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Leonhardt Team Launches InStim Bioelectric Customized Inflammation Control

InStim is designed to read real time inflammatory and anti-inflammatory cytokines in body organs and then adjust real time up or down cytokine levels to get inflammation in balance and under control to promote optimal healing and long term organ health and function.

Press Release – Santa Monica, CA – October 6th, 2017 – Today the team at Leonhardt’s Launchpads announced the launch of a new startup InStim that is focusing on the development of bioelectric treatments for the customized real time management of inflammation.

The original InStim device design has these primary components for inflammation control therapy:

  1. Wireless means to read real time inflammatory and anti-inflammatory cytokine levels in an organ or blood flow.
  2. Wireless bioelectric signals direct to specific organ regions to manage the control of inflammation with real time customized delivery of signals for balancing cytokine levels.
  3. Bioelectric signals delivered via the nervous and cardiovascular system to manage total body electrical potentials balance.

“Inflammation cannot be managed with a single drug or single bioelectric signal. The body produces inflammation to promote healing and the right cytokines at the right time in the right sequence greatly aide in healing. The very same cytokines at the wrong time in the wrong sequence and at the wrong levels for the wrong duration can cause detrimental damage to health. Our invention is the first to read real time these inflammatory and anti-inflammatory cytokines and to deliver multiple cytokine up or down regulation real time to best attempt to gain the right inflammatory balance.” states Howard J. Leonhardt, Inventor, Founder and CEO of InStim and Leonhardt’s Launchpads.

“Chronic Inflammation contributes to the downward spiral of many disease states and conditions. Our team is working to apply this inflammation management tool to chronic heart failure treatment in partnership with BioLeonhardt, for concussion recovery in partnership with CerebraCell and with PancreaCell for pancreas health recovery from pancreatitis, just to name three potential applications of many. We look forward to proving out in well designed translational research studies that inflammation is best treated with a real time customized and constantly adapting treatment modality.” states Dr. Leslie Miller, Chief Medical Officer, InStim and Leonhardt’s Launchpads.

InStim is a device that in response to a subject’s inflammatory marker levels, delivers bioelectric protein expression signals to the subject’s tissue so as to upregulate and/or downregulate select protein expression(s) in the subject so as to balance inflammation in the subject.

The InStim device comprises: a power source, an input or several inputs to determine the subject’s inflammatory markers, and means for delivering bioelectric signals to the subject’s tissue, wherein the device utilizes the electrical signals to precisely control select protein expression(s) in the tissue on demand.

“Chronic inflammation increases cancer risk. It is clear from numerous studies that cell signaling elicited by inflammatory cytokines promotes tumor development. We look forward now to carefully studying this breakthrough pioneering real time inflammation management technology from InStim and CancerCell in treating cancer” stated Dr. Santosh Kesari, Chief Medical Advisor for CancerCell and CerebraCell and Chair and Professor, Department of Translational Neuro-oncology and Neurotherapeutics, John Wayne Cancer Institute. He is also Director of Neuro-oncology, Providence Saint John’s Health Center and leads the Pacific Neuroscience Research Center at the Pacific Neuroscience Institute in Santa Monica, California Dr. Kesari is also involved with brain injury recovery application studies for the InStim and CerebraCell technoloigies.

About InStim: InStim is an early stage startup incubating in the Leonhardt’s Launchpads innovation accelerators in Santa Monica and Playa Vista, California focused on customized inflammation management with bioelectric stimulation. Leonhardt’s Launchpads Utah, Inc. is also participating in advancing this technology platform forward at our research lab in Utah @ BioInnovations Gateway. InStim is licensing its technology to other startups within Leonhardt’s Launchpads accelerators for specific organ applications such as CerebraCell for brain injury recovery, PancreaCell for pancreas regeneration recovery from pancreatitis, CancerCell for bioelectric cancer treatments and BioLeonhardt for chronic heart failure recovery.

About Leonhardt’s Launchpads: Founded by Leonhardt Ventures in 2008 Leonhardt’s Launchpads focuses on launching startups focused on Regenerative Medtech and Regenerative Economy innovations. 30 startups currently are within the Leonhardt’s Launchpads accelerators at four locations in Santa Monica, Playa Vista and Petaluma in California and Salt Lake City, Utah. Leonhardt’s Launchpads’ majority of startups are all based on Leonhardt Ventures’ patented technology platform of bioelectric stimulator and when needed also a micro infusion pump re-filled daily or weekly with a fifteen component mixed stem cell + growth factors organ regeneration composition. Leonhardt’s Launchpads accelerators are operated by Cal-X Stars Business Accelerator, Inc. a California C corporation www.calxstars.com majority owned by Leonhardt Ventures (Leonhardt Vineyards LLC DBA Leonhardt Ventures). Leonhardt’s Launchpads Utah, Inc. is a stand alone C corporation in Salt Lake City, Utah – http://leonhardtventures.com/leonhardts-launchpads-utah/ The business model of Leonhardt’s Launchpads is to advance startups through to first-in-man clinical data and then seek out a strategic specific organ focused partner.

About Leonhardt Ventures: Founded in 1982 by inventor Howard J. Leonhardt has led the development of a number of leading organ regeneration and recovery products including the world’s leading stent graft system for aortic aneurysm repair. Over 500,000 patients to date have been treated with Leonhardt inventions. See www.leonhardtventures.com for more information including links to web sites of all our startups. Registered as Leonhardt Vineyards LLC DBA Leonhardt Ventures since 2005. Click here for Leonhardt’s Ventures 2017 Annual Report > http://2ho06i23weps2hx3g346udzo-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/cal-x_stars_annual-report_2017_v12_web.pdf

Cautionary Statement: Leonhardt’s Launchpads and Leonhardt Ventures specialize in early stage development of organ regeneration and recovery technologies with a very small staff and very small budget compared to competitors in the sector. The technologies are brand new and are unproven for safety and efficacy. By nature of this specialization the investment risk is very high and is not meant for “nest egg” savings and is reserved only for sophisticated accredited investors with experience in these type of investments. Some statements may be forward looking and information may change. Information on linked web sites may be outdated and is prone to errors due to the small staff and budget to maintain their accuracy and updates. All of our patents are subject to upkeep with maintenance fees. All of our agreements with third parties are subject to conditions that must be met to keep them active and valid. If you have any questions requiring clarification of any information or updated information please contact us at the below email addresses or phone voice mail.

Leonhardt’s Launchpads is lead by a team of over 100 experienced members – https://leonhardtventures.com/team/ which includes a scientific advisory board – https://calxstars.com/scientific-advisory-board/ comprised world opinion leaders in their fields of expertise


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Revolutionary Device Transforming Polluted Air Into Fresh Oxygen

An innovative, newly developed portable device replicates a tree’s process and transforms polluted air into fresh, mineral enriched, air. The device, developed by the Tbilisi-based startup Treepex, uses CRISPR technology to provide a solution to the ever growing air pollution problem.

Press Release – Disappearing forests and increased emissions are the main causes of the evolving air pollution disaster, taking the lives of over 5.5 million people each year. Especially those living in larger cities are affected by air pollution related diseases.

That is why the greenovative startup Treepex – based in one of the most pollution-affected countries globally – decided to take action.

“I knew I had to take action when I started having troubles breathing during summer in my hometown,” Lasha Kvantaliani, CTO & Co-founder of Treepex said, “and I knew it had to be technologically innovative, portable and easy to use, so you can take it anywhere you like at any time.”

With the DNA of millions of leaves compressed into the brain of the device, the so-called cartridge, the entrepreneurs say the device will become an inseparable part of life. The mobile app continuously synchronizes, showing updates on polluted air transformed into fresh oxygen, while monitoring pulmonary activity.

The campaign, launched as “breathe your own forest”, invites interested parties to subscribe via Treepex.com to become one of its closed-beta version users and be the first to try the device out.

Technical documentation – How Treepex Works – LINK


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Global Citizen Festival Premiers Short Documentary on Artolution’s Public Arts Projects with Syrian Children in Refugee Camps in Jordan

Press Release – Global Citizen, the news and humanitarian agency, partnered with Artolution, the International Rescue Committee (IRC), Unicef and UNHCR to produce and premier a new short documentary about Artolution’s work in the Azraq Syrian Refugee Camp at the Global Citizen Festival in New York’s Central Park to a live audience of 60,000 and a virtual audience of 1 million people around the world. Hugh Jackman presented the film as an introduction to Michelle Obama’s speech on the importance of education in emergencies for children globally. The film documents the psycho-social support programming that Artolution provides to Syrian refugee children in Jordan through community-based public art projects, including murals and musical sculptures made from reused trash. It focuses on the story of one refugee girl who paints her narrative into a mural, and ends by focusing on the ramifications of the current US funding cuts to humanitarian aid for the refugee crisis globally.

Over the past year, Artolution co-founders and co-directors Max Frieder and Joel Bergner have partnered with the humanitarian organizations IRC, Unicef and UNHCR to establish sustainable programming led by local Syrian artists and educators. These projects provide creative outlets for youth, forums for discussing important local issues and the beautification of refugee camps, impacting the lives of thousands of displaced Syrians.

Artolution is an international community-based public arts organization that seeks to ignite positive social change through creative, participatory and collaborative art making. The organization has facilitated projects in 30 countries around the world and connects diverse peoples in order to address common social objectives, including a major mural display at the United Nations. Over 400 projects over the past 9 years have brought together children, families, local artists, educators and community groups. Artolution’s main objective is to address critical issues related to armed conflict, trauma and social marginalization by cultivating sustainable global initiatives that promote reconciliation, healing and community dialogue.

“The color of the camp will change from the white to color which represents happiness, after all the tiresome things that we’ve went through.”

                           – Darren Abdul- Salam Ammar, Artolution participant, Age 15

See the film at: Global Citizen | Artolution or on Facebook.


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Kenya’s Samburu Warriors To Participate In 10K Central Park Run Benefitting Save The Elephants

Press Release – OCTOBER 20, 2017 – NEW YORK, NY: The 2017 Saving the Elephants Run will take place this coming November 18th from 9:00AM to 12:00PM in New York’s iconic Central Park to benefit the leading elephant science and research organization, Save the Elephants. This year for the first time representatives of Kenya’s Samburu tribe will participate in the festivities, underscoring the organization’s deep ties with the African community and its commitment to social and wildlife conservation.

Extraordinary Journeys, outfitters of luxurious African safaris, is co-sponsoring the event alongside US clothing and apparel brand Ivory Ella – a 10-kilometer, family-friendly charity race where all proceeds directly benefit Save The Elephants’ on-the-ground efforts to combat the poaching of elephants in Kenya and the trafficking of their ivory.

Participants are encouraged to join the Extraordinary Journeys’ Team to foster competition (media are invited to join the team) and raise funds to support this worthy cause. Extraordinary Journeys has created a prize of a safari for two to the top fundraising individual for Save the Elephants. The itinerary, valued at $15,000, includes one night at the trendy One Forty Eight in Nairobi, three nights at Elephant Watch Camp in Samburu, and two nights at the luxurious Richard’s River Camp in the Masai Mara (two people sharing in 2018).

For additional information about the 2017 Saving the Elephants Run or Extraordinary Journeys please contact andres@xhibition.com.

ABOUT EXTRAORDINARY JOURNEYS

Founded and run by a mother-daughter team with over half a century of combined safari knowledge, Extraordinary Journeys (EJ) specializes in creating unique, custom safari experiences to East and Southern Africa, as well as select destinations Out of Africa. EJ mixes and matches safari camps, lodges and private villas to create a true sense of adventure. Travel ranges from private planes, 4X4s, hot air balloons, horses and camels. The EJ team has planned well over 4,000 safaris and journeys and none have been the same, however all bear the hallmarks of first-hand knowledge, personalized service and social responsibility.

ABOUT SAVE THE ELEPHANTS

Save the Elephants (STE) works to secure a future for elephants in a rapidly changing world. Leaders in elephant science, STE also provides cutting-edge scientific insights into elephant behavior, intelligence, and long-distance movement and applies them to the long-term challenges of elephant conservation. To battle the current surge in ivory poaching, the STE/Wildlife Conservation Network’s Elephant Crisis Fund is identifying and supporting the most effective global partners to stop poaching, thwart traffickers and end demand for ivory.

For more information visit Save the Elephants.


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Target Just Announced a New Climate Policy and Goals—Take a Closer Look

Press Release – October 17, 2017: As organizations around the world team up to combat the effects of climate change, companies like Target have a big role to play. Since we opened our first store back in 1962, we’ve aimed to make our products and operations more sustainable for our guests—we’re a two-time ENERGY STAR partner of the year, and the Solar Energy Industries Association’s 2016 top corporate solar installer in the U.S. We’ve also come to the table in support of the Paris Agreement and other global and local environmental efforts.

Today, we’re taking the next step forward, introducing a new climate policy and goals to help us keep making progress.

“Target has long been committed to making our business more sustainable, which leads to a stronger, cleaner supply chain and operations, and a healthier environment for our team members and guests,” says Brian Cornell, chairman and CEO, Target. “That’s why we’re setting goals to reduce our greenhouse gas footprint, and working with our industry partners, policymakers and other stakeholders to accelerate the transition to a low-carbon economy.”

We set our new goals with the Science-Based Targets initiative in mind. This organization provides guidelines that help U.S. companies align their corporate goals with climate science so the economy can progress together. Take a look:

In addition to these goals, we’re committing to sourcing 100% renewable energy in our domestic operations, which we’ll work with partners to achieve in the coming years.

To make it all happen, we’ll focus our efforts in five areas:

  • Increasing adoption of renewable energy in our own operations, our supply chain, and on the electricity grid;
  • Driving energy and water efficiency in our own operations and in our supply chain;
  • Investing in innovations supporting the transition to a lower-carbon transportation system, including vehicle electrification;
  • Considering climate impacts in raw materials sourcing, particularly the impacts of land use change, and designing plans to mitigate those impacts; and
  • Supporting communities most heavily impacted by climate change and building their resilience to climate change impacts like extreme weather events

That means we’ll continue building on several projects already in the works, like our collaboration with WWF (World Wildlife Fund)—where they advise us in areas like climate change, water stewardship, food waste, packaging, and sourcing raw materials, with more to come as the relationship moves forward.

We’ll also continue our work to promote water conservation, which has already saved more than 22 million gallons through optimization of outdoor irrigation systems at 176 of our stores.

And to share our learnings and progress with the rest of the world, we’ll report regularly in our annual Corporate Responsibility Report.


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Announcing Techstars Impact Accelerator

Press Release – Techstars, the worldwide network that helps entrepreneurs succeed, is excited to announce the launch of the Techstars Impact Accelerator, its first program backing for-profit, mission-driven founders building technologies to solve our most pressing social and environmental problems.

Techstars Impact Accelerator will be based in Austin, TX, where Techstars has operated programs since 2013 and will continue to deepen its footprint. As the fastest-growing city in the US, Austin is an emerging leader bridging technology and social innovation and consistently attracts top tech talent from around the world.

Applications open in December 2017 and the program kicks off June 2018. The Techstars Impact Accelerator fund is backed by notable LPs including impact investment funds managed by Morgan Stanley Investment Management’s AIP Private Markets Team, Impact America Fund and Cotter Cunningham, CEO of RetailMeNot, Inc.

After four years serving as founder and CEO of UnLtd USA and previous experience working with impact startups across the US and emerging markets, I am joining as managing director of the program. UnLtd USA will join forces with Techstars to bring its global network in the impact space to the Techstars Impact Accelerator.

Meanwhile, since Techstars launched 10 years ago, we have had a deeply held belief that some of our biggest global challenges also represent some of our biggest opportunities, so investing in world-class, mission-driven founders is deeply embedded in our DNA.

Over the last several years, we have made several investments into impact companies, including category leaders such as Zipline, which builds drones to deliver crucial medical supplies in Africa; Aunt Bertha, the #1 ranked social service search and referrals platform; and Connxus, a supplier management solution that allows buyers to achieve their goals of responsible and sustainable sourcing.

In 2015, Techstars companies represented 5 percent of all Series A deals. Alongside this, we see an important trend in the landscape: since 2011, the number of impact companies accepted into our global accelerator programs has continued to increase, growing by an average of over 50 percent each year over the last three years. Now with dozens of impact companies in the Techstars Portfolio, we see a second exciting trend that validates our core belief: looking at the investment multiple of our impact companies compared against the general portfolio, our impact companies track with the general portfolio and in some cases are outperforming.

Today, we launch the Techstars Impact Accelerator to help world-class, mission-driven entrepreneurs who believe, like us, that solving some of our most pressing social and environmental problems can sit hand-in-hand with building a successful company.

Companies participating in the program will focus on developing transformative technologies and innovative business models to solve our most pressing challenges across financial services, healthcare, education, agriculture, energy and more.

Go to our page to sign up for updates on the Techstars Impact with meetups, webinars and news on the application process, as well as to learn more about where you can meet me as I tour the world looking for the world’s leading mission-driven startups to join Techstars Impact.


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Conference to Explore the Impact of Corporate Social Responsibility on Brand Value

Press Release – New York, NY—October 18, 2017 — The International Trademark Association (INTA) will explore the impact of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), sustainability, and integrity on brands and business results across all industries at its first Brand Authenticity Conference in Berlin, Germany on November 30—December 1, 2017.

“Corporate Social Responsibility is a timely and relevant topic in today’s evolving marketplace, as consumers increasingly turn to brands not only for the delivery of products and services, but also in search of a promise of how these products and services can positively contribute to social and environmental change for communities at large,” said INTA CEO Etienne Sanz de Acedo. “INTA’s Brand Authenticity conference will highlight the evolution of consumer priorities and expectations, and how business, legal, and marketing stakeholders all play a role in delivering and protecting a brand’s value.”

Keynote speaker Aiko Bode, Group Chief Sustainability Officer for Fenix Outdoor International AG, Germany, will share how this renowned European apparel and equipment brand is winning by directly linking sustainability to growth. The speakers for this program include many well-known brands, including Toms Shoes, Inc., Anheuser-Busch InBev S.A., Lego System A/S, Abercrombie & Fitch Co., and V.F. Corporation.

Sessions include CSR and social media as the new storytelling tool for brands, diversity and inclusion for brands and brand professionals, the unexpected partnership between anticounterfeiting and CSR, and trademark protection guidelines for navigating the new “green” landscape.

The conference is designed for IP professionals, attorneys, brand owners, brand protection professionals, government relations professionals, and advertising and marketing specialists, and provides numerous opportunities for networking. It will be presented in English, and qualifies for Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points.

For more information and to register for the Brand Authenticity conference, visit www.inta.org/2017Berlin.

About the International Trademark Association (INTA)

The International Trademark Association (INTA) is the global association of trademark owners and professionals dedicated to supporting trademarks and related IP in order to protect consumers and to promote fair and effective commerce. Members include more than 7,000 trademark owners, professionals, and academics from more than 190 countries who benefit from the Association’s global trademark resources, policy development, education, training, and international network. Founded in 1878, INTA is headquartered in New York City, with offices in Brussels, Santiago, Shanghai, Singapore, and Washington, D.C., and representatives in Geneva and New Delhi. For more information, please visit www.inta.org.


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Dream Foundation Expands National Board of Directors

Paul Kusserow, President and CEO of Amedisys, joins Board of national dream-granting organization

Press Release – Santa Barbara, Calif. –– Dream Foundation, the only national dream-granting organization for terminally-ill adults, announced the appointment of Mr. Paul Kusserow, President and Chief Executive Officer of Amedisys, Inc., to its National Board of Directors. Kusserow joins the 12-member Board in overseeing Dream Foundation’s activities as well as assisting to raise the funds necessary for Dream Foundation to fulfill its mission of fulfilling the final Dreams of terminally-ill adults.

In addition to serving as President and Chief Executive Officer of Amedisys, a leading provider of home health, hospice and personal care, Kusserow sits on its Board of Directors and is active in the Amedisys Foundation, which, in December of 2016, partnered with Dream Foundation to fulfill the final Dreams of Amedisys hospice care centers across the nation.

Prior to joining Amedisys, Kusserow held senior positions at Alignment Healthcare, Inc., Humana, Inc., and Tenet Healthcare Corporation. Following his time as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University, Mr. Kusserow began his career as a consultant at McKinsey and Company, Inc.

“We are delighted to welcome Paul to our Board of Directors,” said Kisa Heyer, Dream Foundation’s Chief Executive Officer. “Paul is a veteran leader in the healthcare industry with vast expertise in leading and driving growth strategies and we welcome his passion for serving patients at the end of life.”

As he joins the Board, Paul understands that central to the mission and values of both Dream Foundation and Amedisys is a drive to help patients maintain quality of life and dignity while providing comfort and solace through difficult times. He says, “[w]e wanted our Foundation to support programs that promise the greatest impact on our patient population,” adding “[o]ur partnership with Dream Foundation allows us to make a profound difference for those with life-limiting illnesses, which is incredibly rewarding for our people.”

About Dream Foundation:

Dream Foundation, the only national dream-granting organization for terminally-ill adults, fulfills final Dreams that provide inspiration, comfort and closure at the end of life. With the support of a nationwide network of volunteers, hospices, health care organizations and committed donors, Dream Foundation has given life to more than 27,000 final Dreams over the past two decades and has never turned down a qualified applicant. The Foundation is proud to maintain Charity Navigator’s four-star rating—its highest—for sound fiscal management ensuring its donors and partners that their investment will be used wisely. Dream Foundation receives no state of federal funding—we rely solely on private donations. To support our mission please visit DreamFoundation.org/donate.


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Change Finance Launches CHGX, Impact Investing ETF

First truly fossil fuel-free ETF utilizes diversified impact screens

Press Release – New York, NY, October 10th, 2017 — Change Finance, a majority women-run asset manager, today announced the launch of its first ETF. The Change Finance Diversified Impact U.S. Large Cap Fossil Fuel Free ETF (CHGX) is the only ETF that uses diversified impact screens to look beyond excluding fossil fuels, taking a comprehensive approach to socially responsible investing.

CHGX’s methodology is informed by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These internationally agreed-upon standards seek to eradicate poverty, protect planetary life support, and achieve lasting peace and dignity for humanity. Change Finance, devoted to providing impact-focused, performance-oriented investments, uses the SDGs to craft investment options for customers who care about impact and income.

“CHGX is a new chapter in investing,” said Donna Morton, Change Finance CEO. “Our investors want alignment with what they care about, without sacrificing performance. Fossil fuel-free is essential, but CHGX then goes further, divesting not only from companies who dig up, refine, burn and service fossil fuels, but also from companies that are serious polluters, that have significant human or labor rights violations, and that fail to meet a variety of other social and environmental standards. No other ETF does this.”

CHGX goes beyond fossil fuel-free screens as well. “We reject companies that produce pesticides or military weapons, engage in corrupt business practices or have exploitative relationships with labor and Indigenous people,” Andrew Rodriguez, Change Finance President, added. “We move money from harm to healing—harnessing our collective experience in social change. The result is an ETF that invests in companies built for the 21st century. This sort of smart investing can solve some of the worst social and environmental issues, and we believe it could serve as a core holding in any investor’s portfolio. Think of us as inspired by the values of “Occupy,” but powered by the acumen of Wall St.”

A growing body of academic research suggests that ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) factors can also be predictive of outperformance. “We see ‘investing to turn a profit’ versus ‘investing with your personal values’ as a false trade-off,” said Dorrit Lowsen, Change Finance COO. “You don’t have to choose between the two. There’s ample evidence that doing good for people and planet is actually just plain good business.”

CHGX’s index begins with the 1,000 largest U.S.-listed companies and applies a series of ESG screens to exclude companies that are deemed to be “bad actors,” whether they operate in the oil, gas, coal, or tobacco industries among others, or have engaged in any sort of business malpractice. The fund has an expense ratio of 0.75%, and intends to spur changes in companies through shareholder advocacy. CHGX will track the performance of the Change Finance Diversified Impact U.S. Large Cap Fossil Fuel Free Index.

“After applying these screens, what you’re left with are good global corporate citizens—large cap, U.S.-based companies representing a range of sectors,” said Hunter Lovins, Change Finance Executive Vice President of Impact, “We believe these are some of the best companies with long-term business models. They are conscientious regarding their impact on employees, supply chains, people, and planet. They do what they can to reduce their carbon footprint, implement inclusive employment practices, harness the wisdom of women, and seek to do good in the communities where they do business. They are what I want to own.”

About Change Finance

Change Finance is committed to transforming the financial landscape by providing impact investing products that are good for people, planet, and investors. The firm is the only majority woman-owned and managed financial company offering ETFs that are truly fossil free, clean, and responsible. Change Finance’s approach to investing emphasizes investing in service to life, which it implements through a “divest from harm, invest in healing” methodology, grounded in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

We believe finance is the mother of all human systems. Where capital flows, momentum follows. As investors make statements with which funds they choose to invest in, corporations are primed to listen and respond. In this way, Change Finance’s suite of funds enables investors to drive impact, creating an economy in service to life through financial activism. For more information, please visit changefinanceETF.com.

The fund’s investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses must be carefully before investing. The prospectus contains this and other important information about the investment company. It may obtained by calling 1-303-339-0524 or emailing info@change-finance.com. Read it carefully before investing.

Investing involves risk. Principal loss is possible. Investments in Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) involve additional risks such as declines in the value of real estate and increased susceptibility to adverse economic or regulatory developments. The social, governance, and/or environmental policy of the Fund could cause it to make or avoid investment that could result in the portfolio underperforming similar funds that do not have such policies. The Fund is a recently organized, diversified management investment company with no operating history. As a result, prospective investors have no track record on which to base their investment decisions. The Fund may trade at a premium or discount to NAV. Shares of any ETF are bought and sold at market price (not at NAV) and are not individual redeemed from the Fund. Brokerage commissions will reduce returns. The performance of the funds may diverge from that of the index. Because the funds may employ a representative sampling strategy and may also invest in securities that are not included in the index, the funds may experience tracking error to a greater extent than funds that seek to replicate an index. The funds are not actively managed and may be affected by a general decline in market segments related to the index.

The Change Finance Diversified Impact U.S. Large Cap Fossil Fuel Free ETF is distributed by Quasar Distributors, LLC.


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Rohingya Refugees in Bangladesh: Scaling Up Response to a Humanitarian Crisis

Press Release – October 19, 2017 – In response to the unfolding humanitarian crisis in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has massively increased its operations in the country. This scale-up follows the influx of more than 582,000 Rohingya refugees since August 25, after a wave of targeted violence against the Rohingya in neighboring Myanmar’s Rakhine state.

In nearly two months MSF has treated more than 30,000 patients in the Cox’s Bazar area, effectively five times the number of people who sought treatment at MSF facilities during the same period last year.

“We are concerned that if the response to this crisis does not increase to meet the huge demand for shelter, clean water, medical care, and food, then the risk of disease outbreaks looms, and, with that, a public health emergency,” said MSF emergency coordinator Robert Onus.

 

A MSF staff member tends to a woman suffering from an acute respiratory infection in the emergency room of the MSF medical facility in Kutupalong. Paula Bronstein/Getty Images

MSF has hired an additional 800 staff, bringing the total number of staff on the ground in Cox’s Bazar from around 200 people to 1,000.

MSF has also rapidly expanded inpatient capacity at its Kutupalong medical facility from 50 to 70 beds, with new wards and isolation capacity for infectious diseases. The inpatient health facility, which provides basic primary and secondary health care services and is MSF’s largest health facility in Cox’s Bazar, has been running since 2009. A second inpatient facility with a focus on mother and child health is under construction in Balukhali and is expected to open in the coming days.

Two more inpatient facilities are also planned to open in the region to meet the increasing demand for secondary health care. Additional health posts and mobile clinics have already been set up to meet the growing need for primary health care in Kutupalong, Balukhali, Mainnerghona, Jamtoli, Unchiparang, and along the entry points at the border.

“Outside of the medical response, improving water and sanitation is an integral part of our attempts to prevent the spread of disease,” said Onus. “With a population this large, access to adequate water and sanitation facilities is crucial, and as the number of people fleeing continues to rise, this work will continue well into December.”

Image Credit: MSF USA

To this end, MSF has built 200 latrines, 34 boreholes, and a gravity flow water supply system, while also trucking in an average of 100 cubic meters of water daily to the settlements from MSF’s Kutupalong medical facility. Between now and the end of 2017, 100 deep tube wells, 300 shallow tube wells, and 1,000 latrines will be constructed in the Balukhali and Kutupalong makeshift settlements.

“Given the size of the population [in Kutapalong and Balukhali] at least 8,000 latrines are required to help stop the spread of disease due to poor sanitation and hygiene,” said Onus. “But with a population of more than 582,000 refugees on top of the existing 200,000 who arrived previously, huge gaps in services and infrastructure remain.”


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