Novotech Selected as Scrip Awards Finalist for Best Full-Service CRO

Novotech, the leading Asia Pacific biotech specialist CRO, joins a prestigious group of global CROs as a finalist in the Scrip Award for Best Full-Service CRO. This year the Award has been split into two categories to separate the full-service providers from the smaller CROs.

According to the Scrip Award organizers: “The Award for the Best CRO acknowledges the critical role that CROs play in drug development. Outsourcing is vital as the pharmaceutical industry seeks to benefit more and more from these specialist companies’ experience in handling all aspects of clinical trials and other research. Today, the role of the CRO has gone beyond the traditional model of service-level agreements, to offer bespoke clinical trial and other strategies; and CROs are increasingly engaged in risk-sharing partnerships, or acting as a single-source developer, while also remaining committed to core strengths.”

The award judges are senior executives from biopharma and investment firms, and clinical research leaders.

Novotech CEO Dr. John Moller said he was extremely pleased that Novotech has been selected as a finalist and thanked the global Novotech team for their hard work and commitment to a truly customer focused approach to accelerate clinical development.

“This level of recognition is a credit to the team and shows our Asia Pacific centered, global operations are setting new standards for biotech CRO partnerships. Our deep experience, exceptional site and investigator relationships – which also translates to patient access – our project management approach focused on problem-solving, ownership and flexibility, and our investments in data and technology combine to deliver the full service, customer focused solutions that biotechs need.”

Novotech has operations across Asia Pacific and the US offering a unique and unparalleled suite of CRO services for early to late phase biotech clinical research.

Novotech has recently been benchmarked as a top 10 CRO among the world’s leading CROs and has also been selected for the Gene & Cell Therapy Excellence Award. The company also has more than 50 Leading Site Partnership agreements and hundreds of long-term site relationships across the Asia Pacific region.

About Novotech

Novotech is the leading Asia-Pacific biotech specialist CRO. Novotech has integrated labs and phase I facilities and provides drug development consulting and clinical development services across all phases. It has been instrumental in the success of approximately 4,000 clinical trials across a broad range of therapeutic areas. Novotech is well-positioned to serve biopharma clients conducting clinical trials in Asia-Pacific and the US. For more information visit

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Ferrovial selected to build a subway line in Toronto (Canada)


  • It will be the Construction division’s largest-ever project
  • Construction of a rapid transit system 6.7 km in length with seven stations
  • The company has extensive experience in building rail projects in Paris, Madrid, London, Lisbon, Sydney, Porto and Santiago de Chile.

Ferrovial’s Construction division, in consortium with VINCI Construction Grands Projets, has been selected to design, build and finance a section of a subway line in Toronto (Canada). Metrolinx and the Toronto Transit Commission have selected the company to carry out a project that will link the Ontario Exhibition Place station in downtown Toronto to the Ontario Science Centre station. This the largest railway project to date for Ferrovial Construction.

The new Ontario Line South Civil is a fast stand-alone mass transit line 6.7 kilometers long, which will require the construction of 6 km of tunnels. Seven stations w

ill be built along the route, six of them underground. Construction is expected to commence next year and take seven years to complete.

“The Ontario Line South Civil contract will be Ferrovial Construction’s largest contract to be executed and delivered worldwide. To have a project of this size and scope as part of our company’s portfolio speaks volumes about the expertise and value we bring to some of the most complex and visible infrastructure projects in the world.”, said Ignacio Gastón, Ferrovial Construction CEO.

The over 227,500 people who live along this new subway line will benefit from shorter transit times.  The project will also improve passenger living standards by relieving congestion on the existing Line 1 (Yonge-University).

Extensive experience in large railway projects

Ferrovial has built over 190 kilometers of subway line and 168 stations, evidencing its position as one of the world leaders in the design and construction of large transportation infrastructure. It has carried out works in this field in various cities around the world, including Madrid, Lisbon, London, Sydney and Santiago de Chile, and was recently awarded the construction of a section of line 18 of Paris Metro, in France, linking Orly airport with Versailles Chantiers.

Ferrovial has been present in Canada for more than 20 years with iconic projects such as 407 ETR in Toronto. Highway 407 was the world’s first free-flow toll road. The company has also extended the highway in two phases — a 20-kilometer Phase 1 and a 32-kilometer section 2 — as well as replacing the old Nipigon Bridge (Ontario) with a new four-lane bridge.

Ev Dynamics Selected to Supply Electric Light Buses to a Government Sustainable Public Mobility Pilot Scheme

Ev Dynamics (Holdings) Limited (the “Company”, Stock Code: 476, together with its subsidiaries, collectively “Ev Dynamics” or the “Group”), a provider of new energy vehicles and integrated technology solutions, has been selected by the Hong Kong SAR Government as a prequalified supplier of electric public light buses for a sustainable public mobility pilot scheme the Environmental Protection Department plans to launch in 2023. The selected APEX-MINI model which showcases the Group’s outstanding technological and product advantages will help promote energy-efficient public transport in the city as well as Ev Dynamics’ products to various markets.
The fast-charging APEX-MINI is powered by high-performance lithium-titanate (LTO) batteries and uses OppCharge, a top-down pantograph interface that complies with related European Union standards for charging electric vehicles. The 7-meter 19-seat pure electric minibus can run 45 kilometers after only 15- minute charging with the OppCharger pantograph installed by the Government at the public transport interchanges. With an extra-low platform, the electric minibus is easy to board for seniors and people with disabilities.

Subject to the type approval of the Transport Department and independent assessor certification, the Group will actively match the operational needs of the pilot scheme in putting the APEX-MINI to use and set up an after-sale service center to provide maintenance and repair services for the minibusses, if succeeded.

Miguel Valldecabres Polop, CEO of Ev Dynamics said, “We are excited to introduce our APEX-MINI to public-use platforms. The model prides smooth operation, high safety and zero-emission, thus can help reduce roadside air and noise pollution. And our capable service teams can ensure the reliability and efficiency of our products including the APEX-MINI in Hong Kong at all times. We are confident of our electric minibusses gaining acceptance of society at large and see a wide scope of potential applications for them. Affording excellent technological advantages and product quality, we will continue to offer various markets clean, silent, and energy-efficient public transport to help them achieve electromobility.”

About Ev Dynamics (Holdings) Limited (Stock Code: 476)
Ev Dynamics (Holdings) Limited is a pioneer and prominent player in China’s new energy commercial vehicles market, as well as a whole-vehicle manufacturer of specialty passenger vehicles and new energy passenger vehicles. It is an integrated driving and logistics solutions provider with a solid technological foundation in diverse areas including new energy platform power systems and their key components. The Group has a production base in Chongqing, boasts extensive domestic and overseas sales networks, and focuses on serving high-growth markets in Southeast Asia, Europe and Latin America.

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Fecteau Was Selected for U.S. Army Battalion Command

 U.S. Army Lt. Colonel Matthew J. Fecteau was selected for battalion command on 31 March 2022. A battalion command and its subordinate companies, by design, constitute the first echelon in the Army hierarchy capable of conducting independent operations, and they have been doing this routinely in combat for more than two hundred years. Fecteau will lead and mentor troops from diverse backgrounds supporting missions across the world.

Fecteau remarked, “I am so honored to be a member of the U.S. Army over the years, and look forward to ensuring our Army is as adaptive as ever to defend and preserve our great country. This We’ll Defend!”

Fecteau is a former congressional candidate and Iraq War veteran.

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Winners Selected for the 8th Annual Women’s Voices Now Film Festival Awards Ceremony: The Rights and Roles of Women: Redefining Our Shared Reality

 The 8th Annual Women’s Voices Now Film Festival is in the books and the winning films have been selected by their jury:

Leslie J. Sacks Best Documentary Feature – Indebted to All Women (Directors María Lobo & Roi Guitián, Spain/El Salvador)

Best Documentary Short -Since you arrived, my heart stopped belonging to me (Director Erin Semine Kökdil, US)

Lantos Foundation Best Human Rights Documentary – This Stained Dawn (Director Anam Abbas, Canada/Pakistan)

Best Creative Documentary – The Perfect Picture (Director Hala El Kouch, Lebanon)

Best First Time Filmmaker – Boucle en Onde (Director Elsa Cantelli, Italy/Burkina Faso)

Best Youth Documentary Short – La Coiffeuse/The Hairdresser (Director Lorraine Price, (Canada)

Honorable Mentions:

Leslie J Sacks Grand Prize – Best Feature Documentary Film – Belly of the Beast (Director Erika Cohn, USA)

Best First Time Filmmaker – Grounded (Director Annie Leclair, Canada)

Best Creative Documentary – The Art of Living In Danger (Director Mina Keshavarz, Islamic Republic of Iran)

“These brave documentary films remind us how the personal is political and vice versa. When we are willing to share the intimate details of the struggles and triumphs we traverse, we empower others to do the same – making the impossible suddenly seem possible. The awarded filmmakers deserve the highest recognition. They carry out their craft with the utmost courage and commitment to portraying the greatness of women seeking justice for themselves and those around them,” Heidi Basch-Harod, Executive Director of Women’s Voices Now.

The festival promotes emerging women filmmakers creating social-change films that advocate for girls’ and women’s rights around the world, awarding a total of $10,000 USD in cash prizes to winning filmmakers. Sponsors included Sony Pictures Entertainment, Filmocracy, the Lantos Foundation for Human Rights and Justice, and OUT.LI.ER.

2022 Jury: Şirin Fulya Erensoy, Dr. Valentina Vitali, Poulomi Pal, Patricia Nogueira, Amarjit (Amar) Dass, Rita Capucho, Hillary P. Thilavong, Estrella Barcenas, Alona Shylova.

Award presenters included: Academy Award Winner, Rayka Zehtabchi (Period. End of Sentence.); Katrina Lantos-Swett, President of the Lantos Foundation for Human Rights and Justice; Georgii Speakman, Founder of; Tali Bielski, Women’s Voices Now Board Member; and Brooke Sebold, award-winning filmmaker (Framing Agnes, Sundance Film Festival).

Women’s Voices Now (WVN), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, uses film to drive positive social change that advances women’s and girls’ rights globally. We promote, produce, and share social-change films focusing on women’s and girls’ rights issues, providing active support to filmmakers who give voice to unheard women and girls, and activating civil society by moving audiences from empathy to action. We envision a global culture shift in which communities and institutions believe in the value of gender equality, and adapt their behaviors and actions to support systematic advancement of women’s and girls’ rights. WVN has held special consultative status to the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) since 2017.

Women’s Voices Now

Cybele Parsignault




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