Slavery reparations due to Africa long overdue – Ghana Pres Akufo-Addo

ACCRA, Aug 2 (NNN-GNA) — Ghana President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo says reparations for Africans and people of African descent who suffered the heinous Trans-Atlantic Slavery Trade are long overdue.

He said that though no amount of money could restore the damage caused by the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade and its consequences, which have spanned many centuries, “nevertheless, it is now time to revive and intensify the discussions about reparations for Africa. Indeed, the time is long overdue.”

Speaking at the opening of the four-day Reparations and Racial Healing Summit in Accra on Monday, the president said the effects of the slave trade had been devastating to the African continent and to the African diaspora, with the entire period of slavery stifling Africa’s economic, cultural and psychological progress.

He regretted that the subject of reparations “becomes a debate” only when it comes to Africa and Africans.

Akufo-Addo noted that when the British ended slavery, all the owners of enslaved Africans received reparations to the tune of twenty million pounds sterling, the equivalent today of twenty billion pounds sterling, but enslaved Africans themselves did not receive a penny.

Likewise in the United States, owners of slaves received three hundred dollars for every slave they owned; the slaves themselves received nothing. In the case of Haiti, the country had to pay reparations amounting to twenty-one billion dollars to French slaveholders in 1825 for the victory of the great Haitian Revolution, the first in the Americas and the Caribbean which freed the slaves.

“Native Americans have received and continue to receive reparations; Japanese-American families, who were incarcerated in internment camps in America during World War II, received reparations. Jewish people, six million of whom perished in the concentration camps of Hitlerite Germany, received reparations, including homeland grants and support.

“So, it is time for Africa, twenty million of whose sons and daughters had their freedoms curtailed and sold into slavery, also to receive reparations,” the President underscored.

Akufo-Addo asked participants at the Summit not to overly concern themselves with modalities for the payment of reparations, but, rather, work to establish, unequivocally, first the justice in the call for reparations.

“And, even before these discussions on reparations conclude, the entire continent of Africa deserves a formal apology from the European nations involved in the slave trade for the crimes and damage it has caused to the population, psyche, image and character of the African the world over,” he stated.

The President urged the African Union to engage with “our kith and kin from the diaspora” and form a united front to advance the cause of reparations.

“The discourse on reparations cannot succeed without emphasis on racial healing. We need to heal from the wrongs of the past in order to capitalise on the opportunities that await us in the future,” he added.

The summit is being co-hosted by the African Union Commission, the African Transitional Justice Legacy Fund (ATJLF), the African-American Institute and the Global Black, with funding from John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

It would discuss and examine options for addressing the reparation intervention gaps in the world and fashion a comprehensive strategy and agenda to unify transcontinental plans for reparations.

The Summit would also provide the opportunity for various actors on the continent and from the Diaspora to commit to redefining strategy, build bridges and engender trust in the global campaign.

It would also explore healing approaches from the continent as well as begin a dialogue process that would unpack the role of Africans in the slave trade, as well as define agreeable areas of collective advocacy and new approaches for racial communal healing.


Nigeria: 7 people killed in armed attack in central Plateau region – Police

ABUJA— At least seven people were killed and another two injured in an armed attack in central Nigeria’s Plateau state on Sunday night, according to the state police.

Alfred Alabo, police spokesperson in Plateau, said in a statement that unidentified gunmen attacked on Sunday night the Danda Chugwi village in the Jos South local government of the state.

The two injured people were receiving medical care at a local health facility, Alabo said, adding that an investigation is underway with efforts to arrest the gunmen at large.

The most populous African country has bee plagued by a series of armed attacks in recent months, which have caused the death of civilians and security operatives.


Tanzania’s meat exports to Middle East hit record high

DAR ES SALAAM— Tanzania exported a record 10,000 tonnes of meat to the Middle East in the first six months of this year.

This offers prospects of a reliable market there as only 7,000 tonnes were exported during the whole of 2021.

“By December this year, the tonnage will certainly be double the amount exported until June,” said Livestock and Fisheries minister Mashimba Ndaki.

He revealed this during a regional meeting on meat production for the Southern Africa Development Community (Sadc) member states.

The meeting discussed value addition to red meat from the indigenous livestock breeds in the 16-nation Sadc bloc.

The opening up of the Middle East market for meat from Tanzania followed recent move to reach out to those markets.

“President Samia Suluhu Hassan has been to the Gulf states in recent months,” he told journalists on the sidelines of the meeting.

According to him, there is demand for meat imports from Tanzania in the Middle East and other Asian countries.

The meeting was organized by Inter African Bureau for Animal Diseases (IBAR), an organization under the African Union.

Ndaki did not reveal which countries bought meat from Tanzania but are likely to be those in the Gulf and the Arabian peninsula.

Due to prospects for reliable markets of meat from Tanzania abroad, efforts are underway to improve the animal productivity.

“We will ensure the cattle, goats and sheep are inspected by veterinary experts and fattened at the holding grounds,” he said.

To ensure water is available to the animals, water dams will be constructed in all the regions with a large population of livestock.

“Our meat exports must not only meet the required animal health standards to make them competitive in the markets,” he added.

An expert with AU-IBAR Mary Kariuki said they have discussed the meat value chain and found out that the sector was promising.

For his part, Dr Nick Mwankipa, the organisation’s acting director challenged the SADC member states to tap the potential of the meat sub sector.

Recently, Saudi Arabia announced that it was ready to import meat from Tanzania provided the country was cleared of foot and mouth disease. The infectious and sometimes fatal viral disease affects cloven-hoofed animals; both wild and domesticated broke out in the country some years ago.

The country’s ambassador to Tanzania, Ally Jabair, nevertheless, said there was a high demand of meat from Tanzania in his country.

“What is needed now is for exporters from Tanzania to make sure they adhere to the required standards, including obtaining a Halal Meat Certificate,” he said.


Cameroon: Two separatist commanders killed, seven suspects arrested in restive Anglophone region

YAOUNDE— Troops in Cameroon have killed two separatist commanders and arrested seven other suspected separatist fighters in the Tubah subdivision of the war-torn Anglophone region of Northwest, the army said in a statement.

A “dreaded” separatist commander who called himself “General Rasta” and another named “colonel John” were killed when the military launched an offensive in the locality Sunday, the statement said.

“General Rasta” was the leader of a separatist group in the locality that was responsible for numerous abductions of civilians including teachers and students and the killing of several government forces and civilians, an official who asked not to be named, told Xinhua.

Cameroon’s two English-speaking regions of Northwest and Southwest have been experiencing an armed separatist conflict since 2017. Separatists want to create an independent nation they call “Ambazonia” in the two regions.


AOP Health Starts Research for Leukemia Treatment

AOP Health signed an agreement with Leukos Biotech for the further development of a newly discovered chemical substance. With this agreement AOP Health expands the hemato-oncology research area even further and provides additional treatment options for certain leukemia patients in the longer term.

Agnes Kohl, Chief Business Officer, AOP Orphan Pharmaceuticals GmbH, Member of the AOP Health Group

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VIENNA, Austria, Aug. 01, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The AOP Health Group (AOP Health) is a European pioneer for integrated therapies for rare diseases and in critical care headquartered in Vienna, Austria. The company focuses on research, development and global sales of innovative treatment solutions and specializes in therapies for rare diseases and intensive care. In early July, AOP Health signed an agreement with Leukos Biotech, a spin-off company founded by the Barcelona-based Josep Carreras Leukaemia Research Institute. The agreement signed by AOP Health covers the option for developments of the newly discovered chemical substance within any treatable indication, not limited to oncological or rare diseases.

Luis Ruiz-Avila, Chief Executive Officer Leukos Biotech

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Agreement sets basis for new areas of therapy

At first, AOP Health will focus on the development of treatment options for Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) and Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS). Both are special disease types of leukemia that often start in the bone marrow. Agnes Kohl, Chief Business Officer of AOP Orphan Pharmaceuticals GmbH, Member of the AOP Health Group explains: “Based on positive data, our plan is to expand the development for further orphan indications even outside of AML and MDS at a later stage. With this agreement, we may be able to broaden the portfolio within our therapeutic areas offering even more treatment options for patients.”

Development in cooperation with Leukos

As AOP Health focuses on rare, hemato-oncological cancers and has many years of experience in the development and commercialization of hemato-oncological treatments, the company will drive the further development of the substance in cooperation with Leukos based on a new mode of action. This could potentially turn into a milestone in the treatment of many blood cancer and other cancer patients. Luis Ruiz-Avila, Chief Executive Officer of Leukos Biotech: “We focus on developing new treatments for a wide variety of tumors. We were born to transform excellent science from the Josep Carreras Leukaemia Research Institute into valuable products for cancer patients in need, and this agreement is a very significant step in that direction. We are convinced that AOP Health is the right partner to turn this promising, novel mechanism of action into a clinical reality for the benefit of patients in a wide variety of unmet medical needs”.

About AOP Health

The AOP Health Group incorporates several companies including AOP Orphan Pharmaceuticals GmbH with its seat in Vienna, Austria (“AOP Health”). The AOP Health Group is the European pioneer for integrated therapies for rare diseases and in critical care. Over the past 25 years, the Group has become an established provider of integrated therapy solutions operating from its headquarters in Vienna, its subsidiaries and representative offices throughout Europe and the Middle East, as well as through partners worldwide. This development has been made possible by a continually high level of investment in research and development on the one hand and a highly consistent and pragmatic orientation towards the needs of all its stakeholders on the other – especially the patients and their families as well as also the healthcare professionals treating them.

About Leukos

Leukos Biotech, SL (Leukos) is a spin-off company from the Josep Carreras Leukaemia Research Institute incorporated in Barcelona in 2015. The company is developing new treatments and diagnostic tools for a wide variety of tumors targeting the serotonin receptor HTR1B, which antitumoral potential was first described and patented by Leukos’ founder Dr. Ruth Risueño in her laboratory at the Josep Carreras Research Institute. Leukos’ main financial support is from private and institutional investors. The main shareholders are Inveready, CDTI Innvierte and the Josep Carreras Foundation. Besides investors’ support, Leukos has received non-dilutive grants and loans from the Catalan Government, the Spanish Government and the European Union in various programs.

About the Josep Carreras Foundation

The Josep Carreras Leukaemia Foundation was established in 1988 with the intention of contributing to finding a definitive cure for this disease. Its efforts are concentrated on four basic areas: administering the Spanish Bone Marrow Donor Registry (REDMO), scientific research, carried out by the Josep Carreras Leukaemia Research Institute, patient guidance through an online patient consultation channel, and reception apartments for patients who need to undergo treatment and have to spend a long time far from home.

About the Josep Carreras Leukaemia Research Institute

The Josep Carreras Leukaemia Research Institute, a public centre pertaining to the Generalitat de Catalunya’s CERCA network, was established in 2010 with the aim of furthering biomedical research and personalised medicine in the field of leukaemia and other onco-hematological diseases. It is the first research centre in Europe exclusively focussed on leukaemia and malignant blood diseases, and one of the very few in the world. The Josep Carreras Institutes has three coordinated but independent scientific campuses: University of Barcelona Hospital Clínic Campus, The Catalan Institute of Oncology/Germans Trias i Pujol Campus, and the Sant Pau – Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) Campus

About Inveready

Inveready is a leading alternative asset manager in Spain – investing in early-stage VC, growth VC, venture debt, strategic equity in listed companies, infrastructure and private equity – providing financing solutions to companies throughout their life-cycle. Founded in 2008, Inveready counts on 200 active companies, and more than €1bn of assets under management. Inveready has been investing in companies in the Life Sciences sector since 2008. Notable investments in this vertical are Atrys Health (listed on the Spanish market), EDESA Biotech (listed on Nasdaq), AVX Pharma (sold to Aerie Biotech) and PaloBiofarma (licensing agreement with Novartis). Inveready is headquartered in San Sebastian, and has other offices in Barcelona and Madrid. It has been recognized on multiple occasions by ASCRI and Preqin for the return on its funds and transactions (For more information, visit

Mag Nina Roth, MAS

AOP Health
Needs. Science. Trust.

AOP Orphan Pharmaceuticals GmbH
Member of the AOP Health Group

Leopold-Ungar-Platz 2, 1190 Vienna, Austria

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AOP Health commence la recherche d’un traitement pour la leucémie

AOP Health a signé un accord avec Leukos Biotech pour la poursuite du développement d’une substance chimique récemment découverte. Avec cet accord, AOP Health élargit encore davantage le domaine de la recherche sur l’hémato-oncologie et propose des options de traitement supplémentaires à certains patients atteints de leucémie sur le long terme.

VIENNE, Autriche, 01 août 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — AOP Health Group (AOP Health) est un pionnier européen des thérapies intégrées pour les maladies rares et les soins intensifs basé à Vienne, en Autriche. La société se concentre sur la recherche, le développement et la vente mondiale de solutions de traitement innovantes et se spécialise dans les thérapies pour les maladies rares et les soins intensifs. Début juillet, AOP Health a signé un accord avec Leukos Biotech, une société dérivée fondée par l’institut de recherche sur la leucémie Josep Carreras, basé à Barcelone. L’accord signé par AOP Health couvre l’option de développement de la substance chimique récemment découverte dans le cadre de toute indication traitable, non limitée aux maladies oncologiques ou rares.

L’accord établit la base de nouveaux domaines thérapeutiques

Dans un premier temps, AOP Health se concentrera sur le développement d’options de traitement pour la leucémie myéloïde aiguë (LMA) et le syndrome myélodysplasique (SMD). Les deux sont des types particuliers de leucémie qui commencent souvent dans la moelle osseuse. Agnes Kohl, directrice commerciale d’AOP Orphan Pharmaceuticals GmbH, membre du groupe AOP Health, explique : « Sur la base de données positives, notre plan est d’étendre le développement d’autres indications orphelines même en dehors de la LMA et du SMD à un stade ultérieur. Grâce à cet accord, nous pourrons peut-être élargir le portefeuille de nos domaines thérapeutiques en offrant encore plus d’options de traitement aux patients. »

Développement en coopération avec Leukos

Comme AOP Health se concentre sur les cancers hémato-oncologiques rares et possède de nombreuses années d’expérience dans le développement et la commercialisation de traitements hémato-oncologiques, la société pilotera le développement ultérieur de la substance en coopération avec Leukos sur la base d’un nouveau mode d’action. Cela pourrait potentiellement devenir une étape importante dans le traitement de nombreux cancers du sang et autres patients atteints de cancer. Luis Ruiz-Avila, PDG de Leukos Biotech : « Nous nous concentrons sur le développement de nouveaux traitements pour une grande variété de tumeurs. Nous sommes nés pour transformer l’excellente science de l’Institut de recherche sur la leucémie Josep Carreras en produits précieux pour les patients atteints de cancer dans le besoin, et cet accord est une étape très importante dans cette direction. Nous sommes convaincus qu’AOP Health est le bon partenaire pour transformer ce nouveau mécanisme d’action prometteur en une réalité clinique au profit des patients présentant une grande variété de besoins médicaux non satisfaits. »

À propos d’AOP Health

Le groupe AOP Health comprend plusieurs sociétés, dont AOP Orphan Pharmaceuticals GmbH, dont le siège se trouve à Vienne, en Autriche (« AOP Health »). Le groupe AOP Health est le pionnier européen des thérapies intégrées pour les maladies rares et les soins critiques. Au cours des 25 dernières années, le groupe est devenu un fournisseur établi de solutions de thérapie intégrées opérant depuis son siège social à Vienne, ses filiales et ses bureaux de représentation à travers l’Europe et le Moyen-Orient, ainsi que par l’intermédiaire de partenaires dans le monde entier. Ce développement a été rendu possible par un niveau d’investissement continu élevé dans la recherche et le développement, d’une part, et par une orientation très cohérente et pragmatique vis-à-vis des besoins de toutes ses parties prenantes, d’autre part, en particulier les patients et leurs familles, ainsi que les professionnels de la santé qui les prennent en charge.

À propos de Leukos

Leukos Biotech, SL (Leukos) est une société dérivée de l’Institut de recherche sur la leucémie Josep Carreras, créée à Barcelone en 2015. La société développe de nouveaux traitements et outils de diagnostic pour une large variété de tumeurs ciblant le récepteur de la sérotonine HTR1B, dont le potentiel antitumoral a été décrit pour la première fois et breveté par le Dr Ruth Risueño, fondateur de Leukos dans son laboratoire à l’Institut de recherche Josep Carreras. Le principal soutien financier de Leukos provient d’investisseurs privés et institutionnels. Les principaux actionnaires sont Inveready, CDTI Innvierte et la Fondation Josep Carreras. Outre le soutien des investisseurs, Leukos a reçu des subventions et des prêts non dilutifs du gouvernement catalan, du gouvernement espagnol et de l’Union européenne dans le cadre de divers programmes.

À propos de la Fondation Josep Carreras

La Fondation Josep Carreras Leukaemia a été créée en 1988 dans le but de contribuer à la recherche d’un remède définitif pour cette maladie. Ses efforts se concentrent sur quatre domaines fondamentaux : l’administration du Registre espagnol de donneurs de moelle osseuse (REDMO), la recherche scientifique menée par l’Institut de recherche sur la leucémie Josep Carreras, l’orientation des patients via un canal de consultation des patients en ligne et des appartements d’accueil pour les patients qui ont besoin de subir un traitement et doivent passer beaucoup de temps loin de chez eux.

À propos de l’Institut de recherche sur la leucémie Josep Carreras

L’Institut de recherche sur la leucémie Josep Carreras, centre public appartenant au réseau CERCA de la Generalitat de Catalunya, a été créé en 2010 dans le but de promouvoir la recherche biomédicale et la médecine personnalisée dans le domaine de la leucémie et d’autres maladies onco-hématologiques. Il s’agit du premier centre de recherche européen exclusivement dédié à la leucémie et aux hémopathies malignes, et l’un des rares au monde. Les Instituts Josep Carreras disposent de trois campus scientifiques coordonnés mais indépendants : le Campus clinique de l’Hôpital de l’Université de Barcelone, le Campus de l’Institut catalan d’oncologie/allemands Trias i Pujol et le Campus de Sant Pau – Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB).

À propos d’Inveready

Inveready est un gestionnaire d’actifs alternatifs de premier plan en Espagne ; il investit dans le capital-risque en phase de démarrage, le capital-risque de croissance, la dette à risque, les actions stratégiques dans des sociétés cotées, les infrastructures et le capital-investissement privé. Il fournit des solutions de financement aux entreprises tout au long de leur cycle de vie. Fondée en 2008, Inveready compte sur 200 sociétés actives et plus d’un milliard d’euros d’actifs sous gestion. Inveready investit dans des entreprises du secteur des sciences de la vie depuis 2008. Les investissements notables dans ce secteur sont Atrys Health (cotée sur le marché espagnol), EDESA Biotech (cotée au Nasdaq), AVX Pharma (vendue à Aerie Biotech) et PaloBiofarma (accord de licence avec Novartis). Le siège social de la société se situe à San Sebastian et elle possède d’autres bureaux à Barcelone et Madrid. La société a été reconnue à plusieurs reprises par l’ASCRI et Preqin pour le rendement de ses fonds et de ses transactions (Pour plus d’informations, veuillez consulter le site

Mag Nina Roth, MAS

AOP Health
Besoins. Science. Confiance.

AOP Orphan Pharmaceuticals GmbH
Membre du groupe AOP Health

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Zenas BioPharma Obtains IND Approval in China for Phase 1/2 Study of ZB001 for the Treatment of Thyroid Eye Disease  

WALTHAM, Mass and SHANGHAI, China, July 31, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Zenas BioPharma, a global biopharmaceutical company committed to becoming a leader in the development and commercialization of immune-based therapies for patients in need around the world, announced that it has received approval of its Investigational New Drug (IND) application from the National Medical Products Administration (NMPA) of China for the initiation of a Phase 1/2 clinical study of ZB001 for the treatment of Thyroid Eye Disease (TED). The main objective of the Phase 1/2 is to evaluate the safety, tolerability, pharmacokinetics, and preliminary efficacy of ZB001.

TED is a debilitating vison-threatening autoimmune disease that causes inflammation and fibrosis within the orbit of the eye. With no approved therapies for TED patients in China, treatment options are limited and often involve high doses of steroids associated with serious side effects or surgical intervention. ZB001 is a differentiated humanized monoclonal antibody targeting insulin-like growth factor 1 receptor (IGF-1R) intended for the treatment of TED.

“We are proud that the IND application for ZB001 was approved by the NMPA about two months following its submission, highlighting our team’s unique ability to efficiently execute on our development programs,” said Hua Mu, MD, PhD, Chief Executive Officer at Zenas. “We are excited to work with leading clinical experts in China to accelerate the development of ZB001 to address the significant unmet clinical need in thyroid eye disease.”

Zenas BioPharma licensed the exclusive rights to develop, manufacture and commercialize ZB001 (Viridian VRDN-001) and other compounds targeting IGF-1R in non-oncology indications in the greater China area from Viridian Therapeutics, Inc. (Viridian) in October 2020. After submitting an IND for VRDN-001 to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in October 2021, Viridian initiated a Phase 1/2 clinical trial in December 2021 to evaluate proof of concept in TED patients in North America and released encouraging interim healthy volunteer data suggesting robust activity with excellent safety and tolerability of the candidate product.

About Zenas BioPharma

Zenas BioPharma is a global biopharmaceutical company based in the USA and China committed to becoming a leader in the development and commercialization of immune-based therapies for patients in the US, China and around the world. Zenas is rapidly advancing a deep pipeline of innovative therapeutics that continues to grow through our successful business development strategy. Our experienced leadership team and network of business partners drive operational excellence to deliver potentially transformative therapies to improve the lives of those facing autoimmune and rare diseases. For more information about Zenas BioPharma, please visit and follow us on Twitter at @ZenasBioPharma and LinkedIn.

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Joe Farmer
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