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Frost & Sullivan Applauds Brainlab for Delivering Operational Excellence through Buzz (TM), a Digital O.R. Integration Solution

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By transforming data into clinically relevant information, Buzz enhances surgical efficiency and productivity for its customers

LONDON, March 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Based on its recent research on the operating rooms (O.R.) integration market, Frost & Sullivan presents Brainlab with the 2014 European Frost & Sullivan Award for Customer Value Leadership for developing Buzz™, a digital O.R. integration solution. Buzz offers real-time access to patient data, thereby increasing surgical efficiency in the O.R. This is a significant advantage in healthcare, given the increasing number of procedures and shortage of surgical staff. It also enhances customer value by facilitating the surgical workflow through software-based support.

Buzz has an interactive touch-based digital imaging and communications in medicine (DICOM) viewer and video-routing capabilities, which enriches data using intelligent algorithms. Unlike competing O.R. solutions that depend on external displays to view the DICOM images, Buzz has a single integrated solution. The connections to video routing and connected displays can be easily performed without using a video matrix, and the O.R. solution comes with an attached workstation.

The key differentiating element of Buzz is that it is based on software, while other solutions in the market rely on hardware. Buzz also serves as the conduit of information between O.R.s and a variety of healthcare applications. It has the ability to perform live conferencing, stream and record.

“Buzz facilitates data management in the O.R., as the computer and Internet-protocol (IP) based system, coupled with control interface, enable intuitive management of medical images and patient data,” said Frost & Sullivan Research Analyst Shruthi Parakkal. “Buzz is easily adaptable, as its flexible modular configurations are designed to fit the needs of any O.R.”

Moreover, the flexibility to use Buzz for a multitude of O.R. applications allows hospitals to maximise their return on investment (ROI) and increase productivity. Buzz also has provisions for planning functionality and image fusion, which help physicians to view a computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan in the same plane and compare them side by side.

“Brainlab has developed close relations with the medical community and incorporates their feedback during the development of product prototypes,” noted Parakkal. “This customer-centric approach also provides the physicians and other O.R. staff members with an opportunity to get acquainted with the latest technology from Brainlab.”

The company has established Brainlab Academy® to provide hands-on training to medical professionals at its offices and selected hospitals. It offers support to clients across the entire sales-service spectrum and helps them achieve assured ROI.

Overall, Buzz is an intelligent hub that routes patient information, which is enhanced using intelligent algorithms, to multiple displays so that O.R. staff can access, record and stream the information from a variety of interactive applications.

Each year, Frost & Sullivan presents this award to a company that has demonstrated excellence in implementing strategies that proactively create value for its customers with a focus on improving the return on the investment that customers make in its services or products. The award recognises the company’s inordinate focus on enhancing the value that its customers receive, beyond simply good customer service, leading to improved customer retention and ultimately customer base expansion.

Frost & Sullivan’s Best Practices Awards recognize companies in a variety of regional and global markets for demonstrating outstanding achievement and superior performance in areas such as leadership, technological innovation, customer service, and strategic product development. Industry analysts compare market participants and measure performance through in-depth interviews, analysis, and extensive secondary research in order to identify best practices in the industry.

About Brainlab

Brainlab, headquartered in Munich, develops, manufactures and markets software-driven medical technology, enabling access to and consistency of advanced, less invasive patient treatment.

Core products revolve around information-guided surgery, precision radiation therapy, and information and knowledge sharing that fosters interdisciplinary collaboration. Brainlab technology currently powers treatments in the fields of neurosurgery, radiosurgery/radiotherapy, orthopaedics, ENT, CMF, spine, and trauma.

Privately held since its formation in 1989, Brainlab has more than 5,000 systems installed in about 95 countries. Brainlab employs 1,150 people in 17 offices worldwide, including 290 research & development engineers, who form a crucial part of the product development team. To learn more about Brainlab, visit

Ann Marie LaCasha
Director Corporate Marketing
P: +1-708-486-1924
T: @Brainlab

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.
The Partnership Infrastructure is entirely unique as it constructs the foundation upon which visionary innovation becomes possible. This includes our 360 degree research, comprehensive industry coverage, career best practices as well as our global footprint of more than 40 offices.

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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March 5, 2014 at 5:08 pm

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Ford Mustang’s 50th Anniversary Inspires Limited Edition OPI Nail Lacquer Collection

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LOS ANGELES, March 4, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — OPI Products Inc., a subsidiary of COTY Inc., and Ford Motor Company today announced a unique collaboration featuring the iconic Ford Mustang. The popular pony car — celebrating its 50th anniversary in April — will serve as the inspiration for a line of OPI limited edition nail lacquers that will launch internationally in July.
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“OPI is thrilled to partner with one of the world’s top automotive companies in celebrating 50 years of Ford Mustang,” said Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Co-Founder and Executive Vice President. “For women, cars and nail lacquer offer a way to express personality. This new collection will deliver elements of sophistication, luxury, power and style fitting for both OPI and Mustang consumers.”
The collection’s hero shade, Race Red, is a tribute to one of Mustang’s most iconic colors.
“Ford Mustang inspires passion like no other car, and we are excited to be working with OPI on an exclusive collection that captures the spirit of our iconic car,” says Melanie Banker, Mustang marketing manager. “There is no better way to express Mustang’s bold personality and the excitement it creates than through color.”
Celebrating an Icon
The Ford Mustang is about to become the newest member of a very exclusive club — vehicles in continuous production for 50 years. Over the last five decades, Mustang has gained worldwide popularity and has become an enduring part of pop culture with more than 9.2 million Ford Mustangs sold and roughly 3,000 appearances on film and TV — including its upcoming big screen appearance as the hero car in “Need for Speed.”
Mustang’s unique combination of style, performance and affordability established an entirely new class of sporty cars, and its next chapter unfolds with the all-new Ford Mustang. Its most advanced version yet, the 2015 Mustang features an all-new sophisticated design — clearly inspired by its 50-year heritage — and a host of new innovative technologies and connectivity systems.

About OPI
As the world leader in the professional nail care industry, OPI is committed to providing high-quality products and services to both salons and their customers, along with a focus on industry safety and innovation. Known for its exceptional formula, fashionable colors and iconic names, OPI’s heavily-pigmented lacquers are super rich, long-lasting and chip-resistant – offering an affordable luxury to consumers. Currently, OPI is available in over 100 countries and offers a full line of professional items, including nail treatments, finishing products, lotions, manicure/pedicure products, files, tools and acrylics. In addition, OPI offers more than 100 GelColor shades. OPI is a subsidiary of COTY Inc (NYSE: COTY). Coty is a leading global beauty company with net revenues of $4.6 billion for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2013. For more information, visit OPI at Follow OPI on Twitter @OPI_Products or become a fan at
About Ford Motor Company
Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With about 181,000 employees and 65 plants worldwide, the company’s automotive brands include Ford and Lincoln. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford and its products worldwide, please visit
Source: OPI Products Inc.

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March 5, 2014 at 5:01 pm

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Volvo and Apple Forge Global Alliance

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GOTHENBURG, Sweden /PRNewswire/ — Volvo Car Group and Apple Inc. are joining forces to make Apple’s widely-used and hugely admired operating system available to drivers, bringing together one of the world’s most progressive car companies and the world’s most famous technology company.
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The alliance promises to transform the in car experience. Called Apple CarPlay, the new service brings all the features and services familiar to iPad, iPhone or iPod users directly into the car via Volvo’s large centre console touch screen display.
The first car to offer Apple CarPlay will be the all new XC90 SUV which will be introduced later in 2014, one of the most anticipated cars of recent years, replacing the original XC90, which redefined the SUV and became the best selling model in Volvo’s history.
Volvo enhances Apple’s capabilities by linking them to a specially-developed interface that allows drivers to use voice and touch controls to access Apple features and services, ensuring the entire interaction is always safe and easy to use.
With Apple CarPlay, users will immediately recognise their basic iPhone applications, such as phone, messages, music and navigation. The initial offer also features third party audio apps including Spotify, the popular music streaming service.
Volvo’s unique portrait screen gives users the benefit of having both Volvo and Apple content co-existing simultaneously, removing the need to switch between a dedicated car and iPhone screen.
“iPhone users will feel completely at home in a new Volvo. We have created a wholly-integrated user experience in our large portrait-oriented touch screen that takes the in-car mobile device experience to a new level. That, coupled with the obvious driver safety benefits of an advanced voice control system like Siri, made Apple a perfect match for Volvo,” says Håkan Samuelsson, President and CEO, Volvo Car Group.
Apple CarPlay allows connection of iPhone to the car through a Lightning cable – with Wi-Fi coming in the near future.
The connection is based on a streaming H.264 video feed that returns user input from the touch screen.
Apple CarPlay will be available in forthcoming Volvo models based on the new Scalable Product Architecture (SPA), starting with the all-new Volvo XC90 later in 2014.
Media Contact
Volvo Car Group
Phone: +46-31-596525
Mobile: +46-31-596525
Source: Volvo Car Group

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March 5, 2014 at 4:41 pm

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Frost & Sullivan’s Key Takeaways from the 2014 Mobile World Congress

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– Complimentary Frost & Sullivan Analyst Briefing shares a 360-degree view of highlights from the global telecommunications event of the year

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., March 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ —


11:00 a.m. ET on Wednesday, March 5,



Online webinar



Frost & Sullivan Emerging Telecoms

Director Ronald Gruia

More than 85,000 attendees from 200 countries attended the marquee global telecommunications event of the year, Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, taking place Feb. 24-27, 2014. For the second year in a row, the event organizers, GSMA, picked the more remote yet more spacious Fira Gran Via as its venue, where roughly 1,800 companies from around the world demonstrated the latest innovations in various product lines.

MWC 2014 Key Themes:

The ongoing 4G/LTE global ramp up, including the build-up of more network coverage, capacity and density
Software defined networking (SDN) and network function virtualization (NFV), both of which are IT-led initiatives geared towards achieving capital expenditure and operating expense savings, and a more streamlined architecture
New handset launches
LTE Advanced and carrier aggregation benefits
The advent of 5G and the Internet of Things (IoT)
Continued effort made by carriers to combat the over the top (OTT) threat of nimbler startups

This briefing will offer a 360-degree perspective of these and other key issues, based on the feedback received in meetings held at MWC with more than 50 members of the entire mobile value chain. The webinar will provide key takeaways and emerging trends from these discussions, including conversations with mobile carriers, network equipment vendors and application developers from around the world. This session will benefit telecom infrastructure providers, application developers, value added services vendors, system integrators, handset and chipset manufacturers, and telecom operators.

Analyst Quote
“This year’s MWC marked the advent of several new technologies, including software defined networking (SDN) and network function virtualization (NFV), with several vendors demonstrating use cases and their solution portfolios at the show,” according to Frost & Sullivan Director Ronald Gruia. “Furthermore, we also witnessed the kick-off of 5G research, with the launch of the European Union 5G Infrastructure private-public-partnership initiative and some interesting demos showcased by NTT DOCOMO. The overall mood at MWC was optimistic as capital expenditure (CAPEX) trends have stabilized and look favorable going forward as operators adopt 4G, VoLTE and LTE-A.”


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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.
The Partnership Infrastructure is entirely unique as it constructs the foundation upon which visionary innovation becomes possible. This includes our 360 degree research, comprehensive industry coverage, career best practices as well as our global footprint of more than 40 offices.

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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March 5, 2014 at 4:30 pm

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Ziehm Imaging: Winner at the IAIR GLOBAL AWARDS 2014

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NUREMBERG, Germany /PRNewswire/ —
German C-arm manufacturer honored as Best Company for Innovation & Leadership during award ceremony in Hong Kong
Ziehm Imaging is announced to be the winner in the category “Best Company for Innovation & Leadership” at this year’s IAIR GLOBAL AWARDS. More than 500 attendees were present at the award dinner held at the Sheraton Tower in Hong Kong last Friday.
The IAR AWARDS constantly seek for excellence in small and large companies worldwide. The nominees for the different categories of the 4th annual IAIR AWARDS were defined through an online survey with more than 50,000 participants. The winners were then accounted for by the IAIR judging panel, based on a range of selection criteria including sustainability, business results, and leadership in the company’s field. In the innovation category, the jury was looking for a company developing technological improvements aimed at meeting customer demand in a changing environment.
“We feel honored to be a winner at the IAIR AWARDS,” says Martin Herzmann, Director Global Marketing at Ziehm Imaging. “The innovation & leadership award proves that our focus on innovation leadership in a clearly defined market segment is the right strategy.”
The mid-sized manufacturer has stood for mobile X-ray-based imaging for 40 years, and is the acknowledged technological leader in mobile C-arms. With its innovative solutions, the company has played a significant role in the rapid development of mobile X-ray technology in recent years. Since the company was founded in 1972, more than 10,000 Ziehm Imaging C-arms have been installed in hospitals and medical facilities around the globe.
Press contact:
Ziehm Imaging
Martin Herzmann
Director Global Marketing
Tel: +49-911-2172-0
Source: Ziehm Imaging

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March 5, 2014 at 4:22 pm

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Henderson Global Investors granted permission for 40 Leadenhall Street, London

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– 910,000 sq ft building offering world class office and retail accommodation –
– 34 storeys tall building will complement London’s skyline –
LONDON, Feb. 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Henderson Global Investors’ c.£12.7 billion Property Business has secured a resolution to grant planning permission from the City of London for its scheme at 40 Leadenhall Street.
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The exciting, high quality building — dubbed ‘Gotham City’ when plans were initially unveiled — is located in the heart of the City’s Eastern Cluster of tall buildings. It will vary in height between 7 and 34 office storeys, with two additional basement levels, a roof level plant, (total height 170m AOD) a flexible retail/cafe and restaurant uses at ground floor level and cafe/restaurant with roof terrace overlooking Fenchurch Street. The total size of the building is 910,000 sq ft NIA, split between 890,000 sq ft office and c. 20,000 sq ft retail.
The building is located in the City of London’s established and dynamic insurance district of EC3 . The site is very well served with public transport surrounded by various bus routes, underground and overground stations. A grade II listed building at 19-21 Billiter Street, built in 1865, will be restored and integrated into the proposed scheme. It is estimated that 390 FTE construction jobs will be created on the site and approximately 7,000 people are expected to work in the building when complete.
The scheme has been designed by award-winning international architectural practice, “Make”, and is formed of vertical slices arranged around the listed building which create a striking and considered vertical composition to complement the more curved and leaning buildings on the London skyline. The tallest part of the building is positioned at the northern end of the site to take account of neighbouring tall buildings and steps down in height toward the River Thames and Tower of London to the south. The proposed new building is also terraced at high level on the northern side of Leadenhall Street so that it remains out of sight when travelling east along Fleet Street along the ceremonial route to St Paul’s Cathedral. Ground floor entrance and retail frontages are set back to create generous pedestrian zones, wider pavements and spaces along key pedestrian routes on adjacent Leadenhall Street, Fenchurch Street, Billiter Street and Fenchurch Buildings.
Nick Deacon, Director of Property, Central London Offices, Henderson Global Investors, said: “We are delighted to have achieved a resolution to grant planning permission for what will be a very exciting addition to the London skyline and a valuable contribution to the City’s ever evolving tower cluster. This is a significant step forward for the project. We are committed to progressing the scheme and have begun to explore a number of options to achieve this.”
Geoff Harris, Director of Property Development, Henderson Global Investors, said: “The completed scheme will fit in with the rich urban character of streets and spaces of EC3 with tall towers and lower rise blocks, primary thoroughfares, hidden alleyways and discreet public spaces. The shifting vertical planes of the scheme rise to complement the cluster of tall buildings on the skyline and sensitively terrace down in southern views from and across the River Thames to respect local and strategic views.”
Paul Scott, Make partner and lead project architect, said: “We are thrilled our scheme has achieved a resolution to grant planning permission and look forward to delivering a world class 21st century building that will both enhance the City’s insurance district and reinforce its premier global position. The design breaks new ground and will join the City of London’s iconic portfolio of modern buildings.”
The development has been designed to meet the BREEAM NC 2011 Excellent standard and the sustainability measures proposed will allow the Building Emissions Rate to be reduced by a minimum of 40% below Part L2A of the 2010 Building Regulations. The building has 1.067 bicycle spaces with additional mobility scooter charging spaces, 113 showers and two disabled car parking spaces.
Henderson acquired the ‘Leadenhall Triangle’ site on behalf of clients in May 2011. Its Central London Office team currently owns c.£900 million of assets across the main sub-markets of Central London. Its standing investment portfolio extends to 2 million sq ft of office accommodation and its development portfolio provides for a further 850,000 sq ft. The team has a strong track record in the delivery of high quality schemes in the London market.
Contact Details:
Associate Director, PR, Property +44 (0) 20 7818 4441
Gemma Bradley

Marketing & PR Executive, Property +44 (0) 20 7818 4011
Sophie Hinder-Walbank
About Henderson Property
Henderson is a leading property asset manager with c.£12.7 billion (as at 30 September 2013) of property funds under management across Europe, Asia and the US. The property team comprises over 200 staff based in offices across Europe, Asia and the US. The company has offices in Amsterdam, Beijing, Chicago, Frankfurt, Hartford, Hong Kong, London, Luxembourg, Madrid, Milan, Paris, Singapore, Stockholm, Sydney & Vienna. It also has additional asset management capabilities through a joint venture in Hamburg.
The property business manages pooled and segregated accounts which invest in properties offering coreand value-added returns. In addition to investing across all commercial sectors, the property business alsomanages funds with sector specialist and/or regional themes. Henderson’s property business includes amarket-leading research capability.
In June 2013, Henderson Global Investors and TIAA-CREF announced their intention to launch a new globalreal estate investment management company, TIAA Henderson Real Estate. It is due to be established inQ1 2014 and will consist of TIAA-CREF’s European real estate business and Henderson’s European andAsia Pacific-based real estate businesses. It will also operate a global distribution and servicing platform onbehalf of its own assets and those belonging to TIAA-CREF in North America, representing c.£42bn of realestate assets. The global scale of the company places it as one of the industry’s largest companies and willoffer clients expanded investment opportunities in the global real estate market while helping to acceleratethe growth of each firm’s real estate business, providing access to global capabilities across all sectors ofthe market.
About Henderson Global Investors
Established in 1934, Henderson Global Investors is a leading independent global asset management firm.The company provides its institutional, retail and high net-worth clients with access to skilled investmentprofessionals representing a broad range of asset classes, including equities, fixed income, property andprivate capital. With its principal place of business in London, Henderson is one of Europe’s largestinvestment managers, with an estimated £70.8 billion assets under management (as at 30 September 2013)and employs over 1000 people world-wide.
About Make Architects
Make is a studio of architects and designers committed to designing buildings, spaces and places which areas striking and innovative as they are socially, economically and environmentally responsible. Founded byKen Shuttleworth in 2004, the practice has established itself as one of the UK’s foremost architecturalfirms, with studios based in London, Hong Kong and Beijing. Current projects range in scale from privatehouses, residential towers and office developments to sports facilities, hospitals and urban masterplans.
Source: Henderson Global Investors

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March 5, 2014 at 4:16 pm

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Thomson Reuters Launches 2014 Academic Reputation Survey

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Initiative provides an insider’s view of research institutions and fuels the esteemed Times Higher Education World University Rankings

PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — The Intellectual Property & Science business of Thomson Reuters, the world’s leading source of information for businesses and professionals, today announced the launch of its 2014 Academic Reputation Survey. This is the fifth consecutive year of the survey, which is conducted to gain a clearer understanding of the global research landscape and to inform the renowned Times Higher Education World University Rankings. The survey will open on March 3 and run till the submission deadline on April 18.

The survey, which is the largest of its kind, takes a unique approach to data-gathering and analytics by directly engaging more than 300,000 academics and researchers to gain a more accurate view into the institutional research sphere. The respondents are asked to identify the institutions they consider to be the best in terms of research and teaching, in specific regions, as well as globally. Responses form a key building block, along with scholarly output, citation patterns and funding levels, for the Thomson Reuters Global Institutional Profiles database, the industry’s gold-standard resource used to power the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, which are published in October.

Respondents are asked to answer questions in six subject areas: engineering and technology; physical sciences; life sciences; clinical, preclinical and health; social sciences; and, arts and humanities.

To prevent language or translation bias, the survey is offered in nine languages: Arabic, Brazilian Portuguese, European Portuguese, English, French, German, Japanese, Simplified Chinese and Spanish.

“We are pleased to continue the Academic Reputation Survey with Times Higher Education and expect to see even more participants this year as awareness of the survey spreads,” said Gordon Macomber, managing director, Thomson Reuters Scientific & Scholarly Research. “This initiative is critical in providing the academic community with an honest, user-based assessment of the global research landscape. It gives academics and researchers the opportunity to highlight what they see as the strongest universities within their fields.”

Thomson Reuters InCites™, the company’s customized, web-based research evaluation solution and platform in which Global Institutional Profiles resides, was designed to create data-driven profiles of research-focused universities by combining citation data from the Web of Science, the premier research platform for information in the sciences, social sciences, arts, and humanities, with information provided by the institutions and scholarly community.

Learn more about the 2014 Academic Reputation Survey, InCites and Web of Science.

About Thomson Reuters
Thomson Reuters is the world’s leading source of intelligent information for businesses and professionals. We combine industry expertise with innovative technology to deliver critical information to leading decision makers in the financial and risk, legal, tax and accounting, intellectual property and science and media markets, powered by the world’s most trusted news organization. For more information, go


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March 5, 2014 at 4:08 pm

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Northstar Travel Media Acquires Leading B2B Travel Media Brands in Asia

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SECAUCUS, N.J., March 4, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Northstar Travel Media, the leading business-to-business information company serving the travel and meetings industries, has acquired Travel Weekly China, Travel Weekly Asia, and Events China from Contineo Media, a multi-platform information provider based in Singapore, with locations in Beijing and Shanghai.
The acquisition of these travel trade titles brings together Northstar’s leading North American brand, Travel Weekly, with Asia-based editions to create an international network with platforms serving the fast-growing global retail/leisure segment of the travel industry.
Travel Weekly China provides the travel industry in China with vital trade news and market intelligence. It is distributed monthly to 12,000 qualified and authorized travel trade professionals in mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau. Travel Weekly China and Travel Weekly Asia e-newsletters are delivered daily to more than 42,000 travel industry leaders.
Northstar has established Northstar Travel Media Singapore Pte Ltd as its legal and corporate entity for these brands. The Travel Weekly China and Travel Weekly Asia teams, including Publisher Susan Li, will report to Bob Sullivan, Executive Vice President of Northstar Travel Media.
The acquisition also includes Events China, a MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Events) industry brand serving China through print, e-books, events and the leading industry awards programs. Northstar is the dominant media company serving the North American meetings industry, with leading brands including Meetings & Conventions, Successful Meetings, Meeting News, and Incentive. The company plans to aggressively expand its presence in the fast-growing China MICE market.
Events will be co-branded and re-launched as M&C Events China and M&C Asia and the staff will report to Bernie Schraer, Senior Vice President/Group Publisher, and Lori Cioffi, Senior Vice President/Editorial Director, both of Northstar Meetings Group.
In conjunction with the transaction, Irene Chua, an experienced travel trade media executive based in Singapore, has joined Northstar as the group publisher of the Northstar Travel Media Singapore brands including Travel Weekly Asia and M&C Asia. Ms. Chua is the former associate publisher of Travel Weekly Asia and Travel Weekly China, as well as a former associate publisher at TTG Asia Media Pte Ltd.
“The addition of Travel Weekly China, Travel Weekly Asia, and Events China expands our portfolio into the largest and fastest growing travel markets in the world,” said Thomas Kemp, chairman and CEO of Northstar Travel Media. “We’re very pleased that a very talented travel industry team will be joining us to build the Travel Weekly and Events brands in the Asia Pacific region.”
“Today’s travel professionals need relevant and timely information impacting their business,” said Susan Li. “By joining forces with Northstar Travel Media, Travel Weekly China and TravelWeekly Asia will provide audiences and advertisers access to a global suite of information and media platforms. We look forward to creating a powerful partnership and many years of continued growth as part of the Northstar team.”
According to PhoCusWright’s Asia Pacific Online Travel Overview Sixth Edition, the Asia-Pacific region surged past Europe to become the world’s largest regional travel market in 2012, with US$326 billion in gross travel bookings. Despite weakening of prominent local APAC currencies against the U.S. dollar, PhoCusWright projects 10% growth for China and 12% growth for the Southeast Asian travel markets from 2012-2015. At US$106.3 billion in 2013 of gross bookings, China is the largest travel market in the APAC region.
About Travel Weekly China and TravelWeekly Asia
Travel Weekly China and TravelWeekly Asia rank as Asia’s leading travel industry b2b information brands, headquartered in Singapore, with offices in Beijing and Shanghai.
As a multi-platform information provider, the Travel Weekly brands connect buyers and sellers through print products, websites, electronic newsletters, e-books, video channels, conferences and leading industry awards including the China Travel Weekly Industry Awards.
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Events China:
About Northstar Travel Media
Northstar Travel Media LLC is the leading provider of news, information and data for the travel, meetings and hospitality industries and parent of brands including Travel Weekly, Business Travel News, Travel Procurement, PhoCusWright, Meetings & Conventions, Successful Meetings, Meeting News, Incentive, TravelAge West, Family Getaways, Explorer, Your Travel Insider and Luxury Cruise News.
Northstar’s electronic directories — Travel Weekly’s Hotel and Travel Index, Official Cruise Guide, and M&C Facilities Search and Successful Meetings Facilities Search — provide in-depth data on hotels, meeting and convention properties, and business travel in the United States and internationally.
In addition to its directories and periodicals, Northstar publishes a number of online subscription information resources, including The Beat, Travel42, STAR Service Online, Intelliguide Corporate and BTP24.
Northstar produces more than 40 face-to-face events including The PhoCusWright Conference, PhoCusWright Europe, CruiseWorld, Global Travel Marketplace, M&C InterAct, Successful Meetings Universities, The Beat Live, Tech Talk, Business Travel Trends and Forecast Forums and the Travel Weekly Leadership Forums.
Northstar also is an industry leader in marketing services, custom communications, content licensing and database management serving the travel and meetings industries through Northstar Marketing Solutions.
Based in Secaucus, NJ, the company also has offices in New York, NY; Glen Ellyn, IL; Los Angeles, CA; and Winston-Salem, NC.
Northstar Travel Media, LLC is a portfolio company of Wicks Group of Companies LLC, a leading private equity investor in the information and business services, communications, and media sectors.
Thomas Kemp
Chairman & CEO
Northstar Travel Media, LLC
Source: Northstar Travel Media, LLC

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March 5, 2014 at 2:44 pm

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J. Craig Venter, Ph.D., to Announce New Genomic-Based Healthcare Solution

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LA JOLLA, Calif., March 1, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — The following is being released by the J. Craig Venter Institute:
A telephonic media briefing hosted by J. Craig Venter, Ph.D., to announce a new genomic-based healthcare solution
Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at 8:00 a.m. PT/11:00 a.m. ET
J. Craig Venter, Ph.D. and other co-founders, along with collaborating organizations
Venter is Co-Founder, CEO and Chairman of the J. Craig Venter Institute, a not for profit genomic focused research institute, and Founder and CEO of Synthetic Genomics Inc., a privately held company developing and commercializing genomic driven advancements in a variety of industries.
Media Teleconference Details:
Participant Dial In (U.S.A. Toll Free): +1-800-860-2442
Participant International Dial In: +1-412-858-4600
Media Contact:
Heather Kowalski, +1-858-361-0466,
Source: J. Craig Venter Institute

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March 5, 2014 at 12:29 pm

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Super Kid Cannon Launches on Google Play in New Zealand!

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Super Kid Cannon Launches on Google Play in New Zealand for $0.99!

MIAMI, Feb. 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — After much anticipation, Super Kid Cannon launched today on Google Play in New Zealand, and the Skyjoy team couldn’t be more excited about their red panda’s arrival into the mobile gaming world.

Super Kid Cannon has officially launched!
Super Kid Cannon has officially launched!

“We’re very excited to release Super Kid Cannon to gamers in New Zealand, and hope the public takes to it, and emails us their feedback so we can continue to enhance the game,” said Skyjoy Producer, Amanda Drewniak.

Having initially planned to release the game as free-to-play, and in an effort to experiment with different revenue models, Skyjoy decided not to implement the free-to-play model in favor of allowing the players to have a complete game for $0.99. To that end, Executive Producer Abdulhady “Abboudi” Taher stated, “We did not want to compromise the gameplay experience.”

Players can now launch Super Kid Cannon on an epic, high-flying adventure through 5 magical worlds consisting of 30 brilliantly diverse levels to save his beloved Justine from the evil snow leopard, Khan. This easy to play gaming masterpiece maintains its freshness with an array of beautifully hand-rendered worlds and baddies, diverse and exciting power-ups and skins, as well as breakable blocks, coins, and collectibles to help you soar to a high score. Launch from cannons, sling from windmills, or travel in bubbles, springs, ski lifts, UFOs, and anything else you can to save your precious Justine! Social integration via Facebook will allow players to compare ratings, scores, and check their friends’ progress in the game via the world map.

So what are you waiting for? You’re not afraid of heights are you? Press download and start the countdown because Super Kid Cannon is ready for blast off on your mobile device or tablet!

For more information on Super Kid Cannon, please visit:

Skyjoy Interactive is a Miami-based software development company focused on casual and social games for mobile. Founded by Abdulhady “Abboudi” Taher in late 2011, Skyjoy has since grown to a core team of 20 developers dedicated to the creation of original IPs. As they build their game catalog, Skyjoy will pay homage to the widespread appeal and simplicity of revered video games from their youth, and put Miami, Florida on the gaming map.

For more about Skyjoy, visit:

CONTACT: Noelia Justiniano, +1-239-249-1909
Source: Skyjoy Interactive

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