DARMSTADT, Germany /PRNewswire/ — Merck, a leading science and technology company, is launching three Mobius® products that deliver improved efficiency and ease-of-use for biopharmaceutical manufacturing workflows.
The new Mobius® products include a 1000-liter single-use bioreactor with an industry-leading design, a 2000-liter mixing system for difficult-to-mix biopharm ingredients and a large volume liquid transport system for aseptic and non-aseptic substances.
“Our newest Mobius® products meet our customers’ increasingly complex demands for user friendly systems that allow them to focus on their science,” said Udit Batra, CEO, Life Science at Merck.
The Mobius® 1000 liter single-use bioreactor completes the comprehensive Mobius® stirred tank portfolio of 3 to 2000 liter sizes, delivering greater flexibility and continuity for scale-up. With the industry’s only bottom-loading drawer for easy and safe bag installation, Merck’s new bioreactor is designed to achieve homogenous and fast mixing for consistent performance, especially at large scale.
The Mobius® Power MIX 2000 creates a strong vortex to handle difficult-to-mix buffers, media and other biopharm ingredients. Powerful mixing is achieved from an impeller design and motor based on magnetically-coupled NovAseptic® technology, a proven mixing technology in stainless steel tanks. The Power MIX 2000 provides accessible, sterile zero deadleg sampling directly from the mixing container. A Probe Port allows insertion of either a reusable standard probe for non-aseptic processes or a pre-sterilized, single-use sensor for in-process pH measurement of aseptic processes.
The Mobius® single-use 3D large liquid transportation system’s single-use bags and stainless steel transporter bins facilitate the safe and convenient road transport of aseptic and non-aseptic media, buffers, in-process intermediates and final bulk drug products at cold or ambient temperatures. The system offers four single-use bag assemblies with working volumes of 100 to 500 liters. All bags are constructed from PureFlex™ Plus film with a proven low extractable profile and gas barrier properties.
Merck will showcase its industry-leading portfolio of single-use and other biopharmaceutical manufacturing products at booth #2841 at INTERPHEX 2016 in New York City from April 26 – 28. Follow us on Twitter @merckgroup.
Merck is a leading science and technology company in healthcare, life science and performance materials. Around 50,000 employees work to further develop technologies that improve and enhance life – from biopharmaceutical therapies to treat cancer or multiple sclerosis, cutting-edge systems for scientific research and production, to liquid crystals for smartphones and LCD televisions. In 2015, Merck generated sales of €12.85 billion in 66 countries.
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LONDON, and PURCHASE, N.Y. /PRNewswire/ — UEFA and Pepsi® are excited to announce that for the first time ever, the UEFA Champions League Final will feature a global live music headline performance as part of the opening ceremony pageantry. Taking place on May 28th at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza in Milan, Italy, the “UEFA Champions League Final Opening Ceremony presented by Pepsi” will feature Alicia Keys as the inaugural artist to usher in a new live entertainment era for the UEFA Champions League Final. Airing in more than 220 countries, the UEFA Champions League Final is the most watched annual sporting event in the world.
“I’m extremely excited to share my new music at the UEFA Champions League Final, an event that is celebrated in every corner of the world,” said Alicia Keys. “This is going to be a powerful moment in history and one that represents the spirit of all the similarities we share no matter where we live and who we are. I’m honored to be a special part of such a beloved experience.”
This year’s “UEFA Champions League Final Opening Ceremony presented by Pepsi” will merge the worlds of world-class music, entertainment and sports, as well as celebrate design and fashion as a nod to the host city, Milan.
“Music, entertainment and sports have always been a vital part of the Pepsi DNA. We are the brand that invented entertainment marketing and continue to push creative boundaries,” said Carla Hassan, SVP, Global Brand Management, Global Beverage Group, PepsiCo. “By creating a global stage as part of the UEFA Champions League Final for the first time, Pepsi will produce an epic, memorable moment that will draw an even broader global fan base to the pitch, elevate the excitement of the 2016 final, and establish a new tradition for one of the world’s most beloved sport spectacles.”
The revived opening ceremony marks an expansion of PepsiCo’s existing partnership with the UEFA Champions League, bringing one of the world’s most passionate musicians to a massive global audience and further heightens the excitement and grandeur of the world’s most watched annual sporting event. PepsiCo initially joined forces with the UEFA Champions League in 2015, announcing a partnership with the prestigious European club football tournament where Lay’s, Gatorade and Pepsi MAX / Pepsi serve as lead brands for the competition.
Guy-Laurent Epstein, UEFA Marketing Director, commented, “With an iconic and storied history in music, Pepsi was the ideal partner to bring an epic music performance to the world’s most watched annual sporting event for the first time, and UEFA is delighted that Alicia Keys will be performing in Milan. The UEFA Champions League Final is the ultimate stage in European football, bringing together the two best teams on the continent. With such a highly respected and truly global artist performing ahead of the UEFA Champions League Final, it heightens even further the appeal of the match and consequently will reach a broader audience demographic, which ultimately further strengthens the global status of UCL.”
In addition to the “UEFA Champions League Final Opening Ceremony presented by Pepsi” performance, Keys – who recently joined Season 11 of NBC’s hit show The Voice in the United States and will release her 8th album this year – will be featured in a variety of integrated campaign elements leading up to the performance.
For more information, visit www.facebook.com/uefachampionsleague.
UEFA – the Union of European Football Associations – is the governing body of European football. It is the umbrella organisation for 54 national football associations across Europe. Its objectives are to deal with all questions relating to European football, to promote football in a spirit of unity, solidarity, peace, understanding and fair play, without any discrimination on the part of politics, race, religion, gender or any other reason, to safeguard the values of European football, maintain relations with all stakeholders involved in European football, and support and safeguard its member associations for the overall well-being of the European game.
PepsiCo products are enjoyed by consumers one billion times a day in more than 200 countries and territories around the world. PepsiCo generated more than $63 billion in net revenue in 2015, driven by a complementary food and beverage portfolio that includes Frito-Lay, Gatorade, Pepsi-Cola, Quaker and Tropicana. PepsiCo’s product portfolio includes a wide range of enjoyable foods and beverages, including 22 brands that generate more than $1 billion each in estimated annual retail sales. At the heart of PepsiCo is Performance with Purpose – our goal to deliver top-tier financial performance while creating sustainable growth and shareholder value. In practice, Performance with Purpose means providing a wide range of foods and beverages from treats to healthy eats; finding innovative ways to minimize our impact on the environment and reduce our operating costs; providing a safe and inclusive workplace for our employees globally; and respecting, supporting and investing in the local communities where we operate. For more information, visit www.pepsico.com.
REUTLINGEN, Germany /PRNewswire/ —
iPoint-systems to Provide Open-Access Anti-Slavery Reporting Template
iPoint-systems, a leading software and services provider offering compliance and sustainability solutions in the Conflict Minerals, RoHS, REACH, and EH&S area, is pleased to announce the publication of a commissioned framework of human trafficking and slavery laws directed at the private sector.
Showing how the relevant legislation in the USA, EU, and UK relate to each other thematically may not only assist companies in their design of relevant programs, but furthermore informs the design of an integrated, liability-based reporting and compliance solution.
“Seven recent laws in particular challenge companies to control for slavery-like conditions in their supply and provision chains,” observes Dr. Chris Bayer, the author of the framework. “The design of anti-slavery programs in line with corporate liabilities is one thing. Mobilizing entire supply chains to implement required systems is the much more formidable task.”
The publication of this framework is iPoint’s first step in meeting the new challenge head-on. “Our customers demand liability-premised software solutions that also make business sense,” remarks iPoint’s CEO Joerg Walden. “This is what we are in the process of delivering.”
The next step for iPoint is to make public an open-access anti-slavery reporting template that businesses may use for their supply chain reporting needs. To this end, the tool, aka eLRT (Electronic Labor Rights Template), is currently being reviewed by a stakeholder forum comprised of private sector, civil society, and government representatives to ensure the template’s sensitivity, robusticity, and responsiveness to the present reporting requirements and at-risk labor practices. The template, along with the framework, will be available for download on the website http://www.elrt.org.
iPoint is a leading provider of software and consulting for environmental and social product compliance, and sustainability. Thousands of companies around the globe rely on iPoint for managing, tracking, analyzing, and reporting data across the whole value creation network. iPoint’s software and consulting services support you in meeting and staying one step ahead of regulations and requirements such as REACH, RoHS, WEEE, ELV, Conflict Minerals, and other trending developments in the compliance and sustainability arena.
Dr. Katie Boehme, iPoint-systems gmbh, Global Marketing & Communications
LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y. /PRNewswire/ — Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: BR) today announced that it has launched its new Solutions Partner Program. The Program is a global channel sales initiative that enables leading consulting, technology and servicing firms to offer expanded technology solutions that leverage the company’s suite of products and services as well as resell its solutions into select customer accounts. Broadridge has hired 20-year industry veteran Ira Newman to lead the Program.
Broadridge’s Solutions Partner Program provides a flexible forum for partners, including consulting, technology and servicing firms, to develop new offerings, explore common customers and reach new clients. It offers partner firms global access to proven technology solutions across Wealth Management, Asset Management, Capital Markets and Corporate Issuer segments; the ability to form strategic long-term partnerships; and a set of sales enablement resources, technical training services and a market-leading financial benefits package.
“As Broadridge explores new, more innovative ways to provide the best possible solutions to the marketplace, there is a clear opportunity for partners and allies to be an extension of Broadridge’s go-to-market capabilities. The Broadridge Solutions Partner Program provides an excellent foundation of collaboration designed to drive customer success, strengthen distribution networks and accelerate sales growth,” said Chris Perry, president of Global Sales, Marketing and Solutions at Broadridge.
“Under Ira’s leadership, this initiative enhances our current model by expanding our reach and market share into new markets and business segments, while enabling our trusted partners to increase their market opportunities and better meet their clients’ evolving needs.”
Ira Newman will build out a formalized global channel sales program, leveraging Broadridge’s growing global sales team combined with key business partners and the company’s decades of insight and experience to deliver core solutions and value to financial institutions.
He joins Broadridge with two decades of experience in technology, consulting and channel sales within financial services. Prior to Broadridge he spent seven years at Informatica Software, where he was responsible for managing the company’s North American Partner business. Newman has also held senior roles at PricewaterhouseCoopers, CA Technologies and EMC Consulting. He will report to Tim McConnell, senior vice president and head of the Strategic Solutions Group at Broadridge.
For more information on the Solutions Partner Program, please visit www.broadridge.com/partner-program.
Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: BR) is the leading provider of investor communications and technology-driven solutions for broker-dealers, banks, mutual funds and corporate issuers globally. Broadridge’s investor communications, securities processing and managed services solutions help clients reduce their capital investments in operations infrastructure, allowing them to increase their focus on core business activities. With over 50 years of experience, Broadridge’s infrastructure underpins proxy voting services for over 90% of public companies and mutual funds in North America, and processes on average $5 trillion in equity and fixed income trades per day. Broadridge employs approximately 7,400 full-time associates in 14 countries. For more information about Broadridge, please visit www.broadridge.com.
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. /PRNewswire/ — Approximately eighty members of the Independent Pilots Association (UPS pilots) working in Cologne, Germany will honor the picket lines of ver.di at the Cologne Bonn airport. The strike is scheduled to last 24 hours beginning at midnight local Germany time tonight.
“Ver.di, which represents the ground staff at the Cologne Bonn airport, has asked the IPA to withhold our services as pilots during their 24 hour strike,” said IPA President, Captain Robert Travis. “We will honor their strike and not cross the ver.di picket lines.”
It is estimated that the ver.di strike will impact about sixty UPS flights into and out of the Cologne Bonn airport.
“Last week we opened our strike center in anticipation of a potential strike of UPS by our pilots. Now, less than a week later, we are operating the strike center in support of our German co-workers,” said Travis. “We will demonstrate our solidarity with our co-workers in Germany, and we are confident they will support us, should that time come.”
PREMSTAETTEN, Austria /PRNewswire/ — ams AG (SIX: AMS), a leading provider of high performance sensors and analog ICs, announces that U.S. District Judge Richard A. Schell has entered an order onApril 26, 2016, awarding one of its wholly-owned subsidiaries, ams-TAOS USA Inc. f/k/a Texas Advanced Optoelectronic Solutions, Inc., US $77,021,593 in damages from United States-based Intersil Corporation, including US $10,000,000 in exemplary damages.
The decision comes after a 2015 four-week trial in which jurors in the federal Eastern District of Texas found in favor of ams-TAOS on all claims against Intersil: misappropriation of ams-TAOS’ trade secrets, breach of a non-disclosure agreement between the parties, tortious interference with ams-TAOS’ prospective business relations, and willful infringement of U.S. Patent No. 6,596,981.
The final judgment, which will be entered on a later date, can, however, be appealed. ams AG is therefore not able to estimate a time frame for conclusion of the case or recovery of damages awarded.
ams AG General Counsel Jann H. Siefken stated, “We are pleased with the court’s decision to enforce our company’s intellectual property rights against a competitor who would seek to misappropriate them for an unfair competitive advantage.”
ams is a global leader in the design and manufacture of advanced sensor solutions and analog ICs. Our mission is to shape the world with sensor solutions by providing a seamless interface between humans and technology. ams’ high-performance analog products drive applications requiring extreme precision, dynamic range, sensitivity, and ultra-low power consumption. Products include sensors, sensor interfaces, power management and wireless ICs for consumer, communications, industrial, medical, and automotive markets.
With headquarters in Austria, ams employs over 2,100 people globally and serves more than 8,000 customers worldwide. ams is listed on the SIX Swiss stock exchange (ticker symbol: AMS). More information about ams can be found at www.ams.com.
The case is Texas Advanced Optoelectronic Solutions Inc. v. Intersil Corp., No. 4:08-cv-451. ams AG is represented by the Dallas, Texas (USA) law firm Munck Wilson Mandala, LLP. The trial team partners are Jamil N. Alibhai, Michael A. McCabe, Robert D. McCutcheon, William A. Munck and Michael C. Wilson.
NEW YORK and ARMONK, N.Y. /PRNewswire/ — Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational organization that produces Sesame Street, and IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced a collaboration to use IBM Watson’s cognitive computing technology and Sesame’s early childhood expertise to help advance preschool education around the world.
Experience the interactive Multimedia News Release here: http://www.multivu.com/players/English/7724251-sesame-workshop-ibm-watson-early-childhood-education
As part of a three-year agreement, Sesame Workshop and IBM will collaborate to develop educational platforms and products that will be designed to adapt to the learning preferences and aptitude levels of individual preschoolers. Research shows that a significant extent of brain development occurs in the first five years of a child’s life1, making this window critical for learning and development.
The alliance will draw from Sesame Workshop’s deep educational content expertise garnered from over 45 years of research, and more than 1,000 studies on how young children learn best. This expertise will combine with Watson’snatural language processing, pattern recognition, and other cognitive computing technologies to create highly personalized learning experiences intended to complement the roles that parents and teachers play in early development. Watson will continuously hone and improve educational activities by studying and adapting to the aggregate experiences of anonymized groups of students.
“We believe that bringing education together with technology is a key to improving early learning in this country and around the world,” said Jeffrey D. Dunn, CEO of Sesame Workshop. “A generation ago, Sesame Street used the ubiquitous presence of television to reach vulnerable children who did not have access to the learning opportunities that affluent and middle-class kids did. It worked very well. Now, through this collaboration with IBM and Watson, we expect to develop the next generation of tailored learning tools. Ultimately, the goal is to provide children from all socio-economic backgrounds with the opportunity for meaningful, personalized education in their most formative years.”
Echoing the late 1960s, when Sesame Street‘s founders convened diverse experts to help conceive the show, the Sesame-IBM team will gather leading teachers, academics, researchers, technologists, gamers, performers, and media executives to brainstorm ways in which cognitive computing can best help preschoolers learn.
Sesame Workshop and IBM are currently exploring and iterating on a wide variety of interactive platforms and interfaces for use in homes and schools. The two companies plan to test and share prototypes with leaders in the education and technology community to allow continued refinement based on feedback and domain expertise.
“Watson is uniquely suited to tackling one of society’s most pressing and important challenges — the ways in which our young children learn,” said Harriet Green, IBM’s General Manager for Watson IoT, Commerce and Education. “The potential for Watson to absorb, correlate, and learn from huge amounts of unstructured data and then deliver very personalized educational experiences is unprecedented. Working together with Sesame Workshop, we aim to transform the way in which children learn and teachers teach, and envision having an impact on the lives and education of millions of children.”
“Because the foundation of children’s intellect, personality, and skills are formed in the first few years of their lives, ages zero to five are the most critical,” said Todd Rose, one of the project’s independent advisors and Director of Mind, Brain, and Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. “There are huge opportunities in early childhood education, but we need to recognize that preschoolers do not all learn in the same way. This partnership has the potential to meet the unique educational needs of every child, whether it’s through customized content or kid-friendly tools that empower each child to find his or her own path to learning. Simply put, personalized educational experiences will enhance learning for every child.”
Join the conversation on Twitter: #IBMandSesame
Visit the following link for more information, as well as to download assets, on the Sesame Workshop and IBM collaboration:
Read a blog post by Sesame Workshop CEO Jeffrey Dunn exploring the importance of early childhood learning:http://ibm.co/21f1TqP
For more information, please visit www.ibm.com/watson and follow @IBMWatson and @IBMEducation on Twitter.
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(1) Shonkoff, J. P., Phillips, D. A., & National Research Council (U.S.). (2000). From neurons to neighborhoods: The science of early child development. Washington, D.C: National Academy Press