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VIP Cocktail Reception With the Pharmaceutical Society of Sri Lanka and CPhI 17 October 2012, Colombo

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MUMBAI, India /PRNewswire/ —
The world’s largest pharmaceutical organiser CPhI, in collaboration with the Pharmaceutical Society of Sri Lanka, is pleased to cordially invite you to an exclusive VIP cocktail reception.
Date: Wednesday, 17 October 2012
Time: 5:00 pm
Venue: Hotel Galadari
Key industry representatives will discuss the future of this sector in Sri Lanka and mark the official launch of ‘Sri Lanka Pharma Week’.
Sri Lanka Pharma Week will address the industry’s burning issues: Bioavailability and Bioequivalence requirements, Pharma Sales Force Effectiveness and Automation, and Supply Chain and Distribution. Industry experts will provide their expert insights through their own experiences.
Sri Lanka Pharma Week will address the industry’s burning issues: Bioavailability and Bioequivalence requirements, Pharma Sales Force Effectiveness and Automation, and finishing on the topic of Pharma Supply Chain and Distribution. Industry experts will provide their understanding of the given topics on display, while demonstrating relevant procedures through case studies and speeches to delegates. Here’s a quick insight on what the speakers at this event have to say about these issues in Sri Lanka
Mr K ShivKumar, Managing Director, Eisai Pharmaceuticals India, talks about the SFE and SFA in pharmaceutical business, “SFE will be the key in exploiting the expanding SL market. SFE will help in targeting the right customers by the sales force by answering the key questions like – which markets, which target audience, why and how, how often and with the right message. SFE will decide who will be the winners and losers”
Mr Himanshu Saxena, Vice President Supply Chain International Business, Alembic Pharmaceuticals says “Supply chain and distribution is the most critical aspect of the pharmaceutical business to ensure that drugs are delivered to the end patient quickly and in safe conditions”. He adds that “Even if the manufacturing and production of drugs is done using GMP norms, the products remain unfit for consumption if the safety of the drugs is compromised en route to the end patient and since the pharmaceutical organisations in Sri Lanka are custodians of the products, it is imperative that they ensure efficient distribution network so that the patients can consume quality drugs and in time.” When asked about his views on the Sri Lanka pharma week, here’s what he had to say “Emerging countries like Sri Lanka can draw learnings on novel strategies adopted by countries like India who have passed this stage and are still successfully dealing with similar infrastructure issues in some of the states. At this forum, the Indian pharma supply chain experts would be discussing practical implementable technologies to manage the supply chain to maintain adequate stocks and manage demand cycles. This would eventually reduce the pressure on the business and ensure that the sales are not affected.”
Bansri Shah, Managing Director, UBM (CPhI) says “We are grateful to Mr. Shalutha and the Pharmaceutical Society of Sri Lanka for their help and support towards the development of ‘Sri Lanka Pharma Week’.
“It also gives me immense pleasure to bring our largest brand CPhI to the rapidly growing industry in Sri Lanka and we would like to extend a warm invitation to the pharmaceutical fraternity to participate in this knowledge sharing.”
About PSSL
The Pharmaceutical Society of Sri Lanka is one of the country’s leading industry associations with over 1,000 members. The association aims to uplift the industry and create further opportunities for this growing sector.
About CPhI
CPhI is the world’s largest event organiser for the pharmaceutical industry bringing together since 1990 over 250,000 attendees, 4000 exhibitors from over 133 countries. The flagship event in Amsterdam hosts 2,200 exhibitors and is the market leader for the global pharmaceutical ingredients industry. Large scale exhibitions and content-led conferences also take place in India, South East Asia, China, Latin America and Turkey.
About UBM
UBM is a global live media and B2B communications, marketing service and data provider.
We help organisations make connections, communicate their proposition and do business effectively. We enable professional people in more than 40 countries around the world to connect and engage with each other, with the markets they serve and with the information they need to succeed. And we do this by whatever means works best – at live events, through digital media or in publications.
Our 6,500 expert staff are deeply embedded in the many specialist communities we serve, bringing both an unusual depth of understanding and real know-how. We organise hundreds of live events each year; we provide data, marketing and information products; we offer a portfolio of market-leading online and print titles; and we support professional communicators through our targeting, distribution and monitoring services.
Our culture of innovation and collaboration brings our people together around common interests to create value, enhancing our ability to do exactly the same for UBM customers. So, whatever their business and wherever they operate, our customers do better business through us.
For further details, about participating at ‘Sri Lanka Pharma Week’, contact Mr Jayadev Nair on or +91(0)97692-77619.
Source: UBM India

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October 18, 2012 at 3:33 pm

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University Of Maryland Patient Exceeding Expectations Seven Months After Most Extensive Face Transplant Ever Performed

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— Richard Lee Norris returning to normal life after 15 years as recluse
BALTIMORE/PRNewswire/ — The University of Maryland released details today on the recovery of Richard Lee Norris, the 37-year-old man who received the most extensive full face transplant completed to date seven months ago. Norris, of Hillsville, Virginia, was injured in a 1997 gun accident, losing much of his upper and lower jaws as well as his lips and nose. The transplant surgery, completed on March 20, 2012 at the University of Maryland Medical Center, included replacement of both jaws, teeth, tongue, and skin and underlying nerve and muscle tissue from scalp to neck.
“For the past 15 years I lived as a recluse hiding behind a surgical mask and doing most of my shopping at night when less people were around,” says Norris. “I can now go out and not get the stares and have to hear comments that people would make. People used to stare at me because of my disfigurement. Now they can stare at me in amazement and in the transformation I have taken. I am now able to walk past people and no one even gives me a second look. My friends have moved on with their lives, starting families and careers. I can now start working on the new life given back to me.”
“I am doing well. I spend a lot of my time fishing and working on my golf game. I am also enjoying time with my family and friends,” says Norris. “I do still have follow-up appointments with a lot of different doctors and therapists to ensure everything is healing up properly. I have been undergoing physical therapy and also speech therapy. I have been doing very well regaining my speech back. Each day it improves a little more.”
Norris continues to gain sensation in his face and is able to smile and show expression. His doctors say the motor function on the right side of his face is about 80 percent normal, and motor function on the left side is about 40 percent. He eats primarily by mouth and is able to smell and taste.
Norris’ historic 36-hour full face transplant was led by Eduardo D. Rodriguez, M.D., D.D.S., professor of surgery at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and chief of plastic, reconstructive and maxillofacial surgery at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center at the University of Maryland Medical Center. Norris’ surgery marked the first time in the world that a face transplant was performed by a team of plastic and reconstructive surgeons with specialized training and expertise in craniofacial surgery and reconstructive microsurgery.
About the University of Maryland School of Medicine, University of Maryland Medical Center & R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center
Founded in 1807, the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore is the oldest public medical school in the United States, and the first to institute a residency training program. The School of Medicine was the founding school of the University of Maryland and today is an integral part of the 11-campus University System of Maryland. The partnership between the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) and the University of Maryland School of Medicine allows cutting edge medical research and discovery to rapidly innovate and improve patient care and prepare the next generation of health care professionals through excellent training and education.
The University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) is a 779-bed teaching hospital in Baltimore and the flagship institution of the 11-hospital University of Maryland Medical System. Patients are referred nationally and regionally for advanced medical, surgical and critical care. All physicians on staff at the Medical Center are faculty physicians of the University of Maryland School of Medicine.
The R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center at the University of Maryland Medical Center is the nation’s first coordinated trauma system and is dedicated to multidisciplinary research and treatment of critical injury and illness. Shock Trauma is where the “golden hour” concept in critical care medicine was born. Under the direction of Thomas M. Scalea, M.D, Shock Trauma treats more than 8,000 trauma and critical care patients each year and trains trauma providers from around the world including U.S. military medical professionals.
Source: University of Maryland Medical Center

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October 18, 2012 at 11:15 am

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China to Become Number One Net Exporter of Boxboard by 2014

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BOSTON /PRNewswire/ — Despite fairly slow growth in domestic demand China has maintained an aggressive capacity expansion plan which will result in a significant market imbalance over the next two to three years. Given the precarious state of the global economy and relatively weak domestic demand Chinese producers will be eager to export excess tonnage. These findings were published today in the 2012 World Boxboard Study by RISI, the leading information provider for the global forest products industry.
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“During the last decade, demand for boxboard declined in the mature markets of North America, Western Europe, Japan, and Oceania. Producers in those markets began exporting to developing markets that were experiencing significant growth rates of approximately 7% per year from 2001 to 2010. By 2011, Asia represented 42% of the total world boxboard demand,” said Ken Wagerhorne Vice President of Packaging at RISI.
“China has responded aggressively to this demand. We estimate that by 2013 close to 8.8 million tonnes of additional boxboard capacity will come online there. As Asia quickly takes the lead in global exports, producers in Europe and North America will face increasing competitive pressure,” continued Wagerhorne.
RISI’s 2012 World Boxboard Study shows how these and other events impact the global boxboard market. The study provides current and forecasted global demand and trade patterns using a rationalized global grade system.
2012 World Boxboard Study Includes
Grade-level demand, supply, and trade analysis of the global cartonboard market.
Global trade patterns for each major grade.
Analysis of world regions that will experience the strongest growth during the next five years.
For more information on the 2012 World Boxboard Study, visit
About RISI (
Owned by UBM plc, which is listed on the London Stock Exchange, RISI is the leading information provider for the global forest products industry. The company works with clients in the pulp and paper, wood products, timber, biomass, tissue, nonwovens, printing and publishing industries to help them make better decisions.
Headquartered in Boston, MA, RISI operates additional offices throughout North and South America, Europe and Asia.
About UBM plc (

UBM plc is a leading global company. We inform markets and bring the world’s buyers and sellers together at events, online, in print and provide them with the information they need to do business successfully. We focus on serving professional commercial communities, from doctors to game developers, from journalists to jewelry traders, from farmers to pharmacists around the world. Our 6,000 staff in more than 30 countries are organized into specialist teams that serve these communities, helping them to do business and their markets to work effectively and efficiently.
For Press Enquiries, please contact:
Thom Smith
Director of Marketing
Source: RISI

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October 18, 2012 at 11:05 am

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Getac Rugged PS236 Saves On Manpower for Leica Geosystems Customers

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MELBOURNE, Australia, Oct. 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Leica Geosystem surveying tools are renowned for being robust and dependable on construction sites around the globe and the company is now opting for the PS236 fully rugged PDA from Getac to allow its customers to reap the benefits of reduced manpower whilst realising significant cost savings.

Leica products are trusted by professionals to help them capture, model, analyse, visualise and present spatial information. With a failure rate of less than two per cent per annum, the Getac PS236 will help reduce support and servicing costs for Leica.

The PS236 is being used with the Leica iCON software solution together with the Leica iCON robot 50 total station. Leica wanted an easy, lightweight solution to control the iCON units and the system now offers operators the scalability of being able to change the top of the PDA for a long range Bluetooth module and antenna, thanks to proprietary Getac’s FlexiConn technology. This allows users to run equipment in one mode and jump to a higher range module later, without having to swap to a different piece of equipment.

FlexiConn enables operators to use the PS236 as a controller for the Leica iCON robot 50 even if it is over 350 meters away, making the solution suitable for both large and small building sites.

The ranges that are generally offered by a regular Bluetooth connection are not sufficient enough to satisfy the needs of construction sites and that was what drove Leica to look for a solution that offered a greater range but delivered the same simplicity as the regularly available Bluetooth or WLAN connection.

The PS236 delivers exactly the long range answer needed and with this, Leica is able to offer its customers a complete communications solution, with an extended range far beyond the current typical distances of other controller devices.

In addition to hardware devices, Leica’s new software includes an easy to use interface and full construction terminology, making it straightforward for construction workers to navigate and making data capture and control a simplicity itself, regardless of the operating conditions.

“These devices play a central role in all site activities and perform a number of functions so it’s vital that they continue to deliver, no matter the environment,” explains Ernst Steiger, a Foreman at construction company, Morant.

By offering a fully scalable solution with the advanced software from Leica, construction site surveyors are now able to complete a variety of tasks on their own and achieve more accurate results in less working time.

“The new device is incredibly helpful. In the past, two or even three workers were needed to do stake-outs on the construction site. Today, this can be done individually, saving both time and manpower and increasing efficiency,” comments Phillip Boesch, Civil Engineer for construction company Implenia.

Leica Geosystems has close to 200 years of developing pioneering solutions to help measure the world, and those who use Leica products every day trust them for their dependability, the value they deliver and superior customer support.

“The tools our customers use simply have to deliver, so if it’s dirty, if it needs to operate reliably in the wet, and if the operator is not handling it with care, then the solution has to be very tough and very rugged,” explains Thomas Ammann, a Leica Geosystems Certified Partner. “The Getac device not only looks very rugged, it has already proven itself in these exacting circumstances.”

Visit for more information on the Leica / Getac solution application, please. For further information on Leica Geosystems visit For PS236 Product and Sales information, please contact Getac authorized distributor Synnex Australia.

About Getac

Getac Technology Corporation, a key subsidiary of MiTAC-Synnex Business Group (2011 consolidated revenue 25.3 billion USD), was established in 1989 as a joint venture with GE Aerospace to supply defence electronic products. Getac’s business coverage includes; rugged notebooks, rugged tablet PCs and rugged handheld devices for military, police, government, manufacturing and transportation applications ranging from fully rugged to commercial-grade rugged. Getac’s strong R&D capabilities allow it to provide a high level of customisation and all-aspect hardware-software integration solutions.

About Synnex

Synnex Australia Pty Ltd (Synnex) is a global IT Supply Chain services company and one of the largest distribution companies within Australia. With a focus on pure value-added distribution, Synnex has the global backing and local experience to deliver an unparalleled level of service, support, logistics and competitive pricing to the marketplace. Synnex endeavours to service all businesses in the IT industry including SME Resellers, System Integrators, Computer Retailers, Original Equipment Manufacturers, Corporate Retailers, National Retailers and VARs. For more information, visit:

Synnex Sales Contact:
Martin Gotthard / Justin Spencer

Synnex Service Contact
Khai Luu

Media Contact:
Chi-Wing Chan

SOURCE Getac Technology Corporation

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October 18, 2012 at 10:00 am

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Coronation Street 50th Anniversary Week on ITV Granada

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HONG KONG, Oct. 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — On Wednesday 31st October, ITV Granada will celebrate 50 years of the world’s longest running soap, Coronation Street, with a week-long series of special programming across Asia. The anniversary will coincide with an almighty bang, as a tram crashes and the viaduct that spans the Street collapses in an explosive storyline.

Coronation Street 50th birthday cast photo
Coronation Street is a story of the everyday lives of ordinary people, living in a northern English town called Weatherfield, and was created by a 23 year-old scriptwriter called Tony Warren in 1960. The award-winning soap has been captivating audiences for the past 50 years, and nearly 7,500 episodes later, the show is still in great shape. Over the last half century, it has celebrated 39 births, mourned 144 deaths, thrown confetti at 88 weddings and had drinks served by 51 barmaids!

As we head towards anniversary week, secrets and lies cloud the cobbles, and when a tram comes crashing off the viaduct, the street is changed forever, as relationships are broken and some of the show’s residents stare death in the face.

The 50th anniversary week begins on ITV Granada at 7pm on Monday 29th October with the explosive tram crash, followed by the 50th birthday episode at 7pm on Wednesday 31st October.

In conjunction with the anniversary, three brand new Coronation Street specials will air throughout the week; Coronation Street: 50 Years 50 Moments, The Corrie Years and feature film; The Road to Coronation Street. Don’t miss exclusive behind the scenes footage and Facebook giveaways!

About ITV Granada

ITV Granada shows a wide array of contemporary entertainment, award-winning drama, cool comedy and the latest in reality shows from leading producers in the UK and around the world. Available throughout Asia and the Middle East , reaching over 6 million households, in more than 40 countries.

ITV Granada is available in Hong Kong – nowTV channel 517, Singapore – StarHub channel 523 and Taiwan – Chung Hwa Telecom MOD TV 82.

*Note to editors:*

The UK 50th anniversary took place in December 2010, however transmission on ITV Granada and the Middle East is 22 months behind UK broadcast.

Coronation Street 50th press pack is available.

For further images, schedules and press packs contact:

Jennifer Tattersall
Marketing Manager

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October 18, 2012 at 9:30 am

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