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$WTER 420 with CNW – The Next Big Trend in Cannabis: Low-THC Products

For many years, the most popular and well known cannabinoid was THC. However, in the recent times, there has been an increase in CBD awareness and popularity.

Search trends on Google indicate that CBD is searched more often as compared to THC, and this has been the case for the last few years. Clearly, interest in CBD is on the rise, but is its use increasing too? Many wonder if CBD products will lead to a decline in THC popularity among patients and consumers. Will that be the case? Below are some reasons why CBD might just eclipse THC in the consumption department.

CBD products are easier to cultivate

CBD products are also referred to as low-THC products. Marijuana strains that are low in THC are more common in nature than strains that are high in THC. To get a plant to yield high amounts of THC, you require the right ecosystem and environment.

This is in comparison to hemp with low THC which can grow anywhere, as long as the temperatures are not extremely cold or hot. Additionally, low THC products can be locally sourced, making them easier to get to international markets.

This makes low THC varieties of marijuana easier to cultivate unlike high THC varieties, which boosts their popularity with consumers.

There are more favorable laws governing CBD

Most low-THC products that are internationally available are derived from hemp and in many countries, the regulations and laws of hemp are generally more favorable as compared to non-hemp cannabis varieties. A great example of a country with favorable laws would be Switzerland.

In Switzerland, floral hemp or low-THC marijuana, is very popular and widely available for legal purchase by adults. While products that have more than 1% THC in them are prohibited for recreational use, marijuana products that have less than 1% THC are legal in the country.

History has shown that a country is less likely to pass a high-THC recreational law but will have no qualms with approving a low-THC medical marijuana law. This also affects consumer popularity.

Reduces the use of prescription medication

A recent study discovered that the increased availability of low-THC marijuana products led to a decrease in the use of pharmaceutical drugs. This is not only good for marijuana consumers but also for the society as a whole, as there’s a decrease in public-entitlement health-related costs.

This just goes to show that as the fight to have plant-based therapies recognized as an alternative form of treatment, many are finding ways to incorporate low-THC marijuana remedies into their routines, showing that there is a growing trend of these products capturing a bigger market share. What do companies like The Alkaline Water Company Inc. (CSE: WTER) (NASDAQ: WTER) think about this growing trend?

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$POAI Sufficient Vitamin D Levels May Reduce Coronavirus Complications, Death

Researchers have discovered that coronavirus patients who were hospitalized and had vitamin D sufficiency were at a significantly lower risk of experiencing hypoxia, becoming unconscious or dying. Additionally, they had high levels of lymphocytes, which are immune cells that help the body fight infections, and had low levels of the C-reactive protein, which is an inflammatory marker.

The study was authored by Michael F. Holick, who is a professor of physiology, medicine and molecular medicine and biophysics at Boston University School of Medicine. The professor explained that the study provided evidence showing that sufficient levels of vitamin D reduced COVID-19 complications, such as the release of too many cytokines into the patient’s blood rapidly (cytokine storm) and death.

The study involved 235 patients admitted to the hospital with coronavirus from whom blood samples were collected. The samples were used to measure the vitamin D levels of the patients as well as analyze lymphocyte numbers and C-reactive protein.  The patients were then observed for any developments in their symptoms such as unconsciousness, and difficulty breathing that caused hypoxia and ultimately, death. The scientists then compared this data in patients who had sufficient vitamin D levels to those that suffered from its deficiency.

In patients who were more than 40 years old and vitamin D sufficient, the researchers found that they were 51.5% less likely to die from an infection in comparison with the patients who were vitamin D insufficient or deficient.

In another study that was recently published by Holick, they discovered that being vitamin D sufficient can decrease the contraction risk of COVID-19 by 54%. The researchers also believe that having vitamin D sufficiency can help the body fight the coronavirus as well as other viruses that cause upper respiratory tract infections, such as influenza. He added that there was still concern that the fusion of a coronavirus infection and an influenza infection may increase hospitalizations considerably as well as death, which may occur as a result of adverse effects from these viral infections.

Holick states that the study gives a cost-effective and simple plan to improve an individual’s ability to fight COVID-19 and decrease the coronavirus’ adverse outcomes like a patient being hooked up to a ventilator or an immune response that leads to a cytokine storm or death. Furthermore, he adds that it’s only prudent for individuals to take vitamin D supplements, especially since vitamin D insufficiency and deficiency is so common among both adults and children. This, he says, may help decrease the risk of infection or experiencing complications from the coronavirus.

This discovery that vitamin D levels can affect the extent to which one is affected by COVID-19 may be of interest to biomedical entities like Predictive Oncology (NASDAQ: POAI) since it strengthens the hypothesis that nearly all disease conditions are linked to a nutritional deficiency.

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$BHAT Enters Updated LOI to Acquire 51% of Mobile Game Developer Csfctech

Blue Hat Interactive Entertainment Technology (NASDAQ: BHAT), a leading producer, developer and operator of augmented reality (“AR”) interactive entertainment games, toys and educational materials in China, today announced its entry into an updated letter of intent (“LOI”). Under the terms of the LOI, BHAT will acquire the control of 51% of Fuzhou Csfctech Co. Ltd. (“Csfctech”) and its two subsidiaries through the direct acquisition of 51% of the outstanding shares of its offshore holding company. Csfctech is a developer and distributor of mobile games with an international user base across Mainland China, Japan, Taiwan, the United Arab Emirates and Africa. “We believe that this transaction represents a significant development in our strategy and ability to rollout a wider breath of augmented reality and mobile games to our growing audience in China,” BHAT CEO Xiaodong Chen said in the news release. “Csfctech’s business covers more than 100 games available on a number of different platforms and maintains a strong following of customers based in Asia and Africa. Through this acquisition, not only can we integrate the product development technology, operation and distribution resources of Csfctech, but also our combined resources may help strengthen the available distribution channels. In addition, we expect to leverage our combined expertise to improve the product structure and enhance the overall revenue scale and marketing capabilities.”

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Blue Hat Interactive Entertainment Technology is a producer, developer and operator of AR interactive entertainment games and toys in China, including interactive educational materials, mobile games and toys with mobile-game features. The company’s entertainment platform creates unique user experiences by connecting physical items to mobile devices, which creates a rich visual and interactive environment for users through the integration of real objects and virtual scenery. Distinguished by its own proprietary technology, Blue Hat aims to create an engaging, interactive and immersive community for its users. For more information, please visit the company’s investor relations website at www.IR.BlueHatGroup.com.

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$CRTD Appoints New COO to Lead Growth Strategy, Manage Partnership Initiatives

Creatd (NASDAQ: CRTD, CRTDW), the parent company and creator of the Vocal platform, today announced the appointment of Laurie Weisberg as its new chief operating officer. Weisberg currently sits on Creatd’s board of directors and will lead the company’s sales team in the execution of its growth strategy and manage all strategic partnership initiatives. This appointment aligns with Creatd’s 2021 plans to broaden and scale its product line and revenues, including Vocal for Brands, Seller’s Choice, and Vocal+ paid subscriptions. “I have closely observed the Creatd team over the last year, particularly since I assumed my role as a member of the board of directors over the summer,” said Weisberg in the news release. “It is clear that the team’s ability to unleash the power of the network in delivering valuable content for audiences, while at the same time helping brands drive their growth by leveraging the highly engaged Vocal community and rich first-party data, makes Creatd a unique brand with a global proposition. As COO, I look forward to working closely with Jeremy and the rest of the management team to continue to build Creatd’s scalable and profitable business lines.”

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About Creatd Inc.

Creatd, the parent company and creator of the Vocal platform, empowers content creators and brands through technology and data-driven innovation. Creatd identifies opportunities within the digital platform and content monetization space, and leverages them through the company’s proprietary Vocal technology, as well as through complementary digital businesses including Vocal for Brands and Seller’s Choice. Since launching in 2016, Vocal has become home to over 700,000 content creators and brands of all shapes and sizes, attracting audiences across its network of wholly owned and operated communities. For more information about Creatd and its Vocal platform, visit www.Creatd.com and www.Vocal.media.

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$CNSP Study Discovers That Septic Shock Begins Earlier than Scientists Thought

Researchers from Johns Hopkins University have discovered that septic shock can be classified into four categories, making it easier for hospitals to accurately triage sepsis patients and treat individuals who are at higher risk first. This will prevent a higher mortality rate from people dying due to this costly and deadly medical condition.

The leading causes of in-hospital deaths are septic shock and sepsis. Biomedical researchers from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and Whiting School of Engineering state that their findings may be used to detect early signs of septic shock in patients who are rapidly developing the infection as it overpowers their immune system. Septic shock in fatal cases can lead to organ failure and eventually, death.

This new study from the Institute of Computational Medicine and the Department of Biomedical Engineering also shows that septic shock starts much earlier than health practitioners currently understand. The findings from the study will help in answering a lot of the questions that surround this deadly disease, although we may have to wait a bit longer for an algorithmic definition to be discovered.

The lead author of the study and doctoral student in biomedical engineering, Ran Liu, said that they used patients’ risk categories to group them. This demonstrated the usefulness of having various risk categories that would indicate the severity of septic shock cases in patients. Their research was supervised by Raimond L. Winslow, who is Liu’s adviser and also the director of the Institute for Computational Medicine. Additionally, the research was published on eLife.

The study, which used more than 24 physiological indicators, collected from 200,000 individual admissions from various hospitals in the U.S., discovered that the increase in risk of an individual to suffer from septic shock occurred within half an hour to an hour after the first sign of shock registers.

The descent into septic shock registers as rapid shifts in lactate levels, heart rate and blood pressure. When a patient’s immune system is overpowered by an infection, the body starts to lose the ability to stop the body from deteriorating further. The scientists believe that this is when septic shock begins and refer to this period as “pre-shock.”

The study states that when a patient enters the pre-shock stage, they are already in a state of septic shock. Patients who have been categorized in the highest risk of experiencing septic shock are in a septic shock stage for at least 10 hours before they can satisfy what is the current clinical definition of septic shock.

The paper adds that the plummet into pre-shock is quite rapid and that the use of intelligent and automated monitors may help detect it in patients. The researchers recommend that hospitals begin implementing automated technology to help detect these early warnings. Furthermore, the study supports the existing research that requires lactate measurements be done every 1- 2 hours for better categorization of patients, stating that their research calculates median time between lactate observations to be 11.2 hours.

Septic shock is a serious condition, and there is no doubt that biomed companies like CNS Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: CNSP) welcome the additional information that this research has unveiled about this condition.

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$SRAX Acquires LD Micro, Accelerates Adoption of SaaS Data Management Platform

  • SRAX recently closed acquisition of LD Micro, leading micro-cap information portal
  • LD Micro to become wholly-owned subsidiary of SRAX for 1.6 million in common stock plus $4 million cash
  • Acquisition to accelerate adoption of Sequire, SRAX’s SaaS investment analytics platform
  • Sequire revenue grew 29% year-over-year for Q2 2020, user base doubled to one million users during Q3 2020

SRAX (NASDAQ: SRAX), a data-based financial technology company, recently closed the acquisition of LD Micro, a leading data portal serving the small and micro-cap space. The deal, worth 1,600,000 shares of common stock and $4 million in cash, will make LD Micro a wholly-owned subsidiary of SRAX while maintaining founder Christopher Lahiji as president and appointing him to SRAX’s board of directors.

The move comes during a rapid growth period for Sequire, SRAX’s data analytics SaaS platform. Geared towards the investment industry, Sequire unlocks data and insight for public companies that can be used to activate marketing campaigns to engage both new, existing and potential investors.

Prior to acquiring LD Micro, SRAX had witnessed strong early success with Sequire. The platform doubled its user base to over one million investors and traders in two months (http://nnw.fm/JRZtk), in addition to posting Q2 earnings that showed a 29% increase in year-over-year revenue. The acquisition of LD Micro – a leading brand in the provision of exclusive information on micro-cap North American stocks – is expected to accelerate the adoption of Sequire while enhancing LD Micro’s own digital assets.

Sequire helps public companies gain insights on the activities of both retail and institutional investors, providing critical actionable data to activate successful campaigns aimed to increase engagement with current investors while attracting new ones. Sequire’s application suite is currently being used by over 91 companies to harness the power of their data through the use of tools that leverage investor intelligence and outreach, track warrants, engage users through surveys, and promote events and roadshows.

“The platform is an absolute game-changer for public companies and their shareholders,” said LD Micro founder Chris Lahiji in recent statements  (http://nnw.fm/ppRfl). “Both companies believe that one day executives will rely on Sequire the same way investors rely on Bloomberg.”

“Over 1,500 companies have presented at LD Micro’s events since 2008, and almost all of them would be immediate beneficiaries of this technology,” he continued.

The acquisition of LD Micro is expected to be immediately accreditive to SRAX’s operations. The recent LD 500 conference, held online in early September, included presentations from hundreds of companies across a wide range of industries in addition to featuring keynotes with some of the most prominent figures in the micro-cap world.

The company continues to leverage the growing demand for quantifiable and detailed consumer data by creating specialized tools that empower companies to reveal core consumers and their characteristics across a wide range of industries.

For more information, visit the company’s website at www.SRAX.com.

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$SGLB Announces Contract, Plans to Begin Production Deployment of PrintRite3D Software

Sigma Labs (NASDAQ: SGLB), a leading developer of in-process, quality-assurance software for the commercial 3D-printing industry, has been awarded a contract by a leading global energy technology provider. The contract, which was finalized after a successful Rapid Test and Evaluation (“RTE”) program, calls for beginning production deployment of PrintRite3D(R) in-process quality assurance software. During the RTE, engineers worked closely with Sigma’s engineering team to evaluate issues involved in the customer’s application of SGLB’s proprietary PrintRite3D technology, specifically as it pertained to running the technology on an EOS single-laser machine and an SLM dual-laser machine. The announcement of this contract follow SGLB’s recent sale of an initial PrintRite3D production system to Mitsubishi Heavy Industries. “The conversion from our RTE program to beginning production deployment is a testament to the traction our enabling technology is garnering in the additive manufacturing industry,” Sigma Labs CEO Mark Ruport stated in the press release.

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Sigma Labs is a leading provider of quality assurance software to the commercial 3D metal printing industry under the PrintRite3D brand. Sigma specializes in the development and commercialization of real-time monitoring solutions known as PrintRite3D for 3D metal advanced manufacturing technologies. PrintRite3D detects and classifies defects and anomalies real-time during the manufacturing process and informs the production manager of quality issues. Sigma Labs believes its software product will be a major catalyst for the acceleration and adoption of 3D metal printing For more information about the company, please visit www.SigmaLabsInc.com.

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$POAI Set to Capitalize on Increased AI Usage within Oncological Treatments

  • Predictive Oncology develops AI-solutions designed to assist clinicians in formulating personalized treatment plans for oncological patients
  • Artificial Intelligence is being increasingly used to help understand and accurately predict how drug therapies can interact with specific patients
  • POAI’s TumorGenesis subsidiary is also creating laboratory-grown tumors to help clinicians and researchers to better test therapies

Predictive Oncology (NASDAQ: POAI), a knowledge-driven precision medicine company that focuses on applying data and artificial intelligence (“AI”) to cancer personalized medicine and drug discovery, is set to play a key role as the integration of AI technology within cancer care continues to improve the accuracy and speed of diagnosis, aid clinical decision-making and lead to better health outcomes. The National Cancer Institute (“NCI”) in the United States has separately revealed that it is increasingly looking to invest in supporting research and developing infrastructure centered around the usage of AI in developing oncological treatments (https://ibn.fm/BFD5m) – a niche where Predictive Oncology is increasingly building a dominant presence. In addition, the White House has announced $2 billion funding for public and private sector “AI hubs” designed to drive key advances in AI as well as other computational technologies (https://ibn.fm/kcgSH).

A primary goal of precision cancer medicine is the accurate prediction of optimal drug therapies based upon the personalized molecular profiles of patient tumors; ideally, such predictions are based upon well-established molecular cause-and-effect relationships that are disrupted in cancer calls (https://ibn.fm/LQvQX). The foundation of these accurate predictions is built upon extensive bodies of data, with the volume of cancer-relevant data being generated and electronically stored on a daily basis vastly exceeding what could even be imagined only a few decades ago. As such, the search for significant correlations within cancer-relevant “big” datasets is a task which is ideally suited for artificial intelligence and machine learning-based approaches.

Predictive Oncology focuses on building AI-driven predictive models of tumor drug response and outcomes from its unique real-world longitudinal data of drug-response and genomic profiles gathered from more than 150,000 de-identified cancer cases. Through its subsidiary Helomics, POAI is seeking to bring this cutting-edge technology to cancer research, where it is working with the pharmaceutical, diagnostic and biotech industries to develop predictive models of how tumors respond to drugs, which can be used both for clinical decision support and research into new therapies.

Meanwhile, the company’s wholly-owned TumorGenesis subsidiary specializes in the field of ovarian cancer, creating laboratory-grown cancer cells which can then be used to assist researchers and clinicians in identifying which cancer cells bind to specific biomarkers. Once the biomarkers are identified, they can be used in TumorGenesis’ proprietary Oncology Capture Technology Platform, which is able to grow the patient’s heterogeneous tumor sample in the laboratory, enabling oncologists to develop a patient-specific treatment plan (https://ibn.fm/byGJI).

Going forward, the use of artificial intelligence will help oncological researchers quickly understand how cancer cells become resistant to anti-cancer drugs, which can help improve drug development and adjust drug use. The technology can also be used to manage the use of chemotherapy drugs and predict a patient’s tolerance levels, thus allowing for chemotherapy regimens to be optimized. In the future, by leveraging Predictive Oncology’s AI-driven solutions, doctors will be able to make better-informed treatment decisions, thus reducing the need for unnecessary or poorly targeted treatments and improving patient outcomes.

For more information about the company, visit www.Predictive-Oncology.com.

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$NETE California Governor Promotes Switch to Electric Vehicles

It’s becoming increasingly difficult to bury our heads in the sand in regard to climate change. The earth is hurtling towards a ‘hothouse’ state not seen in 50 million years and a lot of the blame lies at the feet of humanity. Perhaps the most obvious sign of climate change is that it’s getting hotter and according to scientists, the next three years might be even hotter than normal. No state has experienced the heat as much as California; five of the largest wildfires in state history have been ignited in recent weeks, and residents have become accustomed to rolling blackouts due to heat waves.

In a bid to reduce their carbon footprint, plenty of governments have launched programs to phase out internal combustion-engine vehicles in exchange for electric vehicles (“EVs”) that run on clean, renewable energy and produce zero emissions. Similarly, California Governor Gavin Newsom has already set the goal of 100% zero-emission energy sources for the state’s electricity by 2045. He signed the bill mandating the electricity target in 2018 as well as an executive order calling for statewide carbon neutrality.

His latest effort at reducing greenhouse gas emissions came on Wednesday when Newsom pledged to ban all sales of new gasoline-powered vehicles by 2035. The order won’t prevent Californians from owning or selling gasoline or diesel-powered vehicles on the used-vehicle market, rather it will prevent the sale of new carbon energy-powered vehicles. This pledge makes California the first state in the country to ban conventional vehicles alongside 15 other countries including France and Germany.

The move was met with resistance from White House spokesman Judd Deere who claimed it was another example of “how extreme the left has become,” concluding that “the lengths to which they will go to destroy jobs and raise costs for the consumer is alarming.” However, Governor Newsom disagrees, arguing that the Trump administration’s argument is “stale” and inaccurate. “This is where the automobile manufacturers are going,” he says. “We want to accelerate a trend you’re seeing all around the rest of the world.”

He states that the plan is absolutely doable based on the state’s infrastructure. “We can do it. I mean, the reality is we’re already doing it. Thirty-four percent of our electricity comes from renewable places. We have over 50% of all the electricity produced and procured in California from non-carbon sources. We have a plan. We have a strategy,” he says. On the Trump administration’s claim that switching to green energy will devastate the job economy, Newsom says that it is not factual.

“It’s gobbledygook. It’s nonsense. It’s not factual. It’s not even an interesting argument. It’s rather stale. Already, California has five times more green jobs than we do fossil fuel jobs. Fossil fuels are really the alternative energy.”

Analysts say such steadfastness as displayed by Gov. Newsom attracts the admiration of companies like Net Element (NASDAQ: NETE) that would like carbon emissions to be brought to a halt in all major economies and around the world.

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$DRIO Researchers Develop Simple Way to Detect Coronavirus Antibodies Using Glucose Monitors

Three scientists from Johns Hopkins; a biomedical engineer, a pharmacologist and a biophysicist, have come together to build a device that can detect if an individual has SARS-CoV-2 antibodies, which is the virus that causes COVID-19. Antibodies are small proteins produced by the immune system to help your body counteract a viral encounter and provide the immunity to fight it off if future infections occur.

The researchers derived their inspiration from a glucose monitor, which is used by millions of people around the world. This, they said, could help them design an antibody detector that can be used easily and is affordable worldwide.

People who suffer from diabetes use glucose monitors to measure their blood sugar levels. This is done by pricking their finger for a drop of blood which is then placed on a test strip paper and inserted into the monitor.

The three researchers; Jamie Spangler, assistant professor of biomedical engineering, Netz Arroyo, assistant professor of pharmacology and molecular sciences, Taekjip Ha, professor of biophysics, biophysical chemistry and biomedical engineering say that this gadget can also be re-engineered to detect the presence of glucose in chemical reactions that occur as a result of antibodies in the blood.

To do this, the team developed a test strip which contained spike protein obtained from the SARS-CoV-2 virus surface. Then they added a drop of blood from a patient and observed as the COVID-19 antibodies that were present in the blood bind with the spike proteins on the test strip. After this, the scientists dipped the test strip into a tube which contains an enzyme that binds itself to the coronavirus antibodies.

The next step was to wash off the excess enzyme and insert the strip into a solution that contained a molecule that the enzyme transforms into glucose. Finally, they used a glucose monitor to read the amount of glucose that is present on the strip, which is a substitute for coronavirus antibodies present in the blood sample from the patient.

Arroyo stated that working on the project had been a good opportunity to learn from his colleagues, engage with them and brainstorm together to generate a creative solution that addressed a crucial need that was brought forth by the coronavirus pandemic. He added that they were looking into developing a bio sensing platform that would help monitor infection spread better for both the current crisis as well as for any that might occur in the future.

The research is still ongoing, and the scientists are running more tests on the patent-pending technology. Analysts say biomed sector players like DarioHealth Corp. (NASDAQ: DRIO) are pleased so many innovators rising up to the challenge of the ongoing pandemic.

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$CNSP Expands Scientific Advisory Board with Leading Neuro-Oncology Expert, Dr. Patrick Wen, M.D.

  • Pivotal Phase 2 Berubicin trial expected to commence in Q1 2021 following planned IND submission in Q4 2020
  • CNS Pharmaceuticals also plans to begin pre-clinical work on Berubicin in connection with treatment for lymphomas, pancreatic, and ovarian cancers
  • Brain tumor drug therapeutics market expected to reach $3.4 billion by 2025

CNS Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: CNSP), a biopharmaceutical company specializing in the development of novel treatments for primary and metastatic cancers of the central nervous system, has expanded its Scientific Advisory Board by welcoming new member Dr. Patrick Wen, M.D., a leading neurology and neuro-oncology expert (https://ibn.fm/VJ6e9). Dr. Wen joins current Board members, Dr. Waldemar Priebe, Ph.D., and Dr. Sigmund Hsu, M.D., both of whom were involved in the Phase 1 trial of Berubicin, CNS Pharmaceuticals’ lead drug candidate.

Dr. Wen is a Neurology professor at Harvard Medical School and the Director of the Center for Neuro-Oncology at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Dr. Wen is a member of the Board of Directors of The Society for Neuro-Oncology and is also its immediate past President. An accomplished neuro-oncologist with a proven track record treating brain tumors and related neurologic complications, Dr. Wen is a graduate of University of London’s Medical College of St. Bartholomew’s Hospital. He continued his postgraduate internal medicine training with the University of London and completed his neurology residency with the Harvard-Longwood Neurology Training Program.

According to CNS Pharmaceuticals CEO John Climaco, Dr. Wen’s extensive experience in neuro-oncology will be invaluable to the company as it prepares for its upcoming Berubicin clinical trials. “The addition of Dr. Wen strongly complements our strategy to further drive the development of Berubicin as we look forward to initiating our pivotal Phase II trial in the U.S. and to working with our partner WPD Pharmaceuticals on the Phase I pediatric and Phase II adult studies in Poland,” Climaco added.

Dr. Wen’s appointment was included among the latest company updates furnished to the Securities and Exchange Commission on September 21, 2020. The investor presentation in the Form 8-K/A also announced that the company’s pivotal Phase 2 clinical trial for Berubicin in the United States is expected to begin in Q1 2021 (https://ibn.fm/MRaIq). In addition, Berubicin clinical trials in Poland (Phase 2 for adults and the first-ever Phase 1 trial for pediatric patients) are also due to begin on a similar timeline.

CNS Pharmaceuticals’ lead drug candidate is proposed for the treatment of glioblastoma multiforme (“GBM”), an aggressive and incurable form of brain cancer. It is an organ targeted therapeutic that belongs to a class of cancer drugs called anthracyclines. CNS Pharmaceuticals has stated that it believes, based on limited clinical data, that Berubicin is the first drug in this class to cross the blood-brain barrier in adults, reaching the tumor cells of a patient with brain cancer.

Berubicin was developed by CNS Founder and Scientific Advisory Board member Dr. Waldemar Priebe, Ph.D., Professor of Medicinal Chemistry at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. The development of Berubicin has been ongoing for over 15 years. The drug was granted Orphan Drug designation by the FDA for malignant gliomas in June 2020. CNS Pharmaceuticals is currently expected to make an Investigational New Drug (“IND”) submission to the FDA in Q4 2020.

In Phase 1 trials of Berubicin, conducted by Reata Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: RETA), 44% of GBM patients showed clinically significant response to Berubicin. A patient from the Phase 1 trial remains cancer-free following the trial treatment of Berubicin approximately 14 years ago.

CNS Pharmaceuticals plans for the Phase 2 adult trial in the United States to be adaptive, randomized, and controlled. These criteria for Phase 2 are intended to provide the data required for accelerated approval by the FDA. Additionally, the company plans to use the Phase 2 adult trial in Poland, conducted by sub-licensee WPD Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (CSE: WBIO) (FSE: 8SV1), to provide additional statistical support for the U.S. trial.

Plans are also in motion to begin Berubicin clinical trials for lymphomas, pancreatic, and ovarian cancers in 2021, which speaks to the high level of confidence CNS Pharmaceuticals has in Berubicin trials and its potential impact on the brain tumor therapeutics market. It is estimated that the global brain tumor therapeutics market will reach $3.4 billion by 2025, growing at a CAGR of 7.2 percent (https://ibn.fm/qJSuy).

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$WTER 420 with CNW – Vermont Marijuana Policy Reform Bills Sent to Governor’s Desk

A proposal to legalize cannabis sales in Vermont and another one that provides automatic expungements for marijuana convictions have been pushed to the governor’s desk after a final Senate vote was conducted on Tuesday.

The state Senate approved the negotiated legislation with a 23-6 vote after the House of Representatives had approved it.

In 2018, Vermont legalized the cultivation of 2 marijuana plants and possession of a maximum of 29 grams of marijuana. However, no regulations that allow retail sales were put in place.

The governor of Vermont, Gov. Philip Brian Scott (R) has yet to explicitly confirm or deny whether he will put his signature on the S.54 measure but he admitted to being impressed last week on how the measure was received in the legislative process and noted that he would take that into account.

Apart from the marijuana sales legalization bill, the Senate also approved a separate bill that will issue automatic expungements of cannabis convictions as well as allow individuals to possess and grow more marijuana without being arrested. The House had passed the proposal earlier this month, meaning it’s also headed to the governor’s desk as well.

The proposed marijuana sales bill states that cannabis would be subject to the state’s 6% sales tax and an additional 14% excise tax. S.54 also highlights a few social equity provisions like helping individuals who have been adversely affected by the drug war and making cannabis business licenses for minorities a priority. Additionally, an independent regulatory commission will be in charge of promoting small business participation in the market.

A cannabis control commission would be established and would be responsible for the issuance of licenses to growers, retailers, manufacturers, labs and wholesalers. This body will also assume the role of the Department of Public Safety in regulating the state’s medical marijuana industry.

Additionally, flavored vape cartridges would be banned and a 30% THC limit would be imposed on marijuana flower while marijuana oil may only contain at most 60% THC.

A fiscal analysis that was done on the final bill shows that Vermont will generate roughly $13.3 million – $24.2 million in annual marijuana tax revenue by the Fiscal Year 2025. The Joint Fiscal Office estimates that licensing fees may generate an additional $650,000 in revenue each year. Municipalities that have cannabis businesses will also be allowed to impose additional local fees.

Industry watchers say sector players like The Alkaline Water Company Inc. (CSE: WTER) (NASDAQ: WTER) will be hoping that the governor puts the wishes of the people into consideration while deciding whether to enact or reject the marijuana policy reform bills before him.

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$WTER Featured in Exclusive Broadcast

The Alkaline Water Company (CSE: WTER) (NASDAQ: WTER), a producer of premium bottled alkaline and flavored-infused drinking waters and CBD-infused products, today announced that it was featured in a broadcast titled, “New Opportunities Abound for Specialty Beverage, Water Companies.” The piece highlights significant M&A potential for smaller specialty brands and reads, “Companies such as The Alkaline Water Company, one of the fastest-growing enhanced water companies in the industry, could be an attractive option. . . . Alkaline88 remains one of the top-selling brands in the value-added water category. According to recent trade data, Alkaline88 reported double-digit growth despite the value added water category contracting 8.2% for the four-week period ending April 18, 2020.”

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Founded in 2012, The Alkaline Water Company is headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona. Its flagship product, Alkaline88(R), is a leading premier alkaline water brand available in bulk and single-serve sizes along with eco-friendly aluminum packaging options. With its innovative, state-of-the-art proprietary electrolysis process, Alkaline88 delivers perfect 8.8 pH-balanced alkaline drinking water with trace minerals and electrolytes and boasts its trademarked label: Clean Beverage. Quickly being recognized as a growing lifestyle brand, Alkaline88 launched A88 Infused(TM) in 2019 to meet consumer demand for flavor-infused products. A88 Infused flavored water is available in seven unique all-natural flavors with new flavors coming soon. Additionally, in 2020, the company launched A88 Infused Beverage Division Inc., which includes the company’s CBD water and flavor-infused water. For the company’s topical and ingestible offerings, A88 Infused Products includes both the company’s lab-tested, full-spectrum hemp salves, balms, lotions, essential oils and bath salts, along with broad-spectrum hemp beverage shots, powder packs, oil tinctures, capsules and gummies. To learn more about the company, visit www.A88CBD.com and www.TheAlkalineWaterCo.com.

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$POAI New AI Tool Can Quickly Spot Coronavirus Outbreaks in US Counties

Researchers from Georgia Tech, Harvard Medical School and the Boston Medical Center have developed a new online learning-based tool that allows the health sector to detect coronavirus outbreaks earlier in various counties in the U.S.

The Coronavirus outbreak detection tool is usually updated 2-3 times every week. It forecasts how fast a coronavirus outbreak will spread in a county by approximating the doubling rate of cases. The doubling time refers to the total number of days it takes for the cases in any given county to double. The tool takes into consideration the reported coronavirus deaths and cases, social distancing measures, face masks mandates, the rates of positive tests, changes in tests performed as well as the CDC’s Social Vulnerability Index.

This generates an interactive map that lets the users see a specific county’s population, the total number of new coronavirus cases in the county in the last week, the average number of cases recorded every day in the last week and also the coronavirus doubling rate.

Turgay Ayer, who is an associate professor in Georgia Tech H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering, says that it is important to identify an outbreak promptly to ensure that the area in question can be isolated. This will in turn help limit the spread to neighboring locations, and this will in turn assist in effectively containing the pandemic. The tool provides an upper hand in early detection of an outbreak as it is automated, thus speeding up the process.

An assistant professor at Harvard Medical School who is also the associate director at the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute for Technology Assessment, Jagpreet Chhatwal, states that while the earlier measures focused on reducing the spread of COVID-19 at the state level, detecting outbreaks at a local level allows the legislators to execute the necessary measures at the local level. This will help in effectively containing the pandemic. The presence of the automated system helps speed up the whole process as it can detect current outbreaks within a few days.

Last week, the research team used the coronavirus outbreak tool to confirm an outbreak in Johnson County, Iowa. The outbreak is thought to have originated from the University of Iowa. Furthermore, the tool also pointed out a few counties where outbreaks might occur. These include Wheeler County in Georgia, Whitman County in Washington, Harrisonburg County in Virginia and Monroe County in Indiana.

Analysts say the use of artificial intelligence (“AI”) to detect or deal with major disease conditions isn’t very new to many players in the biomedical field, such as Predictive Oncology (NASDAQ: POAI), so it isn’t hard to see how hugely useful the COVID-19 outbreak detection tool can be at this time.

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$ICLK Announces Launch of One-Stop Solution – iNsights

iClick Interactive Asia Group (NASDAQ: ICLK), an independent online marketing and enterprise data solutions provider in China, today announced the launch of its flagship marketing analysis tool, iNsights, which gives brands in-depth and actionable consumer behavior insights to drive more effective marketing campaigns. According to the update, iNsights is an efficient one-stop solution that tracks and analyzes cross-channel campaigns covering China and overseas markets. “iNsights effectively addresses the difficulties presented to marketers by the shallow insights provided by raw data and selective sampling data analysis, as well as the inconvenience and incomparability of multiple tracking systems for different regions,” said Frankie Ho, president of International Business at iClick, in the news release. “Our recent update of iAudience and the launch of iActivate and iNsights are part of iClick’s commitment to continually build up and develop the best full-stack solutions for global marketers. iClick has always devoted itself to helping brands gain a better and deeper understanding of markets in real time and to creating the best marketing strategies driven by data and advanced algorithms.”

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$UUUU The US Pledges to Help Colombia Develop Mining Sector

Mike Pompeo, the U.S. Secretary of State, made it known recently that his office would be launching a program that will provide Colombia’s mining industry with the assistance needed for its development.

On the visit to Colombia, the Secretary of State revealed that the proposal would be organized by the Department of State Energy Governance and Capacity Initiative.

In a press conference that was held at the Presidential Palace last Saturday, Pompeo told Iván Duque, Colombia’s president, that American and Colombian companies could do a lot of good together, what with the welcoming investment atmosphere and good governance, fair and open relationships and transparent rules. The companies, he said, could provide good employment opportunities.

The project will begin by evaluating the mining industry of Colombia to see how it’s doing while comparing it to the mining industries of other countries in the area. After this, the next step will be to review the regulatory and legal framework of the country and figure out ways to make the framework more competitive. Additionally, the project will also assess the regulations governing the country’s copper mining sector as well as its environmental sustainability, with a focus on the best ways to store mine tailings.

Once the coronavirus pandemic ends, Colombia will be launching 33 energy and mining projects. It is expected that these projects will generate more than 50,000 employment opportunities and rake in roughly $9.6 million in terms of investments.

In a media statement, Diego Mesa, Colombia’s mining minister, said that the United States government was a tactical partner that would help enhance the sustainable recovery of the mining and energy sectors through the fulfillment of the America Grows Initiative. He added that the Colombian mining sector had been liaising with the U.S. government through USAID to help encourage the formalization of artisanal miners.

Legal Gold, which is a USAID program, helps make illegal mines legal and minimizes mercury use in gold mining operations while also calling for the implementation of zero mercury technologies.

In the fight against illegal mining, the Colombian Ministry of Mines and Energy receives support through a State Department agreement that allows land packages to be monitored when there is evidence of alluvial gold exploitation.

Coincidentally, the minister added that the U.S. Labor Department had helped Colombia to improve the working conditions in small scale gold and coal mining operations and also eradicate child labor in the mining sector.

This planned cooperation is likely to bring trickle-down benefits to the mining sector, including companies like Energy Fuels Inc. (NYSE American: UUUU) (TSX: EFR).

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$UUUU Awarded Funds by DOE to Develop Design for REE Production

  • Company awarded government grant that could total $1.45 million to develop design for production of rare earth elements
  • UUUU excited to play role in effort to develop domestic sources of rare earth production
  • Energy Fuels announced entry into REE sector earlier this year, ideal complement to company’s other rare earth initiatives

Energy Fuels (TSX: EFR) (NYSE American: UUUU), a leading producer of uranium in the United States, along with a team from Penn State University has been awarded a government grant for an initial amount of $150,000 to develop a design for the production of rare earth elements (“REE”) from coal-based resources (https://ibn.fm/kMbwJ). The contract was awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy (“DOE”) Office of Fossil Energy (“FE”) and the National Energy Technology Laboratory (“NETL”). If Energy Fuels is successful at the conceptual design phase, the DOE could award Energy Fuels an additional $1.3 million to complete a feasibility study.

“We are excited to have the opportunity to work with the DOE office of Fossil Energy, the National Energy Technology Laboratory, and Penn State on this important rare earth initiative,” said Energy Fuels president and CEO Mark S. Chalmers. “Energy Fuels has been carrying out substantial work over the past year to explore the potential for implementing a commercial rare earth recovery and processing program at our White Mesa Mill. This initiative to produce REOs from coal-based resources is complementary to our ongoing efforts and will potentially broaden the sources of REE feedstock available to us in the future. We also hope this project opens the door for us to work with the DOE and other agencies on future rare earth initiatives.”

The contract calls for Energy Fuels and a team of experts from Penn State to evaluate and develop a conceptual design to allow for the commercial production of mixed rare earth oxides from coal-based resources in an environmentally benign fashion. In addition, the contract also notes that DOE may award Energy Fuels a contract for the completion of a feasibility study on this initiative.

The DOE has already demonstrated the technical feasibility of extracting rare earth elements from coal and coal-based resources, but the department is looking to fast-track the advancement of commercially viable technologies to produce REEs from coal-based resources, including coal refuse, over/under burden materials, power generation ash and others.

Earlier this year, Energy Fuels announced its entry into the REE sector, noting that it believes its fully licensed and constructed White Mesa Mill could play a key role in bringing the REE supply chain back to the U.S. from China (https://ibn.fm/UEB25). The company applied for the DOE/NETL grant in June, in part because the REE minerals contained in these coal-based resources are similar to the REE minerals contained in other materials UUUU is evaluating as part of its REE program.

The contract provides initial funding for Energy Fuels and the Penn State team to complete a detailed conceptual design and flowsheet for the possible commercial operation of a facility that produces REOs from coal-based resources. Once that is complete, the DOE will determine whether to provide additional funding for the development of a feasibility study. It is also possible that the DOE could participate in the funding of a facility that performs this work.

“Rare earths are used in a host of advanced and everyday technologies, including cell phones, computers, renewable energy generation, batteries, automobiles, and military applications,” said Chalmers. “However, the U.S. does not currently have a fully integrated rare earth supply chain. Therefore, the government has made it a priority to assist in the development of domestic sources of rare earth production. With this award, we are excited to play a role in this effort, while also pursuing our other complementary rare earth initiatives. We also hope this DOE program puts Energy Fuels on the radar for other U.S. government rare earth initiatives.”

Based in Lakewood, Colorado, Energy Fuels holds three of America’s key uranium production centers: the Nichols Ranch (ISR) project in Wyoming, the Alta Mesa ISR Project in Texas and the White Mesa Mill in Utah – the only conventional uranium mill operating in the United States today. Together, these facilities have a licensed capacity of more than 11.5 million pounds of U3O8 per year. With an asset portfolio that boasts more uranium production facilities, in-ground resources, production capacity and experienced personnel than any other producer, Energy Fuels is in a unique position to maintain its position as the leading producer of uranium in an era of viable transformation of the U.S. nuclear industry.

For more information, visit the company’s website at www.EnergyFuels.com.

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$CNSP Wearable Device May Help EMTs Evaluate Hemorrhaging and Save Lives

Medical technicians, room physicians and military medics may be better equipped to treat victims of gunshot wounds, battlefield injuries and vehicular accidents thanks to a new device that is in the works. The device can evaluate the effects of hemorrhage on an individual.

The research team currently working on the device development have demonstrated that the device could accurately evaluate blood loss through the measurement of seismic vibrations in an individuals’ thoracic cavity and also by detecting the changes in an individual’s heartbeat.

Associate professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Omer Inan, says that the team wants to develop a device that can be placed on an individual’s chest to determine if the patient is showing any signs that could indicate aggravated performance of their cardiovascular system as a result of bleeding.

The research was published in the Science Advances journal on July 22 and included partners from various institutions such as the University of Maryland. This research was also supported by the Office of Naval Research.

As most of us may not know, blood loss may be caused by various traumas. However, hemorrhage may not present as it should which may lead to it being overlooked by doctors and first responders. People who are going through trauma normally have elevated heartrates. However, blood pressure may sometimes remain stable till blood loss reaches a critical and fatal stage, which makes it harder for first responders to treat the individual.

Having a reliable medical device that can be used to noninvasively measure an injury and help responders triage victims correctly could go a long way in saving lives.

Jacob Kimball and Jonathan Zia, who are graduate students and Inan, used animal models to study electrical signals from the heart and seismic vibrations from the thoracic cavity as the blood volume reduced gradually. The researchers’ objective was to assess the signs of the performance of the cardiovascular system that could be measured externally then compare them with the information being provided by the catheters taking blood pressure and volume measurements.

They found that a seismocardiogram was the major indicator. However, the researchers noted that as the blood volume reduced, the timing of the heart’s activity changed, thus providing another cause of a weakened cardiovascular system.

The envisioned device will combine electrical and noninvasive mechanical measures to see how critical an individual’s blood loss is. An indicator on the device would also show the general condition of the individual’s cardiovascular system and how far the system is from collapsing. In the long-term, the team would like to carry out studies on humans and see how the device performs in real time.

This potentially life-saving invention is likely to attract attention from the entire biomedical field, including companies like CNS Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: CNSP).

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Wrap Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: WRTC)

Wrap Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: WRTC) is an innovator of modern policing solutions. The company’s BolaWrap® product is a patented, hand-held remote restraint device that discharges an eight-foot bola style Kevlar® tether to restrain an individual at a range of 10-25 feet. Developed by award-winning inventor Elwood Norris, the company’s chief technology officer, the small-but-powerful BolaWrap assists law enforcement in safely and effectively controlling encounters, especially those involving an individual experiencing a mental crisis.

Non-Lethal Weapons Market Potential

The BolaWrap Remote Restraint device is an innovative police solution, designed to provide law enforcement with a unique mobile and humane restraint option that does not inflict pain and enables subjects to be detained from a distance without the use of force.

In 2015, the 10 cities with the largest police departments in the United States paid out a cumulative $248.7 million in settlements and court judgements in police misconduct cases, marking a 48% increase from the $168.3 million in 2010 (http://nnw.fm/ri0L9). The majority of these cases have centered around the improper use of force by law enforcement when subjugating individuals, with 25% of all fatal shootings by law enforcement in the United States reportedly involving mentally ill individuals who are often incapable of comprehending officer commands (http://nnw.fm/YVm8P). Moreover, the use of alternate devices has failed to produce the desired outcomes, with the use of tasers by police resulting in over 1,080 fatalities since 2000 (http://nnw.fm/2Nb1A).

This, in turn, has led to a greater demand for humane tools which are not reliant on pain compliance to subdue subjects. Since its IPO in December 2017, Wrap Technologies has enjoyed a spectacular rise in prominence. The company began field testing the BolaWrap product in July 2018, with the first international order received only a month later, in August 2018. By December 2018, the company had been uplisted to the Nasdaq Capital Market with over 1,000 shareholders – a significant increase from the 50 shareholders who had participated in the IPO just 12 months prior. Recently, the company has sought to increase its commerciality and product monetization, appointing Tom Smith, the founder of TASER International (now Axon, NASDAQ: AAXN), as its president in March 2019.

At present, over 140 police departments throughout the United States are actively carrying the BolaWrap, while over 1,700 police departments across the nation have reached out to the company to request BolaWrap demonstrations, training and quotes. BolaWrap has also been successfully marketed internationally and has been shipped to 19 countries thus far.

As of today, Wrap Technologies has built a network of 11 distributors across 45 states in the United States who are actively marketing the product to the over 900,000 active police officers in the country. In addition, the company now has a network of 15 international distributors based in 26 countries – with over 600 international requests received thus far for product demonstrations, training and quotes.

As a result and following the opening of its new 11,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Tempe, Arizona, in October 2019, Wrap Technologies announced a 352% year-on-year increase in revenues for 3Q2019 – a testament to the growing popularity of its mobile restraint device.

The company expects its growth to continue as adoption rates of the BolaWrap product increase throughout the United States and globally. According to a study by Stratistics MRC, the addressable global market for non-lethal weapons accounted for $6.32 billion in 2016 and is set to rise to $11.85 billion by 2023.

Product Received to Positive Acclaim

  • “An innovation that is changing the world of policing.” – Chief Luther Reynolds, Charleston Police Department
  • “Anytime you can have a more humane response to someone in crisis, it’s not only good for the department, it’s good for society.” – Redditt Hudson, Regional Field Director of the NAACP (http://nnw.fm/1STXm)
  • “This is going to save lives.” – Chief Ed Hudak, Coral Gables Police Department
  • “I see this as one of the great tools if you encounter someone with a mental health crisis.” – Chief Steven Casstevens, Buffalo Grove Police Department

Recently completed $12.4 million financing round

Wrap Technologies announced that it had successfully completed its capital raising round on June 4, 2020, raising $12.4 million through a primary share placement priced at $6.00/share. The net proceeds will be use to further scale engineering, fund product development and provide working capital to meet worldwide demand for BolaWrap products and accessories (http://nnw.fm/byLV7). The company also announced that its founder, Elwood Norris, had chosen to exercise 100,000 outstanding warrants to contribute $500,000 to the capital raising efforts. Following the financing round, Wrap Technologies reported over $30 million in cash on hand.

Management Team

Elwood G. “Woody” Norris, Founder and Chief Technology Officer
Elwood G. “Woody” Norris is an award-winning American inventor and serial entrepreneur and currently serves as chief technology officer for Wrap Technologies Inc. Norris founded and served as a director and president of Parametric Sound Corporation (now Turtle Beach Corporation (NASDAQ:HEAR)) and also served as chief scientist at Turtle Beach. Norris previously founded LRAD Corporation (NASDAQ: LRAD) and, prior to retiring in 2010, was chairman of LRAD Corporation’s board of directors, serving as a technical advisor and product spokesperson. Norris has authored more than 80 U.S. patents, primarily in the fields of electrical and acoustical engineering, and has been a frequent speaker on innovation to corporations and government organizations. He is the inventor of Wrap Technologies’ patented and patent pending BolaWrap® technology.

Scot Cohen, Executive Chairman
Scot Cohen has more than 20 years of experience in institutional asset management, wealth management, and capital markets. Cohen founded and served as principal of the Iroquois Capital Opportunity Fund, a closed-end private equity fund which focused on investments in North American oil and gas. Cohen also co-founded Iroquois Capital, a New York-based hedge fund that managed approximately $300 million across its family of funds. Prior to Iroquois Capital, Cohen founded a merchant bank which actively participated in structured investments in public companies. Cohen is currently active on a number of public and private company boards and is involved with various charitable ventures.

David Norris, Chief Executive Officer
David Norris is an experienced executive who joined Wrap Technologies full-time in January 2018. From April 2014 to December 2017, he served in various executive roles, including president, at privately held loanDepot LLC as it rapidly expanded into the fifth largest mortgage lender in the U.S. loanDepot had 6,000 employees and generated $1 billion in revenue in 2017. Norris also served as CEO of Greenlight Financial, and president of LendingTree Loans. Norris’ career also includes executive and management roles at Toshiba America Information Systems and Qualcomm Personal. Earlier in his career, Norris served as a probation officer in San Diego for five years.

Tom Smith, President
Tom Smith co-founded TASER International (now Axon Enterprise Inc. (NASDAQ: AAXN)) (“TASER”) in 1993 and served as president of TASER until October 2006. He served as chairman of the board of directors of TASER from October 2006 until he retired to pursue entrepreneurial activities in February 2012. Amongst his most significant roles and responsibilities at TASER, Smith managed domestic and international sales, significantly expanding the sale and distribution of TASER’s products, including sales to more than 17,200 federal, state and local law enforcement agencies in over 100 countries. In 2012, he founded Achilles Technology Solutions LLC, which, through subsidiary ATS Armor, developed a line of ballistic solutions for law enforcement and military applications. Smith holds a B.S. in ecology and evolutionary biology from the University of Arizona and an M.B.A. from Northern Arizona University.

Jim Barnes, Chief Financial Officer
Jim Barnes has served as president of Sunrise Capital Inc., a private venture capital and financial and regulatory consulting firm, since 1984. Barnes was chief financial officer of Parametric Sound Corporation (now Turtle Beach Corporation), and also served as vice president administration at Turtle Beach Corporation. Since 1999, Barnes has been manager of Syzygy Licensing LLC, a private technology invention and licensing company he owns with Elwood Norris. Barnes previously practiced as a certified public accountant and management consultant with Ernst & Ernst and Touche Ross & Co., and as a principal in J. McDonald & Co. Ltd. in Phoenix, Arizona.


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Trxade Group Inc. (NASDAQ: MEDS)

Trxade Group Inc. (NASDAQ: MEDS) is an integrated pharmaceutical services company that offers a unique combination of a web-based purchasing platform (www.trxade.com) for transactions between independent pharmacists and drug distributors (B2B); a network of pharmacies with E-Hub software; a mail order pharmacy; and warehouse and drug delivery services. This synergistic combination of product offerings and superior data analytics is poised to benefit all stakeholders and consumers within the pharmaceutical industry.

Trxade will leverage and scale its fully integrated model to execute the following growth strategies:

  • Increase share of pharmacist drug purchasing
  • Additional SKUs and expand product breath
  • Partner with Specialty and International Mfg.
  • Expand mail order licenses to all 50 states
  • Scale Delivmeds for consumer delivery nationwide
  • Integration with telemedicine
  • M&A Opportunities within drug value chain

Founded in 2010 and headquartered in Tampa, Florida, Trxade’s overarching corporate strategy is to penetrate the existing retail independent pharmacy marketplace and diversify the company’s pharmaceutical mix with additional specialty and acute care products. Trxade is advancing on this mission by focusing on three key niches in the health care market.

Business-to-Business (B2B)

The $330 billion U.S. pharmaceutical industry is comprised of more than 65,000 pharmacy facilities and 1,500 state-licensed suppliers. Roughly 24,000 of these facilities are independent pharmacies, which collectively spend approximately $93 billion a year on branded and generic drugs.

Trxade targets these independent pharmacies, leveraging a robust, “E-Bay/Kayak-like” technology platform with optimum buyer/seller pricing algorithms, product availability, and predictive data analytics features.

Trxade currently serves and transacts with more than one-third (10,250) of these independent pharmacies and facilitates over $10 million of drug purchases a month!

Consumer

Trxade also targets the “consumer side” of the pharmaceutical industry, aiming to lower prescription drug costs by attacking the inefficient value chain; offering drug price transparency and efficient buying; and, delivering drugs DIRECT to independent pharmacists and consumers.

The company operates a full-service mail order pharmacy for U.S. consumers, as well as a mobile app called “Delivmeds” (http://www.delivmeds.com) which enables SAME DAY home delivery of dispensed prescriptions.

Retail

Trxade’s Managed Services Organization (“TrxadeMSO”) enables its member independent retail pharmacies to get patients, process orders, and deliver or ship prescriptions to patients. TrxadeMSO provides access to encompassing network of pharmacies through the E-Hub software, allowing for timely and comprehensive medication fulfillment.

These offerings ensure the best-suited pharmacy receives the patient’s information, thereby ensuring appropriate medication coverage based on the patient’s location, payor coverage, and medication access/inventory. This will save the clinicians and their staff time as they benefit from efficiency and enhanced workflow management in script processing and fulfillment.

Health Care Market

The U.S. health care market currently hovers near $4 trillion and is expected to grow as the general population ages. This growth will have greater impact on consumers as out-of-pocket expenses also rise. Additionally, drug costs are paced to increase faster than the overall health care and well above inflation.

Drug pricing is variable, and reimbursement is squeezing profits. This provides significant opportunity for the Trxade model of price visibility and profit optimization.

Trxade’s fair online market platform targets the nation’s retail community and independent pharmacies, of which there are approximately 24,000 nationwide. TRxADE has found that independent pharmacies, in order to be cost-effective, often operate with minimal staff and conduct up-to-the minute price checks. The TRxADE S2P platform gives these pharmacists the ability to easily compare the price of drugs offered by various suppliers and select the most favorable deals, saving money by taking advantage of best purchase pricing.

TRxADE’s programs include:

  • TRxADE Exchange, which opens and widens the distribution channel to the retail, community pharmacy. A purchasing pharmacy can view products from manufacturers, buying groups, and wholesalers on a real-time and continuous basis. This approach significantly enhances the competitive spirit of the exchange where the lowest price exists for each product at any given point in time. TRxADE has become a competitive tool for all progressive entities and is recognized for its easy searching of hard-to-find generic pharmaceuticals at substantially reduced prices.
  • RX Guru™ is an industry-leading price prediction model that integrates product shortage insight into pharmacy acquisition benchmarks (“PAC”) to ascertain trends and pricing variances that result in significant purchasing opportunities. RX Guru affords members the opportunity to continuously benefit from real price purchasing opportunities that are concealed from the rest of the industry.
  • Product Shortage Database – TRxADE maintains the most comprehensive retail, specialty and acute care pharmaceutical product shortage database in the country. Other industry competitors mainly restrict their efforts to specialty and acute care product shortages and narrowly research oral generic products. TRxADE’s advanced prediction tools help members source those hard-to-find products at affordable costs in a timely and easy-to-search process.

Management Team 

Trxade’s management team is rich in expertise within the pharmaceutical supply chain and is supported by a base of advisors and contractors who are experts in related fields of the pharmaceutical sector.

Suren Ajjarapu – Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and Secretary
Suren Ajjarapu has served as Trxade’s chairman of the board, CEO and secretary since 2014, and as the chairman of the board, chief executive officer and secretary of Trxade Nevada since its inception. Ajjarapu also serves as a chairman of the board for Feeder Creek Group Inc., since March 2018. Ajjarapu formerly was a founder, CEO and chairman of Sansur Renewable Energy Inc., a company involved in developing wind power sites in the Midwest, United States; a founder, president and director of Aemetis Inc., a biofuels company (AMTX.OB); a founder, chairman and CEO of International Biofuels, a subsidiary of Aemetis Inc.; and a co-founder, COO, and director at Global Information Technology Inc., an IT outsourcing and systems design company. Ajjarapu holds an M.S. in environmental engineering from South Dakota State University, Brookings, South Dakota, and an MBA from the University of South Florida, specializing in international finance and management. Ajjarapu is also a graduate of the Venture Capital and Private Equity program at Harvard University.

Prashant Patel – Director, President and Chief Operating Officer
Prashant Patel has served as Trxade’s full-time president and COO, and as a director since the company’s acquisition of Trxade Nevada in 2014, and as the COO and president and as a director of Trxade Nevada since its inception. He has been a president and member of the board of Trxade since August 2010. Patel is a registered pharmacist and pharmaceutical consultant with over 10 years of experience in retail pharmacy and pharmaceutical logistics. He is the founder of several pharmacies in the Tampa Bay area, in Florida. Since 2008, Patel has been managing member of the APAA LLC pharmacy. Since 2007, Patel has been a vice president of Holiday Pharmacy Inc. Patel graduated from Nottingham University School of Pharmacy and practiced in the United Kingdom before obtaining his masters in Transport, Trade and Finance from Cass Business School, City University, UK.

Investment Considerations

  • Offers a proprietary web-based platform that enables trade among healthcare buyers and sellers of pharmaceuticals, accessories and services
  • Significant first-mover advantage over competitors operating similar e-commerce platforms
  • Targeting the 24,000 U.S. independent pharmacies with combined pharmaceutical purchases of $93 billion per year
  • Currently adding 100+ pharmacies per month to the TRxADE platform
  • Revenue growth driven by increases in the number of registered users and increase in utilization rate of the trading platform


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The Alkaline Water Company Inc. (NASDAQ: WTER) (CSE: WTER)

Founded in 2012, The Alkaline Water Company Inc. (NASDAQ: WTER) (CSE: WTER) is headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona. Its flagship product, Alkaline88®, is a leading premier alkaline water brand available in bulk and single-serve sizes, along with eco-friendly aluminum packaging options. With its innovative, state-of-the-art proprietary electrolysis process, Alkaline88® delivers perfect 8.8 pH balanced alkaline drinking water with trace minerals and electrolytes and boasts the company’s trademarked label ‘Clean Beverage’. Quickly being recognized as a growing lifestyle brand, Alkaline88® launched A88 Infused™ in 2019 to meet consumer demand for flavor-infused products. A88 Infused™ flavored water is available in six unique all-natural flavors, with new flavors coming soon. Additionally, in 2020, the company launched the A88CBD™ brand, featuring a broad line of topical and ingestible products. These products are made with lab-tested full and broad-spectrum hemp and include salves, balms, lotions, essential oils, bath-salts, CBD infused drinks, tinctures, capsules, gummies and powder packs.

Innovation and Expansion

Founded in 2012, The Alkaline Water Company began with a mission to create the best-tasting water in the world. At the time, there were two emerging trends in health-conscious consumers: a growing interest in the alkaline diet and perceived health benefits of pink Himalayan rock salt. By combining these two concepts in an alkaline water and trademarking the name Alkaline88, The Alkaline Water Company began offering what it calls the smoothest tasting Clean Beverage™ in the U.S. enhanced-water category.

Now a top bulk alkaline-water brand (the company reported record sales in March and April 2020, surpassing March and April 2019 numbers by 114% and 171%, respectively), The Alkaline Water Company is committed to growing its national footprint through innovation and expansion. That mindset was evident as the company introduced eco-friendly aluminum bottles and branched out into flavor-infused waters; the company currently offers six different flavors: peach/mango, lemon/lime, raspberry, watermelon, blood orange and lemon.

The company’s commitment to innovation may be most evident in its newest product line: A88CBD. This line of CBD-infused products includes tinctures, capsules, gummies, salves, balms, hand and foot lotions, essential oils, bath bombs and bath salts, as well as CBD-infused drinks, water and beverage shots. These quality, CBD-infused offerings are all made with lab-tested, full-spectrum hemp and are conveniently packaged and perfect for on-the-go or at home use.

In addition, The Alkaline Water Company has implemented an aggressive growth strategy, with numerous organic initiatives focused on national multichannel, mass-market expansion through a direct-to-warehouse model and co-packing facilities that are strategically located within 600 miles of 95% of the U.S. population. In addition to this strong brick-and-mortar approach, the company recently launched a B2C e-commerce platform (www.A88CBD.com) and aggressive digital-marketing campaigns.

Clear Advantages in a Growing Market

With consistent growth year over year, the company reported $32.2 million in revenue in fiscal 2019 and has emerged as a growth leader in the functional (value-added) waters space, which is the fastest-growing segment of the bottled water industry.

The Alkaline Water Company’s efforts are focused on its clear competitive advantages, including its strong marketing (the inclusion of alkaline in product names); existing grocery channels, which feature excellent relationships and a nationwide broker network; distinctive branding; proprietary technology, which produces great-tasting, high-quality water, infused drinks and other products; and price, with a broad range of products in all formats, from bulk bottles to single serve.

As the company focuses on strategic growth, it is eyeing the impressive potential of a market that is on a strong upswing. Annual bottled water sales have now surpassed soda consumption, with soda sales in the United States having declined by $1.2 billion over the past five years. Some research indicates that the global bottled water market will reach an estimated $280 billion this year, while the CBD market is forecast to top $20 billion by 2024.

With its products available in all major trade channels, including grocery stores, drug stores, c-stores and big-box retailers, The Alkaline Water Company is also looking to expand into new spaces, such as health and beauty, hospitality and specialty retailer locations.

Seasoned Management Team

The Alkaline Water Company is led by an experienced team focused on the company’s core strategy of building a national retail footprint and extending its lifestyle brands into other consumer packaged goods categories.

Richard A. Wright, President, CEO and Co-Founder of The Alkaline Water Company Inc., oversees all aspects of the business, successfully guiding the company through strategic opportunities and delivering greater than 50% growth since the company’s inception. A passionate and versatile leader with a strong track record of innovation, collaboration and achieving goal-driven results, Wright is a serial entrepreneur with more than 41 years of experience. Early in his career, he spent years at one of the ‘Big Four’ accounting firms, working his way up to Regional Director of Tax and Financial Planning. As a CPA, entrepreneur and former CFO, Wright brings extensive knowledge of finance, operations, sales and marketing to the team, and he has participated in hundreds of M&A transactions throughout his career.

David Guarino, CFO, Secretary, Treasurer and Director, earned a Bachelor of Science in accounting and a Master of Accountancy from the University of Denver. From 2008 to 2013, Guarino was President and a Director of Kahala Corp., a worldwide franchisor of multiple quick-service restaurant brands with locations in 49 states and more than 25 countries. From 2014 to 2015, Guarino was President of HTI International Holdings Inc., a technology company focused on forward osmosis water filtration technology.

Frank Chessman, National Sales Manager, is a graduate of the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business. He spent 25 years with Ralph’s Grocery, Kroger’s largest division, working at many levels before ultimately becoming Vice President of Advertising & Marketing. He then served 14 years as Executive Vice President at Simon Marketing. Chessman has more than a decade of experience in the beverage manufacturing industry.

Brian Sudano, Director, is managing partner of Beverage Marketing Corporation and BMC Strategic Associates. Sudano’s experience covers nearly the entire beverage industry, from energy drinks to wine, with special expertise in beverage alcohol by virtue of varied industry experience across a broad range of projects. Sudano manages several major clients, providing ongoing strategic and market advice and leading projects in strategic planning, market entry analysis and planning, sales/distribution, business modeling, brand repositioning and international opportunity assessment. He has spoken at many beverage industry events and is a contributing editor at Beverage World magazine.

Aaron Keay, Chairman, has been a successful investor, entrepreneur and financier to multiple small cap and startup companies over the last decade. During his time with these companies, he served in advisor, board-member and senior-management roles. His experience ranges across multiple sectors in mining, biotech, health and wellness, tech and cannabis, where he has invested and raised more than $500 million.

Investment Considerations

  • The Alkaline Water Company Inc. is a leading producer of premium bottled alkaline and flavored water sold under the brand names Alkaline88® and A88 Infused™, respectively.
  • The company has become known for its innovative, state-of-the-art proprietary electrolysis beverage process that enhances its products with trace Himalayan minerals and electrolytes and delivers perfect 8.8 pH balanced alkaline drinking water.
  • The company’s two leading products – Alkaline88 and A88 Infused – are available at more than 70,000 major retail locations across the United States.
  • The Alkaline Water Company reported record sales in March and April 2020, surpassing March and April 2019 numbers by 114% and 171% respectively.
  • The company recently launched a new product line: A88CBD. This line of CBD-infused products includes tinctures, capsules, gummies, salves, balms, hand and foot lotions, essential oils, bath bombs and bath salts, as well as CBD-infused drinks, water and beverage shots.
  • The Alkaline Water Company has implemented an aggressive growth strategy with numerous organic initiatives focused on national, multichannel mass-market expansion.
  • Annual bottled water sales have now surpassed soda consumption. Some research indicates that the global bottled water market will reach an estimated $280 billion this year, while the CBD market is forecast to top $20 billion by 2024.


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Sustainable Green Team Ltd. (SGTM)

Sustainable Green Team Ltd. (SGTM), through its subsidiaries, including National Storm Recovery LLC (DBA Central Florida Arbor Care and Mulch Manufacturing Inc.), provides tree services, debris hauling, removal and bio-mass recycling, manufacturing, packaging and sales of next-generation mulch products. The company’s primary corporate objective is to provide a solution for the treatment and handling of tree debris that is historically sent to local landfills and disposal sites, creating an environmental burden and pressure on disposal sites around the nation.

Environmentally Friendly

SGTM and the solutions provided by its Sustainable Green Team are founded in sustainability. The company’s vertically integrated operations begin with the collection of tree debris through its tree services division and collection sites. Tree bio-mass is then moved through the processing division for recycling and manufacturing into a variety of organic, attractive, next-generation mulch products to be packaged and sold to retailers, landscapers, installers and garden centers.

The company’s solutions create a synergistic and environmentally beneficial solution to tree and storm waste disposal that historically has created an environmental burden on landfills and disposal sites around the nation.

SGTM’s customers include governmental, residential and commercial customers and now big box retailers. The company is headquartered in Florida.

Strategic Acquisition

SGTM in February 2020 acquired 35-year-old industry leader and innovator Mulch Manufacturing Inc., an Ohio corporation. Structured as a share exchange, this strategic partnership provides SGTM with a significantly larger footprint in the mulch industry.

The acquisition includes Mulch Manufacturing’s national and international distribution agreements, an increase in production and packaging capacity, and its sales contracts with numerous big box retailers. Mulch Manufacturing includes mulch production, sawmill operation, Natures Reflections colorant manufacturing and equipment manufacturing.

Next-Gen Products

SGTM’s vision and commitment to the environment is paired with Mulch Manufacturing’s revolutionary “next-generation” mulch product, Nature’s Reflection’s Softscape®.

Softscape mulch products, created from natural forest products, are color-enhanced with environmentally safe colorants to provide four-year color retention and are free from contaminants. Safe for people and pets, Softscape allows water and air to penetrate soil and roots, which is vital to plant health and growth.

Expansion Plans

SGTM plans to expand its operations through a combination of organic growth, through its partnership with a nationally recognized waste disposal company, and through strategic acquisitions that are both accretive to earnings and positioned for rapid growth from the resulting synergistic opportunities identified.

The company has received final zoning approval for its 100-acre site, located in Lake County, Astatula, Florida, which will serve as its flagship tree debris collection site. The facility will also house the company’s mulch manufacturing, soil composting and production bagging. This prime location includes a 5,000-square-foot building that contains warehouse and office space. The 100-acre property can accommodate millions of cubic yards of organic debris and will allow SGTM’s debris hauling division to realize significant savings on its transportation costs.

SGTM has chosen as its new headquarters the 100,000-square-foot Mulch Manufacturing building in Jacksonville, Florida. The facility comprises centralized operations of Mulch Manufacturing Inc. and National Storm Recovery LLC and has ample room to expand as needed.

Leadership

SGTM’s leadership team boasts more than 40 years of next-level experience with mulch manufacturing, treating and caring for trees. This team is guided by a roster of highly qualified professionals:

  • Tony Raynor, Chief Executive Officer
  • Edward Lee, Chief Operating Officer
  • Ralph Spencer, Director of Business Development, Strategic Acquisitions
  • Steve Ogden, ISA-Certified Arborist
  • Rick Starcher, Master Chemist
  • Peder K. Davisson, Esq., Corporate/Securities Counsel

Investment Considerations

  • More than 40 years of next level experience with mulch manufacturing, colorant production, product innovation and treating/caring for trees and tree debris recycling.
  • Services include tree removal, trimming, grapple hauling, land clearing, stump grinding, mulch processing, colorant production and packaging, transportation and distribution.
  • Acquisition of Mulch Manufacturing provides SGTM a significantly larger footprint nationally and abroad.
  • Mulch Manufacturing maintains its historical contracts with big box retailers nationally for bagged mulch sales.
  • SGTM benefits from a competitive advantage over other mulch manufacturers, because the acquisition of mulch feedstock drives revenue instead of simply being a cost of goods sold.
  • Environmentally responsible corporation focused on being “stewards of the environment” in all aspects of the business. The source of feedstock coming from tree services division decreases environmental burden on landfills.
  • Ample room for expansion utilizing the 100-acre site in Florida approved as the flagship tree debris collection site and mulch feedstock production facility, as well as the 100,000-sq.-ft. building and 28 acres site in Jacksonville.
  • Recipient of Angie’s List Super Service Award in 2018
  • Strategic partnership with a national waste disposal company has provided SGTM millions of dollars in cost savings and years of time that would otherwise have been incurred if the company had needed to secure the required locations and permits that the partnership provided. This partnership represents significant potential expansion opportunity for SGTM.


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SRAX Inc. (NASDAQ: SRAX)

SRAX Inc. (NASDAQ: SRAX) is a digital marketing and consumer data management technology company. SRAX’s technology unlocks data to reveal brands’ core consumers and their characteristics across marketing channels.

Through its BIGtoken platform, SRAX has developed a consumer-managed data marketplace where people can own and earn from their data, thereby providing everyone in the internet ecosystem choice, transparency and compensation.

SRAX’s tools deliver a digital competitive advantage for brands in the CPG, automotive, investor relations, luxury and lifestyle verticals by integrating all aspects of the advertising experience, including verified consumer participation, into one platform.

SRAX Verticals

  • SRAX Core: SRAX Core is a custom digital media management platform that enables brands and agencies to surpass the challenges of omnichannel marketing campaigns. It offers one comprehensive dashboard to manage digital media campaigns, inventory and reporting.
  • SRAX Social: SRAX Social is a free social media management tool that makes it easy for brands, agencies and individuals to grow their digital presence. It offers free and unlimited users, Facebook auto boosting, and a custom analytics dashboard. Its managed services team can also build and execute marketing plans for your unique specific needs.
  • SRAX IR: SRAX IR unlocks stock buyers’ behaviors and trends for issuers of publicly traded companies. The platform provides insights on shareholders and market makers, investor relations management, shareholder outreach tools and data-driven marketing.
  • SRAX Auto: SRAX Auto unlocks auto intenders’ data to create measurable connected experiences on the road to purchase. It offers proprietary auto intender profiles, multi touchpoint communication and custom location-based ads.
  • SRAX Shopper: SRAX Shopper delivers a cross channel, premium digital experience at scale to high value shopper audiences. It offers proprietary shopper profiles, cost per click pricing, and custom text and add to cart ad units.
  • SRAX Lux: Launched in June 2019, the SRAX Lux platform targets and reaches luxury consumers at luxury retail stores, high-end art, music, film, fashion and sports events, across all consumer devices.

BIGtoken

BIGtoken, available for download on the App Store and Google Play, revolutionizes data collection. BIGtoken is a platform that creates a secure and transparent environment for consumers to own and earn from their data. To date, there are 15.9 million BIGtoken registered users worldwide.

The optimization and monetization of data is a multibillion-dollar business. Worldwide spending on big data and business analytics solutions reached $166 billion in 2018 and is projected to surge to $260 billion by 2022. BIGtoken’s consumer vision is committed to delivering choice, transparency and compensation to the individual.

Through BIGtoken, consumers earn rewards when they opt into sharing their data and when that data is purchased. Consumers decide what data is shared, who can buy it and how it’s used, and advertisers reach real, responsive audiences. The benefit of this is two-fold: consumers know how their data is used and advertisers gain verified consumer data for targeting.

Users of the BIGtoken app can officially be paid in cash or gift cards in exchange for giving brands access to their anonymized data, answering questions, checking into locations, recruiting new members, and more. Users can deposit their earnings directly into PayPal accounts or be paid through gift cards from favorite retailers such as Walmart.

SRAX has also partnered with several high-profile, nonprofit associations to provide BIGtoken users the ability to donate their earnings. Partnerships include the American Heart Association, dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke; HealthCorps, which helps high school students make better choices about health and physical fitness; and the ALS Association, which recently launched its Challenge Me campaign.

International Expansion

BIGtoken is formally launching into several international markets and partnering to foster local support. SRAX recently signed a joint venture with the Yash Birla Group to launch BIGtoken in India. Based in Mumbai, the Yash Birla Group, one of India’s largest conglomerates, has diversified interests in consumer and industrial products.

The partnership will bring BIGtoken’s platform to India, which has a digital population of 627 million. The India digital advertising market is $3.6 billion and is set to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 32%, making it one of the largest growing digital ad markets in the world.

SRAX Mexico is led by Moe Avitia, who has more than 18 years of experience in business development and building high-tech teams. SRAX Mexico includes a team of 90 employees, including 70 engineers.

BIGtoken Europe is currently evaluating data centers in individual countries for privacy laws.

Leadership

Christopher Miglino is CEO and founder of SRAX. He has spent the past 20 years working in the digital advertising space and has successfully launched and sold two internet companies. Both of these companies were sold to publicly traded companies on the NASDAQ. He has a detailed understanding of how technology interacts with brands.

Kristoffer Nelson is COO of SRAX and a founding member of BIGtoken. With over 15 years of technology and creative business experience, Nelson has been a guest speaker for Loyola Marymount University among other academic institutions, the National Association of Broadcasters, the IAB and numerous other professional and media organizations.

Investment Considerations

  • Increased number of registered BIGtoken users to 15.9 million in six months
  • Invited to be a board member on the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) Data Policy Board
  • Deloitte Tech Fast 500 Winner
  • Member of the Russell Microcap® Index
  • Sold healthcare vertical, SRAX MD, for a $43.5 million consideration, retaining 31% ownership in new SRAX MD entity; 2017 revenue was $8 million out of $26 million
  • SRAX revenue potential for BIGtoken projected at $400 million by January 2022
  • Worldwide spending on big data and business analytics solutions reached $166 billion in 2018 and is projected to surge to $260 billion by 2022
  • Financial highlights for Q2 2019 include an increase in total gross margin to 55% in the second quarter, compared to 42% in Q1 2019; vertical revenue increased 132% in Q1 2019 in year-over-year growth
  • Raised $1 million at $5 per share in a private placement to support the launch of BIGtoken across Asia
  • Raised $7.8 million: $6.7 million from a registered direct offering and $1.1 million from warrant conversion
  • Raised $5.5 million from a registered direct offering, subsequent to quarter end


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Sigma Labs Inc. (NASDAQ: SGLB)

Sigma Labs Inc. (NASDAQ: SGLB) is the only provider of in-process quality-assurance software to the commercial 3D printing metal industry that enables operators of machines making 3D metal parts to offset emerging quality problems, sustain part quality, and avoid rejects. Sigma’s software is the singular solution that enables both real-time, in-process detection of quality control manufacturing irregularities for critical metal parts and then provides the operator the actionable information needed to adjust and mitigate the developing anomaly. Sigma Labs’ software represents a paradigm shift in the quality control process for the manufacture of 3D printed metal components. The nascent 3D metal printing industry is on the verge of radically altering the speed and technical complexity of manufactured parts. Further, it makes possible just-in-time availability of critical components – all at reduced cost, time, waste and weight. 3D printing, heralded as the fourth industrial revolution in manufacturing, will only truly surpass traditional techniques when the additive manufacturing industry moves from “post process” quality control to “in process” quality assurance.

For the industry to move from prototype manufacturing of critical components to economically viable commercial production, the 3D metal printing industry must find ways to dramatically increase production speed and quality yields, and to dramatically decrease the excessive cost of quality control. To achieve these prerequisites and move 3D metal printing into the mainstream, parts must be inspected and certified during the manufacturing process rather than after. Parts in the production process that are developing signs of quality control problems must be identified in real-time and alerts must be issued. The problem, along with the solution, must then be communicated to the machine operator to implement repairs.

Revolutionizing Additive Manufacturing

Sigma Labs, with its PrintRite3D® brand, has established a new benchmark in the development and commercialization of real-time computer aided inspection (“CAI”) solutions. Sigma Labs resolves the major roadblocks and costly quality control challenges that impede the 3D manufacture of precision metal parts. The company’s breakthrough computer-aided software product revolutionizes commercial additive manufacturing, enabling non-destructive quality assurance during production, uniquely allowing errors to be corrected in real-time.

Sigma Labs was founded in 2010 by a team of Los Alamos National Labs scientists and engineers to develop and commercially license advanced metallurgical products for the military ordinance, dental implants, and then for additive manufacturing (3D printing). After assessing 3D metal printing technology and the costly, inconsistent quality control issues, Sigma Labs concluded that the enormous potential of 3D metal printing could only scale up if in-process quality-assurance tools were developed to observe, manage and control the manufacturing complexities in such a manner that reliability and repeatability of very high precision quality metal parts could be achieved in the process. Sigma Labs’ patented and third-party validated software has achieved these objectives and now delivers the critical elements needed to unleash the promise of 3D metal printing.

Sigma Labs’ products and services are engineered, manufactured and qualified for use in the highly demanding and hyper precise production environments of the aerospace, defense, transportation, oil and gas, biomedical and other precision-dependent industries.

The Challenge

Additive metal manufacturing combines multiple processes and parts into one single 3D printed part. Due to variances in the additive manufacturing process, parts of consistent quality currently can’t be reliably produced in either large or small quantities without substantial postproduction inspection and rejection costs. Parts are inspected after production using CT scans and other means, so the manufacturer doesn’t know until the very end which of the finished parts meet design specifications. This means lost time, lost profits and inability to economically scale up production.

Innovative Approach

Sigma Labs solves this problem with its patented, in-process quality control technology that informs operators and engineers how to improve both the manufacturing process and quality by capturing meaningful data about inconsistencies in real-time. Sigma Labs is also partnering with OEMs, working toward the visionary introduction of revolutionary closed-loop control that will bypass the machine operator and automatically make in process corrections by reducing machine variations.

Sigma Labs’ next generation technology gives manufacturers the ability to make fast, virtual real-time adjustments so that each finished part is uniform and within critical specifications, thereby improving production quality, decreasing end-users’ risks and waste, and increasing profits and speed to market. Sigma Labs’ PrintRite3D® IPQA Software monitors and assesses the quality of each production part in the 3D additive manufacturing process – layer by layer, and in real-time. This has never been available until now.

Sigma Labs maintains a strong intellectual property portfolio consisting of trade secrets, process know-how and 34 patents either granted, pending or awaiting pre-publication around the globe. These patents encompass the fundamental technologies underlying Sigma Labs’ melt pool process control, data analytics, anomaly detection, signature identification, and future “closed-loop control” of 3D metal printing.

Market Opportunity

Providing advanced quality assurance software to the commercial 3D printing industry is currently a $1.4 billion addressable market expected to grow to $3.9 billion by 2023. Integrating Sigma Labs’ groundbreaking software helps arm the industry with a necessary catalyst to help enable and optimize the fourth industrial revolution in manufacturing.

Sigma Labs’ global client base includes 23 installations across 19 different users. Tier-1 OEM enterprises and end-users such as Siemens, Honeywell, Pratt & Whitney and others are currently evaluating PrintRite3D® for production lines.

Management Team

John Rice, CEO and chairman of the board of directors, has extensive experience as a CEO, lead negotiator, turnaround expert, business financier and crisis management executive/consultant. Prior to becoming chair and CEO of Sigma Labs, he was the CEO of a successful turn-around of a Coca-Cola Bottling Company. Rice has led a variety of companies in diverse business sectors and worked on a host of products and technologies including design and manufacture of high-end jet engine test equipment for the U.S. Airforce, chaff dispensers for F16s, software for modeling naval exercises, software for controlling warehouse distribution systems, medical radioisotopes, cancer detection, and cybersecurity. He is an honor’s graduate of Harvard College.

Darren Beckett, CTO, has over 20 years of experience in the semiconductor industry, including Intel Corporation, where he held various technical and managerial positions. His expertise in process engineering for advanced manufacturing technology includes statistical process control for fabrication of semiconductor devices.

CFO Frank D. Orzechowski also serves as treasurer, principal accounting officer, principal financial officer and corporate secretary. He has more than 30 years of distinguished financial and operational experience. Orzechowski began his career at Coopers & Lybrand in 1982, received his CPA certification in 1984, and received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a major in accounting from Georgetown University in 1982.

Ronald Fisher, vice president of business development, is leading the commercialization of PrintRite3D® 5.0. Fisher is a mechanical engineer with hands-on experience in quality, manufacturing and product development. He has distinguished himself as a lead sales and marketing officer as well as a chief operating officer most recently before joining Sigma in technology startup that grew from market entry to successful exit by merger-acquisition.

Investment Considerations

  • Provider of revolutionary quality assurance software to the commercial 3D printing industry under the PrintRite3D® brand
  • Estimated addressable market is $1.4 billion, projected to exceed $3.9 billion by 2023
  • Currently, there are 23 Sigma Lab installations across 19 different users located around the globe
  • Evaluations are underway with Tier-1 OEM clients for potential production-level software integration
  • Experienced management team with deep industry experience, supplemented by an industry leading scientific advisory board
  • Robust patent strategy established to protect intellectual property with seven patents granted, 18 patents pending, and four patent applications pre-publication


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Pressure BioSciences Inc. (PBIO)

Pressure BioSciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: PBIO) develops, markets and sells proprietary laboratory instrumentation and associated consumables to the life sciences sample preparation market. Sample preparation refers to the wide range of activities that precede most forms of scientific analysis. It is often complex and time-consuming, yet a critical part of scientific research. The market for sample preparation products is currently estimated at $6 billion worldwide.

The Company’s product line can be used to exquisitely control the sample preparation process. It is based on a patented, enabling technology platform called pressure cycling technology (“PCT”). PCT uses alternating cycles of hydrostatic pressure between ambient (14.5 psi) and ultra-high levels (up to 100,000 psi) to safely and reproducibly control critical biological processes, such as the lysis (breakage) of cells, the digestion of proteins, and the inactivation of pathogens.

Pressure BioSciences’ product line is led by its newly released, next-generation Barocycler 2320EXTREME instrument. Named a finalist in the prestigious 2017 R&D Awards (also known as the “Oscars of Innovation”), the Barocycler 2320EXT is already being touted by some key opinion leaders as an essential element of the $1.8 billion U.S. “Cancer Moonshot” program. For example, Professor Phil Robinson, Co-head of the cancer research center of the Children’s Medical Research Institute (Sydney, Australia), said in a recent interview: “We are collecting the whole proteome on 70,000 tumor samples from all classes where complete clinical outcome is known. Due to its unique capabilities, the Barocycler 2320EXT has become a critical part of our program. It is the primary enabler of the high-throughput component of the project. Without this step, our project simply could not be done. In fact, the Barocycler 2320EXT works so well we have just purchased two more.”

Momentum is building when it comes to the potential for using the Company’s unique PCT technology platform. Leading scientists are intrigued by Pressure BioSciences’ approach, which among other attributes, revolutionizes the process of rupturing cells (lysis) for further study, yielding superior biomolecules for investigation. The Company’s technology transcends current methods of breaking open cells, which use chemicals, blades, metal beads, or other damaging and altering methods that can ultimately adversely affect the result for researchers. Pressure BioSciences’ PCT technology utilizes customized, controlled hydrostatic (water) pressure to rupture cells in a chamber, enabling exquisitely customized levels of pressure to optimally break open different types of cells at prescribed pressure levels—something never before accomplished in a commercial setting. Using this pioneering method, the result is a truer, more legitimate sample, which boosts the efficacy of research and the quality of results. The potential impact of this technology on scientific advancement is enormous, enabling research scientists to begin their studies with biological samples of unprecedented integrity, with the potential to improve research outcomes at the earliest, most critical step. PCT can additionally inactivate pathogens (e.g., viruses, bacteria) using hydrostatic pressure, making the samples safer to study—another innovation with astronomical potential for application in a variety of markets.

The Company’s high-pressure instruments for research purposes are marketed throughout the United States, Europe, China and Japan. To date, Pressure BioSciences has installed nearly 300 PCT Systems in over 165 leading academic, government, biotech and pharma laboratories around the world. Its primary applications are in biomarker discovery, forensics, agriculture and pathology. Over 100 scientific papers have been published on the advantages of the PCT platform, which is also being used in the specialized fields of drug discovery and design, bio-therapeutics characterization, soil and plant biology, vaccine development and histology.

Impressive as their biotech business is, there is more to the PBI story. Pressure BioSciences recently received two patents in China for its novel Ultra Shear Technology (UST), a process that has potential in a wide range of industrial applications, including extending the shelf life of some food products and making two insoluble liquids (like oil in water) soluble. Patents have also been filed in many other countries worldwide. UST is a novel technique based on the use of intense shear forces generated from ultra-high-pressure valve discharge.

This important technology has the potential to play a significant role in a number of commercially important areas through its ability to create high-quality, stable nanoemulsions. Scientific studies indicate that improved absorption, higher bioavailability, greater stability, lower surfactant levels and other advantages can be achieved with nanoemulsions – all hugely important factors in the fields of nutraceuticals, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, and in various medical products. There is an enormous opportunity in the cannabis market, since the technology can potentially reduce oil droplets containing cannabidiol (CBD) to nanoparticles, after which they can be safely suspended in a stable water solution—something many companies have endeavored to achieve without success. Researchers looking for a way to increase the bioavailability of cannabinoids in the body will find this technology a game changer.

The Company’s UST technology also has possibilities in the production of clean label foods, which are currently processed using several innovative methods, including high-pressure treatments (such as Starbucks’ Evolution line of juices). In 2015, the worldwide market for high-pressure processed (HPP) food was estimated at U.S. $10 billion. UST uses ultra-high pressures and certain valves to generate intense shear forces under controlled temperature conditions to produce nanoemulsions, and which also significantly reduces food-borne pathogens. Pressure BioSciences’ initial focus with this technology will be to evaluate UST for the production of high-quality dairy products and beverages.

Investment Considerations

  • Poised to disrupt sciences sample preparation market estimated at $6 billion
  • Nearly 300 patented enabling technology platform products installed at more than 150 sites worldwide
  • Two patents awarded in China for Ultra Shear Technology used in wide range of industrial applications, including “clean foods.”
  • Finalist in prestigious 2017 R&D 100 Awards recognizing top revolutionary technologies.
  • Technology being used as part of the U.S. “Cancer Moonshot” initiative.


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Predictive Oncology (NASDAQ: POAI)

Predictive Oncology (NASDAQ: POAI) is a knowledge-driven precision medicine company focused on applying data and artificial intelligence (AI) to personalized medicine and drug discovery. The company applies its smart tumor profiling and AI platform to extensive genomic and biomarker patient data sets to build predictive models of tumor drug response to improve clinical outcomes for the cancer patients of today and tomorrow. The company has several tools that support its mission of bringing precision medicine to the treatment of cancer.

Through its subsidiaries, Predictive Oncology’s portfolio of assets includes the following:

  • A database of clinically validated historical and outcome data from patient tumors
  • An in-house Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA)-certified lab
  • A “smart” patient-derived tumor profiling platform
  • An in-house bioinformatics artificial intelligence (AI) platform
  • A new computerized approach growing tumors in the lab to rapidly develop patient specific treatment options
  • An FDA-approved fluid collection and disposal system

Using these resources, and in collaboration with key players in the pharmaceutical, diagnostic and biotech industries Predictive Oncology is working to determine the best pathways for more individualized and effective cancer treatment.

Subsidiaries

Predictive Oncology leverages the synergies of its three wholly owned subsidiaries to bring precision medicine to the diagnosis of cancer.

Helomics applies artificial intelligence to its rich data gathered from the company’s trove of more than 150,000 tumors to personalize cancer therapies for patients as well as drive the development of new targeted therapies in collaborations with pharmaceutical companies. This database, the largest of its kind in the world, is comprised of ovarian, head and neck, colon and pancreas tumors. Helomic’s CLIA-certified lab provides clinical testing that assists oncologists in individualizing patient treatment decisions, by providing an evidence-based roadmap for therapy.

In addition to its proprietary precision oncology platform, Helomics offers boutique CRO services that leverage its TruTumor™ patient-derived tumor models coupled to a wide range of multi-omics assays (genomics, proteomics and biochemical), and an AI-powered proprietary platform (D-CHIP) to provide a tailored solution to its clients’ specific needs.

TumorGenesis is developing a new, rapid approach to growing tumors in the laboratory without the use of rats or mice, allowing for the identification of biomarkers indicative of cancer. This methodology “fools” the tumor into thinking it is still in the body. As a result, the tumor reacts as it naturally would, thereby increasing the accuracy of the biomarker. Once the biomarkers are identified, they can be used in TumorGenesis’ Oncology Capture Technology Platforms which isolate and helps categorize an individual patient’s heterogeneous tumor samples to enable development of patient-specific treatment options.

Skyline Medical’s patented, FDA-cleared STREAMWAY® System is the first true, direct-to-drain fluid disposal system designed specifically for medical applications such as radiology, endoscopy, urology and cystoscopy procedures. The STREAMWAY system is changing the way healthcare facilities collect and dispose of potentially infectious waste fluid by connecting directly to a facility’s plumbing system to automate the collection, measurement and disposal of waste fluids.

The STREAMWAY minimizes human intervention for better safety and improves compliance with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and other regulatory agency safety guidelines. The STREAMWAY eliminates canisters, carts and evacuated bottles, which reduces overhead costs and minimizes environmental impact by helping to eliminate the approximately 50 million potentially disease-infected canisters that go into landfills annually in the United Sates.

Skyline has achieved sales in five of the seven continents through both direct sales and distributor partners.

Competitive Advantage

Precision medicine has become the holy grail of cancer therapeutics. Data driven predictive models of tumors and their responses are critical in both new drug development and individualized patient treatment. The race has begun to model various tumors, which takes 5 to 7 years of clinical evaluation to establish historical and outcome data.

Predictive Oncology enjoys significant competitive advantage. The company already has a vast historical collection of tumors and related data, plus the ability to obtain existing associated outcome data. While others wait for outcome data, Predictive Oncology is in a unique and powerful position, working to deliver the promise of precision medicine to reality. Predictive Oncology already has the clinical data, including how a tumor responded to certain drugs, an in-house bioinformatics AI platform, and only needs to do the tumor sequencing. The significance is underscored by the collaboration with UPMC Magee-Women’s Hospital, designed to reveal which mutations responded to which drug then develop powerful predictive models for future testing and treatment.

Leadership Team

Dr. Carl Schwartz was appointed to Skyline Medical’s board of directors in March 2015 and became interim president and CEO in May 2016. Dr. Schwartz became CEO of Plastics Research Corporation in 1988, leading the company to become the largest manufacturer of structural foam molding products in the U.S. with more than $60 million in revenues and 300 employees by the time he retired in 2001. He holds a bachelor’s degree and DDS degree from the University of Detroit.

CFO Bob Myers has over 30 years of experience in multiple industries focusing on medical device service and manufacturing. He has spent much of his career as a CFO and controller. Myers holds an MBA in Finance from Adelphi University and a BBA in public accounting from Hofstra University.

Gerald Vardzel, President of Helomics, has over 25 years of healthcare executive management experience developing and implementing commercialization strategies and models for technology launches. His Go-To-Market expertise includes equity financing, strategic planning, market intelligence, M&A, and new market development in both start-up and established settings including fortune 500 market leaders. He has developed innovative solutions for both CLIA and FDA regulatory paths defining the delivery chains from discovery to clinical acceptance. Mr. Vardzel also has significant experience designing and implementing sales and marketing programs tailored not only to expand market share, but to empirically assess client satisfaction, strengthen business processes, and maximize profitability. Mr. Vardzel was previously Vice President of Corporate Development and Strategic Initiatives at Global Specimen Solutions. Furthermore, as an executive affiliate to the healthcare industry, he routinely consults for several small-to-mid sized private equity firms advising on, in part, the feasibility of acquisition targets. Mr. Vardzel graduated from the University of Pittsburgh.

Dr. Mark Collins, Chief Information Officer of Helomics, has held multiple executive roles in a variety of discovery, informatics and bioinformatics functions within global pharma, and founded three startup software companies in the machine learning and drug discovery space. In 2001, Dr. Collins worked for Cellomics (now part of Thermo Fisher Scientific), where he played a pivotal role in establishing the High-Content Cell Analysis market, building and commercializing several key informatics and bioinformatics products. After leaving Thermo Fisher, Dr. Collins developed and commercialized informatics solutions for clinical and translational research, specifically in the specimen tracking, omics data management and NGS analysis space, through key roles at BioFortis, Global Specimens Solutions and Genedata. Dr. Collins received his undergraduate degree in Applied Science from the University of Wolverhampton, UK and his Ph.D. in Microbiology from the University of Surrey, UK.

Investment Considerations

  • Helomics is collaborating with the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine to study the use of artificial intelligence to improve clinical decision making for ovarian cancer patients. More than 22,000 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer in the U.S. each year.
  • Entered an agreement with Interpace Diagnostics Group Inc. (IDXG) and Helomics to develop products to diagnose and assess the risk for thyroid cancer as well as provide appropriate therapeutic recommendations. The treatment market for thyroid cancer is expected to reach $2.1 billion by 2025.
  • Skyline Medical has received its first order for four STREAMWAY machines to be sold to local hospitals in India. The Indian healthcare industry is estimated at more than $100 billion, with the nation’s medical device industry valued at more than $6 billion.
  • Helomics signed a collaborative research agreement with Pittsburgh-based molecular imaging company, ChemImage, to expand personalized medicine to prostate cancer diagnosis and treatment.
  • TumorGenesis and partner 48Hour Discovery received the Alberta Innovates grant for development of novel cancer treatments.


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Net Element, Inc. (NASDAQ: NETE)

On June 15, 2020, Net Element announced its entry into a binding letter of intent to merge with privately-held Mullen Technologies Inc., a Southern California-based electric vehicle company, in a stock-for-stock reverse merger in which Mullen’s stockholders will receive the majority of the outstanding stock in the post-merger company. The proposed merger is currently pending the execution of a definitive agreement, shareholder vote and regulatory approval.

Net Element Inc. (NASDAQ: NETE) is a global financial technology and value-added solutions group that supports electronic payments acceptance in an omni-channel environment spanning across point-of-sale, e-commerce and mobile devices. The company operates a payments-as-a-service transactional model and value-added services platform for small to medium enterprises in the U.S. and selected emerging markets.

Net Element believes the future of global commerce is being revolutionized as consumers quickly migrate toward omni-channel shopping utilizing mobile devices, desktop, and online services. The company’s all-in-one payment solutions support and unify a whole range of applications through a single, robust platform, allowing global onboarding and support for multiple payment methods.

Net Element has also launched a blockchain-focused business unit that will develop and deploy blockchain technology-based solutions. Net Element expects the new division to create a decentralized crypto-based ecosystem that will act as a framework for an unlimited number of value-added services, connecting merchants and consumers in a seamless, economically efficient transaction. This new business unit intends to also identify and invest in unique projects that decentralize and disrupt the payment processing industry by combining blockchain technology and real-world applications with talented development teams, strong fundamentals and addressable markets large in size.

“We believe that we’re at the dawn of a new evolution where additional digital payment methods are being introduced,” Net Element chairman and CEO Oleg Firer, says. “Introduction of our division focused on blockchain as part of the NASDAQ-listed entity will add transparency and compliance assurance to our investors as well as provide access to deploy value-added services to over 20 million electronic commerce clients that are currently part of Net Element’s growing network.”

Net Element clients are treated to customized solutions that provide the flexibility needed to keep up with customers. Among the services offered are mobile payment apps that accept payments anywhere, anytime; cloud-based solutions built to increase productivity and enhance revenue for clients and partners; marketing solutions that turn lookers into buyers; and business analytics that make it easy for clients to monitor business metrics, engage with customers and compare the competition. Its multi-channel platform combines e-commerce, offline, point-of-sale, comprehensive back office tools, mobile point-of-sale, credit scoring and customer interaction in one powerful platform-as-a-service technology.

Net Element owns and operates a global mobile payments and transactional processing provider, TOT Group, Inc., with the following subsidiaries:

  • Unified Payments – An award-winning, customized mobile billing and payments solution, recognized by Inc. Magazine as the No. 1 Fastest Growing Company in America in 2012.
  • Aptito – A next-generation, all-in-one, cloud-based restaurant management and point-of-sale payments platform using wireless technology.
  • Payonline – A fully integrated, processor agnostic electronic commerce platform.

Net Element is ranked on Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500™ list of North America’s 500 fastest growing technology, media, telecommunications, life sciences and energy tech companies in both 2017 and 2018, during which the company grew 190 percent and 183 percent, respectively. The company credits its progression to organic growth in its North America Transactions Segment, specifically the success of its Unified Payments brand, which focuses on value-added payment acceptance solutions for small to medium enterprises in the United States.

Net Element was also listed among South Florida Business Journal’s 2016 fastest growing technology companies.

Leveraging its suite of application performing interfaces (APIs) and connectors, Net Element powers commerce for businesses of all sizes through multi-channel platforms, all-in-one digital solutions, and end-to-end encryption of cardholder data utilizing tamper resistant hardware that ensures integrity and simplifies security.

Leading this innovation is chairman and CEO Oleg Firer, who is responsible for the overall vision, strategy and execution of the company’s mission of powering global commerce. He is joined by CFO Jeffrey Ginsburg, CPA, and Steven Wolberg, the company’s chief legal officer and secretary. Each corporate officer brings a unique blend of leadership, vision, experience and creative energy to the company.

From mobile payments and value-added transactional innovations like Aptito to e-commerce and retail payment transaction processing brands like Payonline and Unified Payments, Net Element is transforming the online and mobile experience.

Investment Considerations

  • The company recently entered into a letter of intent to merge with Southern California-based electric vehicle company Mullen Technologies Inc.
  • The proposed merger is currently pending the execution of a definitive agreement, shareholder vote and regulatory approval.
  • One-stop omni-channel processing solution with 100-plus payment solutions
  • North American transaction revenues rose by 17.3% YoY
  • Organic growth includes increase in global merchants and uptake of value-added services
  • Ranked as one of North America’s fastest growing companies on Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500™ in 2017 and 2018


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Loop Insights Inc. (TSX.V: MTRX) (OTCQB: RACMF)

Loop Insights Inc. (OTCQB: RACMF) (TSX.V: MTRX) is an innovative technology company leveraging Internet of Things (IoT) technologies to deliver contactless solutions, including its venue management platform, personalized engagement services and AI-driven insights.

The company was founded on June 12, 2019, and is headquartered in Vancouver, Canada. Loop is currently offering its solutions to major players in the telecom, sports, casino gaming, hospitality, entertainment and retail industries across Canada, the United States, South America, the UK, Australia, Indonesia and Japan.

Scaled and Fully Managed Services

Loop Insights has integrated both its Fobi and SmarTap devices with its proprietary cloud to provide end-to-end services for the retail, travel, entertainment and hospitality industries.

Loop’s Automated Venue Management Platform

Loop’s venue management platform is a fully managed contactless check-in platform that securely aggregates venue and visitor information in order to generate real-time feedback to both venue hosts and consumers. Loop’s venue management platform can be applied to venue tracing for COVID-19 or used in traditional environments for applications in ticketing, retail and hospitality.

Loop’s COVID-19 Venue Tracing Solution

Loop Insights is committed to leveraging its solutions for COVID-19 management, allowing for easier tracing, testing and data collection.

Loop Insights has adapted its existing technology to create a venue management platform designed specifically for tracing the COVID-19 pandemic. The company’s complete end-to-end COVID-19 management platform provides a means for venues and event hosts to manage attendees and instantly trace and notify potential at-risk visitors.

Loop Insights has partnered with a number of medical testing companies including iSTOC and Empower Clinics to provide rapid testing options wherever its COVID-19 venue management system is deployed.

Loop Insights signed a referral and partnership agreement with Finland’s iSTOC Ltd. in November 2020, providing the company COVID-19 testing and integrated lab capabilities in Europe. The partnership allows Loop to provide FDA and HIPAA-compliant tracing and testing that can be deployed by any health care organization, NGO or government worldwide. “Our partnership with iSTOC positions us as a true global leader regarding complete COVID-19 management solutions,” Loop Insights CEO Rob Anson explained.

Through its partnership with Summit Services Inc., Loop Insights deployed the first-ever COVID-19 venue bubble solution in a live environment at the Gulf Coast Showcase in Fort Myers, Florida, and #VegasBubble in Las Vegas. The venue bubble was deployed to test, trace and notify over 500 NCAA players, coaches and staff that attended the tournament.

Loop’s Personalized Engagement Platform

Loop Insights’ personalized engagement platform leverages the power of the company’s technology to provide retail operators with an automated marketing platform focused on delivering the right marketing to the right customers to optimize retail engagement.

By leveraging the power of the Wallet pass functionality found on all Android and iOS devices, Loop establishes a direct line of communication with consumers, allowing merchants to provide an AI-personalized marketing experience designed to drive spending and encourage brand loyalty through rewards and other promotions.

Like the digital credit cards or boarding passes that use Wallet pass technology, Loop Insights’ engagement platform provides a seamless user experience without the need to download an additional application. Consumers receive automated promotions and discounts that can be personalized based on user data.

Loop’s Real-Time Insights Platform

By aggregating retail information about consumers and their preferences, Loop’s Insights platform takes the guesswork out of decision making for retailers. Loop’s Insights platform aggregates retail performance data, recording 100% of each transaction before delivering insights and analytics regarding macro and micro buying trends, consumer behavior and optimization opportunities.

As part of its Insights offering, Loop provides AI-based forecasting, modeling and inventory management services to retailers with the ability to integrate third-party data services such as foot traffic and weather.

Loop Insights Devices and Technologies

Loop Insights has developed a line of simple, yet powerful technologies designed to transform industries through the power of IoT technologies and artificial intelligence. The company offers fully automated plug-and-play platforms that can seamlessly integrate and enhance clients’ existing operational infrastructure. The company’s devices are designed to work together seamlessly on top of its enterprise-level cloud infrastructure, providing clients in the retail, entertainment and hospitality industries with the ability to easily optimize their operations.

Fobi

Fobi is an IoT device designed to seamlessly integrate into any existing point of sale or customer management infrastructure. It collects 100% of transactional data and then connects this data to other data points, enabling optimization through AI and data-driven insights.

Loop Insights’ cloud-based AI is designed to aggregate an organization’s data, optimizing the information so it is actionable and easy to use. The Fobi device is hardware agnostic and seamlessly connects with existing points of sale or customer relationship management infrastructure, physically or digitally.

By aggregating an organization’s entire dataset, Fobi is able to merge transactional and behavioral data with customer data to create 360-degree customer profiles, enabling highly-personalized, omnichannel marketing strategies across a number of platforms including email, SMS, paper receipts and the company’s proprietary Wallet pass technology. Loop’s data aggregation service is supported by Amazon Web Services, providing clients with the digital infrastructure and security necessary to protect their data.

SmarTap

SmarTap is a Near Field Communication (NFC) device that enables consumers to “tap” to check-in to locations using their smartphone’s NFC compatibility, enabling contactless customer engagement through the use of Wallet pass technology. By leveraging the functionality of the Wallet pass technology found on Android and iOS devices, Loop is able to drive engagement and provide personalized, data-driven insights without the need for an additional application.

Loop’s SmarTap device can connect to the Loop cloud via LTE or Wi-Fi, allowing retailers to securely transfer encrypted data from wherever their businesses operates.

Loop Cloud

The Loop Cloud brings together datapoints from its Fobi and SmarTap devices to create a unified database for the company and its clients. Instead of individual tills and stores generating their own unique datasets, Loop Insights aggregates data together from a number of sources, creating a complete picture of a client’s retail environment.

By hosting this database in the cloud, Loop Insights provides its clients with more accessible and actionable data that can be accessed from anywhere. Additionally, the Loop cloud allows for real-time monitoring, and its API can be directly integrated into existing PoS systems.

When paired with Loop’s Fobi and SmarTap devices, the Loop Cloud allows for businesses to transform their edge-based legacy systems into a unified database that can be accessed from anywhere.

Uklipz

Expected to launch in January 2021, Loop Insights’ latest product offering, Uklipz, is a next-generation platform that enables consumers to create verified video reviews that can be purchased, analyzed and leveraged by brands to drive engagement and sales.

The addition of Uklipz marks an important milestone for the company, because it further strengthens its product portfolio by providing a reliable solution in the massive but problematic consumer review industry, as Anson explained in a November 2020 news release (https://ibn.fm/YpNlR). He added that the company expects this platform to become a very valuable asset and a significant source of revenue in 2021.

Market Outlook

Loop Insights’ integrated technology solutions and its recent advances in providing end-to-end COVID-19 solutions position the company for significant growth opportunities in the expanding IoT market. According to MarketsandMarkets research, the global IoT sector is expected to reach $561 billion by 2022, up from $180.6 billion in 2017. This market growth can be attributed to an increase in cloud platform adoption and a reduction of costs (https://ibn.fm/1BIPB) which Loop is driving through its engagement and insights platforms.

According to Loop Insights’ August 2020 investor presentation, its innovative solutions open the door to multiple opportunities in additional sectors, including but not limited to:

  • Brick and mortar retail – an estimated value of $31,880 billion by 2023 (Mordor Research)
  • Sports and entertainment – an estimated value of $614.1 billion by 2022 (The Business Research Company)
  • Telecom partnerships – an estimated value of $3,435.2 billion by 2022 (The Business Research Company)
  • Casino gaming – an estimated value of $565.4 billion by 2022 (Research and Markets)
  • Cannabis – an estimated value of $66.3 billion by 2025 (Grandview Research Inc.)

Management Team

Rob Anson is the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Loop Insights. He has also served, since October 2017, as the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Fobisuite Technologies Inc., a private British Columbia technology company. In a prior role, Anson was the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of One Team Media, a private Vancouver-based media company with digital and television production assets.

Abbey Abdiye is Chief Financial Officer of Loop Insights. He is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) who has served as Chief Financial Officer for a range of public companies throughout his extensive career. Before obtaining his CPA, he received a Bachelor of Business Administration from Simon Fraser University and completed his Co-Op Education Certificate.

Gavin Lee is the company’s Chief Operating Officer. He has over 20 years of experience with global consumer products, with expertise in building top-performing sales teams, brand management, operational excellence and consumer insights. Lee has a strong business understanding and a background in improving salesforce effectiveness. His experience ranges from small entrepreneurial brands to multi-million-dollar global leaders in a variety of marketing segments.

Casey Matson-DeKay is Chief Technology Officer of Loop Insights. He previously held the same position at Fobisuite Technologies, from January 2017 until January 2018. Matson-DeKay has been a developer and information technology consultant for various enterprises. He has been involved with the core technologies utilized by Loop Insights for nearly a decade.

Investment Considerations

  • Loop Insights is aiming to disrupt multiple global markets with its proprietary technologies, including Fobi, SmarTap, Uklipz and the Loop cloud.
  • Loop successfully deployed the world’s first complete, end-to-end “venue bubble” solution, protecting over 500 NCAA players and staff at the 2020 Gulf Coast Showcase.
  • Loop Insights’ automated venue tracing service provides real-time notifications of potential COVID-19 exposure and can be used for alerting users during natural disasters or amber alerts.
  • Loop has established partnerships with a trio of medical testing companies, enabling it to provide a complete end-to-end integrated COVID-19 management platform that includes rapid testing, integrated lab results and venue tracing.
  • The global IoT market is estimated to reach $561 billion by 2022, positioning the company for significant growth opportunities in the sector.
  • Loop Insights is also positioned to influence several other global markets during the forecast period, including brick and mortar retail, sports and entertainment, telecom partnerships, casino gaming and cannabis.


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Knightscope, Inc.

Knightscope, Inc., founded in 2013 and based in Mountain View, California, is a leader in the development of autonomous security capabilities and are on target to disrupt the $500 billion security industry. Knightscope’s technology uniquely combines self-driving technology, robotics and artificial intelligence.

Knightscope designs and builds Autonomous Security Robots (ASRs) that provide 24/7/365 security to the places you live, work, visit and study. The company’s client list covers public institutions and commercial business operations, including ten Fortune 1000 companies to date. These ASRs have been proven to enhance safety at hospitals, logistics facilities, manufacturing plants, schools and corporations. ASRs act as highly cost-effective complementary systems to traditional security and law enforcement officials, providing an additional advantage by continuing to offer uninterrupted patrolling capabilities across the country, despite the pandemic (note: robots are immune).

The company’s ASRs have assisted in the arrest of suspects involved in crimes ranging from armed robbery to hit-and-runs. Their machine-embedded thermal scanning capability even aided in preventing the breakout of a major fire.

The company has achieved several milestones since its creation in 2013, including:

  • Establishing itself in a 15,000-square-foot facility located in Mountain View, California, in the heart of Silicon Valley, where Knightscope designs, engineers and builds its technology;
  • Operating for more than one million hours in the field and securing contracts across five time zones;
  • Navigating through the global pandemic without interruption by continuing to operate on a daily basis across the nation and supporting clients classified as essential services; and
  • Continuing its hiring processes despite the current societal and economic disruption.

Growth Capital

With more than 10,000 investors and over $40 million raised since inception, Knightscope is poised to be an industry leader in the future of public safety and security.

The company is presently in the process of raising up to $50 million in growth capital as it prepares for a potential public listing. Knightscope has reserved ticker symbol ‘KSCP’ with Nasdaq.

Investors can buy shares exclusively through the company’s managing broker-dealer, StartEngine (http://nnw.fm/l9GLX) until July 20, 2020. Concurrent with this live offering and contingent upon various factors, including raising a sufficient amount of funds and meeting applicable listing standards, the company intends to begin preparation of an S-1 format Form 1-A and Nasdaq Capital Market application in anticipation of a possible public listing of the stock at the conclusion of the Regulation A+ offering.

Company Mission – The Greater Good

Knightscope’s long-term vision has an eye on the greater good. The company’s mission is to make the United States of America the safest nation in the world while supporting millions of law enforcement and security professionals across the country.

Crime has a negative economic impact in excess of $1 trillion annually. As crime is reduced, positive impacts will likely be realized across several aspects of society, including housing, financial markets, insurance, municipal budgets, local business and safety in general.

Knightscope CEO William Santana Li was recently interviewed by Kevin O’Leary, more commonly known as Shark Tank‘s Mr. Wonderful. When asked to explain how the benefits provided by the ASRs outrank a human doing the same job, Li said, “First, just the simple presence of a physical deterrent causes criminal behavior to change. Second, the machines are self-driving cars that patrol all around and recharge themselves. They also generate 90 terabytes of data per year. No human would ever be able to process that. The robots are intended to be eyes and ears for the humans, not a one to one replacement.”

The Knightscope solution to reduce crime combines the physical presence of ASRs, sometimes referred to as proprietary Autonomous Data Machines, with real-time onsite data collection and analysis. The ASRs are fitted with eye-level 360° cameras, thermal scanning, public address announcements and various other features that work in tandem with humans to provide law enforcement officers and security guards unprecedented situational awareness.

Those 90 terabytes of data are then formatted in a useable way, so law enforcement can leverage that information and execute their responsibilities more effectively.

Public Safety Innovation

The company’s recurring revenue business model is set up to mimic the recurring societal problem of crime, and it takes into consideration the fact that innovation in the security and public safety industry has been stagnant for decades. Because the traditional practices of the sector have remained unchanged for years, automation has potential to drive substantial cost savings – and significant improvement in capabilities.

Human security guards are one of both the largest expenses and the largest liabilities for companies. Knightscope’s robots are offered at an effective price of $4 to $11 per hour, compared with approximately $85 and $30 per hour for an armed off duty law enforcement officer and an unarmed security guard, respectively.

This innovation has the potential to drive considerable cost savings. Based on these estimates, manufacturing costs can be recovered as soon as the first year of operation.

Product Offerings

The company has four patents and a framework of unique intellectual property. Knightscope currently offers a K1 stationary machine, a K3 indoor machine and a K5 outdoor machine. A K7 multi-terrain four-wheel version is in development.

The ASRs autonomously patrol client sites without the need for remote control, providing a visible, force multiplying, physical security presence to help protect assets, monitor changes in the area and deter crime. The data is accessible through the Knightscope Security Operations Center (KSOC), an intuitive, browser-based interface that enables security professionals to review events generated by the ASRs providing effectively ‘mobile smart eyes and ears’.

The ASRs and all the related technologies were developed ground up by the Company and are Made in the USA.

Management Team

Chief Executive Officer William Santana Li is a veteran entrepreneur, a former executive at Ford Motor Company and the founder of GreenLeaf, a company that grew to be the world’s second-largest automotive recycler and is now part of LKQ Corporation (NASDAQ: LKQ).

Chief Client Officer Stacy Dean Stephens brings his experience as a former Dallas law enforcement officer, as well as his skills as a seasoned entrepreneur, to assist on the client acquisition side.

Chief Intelligence Officer Mercedes Soria is an award-winning technologist and former Deloitte software engineer.

Chief Design Officer Aaron Lehnhardt brings over two decades of two- and three-dimensional product and industrial design in modeling and VR to the table, on top of his experience as a senior designer at Ford Motor Company.

Investment Considerations
  • Knightscope is a leader in the development of autonomous security capabilities and is on target to disrupt the $500 billion security industry.
  • The company is presently in the process of raising up to $50 million in growth capital as it prepares for a possible public listing.
  • With more than 10,000 investors, over $40 million raised since inception and several Fortune 1000 clients with prepaid contracts, Knightscope is poised to be an industry leader in the future of public safety and security.
  • The company has opened investing to the public at $8 per share through July 20, 2020.
  • This innovation has the potential to drive cost savings and profitability for clients; manufacturing costs can be recovered as soon as the first year of operation.
  • The company’s ASRs have assisted in the arrest of suspects involved in crimes ranging from armed robbery to hit-and-runs; the machines’ embedded thermal scanning capabilities also aided in preventing the breakout of a major fire.
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iClick Interactive Asia Group Ltd. (NASDAQ: ICLK)

iClick Interactive Asia Group Ltd. (NASDAQ: ICLK) is an independent online marketing and enterprise data solutions provider connecting worldwide marketers with audiences in China. Built on cutting-edge technologies, iClick’s proprietary platform possesses omni-channel marketing capabilities and fulfills various marketing objectives in a data-driven and automated manner, helping international and domestic marketers reach their target audiences. Headquartered in Hong Kong, iClick operates in 10 locations worldwide, including Asia and Europe.

iClick aims to become a fully integrated Enterprise and Marketing Cloud Platform in China, providing clients a full consumer-cycle solution. This is facilitated by two pillars’ growth strategy through two business segments: Marketing Solutions and Enterprise Solutions.

Marketing Solutions

Using data and AI-driven technology to help brands efficiently identify, target and acquire the right customers

As the leading programmatic marketing platform in China, iClick’s proprietary platform collects a wealth of data from multiple sources to precisely reach the right audience at the right moment, on the right channel and right device. Cross-screen search solutions capture critical micro-moments when users proactively search for what they need. This multi-dimensional approach to marketing allows iClick to effectively understand internet users and exponentially widen target audiences for its brand clients. Multiple monetization models available in the Marketing Solutions segment allow iClick to serve its clients in several ways, such as audience targeting.

Data-driven marketing is indispensable to marketers targeting specific audiences in China. More than 825 million internet users in China are anonymously profiled on iClick’s platform, which boasts cross-channel and cross-screen capabilities.

Enterprise Solutions

Enabling brands to efficiently manage their consumers through online and offline data integration and analysis, increase the repurchase rate, and enhance consumers’ loyalty

iClick’s Enterprise Solutions segment addresses enterprise needs in China, particularly focusing on “smart retail,” an expanding and innovating market involving the combination of online and offline consumers’ behavioral information. Enterprise Solutions support detailed profiling of customers, which facilitates data-driven business strategies, enhances business processes at various levels, and increases operational and marketing efficiency.

Enterprise Solutions leverages iClick’s proprietary platform that incorporates Artificial Intelligence (AI) to learn, build and store knowledge, enabling accurate predictions about consumer behavior that ultimately provide marketing solutions derived from the large amount of available data.

Through a strategic partnership with Tencent, iClick’s Enterprise Solutions presents strong recurring revenue streams with tremendous opportunities to upsell multi-national corporations (MNCs). Tencent’s proprietary API connection enables brands to build 360-degree consumer profiles based on the collection and integration of purchased behavioral information from online and offline touchpoints, including WeChat Mini Programs, WeChat Payment, WeChat Work and more.

As iClick continues to provide integrated marketing and smart retail solutions targeting Chinese consumers, the company believes Enterprise Solutions has strong long-term growth potential and will become a major gross margin contributor in the future.

Partnerships

In 2019, iClick established various agreements and partnerships with a number of leading southeast and northeast Asian companies for regional diversification and in 2020 is focused on continuing to develop additional partnerships and new business models globally. Many of the world’s top companies are leveraging iClick’s proprietary data platform to precisely identify and reach out to core target audience groups in China.

The company’s partnerships include:

  • A tri-partnership with BTG WELINK, an online retail services arm of Beijing Tourism Group (“BTG”), and Tencent Holdings Ltd., China’s leading provider of internet value added services. As part of this partnership, iClick applies its upgraded solutions to build a private DSP (Demand Side Platform) system for BTG. Using Tencent’s big data advertising platform, iClick can assist BTG to develop precision marketing campaigns.
  • An Advertising Agency Authorization Certificate from Baidu Inc. (NASDAQ: BIDU), under which iClick is designated the authorized agency for native advertising of Baidu’s news feed ads. Native advertising is a consumer-friendly, non-disruptive advertising format that has gained rapid popularity among advertisers in recent years. Native advertising and creative marketing content have become a more effective marketing method among the Chinese young consumers. In 2019, the native advertising sector was estimated to have an around 53.5% share of the online advertising revenue, according to Statista.
  • A joint-venture partnership with VGI Global Media Plc (VGI.BKK), Thailand’s No. 1 online to offline (O2O) solutions provider across advertising, payment and logistics platforms, which enables brands in Southeast Asia to capture the multi-billion-dollar Chinese consumer market through a range of technology-driven marketing solutions.

Case Study: Armani Hotel Dubai

Dubai has been gearing up to welcome the growing wave of Chinese visitors. Chinese nationals are eligible for a 30-day visa-on-arrival into the UAE, which gives Chinese travelers tremendous convenience. In light of this, Armani Hotel Dubai set the objective to increase its sales in this market.

The challenge: What Aarmani Hotel Dubai lacked in executing this goal was insightful understanding of Chinese travelers in particular the demographics that were likely to be attracted to the hotel. Challenged by the huge differences in the business practice, unique culture and language barrier in running digital campaigns in China, Armani Hotel Dubai turned to iClick’s know-how and expertise to guide its campaign to success and meet its sales goal.

The solution: iClick tailored an optimal solution for the hotel to increase brand awareness and booking rate from China – which is the key market for the hotel – and successfully assisted Armani Hotel Dubai in reaching its target Chinese audiences by using China’s most popular mobile and internet sites, including WeChat and Weibo, to improve reach and booking potential.

The results: Due to iClick’s unrivaled technological and execution strengths, Armani Hotel Dubai’s ads were delivered in an omnichannel manner, raising brand awareness and garnering interest between Chinese consumers. Subsequently, Armani Hotel Dubai saw a surge in conversion rate.
During the campaign, the Armani Hotel Dubai brand was connected with 87% of Chinese mobile users.

Award-winning Provider

iClick, a Deloitte Technology Fast50, has received multiple industry awards from the international marketing community. The company is committed to helping clients access digital China with its omni-channel, data-driven marketing solutions that deliver uniquely sharpened marketing capabilities and outstanding advertising results.

Most recently, iClick subsidiary OptAim (Beijing) Information Technology Co., Ltd was recognized by Tencent Ads as a 2019 Gold Service Provider. Tencent Ads also named OptAim the winner of three major annual awards for the second half of 2019: “Outstanding Contribution of the Year,” “Best Technology & Data Application Award,” and “Best Branding Awards.”

In November 2019, company co-founder and CEO Sammy Hsieh was chosen as the winner of the “EY Entrepreneur of The Year China 2019 Award in Technology Category,” an award recognizing his entrepreneurial acumen, innovative spirit and strong leadership. As one of the world’s most prestigious business accolades, the “EY Entrepreneur of The Year” awards program honors those who accomplish success by combining ability with opportunity, and inspire others with great vision, leadership and outstanding achievement.

iClick won the Annual Influential Platform Award and the Innovation Golden Award in Marketing at the Creative Award 2019, as well as the Best Tourism Marketing Agency. The company was also the recipient of the “Best Brand and Performance Marketing Award” at the Performance Marketing Ecosystem Summit 2018 hosted by the Advertising & Marketing Service, a division of Tencent Holdings Limited.

The company in 2018 was also recognized as “Platinum Service Partner of Tencent Social Ads” at the Tencent Key Accounts Mid-Year Summit held in Beijing. The mobile division of iClick, Optaim, received the same award beginning in 2016. Optaim was also the “Best DSP Partner” and “Key Account Data Partner” of Tencent, making it the only player in China with such unique and deep level of cooperation with Tencent Social Ads.

Leadership

Sammy Wing Hong Hsieh, chairman of the board and co-founder, was CEO from 2009 to 2019. Prior to co-founding iClick, Hsieh held senior positions in several prominent technology companies. He was general manager for Asia Pacific at Efficient Frontier (now an Adobe company), a leading digital performance marketing company, and was director of Search Marketing at Yahoo Hong Kong from 2000-2008. Hsieh received a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Jian Tang, director, CEO and co-founder, has 20 years of experience in digital advertising and is well-known in China for his expertise in advertising technologies and big data. In 2012, he founded OptAim, which was acquired by iClick in 2015, and has served key research, engineering and management roles at Yahoo’s global research and development center. Tang received his doctorate in computer engineering from Tsinghua University and was named by Campaign Asia as one of the leaders in its Digital A-List in 2016.

Terence Chi Wai Li, chief financial officer, has 15 years of experience in financial management, investment and business operations. He has served in management roles and advisory capacities at several start-ups, in addition to financial management and fundraising roles. He previously worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers, specializing in M&A due diligence and cross border tax and deal structuring projects. Li received an MBA from Oxford University’s Said Business School. He is a Fellow Member of ACCA, a Member of HKICPA, and a Chartered Financial Analyst.

Investment Considerations
  • Largest independent, industry-leading marketing technology company in China
  • Digital advertising solutions reach 98% of China’s internet users
  • Secured more than $30 million in credit facility with HSBC’s GBA+ Technology Fund
  • Financing from Marine Central Ltd., backed by majority shareholder of Forbes Media LLC, will be a catalyst for further high-potential opportunity and synergies
  • Strong balance sheet and working capital management supercharging the growth of marketing solutions
  • Proprietary, award-winning marketing technology transforms data into insight, action and performance
  • Over the first three quarters of 2019, iClick set record high in revenue ($142.7 million) and gross profit ($39.5 million)
  • Core Marketing Solutions has reached economics of scale with the proved positive adjusted EBITDA and will become an organic growth driver and profitability contributor going forward
  • Newly launched Enterprise Solutions business segment quickly accumulated revenues of $6.8 million
  • Enterprise Solutions business segment expected to become the top-line and bottom-line growth driver in the future
  • Focused on its evolution into an enterprise and marketing cloud platform, providing full consumer-cycle solutions to the brands
  • Ten locations worldwide with 450+ employees


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