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DNS Abuse Institute announces renaming to coincide with an expansion of its offerings in an effort to eliminate DNS Abuse online
RESTON, Va., May 6, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — The DNS Abuse Institute, dedicated to combating online technical abuse and fostering a safer digital environment, announced Monday its transformation into the NetBeacon Institute. This renaming reflects the Institute’s continued vision and commitment to provide innovative solutions in the fight against DNS Abuse which includes malware, botnets, and phishing.

Technical abuse online is a complex, global problem with cyber attacks continuing to become more advanced. As hackers target developing sections of the world and run threats where users are most vulnerable, it is imperative that the domain industry has the capabilities to keep users safe. With a comprehensive suite of programs, the NetBeacon Institute aims to provide all registries and registrars with access to free innovative solutions, education opportunities and collaboration with key industry and cybersecurity stakeholders.
“We have always strived to provide more resources for organizations and make space for entities to come together to address DNS Abuse. With a central Institute providing free, specific data about DNS Abuse like malware and phishing, domain registrars and registries are better prepared to mitigate threats,” said Graeme Bunton, Executive Director of the NetBeacon Institute. “Through this renaming and expansion effort, we hope to make safety resources more accessible to a wider audience in order to grow our work and partnerships and continue to make the web a safer place.”
The Institute’s flagship programs will be renamed as part of this transition to better reflect their mission and scope.
Introducing NetBeacon Measurement and Analytics Platform (MAP) Initially launched in September of 2022 as DNSAI: Compass, NetBeacon MAP is the Institute’s initiative to measure phishing and malware. As NetBeacon MAP expands its public reporting and improves the user experience of its free MAP products, it will continue to be guided by its priorities of transparency, credibility, independence, accuracy and reliability. The most recent offerings were developed following hundreds of one-to-one meetings and collaborative discussions with registries and registrars:
Specific Reporting: The NetBeacon MAP: Monthly Analysis report identifies registrars and Top Level Domains with the highest and lowest levels of malicious abuse concentrations in their zones.Dashboards for registries and registrars: NetBeacon MAP: Dashboards provide an academically rigorous free benchmarking metric to compare over time and between industry peers. The dashboards display how much phishing and malware is concentrated in the zones the registries and registrars manage, how much was mitigated, and how quickly. They also provide details on whether the domain was maliciously registered, or related to an issue of a compromised website—an essential piece of information to inform whether mitigation action at the DNS level is appropriate. Combatting DNS Abuse requires many stakeholders. NetBeacon MAP: Dashboards help operators optimize efforts to communicate progress and improve collaboration internally and externally to better combat threats.Introducing NetBeacon ReporterInitially launched in June 2022, NetBeacon Reporter will continue to empower individuals and organizations to report suspected DNS Abuse and empower registrars and registries with higher fidelity abuse reports to act upon. Thanks to continued collaboration with CleanDNS, an anti-abuse solution provider which generously donated the development and technology behind the program, NetBeacon Reporter has rapidly grown since its launch, from handling hundreds of abuse reports in its first year to tens of thousands in its second.
Originally launched by Public Interest Registry, the people behind the .ORG family of domains, the NetBeacon Institute was envisioned as a place to bring together leaders in the anti-abuse space, fund research, publish recommended practices, share data, and provide tools to identify and report DNS Abuse. In tandem with the nonprofit mission of Public Interest Registry at large, the Institute and organization aim to make the internet a safer place for all.
“Here at Public Interest Registry, we are excited to celebrate the programs run by our newly named NetBeacon Institute,” said Jon Nevett, CEO of Public Interest Registry. “We hope the new name and expanded work of the Institute will make fighting DNS Abuse more simple and accessible for all. We always aim to make the Internet a better place for users of all kinds, and the programming we support at the NetBeacon Institute does just that. This work will ensure that more people are able to use the Internet without fear, and registrars and registries are in a better position to take action on online abuses.”
As a celebration of the newly named NetBeacon Institute and a way to spread the word about the free and accessible resources the Institute provides to keep users safe, the Institute is sponsoring a dedicated day for a DNS Abuse workshop with ICANN in Paris, May 8, 2024 following the ICANN Contracted Parties Summit.
Read more about the Institute and its mission at www.netbeacon.org.
About NetBeacon InstituteThe NetBeacon Institute is tasked with creating outcomes-based initiatives that will drive recommended practices, foster collaboration, and develop industry-shared solutions to combat the five areas of DNS Abuse: malware, botnets, phishing, pharming, and related spam. The Institute was founded in 2021 by Public Interest Registry, the registry operator for the .ORG top-level domain.
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Optellum showcases AI for precision lung cancer treatment at ASCO 2024

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OXFORD, United Kingdom, May 30, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — Optellum, a global leader in AI-driven clinical decision support for early lung cancer diagnosis, has launched its multimodal therapy AI guidance platform for life science research. The novel AI software and scientific results, showing potential to optimize curative lung cancer treatment, will be showcased for the first time at the 2024 ASCO Annual Meeting in Chicago (31 May—4 June).

Lung cancer often shows no symptoms until it reaches an advanced stage, leaving patients with limited treatment options and less favorable outcomes. However, by continuous automated analysis of the 90 million CT scans US patients receive yearly, it may be possible to create an “early detection system”. Optellum Virtual Nodule Clinic, the first FDA-cleared decision support for early-stage lung cancer, integrates a Patient Discovery AI based on Natural Language Processing with a clinically validated Lung Cancer Prediction (LCP) score based on imaging AI/Radiomics. The combination assists clinicians in identifying at-risk patients across health systems and prioritizing them for follow-up interventions.
Early diagnosis offers patients curative treatment options. Unfortunately, some 30% to 60% of Stage I-II NSCLC patients will experience recurrence after surgery. Accurate prognosis of recurrence risk could enable thoracic oncology teams to optimize treatment early, for example, to tailor the extent of surgical resection and ensure neo-adjuvant and peri-operative treatments are offered to those at risk. To drug developers, it may enable risk-stratifying populations to increase treatment rates, expand indications to earlier stages, and predict treatment response.
Optellum will showcase their precision lung cancer care AI solutions at the American Society for Clinical Oncology (ASCO) 2024 Annual Meeting. In the ASCO scientific program (Poster Session, 3rd June, 1:30 pm), Optellum’s clinical partners will present results of AI-guided recurrence prognosis in Stage I-III NSCLC from multi-modal pre-surgical data (Abstract #8066 1) showing significantly increased sensitivity for recurrence compared to staging. The Optellum AI solutions will also be demoed at the CancerLinQ booth (#14013) and ConcertAI booth (#12045).
Christine D. Berg, M.D., the co-principal investigator of the National Lung Screening Trial (NLST) at the National Cancer Institute, which paved the way for lung cancer screening implementation, commented: “The accurate determination of prognosis drives treatment decisions in oncology. Radiomic tools combined with demographics, as shown by Optellum, can be an effective non-invasive technology to optimize decision making early in the patient’s journey, which may help to improve outcomes.”
“Our multi-modal AI platform aims to become the ‘operating system’ that guides precision lung cancer care across the patient journey, from early identification to predicting response and monitoring,” said Václav Potěšil, PhD, Founder & Chief Business Officer at Optellum. “Neo-adjuvant therapies are real game changers. Together with our medtech and biopharma partners, we leverage the power of AI to help democratize access to life-saving early diagnosis and precision treatment for every patient who can benefit.”
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About OptellumOptellum is a commercial-stage lung health company providing artificial intelligence decision-support software that assists physicians in early diagnosis and optimal treatment for their patients. The company was founded so that every lung disease patient is diagnosed and treated at the earliest possible stage when the probability of better health outcomes is highest. The Oxford-based medtech company has been the first to achieve FDA 510(k) clearance and reimbursability for US Medicare patients under CMS New Technology APC for the application of AI decision-support software in lung cancer diagnosis. It has since announced strategic partnerships with industry leaders, including GE Healthcare, Johnson & Johnson, and many other top biopharma and medtech companies, while Virtual Nodule Clinic has been implemented in healthcare systems across the USA and Europe. Optellum has headquarters at the Oxford Centre for Innovation in Oxford, UK, and a US office at the Texas Medical Center. For more information, visit optellum.com or follow us on LinkedIn.
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1 Pre- and post-operative lung cancer recurrence prediction following curative surgery: A retrospective study using European radiomics and clinical data. Ann Valter, Tanel Kordemets, Aydan Gasimova, Noah Waterfield Price, Lutz Freitag, Anil Vachani, David Paul Carbone, Kersti Oselin, https://meetings.asco.org/abstracts-presentations/239181
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Element Biosciences to Showcase Sequencing Innovations at the European Human Genetics Conference

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Customers laud the positive impact of AVITI on advancing their scientific research
SAN DIEGO, May 30, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — Element Biosciences, Inc., developer of pioneering technologies to empower science, will showcase the rapidly growing use of its AVITI™ System sequencer across the European scientific community at the European Human Genetics Conference 2024 in Berlin, Germany, on June 1.  

During ESHG 2024, which runs from June 1-4, Element Biosciences’ Chief Technology Officer and Co-Founder Michael Previte will share the latest details on the AVITI24™, the first platform to combine state-of-the-art sequencing and multiomic cell analysis in one integrated biology tool.  The AVITI24 enables the simultaneous measurement of multiple analytes, including DNA, RNA, proteins, phosphorylated proteins, and morphology, in up to one million cells per flow cell.
“At ESHG, we’re excited to show the transformative power of AVITI and highlight how we’re advancing our mission to increase access to high-quality, affordable tools for complex biological research through AVITI24,” said Previte.
The AVITI System is expanding access to faster, more efficient and innovative sequencing for European scientific labs, with Element’s technologies now being used by researchers in most countries in Europe. With its AVITI24 open for preorders, Element also announced that existing customers are prebooking ahead of shipment, including the National Genomics Infrastructure (NGI) at SciLifeLab, a world-leading Swedish national center for large-scale research and one of the largest molecular biology research infrastructures in Europe.
“As part of the National Genomics Infrastructure, we’re committed to staying at the forefront of technology,” said Robert Månsson Welinder, Head of Strategic Relations at NGI. “Element’s AVITI24 will help us push this frontier and allow our scientific community to pursue new and exciting science.”
Leading European scientists emphasized the positive impact the AVITI has had on advancing their scientific research. Igor Fijalkowski, researcher at the Center for Medical Genetics at Ghent University in Belgium, noted the ease of adoption and flexibility of the platform saying “Over the last year or so we performed more than 100 runs of AVITI sequencing and overall, across multiple applications, the sequencing quality has been excellent. The transition was frictionless, so we are very happy with the way the sequencer has been performing.”
Several other researchers noted the cost-effectiveness, high quality, and flexibility of the AVITI platform. “Since the installation of our AVITI we have been blown away by its flexibility and quality outputs,” said Megan Hamilton, Genomics Facility Manager at the Babraham Institute in Cambridge, United Kingdom. Petri Auvinen, Research Director at the Institute of Biotechnology, University of Helsinki, Finland, said “AVITI seems to be the most efficient and most legitimate system to run a new chemistry for sequencing.”
Others called out the unique features of the AVITI not available on other platforms. “The cost-effectiveness of AVITI adds to its high sequencing quality of Q40-50, which makes it an important device in the future of cancer research,” said Romain Boidot, molecular biologist at the Georges-François Leclerc Center, France. Also in France, Charles Poncet, lab manager at INRAE, said “We chose AVITI for its combination of performance, price of the instrument and reagents, flexibility, and applications. We also had the chance to test AVITI with our wheat samples and the results were excellent, especially for an organism with such complex genetics.”
Two years after launching AVITI, the sequencer that provides the highest quality sequencing on a benchtop, Element has continued to innovate on its modular platform. It has introduced faster run times, expanded kit offerings, the Elembio Cloud software platform, and industry-leading affordability, while maintaining unprecedented accuracy.
About Element Biosciences, Inc.
Element Biosciences is a pioneering life science company democratizing access to advanced biological tools, driving impactful discoveries to benefit humanity. We are focused on developing disruptive DNA sequencing and multi-omics technology for research markets. Through innovating every fundamental element of a biological assay system, Element empowers customers with affordable, high-quality data and an improved user experience, which in turn will accelerate scientific discoveries. To learn more about Element, please visit www.elementbiosciences.com and follow us on LinkedIn, X (Twitter), and Facebook.
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St. Pölten UAS: Networking Meeting of the Higher Education Area

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St. Pölten UAS Hosts 33rd EURASHE Annual Conference
Every year, the European Association of Institutions in Higher Education (EURASHE) brings together representatives of the higher education sector in order to discuss and design a common path in important matters for the present and future of education. This year’s meeting was held at the St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences. The focus of the event was on transnational collaborations between higher education institutions and on cooperation with the business world and society. More than 200 experts from all over Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East took part.
ST. PÖLTEN, Austria, May 30, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — EURASHE, the European Association of Institutions in Higher Education, features approximately 600 universities, universities of applied sciences, university colleges, and similar institutions that conduct primarily professional higher education and applied research.

 
Important Voice in the European Higher Education Area”In order to come up with solutions to the diverse challenges of our times, it is necessary for us to integrate the knowledge and experiences of various fields and to further develop our creativity. In most cases, individual higher education institutions can generate only little impact unless they pool their forces. Therefore, international partnerships and university alliances are decisive for future-oriented development”, emphasises St. Pölten UAS CEO Hannes Raffaseder who is the current President of EURASHE. St. Pölten UAS is also the coordinator of the European University Alliance E³UDRES².
„Regarding higher education institutions it’s important that we have a diversity of voices in Europe and EURASHE is a very important voice for the universities of applied sciences. They bring in a different perspective. Typically they are very rooted in the local or regional context. They are close to the labour market and they are very innovative. So we need EURASHE to bring in their perspective and come up with new ideas on how we can make transnational cooperation work better at European level”, says Sophia Eriksson Watershoot, Director for Youth, Education and  Erasmus+ from the European Commission.
“I am happy to have our conference here in St. Pölten. The conference is different each year, and that is what makes EURASHE conferences so interesting. Here at this new campus, people get a feel of how fast changing this sector is. And we had a great diversity of people at the conference this year including guests from all around the world like North America, Asia, and the Middle East”, says John Edwards, Secretary General of EURASHE.
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