Muscular dystrophy is a genetic disorder that affects millions of people. The leading cause of muscular dystrophy is myotonic dystrophy type 1, known as DM1. DM1 can run in families, growing worse in each generation. Expansion Therapeutics is creating medicines which can combat DM1, possibly stopping muscular dystrophy from setting in. In an effort to fight this debilitating genetic disorder, Expansion Therapeutics has been raising series A financing, adding $55.3 million dollars to their finances so that could seek ways to combat DM1. One of the leading financiers of this project is 5AM Ventures, whose managing partner, Scott M. Rocklage, Ph.D., has taken a special interest in the project.
Dr. Rocklage has been imperative to bringing together the team working on DM1. Dr. Rocklage has an excellent background that is invaluable to this project. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley. He then went on to the Massachusetts Institute of Chemistry (MIT) where he received his Ph.D. in chemistry. He had the privilege of conducting research in the laboratory of Dr. Richard R. Schrock, who is known for receiving the Nobel Peace Prize in 2005 for his work in Chemistry.
Dr. Rocklage began with 5AM Ventures as a Venture Partner in 2003. Subsequently, in 2004, he became a Managing Partner. With over 30 years of experience in healthcare management, Dr. Rocklage was a huge boon for 5AM Ventures. Dr. Rocklage has had three medications approved by the FDA, has more than 30 U.S. patents he is either the inventor or co-inventor on, and also has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles. Before being at 5AM Ventures he was Chairman and CEO at Cubist Pharmaceuticals, Nycomed Salutar, and also held research and development positions in various companies, including Nycomed Salutar and Catalytica. He has served on many boards and is currently on the board of Rennovia, Cidara, and Kinestral. He is now located in Boston, Massachusetts.
Two of Central Texas largest talent agencies have joined forces to establish and produce big market standards and expectations unheard of and unseen in the region. The two agencies Wilhelmina Austin and Heyman Talent-South have come together to form The Brown Agency. The Brown Agency headquarters is in Austin, Texas but the company will branch out further to areas such as Dallas, Texas and Los Angeles, California. The end goal of The Brown Agency is to be the number one most talented agency around.
What sets The Brown Agency apart from other agencies is that it is a full service agency. Unlike most agencies that specialize in a certain market, a full service agency handles all the marketing and advertising aspects of the business. What makes The Brown Agency a full service agency is that it is an acting and modeling agency. The Brown Agency specializes in fashion, commercial print, commercial, film, and television. Everything is covered at one agency which leads to different options of work for its models.
Justin Brown, the president of The Brown Agency, stated that his company is run on the principle that all expectations must be managed in order for business to run smoothly. He does not make promises that he cannot keep. Justin Brown has a background in modeling in which he used to work his way through college. Justin Brown knows the ups and downs that come with being young and modeling without guidance so he has stepped into the role of helping others in similar situations to his. Mr. Brown’s vision of starting an agency that was designed to help upcoming stars started out local but is now considered big-market level.
One might ask the question, “What is the difference between The Brown Agency and other agencies dealing with talent?” The answer in a nutshell is a lot. Unlike other agencies, The Brown Agency is in control of their craft. There are no outsiders that can come in and tell Mr. Brown to change things up if they don’t like it. Mr. Brown, being a successful model already, uses his background knowledge to train models to operate like pros in the industry. The Brown Agency houses more than 450 “talents”. This might not seem like a large number, but when you take into consideration that 20 to 30 percent of the talent seen in media outlets has some sort of relationship with The Brown Agency; you see the significance. Visit their Instagram page.
The Brown Agency is versatile ranging from models that are “party goers” to those that are “conservative”. These models are provided with strategic planning, production, and creativity that keep them employed. These models are considered the most professional, elegant and dependable talent around whom earns a great living from jobs. The Brown Agency’s cut is 10 percent for union jobs, 15 percent for non-union commercial, film, television or video gigs, and 20 percent for modeling jobs. This is an industry low which means the models get paid more while The Brown Agency continues to grow and help more models.
Securus Technologies has been making great advances in correctional facility management. The Carrollton, Texas business has been around for the last three decades and has made many improvements in the last few years. Mostly known for their telecommunications services; the company also provides support services to help the institutions it serves operate smoothly. For consumers, Securus’ most popular services are calling plans, inmate account funding, video visitation, and messaging services. Computer tablets are a new popular item that has been made possible by JPay, a Securus Technologies subsidiary. These tablets provide educational software and courses. This gives inmates a chance to improve their skills, which can be especially helpful when seeking employment. GovPayNet has also recently been acquired by Securus Technologies and provides payment solutions for many governmental entities.
Among the support services are management software, monitoring of inmate communications, commissary services, and internal monitoring of inmates. Recently, a new technology has been introduced that could improve safety and security significantly. Known as Wireless Containment Systems, the technology prevents illegal communications by inmates. Contraband cellular devices have been a longtime problem in correctional facilities. These illegal communications have led to many crimes, both inside and outside of facilities. Robert Johnson, a retired corrections officer was a target of this type of crime. He was shot six times in his own home after confiscating a highly valued package from an inmate. Gangs have also targeted others and have even been responsible for the death of an infant.
Retired Officer Johnson has made it his life’s mission to combat this danger. He’s been working as a consultant for Securus Technologies and making a huge impact. Lobbying to make the technology required in facilities, Johnson’s work has been integral in the technology’s implementation. Working as a cell tower, WCS devices block the signal to complete the call on its intended network. The project was initially challenging, as FCC laws prohibit the blocking of signals. The technology was improved upon and has been highly successful in its initial testing phase. It’s been estimated that more than 1.7 million communications have been successfully intercepted. The project has gained the respect and support of law enforcement, who also endorse the cause.
While Securus Technologies has certainly made improvements in technology; their focus remains on serving customers. The company has been recognized by the Better Business Bureau. Awarding Securus with accreditation, the company also earned an “A+” rating. Securus Technologies has also reported high marks in customer satisfaction. Recent surveys indicate that over 95 percent of customers are happy with the company. With so many accomplishments, it’s easy to see why Securus Technologies is becoming the industry leader in correctional facility services.