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RxCelerate Establishes Venture Capital Division and Makes First Investment in US Metabolic Disease Company

July 20, 2021 ( –

RxCelerate, a leading international out-sourced drug discovery and development platform, announced today that it has established a venture capital fund, RxCapital, to invest in companies developing new therapeutics for significant unmet medical needs.

“RxCelerate has a world-class team discovering and developing exciting new medicines for our clients,” said Dr. Jill Reckless, Chief Executive at RxCelerate, “but to avoid conflict of interest, we do not have any internal programs, and do not, therefore, benefit from owning successful assets. By establishing RxCapital, we are able to enjoy the economic upside of asset ownership without compromising our ability to work single-mindedly for the benefit of our clients.”

RxCapital will invest in early-stage biotechnology companies working on novel therapeutics with an unprecedented mechanism of action, offering the ability to revolutionise treatment of major diseases. Unlike many CROs, investment from RxCapital comes with no requirement for the company to use RxCelerate services. “RxCapital acts as a typical financial investor, providing the capital required for the next generation of biotech entrepreneurs to change the world,” said Dr David Grainger, Executive Chairman at RxCelerate.

RxCapital will invest in new companies in any geography, following the “asset-centric” investment model pioneered by Medicxi, where Dr. Grainger was a founding Partner in 2015. RxCapital expects to deploy up to £1 million on each investment and to make several investments each year.

RxCapital has made its first investment, alongside Longitude, a U.S. venture fund based in Menlo Park, California, and Medicxi, in U.S. biotechnology company Rivus Pharmaceuticals, which is developing HU6, a novel drug candidate for the treatment of metabolic diseases. HU6 is currently in Phase 2 clinical trials.

“The formation of RxCapital marks an exciting new development for RxCelerate, allowing us to deploy capital from our highly-profitable service business to support new entrepreneurs with a vision to change medicine,” said Nick Tait, Chief Financial Officer at RxCelerate, who will manage the newly established fund.

RxCelerate operates a unique model, allowing clients to out-source complete drug discovery and development programs to a team of world-class drug developers obviating the need for internal expertise usually required when out-sourcing to contract research organisations. Founded in 2012, the company initially built its reputation on the quality of its preclinical models of human diseases, but rapidly expanded to offer a comprehensive, turnkey drug discovery and development solution.

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About RxCelerate

RxCelerate is an out-sourced drug discovery and development company, founded in 2012, with a focus on working smarter.  It has grown rapidly to become one of the leading providers of drug development services in the UK.  RxCelerate operates a unique model, providing capabilities to discover and develop drugs for clients, designing as well as executing every aspect of the research and development plan.

RxCelerate offers a wide range of services. The biology team specializes in in vivo pharmacology, offering proprietary models of a wide range of human diseases, as well as complex cell-based assays. The chemistry team provides medicinal chemistry, including in silico screening, and synthesis that integrates seamlessly with the in vitro testing capability, while the newly established RxBiologics team has launched Galaxy™, a next-generation antibody discovery platform. By working closely together, these teams can deliver pharma-grade drug product candidates at a fraction of the cost of traditional approaches.

RxCelerate has a team of more than 60 employees and consultants based at the Babraham Research Campus, approximately five miles south of Cambridge, UK.

For more information, please visit us at and connect with us on Twitter (@RxCelerate). Contact our UK headquarters:  Tel: +44 (0)1223 804240

Source: RxCelerate

365 Connect to Discuss What' after hour Next in the Post-Pandemic Substantive Change During Live Webcast

July 20, 2021 ( –

365 Connect, the leading provider of award-winning marketing, leasing, and resident service platforms for the multifamily housing industry, announced today that its CEO, Kerry W. Kirby, will serve as keynote speaker in a live webcast. The webcast, Reimaged to Reopened: What’s Next in The Post-Pandemic World of Never-Ending Change, is scheduled to air on July 21, 2021, at 3:00 p.m. ET on, the largest media resource in the multifamily housing industry.

Reimaged to Reopened: What’s Next in the Post-Pandemic World of Never-Ending Change discusses the shift in consumer behaviors and economic outfalls that are changing the way businesses operate in today’s marketplace. The webcast delves into concerns surrounding digital privacy and accessibility rights, which are currently undergoing universal legal changes, as well as technology trends that will become mainstream. It will tackle important issues in the rental housing market, including the financial harm it has encountered due to the looming eviction moratorium. 

“Innovation, fueled by consumers demanding more conveniences, is the catalyst of change driving our economy forward,” Kirby explained. “Seamless, streamlined digital workflows have become necessary to transact business, as the market has proven that you must adapt every facet of your business to an online space if you want to stay competitive.”  

Joining Kirby is property management expert, Ernest F. Oriente of PowerHour, an industry professional since 1988 and the author of SmartMatch Alliances. Oriente and Kirby have presented over 140 webcasts together, covering an array of topics from strategies on maintaining optimum performance of multifamily communities to the latest technology trends. With nearly 50 years of combined experience in the multifamily housing industry, Oriente and Kirby deliver comprehensive, educational, and leading-edge programming, which earned the duo global recognition with a highly prestigious gold w3 Award.

Oriente responded, “Kerry is the ultimate go-to resource for all things digital within the multifamily housing arena, and I am excited to join him in this discussion on how our world continues to shift as we enter a new era of business operations. Similar to all the material we produce for our webcast series, we strive to deliver relevant, straightforward information to our audience, so they can better prepare for the newest wave of developments in the market.”

Kirby concluded, “Over the years, technological advancements have changed the way we shop for goods and services, share social updates with friends, and even transact business. Now, expedient changes in technology are helping us reach the next major phase of digital transformation. Although the multifamily housing industry isn’t immune to the economic impacts of the pandemic, property management professionals are in a prime position to strengthen their future business models by embracing the evolution in consumers’ mindsets.”

Registration for the webcast is available at

ABOUT 365 CONNECT: 365 Connect is the leading provider of award-winning marketing, leasing, and resident service platforms for the multifamily housing industry. Founded in 2003 with an unwavering commitment to delivering an integrated suite of comprehensive technology solutions, 365 Connect empowers property managers to accelerate conversions, simplify transactions, and elevate services. Learn how 365 Connect is leveraging its legacy of continuous innovation to solve tomorrow’s challenges today at 

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BlockFi Appoints Yuri Mushkin equally Chief Risk Officer

July 20, 2021 ( –

BlockFi, a financial services company dedicated to building a bridge between cryptocurrencies and traditional financial and wealth management products, today announced the appointment of Yuri Mushkin as Chief Risk Officer. 

Mushkin will oversee the firm’s enterprise risk management strategy and operations, encompassing its fast-growing institutional and retail businesses. As BlockFi expands its trading, lending, custody, and asset management functions, he will be tasked with ensuring that the company’s risk framework continues to meet the rigorous standards of institutions and regulators.   

Mushkin brings over 20 years of capital markets experience across the buy-side and sell-side, where he focused on enterprise risk, portfolio management and analytics. Mushkin joins BlockFi from Beneficient Group, a private asset custodian and liquidity provider, where he served as Chief Risk Officer responsible for developing the central risk and data platform, harnessing new technologies and reporting financial and non-financial risk to the Board of Directors. Prior to Beneficient, he was co-head of the McKinsey & Company Traded Risk service line, where he worked with the firm’s largest financial clients to solve regulatory and business-driven challenges across Europe, Asia and the Americas. Previous to McKinsey, Mushkin spent 14 years in Goldman Sachs, where he held several leadership roles globally across the Securities division, Electronic trading, and Firmwide risk. 

With the appointment, BlockFi executive and former CRO Rene Van Kesteren will focus solely on his work as General Manager of Institutional Services, a role he concurrently held while building the company’s risk management framework from inception.  

“BlockFi strives to be a market leader in terms of our product suite and also risk management sophistication, as evidenced by our track record of lending in the sector throughout market cycles,” said Zac Prince, CEO and co-founder of BlockFi. “We’re excited to have Yuri join our leadership team, bringing extensive capital markets risk management expertise that will support our accelerated growth and the broader crypto markets’ maturation.”

“I’m thrilled to join BlockFi at this exciting stage of the company’s development to help Zac, Flori, and the rest of the leadership team innovate by building best-in-class risk infrastructure and operational resilience which serves our clients, investors, the broader industry and regulatory stakeholders,” said Mushkin. 

Mushkin is based in Dallas and holds a BA in Finance and International Business from New York University and an MSc in Organizational Psychology from the London School of Economics. He is CFA Charterholder and contributor to CFA Institute initiatives. 

Media Contact for BlockFi:Ryan Dicovitsky/Ellie JohnsonDukas Linden Public

About BlockFi

BlockFi is a new breed of financial services company. Founded in 2017 by Zac Prince and Flori Marquez, BlockFi is building a bridge between cryptocurrencies and traditional financial and wealth management products to advance the overall digital asset ecosystem for individual and institutional investors. BlockFi’s platform manages more than $15 billion in assets and has generated over $200 million in interest for clients. The company, headquartered in New Jersey with offices around the globe, continues to expand its presence in the United States and internationally.

Nothing contained in this announcement should be construed as a solicitation of an offer to buy or offer, or recommendation, to acquire or dispose of any security, commodity, investment or to engage in any other transaction. The information provided in this announcement is not intended for distribution to, or use by, any person or entity in any jurisdiction or country where such distribution or use would be contrary to law or regulation. This announcement is not directed to any person in any jurisdiction where the publication or availability of the announcement is prohibited, by reason of that person’s nationality, residence or otherwise.

Neither BlockFi nor any of its affiliates or representatives provide legal, tax or accounting advice. You should consult your legal and/or tax advisors before making any financial decisions.

Digital currency is not legal tender, is not backed by the government, and crypto interest accounts are not subject to FDIC or SIPC protections. Learn more at

BlockFi Lending LLC NMLS ID#1737520 | BlockFi Trading LLC NMLS ID#1873137

Source: BlockFi

ScalePad Announces Investment From Workings Growth Partners

VANCOUVER, British Columbia,
July 20, 2021 ( –

ScalePad, a global leading software provider for managed services providers (MSPs), announced today that it received a significant, non-control, equity investment from Integrity Growth Partners (IGP). The investment marks the first time ScalePad has raised outside capital since its founding six years ago. The partnership with IGP will enable accelerated growth in key business areas while allowing ScalePad to remain independent and founder-led.
ScalePad provides a powerful and intuitive SaaS platform for MSPs that automates asset lifecycle management across hardware, software, and warranty services. As MSPs play an increasingly pivotal role in managing technological adoption and maintenance worldwide, ScalePad’s products support MSPs by automating time-consuming processes and providing vital insights that help MSPs easily identify and prioritize asset risks and opportunities. It utilizes insightful reports to communicate asset status to customers in a way that helps them see the value in making important IT investments and drives them to take action to improve their environment. Today, ScalePad’s asset lifecycle management products are utilized by over 8,500 MSP partners in 76 countries, including 60% of the MSP 501.
“We believe that IGP’s investment and knowledge will help us continue to execute on our vision to bring the ScalePad platform to more partners worldwide while continuing to build out and innovate on our product suite,” said Chris Day, Co-Founder of ScalePad. “Our innovative technology and deep domain experience allow us to deliver tremendous advantages for our partners. We are thrilled to be working alongside the team at IGP and look forward to accelerating our growth and rising the tide in the MSP software space.” 
“We are incredibly proud of the industry-leading products we have built by staying laser-focused on the needs of our MSP partners,” said Dan Wensley, CEO of ScalePad. “In choosing a partner, it was imperative for us to find one who brings meaningful strategic insight to the table while also enabling ScalePad to continue to run and grow independently.”
“We are thrilled to lead the first investment in ScalePad and to partner with the amazing ScalePad team,” said Doyl Burkett, Founder and Managing Partner of IGP. “Founders and management teams who are experts in their space and have identified opportunities to better improve processes in their own industry bring to market a unique perspective that directly benefits their customers. The ScalePad team truly understands the pain points of today’s MSPs, and we see tremendous opportunity with this team as they continue to execute on their impressive vision.”
About ScalePad
ScalePad is a Vancouver-based company that provides a SaaS platform that automates hardware, software, and warranty asset lifecycle management for MSPs. ScalePad helps MSPs easily identify and prioritize their asset risks and revenue-generating opportunities. The insightful reports not only communicate asset status to customers but also drive them to make important IT investments to improve their environment.
For more information, visit
About Integrity Growth Partners
Based in Los Angeles, Integrity Growth Partners is a growth private equity firm focused on investing in lower middle market software and tech-enabled services businesses led by exceptional management teams. IGP targets investments in high-growth companies with established products and business models, bringing to bear a differentiated combination of investing and operating experience. For more information, visit
Integrity Growth PartnersDoyl Burkett310.689.5191Ryan Anderson310.689.5193

Source: ScalePad

The main Nextep Charitable Foundation Gives $30, 000 to the Through Center

NORMAN, Okla.,
July 20, 2021 ( –

The Nextep Charitable Foundation supports The Virtue Center with a $30,000 donation toward their effort to build a new facility. The Virtue Center is a nonprofit organization in Norman dedicated to helping those struggling with addiction and related mental health challenges. 
Individuals and families struggling with substance abuse, compulsive gambling, and mental health issues including trauma can utilize The Virtue Center’s services, including individual and group therapy, peer recovery support, case management, and more.
“We’re excited to partner with The Virtue Center for a number of reasons — most importantly, we love how their mission aligns with our values,” said Brian Fayak, Nextep founder and CEO. “Through our charitable foundation, we’re committed to supporting nonprofit organizations in need, and as a company, we’re committed to helping our employees better understand mental health and encouraging them to get the help they need. This made The Virtue Center an easy yes when they reached out for help.”
The Nextep Charitable Foundation’s donation will go straight toward The Virtue Center’s Capital Campaign to build a new facility, specifically the outdoor therapy space.
“The new facility will incorporate trauma-informed design principles to welcome people searching for recovery, help them to know they are important, and destigmatize the disease of addiction and mental health issues,” said Teresa Collado, Executive Director, The Virtue Center.
Nextep’s leadership felt sponsoring a therapy space would be a perfect fit because of Nextep’s commitment to mental health. Leadership encourages Nextep employees to find the help and space they need to become and stay mentally healthy. Last year, Nextep started sponsoring a meditation app for all of its employees and carved out dedicated meditation rooms for employees to use at any time during the workday.
You can support The Virtue Center by donating, volunteering, or giving gifts off their Amazon Wishlist. To learn more about The Virtue Center and its programs, visit
About The Nextep Charitable Foundation
As a Professional Employer Organization (PEO), Nextep works with companies to provide outsourced services, including payroll, benefits, HR, compliance, and more. Since its beginnings, Nextep and its employees have had a heart for giving back. So, Nextep formed the Nextep Charitable Foundation to create a stronger platform to donate, volunteer, and give back. In partnership with the Pledge 1% movement, Nextep donates money, offers free services to nonprofits, and the employees volunteer their time, both in and outside of work.
About Nextep
As a CPEO, Nextep provides small and mid-sized companies access to big-company benefits and HR services, which can help them become premier employers. With Nextep as a partner, businesses have comprehensive HR, benefits, payroll, and risk and compliance solutions without the burden of administrative duties. For more info on how a PEO helps a business, visit
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Source: Nextep

SilverTech Celebrates 25 Years of Pantomiming by Giving Back to the Local Local area

July 20, 2021 ( –

SilverTech, a digital marketing and web development agency with its principal headquarters located in New Hampshire, celebrates the 25th anniversary of their business this year. Starting in 1996 as a hosting provider and web development agency, SilverTech has added new service offerings including digital transformation, custom platform development, digital personalization, digital marketing, user experience and design, 24/7 managed services and more. To celebrate SilverTech’s anniversary, the agency has decided to donate to multiple local causes.
“Our company has come so far in these past 25 years. I am humbled by the support the agency and our employees have received over the years, and I feel lucky we have grown SilverTech into a business that can give back. We want to help the communities that have helped us become the business we are today,” said SilverTech CEO and founder Nick Soggu. “At SilverTech, we don’t just strive to do good work. We strive to do good.”
Starting in July of 2021, SilverTech will donate $2,500 each month through the end of the year to six different local non-profit organizations chosen by the SilverTech employees. SilverTech staff in both the Manchester, N.H., and Indianapolis, Indiana, offices will vote on the local charities that mean the most to them. In the past, SilverTech has worked with STEAM Ahead, American Red Cross, Boys and Girls Club, and New Hampshire Food Bank.
SilverTech’s success is attributed to its approach to client relationships and ability to understand the people behind the business and the customers they want to reach, as well as its development and strategy capabilities. The agency has worked with many organizations over its 25 years including Life is Good, CapitalOne, Miss America Organization, The State of New Hampshire and more. Despite economic fluctuations and the pandemic, SilverTech has continued to grow and acquire new clients including BankPlus, Prevea Health, Nova Scotia Power, American Dental Association and more.  
After 25 years of growth, SilverTech looks towards the future. The agency has new service offerings including a digital SaaS solution to serve banks and credit unions, KuberaDX, and solutions in the works for other industries. With new partners signing on and the pandemic winding down, SilverTech is poised to continue expanding through 2021.
About SilverTech
SilverTech is a digital marketing and technology company redefining how businesses engage with their customers. Founded in 1996, SilverTech changes the game for clients who seek an enjoyable experience to solving the most complex business challenges. Services include digital marketing, user experience strategy and design, advanced web and application development, data and technology integration, and digital business consultation. Clients include brands such as Progress Software, Amelia Island, Drexel University, Fulton Bank and others. For questions about SilverTech’s capabilities, please visit the website at 
Media ContactLexi

Source: SilverTech

Youngsters League of Palm Spring suspensions Desert Communities Welcomes 2021-2023 Board of Directors

July 20, 2021 ( –

The Junior League of Palm Springs Desert Communities is pleased to announce its 2021-2023 Board of Directors. The new members will serve a two-year term, bringing fresh experiences to ensure that The Junior League will continue to be a relevant, inclusive, and impactful organization throughout the Coachella Valley. 
“In a year that presented us with ever-changing uncertainty and unimaginable difficulties, The Junior League has remained resolute in our service of others.  As we begin our 30th year, we are pleased to welcome our new Board Members and feel fortunate to have such a dedicated team of individuals emerging from a global pandemic. No matter the challenges, our League is steadfast and committed to be a training organization,” said Incoming President Erin Hyland. 
The Junior League has nearly 100 members who annually contribute more than 14,500 volunteer hours to support multiple non-profits, including The Boys and Girls Club of Coachella Valley, Martha’s Village and Kitchen, Hacienda Valdez, SafeHouse of the Desert, and many others. Over the last ten years, the league has raised over $90,000 through fundraisers such as Fashion Week El Paseo and has developed successful community training partnerships with local businesses such as The Children’s Discovery Museum of the Desert and The Gardens of El Paseo.
Incoming officers and members of the Junior League’s Board of Directors include:

About the Junior League of Palm Springs Desert Communities:
Founded in 1991, the Junior League of Palm Springs Desert Communities is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through the effective action of trained volunteers.  For more information on the Junior League, its volunteer projects, and membership, visit, juniorleagueps, or email
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Source: Junior League of Palm Springs Desert Communities

Snowdonia H2O Water Park Better known as USA TODAY 10Best Readers' Choice Winner

July 20, 2021 ( –

Island H2O Water Park in Kissimmee, Florida, was named the No. 6 Best Outdoor Water Park in the country in USA TODAY’s 10Best Readers’ Choice 2021.

The nomination was made by an expert panel with a list of 20 outdoor water park nominees for the public to vote for over a four-week time period.  

The panel consisted of relevant experts which include a combination of editors from USA TODAY; editors from; relevant expert contributors; and sources for both these media and other Gannett properties. provides users with original, unbiased, and experiential travel content of top attractions, things to see and do, and restaurants for top destinations in the U.S. and around the world. The core of the site’s uniqueness is its team of local travel experts: a well-traveled and well-educated group who are not only experts in their fields — and their cities — but discriminating in their tastes. These local experts live in the city they write about so the content is constantly updated. 

Island H2O is Central Florida’s newest water park and opened in 2019. This is the park’s first time being named on USA TODAY’s 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards.  

“We’re pleased to announce that Island H2O Water Park made the Top 10Best Outdoor Waterparks,” said Jim Kunau, General Manager at Island H2O Water Park. “It was a thrill to win and it is an even bigger honor to be nominated by this panel and have the public vote for us. We’re are very grateful to everyone who voted for us and hope those who’ve yet to experience the thrills and attractions here will have a chance to visit us soon.”

Island H2O Water Park features a lazy river, wave pool, adults only pool, area for kids, family interactive zone, body slides, mat racers, tube slide and raft rides for the whole family. The park is designed to enable guests to customize their experience by selecting music and lighting on a number of rides using a state-of-the-art RFID wristband system. Guests can also earn points to redeem for food and merchandise in the park. Amenities include complimentary tubes and life jackets, cabana rentals, retail gift shop, food, and bar. The park’s 2021 season runs through Nov. 28.

View the full USA Today release here:

Source: Island H2O Water Park

GRSi Wins Five-Year $22M+ Lease agreement to Provide Enterprise Operations in addition to Cybersecurity Support to the NIH National Institute of Internal Health

July 20, 2021 ( –

GRSi, providing state-of-the-art innovations and solutions across the Civilian, Defense, and Intel communities, was recently awarded a five-year contract to provide next-generation Enterprise Operations and Cybersecurity support to the administrative and scientific missions of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). NIMH is the lead federal agency for the latest research on mental disorders and their treatments, including autism spectrum disorder (ASD), depression, suicide prevention, bipolar disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and many others.

Under this new contract, GRSi will provide enterprise engineering and support for advanced scientific missions across the Institute, such as Poly-Cloud support and security, heterogeneous computing environment support, operations and infrastructure multi-tier support, and security operations support to include continuity of operations and disaster recovery (COOP/DR). GRSi subject matter experts will ensure full operations excellence for the Institute and its scientists and stakeholders while driving next-generation technologies to support the furthering and advancement of research and therapies.

“GRSi is both thrilled and honored to have gained the confidence of the world-renowned leadership at NIMH and their trust in our industry-leading talent to play a critical role in the furthering and evolution of mental health research and treatment. We truly understand and appreciate the key role that mental health plays across America and the world and are passionately dedicated to supporting their mission. We look forward to the next five years of providing world-class technical support to NIMH as they transform the understanding and treatment of mental illnesses through basic and clinical research, paving the way for prevention, recovery, and cure,” said Diane Yarnell, Executive Vice President and Chief of Staff.

GRSi, named Government Contracting Company of the Year for 2021, is an industry-leading professional technical and engineering services company delivering next-generation systems engineering, cybersecurity, technology insertion, and best practices-based Enterprise Operations (EOps) management. Our worldwide top-talent brings proven agility and innovation while maintaining compliance and governance. GRSi stabilizes, optimizes, and transforms our clients’ environments, realizing their must-have objectives of resilient, reliable, and forward-leaning technical efficiencies.  

GRSi has delivered excellence in professional and technical services for nearly two decades to federal, defense, intelligence, and commercial clients worldwide. Our subject matter experts, refined processes, and best-fit technology implementations ensure that excellence is delivered daily. For more information, contact  

Source: GRSi