PHOTO RELEASE–Huntington Ingalls Industries Awarded $218 Million Advance Procurement Contract for LPD 29

PASCAGOULA, Miss., June 30, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Huntington Ingalls Industries (NYSE:HII) announced today that its Ingalls Shipbuilding division has received a $218 million, cost-plus-fixed-fee advance procurement contract from the U.S. Navy to provide long-lead-time material and advance construction activities for LPD 29, the 13th amphibious transport dock of the San Antonio (LPD 17) class.
The funds will be used to purchase long-lead-time material and major equipment, including main engines, diesel generators, deck equipment, shafting, propellers, valves and other long-lead systems.“This contract is important for us, and for our 400 LPD suppliers in 30 states across the country, as we continue to build these high-quality, complex amphibious warships for the U.S. Navy,” Ingalls Shipbuilding President Brian Cuccias said. “This contract enables us to align our material, processes and people to build LPD 29 efficiently and affordably and to leverage our hot production line.”A photo accompanying this release is available at:’ 11th LPD, Portland (LPD 27), returned from builder’s sea trials today and will be delivered later this year. Fort Lauderdale (LPD 28) began construction last December and will have its keel laid this fall.The San Antonio class is a key element of the Navy’s 21st century amphibious assault force. The 684-foot-long, 105-foot-wide ships are used to embark and land Marines, their equipment and supplies ashore via air cushion or conventional landing craft and amphibious assault vehicles, augmented by helicopters or vertical takeoff and landing aircraft such as the MV-22 Osprey. The ships support a Marine Air Ground Task Force across the spectrum of operations, conducting amphibious and expeditionary missions of sea control and power projection, along with humanitarian assistance and disaster relief missions throughout the first half of the 21st century.Huntington Ingalls Industries is America’s largest military shipbuilding company and a provider of professional services to partners in government and industry. For more than a century, HII’s Newport News and Ingalls shipbuilding divisions in Virginia and Mississippi have built more ships in more ship classes than any other U.S. naval shipbuilder. HII’s Technical Solutions division provides a wide range of professional services through its Fleet Support, Integrated Missions Solutions, Nuclear & Environmental, and Oil & Gas groups. Headquartered in Newport News, Virginia, HII employs nearly 37,000 people operating both domestically and internationally. For more information, visit:
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Oregon Mesothelioma Victims Center Now Urges an Energy Worker in Oregon With Mesothelioma to Call Them for Honest Information About the Nation's Top Lawyers and Better Compensation

Please make certain the lawyers you are talking to are fulltime mesothelioma lawyers who specialize in compensation and make certain they have family references to back up their claims”

— Oregon Mesothelioma Victims Center

NEW YORK, NEW YORK, USA, June 30, 2017 / — The Oregon Mesothelioma Victims Center says, “We specialize in helping energy workers in Oregon with mesothelioma because their financial compensation can be so significant and we want to make certain they or their family receive the best financial settlement. However, as we would like to discuss anytime at 800-714-0303-if you want the best mesothelioma compensation it is vitally important to hire one of the nation’s most skilled, and experienced mesothelioma attorneys. There is a direct relationship between the best financial compensation and having the most capable-fulltime mesothelioma attorneys as we would like to discuss.

“We are specifically focused on helping a hydro-electric worker, a power plant worker, a public utility district worker or an electrical worker with mesothelioma in Oregon because their net compensation can potentially be in the hundreds of thousands of dollars or more.” http://Oregon.MesotheliomaVictimsCenter.Com

QUICK Energy FACTS Energy-Oregon

§ In 2015, 68% of Oregon’s utility-scale net electricity generation came from conventional hydroelectric power plants and other renewable energy resources.

§ Major transmission lines connect Oregon’s electricity grid to Southern California, allowing for large interstate electricity transfers.

§ The Mist field in northwestern Oregon is the only producing natural gas field in the Pacific Northwest.

Vital hiring a lawyer tip for a power or energy worker in Oregon who has been diagnosed with mesothelioma from the Oregon Mesothelioma Victims Center: Please make certain the lawyers you are talking to are fulltime mesothelioma lawyers who specialize in compensation and make certain they have family references to back up their claims. Before you retain the services of a law firm to advance a mesothelioma compensation claim please call us at 800-714-0303 to ensure you really are dealing with one of the nation’s most experienced mesothelioma lawyers.” http://Oregon.MesotheliomaVictimsCenter.Com

The Oregon Mesothelioma Victims Center wants to emphasize their initiative is statewide and available to a diagnosed victim anywhere in Oregon including communities such as Portland, Eugene, Salem, Gresham, Hillsboro, Beaverton, Bend, Medford, Springfield, and Corvallis.

The Oregon Mesothelioma Victims Center is also incredibly focused on making certain a diagnosed victim of this rare form of cancer gets the best medical treatments. For the best possible mesothelioma treatment options in Oregon the Oregon Mesothelioma Victims Center strongly recommends the following heath care facility with the offer to help a diagnosed victim, or their family get to the right physicians at this hospital.

* OHSU Knight Cancer Institute Portland, Oregon:

The average age for a diagnosed victim of mesothelioma is about 72 years old. This year between 2500, and 3000 US citizens will be diagnosed with mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer that is attributable to exposure to asbestos.

High-risk work groups for exposure to asbestos in Oregon include Veterans of the US Navy, power plant workers, factory workers, truck building workers, maritime workers, pulp and paper mill workers, plumbers, electricians, welders, auto mechanics, machinists, and construction workers. In most instances the diagnosed person’s exposure to asbestos occurred in the 1950’s, 1960’s, 1970’s, or 1980’s.http://Oregon.MesotheliomaVictimsCenter.Com

The states indicated with the highest incidence of mesothelioma include Maine, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, Virginia, Michigan, Illinois, Minnesota, Louisiana, Washington, and Oregon.

For more information about mesothelioma please refer to the National Institutes of Health’s web site related to this rare form of cancer:

Michael Thomas
Oregon Mesothelioma Victims Center
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US$55 million needed for life-saving assistance to DRC refugees in northern Angola

Thirteen UN agencies and NGOs are seeking US$55 million to continue helping the growing number of refugees arriving in Angola from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Since April, some 31,000 refugees have arrived in Angola’s Lunda Norte province, fleeing violent attacks in the DRC’s Kasai region.

Inter-communal tensions and clashes among different militia groups and the Congolese armed forces in the Kasai region have displaced more than 1.3 million people inside the DRC. Humanitarian agencies fear the situation could develop into a large-scale conflict affecting more civilians. The number of refugees could reach 50,000, according to Angolan Government and UN estimates, with 300 to 500 new refugees crossing the border daily.

Arriving refugees express fear about returning to the DRC unless the situation improves sufficiently so as to allow for a safe and dignified return. Most civilians in affected areas are at risk of serious human rights violations, including physical mutilation, killing, sexual violence, arbitrary arrest and detention in inhumane conditions.

Angola, a signatory to the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees, has historically received refugees from the DRC and other neighbouring countries. Prior to the recent influx, Angola was hosting some 45,700 refugees – including more than 13,400 from the DRC.

A US$65.5 million Angola Inter-Agency Refugee Appeal was launched in Geneva on 12 June, followed by regional launches in Luanda, Angola on 21 June; and Pretoria, South Africa on 3 July to mobilize resources. This appeal has only received 16 per cent of the requested funding, with US$55 million urgently required to continue providing life-saving protection and assistance to the Congolese refugees in northern Angola. Agencies are grateful for financial support already provided by donors, who have contributed with unearmarked and broadly earmarked funds, as well as directly to Inter-Agency refugee response in Angola.

Angola Inter-Agency Refugee Appeal and latest operational updates available at

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WorldFlix Announces Plan to File $15,000,000 Reg A+ With NY Fund, Blackbridge Capital

/ — LOS ANGELES, CA–(Marketwired – Jun 30, 2017) – As WorldFlix, Inc. (OTC: WRFX), finalizes patent filing for its subsidiary Paranotek, and readies the launch of its Swantry app, containing the Parano encryption technology, the company also readies the $15M Reg A+ round with Blackbridge, utilizing Blackbridge’s own funding in addition to public funding, with a new crowdfunding portal developed by Blackbridge.

WorldFlix has instructed legal counsel, William Eilers, to file with Reg A+ as soon as possible with a 30-day window possibility. Mr. Eilers has successfully filed and had approved many Reg A+ for other companies previously with an average approval time of 30 to 45 days.

So, why a Reg A+ offering for WorldFlix? WorldFlix has the unique position of being a hybrid public company but non-SEC reporting. This allows WorldFlix to file the Reg A+ (unavailable to SEC reporting companies) and open their shares up, like an IPO, to the general public. With $7.5M committed from Blackbridge, it is easy to believe that WorldFlix will raise significant capital to fund the planned growth of their innovative, groundbreaking technology and apps over the coming year.

“Reg A+ is about creating jobs and new opportunities. And it’s about giving regular folks access to investments that only a handful of VC and private equity bigwig investors have enjoyed up until now,” as explained by Reg A advisor, Steve Sadler, CEO of Allegiancy. The Regulation A+ offering allows the Joe Public, small investor, to finally buy shares in an IPO-type offering normally sold out and controlled by the big investment banks.

“We are truly pleased to be able to open up our stock to the general public within our current OTC Markets home,” said Brad Listermann, CEO of WorldFlix.

About Blackbridge: Blackbridge Capital, LLC, based in New York, is a leading alternative investment fund focused on high-growth investments in small to mid-cap companies. Founded with a vision to forge long lasting relationships, the firm is focused on understanding what their portfolio companies need to accelerate growth, and how investment capital can propel them. For more information, visit or

About WorldFlix, Inc.:  WorldFlix, Inc. (OTC: WRFX) operates in a variety of niche businesses in the technology and entertainment sphere. WorldFlix divisions include AppFarm, a platform for acquiring, developing, and growing niche apps for mobile and tablet devices; Drobbits, an interactive platform that allows users to create, play and monetize their own video games; Paranotek, a Finnish technology and design company that incorporates its military-grade, proprietary security and privacy features when developing software and apps; Swantry, designed to allow parents to ensure their child is safe on their mobile device; and WorldFlix Entertainment Management, a television and movie development and management business. For more information on WorldFlix, Inc., please visit

About Paranotek: Paranotek is a partnership between WorldFlix, Inc., and Finnish-based technology and encryption experts. Lauri Tunnela, CTO, and Johannes Maliranta, CCO, have a combined 20 years of diverse and complimentary information technology experience. Tunnela’s thesis on information security vulnerabilities has been featured in major Finnish technology magazines. Paranotek’s products range from data storage, sharing and instant messaging services to various software suites, all based on our disruptive security technology. While other popular apps, software and services collect your data, Paranotek’s unique security technology never collects user data, thus providing an extra layer of enhanced privacy for our users. For more information on Paranotek, please visit

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Foreign Minister visits Somalia and Government intensifies engagement to promote stabilisation and resilience

Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende is today visiting Somalia. He is the first Norwegian foreign minister to do so. His visit coincides with the Government’s launch of its strategic framework for Norway’s engagement in promoting prevention, stabilisation and resilience. 

‘Norway has for a long time been engaged in efforts to promote stabilisation and peace in Somalia. It is always difficult to achieve growth and development in a situation where many of the state structures have collapsed, and Somalia is a case in point. Our experience here has also shown us how important it is to work strategically and take an innovative approach in situations of fragility.

‘In Somalia, we are working along several different tracks with several different partners, and we are engaged in areas ranging from political dialogue and peace and reconciliation work, to humanitarian aid, long-term development assistance and stabilisation efforts. We are also contributing to projects that bring about an immediate improvement in the security situation on the ground. In Mogadishu, for example, we have helped to make neighbourhoods safer by providing funding for solar-powered street lamps. The strategic framework that the Government is presenting today is a toolbox that will make it easier to tailor Norway’s efforts to concrete situations in specific countries. Our efforts in Somalia are an example of this approach,’ said Mr Brende.

In the new white papers on the future course of security policy and on Norwegian development policy, the Government has identified a number of steps it will take to strengthen Norway’s efforts to build resilience in situations of fragility. Increased migration and a greater number of humanitarian crises as a result of terrorism, conflict and climate change have drawn more attention to countries affected by fragility. Conflicts, wars and terrorism have catastrophic consequences for those who are directly hit, and they also create security challenges across national borders and regions. The foreign and development policy tools set out in the two white papers are incorporated into the new strategic framework. This ensures a more coherent approach and that measures are adapted to the current challenges. The framework will also raise awareness about the tools that are available. The aim of Norway’s efforts in this area is to enable the affected states and regional actors to safeguard their own security and welfare.

‘Experience from countries such as Afghanistan and South Sudan has shown us that we must take a different approach in states affected by fragility than we do in more stable countries. We need to make Norway’s efforts more targeted, and promote enhanced international coordination. We must focus more on prevention, and on the links between humanitarian relief and long-term aid. And we must ensure that the various tools, such as political dialogue, aid and military efforts, are well coordinated. Efforts in situations of fragility carry a higher risk than efforts in more stable areas, but we know that failing to take action can be even more dangerous. In Somalia, it is estimated that 70 % of the population is under the age of 30. Stabilisation and job creation will be crucial for giving these young people a safe future and for building regional stability.

‘The talks I had with President Farmajo and Prime Minister Khaire in Mogadishu today confirmed that the new Government is intent on intensifying its efforts to create a more stable future for the country. We discussed the security situation, the AU peacekeeping mission, and the fight against Al Shabaab, as well as the need for political reforms and stronger economic development. It is vital that the authorities succeed in building trust among the people of Somalia, who have lived under conflict for so long. The capacity of the authorities to provide basic services must also be enhanced. These are priority areas in our bilateral cooperation. We are also providing substantial humanitarian aid to Somalia, and the severe drought that has resulted in six million Somalis needing food aid was an important topic in our talks,’ said Mr Brende.

The Government has announced that it will open embassies in Mali and Tunisia as part of its intensified efforts in states affected by fragility. The tools and measures set out in the strategic framework include enhanced peace and reconciliation efforts, increased cooperation with regional actors, support for more effective UN operations, and efforts to counter violent extremism and organised crime. Long-term aid, with an emphasis on job creation, education, energy and climate change, has a central place in the strategy, and humanitarian relief will be more closely coordinated with long-term aid. The promotion of human rights, good governance and the rule of law is crucial for long-term stability, and will be an important part of Norway’s efforts in this area. 

Distributed by APO on behalf of Royal Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Airman Reflects on Warrior Games' Evolution, Growth

CHICAGO, June 30, 2017 — As one airman took the sitting volleyball court at McCormick Place here for practice before the 2017 Department of Defense Warrior Games, he reflected on how the games have changed since he began competing in 2011.

“I was on the original Air Force team in Colorado Springs, [Colorado],” Air Force Tech. Sgt. Chris D’Angelo said. In his first games, he said, he competed in any sport he could. “I shot, played volleyball, basketball and track. I was doing just about everything. You were just worn down.”

Things have changed for the Warrior Games, said D’Angelo, a facility management, pavements and equipment specialist with the 819th Rapid Engineer Deployable Heavy Operational Repair Squadron Engineer Squadron out of Malmstrom Air Force Base, Montana. “Now, we just have so many more people to help carry the load,” he said.

The teams have grown from about 12 athletes in those early days to as many as 50, so more people can be put where they are the strongest in their respective sports, D’Angelo said, adding that during the first Warrior Games, the athletes had to drive themselves to each event, and there was just one van shuttling the athletes to each event. The games are now very structured, he said.

“Each Warrior Games has gotten more organized as it went along and more people bought into it and supported us,” D’Angelo said. “It’s been amazing to see that transition, to see how much it’s grown, to see how much support and how many people just want to help us compete and get better, from teammates to coaches to volunteers to outside organizations.”

He said the best part about the Warrior Games, both then and now, is that they’re about recovery through sports.

“Winning is an added bonus,” D’Angelo said, “but helping your fellow teammates out is the bigger picture. And if that gets them one step closer to recovering and meeting their new normal, then that’s what we want to do.”

Why He Competes

D’Angelo joined the Air Force in February 2000 and has served 17 years on active duty, with 81 combat missions in Iraq. He has post-traumatic stress disorder and a traumatic brain injury from an improvised explosive device blast during his deployment to Iraq in February 2008. Though his sister, cousin and two aunts served in the Air Force, D’Angelo said he joined the Air Force because of his grandfather, Jack Penrose, who also served in the Air Force.

“I looked up to him as a big part of my life so I trusted his judgement, and I did it for him more than anything,” he said. “I stayed in because I loved it and ended up doing it for me, but he was the reason I joined.”

As he earned gold, silver and bronze medals over the years — gold in the 1500-meter run in 2011, 2012 and 2014 and gold in 2011 and silver in 2012 for sitting volleyball — he said his greatest pleasure was seeing his grandfather’s face in the stands as he was competing.

“It was awesome to see his face, seeing me get back into competitions, being active, happy and normal again after everything I was going through, just to see that joy on my face and to see the joy I brought him and to be able to keep doing it,” D’Angelo said. “It was just an amazing experience.”

He said after he received his first medals, his grandparents hugged and congratulated him.

“It just made me feel amazing because I made him proud,” he said. “And at the end of the day, that was always my goal, I just wanted to make him proud.”

D’Angelo said he also wouldn’t be here today if it hadn’t been for the love and support of his wife of 11 years, Chanda, and his children, Chance, 22, Jace, 15, and Brittyn, 6.

“They’re my rock,” he said with a big smile. “Everything I do is for them and without them, I wouldn’t be here today. Without their support and their constant pushing me to get better, I wouldn’t be here.”

D’Angelo will be competing in sitting volleyball and the 800-meter and 1500-meter in track.

The Department of Defense Warrior Games are taking place here today through July 8. About 265 wounded, ill and injured service members and veterans representing teams from the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Coast Guard, Air Force, U.S. Special Operations Command, United Kingdom and the Australian Defense Force are competing in shooting, archery, cycling, track and field, swimming, sitting volleyball and wheelchair basketball.

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Eckrich, Operation Homefront, and Hornbacher’s Partner to Honor Local Military Family

FARGO, N.D., June 30, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Eckrich, the makers of naturally hardwood smoked sausage and savory deli meats, partnered with Hornbacher’s and Operation Homefront to honor a Moorhead, Minn. military family on Thursday.A photo accompanying this announcement is available at surprised the Karels family in Fargo, N.D. and hosted a special presentation to thank the family for their service during the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks minor league baseball game. The family was surprised with a gift of free groceries for a year at Hornbacher’s, valued at more than $5,000.Lawrence Karels served as a sergeant in the Army National Guard during Operation Iraqi Freedom and was honorably discharged in 2007. Lawrence has received numerous medals and ribbons for his service. He and his wife, Cynthia, have one daughter. Cynthia is a member of Operation Homefront’s Hearts of Valor® program, a network of more than 3,000 caregivers of wounded service members which provides annual retreats, support groups, and online communities.“We are grateful for companies like Eckrich and Hornbacher’s who continue to show their support for service members,” said Lawrence Karels. “This gift of groceries will allow us to worry a little less and enjoy more time with our family.”The surprise is part of the ongoing campaign by Eckrich to honor military families through its partnership with Operation Homefront. Now in its sixth year of partnership with Operation Homefront, Eckrich has donated more than $2.5 million to support the nonprofit’s mission to build strong, stable, and secure military families so that they can thrive – not simply struggle to get by – in the communities they have worked so hard to protect.“Eckrich is proud to partner with Hornbacher’s to give back to this very special military family,” said Michael Paribello, Smithfield Foods senior director of marketing. “The Karels family has sacrificed so much in service to our country, and this gift of groceries serves as a small sign of our appreciation for all that they have given.”For more information about Eckrich, please visit or follow Eckrich on Facebook and Twitter. Eckrich is a brand of Smithfield Foods.About Eckrich
Founded by Peter Eckrich in 1894, Eckrich has a rich heritage starting from a small meat market in Fort Wayne, Ind. Through it all, Eckrich meats have been recognized for their great taste and supreme quality, craftsmanship, care and pride. For more information, visit
About Smithfield Foods
Smithfield Foods is a $15 billion global food company and the world’s largest pork processor and hog producer. In the United States, the company is also the leader in numerous packaged meats categories with popular brands including Smithfield, Eckrich, Nathan’s Famous, Farmland, Armour, John Morrell, Cook’s, Kretschmar, Gwaltney, Curly’s, Margherita, Carando, Healthy Ones, Krakus, Morliny and Berlinki. Smithfield Foods is committed to providing good food in a responsible way and maintains robust animal care, community involvement, employee safety, environmental and food safety and quality programs. For more information, visit
About Operation Homefront
Founded in 2002, Operation Homefront is a national nonprofit organization whose mission is to build strong, stable, and secure military families so that they can thrive – not simply struggle to get by – in the communities they have worked so hard to protect. Recognized for superior performance by leading independent charity oversight groups, 92 percent of Operation Homefront expenditures go directly to programs that support tens of thousands of military families each year. Operation Homefront provides critical financial assistance, transitional and permanent housing and family support services to prevent short-term needs from turning into chronic, long-term struggles. Thanks to the generosity of our donors and the support from thousands of volunteers, Operation Homefront proudly serves America’s military families. For more information, go to
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PolarityTE(TM) Expands Clinical Board of Advisors with Focus on World-Renowned Burn and Wound Care Specialists

/ — SALT LAKE CITY, UT–(Marketwired – Jun 30, 2017) – PolarityTE™, Inc. (NASDAQ: COOL) today announced the appointment of some of the world’s most-highly-regarded experts in burn and wound care to its Clinical Board of Advisors, as it drives toward the introduction of the Company’s flagship product, SkinTE™. This cadre of plastic and reconstructive surgeons includes Drs. Martin C. Robson, William L. Hickerson, Jeffrey W. Shupp, Mark S. Granick, David J. Smith, Jr. and Gerhard S. Mundinger.

“As we prepare for clinical and market launch of SkinTE™ in the near future, we are excited to bring on a tremendous block of experience and knowledge in burn and wound care surgery with the addition of this group of thought leaders to our esteemed Clinical Board of Advisors,” said Denver Lough, MD, PhD, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, and Chief Scientific Officer of PolarityTE™. “Our goal is to deliver our revolutionary skin regeneration technology in the easiest and most pragmatic manner, which requires the perspective of burn and wound care surgeons who have spent significant time in the trenches treating patients.”

Martin C. Robson, MD, FACS, Hon. FRCS, Hon. FRACS

Emeritus Professor at the University of South Florida, Dr. Robson previously served as President of the American Burn Association, where he received its Distinguished Service Award, and as President of the Wound Healing Society. Dr. Robson also has been Chairman of the American Board of Plastic Surgery, Chairman of the Residency Review Committee for Plastic Surgery, Chairman of the Plastic Surgery Research Council and President of the Association of Academic Chairmen of Plastic Surgery. Dr. Robson received his Doctorate of Medicine from the Johns Hopkins University and completed his general surgery residency at the Brooke Army Medical Center, and his plastic surgery residency at Yale. He has served as Chief of Plastic Surgery at the University of Chicago, Wayne State University, and the University of Texas Medical Branch. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and holds Honorary Fellowships from the Royal College of Surgeons of England and the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. He is a recipient of the Lifetime Scientific Achievement Awards from the Wound Healing Society, the Association of Advanced Wound Care and the World Union of Wound Healing Societies. He has authored over 650 publications mostly devoted to wound healing, wound infection, burns and proliferative scarring. Dr. Robson has made numerous contributions to the growth of importance for wound and skin injuries, and he “hopes to inspire today’s generation to revolutionize the treatment, care and methods behind skin-related injuries through the scientific pioneers that exist today.”

William L. Hickerson, MD, FACS

Dr. William L. Hickerson is currently the Chief of Burn Surgery and the Professor of Plastic Surgery at the University of Tennessee-Health Science Center College (UTHSC). He is also the Medical Director of the Firefighters’ Burn Center in Memphis, TN, which is the region’s only comprehensive burn care unit. At UTHSC, Dr. Hickerson earned his Doctorate of Medicine, served as chief resident of general surgery and completed his plastic surgery residency. Dr. Hickerson is certified by the American Boards of General Surgery and Plastic Surgery. Dr. Hickerson has authored and co-authored over 40 medical articles about trauma, plastic surgery, skincare and wound cares. He is a well-respected expert in the field of burn surgery and has professional memberships with the American Burn Association, the American Association of Plastic Surgeons and the Association of Academic Chairmen of Plastic Surgery.

Jeffrey W. Shupp, MD

At MedStar Washington Hospital Center, Dr. Jeffrey W. Shupp is the lead investigator of the Firefighters’ Burn and Surgical Research Laboratory as well as the Director of the Burn Center. Dr. Shupp also directs the department of Burn Research at MedStar Health Research Institute. Outside of his leadership roles, Dr. Shupp is an Associate Professor of Surgery at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Washington, D.C. and an Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering at The Catholic University of America, also in Washington, D.C. After earning his Doctorate of Medicine from the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, Dr. Shupp joined MedStar Washington Hospital Center to complete his residency in general surgery and his three-year fellowship in burn surgery. Dr. Shupp has done extensive research in a wide range of topics such as: burn surgery, thermal injury, burn injury and molecular pathology. His research has resulted in over 65 peer-reviewed publications. Dr. Shupp is highly recognized for his help in developing and designing MedStar Washington Hospital Center’s Burn and Surgical research program, a nationally renowned institution that encompasses all aspects of burn research: multi-center clinical trials, pre-clinical, translational, and basic science research.

Mark S. Granick, MD

Dr. Mark Granick is currently the Professor and the Chief of Plastic Surgery at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. Dr. Granick is affiliated with St. Barnabas Medical Center, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and University Newark Hospital, all of which are in New Jersey. Dr. Granick has over 40 years of experience in plastic surgery, and he specializes in complex reconstructive surgery and surgical wound care. Dr. Granick received his B.A. from Cornell University and his Doctorate of Medicine from Harvard Medical School. He completed his residency and fellowship at Harvard Medical School and the University of Pittsburgh, respectively. Dr. Granick is certified by the American Boards of Plastic Surgery and of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery. Dr. Granick has edited nine textbooks, written 50 book chapters and authored 150 peer-reviewed scholarly publications. As demonstrated by his lifetime appointment to Strathmore’s Who’s Who and Castle Connelly’s mention of Dr. Granick in Top Doctors in the New York Metropolitan Area for the last nine consecutive years, Dr. Granick is internationally and nationally recognized as a top plastic surgeon.

David J. Smith, Jr., MD

Dr. David J. Smith, Jr. is currently the Richard G. Connar Professor and Chairman of the Department of Surgery at the University of South Florida, and serves as the Chief Medical Officer for the Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation. Dr. Smith previously enjoyed a long career at the University of Michigan where, among other roles, he was a Professor of Surgery and Section Head for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, and Associate Chairman for the Department of Surgery. Dr. Smith received his B.A. from Wesleyan University, and his Doctorate of Medicine from the Indiana University School of Medicine. He completed his residency in plastic surgery at the University of Indiana Medical Center, and completed a fellowship in hand surgery at the Christine M. Kleinert Institute for Hand and Microsurgery in Louisville, KY. Among his many appointments and memberships, Dr. Smith is the past President of the American Association for Hand Surgery, the past Chairman of the American Board of Plastic Surgery, and past President of the Association of Academic Chairmen of Plastic Surgery. He has authored more than 140 peer-reviewed publications in prominent medical journals, in addition to more than 40 book chapters. He has served on numerous editorial boards for peer-reviewed medical journals, including Surgery, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Annals of Plastic Surgery, and the Journal of Surgical Research

Gerhard S. Mundinger, MD

Dr. Gerhard S. Mundinger is the Director of Plastic Surgery at the Children’s Hospital of New Orleans, and an Assistant Professor of Clinical Surgery and Assistant Professor of Cell Biology and Anatomy at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans. From 2014 to 2015, he served as Administrative Chief of Service for the Johns Hopkins Department of Plastic Surgery. Dr. Mundinger received his B.A. from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and his Doctorate of Medicine from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland, where he also completed his residency in plastic and reconstructive surgery. Dr. Mundinger then completed a fellowship in pediatric and adult craniofacial surgery at Seattle Children’s Hospital. He has received numerous awards, including the Johns Hopkins Frank L. Coulson Award for Clinical Excellence. Dr. Mundinger has authored over 60 peer-reviewed original publications in prominent medical journals, including the New England Journal of Medicine. He is a nationally and internationally respected expert in his field, as evidenced by invitations he has received to speak at worldwide conferences on reconstructive microsurgery, surgical education, craniofacial surgery, aesthetic surgery, and vascularized composite tissue (face and hand) transplantation.

About the PolarityTE™ Clinical Board of Advisors

The PolarityTE™ Clinical Board of Advisors is comprised of leading experts from various fields of study aligned to potential clinical application of the Company’s revolutionary platform technology. The PolarityTE™ platform has been shown to regenerate skin in a preclinical model, and has the potential to regenerate bone, muscle, cartilage, fat, blood vessels and nerves. In addition to the five new appointees, the Clinical Board of Advisors includes:

  • Wayne J. Saunders, DMD is the Chief of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Dentistry at St. Luke’s University Hospital in Bethlehem, PA.
  • Michael P. Grant, MD, PhD, FACS is the Paul N. Manson Distinguished Professor of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, University of Maryland Medical Center, and Professor of Surgery, Program in Trauma, University of Maryland School of Medicine.
  • Anand R. Kumar, MD, FACS, FAAP is Professor of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in the Department of Plastic Surgery at Case Western Reserve University and Division Chief of Pediatrics at Rainbow Babies Children’s Hospital in Cleveland, OH.
  • Anthony P. Tufaro, MD, DDS, FACS is Associate Professor of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Associate Professor of Oncology, Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
  • Trinity J. Bivalacqua, MD, PhD is the R. Christian B. Evensen Professor of Urology and Oncology and Director of Urologic Oncology at the James Buchanan Brady Urologic Institute at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
  • Rachel Bluebond-Langner, MD is Associate Professor of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Transgender Surgery in the Hansjorg Wyss Department of Plastic Surgery, New York University School of Medicine at the NYU Langone Medical Center.
  • Ryan Katz, MD, FACS is Attending Surgeon in the Department of Orthopedics at the Curtis National Hand Center in Baltimore, MD.
  • Shannath L. Merbs, MD, PhD, FACS is Professor of Ophthalmology in the Wilmer Eye Institute at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

About SkinTE™ and the PolarityTE™ Platform

SkinTE™ is the Company’s lead product in development for skin regeneration. Its investigational platform and the Company’s namesake, PolarityTE, is being developed to simplify regeneration and allow tissue and cellular elements to function naturally. Using our revolutionary platform, we seek to utilize cell and tissue polarity in order to create a spectrum of uniquely functional tissues in a way that mirrors the natural development of the human body. Our goal is to apply the platform across all cells, tissues and composite structures, transforming regenerative medicine into what has been envisioned since its inception.

About PolarityTE™

PolarityTE™, Inc. is a regenerative medicine company positioned to be the first to successfully regenerate human skin. The Company’s novel regenerative medicine and tissue engineering platform was developed and patented by chairman and chief executive officer, Denver Lough M.D., Ph.D. This radical and proprietary technology employs a patient’s own cells for the healing of full-thickness, functionally-polarized tissues. If clinically successful, the PolarityTE™ platform will provide medical professionals with a truly new paradigm in wound healing and reconstructive surgery by utilizing a patient’s own tissue substrates for the regeneration of skin, bone, muscle, cartilage, fat, blood vessels and nerves. The PolarityTE™ platform leverages natural and biologically-sound principles which are readily adaptable to a wide spectrum of organ and tissue systems. This revolutionary technology, paired with the Company’s world-renowned clinical advisory board, position PolarityTE™ to drastically change the field and future of translational regenerative medicine. More information can be found online at

Forward Looking Statements

Certain statements contained in this release are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward looking statements contained in this release relate to, among other things, the Company’s ongoing compliance with the requirements of The NASDAQ Stock Market and the Company’s ability to maintain the closing bid price requirements of The NASDAQ Stock Market on a post reverse split basis. They are generally identified by words such as “believes,” “may,” “expects,” “anticipates,” “should'” and similar expressions. Readers should not place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements, which are based upon the Company’s beliefs and assumptions as of the date of this release. The Company’s actual results could differ materially due to risk factors and other items described in more detail in the “Risk Factors” section of the Company’s Annual Reports and other filings with the SEC (copies of which may be obtained at Subsequent events and developments may cause these forward-looking statements to change. The Company specifically disclaims any obligation or intention to update or revise these forward-looking statements as a result of changed events or circumstances that occur after the date of this release, except as required by applicable law.

American Health Council Names Randy Trumbower, Ph.D. to Education Board

/EIN News/ — NEW YORK, June 30, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Dr. Randy Trumbower, Assistant Professor in Physical Therapy and Biomedical Engineering and Director of Research at the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at Emory University, has been selected to join the Education Board at the American Health Council. He will be sharing his knowledge and expertise in Teaching, Research, Rehabilitation, Biomedical Engineering, and Clinical Research.

Dr. Trumbower has been active in the healthcare industry for the past 17 years. Personal experience first inspired him to venture into the field of Physical Therapy. He obtained a Master’s degree in Physical Therapy from Duke University (1999) and a Master’s degree and PhD in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Connecticut (2002, 2005). He completed his fellowship at the Rehab Institute of Chicago and Northwestern University.

The Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at Emory is a leader in research, education, and clinical services.

Dr. Trumbower attributes his success to a strong work ethic and his goal of improving the physical abilities of people with stroke and spinal cord injuries. His scholarly work is routinely supported by private foundations and federal agencies such as the National Institutes of Health, Department of Defense, and National Science Foundation. Dr. Trumbower enjoys doing his research and teaching students in the fields of Engineering, Physiology, and Medicine. Of all his accomplishments, he is most proud to have been published in a variety of peer-reviewed articles and to have spoken at multiple conferences and seminars.

Dr. Trumbower’s professional long-term goals include continuing to bridge knowledge gaps between the disciplines of Medicine, Engineering, and Physical Therapy in the field of Neurologic Rehabilitation. His awards and honors include: Clinical Loan Repayment Award, National Institutes of Health (09/2010); Emerging Leader Award, American Physical Therapy Association (09/2010); Susan Baskin Award for Excellence in Research (1st Place), Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (06/2009); Henry B. Betts Innovation Award Finalist, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (01/2009); Postdoctoral Fellowship Award, Craig H. Neilsen Foundation (09/2008); Clinical Loan Repayment Award, National Institutes of Health (01/2008); Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award, National Institutes of Health (01/2008); Postdoctoral Fellowship, Illinois Department of Public Health (01/2006); Doctoral Dissertation Award University of Connecticut (01/2005); Pre-Doctoral Small Business Grant, Therapeutic Alliances Inc. (01/2005); Extraordinary Expense Award, University of Connecticut (01/2004); Research Scholarship, International FES Society (01/2001); Research Scholarship, Schechter Foundation (01/2001); Honors Graduate, Summa Cum Laude, East Stroudsburg University (05/1997); Presidential Student Employment Award, East Stroudsburg University (01/1997); Sigma Xi Science Award East Stroudsburg University (01/1997); Alumni Association Scholarship Award, East Stroudsburg University (01/1996); and CRC Chemistry Award, East Stroudsburg University (01/1996).

Dr. Trumbower is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, Society for Neuroscience, and American Society of Neurorehabilitation.

For more information, please contact:
                    Elizabeth Moore
                    American Health Council
                    Hauppauge, NY United States
                    Phone: 1-212-390-0214

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PHOTO RELEASE—Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Newport News Shipbuilding Division Dedicates 15th Habitat for Humanity House

NEWPORT NEWS, Va., June 30, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (NYSE:HII) Newport News Shipbuilding division joined elected officials and community leaders on Thursday to dedicate the 15th house shipyard volunteers have constructed in partnership with Habitat for Humanity Peninsula and Greater Williamsburg since 2002.
Thursday’s ribbon-cutting welcomed Tanya Johnson and her children—Shane, Sadie and Charles—to their new home. In attendance were State Sen. Mamie Locke; State Del. Marcia Price; Newport News Vice Mayor Tina L. Vick; Newport News City Councilman Bert Bateman; Karen Wilds, executive director, Newport News Redevelopment and Housing Authority; Janet V. Green, CEO, Habitat for Humanity Peninsula and Greater Williamsburg; and Karen Joyner, CEO, Virginia Peninsula Food Bank.“It is so inspiring to have a company like Newport News Shipbuilding not only provide the funds for their 15th Habitat home, but also have their incredible employees actually come out every year to help build the home,” Green said. “We are so grateful for their support and the positive ripple effects they have made in our communities.”A photo accompanying this release is available at: Fields, Newport News’ vice president of integrated planning and production control, spoke on behalf of the shipyard and presented the house keys and a plaque to the Johnson family. The home is about 1,200 square feet with three bedrooms and two bathrooms.“At Newport News Shipbuilding, we pride ourselves on the quality of ships we build, and what you can see here is a quality house,” Fields said. Turning to Johnson, he added, “Building a house is one thing; turning it into a home is something else. Now that’s your job. … Congratulations.”Johnson works for the City of Newport News Human Services Department and said she is committed to taking care of her new home after working alongside volunteers for months to build it. “We are truly blessed,” she said while thanking the homebuilders. “There was love behind it. We built this together.”Newport News volunteer Jeremy Scicchitano has participated in about 10 Habitat for Humanity projects. He said he is proud to help families experience that “same feeling of connectedness” in the community that he felt when he bought his first home.Huntington Ingalls Industries is America’s largest military shipbuilding company and a provider of professional services to partners in government and industry. For more than a century, HII’s Newport News and Ingalls shipbuilding divisions in Virginia and Mississippi have built more ships in more ship classes than any other U.S. naval shipbuilder. HII’s Technical Solutions division provides a wide range of professional services through its Fleet Support, Integrated Missions Solutions, Nuclear & Environmental, and Oil & Gas groups. Headquartered in Newport News, Virginia, HII employs nearly 37,000 people operating both domestically and internationally. For more information, visit:HII on the web: www.huntingtoningalls.comHII on Facebook: on Twitter: Contact:

Christie Miller
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