Citeline and Norstella Unite to Offer Life Sciences Clients a Full Suite of Commercial and Clinical Solutions

The new organization will help life sciences companies improve strategic decision-making and accelerate the mission of smoothing access to therapy from pipeline to patient

Yardley, PA, June 28, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Norstella, an organization that helps life sciences companies navigate the complexities of the drug life cycle, and Citeline (formerly Pharma Intelligence)—a leading provider of specialist intelligence, data and software for clinical trials, drug development and regulatory compliance—have announced an agreement to merge the companies.

By uniting Norstella, which is comprised of four prominent pharmaceutical solutions providers—EvaluateMMITPanalgo and The Dedham Group—with Citeline, the combined company will be well positioned to help life sciences companies reach patients faster by providing clients with the intelligence and answers they need from early clinical development through to commercialization. This move reflects the shared goal of becoming an end-to-end solution provider, helping patients access life-saving therapies.

As life sciences companies drive innovation toward more specialized therapeutics across all disease areas including oncology and rare disease, and patient populations become more targeted, they need to make critical decisions about how to bring the right drugs to market, how to construct clinical trials leveraging the latest innovations in real-world data and data science—and with end points that consider future payer reimbursement decisions—and, ultimately, how to reach patients in need.

“Accelerating innovation and ensuring that every patient gets the therapy that they need is our North Star,” said Norstella CEO Mike Gallup. “By bringing clinical and commercial intelligence together—along with real-world data—the combined company will be well positioned to deliver on its mission.”

Together, Norstella and Citeline will play a critical role in helping pharmaceutical manufacturers plan for and overcome barriers to access, not just during clinical trials but at every stage in the drug development life cycle. Citeline’s solutions, including its portfolio of clinical trial products, provide insights that improve the speed and efficiency of clinical trials and reduce risk. Now, the Citeline solutions—along with MMIT’s PAR data and other complementary Norstella data assets—can be powered by Panalgo’s Instant Health Data Analytics platform to provide transformative answers that will improve workflow and decision-making and, ultimately, help products get to market and to patients quicker than ever before.

“At Citeline, our mission is to accelerate the connection of treatments to patients and patients to treatments. Ultimately, this marriage of commercial and clinical capabilities will advance the mission and enable the pharmaceutical C-suite to manage portfolio strategy like never before,” said Ramsey Hashem, CEO, and Jay Nadler, Executive Chair, of Citeline. “This includes deciding which drug to bring to market, what new indications to pursue for a drug and how to target patients for clinical trials more quickly and with reduced cost. And now, this includes understanding how to design clinical trials that yield the types of data that payers need to make appropriate reimbursement and formulary decisions.”

“It’s about making a difference in the lives of patients,” said Gallup. “This move will help us make our vision of a more innovative, accessible healthcare marketplace a reality.”

The merger is expected to close in the second half of 2022 subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals.

About Norstella
At Norstella, our mission is simple: to help patients gain access to life-saving therapies. Norstella consists of several prominent organizations—Evaluate, MMIT, Panalgo and The Dedham Group—that have united to offer a full range of pharmaceutical consultancy services and solutions. As one organization, Norstella provides life sciences clients with the right tools and expertise to navigate complexities at each step of the drug development life cycle, from pipeline to patient. For more information, visit Norstella and follow on LinkedIn.

About Citeline
Citeline (formerly Pharma Intelligence) powers a full suite of complementary business intelligence offerings to meet the evolving needs of health science professionals to accelerate the connection of treatments to patients and patients to treatments. These patient-focused solutions and services deliver and analyze data used to drive clinical, commercial, and regulatory related-decisions and create real-world opportunities for growth.

Our global teams of analysts, journalists and consultants keep their fingers on the pulse of the pharmaceutical, biomedical and medtech industries, covering it all with expert insights: key diseases, clinical trials, drug R&D and approvals, market forecasts and more. For more information on one of the world’s most trusted health science partners, visit Citeline.

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Seegene develops PCR test to detect monkeypox virus

  • Assay targets monkeypox virus and can deliver results in 90 minutes
  • Company swiftly rolls out product using its automated assay development system
  • “Seegene will strive to make accurate tests for emerging viruses to help prevent future pandemics”

SEOUL, South Korea, June 28, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Seegene Inc. (KQ965390), South Korea’s leading molecular diagnostics (MDx) company has developed a PCR test to detect the monkeypox virus. The Novaplex™ MPXV Assay, which specifically targets the monkeypox virus, was swiftly developed using the company’s AI-based automated test development system, known as SGDDS (Seegene Digitalized Development System), and technologies refined over 20 years of MDx expertise.


The World Health Organization says the monkeypox virus is an “evolving health threat that requires collective attention and coordinated action,” calling on member states to step up surveillance, contact tracing and testing. The monkeypox virus has been detected in over 50 nations, with South Korea confirming its first case last week. The strain currently circulating in the Northern Hemisphere has an estimated fatality rate of between 3-6 percent and is considered especially dangerous for children and those with weak immune systems.

As with many infectious diseases, accurate diagnosis is crucial as treatments are more effective in the early stages of infection. This makes timely PCR testing vital, especially for individuals with a suspected case, as the incubation period for the monkeypox infection ranges between five to 21 days.

The Novaplex™ MPXV Assay can identify positive cases of the monkeypox virus in 90 minutes. The company swiftly developed the product to help curb the worldwide spread. Seegene plans to provide the assays to countries that have detected the virus.

“The monkeypox virus outbreak shows that endemic viruses can rapidly spread to the rest of the world and it’s a warning that new pandemics can emerge and threaten our lives at any time,” said Dr. Jong-Yoon Chun, CEO of Seegene. “We will continue our efforts to develop products that can accurately diagnose any virus to help prevent new infectious diseases from taking hold and becoming a pandemic.”

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Hitachi Energy and Petrofac to collaborate in growing offshore wind market

Collaboration combines complementary technologies and expertise of both companies to increase customer value and help accelerate the energy transition

Zurich, Switzerland, June 28, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Hitachi Energy a market and technology leader in transmission, distribution and grid automation solutions, and Petrofac, a leading international service provider to the energy industry, have entered into a collaboration to provide grid integration and associated infrastructure to support the rapidly growing offshore wind market.

This collaboration builds on the complementary core technologies and expertise of both companies in offshore wind to support the decarbonization of power systems and deliver clean energy. It covers high-voltage direct current (HVDC), as well as high-voltage alternating current (HVAC) solutions.

Hitachi Energy’s HVDC Light® and modular HVAC grid technologies and solutions and Petrofac’s world-class engineering, procurement, construction and installation capabilities for offshore platforms and offshore and onshore civil works, will bring considerable benefits to the efficient implementation of offshore wind projects and help accelerate the energy transition.

“We are delighted to collaborate with Petrofac to help meet the growing need for large-scale offshore wind generation and deliver clean renewable electricity to consumers. As leaders in our respective fields, this collaboration will create added value for our customers and help accelerate the energy transition,” said Niklas Persson, Managing Director of Hitachi Energy’s Grid Integration business. “Our HVDC and HVAC solutions are key enablers of the transition to a global energy system that is more sustainable, flexible and secure.”

“Offshore wind plays a crucial role in the transition to clean, affordable energy and we’ve been successfully delivering major projects in the sector for more than a decade now,” said Elie Lahoud, Chief Operating Officer, Engineering & Construction of Petrofac. “Hitachi Energy is well known for its long track record in providing innovative technologies and solutions across the power grid value chain. We look forward to bringing our industry-leading experience and deep domain knowledge together, to benefit our customers and power millions more homes using renewable energy.”

Recent Hitachi Energy HVDC offshore wind projects include Dogger Bank, the world’s largest offshore wind farm off the UK coast, and four of the DolWin and BorWin HVDC hubs that connect multiple wind farms in the North Sea to the German power grid.

Hitachi Energy is also a global leading supplier of grid connection solutions for the AC offshore wind farms industry.

Editor’s notes

Offshore wind is undergoing unprecedented growth globally. In 2021, a record 15.7 gigawatts (GW) of capacity were added, compared to around 5.2 GW per year in 2020 and 2019, according to World Forum Offshore Wind.1

Hitachi Energy pioneered HVDC almost 70 years ago and has delivered more than half of the world’s HVDC projects and more than 70 percent of the world’s voltage source converter (HVDC Light) installations. HVDC Light is the technology of choice for transferring power over long distances from offshore wind farms to the mainland grid. Its defining features include uniquely compact converter stations (which is extremely important in space-critical applications like offshore wind platforms), exceptionally low electrical losses of less than 1 percent, and black-start capability to restore power after a grid outage.


About Hitachi Energy Ltd.

Hitachi Energy is a global technology leader that is advancing a sustainable energy future for all. We serve customers in the utility, industry and infrastructure sectors with innovative solutions and services across the value chain. Together with customers and partners, we pioneer technologies and enable the digital transformation required to accelerate the energy transition towards a carbon-neutral future. We are advancing the world’s energy system to become more sustainable, flexible and secure whilst balancing social, environmental and economic value. Hitachi Energy has a proven track record and unparalleled installed base in more than 140 countries. Headquartered in Switzerland, we employ around 38,000 people in 90 countries and generate business volumes of approximately $10 billion USD.

About Hitachi, Ltd.

Hitachi drives Social Innovation Business, creating a sustainable society with data and technology. We will solve customers’ and society’s challenges with Lumada solutions leveraging IT, OT (Operational Technology) and products, under the business structure of Digital Systems & Services, Green Energy & Mobility, Connective Industries and Automotive Systems. Driven by green, digital, and innovation, we aim for growth through collaboration with our customers. The company’s consolidated revenues for fiscal year 2021 (ended March 31, 2022) totaled 10,264.6 billion yen ($84,136 million USD), with 853 consolidated subsidiaries and approximately 370,000 employees worldwide. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company’s website at

Jocelyn Chang
Hitachi Energy Ltd.

CHAN Qualifiers: Players are working hard to show readiness – Annor Walker

The Black Stars B are in camp at the Ghanaman soccer centre of excellence preparing for the Africa Nations Championship qualifiers.

Ghana will face Benin in the Western Zone B qualifiers and head coach Annor Walker has been speaking about preparations ahead of the qualifiers.

“For some time now we have not been able to qualify to Chan and this is another try for me and my technical team with the players that we have selected, it is our wish to qualify to Chan this year after missing out in the last edition and if possible, win it. It is a target I have set for myself.

“I have watched the training clips of Benin and I am working towards that. All the same, I am not set because my team is not yet up to standard, because I have not had some players in camp yet, I am waiting to get a full house and quickly start full preparations. We have about 3 weeks to prepare for the first leg encounter at home and I am getting my plans for the game.

“The fitness level of the players is good and they are working hard to show how ready they are. Though some of the players are yet to report to camp, as a coach I have trust in those I have so I will work on them to get them ready so that in case I don’t get the players I am expecting, I can use the current squad for the match,” he added.

The Black Stars B will host Benin in the first leg encounter on the weekend of July 22-24 with the return fixture slated for the weekend of July 29-31, 2022.

Source: Modern Ghana

Ghana is one of the best in media freedom; I don’t think they’re under attack – Asabee

An aspiring Chairman of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), Stephen Asamoah-Boateng has said media freedom in the country is the best.

Affectionately called Asabee, he noted that no journalist or media house in Ghana is under attack.

According to him, journalists are not suppressed from expressing themselves freely.

Speaking on Joy News’ ‘the Probe’ on Sunday, he however indicated that some statements made by some journalists and media houses often require a response with facts.

He noted that when those actions are taken they must not be taken as an attack to silence the media.

“It’s one of the best. I have heard a bit of media people under attack. I have heard all that, I have heard the press index, but people always think that when they say something you shouldn’t respond, you shouldn’t talk and some media people are like that. I have met a couple of them and I say, what you said required a response, that doesn’t mean you are under attack.

“We have to provide the facts ad when the facts were provided you didn’t combat so it’s good. Ghana is one of the best in Africa. I listen a lot and I can tell you there’s a lot of interest in how the media reports especially the politics. I am not sure anyone is in fear of his life. I know about Manasseh where he had to go away, but so far I don’t think anyone is under threat of attack,” he told the host.

According to him, critiquing the government is necessary to drive good governance as government officials are kept on their toes.

He stated that since the emergence of new media thus social media, it was prudent to also have communicators who will speak for government on the various platforms.

He stressed that some government communicators have been unfortunately branded as attack dogs by the media.

“They are not attacking. I know social media, the new media has now come to live with us and so you cannot, in my time, the radio, the print, the TV, but these days its online and things happen so quickly. So obviously government has to have people there who are also responding.

“When you are government you are very powerful in a way that if you are not careful people get scared to talk, but we don’t want that. We want people to be free to talk. Even if you disagree with them let them talk. So yes we talk to ourselves so when it goes overboard we are able to call each other and they calm down. I know that sometimes they go over, but I take it to be the response to what they got,” he explained.

Source: Modern Ghana

NPP Elections: Check full list of aspirants and their positions on the ballot

All the 48 aspirants of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) seeking to occupy various national executive positions in the Party have chosen their positions on the ballot.

The exercise was held at the Party’s headoffice in Accra on Monday, June 27, 2022, and was supervised by the Electoral Commission.

The NPP’s national executive elections is scheduled to take place at the Accra Sports Stadium from July 15 to 17, 2022.

Below is the full list of the aspirants and their respective positions on the ballot, compiled and released by Mr Evans Nimako, Director of Elections and Research, NPP, and Secretary to the Party’s National Elections Committee:


1.Daavi Ama Gifty Asantewa Ayeh

2. Sammy Crabbe

3. Prof. Christopher Ameyaw-Ekumfi

4. Akwasi Osei-Adjei

5. Stephen Ayensu Ntim

6. Joseph Ayikoi Otoo

7. Stephen Asamoah-Boateng

8. Kwabena Abankwa-Yeboah


1.Ismael Yahuza

2. McJewels J. Annan

3. Danquah Smith Buttey

4. Rita Talata Asobayire

5. Edmond Oppong-Peprah

6. Kiston Akomeng Kissi

7. Derek Kwaku Nkansah

8. Michael Omari Wadie

9. Ken-Wuud Nuworsu

10. Alhaji Masawudu Osman


1.John Boadu

2. Iddrisu Musah

3. Ramseyer Ahmed Agyeman-Prempeh

4. Charles Bissue

5. Frederick Opare Ansah

6. Justin Kodua Frimpong


1.Bright Essilfie-Kumi

2. Seth Adu-Adjei

3. Daniel Nii Kwartei Titus-Glover

4. Eric AmoakoTwum

5. Henry Nana Boakye

6. Nana Owusu Fordjour


1.Kate Gyamfua

2. Ellen Ama Daaku

3. Hajia Sawudatu Saeed


1.Abanga Fusani Yakubu

2. Salam Mohammed Mustapha

3. Prince Kamal Gumah

4. Michael Osei Boateng


1.Haruna Maiga

2. Abdul Rahman Diallo

3. Issaka Muaza Kunata

4. Awal Mohammed

5. Sulemana Alhassan Atakpo

6. Abdul Aziz Haurna Futa

7. Haruna Ismael

Source: Modern Ghana

Under my leadership, NPP will discontinue flagbearership elections – Asabee

An aspiring national chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Stephen Asamoah Boateng, better known as Asabee says he will be glad to see his party handpick a flagbearer without organizing elections.

Asabee is of the view that choosing a flagbearer without elections will help strengthen the bond the NPP may need to ride over their major political rivals, the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC).

He said his strategy would be ideal for the party to defeat the NDC which is coming like a “wounded lion.”

Speaking in an exclusive interview on the Accra-based JoyNews ‘The Probe Show’ which was aired on Sunday, June 26, 2022, monitored by Modernghana News, he noted that his strategy is part of the policies he will implement with the approval of the NPP’s National Executive Council (NEC of NPP) when he is finally given the nod as the party’s chairman.

According to Mr. Asamoah Boateng, he will call on all candidates in the NPP’s flagbearership contest to a hotel room and charge them to choose among themselves a flagbearer and a running mate.

An aspiring national chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Stephen Asamoah Boateng, better known as Asabee says he will be glad to see his party handpick a flagbearer without organizing elections.

Asabee is of the view that choosing a flagbearer without elections will help strengthen the bond the NPP may need to ride over their major political rivals, the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC).

He said his strategy would be ideal for the party to defeat the NDC which is coming like a “wounded lion.”

Speaking in an exclusive interview on the Accra-based JoyNews ‘The Probe Show’ which was aired on Sunday, June 26, 2022, monitored by Modernghana News, he noted that his strategy is part of the policies he will implement with the approval of the NPP’s National Executive Council (NEC of NPP) when he is finally given the nod as the party’s chairman.

According to Mr. Asamoah Boateng, he will call on all candidates in the NPP’s flagbearership contest to a hotel room and charge them to choose among themselves a flagbearer and a running mate.

Source: Modern Ghana

Inability of E-levy to hit revenue target vindicates NDC – Sam George

Member of Parliament for Ningo-Prampram, Sam George, says the National Democratic Congress (NDC) has been vindicated by its position that the Electronic Transfer Levy (E-levy) is not the solution to Ghana’s economic woes.

It follows the revelation by a leading member of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko that the tax measure since its implementation has generated only 10% of estimated revenue.

Speaking on Eyewitness News, the Ningo-Prampram MP said he is not at all surprised by the development.

“This needed no divine revelation, it was obvious to any critical and objective mind. The projections they were making were just untenable. Government said that in 7 months, that is from May to December, it was going to make GH¢4.2 billion of the E-Levy, meaning it was going to make about GH¢600 million every month, meaning it would make an average of GH¢20 million every day.”

“In May, they made GH¢1.8 million a day on average. If you implement a policy that delivers 9%, you have failed woefully,” he further made his point.

He said government’s ‘abysmal performance’ continues to prove how incompetent it is.

“This government should have absolutely no business getting close to the management of the economy, given the abysmal performance of what was hailed as the solution to all of our problems.”

Samuel George reiterated the decision by the NDC to abolish the E-levy.

The government commenced the implementation of the levy on May 1, 2022, after its initial announcement in the 2022 budget.

The E-levy was reduced from 1.75% to 1.5% following protests from various stakeholders.

The reduction was considered insufficient by groups that were calling for the levy to be scrapped.

The government had hoped to rake in about GH¢7 billion from the collection of the 1.5% levy on mobile money and other electronic transactions, but the figure was revised downwards to about GH¢4 billion recently.

Source: Modern Ghana