

John Redfern, President & CEO, Eavor Technologies Inc., added: “I am delighted that with the funding closed in this round we can look forward to bringing down the cost of clean, dispatchable power to a universally competitive level – an important milestone for renewable energy. The involvement of companies such as bp and Chevron represents a fantastic endorsement of our technology, the progress we have made to date and the promise for its global scalability.”

Eavor Technologies Inc.
John Redfern, President and CEO, Director

About Eavor:
Eavor (pronounced “Ever”) is a technology-based Energy company led by a team dedicated to creating a clean, reliable and affordable energy future on a global scale. Eavor’s solution (Eavor-Loop™) represents the world’s first truly scalable form of clean dispatchable power. Eavor achieves this by mitigating or eliminating many of the issues that have traditionally hindered geothermal energy. Eavor instead circulates a benign working fluid which is completely isolated from the environment in a closed-loop, through a massive subsurface radiator. This “radiator” simply collects heat from the natural geothermal gradient of the Earth via conduction, at geologically common and drilling accessible rock temperatures. Further inquiries: Eavor Technologies Inc.: www.eavor.com

About bp Ventures:
bp ventures was set up more than 10 years ago to identify and invest in private, high growth, game-changing technology companies, accelerating innovation across the entire energy spectrum. Since then, bp has invested almost $700 million in technology companies across more than 31 active investments with more than 250 co-investors. Venturing plays a key role in bp’s strategy to tackle the dual challenge of meeting the world’s need for more energy, while at the same time reducing carbon emissions. bp ventures focuses on connecting and growing new energy business. It makes strategic equity investments across a portfolio of relevant technology businesses including advanced mobility, low carbon and digital. For more information visit: bp.com/ventures

About Chevron Technology Ventures:
Chevron Technology Ventures (CTV) pursues and invests in externally developed technologies and new business solutions that have the potential to enhance the way Chevron produces and delivers affordable, reliable, and ever-cleaner energy. CTV leverages innovative companies and technologies to strengthen Chevron’s core operations and identifies new opportunities to shape the future of energy. The Eavor investment came from Chevron’s Core Venture Fund which invests in technology that has the potential to add efficiencies to Chevron’s core business in the areas of operational enhancement, digitalization, and lower carbon operations including geothermal. For more information, visit www.chevron.com/technology/technology-ventures

About Vickers Venture Partners:
Vickers Venture Partners is a global venture capital firm focused on early-stage investments in the technological and geographical mega trends of the world. The firm’s portfolio covers life sciences, technology, media, and telecommunications as well as consumer and financial services. The partners’ track records include hits such as Baidu.com, Inc, Focus Media Holding Ltd, Kongzhong Corp, Cambridge Real Estate Investment Trust, Sunfun Info Co., Asian Food Channel (trade sale), UUCUN (trade sale), TWG Tea (trade sale), RTG Asia (trade sale), JJE (trade sale), Hillstone (trade sale, IPO), M-Daq (trade sale), Tenfen (trade sale), Kuyun (trade sale) and Mainspring (trade sale). The total market value of the companies that the partners have helped grow exceeds US$50 billion today. Vickers Venture Partners announced that they are targeting to raise US$500 million for their latest fund VI and have started investing from it after their first close in Oct 2019. Vickers Venture Partners was founded by Dr Finian Tan together with his co-founders Dr Khalil Binebine, Dr Jeffrey Chi, Dr Damian Tan, Linda Li and Raymond Kong in 2005. It is headquartered in Singapore with offices in Shanghai, Hong Kong, New York, San Diego, Silicon Valley and London. – www.vickersventure.com

About Eversource: 
Eversource (NYSE: ES) transmits and delivers electricity and natural gas and supplies water to approximately 4.4 million customers in Connecticut, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Celebrated as a national leader for its corporate citizenship, Eversource is the #1 energy company in Newsweek’s list of America’s Most Responsible Companies for 2020 and recognized as one of America’s Most JUST Companies. The #1 energy efficiency provider in the nation, Eversource harnesses the commitment of approximately 9,000 employees across three states to build a single, united company around the mission of safely delivering reliable energy and water with superior customer service. The company is empowering a clean energy future in the Northeast, with nationally-recognized energy efficiency solutions and successful programs to integrate new clean energy resources like solar, offshore wind, electric vehicles and battery storage, into the electric system. For more information, please visit Eversource, and follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn. For more information on our water services, visit aquarionwater.com.

About BDC: 
BDC Capital is the investment arm of BDC, the bank for Canadian entrepreneurs. With over $3 billion under management, BDC Capital serves as a strategic partner to the country’s most innovative firms. It offers businesses a full spectrum of capital, from seed investments to growth equity, supporting Canadian entrepreneurs who have the ambition to stand out on the world stage. Visit bdc.ca/capital.

About Temasek
Temasek is an investment company with a net portfolio value of S$306 billion (US$214b) as of 31 March 2020. Our three roles as an Investor, Institution and Steward, as defined in our Temasek Charter, shape our ethos to do well, do right and do good. Our investment philosophy is anchored around four key themes: Transforming Economies; Growing Middle Income Populations; Deepening Comparative Advantages; and Emerging Champions. We actively seek sustainable solutions to address present and future challenges, as we capture investment and other opportunities that help to bring about a better, smarter and more sustainable world. Headquartered in Singapore, we have 11 offices around the world. For more information on Temasek, please visit www.temasek.com.sg.

1 Investor is: Eversource Retirement Plan Master Trust

LeddarTech Partners With Seoul Robotics to Deliver Robust Solid-State LiDAR-Based Perception Solutions

QUEBEC CITY and SEOUL, Korea, Feb. 16, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — LeddarTech®, an industry leader in environmental sensing solutions for autonomous vehicles and advanced driver assistance systems from Level 1 to Level 5, is proud to announce that Seoul Robotics, the leading 3D computer vision company using AI and machine learning to power the future of mobility, has joined the Leddar™ Ecosystem. The Leddar Ecosystem comprises leading technology companies that have partnered with LeddarTech through the contribution of their expertise in various technologies that enhance ADAS and AD solutions.

Seoul Robotics, headquartered in Seoul, South Korea, has demonstrated expertise in LiDAR perception technology utilizing its proprietary SENSR 3D software. This platform analyzes and processes LiDAR data with high accuracy, enabling more industries, including retail, logistics, and smart cities, to apply 3D insights. Seoul Robotics has garnered much attention in recent years, with the company earning the “No. 1 Tech Startup” spot for South Korea by DB-Stars in 2019.

LeddarTech and Seoul Robotics are collaborating to develop real-time advanced perception solutions to complement LeddarTech’s Leddar™ Pixell, designed for shuttles, robotaxis, ADVs, buses, and heavy commercial vehicles. The Leddar Pixell, a 3D flash solid-state 180-degree sensor, is considered the most robust LiDAR available. The product recently received the Outstanding & Innovative Product Award by the Shenzhen Automotive Electronics Industry Association and Best of Innovation Award Honoree recognition at CES 2020. The partnership of LeddarTech and Seoul Robotics harnesses the technical expertise of both to provide customers with an enhanced LiDAR-based solution that will increase performance and robustness while shortening time-to-market and reducing costs.

“Robust LiDAR sensors like the Leddar Pixell require the most advanced 3D perception software to process and interpret data in real time,” shared Mr. HanBin Lee, co-founder and CEO of Seoul Robotics. “Our industry-leading perception platform, SENSR, enables stronger understanding and interpretation of 3D data, better serving the market with highly detailed, LiDAR-based perception. Through our collaboration in the Leddar Ecosystem, we will provide object detection and classification, as well as speed measurement, direction, and location information without a need for map data, all while reducing cost and increasing efficiency.”

“By partnering with Seoul Robotics, a respected leader in 3D perception software for LiDAR sensors, LeddarTech and our customers benefit from Seoul Robotics’ advanced and innovative LiDAR-based perception technology,” said Charles Boulanger, CEO of LeddarTech. “The collaboration yields a solution to greatly ease and accelerate the integration of the Leddar Pixell in a wide range of applications in mobility and industrial markets,” concluded Mr. Boulanger.

About Seoul Robotics

Seoul Robotics is a 3D computer vision company building a perception platform that uses AI and machine learning to power the future of mobility. Founded in 2017, Seoul Robotics has partnered with OEMs, system integrators, and government agencies around the world to diversify the use of 3D data. The company has developed its own proprietary software, which is compatible with nearly all LiDAR and 3D data sensors, to increase accuracy and efficiency and to ensure safety across a range of industries and applications. Seoul Robotics has offices in Seoul, Silicon Valley, Munich, and Detroit and is backed by leading global financial institutions. For more information, visit www.seoulrobotics.org.

Contact: LaunchSquad for Seoul Robotics at seoulrobotics@launchsquad.com.

About LeddarTech

LeddarTech is a leader in environmental sensing platforms for autonomous vehicles and advanced driver assistance systems. Founded in 2007, LeddarTech has evolved to become a comprehensive end-to-end environmental sensing company by enabling customers to solve critical sensing and perception challenges across the entire value chain of the automotive and mobility market segments. With its LeddarVision™ sensor-fusion and perception platform and its cost-effective, scalable, and versatile LiDAR development solution for automotive-grade solid-state LiDARs based on the LeddarEngine™, LeddarTech enables Tier 1-2 automotive system integrators to develop full-stack sensing solutions for autonomy level 1 to 5. These solutions are actively deployed in autonomous shuttles, trucks, buses, delivery vehicles, smart cities/factories, and robotaxi applications. The company is responsible for several innovations in cutting-edge automotive and mobility remote-sensing applications, with over 95 patented technologies (granted or pending) enhancing ADAS and autonomous driving capabilities.

Additional information about LeddarTech is accessible at www.leddartech.com and on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.

Daniel Aitken, Vice-President, Global Marketing, Communications, and Product Management, LeddarTech Inc.
Tel.: + 1-418-653-9000 ext. 232

Leddar, LeddarTech, LeddarEngine, LeddarVision, LeddarSP, LeddarCore, VAYADrive, VayaVision, and related logos are trademarks or registered trademarks of LeddarTech Inc. and its subsidiaries. All other brands, product names, and marks are or may be trademarks or registered trademarks used to identify products or services of their respective owners.

LeddarTech ร่วมมือกับ Seoul Robotics เพื่อส่งมอบโซลูชันการรับรู้ที่ใช้ LiDAR แบบโซลิดสเตตที่แข็งแกร่ง

ควิเบก ซิตี้และโซล, เกาหลี, Feb. 16, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — LeddarTech® ผู้นำอุตสาหกรรมด้านโซลูชันการตรวจจับสภาพแวดล้อมสำหรับยานยนต์อัตโนมัติและระบบช่วยเหลือผู้ขับขี่ขั้นสูงตั้งแต่ระดับ 1 ถึงระดับ 5 ภูมิใจที่จะประกาศว่า Seoul Robotics บริษัทด้านคอมพิวเตอร์วิทัศน์ 3 มิติชั้นนำที่ใช้ AI และการเรียนรู้ของเครื่องเพื่อขับเคลื่อนอนาคตของการเคลื่อนที่ได้เข้าร่วมระบบนิเวศ Leddar™ (Leddar™ Ecosystem) ระบบนิเวศ Leddar ประกอบด้วยบริษัทเทคโนโลยีชั้นนำที่เป็นพันธมิตรกับ LeddarTech ที่ผ่านการมีส่วนร่วมด้านความเชี่ยวชาญในเทคโนโลยีต่างๆ ที่ช่วยปรับปรุงโซลูชัน ADAS และ AD

Seoul Robotics มีสำนักงานใหญ่อยู่ที่กรุงโซล ประเทศเกาหลีใต้ ได้แสดงให้เห็นถึงความเชี่ยวชาญด้านเทคโนโลยีการรับรู้ LiDAR โดยใช้ซอฟต์แวร์ SENSR 3D ที่เป็นกรรมสิทธิ์ แพลตฟอร์มนี้วิเคราะห์และประมวลผลข้อมูล LiDAR ด้วยความแม่นยำสูง ช่วยให้อุตสาหกรรมอื่นๆ รวมถึงการค้าปลีก โลจิสติกส์ และเมืองอัจฉริยะสามารถใช้ข้อมูลเชิงลึกแบบ 3 มิติได้ Seoul Robotics ได้รับความสนใจอย่างมากในช่วงไม่กี่ปีที่ผ่านมา โดยบริษัทได้รับรางวัล “No. 1 Tech Startup” จาก DB-Stars ในเกาหลีใต้ในปี 2019

LeddarTech และ Seoul Robotics กำลังร่วมมือกันเพื่อพัฒนาโซลูชันการรับรู้ขั้นสูงแบบเรียลไทม์เพื่อเพิ่มประสิทธิภาพ Leddar™ Pixell ของ LeddarTech ซึ่งออกแบบมาสำหรับรถรับส่ง, แท็กซี่ไร้คนขับ, ADV, รถประจำทาง และยานพาหนะเพื่อการพาณิชย์ขนาดใหญ่ Leddar Pixell เป็นเซ็นเซอร์ 180 องศาแบบโซลิดสเตตแฟลช 3 มิติ ซึ่งถือเป็น LiDAR ที่มีประสิทธิภาพมากที่สุด เมื่อไม่นานมานี้ ผลิตภัณฑ์ได้รับรางวัล Outstanding & Innovative Product Award โดย Shenzhen Automotive Electronics Industry Association และ Best of Innovation Award Honoree ที่งาน CES 2020 การร่วมมือของ LeddarTech และ Seoul Robotics ได้ใช้ประโยชน์จากความเชี่ยวชาญด้านเทคนิคของทั้งคู่เพื่อมอบโซลูชันที่ใช้ LiDAR ที่ได้รับการพัฒนาให้กับลูกค้า ซึ่งจะเพิ่มประสิทธิภาพและความแข็งแกร่งในขณะที่ลดระยะเวลาในการออกสู่ตลาดและลดต้นทุน

“เซ็นเซอร์ LiDAR ที่แข็งแกร่งอย่าง Leddar Pixell ต้องการซอฟต์แวร์การรับรู้ 3 มิติที่ทันสมัยที่สุดในการประมวลผลและตีความหมายข้อมูลแบบเรียลไทม์” Mr. HanBin Lee ผู้ร่วมก่อตั้งและ CEO ของ Seoul Robotics กล่าว “SENSR แพลตฟอร์มการรับรู้ชั้นนำในอุตสาหกรรมของเรา ช่วยให้เข้าใจและตีความหมายข้อมูล 3 มิติได้ดียิ่งขึ้น ได้ตอบสนองความต้องการของตลาดได้ดียิ่งขึ้นด้วยการรับรู้ที่ใช้ LiDAR ที่มีรายละเอียดสูง ด้วยความร่วมมือของเราในระบบนิเวศ Leddar ทำให้เราส่งมอบการตรวจจับและจำแนกวัตถุ ตลอดจนการวัดความเร็ว ทิศทาง และข้อมูลตำแหน่งโดยไม่จำเป็นต้องใช้ข้อมูลแผนที่ทั้งหมดนี้ ในขณะที่ลดต้นทุนและเพิ่มประสิทธิภาพไปพร้อมกัน”

“ด้วยการร่วมมือกับ Seoul Robotics ซึ่งเป็นผู้นำที่ได้รับการยอมรับในด้านซอฟต์แวร์การรับรู้ 3 มิติสำหรับเซ็นเซอร์ LiDAR ทำให้ LeddarTech และลูกค้าของเราได้รับผลประโยชน์จากเทคโนโลยีการรับรู้ที่ใช้ LiDAR ขั้นสูงและนวัตกรรมของ Seoul Robotics” Charles Boulanger, CEO ของ LeddarTech กล่าว “การทำงานร่วมกันทำให้เกิดโซลูชันที่ช่วยให้การผสานรวม Leddar Pixell ในการใช้งานที่หลากหลายในตลาดเคลื่อนที่และอุตสาหกรรมทำได้ง่ายและรวดเร็วขึ้นอย่างมาก” Mr. Boulanger กล่าวสรุป

เกี่ยวกับ Seoul Robotics

Seoul Robotics เป็นบริษัทคอมพิวเตอร์วิทัศน์ 3 มิติที่สร้างแพลตฟอร์มการรับรู้ที่ใช้ AI และการเรียนรู้ของเครื่องเพื่อขับเคลื่อนอนาคตด้านการเคลื่อนที่ Seoul Robotics ก่อตั้งขึ้นในปี 2017 โดยร่วมมือกับ OEM, ผู้ติดตั้งระบบ และหน่วยงานภาครัฐทั่วโลกเพื่อกระจายการใช้ข้อมูล 3 มิติ บริษัทได้พัฒนาซอฟต์แวร์ที่เป็นกรรมสิทธิ์ของตนเองซึ่งเข้ากันได้กับเซ็นเซอร์ข้อมูล LiDAR และ 3 มิติเกือบทั้งหมด เพื่อเพิ่มความแม่นยำและประสิทธิภาพและเพื่อความปลอดภัยในอุตสาหกรรมและการใช้งานต่างๆ Seoul Robotics มีสำนักงานตั้งอยู่ในโซล ซิลิคอนแวลลีย์ มิวนิก และดีทรอยต์และได้รับการสนับสนุนจากสถาบันการเงินชั้นนำระดับโลก สำหรับข้อมูลเพิ่มเติม โปรดไปที่ www.seoulrobotics.org

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Novavax Announces Expanded Collaboration and License Agreement with SK Bioscience for 40 Million Doses of COVID-19 Vaccine for South Korea

Existing partnership for manufacture of NVX-CoV2373 expanded to increase production capacity and supply vaccine to the Korean Government

GAITHERSBURG, Md., Feb. 15, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Novavax, Inc. (Nasdaq: NVAX), a biotechnology company developing next-generation vaccines for serious infectious diseases, and SK Bioscience, a vaccine business subsidiary of SK Group, today announced an expanded collaboration and license agreement. In addition to the already existing manufacturing arrangement, SK Bioscience has obtained a license to manufacture and commercialize NVX-CoV2373, Novavax’ COVID-19 vaccine, for sale to the Korean government. SK Bioscience will add significant production capacity under this new agreement. Novavax recently reported positive interim efficacy results for the vaccine candidate in an ongoing Phase 3 clinical trial in the United Kingdom and is also currently conducting a Phase 3 trial in the U.S. and Mexico.

The agreement expands on an existing manufacturing arrangement between Novavax and SK Bioscience and calls for technology transfer related to the manufacturing of Novavax’ protein antigen, supply of Matrix MTM adjuvant, and support to SK Bioscience as needed to secure regulatory approval. Concurrently, SK Bioscience has finalized an advance purchase agreement with the Korean government to supply 40 million doses of NVX-CoV2373 to the Republic of Korea beginning in 2021.

“SK Bioscience shares our sense of urgency to deliver a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine to protect the global population, including the people of South Korea,” said Stanley C. Erck, President and CEO, Novavax. “We are proud to expand our partnership, which is another great milestone for both companies toward increasing the supply of NVX-CoV2373.”

Technology transfer and production scaleup is progressing well under the previously announced collaboration for SK Bioscience to produce the protein antigen component of NVX-CoV2373 for Novavax, which Novavax expects to deliver to global markets, including the COVAX Facility.

“We are honored to continue to manufacture Novavax’ innovative COVID-19 vaccine and provide a supply to the Korean Government through this agreement,” said Jaeyong Ahn, CEO, SK Bioscience. “We appreciate the collaboration of the Korean Government and Novavax to make possible this momentous step forward.”

NVX-CoV2373 was the first vaccine to demonstrate clinical efficacy against the original strain of COVID-19 and both of the rapidly emerging variants in the United Kingdom and South Africa. NVX-CoV2373 can neither cause COVID-19 disease nor can it replicate. It is shipped in a ready-to-use liquid formulation. It is stable at 2°C to 8°C (refrigerated), meaning that existing vaccine supply chain channels can be used for its distribution.

About NVX-CoV2373

NVX-CoV2373 is a protein-based vaccine candidate engineered from the genetic sequence of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19 disease. NVX-CoV2373 was created using Novavax’ recombinant nanoparticle technology to generate antigen derived from the coronavirus spike (S) protein and is adjuvanted with Novavax’ patented saponin-based Matrix-M™ to enhance the immune response and stimulate high levels of neutralizing antibodies. NVX-CoV2373 contains purified protein antigen and can neither replicate, nor can it cause COVID-19. In preclinical studies, NVX-CoV2373 induced antibodies that block binding of spike protein to cellular receptors and provided protection from infection and disease. It was generally well-tolerated and elicited robust antibody response numerically superior to that seen in human convalescent sera in Phase 1/2 clinical testing. NVX-CoV2373 is currently being evaluated in two pivotal Phase 3 trials: a trial in the U.K that demonstrated efficacy of 89.3 percent overall and 95.6 percent against the original strain in a post-hoc analysis, and the PREVENT-19 trial in the U.S. and Mexico that began in December. It is also being tested in two ongoing Phase 2 studies that began in August: A Phase 2b trial in South Africa that demonstrated up to 60 percent efficacy against newly emerging escape variants, and a Phase 1/2 continuation in the U.S. and Australia.

About Matrix-M™
Novavax’ patented saponin-based Matrix-M™ adjuvant has demonstrated a potent and well-tolerated effect by stimulating the entry of antigen presenting cells into the injection site and enhancing antigen presentation in local lymph nodes, boosting immune response.

About Novavax
Novavax, Inc. (Nasdaq: NVAX) is a biotechnology company that promotes improved health globally through the discovery, development and commercialization of innovative vaccines to prevent serious infectious diseases. The company’s proprietary recombinant technology platform combines the power and speed of genetic engineering to efficiently produce highly immunogenic nanoparticles designed to address urgent global health needs. Novavax is conducting late-stage clinical trials for NVX-CoV2373, its vaccine candidate against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. NanoFlu™, its quadrivalent influenza nanoparticle vaccine, met all primary objectives in its pivotal Phase 3 clinical trial in older adults and will be advanced for regulatory submission. Both vaccine candidates incorporate Novavax’ proprietary saponin-based Matrix-M™ adjuvant to enhance the immune response and stimulate high levels of neutralizing antibodies.

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Statements herein relating to the future of Novavax and the ongoing development of its vaccine and adjuvant products are forward-looking statements. Novavax cautions that these forward-looking statements are subject to numerous risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such statements. These risks and uncertainties include those identified under the heading “Risk Factors” in the Novavax Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2019, and Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the period ended September 30, 2020, as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). We caution investors not to place considerable reliance on forward-looking statements contained in this press release. You are encouraged to read our filings with the SEC, available at sec.gov, for a discussion of these and other risks and uncertainties. The forward-looking statements in this press release speak only as of the date of this document, and we undertake no obligation to update or revise any of the statements. Our business is subject to substantial risks and uncertainties, including those referenced above. Investors, potential investors, and others should give careful consideration to these risks and uncertainties.


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Explainer: Topsy-turvy Weather Comes From Polar Vortex

It’s as if the world has been turned upside-down, or at least its weather. You can blame the increasingly familiar polar vortex, which has brought a taste of the Arctic to places where winter often requires no more than a jacket.

Around the North Pole, winter’s ultra-cold air is usually kept bottled up 15 to 30 miles high. That’s the polar vortex, which spins like a whirling top at the top of the planet. But occasionally something slams against the top, sending the cold air escaping from its Arctic home and heading south. It’s been happening more often, and scientists are still not completely sure why, but they suggest it’s a mix of natural random weather and human-caused climate change.

This particular polar vortex breakdown has been a whopper. Meteorologists call it one of the biggest, nastiest and longest-lasting ones they’ve seen, and they’ve been watching since at least the 1950 s. This week’s weather is part of a pattern stretching back to January.

“It’s been a major breakdown,” said Jennifer Francis, a climate scientist at the Woodwell Climate Research Center on Cape Cod. “It really is the cause of all of these crazy weather events in the Northern Hemisphere.”

“It’s been unusual for a few weeks now — very, very crazy,” Francis said. “Totally topsy-turvy.”

Record cold in warmer places

Record subzero temperatures in Texas and Oklahoma knocked millions off the power grid and into deep freezes. A deadly tornado hit North Carolina. Other parts of the South saw thunder snow and reports of something that seemed like a snow tornado but wasn’t. Snow fell hard not just in Chicago, but in Greece and Turkey, where it’s far less normal. Record cold also hit Europe this winter, earning the name the “Beast from the East.”

“We’ve had everything you could possibly think of in the past week,” said Northern Illinois University meteorology professor Victor Gensini, noting that parts of the U.S. have been 50 degrees (28 degrees Celsius) colder than normal. “It’s been a wild ride.”

It was warmer Tuesday in parts of Greenland, Alaska, Norway and Sweden than in Texas and Oklahoma. And somehow people in South Florida have been complaining about record warmth that is causing plants to bloom early.

In the eastern Greenland town of Tasiilaq, it’s been about 18 degrees (10 degrees Celsius) warmer than normal, which “is a bit of a nuisance,” said Lars Rasmussen, a museum curator at the local cultural center. “The warm weather makes dog sledding and driving on snow scooters a bit of a hassle.”

Several meteorologists squarely blamed the polar vortex breakdown or disruption.

These used to happen once every other year or so, but research shows they are now close to happening yearly, if not more, said Judah Cohen, a winter storm expert for Atmospheric Environmental Research, a commercial firm outside of Boston.

The spinning top gets toppled

The polar vortex spends winter in its normal place until an atmospheric wave — the type that brings weather patterns here and there — slams into it. Normally such waves don’t do much to the strong vortex, but occasionally the wave has enough energy to push the spinning top over, and that’s when the frigid air breaks loose, Gensini said.

Sometimes, the cold air mass splits into chunks — an event that usually is connected to big snowstorms in the U.S. East, like a few weeks ago. Other times, it just moves to a new place, which often means bitter cold in parts of Europe. This time it did both, Cohen said.

There was a split of the vortex in early January and another in mid-January. Then at the end of January came the displacement that caused cold air to spill into Europe and much of the United States, Cohen said.

Both Cohen and Francis said this should be considered not one but three polar vortex disruptions, though some scientists lump it all together.

While both the vortex and the wave that bumped it are natural, and polar vortex breakdowns happen naturally, there is likely an element of climate change at work, but it is not a sure thing that science agrees on, Cohen, Gensini and Francis said.

Warming in the Arctic, with shrinking sea ice, is goosing the atmospheric wave in two places, giving it more energy when it strikes the polar vortex, making it more likely to disrupt the vortex, Cohen said.

“There is evidence that climate change can weaken the polar vortex, which allows more chances for frigid Arctic air to ooze into the Lower 48,” said University of Georgia meteorology professor Marshall Shepherd.

Pattern has been observed for decades

There were strong polar vortex disruptions and cold outbreaks like this in the 1980s, Cohen said.

“I think it’s historic and generational,” Cohen said. “I don’t think it’s unprecedented. This Arctic outbreak has to be thought of in context. The globe is much warmer than it used to be.”

It also feels colder because just before the outbreak, much of the United States was experiencing a milder-than-normal winter, with the ground not even frozen on Christmas Day in Chicago, Gensini said.

The globe as a whole is about the same temperature as the average was from 1979 to 2000 for this time of year, according to the University of Maine’s Climate Reanalyzer.

That’s still warmer than the 20th-century average, and scientists don’t think that this month has much of a chance to be colder than the 20th century average for the globe, something that hasn’t happened since the early 1980s.

One reason is that it will soon warm back up to normal when the polar vortex returns to its regular home, Cohen said.

As for people thinking this cold outbreak disproves global warming, scientists say that’s definitely not so.

Even with climate change, “we’ll still have winter,” said North Carolina state climatologist Kathie Dello. “What we’re seeing here is we’re pretty unprepared for almost every type of extreme weather. It’s pretty sad.”

Source: Voice of America