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BIO Appoints a Physician-Scientist as New President and CEO

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The Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) “ the worlds largest science and public advocacy organization, representing 1,000 members announced today that Michelle McMurry-Heath, MD, PhD, will become the organizations next President and CEO on June 1, succeeding former Rep. Jim Greenwood, who has led the organization since 2005.

McMurry-Heath has served in numerous senior leadership roles at Johnson & Johnson (J&J) since 2014. Most recently, as Vice President of External Innovation and Global Leader for Regulatory Science, she led a team of 900 employees charting the evidence generation and regulatory strategy across J&Js medical device companies, specializing in using cutting-edge tools and innovative methods to bring new breakthroughs to patients.

We are living and working through a period in human history when scientific leadership and knowledge are crucial for our organization, our nation and the world, said BIO Chairman Dr. Jeremy Levin, CEO of Ovid Therapeutics. The biotechnology industry is humanitys great hope to speed medical breakthroughs to patients in record time to treat and prevent COVID-19 disease. With her exemplary scientific background, proven federal health policy leadership and track record of driving scientific progress to benefit patients, Michelle is the right person at the right time to lead BIO and the biotech sector into a new future. We welcome her to this new role and are excited to support her efforts to help shape the future of biotechnology. And as Michelle takes over, on behalf of the Board of Directors of BIO, I want to thank Jim Greenwood. Jim is a towering figure and has facilitated immense contributions to patients lives, innovation, our industry and our nation. We owe him a debt of gratitude and look forward to his next steps. I am proud to have worked with him.

As these clarifying times have shown, society will rise or fall on the ingenuity of our scientists, the vibrancy of our innovative ecosystem, and the personal courage of the men and women working day and night to bring cures to patients, food to tables and relief to our environment, McMurry-Heath said. I want scientists, clinicians and innovators to hold their heads high knowing they are addressing the most important issues we face today. BIO represents these everyday heroes and sheroes, and I couldnt be prouder for this opportunity to support their work and shout their message from the rooftop.

Prior to her work at J&J, McMurry-Heath served on the Obama administrations Science Transition Team before being appointed to a scientific leadership role at the U.S. Food and Drug Administrations (FDA) Center for Devices and Radiological Health from 2010 to 2014. During her tenure at FDA, McMurry-Heath was a driving force at the agency, specifically tasked with devising strategies to incorporate the patient perspective into the decision-making process and identifying opportunities for patients to collaborate with innovators.

McMurry-Heath, a Harvard-educated former senior FDA official, is a physician and a molecular immunologist who became the first African-American to graduate from the Duke Medical Scientist Training Program. She served as the founding director of the Aspen Institutes Health Biomedical Science and Society Policy Program focused on broadening access to personalized medicine and bolstering international preparedness for pandemic disease threats.

McMurry-Heath served as a science and technology policy fellow at the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She was also a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health and Society Scholar and led health and science policy on Capitol Hill for Senator Joe Lieberman, where she drafted legislation to protect the country from biological attacks. Additionally, she oversaw health policy for the Senators 2004 presidential campaign.

Science matters, now more than ever, Greenwood said. Michelles record of scientific leadership commands attention and respect among policymakers across the world. Michelle has been at the forefront of turning legislative victories into real-world realities for patients whose lives depend on biomedical innovation. Her experience as an innovator, a doer and a bipartisan collaborator will be great assets to BIO and the companies who depend on us to advocate on their behalf. I look forward to handing over BIO to her on June 1st. She will be a great leader.

McMurry-Heath will become just the third leader of BIO since the trade groups 1993 founding. Greenwood, a former six-term Pennsylvania Congressman, became the second leader in BIOs existence following the retirement of founding President Carl Feldbaum, former chief of staff to Senator Arlen Specter (R-PA). Under Greenwoods leadership, BIO has tripled in size. The organization hosts the worlds largest annual biotechnology convention, attracting tens of thousands of individuals from over 70 countries. BIO will hold its 2020 conference (BIO Digital) from June 8 to 12.

In March, BIO launched the Coronavirus Collaboration Initiative, an unprecedented effort among industry to share resources and capabilities to speed the development and delivery of COVID-19 diagnostics, therapeutics and ultimately a vaccine. Many smaller biotech companies have partnered with large biopharmaceutical companies to achieve R&D and manufacturing synergies during the pandemic.

Andrew Segerman | [email protected]

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Lead8 Design for Newly Unveiled ‘11 SKIES’ in Hong Kong

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Hong Kong’s $20 Billion Mixed-use Destination at SKYCITY

 

HONG KONG SAR – Media OutReach – 25 November 2020 – Lead8, the international award-winning design firm, is excited to announce the firm’s appointment as Lead Consultant on ’11 SKIES’ has been extended to include Interior Design alongside its Masterplanning and Architecture scope.

11 SKIES, the brand new HK$20 billion mixed-use destination at SKYCITY, will be Hong Kong’s largest hub for Retail, Dining and Entertainment (RDE), and the first such development to combine wealth management and wellness services. The latest designs and name were unveiled this week by New World Development.

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“Lead8’s multi-disciplinary undertaking as Masterplanners, Architects and Interior Designers on 11 SKIES has been an incredible achievement. This is a ground-breaking development which continues to attract international interest. It is a testament to the commitment, creativity and expertise of our team that we have been entrusted to design and deliver the city’s most comprehensive and enhanced RDE destination to date,” said Claude Touikan, Co Founder & Executive Director at Lead8.  

Operated by K11, 11 SKIES is a brand new landmark in Hong Kong for locals and tourists covering a gross floor area of 3.8 million sqft. The destination will feature 2.66 million sqft dedicated to dining and retail outlets and 570,000 sqft for experiential entertainment facilities. There will be over 800 shops including more than 120 dining concepts together with entertainment never seen before in the region, all under one roof.

Notably, the destination has attracted the first launch in Greater China for famous entertainment brand KidZania. Further unique and imaginative entertainment facilities will also be on offer including SkyTrack, the world’s largest indoor and outdoor karting track, a flying theatre, digital media performances and immersive educational experiences. Once complete, 11 SKIES will be the largest indoor entertainment centre in Hong Kong.

As part of the mixed-use development, 11 SKIES also integrates three grade A office towers covering 570,000 sqft which will be operated under K11 ATELIER. They will feature anchor tenancies from five large-scale international institutions in financial services, insurance and health management. As the first to combine wealth management and wellness services within an RDE destination, 11 SKIES aims to provide unique connectivity and redefine the traveller and consumer experience.

Strategically located next to the Hong Kong International Airport, the Hong Kong Zhuhai-Macao Bridge, and the future Tuen Mun-Chek Lap Kok Link, 11 SKIES will benefit from the high volume of passengers travelling through Hong Kong International Airport, and a further 72 million people residing in the GBA. The destination will become a centerpiece within the GBA’s ‘one-hour living circle’ and a gateway to the rest of the world.

Opening in phases from 2022 to 2025, 11 SKIES is set to deliver a first-of-its-kind ecosystem offering brand new experiences for retail, entertainment, dining, wellness and business in Hong Kong and the Greater Bay region. 


Project Details

  • Location: Hong Kong
  • Developer: New World Development Company Limited
  • Size: 3.8 million sqft
  • Masterplan: Lead8
  • Architecture: Lead8
  • Interior Design: Lead8


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About Lead8

Lead8 is an international design studio with award-winning expertise in architecture, interior design, masterplanning, branding and graphic design. With a team of over 250, the firm works on projects in more than 40 cities around the world from studios in Hong Kong, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and London. Since its inception, Lead8 has partnered with some of the world’s leading property developers, owners and operators with a portfolio which includes 11 SKIES at Hong Kong International Airport, MixC Shenzhen Bay, One Bangkok and the Shangri-La Mixed-use Development in Fuzhou. 

www.lead8.com

About 11 SKIES

11 SKIES will be Hong Kong’s largest hub for Retail, Dining and Entertainment (RDE), and the first to combine wealth management and wellness services in one complete ecosystem for people in Hong Kong, the Greater Bay Area and the rest of the world. The destination is owned and developed by New World Development Company Limited and operated by K11 Group.


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Senoko Energy Rewards Customers With Delights To Illuminate Holiday Season

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Senoko Energy introduces thoughtfully curated offers & special giveaways to reward customers and brighten up the festive season

 

SINGAPORE  – Media OutReach – 25 November 2020 – Reimagine the holiday celebrations with Senoko Energy, as the authorised electricity retailer kicks off its year-end “Ho-Ho-Home with Senoko” campaign with a series of thoughtfully curated offers and festive giveaways, alongside a cheery Christmas video. While holiday celebrations will certainly look a little different this year with social distancing measures and travel restrictions in place, Senoko Energy seeks to share rewards that will help invigorate celebrations while sparking ways Singaporeans can relish the festivities even as they stay home this season.

 

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Senoko Energy has released a 3-minute video starring home-grown vocal group MICappella, which seeks to put a spotlight on the many different ways to celebrate the season at home. With the use of imagination and selected rewards from Senoko Energy, the band spends Christmas at home in a uniquely local way with their families, creating endearing memories.

 

As part of the campaign, Senoko Energy is running a social media contest that encourages the public to submit tips on how they plan to reimagine their festive celebrations in the comfort of home. The contest will span over 2 weeks and the 10 most creative entries will stand to win a $50 GrabFood voucher.

 

Heather Ang, Head of Marketing at Senoko Energy said: “With travel restrictions still widely in place, we hope to help keep festivities merry with our rewards, even as our customers celebrate Christmas at home”.

 

“November 2020 also marks the second anniversary of our launch in Singapore’s Open Electricity Market, and we want to take this opportunity to thank our loyal customers for their support with compelling rewards and benefits.” She added.

 

Smart Rewards

To help bring the Christmas cheer to homes through its loyalty programme, Smart Rewards, Senoko Energy has partnered with home & lifestyle brands to offer three festive giveaways:

 

  • 1 lucky customer will stand to win a Thermomix® TM6 and a unique opportunity to enjoy a “Cook & Bond” private cooking session for the whole family (worth over $2,500).
  • 20 customers will also win a specially curated DIY winter-themed terrarium.
  • 800 customers will get to redeem a $10 GrabFood e-voucher

 

Existing customers can participate in these festive lucky draws by submitting their interest within their Senoko Energy online account or via the mobile app.

 

Other highlights within the Smart Rewards programme include discounts from merchant partners such as Fassler Gourmet, RedMart, Lazada, Sonos, BooksActually, etch&bolts, CatchPlay, The Art of Sake, and more, to help kick-start the gift-giving.

 

Heather Ang

Head of Marketing

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Nicole Ye

Digital Marketing Manager

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About Senoko Energy Pte Ltd

Senoko Energy Pte Ltd provides energy for life to generations of Singaporeans, delivering safe, innovative, and efficient energy supply to customers since 1977. Integral to Singapore’s development, it is a pioneer in power generation and energy solutions, serving Singapore’s energy needs with proven reliable performance.

 

As one of the largest power generation companies by installed capacity in Singapore, Senoko Energy has a licensed capacity of 2,807 megawatts (MW), providing about one-fifth of the nation’s electricity needs. The company launched its retail brand in 2018, offering retail products and services for Singapore households and small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the Open Electricity Market.

 

Visit www.senokoenergy.com for more information.

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Communications Association of Hong Kong Supports The New Initiatives on Telecommunications Industry in The Chief Executive’s 2020 Policy Address

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New initiatives will be beneficial to the long-term development of innovation and technology and the implementation of the Smart City blueprint

 

HONG KONG SAR – Media OutReach – 25 November 2020 – Communications Association of Hong Kong (CAHK) has expressed positive support to the Chief Executive’s 2020 Policy Address, in particular its new initiatives on Network Development and Wider Application of 5G as highlighted under the “New Impetus to the Economy”.

 

We welcome the Hong Kong SAR (HKSAR) Government’s plan to release more 5G spectrum (currently at 3.5GHz, 4.9GHz, and 3.3GHz ranges) in different frequency bands in 2021 to meet the needs of various 5G applications in terms of speed, capacity and coverage, as cited in the Policy Address. Making available more spectrum to all mobile operators in Hong Kong is fundamental to meeting the ever-increasing demand for mobile data services.

 

In addition, the new initiatives will address the restriction zone issue in the Tai Po area, which is caused by the interference between 5G and the satellite earth station in the 3.5GHz band.  When the telemetry, tracking and control stations of the two satellite operators are relocated from Tai Po to Chung Hom Kok Teleport in four years’ time, the overall 5G coverage in Tai Po will be improved when mobile network operators could deploy the 5G frequency bands in a more holistic and efficient manner. 

 

On the promotion of 5G application, we note from the Policy Address that the HKSAR Government is determined to improve the deployment of 5G technology and application with the extension of the subsidy scheme application period under the Anti-epidemic Fund for six months until May 2021.  Furthermore, the HKSAR Government has also worked with a number of public organisations to encourage the deployment of 5G technology in various sectors to facilitate the early adoption of 5G technology and application in government departments and public organisations. 

 

All these encouraging initiatives are welcomed by us and the industry. These initiatives will also promote the long-term development of innovation and technology and facilitate the implementation of the HKSAR Government’s Smart City blueprint.

About Communications Association of Hong Kong

CAHK is a non-profit making organisation incorporated in Hong Kong on 27 May 1983 following the announcement of deregulation of local communication products and services. It is the association for Hong Kong’s communications industries, with responsibilities across broadcasting, wireline and wireless communications, and other sectors in information communications technology.

For more information, please visit:  www.cahk.hk

This press release is distributed by Communications Association of Hong Kong.

 

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