Taconic Biosciences Adds New Humanized Immune System (HIS) Model to Its Portfolio For Immuno-Oncology Research

RENSSELAER, N.Y., Jan. 18, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Taconic Biosciences, a global leader in providing drug discovery animal model solutions, announces the launch of the huNOG–EXL EA (Early Access) humanized immune system (HIS) mouse. This product expands Taconic's widely used HIS portfolio. huNOG–EXL EA significantly lengthens the study window during which a myeloid–lineage HIS mouse model can be used successfully.

Taconic's huNOG–EXL models support human myeloid and lymphoid cells, making these mice especially useful for immuno–oncology research and other immune–related applications. With the longest lifespan of any myeloid–supportive HIS model, the original huNOG–EXL model (now called huNOG–EXL SA, or Standard Access) has been successfully applied in preclinical drug discovery research since 2016. The huNOG–EXL SA model is provided after a quality control step at 10 weeks post–engraftment. Feedback from users suggests research applications requiring particularly long study timelines or importation into regions with long quarantine periods present experimental and logistical hurdles that can limit the utility of the Standard Access (SA) model.

The new huNOG–EXL EA model removes those challenges by providing access to huNOG–EXL mice soon after engraftment, extending the useful study window. This makes the huNOG–EXL EA ideal for engraftment of slow–growing tumors, longer treatment paradigms, or various study customizations. Early access to an extended myeloid lineage model is also advantageous to researchers who face model importation quarantines, which would otherwise consume a significant portion of the useful study window for these mice. Because the huNOG–EXL EA model is shipped before an engraftment QC step is possible, it is made using cells from donors previously validated to engraft well so as to reduce the risk of engraftment failures.

"The huNOG–EXL EA model meets critical scientific needs for investigators performing immuno–oncology research or studying other immune–related diseases," said Dr. Michael Seiler, vice president of commercial products at Taconic. "After conducting extensive research and development, along with rigorous beta testing with several industry partners, Taconic is excited to now offer the new model and expand the usefulness of this unique humanized mouse."

To learn more about Taconic's huNOG–EXL EA model, please contact us at 1–888–TACONIC (888–822–6642) in the US, +45 70 23 04 05 in Europe, or email info@taconic.com.

About Taconic Biosciences, Inc.

Taconic Biosciences is a fully licensed, global leader in genetically engineered rodent models and services. Founded in 1952, Taconic provides the best animal solutions so that customers can acquire, custom–generate, breed, precondition, test, and distribute valuable research models worldwide. Specialists in genetically engineered mouse and rat models, microbiome, immuno–oncology mouse models, and integrated model design and breeding services, Taconic operates three service laboratories and six breeding facilities in the U.S. and Europe, maintains distributor relationships in Asia and has global shipping capabilities to provide animal models almost anywhere in the world.

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OKX overtakes global crypto exchanges as 2nd largest, rebrands as cross-platform services provider

VICTORIA, Seychelles, Jan. 18, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — OKX, which recently became the second largest cryptocurrency exchange in the world by spot trading volume, today announced a company–wide rebrand that reflects the dynamism and accelerating adoption of cryptocurrency. Founded in 2017 as a cryptocurrency trading service, OKX has since amassed over 20 million users and expanded its suite of digital asset investing products to include OKX Earn, a tool for earning passive crypto income; an NFT marketplace and decentralized application discovery hub; and most recently, MetaX, OKX's new decentralized mode that features a cross–chain dashboard and self–custody Web 3.0 wallet for storing digital assets, including NFTs.

This shift, as highlighted by the company's name change from OKEx to OKX, reflects the platform's growing number of wealth creation opportunities beyond the exchange, which investors use to trade hundreds of digital assets on spot, margin and derivatives markets.

As part of the move, OKX has declared its mission to be "to remove barriers to wealth creation by giving you access to everything our decentralized future holds." This underscores the platform's ongoing evolution towards decentralization, which includes giving investors the option to self–custody their digital assets. Distinct from other centralized cryptocurrency exchanges, OKX is committed to gradually decreasing the company's level of involvement in user activity, with the ultimate goal of shedding intermediation entirely.

"OKX is moving beyond the standard centralized exchange model to give our customers an end–to–end cryptocurrency experience," said Jay Hao, CEO of OKX. "Most importantly, we're doing this while upholding the core principles of crypto "" decentralization and autonomy. Our goal is to give customers the tools they need to easily and securely earn, transfer, and spend their wealth as they see fit, without intermediation from us. We've dropped the "E' from our name because we're so much more than an exchange, just like crypto is so much more than a speculative asset."

OKX, which lists over 250 digital assets and has long held the #1 rank for cryptocurrency futures trading volumes, recently became the second largest cryptocurrency spot trading platform in the world. In 2021, total trading volume on the platform, including spot and derivatives instruments, grew over 700%, while the number of trades executed on the platform increased over 480%. Staking, savings and DeFi offerings via OKX Earn saw over $5.1 billion deposited by users, and paid out over $314 million in passive income this past year.

To learn more, please visit OKX.com and follow @OKX on Twitter.

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Founded in 2017, OKX is a world leading cryptocurrency exchange and ecosystem. OKX has innovatively adopted blockchain technology to reshape the financial ecosystem and offers some of the most diverse and sophisticated products, solutions and trading tools on the market. Trusted by more than 20 million people in 180 regions across the globe, OKX's mission is to remove barriers to wealth creation by offering access to everything the decentralized future holds. With its unwavering commitment to innovation, OKX envisions a world of financial inclusion for all through the power of crypto and decentralized finance.

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