How Moderna’s Patent Challenge Loss Could Impact Coronavirus Vaccine Program

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Moderna Inc (NASDAQ: MRNA) shares came under significant selling pressure Thursday afternoon following an adverse patent ruling, and the stock is adding to the losses in Friday’s session. 

Moderna Loses Patent Challenge: In an ongoing legal dispute, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board ruled against Moderna’s challenge to the patentability of Arbutus Biopharma Corp’s (NASDAQ: ABUS) ABUS’069 patent.

The ‘069 patent covers liquid nanoparticle formulations, or LNPs, meant for nucleic acid delivery, which is used by Moderna in its vaccine candidates.

The patent describes the composition of nucleic acid-lipid particles and the ranges in which the different lipid particle components can be combined for effective delivery of nucleic acid sequence payload.

Moderna holds four non-exclusive viral vaccine sublicenses of Arbutus-issued LNP delivery technology. Each one allows for the use of pre-April 15, 2010 LNP patent families and is limited to a specific viral target, Chardan analyst Keay Nakae said in

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Coronavirus & Elections Pose Security Threats: 4 Cloud Bets

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Coronavirus outbreak, which has infected more than 8 million people to date, globally, per John Hopkins university data, led to a spurt in usage of cloud services on the back of work-from-home, web-based learning and remote health diagnosis wave.

Markedly, the usage of cloud storage, collaboration apps, video conferencing and virtual meetings software increased exponentially in the past 100 days, ever since coronavirus was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO).

On the flip side, this growing usage of cloud-based services is aggravating security lapses, inducing risks of hacking and phishing mails in the garb of coronavirus as content of the subject.

Moreover, usage of own devices and equipment that are not properly configured or can be infected with malware during teleworking or accessing information to and fro from cloud further raises possible security breaches for enterprises.

November Elections Raise Further Concerns

The intensified cybersecurity risks certainly don’t

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7 Best-in-Bracket Stocks to Fight Coronavirus Qualms

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The COVID-19 pandemic has transformed our lifestyle beyond imagination. With governments worldwide increasingly resorting to lockdowns to contain the virus, the pandemic spurred work-from-home and stay-at-home trends.

Thanks to digital transformation across industries and innovations in cloud computing, economies are surviving the ordeal on the back of growing clout of services related to video conferencing, gaming, cybersecurity, computer peripheral, online learning, leisure, interactive fitness, to name a few.

These sectors, which are thriving despite the tough scenario, hold potential to defy the recessionary woes and minimize the anticipated contraction of the world economy due to coronavirus-induced crisis.

Moreover, as we adapt to the new normal, economies are slowly starting to re-open as lockdowns gradually give way to unlock phases.

Nevertheless, the fear of a second wave and no vaccine yet in sight are likely to compel the world to stay-at-home unless there is any urgency to do otherwise. People are

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3 Growth Tech Stocks to Buy Now Despite Coronavirus Reopening Nerves

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Volatility seems to have made a bit of a comeback recently and we are only a week removed from the Dow’s worst day since March. Nonetheless, there seem to be reasons to believe that the market’s rally from its March 23 lows could continue, as economies around the world shake off the rust from their coronavirus lockdowns.

May U.S. retail sales surged 18% from April to crush estimates and help showcase that the pandemic’s worst economic days are most likely behind us. Meanwhile, the Fed continues to provide as much support to the market as it can, and there are new reports that the Trump administration is considering a $1 trillion infrastructure spending plan.

That said, the headlines about spikes in coronavirus cases are likely to remain constant as economies around the world reopen. Investors should remember that there was always going to be an increase in reported cases when

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These products won’t protect you from coronavirus. But they will make you laugh

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The COVID-19 pandemic is a crisis of the unknown. Our understanding of the disease and the best ways to fight it seem to change from week to week. This murky information environment creates opportunities for entrepreneurs offering the promise, if not always the reality, of safety.

You can find many of those entrepreneurs on crowdfunding sitessuch as Kickstarter and Indiegogo, where catchy-sounding ideas can go viral on the basis of nothing more than a demo video, raising millions of dollars from would-be customers eager to be first in line.

Right now, if you’re so inclined,, you can throw your cash at a mask that only covers your nose, or a wearable plastic bubble, or a keychain to touch elevator buttons for you.

But would you actually be backing something made of science, or just something science-flavored?

We rounded up some of the most questionable innovations and presented them to Paula

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Manchester Residents Can Get Help Paying Rent Amid Coronavirus

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MANCHESTER, NJ — Manchester Township residents who are struggling to pay their rent and make ends meet during the coronavirus pandemic may be eligible for rental assistance through a state program.

The COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program will provide up to six months of temporary rental assistance to low- and moderate-income households that have had a substantial reduction in income or became unemployed due to the pandemic.

The program is operated by the state Department of Community Affairs.

Assistance will be capped at the fair market rent standard or the total of the rent, whichever amount is lower. All participants will be reviewed three months in to see if they are still in need of assistance.

Applicants must meet income and eligibility requirements and must be at least 18 years or or be an emancipated minor.

Participants will be selected through an online lottery process.

Applications for the initial process

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Top 10 Estate Planning Tips in a Time of Coronavirus

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It has arrived: the unexpected, potentially life-threatening circumstance you had in mind when you set up your estate plan, and now you’re feeling really relieved that you took care of it before the emergency struck. Right?

SEE ALSO: 12 Different Times When You Should Update Your Will

Even if you haven’t already set up your estate plan, and even in today’s world of social distancing, it isn’t too late to get your affairs in order so that you and your family are prepared for the worst. There may be some things out of your control right now, but your estate plan isn’t one of them. Here is what you need, and how you can get it set up, even though — lucky you — you can’t get within 6 feet of a lawyer.

Advance Health Care Directive

Sometimes called a patient advocate designation or health care proxy, this document names

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Do We All Have OCD Now Thanks to the Coronavirus?

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One of the hallmarks of obsessive-compulsive disorder is contamination fears and excessive hand-washing. Years ago, a patient with severe OCD came to my office wearing gloves and a mask and refused to sit on any of the “contaminated” chairs. Now, these same behaviors are accepted and even encouraged to keep everyone healthy.

This new normal in the face of a deadly pandemic has permeated our culture and will continue to influence it. Many stores now prominently post rules mandating face masks and hand sanitizer use and limit the number of customers allowed inside at one time. Walkers and joggers politely cross the street to avoid proximity to each other.

Only a few months ago, this type of behavior would have been considered excessive and certainly not healthy.

So, where do doctors draw the line between vigilance to avoid being infected with the coronavirus

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How Online Platform Tongal Created The ‘Sesame Street’ Pride Image and Other Content During Coronavirus

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Santa Monica based Tongal is an online-platform providing remote content. “Think of us as a virtual studio made up of above- and below-the-line talent from all over the globe,” says CEO James DeJulio.

As a creator in the world of remote content, Tongal was ahead of the game when the coronavirus pandemic halted production and content delivery. Tongal stepped in providing solutions. Their most recent work was with the Sesame Workshop. In celebration of  Pride Month, the Sesame Workshop used Tongal’s community of creators to develop a series of social assets including this Instagram post that celebrates friends and families of all shapes, sizes and colors.

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James DeJulio talks to Variety about how the company worked with TV and Film and how he sees the future of content creation.

What conversations did you have regarding the Sesame Street Pride image?

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Coronavirus Boosts Augmented Reality Adoption: 6 Stocks to Watch

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Augmented Reality (AR) is witnessing rapid adoption due to the shift in consumer preferences and business needs. Almost every major sector including consumer, healthcare, retail, gaming, entertainment, construction and tourism are using the technology to interact between the real world and 3D virtual objects in real time.

Per a recent IDC report, global spending on AR/VR is expected to be $18.8 billion in 2020, up 78.5% from IDC’s 2019 estimated figure of $10.5 billion. Moreover, global spending on AR/VR products and services is expected to witness a CAGR of 77% for the 2019-2023 time frame.

AR Technology Adoption Amid Coronavirus

AR technology could become increasingly useful during the coronavirus pandemic to help shoppers engage with products prior to purchase. Notably, various brands, retailers and companies have begun releasing VR and AR technologies to enable consumers to preview products before purchasing them.

The adoption of AR in healthcare is forecast to

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