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Specific Biologics Inc. Announces Therapeutic Development Award from the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

Specific Biologics Inc. | December 08, 2021

Specific Biologics Inc. an early-stage biotechnology company developing novel gene editing technologies, announced that it will receive more than US$527,000 to support the preclinical development of its Dualase™ gene editing platform to target a set of cystic fibrosis -causing nonsense mutations where patients currently have fewer therapeutic options available.

"Incredible advancements in the treatment of cystic fibrosis have been made since the identification of genetic mutations in the CFTR gene as the cause of CF Recent developments in gene editing technologies are creating the potential to correct these causative mutations at their source. We are truly grateful for the support of this Cystic Fibrosis Foundation award which will allow us to apply our Dualase™ gene editing technology to several frequent CFTR nonsense mutations."

 Brent Stead, CEO of Specific Biologics Inc

Dualase™ cuts DNA differently than existing gene editors. This feature enables the high frequency insertion of new sequences into precise locations in the human genome. One can think of gene editing like a word processor that can find a specific spelling mistake in billions of letters and replace it with a correction. Similarly, inside a cell, Dualase™ can find a specific spelling mistake in the genome and replace it with the corrected sequence. Specific will deliver its gene editing technology using an inhalable lipid nanoparticle carrier, which will aid in delivering the gene editing machinery inside the cells of the lung. It is believed that if the CFTR nonsense mutations are corrected in enough cells, a gene editing therapeutic could provide a long-lasting benefit for CF patients.

The award will help fund preclinical testing in disease relevant models.

About Specific Biologics Inc.
Specific Biologics Inc. is a venture-backed early-stage biotechnology company on a mission to develop novel gene editing technologies to treat diseases through precision gene editing. Our two-site Dualase™ platform gene editors cut DNA in a way that optimally exploits the cell's naturally occurring DNA repair pathways. This enables two gene editing outcomes, precise DNA deletions to disrupt genes or increased repair to correct genes. Specific also develops lipid nanoparticles to deliver the gene editor to target cells and is developing a pipeline of Dualase™-based therapeutics in areas of high unmet medical need. 

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Dover To Acquire Manufacturer Of Flow-Measurement Devices For Biopharma And Semiconductor Production Applications

Dover | May 11, 2022

Dover (NYSE: DOV) announced today that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Malema Engineering Corporation ("Malema"), a designer and manufacturer of high-precision, mission-critical flow-measurement and control instruments serving customers in the biopharmaceutical, semiconductor, and industrial sectors. Malema will become part of the PSG business unit within Dover's Pumps & Process Solutions segment. Malema's products will expand Dover's biopharma single-use production offering, which already includes Quattroflow pumps, CPC connectors, and em-tec flowmeters. Based in Boca Raton, FL, and with facilities in San Jose, CA, Singapore, South Korea, and India, Malema expects to generate approximately $40-45 million in revenue during the full year 2022 and has a robust growth outlook. Over the past four decades, Malema has cultivated a loyal base of blue-chip customers, OEMs, and end-users with substantial aftermarket and recurring revenue streams. Malema's first-of-its-kind single-use flow sensor using Coriolis technology offers superior flow-measurement performance and accuracy versus alternative technologies, reducing the potential for measurement error and eliminating the need for calibration in time-sensitive and contamination-intolerant environments. We see a tremendous long-term growth opportunity in the bioprocessing industry driven by a strong and growing pipeline of effective novel biologic drugs, biosimilars, protein therapies, non-COVID mRNA vaccines, as well as budding cell & gene therapies. Additionally, the growing adoption of more efficient single-use production processes supports a robust outlook for our offerings of single-use components to end-customers. We believe that pairing Malema's technology with our existing portfolio of single-use pumps for biopharma processing will greatly enhance the accuracy and value proposition of our solutions to our customers. PSG's President, Karl Buscher. We are methodically building out our biopharma platform through proactive capacity additions, new product development, and opportunistic acquisitions of highly-attractive niche component technologies, Malema represents a strategic and highly-complementary flow-control and sensing technology and further strengthens our sensor portfolio with new proprietary technology. In addition to attractive biopharma applications, we expect strong growth in the semiconductor space on the capacity expansion and re-shoring tailwinds." Richard J. Tobin, President and Chief Executive Officer of Dover. The purchase price is comprised of $225 million in cash at closing, subject to customary purchase price adjustments, and up to $50 million in contingent consideration dependent on the achievement of certain financial objectives over a two-year period. The transaction is expected to close in the second quarter and is subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions, including applicable regulatory approvals. About Dover: Dover is a diversified global manufacturer and solutions provider with annual revenue of approximately $8 billion. We deliver innovative equipment and components, consumable supplies, aftermarket parts, software and digital solutions, and support services through five operating segments: Engineered Products, Clean Energy & Fueling, Imaging & Identification, Pumps & Process Solutions, and Climate & Sustainability Technologies. Dover combines global scale with operational agility to lead the markets we serve. Recognized for our entrepreneurial approach for over 65 years, our team of over 25,000 employees takes an ownership mindset, collaborating with customers to redefine what's possible. Headquartered in Downers Grove, Illinois, Dover trades on the New York Stock Exchange under "DOV." About PSG: PSG is a global pump solution expert and leading manufacturer of pumps, systems, and related flow-control technology for the safe and efficient transfer of critical and valuable fluids and materials. Headquartered in Oakbrook Terrace, IL, PSG is comprised of several world-class brands, including Abaque®, All-Flo®, Almatec®, Blackmer®, Ebsray®, em-tec®, Griswold®, Hydro Systems™, Mouvex®, Neptune™, Quantex™, Quattroflow®, and Wilden®. PSG products are manufactured in three continents – North America, Europe, and Asia – in state-of-the-art facilities that practice lean manufacturing and are ISO-certified. PSG is part of the Pumps & Process Solutions segment of Dover Corporation.

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Amberstone Biosciences Secures $12 Million Series A Financing to Advance Immuno-Oncology Pipeline of Tumor Microenvironment Activated Therapeutics

Amberstone Biosciences, Inc. | January 04, 2022

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Cellarity Expands Leadership Team to Continue Evolution of a Breakthrough Platform to Encode Biology and Purposefully Create New Medicines

Cellarity | February 11, 2022

Cellarity, a life sciences company founded by Flagship Pioneering to encode and simulate human biology to reimagine the way we create medicines, announced today the expansion of its executive leadership team with three key appointments. As Chief Scientific Officer, Laurens Kruidenier, Ph.D., will lead the continued evolution of Cellarity’s platform and pipeline and oversee cross functional integration across all aspects of computation, drug creation, and optimization. As Chief People Officer, Anna O’Driscoll will lead the development of human resources and talent development strategies to enable the fast growth of Cellarity and make the company a top place to work for talent. As Senior Vice President and Head of Data and Software Engineering, Parul Doshi will spearhead the development of a leading and scalable data infrastructure to support the entire drug creation and development process. “We are building a transformative company and bringing together a strong team of people with a track record of making things happen. Laurens is not only an exceptional translational scientist, with experience and success advancing primary research into clinical-stage programs, he is also a team and company builder, helping integrate and mature drug discovery platforms.” Fabrice Chouraqui, Ph.D., CEO of Cellarity and a CEO-Partner at Flagship Pioneering Dr. Chouraqui continued, “Anna brings deep experience in talent and leadership development in the biotech industry, and she is known for her passion to positively impact the employee experience. Parul not only brings broad expertise in data infrastructure across the entire pharma value chain, from preclinical and clinical to tech operations and commercialization but also hands-on expertise in software engineering. I am excited that these top leaders have joined us at this pivotal time as Cellarity grows our team, advances key programs, and scales a pipeline of important new therapeutics.” Cellarity has developed unique capabilities to encode biology and model computationally the changes that occur between health and disease to design breakthrough medicines. Cellarity's transformative approach to drug creation looks beyond an individual molecular target to understand the complex biological network of cellular changes that underlie the start and progression of a disease. Built at the confluence of systems biology, single cell data, and machine learning, the Cellarity platform leverages a more complete view of cell biology to purposefully create drugs. Since all diseases stem from a disorder at the cellular level, Cellarity’s approach can be applied to virtually every disease and uncovers new biology and treatments that are unlikely to be found through target-based discovery. “Despite the tremendous progress the industry has made in advancing medical treatments, most diseases do not have curative therapies, and there are thousands of conditions that lack treatments,” said Dr. Kruidenier. “I’m impressed with Cellarity’s drug creation engine, which looks beyond the single target and embraces the full complexity of human disease. I look forward to working with the team to realize the truly transformative nature of the Cellarity platform and advance into the clinic novel medicines in diverse therapeutic areas to meet a wide range of patient needs.” Laurens Kruidenier, Ph.D., Chief Scientific Officer Dr. Kruidenier has more than 25 years of experience in discovery research, both in academic settings as well as in the life sciences industry and a track-record of success in drug discovery and development, driving research programs into clinical study and integrating teams and technologies for growth and scale. Prior to joining Cellarity, Dr. Kruidenier was Chief Scientific Officer (CSO) at Prometheus Biosciences, a precision medicine company in the immune-mediated disease space. At Prometheus, he helped mature the company from an early, seed-stage Cedars-Sinai-spinout into a Nasdaq-listed, platform-driven portfolio company with three active Phase 2 clinical trials. Previously, he held the roles of Vice President of Discovery at Second Genome, where he was responsible for a portfolio of microbiome programs and Head of GI Immunology Research at Takeda Pharmaceuticals, where he was responsible for developing the global discovery research and business development strategy into inflammatory diseases of the bowel. Earlier in his career, Dr. Kruidenier held various positions at different discovery units at GlaxoSmithKline, where he led preclinical teams and projects in immuno-inflammation, epigenetic, and protein degradation drug discovery. He completed his post-doctoral training at the University of London and holds an M.Sc. in medical biology from Utrecht University and a Ph.D. in mucosal immunology from Leiden University. His research has resulted in multiple publications in top tier scientific journals, including Nature. Anna O’Driscoll, Chief People Officer Ms. O’Driscoll has more than a decade of experience in human resources and was most recently Vice President of Human Resources at Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, where she worked in roles spanning R&D, Commercial, Corporate Functions, Learning and Development, and Employee Relations as Alnylam evolved from a research organization to a leading biotech company. Prior to Alnylam, she was Head of Talent Strategy and Process at Shire and in the Human Resources Leadership Development Program at Johnson & Johnson. Ms. O’Driscoll graduated with an MBA from the Institute of Chartered Financial Analysts and a bachelor’s degree in marketing and languages from Dublin City University. Parul Doshi, Senior Vice President, Head of Data and Software Engineering Ms. Doshi has more than twenty years of experience in information technology (IT) and software engineering and was most recently Head of IT & Digital for Takeda’s Vaccine division. 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Since its launch in 2000, the firm has, through its Flagship Labs unit, applied its unique hypothesis-driven innovation process to originate and foster more than 100 scientific ventures, resulting in more than $140 billion in aggregate value. To date, Flagship has deployed over $2.6 billion in capital toward the founding and growth of its pioneering companies alongside more than $19 billion of follow-on investments from other institutions. The current Flagship ecosystem comprises 42 transformative companies, including Axcella Health (Nasdaq: AXLA), Codiak BioSciences (Nasdaq: CDAK) Denali Therapeutics (Nasdaq: DNLI), Evelo Biosciences (Nasdaq: EVLO), Foghorn Therapeutics Indigo Ag, Kaleido Biosciences (Nasdaq: KLDO), Moderna (Nasdaq: MRNA), Omega Therapeutics (Nasdaq: OMGA), Rubius Therapeutics (Nasdaq: RUBY), Sana Biotechnology (Nasdaq: SANA), Seres Therapeutics (Nasdaq: MCRB), and Sigilon Therapeutics.

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Asep Medical Holdings Inc. Announces Additional Listing to the OTCQB Venture Market in the U.S.

SEPSIS | April 25, 2022

Asep Medical Holdings Inc. ("Asep Inc." or the "Company") (CSE: ASEP) (OTCQB: SEPSF) is pleased to announce its recent successful listing on the OTCQB Venture Market in the US. The Company will be trading under the stock symbolOTCQB: SEPSF and will continue to sell its common shares on the CSE under the stock symbol CSE: ASEP. Asep Inc. will officially commence trading on the OTCQB as of the market opening today. The Company is also pleased to announce that it has also met the requirements for an account with the Depository Trust Company (DTC). The DTC is one of the world's largest securities depositories and acts as a limited-purpose trust company that will provide safekeeping through electronic record-keeping of securities balances. It will also serve as the Company's clearinghouse to process and settle trades as well as providing liquidity enhancement. Trading on the OTCQB is a significant milestone. It gives us added access and visibility with U.S. institutional and retail investors interested in the biotech and healthcare industries. The listing is expected to provide us with added liquidity and a diversified investor base in a large established public market. In parallel to the CSE, we expect to develop a strong shareholder base in the U.S. to achieve an improved valuation considering the innovative nature of our therapeutic and diagnostic technologies, as we strive to impact patients around the globe." Chairman and CEO Rudy Mazzocchi. Our leading technologies are directed to major worldwide issues with enormous economic impacts. This OTCQB listing will enable us to more effectively engage with knowledgeable investors outside Canada who support innovative and effective solutions." Dr. Robert E. W. Hancock, the Company's Founder and COO. OTCQB is recognized by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission as an established public market. The OTCQB platform enables companies to provide current public information that investors need to analyze, value and trade a security. An extensive network of data distributors and media partners ensures that trade data, news and disclosure are available to broker-dealers, market data providers, and investors. On the OTCQB, investors get an exchange-comparable information experience, convenient trading through their preferred broker or financial advisor, transparent pricing with real-time quotes, and trusted disclosure. ABOUT ASEP MEDICAL HOLDINGS INC. Asep Inc. is dedicated to addressing antibiotic failure by developing novel solutions for significant unmet medical needs. The Company is a consolidation of two existing private companies (Sepset Biosciences Inc. and ABT Innovations Inc.) that are both in the advanced development of both proprietary diagnostic tools, enabling the early and timely identification of severe sepsis as well as broad-spectrum therapeutic agents to address multidrug-resistant biofilm infections. Sepset Biosciences Inc. is developing a diagnostic technology that involves a patient gene expression signature that predicts severe sepsis, one of the significant diseases leading to antibiotic failure since antibiotics are the primary treatment for sepsis. Despite this, sepsis is responsible for nearly 20% of all deaths on the planet. The SepsetER test is a blood-based gene expression assay that is straightforward to implement, and results are obtained in about an hour in the emergency room or intensive care unit. This proprietary diagnostic technology differs from current diagnostic tests in enabling diagnosis of severe sepsis within 1-2 hours of first clinical presentation (i.e., in the emergency room), while other diagnostics only provide diagnosis after 24-36 hours. Asep Inc. believes this will enable critical early decisions to be made by physicians regarding appropriate therapies and reduce overall morbidity and mortality due to sepsis. ABOUT SEPSIS Sepsis is the body's dysfunctional response to infection and is very common, occurring in 49-million individuals globally. Recently the situation has worsened since sepsis is the cause of death in most patients who die from COVID-19. Sepsis is tremendously complex, and early symptoms are relatively non-specific, including fever, fatigue, hyperventilation and a fast heart rate — symptoms can also occur in other diseases. The most severe form of the disease, which occurs for up to one-half of all patients with suspected sepsis, leads to multi-organ failure and, in 23% of cases, death. Current diagnostic tools deliver results after approximately 24-36 hours, often delaying the initiation of treatment.

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