TVM Capital Life Science see Up-and-Coming Leaders

TVM Capital Life Science, a leading international venture capital firm focused on investments in life sciences innovation, today announced the promotion of Dr. Valentina Agostoni and Catello Somma to Senior Associate and Philipp Lechner to Senior Associate Corporate Finance.

“I congratulate our three talented Senior Associates. We are delighted to recognize the contributions Valentina, Catello and Philipp have made to the Company as well as their achievements with these well-deserved promotions. It is gratifying to see each of them expand their roles in our team and take on increased responsibilities,“ said Dr. Luc Marengère, Managing Partner at TVM Capital Life Science.

Dr. Hubert Birner, Managing Partner at TVM Capital Life Science, added: “These promotions underscore TVM’s commitment to professional development and talent recognition. Growing the next generation of leaders is an integral part of our strategy to position TVM for continued success. Each of these individuals brings different backgrounds, views and strengths to the team, which is essential to creating value for both our portfolio companies and investors.”

Valentina Agostoni, PhD joined TVM in December 2019, supporting the team in all stages of the investment process, particularly in deal flow screening and due diligence. Before joining TVM, she worked in preclinical development at Versantis AG and Mperia Therapeutics Inc, where she was involved in the clinical translation, from lead optimization to IND-enabling studies, of novel therapeutics across different disease areas. Valentina holds a Master’s degree in medical biotechnology from the University of Milano Bicocca and a PhD in biopharmacy and pharmaceutical technologies from the University of Paris-Saclay. She was the recipient of a Marie Curie ITN scholarship and conducted postdoctoral research in drug delivery and formulation at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH-Zurich). She has co-authored several scientific articles and is co-inventor of 2 patents.

Catello Somma joined TVM in January 2020 and has played an integral role in deal flow generation and investment due diligence, as well as deal and exit transactions. Catello is a biotech start-up founder with more than ten years of clinical development and corporate development experience. Prior to this role, Catello worked for a mid-cap biotech where he supported the development of immuno-oncology assets, both internal and in partnership with big pharma, including the preparatory work for a successful licensing opportunity. Catello holds an MSc in molecular biology from the Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II and an MBA with a major in finance, from MIP Politecnico di Milano.

Philipp Lechner joined TVM in July 2020. He is active in investment due diligence, deal and exit transactions as well as corporate finance and fund administration aspects of the fund. Prior to joining TVM, Philipp worked for the Global Healthcare Team at Société Générale Corporate & Investment Banking. In this role, he was involved in several cross-border M&A transactions in different healthcare industries. He holds a Master’s degree in international finance and economics from the Nuremberg Institute of Technology, with a focus on financial markets and corporate finance, and did additional business and finance studies in London, UK and Nuertingen, Germany.

TVM Capital Life Science (“TVM”) is a leading international venture capital firm focused on investing in life science innovations. The company has a highly experienced transatlantic investment team and approximately $900 million under management. TVM’s portfolio focuses on therapeutics and medical technologies from North America and the EU that represent differentiated first-in-class or best-in-class assets with the potential to transform standard of care. TVM pursues a unique two-pronged strategy, financing innovative early-stage therapeutics through a single asset company approach (Project-Focused Company, PFC) that leverages the firm’s strategic relationship with global pharmaceutical firm, Eli Lilly and Company. TVM also invests in differentiated commercial-stage medical technologies and late clinical-stage therapeutics.

The TVM investment team has worked together for over a decade to effectively utilize this innovative approach to maximize returns for investors and finance new therapies and technologies to meaningfully improve patient lives.

Huge Budgets for Space Exploration

Space exploration has always been an area of great fascination; it has been a source of inspiration for generations. The recent surge in investments in space exploration testifies that this field is rapidly becoming a significant focus of research and development. Notably, companies like SpaceX, Blue Origin and Amazon have invested vast amounts of money into space exploration; more will follow suit.

Admittedly, space exploration has been a dream of humankind since ancient times. Today, it has become a reality. As such, governments around the world are investing in space exploration, allocating huge budgets for it. Yes, space exploration offers a plethora of possibilities that lead to many discoveries and technologies. The discoveries could benefit humanity and our planet. Each day, scientists are developing new ideas and technologies to explore and study the universe. Governments are investing in technological research and development to make this viable.

The US has led space exploration endeavours for decades. The country continues to invest heavily in space exploration. The government allocates billions of dollars to NASA and space exploration initiatives. NASA has been working on projects such as the International Space Station. The Orion spacecraft is yet another project. The US regularly sends probes to explore Mars and other planets in the solar system.

Other countries are also investing in space exploration. For example, China has had a space exploration program since the 1970s. China has sent several unmanned probes to the moon and other planets. Recently, China announced plans to send a probe to Mars. The European Space Agency has also been active in space exploration, having sent several probes to the moon. Many would readily admit that space exploration has become an essential part of our lives- this is expected to bring about a revolution in science and technology. With increased interest, we are likely to see more advancements in space-related technologies such as satellite communication, robotic probes, and manned missions to other planets.

The potential benefits of space exploration are immense, ranging from new sources of energy to new ways of exploring distant planets and galaxies. With the right investments, we can- possibly- unlock the mysteries of the universe and explore new frontiers. Further, the economic benefits that come from such investments are substantial - they can create jobs and open up new markets for businesses.

With the recent increase in investments in space exploration, many countries and private companies are exploring the possibility of space travel. This has opened up a realm of possibilities that were not available before. Yes, with huge budgets being allocated to space exploration, it is clear our planet’s future lies in these efforts.

The amount of money being invested in space exploration is massive- and it shows no signs of slowing down soon. These investments will likely be used for research and development of new technologies. Also, they will launch projects that could potentially benefit humanity. With large budgets being dedicated to space exploration, we can expect to see more progress towards understanding our universe better than ever. Further, with the development of new technology, space exploration has taken greater forward leaps. Governments, research institutions, universities and private companies have dedicated huge budgets to space exploration in the hopes of unlocking the mysteries of the universe.

Interestingly, the most significant of these budgets is dedicated to the exploration of the moon. These budgets have been allocated by governments around the world; they are used to fund research and development on various lunar exploration projects. The projects include sending robotic probes to the moon, using robotic landers to collect samples and launching human missions to the moon. The robotic probes collect data and samples to help scientists better understand the composition of planets and moons. In addition to exploring the moon, governments have allocated budgets for the exploration of other planets in our solar system.

The exploration of our solar system is not the only thing governments have dedicated large budgets towards. Private companies have also been investing in space exploration, with the aim of sending humans to other planets and exploring various galaxies. Thus, private companies have contributed to the development of technology- this makes space exploration possible- among these are the rocket propulsion systems. There’s no doubt that space exploration is an important field that requires large amounts of funding in order to progress. Governments, research institutions, universities, and private companies are contributing to space exploration by dedicating huge budgets towards it. These budgets are helping to unlock the mysteries of the universe, allowing us to explore the solar system and beyond.

Clearly, space exploration is a long and expensive process. It is a worthwhile investment that pays off in the long run. With the right investments, space exploration could lead to the development of new technologies and discoveries that revolutionize our lives and change the way we live. Yes, the future of space exploration is an exciting one, and governments around the world are investing hugely in it.

Jackery High-End Solar Generator Pro Family at CES 2023

Jackery High-End Solar Generator Pro Family at CES 2023

Jackery, the global leader of innovative portable power and green outdoor energy solutions, has added two more innovative portable solar generators, the 3000 Pro and 1500 Pro, to its high-end Pro family, giving those who love the outdoors a wider choice of power supply options. The two new products debuting at CES 2023, the largest tech event in the world being held at the Las Vegas Convention Center between Jan 5 and 8, can be seen at Jackery's booth (number 8943). With the 1000 Pro and 2000 Pro also having launched in 2022, the Jackery high-end Solar Generator Pro family is now complete, all set to fully satisfy a wide range of different needs and uses for outdoor lovers.

The Solar Generator concept is the result of Jackery's years of research and development into solar energy and portable power generation. A solar generator is a solar solution that combines a portable power station with solar panels. It converts sun energy captured by solar panels into electrical power and then stores it in a portable power station for later use.

Jackery's high-end Pro family solar generators have zero emissions and provide sustainable energy. They can achieve ultra-solar charging at an optimal speed of 1.8 hours. They are also adaptable to cold environments as cold as -20°C (-4°F), making them reliable backup power resources when encountering extreme weather such as a winter storm. The solar panels boost an industry-leading solar conversion efficiency rate of up to 25%, allowing solar generators to produce more energy. Even in hot weather and cloudy days, they can outperform conventional solar panels.

Promising all-round safety, the four products of the Pro family are all shock-resistant and fire-retardant to UL 94V-0 standards. They are all equipped with intelligent Battery Management Systems (BMS) providing 12 forms of protection to cover all kinds of unexpected scenarios including over-current, short current, over-discharge, overcharge, over voltage, thermal protection, and more. This adds extra safety for users when they are enjoying time together with family and friends and cannot spare time to pay close attention to the device's status. Thanks to its unrivaled cooling system supported by high-precision chips and a maximum of nine sensors, the products achieve dissipation efficiency by 30%.

An ideal choice for power on the go, Jackery's high-end Pro family solar generators are lighter and smaller. They can be quickly set up in just one minute and can power up to 99% of devices needed for outdoor life. With magnetized foldable solar panels, the products are easily transportable and free up space thanks to the compact design. The sound they produce during operation is as quiet as a whisper, only 30-46 decibels.

For over a decade, Jackery has been a pioneer of renewable energy technology, specializing in versatile portable solar generators. The company has used its experience and expertise in solar energy to develop high-performance, safe, and affordable portable power generators that reduce people's reliance on fossil fuels. The Jackery Solar Generator Pro family, with enhanced safety features and a wide range of power capacity options, is the brand's latest answer to meet a wide range of requirements.

With fast-charging capabilities, the Jackery 1000 pro and 1500 pro are ideal for camping trips. The Jackery 2000 Pro and 3000 Pro have more storage capacity, they make excellent RV companions or reliable emergency backups. The 3000 Pro, for example, can support a family to maintain basic needs of life such as emergency lighting, food preservation or cooking, and survive a power outage for at most two days on a single full charge.

It is also a good choice for families and individuals who enjoy spending time outdoors. Whether exploring new and untouched lands, going camping, going on an RV trip, or simply staying in the backyard for a cozy weekend, Jackery's Pro family ensures easy access to clean power at all times, both on and off the grid.

The Jackery Explorer 1500 Pro and Solar Generator 1500 Pro with 1 SolarSaga 200W are priced at USD 1699 and USD 2099, respectively. Pre-orders start from January 16th on Jackery's official website with a warm-up discount of 15% OFF while the official sale date is February 1st.

Jackery, the world's leading innovative portable power and green outdoor energy solution provider founded in California in 2012, is a global top-selling solar generator brand born with a vision to offer green energy to everyone, everywhere. Jackery launched the world's first outdoor portable power stations in 2016 and developed the world's first portable solar panels in 2018. Having introduced solar generators to the great outdoors, Jackery fulfills the power needs of every nature-lover, inspiring them to explore further and seek more extraordinary experiences than before.

Expanding its footprint from the US to Europe, Japan, and China, Jackery has sold more than 2 million units globally since 2018, with its products consistently selected as Best Sellers on Amazon. The brand has so far received 40 prestigious international design awards, including the Red Dot Design Award, the iF Design Award, the A' Design Award and Competition, the Best of IFA Award and the CES Innovation Award.

Spacesuits to NASA for International Space Station missions

Spacesuits to NASA for International Space Station missions

Building on more than 50 years of experience developing spacesuits for NASA, Collins Aerospace, a Raytheon Technologies (NYSE: RTX) business, along with its partners ILC Dover and Oceaneering, was awarded a contract to design, develop and demonstrate the next-generation spacesuit for the International Space Station. This is Collins' first task order under NASA's Exploration Extravehicular Activity Services, or xEVAS, contract which was awarded back in May 2022.

"Our next-generation spacesuit was built by astronauts for astronauts, continuing Collins' long-standing legacy as a trusted partner of NASA's human space exploration," said Dave McClure, vice president and general manager, ISR & Space Solutions with Collins Aerospace. "Collins' advanced spacesuit technology will be used on the International Space Station and we're prepared to continue keeping astronauts safe, connected and ready—no matter the mission."

Collins' next-generation spacesuit contains everything an astronaut needs to survive in the vacuum of space. Made up of more than 18,000 parts and with an interior volume the size of a small refrigerator, the suit provides oxygen, CO2 removal, electrical power, hydration, ventilation, thermal control and communications.

"ILC Dover is proud to be working with a world class team to design and manufacture the next generation of spacesuits for the ISS," said Corey Walker, CEO of ILC Dover. "Leveraging our decades of experience engineering the pressure garments for the Apollo missions and the ISS, our latest spacesuits will have the ability to be outfitted for missions from the ISS to the lunar surface and beyond."

Collins' next-generation suit is lighter weight and lower volume to improve astronaut efficiency, range of motion and comfort. Designed to fit nearly any body type, it also has an open architecture design which allows the suit to be easily modified as missions change or become more advanced.

"We are extremely excited and proud to be part of the Collins team, helping to successfully develop and deploy critical US EVA space exploration capability," said Phil Beierl, senior vice president, Aerospace and Defense Technologies, Oceaneering. "Our staff brings outstanding spacesuit systems engineering and integration expertise to this task. We look forward to leveraging our portable life support and pressure garment subsystem technologies, as well as our crew training and mission operations knowledge to support the Collins team."

Collins Aerospace, a unit of Raytheon Technologies Corp. (NYSE: RTX), is a leader in technologically advanced and intelligent solutions for the global aerospace and defense industry. Collins Aerospace has the extensive capabilities, comprehensive portfolio and broad expertise to solve customers' toughest challenges and to meet the demands of a rapidly evolving global market.

About Raytheon Technologies. Raytheon Technologies Corporation is an aerospace and defense company that provides advanced systems and services for commercial, military and government customers worldwide. With 195,000 employees and four industry-leading businesses ― Collins Aerospace, Pratt & Whitney, Raytheon Intelligence & Space and Raytheon Missiles & Defense ― the company delivers solutions that push the boundaries in avionics, cybersecurity, directed energy, electric propulsion, hypersonics, and quantum physics. The company, formed in 2020 through the combination of Raytheon Company and the United Technologies Corporation aerospace businesses, is headquartered in Washington, D.C.

ILC Dover is a world-leader in the innovative design and production of space exploration technology including spacesuits, space habitats and inflatable landing systems. The company's spacesuits have been worn during more than 250 space flights, six Moon landings, and over 3,000 hours of spacewalks without a single failure. ILC Dover has developed two commercial suits, Sol™, a Launch, Entry, and Abort (LEA) suit, and Astro™, a Extravehicular Activity (EVA) and Planetary Exploration suit. Our customers will attest to our relentless dedication to high value products, advanced technology, and responsive service, as our visionary solutions have improved efficiency while safeguarding people, product, and infrastructure in hazardous conditions through flexible protective solutions since 1947.

Oceaneering is a global technology company delivering engineered services and products and robotic solutions across several industries. Oceaneering Space Systems, a business within Oceaneering's Aerospace and Defense Technologies segment, is a leader in specialized engineering for harsh environments from sea to space. We complete turnkey design, development, manufacturing, certification, maintenance, testing and sustaining engineering for space-based robotics and automation, satellite servicing tools and equipment, human space flight systems and thermal protection systems. Our diverse engineering experience and precision manufacturing capabilities enable us to deliver product quality and mission assurance while maintaining an uncompromised focus on safety.