The contract is the third one that the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) has awarded Xoma to develop botulism antitoxins, the company said in a Sep 9 statement. In 2005 Xoma was among the first companies to receive a contract through Project BioShield, according to a previous report. Xoma reported that its NIAID contracts cover the development of human monoclonal antibody products targeting the three most toxic serotypes of botulinum toxin, types A, B,and E. The company also said these human antibody products are expected to be safer than existing animal-derived antibodies, which it said cause serious immune reactions in some patients and vary unpredictably in their efficacy. See also: Sep 11, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – Xoma Ltd., a Berkeley, Calif., pharmaceutical company, recently announced that it received a $65 million multiyear federal contract to fund work on botulinum antitoxins, one of which it hopes to put through safety and efficacy tests starting in 2009. Clostridium botulinum, which produces botulinum toxin, a nerve poison, is among the category A agents that experts say bioterrorists would most likely try to use. However, most botulism cases are caused by tainted food or contaminated wounds. Sep 9 Xoma press release Steven Engle, Xoma’s chairman and chief executive officer, said in the statement that the contract shows the US government’s support of novel therapies that address natural, accidental, or intentional infections from pathogens and their toxins. “Since initiating its biodefense program in 2005, Xoma has used its innovative antibody technology to develop better and safe solutions,” he said. “We plan to continue working with the government’s biodefense development efforts toward future stockpiling initiatives.” Xoma said if studies show that the company’s first botulism antitoxin candidate is safe and effective and government funding continues, it would file the paperwork needed to produce the treatment for the Strategic National Stockpile. The new NIAID contract will cover the next 6 years of botulism antitoxin development, the company said. May 10, 2005, CIDRAP News story “NIAID awards first Project BioShield grants”
Joy Spence, OD, CD, the first woman to achieve the position of Master Blender in the spirits industry globally, will share her story when she appears as the guest speaker at the Jamaican Women of Florida (JWOF) annual Women’s Empowerment Conference & Scholarship Luncheon.This high achiever joins a notable list of empowering women who have graced the JWOF conference stage sharing the hills and valleys of their climb to such prestigious positions.This is the sixth anniversary of this vibrant women’s organization continuing the mission of empowering women through mentorship and education.The event continues to attract large numbers of professionals, students, corporate leaders and entrepreneurs as March is celebrated as International Women’s Month.Joy Spence is the first woman in a traditionally male-dominated position since joining Jamaica’s Appleton Estate, as Chief Chemist in 1981.Her passion for the art of creating rum-blends was inspired by her predecessor and mentor Master Blender, Owen Tulloch, who retired, then paving the way for her appointment as Master Blender in 1997.However, in this position, Spence said that she faced little resistance within her own company, when given the appointment.With the major task for creating new rum blends, her responsibility is to ensure that all Appleton Estate rum blends meet the high standards that consumers have grown to love and expect – ensuring the quality and consistency of existing blends, creating new blends and monitoring the Company’s inventory of aging rum stocks.She has been named The Creator of Fine Rums and Spirits as over the last 20 years, Joy has created some of the finest rums that the world has ever seen.Most recently, Joy created the Appleton Estate Joy Anniversary Blend which was released in 2017 to mark her 20th Anniversary as Appleton Estate’s Master Blender. This rum was voted Rum of the year 2017 by Liquor.com. The Appleton brand continues to do well on the international market.Empowerment ConferenceThe 5th Annual Empowerment Conference will take place on Saturday March 23rd, 2019, at Jungle Island (1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, Miami, FL 33132)The one day event will begin at 9:00 a.m. and wraps up at 4:00 p.m.Scheduled events will include a panel of mentors, a silent auction, a day long shopping gallery with unique items, a signature to JWOF events.Powerful Women….Next Generation Scholarship LuncheonFive graduating high school seniors will be awarded the JWOF annual renewable Powerful Women….Next Generation scholarships at the Awards Luncheon.Since its inception in 2014, one awardee has completed an Undergraduate programme in Criminal Justice and Philosophy at Florida Atlantic University (FAU).JWOF Empowerment Conference PanelistsCorporate leaders, entrepreneurs and community leaders will form two panels as they share varied experiences and insights in Transformation and Mentoring. We will be transformed by the stories related by nutrition and exercise guru, Kamila McDonald; Chief Executive Officer, LASCO Chin Foundation, Professor Rosalea Hamilton; performing artist/writer/producer, Debra Erhardt; and merchandise executive, Sasha Dunn Belizare.The annual conference highlights the culmination of support for upcoming powerful young women.