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BATM Advanced Communications Ltd (LON:BVC) announced that it has developed a new method for the rapid and comprehensive diagnosis of tuberculosis (TB).

Blackbird PLC (LON:BIRD) said BT PLC (LON:BT.) has chosen Blackbird as a platform for fast and sustainable cloud-native video editing and publishing.

RM Secured Direct Lending PLC (LON:RMDL), the investment trust that specialises in secured debt investments, said its performance was resilient in 2020, with the net asset value total return (i.e. including dividend payments) totalling 3.15%.

Amryt Pharma PLC (LON:AMYT, NASDAQ:AMYT) said its treatment for a rare genetic skin disorder will now begin a formal review process after the European Medicines Agency (EMA) validated its marketing application.

Landore Resources Ltd (LON:LND) said drilling results from its BAM gold deposit in Canada confirmed the depth and length extensions of the west pit reporting widths and grades consistent with the defined resource. “Results received to date on the Western step out drilling are highly encouraging,” it said.

Gfinity PLC (LON:GFIN) has reported sharply reduced losses in its first half as the esports media group also announced the conclusion of its strategic review. In its results for the six months to December 31, 2020, the AIM-listed firm reported an adjusted operating loss of £0.9mln, narrowed from £2.4mln in the prior year, while revenues from the period stood at £3mln compared to £3.5mln a year ago.

Catenae Innovation PLC (LON:CTEA) said it will publish its full-year results by June since it couldn’t make it on March 31 as scheduled because of to the current COVID-19 situation.

Directa Plus PLC (LON:DCTA) said it has been granted a European Union-wide patent covering the use of its G+ graphene in golf balls.

BlueRock Diamonds PLC (LON:BRD) has sold three recently recovered gem quality stones of 8.4 carats, 10.6 carats and 9.7 carats. The stones were sold for US$88,000, US$73,000 and US$53,000 respectively. The stones come from the company’s Kareevlei diamond mine in the Kimberley region of South Africa.

Inspiration Healthcare Group PLC (LON:IHC) told investors that it has extended a distribution agreement and has agreed a separate research collaboration relating to sick and premature babies.

OKYO Pharma Limited (LON:OKYO) has appointed Dr Rajkumar Patil as its chief scientific officer. OKYO said Dr Patil brings 30 years of ophthalmic and pharmaceutical research & development (R&D) experience.

Deltic Energy PLC and Shell UK Ltd has decided to drill the high impact Pensacola prospect on Licence P2252 in the UK Southern North Sea. Shell and Deltic have subsequently confirmed to The Oil and Gas Authority that the contingent well commitment is now firm. The drilling of this key well on Pensacola has the potential to be transformational for Deltic and is a vital step in evaluating the highly prospective Zechstein reef play which in turn has the potential to revitalise exploration in the Southern North Sea.

Destiny Pharma PLC (LON:DEST) has announced positive top-line results from its Phase 2b clinical study testing its XF-73 nasal gel.

Europa Metals Ltd (LON:EUZ) closed out 2020 with A$2.9mln in cash. During the year to December 2020 the company booked a net loss after tax of A$1.6mln. The prime focus of the company during the period was continued work on its Toral zinc and base metals project in Spain. “During 2020, a clear strategy was pursued to complete all the requisite work for a revised independent preliminary economic study to be commissioned, and its findings published,” said chairman Myles Campion.

Power Metal Resources PLC (LON:POW) and Kavango Resources PLC (LON:KAV) said they plan to list an existing joint venture in London after they signed agreements to buy eight prospecting licences in the highly prospective Kalahari Copper Belt (KCB) in Botswana.

Braveheart Investment Group (LON: BRH) said that Jonathan Freeman, non-executive director, has stepped down from the board in order to be able to devote more time to his other business interests.  The company said it has commenced the selection process for another non-executive director to be appointed and expects to be able to make an announcement regarding this in the near future.

Tiziana Life Sciences PLC (LON:TILS) (NASDAQ:TLSA) said its chairman and founder Gabriele Cerrone will give an interview on Bloomberg Television on Tuesday 30 March 2021 at 1.50pm US Eastern Standard time (6.50pm in London) as part of the Bloomberg Markets Show.

The board of Arix Bioscience PLC (LON: ARIX) said it has paused its timetable to appoint James Noble and Axel Wieandt as non-executive directors of the company. The company said while the board continues to believe that both appointees are highly qualified with relevant experience and expertise, it believes the appointments should be considered within the scope of the company’s recently announced strategic implementation review which includes the question of board composition.

EQTEC PLC (LON: EQT) said it has appointed Canaccord Genuity Limited as the company’s Joint Broker.

Faron Pharmaceuticals Oy (LON:FARN) said it has appointed Peel Hunt LLP as its sole Broker with effect from today.

Albion Capital Group’s Albion Technology & General VCT PLC (LON:AATG) and Albion Development VCT PLC (LON:AADV) on Friday published their financial statements for the past calendar year. The Albion Development VCT noted that it paid dividends of 4.24p per share for 2020, while the Technology & General VCT paid 12.95p per share.

DigitalBox PLC (LON:DBOX) said it is evaluating potential acquisition targets after a successful year in which it saw strong growth in website users and reported another underlying profit.

Critical Metals PLC (LON:CRTM) is engaged in early stage discussions regarding potential future transactions, the mining investment firm said alongside its interim results.

Quadrise Fuels International PLC (LON:QFI), in its interim results statement, highlighted that it now has a “firm foundation” from which to grow through a range of project opportunities.

Plexus Holdings Plc (LON:POS) said as momentum towards a carbon-neutral world builds the oil and gas industry is positioning itself to be in the mainstream rather than on the fringes, as it posted interim results.

Zephyr Energy Plc (LON:ZPHR) raised £10mln of new equity and struck a deal to acquire a package of producing wells in the Bakken Formation, in North Dakota, USA.

88 Energy Ltd (LON:88E) told investors logging-whilst-drilling data indicated multiple potentially hydrocarbon bearing zones in the Merlin-1 well in Alaska.

Caerus Mineral Resources PLC (LON:CMRS) said drilling will start significantly ahead of schedule on its two licences at the N. Mathiatis copper-gold project in Cyprus.

RedX Pharma PLC (LON:REDX) announced that it will present a poster entitled ‘Mechanism of action of RXC004, a Wnt pathway inhibitor, in genetically-defined models of cancer’ at the  American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Annual Meeting, being held virtually on April 10 2021.

Oracle Power PLC (LON:ORCP) said a new presentation has been uploaded to its website which focuses on the company’s development strategy for its highly prospective gold interests both located in world class gold mining districts of Western Australia. The presentation can be found at

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