Daily Archives: May 18, 2020

Taconic Biosciences Launches Rapid Restart™ Program

First Animal Model Provider to Create Program Aiding Researchers Planning for Return

RENSSELAER, N.Y., May 18, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Taconic Biosciences, a global leader in providing drug discovery animal model solutions, announces the successful implementation of its Rapid Restart™ program.  Launched over a month ago, Taconic was the first animal model provider in the industry to provide researchers with a program specifically designed to aid laboratories transitioning back to increased productivity.

COVID-19 forced many institutions to discontinue critical research programs, and in some cases decrease their animal model use.  As institutions consider ramping research back up, ensuring scientists have access to animal models is paramount.  Taconic launched the Rapid Restart™ program to address this urgent and unique need.  Rapid Restart™ is a planning service that provides customers with a unique blend of flexible scheduling and availability assurances to ensure they have what they need, when they need it.

Scaling production of animal models is a complex process.  With over 65 years of experience, Taconic has sophisticated tools to align supply with demand.  Noting biology plays a large role in establishing timeframes, connecting with customers well-before laboratories considered returning to full capacity has provided Taconic with critical insight for inventory planning.  In turn, Taconic will provide researchers with supply chain continuity, ensuring no momentum is lost as they look to make up for lost time.  Most importantly, the planning precision afforded by the Rapid Restart™ program honors Taconic’s commitment to animal welfare by reducing the gap between supply and demand.

“Customer feedback on the Rapid Restart™ program has been overwhelmingly positive.  Researchers from academia, biotechnology, and pharmaceutical companies have expressed gratitude for Taconic’s willingness to partner during this unprecedented time,” shares Dr. Michael Seiler, vice president of commercial products at Taconic Biosciences.  “We have always found the greatest value in not thinking like a vendor, but rather a trusted partner for our customers.  That approach is more important now than ever before as we all look to get past the uncertainty and focus on research.”

Beyond commercially available animal models, Taconic also offers custom model generation and colony management solutions, which can play a role in how laboratories ramp back up capabilities.  Outsourced breeding is particularly important in contingency plans for laboratories, providing a consistent supply of animals to labs when their own facilities may be impaired.  The design, breeding, and maintaining of critical animal models is more important than ever to preserve research momentum.

To learn more about Taconic Biosciences’ Rapid Restart™ program or other services, please contact Taconic at 1-888-TACONIC (888-822-6642) in the US, +45 70 23 04 05 in Europe, or email info@taconic.com.

About Taconic Biosciences, Inc.

Taconic Biosciences is a fully-licensed, global leader in genetically engineered rodent models and services. Founded in 1952, Taconic provides the best animal solutions so that customers can acquire, custom-generate, breed, precondition, test, and distribute valuable research models worldwide. Specialists in genetically engineered mouse and rat models, microbiome, immuno-oncology mouse models, and integrated model design and breeding services, Taconic operates three service laboratories and six breeding facilities in the U.S. and Europe, maintains distributor relationships in Asia and has global shipping capabilities to provide animal models almost anywhere in the world.

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MPO Recognized as “Visionary” in Gartner Magic Quadrant

    Global Cloud Platform Offers a Revolutionary Approach to MESCBNs

BOSTON, May 18, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — MPO today announced their recognition by Gartner as the sole “Visionary” in the 2020 Magic Quadrant for Multienterprise Supply Chain Business Networks. This milestone validates MPO’s mission to empower companies to boost both customer experience and operational excellence with a unique, customer- and order-centric approach to multi-party supply chain orchestration.

“For most companies, the value chain consists of 80% of external network activities. By focusing on internal systems, executives miss out on the extraordinary benefits that business networks offer – from improving delivery options, order fulfilment, and customer service to reducing inventory levels, transportation costs, and working capital,” says Martin Verwijmeren, CEO and Co-Founder of MPO. “Gartner’s Magic Quadrant clearly articulates the critical role of MESCBN technology, and we’re humbled to be recognized as Visionary for our platform’s ability to help businesses from diverse industries become innovative, competitive, flexible, and resilient through dynamic networking.”

This news comes in the wake of many recent initiatives and accomplishments of the company, including being named a Top Logistics IT Provider, Most Influential Leader in Supply Chain Technology 2020, and launching their Emergency Relief Cloud Solution for companies impacted by the pandemic.

“With the recent global crisis, we’ve seen a surge in awareness, interest, and need for MESCBN platforms like MPO’s. Companies are realizing they operate within a greater ecosystem, and that their survival and success depends on the strength of their business network. MPO has invested years of research and development into the smart cloud platform, uniquely capable of optimizing micro supply chains. Customers can turn their end-to-end supply chains into a competitive advantage – delighting customers and growing sales – under any condition.”

To learn more about MPO’s Visionary perspective on Multienterprise Supply Chain Business Networks, click here. For information and resources on how to best leverage your multi-party network, including Gartner’s Magic Quadrant, visit our solution toolkit.

About MPO: MPO offers the world’s only natively unified cloud platform for Supply Chain Orchestration. The platform complements existing enterprise systems with visibility and control, and optimizes order, inventory, and transportation across dynamic, multi-party networks. MPO processes over 2 million orders per day for over 200 leading manufacturers, distributors, retailers, and logistics service providers. For more information, please contact info@mpo.com or visit www.mpo.com.

Public participation paramount in government’s fight against COVID-19


Jakarta Presidential Chief of Staff Moeldoko emphasized that the government would encounter difficulties in countering the COVID-19 pandemic in the absence of active participation of the public.

“Without public participation, the government will face difficulties in the fight against the pandemic,” Moeldoko noted in a statement here on Monday.

The presidential chief of staff commended the initiative to edify and encourage the people to become actively involved in the fight against COVID-19, including in the development of the 10 Safe Houses application in several regions.

“Alhamdulillah (Thank God), the 10 Safe Houses Program has been developed in some cities across the country. Each of them works in accordance with the respective capacity,” he remarked.

The community-based 10 Safe Houses application was initiated by the Presidential Staff Office and developed in some regions.

The application contains information on COVID-19 and serves as a reference for the public to handle the outbreak, including the self-screening application, to monitor the potential of COVID-19 transmission in each region.

It also involves suppliers of basic necessities, including vegetables, to help farmers, as well as telemedicine consultation and open public donation through the Wahid Foundation. The suppliers comprise Sayur Box, Cakap, Kimia Farma, Mediv-Kimia Farma, Alfa Group, Alfamind, DAV, and Prima Freshmart.

In Madiun District of East Java, a resident of Taman Village, Tatok Raya, initiated the distribution of free essential goods to those reeling from the impact of the pandemic.

Raya has placed some stocks of rice, instant noodles, eggs, edible oil, and sugar in the veranda of his house for the neighborhood’s residents.

RMG Madiun, a restaurant in the district, distributes free meals to the poor to reduce the economic burden owing to the COVID-19 pandemic.

During the Ramadhan fasting month, the restaurant distributes 300-350 packs of meals on a daily basis.


Source: Antara News

Jokowi urges ministries to expedite disbursement of social assistance


Jakarta President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has appealed to related ministries to accelerate the distribution of social assistance to those impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We are upbeat about the next distribution (of social assistance) being conducted in a faster and smoother manner,” the head of state remarked after observing the distribution of social assistance in Johar Baru Sub-district, Jakarta, on Monday.

A total of 23,937 families in the sub-district received social assistance under the third phase of distribution.

The government has disbursed the third phase of social assistance to 961 thousand families of the total 1,215,237 beneficiaries in the capital city.

“The first and second phase (of the assistance) were already distributed. Yesterday and today, the people received (social assistance) under the third phase of distribution,” Jokowi added.

The government has worked jointly with state-owned postal service company and motor-taxi drivers to facilitate direct distribution of social assistance to the beneficiaries’ homes to avoid crowds and to lower the risk of COVID-19 transmission.

According to the city’s COVID-19 website, 1,178,173 households in the capital were registered as recipients of the assistance, while Jakarta has targeted to distribute the aid to 1.2 million households.

Names of the aid recipients were stipulated in Gubernatorial Decree No. 386 of 2020 as well as the contents of the aid package worth Rp275 thousand each. During the period from April to June 2020, two packages per month were given to each household.


Source: Antara News

Medan police apprehend four drug dealers, haul 240-kg cannabis

Medan, N Sumatra Medan police arrested four drug dealers and seized 240-kg cannabis during a drug raid on a house in Sei Sikambing D neighborhood where the illicit substance was stored on May 15, a police officer stated.

The arrested suspects were only identified by their initials as US (54), MR (47), and NG (45) — all residents of Medan City — while SR (59) was a resident of Labuhan Batu District, Medan Police Chief Sen. Coms. Jhony Edizzon Isir informed journalists here over the weekend.

The suspects packed the marijuana into 240 brown plastic bags, he remarked, adding that the drug raid operation was conducted after a tip-off was received by the Medan city police’s anti-drug squad personnel.

The police investigators are still on the lookout for another suspect, identified by the initials as IS, for allegedly supplying the marijuana from Aceh Province that shares its land border with North Sumatra, he remarked.

The police’s success in thwarting the drug dealers’ attempt to trade 240 kilograms of cannabis has prevented the consumption of the illicit drugs by some 1.2 million people.

“The impact of the illicit drug trade is real. We cannot undermine it since it may destroy the future of our young generation,” he cautioned.

Police investigators have charged the suspects under Indonesia’s Narcotics Law, thereby making them liable for imprisonment for a period of six to nearly 20 years, Isir remarked.

Indonesia remains under serious threat from drug dealers, with several members of its working-age population engulfed in a vicious cycle of drug abuse.

The National Narcotics Agency’s (BNN’s) report showed that some 50 drug use-related deaths occur daily in Indonesia. However, the deaths have failed to deter other drug users in the country.

Users of crystal methamphetamine, narcotics, marijuana, and other addictive drugs transcend communities and socio-economic and cultural backgrounds.

Indonesia is perceived by both domestic and transnational drug dealers as a potential market due to its huge population and millions of drug users. Drug trade in the country is estimated at nearly Rp66 trillion.

In the face of the grave threat posed by drug lords, BNN Chief Commissioner General Heru Winarko had met with Security Minister Mahfud MD on December 5, 2019, to discuss matters pertaining to Indonesia’s war on drugs, including the need to execute death row convicts.

“Capital punishment is part of the laws that should be imposed,” Winarko had stated following his meeting with the coordinating minister for political, legal, and security affairs.


Source: Antara News