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The Economist Group and The Nippon Foundation launch a new initiative to promote ocean health

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TOKYO, JAPAN - Media OutReach - 3 March 2021 - Back to Blue, a new initiative from The Economist Group and The Nippon Foundation, launches today at the 8th annual World Ocean Summit. With an initial focus on ocean pollution, the three-year collaboration is a response to the escalating challenges posed by plastic pollution and, less visibly, pollution from nutrients and chemical contaminants that are damaging ocean life and ecosystems, and in turn human health. The programme, now under development, has been supported by findings from a Back to Blue global survey* which place plastic pollution (59.6% of respondents) and chemical pollution (39.1%) as the top two concerns, followed by climate change (31.1%). The opportunity to embark on original research, stimulate fresh dialogue and explore new solutions to the vexing problems posed by pollution in the ocean is motivating both organizations. The Economist Group, through its World Ocean Initiative and World Ocean Summit, has been fostering a global conversation on the greatest challenges facing the seas. The Nippon Foundation--with its diverse programmes building and nurturing ocean networks, research and professionals--has a global reputation for championing ocean science and health. The Back to Blue initiative brings together two organisations that share a common understanding of the need for evidence-based approaches and solutions to the pressing issues faced by the ocean, offering a powerful platform from which to accelerate momentum for improving ocean health. During remarks at the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the two organisations, Yohei Sasakawa, chairman of The Nippon Foundation, warned that "we are much aware of the land-based problems that occur around us[...]; however, when it comes to understanding the multifaceted problems of the ocean that covers 70% of the earth surface, I believe that our understanding is still very poor. This is already a threat to human security for every individual on this planet." Echoing these sentiments, Lord Deighton, chairman of The Economist Group, said: "We [at The Economist Group] have also developed our own passion for the ocean. We held our first World Ocean Summit in 2012, after we had argued in the newspaper that the seas were in trouble, and that human activities were having a profound impact on ocean health. A decade or so later we are more committed than ever to our vision of an ocean in robust health and with a vital economy. The ocean is too big to fail." Speaking on the Back to Blue initiative at the launch event, Charles Goddard, editorial director at The Economist Group, noted that "defining and heading towards a pollution-free ocean is an enormous challenge, as we are already seeing in the many extraordinary efforts to address plastic pollution. We hope Back to Blue can contribute vital new knowledge and perspectives on contaminants in the ocean, and to the global architecture of engagement needed to address them. The urgency is very real." * In January 2021, The Economist Group, in cooperation with The Nippon Foundation, undertook two related surveys--one of industry and public-sector executives, the other of the general public (global citizens)--to better understand their views and priorities around key ocean issues. The survey was conducted to provide a reference point for the Back to Blue initiative among the global audience we expect to be engaging, as well as to seek feedback on the direction and relevance of the initiative, and to help us gauge progress towards our goals. Survey details: Survey 1. industry and public sector Sample size: 1000 Geography: 20% each from North America,, Europe and Asia-Pacific, 40% Rest of the World Employment status: Full or part-time employees Type of organisation respondents work for: 70% for profit organisations (a range including minimum 50 each from finance, food (including fisheries) and beverage, travel (including shipping) and tourism, energy 30% public sector, non-profit organisations or academia Survey 2. General Public/ world citizens Sample size: 3000 Geography: 20% each from North America,, Europe and Asia-Pacific, 40% Rest of the World Age: 50% Millennials (1981-96) and Generation Z (1997-) / 50% Generation X (1965-80) and Baby Boomers (1946-64) Gender: At least 40% male/female Back to Blue Website: backtoblueinitiative.com MOU signing ceremony: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NPUar232EkA&t=3s About The Economist Group The Economist Group is built on high-quality, independent analysis which runs through all of its businesses. Based in London and serving a global readership and client base, the group publishes print and digital products, produces global events, and offers a range of subscriptions and other services for clients and readers. Its flagship businesses include The Economist newspaper, and research and analysis division The Economist Intelligence Unit. About The Nippon Foundation Established in 1962, The Nippon Foundation is Japan's largest philanthropic foundation, providing support to public-service activities in a variety of fields across national borders. In ocean affairs, the Foundation aims to cultivate human resources who will chart a course for the ocean's future and to pass on the ocean's riches to future generations. Other primary areas of activity include support for children, persons with disabilities, disaster relief, and international cooperation, with the ultimate goal of achieving a society where all people support one another. Contact Details head of marketing, Content solutions, Asia Alice Tong +65 6428 2659 alicetong@economist.com

March 03, 2021 06:30 AM Eastern Standard Time

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International Baccalaureate Appoints Olli-Pekka Heinonen as eighth Director General

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It is with great pleasure that the International Baccalaureate (IB) Board of Governors announces the appointment of Mr Olli-Pekka Heinonen as its next Director General of the IB. Mr Heinonen will commence his appointment on 1 May 2021. Mr Heinonen most recently served as the Director General of the Finnish National Agency for Education. The core tasks of the Agency are to develop education and training, early childhood education and lifelong learning. It prepares the national core curricula for general education and early childhood education, and the requirements for vocational and competence-based qualifications. The Agency also takes part in preparing education policy decisions and supports the development and promotion of internationalisation within the Finnish education system. Prior to leading the National Agency for Education, Mr. Heinonen held various positions in the Finnish Government, including State Secretary and Minister of Education and Science, as well as senior commercial roles in the Finnish National Broadcasting Company. Widely recognized globally in education, Mr Heinonen brings a wealth of experience and knowledge of educational systems development and innovation to the IB. He is engaged actively with the OECD and other international organisations in contributing views on the future of education, including the sharing of best practices, personalised and lifelong learning, the impact of technology and the development of educators. He is a regular speaker in global educational forums. His vision for global education is strongly aligned with the vision and values of the IB. He brings broad leadership and team-building experience and a focus on developing organisations to operate effectively in a changing environment. Commenting on the appointment, Dr Helen Drennen, the Chair of the IB Board said “The IB Board is delighted and privileged to welcome Mr Olli-Pekka Heinonen as the new Director General at a time of great change across the world. He will bring a leading, influential voice to shaping the future of international education and to the next era of the IB “ “I am honoured to join the IB community to further develop the mission of creating a better world through education. It is clear that we are suffering from a global learning and teaching crisis, and COVID-19 has magnified these challenges. I am looking forward to working together with schools and educators to develop solutions to address these challenges and find ways to develop a strong future for our students”, Mr. Heinonen commented. About the International Baccalaureate: Founded in 1968, the International Baccalaureate (IB) pioneered a movement of international education, and now offers four high quality, challenging educational programmes to students aged 3-19. The IB gives students distinct advantages by providing strong foundations, critical thinking skills, and a proficiency for solving complex problems, while encouraging diversity, curiosity, and a healthy appetite for learning and excellence. In a world where asking the right questions is as important as discovering answers, the IB champions critical thinking and flexibility in study by crossing disciplinary, cultural and national boundaries. Supported by world class educators and coordinators, the IB currently engages with more than 1.9 million students in over 5,300 schools across 158 countries. To find out more, please visit www.ibo.org. For further information please contact media@ibo.org ### Contact Details International Baccalaureate Stephanie Ban +1 301-202-3169 media@ibo.org Company Website https://www.ibo.org/

March 03, 2021 05:15 AM Eastern Standard Time

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Industrial Defender and Technomak Partner to Secure Critical Infrastructure in the Middle East

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Industrial Defender, an operational technology (OT) security pioneer, today announced a new partnership with Technomak, a global leader in industrial engineering, fabrication, and construction services, to deliver security-by-design for industrial control systems in the Middle East. Technomak will offer Industrial Defender’s Automation Systems Manager ® (ASM) as part of their industrial engineering projects to provide the highest level of cyber resilience possible for Middle Eastern critical infrastructure. “Technomak’s impressive engineering expertise and market knowledge combined with our powerful OT cybersecurity and compliance platform will greatly improve the cybersecurity posture of companies operating industrial control systems in the Middle East,” said Jim Crowley, CEO of Industrial Defender. “Industrial Defender’s specialized and unique technology of safely collecting, monitoring, and managing OT security data would add another milestone in Technomak’s overall offerings of turnkey delivery of Automation & Control Solutions to its customers. Technomak has been an industry leader in providing such solutions from design stage to the final testing & commissioning of these specialized systems. The OT cyber security offerings from Industrial Defender would give a complete protection from outside cyber threats to any critical infrastructure,” said Mohammed Haneefa, Co-Founder and Group MD of Technomak. To learn more about this partnership, reach out to Technomak at www.technomak.com or Industrial Defender at www.industrialdefender.com. About Industrial Defender Since 2006, Industrial Defender has been solving the challenge of safely collecting, monitoring, and managing OT asset data at scale, while providing cross-functional teams with a unified view of security. Their specialized solution is tailored to complex industrial control system environments by engineers with decades of hands-on OT experience. Easy integrations into the broader security and enterprise ecosystem empower IT teams with the same visibility, access, and situational awareness that they’re accustomed to on corporate networks. Learn more at www.industrialdefender.com. About Technomak Technomak has been involved in some of the most renowned and critical industrial projects in the Middle East region for almost two decades. In addition to the company’s prime focus into the Oil & Gas sector it also provides comprehensive solutions for each stage of a project life cycle into the Water, Power, Metals, Renewables, and Industrial sectors as well. Technomak’s offerings through its “Automation & Digital Solution” division helps industrial businesses enhance process visibility, achieve reliable controls, and gain enhanced and optimized productivity. To operate efficiently, there is an ever increase demand for the convergence of Operation Technology and Information technology. At Technomak we bridge this gap and ensure a seamless integration between the OT and IT platforms and at the same time mitigate all security risks of a plant operation. For more information, visit www.technomak.com. Contact Details Industrial Defender Erin Anderson +1 617-675-4206 eanderson@industrialdefender.com Technomak Energy International FZC Deepak Mishra (617) 675-4206 deepak.mishra@technomak.com Company Website https://www.industrialdefender.com

March 03, 2021 02:22 AM Eastern Standard Time

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How Genetic Testing Can Impact Health and Wellness

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In recent years, direct-to-consumer genetic testing has been used to facilitate the detection of certain health risks, allowing for proactive lifestyle modifications. In some cases, genetic testing can be lifesaving for patients, helping empower them to make informed life choices, with the help of healthcare providers, to improve their health and well-being. Recently, Genetic Trends Expert at 23andMe, Jhulianna Cintron and customer Marc Lovicott, participated in a nationwide satellite media tour to discuss the benefits of genetic testing on health and wellness. A video accompanying this announcement is available at: https://youtu.be/Nz1ZCfva2aw Marc Lovicott, the Director of Communications and Public Information Officer at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Police Department, is one such example. Last year, Marc began suffering from debilitating headaches and gastrointestinal distress, but a variety of tests offered no answers. In tandem, Marc decided to purchase a Health + Ancestry kit from 23andMe to learn more about his ancestry and his health. Marc was surprised when he opted into his Genetic Health Risk reports and saw he had one of the variants common in people with celiac disease.* He took the information to his doctor who did follow-up testing to reveal that Marc does in fact have celiac disease. Since the diagnosis, Marc has been able to make positive changes to help him manage living with the disease. Using insights backed by the latest science, 23andMe helps users determine how their DNA can affect their chances of developing certain health conditions, including type 2 diabetes, celiac disease, high blood pressure, kidney stones and more.* For more information, visit 23andMe.com About 23andMe: 23andMe, Inc. is the leading consumer genetics and research company. Founded in 2006, the mission of the company is to help people access, understand, and benefit from the human genome. 23andMe is the first direct-to-consumer company to receive FDA authorization for genetic health reports, and has millions of customers worldwide, with more than 80 percent of customers consented to participate in research. 23andMe, Inc. is located in Sunnyvale, CA. More information is available at www.23andMe.com. About Marc Lovicott: Marc is the Director of Communications & Public Information Officer at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Police Department. He purchased a 23andMe kit out of interest for his ancestry, but decided to splurge on the Health + Ancestry kit to learn more about his health. Earlier that year, Marc began suffering from debilitating headaches and gastrointestinal distress. After a battery of tests that offered no answers, Marc looked at his 23andMe results and saw he had one of the variants common in people with celiac disease. He took the information to his doctor, who through a blood test and endoscopy confirmed that Marc does in fact have celiac disease. Since learning his diagnosis, Marc has adopted a gluten free diet, and not only feels higher energy, but his headaches and gastrointestinal issues are gone too. In Marc’s words, “I'm still amazed that I was able to get some answers from the 23andMe kit! About YourUpdateTV: YourUpdateTV is a social media video portal for organizations to share their content. It includes separate channels for Health and Wellness, Lifestyle, Media and Entertainment, Money and Finance, Social Responsibility, Sports and Technology. *23andMe health predisposition reports include both reports that meet FDA requirements for genetic health risks and reports which are based on 23andMe research and have not been reviewed by the FDA. The test uses qualitative genotyping to detect select clinically relevant variants in the genomic DNA of adults from saliva for the purpose of reporting and interpreting genetic health risks. It is not intended to diagnose any disease. Your ethnicity may affect the relevance of each report and how your genetic health risk results are interpreted. Each genetic health risk report describes if a person has variants associated with a higher risk of developing a disease,but does not describe a person’s overall risk of developing the disease. The test is not intended to tell you anything about your current state of health, or to be used to make medical decisions, including whether or not you should take a medication, how much of a medication you should take, or determine any treatment. For important information and limitations regarding each genetic health risk report, visit 23andme.com/test-info. Contact Details YourUpdateTV +1 212-736-2727 yourupdatetv@gmail.com

March 02, 2021 04:20 PM Eastern Standard Time

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Researchers Obtain Crystalline Structure of THCA-A In an “Extraction First”

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Researchers from Brandeis University, MCR Labs and Skell Labs have determined the crystal structure of Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinolic acid A (THCA-A) for the first time in a discovery that paves the way for further research on the cannabinoid as well as the more well-known product derived from its decarboxylation, Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). As the precursor to the primary psychoactive cannabinoid THC, THCA-A has been of interest to researchers for some time. Studies of the pure compound have been limited owing to difficulties in both purification and crystallization. Both issues were solved by using a carefully-designed selective extraction and fractionation process with liquid carbon dioxide. Unfortunately, THCA-A also appears to be difficult to stabilize, which has been a roadblock to further study or clinical research on the cannabinoid. Chemical stability is a major area of study during drug development in the pharmaceutical industry, as different forms of crystalline drugs will affect how the body absorbs that drug. If there are two forms of a solid drug, one may be so insoluble that it has no beneficial effect, while another more soluble form could offer an ideal bio-delivery option. Product storage is likewise a concern when faced with unstable compounds. All chemical compounds, such as cannabinoids, are subject to degradation, whether it occurs naturally over time, or is instigated by heat, light, or an interaction with another compound. This degradation often leads to a loss in potency, negatively affects the product’s efficacy, and introduces potentially unwanted byproducts. Obtaining the pure crystalline form of a compound, such as THCA-A, gives researchers a clear look at the structure of the compound and opens avenues to solve stability issues. During the process, researchers noted that each molecule within the structure had an intramolecular hydrogen bond and that pairs of molecules were connected by intermolecular hydrogen bonds. "The hydrogen bond pattern could be an important key to unlocking alternative approaches to the stability issues that have been observed for THCA-A," said Dr. Bruce Foxman, Professor Emeritus of Chemistry at Brandeis University. "THCA-A could be a useful form for the storage and production of THC, as the compound decarboxylates relatively cleanly into the product THC with minimal side reactions." Knowledge of the hydrogen bond pattern will also be helpful for further research on polymorphs or co-crystals, which might have different arrangements and thus might affect the compound’s decarboxylation behavior. Skell, J. M., Kahn, M. & Foxman, B. M. Δ9-Tetra­hydro­cannabinolic acid A, the precursor to Δ9-tetra­hydro­cannabinol (THC) Acta Cryst. (2021). C77, 84-89, https://scripts.iucr.org/cgi-bin/paper?S2053229621000280. About MCR Labs: MCR Labs is the first independent cannabis testing laboratory to be certified by the state of Massachusetts. We are ISO/IEC 17025:2017 accredited providers of analytical cannabis product testing and R&D services committed to assisting licensed marijuana establishments, patients, researchers, entrepreneurs, and advocates. Our team of chemists and pharmaceutical scientists are dedicated to advancing public health and safety through leading-edge chemical analysis of cannabis products and offering unparalleled guidance and support for partners, regulators, and the communities we serve. For more information visit http://mcrlabs.com. Contact Details MCR Labs Joe Crinkley +1 857-230-0839 joe@mcrlabs.com Company Website http://mcrlabs.com

March 02, 2021 12:22 PM Eastern Standard Time

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Kaskada™ Announces General Availability of its Feature Engineering Platform

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Kaskada, a machine learning company that empowers data scientists to build and operate machine learning solutions, announced today the general availability of its feature engineering platform. This launch signifies that, after a period of beta testing with early adopters, the platform is ready for data science teams to use for a wide variety of use cases, including fraud, personalization, and recommendation engines. Machine learning is rapidly changing how companies do business and serve their customers. These opportunities, however, tend to be exploited most by large technology companies with significant resources invested in data collection, data processing, and productionization of machine learning, while others often struggle to achieve the same level of results. A key missing piece of getting to success is a data infrastructure that bridges the gap between model training and live serving of machine learning results in production environments. Kaskada’s feature engineering platform is the first ML platform for data scientists that focuses on the feature engineering and feature serving experience. The platform includes a collaborative interface for data scientists and is powered by proprietary data infrastructure for computing across event-based data and serving features in production. “Kaskada’s feature engineering platform is designed to make truly hard data problems in machine learning easy,” said Davor Bonaci, Kaskada co-founder and CEO. “Data science teams can now work better together, build better features and deliver results at a whole new level. I cannot wait to see what kind of impact they’ll accomplish in the months and years to come.” Some of the most impactful machine learning models use real-time, event-based data, which provides valuable insights on how behavior changes over time. This data type is one of the most difficult to handle because of the lack of efficient data infrastructure needed to calculate features at arbitrary points in time and to deliver such features to both training and production environments. “The biggest obstacle for data scientists today isn’t building the fanciest models,” said Max Boyd, Data Science Lead at Kaskada. “It is the inability of current data platforms to bridge the gap between training and production, particularly with the computation of features derived from event-based data. In past roles, we struggled to use event-based data to its full potential because of infrastructure limitations and spent a lot of time hacking around the problem for minimal gains. Kaskada is a game changer for building and operating quality machine learning models with event-based data.” “Unlike many data products, Kaskada is available to individual data scientists and companies alike. It is free for many scenarios and requires no setup,” added Bonaci. “We invite data scientists with fraud, dynamic pricing, personalization and similar event-based use cases to sign up, onboard, and join our growing data science community.” Catch Kaskada in action at the Feature Stores for ML Global Meetup, a free event on March 16, 2021. Pricing and Availability The Kaskada Feature Engineering Platform is available starting today. The platform is free to start and data scientists have the option to pay to add additional users, manage more data, and access additional features. Sign up and onboard at https://kaskada.com/. About Kaskada Kaskada is a machine learning company that empowers data scientists to collaborate on the feature engineering process and to achieve repeatable success with models running in production. Kaskada’s feature engineering platform provides a collaborative interface for data scientists and robust data infrastructure for computing, storing, and serving features in production. Visit https://kaskada.com/ for more information. © Kaskada Inc. Kaskada is a trademark of Kaskada Inc. Feature Stores for ML Global Meetup is a joint industry effort by Logical Clocks AB and Kaskada Inc. Contact Details Owen Media Forrest Carman +1 206-859-3118 press@kaskada.com

March 02, 2021 09:00 AM Pacific Standard Time

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Women Retirees Underestimate the Coming Long-Term Care Tsunami by Jennifer Lang Financial Services

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March 02, 2021 10:05 AM Eastern Standard Time

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GC INK™ NEUTRALIZES 100 PERCENT OF CORONAVIRUS AND INFLUENZA VIRUSES IN UNDER ONE MINUTE

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GC Ink™ neutralizes 100 PERCENT of Coronavirus OC43 and Influenza A virus H1N1 in under one minute Deployed in PPE, air filters and cleaning products to neutralize viruses and bacteria Supports the safe reopening of schools and public buildings Independent tests conducted by Brown University, published recently GC is working with several partners to apply GC Ink™ across a broad range of products As the world's eyes remain focused on the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccines, Graphene Composites, a leading, global nano-materials engineering company, has unveiled a new technology - GC Ink™ - that could make our most vulnerable public spaces safer from the transmission of viruses and bacteria, including Coronavirus, by neutralizing them. GC Ink™ has been independently tested by Brown University to show 100 percent effectiveness at neutralizing coronavirus and influenza viruses in under one minute, and the findings have been published on bioRxiv. This fast-acting, extremely effective, and safe formulation of graphene and silver nanoparticles can be applied to masks and other PPE, and in particular, applied to filters in ventilation systems. When used in filters and masks, GC Ink™ is highly effective at trapping and neutralizing airborne coronaviruses and other viruses/bacteria for several weeks. When used in wipes, GC Ink also leaves a thin, highly effective, safe layer of protection against viruses and bacteria that lasts for 24 hours. GC’s technology is highly effective because it has a dual-action mechanism: the negatively-charged surface of graphene oxide traps the positively-charged parts of water droplets and the protein spikes on coronavirus; the silver nanoparticles release ions that oxidize the lipid membrane protecting coronavirus RNA, thereby neutralizing it. “Making the air that we breathe and the surfaces that we touch much safer could be a key enabler in the safe reopening of schools and other public spaces." said Sandy Chen, GC CEO & Co-Founder. "GC Ink™ is a powerful weapon against not only this pandemic, but against a broad range of viruses and bacteria. We are now moving into full commercialization of our GC Ink™ with several manufacturing partners in a wide variety of applications, from masks to filters to consumer goods.” Brown’s top respiratory virologist, Amanda M. Jamieson, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology, who led the tests, said, “Our results show that this technology is very effective at preventing infection by two important respiratory viruses which clearly has important implications for this pandemic and the next one.” As demand for GC Ink™ rises, Graphene Composites is well positioned to scale production to meet demand across the United States and worldwide, with the State of Rhode Island-funded Nanomaterials Center of Excellence at 401 Tech Bridge serving as a key production facility. Brown is now in the process of testing the virus in a BSL3 facility in partnership with the Rhode Island Dept of Health (RIDOH). Because the tested Coronavirus OC43 and SARS-CoV-2 (which causes Covid-19) have similar structures, it is expected that GC Ink™ will prove to be similarly effective against SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus. GC Ink™ formulations are protected by patents pending. About Graphene Composites: Graphene Composites is a world leader in nanomaterials engineering. We are driven by our ethos – GC for Good – working with our partners to apply our expertise in graphene and other nanomaterials engineering to make truly life-enhancing products. About Brown University: Brown’s Jamieson Lab conducted the tests in their Bio Safety Level 2 (BSL2) labs in Providence, Rhode Island, using a standard plaque assay approach, similar to the ISO international standards for anti-viral testing. Further tests are underway. About Graphene Composites: Graphene Composites is a world leader in nanomaterials engineering. We are driven by our ethos - GC for Good - working with our partners to apply our expertise in graphene and other nanomaterials engineering to make truly life-enhancing products. About Brown University: Brown's Jamieson Lab conducted the tests in their Bio Safety Level 2 (BSL2) labs in Providence, Rhode Island, using a standard plaque assay approach, similar to the ISO international standards for anti-viral testing. Further tests are underway. Contact Details Graphene Composites John R. “J.R.” Pagliarini +1 401-261-5811 jr@graphenecomposites.com Company Website https://graphenecomposites.com/

March 02, 2021 09:45 AM Eastern Standard Time

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NATIONAL CONTRACT MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION INTRODUCES NEW ENTRY LEVEL CERTIFICATION

National Contract Management Association

The National Contract Management Association (NCMA) unveiled the Certified Contract Management Associate (CCMA™) certification, a new entry-level certification designed to support competency of those new to the contract management profession. “The Certified Contract Management Associate (CCMA™) will provide a needed stepping-stone for those with a year of contract management experience or for those with college degrees just beginning their professional contracting journey,” said Kraig Conrad, CEO. Earning this certification showcases commitment to the contract management profession and commitment to the ongoing, continuous learning expected of successful contract managers. The CCMA™ is for: Anyone with a 4-year degree from a regionally accredited college with less than one year of experience in contract management; Buyers and sellers with at least one year of contract management experience without a regionally accredited 4-year degree; Buyers interested in understanding how their actions impact sellers and sellers interested in understanding how their actions impact buyers; and Anyone interested in understanding the foundational aspects of the contract life cycle. The CCMA™ exam is based on NCMA’s ANSI accredited Contract Management Standard ™ (CMS™). In addition to being a nationally recognized standard, the CMS™ lays the foundation of the contract management profession. In its pages the standard outlines both guiding principles and phases of the contract lifecycle and the key domains, competencies, and job tasks required to be successful, from both the buyer and seller perspectives. The CMS™ also forms the foundation of the Contract Management Body of Knowledge® (CMBOK®), as well as the U.S. Department of Defense's new Contracting Competency Model. “Understanding how these components blend and impact contract performance is a foundational requirement for those new to the profession,” said Conrad. “I expect the CCMA™ to make major contributions to employers seeking to hire entry-level personnel, as well as to the individuals themselves as they enter the profession. Those possessing a CCMA™ will have a leg-up in the job market at this level.” Those interested in pursuing the CCMA™ certification will be able to sit for the exam beginning March 15. To learn more about the CCMA™ visit, ncamhq.org/ccma. The National Contract Management Association (NCMA), which was founded in 1959 and is the world’s leading association in the field of contract management. The organization, which has over 18,000 members, is dedicated to the professional growth and educational advancement of procurement and acquisition personnel worldwide. NCMA strives to serve and inform the profession and industry it represents and to offer opportunities for the open exchange of ideas in neutral forums. To find out more, please visit www.ncmahq.org. Contact Details National Contract Management Association Jennifer Knowlton, Senior Director, Marketing & Engagement +1 571-382-1127 jennifer.knowlton@ncmahq.org Company Website https://www.ncmahq.org/

March 01, 2021 04:00 PM Eastern Standard Time

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