EQT Signs Pact to Acquire Membership Interests in Alta’s Upstream and Midstream Subsidiaries for $2.925 Billion

EQT Corporation announced that it has entered into a purchase agreement with Alta Resources Development, pursuant to which EQT will acquire all of the membership interests in Alta’s upstream and midstream subsidiaries for approximately $2.925 billion, subject to customary closing adjustments. In a release on May 6, EQT said the transaction is expected to close … More EQT Signs Pact to Acquire Membership Interests in Alta’s Upstream and Midstream Subsidiaries for $2.925 Billion

Sen. Bill Nelson Sworn in as NASA Administrator by VP Kamala Harris

Florida Senator Bill Nelson took office as the 14th administrator of NASA on May 3 after he was given the oath of office by Vice President Kamala Harris during a ceremony at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington. In a release, NASA said that in Nelson’s new role at the agency, he will lead … More Sen. Bill Nelson Sworn in as NASA Administrator by VP Kamala Harris

State Dept Secretary Blinken to Attend G7 Foreign and Development Ministers’ Meeting

The U.S. State Department announced that Secretary Antony Blinken will attend the G7 Foreign and Development Minister’s Meeting in London, the United Kingdom, from May 3-5. In a release on May 2, a State Department spokesperson said Secretary Blinken is attending the G7 Foreign and Development Ministers’ meeting to lay the foundation for the G7 … More State Dept Secretary Blinken to Attend G7 Foreign and Development Ministers’ Meeting

LinkedIn Names Amazon as Most Desirable Workplace

LinkedIn has named Amazon as the No. 1 company where Americans want to work in 2021, up from No. 3 in 2019. According to a release, LinkedIn has recognized Amazon as the most desirable workplace in the United States based on the company’s ability to attract and retain talent, including how it provides skills growth … More LinkedIn Names Amazon as Most Desirable Workplace

USPTO Launches Special Patents for Humanity in COVID-19 Category

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will be launching a special category of its Patents for Humanity Program for inventions that address the COVID-19 pandemic. In a release, the USPTO said this new award category will provide business incentives for patent applicants, holders, and licensees whose inventions track, prevent, diagnose, or treat COVID-19. … More USPTO Launches Special Patents for Humanity in COVID-19 Category

Lilly Seeks FDA’s Revocation of EUA for bamlanivimab Alone to bamlanivimab and etesevimab Together to Treat COVID-19 in U.S.

Eli Lilly and Company has asked the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to revoke the Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for bamlanivimab (LY-CoV555) 700 mg alone to a combination of bamlanivimab and etesevimab for treatment of COVID-19 in the United States. In a release on April 16, Lilly said it made this request due to … More Lilly Seeks FDA’s Revocation of EUA for bamlanivimab Alone to bamlanivimab and etesevimab Together to Treat COVID-19 in U.S.

FDIC Partners with Duke University for Tech Solutions in Banking and Financial Services Sectors

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and Duke University’s Pratt School of Engineering have announced a strategic partnership to support technological innovation in the banking and financial services sectors. In a press release on April 12, the FDIC said the agreement builds on a longstanding relationship between the FDIC’s Center for Financial Research and Duke … More FDIC Partners with Duke University for Tech Solutions in Banking and Financial Services Sectors

The White House Releases President Biden’s American Jobs Plan

The White House has released a fact sheet on President Joe Biden’s American Jobs Plan. In a release on March 31, the White House noted: While the American Rescue Plan is changing the course of the pandemic and delivering relief for working families, this is no time to build back to the way things were. … More The White House Releases President Biden’s American Jobs Plan

Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover Drives on Mars

NASA’ reported that its Mars 2020 Perseverance rover performed its first drive on Mars on March 4, covering 21.3 feet (6.5 meters) across the Martian landscape. In a release, NASA said the drive served as a mobility test that marks just one of many milestones as team members check out and calibrate every system, subsystem, … More Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover Drives on Mars

Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry Meets with European Allies on Climate Ambition

Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry will travel to London, Brussels, and Paris March 8-10 to work with European allies to strengthen global climate ambition heading into President Joe Biden’s Leaders Summit on Climate April 22-23 and the 26th Conference of the Parties (COP26) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change later … More Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry Meets with European Allies on Climate Ambition

Intel and Microsoft Collaborate on DARPA Program

Intel has signed an agreement with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to perform in its Data Protection in Virtual Environments (DPRIVE) program. In a release on March 8, Intel said the program aims to develop an accelerator for fully homomorphic encryption (FHE). Microsoft is the key cloud ecosystem and homomorphic encryption partner leading … More Intel and Microsoft Collaborate on DARPA Program

FDA Approves 3rd COVID-19 Vaccine: Johnson & Johnson’s 1-Shot Option

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued an emergency use authorization (EUA) for a third vaccine for the prevention of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). In a release on Feb. 27, the FDA said the EUA for the Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine was issued to Janssen … More FDA Approves 3rd COVID-19 Vaccine: Johnson & Johnson’s 1-Shot Option

150+ CEOs Urge Swift Adoption of a Stimulus Package Like Biden’s American Rescue Plan

More than 150 business leaders, including the CEO’s of Google, Zillow, Intel, Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs, BlackRock, Siemens, United Airlines, and VISA, have issued a public letter to the U.S. Congress urging the adoption of a stimulus package on the model of the American Rescue Plan. In a letter on Feb. 24, the CEO’s told Congressional … More 150+ CEOs Urge Swift Adoption of a Stimulus Package Like Biden’s American Rescue Plan

Amazon: 20 New Companies, Including IBM, Johnson Controls, Join The Climate Pledge to be Net-Zero Carbon by 2040

Amazon and Global Optimism have announced that 20 new signatories have joined The Climate Pledge, which now includes 53 companies across the globe, representing almost every sector of the economy. In a release on Feb. 17, Amazon and Global Optimism said these companies have committed to net-zero carbon emissions by 2040, demonstrating the global impact … More Amazon: 20 New Companies, Including IBM, Johnson Controls, Join The Climate Pledge to be Net-Zero Carbon by 2040

Moody’s Signs Pact to Acquire Cortera

Moody’s Corporation has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Cortera, a provider of North American credit data and workflow solutions. In a release on Feb 10, Moody’s said the acquisition enhances its integrated risk assessment capabilities and significantly extends coverage in the small and medium enterprise (SME) segment. Moody’s noted that Cortera maintains one … More Moody’s Signs Pact to Acquire Cortera

Johnson & Johnson Seeks U.S. Emergency Use Authorization for 1-Shot Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine

Johnson & Johnson reported that Janssen Biotech has submitted an application to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requesting Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for its investigational single-dose Janssen COVID-19 vaccine candidate. If the vaccine receives the FDA’s Emergency Use Authorization, it will be the third COVID-19 vaccine approved in the United States and the … More Johnson & Johnson Seeks U.S. Emergency Use Authorization for 1-Shot Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine

NextEra Energy Ranks No. 1 in Its industry on Fortune’s ‘World’s Most Admired Companies’ List

Florida-based NextEra Energy has been named to Fortune’s 2021 list of the “World’s Most Admired Companies” and ranked No. 1 in the electric and gas utilities industry for the 14th time in 15 years. In a Feb. 2 release, NextEra Energy, whose principal businesses are Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) and NextEra Energy Resources, … More NextEra Energy Ranks No. 1 in Its industry on Fortune’s ‘World’s Most Admired Companies’ List

Novavax Signs MOU to Produce COVID-19 Vaccine in Canada

Novavax announced that it has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Canadian government to produce NVX-CoV2373, the Company’s protein-based vaccine candidate against COVID-19 in Canada. In a release on Feb. 2, Novavax said it plans to produce its COVID-19 vaccine at the National Research Council’s Biologics Manufacturing Centre in Montréal once both the vaccine … More Novavax Signs MOU to Produce COVID-19 Vaccine in Canada

Johnson & Johnson’s 1-Shot Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine Meets Primary Endpoints in Interim Analysis of Phase 3 Ensemble Trial

Johnson & Johnson has reported topline efficacy and safety data from the Phase 3 Ensemble clinical trial, demonstrating that the investigational single-dose COVID-19 vaccine in development at its Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies met all primary and key secondary endpoints. In a release on Jan. 29, Johnson & Johnson said the topline safety and efficacy data are … More Johnson & Johnson’s 1-Shot Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine Meets Primary Endpoints in Interim Analysis of Phase 3 Ensemble Trial

AstraZeneca-Oxford COVID-19 Vaccine Gets European Union Authorization

AstraZeneca announced that its COVID-19 vaccine has been recommended for conditional marketing authorisation (CMA) in the European Union (EU) for active immunisation to prevent COVID-19 caused by SARS-CoV-2, in individuals 18 years of age and older. In a release on Jan. 29, AstraZeneca noted that following review of the application, the Committee for Medicinal Products … More AstraZeneca-Oxford COVID-19 Vaccine Gets European Union Authorization

Moderna Confirms Discussions with U.S. Gov’t for Additional 100 Million Doses of COVID-19 Vaccine

Moderna has confirmed that the Company is in discussion with the United States government to purchase an additional 100 million doses of its COVID-19 Vaccine for delivery in the third quarter of 2021. In a release on Jan. 21, Moderna noted that to date, the U.S. government has agreed to purchase 200 million doses of … More Moderna Confirms Discussions with U.S. Gov’t for Additional 100 Million Doses of COVID-19 Vaccine

Novavax and Gov’t of Canada Sign Advance Purchase Pact for Up to 76 Million Doses of COVID-19 Vaccine

Novavax reported that it has finalized an agreement with the Government of Canada to supply up to 76 million doses of NVX-CoV2373, the company’s recombinant protein-based COVID-19 vaccine. In a release on Jan. 22, the company said Canada has committed to purchase 52 million doses of the vaccine with the option for up to an … More Novavax and Gov’t of Canada Sign Advance Purchase Pact for Up to 76 Million Doses of COVID-19 Vaccine

‘Democracy has Prevailed’ President Biden Calls for Unity and Truth in His Inaugural Speech

Former Vice-President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. was sworn in as the 46th President of the United States, and Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) was sworn in as the Vice President of the United States on Aug. 20 at the United States Capitol, where just two weeks ago, a horde of Trump Supporters invaded the U.S. symbol … More ‘Democracy has Prevailed’ President Biden Calls for Unity and Truth in His Inaugural Speech

U.S. Gov’t to Buy 1.25 Million Additional Regeneron Antibody Cocktail Doses to Treat COVID-19 in Non-Hospitalized Patients

Regeneron Pharmaceuticals reported that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Department of Defense (DOD) will purchase additional supply of the casirivimab and imdevimab antibody cocktail for use in non-hospitalized COVID-19 patients to meet the federal government’s Operation Warp Speed goals. According to a company release on Jan. 12, the government … More U.S. Gov’t to Buy 1.25 Million Additional Regeneron Antibody Cocktail Doses to Treat COVID-19 in Non-Hospitalized Patients

Lockheed Martin Wins $1.28 Billion DoD F-35 Sustainment Contract to Improve Readiness and Support the Warfighter

Lockheed Martin announced that the Department of Defense (DoD) F-35 Joint Program Office has awarded its industry team a $1.28 billion Undefinitized Contract Action (UCA) to support operations and sustainment of the global F-35 fleet through June 30. “This contract ensures F-35s remain ready to fly and accomplish the warfighter’s mission.”-Bill Brotherton“This contract ensures F-35s … More Lockheed Martin Wins $1.28 Billion DoD F-35 Sustainment Contract to Improve Readiness and Support the Warfighter

Lilly: Antibody Treatment for COVID-19 Could Help Patients Stay out of Hospital

Eli Lilly and Company said that its COVID-19 monoclonal antibody treatment, which was recently approved for Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), could be helpful for people who test positive for the coronavirus. In a release on Jan. 15, Lilly said much of the dialogue around COVID-19 focuses on awareness … More Lilly: Antibody Treatment for COVID-19 Could Help Patients Stay out of Hospital

President-elect Joe Biden Unveils 2-Step American Rescue Plan

President-elect Joe Biden on Jan 14 delivered his administration’s “American Rescue Plan” to tackle the pandemic and get direct financial assistance and relief to Americans, including a total of $2,000 in direct relief, extending unemployment insurance benefits, a $400 per week supplement for those who are unemployed, and rental assistance. In a virtual speech from … More President-elect Joe Biden Unveils 2-Step American Rescue Plan

NIST Awards Nearly $4 Million in Grants to Support Metals-Based Additive Manufacturing

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) announced in a release that it has awarded nearly $4 million in grants to help accelerate the adoption of new measurement methods and standards to advance U.S. competitiveness in metals-based additive manufacturing (AM). “NIST and the entire Department of Commerce are committed to … More NIST Awards Nearly $4 Million in Grants to Support Metals-Based Additive Manufacturing

Transportation Secretary-designate Pete Buttigieg Meets with American Labor Leaders

Secretary of Transportation-designate Pete Buttigieg on Jan 13 met virtually with leaders of the American labor movement to discuss the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on America’s workers and how the Department of Transportation (DOT) can work in partnership with unions to keep workers safe and build the economy back better from the pandemic. In … More Transportation Secretary-designate Pete Buttigieg Meets with American Labor Leaders

President-elect Joe Biden Releases Statement on the House’s Impeachment of President Trump

President-elect Joe Biden has released a statement on the U.S. House of Representatives’ Impeachment of President Trump. In a release on Jan. 13, Biden said: “Last week, we saw an unprecedented assault on our democracy. It was unlike anything we have witnessed in the 244-year history of our nation. A violent attack on the United … More President-elect Joe Biden Releases Statement on the House’s Impeachment of President Trump

Biden-Harris Transition Names Additional Members of White House Staff

President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris have announced additional members of the White House staff. This announcement includes individuals from the Domestic Policy Council, Office of Domestic Climate Policy, The White House Council on Environmental Quality, National Economic Council, and the Presidential Personnel Office. In a release on Jan. 14, the transition team … More Biden-Harris Transition Names Additional Members of White House Staff

ACLU Calls for President Trump’s Impeachment

The American Civil Liberties Union’s national board of directors has unanimously passed a second resolution calling for the impeachment of President Donald J. Trump. As a matter of organizational policy, the ACLU noted that it does not regularly call for the removal of public officials. Such a move requires action by the ACLU National Board … More ACLU Calls for President Trump’s Impeachment

Manufacturers Association to VP Mike Pence: ‘Invoke the 25th Amendment to Preserve Democracy’

National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) President and CEO Jay Timmons released a statement in response to the hordes of armed Trump supporters who violently stormed the U.S. Capitol building as members of Congress met to count the electoral votes. In a release on Jan. 6, Timmons said President Donald Trump is inciting violence in an … More Manufacturers Association to VP Mike Pence: ‘Invoke the 25th Amendment to Preserve Democracy’

AstraZeneca-Oxford COVID-19 Vaccine Gets UK’s Emergency Supply Authorization

AstraZeneca announced that its COVID-19 vaccine has been approved for emergency supply in the UK with the first doses being released on Dec. 30 so that vaccinations may begin early in the New Year. In a release on Dec. 30, the Company said the UK Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has provided authorisation … More AstraZeneca-Oxford COVID-19 Vaccine Gets UK’s Emergency Supply Authorization

Health Canada Authorizes Moderna’s COVID-19 Vaccine Under Interim Order

Moderna announced that Health Canada has authorized its vaccine against COVID-19 for the immunization of people 18 years of age and older under an Interim Order. In a news release on Dec. 23, Moderna said the Canadian government has secured 40 million doses. The Company noted that the authorization comes under Health Canada’s Interim Order … More Health Canada Authorizes Moderna’s COVID-19 Vaccine Under Interim Order

NASA Signs Pact with the United Nations on Peaceful Uses of Outer Space

NASA announced that it has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) pledging cooperation in areas of science and technology to support the peaceful use of outer space. In a release on Dec. 17, NASA said the MOU brings together NASA’s wealth of publicly available Earth … More NASA Signs Pact with the United Nations on Peaceful Uses of Outer Space

Moderna Gets FDA Emergency Use Authorization for Its COVID-19 Vaccine

Moderna reported that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) has authorized the emergency use of mRNA-1273, the Company’s vaccine against COVID-19 in individuals 18 years of age or older. In a release on Dec. 18, Moderna said its COVID-19 vaccine is now authorized for distribution and use under an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA). Delivery … More Moderna Gets FDA Emergency Use Authorization for Its COVID-19 Vaccine

NASA and Canadian Space Agency Collaborate on Gateway Outpost for Artemis Program

NASA and the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) have finalized an agreement between the United States and Canada to collaborate on the Gateway, an outpost orbiting the Moon that will provide vital support for a sustainable, long-term return of astronauts to the lunar surface as part of NASA’s Artemis program. In a release on Dec. 16, … More NASA and Canadian Space Agency Collaborate on Gateway Outpost for Artemis Program

FDA Issues Emergency Use Authorization for Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 Vaccine

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued the first emergency use authorization (EUA) for a vaccine for the prevention of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) in individuals 16 years of age and older. In a release on Dec. 11, the FDA said the emergency use … More FDA Issues Emergency Use Authorization for Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 Vaccine

CACI Gets $160 Million Task Order for US Air Force Central Command’s Network Operations

CACI International has been awarded a four-and-a-half year task order, with a ceiling value of $160 million, to provide information technology support to the U.S. Air Force Central Command’s (AFCENT) Network Operations and Security Center (NOSC). Under the task order, which was awarded through the Air Force’s Acquisition Management Integration Center AMIC), CACI said it … More CACI Gets $160 Million Task Order for US Air Force Central Command’s Network Operations

L3Harris Technologies Wins $57 Million 3rd LRIP US Army Award for 2-Channel Leader Radio

L3Harris Technologies reported that it has received a $57 million competitive award for its Falcon IV AN/PRC-163 two-channel handheld radios, along with related equipment and services, as part of the U.S. Army’s two-channel Leader radio IDIQ contract. In a release on Dec. 9, L3Harris said the AN/PRC-163 enables warfighters to share information up and down … More L3Harris Technologies Wins $57 Million 3rd LRIP US Army Award for 2-Channel Leader Radio

Switzerland Increases Option for 7.5 Million Doses of Moderna’s COVID-19 Vaccine

Moderna reported that the Swiss Federal Government has increased its confirmed order commitment from 4.5 million to 7.5 million doses of Moderna’s vaccine candidate against COVID-19, mRNA-1273. In a release on Dec. 8, Moderna said the company remains on track to be able to start delivery of its COVID-19 vaccine candidate to help protect Swiss … More Switzerland Increases Option for 7.5 Million Doses of Moderna’s COVID-19 Vaccine

AstraZeneca-Oxford COVID-19 Vaccine Found to be ‘Safe and Effective’

AstraZeneca has reported the results of Oxford University’s AZD1222 Phase III trials interim analysis, which were published in The Lancet, a peer-reviewed general medical journal. In a release on Dec. 8, AstraZeneca said Oxford’s interim analysis showed the vaccine is “safe and effective” at preventing symptomatic COVID-19 with no severe cases and no hospitalizations more … More AstraZeneca-Oxford COVID-19 Vaccine Found to be ‘Safe and Effective’

President-elect Joe Biden Names Key Members of His Health Team, Including Dr. Anthony Fauci

President-elect Joe Biden has announced key nominations and appointments of his health team. In a release on Dec. 7, the Biden-Harris Transition reported that the health team includes: Xavier Becerra, Secretary of Health and Human Services; Dr. Vivek Murthy, Surgeon General; Dr. Rochelle Walensky, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Dr. Marcella … More President-elect Joe Biden Names Key Members of His Health Team, Including Dr. Anthony Fauci

Canada Increases Option for 40 Million Doses of Moderna’s COVID-19 Vaccine

Moderna reported that the Canadian Government has increased its confirmed order commitment by 20 million doses of Moderna’s vaccine candidate against COVID-19, mRNA-1273, bringing its confirmed order commitment to 40 million doses. In a release on Dec. 7, Moderna said it remains on track to be able to start delivery of its COVID-19 vaccine candidate … More Canada Increases Option for 40 Million Doses of Moderna’s COVID-19 Vaccine

Porsche, Siemens Energy and Partners to Develop Climate-Neutral eFuels

Porsche reported that the company and Siemens Energy as well as a lineup of international companies are developing and implementing a pilot project in Chile that is expected to yield an integrated, commercial, industrial-scale plant for making synthetic climate-neutral fuels (eFuels). In a release on Dec. 2, Porsche noted that in the pilot phase, around … More Porsche, Siemens Energy and Partners to Develop Climate-Neutral eFuels

General Motors Commits to Working with Biden-Harris Administration on Zero-Emissions Vehicles

General Motors announced that the company is committed to working with the Biden-Harris Administration and the broader U.S. auto industry to build a future in which America leads the world in the manufacturing of zero-emissions vehicles, In a Nov. 23 release from the Biden-Harris Transition, President-elect Joe Biden said this is encouraging news for the … More General Motors Commits to Working with Biden-Harris Administration on Zero-Emissions Vehicles

President-Elect Joe Biden Chooses Key Members of His Foreign Policy and National Security Team

President-elect Joe Biden has named the key members of his foreign policy and national security team, including Antony Blinken, Secretary of State; Alejandro Mayorkas, Secretary of Homeland Security; Avril Haines, Director of National Intelligence; Linda Thomas-Greenfield, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations; Jake Sullivan, National Security Advisor; and John Kerry, Special Presidential Envoy for Climate. … More President-Elect Joe Biden Chooses Key Members of His Foreign Policy and National Security Team

AstraZeneca-Oxford: COVID-19 Vaccine is up to 90% Effective

AstraZeneca announced that its AZD1222 vaccine met primary efficacy endpoint in preventing COVID-19 In a release on Nov. 23, AstraZeneca, which is collaborating with the University of Oxford to develop the vaccine, said two different dosing regimens demonstrated efficacy with one showing a better profile, noting that no hospitalizations or severe cases of COVID-19 occurred … More AstraZeneca-Oxford: COVID-19 Vaccine is up to 90% Effective

President-Elect Joe Biden Names Additional White House Senior Staff Members

President-elect Joe Biden has named additional members of his White House senior staff. In a release, the Biden-Harris transition noted that these “diverse, experienced, and talented individuals” demonstrate Biden’s continued commitment to building an administration that not only looks like America, but is also ready to deliver results for working families on day one. “I’m … More President-Elect Joe Biden Names Additional White House Senior Staff Members

Regeneron Gets FDA Emergency Use Authorization for COVID-19 Antibody Cocktail casirivimab and imdevimab

Regeneron Pharmaceuticals reported that its antibody cocktail casirivimab and imdevimab administered together (also known as REGN-COV2 or REGEN-COV2), a therapy currently being investigated for use in COVID-19, has received Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). In a release on Nov. 21, Regeneron said casirivimab and imdevimab administered together are … More Regeneron Gets FDA Emergency Use Authorization for COVID-19 Antibody Cocktail casirivimab and imdevimab

FDA Authorizes 1st COVID-19 Test for at Home Self-Testing with Rapid Results by Lucira Health

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued an emergency use authorization (EUA) for the first COVID-19 diagnostic test for self-testing at home and that provides rapid results. In a release on Nov. 17, the FDA said Lucira Health’s COVID-19 All-In-One Test Kit is a molecular (real-time loop mediated amplification reaction) single use test that … More FDA Authorizes 1st COVID-19 Test for at Home Self-Testing with Rapid Results by Lucira Health

President-Elect Joe Biden Names His White House Senior Staff

President-elect Joe Biden has announced the members of his White House senior staff. In a release on Nov. 17, the Biden-Harris Transition said these “diverse, experienced, and talented” individuals demonstrate President-elect Biden’s commitment to building an administration that “looks like America,” has deep expertise governing, and will be ready to help the president-elect deliver results … More President-Elect Joe Biden Names His White House Senior Staff

Moderna: COVID-19 Vaccine Candidate Phase 3 Study Meets Statistical Criteria with 94.5% Efficacy — Plans to Submit EUA to FDA

Moderna has reported that the independent, NIH-appointed Data Safety Monitoring Board (DSMB) for the Phase 3 study of mRNA-1273, its vaccine candidate against COVID-19, has informed Moderna that the trial has met the statistical criteria pre-specified in the study protocol for efficacy, with a vaccine efficacy of 94.5%. In a release on Nov. 16, Moderna … More Moderna: COVID-19 Vaccine Candidate Phase 3 Study Meets Statistical Criteria with 94.5% Efficacy — Plans to Submit EUA to FDA

150+ National Security Officials Warn: Delay in Presidential Transition Poses a ‘Serious Risk to National Security’

Over 150 former national security officials wrote a letter to Emily Murphy, Administrator of the General Services Administration (GSA), warning that the government’s delay in recognizing Joe Biden as President-elect and Kamala Harris as Vice President-elect poses a “serious risk to national security.” The officials who served under President Donald Trump as well as Republican … More 150+ National Security Officials Warn: Delay in Presidential Transition Poses a ‘Serious Risk to National Security’

Pfizer and BioNTech: Vaccine is 90% Effective in Preventing COVID-19

Pfizer and BioNTech SE reported that their mRNA-based vaccine candidate, BNT162b2, against SARS-CoV-2 has demonstrated evidence of efficacy against COVID-19 in participants without prior evidence of SARS-CoV-2 infection, based on the first interim efficacy analysis conducted on Nov. 8 by an external, independent Data Monitoring Committee (DMC) from the Phase 3 clinical study. In a … More Pfizer and BioNTech: Vaccine is 90% Effective in Preventing COVID-19

Lilly Gets FDA’s EUA Approval for Neutralizing Antibody bamlanivimab to Treat Recently Diagnosed COVID-19

Eli Lilly and Company reported that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for the company’s investigational neutralizing antibody bamlanivimab (LY-CoV555) 700 mg. In a release on Nov. 9, Lilly said bamlanivimab is authorized for the treatment of mild to moderate COVID-19 in adults and pediatric patients 12 years … More Lilly Gets FDA’s EUA Approval for Neutralizing Antibody bamlanivimab to Treat Recently Diagnosed COVID-19

Biden-Harris Transition Names Its COVID-19 Advisory Board

The Biden-Harris Transition has named its Transition COVID-19 Advisory Board, a team of leading public health experts who will advise President-elect Biden, Vice President-elect Harris, and the Transition’s COVID-19 staff. In a release on Nov. 9, Buildbackbetter.com, the Biden-Harris transition website, reported that the Transition COVID-19 Advisory Board will be led by co-chairs Dr. David … More Biden-Harris Transition Names Its COVID-19 Advisory Board

President-Elect Joe Biden: ‘I Will be a President for all Americans’ — Allies: ‘Welcome Back America’

When electoral votes surpassed 270 on Saturday with the addition of 20 votes from Pennsylvania, the state where Joe Biden was born, major news networks reported that Biden had won the 2020 Presidential election. Biden received over 75 million votes, the most votes of anyone ever to run for the U.S. presidency, making him the … More President-Elect Joe Biden: ‘I Will be a President for all Americans’ — Allies: ‘Welcome Back America’

20 Former Republican-Appointed US Attorneys Endorse Joe Biden for President

Twenty former U.S. Attorneys who served under Republican Presidents have endorsed former Vice President Joe Biden for President of the United States, while expressing concern about the turbulent events unfolding in the country today under President Donald Trump. In an open letter, the U.S. Attorneys wrote that Trump has conveyed his expectation that U.S. Justice … More 20 Former Republican-Appointed US Attorneys Endorse Joe Biden for President

HHS and DOD to Buy 1st Doses of Eli Lilly’s COVID-19 Investigational Antibody Therapeutic if FDA Authorizes

The United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Department of Defense (DOD) as part of Operation Warp Speed (OWS) have signed an agreement with Eli Lilly and Company to purchase the first doses of the company’s COVID-19 investigational antibody therapeutic bamlanivimab, also known as LY-CoV555. In a release on Oct. 28, the … More HHS and DOD to Buy 1st Doses of Eli Lilly’s COVID-19 Investigational Antibody Therapeutic if FDA Authorizes

NASA’s SOFIA Finds Water on Sunlit Surface of Moon

NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) has confirmed, for the first time the finding of water on the sunlit surface of the Moon. In a release on Oct. 26, NASA said this discovery indicates that water may be distributed across the lunar surface and not limited to cold, shadowed places. NASA reported that SOFIA … More NASA’s SOFIA Finds Water on Sunlit Surface of Moon

Former U.S. Commerce Secretaries: Joe Biden Presidency will Return ‘Certainty and Security’ to the Economy

Six former Secretaries of the U.S. Department of Commerce have endorsed Former Vice President Joe Biden for President of the United States. In an endorsement letter provided to CNBC, the bipartisan group of former Commerce Secretaries wrote, “We believe that a Biden presidency will mark the return to the certainty and security that our economy … More Former U.S. Commerce Secretaries: Joe Biden Presidency will Return ‘Certainty and Security’ to the Economy

Novavax Updates on Its Phase 3 COVID-19 Vaccine Clinical Trial

Novavax has announced updates on its Phase 3 clinical development program of NVX-CoV2373, its COVID-19 vaccine candidate. In a release on Oct. 17, the Company also announced that it will present data from its ongoing Phase 1/2 clinical trial, including new Phase 2 reactogenicity data, on Friday, Oct. 30, during the U.S. Center for Disease … More Novavax Updates on Its Phase 3 COVID-19 Vaccine Clinical Trial

1,000+ Economists: ‘Donald Trump has Rendered the United States Unrecognizable’

In an open letter, over 1,000 economists have voiced their opposition to President Donald Trump’s re-election. The letter dated Oct. 23 noted that Trump has “carried out a sustained assault on democratic institutions, put his family members in charge of critical government functions during a pandemic, called for his political opponents to be thrown in … More 1,000+ Economists: ‘Donald Trump has Rendered the United States Unrecognizable’

Moody’s Buys Acquire Media

Moody’s Corporation has reported the acquisition of Acquire Media (AM), an aggregator and distributor of curated real-time news, multimedia, data, and alerts, from Naviga, a provider of content engagement solutions for the global media industry. In a release on Oct. 21, Moody’s said the acquisition advances its Analytics’ (MA) position in Know Your Customer (KYC) … More Moody’s Buys Acquire Media

USA Today’s Editorial Board Endorses Joe Biden Who Offers ‘A Shaken Nation a Harbor of Calm and Competence’

USA Today’s Editorial Board has endorsed Joe Biden for President. In an editorial on Oct. 20, USA Today said it is making its first presidential endorsement to “Elect Joe Biden. Reject Donald Trump.” The newspaper noted, “We’re making our first presidential endorsement. We hope it’s our last.” The USA Today Editorial Board’s endorsement: “Four years … More USA Today’s Editorial Board Endorses Joe Biden Who Offers ‘A Shaken Nation a Harbor of Calm and Competence’

Lilly to Acquire Disarm Therapeutics

Eli Lilly and Company reported that it signed a definitive agreement to acquire Disarm Therapeutics, a privately-held biotechnology company creating a new class of disease-modifying therapeutics for patients with axonal degeneration. In a release on Oct. 15, Lilly said that Disarm has discovered novel, potent SARM1 inhibitors and is advancing them in preclinical development, with … More Lilly to Acquire Disarm Therapeutics

FDA Awards $16 Million for 6 Clinical Trial Research Grants to Develop Treatment of Rare Diseases

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it has awarded six new clinical trial research grants to principal investigators from academia and industry totaling over $16 million over the next four years. In a release on Oct. 8, the FDA said these trial research grants, awarded through the Congressionally-funded Orphan Products Grants Program, … More FDA Awards $16 Million for 6 Clinical Trial Research Grants to Develop Treatment of Rare Diseases

Johnson & Johnson Pauses Dosing of Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine Candidate Clinical Trials

Johnson & Johnson announced that it has temporarily paused further dosing in all its COVID-19 vaccine candidate clinical trials, including the Phase 3 ENSEMBLE trial, because of an unexplained illness in a study participant. In a release on Oct. 12, the company said that the participant’s illness is being reviewed and evaluated by the ENSEMBLE Independent Data … More Johnson & Johnson Pauses Dosing of Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine Candidate Clinical Trials

Lowe’s to Give $100 Million in Bonuses to Front-Line Staff

Lowe’s Companies announced it will provide an additional $100 million in discretionary bonuses to recognize front-line hourly associates for their continued service and support of Lowe’s communities, bringing the company’s total commitment to associates and communities during the pandemic to more than $775 million. In a release on Oct. 7, Lowe’s said all active hourly … More Lowe’s to Give $100 Million in Bonuses to Front-Line Staff

New England Journal of Medicine: Current Political Leaders are ‘Dangerously Incompetent’ on Covid-19

The New England Journal of Medicine in an Oct. 8 editorial titled “Dying in a Leadership Vacuum” said the current U.S. administration has taken the crisis of Covid-19 and “turned it into a tragedy.” The editorial said the Covid-19 crisis has produced a test of leadership in the world, but in the United States, “our … More New England Journal of Medicine: Current Political Leaders are ‘Dangerously Incompetent’ on Covid-19

Lilly Updates on Its SARS-CoV-2 Neutralizing Antibody Programs; Submits EUA

Eli Lilly and Company has reported additional details on its SARS-CoV-2 neutralizing antibody programs – including interim data on combination therapy in recently diagnosed patients with mild-to-moderate COVID-19 – and plans to make these therapies broadly available to patients. In a release on Oct. 7, Lilly said investors, media and the general public are invited … More Lilly Updates on Its SARS-CoV-2 Neutralizing Antibody Programs; Submits EUA

Federal Reserve to Begin 2020 Census of Finance Companies and Other Lenders

The Federal Reserve Board reported that it will begin the 2020 Census of Finance Companies and Other Lenders. In a release on Oct. 6, the Federal Reserve noted that the census is a key part of its effort to paint a complete picture of this important sector of the United States’ economy. “Your participation is … More Federal Reserve to Begin 2020 Census of Finance Companies and Other Lenders

USDA and FDA to Collaborate on U.S. Dairy Exports

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced in a release that the two agencies have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) outlining strengthened coordination between the FDA and the USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) and Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) to facilitate the export of milk … More USDA and FDA to Collaborate on U.S. Dairy Exports

NASA Study: Agency Significantly Benefits U.S. Economy with $64.3 Billion Output in FY 2019, 312K Jobs, $7 Billion in Taxes

NASA has released its first agency-wide economic impact report. In a release on Sept. 25, NASA said the report shows that, through all the agency’s activities, it generated more than $64.3 billion in total economic output during fiscal year 2019; supported more than 312,000 jobs nationwide; and generated an estimated $7 billion in federal, state, … More NASA Study: Agency Significantly Benefits U.S. Economy with $64.3 Billion Output in FY 2019, 312K Jobs, $7 Billion in Taxes

Yale CEO Caucus Survey: Business Leaders Give Failing Grade to Trump Administration on COVID and China

The Yale School of Management reported that a majority of the business leaders gathered for its Chief Executive Leadership Institute’s virtual CEO Caucus on Sept. 23 gave President Donald Trump a failing grade on his response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In a release on Sept. 24, the Yale School of Management noted that in one … More Yale CEO Caucus Survey: Business Leaders Give Failing Grade to Trump Administration on COVID and China

Gov’t of Canada Signs Pact with Abbott Rapid Diagnostics for 7.9 Million COVID-19 Rapid Tests, Analyzers

The Government of Canada said it is taking steps so Canadians can quickly and easily access COVID-19 testing. In a release on Sept. 29, the Honourable Anita Anand, Minister of Public Services and Procurement, and the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Health, announced that the Government of Canada has signed an agreement with Abbott Rapid … More Gov’t of Canada Signs Pact with Abbott Rapid Diagnostics for 7.9 Million COVID-19 Rapid Tests, Analyzers

Walmart Sets Zero Emissions Goal by 2040

Walmart reported it is doubling down on addressing the growing climate crisis by targeting zero emissions across the company’s global operations by 2040. In a release on Sept. 21, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation announced the company is also committing to help protect, manage or restore at least 50 million acres of land and one … More Walmart Sets Zero Emissions Goal by 2040

DOD Awards $50 Million in Grants Under Defense Community Infrastructure Pilot Program

The Department of Defense announced the award of 16 grants totaling approximately $50 million under the Defense Community Infrastructure Pilot Program by the Office of Economic Adjustment.   In a release on Sept. 21, the DOD said these awards follow a competitive selection process culminating in Secretary of Defense Mark Esper’s approval of these projects … More DOD Awards $50 Million in Grants Under Defense Community Infrastructure Pilot Program

Moderna: Canada Increases Order Commitment to 20 Million Doses of COVID-19 Vaccine

Moderna announced that the Canadian Government has increased its confirmed order commitment to 20 million doses of Moderna’s vaccine candidate against COVID-19, mRNA-1273. In a release on Sept. 22, Moderna said this updated agreement comes as its Phase 3 COVE study has enrolled more than 75% of its participants, 11,879 of whom have received their … More Moderna: Canada Increases Order Commitment to 20 Million Doses of COVID-19 Vaccine

AstraZeneca and MSD: Lynparza Recommended for Approval in EU by CHMP for BRCA-Mutated Metastatic Castration-Resistant Prostate Cancer

AstraZeneca and MSD announced that Lynparza (olaparib) has been recommended for marketing authorisation in the European Union (EU) for patients with metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC) with breast cancer susceptibility gene 1/2 (BRCA1/2) mutations, a subpopulation of homologous recombination repair (HRR) gene mutations. According to a Sept. 21 release, the Committee for Medicinal Products for … More AstraZeneca and MSD: Lynparza Recommended for Approval in EU by CHMP for BRCA-Mutated Metastatic Castration-Resistant Prostate Cancer

Novavax Begins Phase 3 Efficacy Trial of COVID-19 Vaccine in UK

Novavax has reported that the company initiated its first Phase 3 study to evaluate the efficacy, safety and immunogenicity of NVX-CoV2373, Novavax’ COVID-19 vaccine candidate. In a release on Sept. 24, Novavax said the trial is being conducted in the United Kingdom (UK), in partnership with the UK Government’s Vaccines Taskforce, and the trial is … More Novavax Begins Phase 3 Efficacy Trial of COVID-19 Vaccine in UK

FBI and CISA: Foreign Actors, Cybercriminals May Spread Disinformation About 2020 Election Results

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) have issued an announcement to raise awareness of the potential threat posed by attempts to spread disinformation regarding the results of the 2020 elections. In a Public Service Announcement (PSA) on Sept. 22, the FBI and CISA said foreign actors and … More FBI and CISA: Foreign Actors, Cybercriminals May Spread Disinformation About 2020 Election Results

489 National Security Leaders Endorse Joe Biden for President to Address ‘World on Fire’

In an open letter to Americans, a group of about 500 retired Generals, Admirals, Senior Noncommissioned Officers, Ambassadors and Senior Civilian National Security Officials announced their support of Former Vice President Joe Biden for President of the United States. In a release on Sept. 24, the National Security Leaders for Biden, a non-partisan group of … More 489 National Security Leaders Endorse Joe Biden for President to Address ‘World on Fire’

Biden: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Opinions, Dissents Will Shape the Basis of U.S. Law for Future Generations

After receiving news that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had passed away on Sept. 18, former Vice President and current Democratic presidential candidate, Joe Biden, honored Ginsburg’s “enduring legacy” citing her protection of the constitutional rights of every American and her “fierce and unflinching” defense of liberty and freedom. On Ginsburg’s opinions and dissents, … More Biden: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Opinions, Dissents Will Shape the Basis of U.S. Law for Future Generations

Walmart Launches Membership Option: Free Delivery Service, Scan & Go, Fuel Discounts

Walmart announced that customers across the country can now sign up for Walmart+, the company’s new membership option delivery service and fuel discounts. In a release on Sept. 16, the company said Walmart+ members will receive unlimited free delivery from stores, fuel discounts, and access to tools that make shopping faster, including Scan & Go. … More Walmart Launches Membership Option: Free Delivery Service, Scan & Go, Fuel Discounts

SAIC Awarded $78 Million U.S. Navy Mobility Platform Integration Contract

Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC) announced that the U.S. Navy awarded the company a single-award, cost-plus fixed fee task order worth approximately $78 million to provide support services for mobility platform integration for the Expeditionary Department at the Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) in Crane, Ind. Under the task order, SAIC said it will assist … More SAIC Awarded $78 Million U.S. Navy Mobility Platform Integration Contract

NCI Wins $89 Million U.S. Army INSCOM Contract

NCI Information Systems reported it has received a two-year $89 million contract from the U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command (INSCOM) to provide IT Fit-Out services for its new Secure Admin Operating Facility (SAOF) at Fort Belvoir, Va. In a release on Sept. 15, NCI said that under the contract, it will deliver full information … More NCI Wins $89 Million U.S. Army INSCOM Contract

AstraZeneca and Oxford Resume COVID-19 Vaccine Clinical Trials in UK

AstraZeneca reported that clinical trials for the AstraZeneca Oxford coronavirus vaccine, AZD1222, have resumed in the UK following confirmation by the Medicines Health Regulatory Authority (MHRA) that it was safe to do so. In a release on Sept. 12, AstraZeneca noted that on Sept. 6, the standard review process triggered a voluntary pause to vaccination … More AstraZeneca and Oxford Resume COVID-19 Vaccine Clinical Trials in UK

Red River Awarded 10-Year, $13 Billion DoD Contract

Red River reported that the Army Computer Hardware Enterprise Software and Solutions (CHESS) office in coordination with the Army Contracting Command – Rock Island (ACC-RI) has awarded the company the Information Technology Enterprise Solutions – Software 2 (ITES-SW2) contract. In a release on Sept. 10, Red River said the ITES-SW2 has a ceiling value of … More Red River Awarded 10-Year, $13 Billion DoD Contract

L3Harris Wins $104 Million U.S. Navy Contract for F/A-18 Electronic Warfare System

L3Harris Technologies announced the U.S. Navy has awarded the company a $104 million follow-on contract to supply the next production lot of the electronic warfare (EW) system that protects F/A-18 Hornet and Super Hornet aircraft against electronic threats. In a release on Sept. 10, L3Harris said the announcement was made in conjunction with vHook’20 being … More L3Harris Wins $104 Million U.S. Navy Contract for F/A-18 Electronic Warfare System

Amazon to Open Health Care Centers Near Its Fulfillment Centers

Amazon announced it is collaborating with Crossover Health to locate health centers in the communities where its fulfillment centers and operations facilities are located, starting in Texas, with additional centers planned for other states in the months ahead. Amazon said the first Neighborhood Health Center is available to employees and their families in the Dallas-Fort … More Amazon to Open Health Care Centers Near Its Fulfillment Centers

Biopharma CEOs Pledge to Make Safety of COVID-19 Vaccines Their Top Priority

Nine CEOs of biopharmaceutical companies developing the first COVID-19 vaccines have signed a historic pledge to continue to make the safety and well-being of vaccinated individuals their top priority in the vaccine development. In a joint media release on Sept. 8, the CEOs of AstraZeneca, BioNTech, GlaxoSmithKline, Johnson & Johnson, Merck, known as MSD outside … More Biopharma CEOs Pledge to Make Safety of COVID-19 Vaccines Their Top Priority

USPTO to Hold 1st Meeting for National Council to Expand U.S. Innovation

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced it will host the inaugural meeting for the National Council for Expanding American Innovation (NCEAI) on Monday, Sept. 14. In a release, the United States Patent and Trademark Office said the goal of the NCEAI is to work with the USPTO in developing a “comprehensive national … More USPTO to Hold 1st Meeting for National Council to Expand U.S. Innovation

AstraZeneca Pauses Oxford SARS-CoV-2 COVID-19 Vaccine Trials Due to ‘Unexplained Illness’

AstraZeneca has released a statement about the temporary pause of its clinical trials for the AstraZeneca Oxford University coronavirus vaccine, AZD1222. In a release on Sept. 9, AstraZeneca said that as part of its ongoing randomized, controlled clinical trials of the AstraZeneca Oxford coronavirus vaccine, AZD1222, a standard review process has been triggered, which had … More AstraZeneca Pauses Oxford SARS-CoV-2 COVID-19 Vaccine Trials Due to ‘Unexplained Illness’

107 Former State Attorneys General Endorse Joe Biden for President Citing a ‘Safer’ America

A bipartisan group of 107 former State Attorneys General has endorsed Joe Biden for President and Kamala Harris for Vice President. In a statement on Sept. 4, the law enforcement officials cited Biden’s career in fighting on behalf of the middle class and his commitment to “fair and just law enforcement,” which they said was … More 107 Former State Attorneys General Endorse Joe Biden for President Citing a ‘Safer’ America

81 Nobel Laureates in Science and Medicine Endorse Joe Biden for President

In an open letter, 81 U.S. Nobel Laureates in science and medicine have endorsed Joe Biden for president— the largest number of Nobel Prize winners ever to endorse a candidate for office. In their open letter, these individuals cited Joe Biden’s “deep appreciation for using science to find solutions,” “long record of making policy, informed … More 81 Nobel Laureates in Science and Medicine Endorse Joe Biden for President

Facebook Takes Steps to Protect U.S. Elections, Zuckerbergs to Donate $300 Million to Help Strengthen Voting

Mark Zuckerberg has announced additional steps that Facebook is taking to help secure the integrity of the United States elections by encouraging voting, connecting people to authoritative information, and reducing the risks of post-election confusion. In a release on Sept. 3, Facebook said it will not accept new political ads in the week before the … More Facebook Takes Steps to Protect U.S. Elections, Zuckerbergs to Donate $300 Million to Help Strengthen Voting

OPEIU Endorses Joe Biden for President

The Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU), AFL-CIO, has endorsed Joe Biden for president of the United States. In a media release, the OPEIU said its endorsement reflects a democratic process to capture the interests of the working people the union represents. “Joe Biden has spent his life fighting for working people, and he … More OPEIU Endorses Joe Biden for President

FDA Approves Medtronic’s Automated Insulin Delivery, Monitoring System for Children 2-6 with Type 1 Diabetes

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the MiniMed 770G System, a hybrid closed loop diabetes management device that is intended to automatically monitor glucose (sugar) and provide appropriate basal insulin doses with little or no input from the users or their caregivers for use by individuals aged 2 to 6 with type … More FDA Approves Medtronic’s Automated Insulin Delivery, Monitoring System for Children 2-6 with Type 1 Diabetes

Novavax Signs Pact with Canada for up to 76 Million Doses of COVID-19 Vaccine

Novavax reported it has reached an agreement in principle with the Government of Canada to supply up to 76 million doses of NVX-CoV2373, Novavax’ COVID-19 vaccine. In a release on Aug. 31, Novavax said the company and Canada expect to finalize an advance purchase agreement under which Novavax will supply doses of NVX-CoV2373 to Canada … More Novavax Signs Pact with Canada for up to 76 Million Doses of COVID-19 Vaccine

The Orlando Sentinel Endorses Joe Biden for President

More than a year ago, the Orlando Sentinel published an editorial saying the newspaper would not endorse Donald Trump for re-election. In its editorial on Aug. 30, the Orlando Sentinel said the newspaper is endorsing Joe Biden for President “’because he can get us out of Trump’s mess.” The Orlando Sentinel said the president has … More The Orlando Sentinel Endorses Joe Biden for President

Walmart Issues Statement Regarding Discussions with Microsoft About TikTok

Walmart has issued a public statement regarding discussions with Microsoft involving ByteDance Ltd.’s TikTok service in the United States. In a media release on Aug. 27, Walmart said: “The way TikTok has integrated e-commerce and advertising capabilities in other markets is a clear benefit to creators and users in those markets. We believe a potential … More Walmart Issues Statement Regarding Discussions with Microsoft About TikTok

Samsung Starts Mass Production of 16Gb LPDDR5 DRAM Using EUV Technology

Samsung Electronics reported that its second production line in Pyeongtaek, Korea, has commenced mass production of the industry’s first 16-gigabit (Gb) LPDDR5 mobile DRAM, using extreme ultraviolet (EUV) technology. Built on Samsung’s third-generation 10nm-class (1z) process, the company noted, the new 16Gb LPDDR5 boasts the highest mobile memory performance and largest capacity to enable more … More Samsung Starts Mass Production of 16Gb LPDDR5 DRAM Using EUV Technology

Dell Technologies Releases 2nd Quarter FY 2021 Financial Results

Dell Technologies reported financial results for its fiscal 2021 second quarter. In a release on Aug. 27, Dell said its second quarter revenue was $22.7 billion, and non-GAAP revenue was $22.8 billion. During the quarter, the company said it generated operating income of $1.1 billion, a 119 percent increase over the same period in the … More Dell Technologies Releases 2nd Quarter FY 2021 Financial Results

Sen. Mitt Romney’s 2012 Presidential Campaign Alumni Endorse Joe Biden for President

More Republican Presidential campaign staffs have gotten on board the Biden train as alumni from Senator Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign have now endorsed Joe Biden for President. In a statement of support, the alumni discuss the urgent need of having “a president that’s laser focused on putting the nation’s needs ahead of his own.” … More Sen. Mitt Romney’s 2012 Presidential Campaign Alumni Endorse Joe Biden for President

Alion Wins $20 Million Order to Develop Autonomy and Navigation Technology for USAF Institute of Technology

Alion Science and Technology reported that the U.S. Air Force Institute of Technology has awarded the company a $20 million task order with a 60-month period of performance to provide Autonomy and Navigation Technology (ANT) Development. “Alion has some of the greatest engineering and technology minds in industry partnering side-by-side with our customers to face … More Alion Wins $20 Million Order to Develop Autonomy and Navigation Technology for USAF Institute of Technology

100+ McCain Alumni Endorse Joe Biden for President

More than 100 alumni of Senator and former Republican presidential nominee John McCain have given their support to Joe Biden for President of the United States. In announcing their support, they cited Biden’s “history of bipartisanship,” and they said the election of Biden “is clearly in the national interest.” In a release on Aug. 27, … More 100+ McCain Alumni Endorse Joe Biden for President

Amazon to Add 1,800+ Mercedes-Benz Electric Vans to Its Delivery Fleet in Europe

Amazon is adding more than 1,800 electric vehicles from Mercedes-Benz Vans to its delivery fleet in Europe this year. In a release on Aug. 28, Amazon said the company and Mercedes-Benz share a commitment to reduce emissions from the transportation sector, and Mercedes-Benz also announced it has joined The Climate Pledge, which calls on signatories … More Amazon to Add 1,800+ Mercedes-Benz Electric Vans to Its Delivery Fleet in Europe

200+ Former Bush Administration Officials Endorse Joe Biden for President

Over 200 alumni of former President George W. Bush have come out in support of Joe Biden for President of the United States. In a media release, the Officials cited how Biden has “proven himself over years of public service” and that they’ve seen him “respectfully reach across the aisle, consider a different point of … More 200+ Former Bush Administration Officials Endorse Joe Biden for President

SAIC Awarded $171.5 Million U.S. Navy Contract for Training Solutions

Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC) said the U.S. Navy awarded the company a $171.5 million single-award contract to continue providing a range of training solutions, including virtual and synthetic training environments, as part of the Fleet Deployment Training Program supporting U.S. Navy Fleet Forces (USFF) and associated Fleet commands and activities. In a release on … More SAIC Awarded $171.5 Million U.S. Navy Contract for Training Solutions

South Florida Sun Sentinel Endorses Joe Biden for President

In the first general election endorsement by a Florida newspaper, the South Florida Sun Sentinel Editorial Board has recommended Joe Biden for President of the United States. In a release on Aug. 23, Biden for President said the Editorial Board of the South Florida Sun Sentinel emphasized that this election is not about partisanship, but … More South Florida Sun Sentinel Endorses Joe Biden for President

NASA Awards 14 Planning Grants to Minority Serving Institutions to Improve Participation in Engineering

NASA announced it has awarded 14 planning grants to Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) through its Minority University Research and Education Project (MUREP), part of the agency’s Office of STEM Engagement. In a release, NASA said the grants, totaling more than $587,000, are part of a phased partnership effort with the National Science Foundation (NSF). The … More NASA Awards 14 Planning Grants to Minority Serving Institutions to Improve Participation in Engineering

FDIC-Insured Institutions Report Lower Profitability but Strong Liquidity, Higher Capital Levels in 2nd Qtr

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) has reported that commercial banks and savings institutions saw a decrease in net income of 70 percent from a year ago, while liquidity and capital levels remained very strong to meet loan demand and absorb any losses in the future. In its release on Aug. 25, the FDIC said … More FDIC-Insured Institutions Report Lower Profitability but Strong Liquidity, Higher Capital Levels in 2nd Qtr

BlueGreen Alliance Endorses Joe Biden for President

Leaders from the BlueGreen Alliance, which unites America’s largest labor unions and environmental organizations, announced the organization has endorsed former Vice President Joe Biden for U.S. President and U.S. Senator Kamala Harris for Vice President. In a release, the BlueGreen Alliance said this is its first endorsement of a candidate for public office in the … More BlueGreen Alliance Endorses Joe Biden for President

FDA Authorizes 1st Diagnostic Test with Results Read on Testing Card

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration  (FDA) has issued an emergency use authorization for the first antigen test where results can be read directly from the testing card, a similar design to some pregnancy tests. In a release on Aug. 26, the FDA said this simple design is fast and efficient for healthcare providers and … More FDA Authorizes 1st Diagnostic Test with Results Read on Testing Card

U.S. Patent Office Names 2020 Patents for Humanity Winners

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has announced the latest winners of the Patents for Humanity program, a USPTO initiative promoting game-changing innovations that address long-standing development challenges. “Throughout history, inventors and entrepreneurs have harnessed the power of innovation to help the less fortunate around the globe,” said Andrei Iancu, Under Secretary of … More U.S. Patent Office Names 2020 Patents for Humanity Winners

Commerce Dept Adds 24 Chinese Companies to Entity List for Helping Build Military Islands in South China Sea

The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) in the U. S. Department of Commerce (Commerce) added 24 Chinese companies to the Entity List for their role in helping the Chinese military construct and militarize the internationally condemned artificial islands in the South China Sea. In a release on Aug. 26, the U.S. Department of Commerce … More Commerce Dept Adds 24 Chinese Companies to Entity List for Helping Build Military Islands in South China Sea

Former Republican Appointees, Legal Experts Throw Support to Joe Biden for President

Eight former Republican Presidential Appointees and legal experts have come out in support of Joe Biden for President citing the “corruption and abuse of power” that has pervaded the current administration. In a release on Aug. 25, Biden for President noted that Republican appointees endorsing Joe Biden include: Donald B. Ayer, Former U.S. Deputy Attorney … More Former Republican Appointees, Legal Experts Throw Support to Joe Biden for President

Novavax Enrolls 1st Volunteers for Phase 2 Portion of Phase 1/2 Clinical Trial of COVID-19 Vaccine

Novavax reported that the first volunteers have been enrolled in the Phase 2 portion of its ongoing clinical trial to evaluate the immunogenicity and safety of NVX-CoV2373, Novavax’ COVID-19 vaccine candidate. In a release on Aug. 24, Novavax said the Phase 2 clinical trial expands on the age range of the Phase 1 portion by … More Novavax Enrolls 1st Volunteers for Phase 2 Portion of Phase 1/2 Clinical Trial of COVID-19 Vaccine

27 Former Republican Members of Congress Endorse Joe Biden for President

On the first day of the Republican National Convention, former Republican Members of Congress, including former Arizona Senator Jeff Flake, announced their support for Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Kamala Harris. In a release on Aug. 24, Biden for President said these former members of Congress cited Trump’s “corruption, destruction of democracy, blatant disregard … More 27 Former Republican Members of Congress Endorse Joe Biden for President

Democratic Convention Reaches 122+ Million Viewers Live, Raises $70 Million Over 4 Nights,

Biden for President reported that the Democratic National Convention generated more than 122 million views across livestreams on 15+ digital platforms and across broadcast and cable networks. In a release on Aug. 21, Biden for President said that additionally, its joint committees boosted the campaign’s support, raising $70 million over the course of the week … More Democratic Convention Reaches 122+ Million Viewers Live, Raises $70 Million Over 4 Nights,

DNC Releases Joe Biden’s Full Presidential Acceptance Speech

The Democratic National Convention (DNC) has released Joe Biden’s full acceptance speech for President of the United States: The Honorable Joe BidenDemocratic Nominee for President of the United StatesDemocratic National ConventionThursday, August 20, 2020 Remarks as Prepared for Delivery Good evening. Ella Baker, a giant of the civil rights movement, left us with this wisdom: … More DNC Releases Joe Biden’s Full Presidential Acceptance Speech

BAE Systems Awarded $19 Million U.S. Marine Corps Contract for Prototype Wargaming Center

Systems announced that the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) has awarded the company a contract worth approximately $19 million to develop a prototype design for a new state-of-the-art Wargaming Center to be built at Marine Corps Base Quantico in Virginia. In a release, BAE Systems said it will integrate advanced technologies into the prototype, including artificial … More BAE Systems Awarded $19 Million U.S. Marine Corps Contract for Prototype Wargaming Center

Novavax Signs Pact with UK Gov’t for 60 Million Doses of COVID-19 Vaccine

Novavax reported it has signed a Heads of Terms (Term Sheet) with the Government of the United Kingdom (UK) for the purchase of 60 million doses of NVX-CoV2373, Novavax’ COVID-19 vaccine, and a Phase 3 clinical trial to assess the efficacy of the vaccine in the UK population. In a release on Aug. 14, Novavax … More Novavax Signs Pact with UK Gov’t for 60 Million Doses of COVID-19 Vaccine

Joe Biden Picks Sen. Kamala Harris as VP Running Mate

After weeks of speculation, former Vice President Joe Biden has chosen as his Vice-Presidential running mate Kamala Harris, the first Black and Indian American woman to represent California in the United States Senate. Harris started fighting for working families in the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office, where she focused on prosecuting child sexual assault cases. … More Joe Biden Picks Sen. Kamala Harris as VP Running Mate

FDA Approves Trevena’s Olinvyk Opiod for Intravenous Use in Hospitals, Other Controlled Clinical Settings

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced that it has approved Olinvyk (oliceridine), an opioid agonist for the management of moderate to severe acute pain in adults, where the pain is severe enough to require an intravenous opioid and for whom alternative treatments are inadequate. In its release on Aug. 7, the FDA said Olinvyk … More FDA Approves Trevena’s Olinvyk Opiod for Intravenous Use in Hospitals, Other Controlled Clinical Settings

Novavax Shows Positive Phase 1 Data for Its COVID-19 Vaccine

Novavax has reported Phase 1 data from its Phase 1/2 randomized, observer-blinded, placebo-controlled trial of its COVID‑19 vaccine with and without Matrix‑M adjuvant in healthy adults 18-59 years of age. In its release on Aug. 4, Novavax said NVX‑CoV2373, the Company’s recombinant COVID-19 vaccine candidate adjuvanted with Matrix-M, was generally well-tolerated and elicited robust antibody … More Novavax Shows Positive Phase 1 Data for Its COVID-19 Vaccine

FDA Issues EUAs to Siemens for Its COVID-19 Serology tests

The FDA has issued emergency use authorizations (EUAs) to Siemens for its ADVIA Centaur SARS-CoV-2 IgG (COV2G) and Atellica IM SARS-CoV-2 IgG (COV2G) tests, which are the first COVID-19 serology tests that display an estimated quantity of antibodies present in the tested individual’s blood. In its release on Aug. 3, the FDA said these tests … More FDA Issues EUAs to Siemens for Its COVID-19 Serology tests

Lilly Starts Phase 3 Trial of LY-CoV555 to Prevent COVID-19 at Long-Term Care Facilities, Seeks Clinical Trial Participants

Eli Lilly and Company has reported the initiation of BLAZE-2, a Phase 3 trial studying LY-CoV555 for the prevention of SARS-CoV-2 infection and COVID-19 in residents and staff at long-term care facilities in the United States in partnership with Facilities the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). In its release on Aug. 3, … More Lilly Starts Phase 3 Trial of LY-CoV555 to Prevent COVID-19 at Long-Term Care Facilities, Seeks Clinical Trial Participants

FDA Requires Label Change for Opioid Pain Meds, Recommends Naloxone Discussions

To help reduce opioid overdoses and deaths, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced in a release that it is requiring that labeling for opioid pain medicine and medicine to treat opioid use disorder (OUD) be updated to recommend that as a routine part of prescribing these medicines, health care professionals should discuss the availability … More FDA Requires Label Change for Opioid Pain Meds, Recommends Naloxone Discussions

Lowe’s and HomeAdvisor to Help Pros Find Work

Lowe’s and HomeAdvisor said they will help Pros get leads by offering Lowe’s for Pros Loyalty Program members a free, year-long HomeAdvisor subscription. In its release on July 27, Lowe’s said that qualifying Lowe’s Pro loyalty members will get the annual subscription and also receive a credit for an average of 10 free leads connecting … More Lowe’s and HomeAdvisor to Help Pros Find Work

DiSTI Wins $42.5M U.S. Army Follow-on Pact for Maintenance Trainers

The DiSTI Corporation reported a follow-on Other Transaction Authority (OTA) production agreement award from the U.S. Army for the Family of Maintenance Trainers (FMT) Diagnostic Troubleshooting Trainers (DTT). With an initial ceiling of $42.5M, the company noted, this Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (ID/IQ) OTA will serve as the vehicle to deliver the next-generation of virtual 3D … More DiSTI Wins $42.5M U.S. Army Follow-on Pact for Maintenance Trainers

BAE Systems Wins $32 Million Prototype Pact from U.S. Army to integrate Hybrid Electric Drive onto Bradley Fighting Vehicle

BAE Systems reported it has been awarded a $32 million prototype agreement by the U.S. Army’s Rapid Capabilities and Critical Technologies Office (RCCTO) to integrate a Hybrid Electric Drive (HED) system onto a Bradley Fighting Vehicle. In a release BAE Systems said the development program is part of the Army’s effort to increase vehicle efficiency … More BAE Systems Wins $32 Million Prototype Pact from U.S. Army to integrate Hybrid Electric Drive onto Bradley Fighting Vehicle

SAIC to Open Factory Hub in Huntsville, Ala.

Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC) has reported plans to add a new Innovation Factory Hub in Huntsville, Ala., the company’s second largest single location, expanding its presence and support to local customers. In a release, SAIC said this marks the latest expansion of its Innovation Factory network where the Department of Defense (DOD) and other … More SAIC to Open Factory Hub in Huntsville, Ala.

Amerijet Names Tim Strauss as CEO

Amerijet International announced that Tim Strauss will join as its Chief Executive Officer effective Aug. 17, based at the Company’s headquarters in Miami. In its release, Amerijet said Strauss is presently responsible for Air Canada’s cargo business and brings a deep air cargo background to the position, having also worked at Northwest/Delta Cargo, Hawaiian Airlines … More Amerijet Names Tim Strauss as CEO

Quest Gets EUA from FDA to Use Specimen Pooling for COVID-19 Diagnostic Testing

Quest Diagnostics reported that it has received emergency use authorization (EUA) from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to use specimen pooling with its proprietary molecular diagnostic test for COVID-19. In its release on July 18, Quest Diagnostics said it is the first lab provider to receive FDA authorization for the technique for COVID-19 … More Quest Gets EUA from FDA to Use Specimen Pooling for COVID-19 Diagnostic Testing

U.S. Shipbuilding Supplier Association Supports ‘Buy American’ Legislation

American Shipbuilding Suppliers Association (ASSA) released a Statement of Policy on July 16 defending and supporting the work of House Armed Services Committee (HASC) lawmakers who are working to pass legislation that will gradually strengthen existing “Buy American” requirements on the Defense Department’s largest Programs of Record (PoR). In a media release, ASSA said the … More U.S. Shipbuilding Supplier Association Supports ‘Buy American’ Legislation

BAE Systems Wins $179 Million U.S. Army Contract for Next-Gen Missile Warning Systems

BAE Systems said it has received $179 million in total awards from the U.S. Army as part of the Limited Interim Missile Warning System (LIMWS) Quick Reaction Capability (QRC) program. In its release on July 15, BAE Systems said this award includes orders for the first two production lots and funding to enable fielding of … More BAE Systems Wins $179 Million U.S. Army Contract for Next-Gen Missile Warning Systems

Oramed: FDA Gives Positive Feedback for Oral Insulin

Oramed Pharmaceuticals reported that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) provided positive feedback during the company’s End of Phase 2 (EOP2) meeting for Oramed’s oral insulin (ORMD-0801). Based on the FDA’s feedback, Oramed said it intends to initiate two Phase 3 clinical trials following FDA review of those Phase 3 protocols, and nonclinical documents. … More Oramed: FDA Gives Positive Feedback for Oral Insulin

Aecom Sets Date to Release Q3 2020 Financial Results

Infrastructure firm Aecom reported that it will hold a conference call and webcast with analysts and investors on Aug. 4 at 12 P.M. Eastern Time, during which management will present the Company’s third quarter fiscal 2020 financial results, strategic accomplishments, and market trends. In a release on July 14, Aecom said the live webcast and … More Aecom Sets Date to Release Q3 2020 Financial Results

Spotify Launches Service in Russia and 12 More European Markets

Spotify announced that it has launched its service in 13 new markets across Europe including Russia, one of the world’s top 20 largest streaming markets. In a release on July 14, Spotify said it now reaches a current total of 92 markets worldwide. Spotify reported that its 13 new markets include: Albania, Belarus, Bosnia & … More Spotify Launches Service in Russia and 12 More European Markets

7-Eleven Opens Its 71,100th Store

7-Eleven reported that it has hit a significant milestone: its 71,100th 7-Eleven store opened in Seoul, South Korea. “7-Eleven’s iconic orange, green and red stripes are easily recognized in 17 countries around the world,” said 7-Eleven President and CEO Joe DePinto. “The company got its start because an entrepreneurial ice dock employee saw his customers … More 7-Eleven Opens Its 71,100th Store

NASA Chooses SETI Institute to Support Planetary Protection

NASA has awarded the SETI Institute in Mountain View, Calif., a contract to support all phases of current and future planetary protection missions to ensure compliance with planetary protection standards. In a media release, NASA said the SETI Institute will work with the agency’s Office of Planetary Protection (OPP) to provide technical reviews and recommendations, … More NASA Chooses SETI Institute to Support Planetary Protection

ACSI: Chick-fil-A Leads Customer Satisfaction in Restaurants for 6th Straight Year, Domino’s Is the New Pizza King

The American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) in its Restaurant Report 2019-2020 said that restaurants lost $120 billion from March to May 2020 as social distancing and mandatory lockdowns upended the industry during the global pandemic. In its release, ACSI noted that report highlights include: Leading up to that point, ACSI said that customer satisfaction with … More ACSI: Chick-fil-A Leads Customer Satisfaction in Restaurants for 6th Straight Year, Domino’s Is the New Pizza King

L3Harris Sets Date to Release Q2 Financial Results

L3Harris Technologies will host a conference call on Friday, July 31, at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time (ET) to discuss its second quarter calendar year 2020 financial results. In its release on July 9, the company said the dial-in numbers for the teleconference are (U.S.) 877-407-6184 and (International) 201-389-0877, and participants will be directed to an … More L3Harris Sets Date to Release Q2 Financial Results