Preventing collapse after catastrophe

eurekalert | April 25, 2019

As the impacts of climate change escalate, ecosystems will likely undergo events that will disrupt entire populations. In marine ecosystems, anthropogenic warming has subjected organisms to elevated temperatures, oxygen loss, and acidification. The increased frequency and severity of catastrophic events may inhibit a population's ability to recover and, in turn, may spur collapse. Mass mortality events can exacerbate the risk of extinction for species that are prone to Allee effects, particularly species harvested commercially. When species experience Allee effects, they exhibit diminished reproductive success at decreased population density. Managed fisheries frequently keep populations at low densities.

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Studying the history of genetics and learning more about how human beings become the individuals that we are have captivated scientists from even the earliest of times. Hippocrates, known as the father of medicine, believed in the inheritance of acquired characteristics. His theories set the stage for heredity through DNA and are the basis for what we know about genetics.

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Studying the history of genetics and learning more about how human beings become the individuals that we are have captivated scientists from even the earliest of times. Hippocrates, known as the father of medicine, believed in the inheritance of acquired characteristics. His theories set the stage for heredity through DNA and are the basis for what we know about genetics.

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Be Bio and Resilience Announce Strategic Collaboration to Manufacture Engineered B Cells, a New Class of Cellular Medicines

Be Bio | May 20, 2022

Be Biopharma, Inc. (“Be Bio”) and National Resilience, Inc. (Resilience) today announced a strategic collaboration to advance initial programs in Be Bio’s rare disease pipeline. Be Bio’s proprietary engineered B Cell Medicines (BeCM) platform is harnessing the power of the human B cell to create a new class of autologous and allogeneic cellular medicines that durably and redosably produce therapeutic proteins in vivo without toxic pre-conditioning. The two companies are investing to drive innovation and reliability in cell therapy manufacturing, a critical success factor for broad and meaningful patient impact. As part of this unique partnership, Resilience will dedicate personnel solely to produce and supply Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP)-grade viral vector and cell therapy drug product for the initial programs in Be Bio’s rare disease pipeline. Through a creative cost and risk-sharing model, Resilience will be responsible for manufacturing costs and receive potential future milestones and royalties. Over the past year, Be Bio has built a strong foundation with our BeCM platform, pipeline, team, and recent $130 million financing. Manufacturing is critical to rapidly progress our BeCMs to the clinic and we have built non-GMP manufacturing capabilities in our Cambridge facility. This deal allows us to drive GMP manufacturing with an outstanding partner, and in a capital efficient manner, Resilience’s broad manufacturing capabilities, strong collaborative spirit and dedicated resources to our platform, make them an ideal partner for our BeCM programs.” Joanne Smith-Farrell, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer at Be Bio. Resilience will lead clinical GMP manufacturing of both the viral vector and the cell therapy drug product for Be Bio’s initial rare disease programs to support first-in-human clinical trials. Resilience will apply its pioneering bioprocessing solutions and network of cell therapy sites, including facilities in Research Triangle Park, NC, Philadelphia, PA, Waltham, MA and Marlborough, MA to conduct the work. This collaboration shows our excitement for the promising science of Be Bio’s proprietary BeCM platforms, and our confidence in their expertise to deliver transformative cell therapies, By working alongside Be Bio early in the drug development process, we aim to accelerate the development of their B cell medicines with the potential to unlock a pipeline of product candidates across a variety of serious diseases.” Rahul Singhvi, Sc.D., Chief Executive Officer of Resilience. About B Cells – A New Class of Cellular Medicines Imagine what could “Be?” In nature, a single B cell engrafts in the bone marrow and can produce thousands of proteins per second at constant levels over decades. B cells are nature’s exquisite medicine factories, manufacturing proteins to fight disease and maintain health. Unleashing the power of B cells is driving a new class of cellular medicines – Engineered B Cell Medicines (BeCM). BeCMs have the potential to be durable, allogeneic, redosable and administered without toxic conditioning. The promise of BeCMs could transform therapeutic biologics with broad application — across protein classes, patient populations and therapeutic areas. About Be Biopharma Be Biopharma (“Be Bio”) is pioneering Engineered B Cell Medicines (BeCM) to dramatically improve patients’ lives who are living with cancer, rare diseases and other serious conditions. With eyes locked on the patient, our team of purpose-driven scientists, technologists, manufacturing experts and business builders collaborate to create a bold new class of cell therapies. Be Bio was founded in October 2020 by Longwood Fund and B cell engineering pioneers David Rawlings, M.D., and Richard James, Ph.D. from Seattle Children’s Research Institute. Be Bio is backed by ARCH Venture Partners, Atlas Venture, RA Capital Management, Alta Partners, Longwood Fund, Bristol Myers Squibb and Takeda Ventures. Since our founding, Be Bio’s investors have committed over $180 million to enable the Company to re-imagine medicine based on the power of B cell therapy. About Resilience Resilience is a technology-focused biomanufacturing company dedicated to broadening access to complex medicines. Founded in 2020, the company is building a sustainable network of high-tech, end-to-end manufacturing solutions to ensure the treatments of today and tomorrow can be made quickly, safely, and at scale. Resilience seeks to free its partners to focus on the discoveries that improve patients’ lives by continuously advancing the science of biopharmaceutical manufacturing and development.

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BiOWiSH Technologies and SABIC Agri-Nutrients Company Announce Bio-Enhanced Mineral Fertilizer Collaboration

BiOWiSH Technologies, Inc. | July 22, 2022

BiOWiSH Technologies, Inc. and SABIC Agri-Nutrients Company announced the successful completion of a year-long technical evaluation of BiOWiSH® Crop Liquid technology coated on SABIC’s urea in nine countries across five continents and nine different crop types. BiOWiSH® Crop Liquid is a blend of proprietary microbial cultures that can be coated onto dry fertilizer or mixed with liquid fertilizers to create an enhanced efficiency fertilizer specifically designed to optimize yield potential and improve soil productivity. Featuring the company’s proprietary HoloGene 3™ technology, BiOWiSH® Crop Liquid creates a high-performance partnership between the plant and BiOWiSH microorganisms. The new alliance has a combined genetic profilethat enhances native microbial activity in the soil, promotes soil quality, and supports the plant’s natural ability to resist environmental stress. This optimizes crop yield potential by increasing nutrient availability and improving soil productivity and plant vigor. This unique mode of action, combined with the product’s industry-leading shelf life, is proven to achieve consistent desired results across a broad range of operating conditions, climates and environments – all at a low cost to farmers. “We are thrilled to confirm that SABIC AN Bio-Enhanced Urea powered by BiOWiSH® has performed extremely well in the field,” Munif Al-Munif, General Manager Agri-Nutrients Technology at SABIC AN “Our uniform, high-crushing strength urea combined with the superior technology of BiOWiSH® Crop Liquid delivers extended stability and consistent performance at a price per acre farmers can afford. In an industry challenged with high regulatory pressures and global food demand, we are excited to offer a sustainable product that safely increases crop production and generates higher profits for growers,” he added. The market launch of SABIC AN Enhanced Urea will initially be fulfilled through SABIC AN partners in select target countries while the teams work together to expand in other regions around the world. The launch follows extensive successful testing of the product across multiple international markets, including the United States. The Bio-Enhanced Urea, powered by BiOWiSH®, will be available at the same price as standard urea through the Archer-Daniels-Midland Company (ADM) and American Plant Food (APF) for a limited time in select areas. Customers can contact their ADM or APF representative for more details. In addition, SABIC AN and BiOWiSH have constructed a joint development platform designed to advance further customizations across a range of SABIC AN’s high-efficiency fertilizers. This partnership is the foundation for future products and other agronomic innovations. “We appreciate the close collaboration with SABIC AN’s team,” said BiOWiSH CEO Ian Edwards. “It is very exciting that a market-leading fertilizer company such as SABIC AN recognizes the importance of biologicals and is placing such high focus and energy on bringing Bio-Enhanced Mineral Fertilizer to customers across the globe. Together, we will work toward our shared goal of developing agricultural solutions that help farmers maximize productivity and increase income – while at the same time, improving environmental outcomes.” SABIC AN Bio-Enhanced Urea will be available to farmers in additional locations in the future, enabling growers to experience the benefits of BiOWiSH®-powered fertilizer. About BiOWiSH Technologies Headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, BiOWiSH Technologies, Inc. is a global provider of biotechnology solutions for the agriculture, aquaculture, and environmental management industries. As a leader in the agricultural market, we help farmers increase crop production sustainably, safely and cost effectively. Our revolutionary BiOWiSH® Crop Liquid can be coated onto dry fertilizer or mixed with liquid fertilizer to create an enhanced efficiency fertilizer that optimizes yield potential, expresses plant vigor and improves soil productivity across a broad range of operating conditions, climates and environments. By unifying nature and science, BiOWiSH reinvents the way food is grown. About SABIC Agri-Nutrients Company SABIC AN is a public joint stock company listed on the Saudi Stock Exchange where SABIC owns 50.1% with the remaining 49.9% being held by the private sector and the public. It is one of the leading global fertilizer producers. SABIC AN portfolio includes urea, ammonia, phosphate and other specialized products.

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Evaxion Biotech Identifies Gonorrhea as Second Bacterial Product Target

Evaxion Biotech | July 04, 2022

The clinical-stage biotechnology company Evaxion Biotech A/S which specializes in the creation of AI-driven immunotherapies, said today that it has chosen gonorrhea as its second bacterial target for the Company's EVX-B2 vaccine product candidate. Evaxion has opted to create a preventative vaccination against Gonorrhea, a sexually transmitted disease (STD) that has fast acquired antibiotic resistance, as its second bacterial target. Based on preliminary results in pre-clinical models, we think Evaxion's unique AI platform EDEN has discovered promising antigen candidates for the vaccine. “We are very pleased to announce that our AI platform EDEN has demonstrated the ability to identify two promising protective antigens based on very encouraging results in the pre-clinical model. Gonorrhea represents a large unmet medical need. We believe that with this vaccine, patients will be able to produce antibodies against bacterial infection - minimizing the risk of infection” Lars Staal Wegner, CEO

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