Pfizer and BioNTech SE to Get $1.95 Billion from U.S. Government for Covid-19 Vaccine Production

Pfizer | July 22, 2020

Pfizer Inc and German biotech firm BioNTech SE will get US$1.95 billion from the US government to produce and deliver 100 million doses of their Covid-19 vaccine candidate, the companies said on Wednesday. The agreement allows the US government to acquire an additional 500 million doses, the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Defense said. The Trump administration has agreed to spend billions of dollars for the development and procurement of a potential vaccine.

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The U.S. solid-state lighting (SSL) industry sits on the cusp of major technology advances that will revolutionize the industry and greatly accelerate energy efficiency here and around the world. In 2007, lighting manufacturers employed almost 60,000 people nationwide and shipped products valued at $13.5 billion. Solid-state lighting is an exciting new technology that has tremendous economic upsides for the lighting industry, which has essentially been reduced to selling commodity products in recent years. Large and small manufacturers, as well as technology start-ups, are well aware of the worldwide regulatory trend toward more energy-efficient lighting. In 2009 alone, U.S. companies, many of them start-ups, raised about $300 million in venture capital for advanced lighting products.


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EMERGING TECHNOLOGY,GOVERNMENT FINANCE

DARPA Launches Crypto Project with Inca Digital

Inca Digital | September 26, 2022

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has awarded Inca Digital's government contracting division, Inca Digital Federal, a Phase II Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contract to research advanced methods for analyzing activity related to financial applications of distributed ledgers in a project called: "Mapping the Impact of Digital Financial Assets". The aim of the SBIR is to understand and visualize how digital assets implicate national security. "Digital asset markets hold amazing promise, but also contend with money laundering, market manipulation, and state actors that may pose risks to U.S. national security, Given the increasing prevalence of digital assets, the Department of Defense and other federal agencies need to have better tools to understand how digital assets operate and how to leverage their jurisdictional authority over digital asset markets globally." -Adam Zarazinski, CEO of Inca Digital. As a result of this SBIR, Inca Digital Federal will develop a first-of-its-kind cryptocurrency ecosystem mapping tool for analyzing cross-market crypto-financial data and risk. The data analytics from Inca Digital will allow both the United States government and commercial companies to: Perform cross-market, crypto-financial mapping and analysis Understand relationships between digital asset firms and non-digital asset entities Identify how cryptocurrency may affect traditional financial systems and vice-versa Provide insight into the use of blockchain-based technologies linked to money laundering, terrorist financing, and sanctions evasions across systems (e.g., fiat-to-exchange, exchange-to-blockchain, and cross-blockchain transactions) Better understand money flows in and out of blockchain systems Identify where recipients of cryptocurrency can exchange it for local fiat currency, or goods and services, globally Understand how cryptocurrencies are used in different U.S. government/Department of Defense areas of responsibility This research is being developed by funding from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). The views, opinions and/or findings expressed are those of the author and should not be interpreted as representing the official views or policies of the Department of Defense or the U.S. Government. About Inca Digital: Inca Digital and its government contracting entity, Inca Digital Federal, analyze data across crypto markets, blockchains, and news and social media to deliver comprehensive intelligence to the financial institutions, technology firms and government entities that are shaping the digital asset space.

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EMERGING TECHNOLOGY,GOVERNMENT BUSINESS

Kraken Qualified to Sell Directly to Government of Canada under Pathway to Commercialization Program

KRAKEN ROBOTICS | September 13, 2022

Kraken Robotics Inc. (TSX-V: PNG, OTCQB: KRKNF), Canada’s Ocean Company, is pleased to announce that after successful completion of an Innovative Solutions Canada (ISC) Testing Stream contract with the Royal Canadian Navy earlier this year, Kraken has been among the first Canadian companies qualified to sell its innovation directly to the Government of Canada without further competition. This qualification for Kraken’s OceanVision™ solution is under Canada’s new Pathway to Commercialization framework1 initiated by ISC. While this approval does not have a value in of itself, direct purchases can be up to $8 million per contract and are available to all government departments. “Over the past year, Kraken has had significant interest in its technologies and services from various Canadian Government departments and agencies. We are excited to be able to offer the OceanVision service via ISC’s new PTC program to be an avenue for these departments and agencies to avail of our needed and innovative solutions. Potential applications of the OceanVision service could include habitat mapping and monitoring of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), high resolution seabed mapping for augmenting Route Survey applications in Port and Harbour Security, or even shipwreck search and survey for marine archaeological requirements. We see significant potential for this service here in Canada.” -Karl Kenny, Kraken President and CEO. About Kraken’s OceanVision Service: Kraken’s OceanVision service provides off the shelf, turnkey ultra-high resolution Synthetic Aperture Sonar (SAS) seabed imagery and bathymetry at an affordable price, delivering higher resolution, range, and area coverage rates (ACR). The increased range, resolution and associated higher ACR of SAS over traditional Side Scan Sonar and Multibeam Sonar systems significantly expands the capabilities of military, scientific, and commercial applications. Kraken’s OceanVision is capable of 2 cm x 2 cm Ultra High-Definition imaging at long ranges. Kraken’s OceanVision Service can provide significant benefits to government agencies, offering access to cutting edge technology “as needed”, without concern for equipment obsolescence, life cycle costs, or operator skill fade. As it relates specifically to the Government of Canada, Kraken’s OceanVision offers many advantages: Kraken’s technology greatly enhances image quality and significantly reduces the time of traditional seabed surveys due to its advanced world-leading technology. OceanVision assets can be deployed to assist in mapping areas of interest ahead of regular operations, with the image quality required to enable change detection and optimize revisit rates. This has the potential to provide the Government of Canada a competitive edge for detecting bottom objects in complex seabeds. The OceanVision service application can augment existing survey activities while simultaneously supporting nearshore hydrographic mapping and charting requirements on an annual basis with high-definition resolution, freeing up valuable Government assets for other mission critical functions. OceanVision provides online and offline data analysis capabilities, enabling users to leverage Kraken’s extensive experience in image processing, target detection, and bottom classification. ABOUT KRAKEN ROBOTICS INC: Kraken Robotics Inc. (TSX.V:PNG) (OTCQB: KRKNF) is a marine technology company dedicated to the production and sale of software-centric sensors, subsea batteries, and underwater robotic systems. The company is headquartered in Newfoundland with offices in Canada, U.S., Germany, Denmark, and Brazil. In July 2021, Kraken acquired PanGeo Subsea, a leading services company specializing in high-resolution 3D acoustic imaging solutions for the sub-seabed. PanGeo with offices in Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom is now a wholly owned subsidiary of Kraken. Kraken is ranked as a Top 100 marine technology company by Marine Technology Reporter.

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EMERGING TECHNOLOGY,CYBERSECURITY

ASGN Incorporated Acquires Iron Vine Security

ASGN | October 04, 2022

ASGN Incorporated (NYSE: ASGN), a leading provider of IT services and solutions, including technology and creative digital marketing, across the commercial and government sectors, announced today that it has acquired Iron Vine Security (“Iron Vine” or “the Company”), a leading cybersecurity company that designs, implements, and executes cybersecurity programs for federal customers. Iron Vine’s team of over 230 professionals will become part of ECS Federal, LLC, ASGN’s Federal Government Segment. Founded in 2008 and headquartered in Washington, DC, Iron Vine delivers end-to-end, next-generation cybersecurity and zero-trust solutions, including cybersecurity program development, security engineering, security operations center (SOC) management, securities controls testing, cloud infrastructure security and digital forensics. The Company is entrusted to protect the critical IT assets of federal clients, including the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Census Bureau, the Millennium Challenge Corporation, the Department of Education and the Department of State, amongst others. “We are very pleased to welcome Bill Geimer and his entire team of cybersecurity experts to ASGN, Iron Vine’s cybersecurity strength enhances ECS’ powerful solution set to enable the combined companies to capture some of today’s largest cybersecurity contracts across civilian, defense, and intelligence agencies.” -Ted Hanson Chief Executive Officer ASGN. ECS has enjoyed a longstanding partner relationship with Iron Vine, said John Heneghan, ECS president. We share a commitment to driving results for our customers by leveraging the latest technology along with leading cyber expertise. By combining and expanding our next-gen cybersecurity solutions and talented workforce, we strengthen our ability to deliver innovative solutions that protect our Nation’s most critical resources and move our customers’ missions forward. “We are very excited to join ECS and the broader ASGN family, Combining Iron Vine’s deep cyber expertise with ECS’ technical breadth will provide our combined customers access to an enriched offering of proven, innovative cybersecurity solutions and methodologies.” -Bill Geimer, CEO of Iron Vine. In connection with the closing, ASGN expects to grant restricted stock unit awards to 36 Iron Vine employees who are not executives of ASGN on January 3, 2023, covering a number of shares of ASGN common stock having an aggregate value of approximately $7 million on the grant date. Subject to continued service to ASGN, these restricted stock unit awards will vest: (a) one-half on the second anniversary of the closing, and (b) 25 percent on each of the third and fourth anniversaries of the closing. The restricted stock unit awards are granted as employment inducement awards pursuant to the New York Stock Exchange rules. About ASGN Incorporated: ASGN Incorporated (NYSE: ASGN) is a leading provider of IT services and solutions, including technology and creative digital marketing, across the commercial and government sectors. ASGN helps corporate enterprises and government organizations develop, implement and operate critical IT and business solutions through its integrated offering of professional staffing and IT solutions

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EMERGING TECHNOLOGY

Growing Adoption of StateRAMP Across All State, Local Government & Education Sectors StateRAMP Momentum Continues

StateRAMP | September 21, 2022

StateRAMP announces its growing list of governments working with StateRAMP to validate their third-party suppliers' cyber security posture who use or offer cloud products to deliver services. The growing list of participating governments comes on the heels of the National Association of State Procurement Officials (NASPO) recent announcement naming StateRAMP a Strategic Partner. Working together, StateRAMP and NASPO will work to develop educational content and resources for state government. "With responsibilities for critical infrastructure, vital services, and mass storage of confidential and privacy data, government, at all levels, is a prime target for cybercrime, We are thrilled to see all levels of State and Local Government engaging in StateRAMP to improve our collective cyber posture for the citizens we serve." -J.R. Sloan, President of the StateRAMP Board and Chief Information Officer for the State of Arizona. Procuring technology tools and services is complicated work, and many organizations have sought to make that process easier for the public sector. By focusing on cybersecurity risk management, StateRAMP addresses a key pain point for state and local public agencies—and the vendors and suppliers that serve them. With a grounding in the reality of state and local government operations—and by building on widely adopted best practices—StateRAMP is exactly the sort of smart innovation that the public sector needs and deserves, said Doug Levin, National Director, K12 Security Information eXchange (K12 SIX). "We are excited to work with our strategic partners and members to continue toward our mission of promoting best practices in government for managing supplier cloud security, When there is a common problem, there is an opportunity for a shared solution. In cloud security, the shared solution is StateRAMP for all levels of government and the vendors who serve them." -Leah McGrath, Executive Director, StateRAMP. About StateRAMP: StateRAMP is a nonprofit organization that launched in early 2021 and brings state and local governments together with the suppliers who serve them to recognize best practices in cloud security and provides a standardized approach to cloud cybersecurity verification. StateRAMP provides state and local governments assurance that the suppliers they are working with meet the minimum cybersecurity standards through independent audits and ongoing continuous monitoring. StateRAMP is designed as a shared service for government and a streamlined service for suppliers who can verify their products one time and reuse that certification with each government agency they serve. StateRAMP maintains an Authorized Product List (APL) which lists products that have achieved a security status and those products going through the process. About K12 Security Information eXchange (K12 SIX): The K12 Security Information eXchange (K12 SIX) offers cybersecurity resilience to keep students learning and school districts operating.

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The U.S. solid-state lighting (SSL) industry sits on the cusp of major technology advances that will revolutionize the industry and greatly accelerate energy efficiency here and around the world. In 2007, lighting manufacturers employed almost 60,000 people nationwide and shipped products valued at $13.5 billion. Solid-state lighting is an exciting new technology that has tremendous economic upsides for the lighting industry, which has essentially been reduced to selling commodity products in recent years. Large and small manufacturers, as well as technology start-ups, are well aware of the worldwide regulatory trend toward more energy-efficient lighting. In 2009 alone, U.S. companies, many of them start-ups, raised about $300 million in venture capital for advanced lighting products.

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