Connect with us
MARE BALTICUM Gaming & TECH Summit 2024

Artificial Intelligence

Synchronoss Technologies Reports First Quarter 2023 Results



<!– Name:DistributionId Value:8835465 –> <!– Name:EnableQuoteCarouselOnPnr Value:False –> <!– Name:IcbCode Value:9530 –> <!– Name:CustomerId Value:1018254 –> <!– Name:HasMediaSnippet Value:false –> <!– Name:AnalyticsTrackingId Value:af26931f-f243-4a50-83af-e06422d2cb81 –>

Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities of $1.3 Million, a $4.0 Million Improvement from Q1 2022

Core Business Continues Upward Trajectory with Twelfth Consecutive Quarter of Double-Digit Cloud Subscriber Growth and Invoiced Cloud Revenue Growth of 11.8% in Q1

Company Reaffirms 2023 Guidance, Provides Update to Strategic Review Process

BRIDGEWATER, N.J., May 09, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Synchronoss Technologies Inc. (“Synchronoss” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq: SNCR), a global leader and innovator in cloud, messaging, and digital products and platforms, today reported financial results for its first quarter ended March 31, 2023.

Management Commentary
“In the first quarter we continued to build on the growth and momentum of our core Cloud business, which remains the growth engine for our company,” said Jeff Miller, President and CEO of Synchronoss. “Led by our twelfth consecutive quarter of double-digit Cloud subscriber growth, we officially surpassed 10 million subscribers across our global customer base during the period. While this milestone reflects our efforts to date, we believe it represents only a fraction of our potential opportunity within this expanding group. After several major launches over the past few quarters and with work underway for another global Tier One operator scheduled to go live later this year, we expect to continue our double-digit rate of subscriber growth for the foreseeable future.

“At the same time, invoiced Cloud revenue increased nearly 12% year over year in Q1, representing our strongest quarterly performance since introducing this metric. Over the last twelve months we’ve maintained a 9.6% growth rate for this metric, approaching our double-digit subscriber growth. This performance has resulted in improved cash flow generation as well. While the macroeconomic environment remains challenging, we continue to execute according to plan and remain on track to achieve our financial targets for the year, including cash flow positivity in 2023 and a return to GAAP revenue growth in the second half of the year.”

Strategic Review Process Update
During 2022, the Company engaged UBS Securities, LLC as its financial advisor to assist in exploring and evaluating potential strategic transactions involving the Company or certain of its lines of business, all with the objective of maximizing value for the Company’s stockholders.

On March 10, 2023, Synchronoss received an unsolicited, non-binding proposal from B. Riley Financial, to acquire all outstanding shares of common stock for a price of $1.15 per share, payable in cash. B. Riley, together with its affiliates, owns approximately 13.9% of the Company’s outstanding common stock and is the Company’s largest common shareholder. B. Riley also nominated Mr. Martin Bernstein as one of the Company’s directors pursuant to a pre-existing agreement with the Company.

Consistent with its fiduciary duties and in consultation with UBS and its legal advisors, the Company’s Board of Directors, excluding B. Riley’s designee Mr. Bernstein, is continuing to carefully review the B. Riley proposal as well as other potential strategic transactions over the last several weeks to determine the course of action that it believes will maximize value for the Company’s stockholders.

First Quarter and Recent Operational Highlights

  • Achieved 11% year-over-year Cloud subscriber growth and exceeded milestone of 10 million global Cloud subscribers. The twelfth consecutive quarter of double-digit subscriber growth has been driven by the continued adoption of the Company’s Personal Cloud product by its customers’ subscribers, including Verizon and AT&T.
  • Unveiled next generation Personal Cloud platform at CES. The updated offering includes new and enhanced features as well as other functionality that leverages artificial intelligence and machine learning to ensure data privacy and security while adding capabilities to share files and optimize photos.
  • Progressed significantly toward the launch of Synchronoss Personal Cloud with the new Tier One operator in APAC, which is scheduled for the second half of 2023 and is currently generating revenue through professional services. The expanded commercial relationship with the global operator is forecasted to deliver more than $50 million over the term of the relationship.
  • Announced a multi-million-dollar Email Suite expansion contract with leading APAC telecom operator. Building on a long-standing relationship spanning over 20 years, the Synchronoss Email Suite now supports over 50 million users for this customer by offering an array of new features to ensure security, data privacy, and an improved user experience.
  • Reached milestone of more than 32.5 million RCS-based Messaging subscribers in Japan. The growth has been primarily fueled by recent deployments and partnerships with global service providers like NTT DOCOMO, KDDI and SoftBank.
  • Deployed Synchronoss ExpenseNX suite of products to a Tier One operator. The multi-year deal enables this customer to streamline their inventory management, enhance auditing performance, and improve overall workflow efficiencies.
  • Recognized as a 2023 ‘Product of the Year’ winner for Synchronoss Personal Cloud from TMC’s Cloud Computing Magazine for the second year in a row.

Key Performance Indicators (“KPIs”)

  • Cloud subscriber growth of 11% continued the Company’s ongoing performance of year-over-year double-digit subscriber growth. First quarter GAAP Cloud revenue decreased 1.0% year over year as a result of expected deferred revenue run-off and the sunsetting of a legacy cloud offering.
  • Invoiced Cloud revenue increased 11.8% year over year to $40.3 million in the first quarter. On a trailing twelve-month basis, invoiced Cloud revenue increased 9.6% from the comparable period. This non-GAAP measure is reconciled within the financial statements below. This KPI is intended to provide greater transparency in the underlying Cloud revenue trends as it is not impacted by changes in deferred and unbilled revenue.
  • Quarterly recurring revenue was 86.6% of total revenue, an increase from 81.6% of total revenue in the fourth quarter of 2022 and an increase from 84.9% in the first quarter of last year. The increase in recurring revenue percentage is a direct reflection of the increasing contribution of Cloud revenue to total revenue.

GAAP revenue breakdown by product is included below:

  Q1 2023 vs Q1 2022
(in thousands) Q1 2023
  Q1 2022
  % Increase/
  % of Total
Cloud $41,078   $41,501   (1.0)%   71.2%
NetworkX (formerly Digital) 7,145   12,164   (41.3)%   12.4%
Messaging 9,485   12,201   (22.3)%   16.4%
Total $57,708   $65,866       100.0%

First Quarter 2023 Financial Results:
Results compare 2023 fiscal first quarter end (March 31, 2023) to 2022 fiscal first quarter end (March 31, 2022) unless otherwise indicated.

  • Total revenue decreased 12.4% to $57.7 million from $65.9 million in the prior year period. The decline in revenue was a result of expected impact from the sale and product sunsetting of the non-strategic DXP and Activation assets in 2022 ($3.8 million in the prior year), the expected deferred revenue run-off in the current quarter (an additional $3.8 million in the prior year), and temporary slowdowns in purchasing activity.
  • Gross profit decreased 10.3% to $30.1 million (52.1% of total revenue) from $33.5 million (50.9% of total revenue) in the prior year period. Gross margins increased as a result of continued expense management, which lowered cost of revenues, research and development, and depreciation and amortization costs. The decrease in gross profit was primarily a result of the previously mentioned changes in deferred revenue, a legacy Cloud product sunsetting, and the sale of the Company’s DXP and Activation assets previously noted.
  • (Loss) income from operations was $(3.6) million compared to a loss of $(1.4) million in 2022. The increase in operating loss was a result of the changes in revenue, slightly offset by greater efficiency of R&D resources and other cost-saving initiatives.
  • Net loss was $13.4 million, or $(0.15) per share, compared to net loss of $5.6 million, or $(0.07) per share, in the prior year period. The increase in net loss was primarily attributable to the aforementioned changes in revenue.
  • Adjusted EBITDA (a non-GAAP metric reconciled below) decreased 28% to $8.4 million (14.5% of total revenue) from $11.6 million (17.6% of total revenue) in the prior year period. The decrease in adjusted EBITDA margin was primarily attributable to the change in revenues as previously outlined, partially offset by expense management.
  • Cash and cash equivalents were $15.6 million at March 31, 2023, compared to $21.9 million at December 31, 2022 and $21.7 million at March 31, 2022. Free cash flow was ($4.2) million and adjusted free cash flow was $(0.1) million. The Company did not receive additional tax refunds during the period, leaving its remaining balance due at approximately $28 million, which is expected to be paid out in the coming quarters. Management does not anticipate needing to raise additional capital for the foreseeable future. Additionally, the Company’s existing accounts receivable securitization agreement remained available at the end of the quarter with an undrawn balance.

Financial Commentary
CFO Lou Ferraro added: “Our focus on the core Cloud business and ongoing commitment to cost management resulted in solid progress toward achieving our cash flow targets for 2023. Strategic actions we took over the past year such as transitioning from directly operating datacenters led to a nearly $6 million decrease in total costs and expenses during the first quarter. We expect these cost efficiencies to continue benefiting our bottom-line results throughout 2023 and beyond. In the first quarter we achieved free cash flow of $(4.2) million and adjusted free cash flow of $(0.1) million, which were increases of $3.9 million and $6.0 million, respectively, from the prior year period.

“We also met our revenue expectations for the first quarter, despite moderate impacts from ongoing macroeconomic conditions that are slowing the pace of customer decision making. The Company expects to be cash flow positive in Q2. In the second half of 2023, we are forecasting improved profitability as well as a return to GAAP revenue growth.”

Second Quarter and 2023 Financial Outlook
Compared to the first quarter of 2023, management expects second quarter revenue and adjusted EBITDA to moderately improve. Based on the continued strong performance within the Company’s core Cloud business as well as improvements in operational expense management, Synchronoss is reiterating its expectation to be cash flow positive, on an unadjusted basis, for 2023. The current expectation is to generate cash flow in the single-digit millions for the full year. Additionally, after factoring in anticipated revenue growth and the expiry of certain existing payment obligations as well as other general costs, management expects cash flow generation to significantly improve in 2024.

The Company also expects Cloud subscriber growth to continue at a double-digit rate on a year-over-year basis in 2023.

For the fiscal year ending December 31, 2023, the Company expects GAAP revenue to range between $242.0 million and $255.0 million. The comparable 2022 pro forma GAAP revenue is $240.4 million after adjusting for the deferred revenue run-off and $4.8 million in revenue recognized prior to the sale of the Company’s DXP and Activation assets. The net contribution to GAAP revenue from non-cash deferred revenue is expected to be $7.4 million less in 2023 than it was in 2022, most of which is related to the first half of the year. As a result of these factors, revenue in the second quarter of 2023 is expected to decline moderately year over year on a GAAP basis. The Company expects to return to total revenue growth on a GAAP basis for the second half of the year and in 2024.

The Company expects adjusted EBITDA to range between $44.0 million and $55.0 million in 2023.

A reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP results has been provided in the financial statement tables included in this press release. An explanation of these measures is included below under the heading “Non-GAAP Financial Measures.” With respect to forward looking statements related to adjusted EBITDA, the Company has relied upon the exception in item 10(e)(1)(i)(B) of Regulation S-K and has not provided a quantitative reconciliation of forecasted adjusted EBITDA to forecasted GAAP net income (loss) attributable to Synchronoss or to forecasted GAAP income (loss) from operations, before taxes, within this earnings release because the Company is unable, without making unreasonable efforts, to calculate certain reconciling items with confidence. These items include, but are not limited to, other income, other expense, (provision) benefit for income taxes, depreciation and amortization expense, stock-based compensation expense, restructuring charges, gain (loss) on divestitures, net (loss) income attributable to redeemable noncontrolling interests.

Conference Call
Synchronoss will hold a conference call today, May 9, 2023, at 4:30 p.m. Eastern time (1:30 p.m. Pacific time) to discuss these results.

Synchronoss management will host the call, followed by a question-and-answer period.

Registration Link: Click here to register.

Please register online at least 10 minutes prior to the start time. Upon registration, the webcast platform will provide dial-in numbers and a unique access code. If you have any difficulty with registration or connecting to the conference call, please contact Gateway Investor Relations at 949-574-3860.

The conference call will be broadcast live and available for replay here and via the Investor Relations section of Synchronoss’ website.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures
Synchronoss has provided in this release selected financial information that has not been prepared in accordance with GAAP although this non-GAAP financial information is derived from numbers that have been prepared in accordance with GAAP. This information includes historical non-GAAP revenues, adjusted gross profit, adjusted gross margin, adjusted EBITDA, effective tax rate, non-GAAP net income (loss) attributable to Synchronoss, diluted non-GAAP net income (loss) per share, free cash flow, invoiced cloud revenue and adjusted free cash flow (which excludes cash payments and receipts related to non-core business activities). The Company believes that the exclusion of non-routine cash-settled expenses, such as Litigation and Remediation costs (net) and Restructuring costs in the calculation of adjusted free cash flow which do not correlate to the operation of its business, provide for more useful period-to-period comparisons of the Company’s results. Synchronoss uses these non-GAAP financial measures internally in analyzing its financial results and believes they are useful to investors, as a supplement to GAAP measures, in evaluating Synchronoss’ ongoing operational performance. Synchronoss believes that the use of these non-GAAP financial measures provides an additional tool for investors to use in evaluating ongoing operating results and trends, and in comparing its financial results with other companies in Synchronoss’ industry, many of which present similar non-GAAP financial measures to investors. As noted, the non-GAAP financial results discussed above add back fair value stock-based compensation expense, acquisition-related costs, restructuring, transition and cease-use lease expense, litigation, remediation and refiling costs and depreciation and amortization, interest income, interest expense, loss (gain) on divestitures, other (income) expense, provision (benefit) for income taxes, and net loss (income) attributable to noncontrolling interests, and preferred dividends.

Non-GAAP financial measures should not be considered in isolation from, or as a substitute for, financial information prepared in accordance with GAAP. Investors are encouraged to review the reconciliation of these non-GAAP measures to their most directly comparable GAAP financial measures as detailed above. Investors are encouraged to also review the Balance Sheet, Statement of Operations, and Statement of Cash Flow. As previously mentioned, a reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP results has been provided in the financial statement tables included in this press release.

Forward-Looking Statements
This press release includes statements concerning Synchronoss and its future expectations, plans and prospects that constitute “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. For this purpose, any statements contained herein that are not statements of historical fact may be deemed to be forward-looking statements. Without limiting the foregoing, the words “may,” “should,” “expects,” “plans,” “anticipates,” “could,” “intends,” “believes,” “potential” or “continue” or other similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Synchronoss has based these forward-looking statements largely on its current expectations and projections about future events and financial trends that it believes may affect its business, financial condition and results of operations. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this press release and are subject to a number of risks, uncertainties and assumptions including, without limitation, risks relating to the Company’s ability to sustain or increase revenue from its larger customers and generate revenue from new customers, the Company’s expectations regarding expenses and revenue, the sufficiency of the Company’s cash resources, the impact of legal proceedings involving the Company, including the investigations by the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Department of Justice described in the Company’s most recent SEC filings, and other risks and factors that are described in the “Risk Factors” and “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” sections of the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2022, which is on file with the SEC and available on the SEC’s website at The company does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statements contained in this press release as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

About Synchronoss
Synchronoss Technologies (Nasdaq: SNCR) builds software that empowers companies around the world to connect with their subscribers in trusted and meaningful ways. The company’s collection of products helps streamline networks, simplify onboarding, and engage subscribers to unleash new revenue streams, reduce costs and increase speed to market. Hundreds of millions of subscribers trust Synchronoss products to stay in sync with the people, services, and content they love. Learn more at

Media Relations Contact:
Domenick Cilea
[email protected]

Investor Relations Contact:
Matt Glover and Tom Colton
Gateway Group, Inc.
[email protected]

-Financial Tables to Follow-

(Unaudited) (In thousands)
  March 31, 2023   December 31, 2022
Cash and cash equivalents $ 15,560   $ 21,921
Accounts receivable, net   48,035     47,024
Operating lease right-of-use assets   20,033     20,863
Goodwill   212,170     210,889
Other assets   95,531     97,375
Total assets $ 391,329   $ 398,072
Accounts payable and accrued expenses $ 68,103   $ 66,324
Deferred revenues   15,660     14,183
Debt, non-current   134,977     134,584
Operating lease liabilities, non-current   28,374     29,637
Other liabilities   2,792     4,399
Preferred stock   68,348     68,348
Redeemable noncontrolling interest   12,500     12,500
Stockholders’ equity   60,575     68,097
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity $ 391,329   $ 398,072
(Unaudited) (In thousands, except per share data)
  Three Months Ended March 31,
  2023   2022
Net revenues $ 57,708     $ 65,866  
Costs and expenses:      
Cost of revenues1   20,381       24,839  
Research and development   14,735       15,791  
Selling, general and administrative   18,309       17,897  
Restructuring charges   345       685  
Depreciation and amortization   7,520       8,034  
Total costs and expenses   61,290       67,246  
Loss from operations   (3,582 )     (1,380 )
Interest income   95       92  
Interest expense   (3,454 )     (3,325 )
Other (expense) income, net   (2,931 )     1,704  
Loss from operations, before taxes   (9,872 )     (2,909 )
Provision for income taxes   (1,059 )     (128 )
Net loss   (10,931 )     (3,037 )
Net income (loss) attributable to redeemable noncontrolling interests   14       (115 )
Preferred stock dividend   (2,474 )     (2,438 )
Net loss attributable to Synchronoss $ (13,391 )   $ (5,590 )
Earnings (loss) per share:      
Basic $ (0.15 )   $ (0.07 )
Diluted $ (0.15 )   $ (0.07 )
Weighted-average common shares outstanding:      
Basic   86,501       85,866  
Diluted   86,501       85,866  

1   Cost of revenues excludes depreciation and amortization which are shown separately.

(Unaudited) (In thousands)
  Three Months Ended March 31,
  2023   2022
Net loss from continuing operations $ (10,931 )   $ (3,037 )
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash provided by operating activities:      
Non-cash items   9,673       10,750  
Changes in operating assets and liabilities   2,553       (10,406 )
Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities   1,295       (2,693 )
Investing activities:      
Purchases of fixed assets   (876 )     (154 )
Purchases of intangible assets and capitalized software   (4,594 )     (5,245 )
Net cash used in investing activities   (5,470 )     (5,399 )
Net cash used in financing activities   (2,299 )     (1,781 )
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash   113       96  
Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents   (6,361 )     (9,777 )
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period   21,921       31,504  
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period $ 15,560     $ 21,727  
(Unaudited) (In thousands, except per share data)
  Three Months Ended March 31,
  2023   2022
Non-GAAP financial measures and reconciliation:      
GAAP Revenue $ 57,708     $ 65,866  
Less: Cost of revenues   20,381       24,839  
Less: Restructuring1   92       342  
Less: Depreciation and Amortization2   7,163       7,161  
Gross Profit   30,072       33,524  
Add / (Less):      
Stock-based compensation expense   224       221  
Restructuring, transition and cease-use lease expense   183       1,165  
Depreciation and Amortization2   7,163       7,161  
Adjusted Gross Profit $ 37,642     $ 42,071  
Adjusted Gross Margin   65.2 %     63.9 %

1   Amounts reflected in cost of revenues.
2   Depreciation and Amortization contains a reasonable allocation for expenses associated with cost of revenues.

(Unaudited) (In thousands, except per share data)
  Three Months Ended March 31,
  2023   2022
GAAP Net loss attributable to Synchronoss $ (13,391 )   $ (5,590 )
Add / (Less):      
Stock-based compensation expense   1,739       1,927  
Restructuring, transition and cease-use lease expense   719       2,011  
Amortization expense1   1,997       2,543  
Litigation, remediation and refiling costs, net   1,959       977  
Non-GAAP Net (loss) income attributable to Synchronoss $ (6,977 )   $ 1,868  
Diluted Non-GAAP Net (loss) income per share $ (0.08 )   $ 0.02  
Weighted shares outstanding – Dilutive   86,501       85,866  

1   Amortization from acquired intangible assets.

(Unaudited) (In thousands)
  Three Months Ended
  Mar 31,
  Dec 31,
  Sep 30,
  Jun 30,
  Mar 31,
Net (loss) income attributable to Synchronoss $ (13,391 )   $ (15,927 )   $ (1,278 )   $ 5,327     $ (5,590 )
Add / (Less):                  
Stock-based compensation expense   1,739       769       1,801       964       1,927  
Restructuring, transition and cease-use lease expense   719       324       557       1,381       2,011  
Change in contingent consideration         3,638                    
Litigation, remediation and refiling costs, net   1,959       1,892       88       (1,292 )     977  
Depreciation and amortization   7,520       7,734       7,726       8,259       8,034  
Interest income   (95 )     (235 )     (20 )     (118 )     (92 )
Interest expense   3,454       3,509       3,463       3,343       3,325  
Loss (gain) on sale of DXP Business               73       (2,622 )      
Other expense (income), net   2,931       6,759       (4,437 )     (4,065 )     (1,704 )
Provision (benefit) for income taxes   1,059       181       1,115       435       128  
Net (income) loss attributable to noncontrolling interests   (14 )     (56 )     66       75       115  
Preferred dividend   2,474       2,297       2,298       2,519       2,438  
Adjusted EBITDA (non-GAAP) $ 8,355     $ 10,885     $ 11,452     $ 14,206     $ 11,569  
  Three Months Ended March 31,
  2023   2022
Net Cash provided by (used in) operating activities $ 1,295     $ (2,693 )
Add / (Less):      
Capitalized software   (4,594 )     (5,245 )
Property and equipment   (876 )     (154 )
Free Cashflow   (4,175 )     (8,092 )
Add: Litigation and remediation costs, net   2,826       (797 )
Add: Restructuring   1,203       2,791  
Adjusted Free Cashflow $ (146 )   $ (6,098 )
(Unaudited) (In thousands)
  Three Months Ended March 31,
  2023   2022
GAAP Cloud Revenue $ 41,078     $ 41,501  
Increase / (Decrease) Change in Deferred Revenue   (899 )     (3,647 )
(Increase) / Decrease: Change in Unbilled Receivables & Contract Assets   114       (1,825 )
Invoiced Cloud Revenue $ 40,293     $ 36,029  

Invoiced Cloud Revenue is defined as GAAP revenue for Cloud disaggregated revenue stream, plus the period change in deferred revenue balance related to the Cloud revenue stream, less the period change in Unbilled Receivables and Contract Assets balance related to the Cloud revenue stream.


GlobeNewswire is one of the world's largest newswire distribution networks, specializing in the delivery of corporate press releases financial disclosures and multimedia content to the media, investment community, individual investors and the general public.

Artificial Intelligence

More than $9 Million Awarded to High School Scientists and Engineers at the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair 2024




Grace Sun, 16, receives $75,000 Top Award for a new kind of organic electrochemical transistor at the world’s largest pre-college science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) competition.
TARRYTOWN, N.Y. and WASHINGTON, May 17, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: REGN) and Society for Science (the Society) announced that Grace Sun, 16, of Lexington, Kentucky, won the $75,000 top award, the George D. Yancopoulos Innovator Award, named in honor of the pioneering drug researcher and Regeneron co-Founder, Board co-Chair, President and Chief Scientific Officer, in the 2024 Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair (Regeneron ISEF), the world’s largest pre-college science and engineering competition. Other top prizes went to projects in second-order cone programming, microplastics filtration and multi-sensory therapy for dementia.

The top winners were honored during two award ceremonies: the Special Awards on May 16 and the Grand Awards Ceremony on the morning of May 17. In total, over $9 million USD was awarded to the finalists based on their projects’ creativity, innovation and depth of scientific inquiry. The competition featured nearly 2,000 young scientists representing 49 U.S. states and nearly 70 countries, regions and territories across the world.
Grace Sun, 16, of Lexington, Kentucky, won first place and received the $75,000 George D. Yancopoulos Innovator Award for her research on building a better organic electrochemical transistor that she hopes will be used to develop new electronic devices that could help detect and treat serious illnesses like diabetes, epilepsy and organ failure. To overcome the problems that have previously prevented such devices from working effectively inside the body, Grace developed a new way of chemically treating their organic components, which greatly improved their laboratory performance.
Michelle Wei, 17, of San Jose, California, received one of two Regeneron Young Scientist Awards of $50,000 for her research to improve the speed and efficiency of a type of software that is useful in many fields such as machine learning, transportation and financial systems. Michelle’s new approach involved determining a quick approximate solution to the second-order cone programming problem, then splitting the initial cone into smaller cones, which enabled her new algorithm to greatly outperform previous approaches.
Krish Pai, 17, of Del Mar, California, received the second Regeneron Young Scientist Award of $50,000 for his machine-learning research to identify microbial genetic sequences that can be modified to biodegrade plastic. His new software, called Microby, scans databases of microorganisms and determines which ones can be changed genetically to biodegrade plastics. In tests, he identified two microorganisms that can be genetically modified to degrade plastic at a cost he believes would be ten times less than traditional recycling.
 “Congratulations to the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair 2024 winners,” said Maya Ajmera, President and CEO, Society for Science and Executive Publisher, Science News. “I’m truly inspired by the ingenuity and determination shown by these remarkable students. Coming from around the world with diverse backgrounds and academic disciplines, these students have shown that it is possible to come together in unity to tackle some of the toughest challenges facing our world today, and I could not be prouder.”
Regeneron ISEF provides a global stage for the world’s best and brightest young scientists and engineers. Through this competition, Regeneron and the Society are fostering the next generation of STEM leaders who are pioneering solutions to improve our world. Since 2020, Regeneron has provided STEM experiences to approximately 2.4 million students, on track to meet its goal of 2.5 million by 2025.
“The talent, intelligence and potential of this year’s Regeneron ISEF finalists is truly inspiring, and I congratulate each on their remarkable achievements,” said George D. Yancopoulos, M.D., Ph.D., co-Founder, Board co-Chair, President and Chief Scientific Officer of Regeneron. “Science competitions like ISEF were pivotal in shaping my own career and fueling my passion to fight back against disease. I look forward to seeing these students continue to push the boundaries of science and technology to create positive and sustainable change for all humanity.”
Other top honors from the competition include:
Justin Huang and Victoria Ou, both 17, of Woodlands, Texas, received the Gordon E. Moore Award for Positive Outcomes for Future Generations of $50,000 for their new prototype filtration system that uses ultrasonic waves to remove microscopic plastic particles from water. In lab tests, the acoustic force from the high-frequency sound waves removed between 84% and 94% of the suspended microplastic particles in a single pass. The students are now working to scale up and fine-tune their experimental system.
Ingrid Wai Hin Chan, 17, of Hong Kong, China received the Craig R. Barrett Award for Innovation of $10,000 for her research on using a multi-sensory therapy for dementia patients. Her mixed therapy app would allow patients to practice physical and cognitive skills through a personalized, immersive environment using virtual reality headsets. Ingrid conducted an eight-week study with six people living with dementia and found that the cognitive function of patients who used her prototype improved in several areas. She believes her app could serve as a viable option for dementia patients with limited access to in-person professional therapy.
Tanishka Balaji Aglave, 15, of Valrico, Florida, received the H. Robert Horvitz Prize for Fundamental Research of $10,000 for her investigation into a natural alternative treatment against citrus greening, a disease that threatens citrus farming in many parts of the world and is currently only treated with antibiotics. Tanishka injected the trunks of infected trees with an extract from the curry leaf tree, and found through tests that this potential method could effectively and sustainably manage citrus greening disease.
Maddux Alexander Springer, 18, of Honolulu, Hawaii, received the Peggy Scripps Award for Science Communication of $10,000 for his research into fibropapillomatosis (FP), a disease that is the primary cause of death in green sea turtles. Some turtles he studied in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, were stricken with a disease that causes internal and external tumors that inhibit their everyday lives. After analyzing the turtles’ diet of green algae, Maddux concluded that this disease, wastewater, invasive algae and the amino acid arginine all pose a grave risk to these endangered sea creatures.
Ria Kamat, 17, of Hackensack, New Jersey; Anna Oliva, 17, of Houston, TX; and Shuhan Luo, 18, of Worcester, MA, received the Dudley R. Herschbach SIYSS Award, which provides finalists an all-expense paid trip to attend the Stockholm International Youth Science Seminar during Nobel Week in Stockholm, Sweden.
Jack Shannon, 18, of Clane, Kildare, Ireland, and Nikhil Vemuri, 17, of Cary, North Carolina, received the EU Contest for Young Scientists Award. Their projects will represent Regeneron ISEF at the EU Contest for Young Scientists to be held this September in Katowice, Poland.
For more information about the top winners and access to visual assets visit:
The full list of Special Award ISEF 2024 Finalists can be found at
In addition to the Top Award winners, more than 450 finalists received awards and prizes for their innovative research, including “First Award” winners, who each received a $5,000 prize.
The following lists the First Award winners for each of the 22 categories, from which the Top Awards were chosen:
Animal Sciences, sponsored by Society for ScienceMaddux Alexander Springer, Honolulu, Hawaii
Behavioral and Social Sciences, sponsored by Society for ScienceAndrew Y. Liang, San Jose, California
Biochemistry, sponsored by RegeneronAmy Hong Xiao, Garden City, New York
Biomedical and Health Sciences, sponsored by RegeneronRia Kamat, Hackensack, New Jersey; Kevin Xuan Lei, Shanghai, China
Biomedical Engineering, sponsored by Alfred E. Mann CharitiesAyush Garg, Dublin, California; Divij Motwani, Palo Alto, California; Akash Ashish Pai, Portland, Oregon
Cellular and Molecular Biology, sponsored by RegeneronLara and Maya Sarah Hammoud, Beverly Hills, Michigan
Chemistry, sponsored by Society for ScienceAkilan Sankaran, Albuquerque, New Mexico; Arjun Suresh Malpani and Siddharth Daniel D’costa, Portland, Oregon
Computational Biology and Bioinformatics, sponsored by RegeneronKun-Hyung Roh, Bronx, New York
Earth and Environmental Sciences, sponsored by Google.orgNikhil Vemuri, Durham, North Carolina; Justin Yizhou Huang and Victoria Ou, The Woodlands, Texas
Embedded Systems, sponsored by HPChloe Rae and Sophie Rose Filion, Welland, Ontario, Canada
Energy: Sustainable Materials and Design, sponsored by Siemens EnergyAlia Wahban, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Engineering Technology: Statics and Dynamics, sponsored by Howmet Aerospace FoundationChiyo Nakatsuji, Bunkyoku, Tokyo, Japan; Kevin Shen, Olympia, Washington
Environmental Engineering, sponsored by JacobsKrish Pai, San Diego, California; Jack Shannon, Clane, Kildare, Ireland
Materials Science, sponsored by Howmet Aerospace FoundationGrace Sun, Lexington, Kentucky
Mathematics, sponsored by Akamai FoundationAnna Oliva, Houston, Texas
Microbiology, sponsored by Schattner FoundationMatthew Chang, Irvine, California
Physics and Astronomy, sponsored by Richard F. Caris Charitable Trust IIHarini Thiagarajan and Vishal Ranganath Yalla, Bothell, Washington; Shuhan Luo, Worcester, Massachusetts
Plant Sciences, sponsored by Society for SciencePauline Estrada, Fresno, California; Tanishka Balaji Aglave, Dover, Florida
Robotics and Intelligent Machines, sponsored by RegeneronMichal Lajciak, Dubnica nad Vahom, Trenciansky kraj, Slovakia; Anthony Efthimiadis, Oakville, Ontario, Canada
Systems Software, sponsored by MicrosoftMichelle Wei, San Jose, California
Technology Enhances the Arts, sponsored by Society for ScienceAnant Khandelwal, Sritan Motati and Siddhant Sood, Alexandria, Virginia
Translational Medical Science, sponsored by RegeneronZheng-Chi Lee, West Lafayette, Indiana; Ingrid Wai Hin Chan, Hong Kong, China
The full list of all award-winning ISEF 2024 finalists is available here:
View all the finalists’ research here:
About the Regeneron International Science and Engineering FairThe Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair (Regeneron ISEF), a program of Society for Science for over 70 years, is the world’s largest global science competition for high school students. Through a global network of local, regional and national science fairs, millions of students are encouraged to explore their passion for scientific inquiry. Each spring, a group of these students is selected as finalists and offered the opportunity to compete for approximately U.S. $9 million in awards and scholarships.
In 2019, Regeneron became the title sponsor of ISEF to help reward and celebrate the best and brightest young minds globally and encourage them to pursue careers in STEM to positively impact the world. Regeneron ISEF is supported by a community of additional sponsors, including Akamai Foundation, Alfred E. Mann Charities, Aramco, Caltech,, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Howmet Aerospace Foundation, HP, , Jacobs, King Abdulaziz & his Companions Foundation for Giftedness and Creativity, Microsoft, National Geographic Society, Richard F. Caris Charitable Trust II, Rise, an initiative of Schmidt Futures and the Rhodes Trust, Schattner Foundation, Siemens Energy, Annenburg Foundation, Ballmer Group, Broadcom Foundation, Cesco Linguistic Services, Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, Edison International, Insaco, Oracle Academy, The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation and US Army ROTC. Many are entrepreneurs across a wide range of industries. Learn more at
About Society for ScienceSociety for Science is a champion for science, dedicated to promoting the understanding and appreciation of science and the vital role it plays in human advancement. Established in 1921, Society for Science is best known for its award-winning journalism through Science News and Science News Explores, its world-class science research competitions for students, including the Regeneron Science Talent Search, the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair and the Thermo Fisher Scientific Junior Innovators Challenge, and its outreach and equity programming that seeks to ensure that all students have an opportunity to pursue a career in STEM. A 501(c)(3) membership organization, Society for Science is committed to inform, educate and inspire. Learn more at and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat (Society4Science).
About RegeneronRegeneron (NASDAQ: REGN) is a leading biotechnology company that invents, develops and commercializes life-transforming medicines for people with serious diseases. Founded and led by physician-scientists, our unique ability to repeatedly and consistently translate science into medicine has led to numerous approved treatments and product candidates in development, most of which were homegrown in our laboratories. Our medicines and pipeline are designed to help patients with eye diseases, allergic and inflammatory diseases, cancer, cardiovascular and metabolic diseases, neurological diseases, hematologic conditions, infectious diseases and rare diseases. 
Regeneron believes that operating as a good corporate citizen is crucial to delivering on our mission. We approach corporate responsibility with three goals in mind: to improve the lives of people with serious diseases, to foster a culture of integrity and excellence and to build sustainable communities. Regeneron is proud to be included on the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index and the Civic 50 list of the most “community-minded” companies in the U.S. Throughout the year, Regeneron empowers and supports employees to give back through our volunteering, pro bono and matching gift programs. Our most significant philanthropic commitments are in the area of early science education, including the Regeneron Science Talent Search and the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF).
For more information, please visit or follow Regeneron on LinkedIn, Instagram, Facebook or X.
More information about the top winners and access to visual assets visit:
Media ContactsJoseph Brown, [email protected]
Gayle Kansagor, Society for [email protected]
Photo – 
Logo – 

View original content:

Continue Reading

Artificial Intelligence

J.P. Morgan Life Sciences Private Capital, Blue Horizon Advisors and United Al Saqer Announce Winner of Inaugural 2024 Life Sciences Innovation Summit




In conjunction with Abu Dhabi Global Healthcare Week 2024
ABU DHABI, UAE, May 17, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — J.P. Morgan Life Sciences Private Capital, Blue Horizon Advisors and United Al Saqer Group announced today Rayees Rahman of Harmonic Discovery as the winner of the inaugural J.P. Morgan Asset Management: Life Sciences Innovation Summit. Harmonic Discovery is a precision pharmacology company applying its generative chemistry platform to advance next-generation kinase inhibitors.

In partnership with the Department of Health – Abu Dhabi (DoH), the Summit took place on May 14-15, 2024 at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi and showcased the 11 innovative finalists, as well as highlighted existing innovators and opportunities in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. The event also featured keynote speeches from Dr. Laurie Glimcher of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Dr. Shahrukh Hashmi of the Department of Health – Abu Dhabi, and Dr. David Ho of Columbia University Medical Center and provided attendees networking opportunities to gain valuable insights into the future of life sciences innovation. 
In addition, the jury designated Chun-Hao Huang of Algen Biotechnologies as honourable mention. Algen Biotechnologies is a platform therapeutics and drug discovery company using world-leading CRISPR and AI to find treatments for cancer, inflammation and metabolic diseases.
The winners were selected by an esteemed, international panel of judges, which included:Laurie Glimcher, MD, President and CEO at Dana-Farber Cancer InstituteJorge Guzman, MD, CEO at Cleveland Clinic Abu DhabiProf. Shahrukh Khurshid Hashmi, MD, Director of Research, Department of Health, Abu DhabiYasmine Hayek Kobeissi, PhD, CQF, BSc., Executive Director at Blue Horizon AdvisorsAnya Schiess, Managing Partner at J.P. Morgan Life Sciences Private CapitalWalid Zaher, PhD, Co-Founder and CEO, Carexso
Dr. Asma Al Mannaei, Executive Director of the Research and Innovation Centre at the Department of Health – Abu Dhabi said: “Under the directives of the UAE’s wise leadership, and renowned for its world-leading medical infrastructure, Abu Dhabi stands at the forefront of healthcare excellence, offering an unparalleled opportunity for advancement in healthcare for global partners. It was our utmost pleasure hosting the J.P. Morgan Asset Management Life Sciences Innovation Summit 2024 on the sidelines of Abu Dhabi Global Healthcare Week and we commend the winners for their pioneering efforts in driving impactful advancements in healthcare; their dedication to innovation not only transforms the landscape of medicine, but also holds the promise of improving lives worldwide.” 
Stephen Squinto, PhD, Chief Investment Officer, J.P. Morgan Life Sciences Private Capital said: “We are thrilled with the level of biotech passion and innovation that we observed at this year’s Summit in Abu Dhabi. The energy was truly palpable we are thrilled to announce Rayees Rahman as the winner of our first Life Sciences Innovation Summit. Harmonic Discovery’s approach embodies the next generation of drug discovery and development. We appreciate the time and effort of all participants and cannot wait for our next event in the region.”
Nabil Kobeissi, Chief Executive Officer of Blue Horizon Advisors, said: “As the main sponsor, we are committed to nurturing and fostering the growth of all 11 finalists in this vibrant biotech ecosystem. This Summit marks the beginning of a transformative journey, and we are confident that it will pave the way for a flourishing hub in the region. We are also pleased to announce that we will commit to invest in and partner with the winner, Harmonic Discovery, to support its future growth in the region.”
Sponsors for the event included J.P. Morgan Life Sciences Private Capital, J.P. Morgan Commercial Bank, Blue Horizon Advisors, United Al Saqer Group, Thermo Fisher Scientific, and Salam Capital. The Summit organisation, logistics and finalist recruitment were facilitated by Lyfebulb.
Of importance, at the Summit, Mr. Mohamed Al Breiki, Executive Director of Sustainable Development at Masdar City, announced that Masdar City Free Zone would award all 11 Finalists complimentary business licenses to further support their establishment in the region. Masdar City is one of the world’s most sustainable urban developments and innovation hubs with a growing focus on life science entrepreneurship in Abu Dhabi.

View original content:

Continue Reading

Artificial Intelligence

Congregating in the Lion City for a Win-Win Future of Intelligent Computing at the Global Data Center Facility Summit 2024




SINGAPORE, May 17, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — On May 17, 2024, the Global Data Center Facility Summit 2024 was held in Singapore with the theme of “Power the Digital Era Forward.” At the summit, over 600 data center industry leaders, technical experts, and ecosystem partners gathered to discuss new trends and opportunities of the global data center industry in the intelligent computing era. The attendees also got to experience all-scenario, all-ecosystem, and all-service end-to-end (E2E) solutions, share innovative practices of green data centers in the Asia Pacific and Europe, and experience the exhibition vehicle to unveil the mystery of Outdoor PowerPOD that features one power system per container. By fully embracing the intelligent computing era, Huawei strives to power the digital era forward.

Seizing Opportunities Brought by AI and Jointly Building Green & Reliable Computing Infrastructure
At the opening speech, Charles Yang, Senior Vice President of Huawei and President of Marketing, Sales and Services, Huawei Digital Power, noted that since ChatGPT ushered in the AI era, large models keep pushing the limits of computing power and the intelligent computing industry is witnessing an unprecedented construction boom. As predicted, 100 GW will be added to the global data center installed capacity and the market value will exceed US$600 billion in the next five years.
According to Charles, with opportunities come challenges. The primary challenge concerning the data center industry is reliability and electricity. Data centers are scaling up from the MW-level to the GW-level. E2E reliability of data centers is becoming even more important than ever. In response to the opportunities, Huawei will work with customers and partners to expand the industry space.
Steering Data Centers to the AI Era with Product + Service + Ecosystem
During the summit, Sun Xiaofeng, President of Huawei Data Center Facility & Critical Power Business, delivered a speech titled “Power the Digital Era Forward. ” He stated that as AI large models are penetrating, the surging compute demands drive the expansive growth in data center.
To address the challenges, Huawei strives to build product + service + ecosystem E2E data center solutions that feature fast deployment, flexible cooling, green energy, and ultimate reliability.
Fast deployment: Data centers are fully modularized and prefabricated to ensure high quality and efficient construction.Flexible cooling: Air-liquid fusion and integrated cooling source emerges as the optimal cooling architecture for intelligent computing.Green energy: New generation-grid-load-storage integrated solution is built to ensure the sound operations of intelligent computing centers.Ultimate reliability: Data centers are safeguarded through reliable products and preventive protection.Currently, Huawei’s global service network covers more than 170 countries with over 1800 professional engineers, providing 24/7 technical support. With N+ flagship service centers, Huawei has built a one-hour service radius for its customers.
The ecosystem is a key part for a win-win future of intelligent computing. Huawei works with partners to develop comprehensive E2E solutions and provide customers with one-stop data center services.
During the summit, Huawei and the ASEAN Centre for Energy released a white paper on “Building Next Generation Data Center Facility in ASEAN.” The document provides insights into the status quo, challenges, and trends of data centers in the ASEAN region, and emphasizes that efficient and energy-saving products and solutions should be applied. It also proposes future-oriented policy recommendations for data center markets.
In the ecosystem exhibition area, Huawei showcased scenario-based solutions for large-, medium-, and small-sized data centers, and demonstrated data center consulting, design, integrated development, and delivery capabilities with dozens of ecosystem partners including CIMC, Weichai, CSCEC, and Huashi.
On a special note, the Huawei Outdoor PowerPOD exhibition vehicle made its global debut. The Huawei Outdoor PowerPOD features one power system per container, outdoor deployment, plug-and-play, and high protection rating and reliability. It has become the preferred choice for decoupling the power supply architecture.
A single tree cannot make a forest.
AI is presenting great opportunities. By delving into the industry, aggregating partner ecosystems, and making innovations applicable to transformations, Huawei will continue to help customers build reliable computing infrastructure, accelerating the industry to embrace AI and powering the digital era forward.
Photo –

View original content:

Continue Reading