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Aktiia® Receives CE Mark Approval for Breakthrough 24-7 Blood Pressure Monitoring System

— First-ever Optical Blood Pressure Monitoring System for 24-7 Use Now Available in the United Kingdom

— Aktiia’s clinically validated Optical Blood Pressure Monitoring technology estimates blood pressure accurately, automatically, and painlessly, by analyzing signals from the wearer’s wrist

NEUCHATEL, Switzerland, Jan. 26, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Aktiia today announced the first 24-7, automated blood pressure monitoring system that easily and comfortably gathers data during the day and while sleeping. This groundbreaking medical innovation will now provide people and their physicians comprehensive insights into blood pressure patterns that will better inform the diagnosis and management of hypertension. Now available for sale in the United Kingdom, Aktiia has received its CE Mark as a Class IIa medical device – signifying that the device has been assessed to meet high safety, health and environmental protection requirements in Europe. With the CE Mark, Aktiia now has access to over 40 countries worldwide.

See a video of the Aktiia product HERE.

Millions of people worldwide are at risk for severe health complications and death due to untreated or uncontrolled hypertension. The average person with hypertension measures their blood pressure only once per week due to the inconvenience and discomfort associated with a traditional cuff. Aktiia is the first product to automatically measure blood pressure over the course of hours, days and weeks without any effort required by the wearer. The data is then visualized in a free companion application, and with a simple click, a digital summary can be easily shared with a physician or family member.

The core technology was first developed at the prestigious Swiss Center for Electronics and Microtechnology (CSEM). Aktiia was then founded in 2018 by Dr. Mattia Bertschi and Dr. Josep Sola. Aktiia’s team has some of the world’s leading scientific and technical experts in optical blood pressure monitoring, including CTO, Dr. Josep Sola, a pioneer in cuffless blood pressure monitoring and editor of “The Handbook of Cuffless Blood Pressure Monitoring.” Aktiia has been validated in multiple clinical studies across a diverse population of wearers in multiple body positions. Aktiia’s pivotal clinical trial was conducted at University Hospital Lausanne (CHUV) following international standards of validation and enrolling participants across a representative sample of age, BMI, and skin tone. Its results have been peer reviewed and accepted for imminent publication by the reference journal in the field: “Blood Pressure Monitoring.”

“Hypertension is the #1 cause of cardiovascular disease and premature death worldwide,” said Dr. Neil Poulter, Professor of Preventive Cardiovascular Medicine at Imperial College London. “Accurate blood pressure measurement and particularly 24/7 monitoring of blood pressure is increasingly recognised as being important to improve the diagnosis and control of raised blood pressure, thereby improving patient outcomes. Tracking blood pressure over long periods, without alerting the patient, represents a potential game changer in the diagnosis and monitoring of hypertension.”

How It Works

Aktiia’s Optical Blood Pressure Monitoring (OBPM) algorithms leverage optical sensors worn on the wrist and provide blood pressure values using photoplethysmography (PPG) to analyze the changing diameter of the arteries occurring at each heartbeat. This optical measurement is done automatically, so users are not aware and stressed, and do not have to interrupt their day or their sleep to take a measurement.

“With cardiovascular disease as the leading cause of death across the world, people need to better understand the impact of their lifestyle choices and physicians need the ability to more deeply understand blood pressure patterns so they can change the way that they diagnose and treat people living with hypertension,” said Mike Kisch, Aktiia CEO. “After 15 years in development and one million blood pressure readings, Aktiia has cracked the code to bring to market the world’s first automated 24-7 blood pressure monitoring system.”

Pricing & Availability

Aktiia is available to pre-order in the UK starting on January 26, 2021. During the pre-order period, the limited time promotional price will be £159 (inclusive of VAT and Free Shipping), which includes the Aktiia Optical Bracelet, Mobile App (available on iOS and Android), and Initialization Cuff.  This represents a 20% discount off the standard price of £199. Pre-order customers will also receive free ongoing access to the Aktiia 24/7 blood pressure monitoring service, which is normally an £8.99/month subscription fee after the first year.

About Aktiia

Founded in Switzerland in May 2018 out of a passion to turn insights into action in the fight against hypertension, Aktiia’s groundbreaking medical technology provides people and their physicians comprehensive insights into blood pressure patterns that will inform the diagnosis and management of hypertension. Now available in the United Kingdom, Aktiia has received its CE Mark as a Class IIa medical device – signifying that the device has been assessed to meet high safety, health and environmental protection requirements in Europe. To learn more, visit Aktiia.com.

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Liquefy Launches Liquefy Ventures for Institutions and Family Offices to Navigate the Evolving Cryptocurrency Space

HONG KONG, Jan. 26, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Liquefy is excited to announce the launch of Liquefy Ventures to help institutional investors and family offices strategically navigate the emerging cryptocurrency space to capture opportunities in the digital asset ecosystem.

This move extends Liquefy’s presence in the ecosystem beyond its expertise in tokenization of real assets. Liquefy Ventures will build a bridge between traditional finance and the rapidly growing digital asset economy. Recognising the trajectory and opportunity presented by the evolving ecosystem, Liquefy Ventures will collaborate with its clients on strategic initiatives and invest in projects that are the backbone of the next-generational financial infrastructure.

Liquefy was founded in late 2018 as a tokenization expert. The company has been closely monitoring the development of the broader digital asset space. Over the last six months fertile market conditions, increasingly developed infrastructure, ‘blue chip’ institutional involvement, and most importantly, the rapid growth of decentralized finance (DeFi), indicate the right timing for institutions and family offices entering the space.

Adrian Lai, CEO of Liquefy, said: “Without a doubt, while digital assets are on the radar to be included in the portfolios of family offices, HNWIs and institutions, this exposure is only seeing the tip of the ice-berg. By leveraging Liquefy’s expertise in the digital assets space, our vision for Liquefy Ventures is to capture and maximise the opportunities and yields from the seismic shifts digital assets are enabling. We look forward to finally entering and helping our clients navigate this exciting area.”

About Liquefy

Since founding in 2018, Liquefy has been widely recognised as the leading tokenization expert in Asia with a focus on late-stage start-ups, real estate and funds and a portfolio of landmark cross-asset tokenization commercialization cases. In 2020, Liquefy became the first company globally to obtain a financial license in the UAE for online distribution and OTC trading of tokenized assets. Liquefy has an extensive commercial network and diverse client base – covering institutions, governments, funds and prominent family offices. It is currently backed by multiple reputable Asian families and global investors spanning the US, China, Hong Kong and the Middle East.


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Strong Federal-Provincial Cooperation Needed to Overcome Barriers to Mass Vaccination

TORONTO, Jan. 25, 2021 /CNW/ – “Given the delay in deliveries of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, Ontario’s COVID-19 Vaccination Distribution Plan has been modified to ensure the province’s limited supply is rightfully directed to residents of long-term care homes. The Ontario Hospital Association (OHA) fully supports this decision. As supply challenges intensify, all levels of government must work in complete lockstep to ensure that Ontario gets the supply needed to build capacity and vaccinate as many Ontarians as quickly as possible.

Health care workers in hospitals and many other settings are now in the tenth month of fighting the pandemic. It is important that they know when they can expect to be vaccinated. If the goal of vaccinating all 1.2 million health care workers by March 31st, 2021 is going to shift because of delays in supply, we encourage the government to communicate that possibility as soon as possible.  

While hospitals work closely with the Ontario government on strengthening the province’s vaccine strategy, other parts of the health care system are ready, willing and able to play a critical role in scaling up these efforts. It’s vital that concrete plans be developed and implemented to migrate responsibility for vaccination effort away from hospitals to public health, primary care, and pharmacies, particularly as hospitals face mounting pressures on critical care capacity across the province.”

–     Anthony Dale, President and CEO, Ontario Hospital Association

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Academy Sports + Outdoors Announces Secondary Offering of Common Stock

KATY, Texas, Jan. 25, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Academy Sports and Outdoors, Inc. (“Academy”) (NASDAQ: ASO) today announced that certain of its stockholders (the “Selling Stockholders”), including affiliates of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. L.P., intend to offer for sale in an underwritten secondary offering 12 million shares of common stock of Academy pursuant to a registration statement filed by Academy with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”). The Selling Stockholders expect to grant the underwriters a 30-day option to purchase up to an additional 1.8 million shares of Academy’s common stock. No shares are being sold by Academy. The Selling Stockholders will receive all of the proceeds from this offering.

Credit Suisse, J.P. Morgan, KKR Capital Markets and BofA Securities are acting as joint bookrunning managers for the proposed offering.

The offering of these securities will be made only by means of a prospectus. Copies of the preliminary prospectus may be obtained from: Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC,  Attn: Prospectus Department, 6933 Louis Stephens Drive, Morrisville, North Carolina 27560, by telephone at 800-221-1037, or by email at usa.prospectus@credit-suisse.com; or J.P. Morgan Securities LLC, c/o Broadridge Financial Solutions, 1155 Long Island Avenue, Edgewood, New York 11717, by telephone at 866-803-9204, or by email at prospectus-eq_fi@jpmchase.com.

A registration statement, including a prospectus, which is preliminary and subject to completion, relating to these securities has been filed with the SEC, but has not yet become effective. These securities may not be sold, nor may offers to buy be accepted, prior to the time that the registration statement becomes effective, and, even then, the securities may only be sold pursuant to the registration statement and final prospectus. This press release does not constitute an offer to sell, or a solicitation of an offer to buy securities, any securities, nor shall there be any sale of securities in any state or jurisdiction in which such an offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state or jurisdiction.

About Academy

Academy is a leading full-line sporting goods and outdoor recreation retailer in the United States.  Originally founded in 1938 as a family business in Texas, Academy has grown to 259 stores across 16 contiguous states.  Academy’s mission is to provide “Fun for All” and Academy fulfills this mission with a localized merchandising strategy and value proposition that strongly connects with a broad range of consumers.  Academy’s product assortment focuses on key categories of outdoor, apparel, footwear and sports & recreation through both leading national brands and a portfolio of 17 private label brands, which go well beyond traditional sporting goods and apparel offerings.  

Forward Looking Statements

The statements contained in this press release that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements.  These forward-looking statements are based on Academy’s current expectations and are not guarantees of future performance.  The forward-looking statements are subject to various risks, uncertainties, assumptions or changes in circumstances that are difficult to predict or quantify.  Actual results may differ materially from these expectations due to changes in global, regional or local economic, business, competitive, market, regulatory and other factors, many of which are beyond Academy’s control.  Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements are set forth in Academy’s filings with the SEC, including its registration statement on Form S-1, as amended from time to time.  Any forward-looking statement in this press release speaks only as of the date of this release.  Academy undertakes no obligation to publicly update or review any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise, except as may be required by any applicable securities laws.

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The Protégé Experience: Shirley Chisholm Education Foundation Launches First-of-its-Kind Mentorship Program

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., Jan. 25, 2021 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — Today, the Shirley Chisholm Education Foundation is proud to announce the launch of its visionary mentorship program, The Protégé Experience, a comprehensive support system for young women of color ages 16 to 25, designed to provide them with the tools they need to overcome prejudices and barriers that perpetuate inequality around the world. The launch of this new program coincides with the redesign of the Shirley Chisholm Foundation’s online portal, accessible at unbought.org, a name which pays tribute to the iconic Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm, who made history 49 years ago this week as the first African-American woman to announce her candidacy for president of the United States of America.

The Protégé Experience will consist of three phases, entitled “Unbought and Unbossed,” “Catalyst for Change,” and “A Seat at the Table.” In the first phase, spanning three months, young women will take master classes with leading scholars and Ivy League professors on topics of mental health, leadership skills, and financial literacy. During “Catalyst for Change,” students will take those foundational skills and apply them towards solving a problem that impacts the women in their community. The final segment, “A Seat at the Table,” involves students selecting a mentor of their choosing who will support them as they begin their professional journeys. In allowing young women of color to choose their mentors, the Shirley Chisholm Education Foundation remakes a system that all too often sees young women of color slipping through the cracks.

“We carefully developed this program based on our own experiences as Black women and women of color in the professional sector,” says Simone Callender, founder and Executive Director of the Shirley Chisholm Foundation. “We don’t want to give these young girls a fish sandwich and be on our way. And we’re doing more than just teaching them to fish. We’re teaching them to find the pond.”

Simone Callender has the added connection of being the great-niece of Shirley Chisholm—and aims to honor her legacy through this program. Shirley Chisholm introduced more than 50 pieces of legislation, championed racial and gender equality throughout her career, and hired a congressional staff that was 100 percent female and more than 50 percent African-American, which was utterly unheard of at the time. “Her relentless, fearless spirit runs through the work we do here at the Foundation—but especially this program,” Callender adds.

The mission of the Shirley Chisholm Education Foundation is to create changemakers by providing self-development and virtual mentorship experiences for women, by women. The SCEF Virtual Mentoring Program envisions a community in which every young woman has access to nurturing relationships and support, allowing each of them to reach their full potential and make informed decisions as leaders of their communities.

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Over 300 companies and organizations join forces to help resolve a humanitarian crisis on the world's ocean

COPENHAGEN, Denmark, Jan. 26, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Global industry and human rights leaders, including A.P. Møller – Mærsk, BP, BW, Cargill, COSCO, DOW, Euronav, MISC, NYK, Rio Tinto, Shell, Trafigura, Unilever and Vale, sign the Neptune Declaration on Seafarer Wellbeing and Crew Change in a worldwide call to action to end the unprecedented crew change crisis caused by Covid-19.

Hundreds of thousands of seafarers from across the globe have been left stranded working aboard ships beyond the expiry of their initial contracts and are unable to be relieved since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic. Fatigue after long periods at sea has significant consequences on the physical and mental wellbeing of seafarers. It also increases the risk of maritime incidents and environmental disasters, and poses a threat to the integrity of maritime supply chains, which carry 90% of global trade.

Despite significant efforts by international organizations, unions, companies and some governments to resolve this untenable crew change crisis we are starting to see the situation getting worse as governments bring in more travel bans in response to the new strains of the Covid-19 virus. A number of key issues leave this critical situation unresolved: national authorities around the world continue to see crew changes and international travel as a Covid-19 risk; high-quality health protocols are not being consistently implemented by ship operators; and the disruption of international air travel has reduced the number of flights between traditional crew change hubs and major seafaring nations.

We are witnessing a humanitarian crisis at sea. Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, seafarers have kept the world supplied with food, energy and other vital goods, with no line of sight of when to go home to their families. They have become hostage of the situation and unable to disembark from their ships. Yet, we can put an end to the crew change crisis without any risk to the general public health,” says Jeremy Nixon, CEO of ONE.

More than 300 companies and organizations recognize that they have a shared responsibility based on their roles across the entire maritime value chain, and beyond, to ensure that the crew change crisis is resolved as soon as possible. They have signed the Neptune Declaration on Seafarer Wellbeing and Crew Change that defines four main actions to facilitate crew changes and keep global supply chains functioning:

  • Recognize seafarers as key workers and give them priority access to Covid-19 vaccines
  • Establish and implement gold standard health protocols based on existing best practice
  • Increase collaboration between ship operators and charterers to facilitate crew changes
  • Ensure air connectivity between key maritime hubs for seafarers

Seafarers play a significant role in the global race to halt the coronavirus pandemic by providing critical medical medical supplies to the world’s population, particularly in developing economies. They are crucial to millions of peoples’ wellbeing. We call on our peers, government bodies and other stakeholders to join us in our efforts to ensure that the rights and wellbeing of the frontline workers of global supply chains are respected,” says Graham Westgarth, Chairman of V. Group.

The Neptune Declaration has been developed by a taskforce of stakeholders from across the maritime value chain including A. M. Nomikos, Cargill, Dorian LPG, GasLog, Global Maritime Forum, International Chamber of Shipping, International Maritime Employers’ Council, International Transport Workers’ Federation, ONE, Philippine Transmarine Carriers, Sustainable Shipping Initiative, Synergy Group, V. Group, and World Economic Forum.

See the Neptune Declaration and the full list of undersigning companies and organizations here.

Further information: Head of Communications, Torben Vemmelund at tve@globalmaritimeforum.org or +45 2224 1446.

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