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Former Ford Foundation President Luis Ubiñas Joins Aura’s Board of Directors

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SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Aura, a CDFI-certified fintech company that uses technology to disrupt predatory lending, today announced that Luis Ubiñas has been elected to its board of directors. As former head of McKinsey’s West Coast technology practice and a visionary leader in impact investing, Mr. Ubiñas will help Aura scale to meet the needs of America’s underbanked.

In this new role, Mr. Ubiñas will draw on his experience advising high-growth technology companies and leading the Ford Foundation to provide strategic counsel on how to further grow Aura’s affordable loan platform and expand its social bond offerings to foundations and impact investors.

“Luis is a true pioneer in the worlds of technology and social impact, and I’m honored that he’s joining our board of directors,” said James Gutierrez, CEO and Co-Founder of Aura. Luis has unparalleled expertise in deploying capital to lift up communities and individuals. In joining our board, Luis will help Aura expand access to capital to those who have been locked out of our financial system for so long.”

Mr. Ubiñas has more than three decades of unmatched experience as a business leader, impact investor, and director of public and private companies. Currently, Mr. Ubiñas is president of the Board of Trustees of the Pan American Development Foundation, which invests $100 million in development projects in Central and South America and the Caribbean. From 2008 to 2013, he served as president of the Ford Foundation, the second largest foundation in the United States with a $12 billion endowment.

Mr. Ubiñas also serves on the Advisory Board of the United Nations Fund for International Partnerships and the New York Public Library. In the private sector, Luis is the lead director at Electronic Arts (NASDAQ: EA) and serves on the Boards of Boston Private Financial Holdings (NASDAQ: BPFH), GFR Media and Shorelight Education. Earlier, Mr. Ubiñas was a senior partner at McKinsey & Company and was an Obama-era appointee to the Export-Import Bank and the International Trade Commission.

“I’m thrilled to join Aura’s Board, especially at this moment of incredible growth,” said Mr. Ubiñas. “By providing affordable loans to people with low and no credit, Aura is helping working families escape a cycle of debt and putting them on the road to financial prosperity. I look forward to helping Aura expand access to credit in communities across the nation.”

Mr. Ubiñas is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Business School. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He has published extensively, including articles and opinion pieces in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Fortune and a range of other publications.

About Aura

Aura is a technology-powered Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) that provides small, affordable loans to working families in America. Aura’s mission is to build financially healthy low-income communities by providing empowering financial services to America’s 66 million underbanked and unbanked. Aura has pioneered a cloud-based lending technology that enables trusted local businesses to submit credit applications for centralized review and approval by its proprietary scoring algorithms.

Currently available in nearly 1,200 locations across California, Texas, Illinois and Arizona, Aura has provided hundreds of thousands of credit-building, responsible loans to low-income households since launching in 2014. Aura was founded in 2012 by James Gutierrez, Kevin Kang, and Randy Wong. All three founders helped create and scale Oportun, a CDFI and one of Time Magazine’s Top 50 Most Genius Companies in 2018.

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ARUP Laboratories Deploys World’s First AI-Augmented Ova and Parasite Assay

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SALT LAKE CITY–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#AI–ARUP Laboratories (ARUP), a national reference laboratory and worldwide leader in innovative laboratory research and development, and Techcyte, a leading developer of artificial intelligence (AI) based image analysis solutions for the diagnostics industry, have developed the world’s first AI-augmented ova and parasite detection tool.

“The collaboration with Techcyte has produced an AI-augmented detection tool that significantly advances our diagnostic capabilities in our parasitology lab,” said Adam Barker, PhD, director of Research and Development at ARUP. “This will allow for faster turnaround times, decreased costs, employee satisfaction and improved patient care.”

For laboratorians, digitally enabling the workflow will decrease the physical demands of looking through a microscope for extended periods of time, including eye fatigue and neuromuscular tension. The technology can quickly screen out negative results, allowing laboratorians to spend more time analyzing positive slides.

Techcyte’s digital diagnostics platform applies the latest in convolutional neural networks to pre-classify the fecal sample images captured by a 3DHISTECH Pannoramic 250-Flash III scanner. Pre-classifying the images using the Techcyte tool allows ARUP’s technologists to efficiently read stained glass slides manually and improves the accuracy of parasite detection.

“Microscopy-based diagnostic parasitology has remained woefully static for decades. We have successfully developed a pioneering breakthrough with this tool, the likes of which had previously been unimaginable by classically trained microbiologists,” said Dr. Marc Couturier, medical director of ARUP’s Parasitology labs.

The ova and parasite tool is the first of many projects that ARUP and Techcyte are co-developing. ARUP’s vast medical expertise and access to samples combined with Techcyte’s technical ability and digital evaluation platform will produce high quality algorithms that can be developed and applied to future unmet laboratory needs.

“This revolutionary partnership will combine ARUP’s vast expertise and reputation in the market with Techcyte’s AI-based image analysis capabilities to change the way lab diagnostics are performed,” said Ralph Yarro, CEO of Techcyte.

Medical labs, hardware manufacturers, hospitals, and clinics all benefit from Techcyte’s solutions. In 2019, Techcyte will deliver solutions for blood analysis, cervical cytology, and bacteriology.

About Techcyte

Headquartered in Lindon, Utah, Techcyte, Inc. was founded in 2013 as a technology transfer from the University of Utah with a mission to lower healthcare costs through artificial intelligence. Techcyte uses the power of deep machine learning to perform image analysis of whole slide images. Image analysis is required for widespread adoption of digital diagnostics in research, pharma, human, air quality, and veterinary diagnostic testing. Visit www.techcyte.com for more information.

About ARUP

ARUP Laboratories is a national clinical and anatomic pathology reference laboratory and a worldwide leader in innovative laboratory research and development. A nonprofit enterprise of the University of Utah, ARUP offers an extensive test menu of highly complex and unique medical tests. Rather than competing with its clients for physician office business, ARUP supports its clients’ existing test menus by offering highly complex and unique lab tests, with accompanying consultative support, to enhance their abilities to provide laboratory services. Visit www.aruplab.com for more information.

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Techcyte Media Contact:

Ben Cahoon, 801-980-0414

ben.cahoon@techcyte.com


ARUP Media Contacts:

Cyndee Holden, 801-583-2787, x- 3318

cynthia.holden@aruplab.com

Peta Owens-Liston, 801-583-2787, x- 3635

peta.liston@aruplab.com

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Empathy Japan: “ROMPERS BEAR” Originated in Japan Launches Overseas Service with English/Chinese Official Website

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ROMPERS BEAR is the only one handmade stuffed toy in the world made from baby clothes by experienced craft persons

TOKYO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Empathy Japan Co., Ltd. (Representative: Kayoko Watanabe, Office: Setagaya-ku Tokyo, Japan), sells “ROMPERS BEAR” (https://www.rompersbear.com/) is the only one stuffed bear in the world that is made from baby clothes contained kid’s memories, is announcing the launch of an official English and Chinese website from July 2019 to make it easier for overseas customers to order.

Empathy Japan Co., Ltd. is offering a ROMPERS BEAR service making a stuffed bear from baby clothes used to be worn by a baby. It has been selected by a lot of customers in Japan for various kinds of occasions: as birthday gift of first year, for remembrance sake of childcare, and to treat mothers by themselves. Experienced craft persons sew every single bear carefully. We carry out all the processes from sewing to inspection in Japan.

To see the ROMPERS BEAR, parents can remember the tender feeling from “parenting with care” sometime ago, at the same time, the kid can realize “his/her parents raised himself/herself in a loving way” with the ROMPERS BEAR.

Rompers are holding babyhood’s loving memories they were used to slipped on and off the baby and washed every day. We hope these rompers are in visible places to the family even after the babyhood is over, not being put inside the drawer of chest. As a child gets older, parents might face quarrel with the child or get tired of taking care of him/her. But then, by seeing the ROMPERS BEAR, it can let them remember the first laugh or squeeze back by tiny soft hand and get the feel of tender smell.

What is ROMPERS BEAR?

ROMPERS BEAR made from baby clothes is the only one stuffed toy in the world.

It makes parents to bring back memories of the kid’s babyhood or efforts related to childcare.

Every single ROMPERS BEAR is sewed with the warmest wishes. It is an excellent gift for any anniversary such as birthday of first year or any occasions as kids grow up. ROMPERS BEAR is made as handy size and good form to carry around by kids.

Ordering site: https://www.rompersbear.com/about

Price: JPY 15,984; Including Tax + JPY 2,500; Overseas Shipping

Size: Height: About 25cm / Weight: About 120g

Period of Delivery: After about three months from the date of purchase

Two rompers or baby clothes are required to make a ROMPERS BEAR.

On a sole of the ROMPERS BEAR, kid’s “name with alphabet (within 8 letters of alphabet)” and “date of birth (with the dominical year)” will be embroidered.

Made in Japan.

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Products Contact

ROMPERS BEAR Division, Empathy Japan Co., Ltd.

2-11-13 Seijo, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo, JAPAN 157-0066

info@rompersbear.com

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ROMPERS BEAR Division, Empathy Japan Co., Ltd.

Mikito Ninchi

TEL.+81-3-6721-1588 FAX.+81-3-6721-1589 info@rompersbear.com

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Sense.Chat – A Secure Way To Chat & Earn

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Sense.Chat Launches A Secure Messenger & EOS Wallet Utilizing Blockchain Technology

SANTA MONICA, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–$SENSE #EOSAvailable now on Android and iOS, Sense.Chat allows you to securely chat and transact with your friends, family, and even strangers in the global messenger community. The Sense.Chat Encryption Protocol uses advanced cryptography combined with the EOS Blockchain to deliver messages so that users will be able to maintain their privacy in an unparalleled, highly secure application. Within seconds, users can create a private account with no phone number or email required, start chatting, and share cryptocurrencies with the built-in digital wallet.

“The world is becoming decentralized. I am excited to support this amazing application. Sense.Chat improves human connections by allowing private, seamless messaging and payments,” said Tim Draper, notable investor and Director of the Board of Sense Chat Labs.

Sense.Chat is a dApp (decentralized application) built on EOSIO software, initially created by Block.One, whose CTO Daniel Larimer is a known pioneer of scalable blockchain technology. His product developments are the most successful social blockchain solutions created to date and now he is continuing his work with Voice.

Features & Benefits of Sense.Chat

–Private Messaging: Video and text chat with your friends and family securely using our advanced encryption protocol. We never read or censor your messages, unlike WeChat.

–Crypto Wallet: Send, receive, and store cryptocurrencies while you chat.

–Super Secure: Each party can encrypt messages with public keys in a true peer-to-peer connection. Only you and your contact can decrypt messages.

-Public Channels: Discover exciting conversations, new friends and earn SENSE tokens by chatting in public channels.

-Secure Connection: Chat in real time video and audio calls, connected over data or wifi with no carrier fees.

“You shouldn’t have to compromise your digital self to have a conversation online,” said Sense.Chat CEO Crystal Rose. “With blockchain technology, the digital world can react in the same way as the physical world. Conversations on Sense.Chat are like having a conversation in real life. No middlemen spying on your messages or selling your data.”

Sense.Chat is available on iOS and Android.

Please visit www.sense.chat for more information on Sense.Chat, videos, screenshots, social media, press and more.

ABOUT SENSE

Sense Chat Labs, a venture-backed technology company with investors such as Draper Associates, builds tools for connecting humans worldwide and exchanging value in real time. Its main application, Sense.Chat, is the first of its kind: a truly private, crypto-enabled video messenger.

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Zac Harding

press@makesense.com

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