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Syneos Health Wins Society for Clinical Research Sites Eagle Award for Fourth Consecutive Year

MORRISVILLE, N.C., Oct. 13, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Syneos Health® (Nasdaq:SYNH), the only fully integrated biopharmaceutical solutions organization, today announced that it was awarded the Society for Clinical Research Sites (SCRS) Eagle Award, sweeping the CRO category for the fourth consecutive year. Presented at SCRS’s Global Site Solutions Summit, the award recognizes the CRO that best exemplifies a site-focused approach to clinical trial management, demonstrating outstanding leadership, professionalism, integrity, passion and dedication to advancing the clinical research profession through strong site partnerships.

“We are honored that sites have consistently selected Syneos Health as their CRO of choice in recent years, pointing to the progress we’ve made in streamlining pain points in the clinical trial process,” said Tara Fitzgerald, President, Clinical Development Services, Syneos Health, who accepted the award on behalf of the company at the Summit. “It’s especially humbling in a year where we’ve been proud to work side-by-side with sites to navigate the challenges of COVID-19, transforming approaches to deliver impact for patients and continuing to unlock data to change lives. We thank our dedicated employees and the investigative sites we work with who continuously strive to improve the clinical development process.”

This year’s winners were selected by investigative sites – nearly 10,000 research sites in 47 countries – who voted for the CRO they believe best demonstrates a strong commitment to site partnerships. Selection criteria included availability of qualified staff to support sites, willingness to collaborate, protocol design and execution, financial consideration and partnering with sites for future work.

“Syneos Health has won the SCRS Eagle Award for three previous years in the CRO category, and this fourth win is in a very different landscape,” said Allyson Small, SCRS COO. “The pandemic disruption stretched operational systems in clinical research, making relationships critically important, with the sites recognizing Syneos Health in particular for their prioritization of the site partnership.”  

Learn more about Syneos Heath’s site and patient engagement programs, including the Company’s Catalyst Site Program that delivers proven predictability in clinical trial delivery for for Early Phase, Oncology, Psychiatry, Vaccine, Ophthalmology and Post-Operative Pain and Pain trials: syneoshealth.com/catalyst

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Syneos Health (Nasdaq:SYNH) is the only fully integrated biopharmaceutical solutions organization. Our company, including a Contract Research Organization (CRO) and Contract Commercial Organization (CCO), is purpose-built to accelerate customer performance to address modern market realities. Created through the merger of two industry leading companies – INC Research and inVentiv Health – we bring together approximately 24,000 clinical and commercial minds with the ability to support customers in more than 110 countries. Together we share insights, use the latest technologies and apply advanced business practices to speed our customers’ delivery of important therapies to patients. To learn more about how we are shortening the distance from lab to life® visit  syneoshealth.com or subscribe to our podcast.

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Stark photo of elephant herd wins Royal Society of Biology competition

A harrowing image of a herd of elephants eating from a rubbish dump in Sri Lanka, by Tilaxan Tharmapalan, has won first prize in this year’s Royal Society of Biology (RSB) photography competition.

image copyrightTilaxan Tharmapalan

The elephants pictured are rummaging for food near a wildlife sanctuary in Ampara District.

The authorities have recently banned the dumping of rubbish near these protected sites where elephants have been known to fall ill and die from eating the waste.

Tharmapalan’s photo was chosen by judges for addressing the competition theme of “Our Changing World”, winning him £1,000 in prize money.

Winner of the RSB’s Young Photographer of the Year was Ashwin Geerthan, 14, also from Sir Lanka.

Geerthan won for his image of cormorants perched on poles left by fishermen, waiting to spot fish in the waters, seen below.

image copyrightAshwin Geerthan

Here are other shortlisted images from the competition, with descriptions by the photographers.

Runner-up: The Boundary of Disaster, by Roberto Bueno in Belize

image copyrightRoberto Bueno

This straight line represents the border between nature and humanity.

Human impact like this can be seen all over the world with ecosystems going through huge dramatic changes.

Highly commended: Observer, by Agata Boguszewska in Richmond Park, London, UK

image copyrightAgata Boguszewska

Shortlisted: My Shirt, by Hasan Baglar in Nicosia, Cyprus

image copyrightHasan Baglar

The grasshopper is shedding its exoskeleton.

It will do this a number of times as it changes and grows during its lifetime.

Shortlisted: Young Volunteers, by Froi Rivera in Cavite, Philippines

image copyrightFroi Rivera

Three volunteers are seen happy and content during their tree-planting activity.

Shortlisted: The Olive Journey, by Saurabh Chakraborty in Rushikulya, Odisha, India

image copyrightSaurabh Chakraborty

Almost every year in Rushikhulya, Odisha, one of the most spectacular events in nature takes place.

Thousands of Olive ridley sea turtles come to this coastal region to lay eggs.

Shortlisted: Greenhouse, by Jonathan Jimenez in Gant, Belgium

image copyrightJonathan Jimenez

The image of an abandoned 19th Century greenhouse shows how nature can reclaim and transform structures left by humans.

Young Photographer of the Year, runner-up: The World is a Good Place, by Charlotte Bean in Brookmans Park, England, UK

image copyrightCharlotte Bean

We tend to focus on the bad changes that occur in the world around us, yet so much positivity can be found if we look in the right places.

Here, the young goslings are making the first steps into their world.

Highly commended: End of a Thousand Dreams, by Saptarshi Gayen in Singur, Hooghly, West Bengal, India

image copyrightSaptarshi Gayen

As extreme weather events are becoming more frequent, it is important to recognise the impact they have, not just on humans but also on the rest of nature.

Two baby baya weaver (Ploceus philippinus) had fallen out of their nest and died following a cyclone.

Shortlisted: Silent Noon, by Rosie Tarboton in Claygate, Surrey, UK

image copyrightRosie Tarboton

Changes occur all the time in nature,

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Maduro government wins in UK appeals court

Venezuela has $1bn worth of gold stored in the Bank of England
Venezuela has $1bn worth of gold stored in the Bank of England

A British appeals court has overturned a judgement which said the UK had recognised opposition leader Juan Guaidó as Venezuela’s president.

The ruling is a victory for Nicolás Maduro, who was re-elected to a second term as president in a 2018 election widely dismissed as rigged.

At the heart of the legal battle is the question of who controls $1bn (£773m) of gold stored in the Bank of England.

The case now goes back to the High Court.

What did the appeals court say?

Judge Stephen Males on Monday set aside the judgement by the High Court in July which had ruled that the UK had “unequivocally recognised opposition leader Juan Guaidó as president”, rather than President Nicolás Maduro.

British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab (left) met Juan Guaidó in London in January
British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab (left) met Juan Guaidó in London in January

In his ruling in July, High Court Judge Nigel Teare had said that there was “no room for recognition of Mr Guaidó as de jure president and of Mr Maduro as de facto president”, meaning that even though Mr Maduro remained in charge in the presidential palace in Caracas, the UK government had decided to recognise Mr Guaidó.

But Judge Males said that the UK’s recognition of Mr Guaidó “is to my mind ambiguous, or at any rate less than unequivocal”.

How did British courts get involved in the first place?

The government of Nicolás Maduro launched legal action against the Bank of England (BoE) earlier this year to try to force it to release $1bn-worth of bullion Venezuela has stored in the BoE’s vaults.

Despite the country’s oil riches, Venezuela’s economy has been in freefall for years due to a combination of government mismanagement and corruption, further exacerbated by international sanctions.

As Venezuela produces very little apart from oil, it needs to import goods from abroad, for which it needs access to foreign currency – or gold.

The BoE argued that it was caught in the middle of two rival claims for the gold, one from the government of Mr Maduro and one from Juan Guaidó, who declared himself acting president of Venezuela last year and is recognised as such by more than 50 nations, including the UK.

Mr Maduro’s government said it wanted the gold to fund its fight against the coronavirus pandemic. But Mr Guaidó asked the Bank of England not to hand the gold over to the Maduro government, arguing that it would be used for corrupt purposes.

The Bank of England therefore asked the High Court to rule on whom the UK government recognises as Venezuelan president, Mr Maduro or Juan Guaidó.

The High Court ruled in favour of Mr Guaidó, but lawyers for the government of Mr Maduro lodged an appeal, which they have now won.

What next?

The case will now go back to the High Court, which will have to determine more clearly who is in charge in Venezuela.

The appeal court’s ruling said that it

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Maduro Government Wins U.K. Appeal Over Venezuelan Gold

(Bloomberg) — A British appeals court ruled in favor of the Venezuelan government of Nicolas Maduro, and said the legal fight over the future of $1 billion in gold stored in the vaults of the Bank of England should be reconsidered.



A selection of gold bars of various weights sit at Gold Investments Ltd. bullion dealers in this arranged photograph in London, U.K., on Wednesday, July 29, 2020. Gold held its ground after a record-setting rally as investors awaited the outcome of a Federal Reserve meeting amid expectations policy makers will remain dovish, potentially spurring more gains.


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A selection of gold bars of various weights sit at Gold Investments Ltd. bullion dealers in this arranged photograph in London, U.K., on Wednesday, July 29, 2020. Gold held its ground after a record-setting rally as investors awaited the outcome of a Federal Reserve meeting amid expectations policy makers will remain dovish, potentially spurring more gains.

The judges Monday reversed a lower court ruling that the U.K. had unequivocally recognized opposition leader Juan Guaido as interim president. The government’s statements on Guaido may not have reflected the reality on the ground, the justices led by Judge Stephen Males said.

The U.K.’s recognition “is to my mind ambiguous, or at any rate less than unequivocal,” Males said in the ruling.

Venezuela’s central bank sued the BOE for access to the bullion, which has been in limbo since U.S. officials successfully lobbied their British counterparts last year to block Maduro’s attempt to withdraw the assets.

The U.K. government last year said it recognizes Guaido as Venezuela’s interim president until new, credible elections can be held. But Males said the Foreign Office should be asked to clarify whether it accepts that Maduro exercises power on the ground as president.

“The lower court judgment had led to a completely unrealistic situation,” Sarosh Zaiwalla, a lawyer for the Maduro-appointed central bank, said in a statement. The administration in control of the mint and day-to-day operations of the central bank in Caracas, “were being told that they could no longer deal with very substantial central bank deposits in London.”



A selection of gold bars of various weights sit at Gold Investments Ltd. bullion dealers in this arranged photograph in London, U.K., on Wednesday, July 29, 2020. Gold held its ground after a record-setting rally as investors awaited the outcome of a Federal Reserve meeting amid expectations policy makers will remain dovish, potentially spurring more gains.


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A selection of gold bars of various weights sit at Gold Investments Ltd. bullion dealers in this arranged photograph in London, U.K., on Wednesday, July 29, 2020. Gold held its ground after a record-setting rally as investors awaited the outcome of a Federal Reserve meeting amid expectations policy makers will remain dovish, potentially spurring more gains.

A lawyer for the rival Guaido administration couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.

(Updates with comment from Maduro lawyer in sixth paragraph.)

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Intel Wins US Government Advanced Packaging Project

What’s New: The U.S. Department of Defense has awarded Intel Federal LLC the second phase of its State-of-the-Art Heterogeneous Integration Prototype (SHIP) program. The SHIP program enables the U.S. government to access Intel’s state-of-the-art semiconductor packaging capabilities in Arizona and Oregon and take advantage of capabilities created by Intel’s tens of billions of dollars of annual R&D and manufacturing investment. The project is executed by the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division, and administered by the National Security Technology Accelerator.

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Intel’s newest, leading-edge manufacturing facility is Fab 42 in Ocotillo, Arizona. Fab 42 connects to three other Intel fabrication plants, making the site Intel’s first mega-factory network. It manufactures our newest generation of leadership products that will power hundreds of millions of computing devices worldwide. (Credit: Intel Corporation)

“Intel and the U.S. government share a priority to advance domestic semiconductor manufacturing technology. The SHIP program will enable the Department of Defense to take advantage of Intel’s advanced semiconductor packaging capabilities, diversifying their supply chain and protecting their intellectual property while also supporting ongoing semiconductor R&D in the U.S. and preserving critical capabilities onshore.”

— Jim Brinker, president and general manager of Intel Federal LLC

Why It Matters: SHIP is sponsored by the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering and funded by the Trusted and Assured Microelectronics program. The second phase of the program will develop prototypes of multichip packages and accelerate advancement of interface standards, protocols and security for heterogeneous systems. SHIP prototypes will integrate special-purpose government chips with Intel’s advanced, commercially available silicon products, including field programmable gate arrays, application-specific integrated circuits and CPUs. This combination of technologies provides new paths for the U.S. government’s industry partners to develop and modernize the government’s mission-critical systems while taking advantage of Intel’s U.S. manufacturing capabilities.

“To ensure that the U.S. defense industry base can continue to deliver state-of-the-art electronics for national security, it is imperative that the Department of Defense (DoD) partners with leading U.S. semiconductor companies,” Nicole Petta, principal director of microelectronics, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering. “The DoD microelectronics roadmap recognizes the importance of strategic partnerships with industry. The roadmap also prioritizes and recognizes that as process scaling slows, heterogeneous assembly technology is a critical investment for both the DoD and our nation. SHIP directly contributes to advancing the objectives outlined in the DoD roadmap and the DoD looks forward to working with Intel, a world leader in this technology.”

How It Works: Heterogeneous packaging allows the assembly of multiple, separately manufactured integrated circuit dies (chips) onto a single package to increase performance while reducing power, size and weight. SHIP provides the U.S. government access to Intel’s advanced heterogeneous packaging technologies, including embedded multi-die interconnect bridge (EMIB), 3D Foveros and Co-EMIB (combining both EMIB and Foveros).

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