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AmorChem Closes a First Transaction with the Université de Sherbrooke

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AmorChem is proud to announce a first investment at the Universit de Sherbrooke (UdeS). The venture capital fund has entered into an agreement with UdeS and TransferTech Sherbrooke in order to optimize antibiotic molecules developed by Pr. Fran§ois Malouin and Pr. ‰ric Marsault. Thanks to the support of Aligo Innovation, the project has received generous funding from the Programme de soutien   la valorisation et au transfert “ Phase II of the Quebec Ministry for Economy and Innovation. The project is also funded by MITACS and Cystic Fibrosis Canada.

We are very proud to add a first project from UdeS and TransferTech Sherbrooke in our portfolio. Excellent work is being accomplished at this institution and the efforts to bring the three groups together have resulted in the identification of several promising opportunities. We have been following the work of this complementary team of chemists and microbiologists for a few years and the timing was right. We are confident that several other projects will follow, says In¨s Holzbaur, co-Founder and Managing Partner at AmorChem.

The transaction between TransferTech Sherbrooke and AmorChem allows a team of antibiotics researchers at UdeS to access significant financing. New efficacious antibiotics are crucial to the progress of modern medicine. We are therefore very happy to have contributed to the promotion of this innovative technology, comments Michel Lambert, CEO of TransferTech Sherbrooke.

Pr. Malouin and Pr. Marsault have been working on tomatidine, a natural product isolated from the tomato. This molecule and its analogs have shown antibiotic properties which make them potentially interesting for the treatment of infections affecting patients suffering from cystic fibrosis. The team has identified the precise molecular target on which the family of molecules is acting and preliminary results indicate that its activity could be extended more generally to the treatment of Gram negative and Gram positive bacterial infections.

The confirmation that the bactericidal activity of tomatidine and its analogs could be optimised to treat Gram negative bacteria in addition to Gram positive ones crystallised our interest. There is a high demand for broad spectrum antibiotics able to treat severe infections and we are encouraged by the results obtained by this team, says Maxime Ranger, General Partner at AmorChem.

Cystic Fibrosis Canada is delighted that AmorChem is acknowledging the promise of Dr. Fran§ois Malouin and Dr. Eric Marsaults work at the Universit de Sherbrooke with an initial investment, said Kelly Grover, President and CEO, Cystic Fibrosis Canada. This agreement demonstrates the real world impact of the research that Cystic Fibrosis Canada supports, as well as the steady progression and development of cystic fibrosis research. Cystic Fibrosis Canada began funding Dr. Malouin in 2006, and we are excited and proud that this work is maturing to the point of investment.

About AmorChem

AmorChem is a leading early stage venture capital fund launched in 2011 in Montreal. The AmorChem team utilizes its deep understanding of fundamental science to uncover its therapeutic potential and focuses its core expertise in translational research to accelerate therapeutic drug discovery and development across a broad spectrum of disease areas. The fund capitalises on both its venture capital expertise and its entrepreneurial experience to spark the creation of start-up companies and help shape them into the next generation of biotech companies. With over $85M under management, AmorChem has financed over 25 university projects and started up several biotechnology companies from the fruits of this innovative research.

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American Express Malaysia on building a culture of transparency and trust through colleague experience

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KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA – Media OutReach – 13 January 2021 – In a new normal that is constantly changing and transforming, people are at the heart of an organization’s continuity and success more than ever before. Events of the past year have shown how critical engaging employee experiences are in driving performance as organizations dug deep to draw strength, inspiration and ideas. 

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Helping organizations to put their people at the center of performance is Kincentric, a Spencer Stuart company with a unique approach to human capital. With decades of expertise in culture and engagement, leadership assessment and development, and HR and talent advisory services, Kincentric helps organizations to be the best in the business through the Kincentric Best Employers program.

 

Kincentric Best Employers is a leading employer benchmarking program which measures and recognizes extraordinary employers who demonstrate workplace excellence. For 20 years, the Kincentric Best Employers program has recognized leading employers across the world who are committed to realizing great workplace experiences with the Kincentric Best Employers certification, backed by over 50 years of employee research and a global database of over 15 million employees. Selected by an independent panel of judges, these organizations are leading the way in aspects that are crucial for success — employee engagement, agility, engaging leadership and talent focus.  

 

This year, five organizations were awarded the Kincentric Best Employers in Malaysia, selected by a 3-person judging panel composed of industry-leading HR professionals.

 

Reflecting on Kincentric Best Employers in Malaysia 2020, judge Dato’ Tharuma Rajah who is also founder and CEO of Garage Analytics commented how “the recent pandemic has proven with empirical evidence that employee engagement is critical during tough times. The ‘X’ factor is senior leadership and people managers who create the motivational energy that compels employees to action even when they are working remotely. We have seen how various companies have done engagement practices in a very innovative and creative manner which had a positive impact on their business results.”  

 

Standing ‘head and shoulders’ above the rest in this year’s program is Kincentric Best of the Best Employer in Malaysia 2020, American Express Malaysia. The global services company was also inducted into Kincentric Best Employers in Malaysia Hall of Fame, after winning the Best Employer in Malaysia for the 10th consecutive year.

 

“We first joined Kincentric Best Employers program in 2005 as we were interested in the program structure and learnings it could offer. Through the years, this program has not only helped us gain valuable insight into how colleagues feel about our people practices, it has also helped us acquire external perspective through knowledge sharing and best practices. Being included in Kincentric Best Employers in Malaysia Hall of Fame is an incredible validation of our relationship with our colleagues,” said Ryan Lai, Vice President and General Manager of American Express Malaysia.

 

American Express won Kincentric Best of the Best Employer in Malaysia 2020 by delivering an exceptional people-centric experience through three key areas — trust, open communication and top team alignment.

 

Lai says, “Our first focus and priority was ensuring our colleagues felt safe and had the flexibility and resources they needed at home to continue delivering world class services to our customers.”

 

When we moved to work from home arrangements, we introduced an initiative called business leave, to allow colleagues to take paid time off without having to use their annual leave when they had valid reasons at home that prevented time from being able to work, such as needing to care for their children or parents’ needs until end of 2020. For colleagues who had their work or job scope impacted by the pandemic, we reallocated them to other business areas to keep them motivated, engaged and invested in delivering their best,” said Anjum Ghaffar, Director Human Resources, Market Head Malaysia.

 

Recognizing the importance of a health and wellness culture from the start of the pandemic, American Express Malaysia embarked on three key initiatives beginning with the launch of a telehealth service called CareClix for colleagues and their immediate family members. Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for free, colleagues and their loved ones could consult doctors and access expert medical care via phone, video chat or a mobile app from the comfort of their homes.

 

The company also provided a one-year complimentary subscription for Calm, a mental fitness app that provides motivational podcasts, stories and soothing music designed to help manage stress, experience better sleep and reduce anxiety. The app completed other dedicated wellbeing activities such as mental wellbeing sessions, virtual meditation and virtual yoga. Helping to alleviate medical concerns, colleagues and their enrolled dependents were also provided with enhanced Covid-19 medical coverage covering testing, hospitalization and death benefits at no additional cost to them.   

 

With a young workforce composed of mostly millennials, American Express also found many of them faced difficulties especially during the lockdown and with transition to working from home. Having never experienced a crisis in their professional life, inherent stresses and anxiety from being isolated had a greater impact on younger colleagues.

 

“We recognized that we needed to support each other, so we quickly mobilized ourselves into action. Communication was a key part of our support and wellbeing strategy, and we knew we had to do so not only frequently but meaningfully,” explained Lai.

 

Despite having achieved so much the past 10 years, American Express is not resting on its laurels. The company expects a hybrid working model will be the next big change for employee engagement and is already looking at how to better connect colleagues with corporate culture in a virtual world.

 

Lai concludes, “We are beyond honored to be recognized as the ‘Best of the Best’ by Kincentric Best Employers 2020, particularly in a year of unpredicted changes that tested our ability to adapt and brave new ways of working together. As a company that believes in the powerful backing of our people for progress, we believe that this success is a true testament of the positive work culture and a holistic employee experience that we continuously strive to build upon. We dedicate this win to all Amex colleagues in Malaysia — which motivates us to continue building a great, diverse place to work and thrive in with opportunities to learn and grow both professionally and personally. I truly believe that when we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.”

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DHL Express continues to strengthen its global aviation network with the purchase of eight additional Boeing 777 Freighters

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  • The Express division of Deutsche Post DHL Group invests to meet continuous growth in cross border time-sensitive shipments
  • Fleet modernization with highly efficient aircraft contribute to Strategy 2025 and Sustainability goals
  • Boeing and DHL Express also agreed on the option to purchase four additional freighters 

SINGAPORE – Media OutReach – 13 January 2021 – DHL Express, the world’s leading express service provider and Boeing announced today that the global logistics company placed an order for eight additional new Boeing 777 freighters. The investment marks a further step in DHL Express’ expansion of its intercontinental air network to meet customer demand in fast growing international express shipping markets. First deliveries are scheduled for 2022.


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DHL Express has placed an order for eight additional new Boeing 777 Freighters to meet growing customer demand for international express deliveries.

 

“Although the current health crisis has pushed pause on several areas of life, global trade did not stand still,” said John Pearson, CEO at DHL Express. “Fueled by globalization, digitalization and the unprecedented demand of our customers during the recent peak season, our global e-commerce volume grew by more than 40 percent in Q4. With the order of eight new wide body freighter aircraft, we underline our conviction that e-commerce is an enduring megatrend. This is why we decided to act early and kick-off 2021 with this investment in our future.”

 

The world’s largest and most capable twin-engine freighter, the B777 supports future growth while providing outstanding reliability. Furthermore, the aircraft will contribute to DPDHL Group’s sustainability goals due to its fuel efficient technology reducing CO2 emissions by 18 percent compared to the legacy B747-400s.

 

“A highly efficient and reliable aviation network is key to our service capabilities enabling future growth,” says Travis Cobb EVP Global Network Operations and Aviation at DHL Express. “We are committed to providing the highest quality and efficient services to our customers at the fastest possible transit times.  At the same time, we are also committed to reduce our carbon emissions by modernizing our fleet with the most efficient aircraft type that is available in the industry. The Boeing 777 fits well into our intercontinental network and perfectly complements our sustainability goal to achieve net zero emissions by 2050.”

 

The 777 Freighter is the world’s largest, longest range and most capable twin-engine freighter with a range of 9,200 km (4,970 nautical miles) and can carry a maximum payload of 102,010 kg (224,900 lbs). It allows DHL Express to make fewer stops and reduce associated landing fees on long-haul routes, resulting in the lowest trip cost of any large freighter.

 

“We remain optimistic about our growth prospects underscored by the e-commerce boom and as globalization continues to assert its strength and relevance,” said Ken Lee, CEO of DHL Express Asia Pacific. “In addition to bolstering the approximately EUR 60 million that we have committed to boost our air network in Asia Pacific from 2020-2022, these continued aviation investment will equally help to ensure that we have the safest and fastest deliveries in the industry as we assist with the delivery of Covid-19 vaccines to countries all over Asia.”

 

Preceding the new order announced today, DHL Express had already taken delivery of the first ten new B777F aircraft as part of an original order of 14 aircraft made in 2018. These timely deliveries ensured that DHL could accommodate the unprecedented demand during the peak shipping season.

 

Boeing’s 2020 World Air Cargo Forecast anticipates significant increase in demand for new and converted freighters with a fleet growth of more than 60% over the next 20 years. This is reflected in the growing demand for cross border time definite shipments that DHL Express is experiencing. For this reasons both companies have also agreed on options and purchase rights for four additional planes.

 

With this step DHL Express underlines its long-term commitment as an enabler of trade around the globe. The company operates over 260 dedicated aircraft with 17 partner airlines making over 600 daily flights across 220 countries and territories.


DHL – The logistics company for the world

DHL is the leading global brand in the logistics industry. Our DHL divisions offer an unrivalled portfolio of logistics services ranging from national and international parcel delivery, e-commerce shipping and fulfillment solutions, international express, road, air and ocean transport to industrial supply chain management. With about 380,000 employees in more than 220 countries and territories worldwide, DHL connects people and businesses securely and reliably, enabling global sustainable trade flows. With specialized solutions for growth markets and industries including technology, life sciences and healthcare, engineering, manufacturing & energy, auto-mobility and retail, DHL is decisively positioned as “The logistics company for the world”.

 

DHL is part of Deutsche Post DHL Group. The Group generated revenues of more than 63 billion euros in 2019. With sustainable business practices and a commitment to society and the environment, the Group makes a positive contribution to the world. Deutsche Post DHL Group aims to achieve zero-emissions logistics by 2050.

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Huntkey Presents at the All-Digital CES 2021

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SHENZHEN, CHINA – Media OutReach – 14 January 2021 – Huntkey, a leading provider of power solutions, announces that today it presents at the All-digital CES 2021, the most influential tech event in the world.

 

Due to the covid-19 pandemic, the world’s largest electronics sourcing fair CES 2021 will be held all digitally from Jan. 11-14, 2021. During this period, all the exhibitors can access to the digital platform developed by CES to showcase their new products and technologies as well as schedule meetings with the attendees.

 

Huntkey is a frequenter of CES. To take this once-a-year opportunity, Huntkey will introduce its PD Chargers, Surge Protectors, Power Strips, LED Desk Lamps as well as other product categories to the attendees.

 

PD Chargers

 

PD charger is a main product category of Huntkey, and many mainstream cell phone brands are using Huntkey chargers. Huntkey has developed a wide variety of cell phone chargers output power of which is designed from 20 to 90W. To meet different charging needs, several models are equipped with USB-A and USB-C charging ports, for example, the 65W USB-C charger comes with one USB-C port to deliver a fast charging speed, and two USB-A ports for the charging for traditional phones.

 

Huntkey has also released 65W GaN charger to the markets. The charger features two charging ports – one USB-C port and one USB-A port. The USB-C port is designed for fast charging speed, independently, it can output 5V3A, 9V3A, 12V3A, 15V3A or 20V3.25A, 65W at the maximum. The USB-A port can output 5V3A or 9V3A, 27W at the maximum.

 

Surge Protectors & Power Strips

 

Huntkey is a key player in surge protector and power strip market, it provides multiple types of sockets and plugs, including US, EU, AU, SA and Universal types, as well as different cable length to meet its worldwide customers’ needs.

 

Huntkey’s surge protectors and power strips are made of flame-retardant material, and are warranted with multiple protections to ensure safety, like over-load protection, over-heat protection and over-voltage protection. They are all flame-retardant and equipped with an inside integral copper bar that can be able to withstand high temperatures and save energy. The less energy is consumed, the lower electricity bills will be. All of them come with a 3- year warranty.


LED Desk Lamps

 

Tow models of Huntkey LED desk lamps are available to the markets. Huntkey desk lamps are energy-efficient and eye-protective for home and office use. These desk lamps are integrated with multiple touch-controllable sensors, like step-less dimming bars, wireless chargers, USB charging ports, and alarm clocks. They are well-suited for reading, working or studying.

 

To learn more about Huntkey, please visit: https://en.huntkey.com/

About CES

CES(Consumer Electronics Show) is a world renowned trade show annually held in January at the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC) in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States. It is organized by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) to host presentations of new products and technologies in the consumer electronics industry.

About Huntkey

Founded in 1995, Huntkey is a leading global provider of PC power supplies, power strips, surge protectors, laptop adapters, phone chargers, monitors and air purifiers. Huntkey is an Asia renowned brand, a member of The International Power Supply Manufacturer’s Association (PSMA) and China Power Supply Society (CPSS). Including three total nearly 1,000,000 square meters industrial parks, Huntkey is one of the most famous brands and largest companies in mainland China. It is headquartered in Shenzhen, with branch companies in the US, Japan and Hong Kong, and with cooperating factories in Vietnam, Brazil, Argentina and India.

In 2020, Huntkey introduces its latest photocatalyst air purifier – the desktop air purifier globally. The desktop air purifier is designed portable and it can efficiently remove chemical vapors, odors, haze particles, and many more air pollutants.

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