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Neeyamo Achieves ISO 27017 and ISO 27018 Certification

Neeyamo demonstrates its commitment to cloud security and data privacy by achieving ISO 27017 and ISO 27018 certifications.

Neeyamo achieves ISO 27017 and ISO 27018 Certification

LOS GATOS, Calif., Aug. 01, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Neeyamo, a leading provider of global payroll and EOR services, is pleased to announce that it is an ISO 27017 and ISO 27018 certified organization.

ISO 27017:2015 specifies information security controls applicable to the provision and use of cloud services by providing additional implementation guidance for relevant controls specified in ISO/IEC 27002. The certification demonstrates the organization’s ability to provide security controls for cloud services.

ISO 27018:2019 pertains to the Code of practice for protecting personally identifiable information (PII) on the cloud. It establishes the measures to be taken in the public cloud computing environment in accordance with the privacy principles in ISO/IEC 27100, specifies guidelines based on ISO/IEC 27002, taking into consideration the regulatory requirements for the protection of PII which can be applied within the context of the information security risk environment(s).

The system and the processes, including data, are subject to stringent Security and Privacy standards when operating in an industry as sensitive as payroll. This new milestone reinforces its commitment to take all necessary steps to ensure the highest level of protection for employee data processed on a secured cloud-based technology.

“As a leading technology-enabled global payroll and EOR solutions provider, we are cautious about implementing the right controls at the right time,” said Sachin Kawalkar, Chief Information Security Officer – Global Head of Information Security and Quality, Neeyamo. “The addition of our ISO 27017 and ISO 27018 certifications to our existing portfolio should boost the confidence of all our customers and assure them that we operate with the highest standards of services.”

About Neeyamo

Neeyamo is a leading technology-enabled global payroll and EOR solutions provider for multinational and micro-multinational corporations worldwide. With an extensive team of professionals serving clients across 190+ countries, Neeyamo leverages its unique service-based model and functionality-rich, next-generation HR & payroll product portfolio to help organizations enable agile and scalable business. To know more, visit www.neeyamo.com.

Media contact: corporate.communications@neeyamo.com

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Webull Launches Expansion into Singapore

NEW YORK, Aug. 01, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Webull Corporation (“Webull”), the owner of the popular Webull trading platform, today announced a promotional campaign to officially launch its Singapore business and entry into the Asia-Pacific region. Through Webull Securities (Singapore) Pte. Ltd. (“Webull Singapore”), a subsidiary of Webull, Singapore residents can trade U.S.-listed equities, ETFs, options, and fractional shares, as well as Hong Kong-listed equities and ETFs, all at low commissions through the award-winning Webull app. The Webull platform also makes available news, industry data and educational materials to provide investors with the tools needed to make informed investment decisions.

Bernard Teo, the Chief Executive Officer of Webull Singapore, said, “We are excited to bring Webull’s platform to Singapore’s tech-savvy investment community. Webull has enjoyed considerable success in the United States and Hong Kong, and we plan to carry that momentum into Singapore and beyond. There is a significant opportunity in the Asia-Pacific region for mobile-first brokerages that have the advanced technology to meet the demands of a new generation of investors. Starting in Singapore, we plan to capture this market opportunity.”

Webull Singapore secured its capital markets services license from the Monetary Authority of Singapore in November 2021, and Singapore residents have been able to trade on Webull’s platform since May. With this promotional campaign, Webull commences its expansion into Singapore and the Asia-Pacific region.

The Webull trading platform launched in the United States in 2018 through a subsidiary of Webull that is an SEC-registered broker-dealer and FINRA member. U.S. residents can also trade cryptocurrencies over the Webull platform through an arrangement with our partner, Apex Crypto LLC. In 2021, Webull was the second most downloaded app among pure-play brokerages in the U.S., according to App Annie. Trading over Webull’s platform is also available in Hong Kong through a Webull entity that is licensed with the Securities and Futures Commission of Hong Kong.

The Webull trading platform can be downloaded through the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store.

For more information about Webull, visit Webull’s corporate website at https://www.webullcorp.com. For media inquiries, please contact Jay Walsh at walsh@webull-us.com.

About Webull

Webull is a leading digital investment platform built on next-generation global infrastructure. Webull serves tens of millions of users from over 180 countries, providing retail investors 24/7 access to financial markets around the world. Users can put investment strategies to work by trading global stocks, ETFs, options, cryptocurrencies, and fractional shares, through Webull’s trading platform, which is currently available in the United States, Hong Kong, and Singapore. Webull also offers investment education services, with lessons covering a wide range of topics.

EV Technology Group’s Strategic Partner, MOKE International, Launches ‘Casa MOKE’ Flagship Store in Saint-Tropez and Unveils New Website, Integrating an End-to-End MOKE Customer Experience

Pictured: Casa MOKE, Saint-Tropez

Casa MOKE, Saint-Tropez 

  • EV Technology Group’s strategic partner MOKE International opens the doors of new ‘Casa MOKE’ flagship store in Saint-Tropez
  • New MOKE website launches offering customers in the UK and Europe a personalised MOKE experience online, with cars delivered to an address of their choice
  • This completes a seamless, online and offline experience for MOKE customers
  • Electric MOKE on sale now with pre-orders starting from £990 at www.mokeinternational.com
  • EV Technology Group (NEO:EVTG, OTCQB:EVTGF, DE:B96A) recently reached a definitive agreement to purchase up to 100% of MIL, boosting MIL’s capabilities as it embarks on global expansion with new Electric MOKE
  • Electric MOKE revives spirit of the 1960s icon for the EV era and futureproofs British automotive brand for next generation

TORONTO, Aug. 01, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — EV Technology Group Ltd. (the “Company” or “EV Technology Group”) (NEO: EVTG, OTCQB: EVTGF, DE: B96A) announces today that its strategic partner MOKE International Limited (“MIL”), working with its distribution partner MOKE France SAS (“MOKE France”), has opened the doors of its new flagship store in its spiritual home, Saint-Tropez, France. Additionally, it has launched a brand-new website offering the unique MOKE experience online, where potential owners across the UK and Europe can configure their Electric MOKE and pay GBP£990 to secure their pre-orders and join the waiting list.

The new website gives customers the freedom to decide between having a new Electric MOKE delivered to a convenient address of their choice, or to collect it in person at Casa MOKE, situated in one of the world’s most glamourous locales.

Pictured: Casa MOKE, Saint-Tropez

Casa MOKE, Saint-Tropez

The original Mini Moke first appeared in 1964 and was embraced by luminaries such as Brigitte Bardot, James Bond and The Beach Boys; driven in glamourous and exclusive locations including the French Riviera. Saint-Tropez quickly became the spiritual home for the MOKE brand, making it the perfect location for the new Casa MOKE flagship store. The newly launched MOKE website offers the same unique MOKE experience for an online audience.

EV Technology Group bringing MOKE into the sustainable mobility era  

To springboard MOKE International into the electric age and make the Electric MOKE widely available to customers, EV Technology Group, recently agreed to acquire a further 53% of MIL for total transaction value of approximately US$55.1M, and maintain an option to acquire the remaining shares of MIL. It is EV Technology Group’s mission to create and redefine the joy of motoring by electrifying iconic brands. Their investment and expertise will allow the MOKE brand to rapidly expand into global markets.

Unique MOKE experience both online and at Casa MOKE

The Electric MOKE is much more than just an electric vehicle; it’s an emblem of fun and freedom. The culture and ethos behind MOKE is as enduring as the charm of the car itself, making customer experience a crucial element of the purchasing process. The new MOKE International website features a configurator, allowing potential customers to design their own Electric MOKE to their preferred specifications, with a choice of five iconic colours from launch – Granite Grey, Sunlight Yellow, Sunset Orange, Scuba Blue and Wave Blue.

The newly-opened Casa MOKE flagship store in Saint-Tropez offers a bespoke customer experience where they can muse over and experience the Electric MOKE in person, and in the French Riviera, making green, luxurious open top driving a reality.

A network of MOKE partners and agents are being established worldwide to harmonise logistics, sales and aftersales services. In the UK, MOKE International has an exclusive partnership with Hendy Group, a family-run business with over 20 dealerships and servicing facilities located throughout the south of England.

Isobel Dando, CEO of MOKE International, said: “MOKE now offers customers the ease of configuring and purchasing their Electric MOKE online, as well as the intimate experience of the Casa MOKE flagship store. Both the website and Casa MOKE launch focus on creating a personal and simple customer experience. Online orders are delivered to an address of the customer’s choice, and at Casa MOKE customers can enjoy the Electric MOKE for themselves in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere in MOKE’s spiritual home, Saint-Tropez.”

Wouter Witvoet, CEO and founder of EV Technology Group, said: “The MOKE International team have created a seamless user experience, whether you start offline or online. From coming into Casa MOKE and encountering the Electric MOKE first hand, to finalising a purchase with the configurator. The brand is full of joy – and that’s exactly what EV Technology Group wants to achieve when electrifying iconic brands.”

Fully electric. Fully British. Fully MOKE

Production of the Electric MOKE is already underway in England, with first customer deliveries already being fulfilled. Using a 44hp motor and weighing under 800kg, the rear-wheel-drive MOKE covers 0-34mph (0-55kph) in 4.3 seconds and achieves a top speed of 50 mph (80 km/h). A full charge takes just four hours via a Type 2 port and the Electric MOKE covers up to 80 miles of range on a single charge – enough for four round trips across the Côte d’Azur.

Electric MOKE specifications

Range 120 km*
Charge 4 hours
Top speed 80 KM/h
0-55 KM/h 4.3 seconds
Power 33 kW

*Subject to Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WTLP) testing

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Investor Relations
Dave Gentry

EV Technology Group
Wouter Witvoet
CEO and Chairman of the Board

EV Technology Group
EV Technology Group was founded in 2021 with the vision to electrify iconic brands – and the mission to redefine the joy of motoring for the electric age. By acquiring iconic brands and bringing beloved motoring experiences to the electric age, EV Technology Group is driving the EV revolution forward. Backed by a diversified team of passionate entrepreneurs, engineers and driving enthusiasts, EV Technology Group creates value for its customers by owning the total customer experience — acquiring and partnering with iconic brands with significant growth potential in unique markets, and controlling end-to-end capabilities. To learn more visit: https://evtgroup.com/

About MOKE International
MOKE and the MOKE logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of MOKE International Limited in the European Union and other territories. MOKE International, a company registered in England, is the only manufacturer of genuine MOKE vehicles worldwide. The mark was acquired from Casti S.p.A. and derives from the original 1964 British Motor Corporation registration. The MOKE is a revitalised, re-engineered version of the iconic Mini Moke that was originally designed by the legendary Sir Alec Issigonis, the designer of the 1959 Mini, and launched in 1964. The Mini Moke was created as a low-cost and easy to maintain recreational and utility vehicle, but it quickly gained cult status in fashionable resorts such as the French Riviera and the Caribbean. It has been driven by Beatles, Bridget Bardot and James Bond alike. MOKE International has brought the Mini Moke into the modern age by integrating up-to-date driving technologies, including full electric power, while remaining faithful to the iconic design which made it a global hit in the 1960s. True to its heritage, MOKEs today are engineered and built in Northamptonshire, England. Production takes place at a 500,000sq ft state-of-the-art facility owned and operated by British automotive manufacturing services company, Fablink Group.

MOKE and the MOKE logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of MOKE International Limited (“MOKE International”) in the European Union and other territories. MOKE International, a company registered in England, is the only manufacturer of genuine MOKE vehicles worldwide. The mark was acquired from Casti S.p.A. and derives from the original 1964 British Motor Corporation registration. MOKE France is the official French licensee. For more information visit: https://mokeinternational.com

Forward-Looking Information

This news release contains forward-looking statements including, but not limited to: the direct-to-consumer website of MIL, online orders for the Electric MOKE, the real world performance of the Electric MOKE and the definitive agreement between EV Technology Group and the shareholders of MIL. Often, but not always, these Forward-looking Statements can be identified by the use of words such as “estimated”, “potential”, “open”, “future”, “assumed”, “projected”, “used”, “detailed”, “has been”, “gain”, “planned”, “reflecting”, “will”, “containing”, “remaining”, “to be”, or statements that events, “could” or “should” occur or be achieved and similar expressions, including negative variations.
Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of the Company to be materially different from any results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by the Forward-looking Statements, including those factors discussed under “Risk Factors” in the filing statement of the Company. Although the Company has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual actions, events or results to differ materially from those described in Forward-looking Statements, there may be other factors that cause actions, events or results to differ from those anticipated, estimated or intended.
Forward-looking statements involve significant risk, uncertainties and assumptions. Many factors could cause actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from the results discussed or implied in the forward-looking statements. These factors should be considered carefully and readers should not place undue reliance on the forward-looking statements. Although the forward-looking statements contained in this news release are based upon what management believes to be reasonable assumptions, the Company cannot assure readers that actual results will be consistent with these forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements contained herein are made as of the date hereof and the Company disclaims any obligation to update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or results or otherwise, except where required by law. There can be no assurance that these forward-looking statements will prove to be accurate, as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements.


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Diabsolut Acquires Emelar Consulting Group, a Full-Service Salesforce Consulting Firm With Expertise That Includes Manufacturing and Revenue Management

Both firms gain added proficiency in Salesforce Field Service, Revenue Cloud, CPQ, and Billing.

Diabsolut Acquires Emelar Consulting Group

Diabsolut Acquires Emelar Consulting Group

MONTREAL, Aug. 01, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Salesforce expert and innovative cloud solution provider Diabsolut announced that they have acquired Emelar Consulting Group. Emelar is a Salesforce consulting partner specializing in CPQ and Salesforce Field Service, who is known for their success in assisting manufacturing organizations address business concerns.

The overall goal of the acquisition was to increase the amount of experience, services, benefits, and value delivered to both Diabsolut and Emelar’s clients.

“As a close-knit organization that strives to provide exceptional value and returns for our clients, we are delighted to join forces with a like-minded organization in Diabsolut,” said Jesse Theiler, founder and CEO of Emelar. 

“Our combined commitment to client empowerment will provide clients with even deeper Salesforce expertise, particularly Salesforce Field Service, additional experience and capabilities with enterprise clients, and the ability to provide FinancialForce solutions across new verticals,” Mr. Theiler stated, “We’re eager to bring our CPQ expertise and deep manufacturing sector experience to Diabsolut.”

On continuing Emelar’s philanthropy post-acquisition, Mr. Theiler said, “I’m excited about our cultural alignment and, importantly, we’ve gained a great partner in our ongoing mission to provide support for young adults with autism and raising autism awareness. This is a perfect situation for our clients, partners and staff alike.”

After the acquisition of Foundry52 in 2021, the acquisition of Emelar will further cement Diabsolut’s reputation as Field Service and Revenue Cloud experts, while expanding the capabilities they offer for manufacturing organizations.

“We are elated to have found an organization like Emelar, who is so closely aligned with our culture and dedication for delivering customer success,” said Elie Hossari, President of Diabsolut. “Jesse’s mission for Emelar, his community outreach, Emelar’s passion for helping clients reach their goals in the best way possible — Emelar and Diabsolut’s values come from the same playbook, and we’re looking forward to a great future together.”

Mr. Hossari continued, “We’re also excited to put Emelar’s manufacturing experience together with our enterprise experience, to continue to grow our capabilities in the Manufacturing, Automotive and Energy segment, and add a pool of high-quality senior technical resources with specialties in Manufacturing, Revenue Cloud, CPQ, and Billing. Ultimately, we are increasing short- and long-term benefits for both current and future clients.”

Our services and combined expertise:

  • Implementations and Integrations
  • Advisory and Managed Services
  • Development and Support
  • Change Management & Training
  • Talent Management
  • Field Service and Asset Management
  • CPQ, Billing and Revenue
  • CRM / Customer 360 Platform / Communities
  • Higher Education and Not for Profit
  • FinancialForce ERP

ABOUT Emelar Consulting Group

Emelar Consulting Group is a Salesforce consulting partner specializing in CPQ and Salesforce Field Service, which helps organizations significantly improve performance, efficiencies, and bottom-line results through the Salesforce platform. We have proven successes in supporting manufacturing organizations of all sizes to solve big business problems.

ABOUT Diabsolut

Diabsolut is a Salesforce Summit Consulting Partner and has been a FinancialForce partner since 2014. We have nearly 20 years of experience implementing Salesforce, Field Service, Revenue, and Higher Education solutions throughout North America. Our team of experts is uniquely positioned to identify and resolve the challenges that many organizations face, with rapid time to value results no matter where they are in their transformation journey.

Media Contact Info:

Andy Prince

Chief Innovation Officer, Diabsolut Inc.

T: 514-461-3314 x140 | E: aprince@diabsolut.com

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N2Growth Rapidly Expanding Latin America Search Operations, Adding New Partner in Brazil

Firm Appoints Luiz Gustavo Aranha, CEO of RSG Brasil Headhunters, as Partner.

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PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 01, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — N2Growth Inc., a global leadership consulting and executive search firm, announced today its expansion to Brazil with the appointment of Luiz Gustavo Aranha as Partner. Luiz will be responsible for all operations in Brazil and neighboring countries and will report directly to Kelli Vukelic, CEO at N2Growth.

“Supporting our expansion into Latin America, particularly in Brazil, is a crucial pillar in our goal to better serve clients worldwide, especially in Central and South America. Luiz brings an exceptional track record of superior client delivery and experience in the financial services market, construction and engineering sector, and technology, mining, and consumer goods industries. We are excited to see further growth under his leadership,” said Ms. Vukelic.

The firm’s firm’s newest location in São Paulo, Brazil is led by Mr. Aranha, founder & CEO of RSG Brasil. He brings over 15 years of professional experience in the recruitment of mid-to-senior level executives in Brazil and across Latin America. He specializes in complex and strategic roles for clients who seek quality, speed, and confidentiality in finding the best executive leaders.

Mr. Aranha added, “This partnership with N2Growth shows confidence in the market and a great opportunity to improve the recruitment and selection of executives in a market with few  competitors that demand a service of excellence and development of executives in companies.”

Founded in 2007, RSG Brasil Headhunters is a recruitment and leadership advisory firm in São Paulo, Brazil, that Mr. Aranha founded. The firm made a name for itself by supporting organizations in evaluating talent and preparing businesses for the future of leadership, working with prominent brands, such as  Paynet, Dexco, Sacyr Constructions, and Grupo Carrefour. RSG Brasil engages in a wide range of activities in the market, filling vacancies in various sectors of the economy.

“The executive search segment has been operating in the same way for years, and changes are overdue to respond more accurately and quickly to the needs of our clients. N2Growth brings an innovative and proven solution to Latin American markets. Unsurprisingly, Forbes ranks N2Growth as one of America’s Best Executive Recruiting Firms. This partnership brings the Brazilian market a global excellence operation with exclusive methodology and tools. With N2Growth as a partner, we will have all the resources needed to recruit the best and develop outstanding leaders,” said Mr. Aranha.

N2Growth’s partnership with Mr. Aranha solidifies the firm’s commitment to building and establishing permanent operations throughout Latin America and supporting our global network of premiere talent through retained search engagements, executive coaching, and leadership assessments.

About N2Growth

N2Growth is a global leadership consulting and executive search firm, consistently ranked in the Top 10 Best Executive Recruiting Firms by Forbes and serves more than 50 markets across the Americas, EMEA, and APAC.

Media Inquiries:

Dan Evans

CMO, N2Growth


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AOP Health Starts Research for Leukemia Treatment

AOP Health signed an agreement with Leukos Biotech for the further development of a newly discovered chemical substance. With this agreement AOP Health expands the hemato-oncology research area even further and provides additional treatment options for certain leukemia patients in the longer term.

Agnes Kohl, Chief Business Officer, AOP Orphan Pharmaceuticals GmbH, Member of the AOP Health Group

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VIENNA, Austria, Aug. 01, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The AOP Health Group (AOP Health) is a European pioneer for integrated therapies for rare diseases and in critical care headquartered in Vienna, Austria. The company focuses on research, development and global sales of innovative treatment solutions and specializes in therapies for rare diseases and intensive care. In early July, AOP Health signed an agreement with Leukos Biotech, a spin-off company founded by the Barcelona-based Josep Carreras Leukaemia Research Institute. The agreement signed by AOP Health covers the option for developments of the newly discovered chemical substance within any treatable indication, not limited to oncological or rare diseases.

Luis Ruiz-Avila, Chief Executive Officer Leukos Biotech

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Agreement sets basis for new areas of therapy

At first, AOP Health will focus on the development of treatment options for Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) and Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS). Both are special disease types of leukemia that often start in the bone marrow. Agnes Kohl, Chief Business Officer of AOP Orphan Pharmaceuticals GmbH, Member of the AOP Health Group explains: “Based on positive data, our plan is to expand the development for further orphan indications even outside of AML and MDS at a later stage. With this agreement, we may be able to broaden the portfolio within our therapeutic areas offering even more treatment options for patients.”

Development in cooperation with Leukos

As AOP Health focuses on rare, hemato-oncological cancers and has many years of experience in the development and commercialization of hemato-oncological treatments, the company will drive the further development of the substance in cooperation with Leukos based on a new mode of action. This could potentially turn into a milestone in the treatment of many blood cancer and other cancer patients. Luis Ruiz-Avila, Chief Executive Officer of Leukos Biotech: “We focus on developing new treatments for a wide variety of tumors. We were born to transform excellent science from the Josep Carreras Leukaemia Research Institute into valuable products for cancer patients in need, and this agreement is a very significant step in that direction. We are convinced that AOP Health is the right partner to turn this promising, novel mechanism of action into a clinical reality for the benefit of patients in a wide variety of unmet medical needs”.

About AOP Health

The AOP Health Group incorporates several companies including AOP Orphan Pharmaceuticals GmbH with its seat in Vienna, Austria (“AOP Health”). The AOP Health Group is the European pioneer for integrated therapies for rare diseases and in critical care. Over the past 25 years, the Group has become an established provider of integrated therapy solutions operating from its headquarters in Vienna, its subsidiaries and representative offices throughout Europe and the Middle East, as well as through partners worldwide. This development has been made possible by a continually high level of investment in research and development on the one hand and a highly consistent and pragmatic orientation towards the needs of all its stakeholders on the other – especially the patients and their families as well as also the healthcare professionals treating them.

About Leukos

Leukos Biotech, SL (Leukos) is a spin-off company from the Josep Carreras Leukaemia Research Institute incorporated in Barcelona in 2015. The company is developing new treatments and diagnostic tools for a wide variety of tumors targeting the serotonin receptor HTR1B, which antitumoral potential was first described and patented by Leukos’ founder Dr. Ruth Risueño in her laboratory at the Josep Carreras Research Institute. Leukos’ main financial support is from private and institutional investors. The main shareholders are Inveready, CDTI Innvierte and the Josep Carreras Foundation. Besides investors’ support, Leukos has received non-dilutive grants and loans from the Catalan Government, the Spanish Government and the European Union in various programs.

About the Josep Carreras Foundation

The Josep Carreras Leukaemia Foundation was established in 1988 with the intention of contributing to finding a definitive cure for this disease. Its efforts are concentrated on four basic areas: administering the Spanish Bone Marrow Donor Registry (REDMO), scientific research, carried out by the Josep Carreras Leukaemia Research Institute, patient guidance through an online patient consultation channel, and reception apartments for patients who need to undergo treatment and have to spend a long time far from home.

About the Josep Carreras Leukaemia Research Institute

The Josep Carreras Leukaemia Research Institute, a public centre pertaining to the Generalitat de Catalunya’s CERCA network, was established in 2010 with the aim of furthering biomedical research and personalised medicine in the field of leukaemia and other onco-hematological diseases. It is the first research centre in Europe exclusively focussed on leukaemia and malignant blood diseases, and one of the very few in the world. The Josep Carreras Institutes has three coordinated but independent scientific campuses: University of Barcelona Hospital Clínic Campus, The Catalan Institute of Oncology/Germans Trias i Pujol Campus, and the Sant Pau – Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) Campus

About Inveready

Inveready is a leading alternative asset manager in Spain – investing in early-stage VC, growth VC, venture debt, strategic equity in listed companies, infrastructure and private equity – providing financing solutions to companies throughout their life-cycle. Founded in 2008, Inveready counts on 200 active companies, and more than €1bn of assets under management. Inveready has been investing in companies in the Life Sciences sector since 2008. Notable investments in this vertical are Atrys Health (listed on the Spanish market), EDESA Biotech (listed on Nasdaq), AVX Pharma (sold to Aerie Biotech) and PaloBiofarma (licensing agreement with Novartis). Inveready is headquartered in San Sebastian, and has other offices in Barcelona and Madrid. It has been recognized on multiple occasions by ASCRI and Preqin for the return on its funds and transactions (For more information, visit www.inveready.com).

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AOP Health
Needs. Science. Trust.

AOP Orphan Pharmaceuticals GmbH
Member of the AOP Health Group

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Zenas BioPharma Obtains IND Approval in China for Phase 1/2 Study of ZB001 for the Treatment of Thyroid Eye Disease  

WALTHAM, Mass and SHANGHAI, China, July 31, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Zenas BioPharma, a global biopharmaceutical company committed to becoming a leader in the development and commercialization of immune-based therapies for patients in need around the world, announced that it has received approval of its Investigational New Drug (IND) application from the National Medical Products Administration (NMPA) of China for the initiation of a Phase 1/2 clinical study of ZB001 for the treatment of Thyroid Eye Disease (TED). The main objective of the Phase 1/2 is to evaluate the safety, tolerability, pharmacokinetics, and preliminary efficacy of ZB001.

TED is a debilitating vison-threatening autoimmune disease that causes inflammation and fibrosis within the orbit of the eye. With no approved therapies for TED patients in China, treatment options are limited and often involve high doses of steroids associated with serious side effects or surgical intervention. ZB001 is a differentiated humanized monoclonal antibody targeting insulin-like growth factor 1 receptor (IGF-1R) intended for the treatment of TED.

“We are proud that the IND application for ZB001 was approved by the NMPA about two months following its submission, highlighting our team’s unique ability to efficiently execute on our development programs,” said Hua Mu, MD, PhD, Chief Executive Officer at Zenas. “We are excited to work with leading clinical experts in China to accelerate the development of ZB001 to address the significant unmet clinical need in thyroid eye disease.”

Zenas BioPharma licensed the exclusive rights to develop, manufacture and commercialize ZB001 (Viridian VRDN-001) and other compounds targeting IGF-1R in non-oncology indications in the greater China area from Viridian Therapeutics, Inc. (Viridian) in October 2020. After submitting an IND for VRDN-001 to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in October 2021, Viridian initiated a Phase 1/2 clinical trial in December 2021 to evaluate proof of concept in TED patients in North America and released encouraging interim healthy volunteer data suggesting robust activity with excellent safety and tolerability of the candidate product.

About Zenas BioPharma

Zenas BioPharma is a global biopharmaceutical company based in the USA and China committed to becoming a leader in the development and commercialization of immune-based therapies for patients in the US, China and around the world. Zenas is rapidly advancing a deep pipeline of innovative therapeutics that continues to grow through our successful business development strategy. Our experienced leadership team and network of business partners drive operational excellence to deliver potentially transformative therapies to improve the lives of those facing autoimmune and rare diseases. For more information about Zenas BioPharma, please visit www.zenasbio.com and follow us on Twitter at @ZenasBioPharma and LinkedIn.

Investor and Media Contact:
Joe Farmer
Zenas BioPharma