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Beyond the Horizon: The Mopelia Collection of Fine Atlases and Travel Books

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 7 marzo 2019

London – In anticipation of the Antiquarian Book Fair in New York, Christie’s is pleased to showcase highlights from Beyond the Horizon: The Mopelia Collection of Fine Atlases and Travel Books. This is an opportunity for explorers, sailors, distinguished collectors and all those who love global navigation, to view and acquire some of the most valuable maps and atlases of all time. Rare and in great condition, the collection contains nearly 200 lots of important travel books covering all corners of the globe with a strong emphasis on all matters maritime. Highlights include Orbis Terrarum Nova et Accurata Tabula, a striking map of the world surrounded by allegorical scenes of the four seasons, illustrated above, and Johannes van Keulen’s De Groote Nieuwe Vermeerder-de Zee-Atlas ofte Water-Werelt. Published in Amsterdam in 1688, the latter is a handsomely engraved and beautifully hand-coloured example with the frontispiece and maps highlighted in gold, perhaps one of the greatest 17th-century Dutch sea-atlases to come to the market in recent years.A global tour of the Mopelia Collection will begin in New York from 4-7 March, to be exhibited alongside Luca Pacioli’s Summa de Arithmetica (see separate press release here). Highlights will then be on view in Paris and London to coincide with international fairs for maps and atlases before being offered at auction in London on 5 June.

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Emendare l’Articolo 14 della proposta della Commissione Europea per Horizon Europe?

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 7 dicembre 2018

Bruxelles In vista del voto al Parlamento europeo previsto per la prossima settimana, Science for Democracy, la piattaforma trans-nazionale lanciata dall’Associazione Luca Coscioni, ha contattato i parlamentari europei invitandoli ad emendare l’Articolo 14 della proposta della Commissione Europea per Horizon Europe. Sosteniamo in particolare che la correzione terapeutica della linea germinale vada finanziata in caso di malattie genetiche gravi, e che il finanziamento debba anche essere permesso per attività che intendono crescere embrioni umani, anche con il solo fine della ricerca e per la produzione di cellule staminali.Tra le personalità che hanno aderito all’appello di Science for Democracy anche il premio Nobel per la medicina Sir Richard J. Roberts, biochimico ed esperto di biologia molecolare britannico.Richard Roberts ha ricevuto il premio Nobel nel 1993, insieme a Phillip Sharp, per la scoperta dello splicing dei geni, ovvero la possibilità che i geni siano suddivisi in vari segmenti.
Filomena Gallo, segretario dell’Associazione Luca Coscioni, e Marco Perduca, che dirige le attività internazionali dell’Associazione, concordano “Dopo l’annuncio dell’esperimento che ha fatto nascere in Cina due sorelline geneticamente modificate, su questo tema è necessaria un’alternativa sia al proibizionismo sia all’assenza di regole. L’Unione Europea può giocare un ruolo positivo, ed è urgente che lo faccia rimuovendo il divieto ai finanziamenti”.

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“New Drugs on the Horizon”

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 7 aprile 2018

Bicycle Therapeutics, a biotechnology company pioneering a new class of therapeutics based on its proprietary bicyclic peptide (Bicycle®) product platform, announced today that it has been selected for one invited lecture and three poster presentations at the Annual Meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), being held from April 14 through April 18 in Chicago, Illinois.A presentation describing the discovery of BT1718 will be given by Bicycle’s Chief Scientific Officer Nicholas Keen, Ph.D. in the New Drugs on the Horizon Session. BT1718 is a Bicycle Toxin Conjugate offering a completely new approach to the treatment of cancer, and it is currently being evaluated in a Phase I/IIa study sponsored by Cancer Research UK, the world’s leading charity dedicated to cancer research.“We are honoured to have been selected to describe the discovery of BT1718 in the New Drugs on the Horizon session and look forward to sharing our preclinical data as well as providing a clinical update,” said Dr. Keen. “BT1718 represents a new and highly differentiated approach to the treatment of cancer and is being developed through a unique collaborative partnership with Cancer Research UK, which provides important access to world-class operational infrastructure and strong drug development expertise.”In the three poster presentations, Bicycle will present new data on its rapidly expanding preclinical pipeline, including two posters on the development of BT5528, a Bicycle Toxin Conjugate targeting EphA2, which is a tumour antigen highly expressed in difficult to treat cancers associated with poor prognosis. The company will also present new data describing the discovery and chemical optimisation of the first fully synthetic CD137 agonist, representing a new class of multimeric Bicycle T-cell modulators.

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Italy: EUR 10 million for SAES Getters’ R&D projects

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 10 giugno 2015

European_Investment_Bank_-_LuxemburgThe European Investment Bank (EIB) has signed a EUR 10 million agreement with SAES Getters, an Italian company active in special metallurgy and materials science. Made available by the EIB and 50% guaranteed by the country’s export credit agency SACE, the loan to SAES will finance its research, development and innovation (RDI) activities in order to further develop and apply its expertise and competencies in metal science know-how. SAES is a strongly RDI focused Group developing advanced material technologies that can be used in a large variety of products applied in different industries (i.e. consumer electronics, medical devices, scientific and research systems, automotive, lighting and telecommunications).In addition, SAES cooperates with Universities and R&D centers (i.e. particle accelerators like CERN in Europe, ESRF in France, PSI in Switzerland, KEK in Japan, Cornell USA or SSRF in China), to which it inter alia provides research infrastructure equipment and services.This transaction is supported by the new generation of financial instruments for innovative and growth companies “InnovFin – EU Finance for Innovators”, with the financial backing of the European Union under Horizon 2020. “InnovFin MidCap Growth Finance” is specifically dedicated to improving access to risk finance for research and innovation projects of midcap and SME companies in the European Union.
Under Horizon 2020, the new EU research programme for 2014-20, the European Commission and the European Investment Bank Group (EIB and EIF) have launched a new generation of financial instruments and advisory services to help innovative firms access finance more easily. Over the next seven years, “InnovFin – EU Finance for Innovators” will offer a range of tailored products which will make available more than EUR 24bn of financing support for research and innovation (R&I) by small, medium-sized and large companies and the promoters of research infrastructures. This finance is expected to support up to EUR 48bn of final R&I investments. InnovFin builds on the success of the Risk-Sharing Finance Facility developed under the seventh EU framework programme for research and technological development (FP7), which financed 114 R&I projects to the tune of EUR 11.3bn and in addition provided loan guarantees worth over EUR 1.4bn.
Backed by funds set aside under Horizon 2020 and by the EIB Group, InnovFin financial products support R&I activities, which by their nature are riskier and harder to assess than traditional investments, and therefore often face difficulties in accessing finance. All are demand-driven instruments, with no prior allocations between sectors, countries or regions. Firms and other entities located in EU Member States and Horizon 2020 Associated Countries will be eligible as final beneficiaries. These debt instruments will be complemented in the near future by a suite of equity instruments managed by the EIF.

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New position in the C-suite needed to tackle rising social issues

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 3 marzo 2015

Rockefeller University di New YorkSerious incidents such as the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and factory fires in India and Bangladesh highlight why some companies should create a new ‘Chief External Officer’ role, according to new research. The new position in the C-suite would be part of an upgraded external affairs policy that can help align strategy and improve a firm’s competitive advantage in a world that sees a greater need for nonmarket –social and political – strategies.The traditional set-up of most firms is to have an established legislative or regulatory affairs function and a separate office for tasks such as community relations and social responsibility.But in Why your company may need a chief external officer, published in Organizational Dynamics, Sotirios Paroutis, of Warwick Business School together with Jonathan Doh, of Villanova University, Thomas Lawton, of Open University Business School and Tazeeb Rajwani, of Cranfield School of Management, argue that a more balanced approach is needed.Dr Paroutis said: “We believe most companies underappreciate the challenges emanating from the nonmarket arena and therefore relegate their external affairs function to a lower status than it should be accorded.“A realistic stance for most companies is a balanced approach to corporate strategy, political activity and social responsibility, which emphasises alignment across these priorities and the functions that are responsible for them.“Our study shows that by increasing the stature and influence of the external affairs function, firms can achieve more effective strategic actions and policies, ultimately serving to increase their competitive advantage.”The team of researchers interviewed executives from a range of companies and found that some of them, for example Lufthansa and Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), had developed distinctive and C-level executive roles that engage both political and social contexts in an integrated fashion.Dr Paroutis added: “In the mid-1990s Thomas Kropp managed Lufthansa’s government and regulatory affairs office in Brussels. Like other major airlines at the time, Lufthansa was under growing pressure to increase fuel efficiency, reduce emissions, and adopt an overall social responsibility and sustainability strategy.”Mr Kropp was able to keep his company ahead of the game and meet these challenges head on, even sitting on the Association of European Airlines as Chairman a number of times.”In contrast, other national flag carriers including Alitalia and Iberia failed to recognise or respond rapidly to the new environmental realities.”A second example of a successful external affairs position was that of Malcolm Lane. Between 2001 and 2013, Mr Lane managed the European external affairs office of TCS, which included promoting TCS’s green agenda while exchanging vital position papers with politicians and legislative bodies.Dr Paroutis said: “In an interview, Mr Lane explained to us that TCS created this role as a deliberate part of its strategy to respond to social and environmental pressures, and to be proactive as these interests grew.“Lufthansa and TCS are both unusual examples, however. In most large companies, the development of nonmarket practices is not left to a dedicated individual or function, but instead occurs under the aegis of a broader legal, external affairs or even public relations function. But recent incidents highlight the potential problems of this.“The BP oil spill disaster is an example where the CEO, who was quoted as saying ‘the environmental impact of this disaster is likely to have been very, very modest’, could have benefited from the targeted advice and experience of a chief external officer.“Similarly, situations such as the recent tragic fires in Bangladesh and India brought companies such as Gap, H&M and Wal-Mart to centre stage over poor working conditions. These firms were caught flat-footed in their inability to provide coherent responses to criticisms, emanating from a range of governmental and civil society stakeholders, and would have benefitted from such a role.“In the Lufthansa and Tata cases, this role was elevated to an appropriate level so that the importance of political and social issues commanded sufficient managerial attention and subsequent actions at a strategic level.”Dr Paroutis warns, however, there is not simply a one-size fits all option for firms looking to adapt a new strategy using a chief external officer.“The degree to which companies should emphasise political concerns versus social issues – or both – is contingent upon their particular industry, strategies, and product mix,” said Dr Paroutis.“In the end, the nonmarket environment should not be viewed as separate from the other arenas in which firms compete. Only then can firms successfully respond to and proactively influence the politicians, campaigning groups and organisations that facilitate – or impede – their competitive success.”

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