2023 Digital Therapeutics Alliance Inaugural Summit: DTx Industry Leaders Gather to Transform Global Healthcare

Held at the Washington D.C. Marriott at Metro Center June 7 – 9, 2023.The 3-day Summit programming will be facilitated by leaders from all facets of the DTx industry, including policymakers, manufacturers, payors, and other experts to guide innovation and equity in healthcare.

Arlington, VA, March 30, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Digital Therapeutics Alliance (DTA) is hosting its Inaugural Summit on June 7-9, 2023 at the Washington Marriott at Metro Center. Leaders from all facets of the digital therapeutics (DTx) ecosystem, including policymakers, clinicians, and payors, will join DTA members to discuss the challenges and opportunities of DTx integration into the healthcare system and identify optimized policy, reimbursement, and regulatory pathways to accelerate adoption.

The 3-day Summit programming will be facilitated by Andy Molnar, Chief Executive Officer of DTA, and feature keynote presentations, panel discussions, and interactive sessions that cover the advancement of DTx, the impact of healthcare policy, reimbursement and regulatory pathways, clinical evidence requirements, and patient access optimization.

DTA’s Chief Executive Officer, Andy Molnar states: “We are here to transform healthcare and deliver a new category of medicine to patients to improve their lives. The 2023 DTA Inaugural Summit brings together the leaders in healthcare innovation that are making these monumental changes. We are building viable frameworks with partners from Capitol Hill, the investment ecosystem, clinicians, health plans, patients, and caregivers.”

DTx products use evidence-based, clinically evaluated technologies to optimize clinical and health economic outcomes, deliver high quality therapies to underserved populations, and transform how patients understand, manage, and engage in their healthcare.

Leading into the Summit, US-focused DTA members and staff will convene in Washington D.C. to meet with congressional members and other influential parties to advocate for the Access to Prescription Digital Therapeutics Act (S. 723 and H.R. 1458).This bill seeks to create a new benefit category for digital therapeutics and ensure permanent coverage and reimbursement of DTx products by Medicare and Medicaid.

Everett Crosland, DTA board member and Chief Commercial Officer for Cognito Therapeutics, commented, “Given the rapidly evolving reimbursement environment, DTA’s 2023 Inaugural Summit offers the DTx industry an unprecedented opportunity to engage and advocate on the issues that matter most to our companies, patients, providers, and payor partners. I’m excited to speak about the emerging frameworks that are shaping our future.”

Event details and registration: 2023 DTA Inaugural Summit 

About DTA:

The Digital Therapeutics Alliance (DTA) is a global non-profit trade association of industry leaders and stakeholders with the mission of broadening the understanding, adoption, and integration of digital therapeutics into healthcare. DTA works to enable expanded access to high quality, evidence-based digital therapeutics for patients, clinicians, and payors to improve clinical and health economic outcomes. To learn more, please visit: www.dtxalliance.org and follow us on LinkedIn.

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Namibia Looks East for Green Hydrogen Partnerships

The administrator of the National Energy Administration of China, Zhang Jinhua, on Friday paid a visit to Namibia President Hage Geingob. The visit is aimed at establishing cooperation in the area of green hydrogen production.

Namibia is positioning itself as a future green hydrogen producer to attract investment from the globe’s leading and fastest growing producer of renewable energy — China.

James Mnyupe, Namibia’s green hydrogen commissioner and economic adviser to the president, told VOA that although Namibia has not signed a partnership with China on green hydrogen, officials are looking to the Asian country as a critical partner. But it isn’t talking to China alone.

“We have an MOU [Memo of Understanding] with Europe; we are also discussing possibilities of collaboration with the United States,” he said. “If you look at any of these green hydrogen projects as I mentioned, simply they will use components from all over the world.”

He said in the face of rising energy demands around the globe and increased tensions between the East and West, Namibia will not be drawn into picking sides. He was referring to the conflict in Ukraine and its effect on international relations

“So today Europe’s biggest trading partner is China, China’s biggest markets are the U.S. and Europe so if Namibia trades with Europe, China or the U.S. for that matter, that is not a reason for involving Namibia in any political or conflict-related discussions between those countries,” he said.

Presidential spokesperson Alfredo Hengari said the visit by U.S. Ambassador to Namibia Randy Berry on Tuesday was aimed at cementing relations in major areas of interest, among them green hydrogen and oil exploration.

“Namibia is making tremendous advances in the areas of green energy but also in hydrocarbons,” he said. “American companies are drilling off the coast of the Republic of Namibia and so it was a courtesy visit just to emphasize increasing cooperation in these areas.”

Speaking through an interpreter, China’s administrator for its National Energy Administration on Friday said China is ready to partner with Namibia in all areas of green hydrogen.

Hydrogen is an alternative fuel that industrialized nations hope can help them reach their ambitious goal of net-zero carbon emission by 2050.

Mnyupe says Namibia is looking to learn from China on how best to use its experience in producing renewable energy and renewable energy components. Friday’s visit is an indication of China’s interest in partnering with Namibia and participating in the countries green-hydrogen value chain.

Source: Voice of America

MLIREC to strive for more with limited budget

Ministry of Labour, Industrial Relations and Employment Creation Deputy Minister, Hafeni Ndemula said although, with a limited budget, the ministry will strive to do ‘enough’ with what is allocated.

During his budget motivation on Friday of the ministry’s N.dollars 207 million for the 2023/24 financial year, Ndemula noted that MLIREC is currently operating with a staff complement of only 53 per cent of its approved structure, which undoubtedly contributes to some of the gaps and delays in the ministry’s performance.

“This amount is very limited and imposes a limitation on the implementation of the ministerial plan, programmes and projects,” he said in the National Assembly before expressing: “MLIREC shall however align its priorities to the amount allocated and deliver as well as possible with the limited resources at our disposal, in the hope that this House will prioritise an expanded budget in the future.”

Ndemula noted that the ministry during the 2023/24 financial year, will make every effort to instil its work with a sense of urgency and a stronger and more empathetic customer-centred approach.

This will include; eliminating delays, responding quickly and boldly to matters of public interest involving labour and employment; and making the ministry more visible and accessible. This is in addition to the activities outlined with respect to employment creation.

MLIREC has budgeted an amount of N.dollars 82.7 million for the Promotion of Harmonious Labour Relations, a programme implemented by the Labour Commissioner which is responsible for labour disputes resolution.

The programme is aimed to ensure equitable workforce and labour services for harmonious labour relations by enforcing compliance and ensuring adherence through labour inspections on basic conditions of employment and occupation safety and health, among others.

Some N.dollars 30.4 million will go for a programme to facilitate the coordination of employment creation, productivity, research, career guidance, vocational counselling and preparing young people for the future of work.

This programme will facilitate the coordination of employment creation, productivity, research, career guidance and vocational counselling.

International Relations and Advice as well as Supervision and Support Services are also some of the programmes to be funded through this budget.

Source: Namibia Press Agency

Otjiwarongo single quarter dispute heading to line minister

Occupants of the single quarters at Otjiwarongo resolved on Friday to approach the Minister of Urban and Rural Development, Erastus Uutoni, over a dispute surrounding their relocation to Camp Five township.

The residents at a media conference on Friday said they will meet with Uutoni in Windhoek on Monday.

“We are not happy with the relocation plan as the new township is situated far from town, far from our workplaces, schools, hospitals, shops and other services. We will meet our minister on Monday to engage him,” they said.

The residents further promised to accept any relocation housing plan similar to that of the Shack Dwellers Federation of Namibia and suggested that the vacant land near the military base or next to the Orwetoveni cemetery be used instead as it is a better option than Camp Five.

Otjiwarongo Mayor Gottlieb Shivute on Thursday told Nampa in an interview the municipality’s plan to relocate the residents of the single quarters is final and will be implemented this year by the council.

He said the main idea is to decongest the 30 overcrowded houses which belong to the municipality to make these houses habitable.

“There is also debt of more than N.dollars 1.5 million which the residents of the single quarters owe the municipality in rates and taxes,” he said.

Shivute said 3 000 plots have been identified for the single quarter residents at the newly proclaimed Camp Five informal area.

He said a total of 120 families now occupy the single quarter houses and the conditions they live in are unhygienic.

Shivute further said the municipality will sell the houses to the highest bidders at reserve prices of N.dollars 90 000, with preference given to the current occupants.

He however said the municipality is yet to provide Camp Five with services such as water and electricity.

Source: Namibia Press Agency

NamPol promote 51 officers to senior inspectors

The Namibian Police Force (NamPol) conferred the ranks and promoted 51 officers from all regions to the new rank of ‘Senior Inspector’ on Friday.

The parade on promotion of officers and conferment of ranks took place at Israel Patrick Iyambo Police College in the capital.

The implementation of the new Force Structure was created to close the gap between the salary grades of Chief Inspector and Inspector after Minister of Home Affairs, Immigration, Safety and Security (MHAISS) Albert Kawana directed the NamPol Inspector General and Management to work on the structure.

Inspector General Joseph Shikongo in a speech read on his behalf by Deputy Inspector General of Administration Anna-Marie Nainda, emphasised that members of the police force are promoted in recognition of their commitment and dedication to national duties.

“Therefore, a promotion should not be seen as a mere decoration, and or just a reward to an officer or a member, but it comes with huge responsibilities over their shoulders. These include a high level of accountability, commitment and honesty,” Shikongo said.

The newly ranked senior inspectors consist of 20 ‘B’ Class Police Station commanders, seven Criminal Investigation Unit (CIU) commanders and 24 Special Field Force Units and Post commanders.

Additionally Shikongo announced NamPol will soon start a recruitment exercise of more than 1 000 young recruits to strengthen the manpower of the force which he states is on a “rapid decrease”.

“The force will also prioritise resources to train and continue retraining its members in various disciplines, more particularly with emphasis on procedures and processes of crime prevention and investigation, discipline, customers’ care as well as management, supervision and control,” he said.

He added, NamPol is focusing to increase its capabilities in the usage of regional and international instruments, such as the usage of InterPol investigative systems (I-24/7) and leveraging on the use of technology like the ‘Safer City’ concept.

Source: Namibia Press Agency

Access to markets crucial for local farmers: Ngizari

The Head of the World Food Programme (WFP) in Namibia, Daison Ngizari has said that access to big markets for local farmers who produce agricultural products in Namibia, remains crucial.

Ngizari, who was speaking at the WFP and Capricorn Foundation workshop on how to transform food systems for suitable development here on Friday, said real action is needed to transform food security to combat hunger challenges and Namibia can only do that by giving local farmers access to markets.

This, he said, can only be done by investing in infrastructure networks to connect fragmented rural production clusters to populated urban centres, investing in safe storage facilities and value addition technologies to reduce waste and promote local indigenous food through social media.

“We import 70 per cent of our food from South Africa, but we have land and water and there is potential in local areas. The opportunities for government to support local goods are very limited and produced goods go to waste, which is painful,” he stressed.

Also in attendance was the Awana Foods and Capricorn Food Waste Challenge 2022 winner, Sara Ekondo, who said innovation in the food system can only be achieved by supporting local farmers to increase food-sufficient energy supply.

“Key enablers in achieving efficiency in the local food system are critical in the application of technology in terms of machinery and equipment used in food production, as it allows us to reduce drudgery in production and promotes efficient production and safe handling of food,” she said.

She added that where there is a shortage of market access, local farmers must adapt to methods of drying their produce so the produce does not go to waste.

Source: Namibia Press Agency

Largest chunk of fisheries budget for operations

The largest chunk of the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources’ budget, if approved, is earmarked for the operational budget, where six projects are top of the list.

In his motivation of the budget for Vote 22 for MFMR for the 2023/2024 financial year on Thursday, Fisheries Minister Derek Klaazen sought approval of over N.dollars 290 million for the ministry, of which more N. dollars 270 million is aimed at dealing with the survey and stock assessment programme, among others.

A total of N.dollars 51.9 million is allocated to this programme.

This programme, according to Klaazen, is essential for the sustainable management of Namibia’s living marine resources. Data will be provided on marine fish stocks which will guide the setting of the Total Allowable Catch (TAC), which in turn ensures long term sustainable harvesting of marine resources.

“I am pleased to report that during the financial year 2022/23, the ministry conducted biomass survey fish stocks for all commercially exploitable fish stocks. The TAC as a management tool is informed by biomass data stock assessment and that ensures that fisheries are managed in a sustainable manner,” he added.

The minister stressed that this data collection and stock assessment is required for maintaining a full Marine Steward Council certification for prime hake to allow Namibian products into lucrative markets.

“Furthermore, during the 2023/2024 financial year, the ministry intends to continue conducting surveys on the living marine organisms and the marine environment to produce best scientific advice on the level of TACs for the different commercial fisheries.”

Another programme priority for the ministry is human resources development, which requires N.dollars 67.7 million to be fully implemented.

This programme will provide administrative support services such as finance, human resources and procurement to support the execution of the assigned functions and programmes.

Other priority areas include Marine and Inland Monitoring, Control and Surveillance; Promotion of Aquaculture and Inland Fisheries; Policy and Economic Advice, and Coordination and Support Services.

N.dollars 20 million of the ministry’s budget will be directed to development projects.

Source: Namibia Press Agency

Geingob welcomes China into green hydrogen vision

President Hage Geingob has welcomed China’s readiness and interest in Namibia’s green hydrogen vision.

Speaking during a courtesy visit by the National Energy Administration of China’s Administrator, Zhang Jinhua at State House on Friday, Geingob said the two countries have a good longstanding history based on mutual respect for sovereignty.

“We started our efforts and we are running fast now. Doors are still open because China has the expertise from what I have seen in the work done in Europe, therefore, welcome to engage one another and see where we can create win-win situations,” he said.

The Head of State further noted that the two countries have already entered into some cooperation, including some Chinese companies involved in rare minerals in Namibia, based on law and order.

“Law and order is very important and respect for the country, otherwise none friendly people… because we are a small country… we do not allow that. So let’s consult to make sure we should not create any misunderstandings,” he said.

Zhang on his part said China commends Namibia’s efforts towards the goal of zero emissions by 2030, aimed at seeking inclusive growth and sustainable development at the core of its natural resources.

He said the administration will actively implement the consensus reached by both presidents aimed at strengthening policies and dialogues towards the steady development alignment plan of China and Namibia energy cooperation.

China he said, aims for renewable power to account for more than 50 per cent of its electricity generation capacity by 2025.

Source: Namibia Press Agency