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Centre for Neuro Skills Sets June 24 as Grand Opening for New Austin, Texas Clinic

Centre for Neuro Skills

The Texas Brain Injury Alliance reports that 144,000 Texans sustain a traumatic brain injury each year - one every 4 minutes. The Texas Department of State Health Services reports that approximately 72,500 Texas residents have strokes each year that require hospitalization. Now, more help is on the way. Centre for Neuro Skills (CNS), a premier provider of treatment for traumatic and acquired brain injury, announced the grand opening date of its new clinic in Austin, Texas. The clinic will celebrate with an invitation-only open house on Thursday, June 24. Former CNS patients Justin Glick and Megan Guerra are guest speakers who will share their rehabilitation stories. The 17,000-square-foot facility is located at 14425 Falconhead Blvd., Building F, Suite 200, Austin. A virtual tour of the new facilities is available. To access the tour, please click here. The Austin clinic is CNS’ fourth location in Texas, joining Dallas, Fort Worth and Houston. CNS also treats patients at three facilities in California. All CNS clinics offer a continuum of care approach to therapeutic rehabilitation and disease management services for those recovering from acquired and traumatic brain injuries. “No two brain injuries are the same,” said CNS’ Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Matthew Ashley. “What sets CNS apart is our whole team focus on patients and their caregivers. This new clinic will allow us to provide localized quality care to brain injury patients in Austin and Central Texas, which will ensure better recovery. Our goal is to maximize independence and improve quality of life.” Patient Success Story – Justin Glick Former CNS patient Justin Glick and his wife Caroline relocated to Austin from Los Angeles in 2020. They have since had their first baby, Sienna. After sustaining a traumatic brain injury at work, Justin sought treatment at the CNS Los Angeles clinic. He made a remarkable turnaround in just 47 days. Justin had spent his career in a highly specialized profession – the collecting and selling of rare coins, jewelry and watches. He’s now a real estate agent with Coldwell Banker in Austin. According to Justin, “the Centre for Neuro Skills has an amazing team that helped me literally get back on my feet and back to work. Caroline and I moved to Austin last year and absolutely love it. And now, we have our friends from CNS as neighbors. Austin is fortunate to have such an outstanding resource for brain injury rehabilitation.” Rehabilitative Technology Technology and advanced care systems at the Austin Clinic include: The ZeroG® Gait and Balance System, which helps patients relearn to walk, sit, stand, balance and improve gait. The Bioness Integrated Therapy System, which addresses vision, safety and motor balance training; the system supports returning to work and driving. The Independent Living Scale tracking system, which monitors patient progress. Tablets to record/integrate patient data in real time for analysis. Patient web portal for 24/7 secure access. Dedicated physician space, including a medical exam room, secured medication room and a nursing suite. Dedicated area for behavior analysis, including a meditation/quiet room. Patient and staff kitchen; computer center and offices for case management and administration. COVID-19 Safety Staff, patients and visitors are required to wear a mask at all times when in the clinic and common areas of residential homes. Clinic and residential visitors will have their temperatures taken upon entry. CNS clinics, homes and facilities observe CDC guidelines. About Centre for Neuro Skills Centre for Neuro Skills is an experienced and respected world leader in providing intensive rehabilitation and medical programs for those recovering from all types of brain injury. CNS covers a full spectrum of advanced care from residential and assisted living to outpatient/day treatment. Founded by Dr. Mark Ashley in 1980, CNS has seven locations in California and Texas. For more information about Center for Neuro Skills, visit:, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube. For a video overview of CNS, visit: Media, please note: Visual assets, including photos, are available. To request an interview with CNS leadership, clinical staff or patient guests at or before the Grand Opening, please contact Robin Carr at (415) 971-3991 or Contact Details Landis Communications Inc. Robin Carr +1 415-971-3991 Company Website

June 10, 2021 10:42 AM Pacific Daylight Time

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Comodo Announces Leadership Changes to Accelerate Growth


Comodo Security Solutions, Inc announces the appointment of Ken Levine as its new Chief Executive Officer and Dave Karp, Chief Strategy Officer, to its senior management team to fast-track the company's continued growth. In 2018 Comodo recognized the importance of endpoint protection as a means to address the onslaught of new attacks. The company developed an array of products that work together to prevent attacks from propagating throughout a network. What's more, the company also created the means to orchestrate them from a cloud-hosted, unified management console. The technology suite delivers full security lifecycle capability, including detection, prevention, and managed services allowing a seamless layer of security across endpoints, servers, and the cloud. Comodo Advanced Endpoint Protection (AEP) is a formidable collection of multiple security technologies wrapped in an easy-to-deploy and managed package. AEP unifies zero-day prevention with an integrated endpoint management console and its cloud-based malware analysis platform, Valkyrie, to create a security platform applicable to enterprises of any size. "I'm delighted to welcome the newest members of our leadership team," says Melih Abdulhayoglu, Chairman and Founder of Comodo Security Solutions, Inc. "Over the past 20 years, Comodo has built a plethora of solutions across the cybersecurity technology stack for both consumers and mid-market businesses. In 2018, we embarked on a journey to prevent the execution of unknown files. We launched our Advanced Endpoint Protection product, followed closely by a host of complementary security technologies and our managed detection and response offering. Now is the time to focus on our customer acquisition expansion, and with the combined talent of our new management team members, I am confident we will have a strong growth trajectory." Ken Levine joins Comodo as a fifteen-year cybersecurity industry veteran and brings a wealth of knowledge to Comodo. Ken was CEO of then start-up NitroSecurity, a SIEM platform, before a successful acquisition by McAfee in 2011. After two years at McAfee, Ken became CEO of Digital Guardian. Under his leadership, the organization tripled in size, entered adjacent markets, and became a leader in the DLP and EDR markets. Most recently, Ken was the Chief Executive Officer for microsegmentation company, ShieldX, newly acquired by Fortinet. Ken is the founder of Brookline Venture Partners and a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business. "With Comodo, we quickly saw the opportunity to offer enterprise-scale solutions, consumable and affordable to the mid-market and SMB," says Ken Levine. "Our unique advanced endpoint protection ensures no unknown file can cause harm. Which uniquely positions us to help in the ongoing battle against ransomware, while our world-class Security Operations Center helps augment information technology teams via our Managed Detection and Response service". Joining the leadership team with Ken is Dave Karp. Dave joins as Chief Strategy Officer responsible for developing, sustaining, and leading strategic initiatives and managing the CEO's strategic planning process. Dave has over 20 years of experience in information security and has excelled in diverse roles within sales, product management, marketing, consulting, and managed services. This is Dave's third endeavor with Ken. He is a member of the Forbes Technology Council, a graduate of the University of Oklahoma, and a United States Marine Corps veteran. Comodo is poised to continue disrupting and revolutionizing the security industry. "We are excited to begin the next phase of Comodo, with emphasis on the customer experience and leaning into product-led growth," says Dave Karp. "We are committed to leading the way with a combination of freemium products, such as our Open EDR, Valkyrie threat intelligence, and free access to our endpoint for the consumer. All of this balanced by cloud-delivered security offerings that provide the best technology, managed delivery and at affordable prices - which has been lacking in the security industry". About Comodo We help customers stop breaches with groundbreaking auto containment technology that neutralizes ransomware, malware, and cyber-attacks. Our complete cloud-native framework delivers a zero-trust architecture with active breach protection for the most comprehensive defense against zero-day threats. Comodo's products maximize intelligent sharing between every component of the platform, therefore providing superior security. We are the only company to analyze and provide a trusted verdict for 100% of the files on a network. Comodo leverages innovation to celebrate and support the cybersecurity community by offering the first open-source endpoint detection and response (EDR). We believe that an open-source model using community-powered collaboration will ensure every organization has access to the industry's most sophisticated EDR. Headquartered in Clifton, NJ, Comodo's global development team and threat intelligence laboratories deliver innovative, category-leading security solutions for thousands of companies' endpoints, network boundaries, and internal networks. For more information, visit Contact Details Kobi Meir +1 888-551-1531 Company Website

June 10, 2021 12:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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Leading Independent Label RichMusic Signs New Global Deals With Music Phenomenon Sech And Award-winning Producer Dimelo Flow

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The No. 1 independent music label, RichMusic, signs a new global recording and publishing deal with Latin phenomenon and chart-topping recording artist Sech. Under this agreement, RichMusic will continue to exclusively release Sech’s recordings worldwide, and publish his music under the company’s new publishing division, The Pencil Pushers. In regards to the new signing, Sech expressed, “I’m happy because I’m amongst’s where I began my career and I developed as an artist. To continue this journey hand-in-hand with RichMusic is of great satisfaction, at both a personal and professional level.” Rich Music’s new acquisitions didn't stop there, Latin GRAMMY® and Billboard Latin Music Award nominee, Top Latin Producer and hitmaker Dimelo Flow was also signed under a new global recording and publishing deal. With this agreement, RichMusic will continue to represent and publish Flow's catalog, solidifying its relationship with bonafide hitmaker Dimelo Flow as its leading music producer and DJ. In regards to the new signing, Dimelo Flow expressed, “ I’m extremely grateful to be able to further my career alongside RichMusic since they have supported my career and me from early on. This is a new chapter that I am intrigued as to where it will take me but nonetheless has me very excited.” Additionally, Joshua Mendez, Co-founder and COO of RichMusic expressed, "The last three years have been incredibly successful for Sech, Dimelo Flow and the label, and I’m excited for what the near future will bring to all of us, RichMusic and our publishing arm, The Pencil Pushers”. For the new global deal signings, Dimelo Flow was represented by Chris Navarro of Singh, Singh & Trauben LLP. Meanwhile, Sech was represented by Matt Greenberg of Ritholz, Levy, Fields, LLP. Rich Music Inc. was represented by Oswaldo Rossi for Hertz Lichtenstein Young & Polk, LLP. Sech has achieved great success with RichMusic, and with this new deal he hopes to continue adding to his phenomenal streak and pushing his career to the next level. Among his most significant achievements, his global hit "Otro Trago" was certified 35x Multi-platinum, his debut album "Sueños" was certified 3x Platinum, and the global viral hit “Relación” was certified 10x Platinum. His most recent EP release “42”, has earned over 250 million streams across all digital platforms, while several tracks from the EP have positioned themselves on Spotify’s Global Top 200, with “Sal y Perrea” peaking at No. 27 and "911" at No. 22. Latin GRAMMY® and Billboard Latin Music Award nominee, Dimelo Flow, is the mastermind behind some of today’s hottest tracks by Top Latin artists, including Daddy Yankee, Natti Natasha, Sech, Ozuna, Justin Quiles and Dalex, among others. Some of his biggest global hits include “Pa Mi (Remix)”, “Otro Trago” and “Relacion” (Sech), “Las Nenas” (Natti Natasha) and “Problema'' (Daddy Yankee). Dímelo Flow also produced “Rich Music Presents: The Academy”, a highly successful collaboration that entered Billboard’s Top Latin Albums chart and earned over 190 million streams on Spotify, over 75 million YouTube combined video views and over 21 million streams on Apple. In 2020, Dimelo Flow earned his place on Billboard’s “Top Latin Producer'' chart (No. 2) and was nominated for “Producer of the Year” at the Billboard Latin Music Awards. Most recently, the hitmaker garnered another No. 1 single with Daddy Yankee's “Problema'' and Sech's "911". He also produced the historic female anthem “Las Nenas” by Natti Natasha with Farina, Cazzu and La Duraca and most recently “Hickey” featuring Dalex, Justin Quiles and iZaak. The official videos have accumulated over 289 million combined YouTube views. Last March, RichMusic, a company founded by father and son duo Richard and Joshua Méndez, announced new corporate appointments in lieu of the company’s commitment to performance: Giovanna Pérez as Vice President of Business Management and Development and David Alvarado as Senior Vice President of Operations. Additionally, they announced two department promotions: Jim Aquino, promoted to Creative Vice President, who had been with the company since 2007 as Executive Creative Director and Dave Hamberger promoted to VP of Marketing, who had been Director, Digital Marketing & Strategy for the label in the last year. RichMusic's unrivaled success is a result of the label’s more than 2.5 billion streams in 2020, leading into nominations for the Billboard Latin Music Awards, including "Latin Rhythm Albums", "Record Label of the Year" and " Top Latin Albums of the Year”. Recently, the label has released multiple singles, including “Hickey” (RichMusic, Dalex, Justin Quiles ft. iZaak and Dimelo Flow) and “Feeling” (Dalex). In addition, the label is preparing to release multiple “RichMusic Presents” projects, including “Always Dream”, a three EP series presented by RichMusic and Dimelo Flow, which will include tracks by Dalex, Dimelo Flow and Justin Quiles, among other high profile artists. Photo Credit: Luis "Vomba" Marquez | Courtesy: Nevarez Communications Download featured photo HERE Download second photo HERE Contact Details Mayna Nevarez +1 305-591-3571 Company Website

June 10, 2021 10:30 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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MassiveMusic applies science to develop Colgate's smile-inducing new sonic brand identity


Colgate, the brand found in more homes than any other, wants the whole world humming an optimistic tune. The iconic oral care brand has launched its new sonic brand identity, a suite of sonic assets and compositions, produced by international creative music agency MassiveMusic London, in collaboration with MassiveMusic New York. Whilst reshaping its visual identity, Colgate also saw an opportunity to stand out within the oral care sector by owning the ‘white space’ within sonic branding in FMCG. In partnership with Red Fuse, the global brand chose to work with MassiveMusic London to develop a distinctive and flexible sound that could live across its marketing, have global appeal and relevance, and which offered new opportunities for recall by consumers. Whilst still a relatively untapped asset, sonic branding is increasingly becoming a key way legacy brands can differentiate themselves in a crowded market. Colgate understood the power of sound to help engage with audiences in new ways and entrusted MassiveMusic’s London team with the vision to ‘create a feeling’ and a holistic sonic experience. Backed by strategy and science Colgate needed a sonic brand that was memorable, modern and reflected its core brand promise of 'Optimism in Action,' whilst also being flexible enough to be stretched into different genres and work across all product offers. But what makes a sound ‘optimistic’? MassiveMusic's' big idea’ was to ground the music in science - taking all subjectivity out of the equation, so you are left with a highly impactful sonic brand. Speaking to academics, ethnomusicologists and neuroscientists, MassiveMusic’s research pointed them towards the human hum as the perfect timbre (or sound quality) for the sonic logo. Consisting of a blend of both female and male tones, the sonic logo was meticulously recorded in such a way as to sound very real, close and natural. The choice of key was again based on research, with the key of D Major being widely accepted as optimistic in nature. The choice of notation and the portmanteau bend towards the end of the sonic logo perfectly syncs to the smile visual animation and creates an activating feeling without being overbearing. By creating a new and original sound that better matches who Colgate is as a brand, rather than looking to the sounds of the sector, Colgate has been able to carve out its own area in the market. Colgate’s new sonic DNA speaks to its history as a pioneering and modern brand. Roscoe Williamson, Global Creative Strategy Director at MassiveMusic said: “Colgate is one of the most recognizable brands across the world - a brand many of us have grown up with. It was important that the new sonic experience not only felt fresh and exciting, but that it also embodied the brand's promise of ‘Optimism in Action’. The need was complex - a system of branded ‘watermarked’ music stemming from a sonic DNA and an iconic sonic logo. This needed to work across more than 200 countries via online content, radio, product and TVCs. And so we created a sonic architecture that could handle this complexity and an overarching aesthetic to the new Colgate music and sound that has universal appeal. To do this we worked with a team of academics and experts and were able to define music and sound cues that throughout history have represented optimism. These cues are at the heart of Colgate’s new sonic brand and have enabled a flexible system that represents the optimistic nature of the brand in a highly distinctive and holistic way.” Jared Richardson, Global Head of Design at Colgate said: “It really was an incredible experience developing the Sound of Colgate with MassiveMusic. The process, collaboration and outcome was fascinating and really enjoyable. The result is a strategically valuable asset that will play out across our global marketing campaigns. We look forward to continuing developing this side of our brand.” The new sonic brand was conceptualized and produced by MassiveMusic London, and will be rolled out across North America, Latin America, Europe, Africa-Eurasia, and Asia. Listen to the new Colgate sonic brand experience here: About MassiveMusic MassiveMusic is the agency of record for some of the most famous brands in the world. As a trusted partner, MassiveMusic delivers everything a brand needs in the field of music, voice and sound. Impactful strategies, sonic brand identities and best-in-class compositions – the agency creates this and much more thanks to its fervent passion for music combined with craftsmanship and scientific research. The ultimate goal? To make the world sound better, while helping brands and agencies be more effective through the emotional power of sound. The nifty creators and strategic thinkers behind MassiveMusic can be found in offices and studios around the world. Rumour has it they also throw a massive party every once in a while. About Colgate-Palmolive About Colgate-Palmolive: Colgate-Palmolive Company is a caring, innovative growth company reimagining a healthier future for all people, their pets and our planet. Focused on Oral Care, Personal Care, Home Care and Pet Nutrition, the Company sells its products in more than 200 countries and territories under brands such as Colgate, Palmolive, elmex, hello, meridol, Sorriso, Tom’s of Maine, EltaMD, Filorga, Irish Spring, PCA Skin, Protex, Sanex, Softsoap, Speed Stick, Ajax, Axion, Fabuloso, Soupline and Suavitel, as well as Hill’s Science Diet and Hill’s Prescription Diet. The Company is recognized for its leadership and innovation in promoting environmental sustainability and community well-being, including its achievements in saving water, reducing waste, promoting recyclability and improving children’s oral health through its Bright Smiles, Bright Futures program, which has reached more than one billion children since 1991. For more information about Colgate’s global business and how the Company is building a future to smile about, visit Contact Details Jive PR + Digital Maya Sarin +1 818-422-2248

June 10, 2021 09:07 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Lawsuit Brought by Car Owner Against Honda Over Alleged Defect that Leads to Premature Battery Failure and Safety Risks


On May 18, 2021, a Honda CR-V owner filed a putative class action lawsuit on behalf of Honda vehicle owners and lessees, alleging that the automobile manufacturer sold more than 2 million vehicles with a serious defect that can cause the car battery to prematurely drain, leading to the failure of safety functions. Filed in federal court in Iowa, the lawsuit seeks to represent all U.S. consumers who purchased or leased a 2017 – 2019 Honda CR-V or a 2016 – 2019 Honda Accord. According to the lawsuit, the Honda vehicles fail to shut down properly after the car is parked and turned off, draining the battery. Left unrepaired, this defect results in the permanent destruction of the vehicle’s battery and other safety component failures, such as emergency hazard lights. According to Elizabeth A. Fegan, founder and managing member of consumer-rights law firm FeganScott, Honda knew about the defect and did not offer a reliable solution or issue a recall of the affected vehicles. The complaint alleges that despite sharing internal Service Bulletins to its authorized dealerships concerning the defect, Honda merely instructed its dealers to update internal software and replace dead batteries in certain vehicles. But, according to the complaint, Honda already knew that these “corrective” actions would not solve the parasitic draining defect nor make the vehicles any more dependable for their owners. “Honda claims that they manufacture high-quality cars that keep drivers safe, but by continually hiding this information, they’ve endangered consumers and have forced them to make costly repairs,” said Fegan. “This manufacturer has failed to fulfill even the most basic responsibilities required by law, and we intend to hold them accountable through this suit.” The lawsuit cites more than 120 public complaints from the scores that were filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), all of which reference various issues related to the battery draining or engine stalling. Another complaint posted on details how a driver reported that her CR-V “completely stalled out again” while driving, “leaving [her] in danger of” getting hit by other vehicles. The lawsuit alleges that Honda drivers believed the manufacturer’s claims of the vehicles being safe in the design and dependable. According to the complaint, “[h]ad the Plaintiff and other class members known of the defect at the time of purchase or lease, they would not have bought or leased the class vehicles or would have paid substantially less for them.” “Honda has been a trusted and popular car brand in the United States for decades, and consumers have relied on these vehicles to safely get them from point A to B, only to have Honda recklessly put drivers in harm’s way,” Fegan noted. “Betraying this trust isn’t just about the inconvenience of a dead battery – Honda has actually endangered the lives of the consumers that they claim to protect.” Consumers who are interested in learning more about this class-action suit are urged to send their contact information to Case No. Case 4:21-cv-00148-JAJ-CFB About FeganScott FeganScott is a national class action law firm dedicated to helping victims of consumer fraud, sexual abuse, and discrimination. The firm is championed by acclaimed veteran attorneys who have successfully recovered $1 billion for victims nationwide. FeganScott is committed to pursuing successful outcomes with integrity and excellence while holding the responsible parties accountable. Contact Details Firmani + Associates Mark Firmani +1 206-466-2700 Company Website

June 10, 2021 08:05 AM Central Daylight Time

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Mónica MacGregor Joins Treliant as Managing Director, Global Financial Crimes Compliance


Mónica MacGregor, a senior professional specializing in international financial crimes compliance and global risk management, has joined Treliant as Managing Director in its Global Financial Crimes Compliance service area. She brings over 20 years of experience in the areas of Anti-Money Laundering (AML), sanctions, anti-corruption, international financial crimes investigations, and global risk management. “Mónica brings an unparalleled global perspective to help clients navigate and mitigate the risks of doing business across jurisdictions and industries worldwide,” says Treliant Managing Partner Ross Marrazzo. “Her addition to the firm underscores its commitment to world class financial crimes consulting.” “Companies are challenged to develop and uphold effective, integrated compliance strategies across the world, in areas as diverse as anti-money laundering, sanctions, and anti-corruption,” says Mónica. “I look forward to helping Treliant’s clients succeed in both global compliance and global business.” Mónica has served as both consultant and in-house compliance officer in a variety of capacities, most recently as Managing Director, Global Investigations and Strategic Intelligence, at Berkeley Research Group. Previously, she served as BSA/OFAC Officer at Oriental Bank. During her career, she has managed high-stakes criminal, civil, and internal cross-border investigations, helped clients design and implement compliance programs, and presented findings as an expert in front of U.S. and overseas prosecutorial and investigative bodies, as well as financial regulators and international organizations. Mónica also has extensive experience on the prosecutorial side having assisted the DOJ Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Division in the investigation and prosecution of systemic compliance deficiencies at a number of large financial institutions. Treliant is a multi-industry consulting firm that serves organizations around the globe. Our firm serves financial institutions, consumer-oriented businesses, other corporations, and law firms. As a firm of leading professionals from industry and government, we assist our clients in navigating regulatory requirements and on best practices, while meeting strategic and operational objectives. We partner with clients as trusted advisors and via managed services including through secondments, interim resources, and other outsourcing strategies. Our advisory and assurance services and specialized, high-quality business solutions strengthen our clients’ corporate and regulatory compliance programs, risk management, and business performance. We also provide comprehensive support for corporate and regulatory investigations, litigation, and as government agency monitors and independent consultants. We serve companies from Main Street to Wall Street and across the globe. Contact Details Treliant, LLC Melissa Pazornik +1 202-249-7932 Company Website

June 10, 2021 08:03 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Nearly 600 nominations submitted for Vietnam's first-ever global sci-tech prize


HANOI, VIETNAM - Media OutReach - 10 June 2021 - Vietnam's VinFuture Foundation announces that it has officially closed the nomination portal for the 2021 VinFuture Prize, recording nearly 600 nominations from more than 60 countries across six continents. The result has exceeded expectations, particularly for a newly established sci-tech prize opened for nominations less than four months ago, affirming the global scientific community's favorable response to VinFuture's mission of serving humanity. With a vision "to create meaningful change in the everyday lives of millions of people by promoting breakthrough scientific research and technological innovations", the VinFuture Foundation and the VinFuture Prize have drawn great enthusiasm from the global scientific and technological community. Notably, VinFuture has attracted prominent scientists and the world's leading research and academic institutions as well as innovators from developing countries. Nearly 100 nominated projects belong to the world's top 2% most-cited scientists, many of whom are laureates of prestigious awards such as the Nobel Prize, the Breakthrough Prize, the Tang Prize, the Japan Prize, among others. While the majority of candidates are from North America (31.6%), Asia (33.9%), and Europe (21%), VinFuture has received significant nominations from scientists in Oceania, Latin America, and Africa. In particular, female scientists were nominated in all four prize categories, accounting for 34.3% of the total nominees. All share the same aspiration of doing science for humanity, offering highly applicable and practical solutions to improve the quality of people's lives. These positive results are attributed to the strong support of prominent individuals and organizations, world-renowned scientists, as well as distinguished professors and experts from the Prize Council and Pre-screening Committee who have endorsed the VinFuture Prize among the global scientific community. Therefore, just four months after the initial call for nominations, the Prize has attracted nearly 1,200 nominators from the world's most reputable academic circles. These include Harvard University, where many prominent scientists converge; the University of Cambridge and the University of Oxford, home to many Nobel laureates and well-known for its natural sciences and engineering programs; the University of Tokyo, Japan's leading higher education organization; and other recognized organizations such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH) - the leading U.S. government agency in public health, the Max Planck Society - the world's leading research organization in science and technology, and the Chinese Academy of Science, one of the world's largest research organizations, to name but a few. "We are very pleased to see that the VinFuture Prize, while being the first of its kind from Vietnam, has been received so warmly by the global scientific community. Particularly, many prominent scientists have been nominated for the Prize. They have made truly meaningful contributions to the future of humanity by tackling global challenges from infectious diseases, environmental pollution, climate change to shortage of natural resources. The nominations for female scientists, scientists from developing countries, as well as pioneers in emerging fields are also very impressive," said Professor Thuc-Quyen Nguyen, University of California, Santa Barbara, Co-Chair of the VinFuture Prize Pre-Screening Committee. In addition to the impressive number of nominations and the prestige of nominated scientists and researchers, the VinFuture Prize has also seen an impressive diversity and depth of areas that address humanity's common challenges after its inaugural call for nominations. A significant number of nominated innovations focus on the prevention and treatment of infectious diseases on a global scale, sustainable poverty elimination, smart agriculture, clean food supply, renewable energy, and applications of artificial intelligence and digital technologies in education and life. Going forward, nominations will be reviewed by a twelve-member Pre-Screening Committee – prominent scientists and experts from various disciplines and countries – who will present the shortlisted candidates to the Prize Council in August 2021. Laureates will then be selected independently by the Prize Council comprising eleven distinguished individuals in academia, research, and industry with significant achievements and contributions to advancing human progress. The VinFuture Grand Prize will be awarded to innovators whose work has been proven to create the largest impact on humanity. It is also one of the world's largest prizes for science and technology to date, valued at US$ 3 million (equivalent to 70 billion Vietnamese Dong). Additionally, three special prizes will be awarded to innovators from developing countries, female innovators, and innovators with outstanding achievements in emerging fields, each worth US$500,000 (equivalent to 11.5 billion Vietnamese Dong). The laureates of the 2021 VinFuture Prize will be announced on December 20 th, 2021 and the official award ceremony will be held in Vietnam on January 20 th, 2022. About the VinFuture Prize The VinFuture Prize is a global science and technology prize founded by Mr. Pham Nhat Vuong, Chairman of Vingroup, and his wife, Madam Pham Thu Huong, to recognize groundbreaking scientific discoveries and technological inventions proven to create, or having the potential to create, better changes in the everyday lives of millions of people and foster a sustainable living environment for future generations.To learn more, please visit: Contact Details Vingroup Media Contact

June 10, 2021 08:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Pollen VC launches first live lending facility for app and game makers

Pollen VC

Fintech lender Pollen VC, a leading provider of credit facilities to app and game developers, has today expanded the amount developers can borrow to up to 4x their monthly revenues. Pollen VC’s data driven credit models now have a more granular view of how revenue is generated over time, enabling them to expand credit lines based on live performance metrics. Access to additional capital via a transparent revolving credit facility enables developers to supercharge their growth without relying on venture capital or revenue based loans. In contrast to the increasingly ubiquitous revenue-based lending (RBL) approach, Pollen VC provides a flexible line of credit that is based on a live picture of a developers accounts receivable (AR), plus an estimate of the residual value remaining in live user cohorts. The company had previously provided pure AR financing, but with the addition of the ability to borrow against the value of existing users combined into one simple facility, it’s now possible to borrow more via this model than through RBL, and with a much more transparent structure. App and game developers rely on finance to help them market and promote their products whilst they wait to be paid from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store. With more than $120Bn being spent on apps and games globally, these businesses face cashflow squeezes on a regular basis. Martin Macmillan, CEO & Founder at Pollen VC commented: “Developer revenue isn’t just realised at the point of download, monetization occurs over their consumer’s lifetime usage of the app or game. Our ability to base our lending decisions not just on AR, but also now in a developer's existing user base is unique and will be a game changer for the industry. The amount of available credit is recalculated on a daily basis so as marketing performance improves, so the amount available to borrow will grow.” “The revenue-based lending model works well for industries such as SaaS where stable, predictable revenue streams exist. But, in mobile gaming, users can churn much faster, making the model less applicable for the app and gaming sector generally, and opening up both developers and lenders to additional risk if loans can’t be repaid. Our “AR plus residual cohort” model is our take on the revenue-based lending model, but built from the ground up for our vertical” added Martin Macmillan. At the core of Pollen VC’s vision is improving the financial literacy of developers. All too often developers rely just on equity financing to fuel their growth and don’t consider forms of alternative financing, sometimes needlessly diluting their equity instead of considering more capital efficient funding. Pollen VC has launched a range of resources for the app and game developer community to help them better understand their cash flow, financials and user acquisition metrics. The company’s CFO resources page includes a range of free to access calculators, content and templates to help the gaming and app development ecosystem improve their overall level of financial awareness and make more informed financing decisions. Looking ahead, Martin Macmillan added: “We have worked with hundreds of app and gaming developers since 2014 and the industry has changed radically since the early days. Our new lending approach provides a breath of fresh air to the industry which will enable gaming and app founders to really understand their numbers and enable faster growth and the ability to scale in a capital efficient way. We will provide developers with greater access to capital and financial knowledge to really transform the industry”. Pollen VC provides revolving credit lines to game and app developers to help them scale faster. Their finance works alongside venture capital funding as a non-dilutive complimentary funding source. Application criteria: the business must have one or more live apps on the Apple App Store or Google Play Store, $20,000 - $5,000,000 in monthly revenue and 3 months or more of transaction history in its business bank account. Notes to the editor Customer example - London based mobile game studio grows revenues 35% month-on-month working with Pollen VC Comment piece - The Paradox of Revenue Based Lending Comment piece - What Supercell's $180M credit facility to Metacore signals to the wider mobile gaming ecosystem About Pollen VC Pollen VC provides flexible credit facilities to app and game developers using a data-driven lending model which is designed from the ground up for the app economy. Based in San Francisco and London, we help developers all over the world to take control of their finances and grow their business in a capital efficient way. Our team includes structured credit, capital markets and performance marketing specialists with in-depth knowledge of the mobile app and gaming market and the growth challenges faced. Pollen VC is backed by a group of leading private and institutional fintech investors, and has diverse sources of liquidity spanning private and institutional capital providers in Europe and North America. Contact Details Pollen VC Bilal Mahmoood +44 7714 007257 Company Website

June 10, 2021 05:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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ForwardPMX Becomes A Fashion Avenger, Joining the Dynamic Movement to Accelerate the Fashion Industry’s Role in Achieving the UN’s Global Goals


Global data and technology driven marketing services company, ForwardPMX, has signed onto the Fashion Avengers campaign, a newly launched global initiative which highlights the critical role the fashion sector has in driving progress towards the United Nation’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals ( The Global Goals ). As the only agency partner and official Fashion Avenger, ForwardPMX joins a group of global industry leaders and top brands, creators, influencers and media, including Burberry, Rankin, Marie Claire, Pour Les Femmes and PANGAIA. The campaign is also supported by the British Fashion Council (BFC) and the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CDFA). On becoming a Fashion Avenger, ForwardPMX Global CEO, James Townsend, said, “Sustainability started as a moral choice, but it is now equally a business imperative. As Fashion Avengers, we will help to inspire a new agenda and facilitate a more strategic conversation with brands about how to ingrain sustainability and social impact within their organizations.” The Fashion Avengers campaign was established by Project Everyone, a nonprofit creative communications agency that is focused on raising awareness, inspiring action and facilitating a cross-industry network to accelerate progress for the Global Goals. The Goals were agreed upon in 2015 by 195 countries, and represent the collective ambitious plan to eradicate poverty, fight inequality and address the climate change crisis by 2030. As a sector, Fashion uniquely intersects with all 17 of the UN’s Goals, which spurred the creation of the Fashion Avengers to serve as a crucial forum and measurable framework for global industry stakeholders to collaborate and drive progress together. Townsend added, “We intend to further invest and lead in this space as we continue to grow our company, while strengthening relationships with likeminded clients who share our values and commitment to social impact and sustainability.” Gail Gallie, Co-Founder of Project Everyone, said, “As we work to positively transform the industry, we’re surrounding ourselves with new partners to help us push for a greater uptake of the Goals. We are thrilled to have ForwardPMX onboard, as they, like the diverse group of leaders joining us as partners, understand why fashion must change and how the Goals can help the sector get there.” In addition to signing on as an official Fashion Avenger, ForwardPMX is supporting Project Everyone with global digital media expertise and other pro bono communications work surrounding the launch of the campaign and beyond. The agency has also selected its own Goals out of the 17 to design its social good frameworks across EMEA, North America, MENA and APAC. “Social impact and sustainability have been deeply embedded within our agency’s culture, our proposition and our way of working over the last decade. As a Fashion Avenger, we’re not only strongly positioned to guide our fashion clients, but we’re also creating a platform to further encourage our global staff base to increase their own self-efficacy and to live a more ethical and sustainable lifestyle,” said Hanna Kubbutat-Byrne, Head of Social Impact and co-lead of ForwardPMX’s social impact arm, TransformFP. The Fashion Avengers campaign has launched at the Forest for Change at the Somerset House in London. Help spread the word beginning June 10 th using #FashionAvengers. And see the Industry launch and Fashion Avengers panel streaming live at the Goals House. About ForwardPMX: ForwardPMX is a global data and technology driven marketing services company, designed to help brands find the change that delivers meaningful growth to their businesses. With over 20 offices worldwide and 1,000 of the industry's most distinguished talent, ForwardPMX brings a unified global vision, with local depth and expertise across a comprehensive set of data, technology, consultancy and performance solutions that reach people all over the world. By pairing people with data-led process and powerful technology capabilities, ForwardPMX is uniquely positioned to deliver scale and accelerate problem solving. ForwardPMX is a proud member of The Stagwell Group. About Project Everyone: Devised by Richard Curtis, Project Everyone is a nonprofit creative communications agency focused on raising awareness, inspiring action and driving accountability for the United Nations’ Global Goals: an ambitious plan to eradicate poverty, fight inequality, and tackle the climate crisis. Project Everyone’s motto is ‘in order to make things happen, you have to make things’ - and so they create advocacy campaigns, content, programmes and events, telling stories that help multiple sectors engage with the Goals. Through a global network of campaigning organisations, philanthropists, private sector partners, governments, UN agencies, public figures, and activists, Project Everyone looks to accelerate progress towards a better future for both people and planet. About the UN Global Goals: In 2015, the 193 Member States of the United Nations agreed to 17 Global Goals (officially known as the Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs), to be achieved by 2030. Recognizing that ending poverty must go hand-in-hand with strategies that build economic growth and address a range of social needs including education, health, social protection, and job opportunities, while tackling climate change and threats to biodiversity, the Goals call on all countries to promote prosperity and social well-being whilst taking ambitious steps to protect the planet. However it is now up to all of us - governments, businesses, civil society and the general public alike - to work together to build a better, fairer future where no one is left behind. With less than 10 years to go, we have more work than ever to do. About Forest for Change From 1 - 27 June 2021, the courtyard of Somerset House will be transformed into a forest, as part of London Design Biennale. Forest for Change – The Global Goals Pavilion, invites visitors to discover the 17 UN Global Goals. The Forest is created from 400 juvenile trees, individually selected for their differing canopy shapes, heights and form. Species have been selected with the aim of ensuring future resilience to the changing London environment, and the trees will be donated to and replanted in London boroughs after they have graced the Somerset House courtyard, creating a living durable legacy. At the heart of the Forest, seventeen mirrored pillars will bring the Goals to life as the world’s To Do List for people and planet. As part of this experience, visitors will be invited to record a short message expressing the change they wish to see in the world. This will be instantly added to a participatory music installation composed by Robert M Thomas, and will become part of ‘Voices for Change’, a Google Arts & Culture Lab collaboration bringing together the voices and passions of people from across the world in an interactive online experience for the Goals. A powerful collective message for change, Forest for Change was designed by leading international artist and designer, and Artistic Director of the Biennale, Es Devlin, in collaboration with Landscape Designer Philip Jaffa and Urban Greening Specialists Scotscape and presented in partnership with Project Everyone. Contact Details ForwardPMX Sara Pollack, VP of Marketing +1 917-438-4923 ForwardPMX Dammi Afolabi, Marketing & Communications Manager +447958069108 Company Website

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