Matmerize secures DOD award to develop low-flammability polymer composite materials using advanced AI methods

ATLANTA, Nov. 07, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Matmerize, Inc., an industry leader in Polymer & Formulations Informatics proudly announces its selection by the US Department of Defense (DOD) for a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contract aimed at advancing AI methodologies for accelerating the design of novel low-flammability polymer composite materials. Matmerize is excited about the transformative potential of this project as it will not only enhance fire safety for Navy ships and submarines, but will also find applications in a wide range of industries, including construction, aerospace, automotive and consumer products. This award comes at the heels of another SBIR recently awarded to Matmerize by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to develop physics-informed and physics-enforced machine learning architectures to advance materials development.

The flammability of polymer composites is quantified by a set of quantitative parameters, typically measured using highly standardized instruments/tests defined by the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) and other agencies. Desirable polymeric materials that meet the specific values of ASTM and non-ASTM standardized tests require an optimal combination of base polymers, functional additives, flame retardants, and processing conditions. Matmerize will collaborate with DOD to develop a Polymer Informatics capability using suitable curated data and advanced AI/ML techniques, aimed at the accelerated design of low-flammability polymer matrix composites that meet other critical mechanical and thermal performance targets needed by the Navy.

Key highlights of the contract include:

(1)  creation of a composite materials database with flammability and other relevant properties such as maximum heat release rate, time to ignition, and smoke density,
(2)   development of AI models trained on the database to predict the relevant properties for new composite formulations, and
(3)  recommend a pool of promising polymer composites, i.e., the combinations of base polymers, functional additives, flame retardants, and processing conditions, for experimentally synthesis and testing.

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Huan Tran, Director of Research Innovation for Matmerize stated, “This collaboration signifies a major achievement in the pursuit of safer, lower-flammability polymer composites. We take great pride in spearheading the development of cutting-edge AI-driven solutions for low-flammability composite materials that not only meet rigorous ASTM testing standards but also address the vital safety requirements mandated for our Navy ships.“

At the heart of Matmerize’s innovation lies PolymRize™, their flagship product – a cloud-based Polymer Informatics software platform meticulously crafted to expedite the advancement of polymers, composites, and formulations. The DOD SBIR aligns perfectly with Matmerize’s core mission to unlock the immense potential of AI in advanced materials engineering to address critical challenges and improve functionality, fire safety and sustainability. Both the DOD and the NSF SBIRs come at an opportune time and will jointly propel and advance the AI-based PolymRize™ technology in a synergistic manner.

Chiho Kim, CTO at Matmerize expressed his enthusiasm by stating “The two concurrent SBIR awards granted by DOD and NSF, represent a resounding endorsement of Matmerize’s pioneering Polymer Informatics platform PolymRize™. These contracts will provide us the resources and support needed to further advance our AI based PolymRize™ platform.”

For more information on the innovative PolymRize™ platform please visit: https://www.matmerize.com/polymrize

About Matmerize:
Matmerize, Inc. is a recent spin-out from the Georgia Institute of Technology and was founded by Dr. Rampi Ramprasad and Dr. Chiho Kim. Matmerize is a leading innovator at the intersection of advanced materials engineering and artificial intelligence. With a mission to revolutionize fire safety and sustainability through AI technology, we are committed to pushing the boundaries of what is possible. Our dedicated team of experts strives to create solutions that positively impact new material development while minimizing the environmental footprint.

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Pacific Green Enters Into Transaction to Sell Its 249MW / 373.5MWh Sheaf Energy Park Battery Development for an Enterprise Value of £210 Million (US$258 Million)

Dover, DE, Nov. 07, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Pacific Green Technologies, Inc. (“Pacific Green”, OTCQB: PGTK) announces that it has entered into a transaction to sell 100% of the shares in Pacific Green Battery Energy Parks 2 Limited (“PGBEP2”) to Sosteneo Fund 1 HoldCo S.à.r.l. (“Sosteneo HoldCo”) for £210 million (US$258 million) (the “Transaction”).

PGBEP2 is the holding company for 100% subsidiary, Sheaf Energy Limited, Pacific Green’s 249 MW / 373.5 MWh battery energy storage system in Kent, England (“Sheaf Energy Park”), which will begin commercial operations in July 2025.

Sosteneo HoldCo is an investment vehicle for the Sosteneo Energy Transition Fund, managed by Sosteneo SGR S.p.A. (“Sosteneo”), a specialist manager of greenfield infrastructure projects related to the energy transition and part of the Generali ecosystem of asset management firms.

Under the terms of the Transaction, Pacific Green and Sosteneo have granted each other respective options to buy or sell the shares in PGBEP2.

As part of the Transaction, Sosteneo will provide a capital expenditure loan, which together with the senior debt facility, will fully fund the development and construction of Sheaf Energy Park.

About Pacific Green Technologies, Inc.:

Pacific Green is focused on addressing the world’s need for cleaner and more sustainable energy. Pacific Green offers Battery Energy Storage Systems and Concentrated Solar Power to complement its environmental technologies division. Pacific Green has offices in the USA, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, Saudi Arabia and China.

For more information, visit Pacific Green’s website:
www.pacificgreen.com

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Actual results could differ from those projected in any forward-looking statements due to numerous factors. Such factors include, among others, the continuation of the development of Sheaf Energy Park, the continuation of the Transaction and general economic and political conditions. These forward-looking statements are made as of the date of this news release, and Pacific Green assumes no obligation to update the forward-looking statements, or to update the reasons why actual results could differ from those projected in the forward-looking statements. Although Pacific Green believes that the beliefs, plans, expectations and intentions contained in this news release are reasonable, there can be no assurance that such beliefs, plans, expectations or intentions will prove to be accurate. Investors should consult all the information set forth herein and should also refer to the risk factors disclosure outlined in Pacific Green’s annual report on Form 10-K for the most recent fiscal year, Pacific Green’s quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and other periodic reports filed from time-to-time with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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ROSEN, LEADING TRIAL ATTORNEYS, Encourages Waldencast plc Investors to Inquire About Securities Class Action Investigation – WALD, WALDW

NEW YORK, Nov. 07, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) —

WHY: Rosen Law Firm, a global investor rights law firm, continues to investigate potential securities claims on behalf of shareholders of Waldencast PLC (NASDAQ: WALD, WALDW) resulting from allegations that Waldencast may have issued materially misleading business information to the investing public.

SO WHAT: If you purchased Waldencast securities you may be entitled to compensation without payment of any out of pocket fees or costs through a contingency fee arrangement. The Rosen Law Firm is preparing a class action seeking recovery of investor losses.

WHAT TO DO NEXT: To join the prospective class action, go to https://rosenlegal.com/submit-form/?case_id=18362 or call Phillip Kim, Esq. toll-free at 866-767-3653 or email pkim@rosenlegal.com or cases@rosenlegal.com for information on the class action.

WHAT IS THIS ABOUT: On July 5, 2023, after the market closed, Waldencast filed a current report with the SEC in which it disclosed, among other things that certain financial statements of Obagi, a company that it had acquired, could no longer be relied upon because Waldencast expected to restate those financial statements.

On this news, the price of Waldencast stock fell $0.76, or 10.2%, to close at $6.63 on July 6, 2023.

WHY ROSEN LAW: We encourage investors to select qualified counsel with a track record of success in leadership roles. Often, firms issuing notices do not have comparable experience, resources, or any meaningful peer recognition. Many of these firms do not actually litigate securities class actions. Be wise in selecting counsel. The Rosen Law Firm represents investors throughout the globe, concentrating its practice in securities class actions and shareholder derivative litigation. Rosen Law Firm has achieved the largest ever securities class action settlement against a Chinese Company. Rosen Law Firm was Ranked No. 1 by ISS Securities Class Action Services for number of securities class action settlements in 2017. The firm has been ranked in the top 4 each year since 2013 and has recovered hundreds of millions of dollars for investors. In 2019 alone the firm secured over $438 million for investors. In 2020, founding partner Laurence Rosen was named by law360 as a Titan of Plaintiffs’ Bar. Many of the firm’s attorneys have been recognized by Lawdragon and Super Lawyers.

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Quantexa Launches New Asia Pacific Headquarters in Singapore to Capture Next Wave of Growth

  • Quantexa’s growing presence in Singapore represents significant investment in delivering AI-enabled Decision Intelligence (DI) solutions to Enterprises and Government Agencies across Asia Pacific
  • Quantexa has seen double-digit growth and tripled employee base in Asia Pacific region since Series D announcement in 2022
  • The new location in Singapore reinforces Quantexa’s global network and brings the company closer to its clients and partners in the region

SINGAPORE, Nov. 07, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Quantexa, the global leader in Decision Intelligence (DI) solutions for the public and private sectors, today announced the opening of its new Asia Pacific Headquarters based in Tower 1 of Marina Bay Financial Centre (MBFC) in Singapore. The opening is part of a broader regional expansion plan and follows the July 2023 launch of Quantexa’s Japan operations in Tokyo and long-standing presence in Melbourne, Sydney and Malaysia. Further expansion into Hong Kong is expected in 2024.

The organization’s decision to set up its regional headquarters in Singapore was solidified by the country’s commitment to attracting investment, talent, and technology. Establishing Quantexa’s new office locally complements the government’s Smart Nation initiative which outlines its plan to invest up to SGD500 million in Artificial Intelligence (AI) research and development.

Economic forecasts for Southeast Asia predict that it will remain one of the fastest growing regions for years to come. Additionally, over the past 12 months, Quantexa has seen significant demand in the region as local banks and government agencies put an increased emphasis on detecting and preventing financial crime as the number of large-scale money laundering operations in region have risen, costing victims abroad billions of dollars[1]. Recently, Singapore authorities have taken measures to ensure that financial institutions scrutinise monetary flows with city state managed assets valued at USD4 trillion[2].

Quantexa’s regional headquarters will provide sales, marketing, product management, and professional services capabilities to support customer implementations of its Decision Intelligence Platform in the banking, insurance and telecommunications industries, as well as the public sector. The opening comes after Quantexa recently completed its Series E Funding Round led by GIC Singapore, valuing the company north of $1.8 billion, and announcing a $155 million investment to fuel global artificial intelligence advancements.

Today, Quantexa will host an event to showcase local technology innovation and partnerships at The National Museum of Singapore. Quantexa CEO Vishal Marria will be joined by esteemed industry leaders from GIC, Singapore’s Digital and Intelligence Service (DIS), and Standard Chartered Bank for a panel discussion on “Charting New Pathways for AI Innovation.”

Vishal Marria, CEO and Founder, Quantexa, said: “Quantexa has seen 90% revenue growth and we have nearly tripled our team size in the Asia Pacific region since our Series D announcement. With today’s announcement of our new regional headquarters in Singapore, we continue to accelerate our growth plans and get closer to our clients and partners as we serve the region.”

Choo Yong Cheen, Chief Investment Officer of Private Equity, GIC, said: “We are pleased to see Quantexa establish their new regional headquarters in Singapore as part of their expansion efforts in Asia. As Quantexa continues to benefit from increasing regulatory emphasis on compliance and demand for AI capabilities in data management, we remain confident in the company’s growth potential.”

Jinghua Guo, Chief Digitization Officer, The Digital and Intelligence Service, added: “The Digital and Intelligence Service views AI as a mission-critical capability for the Singapore Armed Forces to safeguard the sovereignty and security of Singapore. We have always worked closely with other technology partners in government to build cutting-edge AI capabilities for defence. But beyond this, we need to harness the rapid innovations from commercial companies as part of our AI portfolio to address our operational needs more effectively. Therefore, we are interested to further explore how cutting-edge solutions from technology leaders like Quantexa can help us succeed in our mission.”

Sean Coppinger, CIO, Standard Chartered Bank, said: “We are thrilled that Quantexa is expanding its presence here. Since 2018, we have worked closely with Quantexa to use AI-enabled data matching capabilities to get a complete view of our customers and their transaction networks. This has helped us raise the bar on how the industry detects fraud and fights financial crime.”

The Singapore Headquarters joins a growing portfolio of Quantexa hubs including London, Dublin, Brussels, Malaga, UAE, New York, Boston, Toronto, Sydney, Melbourne, and Tokyo.

Quantexa’s Asia Pacific team is expanding and is actively recruiting several open positions. To find out more about current vacancies, visit this page.

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About Quantexa   

Quantexa is a global data and analytics software company pioneering Decision Intelligence that empowers organizations to make trusted operational decisions by making data meaningful. Using the latest advancements in big data and AI, Quantexa’s Decision Intelligence platform uncovers hidden risk and new opportunities by providing a contextual, connected view of internal and external data in a single place. It solves major challenges across data management, KYC, customer intelligence, financial crime, risk, fraud, and security, throughout the customer lifecycle.

The Quantexa Decision Intelligence Platform enhances operational performance with over 90% more accuracy and 60 times faster analytical model resolution than traditional approaches. Founded in 2016, Quantexa now has more than 675 employees and thousands of users working with billions of transactions and data points across the world. The company has offices in London, Dublin, Brussels, Malaga, UAE, New York, Boston, Toronto, Sydney, Melbourne, and Tokyo.

About GIC

GIC is a leading global investment firm established in 1981 to secure Singapore’s financial future. As the manager of Singapore’s foreign reserves, GIC takes a long-term, disciplined approach to investing and is uniquely positioned across a wide range of asset classes and active strategies globally. These include equities, fixed income, real estate, private equity, venture capital, and infrastructure. Its long- term approach, multi-asset capabilities, and global connectivity enable it to be an investor of choice. GIC seeks to add meaningful value to its investments. Headquartered in Singapore, GIC has a global talent force of over 2,100 people in 11 key financial cities and has investments in over 40 countries. For more information, please visit www.gic.com.sg or follow on LinkedIn.

[1] Source: Nikkei Asia article – Singapore stands out as a global tech hub amid U.S.-China tensions

[2] Source: South China Morning Post article – Singapore readies roll out of anti-money-laundering platform to prevent a 1MDB repeat

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PM meets German minister, urges end to war on Gaza

Prime Minister Bisher Khasawneh Tuesday received German Minister of Economic Cooperation and Development Svenja Schulze and and accompanying delegation. He briefed the German team on His Majesty King Abdullah’s relentless efforts to stop the Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip and ensure a sustained delivery of humanitarian aid to the blockaded enclave. He pointed out the need to stop the war, which has so far claimed more than 10,000 innocent lives, two-thirds of them women and children. The Prime Minister reiterated the need to open a political horizon leading to the establishment of an independent and fully sovereign Palestinian state along the lines of June 4, 1967, with East Jerusalem as its capital, within the framework of the two-state solution, in a manner that guarantees the security and stability of the countries and peoples of the region and opens broader areas for cooperation and development in the region. On the bilateral level, the Prime Minister stressed the deep Jordanian-German partnership, noting aid and technical assistance Germany offers to the Kingdom for the implementation of economic and development projects across many sectors. Jordan, Khasawneh said, looks forward to cementing relations between the two countries, now marking their 70th anniversary, adding that Jordan aspires to benefit from Germany’s expertise in education reform, especially vocational and technical education. He also referred to a center that was established to facilitate the movement of labor and develop skills between the two countries as part of a joint cooperation framework document, which was signed during His Majesty King Abdullah’s latest visit to Germany, which, he said, will support efforts to raise human capacities and enhance vocational and technical training. During the meeting, which was attended by Minister of State Ibrahim Al-Jazi and Minister of Planning and International Cooperation Zeina Touqan, the Prime Minister reviewed Jordan’s modernization scheme in its political, economic and administrative tracks. The economic modernization vision, he explained, includes ambitious goals to enhance growth, create job opportunities and attract foreign investments. The Prime Minister also spoke about challenges posed to Jordan by the repercussions of the Syrian refugee crisis, which strained vital sectors, especially education and water, at a time of dwindling international aid to the Jordanian response plan to the Syrian crisis. The German Minister said her country, within the framework of the partnership with Jordan, is keen to continue supporting the implementation of economic ventures and programs that benefit Jordan and its people. She recognized the effort and great burden Jordan shoulders as a result of hosting refugees, pledging continued support in this endeavor. The minister confirmed that Germany will announce additional aid to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), expressing regret for civilian casualties on both sides in the ongoing war on Gaza.

Source: Jordan News Agency

King warns continued destruction, killing in Gaza will make it difficult to return to political solution

His Majesty King Abdullah on Tuesday warned that the continued destruction and killing in the war on Gaza will make it difficult to return to a political solution and work towards the two-state solution, which will ignite further conflict. During their meeting in Brussels, King Abdullah and European Council President Charles Michel reiterated that the only way to resolve the Palestinian-Israeli conflict is the two-state solution. At the meeting, attended by His Royal Highness Crown Prince Al Hussein bin Abdullah II, discussion also covered ways to provide humanitarian support to Gaza and alleviate the suffering of children and those injured because of the war. The two sides also stressed the need to abide by international humanitarian law and protect civilians. His Majesty called for ensuring the sustained delivery of aid, food, water, and fuel to the Strip. The King warned that continued escalation and violence by settlers against Palestinians in the West Bank could lead to an explosion of the situation. Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi, Director of the Office of His Majesty Jafar Hassan, and Jordan’s Ambassador in Belgium Saja Majali attended the meeting.

Source: Jordan News Agency