MaxCyte Bolsters Leadership Team with Promotion of Brad Calvin to Chief Commercial Officer and New Key VP Appointments

GAITHERSBURG, Md., Oct. 13, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — MaxCyte, Inc., a global cell-based therapies and life sciences company, announces today a senior leadership promotion and appointments for two key vice president roles.

Brad Calvin has been promoted to Chief Commercial Officer. In his previous role as MaxCyte Executive Vice President, Global Commercial Operations, Mr. Calvin was responsible for leading the Company’s sales, marketing and business development functions to define product strategy, deliver new products and drive growth of its drug discovery and cell therapy businesses.  In addition, Sarah Haecker Meeks, PhD, has joined the Company as Vice President, Business Development, and Steve Nardi has joined as Vice President, Manufacturing and Engineering Operations. 

MaxCyte’s President & CEO Doug Doerfler, said: “Brad’s promotion is well-earned and important for MaxCyte’s future growth. Since joining MaxCyte in 2017, he has forged pivotal relationships with leading cell therapy and gene editing companies, leading

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NASA delays commercial crew mission to study Falcon 9 engine issue

WASHINGTON — NASA is delaying the launch of the first operational SpaceX commercial crew mission to the first half of November to provide more time to review a problem during a recent Falcon 9 launch attempt.

NASA announced Oct. 10 the Crew-1 mission, which was scheduled to launch on a Falcon 9 in the early morning hours of Oct. 31 from the Kennedy Space Center, will now launch no earlier than early to mid-November.

The delay, the agency said, will provide more time for SpaceX “to complete hardware testing and data reviews as the company evaluates off-nominal behavior of Falcon 9 first stage engine gas generators observed during a recent non-NASA mission launch attempt.” NASA did not identify the specific launch attempt in question, but an Oct. 2 launch of a Falcon 9 carrying a GPS 3 satellite was scrubbed just two seconds before liftoff because of SpaceX Chief Executive

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Death of the HQ? Pandemic hits commercial real estate, but long-term trends still open to debate

A rendering of one of Amazon’s new buildings in Bellevue, Wash. (Vulcan Image)

“HQ’s are finished.”

That was the hot take this week from Chris Herd, founder and CEO of remote work setup startup Firstbase. After speaking with about 1,000 companies over the past six months, he estimates that many will be cutting their office space by as much as 40% to 60%. About 90% of workforces indicated that they “never want to be in an office again full-time,” he wrote.

The latest example of the trend is the news this morning that working from home will be a permanent part of the mix at Microsoft. Boosting access to talent, reducing costs, and quality of life were among the benefits of remote work cited by companies in Herd’s informal survey.

“Good thread on the future of work. I agree with him,” former Zillow Group CEO Spencer Rascoff chimed in

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Dell focussing on ‘future-ready commercial PCs’

There has been a dramatic change in the way people work, but this has not happened overnight. With more and more people taking to a remote working environment because of the pandemic, enterprise users have started to look for PCs that are more reliable than consumer-grade products. And companies like Dell Technologies are set to make an impact in the enterprise PC segment, says Vivekanand Manjeri, Brand Director, Client Solutions Group, Dell Technologies. Excerpts from an interview:

How is Dell building commercial PCs ?

We see intelligence playing a central role in the future of computing and that is an area we’ve invested in heavily. We are focused on creating a future-ready PC experience for users in the commercial laptop segment.

Scaling remote management, security and support of these devices to thousands of employees across the country is no small feat. It requires collaboration from all departments, especially IT. That’s

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Woebot Health Names Health Technology Leader Monique Levy as Chief Commercial and Strategy Officer

Woebot Health announced today it has appointed Monique Levy to the newly-created position of Chief Commercial and Strategy Officer. Reporting to CEO Michael Evers, Levy is responsible for the growth and commercial success of the company’s proprietary therapeutic portfolio and measurement technologies that are designed to improve mental health. The appointment rounds out the company’s executive team, which also includes Founder and President Alison Darcy, Chief Clinical Officer Athena Robinson and Chief Technology Officer Casey Sackett.

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Monique Levy, Chief Commercial and Strategy Officer, Woebot Health (Photo: Business Wire)

Evers, who joined Woebot Health in March, said Levy’s formidable experience building businesses and innovating care and health will be instrumental to the company’s next stage of development. “Monique’s training in clinical psychology and experience across some of the world’s most innovative data, digital health and therapeutics businesses bring incredible value

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Veteran astronaut steps down from long-delayed Boeing commercial crew test flight

Christopher Ferguson, commander of the final space shuttle flight and now a Boeing executive, has stepped down as commander of the first piloted test flight of the company’s troubled CST-100 Starliner commercial spacecraft, he and Boeing announced Wednesday. He has been replaced by NASA astronaut Barry “Butch” Wilmore.

“I’m taking on a new mission, one that keeps my feet planted here firmly on Earth and prioritizes my most important crew — my family,” Ferguson tweeted. “I’ll still be working hard with the #Starliner team and the @NASA_Astronauts on our crew.”

In a video attached to the tweet, Ferguson, 59 and a father

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Spacebit books a second trip to the Moon via NASA’s commercial lunar payload program

UK-based robotic rover startup Spacebit has booked a second payload delivery to the Moon, aboard the Nova-C lander that Intuitive Machines is planning to send in 2021 as part of NASA’s Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) program. Spacebit already has a berth aboard the Astrobotic Peregrine lander that’s set to go to the Moon in July 2021, flying atop a Vulcan Centaur rocket, and so this would follow quickly on the heels of that mission, with a current mission timeframe of October 2021 to deliver the Intuitive Machines lander via a SpaceX Falcon 9.

Spacebit’s Asagumo 4-legged walking rover is set to fly on that first CLPS mission (which NASA created to source commercial partners for delivering experiments and payloads to the Moon along with over private cargo ahead of its Artemis crewed Moon missions). For this second Nova-C lander launch, Spacebit is preparing a wheeled rover that will carry

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Romeo Power Technology, Leading Provider of Battery Technology to the Commercial EV Market, to List on NYSE Through Merger With RMG Acquisition Corp.

  • Romeo Power has entered into a definitive merger agreement with RMG Acquisition Corp. (NYSE: RMG); upon closing, the combined company will remain listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the new ticker symbol “RMO”

  • Romeo Power raises $384 million through the business combination, including a $150 million fully committed PIPE anchored by institutional investors as well as strategic investors The Heritage Group and Republic Services

  • Funding provides for capacity expansion and R&D to further develop the next generation of battery system technologies for commercial vehicles

  • BorgWarner is a strategic investor and joint venture partner of Romeo Power

  • The Heritage Group is a strategic investor, PIPE participant and recycling partner of Romeo Power

  • Republic Services is a strategic investor in the PIPE and intends to enter into a strategic alliance with Romeo Power  

  • Pro forma equity value of the combined company is approximately $1.33 billion

  • Transaction is expected to close

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Fairfield Commercial Building Adds 2 New Tenants

FAIRFIELD, CT — A commercial building in Fairfield recently added two new tenants.

Elinco International Inc. has leased 7,406 square feet of warehouse space on the first floor of 418 Meadow St., while Atmos Air is leasing 3,072 square feet of offices on the second floor, according to a Sept. 25 news release from Southport-based commercial real estate firm Angel Commercial LLC.

“It is great to have found tenants that can utilize the space to help grow their business while remaining in Fairfield,” Angel Commercial LLC President Jon Angel said in the news release. “… The building is in an excellent commuter location with easy access to I-95, Exits 23 & 24.”

Angel was the sole broker in both transactions. Elinco International will take over the space previously occupied by the Fairfield Public Schools maintenance department, according to Jacqueline Greenwood, marketing director for the firm.

Within the last year, the

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‘Cyberpunk 2077’ Tries To Changes The Subject With A New Keanu Reeves Commercial

It’s been a rough week for Cyberpunk 2077, as Bloomberg’s Jason Schreier reported, and CDPR leadership confirmed, that they were explicitly going back on their previous statements about crunch and mandating that the team work an extra day a week until launch to get the game out on time for its November 19 release.

Schreier reports that really, crunch has been going on for a long time for many members of the CDPR Cyberpunk team, but this was a decree that stated it outright. And CDPR’s Adam Badowski wrote a public statement expressing how hard it was to make the decision and that the “majority” of the team understood:

Now, in an effort to change the topic of conversation, CDPR has debuted a new Cyberpunk trailer starring Keanu Reeves which aired during the NBA game yesterday:

If you didn’t understand Keanu is literally a character in

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