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SEATTLE, Oct. 19, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- In 2021, Holland America Line is set to build on its leadership position in Alaska with a full season of cruises and Land+Sea Journeys that showcase the cruise line's more-than 70 years of experience, insider knowledge and preferred access. From April through September, six premium ships will take guests on authentic Alaska experiences throughout the Great Land.

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SEATTLE, Oct. 19, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- This year, more than ever, we're thinking about the Holidays a little differently. Though our celebrations may be re-imagined, Nordstrom believes that the power to foster and experience joy is innately possible because we are all inspired and energized by our interactions with one another. The company encourages customers to "Make Merry" with moments of connection which occur through gift exchanges, expressions of love, and the time we share with family and loved ones throughout the Holiday season. We want to pay homage to the experiences that bring Holiday connection to life - whether that's saving time or spending time with our friends, families or our customers - because in the end, it all comes down to a feeling.

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SEATTLE, Oct. 19, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Ultra Safe Nuclear Technologies (USNC-Tech) has delivered a design concept to NASA as part of a study on nuclear thermal propulsion (NTP) flight demonstration. NTP technology provides unprecedented high-impulse thrust performance for deep space missions such as crewed missions to the moon and Mars. The NASA-sponsored study, managed by Analytical Mechanics Associates (AMA), explored NTP concepts and designs enabling deep space travel.

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SEATTLE, Oct. 19, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Kadama (https://www.kadama.com/), a Seattle-based startup has launched an online tutoring platform that has received over 10,000 downloads on the App Store in the past week alone, connecting thousands of students with expert tutors. Last Wednesday they moved up the Apple App Store charts to #37 in the top 100 Education Apps category.

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SEATTLE, Oct. 19, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- (NASDAQ: RDFN) -- The national median home price rose 14.4% year over year to $333,900 in September, the biggest annual increase of any month since at least 2012, according to a new report from Redfin (www.redfin.com), the technology-powered real estate brokerage. Prices continue to rise due to record-low mortgage rates, a historic shortage of housing supply and pandemic-driven demand for spacious homes.

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SEATTLE, Oct. 19, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- The Trusted Journalism Partnership, a coalition of nonpartisan academic and media organizations, today launched a public information campaign focusing on people aged 65 and over, encouraging them to take a reflective pause and consider whether a news story is true or not before sharing it on social media.

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SEATTLE, Oct. 16, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- (NASDAQ: RDFN) -- The median sale price of homes in zip codes with a low wildfire risk has increased 101% since 2012, compared with an 88% increase for homes in high-wildfire-risk zip codes, according to a new report from Redfin (www.redfin.com), the technology-powered real estate brokerage. This disparity exacerbates the affordability crisis in low-risk areas, forcing homebuyers who don't have large budgets to look to more fire-prone regions for affordable homes. Redfin's analysis is based on its own housing market data and U.S. Forest Service data across 2,700 zip codes in California, Oregon and Washington.

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SEATTLE, Oct. 16, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Misha Riveros, a packaging and manufacturing executive with a wealth of international experience, has joined PAC Worldwide as Vice-President of Innovation. She will oversee the global company's business development and research & development teams, reporting to company President, Steve Foster.

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SEATTLE, Oct. 16, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Milliman, Inc., a premier global consulting and actuarial firm, today released the results of its latest Individual Disability Income (IDI) Market Survey. The report, in its thirteenth edition, measures sales trends across 15 IDI companies, representing over 90% of the market. The survey also covers recent changes in underwriting and product design, the range of views that companies have on the current profitability of their businesses, and the favorable and unfavorable trends that can affect the long-term profitability of the IDI market.

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SEATTLE, Oct. 15, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Redfin Corporation (NASDAQ: RDFN) today announced that it has priced $575 million aggregate principal amount of 0% convertible senior notes due 2025 (the "notes"). The aggregate principal amount of the offering was increased from the previously announced offering size of $525 million. The notes are to be sold only to qualified institutional buyers pursuant to Rule 144A under the Securities Act of 1933 (the "Act"). Redfin also granted the initial purchaser of the notes an option to purchase up to an additional $86.25 million aggregate principal amount of notes. The sale is expected to close on October 20, 2020, subject to customary closing conditions.

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SEATTLE, Oct. 15, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Screencast-O-Matic now integrates directly with Zoom, enabling users to edit and share their Zoom recordings. The leading live video and audio conferencing platform allows users to record their meetings. With the Screencast-O-Matic integration, users are able to reuse parts or all of their Zoom recordings to enhance their knowledge base and provide for nimble communications.

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VANCOUVER, Wash., Oct. 15, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- AbSci, a growth-stage synthetic biology company whose Protein Printing(TM) technology enables rapid and low-cost biomanufacturing of next-generation biotherapeutics, today announced that Sean McClain, founder and CEO of AbSci, was named as an Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2020 Pacific Northwest Region Award winner. EY's Entrepreneur of the Year program honors entrepreneurial business leaders whose ambitions deliver innovation, growth and prosperity as they build and sustain successful businesses that transform the world.

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SEATTLE, Oct. 15, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- A settlement has been proposed in a class action called Sonner v. Schwabe North America, Inc. et al., No. 5:15-cv-01358 VAP (SP) in the United States District Court for the Central District of California. This lawsuit alleges false advertising of ginkgo biloba products Ginkgold® Advanced Ginkgo Extract ("Ginkgold") and Ginkgold® Max Advanced Ginkgo Extract Max 120 mg ("Ginkgold Max"). Defendants vigorously deny the allegations and deny that any of their advertising relating to ginkgo biloba is false. The Court did not decide who is right. Instead, the parties reached a settlement to avoid the cost of continued litigation, its associated burden, and potential risks for both sides.

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SEATTLE, Oct. 15, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Seabourn, the ultra-luxury resort at sea, has opened for sale the revised inaugural expedition season itineraries for Seabourn Venture, the line's first ultra-luxury purpose-built expedition ship. Between December 2021 and April 2022, Seabourn Venture will sail on a series of 10- to 14-day Norwegian Winter voyages, cruising the beautiful coastlines in Norway with ample opportunities for travelers to discover the country's splendid winter landscape and its snow-draped scenery, to learn about each region's fascinating Viking history and culture, and to search for the majestic Northern Lights. The itineraries, fares and additional details of Seabourn Venture's Norwegian Winter inaugural season are available at www.seabourn.com.

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SEATTLE, Oct. 15, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Magnolia Medical Technologies, Inc. - the trusted solution for reducing blood culture contamination - today announced the launch of its new Steripath(®) Micro Initial Specimen Diversion Device(®). Micro is the first FDA 510(k)-cleared device indicated to reduce blood culture contamination,(1) designed to be used with the most vulnerable patient populations.

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ISSAQUAH, Wash., Oct. 15, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Pacific Northwest land development contractor JR Hayes Corporation and regional home builder Lungren Homes announce the opening of Panorama at Talus, the greater Puget Sound's premier new home community located in close proximity to the area's major employment and education centers of Bellevue and Seattle. Now that new home construction has returned in Washington, Panorama has opened sales this month along with its model home - The Vista - and its by-appointment Welcome Center at 530 Glacier Peak Drive NW, Issaquah, WA 98027. The community features 63 homes with five distinct floor plans and numerous amenities that only mountain-side living can provide.

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SEATTLE, Oct. 15, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Stanley, a PMI Worldwide brand, announces the launch of the Legacy Series with QuadVac(TM) technology. Built for a lifetime of adventures, the new series offers an upgrade to its Classic legendary mugs, thermal bottles and food jars with best-in-class technology, built-for-life construction and thoughtful design. The series is available via stanley1913.com and at Bass Pro Shops and Cabela's online and retail locations nationwide.

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SEATTLE, Oct. 15, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Today REI Co-op announced the expansion of its recommerce business by piloting two used-gear pop-up stores and its trade-in program, giving members more ways to buy and share gently used outdoor gear and apparel and keeping high-quality products rotating through the co-op community at more accessible price points. During a time when more people are turning to the outdoors and discovering new, socially distant, activities, REI continues to be a resource for gear and inspiration.

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SEATTLE, Oct. 15, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- To continue to provide customers with more convenient services and access to more inventory, Nordstrom is introducing order pickup at U.S. Nordstrom Rack stores for Nordstrom.com, NordstromRack.com and HauteLook.com orders. The fashion retailer is also enabling all Nordstrom Rack stores to fulfill online orders for customers. Later this year, customers will be able to pick up their U.S. NordstromRack.com and HauteLook.com orders at their nearest Nordstrom and Nordstrom Local. Offering these types of services and fulfillment solutions allows Nordstrom to better serve customers and is a unique point of differentiation.

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SEATTLE, Oct. 15, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Alexander Sobel, DO, FAACS, of Bellevue, is pleased to award the fourth annual WISE (Women in STEM Excel) Scholarship to Merrill Keating, a freshman at the University of Washington. Created in 2016, the WISE Scholarship was designed to support female students living in Washington State who are pursuing a degree in a STEM-related field.

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SEATTLE, Oct. 15, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- (NASDAQ: RDFN) --The typical "Trump" branded condo sold for a median of $720,000 this year--9.7% more than a comparable luxury condo, according to an analysis from Redfin (www.redfin.com), the technology-powered real estate brokerage. That's down from a 22% price premium Trump-branded condos fetched in 2019, and a 33.5% premium in 2016, when Donald Trump was elected president. The price premium of Trump-branded condos has declined every year that Trump has been in office.

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WASHINGTON, Oct. 15, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) and the Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC) today released a preview of their upcoming "Decadal Plan for Semiconductors," a report outlining chip research and funding priorities over the next decade that will help strengthen U.S. semiconductor technology and spur growth in emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence, quantum computing, advanced wireless communications. The Decadal Plan, developed with contributions from a broad cross-section of leaders in academia, government, and industry, identifies five "seismic shifts" shaping the future of chip technology and calls for an annual $3.4 billion federal investment over the next decade to fund semiconductor R&D across these five areas.

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SEATTLE, Oct. 15, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- AGC Biologics, a leading global biopharmaceutical contract development and manufacturing organization (CDMO), has announced a leadership update at the United States and Copenhagen facilities. The changes are being made to strengthen the strategic development and executive oversight of the rapid growing facilities in the US and Copenhagen, and are effective at the date of release, October 15, 2020.

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SEATTLE, Oct. 15, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Seattle Gummy Company's breakthrough gummy drug program, which delivers Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (APIs) in its innovative gummy matrix, recently won its first Investigational New Drug Application (IND) approval from FDA on the company's allergy gummy medication, designated as IND 140312. Led by founder and CEO, Dr. Connie Wan, SGC redefines a household staple into a drug delivery platform to significantly increase patient's medication compliance with its convenient and easy to take gummy medications.

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SEATTLE, Oct. 15, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- 98point6, an on-demand digital primary care service that delivers personalized consultation, diagnosis and treatment to patients across the country, today announced a $118 million Series E fundraising round to further support its growth and success. The text-based primary care platform now has more than 240 commercial partnerships--accounting for three million members--with prominent brands including Banner|Aetna, Boeing, Circle K, Red Bull North America, Sam's Club, and Teamsters Western Region and New Jersey Health Care Fund.

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SEATTLE, Oct. 14, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Redfin Corporation (NASDAQ: RDFN) today announced that it proposes to offer $525 million aggregate principal amount of convertible senior notes due 2025 (the "notes"), subject to market conditions and other factors. The notes are to be sold only to qualified institutional buyers pursuant to Rule 144A under the Securities Act of 1933 (the "Act"). Redfin also intends to grant to the initial purchaser of the notes an option to purchase up to an additional $78.75 million aggregate principal amount of notes for settlement within a period of 13 days from, and including, the date notes are first issued.

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SEATTLE, Oct. 14, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Karat, the standard for technical interviewing, today announced that Goldman Sachs (NYSE:GS) is recognizing Karat co-founder, Mohit Bhende, as one of the 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs of 2020 at its Builders + Innovators Summit. Goldman Sachs selected Mohit as one of 100 entrepreneurs from multiple industries to be honored at the two-day event.

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TACOMA, Wash., Oct. 14, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Museum of Glass (MOG), a premier contemporary art museum dedicated to glass and glassmaking, has received a seminal collection of artwork showcasing the development of glass as a studio and contemporary art medium from the Robert M. Minkoff Foundation. With the addition of Robert Minkoff's personal collection of more than 400 works of art, the Museum's glass holdings are now the largest in the Western United States.

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BELLEVUE, Wash., Oct. 14, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Nintex, the global standard for process management and automation, today announced the company has completed its acquisition of K2 Software Inc., an innovative provider of digital process automation (DPA) software solutions.

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SEATTLE, Oct. 14, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Parametric Portfolio Associates LLC (Parametric), an affiliate of Eaton Vance Corp. (NYSE: EV), today announced the retirement of Jay Strohmaier, CFA, Managing Director, Investment Strategy, effective March 31, 2021. Alex Zweber, CFA, Managing Director, Investment Strategy, will assume leadership of the Liquid Alternatives team that oversees Parametric's volatility risk premium strategies, effective April 1, 2021.

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SEATTLE, Oct. 14, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- There has been much criticism of the President who has openly decried the use of aborted fetal material in scientific research, for allowing Regeneron's antibody product and remdesivir to be used in his COVID-19 treatment. Many are going so far as to call him a hypocrite since his administration banned the use of newly aborted fetal material in government funded research.

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BELLEVUE, Wash., Oct. 14, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Gartner ReimagineHR Conference - Limeade, an employee experience software company, today announced the release of the Limeade Institute's most recent employee experience (EX) study, Key Drivers & Outcomes of a Positive Employee Experience at the Gartner ReimagineHR Conference 2020. The survey was designed to examine drivers and outcomes of a positive employee experience, and found a great EX impacts key outcomes like engagement and retention, and that culture, trust and perceptions of feeling cared for are the most critical contributors.

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SPOKANE, Wash. and KENNEWICK, Wash., Oct. 13, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Inland Imaging has recently acquired the imaging center and professional assets of Tri-City Radiology (TCR), which will become part of the Inland Imaging organization. According to Inland Imaging CEO Steve Duvoisin, "Inland Imaging is looking forward to continuing the great work that the staff and radiologists of TCR have provided in the region for almost 50 years."

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SEATTLE, Oct. 14, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- The impact of COVID-19 reached almost every district and classroom throughout the country, with nearly all educators turning to online strategies for student lessons and working remotely. However, according to Promethean's® 2020 "U.S. State of Technology" survey and report, only 20% of teachers and administrators considered their schools "very prepared to implement remote learning in response to COVID-19." A much larger percentage of respondents, 41%, said they were only somewhat prepared, having the right IT, but not the processes in place.

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BOTHELL, Wash., Oct. 14, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- BioLife Solutions, Inc. (NASDAQ: BLFS) ("BioLife" or the "Company"), a leading developer and supplier of a portfolio of class-defining bioproduction tools and services for cell and gene therapies, today announced its recently acquired SciSafe division has been awarded a two year contract from a large pharmaceutical company for cold chain management and storage of COVID-19 vaccines. The contract value is approximately $2.7 million.

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BELLEVUE, Wash., Oct. 14, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Sine Draco Aviation Technology today announced it received certification to the AS9100 Rev. D quality management standard at their North American headquarters in Bellevue, WA. The AS9100D approval also includes certification to the ISO9001:2015 standard. Sine Draco's AS9100 certification supports its plans for development, management and execution of large-scale aviation projects, including aircraft design, modification and certification for passenger to freighter conversion and aircraft storage. Sine Draco recently launched development of an A321-200 passenger-to-freighter conversion with FAA approval anticipated in late 2021/early 2022.

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SNOQUALMIE, Wash., Oct. 13, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- The Washington State Veterinary Medical Association (WSVMA) held the Pacific Northwest Veterinary Conference Oct. 2 - Oct 4 in a virtual, online platform, a change from the usual face-to-face meetings that took place pre-pandemic. Veterinarians, veterinary staff, and citizens were honored at WSVMA's award ceremonies on Friday, Oct. 2.

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SEATTLE, Oct. 13, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Genemod, a software solution for life scientists that uses data automation to streamline and accelerate research, today announced a $1.7M seed funding round led by Defy.vc with added support by Omicron, Unpopular Ventures, Underdog Labs, and Canaan Partners Scout Fund. The funding will enable Genemod to now include a complimentary product management software alongside the company's flagship life sciences inventory management service. The funding is a stepping stone to bring Genemod's vision to life as the company solves the problems around data sharing for biotech companies allowing research to be repeatable and cures to be developed at a faster pace.