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Relevance: Non-surgical contraceptives or sterilants need regulatory approval to be sold for that use. This approval process gives veterinarians the information required to assess the benefits and risks of each product, and to provide comprehensive information on the required dose, method and duration of use, safety and effectiveness. Aim: This article reviews the information that must be developed and provided to regulatory agencies worldwide, with a focus on the European Union and the United States, in order to achieve regulatory approval. Processes: The main components of developing a drug include developing extensive information on the safety and effectiveness of the product, and also the safety to the environment and to humans handling and administering the drug. Most importantly, a robust method of manufacturing both the drug itself and the formulated drug product (pill, liquid implant or injection) must be developed to assure quality and consistency in each batch. This information is then compiled and submitted to regulatory agencies; in the United States, this includes the Food and Drug Administration, the United States Department of Agriculture and the Environmental Protection Agency, and, in Europe, the European Medicines Agency. Challenges: Because of the unique nature of non-surgical contraceptives for use in cats and dogs, particularly the desire to have these products last over multiple years, there are special challenges to their regulatory approval that are discussed in this review. © 2015, © The Author(s) 2015. Source
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The American Chemical Society Committee on Grants & Awards is considering adding safety criteria to nominations for ACS Fellows, as well as allowing the society to revoke a national award or fellow designation. At an ACS Board of Directors meeting on Dec. 14, 2015, then-president Diane Grob Schmidt requested that the board review and reinforce ACS’s commitment to safety through its national awards and fellows program, as . . .
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BEAVERTON, OR — Open Scalable File Systems (OpenSFS) announced the release of Lustre 2.8.0, the fastest and most scalable parallel file system. OpenSFS, founded in 2010 to advance Lustre development, is the premier non-profit organization promoting the use of Lustre and advancing its capabilities through coordinated releases of the Lustre file system. Lustre now boasts added security and data protection, in addition to the following new features: Large portions of new feature development were funded by OpenSFS through dues collected from participants. Atos also contributed to the new features found in 2.8.0. “Lustre is a the most popular storage system for HPC, being on nine of the top 10 systems and over 70 of the top 100 in the top500.org list,” says Brent Gorda, General Manager of Intel’s High Performance Data Division. “The 2.8.0 release adds features that keep with the philosophy of performance and scale while adding features that are attractive to our enterprise and commercial customers. With these features, Lustre will continue to grow as the parallel file system of choice for HPC and enterprise technical computing.” The Lustre User Group (LUG) conference, now in its 14th year, is the industry’s primary venue for discussion and seminars on the Lustre parallel file system and other open source file system technologies. The second annual Lustre Developer Day will be held in Portland, OR, on April 4, 2016, and will be followed by two and a half days of LUG presentations. This year’s LUG features more sponsors than any previous LUG: OpenSFS also announced Steve Simms, manager of high performance file systems at Indiana University, has been re-elected as 2016 OpenSFS Community Representative Director on the OpenSFS Board of Directors. “I am pleased to serve another year on the OpenSFS board,” said Simms. “We continue to see the growth of Lustre acceptance as the features that keep Lustre the fastest parallel file system available continue, while we add features for enterprise and commercial use. I look forward to continuing to help this growth and wider deployment in the commercial arena.” According to a statement by the OpenSFS Board of Directors, “Steve has been a long-time contributor to OpenSFS, bringing his knowledge, expertise, and vision in driving the growth and acceptance of Lustre and the success of OpenSFS. We are excited to be working with him for another year.” About Lustre The Lustre file system is an open source parallel file system widely deployed at major computational centers worldwide, including many of the Top500. Currently seven of the TOP10 supercomputing sites, and over 70 percent of TOP100 sites, utilize Lustre. OpenSFS plays a pivotal role in the open source Lustre community, through roadmap definition, funding of feature releases, and the OpenSFS Lustre Working Group (LWG), which helps with helps identify requirements for new Lustre features, testing, and coordination of new releases. About OpenSFS Open Scalable File Systems, Inc. is a strong and growing nonprofit organization dedicated to the success of the Lustre file system. OpenSFS was founded in 2010 to advance Lustre, ensuring it remains vendor-neutral, open, and free. Since its inception, OpenSFS has been responsible for advancing Lustre and delivering new releases on behalf of the open source community. Through working groups, events, and ongoing funding initiatives, OpenSFS harnesses the power of collaborative development to fuel innovation and growth of the Lustre system worldwide.
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Talk about being at the right place and at the right time. Following revelations of government spying, data breaches, malicious hacking, identity theft and other online threats, the email and file encryption application Virtru has now grown to over 4,000 customers and has closed on $29 million in Series A funding, the company announced this morning. The round was led by Bessemer Venture Partners, and included New Enterprise Associates (NEA), Soros Fund Management (chaired by billionaire George Soros, also head of the rights-focused Open Society Foundations, which pushes for accountable and tolerant democracies), as well as Haystack Partners, Quadrant Capital Advisors, and Blue Delta Capital. Along with the new round, Wayne Jackson, CEO of Sonatype and former CEO of Sourcefire, will join the company’s Board of Directors. He will serve alongside BVP Partner David Cowan who co-founded cyber security companies VeriSign, Good Technology and Defense.net, and Authentic8 CEO Scott Petry, who founded the email security company Postini. Launched back in 2014, Virtru was founded by brothers John and Will Ackerly, both with a tech background in the government sector. Will, in fact, was a cloud security engineer with the NSA while John advised the White House on technology issues, including digital privacy, before leaving for private equity. The two had the idea to bring security and privacy to the applications people use every day – but in a way that made it easier to implement for the everyday user. The first product to debut was a Chrome and Firefox extension that integrated with popular email services like Gmail, which allowed users to secure their email with end-to-end encryption and specify how long the email could remain in someone’s inbox before being automatically deleted, or whether email forwarding was permitted. Since then, the company has brought its encryption, access control and data loss prevention (DLP) tools to services like Gmail, Google Drive, Yahoo, and Outlook (2010, 2013, 2016). It also has its own, standalone email apps available on Google Play and the iTunes App Store With the funding, it will work on expanding to other cloud platforms, such as Microsoft Office 365. It will also further develop its SDKs and APIs so software developers can integrate Virtru into their own applications. Virtru’s Encryption-as-a-Service architecture is built on the Trusted Data Format (TDF), an open-source technology built by Will, which wraps each content object in its own secure envelope that can only be accessed by the authorized parties. Customers manage their own encryption keys and can revoke others’ privileges and access at any time, even after the data is open or shared. This year, the company has also rolled out other features, including encrypted search for searching encrypted content in an email or file; hardware-based encryption keys; and it debuted its SDK. What makes the technology interesting and notable is not that it’s necessarily the most secure – John admitted before that there are more secure means of online communication – but those tend to be hard to use and expensive. Instead, Virtru is simple enough for anyone to understand, and it works across different platforms. And it’s free for personal use, with tiered pricing for Pro ($5/month) and Enterprise use. While the inspiration for the product was on simplifying security for everyone, Virtru is now used by businesses, in addition to individuals. Its software makes it simpler for businesses to manage security and encryption in Gmail, Google Drive and Google Apps, and helps businesses with things like CJIS, CFPB and HIPAA compliance as well as IP Protection, among other things. Today, it touts customers in the media, entertainment, government, healthcare, financial services, and manufacturing sectors. The funding is notable giving the crunch affecting startups’ ability to raise – especially in the crowded cybersecurity sector, which was cited earlier this year as seeing a funding “drought.” BVP’s Cowan said at the time that many startups arriving on the scene were copying technology on the market already, or were launching products hackers had already figured out how to circumvent. The challenges led to startups taking longer to close deals, having to cut spending, or looking for exits. For the time being, however, Virtru does not appear to be in that bucket. “As we share our personal information with banks, doctors, schools, employers, and governments, our individual privacy depends upon their security,” said Cowan, in a statement. “The success of Virtru’s email and file protection offerings show that they’re setting the new standard for business privacy.”
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Innovation is the marrow that keeps an organization thriving, says Adam Witty, who has blazed a path in recent years as one of “America’s Coolest Young Entrepreneurs,” according to INC. Magazine. “Sometimes, a term is used so often that you have to wonder whether it still retains meaning, but I think innovation describes something that’s essential for business-minded dreamers who live in the real world,” says Witty. “We know that books empower readers, but what many overlook is how books empower authors — it gives experts further say as the ultimate authority in their space.” Entrepreneurs, small business owners, professional speakers, attorneys, doctors, financial advisors, coaches, philanthropists, and many more all either ascend or descend based on their credibility. A book is an innovative way to leverage one’s expertise and tip the scales in a favorable direction, Witty explains. • Turn clients into fans. The most profitable companies in the world boast the most fanatical clients and customers. Think about Apple, which does many things very, very well. One of them is servicing the customer first. And Apple excels in communicating its mission to its audience. A book does both of those things. Profiting from book sales is not the point; you will have serviced readers with information, which may be free, and gotten across your messaging simply by having a book available. • Expand your gravitas. Positioning yourself as the go-to person in your field may seem like a hopeless task considering the sheer amount of competition there is vying for everyone’s attention. Work, school, children, TV, social media and the endless sea of websites keep most people engaged at nearly every turn. Published authors, however, are part of .04 percent of the global population, which is a nice differentiation rate considering most professionals today have websites. • Earn quantity and quality. A goldmine of new customers come from referrals, which spend an average of five times more with businesses than a customer acquired through general marketing or advertising. Most profitable businesses report that much more than 70 percent of new clients result from referrals made by current customers. Referrals involve a trusted recommendation from a family member or friend, who validates a business with the currency of trust. “Nearly every expert I’ve worked with has seen a dramatic increase in their referrals,” Witty says. “Books are an investment. If someone reads your book — or simply knows you have one — you become part of that currency of trust.” • Talk it out! Of course, successful entrepreneurs, CEOs and other experts are smart and have plenty of insightful things to say, but getting it down just right in book form is time-consuming. At least, it used to be. “Our popular Talk Your Book program has helped hundreds of experts,” he says. “Over the course of 10 hours, a project editor interviews authors-to-be by phone. Our editorial team then transcribes ideas, transforming them into a manuscript.” Adam Witty is the founder and CEO of Advantage Media Group, The Business Growth Publisher. Throughout the past decade, he has worked with hundreds of entrepreneurs, business leaders and professionals to help them create, publish, and market a book to grow their business. He has been featured on ABC and Fox, and was selected for INC. Magazine’s 30 Under 30 list of “America’s Coolest Young Entrepreneurs” in 2011. Witty is an in-demand speaker, teacher, and consultant on marketing and business development techniques for entrepreneurs and authors and is a frequent guest on the acclaimed Extreme Entrepreneurship Tour. He is the Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of Youth Entrepreneurship South Carolina. www.advantagefamily.com