AETOS Wire Latest Press Releases from AETOS Wire Sun, 20 Sep 2020 10:57:20 +0100 FeedCreator 1.7.2 Diligent Builds Momentum Behind Modern Leadership Initiative Providing Unprecedented ... (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Diligent Corporation, a leading modern governance company used by nearly 700,000 board directors and leaders, today announced additional partnerships to enhance its Modern Leadership initiative, which provides senior leaders with the resources, insights, partnerships, and technology needed to further catalyze diversity and modernize governance in their organizations. To propel Modern Leadership forward, Diligent is partnering with an additional 11 private equity firms – 21 in total – and an additional four search firms, including Heidrick & Struggles and Egon Zehnder, joining founding partner Spencer Stuart. These partners commit to posting open board opportunities specifically for diverse candidates within the Diligent Director Network. The initiative aims to bring transparency to director recruitment systems and open the process to diverse networks. ... Sat, 19 Sep 2020 07:36:37 +0100 Esri Enters into Memorandum of Understanding with UN-Habitat (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Esri, the global leader in location intelligence, announced today it entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with UN-Habitat. Under the agreement, UN-Habitat will use Esri software to develop a cloud-based geospatial technology foundation to help build inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable cities and communities worldwide in areas where resources are scarce. UN-Habitat, with its headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, works for a better urban future across the world. "As a center of knowledge and innovation for a better future, UN-Habitat is committed to supporting and spreading the use of technology for development," said Marco Kamiya, senior economist, Knowledge and Innovation Branch, UN-Habitat. "Digital technologies have the potential to serve people, as well as improve living and working conditions. Through this partnership with Esri, we take another step forward toward supporting sustainable development with the use of frontline technology that can serve cities and communities. ... Sat, 19 Sep 2020 06:54:40 +0100 Sun Telecom Won “Asia Famous Brand Award 2020” (BUSINESS WIRE) -- The 15th Asia Brand Ceremony was held at the Hainan Free Trade Port on Sep 9, 2020. At the ceremony, Sun Telecom was awarded “Asia Famous Brand Award 2020”. For Sun Telecom, it is another recognition and encouragement after gaining "Leading Brands (Industry) 2017", "Trustworthy Brand (Industry) 2017", "China Quality Trustworthy Demonstration Enterprise 2019", "China (Fiber Optic Communication Industry) Top Ten Quality Demonstration Brands 2019", "China's Most Influential Independent Innovation Brand" and "AAA Enterprise Credit Grade Certificate". This Asia Brand Ceremony was held at a time when the entire world economy is facing severe challenges. Under the spread of COVID-19 globally, helping Asian companies fight against the pandemic and revive after the pandemic has become one of the important themes of the forum. Sun Telecom is providing products and services to customers from more than 100 countries and regions and Sun Telecom hopes to make contributions to the global recovery of work and production. ... Sat, 19 Sep 2020 05:57:44 +0100 Patient recruitment starts for the international PRO-SID study evaluating Panzyga® for primary ... (BUSINESS WIRE)-- Octapharma is pleased to announce that the first site for the international PRO-SID (Primary Infection Prophylaxis with Panzyga® in Secondary Immunodeficiency in Chronic Lymphocytic Leukaemia) study was initiated in Milan, Italy, and patient recruitment is underway. Additional sites across Europe (Italy, Poland, Denmark, Hungary, Germany and Russia) and the USA are expected to begin recruitment soon. PRO-SID is the first randomised, placebo-controlled study to systematically evaluate the efficacy and safety of IVIG for primary prophylaxis for infection control in patients with chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL). Secondary immunodeficiency (SID) is a common complication in patients with haematological malignancies such as CLL. Up to 85% of CLL patients develop hypogammaglobulinemia during the course of the disease, either due to the underlying disease or as a side effect of their treatment.1 For example, in one study, 39% of CLL patients developed hypogammaglobulinaemia after treatment with a B-cell depleting therapy. ... Fri, 18 Sep 2020 12:54:46 +0100 CGTN: Xi Jinping Reviews Poverty Relief Progress in Hunan as China's War on Poverty ... (BUSINESS WIRE)-- China has vowed to eradicate absolute poverty in rural areas by the end of 2020 despite the COVID-19 epidemic. While efforts are being made to ensure "no single poor area or individual shall be left behind" – as President Xi Jinping puts it – people that have recently shaken off poverty are striving for a better life. This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: Among the 529 residents in a small village in central China's Hunan Province, 95 in 30 households used to live under the poverty line. The whole village was lifted out of poverty through rural tourism in 2018, and the average annual income of the residents reached 13,840 yuan (about 2,060 U.S. dollars) last year – way above the national poverty line of 2,300 yuan (about 340 U.S. dollars). Shazhou Village, located in a mountainous area in Rucheng County, Chenzhou City, was the first stop of Xi's inspection tour in Hunan. ... Fri, 18 Sep 2020 12:00:50 +0100 OPPLE Lighting Partners with Huawei to Build Go Global Ecosystem (BUSINESS WIRE)-- During the recently closed Huawei's Developer Conference 2020, Huawei and its 12 partners, including OPPLE Lighting, announced the launch of HMS Go Global Ecosystem Alliance, with an aim to provide Chinese developers eying the global market with a “go global service engine” to address the three major challenges of “product localization”, “local compliance” and “local marketing”. As the only strategic hardware partner of Huawei among the alliance members, OPPLE Lighting will be a significant contributor to the alliance. Leveraging its lighting expertise, OPPLE Lighting will team up with Huawei to develop the go global ecosystem and related ecosystem products, so as to help more Chinese applications enter the global market. Currently, OPPLE Lighting is already supporting all products of Huawei's HiLink ecosystem to customize any home scenario and realize overall smart lighting and smart living functions. ... Fri, 18 Sep 2020 09:34:38 +0100 CENTRESTAGE Virtual Runway Shows Begin Today (BUSINESS WIRE)-- Organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), the CENTRESTAGE virtual runway shows premiere today (17 Sept) and run through to Saturday (19 Sept). Combining traditional fashion shows with computer-generated imagery, six unique runway shows feature the latest collections from more than 40 Hong Kong and Asian designers. Entering its fifth year, CENTRESTAGE presents “A World of PHYGITAL” as its central theme in 2020. In view of the uncertainties brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, CENTRESTAGE has set out to redefine the way fashion shows are presented by combining physical and digital elements. It has created a fashion extravaganza that enables brands to overcome geographical and time limitations to showcase their latest designs to buyers and fashionistas. In addition to the virtual runway shows, the HKTDC has collaborated with Vogue Hong Kong to build a brand-new digital platform that introduces designers and their brands and collections. The CENTRESTAGE website has aggregated 240 brands from 23 countries and regions, including 130 new joiners. ... Fri, 18 Sep 2020 08:59:11 +0100 Andersen Global Grows Caribbean Presence Through Collaboration in Jamaica (BUSINESS WIRE)-- Andersen Global grows its presence in the Caribbean through a Collaboration Agreement with Senior Accounting Services Limited in Jamaica, strengthening the firm's geographic coverage in the region. Founded in 2016 by Managing Director Serika Sterling, the firm operates with five professionals who provide broad service capabilities in tax compliance, tax advisory and accounting services for a variety of clients, including individuals, and local and multinational corporations. “Our firm's culture focuses on fostering deep relationships with our clients by providing tailored solutions and an integrated approach,” Serika said. “As businesses seek to gain a competitive advantage in the global market space, they will need a firm that can help them to navigate the multiplicity of opportunities and challenges that exist outside of their domestic market. Collaborating with Andersen Global strengthens our growing tax practice as we continue to provide our clients with independent, seamless service globally. We look forward to establishing synergistic relationships with the organization's liked-minded individuals. ... Fri, 18 Sep 2020 06:15:58 +0100 Rimini Street Wins Gold Stevie® Awards for Company of the Year and Employer of the Year (BUSINESS WIRE)-- Rimini Street, Inc. (Nasdaq: RMNI), a global provider of enterprise software products and services, the leading third-party support provider for Oracle and SAP software products and a Salesforce partner, today announced it has been named a Gold Stevie® International Business Award (IBA) winner for “Company of the Year – Computer Services” and a Gold Stevie® Great Employer Award winner for “Employer of the Year – Computer Services.” Rimini Street was also recognized with a Gold Stevie IBA award for “Innovation of the Year – Business Services” and a Stevie IBA for “Corporate Social Responsibility Program of the Year.” Significant Growth And Exceptional Service Delivery Achievements Rimini Street garnered the Gold Stevie award for “Company of the Year – Computer Services” in the International Business awards program for its strong financial performance and excellence in client service through 2019, including new product and service offerings, global workforce expansion and the Company's full-year revenue growth. ... Fri, 18 Sep 2020 06:01:12 +0100 Lineage Logistics Raises $1.6 Billion in New Equity to Drive Business Growth and Support ... ~ Company to use funds to pursue additional new acquisitions and organic expansions to provide added value to customers around the globe ~ ~ Investors include Oxford Properties, BentallGreenOak, D1 Capital Partners, Cohen & Steers, OPTrust, CenterSquare Investment Management, Morgan Stanley Tactical Value, among others ~ ~ Oxford Properties Group President Michael Turner to join Lineage's Board of Directors ~ ~ Company to name new Board Observers, including BentallGreenOak's John Carrafiell and SOHO China's Zhang Xin ~ (BUSINESS WIRE)-- Lineage Logistics, LLC (“Lineage” or the “Company”), the world's largest and most innovative temperature-controlled industrial REIT and logistics solutions provider, today announced it has raised $1.6 billion in equity from new and existing strategic partners. Participating investors include Oxford Properties Group (“Oxford Properties”), BentallGreenOak, D1 Capital Partners, Cohen & Steers, OPTrust, CenterSquare Investment Management, and investment funds managed by Morgan Stanley Tactical Value, among others. ... Fri, 18 Sep 2020 05:49:48 +0100 A Continuous Journey of Digital Transformation, Alibaba Cloud and Its Global Customers at ... (BUSINESS WIRE)-- As the digital technology and intelligence backbone of Alibaba Group, Alibaba Cloud is experiencing continuous growth alongside its customers across different parts of the world. Over the years, it has made relentless efforts to serve clients from every industry, helping them accelerate their business development and navigate the challenges of these volatile times. Cloud computing and AI technology have been shown to be the cornerstone for businesses seeking to be fully equipped in the digital era, especially following the global outbreak of COVID-19. At the 12th Apsara Conference: Leap into the Future of Digital Intelligence, customers from various sectors, including aviation, leisure and hospitality, education, and e-commerce and retail, share their growth and success stories achieved together with Alibaba Cloud. “It is our utmost pleasure to see our customers experience a seamless transition into more digitalised operations,” said Selina Yuan, President for International Business, Alibaba Cloud Intelligence. ... Fri, 18 Sep 2020 05:38:02 +0100 Vifor Pharma Group Announces Successful Sale of OM Pharma Vifor Pharma to sell 100% of OM Pharma to Optimus Holding Ltd. for a consideration of MCHF 435 In addition Vifor Pharma obtains an earn out related to potential future value gains on 20% of Optimus Holding Ltd. equity which could increase the total transaction value in excess of MCHF 500 Closure of the transaction is expected within 30 days Divestment strengthens Vifor Pharma's focus on becoming the global leader in iron deficiency, nephrology and cardio-renal therapies (BUSINESS WIRE)-- Regulatory News: Vifor Pharma has today announced the successful sale of 100% of the share capital of OM Pharma, a Vifor Pharma Group company to Optimus Holding Ltd. The terms of the deal include: A purchase consideration of MCHF 435 for 100% of the share capital An earn out related to potential future value gains on 20% of Optimus Holding Ltd. equity to be determined before the end of 2027 upon a trade sale, IPO or EBITDA multiple This earn out together with the purchase consideration could result in a total transaction value exceeding MCHF 500. The deal is expected to close within 30 days. ... Fri, 18 Sep 2020 05:13:21 +0100 Takeda Opens New R&D Cell Therapy Manufacturing Facility to Support Expansion of ... (BUSINESS WIRE)-- Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited (TSE:4502/NYSE:TAK) (“Takeda”) today announced the expansion of its cell therapy manufacturing capabilities with the opening of a new 24,000 square-foot R&D cell therapy manufacturing facility at its R&D headquarters in Boston, Massachusetts. The facility provides end-to-end research and development capabilities and will accelerate Takeda's efforts to develop next-generation cell therapies, initially focused on oncology with potential to expand into other therapeutic areas. This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: “We are collaborating with some of the best scientists and innovators around the world establishing a highly differentiated immuno-oncology pipeline leapfrogging into new modalities and mechanisms with curative potential,” said Chris Arendt, Ph.D., Head of Takeda's Oncology Therapeutic Area Unit. “With three oncology cell therapy programs in the clinic and two more targeted to enter the clinic in fiscal year 2021, we are working with urgency and purpose for patients. ... Thu, 17 Sep 2020 16:38:10 +0100 DDoS Attacks Increase by 151% in First Half Of 2020 (BUSINESS WIRE)-- Neustar, Inc., a global information services and technology company and leader in identity resolution, today released its latest cyberthreats and trends report which identifies significant shifts in distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack patterns in the first half of 2020. Neustar's Security Operations Centre (SOC) saw a 151% increase in the number of DDoS attacks compared to the same period in 2019. These included the largest and longest attacks that Neustar has ever mitigated at 1.17 Terabits-per-second (Tbps) and 5 days and 18 hours respectively. These figures are representative of the growing number, volume and intensity of network-type cyberattacks as organisations shifted to remote operations and workers' reliance on the internet increased. Neustar's role in providing navigation for internet requests (via its global UltraDNS network) and in detecting and mitigating threats (through its UltraDDoS Protect service) has given the company a front-row seat from which to observe macro cyberattack trends, as detailed in its CyberThreats and Trends Report: Jan-Jun 2020. ... Thu, 17 Sep 2020 15:34:53 +0100 CGTN: China's First Lady Calls for Gender Equality, End to Poverty (BUSINESS WIRE)-- The coronavirus has brought grave challenges to the economic conditions, education, health, employment and rights protection of women who must themselves be lifted out of poverty if mankind is to eliminate poverty overall, Chinese First Lady Peng Liyuan told a videoconference on Wednesday. This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: Peng, speaking on the 25th anniversary of the Beijing World Women's Conference and the 5th anniversary of the Global Women's Summit, said that the situation of women across the world has improved significantly over the past 25 years, during which the consensus on gender equality has been strengthened and women's living and development environment have continuously improved. Despite the progress humanity has achieved, Peng said that men and women are still unequal in numerous aspects, including social rights and job opportunities. A simple example of this fact, she said, is that far more women are living in poverty than men around the globe. ... Thu, 17 Sep 2020 14:31:47 +0100 Preqin Opens New Office in Dubai (BUSINESS WIRE)-- Preqin is pleased to announce that it has established a new permanent office in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. This location marks Preqin's 12th office opening, and its second in EMEA. Having opened three other new office locations in the past 12 months, the company now employs more than 600 people in nine countries on four continents. Located in the Dubai International Finance Center (DIFC), the office opens with a team of three staff dedicated to serving the alternative assets community in the Middle East. Over the next six months, Preqin expects to grow that to five people. Ben Cluny, Preqin's SVP of EMEA Sales, said “the Middle East has a huge network of fund managers, investors and service providers that are active in the alternative assets space. It's a rapidly growing market, and there's a really vibrant community based in the region. We felt that in order to best serve our clients we should be a part of the fabric of that community, and we're thrilled at the warm reception we've received. We are very pleased to be able to offer our clients the first-rate hands-on service they deserve, as well as helping to promote and grow an exciting market. ... Thu, 17 Sep 2020 12:41:34 +0100 CTI Clinical Trial and Consulting Services Announces Acquisition of Middle East/Northern ... (BUSINESS WIRE)-- CTI Clinical Trial and Consulting Services (CTI), a global, privately held, full-service contract research organization (CRO) announces the acquisition of Clinart, a full-service CRO with nearly 20 years of experience and strong local expertise in the Middle East and Northern Africa (MENA) region. Clinart provides an extensive array of services, from early to late-stage research as well as product support in accordance with global and regional requirements. Additionally, the Clinart footprint augments CTI's current reach in the MENA region, with associates in Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Jordan, Oman, and United Arab Emirates, enabling CTI to better serve our customers and their global programs. Alaa Assem, MD, former CEO of Clinart, is now Managing Director, MENA and will be integral to the success of the integration and the growth of CTI in the MENA region in the near and distant future. “We are excited to have Clinart join CTI to create a stronger and more robust global full-service CRO,” remarked Patrick J. Earley, CTI's Chief International Business Officer. ... Thu, 17 Sep 2020 12:33:00 +0100 BOEHRINGER INGELHEIM AND MIRATI THERAPEUTICS ANNOUNCE CLINICAL COLLABORATION TO STUDY BI ... First clinical study to evaluate novel combination blocking KRAS G12C and its activator SOS1 to potentially increase the therapeutic benefit for lung and colorectal cancer patients Study is based on preclinical evidence suggesting synergistic effect of KRAS G12C and SOS1 inhibition  (BUSINESS WIRE)-- Boehringer Ingelheim and Mirati Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRTX) today announced a clinical collaboration to evaluate the combination of BI 1701963, a SOS1::pan-KRAS inhibitor blocking KRAS independent of mutation type, and MRTX849, a KRAS G12C selective inhibitor in patients with solid tumors that harbor the KRAS G12C mutation. The collaboration will investigate the potential of this combination to provide more effective and durable responses for patients with lung and colorectal cancers who currently have limited treatment options. Preclinical data suggest that the combination of a KRAS G12C inhibitor with a SOS1::pan-KRAS inhibitor results in increased anti-tumor activity based on the complementary mechanisms of these targeted oncology agents. ... Thu, 17 Sep 2020 12:17:33 +0100 Launches COVID-19 Grand Challenge Data Science Competition Will Award $200,000 in Cash Prizes Continues to Invest in COVID-19 Research to Mitigate Future Pandemics and Support Innovation for Public Good (BUSINESS WIRE)--, a leading enterprise artificial intelligence (AI) software provider for accelerating digital transformation, today welcomes data scientists, developers, researchers, and creative thinkers from around the world to participate in the™ COVID-19 Grand Challenge. The competition invites participants to leverage data science techniques in new and innovative ways to generate insights that previously were neither apparent nor achievable. “The COVID-19 Grand Challenge represents an opportunity to inform decision makers at the local, state, and federal levels and transform the way the world confronts this pandemic,” said Thomas M. Siebel, CEO of “As with the COVID-19 Data Lake and the Digital Transformation Institute, this initiative will tap our community's collective IQ to make important strides toward necessary, innovative solutions that will help solve a global crisis. ... Thu, 17 Sep 2020 11:42:49 +0100 Nathan's Famous Launches Kitopi Partnership to Bring Nathan's Famous to All of Dubai via Delivery (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Nathan's Famous, Inc., the American tradition serving New York favorites for more than 100 years, announced the Dubai launch of its partnership with Kitopi, the world's leading managed cloud kitchen platform, at the end of August. Partnering with Kitopi earlier this year, Nathan's has officially launched its partnership to Dubai with the plans to expand to Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi within the next six months. Nathan's Famous will also introduce a new menu item, the Burj-urger, which is made with 16 angus-beef patties topped with American cheese served on a toasted buttered potato bun, to be exclusively distributed across the Middle East. "This partnership with Kitopi gives Nathan's Famous an exciting position in the Gulf Region, allowing us to expand our service and offer the flavor of New York to everyone in Dubai," states James Walker, Senior Vice President, Restaurants. “With the response we have experienced since announcing our Mezzan distribution, we are confident that the people of Dubai will love both our 100-year-old classics as well as all the new menu items we have introduced, specifically the Burj-urger. ... Thu, 17 Sep 2020 10:48:27 +0100 American Express Announces Plans to Expand Centurion® Lounges in Two Major U.S. ... AMERICAN EXPRESS TO SIGNIFICANTLY EXPAND AND ENHANCE EXISTING CENTURION LOUNGES AT NEW YORK'S LAGUARDIA AIRPORT AND LAS VEGAS' MCCARRAN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT AMERICAN EXPRESS INTRODUCES NEW “CENTURION LOUNGE COMMITMENT” HEALTH AND SAFETY PROTOCOLS (BUSINESS WIRE)-- Today, American Express (NYSE: AXP) announced plans to expand two of its signature Centurion Lounges and introduced The Centurion Lounge Commitment, a set of new health and safety protocols and practices, which will be implemented in all Centurion Lounges as they reopen (some starting in early October). The Centurion Lounge at New York's LaGuardia Airport (LGA) will relocate to a larger location in the brand new Terminal B, and as previously announced, the current Centurion Lounge at Las Vegas' McCarran International Airport (LAS), will be expanded and redesigned. “The health, safety and comfort of our Card Members and colleagues remains our top priority as we look to expand and reopen our iconic Centurion Lounges around the world,” said Alexander Lee, Vice President Travel Experiences & Benefits. ... Thu, 17 Sep 2020 09:23:30 +0100 Rimini Street Statement on Court Ruling on Motions for Partial Summary Judgment (BUSINESS WIRE)-- Rimini Street, Inc. (Nasdaq: RMNI), a global provider of business software products and services, the leading third-party support provider for Oracle and SAP software products and a Salesforce partner, issued the following statement in response to the U.S. District Court's ruling on motions for partial summary judgment: “Today, the U.S. District Court for Nevada issued its ruling on the summary judgment motions filed by Rimini Street and Oracle in Rimini Street v. Oracle, (No. 2:14cv-01699-LRH), a lawsuit brought by Rimini Street against Oracle in 2014. The summary judgment motions were filed in, and have been pending with, the Court since December 2018. In the ruling, the Court reiterated that Rimini Street has the legal right to provide aftermarket support for Oracle's enterprise software. The Court also resolved some of the issues the parties have disputed, ruling in some instances for Rimini Street and in some instances for Oracle. Rimini Street is continuing to evaluate the order and looks forward to a jury trial on the remaining issues.” About Rimini Street, Inc. Rimini Street, Inc. ... Thu, 17 Sep 2020 08:54:48 +0100 SES Simplifies Sports Production with Stockley Park Facility in London (BUSINESS WIRE)-- As remote production for sports ramps up around the globe, SES is providing broadcasters with a newly opened, full-service sports and events facility in Greater London. Apart from handling downlink, decoding, processing and recording, SES's Stockley Park facility offers sports broadcasters a range of services that help simplify sports production workflow. The video services offered at SES's Stockley Park facility range from content management services such as clipping and editing, subtitling, audio dubbing and titling, storing and archiving of content for easy retrieval to channel playout services to multiple broadcast or online platforms. In addition to addressing diverse customer needs, the facility in London will also provide playout services for European customers and provide redundancy to SES's Munich facility. The Stockley Park facility features a 2400 sq ft master control room and will act as a primary media centre for all sports originating in Europe. ... Thu, 17 Sep 2020 06:53:02 +0100 ExaGrid Announces New Software Version 6.0 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- ExaGrid®, the industry's only Tiered Backup Storage solution, today announced the release of software Version 6.0, which begins shipping on September 18, 2020. Key features include: New Retention Time-Lock for Ransomware Recovery Retention Time-Lock is a revolutionary approach to protecting backup retention data to enable fast and easy recovery from ransomware. ExaGrid's two-tier architecture includes a network-facing tier and a non-network-facing tier. ExaGrid alone controls the non-network-facing tier, creating a tiered air gap. Backups are written to the network-facing-tier for fast backup performance. The most recent backups are kept in their full undeduplicated form for fast restores. Data is adaptively deduplicated (for storage cost efficiency) into the non-network-facing tier for long-term retention data. Organizations can have as many days, weeks, months, or years of retention as they require. There is no limit to the number of version retention copies that can be saved. ... Thu, 17 Sep 2020 05:36:23 +0100 Alibaba Cloud Digitalizes Sports Events with More AI Solutions (BUSINESS WIRE) -- During Apsara Conference 2020, the digital technology and intelligence backbone of Alibaba Group, unveiled a series of artificial intelligence (AI) powered solutions which are set to transform and digitalize the way sports entertainment was traditionally organized, broadcast and consumed. The solutions are designed to bring spectators closer to the events' center stage for more personalized and interactive engagement, while helping organizers and broadcasters operate more efficiently, effectively and securely. Event organizers are set to benefit considerably from Alibaba Cloud's Event Simulation Services (ESS). Running on cloud and powered by elastic compute, ESS can help organizers plan the layout of indoor venues virtually, optimizing the position of equipment and facilities, without having to move or commission a single piece of physical kit. With the ability to create a digital twin, ESS negates the time, expense and risk of physical tests and run-throughs, providing a comprehensive digital examination of a venue for all key stakeholders. ... Thu, 17 Sep 2020 05:10:28 +0100 Alibaba Debuts Cloud Computer, Delivery Robots at Cloud Computing Conference (BUSINESS WIRE)-- Alibaba Cloud, the digital technologies and intelligence backbone of Alibaba Group, today unveiled a series of innovative products at its 12th annual Apsara Conference, highlighting the technology pioneer's commitment in helping people adapt to the more digitized world and accelerate customers' digital transformation during and after the pandemic. A highlight is Alibaba Cloud's first cloud computer, a palm-sized personal computer which, despite being just about 60 grams and as light as an egg, offers high-performance computing, thanks to robust back-end cloud resources. By simply connecting the cloud computer with a normal computer screen, a user can access almost unlimited computing resources anytime, anywhere, while paying on a subscription model or for the actual cloud consumption. ... Thu, 17 Sep 2020 04:39:06 +0100 SL Green Celebrates the Historic Opening of One Vanderbilt Avenue 1,401 foot tower redefines the Manhattan skyline, transforms the modern workplace and reaffirms the future of New York City SL Green's private $220 million investment in public realm unveiled, including new public plaza, transit hall and improvements that increase capacity in Grand Central Terminal (BUSINESS WIRE)-- SL Green Realty Corp. (NYSE: SLG), Manhattan's largest office landlord, along with its partners Hines and National Pension Service of Korea today marked the opening of One Vanderbilt Avenue, a skyline-defining tower in the heart of East Midtown. SL Green leadership was joined at a ribbon-cutting ceremony by government and transit officials, labor leaders, building tenants and the development team to celebrate the official opening of New York City's newest icon. The building received its official Temporary Certificate of Occupancy on September 11. Standing 1,401 feet tall, One Vanderbilt is the new headquarters for many of the world's leading finance, banking, law and real estate firms, and is approximately 70% leased. The 1. ... Wed, 16 Sep 2020 15:08:38 +0100 Sir Richard Branson Joins Dr. Anthony Fauci and Dr. ... (BUSINESS WIRE)-- Everbridge, Inc. (NASDAQ: EVBG), the global leader in critical event management (CEM), today announced the addition of premier keynotes and other business, healthcare and government executive speakers for its Autumn 2020 “COVID-19 R2R: The Road to Recovery” virtual leadership summit to be held October 14-15, 2020, covering the path forward amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Virgin Group Founder Sir Richard Branson joins presidential advisor and Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) at the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) Dr. Anthony Fauci and renowned neurosurgeon and CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta as keynote speakers. Additional speakers, including a world leader, will be announced at a later date. To register for this leadership event, please visit Everbridge's event registration page. ... Wed, 16 Sep 2020 14:47:36 +0100 DEWA organises virtual WETEX and Dubai Solar Show from 26-28 October 2020. Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) will organise the 22nd Water, Energy, Technology and Environment Exhibition (WETEX) and the 5th Dubai Solar Show virtually from 26-28 October 2020. The two exhibitions will provide a new experience for exhibitors to display their products innovatively, through 3D customisable stands to suit each company's needs. They also will enable meetings, seminars, and workshops using the latest smart technologies. “For 21 years, WETEX has established its position as one of the largest and most important global water, environment, and energy exhibitions. From our wise leadership, we have learned the importance of turning challenges into opportunities. Due to the precautionary measures implemented in most countries because of COVID-19, WETEX and the Dubai Solar Show 2020 will happen virtually; using DEWA's state-of-the-art digital infrastructure. This will provide an exceptional experience for exhibitors to reach a larger number of visitors across the world,” said HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA, and Founder and Chairman of WETEX and Dubai Solar Show. ... Wed, 16 Sep 2020 12:09:16 +0100 Snowflake Announces Pricing of Initial Public Offering (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Snowflake, the cloud data platform, today announced the pricing of its initial public offering of 28,000,000 shares of Class A common stock at a price to the public of $120.00 per share. The shares are expected to begin trading on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol “SNOW” on September 16, 2020, and the offering is expected to close on September 18, 2020, subject to customary closing conditions. In addition, Snowflake has granted the underwriters a 30-day option to purchase up to 4,200,000 additional shares of Class A common stock at the initial public offering price less underwriting discounts and commissions. Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC, Morgan Stanley, J.P. Morgan, Allen & Company LLC, and Citigroup are acting as lead book-running managers for the offering. Credit Suisse, Barclays, Deutsche Bank Securities, Mizuho Securities, and Truist Securities are acting as book-running managers, and BTIG, Canaccord Genuity, Capital One Securities, Cowen, D.A. Davidson & Co., JMP Securities, Oppenheimer & Co., Piper Sandler, Stifel, Academy Securities, Loop Capital Markets, Ramirez & Co., Inc. ... Wed, 16 Sep 2020 10:32:32 +0100 Andersen Global Expands Into St. Kitts and Nevis (BUSINESS WIRE)-- Andersen Global signs a Collaboration Agreement with full-service law firm HazelAlleyne, marking the debut of Andersen Global in St. Kitts and Nevis as the organization continues to rapidly expand its presence in the Caribbean. HazelAlleyne operates with two Partners and over five full-time professionals, covering a broad scope of services in the areas of real estate and property law, corporate law, civil litigation, employment law, family law and estate planning. The firm also specializes in citizenship by investment, a sought after means of managing wealth as well as one of the world's oldest organized programs. “Our firm prides itself on the level of service that we deliver, and we are committed to finding best-in-class solutions that are client-focused through our commitment to stewardship and transparency,” said Office Managing Partner Lisa Hazel. “The capabilities of the member and collaborating firms of Andersen Global and the organization's global reach better equip us to seamlessly serve our clients both in St. Kitts and around the world. ... Wed, 16 Sep 2020 09:28:48 +0100 Takeda to Divest TachoSil® to Corza Health for €350 Million (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited (TSE:4502/NYSE:TAK) (“Takeda”) today announced that it has entered into an agreement to divest its TachoSil® Fibrin Sealant Patch (“TachoSil®”) to Corza Health, Inc. (“Corza Health”). Corza Health was formed in 2019 as a partnership between private equity firm GTCR and healthcare industry veteran Gregory T. Lucier to build a market-leading healthcare business with a particular focus on the broader medical technology and life sciences sector. Takeda will receive €350 million in cash upon closing of the transaction, which is subject to customary legal and regulatory closing conditions. TachoSil® is a surgical patch trusted by medical professionals globally to deliver safe, fast and reliable bleeding control. Takeda recorded full year net sales for TachoSil® of approximately $160 million USD in the fiscal year ended March 31, 2020. ... Wed, 16 Sep 2020 09:18:35 +0100 Yokogawa Survey Finds Two-Thirds of Process Industry Companies Are Anticipating Fully ... (BUSINESS WIRE)-- Yokogawa Electric Corporation (TOKYO: 6841) today revealed the results of a global end-user survey on the outlook for industrial autonomy*, which shows that 64% of respondents from companies in process industries are anticipating fully autonomous operations by 2030. The survey provides an in-depth view of future trends in automation and autonomy, business priorities, and technologies being deployed in key process industries including oil and gas, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, petrochemicals, and power generation. Key Insights Companies are moving to fully autonomous operations by 2030, and will invest in technologies that aid decision-making Sixty-four percent of respondents stated that they expect to reach autonomous operations in their primary operations by 2030. Eighty-nine percent said their companies currently have plans to increase the level of autonomy in their operations. Regarding their current status, 64% said that they are conducting or are piloting semi-autonomous or autonomous operations, while 67% expect significant automation of most decision-making processes in plant operations by 2023. ... Wed, 16 Sep 2020 08:33:34 +0100 Sharjah Ladies Club Promotes Healthy Living, by Celebrating World Wellness Weekend With World Wellness Weekend due to be celebrated on the 19th and 20th of September, Sharjah Ladies Club announced that they will be participating in the event for the second time with a range of both physical and virtual activities. Sharjah Ladies Club aims to bring women towards one goal by empowering and inspiring them to lead a healthier lifestyle, as well as providing opportunities to develop their skills and relax in world-class facilities while taking all safety precautions.  Now in its fourth year, World Wellness Weekend was created to promote wellbeing and a more active lifestyle, encouraging people to think about their physical and mental health. More than 120 countries now participate in the two-day celebrations, organizing fun, free and supporting events for thousands of people. This year, Sharjah Ladies Club is joining by organizing a variety of scheduled virtual activities for all women and children. Director General of Sharjah Ladies Club, Mrs. Khawla Al Serkal, said: “World Wellness Weekend fits perfectly with values and ethos of Sharjah Ladies Club. ... Wed, 16 Sep 2020 07:49:49 +0100 DMS' Exclusive Media Partner Anghami raises over US$1 Million in Donations with “The Sound of ... Beirut's sound echoed louder than ever before on Anghami on the night of Thursday September 8, rolling out a rhythm of hope and sending messages of support to the Lebanese capital that translated into more than US$1 Million in donations. The Sound of Beirut gathered over 30 Arab and International artists bringing together their fans from all over the world for the cause of Beirut. They took turns singing and sending heartwarming messages to the Lebanese and global community for 2 hours straight, urging users to hit that donate button and help the people of Beirut after the 4th of August explosion. In a statement, a Procter & Gamble spokesperson said: “We have been looking at the most impactful ways to support the community on the ground, and have committed to supporting through Anghami's initiative The Sound of Beirut and our other initiatives with a US$1 Million cash and in kind contribution. Our hope is that with collective contributions of organizations like ours, the people of Beirut will be able to rebuild and rehabilitate Lebanon. ... Wed, 16 Sep 2020 06:57:22 +0100 Bentley Systems Announces Launch of Initial Public Offering (BUSINESS WIRE)-- Bentley Systems, Incorporated (“Bentley”) today announced the launch of the initial public offering of 10,750,000 shares of its Class B common stock. The shares of Class B common stock to be sold in the offering will be sold by existing stockholders of Bentley. The selling stockholders expect to grant the underwriters in the offering a 30-day option to purchase up to an additional 1,610,991 shares of Class B common stock from the selling stockholders. The estimated initial public offering price is between $17.00 and $19.00 per share. Bentley has applied to list its shares on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol “BSY”. Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC and BofA Securities are acting as lead book-running managers and RBC Capital Markets is acting as a book-running manager for the proposed offering. Baird, KeyBanc Capital Markets and Mizuho Securities are acting as co-managers for the proposed offering. A registration statement on Form S-1 relating to the proposed offering has been filed with the SEC but has not yet become effective. ... Wed, 16 Sep 2020 04:49:31 +0100 Guardian External Workforce from AlertEnterprise Inc. ... (BUSINESS WIRE)-- AlertEnterprise Inc. today announced that its Guardian External Workforce is now available for online purchase on SAP® App Center, the digital marketplace for SAP partner offerings. Guardian External Workforce makes security, safety and privacy an integral part of the contingent worker hire-to-retire journey. The platform leverages integration with SAP Fieldglass Contingent Workforce Management to automate and streamline physical identity and workspace access delivering 360 degrees of visibility and integrated worker access management.  “In this time of unprecedented change, the modern workforce is experiencing a seismic shift as organizations increasingly need the flexibility to deploy contingent workers anywhere, at any time,” said Jasvir Gill, CEO of AlertEnterprise. “Guardian External Workforce helps businesses enforce security, safety and privacy for their contingent workers without compromising experience and productivity. ... Tue, 15 Sep 2020 16:11:57 +0100 Flowserve Corporation Announces Commencement of Tender Offer for Its 1.250% Senior Notes Due 2022 (BUSINESS WIRE)-- Flowserve Corporation (NYSE: FLS) (the “Offeror”), a leading provider of flow control products and services for the global infrastructure markets, announced an offer to purchase for cash (such offer, the “Offer”) any and all of its outstanding 1.250% Senior Notes due March 17, 2022 (the “Notes”) from the holders of the Notes (each, a “Noteholder” and, collectively, the “Noteholders”). On the terms and subject to the conditions set out in the Tender Offer Memorandum dated September 14, 2020 (as it may be supplemented or amended from time to time) (the “Tender Offer Memorandum”), including the accompanying notice of guaranteed delivery (the “Notice of Guaranteed Delivery”), including the satisfaction (or waiver) of the New Issue Condition (as described herein), the Offeror launched an invitation to the Noteholders (subject to the “Offer and Distributions Restrictions” in the Tender Offer Memorandum) to tender their Notes for purchase at the Purchase Price. Capitalized terms used in this announcement but not defined herein have the meanings given to them in the Tender Offer Memorandum. ... Tue, 15 Sep 2020 15:39:06 +0100 As Digital Transformation Accelerates, Entrust Datacard Becomes “Entrust” (BUSINESS WIRE)-- Entrust Datacard today announced a new brand identity and company name – Entrust. The move both continues the company's enduring leadership and innovation in identity, payments, and data protection, and highlights Entrust's position as a leader in developing the core technologies needed to keep the world moving safely.  “The global impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has shown us how critical digital transformation is in our daily lives,” said Todd Wilkinson, CEO of Entrust. “As consumers, we depend on digital technologies and security to do more than ever, whether it's making purchases, crossing borders, accessing government services or logging into corporate networks. We are proud that some of the world's largest governments, organizations and enterprises trust us to keep citizens, commerce and information moving safely. Making Entrust the foundation of our brand reflects how our technology and innovation are central to securing this ever-evolving world.” The company was founded as Datacard Corporation in 1969, and acquired Entrust in 2013, becoming Entrust Datacard. ... Tue, 15 Sep 2020 14:52:43 +0100 New Optimum® Class VI Dispensing Components Provide Assurance to Medical Manufactures (BUSINESS WIRE)-- Nordson EFD, a Nordson company (NASDAQ: NDSN), the world's leading precision fluid dispensing systems manufacturer, introduces Optimum® Class VI fluid dispensing components made from 100% virgin resin that is Class VI certified by the U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP). “We wanted to make it easier for medical manufacturers to provide the traceability required to meet strict regulatory standards,” said Felicitas Stuebing, global product line specialist at Nordson EFD. “Meeting the most stringent USP Class designation is not only a testament to the quality of our components, it provides peace of mind that our components are safe to use in medical manufacturing processes.” New Optimum Class VI dispensing components include 3cc, 5cc, 10cc, 30cc, and 55cc syringe barrels and pistons, in addition to end caps and tip caps. These biocompatible components do not have a colorant, making them easier for engineers to document for regulatory approvals. In addition, these first-to-market medical-grade dispensing components feature the same highly-engineered design as standard Optimum components. ... Tue, 15 Sep 2020 13:42:33 +0100 Exclusive Networks Appoints Jesper Trolle as CEO (BUSINESS WIRE)-- Exclusive Networks (‘Exclusive’) today announced the appointment of Jesper Trolle as CEO with immediate effect. Trolle joins Exclusive from ECS Arrow Electronics, where he is currently President of the Americas, and will be responsible for driving the next phase of growth at the company and upscaling the business. Trolle takes over from Olivier Breittmayer who becomes a non-executive Board member of Exclusive. The move is part of a planned succession strategy and Trolle will work alongside Breittmayer for the next three months to ensure a smooth transition. Vastly experienced and recognised as an entrepreneurial business leader within the IT industry, Trolle has spent over 28 years working in the sector, initially within the reseller community, before moving into distribution. In 2001 he founded Next Denmark A/S which was acquired by DNS Denmark, which in turn was acquired by Arrow in 2005. Since then, Jesper has held a number of diverse positions in multiple locations within Arrow, seeing rapid success and progression, including stints in Germany running central and eastern Europe, and Paris, running north-west Europe. ... Tue, 15 Sep 2020 12:36:33 +0100 Members of Project Management Institute Community Take the TED Mainstage to Share Big, Bold, ... (BUSINESS WIRE)-- Project Management Institute (PMI), the world's leading association for the project management profession, is shining a light on the talents and ideas of the project community during TED@PMI: Action + Impact, a virtual event on 25-26 September 2020. Open to the public, this free event will celebrate a community of doers and the vision, inspiration and mesmerizing awe of turning big ideas into action. The TED@PMI Talks were sourced directly from the PMI community. More than 600,000 members and 500 employees, as well as more than 330,000 certification holders in China had the chance to submit their ideas. Through a multi-round process, a team of TED coaches, including TED@PMI Curator Sally Kohn, vetted the entries to find the most compelling stories. From the applicant pool, 12 individuals were selected to go through the TED Talk speaker process, where coaches provide one-on-one storytelling guidance, talk development and public speaking training to sharpen and hone ideas and talks. During the event, the speakers will take the TED@PMI mainstage across two days, but the event is not just about the Talks. ... Tue, 15 Sep 2020 10:40:39 +0100 SNC-Lavalin's Atkins launches a framework to re-shape transport and mobility beyond COVID-19 Today, Atkins, a member of the SNC-Lavalin Group, launched a White Paper entitled “Re-imagining Transport and Mobility for a Sustainable Economic Recovery”. The White Paper, which is developed by Atkins' advisory business arm, Atkins Acuity, outlines the COVID-19 impact on the transport industry and provides a strategic framework to transition from short term recovery to a medium-to-long term transformation to achieve resilience and sustainability. With lockdowns and restrictions on economic and social activity lifting, the challenge is how to maintain re-opening safely, restore business and consumer confidence and provide the right economic and fiscal stimulus which will support the early stages of a viable recovery towards the end of the year and into 2021. However, the transport industry in the GCC has the opportunity to re-shape its infrastructure, services and operations through the adoption of diagnostic tools, data analytics, planning principles and digital engineering to achieve improved outcomes and a better future. ... Tue, 15 Sep 2020 09:24:48 +0100 Mary Kay Named Among Top Brands in the Purpose Power Index™ (BUSINESS WIRE)-- The Purpose Power Index™, a study on how consumers really think and feel about brand purpose conducted by Reputation Institute and StrawberryFrog, has named Mary Kay among the most powerful purpose-driven brands in the country. The study, which collected over 17,500 ratings from more than 5,700 unique respondents, aimed to show which companies were most closely living their mission in the eyes of U.S. consumers. “From the very beginning, Mary Kay was a brand built on purpose,” said Julia Simon, Chief Legal Officer and Chief Diversity Officer of Mary Kay Inc. “It's why we've never wavered from our efforts ranging from women's empowerment and sustainability to cancer research and the fight to end gender-based violence against women and girls. Research shows that consumers today aren't interested in companies with a sole focus on profit—being purposeful matters. ... Tue, 15 Sep 2020 08:31:30 +0100 RESEARCH (GLOBAL EDITION) – HOW HAIRCARE BRANDS ARE BREAKING THROUGH THE CLUTTER Following up on last week's first remit from our research series focused on the “Intensive Haircare” category, Choueiri Group's Data Team now shares a global perspective on the saturated category. Showcasing insights derived by measurable tactics that haircare brands in the UK are deploying to win over their consumers, this week's installment covers key growth drivers for the category, as well as consumers' media preferences, which clearly highlight the power of TV advertising and its massive impact on brand success within the category About Choueiri Group: As the leading media representation group in the Middle East, Choueiri Group is a company built from the ground up over the past forty plus years. Today, the Group's companies market and manage the advertising space of 25 television stations, 10 print titles, the largest outdoor signs network in the UAE, 12 radio stations, 40+ web portals along with their apps, the exclusivity of cinemas in Kuwait, the largest exhibitions venue in Lebanon, and most recently, a growing presence across the regional cinema ecosystem. ... Tue, 15 Sep 2020 08:01:27 +0100 BAI Global Innovation Awards Open for 2020 Submissions to Recognize Groundbreaking Achievements ... (BUSINESS WIRE)-- BAI, a nonprofit independent organization that delivers the financial services industry's most actionable insights, has opened submissions for its annual BAI Global Innovation Awards. For the past decade, BAI has honored financial services organizations whose innovative solutions pushed boundaries and disrupted the industry to add value and greater benefit to their customers, communities and organizations. Each year, hundreds of financial services organizations submit nominations to achieve recognition as a BAI Global Innovation Award finalist or winner. The program is a year-round community and content platform that recognizes the industry's most innovative products, services, business processes and organizations that positively impact customer experience, efficiency and profitability. Past winners have included Citi, RBC, CaixaBank, Fifth Third Bank, USAA and more. BAI has selected a panel of leading industry innovators from all over the world to serve as judges for the 2020 awards. ... Tue, 15 Sep 2020 05:30:11 +0100 Moody's Launches Comprehensive ESG Solutions Group; Appoints Global Head (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Moody's Corporation (NYSE: MCO) announced today the formation of an Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) Solutions Group to serve the growing global demand for ESG insights. The group leverages Moody's data and expertise across ESG, climate risk, and sustainable finance, and aligns with Moody's Investors Service (MIS) and Moody's Analytics (MA) to deliver a comprehensive, integrated suite of ESG customer solutions. The ESG Solutions Group develops tools and analytics that identify, quantify, and report on the impact of ESG-related risks and opportunities. Moody's ESG capabilities expanded following its investments in Vigeo Eiris (VE), a global pioneer in ESG assessments, data and tools, and sustainable finance, and Four Twenty Seven, a leader in climate risk analysis, in 2019. ESG and climate risk considerations are already integrated into credit ratings and research offered by Moody's Investors Service, and will be integrated into a range of Moody's Analytics risk management solutions, research, data and analytics platforms. ... Tue, 15 Sep 2020 05:29:44 +0100 Vedacit Boosts Innovation With Savings From Switching Its Oracle JD Edwards and Database ... (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Rimini Street, Inc. (Nasdaq: RMNI), a global provider of enterprise software products and services, the leading third-party support provider for Oracle and SAP software products and a Salesforce partner, today announced that Vedacit, a leading manufacturer of construction products based in Brazil, switched to Rimini Street for support of its Oracle JD Edwards and Database software. By switching to Rimini Street Support, Vedacit was able to free up significant IT budget to drive innovation projects and support its corporate initiative to double revenue by 2023. Specifically, Vedacit leveraged its savings to help fund five product development startups through Vedacit Labs, the company's innovation incubator that accelerates startups and pioneers ideas for the civil construction industry. Oracle Customers Innovate and Grow by Moving to Rimini Street Founded in 1936, Vedacit manufactures construction products – such as waterproofing additives for concrete and mortar, adhesives, and asphalt paints – in its São Paulo and Salvador production centers in Brazil, and distributes its products across the country and Latin America. ... Mon, 14 Sep 2020 16:02:23 +0100 Ascend Expands Antimicrobial Acteev™ Technology Into Finished Goods Line to Combat COVID-19 ... (BUSINESS WIRE) -- A new line of face masks combining comfort with protection is available from Acteev™ by Ascend Performance Materials, a manufacturer of technology-forward textiles and engineered materials. The brand's first product, the Acteev Protect™ Nonwoven Mask, is a reusable general purpose mask that features powerful built-in antimicrobial technology to protect the mask from odor-causing bacteria and mold fungi in a soft, breathable, comfortable fabric that is gentle on the skin. The mask is the first in a series of planned Acteev product introductions that will include a knit fabric mask and a sports gaiter. The company also announced it is designing an N95 respirator and a line of surgical masks and is developing more engineering plastics solutions for high-touch surfaces such as light switches and tray tables; textiles for use in scrubs and hospital gowns; and nonwoven fibers and rolled goods for use in applications such as filtration systems. The expansion into masks is a natural extension for Ascend, which is the largest producer of nylon 6,6 resin in the world, said Lu Zhang, Ph.D. ... Mon, 14 Sep 2020 13:57:41 +0100 Dubai Future Accelerators Opens Registration for Fall 2020 Program, Invites Applications from ... Dubai Future Accelerators (DFA), an initiative of Dubai Future Foundation (DFF), has opened registration for The Fall 2020 Program. Now in its eighth edition, the Program aims to attract startups from around the world to participate in an acceleration program that will take place both virtually and physically in Dubai, UAE. The announcement of the upcoming edition follows the success of earlier cohorts that saw 14 government entities and 299 startups working in synergy to find solutions to more than 115 challenges. Furthermore, more than 125 of the participating startups went on to sign agreements with their partner entities to test their solutions through pilot projects or to implement them within their organizations. DFA's program provides startups with the opportunity to co-create innovative solutions to future challenges in collaboration with Dubai government. The Program will have startups work on utilizing technologies to tackle challenges facing the future of Dubai in key sectors, including transport, energy, health, and digital technologies. The 2020 edition is a 10-week program that is structured into two phases. ... Mon, 14 Sep 2020 13:30:52 +0100 Emirates-Israel investment group sees great investment potential in normalization talks As the talks to normalize relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) gather momentum, a group of private sector players from Israel is also expected in the country in search of mutually beneficial investment and trading opportunities. Coming against the backdrop of the historic talks, a group of Israel investors under the auspices of the United Emirates-Israel Investment Group, have shown keen interest in developing partnerships in various sectors of the regional economy. According to the spokespeople of the Emirates-Israel Investment Group, the exports to the UAE could jump to an annual $300-$500 million. Israel known as a 'start-up nation' is expected to bring innovative solutions in the Energy, Cyber security and communications industries. The group has identified Dubai as the gateway to the region's vibrant market and their first visit to the UAE is seen as a launchpad for doing business in the wider GCC region.  “We are proud of the successful normalization talks between Israel and the UAE - two great nations that can achieve more in terms of economic growth following a strong annual bilateral trade. ... Mon, 14 Sep 2020 12:39:12 +0100 Phase II trial results demonstrated improvement in cognition with BI 425809 in adult patients ... Results presented at the 33rd ECNP Congress from a 12-week, placebo-controlled Phase II trial demonstrated BI 425809 has met its primary endpoint1,2 Trial results, together with an ongoing combination Phase II study of BI 425809 and adjunctive computerized cognitive training, add to the body of evidence for Boehringer Ingelheim's schizophrenia research program3 Cognitive impairment associated with schizophrenia (CIAS) has a significant negative impact on daily functioning and remains a focus for Boehringer Ingelheim's research across several neuropsychiatric disorders (BUSINESS WIRE)-- Boehringer Ingelheim today announced the results from a 12-week, placebo-controlled Phase II trial, that demonstrated BI 425809 has met its primary endpoint. The data showed improvement in cognition in stable adult patients with schizophrenia.1 Central to many everyday tasks, impairment of cognitive function still constitutes a major burden for patients, and no pharmacological treatments are currently approved for cognitive impairment associated with schizophrenia (CIAS). ... Mon, 14 Sep 2020 12:30:16 +0100 Takeda Announces Results from Phase 3 Clinical Trial Evaluating NINLARO™ (ixazomib) in Newly ... (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited (TSE:4502/NYSE:TAK) (“Takeda”) today announced results from the Phase 3 TOURMALINE-MM2 trial evaluating the addition of NINLARO™ (ixazomib) to lenalidomide and dexamethasone versus lenalidomide and dexamethasone plus placebo in newly diagnosed multiple myeloma patients not eligible for autologous stem cell transplant. These data will be presented at the virtual scientific meeting of the Society of Hematologic Oncology (SOHO) on Wednesday, September 9, 2020 at 6:15 p.m. CT. The study found the addition of NINLARO to lenalidomide and dexamethasone resulted in a 13.5 month increase in median progression-free survival (PFS) (35.3 months in the NINLARO arm, compared to 21.8 months in the placebo arm; hazard ratio [HR] 0.830; p=0.073). The trial did not meet the threshold for statistical significance and the primary endpoint of PFS was not met. “There is a specific need in newly diagnosed multiple myeloma, given there are currently no approved all-oral, proteasome inhibitor-based treatment options,” said Thierry Facon, MD, Lille University Hospital, principal investigator and lead author of TOURMALINE-MM2. ... Mon, 14 Sep 2020 12:03:19 +0100 New Study: Hand Dryers Equally Hygienic to Paper Towels for Drying Hands (BUSINESS WIRE) -- After an exhaustive two-year process, a University of Arizona Health Sciences research team have announced the publication of their work, Comparison of electric hand dryers and paper towels for hand hygiene: a critical review of the literature. The review culled the current breadth of data, including published studies, news reports and online content, seeking to uncover which hand drying method, hand dryers or paper towels, is more hygienic and safer relative to human health risks. The researchers found that, while studies in the public arena generally favor paper towels over hand dryers, the conclusions are largely misleading and unsubstantiated. Through the scientific research, the use of hand dryers and paper towels to dry hands were found to be equal from a health and safety perspective; the findings echo recommendations from the World Health Organization that everyone “frequently clean [their] hands…” and “dry [them] thoroughly by using paper towels or a warm air dryer,” and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that report that, “Both [clean towels or air hand dryers] are effective ways to dry hands. ... Mon, 14 Sep 2020 11:24:12 +0100 Northern Data Kicks off HPC Megaproject Computing power 3.1 Exaflops Partners Gigabyte and AMD deliver hardware Financing secured by anchor customer (BUSINESS WIRE)-- Northern Data AG (XETRA: NB2, ISIN: DE000A0SMU87) has kicked off the deployment of a USD 200 million high performance computing (HPC) megaproject. The new project will be one of the world's largest GPU-based distributed computing clusters for HPC applications and will be located at sites in Norway, Sweden and Canada. The full hardware and construction costs are financed by an anchor customer. CEO Aroosh Thillainathan explains: "Northern Data is more than on track with its ambitious growth goals. With our new GPU cluster, we can offer our customers HPC applications with maximum scalability and the highest time- and cost-efficiency. An important factor for this is our strong partnership with Gigabyte and AMD, which I am particularly pleased about. The significant financial commitment of a blue-chip anchor customer is a very powerful sign for the quality of this partnership, and we are receiving a very positive response from potential further customers. ... Mon, 14 Sep 2020 11:15:57 +0100 ThreatConnect Acquires Cyber Risk Quantification Pioneer Nehemiah Security (BUSINESS WIRE) -- ThreatConnect Inc.®, the leader in reducing complexity and enabling better decision making in cybersecurity, today announces the acquisition of Nehemiah Security, Inc, (“Nehemiah”) a pioneer in the rapidly growing Cyber Risk Quantification (CRQ) space. On August 18, 2020, ThreatConnect through its purchaser entity, NS Holdings LLC, acquired substantially all of the assets and assumed selected liabilities of Nehemiah. The acquisition adds Cyber Risk Quantification to ThreatConnect's existing Threat Intelligence Platform (TIP) and Security Orchestration, Automation and Response (SOAR) capabilities, creating the world's only cybersecurity platform aligning the entire security lifecycle to the goal of reducing risk. ThreatConnect Risk Quantifier (RQ - formerly Nehemiah Risk Quantifier) enables the identification of the risks that matter most to the organization by quantifying them based on potential financial or operational impact, unifying security and the business to a common goal. This quantification relies on generally accepted risk models such as the popular Factor Analysis of Information Risk (FAIR) model, among others. ... Mon, 14 Sep 2020 09:49:40 +0100 Public Wants Greater Focus on Science-Based Decision-Making Says New International Survey from ... (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Philip Morris International Inc. (PMI) (NYSE: PM) today released “In Support of the Primacy of Science,” a white paper exploring international attitudes regarding the role of science in society, business, and policymaking. The white paper—presenting findings from an independent survey, conducted by Povaddo for PMI, of over 19,000 adults across 19 countries and territories—indicates that citizens around the world want governments, public authorities, and private businesses to prioritize science and facts when tackling critical issues. The global insights reveal that faith in science is high, with most people surveyed (77 percent) hopeful that advances in science will solve many of society's biggest problems. Supporting this view, there is also strong interest in businesses prioritizing science, with 90 percent of respondents saying it is important to them that businesses invest continually in science to improve their products. Despite these positive attitudes, nearly half of respondents (47 percent) believe that society does not place enough importance on science. ... Mon, 14 Sep 2020 09:32:22 +0100 Aptima® HIV-1 Quant Dx Assay Awarded WHO Prequalification for Dried Blood Spot Samples (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Hologic, Inc. (Nasdaq: HOLX) announced today that its CE-marked Aptima® HIV-1 Quant Dx assay has been awarded World Health Organization (WHO) prequalification for testing of dried blood spot (DBS) samples. The Aptima® HIV-1 Quant Dx assay can be used with DBS samples to monitor viral load and disease progression among HIV-1 infected individuals, and to aid in the diagnosis of HIV-1 infected infants under 18 months. It is the first and only dual-claim assay for both viral load and early infant diagnosis (EID). DBS sampling improves access to HIV diagnostic testing and care, particularly among HIV-infected populations living in remote areas. DBS samples are more stable and easily transportable compared to liquid whole blood or plasma samples. A finger stick or heel prick produces an adequate sample that is dried on a specially designed card. The DBS samples do not require refrigeration and when stored properly can withstand extreme conditions, including excess heat and humidity. ... Mon, 14 Sep 2020 08:36:15 +0100 Romana water Receives Prestigious IBWA Membership Certificate Romana water, the nation's favorite bottled water brand, produced and distributed by Romana Water Industries, recently received the coveted certificate of membership from the International Bottled Water Association (IBWA). The Romana Water Industries plants in Dubai and New Romana Water Purification in Abu Dhabi, are now certified members of the IBWA. IBWA represents an uncompromising commitment to the safety and availability of bottled water worldwide. Founded in the U.S. in 1958, IBWA's member companies include U.S. and international bottlers, distributors, and suppliers. Romana water has earned the certificate through continuous efforts in adhering and maintaining the international standards and regulations throughout its value chain at all times. “At Romana water, we take great pride in the dedication of our employees who work hard to ensure that the highest standards are maintained throughout ensuing customer satisfaction. The IBWA certification is yet another testimony of our efforts,” said N. Janardhan, CEO, The Zubair Corporation. ... Mon, 14 Sep 2020 08:22:45 +0100 OmniClouds Standardizes on Versa Networks to Deliver Secure SD-WAN Across the Globe OmniClouds, the leading innovator in the cloud service provider (CSP) space and migrator for the EMEA region, today announced that it has adopted the Versa Secure SD-WAN solution to offer and expand services across the globe, using OmniClouds' comprehensive SDN-dedicated network offering a unique experience of true SLA-based cloud services. OmniClouds platform connects its enterprise customers' branches and remote users to multiple public and private clouds, lowering the expense and complications of cloud adoption Globally. It is offering Versa Networks, the leader in Secure SD-WAN providing software-defined networking over any type of connectivity for simplified management and dynamic support for cloud adoption and migration. OmniClouds will not only provide full hybrid cloud connectivity but will also use Versa Networks as an overlay to existing connectivity technologies, such as IP-MPLS, microwave, satellite, LTE or public internet, to automate operations and enhance connectivity over large geographic regions. ... Mon, 14 Sep 2020 06:11:34 +0100 Hong Kong Laureate Forum: Calling Outstanding Young Scientists in Astronomy, Life Science and ... (BUSINESS WIRE)-- Open application for the inaugural Hong Kong Laureate Forum starts today and will end on 13 December 2020. We welcome undergraduates, postgraduates and PhD graduates who are aged 35 or below and studying or conducting research in Astronomy, Life Science and Medicine, Mathematical Sciences or other closely related subjects to apply for the Hong Kong Laureate Forum and become one of the 200 selected young scientists to be inspired by world-renowned Shaw Laureates. Eligible Young Scientists are welcome to complete and submit their applications via this link: The inaugural Hong Kong Laureate Forum will be held on 15-20 November 2021 in Hong Kong. Being Asia's world city and a city long celebrated for its vibrancy, Hong Kong is an ideal place for such an international gathering. During a week-long programme, there will be ample opportunities for exchanges between participating Shaw Laureates and the young scientists. ... Mon, 14 Sep 2020 05:27:51 +0100