AETOS Wire Latest Press Releases from AETOS Wire Tue, 19 Nov 2019 23:08:22 +0100 FeedCreator 1.7.2 Lineage Logistics Announces Acquisition of Emergent Cold, Expands U.S. ... (BUSINESS WIRE)-- Lineage Logistics Holdings, LLC (“Lineage” or the “Company”), the world's largest and most innovative provider of temperature-controlled logistics solutions, today announced it has signed definitive agreements to acquire Emergent Cold (“Emergent”). This acquisition strengthens the Company's leading port presence in the United States and signifies its entry into the Australian, New Zealand, and Sri Lankan temperature-controlled logistics markets, building on Lineage's existing presence in the Asia-Pacific region. Financial terms of the transactions were not disclosed. “Food producers, manufacturers and retailers are looking for cold chain partners who can offer a dynamic and truly end-to-end temperature-controlled logistics solution, and one that can reach every corner of the world,” said Greg Lehmkuhl, President and Chief Executive Officer of Lineage. “Welcoming Emergent to the Lineage family not only adds significant capacity to our international footprint, but also deepens our commitment to our port strategy and international trade. ... Tue, 19 Nov 2019 15:05:02 +0100 MSCI Prices $500 Million 4.000% Senior Notes Due 2029 (BUSINESS WIRE)-- MSCI Inc. (NYSE:MSCI), a leading provider of critical decision support tools and services for the global investment community, announced today that it priced its private offering of $500.0 million aggregate amount of 4.000% senior unsecured notes due 2029 (the "notes") at an issue price of 100% plus accrued interest from November 7, 2019, to yield 4.000% (the "Offering"). Interest on the notes will be 4.000%, and will be payable in cash semi-annually, beginning on May 15, 2020. The notes constitute a further issuance of, are fully fungible with, rank equally with and form a single series with the $500.0 million aggregate principal amount of the 4.000% senior notes due 2029 issued on November 7, 2019. The Offering is expected to settle on November 20, 2019, subject to customary closing conditions. MSCI intends to use the net proceeds from the Offering, together with available cash, for the partial redemption or repurchase of $500.0 million aggregate principal amount of its 5.250% senior notes due 2024, of which there is currently $800.0 million aggregate principal amount outstanding. ... Tue, 19 Nov 2019 14:25:10 +0100 MSCI Launches Private Offering of $250 Million Senior Notes Due 2029 (BUSINESS WIRE)-- MSCI Inc. (NYSE: MSCI), a leading provider of critical decision support tools and services for the global investment community, announced today that it is proposing to issue $250.0 million aggregate amount of senior unsecured notes due 2029 (the “notes”) in a private offering that is exempt from the registration requirements of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”). The notes will constitute a further issuance of, be fully fungible with, rank equally with and form a single series with the $500.0 million aggregate principal amount of the 4.000% senior notes due 2029 issued on November 7, 2019. The proposed offering is subject to market and other conditions. If the offering is successfully placed, MSCI intends to use the net proceeds from the offering, together with available cash, for the partial redemption, in an amount equal to the aggregate issue amount of the offering, of its 5.250% senior notes due 2024, of which there is currently $800.0 million aggregate principal amount outstanding. The notes will be senior unsecured obligations of MSCI and will be guaranteed by MSCI and certain of its domestic subsidiaries. ... Tue, 19 Nov 2019 10:56:20 +0100 Sagemcom Announces the First Wi-Fi 6 Certified Home Gateway for Service Providers (BUSINESS WIRE)-- ON NOVEMBER 13TH 2019, SAGEMCOM RECEIVED THE WI-FI 6 CERTIFICATION (ID: WFA91587) FROM THE WI-FI ALLIANCE FOR ITS NEW 10G PON FIBER GATEWAY, F@ST 5688AX, MAKING IT THE FIRST WI-FI 6 CERTIFIED HOME GATEWAY. The F@st 5688ax is the new generation of Home Gateway designed for Consumers and Small Businesses that delivers up to 10Gbps of symmetrical throughput to fiber households. Thanks to the integration of the latest Wi-Fi 6 technology, this capacity can be efficiently distributed to the various wireless terminals connected to the local home network. As the very first Wi-Fi CERTIFIED 6TM home gateway, the F@st 5688ax demonstrates Sagemcom leadership in technology integration for the broadband market. This achievement is the result of Sagemcom engineering extensive experience and expertise in broadband and its ability to deliver the latest innovations within a very short time-to-market. It demonstrates also its effective strategic partnership with technology vendors. ... Tue, 19 Nov 2019 10:05:51 +0100 The Estée Lauder Companies to Acquire Dr. Jart+ (BUSINESS WIRE)-- The Estée Lauder Companies Inc. (NYSE: EL) announced today that it has signed an agreement to acquire the shares that it does not already beneficially own in Have & Be Co. Ltd., the Seoul-based, global skin care company behind Dr. Jart+ and men's grooming brand Do The Right Thing. Expected to close in December 2019, the acquisition follows the Company's December 2015 minority investment in Have & Be Co. Ltd. and is pursuant to an agreement made at that time. As one of the fastest growing skin care brands globally, Dr. Jart+ is expected to help further strengthen The Estée Lauder Companies' leadership position in skin care, and will especially help expand the Company's consumer reach in Asia/Pacific, North America, the United Kingdom and travel retail. This is the Company's first acquisition of an Asia-based beauty brand. Since December 2015, when the Company initially invested in Have & Be Co. Ltd., Dr. Jart+ has experienced significant growth and is expected to reach more than $500 million in net sales in calendar year 2019. Have & Be's total enterprise is valued at approximately $1. ... Tue, 19 Nov 2019 08:58:51 +0100 IDEMIA Launches the Very First Metal Card in Belgium, With Nagelmackers Bank (BUSINESS WIRE)-- IDEMIA supplies the very first metal payment card in Belgium, which was launched mid-November for Nagelmackers Bank's Elite and Prestige customers. With this new payment card, Nagelmackers seeks to give its Elite and Prestige customers a top-of-the-range free service. The metal card market is booming and is becoming increasingly popular among wealthy clients. According to a recent worldwide poll1, metal cards are the card of choice for 75% of affluent consumers worldwide. This first launch of metal cards in the Belgian market is now set to boost the growth of metal cards in Europe. Is it because the metal card is heavier than other bank cards? Or because of its distinctive sound when put on a table? Whatever the reason, more and more banks use premium metal cards to market high-end services as a distinguishing feature. Designed by IDEMIA with state-of-the-art printing techniques, Nagelmackers Bank's Mastercard World Elite is manufactured with top quality materials including varnished metal. ... Tue, 19 Nov 2019 08:31:15 +0100 Riyadh on Track to Become Sustainable City – International Experts A panel of prominent international experts from various academic and professional fields have concluded a symposium on Riyadh's plans to become a world-class sustainable city. The Symposium, hosted by The Royal Commission for Riyadh (RCRC), took place at King Fahad Library, Riyadh on 12th and 13th November 2019. Roundtable discussions centered on the 4 Wellbeing Projects – King Salman Park (, Green Riyadh (, Riyadh Art (, and Sports Boulevard ( – and covered sustainable urban development, conservation, socio-economic wellbeing, cultural nourishment, and the promotion of a healthier lifestyle for all citizens.  The 4 Wellbeing Projects will greatly improve residents' way of life by providing a greener, healthier environment and by encouraging participation in cultural and sporting life, in line with the Kingdom's Vision 2030. These four projects are transformative and are part of a massive development plan for the capital, highlighting the Kingdom's leadership in sustainable urbanization and environmental management. ... Tue, 19 Nov 2019 05:59:22 +0100 Ricoh Group Moves Regional Hub to Dubai Silicon Oasis Dubai Silicon Oasis, an integrated free zone technology park, and Ricoh Group, a Japanese multinational imaging and electronics company, celebrated the inauguration of Ricoh Group's new regional commercial hub at DSO. Headquartered in Tokyo, Ricoh Group operates in nearly 200 countries worldwide, and in the financial year ending March 2019, the company reported worldwide sales of approx. US$18.1 billion. In 2017, Ricoh announced its 3 years growth strategy ending 2020, supported by an investment of approx. US$1.85 billion in two areas – commercial and industrial printing, and office services. The global technology provider specializing in document management solutions, digital cameras, software and hardware for small and large enterprises worldwide, as well as consulting, will now offer training and sales support to its business partners in the GCC region, Levant and North Africa from its new branch in Dubai. Dr Mohammed AlZarooni, DSOA's Vice Chairman and CEO, said: “Ricoh's decision to launch new office in Dubai speaks volumes of the company's keen interest in capitalizing on the potential of the Middle East region, and its trust in Dubai. ... Tue, 19 Nov 2019 05:34:22 +0100 Run for Tolerance, RYAN UAE MINITHON Ryan International School, Masdar City held the Ryan UAE Minithon ‘Run for Tolerance' on Saturday, November 16: International Day for Tolerance. More than 1000 participants in different categories joined the run beginning from Ryan International School in Masdar City extending within the city of Masdar and ending at My City Centre in Masdar. Coinciding with the International Day of Tolerance, the event supported the National agenda of the Year – Year of Tolerance in association with Masdar City and My City Centre. Runners included a contingent of over 30 schools and over 700 children from across Abu Dhabi. Over 300 people from different corporate firms around Abu Dhabi also took part in the event. Guests of Honour at the event included representatives of government bodies - Mr. Abdelillah Oudadas, Minister, Plenipotentiary, Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of The Kingdom of Morocco, Mr. Sandeep Kaushik, Second Secretary, Press, Information and Culture, Indian Embassy and Mr. Geordeon Rendle, National Director for Youth Unlimited in the UAE at the Ministry of Tolerance. Mr. Rendle and Mr. Kaushik also took part in the race. They were joined by Ms. ... Mon, 18 Nov 2019 11:17:28 +0100 TECNO SPARK 4 with 6.52" Screen + Low Light AI Triple Camera for Full View and Flawless Image In today's generation, smartphones are more than a necessity and can do just about anything. Smartphones are more than just tech equipment; they have evolved to becoming something of a lifestyle accessory. This is why smartphone consumers are constantly looking to be proud owners of that special device with tremendous features as well as a radiant physical appeal that they can show off. Gladly, when it comes to the newly launched TECNO SPARK 4, – the device promises to be everything and more! Although unveiled recently, the TECNO SPARK 4 instantly became a darling to the masses and is already a tremendous hit. It is equipped with the bigger than ever 6.52" Dot Notch Screen. With this unprecedented step, it is goodbye to 6.0-inch screen and Hello to a “BBC” --Bigger, Better and Clearer -- screen. The beauty of a smartphone definitely lies in the extent of clarity the screen is capable of showing. With 90% perfect screen ratio and high resolution, the world the user explores through TECNO SPARK 4 would be much broader and more wonderful, and bringing the user the true super full view experience. The bigger screen is not the all. ... Mon, 18 Nov 2019 07:45:04 +0100 Young Emiratis Introduce French Street-Style Hype to Dubai Three young Emiratis, in their early twenty's, inspired themselves through western fashion and set the trend in Dubai's current shopping spree. The three youngsters, had the chance to explore modern trends throughout the west having wandered across the streets of several European Fashion Capitals, such as Milan, Paris and London. The urban experience led them into the exploring of a wide variety of lifestyles, encouraging them to introduce westernized tastes into their own city, Dubai. During the course of their journey a brand named ProjectxParis, that combined urban lifestyle with current trends had specifically seized their interest. Having hunting the brand since its first release in 2015, they realized major success through the European region. The brand, influenced by street aesthetics and sporty lifestyle, has developed a collection of timeless pieces that were original, unique and easy to wear.  Their collection ensured high quality, contemporary style and authenticity in both Men and Women clothing. As a result, ProjectxParis became a worldwide brand embodying several aspects of the Hip-Hop and Sport Culture. ... Mon, 18 Nov 2019 05:57:03 +0100 Interim analysis from EMPRISE real-world study shows empagliflozin decreased risk of ... (BUSINESS WIRE) -- A new interim analysis of three-year data from the EMPagliflozin compaRative effectIveness and SafEty (EMPRISE) real-world study on effectiveness shows that empagliflozin was associated with a decreased risk of hospitalisation for heart failure and a similar risk of non-fatal atherosclerotic cardiovascular events compared with DPP-4 inhibitors and GLP-1 receptor agonists.1 The interim analysis included 190,000 adults in the US with type 2 diabetes with and without cardiovascular disease. The results were shared today on behalf of Boehringer Ingelheim and Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE: LLY) at the American Heart Association® Scientific Sessions 2019 in Philadelphia, US. “Heart failure is the most common cause of hospitalisation among individuals aged 65 years and over in Europe and the US. It is therefore encouraging to see that, in addition to the clinical trial setting, empagliflozin has been seen to reduce the risk of heart failure hospitalisation in people with type 2 diabetes in routine clinical practice,” said Waheed Jamal, MD, Corporate Vice President and Head of CardioMetabolic Medicine, Boehringer Ingelheim. ... Mon, 18 Nov 2019 05:07:14 +0100 $1 Million Awarded to African Entrepreneurs in Grand Finale of the Jack Ma Foundation Africa ... (BUSINESS WIRE)-- Last night the Jack Ma Foundation hosted its first annual Africa Netpreneur Prize Initiative (ANPI) grand finale awarding $1 million in prize money to 10 entrepreneurs from across Africa. The ANPI is a flagship initiative of the Jack Ma Foundation, created by Jack Ma after his first trip to Africa in 2017. The aim of the prize is to support and inspire the next generation of African entrepreneurs who are building a more sustainable and inclusive economy for the future. In its inaugural year, nearly 10,000 entrepreneurs from 50 countries across the continent applied. The Jack Ma Foundation has committed to running the competition for 10 years. The finale event, called “Africa's Business Heroes,” was held in Accra, Ghana, where the top 10 finalists pitched their businesses directly to four prestigious judges - Jack Ma, Founder of Alibaba Group and the Jack Ma Foundation; Strive Masiyiwa, Founder and Executive Chairman of Econet Group; Ibukun Awosika, Chairman of First Bank of Nigeria and Founder/CEO of The Chair Centre Group; and Joe Tsai, Executive Vice Chairman of Alibaba. The specifics of the prize pool division is listed below. ... Sun, 17 Nov 2019 13:53:23 +0100 QIAGEN Receives Several Conditional, Non-binding Indications of Interest, and Decides to Enter ... (BUSINESS WIRE) -- QIAGEN N.V. (NYSE: QGEN; Frankfurt Prime Standard: QIA) ("QIAGEN" or the "Company") announces it has begun a review of potential strategic alternatives after receiving several conditional, non-binding indications of interest for the acquisition of all issued and outstanding shares of the Company. The Supervisory Board and the Management Board of QIAGEN, in accordance with their fiduciary duties and as part of the review of potential strategic alternatives, are starting discussions with interested parties. These discussions aim to explore potential strategic alternatives that could provide greater value creation opportunities than the already strong stand-alone growth prospects for the Company, taking into consideration the interests of QIAGEN's stakeholders including its shareholders. There is no guarantee or certainty that these discussions will lead to a recommended firm offer to all shareholders of the Company. Further announcements will be made if and when required. Certain statements contained in this press release may be considered forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the U.S. ... Sun, 17 Nov 2019 13:33:33 +0100 Dubai Future Accelerators to Pick New Cohort of Innovative Startups to Address Global Challenges Dubai Future Accelerators (DFA), an initiative of Dubai Future Foundation (DFF) and the Government of Dubai, is once again scouting new talent from among the world's most innovative start-ups and scale-ups to join its flagship program. DFA is set up as a business development and market-entry accelerator based on specific demands identified by its partners. Start-ups and scale-ups offering software or product-solutions that meet partners' requirements are invited to submit their applications until November 30, 2019. Cohort 7 will invite startups to experiment with emerging technologies, including artificial intelligence (AI) to brainstorm innovative solutions to the likely challenges facing cities of the future in key industries, such as healthcare, transportation, and safety and security. With DFA facilitating collaborations, the companies will work hand in hand with government entities to address their industry-specific issues. Participating government partners will include Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), the Dubai Health Authority (DHA), Dubai Police and Etisalat Digital. ... Sun, 17 Nov 2019 12:53:53 +0100 Velodyne Lidar Debuts Alpha Prime™, the Most Advanced Lidar Sensor on the Market (BUSINESS WIRE)-- Velodyne Lidar, Inc. today introduced Alpha Prime™, the next generation lidar sensor utilizing Velodyne's patented surround view technology to deliver the combined highest performance specifications for the autonomous mobility industry in one sensor. The sensor is an unmatched solution in perception, field-of-view and range for autonomous markets including transportation, trucking and robotics. Offering a new level of power efficiency, the Alpha Prime is available now for orders and delivery. The Alpha Prime's unique combination of breakthrough innovations allows vehicles to navigate in unfamiliar and dynamic settings. Its best-in-class capabilities help improve vehicle safety and enable more precise mapping. These include: Superior field-of-view: 360-degree surround view perception and a 40-degree vertical field-of-view. Outstanding performance in a wide variety of lighting conditions, including retro reflectors and sunlight mitigation. Exceptional detection of dark or low reflectance objects at long distances, such as tires, dark vehicles, low reflectivity pavement and low visibility pedestrians. ... Sun, 17 Nov 2019 11:21:31 +0100 The Estée Lauder Companies Becomes First Prestige Beauty Company to Execute a Virtual Power ... (BUSINESS WIRE) -- The Estée Lauder Companies Inc. (NYSE:EL) has signed a virtual power purchase agreement (VPPA) for the Ponderosa wind farm in Beaver County, Oklahoma, adding renewable energy to the electricity grid. This agreement makes The Estée Lauder Companies Inc. the first prestige beauty company to execute a VPPA1 and bolsters its renewable electricity footprint in the U.S. and Canada. The VPPA is the company's largest renewable energy contract globally. The Ponderosa wind farm alone will cover more than half of the company's global electricity footprint with renewable energy technologies, putting the company on target to meet its global 2020 Net Zero carbon emissions RE100 commitment. The company announced it would build upon this existing Net Zero commitment and set a science-based target covering Scopes 1, 2 and 3 by the end of 2020. Through the company's renewable energy solutions in its portfolio, the company has achieved 100% renewable electricity (RE100) in the United States and Canada ahead of schedule. ... Sun, 17 Nov 2019 10:28:08 +0100 ABI Research Names PTC a Leader in Enterprise Augmented Reality Platforms (BUSINESS WIRE)-- PTC (NASDAQ: PTC) today announced it has been named a leader in the Enterprise Augmented Reality Platforms market for its Vuforia® augmented reality (AR) solution suite in a new research report from ABI Research entitled, “Competitive Assessment – Enterprise Augmented Reality Platforms.” The ABI Research report evaluated vendors on two criteria – innovation and implementation. ABI Research ranked Vuforia first in the innovation category due to PTC's expansive customer and partner footprint, its advancements in transformative technology and functionality, and the company's robust digital thread capability. In the implementation category, the ABI Research report highlighted Vuforia's strength in device support, as well as “options from low-level development tools up through more readymade solutions.” “I'm delighted that PTC is recognized by ABI Research as the enterprise platform leader in its Competitive Assessment,” said Jim Heppelmann, president and CEO, PTC. “This validation affirms Vuforia's technological superiority and underscores an unyielding commitment to our customers' success. ... Sun, 17 Nov 2019 10:20:03 +0100 2019 ‘UAE Year of Tolerance' - How Tolerant are UAE Motorists? (Research Study) 2019 marks the ‘UAE Year of Tolerance' and this begs the question of how tolerant are we to each other on UAE's roads? Obviously, a caring attitude is the foundation of a good road safety culture and one dimension of it is how tolerant motorists are to each other. This ‘first-ever' behavior research study tries to shed light on motorists' tolerance when it comes to true mistakes of others, deliberate bullying behavior, and what makes us fall into road rage. "The idea of a positive road culture based on tolerance, empathy and ethics is very close to our hearts as the deepest-rooted value of our company is to practice ethically," said Sudharsan Narasimhan, Chief Underwriting Officer of Noor Takaful | Ethical Insurance. "We've partnered with RoadSafetyUAE to research, evaluate and analyze this very subject as this is especially relevant with 2019, the Year of Tolerance. ... Sun, 17 Nov 2019 09:16:03 +0100 AURAK Holds Smart and Sustainable Cities Conference The American University of Ras Al Khaimah (AURAK) in conjunction with the International Workshop of the Arab-German Young Academy of Sciences and Humanities (AGYA) held a two-day conference titled Smart and Sustainable Cities: Towards Sustainable Development Solutions. The conference opened with welcome speeches by Professor Stephen Wilhite, AURAK Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs and Student Success, and Dr. Ahmad Sakhrieh, an AGYA alumnus. Over the following two days, five sessions packed with presentations followed, with contributors from Europe and the Arab world on smart and sustainable cities. Smart cities collect data and then use insights gained from it to manage assets, resources and services efficiently. The first session, Urban Infrastructure: Buildings, Energy, Utilities, Resilience, saw an interesting presentation from Samy Ben-Jaafar, the CEO of Dubai Green Fund. In Smart Connections with Investors, he pointed out that many good engineering ideas fail to attract funding from investors because the people behind them do not convincingly explain how the innovation will have a path to profitability. ... Sun, 17 Nov 2019 07:08:48 +0100 Phoenix Contact is an official member of the BACnet International association In building automation networks, the open, neutral BACnet (Building Automation and Control Networks) communication protocol creates the option for exchange among the sensors, actuators, and management systems of different manufacturers. The BACnet International industry association supports the successful, global application of the BACnet protocol. Phoenix Contact is now an official member of this Who's Who of Building Automation. With the Emalytics building management system and matching IoT controllers, the company from Blomberg, Germany facilitates building automation using protocols that are widespread in the building sector: BACnet, for example. At the same time, Phoenix Contact solutions successfully build a bridge to smart IoT technologies, taking the increasingly complex security requirements of the IT world into account. Bernhard Tillmanns, Director Global Industry Management Building Technology, said: “Because Phoenix Contact is an industrial automation provider, international standards are extremely important to us. We require all types of data to create added value for building operators and users with our solutions. ... Sun, 17 Nov 2019 06:27:45 +0100 Choueiri Group launches “Cinema Integrated Solutions (CIS)” as the Exclusive Media ... Choueiri Group's most recently established subsidiary company Cinema Integrated Solutions (CIS) was launched in the first quarter of 2019 to develop and sell on-screen and off-screen advertising opportunities for cinema partners, across the regional markets of Oman, Bahrain, UAE and KSA. Since its formation, CIS has already become the Exclusive Media Representative for “Cinépolis” - A leading world-class global operator of cinema theatres. Established in Mexico in 1971, Cinépolis today has positioned itself as the 4th largest movie theatre circuit in the world with over 712 cinema complexes, 5707 screens and presence in 16 countries. It is, considered to be the 2nd largest in terms of attendees (331 Million patrons worldwide). Cinépolis offers enhanced movie-going experiences through its multiple theatre concepts, along with a wide range of innovative on-screen and off-screen cinema advertising options for brands. Having pioneered the idea, it is also and largest operator of luxury cinemas in the world via its Cinépolis VIP brand. ... Sun, 17 Nov 2019 05:54:45 +0100 At CIIE 2019 Panasonic Showcases Solutions to Help Bring to Life China's "Healthy ... (BUSINESS WIRE)-- Panasonic Corporation took part in the 2nd China International Import Expo (CIIE) 2019, which was held in Shanghai from November 5 to 10. Under the theme, "Limitless Care for Healthy Living," Panasonic showcased health and welfare products and solutions that reflect its unique health values. With these products and solutions for a healthy life and aging society, Panasonic aspires to help bring to life China's "Healthy China 2030" vision. Panasonic also introduced its cutting-edge technologies that contribute to the business scene. [Video] #CIIE 2019 Panasonic Highlights - The 2nd China International Import Expo Panasonic Booth Highlights Solutions for a Healthy Life and an Aging Society 1. "Healthy Environment Unit" With the evolution of sensing and data analytics technology, spaces and devices will be able to sense the changes your body undergoes, and make suggestions that will help you enjoy a healthy lifestyle. ... Sat, 16 Nov 2019 13:42:47 +0100 Under the patronage and in the presence of H.E. Sheikh Dr. ... H.E. Sheikh Dr Saeed bin Tahnoun Al Nahyan, inaugurated CosmeSurge's 17th clinic. With clinics across UAE and Oman, CosmeSurge is one of the region's most trusted brands for cosmetic and aesthetic procedures. The new clinic opened in Zakher, Al Ain, will offer unique and specialist treatments that will redefine your beauty. NMC Healthcare's Director of Corporate Operations Strategy Clancey Po launched the latest facility, which will be CosmeSurge's second clinic in Al Ain. The team of experts at the clinic specialise in providing services in cosmetic dermatology, aesthetic treatments, laser treatments among others. H.E. Sheikh Dr Saeed bin Tahnoun Al Nahyan, said, “I would like to extend my congratulations to the team at CosmeSurge for opening yet another facility that promises to provide the best in cosmetic and aesthetic treatments. The brand has been known to provide highest level of clinical care helping enhance the beauty of its patients through quality healthcare solutions. I wish the team continued success in their future endeavors and may they achieve many such milestones in the future. ... Sat, 16 Nov 2019 08:48:32 +0100 Middle East Brands Win at the 2019 World Branding Awards at Kensington Palace (BUSINESS WIRE)--  The prestigious World Branding Awards, the ultimate global brand recognition accolade – now in its 10th edition, saw 318 brands from 41 countries named “Brand of the Year” in a glittering ceremony held at the State Apartments of Kensington Palace today. The brands were nominated by over 230,000 consumers across the globe. Beijing Tong Ren Tang, CHAI LI WON, CoCo, Heinz, IKEA, LEGO®, Netflix, Neutrogena®, Spotify, and Yakult were celebrated as Global Tier award winners. Aramex (United Arab Emirates); Elkjøp (Norway); H&M (Sweden); Lancôme (France); Naturgy (Spain); Optical 88 (Hong Kong); LuLu (United Arab Emirates); Isetan (Japan); Jumia (Nigeria); and ZALORA (Singapore) were honoured Regional Tier winners. National tier winners from Saudi Arabia were Almarai (Dairy Products – Milk) and Nahdi (Healthcare – Pharmacies). Winners are uniquely judged through three streams: brand valuation, consumer market research, and public online voting. Seventy percent of the scoring process comes from consumer votes. There can only be one winner in each category per country. ... Sat, 16 Nov 2019 08:17:41 +0100 Big Wins for Bahrain At The 2019 World Branding Awards At Kensington Palace (BUSINESS WIRE)--  The prestigious World Branding Awards, the ultimate global brand recognition accolade – now in its 10th edition, saw 318 brands from 41 countries named “Brand of the Year” in a glittering ceremony held at the State Apartments of Kensington Palace today. The brands were nominated by over 230,000 consumers across the globe. Beijing Tong Ren Tang, CHAI LI WON, CoCo, Heinz, IKEA, LEGO®, Netflix, Neutrogena®, Spotify, and Yakult were celebrated as Global Tier award winners. Aramex (United Arab Emirates); Elkjøp (Norway); H&M (Sweden); Lancôme (France); Naturgy (Spain); Optical 88 (Hong Kong); LuLu (United Arab Emirates); Isetan (Japan); Jumia (Nigeria); and ZALORA (Singapore) were honoured Regional Tier winners. National Tier winners from Bahrain included The Lost Paradise of Dilmun Water Park Bahrain (Entertainment – Theme Parks), Bin Faqeeh (Property Developer), and MODA Mall (Shopping Centre/ Mall). Winners are uniquely judged through three streams: brand valuation, consumer market research, and public online voting. Seventy percent of the scoring process comes from consumer votes. ... Sat, 16 Nov 2019 07:54:35 +0100 Kuwait Brands Win at the 2019 World Branding Awards at Kensington Palace (BUSINESS WIRE)--  The prestigious World Branding Awards, the ultimate global brand recognition accolade – now in its 10th edition, saw 318 brands from 41 countries named “Brand of the Year” in a dazzling ceremony held at the State Apartments of Kensington Palace today. The brands were nominated by over 230,000 consumers across the globe. Beijing Tong Ren Tang, CHAI LI WON, CoCo, Heinz, IKEA, LEGO®, Netflix, Neutrogena®, Spotify, and Yakult were celebrated as Global Tier award winners. Regional Tier winners included Aramex (United Arab Emirates); Elkjøp (Norway); H&M (Sweden); Lancôme (France); Naturgy (Spain); Optical 88 (Hong Kong); LuLu (United Arab Emirates); Isetan (Japan); and ZALORA (Singapore). Kuwaiti brands honoured as National Tier winners included Al Salam International Hospital (Healthcare – Hospitals), Aqua Gulf (Water), GIG (Insurance), Mabanee (Property Developer), Riva (Fashion Brand), and The Avenues (Shopping Centre/ Mall). Winners are uniquely judged through three streams: brand valuation, consumer market research, and public online voting. Seventy percent of the scoring process comes from consumer votes. ... Sat, 16 Nov 2019 07:41:27 +0100 LuLu Exchange Celebrate Win at the 2019 World Branding Awards at Kensington Palace (BUSINESS WIRE)-- The prestigious World Branding Awards, the ultimate global brand recognition accolade – now in its 10th edition, saw 318 brands from 41 countries named “Brand of the Year” in a glittering ceremony held at the State Apartments of Kensington Palace today. The brands were nominated by over 230,000 consumers across the globe. Beijing Tong Ren Tang, CHAI LI WON, CoCo, Heinz, IKEA, LEGO®, Netflix, Neutrogena®, Spotify, and Yakult were celebrated as Global Tier award winners. Aramex (United Arab Emirates); Elkjøp (Norway); H&M (Sweden); Lancôme (France); Naturgy (Spain); Optical 88 (Hong Kong); LuLu (United Arab Emirates); Isetan (Japan); Jumia (Nigeria); and ZALORA (Singapore) were honoured Regional Tier winners. LuLu Exchange (Online Payment Processing) was the National Tier winner from the United Arab Emirates. Winners are uniquely judged through three streams: brand valuation, consumer market research, and public online voting. Seventy percent of the scoring process comes from consumer votes. There can only be one winner in each category per country. ... Sat, 16 Nov 2019 07:24:51 +0100 Esri Joins Autodesk University 2019 Conference (BUSINESS WIRE)-- Esri, the global leader in location intelligence, will take part in this year's Autodesk University Las Vegas conference, which will be held November 19–21, 2019, at the Las Vegas Sands Convention Center. Experts from Esri will be on-site to discuss how geographic information system (GIS) technology allows architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) professionals to collect and analyze field data, design infrastructure that is efficient and sustainable, and understand its potential environmental impact. Esri recently joined Autodesk in a partnership to improve the seamless integration and sharing of GIS data for AEC organizations with a new offering, ArcGIS AEC Collections. These carefully selected combinations of Esri's ArcGIS products will help designers and engineers design smarter, more efficient buildings and infrastructure. ArcGIS AEC Collections will be showcased Tuesday, November 19–Thursday, November 21, at Esri booth #INF130 in the Expo. ... Fri, 15 Nov 2019 15:43:37 +0100 Ranking Revealed for the Best Places to Work in Africa 2019 (BUSINESS WIRE)-- Roche, Hilti, DHL Express, Novartis, Teleperformance, Vodafone, Resolution Call, Novonordisk, Faurecia, Astrazeneca, Nestle, Comdata Group, Hyundai, Alten and Averda are topping the list of best places to work in Africa for 2019 according to the prestigious Best Places To Work research program. Best Places To Work program is an international certification program providing employers the opportunity to learn more about the engagement and satisfaction of their employees, benchmark people practices against the highest standards in working conditions and honor those who deliver an outstanding work experience to their employees. These companies received outstanding scores across several aspects of their workplace such as leadership, culture, HR practices and personal growth of the employees, resulting in their recognition as the employers of choice in Africa for 2019. Findings from this year program show that these companies foster a performance-oriented culture that encourages achievement through collaboration and innovation, with an average employee engagement score of 84%, 5% higher than the average in different African countries. ... Fri, 15 Nov 2019 14:51:56 +0100 Takeda to Highlight Expanded Portfolio of Products Across Oncology and Hematology at 61st ... (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited (TSE: 4502/NYSE:TAK) today announced that it will present a total of 29 company-sponsored abstracts at the 61st American Society of Hematology (ASH) Annual Meeting on December 7-10, 2019 in Orlando, FL, highlighting the company's commitment to advancing the treatment of hematologic cancers and bleeding disorders. Pursuing Breakthrough, Patient-Centric Innovation in Oncology and Bleeding Disorders Takeda will present 29 scientific updates on the company's investigational and early-stage therapies, which demonstrates its investment in new compounds to address patient needs, as well as data from Phase 3 trials and real-world evidence findings, in disease states including multiple myeloma, lymphoma and leukemia. “We are presenting notable data on several clinical programs at ASH, highlighting our deep oncology pipeline and our commitment to developing innovative therapies that may address unmet needs for blood cancer patients,” said Phil Rowlands, Ph.D., Head, Oncology Therapeutic Area Unit, Takeda. ... Fri, 15 Nov 2019 14:14:40 +0100 Pacific Prime Accepts the 2019 Award for Elevating Customer Experience With Technology at the ... (BUSINESS WIRE)-- Global insurance broker Pacific Prime is pleased to announce that they have received the 2019 Award for Elevating Customer Experience with Technology from Allianz Partners at the Allianz Broker event held at the Dubai Opera on November 6, 2019. Pacific Prime was the only intermediary awarded at the event. The award for Elevating Customer Experience with Technology is linked to Pacific Prime and Allianz clients' high levels of utilization of the LiveDoc App (by Health at Hand), which was made available to all Allianz clients as per January 1, 2019. Pacific Prime Dubai's CEO, David Heyes, accepted the award and commented that the award is a reflection of Pacific Prime's goal of delivering the best insurance solutions for its clients through close cooperation with insurers. During the ceremony, there was a special mention of one of Pacific Prime Dubai's corporate clients, whose employees adapted and used the video consultation services with great success. ... Fri, 15 Nov 2019 10:31:03 +0100 Meet Global Exhibitors and Hear from World-Renowned Speakers at CHTF2019 (BUSINESS WIRE)-- The 21st China Hi-Tech Fair (CHTF2019), themed “invigorating the Great Bay Area through opening up and innovation,” opened on November 13-17, 2019 in Shenzhen, China. Visitors will meet leading local and global hi-tech enterprises as well as Nobel laureate speakers. Featuring the technological achievements in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay Area, CHTF2019 created an online VR exhibition hall for key exhibitors, especially enterprises from the Area, to help them reach a larger audience apart from on-site visitors. Chamtent Technology (Booth: 2G69), focusing on smart household products, has developed a series of environment-friendly products such as smart trash cans, as well as the HyperLink Automatic Waste Recycled System to be applied in modern residential communities to make life more effective. ISUKE Technology (Booth: 2D31) focuses on health management for both professional healthcare institutions and individuals. Its innovative health information collection devices (including wear-free AI health monitor, smart bracelet) and solutions can track and manage health data. ... Fri, 15 Nov 2019 09:18:11 +0100 GSMA Connected Society Innovation Fund Announces Winners (BUSINESS WIRE)-- The GSMA today announced the winners of the Connected Society Innovation Fund for Rural Connectivity. Fairwaves Inc., iSat Africa and NuRAN, have been awarded grants of up to £330,000 to test and evaluate new innovative mobile internet connectivity solutions for unconnected rural communities in Africa. The fund will be allocated in partnership with Vodafone Ghana and MTN Uganda and is set to run for approximately 18 months. A total number of 17 new greenfield sites will pilot innovative solutions to deploy mobile broadband networks in rural areas, that will provide low-cost mobile internet coverage through commercially sustainable models, that can be scaled and replicated in similar environments across the region. “This collaboration is ground-breaking in its aims to connect unconnected communities in rural locations and deliver a range of essential digital services,” said Akinwale Goodluck, Head of Sub-Saharan Africa, GSMA. ... Fri, 15 Nov 2019 08:48:34 +0100 Alibaba Group Launches Hong Kong Initial Public Offering (BUSINESS WIRE)-- Alibaba Group Holding Limited (NYSE: BABA) (“Alibaba” or “the Company”) today announced the launch of its Hong Kong public offering (the “Public Retail Offering”), which forms part of the global offering (the “Offering”) of 500,000,000 new ordinary shares (the “Shares”) and listing of its ordinary shares on the Main Board of The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (the “SEHK”) under the stock code “9988.” The Company's American depositary shares (“ADSs”), each representing eight ordinary shares of the Company, will continue to be listed and traded on the New York Stock Exchange (“NYSE”). Upon listing in Hong Kong, the Hong Kong-listed shares will be fully fungible with the ADSs listed on the NYSE. “Alibaba is guided by our mission to make it easy to do business anywhere with the vision to be a good company that lasts for 102 years. ... Fri, 15 Nov 2019 08:32:31 +0100 Best's Commentary: Rising Political and Economic Uncertainties Constitute a New Test for ... (BUSINESS WIRE)-- AM Best is closely monitoring the impact of heightened economic and political risk in Lebanon on local (re)insurers. Demonstrations were sparked by the government's 17 October 2019 announcement of a planned tax on calls made via Voice over Internet Protocol (the “WhatsApp tax”). Since then, non-sectarian and mainly non-violent demonstrations have spread across Lebanon in response to political leaders' inability to resolve the country's economic deadlock, culminating in the 29 October announcement by Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri that he will resign. In a new Best's Commentary, “Rising Political and Economic Uncertainties Constitute a New Test for Lebanese Insurance Industry,” AM Best notes that although Lebanese insurers are accustomed to operating in a challenging economic environment, the accelerating decline in investor confidence and U.S. dollar cash-flow constraints create further risks for insurers with fixed costs in U.S. dollars. ... Thu, 14 Nov 2019 16:07:38 +0100 Deltix and Hehmeyer Announce Successful First Month Crypto Trading of Bakkt Bitcoin Futures ... (BUSINESS WIRE)-- Deltix, Inc. announced with Hehmeyer Trading + Investments that Hehmeyer's Crypto division has completed its first month trading the Bakkt Bitcoin Futures on ICE Future U.S. Trading of Bakkt Bitcoin Futures launched at the end of September and Hehmeyer, using Deltix CryptoCortex technology, is one of the first trading firms to make markets in the contract. Deltix, which launched the CryptoCortex platform in 2018, has been providing quantitative research, analytics and algorithmic trading solutions for equities, futures, options and forex for over 12 years. CryptoCortex provides advanced digital asset-trading capabilities for buy-side discretionary and systematic traders, market makers, OTC desks, exchanges and broker/dealers. The Market Maker edition of CryptoCortex is designed for the specific needs of traders making markets and arbitrage trading in digital assets. It can run multiple different algorithms with high throughputs and very low latencies. “We are proud that Hehmeyer has had a successful month market making for Bakkt Bitcoin Futures using Deltix technology,” said Ilya Gorelik, Founder & CEO at Deltix. ... Thu, 14 Nov 2019 14:28:38 +0100 Child Protection: Marrakech Hosts International Forum Organized By ONDE (BUSINESS WIRE)-- The National Observatory of Child Rights (ONDE) will host the 16th edition of the National Congress on Child Rights from November 20th till the 23rd in Marrakech. This year's edition will be an opportunity to assess the situation of child protection since the Kingdom's ratification of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), and will be marked by the celebration of the 30th anniversary of the CRC. The National Congress on Child Rights is a major national and international event, combining retrospective and prospective approach. More than 3000 participants are expected in Marrakech, including Senior government figures, UN executives, Civil Society and Private Sector members, as well as Children leaders. Young members of the Child Parliament will also join this event and will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Moroccan Child Parliament creation. This international event aims to advocate for Child rights as part of the new dynamic instilled by the National Observatory of Child Rights (ONDE) to catalyze decision makers and experts' actions on the child topic at the National and African levels. ... Thu, 14 Nov 2019 13:26:13 +0100 Takeda Announces 12 New Molecular Entities with the Potential for 14 Launches in the Next Five ... (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited (TSE:4502/NYSE:TAK) (“Takeda”) will host an R&D meeting today beginning at 12:30 p.m. EST in New York City to outline how its science-first, patient-centric strategy, diverse portfolio of approved medicines and its R&D engine is expected to drive the company's near-term and sustained growth. In the near-term, Takeda expects that its 14 current global growth brands will generate significant momentum enabled by at least 20 additional indications and major market expansions through FY24. In the same time period, the organization anticipates delivering 12 new molecular entities with the potential for 14 launches, representing best-in-class or first-in-class therapies across its core areas of focus. Looking ahead to FY25 and beyond, Takeda's transformative R&D engine comprising internal research capabilities and external partnerships is expected to advance a steady stream of next-generation therapies based on human validated targets, diverse modalities, and new platform capabilities, including those in cell therapy, gene therapy and data sciences. ... Thu, 14 Nov 2019 11:54:24 +0100 Nahyan bin Mubarak Inaugurates World Tolerance Summit in Dubai His Excellency  Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Tolerance and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the International Institute for Tolerance, IIT, officially opened on Thursday the second day of the second World Tolerance Summit (WTS), held this year under the theme ‘Tolerance in Multiculturalism: Achieving the Social, Economic and Humane Benefits of a Tolerant World'. Over 3,000 participants from over 100 countries and 70 speakers from around the world took part in the summit, organized by the International Institute for Tolerance (IIT), part of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives. The event featured a set of interactive sessions and workshops, focused on four themes, economic, social, cultural and media tolerance. It aims to promote peaceful coexistence, mutual respect, acceptance of others and to achieve friendly ties between people, regardless of their faiths, beliefs, cultures and languages. ... Thu, 14 Nov 2019 10:56:53 +0100 Visa Introduces Team Visa Roster Ahead of the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Visa (NYSE: V), the Worldwide Payment Technology Partner of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, today announced its most diverse roster of athletes on Team Visa Tokyo 2020. Representing 43 countries, the most in Team Visa history, the current roster is comprised of 70+ athletes across 30+ sports, including new additions to The Games: Surfing, Skateboarding and Sport Climbing. The announcement was made at the Team Visa Summit, hosted at the company's San Francisco Innovation Center. The Summit offers athletes resources on how to improve financial literacy, benefit from digital payments and elevate their personal brand. “As one of the longest standing partners of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, Visa looks forward to Tokyo 2020. Set to be the largest Games yet, Tokyo 2020 will feature 7,000 hours of broadcast programming and three billion minutes of streamed content,” said Chris Curtin, chief brand and innovation marketing officer, Visa. “Our Team Visa Tokyo 2020 roster reflects The Games themselves: globally diverse, representative of new emerging sports and larger than ever. ... Thu, 14 Nov 2019 10:52:03 +0100 Michael Buckley to Return to True Religion Apparel as Chief Executive Officer (BUSINESS WIRE) -- True Religion Apparel, Inc., announced that the Board of Directors has appointed Michael Buckley as its new Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately. Mr. Buckley was previously President of True Religion Apparel from 2006 to 2010. He will be responsible for developing and implementing the future vision and roadmap for True Religion. Mr. Buckley will report to the Board of Directors of the Company. Michael Buckley is a leading retail and consumer products executive with over 30 years' successful industry experience both domestically and internationally in growing brands and creating value. He most recently was Chief Executive Officer of Differential Brands Group (renamed Centric Brands upon the acquisition of Global Brands Group) a NASDAQ publicly traded company. Differential owned the brands Hudson Jeans, Robert Graham and Swims. Prior to Differential, from 2011-2016 he was Chief Executive Officer of Robert Graham Designs until its sale to Differential Brands Group for $180 million. ... Thu, 14 Nov 2019 09:09:36 +0100 Modern Governance 8.0: New Report from Stanford's Rock Center and Diligent Institute Reveals ... (BUSINESS WIRE)-- In a new report released today, Diligent Institute and the Rock Center for Corporate Governance at Stanford University found that board directors consider both shareholder and stakeholder needs when making strategic decisions – reinforcing a stakeholder movement that embraces modern governance. The report, “Stakeholders Take Center Stage: Director Views on Priorities and Society,” includes responses and interviews with nearly 200 directors of public and private corporations globally. According to the survey, a vast majority of corporate directors (89%) believe it is important or very important for their company to consider the interests of non-shareholder stakeholders – such as employees, local communities, and the general public – as they work to achieve business objectives. The findings of this report echo the sentiments of the recent Business Roundtable “Statement on the Purpose of a Corporation,” signed by 183 CEOs of major U.S. corporations. For the first time, these leaders embraced a commitment to address the interests of all stakeholders—not just shareholders—in corporate strategies. ... Thu, 14 Nov 2019 08:43:40 +0100 CHTF2019 Kicks off in Shenzhen, Gathering Global Exhibitors and Visitors (BUSINESS WIRE)-- China's No. 1 technology show – the 21st China Hi-Tech Fair (CHTF2019) – opened at the Shenzhen Convention and Exhibition Center on November 13, and will run till November 17. This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: Themed on "Invigorating the Greater Bay Area through Opening-up and Innovation," CHTF2019 is expected to attract more than 3,300 exhibitors from home and abroad, as well as over 500,000 visitors coming from over 100 countries and regions. This year, CHTF arranged 5 key routes for visitors: The Greater Bay route, 5G route, smart manufacturing route, gadget route and the investment potential route. The event will cover every sector of the hi-tech industry including artificial intelligence, smart home, smart manufacturing, Internet of Things, smart driving, 5G, folding screen mobile phones, etc. CHTF2019 will witness an increased number and diversity of exhibitors. 44 countries and international organizations will send delegations to participate in the event, setting a new high. ... Thu, 14 Nov 2019 08:38:19 +0100 PMC Group Announces Agreement to Acquire Lanxess' Organotin Specialties Business (BUSINESS WIRE)-- PMC Group N.A., Inc. ("PMC") and Lanxess Organometallics GmbH are pleased to announce that the parties have reached an agreement whereby PMC's European subsidiary will acquire the organotin specialties product line (the “Business”) from Lanxess. The transaction is scheduled to close by year end, subject to customary closing conditions. The Business includes Lanxess' global organotin catalyst, organotin specialties and intermediates product lines. The transaction includes a toll manufacturing agreement under which Lanxess will continue to manufacture certain products post-closing for PMC at its Bergkamen, Germany organometallics manufacturing facility. Mr. Debtosh Chakrabarti, President of PMC said, “This acquisition represents PMC's continuing commitment to the organotin industry and is synergistic to our existing organometallics and catalyst businesses. ... Thu, 14 Nov 2019 08:19:11 +0100 Andersen Global Announces First Collaboration in Croatia (BUSINESS WIRE)-- Andersen Global announced today that it signed a Collaboration Agreement with one of Croatia's largest law firms, KALLAY & PARTNERS Ltd. The addition of the Zagreb-based firm establishes Andersen Global's presence in the country and continues the expansion of the organization in the region. Founded in 2006, KALLAY & PARTNERS Ltd. is led by Founder and Office Managing Director Marko Kallay. Under his leadership, the firm provides both foreign and domestic clients with a broad range of legal services, including banking and finance, commercial and corporate law, dispute settlement, arbitration and mediation, labor law, and regulator relationships. “Our firm values commitment, transparency, reliability and providing clients with the best-in-class legal services, and these values align well with Andersen Global's standards and vision,” said Marko. “This collaboration will allow us to take our client service to the next level and expand our footprint more broadly. We are excited to work closely with our Andersen Global colleagues regionally as well as internationally. ... Thu, 14 Nov 2019 08:05:29 +0100 Moody's Analytics Wins Seven Categories, Finishes #4 in Chartis RiskTech100® (BUSINESS WIRE)-- Moody's Analytics, a global provider of financial intelligence, has won seven category awards in the Chartis RiskTech100® 2020, earning an overall ranking of #4 among the world's top 100 providers of risk management technology for the second straight year. In addition to the overall ranking, Moody's Analytics won the Banking Industry category in this year's awards. This distinction honors the extensive global adoption of our solutions, which help banks with lending, regulatory and accounting standards, balance sheet management, and a host of other challenges. Banks increasingly deploy these solutions in the cloud, increasing scalability and lowering the total cost of ownership. Moody's Analytics also won six solution categories this year: Balance Sheet Risk Management Current Expected Credit Loss (CECL) Enterprise Stress Testing Model Validation Pricing & Analytics – Credit Credit Risk for the Banking Book The RiskTech100® 2020 marks the fourth straight year that Moody's Analytics has won the Credit Risk for the Banking Book category. ... Thu, 14 Nov 2019 07:25:48 +0100 NEC and VAXIMM Announce Collaboration to Advance Personalized Neoantigen Cancer Vaccines (BUSINESS WIRE) -- NEC Corporation (NEC; TOKYO: 6701), a leader in IT and network technologies, and VAXIMM AG, a Swiss/German biotech company focused on developing oral T-cell immunotherapies, today announced that the companies have signed a strategic clinical trial collaboration agreement and an equity investment agreement to develop novel personalized neoantigen cancer vaccines. Under the terms of the collaboration agreement, which is non-exclusive to both parties, NEC will provide funding for a Phase I clinical trial. NEC and VAXIMM will co-develop personalized cancer vaccines using NEC's cutting-edge artificial intelligence (AI) technology, which is utilized in its Neoantigen Prediction System, and VAXIMM's proprietary T-cell immunotherapy technology. The vaccines are planned to be evaluated in a Phase I clinical trial in various solid tumors. VAXIMM will be responsible for conducting the clinical trial, which is expected to be initiated in 2020. NEC has the option for development and commercialization rights to the program worldwide, except for China and other Asian territories outside of Japan. ... Thu, 14 Nov 2019 07:18:17 +0100 ZMC Partners With CommentSold (BUSINESS WIRE) -- CommentSold, Inc. (“CommentSold” or the “Company”) today announced that affiliates of private equity firm ZMC have invested in the Company. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Founded in 2017 by CEO Brandon Kruse, CommentSold is a leading provider of multi-channel social commerce technology and managed services to boutique online retailers. The Company provides a variety of commerce enablement services including order intake, payment, fulfillment, live selling tools and analytics which are delivered through a proprietary SaaS platform, allowing customers to sell on social platforms and mobile apps. Mr. Kruse will continue as Chief Executive Officer of the Company. “ZMC's investment will enable CommentSold to continue to offer best in class services, support, and technology for its growing community of retailers,” said Mr. Kruse. “CommentSold will benefit from ZMC's active involvement and leadership as we continue to grow our customer base, enhance our technology and expand our product offerings.” “CommentSold's commerce platform allows an entirely new generation of retailers to thrive online. ... Thu, 14 Nov 2019 06:38:07 +0100 GA-ASI to Conduct Series of Capability Demonstrations in Europe (BUSINESS WIRE) -- General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI), a global leader in Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA), announced today that they are working with the Hellenic Air Force (HAF) in Greece to conduct a series of demonstration flights for European countries in December. Flights will base out of the HAF's site in Larissa and use a GA-ASI MQ-9 Guardian RPA to showcase maritime surveillance capabilities, as well as a GA-ASI-developed Detect and Avoid (DAA) system that enables RPA to fly safely in civil airspace alongside manned aircraft.  “We appreciate the HAF's support in helping showcase the maritime surveillance and civil airspace integration capabilities of our unmanned aircraft in Europe,” said Linden Blue, CEO, GA-ASI. “The demand for affordable, long-endurance airborne surveillance of the seas surrounding Europe is growing.” The demonstration configuration is based on the MQ-9 systems operated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), in support of its maritime surveillance roles. ... Thu, 14 Nov 2019 05:40:47 +0100 Middle East Stevie Awards attends International SME fair in UAE (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Middle East Stevie Awards, the new awards program by Stevie Awards, one of the most prestigious business awards of the world, has initiated its efforts to provide help and support to the nominations for 2020. The award program aiming to reach a lot of companies, whether large or small, will first attend Ras Al Khaimah (RAK) International SME Fair to be organized in the United Arab Emirates between November 14-16, 2019. Attending the fair with RAK Chamber of Commerce, sponsoring Middle East Stevie Awards, the program will provide detailed information about the nominations to more than 200 SMEs participating from more than 25 countries around the world. The award program that will be held in the Middle East for the first time will accept nominations until December 4, 2019. MENA Stevie Awards focus on innovation regardless of the company size Small organizations have just as much chance to win a Stevie as big enterprises do. Every year, world-famous companies are joined in the winners' circle by small and medium-size organizations that are still building their brands. ... Wed, 13 Nov 2019 05:02:38 +0100 BenQ Launches Smart Projector and DuoBoard Designed for Collaboration and Smart Workplace BenQ, the global leader in Display Solutions, showcased a new series of display products including a Smart Projector and DuoBoard Interactive Flat Panel at “More Than Connection”. The launch event was hosted in Dubai, inviting its partners across the Middle East & Turkey. The event was also honoured by a key guest speaker from GEMS Education, Mr. Shabeer Mohammed, Vice President and Group Head of Technology Services, who touch based on the Evolution of Classroom Technology and Vision of Future Classrooms. The new range of display products aim to meet multiple needs of workstyle reform for better teamwork efficiency, collaboration and productivity. One of the key highlights of the event was BenQ's Education Display solutions for smart campuses. The new powerful and integrated solutions from BenQ commit to facilitate creative and logical thinking and overall development of student's problem-solving abilities. The new Smart Projectors* and IFP. X-Sign Broadcast also allows IT personnel to simultaneously and remotely broadcast school news through Smart Projectors and IFPs, while DMS enables managing multiple displays via a local network or on the cloud. ... Tue, 12 Nov 2019 16:38:26 +0100 Boehringer Ingelheim and Lilly initiate first ever study to assess empagliflozin in people ... (BUSINESS WIRE)-- Boehringer Ingelheim and Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE: LLY) today announced the initiation of EMPULSE, the sixth Phase III study in the empagliflozin heart failure programme. The study will assess whether in-hospital administration of empagliflozin 10 mg daily improves heart failure outcomes when initiated in people hospitalised for any type of acute heart failure event once they have been stabilised. The study will include participants both with and without type 2 diabetes. This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: Heart failure is the leading cause of hospitalisation in Europe and the US, and half of people with heart failure are expected to die within five years of diagnosis.2,3 However, outcomes for patients after they have been hospitalised for heart failure are poor, with a 15 percent mortality and 30 percent readmission rate within 60 to 90 days of discharge from hospital.4 Initiating treatment in hospital is one of the best predictors of long-term improved prognosis and patient treatment adherence. ... Tue, 12 Nov 2019 13:37:49 +0100 Wipro Implements SAP S/4HANA® for Sydney Water (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Wipro Limited (NYSE: WIT, BSE: 507685, NSE: WIPRO), a leading global information technology, consulting and business process services company, today announced the successful implementation of SAP S/4HANA® software for Sydney Water, a statutory state-owned corporation wholly owned by the New South Wales Government. Wipro has also integrated modules of Industry-Specific Solution for the Utilities Industry (IS-U), Customer Relationship Management (CRM) and Flexible Real Estate Management (RE-FX) globally for the customer. Leveraging SAP S/4HANA, Sydney Water will be able to deploy state-of-the-art features in its billing and customer services, enabling simplified billing processes and next-generation transformation of customer self-service. Built with additional capabilities such as holistic view of customer data and intelligent mobile-based interaction, this solution will provide end users with an interactive interface. It will enable a 360-degree view of the customer, resulting in increased operational efficiency and cost-effective delivery of services. ... Tue, 12 Nov 2019 11:27:59 +0100