“In Clear Sight” Vista Partners Weekly Market Update 6-23-18

Vista Partners has published “In Clear Sight” Vista Partners Weekly Market Update 6-23-18 and is accessible on our Newsletters Page. Each issue is written by Managing Director, John Heerdink and speaks to the activities of the market, influencers and specific featured stories from Vista’s Coverage Universe that spans the Dow 30, International and Select Emerging Growth Companies & “Investor Picks”, where we have begun to selectively add those companies/ideas that we are receiving from investors around the world.

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JP Morgan Introduces AI In Order to Advance Automation in Finance

JPMorgan Chase & Co (JPM) is a global financial service leader in investment banking, financial services for consumers and businesses, financial transaction processing, asset management, and commercial banking.

JP Morgan has introduced to the world an artificial intelligence-powered servant. Over the past six months JP Morgan has been taking the treasurer’s and finance chiefs of some of the biggest companies in the world to the bank’s technology lab on the West side of Manhattan so that the machine could make contact with people to figure out what makes them tick. More trials with different companies will begin next week, and even more plans will be released to more companies in 2019.

The Artificial Intelligence program is part of the company’s most recent attempt at advancing automation in finance. The program is used in the JP Morgan’s treasury services division that helps corporate clients move money all around the world. This side of the bank is unseen by its retail consumers and on average handles $5 trillion on a daily basis.

Big time lenders such as Bank of America and Wells Fargo have already introduced virtual assistants to million of their retail consumers, but the AI technology is just now making its was to corporate clients, which tend to bring bigger challenges to artificial intelligence programs. An example of this would be that a typical checking customer will only have one or a handful of accounts, but a corporate company will have 10,000 accounts in dozens of different currencies all around the world, with an individual corporate user only having permission to see certain accounts.

Earlier this year, the JP Morgan introduced Amazon’s voice-activated assistant Alexa to help investment banking clients access research, and has created mobile apps for its trading business.

The start of JP Morgan’s virtual assistant program began late in 2017 with the attempt to hopefully unseat rival Citigroup as the leader in wholesale payments.

Currently, users must navigate through some of the websites 1200 pages to complete tasks like sending wires or exporting data from multiple accounts to figure out balances. In the near future, clients will be able to simply ask the virtual assistant for information on the balances.

The AI program has not yet been given a name, but learns from its users to see what question they typically ask as well as patterns their actions. Eventually, the program will be able to make recommendations and hopefully spread beyond just desktop computers to mobile and voice activated devices. The pilot program will launch next week.

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JP Morgan is unleashing artificial intelligence on a business that moves $5 trillion for corporations every day

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Intel’s CEO Resigns, Robert Swan Steps Up As Interim CEO

Intel Corporation (INTC) seeks to expand the boundaries of technology to provide the most amazing experience possible while designing, manufacturing, and selling integrated digital technology globally.

Intel has announced CEO and Board of Directors member, Brian Krzanich’s resignation and has named the company’s Chief Financial Officer Robert Swan the Interim Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately.

The resignation comes as a result of Krzanichs past consensual relationship with an Intel employee. After an ongoing investigation by both internal and external counsel, it has been confirmed that the now former CEO was in violation of the company’s non-fraternization policy that applies to all managers. It is expected that all of Intel’s employees respect and adhere to the values and code of conduct of the company.

Intel Chairman Andy Bryant stated, “The Board believes strongly in Intel’s strategy and we are confident in Bob Swan’s ability to lead the company as we conduct a robust search for our next CEO. Bob has been instrumental to the development and execution of Intel’s strategy, and we know the company will continue to smoothly execute. We appreciate Brian’s many contributions to Intel.”

Intel’s Board of Directors has a strong succession planning process prepared and has already started the search for a permanent CEO. The search includes both internal and external candidates.

Intel is off to an excellent first half of 2018 and is currently expected to bring in a record-breaking second quarter with revenues of nearly $16.9 billion.

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Intel CEO Brian Krzanich to step down, Bob Swan to step in as interim CEO

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Apple’s iOS 12 Update Set To Improve 911 Emergency Calls

Dow 30 component Apple (AAPL) revolutionized personal technology with the introduction of the Macintosh in 1984. Today, Apple leads the world in innovation with iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch and Apple TV. Apple’s four software platforms — iOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS — provide seamless experiences across all Apple devices and empower people with breakthrough services including the App Store, Apple Music, Apple Pay and iCloud. Apple’s more than 100,000 employees are dedicated to making the best products on earth, and to “leaving the world better than they found it.”

iOS Help On The Way

With Apple’s new iOS 12 update, set to come out later this year, iPhone users in the U.S. who call 911 will automatically have their location data securely shared with first responders in an effort to reduce emergency response times in an effort to improve the overall outcome.

Nearly 80% of 911 come from mobile devices, and with landline-era infrastructure still in place, accurately locating a mobile caller’s location can be difficult for 911 centers. In 2015, Apple launched HELO (Hybridized Emergency Location) which uses cell towers and on-device data sources such as GPS and WiFi Access Points to estimate a mobile 911 callers location, in order to help improve the challenge. Looking to improve 911 response time, Apple will now also use emergency technology company RapidSOS’s Internet Protocol-based data pipeline along with HELO to improve the 911 centers response time.

What’s “Cookin’?”

Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO stated, “Communities rely on 911 centers in an emergency, and we believe they should have the best available technology at their disposal. When every moment counts, these tools will help first responders reach our customers when they most need assistance.”

With these improvements, Apple is keeping a focus on privacy so that user data will not be used for any non-emergency purpose. The 911 responding center will only have access to the user’s location during the duration of an emergency call.

FCC Likes?

Tom Wheeler, FCC Chairman from 2013 to 2017 stated, “This new functionality is an example of how companies and first responders can use technology to dramatically improve public safety. Lives will be saved thanks to this effort by Apple and RapidSOS.”

Learn more about Apple and track its ongoing progress at Vista Partners Apple (AAPL) Coverage Page.

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Atossa Reports Progress & Results Timeline For Male Breast Enlargement Trial

Seattle based Atossa Genetics Inc. (ATOS) (“Atossa”) is a clinical-stage pharmaceutical company developing novel therapeutics and delivery methods to treat breast cancer and other breast conditions.  Atossa is developing topical Endoxifen for a condition in men called gynecomastia, which is male breast enlargement.

Mayo Clinic Research

According to the Mayo Clinic, 25% of men in the U.S. between the ages of 50-69, or approximately 10 million men, suffer from gynecomastia. It is the most common male breast disorder and is caused by a hormone imbalance where testosterone is low compared to estrogen.  For example, in prostate cancer treatment, testosterone is suppressed with androgen deprivation therapy resulting in higher estrogen levels that usually triggers gynecomastia. One recent study indicates that up to 90% of men taking androgen deprivation therapy suffer from gynecomastia and breast pain (Handoo Rhee, et al., October 18, 2014, BJU International). There is no FDA-approved pharmaceutical to treat gynecomastia. Current therapeutic approaches in these patients include the daily use of oral estrogen-suppressing medications and prophylactic breast bud irradiation which is often repeated.

 

 

 

 

 

Progress Announced!

Today, Atossa announced progress in its Phase 1 study of its proprietary topical Endoxifen in men as it has reported that it has completed dosing and clinical visits. The objectives of the placebo-controlled, repeat dose study of 24 healthy male volunteers are to assess the pharmacokinetics of a proprietary topical Endoxifen dosage form over 28 days, as well as to assess safety and tolerability.

Steve Quay, Ph.D., M.D., President and CEO of Atossa stated, “We are now proceeding to the final stages of this study, which are to complete analysis of blood samples and then collect and analyze the data. We expect to report preliminary results from the study in the next quarter.”

Atossa Reaches Further

In addition to gynecomastia, Atossa is also developing its proprietary topical Endoxifen to reduce Mammographic Breast Density (MBD), which has been shown in studies conducted by others to be an independent risk factor for developing breast cancer. To date, 34 U.S. states have enacted laws requiring that findings of MBD be communicated to the patient. And according to the National Cancer Institute, approximately 10 million women in the U.S. have high breast density (BI-RADS level C or D with “D” being the highest). Although oral tamoxifen has been shown to reduce MBD, the benefit-risk ratio is generally not acceptable to most patients. For example, it is estimated that only ~ 2% of women at high-risk of developing breast cancer, including those with MBD, take oral tamoxifen to prevent breast cancer because of the risks of, or actual side-effects of, oral tamoxifen. There is no FDA-approved treatment for MBD.

Atossa is planning a Phase 2 study of its topical Endoxifen in women with MBD. The study will be conducted at Stockholm South General Hospital in Sweden and will be led by principal investigator Dr. Per Hall, MD, Ph.D., Head of the Department of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Karolinska Institutet.

The primary endpoint of this study is to determine if topical Endoxifen administration results in an individual change in MBD, which will be measured after three and six months. Secondary endpoints are safety and tolerability. The objective of the study is to determine the effect size on MBD between the placebo and active groups, which will permit sample size calculations in a future Phase III study. Enrollment is anticipated to be completed by the end of 2018.

Shares Surge

Shares of Atossa (ATOS) surged to as high as $3/share and traded ~2.62 million shares today and closed at $2.63/share up +5.2%.

Analyst Update

Maxim Group’s Biotechnology Analyst Jason McCarthy issued an update report and maintained his “Buy rating” and his $10/price target.

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Atossa Genetics Completes all Dosing and Clinical Visits in its Phase 1 Study of Topical Endoxifen in Men

Atossa Genetics Inc. (ATOS) (“Atossa” or the “Company”), a clinical-stage pharmaceutical company developing novel therapeutics and delivery methods to treat breast cancer and other breast conditions, today announced that it has completed dosing and clinical visits in its Phase 1 study of its proprietary..

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DOE Invests $64 Million Towards Nuclear Technology Advancement

$64 million will be given in awards for an advanced nuclear energy technology to DOE national laboratories, industry, and 39 U.S. universities in 29 states from the U.S. Department of Energy. The DOE’s Office of Nuclear Energy has selected a total of 89 projects for funding of nuclear energy research, facility access, and crosscutting technology and infrastructure development.

The Nuclear Energy University Program, the Nuclear Energy Enabling Technologies, and the Nuclear Science User Facilities program are the three DOE programs that the awards are spread between.

NUEP was awarded $47 million to help support 63 U.S. university-led research projects. Another $5 million was awarded to NEUP to back 18 university-led projects for the research reactor and infrastructure improvements that are meant to provide integral safety, performance, and educational upgrades to some of the nation’s university research reactors.

NEET was awarded $5 million for 5 research and development projects that will be led by the DOE national laboratories, industry, and universities. The research will be conducted over crosscutting nuclear energy challenges.

Under NSUF, the DOE selected on industry and two university-led projects that will receive $6.6 million for research, facility access costs and expertise for investigation of important nuclear fuel and material applications.

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New American Express Cash Magnet Card Offers 1.5% Unlimited Cash Back & More

Dow 30 component American Express Company (AXP), and its subsidiaries provide customers and businesses globally with charge and credit payment card products and travel-related services. They look to enrich the lives of their customers and build business success.

The American Express Cash Magnet™ Card is the most recent addition to the American Express cash back portfolio. The card offers no annual fees and unlimited 1.5% cash back on purchases, including anything from a cup of coffee to a brand new couch.

With the card comes the option of Pay It Plan It™, the new payment tool that allows Card Members to have flexibility and control over how they will pay for the things they pay. Big purchases can be split up over time with a fixed monthly fee and no interest, while smaller purchases can be payed off as soon as they appear on the card bill. This can all be managed on the Amex Mobile App.

The Cash Magnet Card is also offering a special launch offer through July 18. Card Members have the chance to earn up to $300 cash back. The New Card Members can earn $150 back after spending $1000 in the first 3 months of Card Membership. They can also earn an additional $150 back after spending another $6,500 during the first 12 months of Card Membership.

With all this, the card still features many of the same benefits and services of American Express Card Members such as complimentary ShopRunner members and Amex Offers.

More information on the new Card can be found at americanexpress.com/CashMagnetCard.

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Online Survey Company, SurveyMonkey, Registers for IPO

SurveyMonkey, a U.S. online survey company, announced its confidential registration for an initial public offering (IPO) with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The company has not determined the number of shares offered or the price range or the proposed offerings. Sources reported that the survey company had hired JPMorgan Chase, an investment bank, to help with the preparations for an IPO last month. Alphabet’s CapitalG and Tiger Global Management are investors in the company.

SurveyMonkey is based in San Mateo, CA and has nearly 3 million daily users. The company was formerly run by Dave Goldberg, who is the late husband of Sheryl Sandberg, the Chief Operating Officer of Facebook.

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SurveyMonkey confidentially files for IPO

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Is “Gaming Disorder” Considered a New Mental Health Problem Now?

The World Health Organization has announced that compulsively playing video games is now considered a mental health condition, verifying the fears of many parents.

The World Health Organization or WHO, hopes that in identifying “gaming disorder” as a separate addiction, will assist government, health care workers, and families in being more vigilant and prepared for identifying the risks of the condition. The condition is still extremely rare, having no more than 3% of gamers affected.

While gaming disorder has been accepted as new problem with scientific evidence to back it, Dr. Joan Harvey of the British Psychological Society, is concerned about unnecessary concern among parents of video gamers that the new disorder might cause.

“People need to understand this doesn’t mean every child who spends hours in their room playing games is an addict, otherwise medics are going to be flooded with requests for help,” she said.

Many believe that the new classification of the disorder is imperative to helping the people hooked on video games seek help, especially since they are typically teenager or young adults unwilling to seek help for themselves.

The addiction seems to be best treated using psychological therapies, although some medicines might work too.

While WHO has approved the proposal of the addiction, the American Psychiatric Association has not declared gaming disorder as a new mental health problem stating that it is “a condition warranting more clinical research and experience before it might be considered for inclusion”.

The majority of the scientific literature on compulsive gamers has been based off of evidence from young Asian men. The studies have shown that people who are consumed in Internet games, have certain pathways in the brain that are triggered in a direct, intense way, similar to the way a drug addicts brain is affected by a given substance.

“If (video games) are interfering with the expected functions of the person — whether it is studies, whether it’s socialization, whether it’s work — then you need to be cautious and perhaps seek help.” – Dr. Mark Griffith, Professor of Behavioral Addiction, Nottingham Trent University

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The World Health Organization Now Considers ‘Gaming Disorder’ a Unique Mental Health Condition

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“Hello Volatility” Vista Partners Weekly Market Update 6-16-18

Vista Partners has published “Hello Volatility” Vista Partners Weekly Market Update 6-16-18 and is accessible on our Newsletters Page. Each issue is written by Managing Director, John Heerdink and speaks to the activities of the market, influencers and specific featured stories from Vista’s Coverage Universe that spans the Dow 30, International and Select Emerging Growth Companies & “Investor Picks”, where we have begun to selectively add those companies/ideas that we are receiving from investors around the world.

Newsletter topics include but are not limited to the following: investing, banks, world news, entertainment & movie industry, cryptocurrencies, healthcare, biotech, mining, technology, cybersecurity, & consumer trends.

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