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Identifying Globally Used Best Practices to Optimise Production and Reduce Cost of Manufacturing at the Manufacturing & Automation F&B Conference

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MUMBAI, India, Oct. 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — The 1st edition of Manufacturing & Automation F&B Conference, 20-21 November 2013, Delhi, will gather over 100 manufacturing experts and around 5 exhibitors to the confex which is dedicated to F&B manufacturing industry. One of a kind in the Indian F&B industry, MAFB differentiates itself through its high-quality audience and positioning on technological innovations in manufacturing and automation.


MAFB has on board eminent speakers such as Lakkaraju Syamprasad, Director manufacturing, Britannia; Rajiv Wakhle, Director Operations, PepsiCo; Gagandeep Sethi, VP Engineering, Sabmiller; Rohit Nayar, Global Engineering Manager-Chocolates Category Mondelez International; Prem Dubey, Head – Engineering and Projects GlaxoSmithKline, among other industry experts, all of whom are at the centre stage of developmental of food manufacturing solutions globally.

MAFB will bring together heads of manufacturing, engineering, operations from F&B industry. This initiative will help to increase awareness about the new and innovative solutions available to effectively comply with standards and will provide practical takeaway insights to develop innovative, intelligent, integrated and cost-effective manufacturing solutions.

Many new features to discover

MAFB brings a series of innovative networking sessions that will take place alongside the conference programme. These meetings will enable participants to discuss in detail and receive expert guidance on current issues:

Breakfast Briefings: An in-depth breakfast briefing by USA’s leading expert, will help companies to answer their most difficult manufacturing challenges.
Speed Geeking: A unique opportunity to get first-hand knowledge on the latest advancements in automation and energy solutions directly from the innovators. It is a unique round-table discussion where every participant will get 10 minutes to discuss on latest innovation in packaging solutions.

Over the course of more than 15 presentations and a number of debates, they will offer a complete round-up of the current situation and new trends with regard to:

Productivity and utility
People Development
Value Engineering

To know more about MAFB, visit

About UBM:

UBM India is a subsidiary of UBM plc, which is the second largest independent exhibition organiser in the world. It is the largest trade exhibition organiser in India, responsible for 26 exhibitions in different locations across the country. The company is also involved in the organisation of conference programmes throughout India and in the publications of trade journals and magazines. For further details please visit the UBM India website,

About Fi India:

Launched in 2006, Fi India has been known as a driving force to India’s processed food sector and has a fundamental role as facilitating the industry’s only meeting place. Both regional and global food professionals use this opportunity to learn about the latest industry developments, meet new business prospects and launch new products to gain competitor advantage in the fastest growing Food marketplace in the world.

By bringing the industry together, Fi India allows you to display your products to thousands of food professionals at once, and conduct business in an efficient and effective manner.

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Contact Suvidha Shetty on +91-(0)22-6172-7001/
Source: UBM India

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October 8, 2013 at 4:22 pm

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Grey Goose(R) Creator Reveals The Story Of How He Defied Expectations To Set The Luxury Standard In Crafting Vodka

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– Brand launches new FLY BEYOND™ global campaign; Inspires others to pursue their passions

LONDON, Oct. 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — GREY GOOSE vodka today launched FLY BEYOND to tell the remarkable story of how its creator defied expectations in France and throughout the spirits world to create a vodka that would set a standard of luxury in the super premium category.

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The global integrated marketing campaign of FLY BEYOND brings to life the compelling story of the making of GREY GOOSE vodka and the extraordinary journey of its creator Francois Thibault, trained as a Cognac Maitre de Chai (cellar master). Through stunning imagery and storytelling, the campaign showcases the field-to-bottle provenance of GREY GOOSE and the challenges faced by Francois in his quest to create The World’s Best Tasting Vodka. Sophisticated consumers now, more than ever, care deeply about where the products they enjoy come from. They value quality, style, authenticity and craftsmanship, and they want to know the story of their favorite brands.

Expectations Defied
“In the beginning, I was considered a maverick, even an eccentric, for trying to make vodka in historic Cognac, France, from wheat no less. There were many naysayers and skeptics, and all were waiting for me to fail, but I knew I could prove them wrong and create a product that tasted unlike anything available,” said Francois. “I’ve worked hard to create a spirit of outstanding quality and character. It is the world’s best because it is made like no other and feels exceptionally smooth in a dry martini or in other cocktails.”

The son of a wine grower, Francois was immersed from an early age in the craft of fine wine and spirits making. He later joined a leading Cognac house, where he received his formal instruction and began an apprenticeship of seven years under the tutelage of a Maitre de Chai, until he earned the same title in 1992.

Francois developed a passion for blending extraordinary spirits. His vision was to create the world’s best-tasting vodka from an unlikely source — wheat from the Picardie Region, known as the “bread basket” of France. Francois selected only the finest soft winter wheat from Picardie, using the whole grain to create his spirit, and distilled it only once using a continuous column distillation process designed to transfer into Grey Goose the quality and character of the wheat. He then masterfully blended it with pure spring water, naturally filtered through limestone, from the village of Gensac-La-Pallue in the Charente Valley near Francois’ place of birth.

To this day, Francois oversees the crafting of GREY GOOSE vodka and personally tastes every batch. His exacting standards and artisanal touch, combined with more than 550 daily quality checks, ensure an uncompromising process from field-to-bottle, so that wherever it is served GREY GOOSE lives up to its reputation for exceptional quality.

The FLY BEYOND campaign ushers in the brand’s most powerful integrated marketing effort to date. FLY BEYOND will be supported by 30-, 60- and 90-second television advertisements directed by award-winning filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn, together with print, outdoor and digital executions. FLY BEYOND and the story of GREY GOOSE vodka also will be brought to life through cutting-edge experiential and online programs that will allow consumers a deeper level of engagement with the story.

“FLY BEYOND is more than a campaign for us. It is two words that capture the spirit of the brand’s creator and the spirit of our drinkers. With the launch of the campaign, we are for the first time telling the amazing story of how this peerless product was created,” said Lyle Tick, Senior Global Category Director for GREY GOOSE vodka. “This campaign gives people something new to discover about a brand they thought they knew and helps them understand why GREY GOOSE does, in fact, FLY BEYOND. We hope that by sharing our story, GREY GOOSE will inspire others to pursue their own passions and FLY BEYOND themselves.”

Leading-Edge Experiential Programs
The FLY BEYOND campaign launches in the U.S. today, October 7, and will subsequently roll out to other countries over the next year. Through 3-D technology, dynamic digital billboards will be synchronized today to create the illusion of flying geese through the epicenters of New York City and Las Vegas.

On October 14, one of the Times Square digital billboards will transform into an interactive display, where eligible consumers in the U.S. will be invited to submit their sky photos via Instagram, Facebook or Twitter for a chance for their picture to be featured as the background visual on the GREY GOOSE FLY BEYOND billboard. In a feat never before attempted, the billboard with the consumer image will then be photographed in Times Square and returned to the consumer who submitted it, so that he or she can further disseminate it. Other attention-grabbing outdoor activations include dynamic storefront takeovers in New York City’s SoHo neighborhood and its financial and meatpacking districts.

Making its YouTube debut on October 17 will be the FLY BEYOND Immersive Film, a first-of-its-kind interactive experience made in partnership with YouTube. This cinematic film will take viewers on a journey from the origin of GREY GOOSE in Cognac to the cutting-edge of modern, handcrafted mixology. In addition to telling the story of how Francois revolutionized the world of premium vodka, the immersive film will include personalized mixology sessions that deepen the story and enable the viewer to explore a wide range of GREY GOOSE cocktails in unexpected ways.

Following the campaign launch, GREY GOOSE FLY BEYOND comes to life as a four-day, pop-up experience, known as The Boulangerie. Opening in New York City’s West Village from October 15-18, the interactive experience will offer select guests the opportunity to meet Francois as part of an exclusive behind-the-scenes look into the making of GREY GOOSE vodka. Behind a series of secret doors within the Boulangerie, guests will be treated to a multi-sensory field-to-bottle experience where they will learn about the brand’s heritage, including what is so special in the regions of origin of GREY GOOSE and of its ingredients and how they are sourced, milled, blended, produced and distilled. Finally, they will land in a vintage-inspired speakeasy serving up bespoke GREY GOOSE martini cocktails made to guests’ unique tastes.

For more information on GREY GOOSE FLY BEYOND, visit

About GREY GOOSE Vodka
Every aspect of the creation of GREY GOOSE® is focused on crafting vodka of unmatched quality. The creation of GREY GOOSE begins with the very best ingredients from France – soft winter wheat from the Picardy region, le grenier a ble (the breadbasket of France) and spring water from Gensac-La-Pallue, in the Cognac Arrondissement (Region), that is naturally filtered through limestone that stratified over millions of years. A unique distillation process brings out the naturally superior characteristics of these ingredients. From field-to-bottle, the expertise of the GREY GOOSE Maitre de Chai (Cellar Master), Francois Thibault, ensures an unparalleled smoothness and exceptional taste to the connoisseur palate. The GREY GOOSE portfolio is comprised of GREY GOOSE Vodka, GREY GOOSE La Poire, GREY GOOSE L’Orange, GREY GOOSE Le Citron, and GREY GOOSE Cherry Noir flavored vodkas.

GREY GOOSE Vodka and Flavored Vodkas


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October 8, 2013 at 3:49 pm

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Crown Worldwide Group Opens Branch in Sri Lanka

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HONG KONG /PRNewswire/ — Crown Worldwide Group, the world’s largest privately-held group of international logistics and related services companies, is pleased to announce the opening of a new branch in Sri Lanka. As part of an on-going strategy to increase presence in this region, Crown will provide an enhanced level of support to our clients in this country.
Situated in Wattala, near Colombo, it’s the eleventh branch in the South Asia region. Crown has been operating here for the last 17 years covering Mumbai, New Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Pune, Ludhiana, Ahmedabad and Coimbatore. The new office will encourage deeper engagement with clients such as, governments, corporations, diplomats and private customers with the need for global mobility, transportation of household goods, departure and destination services, business information storage and high value warehousing. The Colombo branch shall act as a hub to service neighbouring island nations of Maldives, Mauritius and Seychelles.
Speaking of this new branch opening, Srinivas Krishnan, Crown Managing Director, South Asia, said: “Crown South Asia is exploring opportunities in some of our stable neighboring nations in order to capitalize on its nearly two decade presence in India, with an extremely motivated team.”
The Sri Lanka branch will be opening on the 16th of October with an interactive session led by Srinivas Krishnan and Paul Sullivan, Regional Managing Director. Radha Iyer, Key Account Manager South Asia, Crown Relocations, George Punchayil, Regional Manager, South India, Crown World Mobility and Praveen Joseph, Manager South Asia, Crown Records Management will be taking the audience through a demonstration about Crown’s service offerings and the processes in place. During the session, corporate informative and experiential games will take place to engage the audience, followed by a walk through the facility.
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Crown Worldwide Group
Crown Worldwide Group ( operates from more than 265 locations in almost 60 countries. From its worldwide office network, it provides a range of services to governments, multi-national corporations, museums, galleries and private customers. Crown Worldwide’s divisions include Crown Relocations, Crown World Mobility, Crown Records Management, Crown Fine Art, Crown Logistics and Crown Wine Cellars. Established in 1965, the Crown Worldwide Group is a privately held company with global headquarters in Hong Kong.
Sheryl Cherry
Crown Relocations
5252 Argosy Drive
Huntington Beach, CA 92649
Susanne Osterholm
Crown Worldwide Holdings Ltd.
Suite 2001, MassMutual Tower
38 Gloucester Road, Wanchai
Hong Kong
Marco Dilenge
Crown Worldwide GmbH
Am Seedamm 44
60489 Frankfurt
Source: Crown Worldwide Group

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October 8, 2013 at 3:42 pm

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Bollywood Superstar Brings Temptation Reloaded To Sydney, Australia

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SYDNEY /PRNewswire/ — The ‘King of Bollywood’ Shahrukh Khan has brought the colour and magic of Bollywood to Sydney, Australia today where he headlined the internationally popular dance, music and comedy show, Temptation Reloaded, as part of the Sydney contemporary arts festival Parramasala.
Premier of New South Wales Barry O’Farrell and Bollywood superstar Shahrukh Khan at the Temptation Reloaded concert in Sydney, Australia
Premier of New South Wales Barry O’Farrell and Bollywood superstar Shahrukh Khan at the Temptation Reloaded concert in Sydney, Australia

Bollywood superstar Shahrukh Khan performs in Sydney, Australia in front of a crowd of thousands during his internationally acclaimed show Temptation Reloaded.
Bollywood superstar Shahrukh Khan performs in Sydney, Australia in front of a crowd of thousands during his internationally acclaimed show Temptation Reloaded.
Shahrukh Khan said: “I am thrilled to be back once again in Sydney for my first Australian performance of Temptation Reloaded. Sydney is a beautiful city and has a special place in my heart.”
Temptation Reloaded is the biggest Bollywood production ever to come to Australia, with stunning visuals, state-of-the-art production, colourful fireworks and elaborate costumes.
Shahrukh Khan was welcomed in Sydney by the New South Wales Premier Barry O’Farrell.
Mr O’Farrell said he was delighted to welcome the world’s most famous and influential Bollywood star to Sydney.
“Shahrukh Khan — or SRK — has featured in 75 films and I’m delighted to welcome him to Sydney as he brings Temptation Reloaded to Australia for the first time,” Mr O’Farrell said.
“The Parramasala festival is a key arts and cultural event for the State of New South Wales and brings some of the world’s best artists to Western Sydney.
“The region is home to one of Australia’s largest populations of South Asian communities, many of whom are great fans of SRK and his work.
“His show has attracted audiences of Indian origin in Sydney and NSW, as well as fans overseas including Fiji, Singapore, Indonesia and Malaysia.
“We are pleased to host SRK and the talented cast of Temptation Reloaded in Sydney, Australia’s major events capital and home of the performing arts.
“Sydney is Australia’s global city, and New South Wales is Australia’s premier State, which is an unbeatable combination for visitors from India.
“With our stunning harbour, great beaches, wonderful food and wine, and unique Regional attractions, visitors from India to New South Wales enjoy some of the best holiday experiences in Australia,” Mr O’Farrell said.
Joining SRK in Sydney for Temptation Reloaded is a stellar line-up that includes many of the Bollywood A-list, including actors Madhuri Dixit, Jacqueline Fernandez and Rani Mukherjee.
Shahrukh Khan said: “I am so happy to be bringing my show here for all my fans and would like to thank the NSW Premier, the NSW Government and Destination NSW for their support.”
MEDIA: Olivia Suzanski +61-448-994-631 (Premier)
Olivia Deskoski +61-400-225-751 (Destination NSW)
Source: Destination NSW

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October 8, 2013 at 3:38 pm

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HBO Latin America and Comarex sign a distribution agreement in search of new markets

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MIAMI /PRNewswire/ — HBO Latin America and Comarex announce the signing of a distribution agreement through which the representative company will take HBO Latin America’s original content to emerging countries in the Middle East, Asia, Africa, Oceania and select European territories.
“We are very pleased that our major original productions from Latin America will now be enjoyed by a much wider global audience, just as they are, for instance, by the subscribers in the United States who have become fans of our series,” said Emilio Rubio, President of Distribution and New Business for HBO Latin America. “We want to continue expanding the success of HBO Latin America by bringing the best of our regionally produced premium entertainment to more markets, worldwide.”
Comarex is a global distributor of Hispanic content and programming. This agreement includes ‘HBO Latin America Originals’ productions that have already been enjoyed by television viewers throughout several other countries, and are recognized on an international level by the public and critics, alike. Epitafios, Alice, Capadocia, Filhos do Carnaval, Mandrake, Mulher de Fases and Profugos are among the most popular HBO Latin America series listed in the agreement.
“At Comarex, we feel very proud that HBO Latin America would place their trust in us to execute the international distribution efforts of such successful series,” stated Marcel Vinay, CEO of Comarex.
About HBO Latin America
HBO Latin America Group(SM) is a group of affiliated businesses belonging to Time Warner Entertainment Company, L.P. and Ole Communications Group. HBO Latin America Group’s companies operate, direct, and are proprietors of the leading cable and satellite service providers in Latin America, Brazil and the Caribbean, including the signals of HBO, HBO2, HBO Signature, HBO Plus, HBO Family, HBO HD, HBO Caribbean, HBO On Demand, HBO GO, Cinemax, MAX, Max Prime, MAX HD, A&E, AXN, E! Entertainment Television, Sony Entertainment Television, Sony Spin, The Biography Channel, The History Channel, and Warner Channel.
Comarex is a leading distributor of Hispanic programming and digital content. Founded over 30 years ago, the company has grown and has adapted itself to the newest technologies and advancements of the entertainment industry. Offering the best content, the Company distributes over 42,000 hours annually, to over 110 countries. Comarex is the exclusive sales agent for various production companies, including: Azteca, at a global level; Studio 100, MTV Networks, Mediaset Distribution, and Deacon Media, throughout Latin America; and most recently, HBO Latin America in Eastern Europe, Asia, and Africa. Comarex’s catalogue is composed of a wide selection of genres including, soap operas, feature films, documentaries, game-shows, sports, children’s programming, news, music, series, reality shows, and mobile content. The Comarex team also possesses extensive experience in the distribution of cable channels. Currently, the company operates and distributes the channels Azteca Internacional, Azteca Novelas, and Azteca HD in Latin America, Puerto Rico, Europe, and Canada.
Source: HBO LAG

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October 8, 2013 at 2:58 pm

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Mara Group Gets Behind Dubai Expo 2020 and Calls on African Leaders to Back the UAE’s Bid

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Mara Group urges African business leaders not to miss out on the long-term growth and investment opportunities that a World Expo in Dubai in 2020 could bring
DUBAI, UAE /PRNewswire/ — With less than 8 weeks to go until the 167 member nations of the Bureau International des Exhibition (BIE) cast their votes for the host of the 2020 World Expo, Mara Group – the pan-African, multi-sector business conglomerate – has declared its official support for the UAE’s bid, stating that Dubai Expo 2020 is an opportunity not to be missed for the future development of African nations.
Ashish J. Thakkar, Founder of Mara Group, said: “As the world witnesses one of the most transformative geo-economic shifts from the West to emerging markets, Africa is becoming an increasingly important focus for global businesses today. With the UAE already serving as a gateway for international investment flows both in and out of Africa, a World Expo in Dubai in 2020 would further cement Dubai’s position as a global trading hub, opening up even more opportunities for countries, businesses and individuals across Africa to capitalise on this historic moment.”
“Dubai has been the home of Mara Group since 1996 and remains critical to our pan-African expansion. I would urge leaders across the African nations to embrace the opportunity that Dubai Expo 2020 represents and proactively support the bid in order to ensure its success.”
Her Excellency Reem Al Hashimy, UAE Minister of State and Managing Director for the Dubai Expo 2020 bid, said: “From the very start, our bid has always been about more than just Dubai and the UAE. Hosting the World Expo in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia region for the first time, on the eve of the UAE’s 50th anniversary celebrations, carries profound meaning and creates an environment for exceptional opportunity. The UAE is not only well connected to Africa but we share many historic trade and cultural ties and the support from Mara is warmly welcomed. We remain committed to making the first ever Expo for this region one of promise, innovation and creativity that will deliver opportunity and impact for all under the theme Connecting Minds, Creating the Future.”
With the strength of the UAE’s robust infrastructure, geographical positioning and global connectivity, Dubai Expo 2020 can expect to attract 25 million visitors, offering a diverse and exciting international profile for visitors and participants alike. Furthermore, for the first time in the history of World Expo, more than 70% of the visitors are likely to stem from beyond the host nation, offering opportunities to both the developed and developing world.
“The UAE is an important hub for African nations, as it acts as a gateway to Asia, Europe and North America. Dubai Expo 2020 would not only be a win for the UAE, but for us in Africa too. Let’s back it!” added Ashish.
Dubai is competing against three other candidate cities for the honour of hosting the World Expo 2020. The final decision will be made on November 27th in Paris at the BIE General Assembly.
About Mara
Mara Group is a 17 year-old Pan-African multi-sector business conglomerate with extensive operating experience in domestic and international markets. With current operations spanning ICT, manufacturing, real estate, hospitality, agriculture and financial services, the group has investments in businesses that employ over 8,000 people across 21 African countries.
Mara Foundation is Mara Group’s not-for-profit social enterprise. Its core focus is to empower, enable and inspire young leaders and female entrepreneurs, predominantly in Africa.
In 2010, Mara Group was selected by the World Economic Forum as a ‘Global Growth Company’.
For further information, please visit
About the Higher Committee for Hosting the 2020 World Expo in Dubai:
The Higher Committee for Hosting the 2020 World Expo was formed by decree by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister, in his capacity as Ruler of Dubai. His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and Chairman of Emirates Group, serves as Chairman of the Committee.
Additional Committee members include: His Excellency Mohammed Ibrahim Al Shaibani, Director-General of His Highness the Ruler’s Court of Dubai, who serves as Deputy Chairman; Her Excellency Reem Al Hashimy, UAE Minister of State and the Committee’s Managing Director; His Excellency Mattar Mohammed Al Tayer, Chairman of the Roads and Transport Authority; His Excellency Hussain Nasser Lootah, Director General of Dubai Municipality; Major General Khamis Mutar Al Muzainah, Deputy Commander General of Dubai Police; and Mr. Helal Saeed Al Marri, CEO of Dubai World Trade Centre and Director General of Dubai Tourism and Commerce Marketing.
The Committee submits regular reports directly to His Highness Sheikh Mohammed on the outcomes, milestones, challenges, solutions, proposals and recommendations towards achieving the ultimate goal of ensuring success in hosting World Expo 2020.
For further information about the UAE bid, please visit:
Twitter: @Dubaiexpo2020
About the Bureau International des Expositions:
The Paris-based Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) is the intergovernmental organisation in charge of overseeing the calendar, bidding, selection and organisation of World Expos. The BIE was created by an international convention signed in Paris in 1928, which established the rights and responsibilities of Expo organisers and participants. The role of the BIE is to supervise and ensure the application of this Convention.
The BIE’s mission is to maintain the integrity and quality of Expos so that they may continue to educate the public and promote innovation in the service of human progress. Expos must be able to not only provide a benchmark for the human progress made in a given domain, but also propose a roadmap for the way forward – and the BIE works to ensure this.
For further information about the BIE, please visit:
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Source: Mara Group

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October 8, 2013 at 2:28 pm

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Why Entrepreneurs are Moving Beyond the Next Big Thing to Solving the Next Big Problem

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LYON, France/PRNewswire/ — A new book, Planet Entrepreneur, published to coincide with the upcoming World Entrepreneurship Forum in Singapore has highlighted the need for entrepreneurs to work with policy makers and world leaders to create a ‘New Humanism’.
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From energy to education, social needs to social media, a new generation of global entrepreneurs have the opportunity to fundamentally change the planet for the better.
Whether it is climate change, pollution, poverty, economic stagnation, or underemployment – the world needs innovative, workable solutions more than ever.
Through real-life examples, Planet Entrepreneur explains where the entrepreneurial revolution is headed and explains how anyone can become more entrepreneurial.
Written by members of the World Entrepreneurship Forum, the first global think tank fully dedicated to entrepreneurship, each chapter focuses on different aspects of the challenges and opportunities currently being encountered and solved by entrepreneurs, including:
The cutting-edge ideas and real-world skills that today’s best entrepreneurs use most often
Using technology to solve real-world problems
Social entrepreneurship and the end of charity
Empowering women and minority entrepreneurs
The global rise of the self-employed entrepreneur
Opportunities for improving housing, food, sanitation, among the world’s most needy people
Making the marriage of business and the environment work for all
Social media as a launching pad for your ideas
Planet Entrepreneur also outlines how entrepreneurial ‘eco-systems’ can be developed by young and old to provide sustainable growth to benefit the whole planet. From Detroit to Delhi, the teenage tech-whizz and rebel retiree can be part of an entrepreneurial eco-system that helps to provide wealth and social-justice for all.
Planet Entrepreneur explains how the world’s best entrepreneurs are making a profit or meeting a pressing social need, and how you can too. Today’s problems are too urgent and the implications for our future too dire to ignore.
We are now all living on Planet Entrepreneur.
Planet Entrepreneur
Wiley Editions
About the World Entrepreneurship Forum
Founded in 2008 by EMLYON Business School and KPMG France, joined by Action Community for Entrepreneurship and Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, Grand Lyon and Lyon Chamber of Commerce and Industry in France, and Zhejiang University in China, the World Entrepreneurship Forum has already gathered more than 600 members from 75 countries to tackle our world’s most pressing issues with entrepreneurial solutions.
Stephanie Kergall
Valerie Jobard
Source: World Entrepreneurship Forum

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October 8, 2013 at 11:17 am

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Cruise Shipping Asia-Pacific Expecting Significant Rise in Attendance

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Cruise Industry Jumping on the Asia-Pacific Bandwagon

NEW YORK, Oct. 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — UBM, owners and organizers of the Cruise Shipping Asia-Pacific conference and exhibition, anticipate a strong increase in attendance at the third edition of the event, set to open Wednesday, October 9.

While cruising is still quite a new concept within the Asia-Pacific market, organizers are already seeing a nearly 20 percent increase over last year’s attendance, based on pre-registration numbers alone. Given that 2012 numbers nearly doubled via on-site registration, total attendance may potentially reach 40 percent higher than previous years at the close of the show on Thursday, October 10th.

Additionally, the size of the trade show floor has increased significantly as well. Exhibitors from all over the world, interested in trading in the Asia-Pacific cruise market have purchased nearly 20 percent more exhibit stand space than the 2012 event.

“The uptick in attendance and exhibit space this year truly mirrors the ongoing growth and expansion of the cruise industry in the Pan-Asia market,” said Daniel Read, Portfolio Director of UBM’s Cruise Portfolio. “The opportunity the cruise lines bring to this market is unprecedented, especially when you take into account passenger sourcing for worldwide destinations and the shipbuilding and repair sector.”

Those elements and others will be thoroughly covered during the conference, which begins with the State of the Cruise Industry in Asia plenary session on Wednesday, October 9 at 10:00am. Relevant concurrent sessions will follow in the afternoon and the following day.

The exhibition officially opens Wednesday morning at 9:30 a.m. and closes Thursday afternoon at 5 p.m. In addition, a tribute to former Asia cruise industry pioneer Rama Rebbapragada will take place when an award is given in his name to an elite contributor to the growth of the Asian cruise market, Wednesday evening during the Welcome Reception. The Rama Rebbapragada Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Cruise Industry in Asia, will be presented by Celebrity Cruises President and CEO, Michael Bayley.

Conference session details can be found at or by clicking here.

For information about exhibiting or attending Cruise Shipping Asia-Pacific visit

WHERE: Marina Bay Sands, Singapore. For more information, visit or contact Intercruises at

MEDIA REGISTRATION: Media credentials are issued to bona fide journalists covering the convention. Review themedia policy, request a media badge on-site at the event registration counter.

Media Contact: Jennifer Rosen, +1-609-759-7604,

Social Media
Additional news, information and announcements about Cruise Shipping Asia-Pacific are available Find Cruise Shipping on Facebook, on TwitterLinkedIn and YouTube.

The Cruise Shipping Portfolio
The Cruise Shipping Portfolio organized by UBM Live includes Cruise Shipping Miami, Cruise Shipping Asia-Pacific and Seatrade Med. Since 1985 Cruise Shipping Miami has been the world’s premier annual event for the global cruise industry, featuring a three-day exhibition and four-day conference that draw more than 11,000 attendees and over 1,000 exhibiting companies from more than 130 countries.

About UBM Live
UBM Live connects people and creates opportunities for companies across five continents to develop new business, meet customers, launch new products, promote their brands and expand their markets. Through premier brands such as Routes, CPhI, IFSEC, TFM&A, Cruise Shipping Miami, the Concrete Show and many others, UBM Live exhibitions, conferences, awards programs, publications, websites and training and certification programs are an integral part of the marketing plans of companies across more than 20 industry sectors.

About UBM Asia (
Owned by UBM plc listed on the London Stock Exchange, UBM Asia is Asia’s leading exhibition organizer and the biggest commercial organizer in mainland China, India and Malaysia. Established with its headquarters in Hong Kong and subsidiary companies across Asia and in the US, UBM Asia has a strong global network of 30 offices and over 1,200 staff in 25 major cities. We operate in 19 market sectors with 160 exhibitions, 75 conferences, 28 trade publications, 18 vertical portals and virtual event services for over 1,000,000 quality exhibitors, visitors, conference delegates, advertisers and subscribers from all over the world.

About Seatrade
Connecting the global cruise community –
Established 40 years ago, Seatrade is a leader in cruise and maritime publications, conferences and exhibitions, training, awards and other special projects. Regular events include international trade exhibitions and conferences across all maritime sectors, management training courses for shipping professionals, training seminars for travel agents and award schemes, including the Seatrade Insider Cruise Awards. Seatrade publications include magazines, supplements and yearbooks, whilst Seatrade Insider provides daily cruise news online at

Source: Cruise Shipping Asia-Pacific

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October 8, 2013 at 11:11 am

Experimental Therapeutics Centre and Debiopharm Group(TM) to Collaborate for the Development of an Epigenetic Innovative Oncology Target

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SINGAPORE and LAUSANNE, Switzerland, Oct. 7, 2013/PRNewswire/ — The Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR)’s Experimental Therapeutics Centre (ETC), a center of excellence to advance and accelerate drug discovery in Singapore, and Debiopharm Group™ (Debiopharm), the Swiss-based global biopharmaceutical company that focuses on the development of prescription drugs that target unmet medical needs including oncology as well as companion diagnostics, today announced the signature of an exclusive research collaboration to develop oral small molecules targeting new class of epigenetic modulators.

Under the terms of the agreement, Debiopharm and ETC will co-finance the discovery phase of the project, whilst Debiopharm will be in charge of development.

“This partnership aims to target tumors with genetic lesions. The use of epigenetic targets is emerging as an effective and valuable approach for personalized medicine strategies for cancer treatment,” said Andres McAllister, Chief Scientific Officer Research & Evaluation, Debiopharm International SA, “ETC represents the perfect partner to develop this project as they are experts in the field of oncology and possess the full range of drug discovery capabilities. Their situation within the Biopolis campus is a major asset for the development of new products.”

ETC is directed by Prof. Alex Matter who has a highly successful track record within the pharmaceutical industry. He was the Global Head of Oncology Research for Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation and he played an important role in the success of several anticancer drugs, including Gleevec/Glivec® and more recently, Tasigna®.

Prof Matter was joined at ETC by a panel of seasoned industry colleagues and has put together a team of experts dedicated to the discovery and development of new medicines. According to Prof Alex Matter, CEO, Experimental Therapeutics Centre, A*STAR: “This joint research collaboration will give both partners the opportunity to leverage on each other’s strengths, with the objective of creating new and more effective treatments against cancer.”

Rolland-Yves Mauvernay, President and founder of Debiopharm Group™ added: “We are very excited to be collaborating with ETC, top oncology and drug discovery experts. This partnership strengthens our presence in Asia in a highly dynamic area for innovation when it comes to the development of new drugs. Furthermore, this collaboration is in line with our strategy focusing on patients outcomes by offering more targeted oncology therapies.”

ETPL, the technology transfer arm of A*STAR, fosters strategic collaborations and deals between academia and industry. ETPL bridged the interests of ETC and Debiopharm, and accelerated the research agreement and licensing deal between both parties in an effort to encourage more of such public-private partnerships.

About Experimental Therapeutics Centre (ETC)

ETC was set up in 2006 to play an increasingly important role in translating early stage scientific discoveries into practical applications. From engaging in early stage drug discovery and development to developing innovative research tools for clinical analysis, as well as setting up public-private partnerships to facilitate the advancement of drug candidates, ETC augments Singapore’s capabilities and resources in the drug discovery process. ETC’s capabilities and resources are currently focused on oncology and infectious diseases. It also incubates new technologies for commercialization and mentors young scientists for careers in the pharmaceutical and biotech industry.

For more information about ETC, please visit

About Debiopharm Group™

Debiopharm Group™ (Debiopharm) is a Swiss-based global biopharmaceutical group of companies with a focus on the development of prescription drugs that target unmet medical needs. The group in-licenses, develops and/or co-develops promising biological and small molecule drug candidates having reached clinical development phases I, II or III, as well as earlier stage candidates. It develops its products for global registration and access to the largest number of patients worldwide. The products are out-licensed to pharmaceutical partners for sales and marketing. Debiopharm is also active in the field of companion diagnostics with a view to progressing in the area of personalized medicine. Debiopharm independently funds the worldwide development of all of its products while providing expertise in pre-clinical and clinical trials, manufacturing, drug delivery and formulation, and regulatory affairs.

For more information about Debiopharm Group™, please visit:

About ETPL

ETPL is the technology transfer arm of the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), Singapore’s lead agency for fostering world-class scientific research and talent. A*STAR oversees 14 biomedical sciences, physical sciences and engineering research institutes, and six consortia and centers. As a one-stop resource, ETPL supports A*STAR in transforming the economy through driving innovation and commercializing its research outcomes.

Also known as Exploit Technologies Pte Ltd, ETPL enhances the research output of A*STAR scientists by translating their inventions into marketable products or processes. Through shaping and facilitating licensing deals and spin-offs, ETPL actively engages industry leaders and players to commercialize A*STAR’s technologies and apply them to building ecosystems that benefit business, industry and economy.

For more information, please visit

About Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR)

Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), Singapore’s lead agency for scientific research and development, is our major tenant with significant presence in Biopolis. It occupies five buildings (Centros, Genome, Matrix, Nanos and Proteos) with a total area of about 120,000 sqm in Biopolis[1]. A*STAR actively nurtures public sector research and development in Biomedical Sciences, and Physical Sciences & Engineering, and spurs growth in Singapore’s key economic clusters by providing human, intellectual and industrial capital to our partners in industry and the healthcare sector. A*STAR currently oversees 14 research institutes and seven consortia & centers located in Biopolis, Fusionopolis and their vicinity. For more information about A*STAR, please visit


1. 100,000sqm and 20,000 sqm of space in both Biopolis Phases 1 and 2 respectively

Debiopharm International SA Contact    
Beatrice Hirt
Communication Coordinator
Tel.: +41-(0)21-321-01-11

Additional Media Contacts
In London
Brian Hudspith
Tel: +44-(0)20-7379-5151

In New York
Russo Partners, LLC
Martina Schwarzkopf, Ph.D.
Account Executive
Tel: +1-212-845-4292

Experimental Therapeutics Centre Contact
31 Biopolis Way
Nanos Level 3
Singapore 138669

Marvin Ng
Tel: +65-9684-2133

Lucia Santoso
Tel: +65-6407-0389

Source: The Debiopharm Group

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October 8, 2013 at 11:04 am

The Medical Nutrition Market in India is Expected to Grow Tremendously in the Next Five Years

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MUMBAI, India /PRNewswire/ —
The medical nutrition market in India is expected to grow tremendously in the next five years. The global market for Medical Nutrition, estimated at US$27.2 billion in 2012 and forecasted to be US$28.8 billion in 2013, is further projected to reach US$40.1 billion by 2018, thereby exhibiting a 2008-2018 CAGR of 5.8%. The Indian medical foods market revenues are expected to reach approximately USD 4.2 Billion in 2017. An increase in aging populations coupled with growing incidences of illnesses and a condition requiring medical nutrition products has resulted in market growth for medical nutrition products. Another key factor driving the market is premature births because of insufficient nutrition supply to mothers, especially in Asia, in the most populous countries such as China and India. Medical nutrition products are witnessing unprecedented demand as against traditional medical nutrition products, opening the gates for a new market dominated by very few players. However, the industry is still in a nascent stage and holds ample opportunity to grow in future. There is a strong need for regulatory clarity, developing customized products, affordable pricing and distribution strategy.
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October 8, 2013 at 10:56 am

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