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CoImmune, Inc. Appoints Michael Fekete and Greg Tibbitts to its Board of Directors

DURHAM, N.C., July 06, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — CoImmune, Inc., a clinical stage immuno-oncology company that will redefine cancer treatment using best-in-class yet more affordable cellular immunotherapies, today announced the appointments of Michael Fekete and Greg Tibbitts, to the Company’s board of directors. Mr. Fekete and Mr. Tibbitts bring with them a wealth of financial, capital markets and strategic expertise, and prior board level experience.

Mr. Fekete is an advisor and board member for companies in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device industries. His areas of expertise include business strategy, capital markets, M&A and corporate governance developed through 35 years as an investment banker, independent advisor and board member for U.S. and international public and private companies. He currently serves as a member for SeaSpine, Inc. (NASDAQ: SPNE), a California based medical technology company focused on surgical solutions for the treatment of spinal disorders, and DFB Pharmaceuticals, a Texas based, private investment and development company focused on the formation and building of businesses in the pharmaceutical industry. He previously worked as an investment banker for Wells Fargo/Wachovia Securities, CIBC World Markets, Oppenheimer & Co., and L.F. Rothschild, Unterberg, Towbin. He obtained his B.S. in Finance from The Pennsylvania State University.

Mr. Greg Tibbitts is a Certified Public Accountant and has over 30 years of experience as a financial executive and a public accountant. His expertise includes addressing technical accounting issues, multiple public and private equity financings, complex operations, and direct interactions with the SEC on IPO and secondary offerings. He has worked as a Chief Financial Officer for both public and private companies and now operates a business advisory firm. He served as a board member for IDMI Pharma, Inc., a NASDAQ listed biotech company prior to its acquisition. He obtained a B.B.A. in Accounting at University of San Diego and a M.B.A. at San Diego State University.

“We are excited to welcome Mike and Greg to the CoImmune board,” stated Dr. Charles Nicolette, chief executive officer and member of the board of directors. “These gentlemen bring considerable biotechnology industry and strategic expertise that will benefit CoImmune as we seek to advance our novel pipeline of cell-based immunotherapies directed at important diseases, including acute lymphoblastic leukemia and advanced renal cell carcinoma.”

About CoImmune, Inc.
CoImmune is a privately held, clinical stage immuno-oncology company that will redefine cancer treatment using best-in-class yet more affordable cellular immunotherapies. Our allogeneic CAR-CIK technology platform for liquid and solid tumors is a variation on CAR-T therapy that promises enhanced efficacy with greatly reduced toxicity. Our autologous RNA-loaded dendritic cell technology for solid tumors uses amplified total tumor mRNA to program highly engineered dendritic cells to generate immune responses against neoantigens without the need to identify them.

For more information, visit www.coimmune.com.

Lori Harrelson
Chief Financial Officer
[email protected]

TRIO Completes Enrolment for Phase 2 Giredestrant Early Breast Cancer Trial Ahead of Schedule

58 Clinical Trial Sites, 11 Countries

EDMONTON, Alberta, July 06, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Translational Research in Oncology (TRIO), a global academic clinical research organization, announced today enrolment completion in coopERA Breast Cancer (WO42133/TRIO038), a Phase 2 randomized, multi-center, open-label clinical trial of giredestrant (GDC-9545) sponsored by F. Hoffmann-La Roche. This comes shortly after completion of the planned study interim analysis provided encouraging results and supported continuation of the study.

Giredestrant is an oral selective estrogen receptor degrader (SERD) that was shown to be well tolerated with encouraging tumour activity both alone and in combination with palbociclib in estrogen-receptor positive (ER+) metastatic breast cancer patients.

The trial is investigating the ability to expand the safety and efficacy of giredestrant as monotherapy and in combination with palbociclib into the early breast cancer setting. Enrolment of 221 patients was completed three months ahead of schedule. The trial design evaluates the efficacy, safety, and pharmacokinetics of presurgical treatment with giredestrant plus palbociclib compared with anastrozole plus palbociclib for postmenopausal women with ER+ and HER2-negative untreated early breast cancer.

“To have patient enrolment completed three months ahead of schedule, despite the global pandemic, reinforces the strength of commitment of TRIO’s investigator network,” stated Dr. Vanesa Quiroga, a member of the trial’s Steering Committee, GEICAM and Catalan Institute of Oncology. “The scale of interest from patients further underlines the urgency to bring forward new treatment options to treat early stage breast cancer.”

More information on the coopERA Breast Cancer trial (WO42133/TRIO038/coopERA) can be found at clinicaltrials.gov (NCT04436744).

About TRIO
TRIO advances translational cancer research by introducing innovative and novel targeted therapeutic concepts into the clinical trial setting. With international offices in Edmonton (Canada), Paris (France), Montevideo (Uruguay), TRIO’s global reach is expansive. Our goal as an academic clinical research organization is to find the shortest path to saving lives. Additional information on TRIO can be found by visiting https://www.trioncology.org. Interested parties may also follow TRIO on Twitter (twitter.com/TRIOncology).

TRIO Media Inquiries:
Launa Aspeslet, PhD
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 780-702-2260

The Globe and Mail’s Sophi.io Wins WAN-IFRA’s North American Digital Media Award

TORONTO, July 06, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Sophi.io, The Globe and Mail’s artificial intelligence-based automation, optimization and prediction engine, won WAN-IFRA’s 2021 North American Digital Media Award in the category of Best Paid Content Strategy. This is Sophi’s fourth award in the last month.

The North American Digital Media Awards honour news publishers that have delivered cutting-edge, unique and original digital media projects in the past year.

“Through the use of this [dynamic paywall] technology, The Globe and Mail truly understands its readers’ habits, leading to best practices in advertising and paid content, smartly adjusting their business strategy,” WAN-IFRA said when announcing the decision.

Phillip Crawley, CEO and Publisher of The Globe and Mail, said: “Winning a WAN-IFRA North American Digital Media Award for the second year in a row demonstrates Sophi’s ability to show the publishing industry what the future looks like. We are proud to be able to bring these AI and ML-powered tools to organizations across the globe.”

Sophi was developed by The Globe and Mail to help the newsroom make important strategic and tactical decisions. It is a suite of tools that includes Sophi Automation and Sophi for Paywalls as well as Sophi Analytics, a newsroom decision-support system.

Sophi is an artificial-intelligence system that helps publishers identify and leverage their most valuable content. It has powerful predictive capabilities – using natural language processing, Sophi Dynamic Paywall is a fully dynamic, real-time, personalized paywall engine that analyzes both content and user behaviour to determine when to ask a reader for money or an email address, and when to leave them alone.

As the North American award winner, Sophi is now a contender for the WAN-IFRA World Digital Media Awards, where the winners from North America, Latin America, Asia, Europe, Africa, India, and the Middle East compete.

About Sophi.io

Sophi.io (https://www.sophi.io) is a suite of AI-powered optimization and prediction tools developed by The Globe and Mail, Canada’s foremost news media company, to help content publishers make important strategic and tactical decisions. Sophi solutions range from Sophi Site Automation and Sophi for Paywalls to Sophi Analytics, a decision-support system for content publishers. Sophi is designed to improve the metrics that matter most to any business, such as subscriber retention and acquisition, engagement, recency, frequency and volume.


Jamie Rubenovitch
Head of Marketing, Sophi.io
The Globe and Mail
[email protected]


Neology Strengthens Nordic Footprint with Norwegian Public Roads Administration by Deploying Advanced Mobile ANPR Solution for Safer Communities

Multi-year Agreement for Mobile Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) Solutions Support Road Safety and More Efficient Customs and Border Enforcement

Mobile ANPR Solution for Norwegian Public Roads Administration

Multi-year Agreement for Mobile Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) Solutions Support Road Safety and More Efficient Customs and Border Enforcement in Norway

SAN DIEGO, July 05, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Neology, Inc., a global innovator that is re-imagining mobility for smart cities and safer communities, today announced an expanded, multi-year agreement with Norwegian Public Roads Administration (NPRA) for its traffic enforcement solutions driven by the latest in mobile ANPR camera and artificial intelligence (AI) technology to support real-time analytics and decision making.

Safeguarding the national road network and enabling border security agencies and their officers the capability to make accurate, informed decisions while keeping travel and trade flowing is the ultimate goal for NPRA. Neology’s ANPR safer community solutions provide enhanced performance, creating immediate impact where other solutions fail. The dual camera system, coupled with advanced AI-powered vehicle recognition technology, enables officers to detect and focus on non-compliant vehicles with enhanced vision system capabilities.

“We are thrilled that NPRA has expanded its partnership with Neology to meet its mobile ANPR requirements. Against a strong set of competitors, our solutions demonstrated both superior value and strong quality, plus our leading AI-based solutions outperformed our competitors in real-world testing during the tender evaluation stage,” said Luke Normington, General Manager of Neology. “When demands on transport authorities and law enforcement agencies are increasing, our innovative solutions help create safer, cleaner, more efficient mobility experiences that support sustainable growth and help communities thrive.”

About Neology, Inc.
Neology is re-imagining mobility to help our customers accelerate their vision for smart cities and safer communities. Our Mobility Platform™ is setting the industry standard through a unique combination of AI-powered adaptive solutions, a proven integration process, and unparalleled lifecycle support. Backed by a culture of innovation, our mobility experts work closely with global customers and a top-tier partner ecosystem to connect existing infrastructure assets with next-generation technology to modernize the way people move. To create safer, cleaner, more efficient mobility experiences, visit www.neology.net.

About NPRA
The Norwegian Public Roads Administration (NPRA) intends to lead the way in the development of an efficient, safe, comprehensive and coherent transport system adapted to tomorrow’s needs and technology. Our responsibility for national and European roads, as well as for road users and vehicles makes the NPRA the most prominent participant in the road transport sector in Norway. Accounting for two thirds of all traffic, our national and European roads make up the main transport system artery tying our country together. The NPRA is responsible for planning, building, operating and maintaining this part of the road network. We have national responsibility for emergency preparedness on the road as well as developing clear rules and standard specifications for smart transport and modern road construction for all roads. Through our work to supervise and inspect road users and vehicles, new technology and development of digital services, we will ensure that road users, businesses and industries have simple, efficient, safe and environmentally friendly transport options.

Neology Media Contact:
Kelly Foster
[email protected]
+1 619-224-1261

A photo accompanying this announcement is available at https://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/78e279e1-6140-400f-859d-eac3d9b5c683

UTM appoints first person with disability as Real Estate Director

Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) has appointed Dr Muhammad Najib Razali as the Director of Real Estate at the Faculty of Built Environment and Surveying for the next three years effective July 1.

Muhammad Najib, 44, is the first person with a disability (PwD) to be appointed to the post since it was established in 1973. He lost his right leg due to a bacterial infection in 2010 while studying in Australia.

“This appointment is an important recognition for the disabled community, not only in UTM but also in Malaysia, as it proves that they are able to be independent in the academic and professional world.

“UTM’s trust in Muhammad Najib to lead the real estate portfolio in UTM is a high recognition of the disabled community, and proves that disability and physical limitations do not prevent him from carrying out academic work just like other academicians,” the university said in a statement today.

Muhammad Najib, an alumnus of UTM, earned his degree in property management from the university, before graduating as a Doctor of Philosophy in Real Estate Economics and Finance from Western Sydney University, Australia.

Muhammad Najib is also very active in speaking at professional conferences, with his expertise being in property management, real estate investment and state housing issues.

He is also a member of the expert panel in the National Real Estate Research Coordinator (Naprec), under the Ministry of Finance Malaysia.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

MAHB files police report over online investment portal posting

Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) has made a police report over a post on an online investment portal which it described as “baseless and untrue.”

The article titled, “MOH sold, and Malaysia for sale? MYEG Bhd sponsored the BP Healthcare and MAHB COVID-19 scam endorsed by DG Tan Sri Noor Hisham Abdullah?” was posted on the community blog of the klse.i3investor.com portal on July 3, 2021.

“The police report was made on the basis that allegations made in the posting are not only baseless and untrue but also malicious in nature with the intention of damaging the reputation and integrity of MAHB and its group chief executive officer,” the airports operator said in a statement today.

Along with the police report, MAHB said it also filed a complaint with the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission, as well as issued a cease and desist letter to the owner of the portal to demand that the offending article be removed.

“We are also demanding the author desist from making any further statements on the matter,” it said, adding that MAHB viewed the matter seriously “as the posting has brought disrepute to our organisation and lowered our image in the eyes of the public and stakeholders.”

The post has since been removed from the portal.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

COVID: Cases in Sarawak on the decline – JPBN

The number of new daily cases of COVID-19 in Sarawak is showing a declining trend with 286 infections recorded today compared to 424 cases yesterday.

The State Disaster Management Committee (JPBN) in a statement today said 199, or 69.58 per cent of the cases today were detected in five districts, namely in Kuching, Subis, Miri, Sibu and Bintulu.

Sarawak recorded its highest number of daily cases with 960 infections on April 16, and today was the first time the number came down to within 200-300 range.

Meanwhile, the Sarawak Health Department declared a new cluster today, namely the Sungai Sengkabang Cluster in Subis, located in the Miri Division.

According to JPBN, it is a community cluster involving two longhouses placed under the Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) at Sungai Sengkabang in Ulu Sebuti, Bekenu, Subis.

“A total of 210 individuals have been screened, where 58 cases have been detected positive for COVID-19 including the index case, 126 cases were found to be negative and 26 cases are still awaiting laboratory results,” read the statement.

JPBN also decided to implement EMCO at the rental rooms above Happy Cafe, Berjaya Commercial Centre, Bintulu, beginning yesterday until July 18.

The EMCO is also implemented in Rumah Panjang (Rh.) Nugu, Kerubong Selalang in Sarikei and Rh Lidom, Nanga Enseluai in the Julau district from today until July 22.

Meanwhile, the EMCO in Kampung Mambong in Kuching; Rh. Anita, Balai Badak, Kampung Klampai and Rh. Abing, Lubuk Kerikap, Sebetan in Saratok will be from July 7 to 20, and the EMCO in Rh. Luing, Sungai Pama Gerugu Nyelong in Sarikei from July 7 to 23.

Two more fatalities due to COVID-19 were also reported in the state today, bringing the death toll to 421.


Source: BERNAMA News Agency