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Biotech company Moderna on Wednesday announced that it has chosen Amazon Web Services as its preferred cloud partner.
The company is seen as a leader in COVID-19 vaccine research, entering its third phase of clinical trials late July.
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$29 billion biotech company Moderna announced a new partnership with Amazon Web Services on Wednesday that will see the cloud giant become its "preferred" cloud provider. The deal will also see Moderna tap AWS as its standard platform for doing analytics and machine learning.
Moderna is one of the leading companies in the race for a COVID-19 vaccine, and last week dosed 300,00 people with the first vaccine candidate to reach phase 3 of testing in the United States.
The process of developing a new vaccine requires years of disease research and lab testing before it can be administered to humans. Moderna already uses AWS to run everyday accounting and inventory mangement as well as to power its production facility, robotics tools and engineering systems, "which enables the company to achieve greater efficiency and visibility across its operations," according to a press release.
"With AWS, our researchers have the ability to quickly design and execute research experiments and rapidly uncover new insights to get potentially life-saving treatments into production faster," Moderna CEO Stéphane Bancel said in that press release.
Biotech giants like Moderna are increasingly modernizing their IT infrastructures in the hunt for new drugs and treatments, including by use of artificial intelligence. Meanwhile, the biotechnology sector in general has become a sought-after market for AWS and its leading rival Microsoft Azure both, with the latter recently inking a big cloud and AI deal with drugmaker Novartis.
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Cosmetic procedures like a face-lift or tummy tuck have long been popular among Hollywood celebrities, and now face treatments and injections are entering the world of Gen Z influencers.
Kristina Kitsos, an aesthetic injector and non-surgical enhancement nurse, has worked with some of TikTok's biggest stars.
She spoke with Business Insider about the treatments she administers and working with the TikTok collab group Clubhouse.
"Younger influencers, like the ones in Clubhouse, I do some injections on them for sure, but it's minimal and I usually do about 30 to 40% of what they ask for because I kind of talk them off the ledge and tell them how they don't want to go overboard," she said.
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Many young social-media influencers who rise to fame on platforms like TikTok or Instagram have already gotten into the world of cosmetic enhancements.
Cosmetic procedures like a face-lift or tummy tuck have long been popular among Hollywood celebrities, and now treatments like injections or fillers on the lip or around the chin and forehead are trending among some Gen Z influencers.
Many influencers have been open with their fans about getting procedures done, with creators like Jeffree Star (11 million YouTube subscribers) and Corinna Kopf (4 million Instagram followers) documenting themselves getting lip injections.
Some doctors and nurses have even developed their own social-media followings by sharing their work on famous clients. For instance, plastic surgeon Dr. Ashkan Ghavami has around 470,000 Instagram followers, and has recently shared content around procedures he's done on influencers like Clubhouse's Daisy Keech (5 million Instagram followers) and Teala Dunn (3 million Instagram followers).
Kristina Kitsos, an aesthetic injector and non-surgical enhancement nurse in Los Angeles, has around 135,000 Instagram followers and has worked with some of TikTok's top stars. Unlike the procedures of a plastic surgeon, Kitsos' treatments are meant to fade after a few months.
Kitsos is the choice cosmetic nurse for some members of the popular TikTok collab group Clubhouse, and her clients include members Michelle Wozniak (2 million TikTok followers), Jay Laurent (200,000 TikTok followers), and Mariana Morais (900,000 TikTok followers).
Kitsos said "glass skin," or dewy, pore-less skin is a look that many of her influencer clients have asked for recently. The skincare trend originated in Korea and has gone viral on social media. Kitsos said other common treatments are lip fillers and meso-injections that tighten the skin with vitamins, enzymes, hormones, and plant extracts.
She added that lip fillers have become more popular among her male clients recently, especially after Netflix's "Outer Banks" was released because some wanted to look more like the main character John B. Along with lip fillers, some men also often ask for jawline fillers, which will make their jawline look more angular, she said.
"The whole reason I do what I do is just to give people confidence," Kitsos told Business Insider. "It's not necessarily to make them look like a Barbie or have no flaws."
But others in both the medical and influencer worlds have questioned whether these procedures are beneficial, especially for mental health.
Dr. Gary Linkov, a New York City-based facial plastic surgeon, told Business Insider that the medical risks that come with fillers are rare, but generally, young adults and teenagers should be more concerned with why they want to change their appearance and if it's the right decision for their face.
"You're always working off what your base anatomy is and what might look good on your specific face," Linkov said. "It's hard with these face filter apps to keep them honest and say, this could be an honest result. Despite this being my profession, I think at some point we need a little self acceptance and I do think there is more work we can do to love ourselves for what we have. It's okay if things aren't so perfect."
YouTuber and licensed therapist Kati Morton said any cosmetic enhancement is born out of the belief that the way we look isn't good enough for one reason or another.
"Getting something done isn't going to make us feel any better about ourselves," Morton told Business Insider. "In my experience, getting one thing done only opens the flood gates for more procedures, because the real issue is in our own confidence and self esteem. We have to notice how we are talking to ourselves about how we look and act, and work to make that conversation more positive. I believe that once we do that we will see that these cosmetic enhancements aren't necessary after all."
Influencers want to match how they look from augmented reality beauty filters on social media, with glowing clear skin
Kitsos said that many of her younger patients — like those Gen Z TikTok stars — come to her afraid of being seen without makeup.
"My goal is to have everyone be able to go out without makeup," she said.
Kitsos gives skincare recommendations and treatments as well as fillers and injections.
"It depends on their age," Kitsos said. "Younger influencers, like the ones in Clubhouse, I do some injections on them for sure, but it's minimal and I usually do about 30 to 40% of what they ask for because I kind of talk them off the ledge and tell them how they don't want to go overboard. I feel like I'm the voice of reason in their heads."
She also performs microbotox on patients for acne, headaches, and sweating, she said.
"A lot of my older clients ask why I inject younger girls, but if I don't do it they will just go to someone else and I feel it's my role to teach them about the pitfalls that come with injecting," she said.
Generally, she said influencers want to look like they do on social media, with glowing clear skin masked on from the beauty filters created by Snapchat and Instagram.
In 2019, Instagram removed some face-changing filters from the app over concerns that they contributed to unrealistic beauty standards, and some influencers say their work has negatively impacted their mental health, and that they struggle with body image issues.
Before doing anything, Kitsos said she talks through any changes with her clients to prevent any harsh transformations.
"I think that there are some people who take it to the extreme and that's really odd looking," she said. "Usually I can talk them into doing a little less."
What she skincare products she recommends to influencers and other clients
Kitsos is also a skincare influencer in her own right.
She links to her recommended skincare products on Instagram through the Amazon affiliate program where she earns a commission from every sale.
She recommends spending less on face wash and more more on serums without dyes or perfumes. She also said glycolic acid pads are popular for her patients who don't wash their face as often and have blackheads.
While her clients frequently appear on her social feeds, Kisos said she has never paid an influencer to promote her services or products, but she does gift some products. Mostly, she lands her clients through word-of-mouth.
"Sometimes the influencers pay a discounted rate but not always," Kitsos said. "It really depends on a number of different factors. They do, however, get some of my products gifted to them for the first time to try it."
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