UCB Demonstrates Commitment to Science and Discovery Across Its Epilepsy Portfolio at the American Epilepsy Society’s Virtual Event AES2020

ATLANTA, Dec. 4, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — UCB today announced that 15 scientific posters will be presented at the upcoming American Epilepsy Society’s all new virtual event, AES2020, December 4-8, 2020. The scientific program features the latest research on VIMPAT in primary generalized tonic-clonic seizures (PGTCS). VIMPAT was just recently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as adjunctive therapy in the treatment of primary generalized tonic-clonic seizures in patients 4 years of age and older.1

Key poster presentations also include data on the long-term efficacy and tolerability of adjunctive BRIVIACT in adults with partial-onset seizures, the efficacy and patient satisfaction of NAYZILAM among people living with seizure clusters, and Phase 2 study results for Staccato® Alprazolam, an investigational drug-device combination designed to be used as a single-use epileptic seizure rescue therapy that combines the Staccato® delivery technology with alprazolam. Staccato® Alprazolam is not yet approved by the FDA.

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MEL Science secures $14m in Series B funding to expand award-winning at-home science education offering

MEL Science secures $14m in Series B funding to expand award-winning at-home science education offering

MEL Science has proved an invaluable educational resource for tens of thousands of subscribers struggling with schooling disruption caused by COVID-19

MEL Science, a London-based science educational platform, today announces that it has secured $14 million in Series B funding to support demand for its subscription-based offering. International investors include Mubadala Investment Company, Channel 4 Ventures and other entities from Europe and China.

As a leading EdTech innovator, MEL Science aims to bring science to life through educational kits, combining hands-on experiments with interactive VR simulations and live lessons – created to help students learn in intuitive, engaging ways. Its award-winning products are designed for children aged 5 – 14 and are intended to be used either as an at-home teaching aid or by schools.

This latest round of funding will enable MEL Science to develop its product offering and expand into new territories. In addition, it will support the

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Japan Sports Agency and JADA Host Online “2020 International Seminar” in Partnership with WADA

TOKYO, Dec. 4, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The Japan Sports Agency (JSA) of the Japanese Government and the Japan Anti-Doping Agency (JADA) hosted the annual “International Anti-Doping Seminar in Asia & Oceania” on December 1-3. The 14th annual seminar was organized as “GoVirtual” for the first time due to COVID-19. 2020 is a landmark year for anti-doping organizations (ADOs) as the revised World Anti-Doping Code (2021Code) and International Standards will become effective from January 2021. The seminar in this significant timing has brought together more than 200 people from 52 countries/regions online to exchange information matching the needs of ADOs, and the participants virtually united despite the time difference.

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The theme of the 2020 seminar was “Are you ready!?–for the 2021Code & International Standards and for beyond.” JADA developed the agenda with WADA based on the input from the anti-doping community in Asia and Oceania in

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Data Science Focus Delivers for Pitney Bowes

Pitney Bowes Inc.’s

expansion into software-powered logistics has helped the century-old company capture a piece of a booming e-commerce market sparked by the coronavirus outbreak, the company’s chief innovation officer says.

The service, developed over the past five years, manages parcel deliveries for about 600 retailers world-wide, as well as returns. This year, it is expected to generate more than $1 billion in sales, the Stamford, Conn.-based company says. In October, it reported third-quarter revenue of $410 million from managing deliveries of online sales, up nearly 50% from the year-earlier period.

Like other logistics providers, Pitney Bowes leverages digital capabilities such as cloud computing, database management and application programming interfaces, which enable systems used by retailers and local carriers to work together.

Three years ago, the company sold its fledgling

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FDA launches pilot program to help reduce and replace animal testing in drug development

This week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) launched Innovative Science and Technology Approaches for New Drugs (ISTAND), a pilot program that will help reduce and replace animal testing as part of drug development. The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine has worked toward this goal for several years by meeting with the FDA and Congress and providing expert input, hosting Congressional briefings, and leading drug development stakeholders in advocating for a pathway for the approval of nonanimal, human-biology based drug testing methods.

The FDA launched ISTAND to expand its ability to qualify drug development tools that are outside the scope of the FDA’s existing Drug Development Tools Qualification Program (DDT). The DDT program excluded the vast majority of nonanimal in vitro and computational approaches. Before ISTAND, if a drug developer wanted to use a human biology-based approach, it would only be reviewed and accepted on a case-by-case basis. The

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Young scientist s named TIME’s first-ever Kid of the Year for technology that leads social change

TIME Magazine has announced its first-ever Kid of the Year – 15-year-old scientist and inventor Gitanjali Rao. 

Roa’s love for science began at the age of 10 when she discovered carbon nanotube sensor technology, which uses molecules to detect chemicals in water, and her passion grew from there.

Prior to being named Kid of the Year, Roa was listed on the Forbes 30 Under 30 List for developing a mobile device in 2017 to test for lead in drinking water – an innovation she made to address the Flint, Michigan water crisis.

Her most recent project is an app called Kindly that uses artificial intelligence to detect cyberbullying online at an early stage.

Roa was selected from a group of more than 5,000 nominees, but judges were astonished by her use of technology to combat a number of social issues ranging from contaminated water to opioid addiction and cyberbullying.

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NASA Selects Heliophysics Missions of Opportunity for Space Science Research and Technology Demonstration

WASHINGTON, Dec. 3, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — NASA has selected two SmallSat missions – a study of Earth’s outer most atmosphere and a solar sail spaceflight test mission – to share a ride to space in 2025 with the agency’s Interstellar Mapping and Acceleration Probe (IMAP).

The missions – the Global Lyman-alpha Imagers of the Dynamic Exosphere (GLIDE) and Solar Cruiser – were selected as Solar Terrestrial Probes (STP) Missions of Opportunity. GLIDE will help researchers understand the upper reaches of Earth’s atmosphere – the exosphere – where it touches space. Solar Cruiser demonstrate the use of solar photons for propulsion in space.

The launch of the IMAP mission in 2025 to the first Lagrangian equilibrium point (L1), about 1 million miles towards the Sun, will be a pathfinder for NASA’s new RideShare policy. With the policy, the agency’s Science Mission Directorate (SMD) will plan – from the inception of major

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WSU launches health science incubator to build, grow startups in Spokane

Washington State University has launched a new incubator to grow early-stage health care and life science startup companies.

Spinout Space in Spokane – also known as sp3nw – will offer startups assistance with grant preparation; operational and intellectual property support; and legal and marketing services in the Ignite Northwest building at 120 N. Pine St., according to a news release.

It also will provide startups with a offices, lab space and an opportunity to interact with WSU faculty, a mentor network of established entrepreneurs and nearly three dozen consultants, investor groups and service providers. 

The network of consultants and mentors will aid in the process of commercializing health care products, while driving economic and job growth in the region, according to the news release.

The Bank of America Charitable Foundation awarded sp3nw with a $250,000 grant that will go toward attracting and retaining biotech, pharmaceutical, diagnostics and medical device companies,

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Pfizer CEO Is ‘Confident’ In Covid-19 Vaccine Rollout And Looking Beyond The Pandemic


At the 2020 Forbes Healthcare Summit, Albert Bourla is already looking beyond his company’s vaccine success and into a post-pandemic world.


Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla has accomplished in 11 months what usually takes years, with the company’s Covid-19 vaccine ready to hit the market in record time. Bourla told the 2020 Forbes Healthcare Summit he’s “confident” in the upcoming rollout and already looking towards future ways to apply the vaccine’s underlying technology. 

“We knew that the world needs this. We knew that we had to deliver. And we didn’t let any obstacles—and I can assure you there were many in our way—to stop us doing it,” Bourla told moderator Moira Forbes, president and publisher of ForbesWomen. His remarks came one day after Pfizer, along with its partner BioNTech, became the first companies in the world to get authorization for a Covid-19

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Event organized by CBMM highlights green hydrogen as a sustainable solution for energy and mobility sectors

SAO PAULO, Dec. 3, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — In the search for solutions that contribute to reducing CO2 emissions, governments and scientists around the world are encouraging a movement to adopt more sustainable and efficient technologies. To that end, hydrogen has emerged as a key element in the decarbonization of the economy.

Scientists from renowned universities and industry specialists will discuss how hydrogen production technologies and their use in fuel cells can revolutionize the energy and mobility sectors during the Charles Hatchett Award Webinar 2020, a virtual event that will be held on December 7 at 2:00 pm (CET).

The keynote presentation will be delivered by Manish Chhowolla, professor of Materials Science at Cambridge University, and winner of the 2020 Charles Hatchett Award, an annual prize ratified by UK-based Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3).

“New solutions in the energy transition have a strong connection with our technological development program

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