Connecticut Biotech Launches New 3D Printed Mask Frame

Connecticut Biotech | August 14, 2020

Connecticut Biotech, a new innovative start-up company, is announcing the launch of its Secure Fit 3D-printed face mask frame. The mask frames are an exoskeleton worn outside of a traditional surgical mask, providing enhanced efficacy in protection against COVID-19 and other airborne pathogens. Secure Fit is a reusable, reliable device designed to make day-to-day interactions safer for users. In partnership with the University of Connecticut and under the leadership of surgeon-scientist Dr. Cato T. Laurencin, Connecticut Biotech developed the technology to manufacture the customized Secure Fit frames, which help cloth and disposable surgical masks fit tighter to the face. "Our Secure Fit mask frames increase the efficacy of masks and provide more protection because it is custom-made for each user," CEO of Connecticut Biotech Don Vaccaro says. "This not only ensures a comfortable fit, but a more secure fit." The concept of using facial-recognition software to pinpoint 3D-printing specifications for custom fitting was developed by UConn Health's Dr. Cato T. Laurencin and his team of researchers at the Connecticut Convergence Institute for Translation in Regenerative Engineering. With support from UConn's Technology Commercialization Services, Dr. Laurencin and his researchers submitted a patent application for the process earlier this year.

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OPKO Health Acquires ModeX Therapeutics, Gains Proprietary Immunotherapy Technology with a Focus on Oncology and Infectious Diseases

OPKO Health | May 10, 2022

OPKO Health, Inc. (NASDAQ: OPK), a multinational biopharmaceutical and diagnostics company, today announced the acquisition of ModeX Therapeutics, Inc. a privately held biotechnology company focused on developing innovative multi-specific immune therapies for cancer and infectious diseases. OPKO acquired ModeX for $300 million in OPKO common stock. Founded in October 2020 with headquarters in Natick, Mass., ModeX Therapeutics has developed highly flexible multi-specific antibody technology platforms with broad targeting and functional capabilities, simpler manufacturing and potentially better specificity and safety, providing significant differentiation from competing platforms. The design of these multi-specifics is amenable to gene-based delivery by mRNA or DNA vectors. The ModeX product portfolio includes cancer immunotherapies that combine four specificities into one protein to improve targeting and immune killing, as well as masking or “stealth” technology to improve tumor-specific killing and reduce side effects. For viral diseases, the lead targets of a broad and potent multi-specific antibody portfolio include HIV and SARS-CoV-2. A vaccine for Epstein-Barr virus is also in development. The acquisition of ModeX Therapeutics significantly broadens our technology foundation and expands our product pipeline to include multi-specific multi-functional antibodies focused on a range of cancers and infectious diseases, with applicability to other therapeutic areas. We believe the promise of better outcomes for patients treated with these multi-specific antibodies represents a next generation of large molecule therapeutics and the next chapter of OPKO, We welcome ModeX’s co-founders Dr. Zerhouni and Dr. Nabel, as well as Alexis Borisy to our Board of Directors, and Dr. Zerhouni and Dr. Nabel to OPKO’s executive management team. The ModeX executive team brings to OPKO a wealth of experience, knowledge and industry contacts, which we expect will have a tremendous long-term positive impact on OPKO as we advance their technology and product pipeline and leverage potential synergies with our current portfolio in diagnostics and therapeutics.” Phillip Frost, M.D., Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of OPKO. Elias Zerhouni, M.D., Co-Founder and Chairman of the Board of ModeX, has been appointed President and Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of OPKO. Dr. Zerhouni brings extensive experience in academia, government and industry as a leading authority on emerging trends and issues in medical care and biomedical research and development. A physician scientist with an academic background in imaging and biomedical engineering, Dr. Zerhouni most recently served as President of Global Research & Development and Executive Vice President of Sanofi. Dr. Zerhouni also served as Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Senior Fellow for Global Health Research at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Presidential U.S. Envoy for Science and Technology, and Professor and Chair of the Russell H. Morgan Department of Radiology and Biomedical Engineering, Executive Vice Dean and Dean for Research at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Dr. Zerhouni was elected to the National Academy of Medicine and to the National Academy of Engineering. He serves on the Board of the Lasker Foundation, the Foundation for NIH, the Davos Alzheimer’s Collaborative and Research!America. He received the 2017 Scripps Executive of the Year Award for the pharmaceutical industry and the French Legion of Honor in 2008. He has been a director of Danaher Corporation since 2009. Being part of OPKO represents a transformative opportunity for both companies. We anticipate it will accelerate ModeX’s product pipeline focused on unmet needs in oncology and infectious diseases and the development of our innovative technologies, and also will take advantage of synergies with OPKO’s programs, ModeX has operated quietly since we were founded 18 months ago on the basis of over 10 years of prior foundational work. We have assembled a world-class executive team with outstanding public and private sector leadership experience to advance our programs. Our lead drug candidate is already in the clinic while several others in late preclinical stages are expected to enter clinical development in 2023. We were enticed to join OPKO by its leadership’s vision and enthusiasm for strengthening our mutual potential for breakthrough innovation.” Dr. Zerhouni. Gary Nabel, M.D., Ph.D., Co-Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of ModeX, has been appointed Chief Innovation Officer of OPKO and joins OPKO’s Board of Directors. Dr. Nabel, a renowned virologist and immunologist, served as Chief Scientific Officer and Senior Vice President of Sanofi where he directed the breakthrough laboratory that developed tri-specific products now in early clinical development. He is the founding director of the NIH’s Vaccine Research Center, working on vaccines and broadly neutralizing antibodies against HIV, influenza, SARS, Ebola, Chikungunya and Epstein-Barr virus. He was previously an investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute at the University of Michigan. In recognition of his expertise at the forefront of virology, immunology, gene therapy and molecular biology, Dr. Nabel was elected to the National Academy of Medicine, is a fellow of the American Association of Physicians and the American Academy of Arts Sciences, and was awarded the Geoffrey Beene Builders of Science Award from Research!America. Alexis Borisy, the Lead Independent Director of ModeX, also joins OPKO’s Board of Directors. Mr. Borisy is a leading biotechnology entrepreneur and investor with more than 25 years of experience, including founding, serving as Chief Executive Officer and/or Chairman of nine NASDAQ-listed companies. He co-founded and served as either the Chief Executive Officer or Chairman of Blueprint Medicines, Foundation Medicine, Relay Therapeutics, Tango Therapeutics, Celsius Therapeutics and CombinatoRx. With the additions of Dr. Zerhouni, Dr. Nabel and Mr. Borisy to OPKO’s Board, the number of Directors expands to 13. About OPKO Health, Inc. OPKO is a multinational biopharmaceutical and diagnostics company that seeks to establish industry-leading positions in large, rapidly growing markets by leveraging its discovery, development, and commercialization expertise and novel and proprietary technologies.

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Amnio Technology Launches Two New Dual-Layer Allografts, FDA Recognizes Products as Minimally Manipulated, Homologous Use HCT/Ps

Amnio Technology | February 15, 2022

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NEOGEN® and Gencove Launch InfiniSEEK™ -- The First Whole Genome and Genotyping Sequencing Solution for Cattle Breeders

NEOGEN | May 16, 2022

NEOGEN® Corporation (NASDAQ: NEOG) and Gencove, the leading low-pass whole genome sequencing and analysis software company, today announced the launch of InfiniSEEK™, an innovative, cost-effective solution for whole genome sequencing and targeted SNP analysis. Combining NEOGEN's world-class genomic solutions and services with Gencove's low-pass sequencing and analytics software, the solution can deliver genomic insights to help advance cattle breeding programs worldwide. NEOGEN offers innovative, high quality, value-added genomic technologies to the agrigenomics industry, With the launch of InfiniSEEK, our customers now have a data-rich, cost-efficient way to get genome-wide sequence data, specific genetic traits, and parentage markers simultaneously with excellent accuracy to characterize cattle across the world. We are excited to add this new solution to NEOGEN's portfolio." Dr. Jason Lilly, NEOGEN's Vice President of International Business. Gencove developed a process that simultaneously yields low-pass whole genome sequencing and high coverage genotyping at pre-selected loci in a single molecular reaction, InfiniSEEK is NEOGEN's first commercial product built on the Gencove software and analysis platform, and we are thrilled it will be deployed through NEOGEN's best in class genomics offering services." Dr. Joseph Pickrell, co-founder and CEO of Gencove. With InfiniSEEK, the industry now has a platform to: Minimize selection bias by sequencing more or all of a population Discover new traits impacting desired phenotypes Reliably manage more than 400 bovine genetic traits and conditions InfiniSEEK has been rigorously validated, and results demonstrate low-pass genome-wide sequencing to be greater than 99 percent concordant to deep whole-genome sequencing and can offer even higher, clinical-grade accuracy at specific regions of interest. About Gencove With additional opportunities to improve human health and the challenge of feeding the world's growing population, demand for genomic information has skyrocketed. To meet the need, Gencove combines low-pass whole genome sequencing (reading the DNA at shallower depths) with a proprietary software-as-a-service computation layer. The result is a high-throughput, cost-effective, accurate sequencing and analysis solution. As evidence of the technology's value, the company has hundreds of customers, and the largest genomics service providers in the world partner with Gencove. About NEOGEN NEOGEN Corporation develops and markets comprehensive solutions dedicated to food and animal safety, operating with the intention to "everyday, protect the people and animals we care about." The company's Food Safety segment markets dehydrated culture media and diagnostic test kits to detect foodborne bacteria, natural toxins, food allergens, drug residues, plant diseases, and sanitation concerns. NEOGEN's Animal Safety segment is a leader in the development of genomic solutions along with the manufacturing and distribution of a variety of animal healthcare products, including diagnostics, pharmaceuticals, veterinary instruments, wound care, and disinfectants, as well as rodent and insect control solutions.

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Chimeron Bio Expands Footprint in Philadelphia by Joining BioLabs at The Curtis

Chimeron Bio | January 25, 2022

Chimeron Bio, a biotechnology company pioneering a novel class of self-amplifying RNA-vaccines and therapeutics announced its plan to expand operations in the Philadelphia area and move to The Curtis, a landmark site in Center City Philadelphia under BioLabs, the leading developer and operator of life science co-working spaces in the U.S. and internationally. The move stems from Chimeron’s need for an expanded footprint to accommodate its growing R&D team and operations. The Curtis, a historical landmark has been reimagined to host first-class wet labs and is quickly becoming a hub for top-tier life science organizations in the Philadelphia area. Chimeron Bio’s move to The Curtis will solidify their position as emerging leaders in biotechnology as the company works to advance its pipeline to the clinic. “We are pleased to be joining BioLabs Philadelphia, a facility that offers unwavering support for success and growth. We expect this new facility to drive our next phase of growth by enabling our growing team to conduct cutting-edge research as we work to bring high-impact accessible RNA medicines to patients. At this new site, we look forward to continuing our trajectory of attracting premier talent and becoming a major player in Philly’s growing life science ecosystem,” Dr. Jolly Mazumdar, PhD, MBA, co-founder and CEO of Chimeron Bio About Chimeron Bio Chimeron Bio is a biotechnology company focused developing a pipeline of self-amplifying RNA medicines, both therapeutics and vaccines, designed on its proprietary ChaESAR™ delivery technology platform.

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