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88 Energy Ltd (LON:88E) confirmed it is expected to spud the Merlin-1 exploration well in Alaska, as it has now landed approval for its permit to drill. The company said that the permit was deemed complete by the Alaska Bureau of Land Management (BLM) on the January 28, 20231, and was submitted to the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management. There, it was approved on January 29, ahead of an expected spud date of February 12.

e-therapeutics PLC (LON:ETX) said it is in the process of securing patents to protect its advances in liver gene silencing. The application relates to GalNAc-conjugated short interfering RNA (siRNA). Additional patents will be sought for siRNA constructs that have been designed with potentially beneficial safety and potency profiles, it added. e-therapeutics said its platform will provide it with a “significant competitive advantage” in the field RNA interference, also known as co-suppression or gene silencing.

Mosman Oil and Gas Limited (LON:MSMN) has provided a further update on the Stanley project, in east Texas, which last week averaged 210 barrels of oil per day (bopd) gross. That outperforms the average rate of 139 bopd reported over the six months ended December 31, 2020. The company noted that the Stanley-3 and Stanley-4 wells continue to produce oil without artificial lift – with the former yielding 50 bopd and the latter showing 120 bopd – whilst Stanley-1 is now operating with a pump-jack and last week yielded 40 bopd.

SkinBioTherapeutics PLC (LON:SBTX) said its subsidiary AxisBiotix has expanded its food supplement study by 50 participants to 250 following a “high level of demand”. Chief executive Stuart Ashman said he was “overwhelmed” by the “extraordinary number of applicants” in a very short period of time, the majority of which were psoriasis sufferers. Enrolment began on January 14 for the self-managed assessment, which will be monitored through a mobile app that involves answering questions evaluating symptom progression.

Quadrise Fuels International PLC (LON:QFI) has updated on its ongoing work, testing its bioMSAR at Aquafuel Research’s UK facility. The company noted that initial testing has confirmed bioMSAR as a viable diesel engine fuel. Additionally, the company said it has shown bioMSAR achieved higher efficiency and 20-25% lower NOx compared to baseline testing on diesel at the prevailing test conditions on a high-speed engine.

Open Orphan PLC (AIM:ORPH) said its Venn Life Sciences drug development consultancy arm has extended its contract with client Carna Biosciences to the end of the year. The extension is expected to “deliver significant revenue for Venn over the next twelve months”, investors were told. Venn’s office in Breda, the Netherlands, will provide chemistry, manufacturing and control, non-clinical, clinical and regulatory consultancy services for two of Carna’s development programmes.

BATM PLC (LON:BVC) said strong demand for its coronavirus (COVID-19) diagnostics products will mean sales and profits for the year to end-December 2020 coming in well ahead of forecasts. The London-listed tech group expects revenue for full-year 2020 to be at least US$180mln or annual growth of over 45% with underlying profits [EBITDA] to be ‘substantially ahead’ of market expectations. Growth has been driven by the Bio-Medical division and particularly orders for diagnostics testing kits, reagents and instruments, the Israeli group said.

Seeing Machines PLC (LON:SEE) said it expects to report a 14.6% year-on-year increase in revenue for the six months to December 31, 2020. The technology company, which designs artificial-intelligence-powered operator monitoring systems to improve transport safety, said the first half of its current fiscal year had been a period of growth. Despite the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, the company said it continues to trade in line with expectations for the full-year. Revenue for the six months to the end of December 2020 rose to A$18.1mln from A$15.8mln in the same period of 2019. Annualised recurring revenues, including royalties, rose 17.4% to A$15.5mln from A$13.2mln.

Parity Group PLC (LON:PTY) said it has been awarded a three-year contract to help oversee Scotland’s roll-out of superfast digital broadband. The Scottish Government has appointed Parity as its Digital Technology Resources partner to support the Reaching 100% (R100) superfast broadband infrastructure programme. Through the contract, Parity will provide a managed service supplying Digital Technology personnel for the R100 programme’s project management and deployment offices. The total opportunity is worth up to £5mln over the next three to six years, it said.

DeepVerge PLC (LON:DVRG) has announced the pre-launch registration for its Skin Trust Club Artificial Intelligent (AI) Skincare App and Home Test Kit. Registration for the Skin Trust Club is free, as will be the downloadable app when it is ready, DeepVerge said. When the home test kits are formally launched, priority will be given to those users who have already registered their interest in receiving them. The company also announced the appointment of Fiona Joyce as its legal counsel and company secretary. Joyce has previously spent more than 20 years with IBM where she served as Country Counsel for Ireland.

Live Company Group PLC (LON:LVCG) said it has signed a contract to design and build a fully glued 3D model representing a climate change environment with the branches of the UK Environment Agency. The AIM-listed firm said the model will feature various sites of interest including a river running into the sea, a cycle path next to a river and houses with solar panels and turning wind turbines. It will also be interactive with several moveable parts.

Frontier IP Group PLC (LON:FIPP) has revealed the part it played in the development of a technology that reduces the chances of wine becoming corked. The company noted that the world’s leading producer of cork products, Corticeira Amorim has announced a technological breakthrough to remove the major cause of cork taint in wine from natural corks – a chemical compound called TCA (2,4,6 – trichloroanisole). Frontier IP said this breakthrough came about as a result of Amorim’s collaboration with the company’s partner university, NOVA University of Lisbon – NOVA School of Science and Technology.

FastForward Innovations Limited (LON:FFWD) said it has invested £250,000 in South West Brands Limited (SWB), a London-based group targeting the cannabidiol (CBD) market. The investment is by way of a two year, 6%, convertible loan note (CLN) as part of a funding round by SWB to raise £500,000. If the loan notes are converted into equity, FastForward could end up with a 5% equity stake in SWB. The funds raised will be used to launch and market SWB’s pipeline of new CBD brands in several markets, including its first new brands in the menstrual cycle care and beauty categories in April 2021

San Leon Energy PLC (LON:SLE) said there has been progress on a loan agreement to fund a fast-track redevelopment of the Oza oil field in Nigeria. Following the completion of due diligence and a technical report, loan documents are anticipated to be issued by the end of this week. As part of a deal struck in September, San Leon will invest in US$7.5mln of loan notes issued by Decklar Petroleum, a subsidiary of Asian Mineral Resources (CVE:ASN), and roughly US$4,600 for a 15% stake in Decklar. In a separate statement, San Leon announced that the resolutions put to shareholders of the company at the extraordinary general meeting held on Monday were duly passed. 

Union Jack Oil PLC (LON:UJO) has told investors that oil is free-flowing at the Wressle field, in Lincolnshire. It comes after successful operations to recomplete the Ashover Grit reservoir interval. The well has now been placed on a continuous 24-hour production test.

Kodal Minerals PLC (LOM:KOD) has updated on progress on its gold assets in Mali and Cote d’Ivoire. Kodal said it has received a request from Resolute Mining for an additional extension of the joint venture in Cote D’Ivoire term, as Resolute’s expenditure in the joint venture of approximately US$2 million falls short of its commitment under the agreement. However, after consideration, Kodal has refused the extension request and will now retain 100% ownership of the concessions on expiry of the agreement on February 25, 2021.

United Oil & Gas PLC (LON:UOG) has said it expects production to rise further in 2021 as more of its acreage in Egypt comes onstream. A farm-out process of the Walton prospect offshore Jamaica starts shortly with first gas from Italy also due this quarter, said the AIM-listed junior. Production from the time it acquired its Egypt assets from Rockhopper at end-February 2020 averaged 2,195 barrels equivalent daily (boepd), generating total revenues of US$9-9.2mln net with an average U$37.7 price per barrel.

AEX Gold Inc (LON:AEXG) (CVE:AEX) has revealed results from its 2020 exploration campaign at the Kangerluluk property within the Nuna Nutaaq licence in Greenland. The Kangerluluk gold prospect lies 120 kilometres northeast of AEX’s Nalunaq project and within the wider Nanortalik gold belt. The prospect is deemed highly prospective by AEX and during 2020 the company carried out reconnaissance exploration designed to confirm historic grades from the main shear zone, sampling potential down-dip extensions, and capturing high-resolution images to assist with 3D modelling and future exploration planning.

Canadian Overseas Petroleum Ltd (LON:COPL) (CVE:XOP) told investors that its 50%-owned joint venture company Shoreline CanOverseas Petroleum has extended the completion date of its agreement with Essar to April 30, 2021. Following initial agreement in August 2020 the parties have been working to resolve their disputes. “ShoreCan and Essar Mauritius, the shareholders of COPL’s Nigerian Affiliate, are engaged in the process to reach completion to the agreements announced on August 4th. As we indicated in October of last year, face to face or in person meetings are required,” said Arthur Millholland, COPL chairman in a statement.

Power Metal Resources PLC (LON:POW) the AIM-listed metals exploration and development company has announced an update with regard to the South Ghanzi Project in the Kalahari Copper Belt (KCB), Botswana, which is part of a 50/50 strategic joint venture with Kavango Resources. Paul Johnson, chief executive officer of Power Metal commented: “Both Kavango and Power Metal are eager to push ahead with ground exploration in the KCB, with the South Ghanzi Project demonstrating geological features similar to recent major copper/silver discoveries in the area. We now intend to conduct an airborne electromagnetic and magnetic geophysics survey in parallel to ongoing ground exploration work which includes intensified soil sampling around target areas.  By doing this we will speed up the exploration process at this key stage, hopefully fast-tracking the delineation of initial drill targets.”

Trident Royalties PLC (LON:TRR)(FSX:5KV) said it received a total of US$291,832 in royalty payments during the fourth quarter of 2020. The income came from the iron ore royalty on Koolyanobbing, and from the Mimbula copper project. Trident undertook six royalty transactions in 2020, including the acquisition of the Pukaqaqa copper royalties in the fourth quarter from Orion Resource Partners, Trident’s first all-equity deal.

In a separate statement, Trident Royalties noted the announcement on February 1, 2021, by ASX-listed Calidus Resources Limited that it has successfully consolidated key exploration and infrastructure tenements as part of the broader Warrawoona Gold Project. Calidus previously owned the tenements in a joint venture arrangement with TSX-listed Novo Resources Corp and is now moving to 100% ownership. Trident has a binding agreement to acquire a 1.5% Net Smelter Royalty over the eastern part of the planned Warrawoona mine through tenement E45/3381 (which is pending conversion to Mining Lease M45/12903). The acquisition is expected to complete in Q1 2021. Trident announced the Warrawoona Royalty acquisition on August 28, 2020.

Empire Metals Ltd (LON:EEE) said will focus primarily on the development of gold mining interests in Western Australia during 2021, as it moves away from its Georgian interests. The second phase of drilling at Empire’s 75%-held Eclipse gold project is now well advanced, with approximately 3,800 metres of the 4,400 metre reverse circulation programme drilled in January 2021. The drilling has intercepted a number of wide quartz veins in areas beyond and below the Eclipse old workings, and assays are awaiting laboratory analysis to determine the degree of mineralisation.

Remote Monitored Systems PLC (LON:RMS) said that two of the engineers from the Lemu Group, which is currently working on commissioning the company’s new mask manufacturing machine, have tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) and are now self-isolating for 10 days. The company said the engineers received the positive test results on Saturday morning, adding that three team members at its subsidiary Pharm 2 Farm (P2F) have been recorded as close contacts of the Lemu engineers in accordance with Public Health England (PHE) guidelines and will also need to self-isolate for 10 days.

Bidstack Group PLC (LON:BIDS) said it has exceeded market expectations in terms of revenues for its 2020 financial year. In a trading update for the year to December 31, 2020, the AIM-listed in-game advertising specialist said its results for the period are expected to include revenues of £1.7mln, up from £140,000 in the prior year, while losses are forecast to be £7.18mln compared to a £5.36mln loss in 2019.

Iconic Labs PLC (LON:ICON) has issued an update on the status of its discussions with the European High Growth Opportunities Securitization Fund (EHGOF) to settle all outstanding issues. The company said that following the failure of EHGOF to accept a revised settlement offer that the company made to settle all matters outstanding with EHGOF as well as the outstanding issues with OTT Holdings Limited and Alpha Blue Ocean (ABO), and which the group considered to be commercially acceptable and fair to all parties, directors John Quinlan, Liam Harrington and Sam Asante have considered their position in light of EHGOF, OTT Holdings and ABO’s failure to engage in meaningful dialogue in order to reach a settlement, and considered their roles to be untenable and resigned with immediate effect on January 31, 2020. In a separate announcement, Iconic said it has received notices of termination of the management service agreements between the company and Greencastle Capital in respect of the JOE Media and TheLondonEconomic businesses, which are to take immediate effect.

Asiamet Resources Limited LON:ARS) said it has received a notice purported to be from its largest shareholder, Aeternum Energy, requesting the company to convene a Special General Meeting of shareholders.  The company said the notice that has been received is not in a valid form and therefore directors are not required to act on it now, however it is apparent that the group’s largest shareholder is seeking to take control of the company without fair and reasonable process or acquisition. This action immediately follows PT WIN, an Indonesian company owned by Aeturnum Energy, materially breaching the terms of a binding sale and purchase agreement with Asiamet for the acquisition of the company’s KSK Contract of Work in Indonesia. Asiamet said it is seeking the necessary advice with respect to convening a meeting of shareholders given the underlying circumstances and added that shareholders are advised to take no action at this time.

Impax Environmental Markets PLC (LON:IEM) has announced the appointment of Simon Fraser as an independent non-executive director of the company, with effect from March 1, 2021. The group said Fraser brings a wealth of investment trust experience and deep knowledge of global markets, having had a long and distinguished career in asset management at Fidelity International Ltd, retiring in 2008 as president, Investment Solutions Group, Fidelity Retirement Institute and having held other senior roles including president of Fidelity’s European and Institutional business and Global Chief Investment Officer. In December 2019 he retired as chair of the £3 billion F&C Investment Trust PLC. He is a former non-executive director of Barclays Bank PLC.

Learning Technologies Group PLC (LON:LTG), the provider of services and technologies for digital learning and talent management, has confirmed that all conditions relating to the acquisition of Reflektive Inc have been satisfied and that the transaction has now completed, further to the announcement of the proposed acquisition on January 20, 2021.

Blackbird PLC (LON:BIRD), the developer and seller of the market-leading cloud video editing platform, Blackbird, has said it will announce its final results for the year ended December 31, 2020, on Monday, March 22, 2021. The company said that Ian McDonough, its chief executive officer, Stephen White, its chief operating and financial officer and Stephen Streater, R&D director, will provide a live presentation relating to the final results and an update on execution against the group’s previously announced strategy, on Wednesday, March 24, 2021, at 11.30am via the Investor Meet Company platform. Investors can sign up to Investor Meet Company for free and add to meet Blackbird PLC via:

Panthera Resources (LON:PAT), the gold exploration and development company with assets in India and West Africa has announced that the sale of the Kalaka Project (Kalaka) to Moydow Holdings Ltd (Moydow) has now been completed. On July 22, 2020, Panthera announced that it has entered into a conditional sale and purchase agreement to divest its interests in the Labola gold project in southwest Burkina Faso and the Kalaka gold project in southwest Mali to Moydow.  With the transfer of Kalaka now completed, Panthera is entitled to receive the remainder of the deferred consideration (US$60,000) and refund to Panthera the 2H 2020 historical costs on Kalaka forecast at US$115,000.  Furthermore, Panthera is entitled to receive 0.5 million shares in Moydow increasing its ownership interest in Moydow to 46.2%.  The consideration is anticipated to be received shortly. In a separate statement, Panther noted that a presentation will be made by Moydow executive chairman, Brian Kiernan at this week’s 1 to 1 Mining Investment in Africa Conference. The presentation is available on the company’s website.

Sareum Holdings PLC (LON:SAR), the specialist small molecule drug development business, announced that its CEO, Dr Tim Mitchell, will give a company presentation at the 7th Annual LSX World Congress, which will be delivered digitally between February 1 and 5, 2021. The presentation will showcase Sareum’s two proprietary TYK2/JAK1 kinase inhibitor programmes, SDC-1801 and SDC-1802, targeting autoimmune diseases and cancers, respectively. Dr Mitchell will also highlight the emerging potential of this mechanism to modulate the severe inflammatory responses and respiratory symptoms arising from coronavirus (COVID-19) and other viral infections. The presentation will be made through the conference website and will be available to registered participants throughout the event –   A copy of the presentation will also be made available on Sareum’s website:

Base Resources Limited (LONLBSE) (ASX:BSE), the African mineral sands producer has said its latest company presentation, an abridged version of which was made available for the 121 Mining Investment Africa Conference, is available from its website:

IronRidge Resources Limited (LON:IRR), the African focused minerals exploration company has announced that it will be attending the following online conferences in the coming months: 121 Mining Investment Online Africa | 1-3 February 2021 (Digital event); Benchmark Minerals African Mining Battery supply chain special on February 4, 2021; Mining Indaba Virtual February 2-3, 2021 (Online event); PDAC One on One Meeting Virtual March 8-11, 2021 (Digital event); 121 Mining Investment Online APAC March 17-19, 2021 (Digital event); Mining Indaba Virtual Investment Programme March 30-31, 2021 (Digital event); 121 Mining Investment Online Americas April 27-29, 2021 (Digital event); 121 Mining Investment Online EMEA May 25-27, 2021 (Digital event); and Mines and Money Global (multi commodity) June 22-24, 2021 (Global digital event) IronRidge Resources chief executive officer Vincent Mascolo and chief operating officer Len Kolff will be providing an update on current projects in the group’s portfolio; company presentations can be found at

Praoctive Research has issued a note on IronRidge Resources following completion of its scoping study on the Ewoyaa Lithium Project, located in Ghana. Analyst Dr Ryan D. Long pointed out: “This study returned robust economics with a post-tax net present value using an 8% discount rate (NPV8) of US$345mln and a post-tax internal rate of return (IRR) of 125%, assuming a conservative spodumene concentrate price of US$650 per tonne.”

Edison has issued a review on The Brunner Investment Trust PLC (LON:BUT) which, it noted, is currently trading at a 14.0% discount to cum-income NAV, which is wider than the 10.2% to 12.1% range of averages over the past one, three, five and 10 years. To view the full report, use the following link:

AfriTin Mining Limited (LON:ATM), an African tin mining company with its flagship asset, the Uis Tin Mine in Namibia announces that Anthony Viljoen, its chief executive officer, will be presenting at an investor webinar being hosted jointly by Turner Pope Investments Ltd and Vox Markets on Wednesday, February 3, 2021, at 5.30pm GMT.

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