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BioNano Genomics Announces The Purchase Of The Irys System By The Chinese Academy Of Sciences And Tel Aviv University

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– Epigenetics and comparative genomics will be studied with Irys to advance biomedical research

SAN DIEGO, BEIJING, and TEL AVIV, Israel, Oct. 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — BioNano Genomics announced today the purchase of two IrysTM Systems to be placed at the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing and the School of Chemistry at the Tel Aviv University in Tel Aviv, Israel. These new placements are designed to run the recently released high-throughput chip, IrysChipTM V2, which supports human genome analysis.

“Our new high-throughput chip shows the Irys System can scale to large complex genomes, which is critical to its utility throughout human genomics and epigenomics,” said Han Cao, Ph.D., founder and chief scientific officer of BioNano Genomics. “The Irys System is a versatile and sensitive single molecule imaging platform that allows researchers to rapidly identify structural information over long-range distances with minimal alteration of the native genomic samples. This ability enables them to assemble de novo genomes containing complex, highly variable regions, as well as map epigenomics patterns using various labeling schemes, which are currently in advanced development.”

This purchase marks the first academic order of the Irys System in Asia, and Bin Liu, Ph.D., will be the principal investigator leading the adoption of Irys for the Chinese Academy of Sciences. He heads the Center of Systematic Genomics at Xinjiang Institute of Ecology and Geography and Institute of Oceanology. Dr. Liu’s team will use the Irys System for a wide variety of applications to study eco-systems and bioresources in marine sciences and in arid desert lands, where highly complex genomes are found.

Dr. Liu stated, “We have followed the development of the next-generation of physical mapping technologies closely. Integration of short-read, next-generation sequencing with long-range physical maps has long been the standard of genomics. Today, Irys has started the last step of genome characterization in a way that researchers and practitioners originally envisioned. Most of these are in a category of de novo non-model species. We will not settle for anything less than the complete picture.”

At Tel Aviv University, Dr. Yuval Ebenstein leads the NanoBioPhotonics Lab and will oversee the adoption of Irys. His team is advancing technologies to directly visualize the individual epigenetic modifications in an individual genome. Epigenetics is the study of how gene expression is regulated, via proteins, methylation and other modifications, without altering the underlying DNA sequence. By creating genome maps from individual DNA molecules, up to 1 million base pairs in length, they are unlocking important genetic and epigenetic information about how genes are activated or silenced. Knowing how and why genes are turned on and off is significant to understanding many aspects underlying basic biology, including development, evolution and human disease.

“Next generation sequencing is advancing the genomic exploration in all fields of biology, but it fails to extract the full range of information associated with genetic material,” said Yuval Ebenstein, Ph.D., Senior Lecturer, School of Chemistry, Tel Aviv University. “By directly visualizing DNA, we are able to get important insights into genome structural variation and epigenetic marks that are not accessible through sequencing or DNA arrays.”

The Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Tel Aviv University are among the latest to adopt the Irys System. Others include the New York Genome Center, who are using their Irys for human and cancer genomics, UC San Francisco, for genomic investigations of a range of species from viruses to humans, and Kansas State University, for the i5k Insect and other Arthropod Genome Sequencing Initiative.

About Irys

Irys makes it possible to routinely and accurately detect genomic structural variation and to finish genome assemblies. The fully automated Irys benchtop instrument uses the IrysChip to uncoil and confine long DNA molecules in proprietary Nanochannel Arrays™ where they are uniformly linearized in a highly parallel display for high-resolution, single-molecule imaging. Irys does not employ DNA fragmentation or amplification, which are typical with next-generation sequencing. The result is sequence information over extremely long “reads” ranging from hundreds of kilobases to a megabase, where the sample’s valuable structural information is preserved. Irys makes it possible for researchers to directly observe structural variants including replications, deletions, translocations and inversions.

About BioNano Genomics

Headquartered in San Diego, BioNano Genomics is delivering an altogether better way of gaining a fully informed understanding of genomes. The Company’s platform provides researchers and clinicians the most comprehensive, organized and actionable picture of a genome with unprecedented insights into how the individual components of genomes are ordered, arranged, and interact with each other. BioNano Genomics works with institutions in life science, translational research, molecular diagnostics and personalized medicine. The Company is supported by private investors and grant funding from genomics programs at federal agencies, including the NIH and NIST-ATP.

http://www.bionanogenomics.com/

Notes: BioNano Genomics is a trademark of BioNano Genomics, Inc. Any other names of actual companies, organizations, entities, products or services may be the trademarks of their respective owners.
Source: BioNane Genomics

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October 28, 2013 at 3:43 pm

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Prolexic Shares DDoS Infographic to Highlight Gaming Websites in Denial of Service Attacks

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HOLLYWOOD, Fla., Oct. 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Prolexic Technologies, the global leader in Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) protection services, today shared a DDoS infographic that highlights the problem of attackers leveraging vulnerable multi-player gaming servers in reflection and amplification (DrDoS) attacks. Gaming websites are often targeted by DDoS attackers or hijacked for use in DrDoS attacks against other businesses.
Prolexic Gaming Infographic
Prolexic Gaming Infographic

Each day more than a hundred million people play an online video game, but the gaming servers they use are often insecure and misconfigured, making the servers easy-to-use by criminals and hackers to launch powerful denial of service attacks, including DrDoS attacks.

For more details, the full infographic, Target acquired: Gaming website, is available at http://bit.ly/16wnEdM. To learn more about about the prominence of denial of service attacks involving online gaming communities and the repercussions of DrDoS attacks to online gaming infrastructures, read the white paper, An Analysis of DrDoS and DDoS Attacks Involving the Multiplayer Video Gaming Community.

About Prolexic

Prolexic is the world’s largest, most trusted Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) mitigation provider. Able to absorb the largest and most complex attacks ever launched, Prolexic restores mission-critical Internet-facing infrastructures for global enterprises and government agencies within minutes. Ten of the world’s largest banks and the leading companies in e-Commerce, SaaS, payment processing, travel/hospitality, gaming, energy and other at-risk industries rely on Prolexic to protect their businesses. Founded in 2003 as the world’s first in-the-cloud DDoS mitigation platform, Prolexic is headquartered in Hollywood, Florida, and has scrubbing centers located in the Americas, Europe and Asia. To learn more about how Prolexic can stop DDoS attacks and protect your business, please visit http://www.prolexic.com, follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook, Google+, YouTube, and @Prolexic on Twitter.

Contact:
Michael E. Donner
SVP, Chief Marketing Officer
Prolexic
Media@prolexic.com
+1-954-620-6017
Source: Prolexic Technologies

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October 28, 2013 at 3:23 pm

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The Future of Chemical Companies in South Africa

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Frost & Sullivan holds complimentary presentation assessing how South African companies can diversify to stay ahead

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Oct. 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ —
WHEN: Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. EDT

LOCATION: Online, with free registration

SPEAKERS: Brian Balmer Chemicals, Materials & Food Industry Principal at Frost & Sullivan

Margot Kuhn Chemicals, Materials & Food Industry Analyst at Frost & Sullivan

Avril Harvey Chemicals, Materials & Food Senior Industry Analyst at Frost & Sullivan

In a world of emerging technologies, chemicals companies need to diversify beyond their current scope to remain competitive and secure their position in the African and global chemicals markets. A strategy incorporating further diversification and growth by acquisition into alternative chemicals markets is needed by chemicals companies, as well as extending the geographic footprint to offset slow economic growth in their traditional markets.

Reasons to attend:

Learn about chemicals companies in South Africa
Gain insights into local competitive trends
Learn about chemicals companies’ diversification strategies

As this briefing will identify diversification strategies and discuss the future of chemicals in Africa, it will be of interest both to South African chemical companies, and to global chemicals companies with an interest in the region.

Supporting Quote
“Chemical companies in South Africa need to offset slow growth by increasing their footprint across the rest of Africa,” said Principle Research Analyst at Frost & Sullivan, Brian Balmer. “A strategy to diversify is also needed to secure their future in the African market, as the chemicals industry is set for change- for example mitigating the long-term risks of technology disruptions to the mining chemicals industry.”

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About Frost & Sullivan
Frost & Sullivan, the Growth Partnership Company, works in collaboration with clients to leverage visionary innovation that addresses the global challenges and related growth opportunities that will make or break today’s market participants.

Our “Growth Partnership” supports clients by addressing these opportunities and incorporating two key elements driving visionary innovation: The Integrated Value Proposition and The Partnership Infrastructure.

The Integrated Value Proposition provides support to our clients throughout all phases of their journey to visionary innovation including: research, analysis, strategy, vision, innovation and implementation.
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For more than 50 years, we have been developing growth strategies for the global 1000, emerging businesses, the public sector and the investment community. Is your organization prepared for the next profound wave of industry convergence, disruptive technologies, increasing competitive intensity, Mega Trends, breakthrough best practices, changing customer dynamics and emerging economies?

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October 28, 2013 at 2:52 pm

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Cruelty Free International and The Body Shop Call for a Global Ban on Animal Testing for Cosmetic Purposes

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JAKARTA, Indonesia, Oct. 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ —

Thanks a Million: Petition Delivered to ASEAN with One Million Signatures

Cruelty Free International, supported by The Body Shop, today calls for a global ban on animal testing for cosmetic purposes. A petition with over one million signatures, resulting from a two year global campaign, was delivered to ASEAN to further encourage their efforts to ban animal testing in cosmetics in the region.

(Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20131025/647813-a )

(Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20131025/647813-b )

At a dedicated event during Jakarta Fashion week, hundreds of supporters joined The Body Shop for a presentation to Cruelty Free International in support of their work with ASEAN and Member Governments.

An EU ban on animal tested cosmetics was widely celebrated in March 2013, however over 80% of the world still allows animals to be used in cruel experiments for cosmetic products and their ingredients. In ASEAN there are no regulations or laws banning animal testing of cosmetic products and ingredients or the importing of those tested elsewhere.

Cruelty Free International’s CEO, Michelle Thew, said: “With the fantastic support of The Body Shop we have been able to carry out our largest global campaign to call for a ban on animal testing for cosmetic purposes. A million voices have spoken and we are more determined than ever.”

Jessie Macneil-Brown, Global Campaigns Manager for The Body Shop International said: “For over 20 years The Body Shop has proved that beauty can be cruelty free. One million signatures demonstrate the unwavering passion from our customers as we keep fighting for this cause.”

Cruelty Free International and The Body Shop will be delivering the pledges to 14 governments and regulatory bodies throughout the world.

Notes

There is no worldwide ban on animal testing for cosmetics. Despite progress with some countries and companies, over 80% of the world still allows animals to be used in experiments. In a global market it is important that all countries ban the practice to avoid testing simply moving around the world to those countries with no effective laws.

Cruelty Free International works with governments, regulators and companies. It has placed the issue of animal testing on the agenda of many governments for the first time as part of a global strategy to tackle product testing.

The Body Shop was the first and most long-standing cosmetics company to take action on the issue of animal testing in cosmetics. In 1996 founder Dame Anita Roddick joined Cruelty Free International’s founding organisation the BUAV and European partners in presenting a petition containing 4 million signatures to the European Commission. The Body Shop was the first international cosmetics company to gain BUAV certification under the Humane Cosmetics Standard, launched in 1997, and proudly displays the Leaping Bunny logo in their stores worldwide.

Source: The Body Shop

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October 28, 2013 at 11:14 am

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Cognizant Positioned in the “Leaders” Quadrant of Gartner’s 2013 Magic Quadrant for CRM Service Providers Worldwide

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 Evaluation Based on Completeness of Vision and Ability to Execute

TEANECK, New Jersey, Oct. 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Cognizant (NASDAQ: CTSH) today announced that it has been positioned by Gartner Inc. in the “Leaders” quadrant of the 2013 Magic Quadrant for CRM Service Providers Worldwide[1].

According to the Gartner, Inc. report, “Leaders are performing well today, gaining traction and mind share in the market; they have a clear vision of market direction and are actively building competencies to sustain their leadership position in the market.” It stated, “CRM implementation services continue to be in high demand. Service providers are widening beyond CRM software to include consulting, analytics, digital enterprise and social CRM.”

The Magic Quadrant focuses on the CRM consulting and solution implementation market worldwide. The relative positioning of service providers was based on the “ability to execute” and “completeness of vision.” The ability to execute was assessed on a provider’s core services, overall business, financial, strategic, and organizational viability, sales execution/pricing, market responsiveness and track record, customer experience, and operations. The factors considered in assessing a provider’s completeness of vision consisted of market understanding, innovation, and the strategies for sales and marketing, service offerings, and industry and geographical focus.

“The ever evolving dynamics of social media and lower barriers to switching products and service providers mean that building strong customer relationships must increasingly be at the forefront of business transformation and competitive advantage. The focus of CRM has moved to building and managing the entire customer experience,” said Peter Grambs, Senior Vice President of Cognizant’s Customer Solutions Practice. “We believe Cognizant’s positioning in the Leaders quadrant speaks to the strength of our extensive experience implementing CRM solutions across markets, countries and industries, and our consulting-led ability to address specific industry requirements for CRM via mobile, social and e-commerce channels. In delivering the right messages to the right customers at the right time through the right channels, we feel that Cognizant helps clients ‘run better’ and ‘run different’ by addressing the opportunities and complexities presented by virtualized business models and structural shifts in technology.”

[1] Gartner, Inc. “Magic Quadrant for CRM Service Providers, Worldwide,” by Patrick J. Sullivan and Ed Thompson, September 18, 2013, ID Number: G00248693. Click here to access the full report.

Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner’s research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

About Cognizant
Cognizant (NASDAQ: CTSH) is a leading provider of information technology, consulting, and business process outsourcing services, dedicated to helping the world’s leading companies build stronger businesses. Headquartered in Teaneck, New Jersey (U.S.), Cognizant combines a passion for client satisfaction, technology innovation, deep industry and business process expertise, and a global, collaborative workforce that embodies the future of work. With over 50 delivery centers worldwide and approximately 164,300 employees as of June 30, 2013, Cognizant is a member of the NASDAQ-100, the S&P 500, the Forbes Global 2000, and the Fortune 500 and is ranked among the top performing and fastest growing companies in the world. Visit us online atwww.cognizant.com or follow us on Twitter: Cognizant.

Forward-Looking Statements
This press release includes statements which may constitute forward-looking statements made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, the accuracy of which are necessarily subject to risks, uncertainties, and assumptions as to future events that may not prove to be accurate. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied include general economic conditions and the factors discussed in our most recent Form 10-K and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Cognizant undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

Source: Cognizant

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October 28, 2013 at 11:07 am

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Andreas Liebheit becomes Global Manager for Heraeus Photovoltaics Business Unit

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WEST CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa. /PRNewswire/ — Heraeus Photovoltaics Business Unit announces that effective November 1, 2013, Andreas Liebheit will join the company as a new executive member. Liebheit will be transitioning into the Global Management role of the Heraeus Photovoltaics Business Unit, replacing Andy London, the current Global Manager, upon his retirement in January 2014.
Andreas Liebheit has held leadership positions in the solar industry since 2006. Recently, he led Hanwha SolarOne as their Managing Director and Vice President of their EMEA business sector. Earlier, he was a Business Unit Manager for Solon Energy. His career initiated in the semiconductor industry where he held leadership positions with Siemens and Infineon. Liebheit earned a master’s degree in physics from Munich University in 1996.
Andy London, Vice President of Heraeus Precious Metals North America Conshohocken LLC, has been with Heraeus for over forty years in a variety of roles in the area of thick film pastes for the electronic industry. In 2009 he assumed the position as Global Manager for the Photovoltaics Business Unit where he led the group to a leadership position as a developer and manufacturer of metallization pastes for solar cells.
About the Heraeus Photovoltaics Business Unit
The Heraeus Photovoltaics Business Unit is an industry leading developer and manufacturer of silver metallization pastes for the photovoltaic industry. For over 40 years, Heraeus has built a reputation of innovation, extensive research and new product development in thick film technologies for some of the most prominent companies within a variety of industries. In the field of photovoltaics, the Heraeus Photovoltaics Business Unit applies this history and its innovative technology to offer metallization pastes for solar cell applications. The Heraeus SOL Series of silver pastes is specially formulated to provide higher efficiencies and wider processing windows, resulting in better yields and higher output for cell manufacturers.
Heraeus, the precious metals and technology group headquartered in Hanau, Germany, is a global, private company with more than 160 years of tradition. Our fields of competence include precious metals, materials and technologies, sensors, biomaterials and medical products, quartz glass, and specialty light sources. In the financial year 2012 Heraeus generated product revenues of EUR 4.2 billion and precious metal trading revenues of EUR 16 billion. With more than 12,200 employees in over 100 subsidiaries worldwide, Heraeus holds a leading position in its global markets.
Source: Heraeus Photovoltaics Business Unit

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October 28, 2013 at 11:05 am

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One Million People Join Cruelty Free International and The Body Shop to Call for a Global Ban on Animal Testing for Cosmetics

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LONDON, Oct. 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Cruelty Free International and The Body Shop have today announced the success of their global pledge with the support of one million people calling for a worldwide ban on animal testing for cosmetics. The pledges will now be delivered to governments and regulatory bodies throughout the world.

(Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20131025/648040-a)
(Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20131025/648040-b)

The Body Shop supported Cruelty Free International, the first global organisation solely dedicated to ending the use of animals to test cosmetics products throughout the world, by asking customers in stores across 65 countries, including the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Korea, Japan and Russia to sign a pledge calling for an end to these tests on animals. It has been the largest and most ambitious campaign ever to seek a global ban on the use of animals to test cosmetics.

The European Union ban on animal tested cosmetics was widely celebrated in March 2013, however, Cruelty Free International is continuing to campaign for a global ban as over 80% of the world still allows animals to be used in cruel experiments for cosmetics products.

Cruelty Free International’s Chief Executive Michelle Thew, said: “With the fantastic support of The Body Shop we have been able to carry out the largest global campaign to call for a ban on animal testing for cosmetic purposes. A million voices have spoken and we are more determined than ever.”

Jessie Macneil-Brown, Global Campaigns Manager for The Body Shop International said: “For over 20 years The Body Shop has proved that beauty can be cruelty free. One million signatures demonstrate the unwavering passion from our customers as we keep fighting for this cause.”

Notes to Editor
There is no worldwide ban on animal testing for cosmetics. Despite progress with some countries and companies, over 80% of the world still allows animals, including rabbits and guinea pigs, to be used in experiments. In a global market it is important that all countries ban the practice to avoid testing simply moving around the world to those countries with no effective laws.

Cruelty Free International works with governments, regulators, companies and partner organisations worldwide. It has placed the issue of animal testing on the agenda of many governments for the very first time as part of a global strategy to tackle product testing. www.crueltyfreeinternational.org

The Body Shop was the first and most long-standing cosmetics company to take action on the issue of animal testing in cosmetics. In 1996 founder Dame Anita Roddick joined Cruelty Free International’s founding organisation the BUAV and European partners in presenting a petition containing 4 million signatures to the European Commission. The Body Shop was the first international cosmetics company to gain BUAV certification under the Humane Cosmetics Standard, launched in 1997, and proudly displays the Leaping Bunny logo in their stores worldwide. http://www.thebodyshop.com

Contact: media@crueltyfreeinternational.org
or +44(0)-7850-510-955 or +44(0)-207-619-6978.

Source: Cruelty Free International

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October 28, 2013 at 10:51 am

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