Benchmark Electronics Announces Two Phase Delivery of Mobile Video Surveillance Systems to U.S. Government

Benchmark Electronics, Inc. | July 29, 2020

Benchmark Electronics, Inc., a global provider of engineering, design, and manufacturing services, today announced completion of phase two of five phases towards the delivery of Mobile Video Surveillance Systems (MVSS) to the Department of Homeland Security for use along the U.S. southern border. This included 137 new systems ordered from Benchmark Secure Technology, adding to Border Patrol's existing fleet of MVSS vehicles provided by Benchmark and already in the field. Remaining units will be delivered by the end of 2021.

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VMD Corp Promotes Gregg Leone to Chief Growth Officer

VMD Corp | May 10, 2022

VMD Corp, a leading provider of cybersecurity, agile engineering, and critical infrastructure protection to the U.S. Federal Government, announced that it has promoted former Executive Vice President of Business Development Gregg Leone to the newly created role of Chief Growth Officer, effective immediately. Since joining VMD five years ago, Gregg has been instrumental in our growth helping us go from a small to a mid-sized contractor while also deepening our customer and partner relationships and helping us to attract top talent. We are glad to have created this new role for Gregg and are looking forward to his continued leadership and effectiveness." Deepti Malhotra,VMD Chief Executive Officer Leone has more than 20 years of government IT contracting experience with particular expertise in leadership, strategy, and portfolio management. For the past five years as the Executive Vice President of Business Development, Gregg has been responsible for VMD's corporate development and strategy, major capture strategy and activities, and corporate marketing and communications efforts. In his new role, he will continue to be responsible for business development, marketing and sales, as well as strategic planning, solution development, strategic partnerships, proposals and more. Gregg will also be responsible for ensuring and managing VMD's growth through metrics like revenue, social ROIs, and employee engagement. He will report directly to Ms. Malhotra. "I am incredibly excited to be taking on this new role and honored by the trust and recognition placed in me by the entire VMD leadership team," Leone said. "Together, we have accomplished a lot at VMD and as our business continues to transform, I look forward to doing even more together to grow the business, the portfolio and our relationships with existing customers." Prior to joining VMD, Gregg was a Vice President at CACI International where he led the Federal and Civilian Information Technology business with over $800 million in new growth at the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Justice, the Department of State, and other mission customers. He has a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Integrated Science and Technology from James Madison University.

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Merck and Ridgeback Announce U.K. Government to Purchase Additional 1.75 Million Courses of Molnupiravir

Merck | December 22, 2021

Merck , known as MSD outside the United States and Canada, and Ridgeback Biotherapeutics today announced that the United Kingdom Government will purchase an additional 1.75 million patient courses of molnupiravir (MK-4482), an investigational oral antiviral COVID-19 medicine. In the U.K., LAGEVRIO® is the planned trademark for molnupiravir; the trademark for molnupiravir in other countries has not been approved. With this additional procurement agreement, which follows a previously announced agreement for 480,000 courses of treatment, the U.K. Government has now committed to purchase a total of 2.23 million courses of molnupiravir. In early November, molnupiravir received conditional marketing authorization in the U.K. for the treatment of mild to moderate COVID-19 in adults with a positive SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic test and who have at least one risk factor for developing severe illness. Molnupiravir is currently available in the U.K. and patients have started to receive treatment. An application for Emergency Use Authorization for molnupiravir is under review by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Merck has entered into advance purchase and supply agreements for molnupiravir with governments of more than 30 countries worldwide, including 21 agreements with countries in Europe. About Merck’s Global Efforts to Accelerate Access to Molnupiravir Following Regulatory Authorizations or Approvals Global access has been a priority for Merck and Ridgeback since the inception of their molnupiravir collaboration. The companies are committed to providing timely access to molnupiravir globally through our comprehensive supply and access approach, which includes investing at risk to produce millions of courses of therapy; tiered pricing based on the ability of governments to finance health care; entering into supply agreements with governments; and granting voluntary licenses to generic manufacturers and to the Medicines Patent Pool to make generic molnupiravir available in more than 100 low- and middle-income countries following local regulatory authorizations or approvals. Supply: In anticipation of the results from MOVe-OUT and the potential for regulatory authorization or approval, Merck has been producing molnupiravir at risk and expects to produce 10 million courses of treatment by the end of 2021, with at least 20 million courses to be produced in 2022. To date, Merck has shipped molnupiravir to 12 countries; in countries where it is approved or authorized, patients have begun to receive the drug. Supply agreements: Merck entered into a procurement agreement with the U.S. Government under which the company will supply approximately 3.1 million courses of molnupiravir to the U.S. Government, upon Emergency Use Authorization or approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Merck has entered into advance purchase and supply agreements for molnupiravir with governments for over 30 countries worldwide, including Australia, Canada, Korea, Japan, Thailand, United Kingdom and United States, pending regulatory authorizations, and is currently in discussions with additional governments. Merck plans to implement a tiered pricing approach based on World Bank country income criteria to reflect countries’ relative ability to finance their health response to the pandemic. Voluntary licenses: As part of its commitment to widespread global access, Merck previously announced that it has entered into a licensing agreement with the Medicines Patent Pool to increase broad access for molnupiravir in low- and middle-income countries. Additionally, Merck previously announced that the company has entered into non-exclusive voluntary licensing agreements for molnupiravir with established generic manufacturers to accelerate availability of molnupiravir in more than 100 low- and middle-income countries following approvals or emergency authorization by local regulatory agencies. Merck continues to discuss additional measures and collaborations to accelerate broad, global access to molnupiravir. About Molnupiravir Molnupiravir (MK-4482) is an investigational, orally administered form of a potent ribonucleoside analog that inhibits the replication of SARS-CoV-2, the causative agent of COVID-19. Molnupiravir has been shown to be active in several preclinical models of SARS-CoV-2, including for prophylaxis, treatment, and prevention of transmission. Pre-clinical data suggest that molnupiravir has a high barrier to the development of resistance.

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CYBERSECURITY

Motorola Solutions Establishes the Cyber Threat Information Sharing and Analysis Organization for Public Safety, Recognized by the Cybersecurity

Motorola Solutions | April 23, 2022

Motorola Solutions announced the establishment of Motorola Solutions’ cyber threat information sharing and analysis organization (ISAO) for public safety. The Public Safety Threat Alliance, a Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA)-recognized ISAO, highlights Motorola Solutions’ unwavering commitment to public safety organizations and the communities they serve. CISA, which falls under the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, serves as the National Coordinator for Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience, on this important initiative. In accordance with the 2015 Executive Order “Promoting Private Sector Cybersecurity Information Sharing”, ISAOs are groups focused on sharing information related to cybersecurity risks and incidents with membership drawing from the public and private sectors. With the establishment of the Public Safety Threat Alliance, members will be able to share and analyze information from multiple sources to proactively contribute to a stronger cybersecurity posture for the public safety community, their constituents, and other stakeholders, including government agencies and businesses. The establishment of the Public Safety Threat Alliance fills a critical void, creating a single entity entirely focused on the collection, analysis, production and sharing of actionable public safety-focused cyber threat information and intelligence. Now, the public safety community is better equipped to focus their cyber threat intelligence and defense efforts on specific adversaries and their malicious cyberattacks.” Billy Bob Brown, Jr., executive assistant director for Emergency Communications, CISA The Public Safety Threat Alliance will leverage information related to cybersecurity risks from across Motorola Solutions’ Cybersecurity Services, coupled with information from members and trusted partners including CISA, other ISAOs, and nonprofits dedicated to sharing cyber threat intelligence, to generate actionable intelligence which will improve members’ cybersecurity posture, defense and resilience against ever-evolving threats to their no-fail Public Safety missions. “For example, it’s been reported that there was a 1,885 percent increase in ransomware attacks against governments worldwide in 2021,” said Scott Kaine, corporate vice president of Cybersecurity, Motorola Solutions. “With cyber threats increasing in scope, scale and complexity, the Public Safety Threat Alliance can help to dramatically increase the efficacy with which intelligence is used to monitor, detect and respond to potential threats before they result in downtime of public safety services.” Membership in the Public Safety Threat Alliance is open to all public safety agencies. About Motorola Solutions Motorola Solutions is a global leader in public safety and enterprise security. Our solutions in land mobile radio communications, video security & access control and command center software, bolstered by managed & support services, create an integrated technology ecosystem to help make communities safer and businesses stay productive and secure. At Motorola Solutions, we’re ushering in a new era in public safety and security.

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Govtech Leader Accela Names Kara Wilson to Board of Directors

Accela | March 30, 2022

Accela, the trusted provider of cloud solutions for government, announced that it has appointed Kara Wilson to its board of directors. Wilson possesses more than 25 years of experience in helping companies optimize for growth. She currently serves as an executive advisor at KKR & Co. and as board member of software companies Paychex, OneStream, KnowBe4, Reliaquest, OutSystems, Skyhive and Corel. Wilson previously led marketing for several of the technology industry's most influential companies, including SAP Cloud, Rubrik, FireEye, and Okta. With global government spending for software expected to surpass $161 billion this year, Kara's expertise in leading growth at scale will be vital as Accela's momentum in the dynamic government technology market continues. State and local governments are at a critical juncture in how they deliver services to residents and businesses in their communities, and they have access to unprecedented state and federal funding to accelerate technology modernization. We're thrilled to welcome Kara to the Accela team during this exciting time for our organization's growth." Gary Kovacs, Accela Chief Executive Officer Accela closed the 2021 fiscal year with double-digit growth in annual recurring revenue and unparalleled professional services revenue performance. Additionally, Accela's net customer retention is among the industry's best at 109 percent, a testament to the caliber of its solutions and commitment to great government. Over the past two years, Accela has completed dozens of customer migrations to the company's multi-tenant cloud on Azure, and continues at a steady pace each month. As a member of the Accela board, Wilson will help to advise the company on how it can continue to rapidly scale the delivery of products, support and services that will accelerate better interactions and government experiences with agency staff, residents and business owners in communities around the globe. "City, county, and state governments are rapidly digitizing their services and operations to accelerate recovery from an unprecedented set of economic, health, and societal challenges. Accela has an indisputable record as the long-trusted partner of government agencies, and I'm excited to join the board during this transformative inflection point," said Wilson. "Accela is uniquely positioned to optimize interactions between government departments and their constituents wherever they are on their digitization journey. I look forward to helping Accela build upon its two decades of leadership in the industry." Accela is trusted by 80 percent of the United States' largest cities and benefits more than 275 million residents and businesses. In partnership with the City of Madison, Wisconsin, Accela was recently named the winner of the National League of Cities' Capstone Challenge. Microsoft US also awarded Accela two Partner Awards in 2021 for "Government Partner of the Year" and "Community Response." About Accela Accela provides a unified suite of cloud solutions trusted by governments across the globe to accelerate their digital transformation, deliver vital services, and build stronger communities. More than 275 million citizens worldwide benefit from Accela's government software solutions. The company offers agile, purpose-built solutions and the power of a platform that provides users with a consumer-like experience, shares data across departments, and ensures world-class security. With Accela, government agencies experience rapid and effective digital transformation. Accela's government software meets agencies wherever they are on their modernization journey, while also helping them prepare for whatever comes next. The company is a 2021 Microsoft US Partner Award winner for its innovative SaaS solutions to help governments respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and was named as one of the Largest East Bay Tech Employers by San Francisco Business Times. Accela is headquartered in San Ramon, California, with offices around the world.

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