St. Luke's Contributes to Research on Monoclonal Antibodies Made Famous by President Trump's Treatment

Prnewswire | October 09, 2020

Patients who recovered from COVID-19 at St. Luke's University Health Network have donated their antibody-rich blood to medical science in hopes of helping to find an effective treatment or cure to the novel coronavirus that has killed nearly 200,000 Americans.  The "convalescent plasma" was separated from the survivors' blood and is being studied as part of a research project labeled AR-701, sponsored by Aridis Pharmaceuticals, a biopharmaceutical firm in San Jose, Ca., that specializes in developing innovative treatments for various infections and lung diseases.

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CITGO Receives Multiple Awards for Safety Excellence

CITGO Corporation | June 16, 2022

CITGO Petroleum Corporation recently received three safety awards recognizing outstanding safety results in both its terminals and refining operations CITGO terminals received the Safety Excellence Award from the International Liquid Terminals Association (ILTA) in recognition of standout safety performance in 2021. This is the most recent such award from ILTA, which has recognized CITGO for safety performance multiple times over the past decade. CITGO refineries in Lemont, Illinois and Corpus Christi, Texas both received the Safety Achievement Award from American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM). The award recognizes excellent safety performance across the oil and gas industry. This was the third consecutive year AFPM has recognized safety performance at CITGO refineries. "Safety is the cornerstone of our operational excellence. We are honored to receive these distinguished awards as testament to our efforts in maintaining the highest standards of operational safety at our refineries and terminals." CITGO President and CEO Carlos Jordá CITGO operates three refineries with a combined crude capacity of 769,000 barrels-per day and wholly and/or jointly owns 38 active terminals and six pipelines, one of the largest distribution networks in the country. "We strive to build a resilient safety culture throughout our operations," added Shane Moser, CITGO Vice President of Health, Safety & Environment. "ILTA and AFPM are champions of our industry, and their continued recognition of our safety culture is tremendously gratifying." ILTA, representing companies and partnerships that operate bulk liquid storage terminals worldwide, advocates on behalf of the liquid terminal industry and maintains close working relationships with other organizations that interact with the tank storage industry. AFPM is the leading national trade association representing fuel and petrochemical manufacturers. AFPM members make and transport the fuels that keep Americans moving and the petrochemicals that are essential building blocks for modern life. About CITGO Headquartered in Houston, Texas, CITGO Petroleum Corporation is a recognized leader in the refining industry with a well-known brand. CITGO operates three refineries located in Lake Charles, La.; Lemont, Ill.; and Corpus Christi, Texas, and wholly and/or jointly owns 38 active terminals, six pipelines and three lubricants blending and packaging plants. With approximately 3,300 employees and a combined crude capacity of approximately 769,000 barrels-per-day (bpd), CITGO is ranked as the fifth-largest, and one of the most complex independent refiners in the United States. CITGO transports and markets transportation fuels, lubricants, petrochemicals and other industrial products and supplies a network of approximately 4,400 locally owned and operated branded retail outlets, all located east of the Rocky Mountains. CITGO Petroleum Corporation is owned by CITGO Holding, Inc.

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ExxonMobil Begins Design Studies for South East Australia Carbon Capture Hub in Gippsland

ExxonMobil | April 18, 2022

ExxonMobil said it is undertaking early front-end engineering design studies to determine the potential for carbon capture and storage to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from multiple industries in the Gippsland Basin. The South East Australia carbon capture and storage hub would initially use existing infrastructure to store CO2 in the depleted Bream field off the coast of Gippsland, Victoria. The company is in active discussions with local industries which may be interested in accessing the SEA CCS hub to reduce emissions from their operations. The project is designed to capture up to 2 million metric tons of CO2 per year. If technical and business feasibility is confirmed, the SEA CCS hub could be operational by 2025. “Collaboration with other industries is an important step to unlock future carbon capture and storage opportunities for Australia, with the potential for large-scale reductions in the highest emitting industrial sectors. Sound government policies will accelerate the deployment of key technologies required to support society’s ambition for a net-zero future.” Joe Blommaert, president of ExxonMobil Low Carbon Solutions ExxonMobil established its Low Carbon Solutions business to commercialize the company’s extensive lower-emission portfolio with the objective to create long-term shareholder value and support global emission-reduction efforts. Low Carbon Solutions is focused on commercializing lower-emission business opportunities in carbon capture and storage, hydrogen and lower-emission fuels, by leveraging the skills, knowledge and scale of ExxonMobil. The company has more than 30 years of experience capturing CO2 and has cumulatively captured more human-made CO2 than any other company. It has an equity share of about one-fifth of the world’s carbon capture and storage capacity at about 9 million metric tons per year. About ExxonMobil ExxonMobil, one of the largest publicly traded international energy and petrochemical companies, creates solutions that improve quality of life and meet society’s evolving needs. The corporation’s primary businesses - Upstream, Product Solutions and Low Carbon Solutions - provide products that enable modern life, including energy, chemicals, lubricants, and lower-emissions technologies. ExxonMobil holds an industry-leading portfolio of resources, and is one of the largest integrated fuels, lubricants and chemical companies in the world.

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Tilley-Phoenix Group Completes the Acquisition of Callahan Chemical

Tilley-Phoenix Group | January 07, 2022

Tilley-Phoenix Group a leading U.S. based specialty ingredients distributor and value-added service provider, and portfolio company of SK Capital Partners announced the acquisition of Callahan Chemical Company a regional distributor of high-quality ingredients and compounds serving a diverse set of end markets including, food and beverage, personal care and cosmetics, pharmaceuticals and nutraceuticals, HI&I and CASE. The acquisition of Callahan aligns with the Company’s vision in creating a specialized, world-class supplier of high-quality ingredients supported by a robust value-added service offering. “We are extremely pleased to complete the acquisition of Callahan Chemical, believing it represents a highly complementary business with shared values and vision as a specialty-focused distributor supported by a strong value-added service foundation. We look forward to partnering with the Callahan team as we enhance the value we bring to existing and new customers,” Jean-Paul Benveniste, President and CEO of Tilley-Phoenix Callahan is a leading regional distributor offering optimized chemical distribution solutions aligned to individual customer requirements. Callahan’s mission is supported by a comprehensive portfolio of value-added services, including regulatory and technical support, custom formulation, in-house laboratory quality assurance and quality control, blending, storage and packaging, and repackaging. Callahan distributes a broad portfolio of products sold into regulated markets, which complement the existing Tilley-Phoenix platform while also expanding the Company’s product offering and market focus with a full-line offering of CASE products. “Since its founding in 1958 by my father James B. Callahan, Callahan Chemical has consistently provided outstanding value to its customers, suppliers, and employees. We are confident that by joining the Tilley-Phoenix Group the opportunity to increase our value-added services will be greatly enhanced,” said John Callahan, CEO of Callahan Chemical. The addition of Callahan to Tilley-Phoenix provides customers with state-of-the-art regulatory and technical support, broader logistics expertise, and an enhanced product offering of value-added ingredients for applications in regulated markets. “Callahan, like Tilley-Phoenix, brings a strong value-added approach to serving its suppliers and customers. The acquisition enhances the platform’s geographic reach, which is particularly compelling for our shared supplier base,” said Sean Tilley, President and COO of Distribution. Looking forward, Tilley-Phoenix plans to continue its pursuit of selective M&A, focused largely on specialty products sold into regulated markets. The Company continues to focus on expanding the value-added platform, seeking targeted opportunities to enhance the value, quality, and breadth of solutions we bring to both customers and suppliers. Callahan represents the third acquisition of 2021 for Tilley-Phoenix. Klehr Harrison LLP acted as legal counsel to Tilley-Phoenix and committed debt financing was led by Madison Capital Funding LLC. About Tilley-Phoenix Group Formed through the merger of Tilley Co. and Phoenix Aromas and Essential Oils, Tilley-Phoenix is a value-added specialty ingredients distributor serving food and beverage, fragrance, personal care and cosmetics, HI&I and pharmaceutical markets. The Company seeks to act as a direct extension of their suppliers’ selling networks to effectively partner and service broader customer networks. Tilley-Phoenix operates modern, efficient global distribution facilities to serve its customers’ just-in-time production needs. The Company offers a comprehensive portfolio of value-added services, including regulatory & technical support, full-service QA/QC laboratory, custom formulation, custom blending & packaging, and specialty storage.

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Chemours Announces Participation in Versogen’s Development of Clean Hydrogen Technology

Chemours Company | May 12, 2022

The Chemours Company a global chemistry company with leading market positions in Titanium Technologies, Thermal & Specialized Solutions, and Advanced Performance Materials, today announced its participation in a fundraising for Wilmington, Delaware-based Versogen Inc., a leader in developing anion exchange membrane technology for use in hydrogen production. Founded by University of Delaware professor Yushan Yan, Versogen’s AEM technology offers a reliable and affordable way to produce green hydrogen at scale. Green hydrogen is the most promising alternative fuel to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in transportation and other industries that primarily rely on fossil fuels. When produced through water electrolysis and powered by renewable energy, large amounts of green hydrogen can be made while generating zero emissions. This process is essential to the clean energy transition and meeting global decarbonization goals. “Chemours is passionate about the potential of the hydrogen economy and our role in it, and we're constantly looking for opportunities to accelerate innovation and new technologies for clean energy. We’re excited to participate in Versogen to help power their continued scale-up and to have the opportunity to collaborate with a start-up in our backyard to understand better the synergies between AEM technology and our Nafion™ ion exchange membranes in green hydrogen production.” Denise Dignam, President, Advanced Performance Materials for Chemours As part of Chemours’ commitment to innovative and responsible chemistry that enables the sustainable products of the future, we are collaborating across the value chain to deliver advanced solutions that solve some of our customers’ and partners’ biggest challenges. As part of those efforts, Chemours is also a steering member of the Hydrogen Council and joined Hydrogen Europe and the European Clean Hydrogen Alliance to help realize the potential of hydrogen’s role in the global energy transition. About The Chemours Company The Chemours Company is a global leader in Titanium Technologies, Thermal & Specialized Solutions, and Advanced Performance Materials providing its customers with solutions in a wide range of industries with market-defining products, application expertise and chemistry-based innovations. We deliver customized solutions with a wide range of industrial and specialty chemicals products for markets, including coatings, plastics, refrigeration and air conditioning, transportation, semiconductor and consumer electronics, general industrial, and oil and gas. Our flagship products include prominent brands such as Ti-Pure™, Opteon™, Freon™, Teflon™, Viton™, Nafion™, and Krytox™. The company has approximately 6,400 employees and 29 manufacturing sites serving approximately 3,200 customers in approximately 120 countries. Chemours is headquartered in Wilmington, Delaware and is listed on the NYSE under the symbol CC.

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