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Backplane & United Nations to Ring The NASDAQ Stock Market Closing Bell in Honor of World Malaria Day


ADVISORY, April 20, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) --


Backplane, an innovative tech start-up which powers online communities, uniting people around interests, affinities and movements, and the United Nations will team up to ring The NASDAQ Stock Market Closing Bell to raise awareness for World Malaria Day, which will occur on April 25. The theme for World Malaria Day 2012 is Sustain Gains, Save Lives: Invest in Malaria.  

In honor of the occasion the following guests will ring the Closing Bell:

  • Matthew Michelsen, Founder & CEO of Backplane;
  • Ray Chambers, the United Nations Secretary-General's Special Envoy for Malaria;
  • Gabriel Jaramillo, General Manager of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria;
  • Malaria Champion Shaquille O'Neal.


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About Backplane:

Founded in 2011 by Matt Michelsen, Troy Carter, Alex Moore and Joey Primiani, Backplane is a Palo Alto based start-up uniting people around interests, affinities and movements.  A new type of social corridor, Backplane is home to many social communities including Lady Gaga's #LittleMonsters.  Backplane investors include:  Sequoia Capital, Greylock Discovery Fund, Battery Ventures, Advanced Publications, Google Ventures, Tomorrow Ventures, Formation 8, Founders Fund Angel, Menlo Ventures, SV Angel, Lerer Ventures, Vast Ventures, Metamorphic Ventures, WGI Group, and individual investors.

About World Malaria Day:

World Malaria Day, April 25th, was established in 2007 by the World Health Assembly to recognize the efforts, successes, and ongoing needs of the global health community in the fight against malaria. The 2012 World Malaria Day theme is "Sustain Gains, Save Lives: Invest in Malaria" and reminds the world that while significant progress has been made (malaria deaths have dropped by 33% in Africa since 2000), only continued investment in control efforts will ensure that we can stop deaths from this preventable and treatable disease.


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