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The Mobile App Idea Contest Organized by Kerala Tourism has Just Concluded

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THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, India, March 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ —

Techies and App-licants, the Mobile App Idea Competition, has ended on March 20, 2014

Techies and App-licants, the Mobile App Idea Competition, announced on https://www.keralatourism.org/appidea/ organized by Kerala Tourism, and conducted by Invis Multimedia, the consultant IT solution provider of Kerala Tourism, has just concluded.

Contestants were invited to brainstorm and submit creative and original ideas that promote tourism to Kerala while making sure that the ideas they submit are ones that can be developed into Mobile Applications.

The proposal to invite participants to create mobile applications was one of the most unique campaigns of the year. The competition fetched more than 550 ideas within 30 days.

A Kerala Tourism spokesperson has stated that it intends to publish submitted ideas on its website, http://www.keralatourism.org/ , after evaluation for uniqueness, relevance and creativity.

Kerala Tourism has been a pioneer in using information technology. With its partnership with Invis Multimedia, Kerala Tourism started digital marketing as early as 1998.

Kerala Tourism’s website, http://www.keralatourism.org/, has consistently occupied a rank in the top10 in web traffic among the tourism websites of the Middle East and Asia. The site, developed and maintained by Invis Multimedia, the IT Consultant and Solution Provider since 1998, has won 6 of the 12 awards instituted by Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, for most innovative use of IT from 2001 to 2013.

Participants in this unique competition will soon see their ideas turned into reality and winners will soon receive the amazing prizes on offer.

Department of Tourism, Government of Kerala popularly known as Kerala Tourism is the official agency for promoting destination Kerala, state of the Republic of India. Kerala is famous for backwaters, beaches, hill stations, ayurvedic rejuvenation, martial arts and performing arts etc.

Contact
Jayan P. Nair
Invis Multimedia
Pandits Colony
Kaudiar, Thiruvananthapuram
Kerala-695003,India
Mobile:+919446406749
E-mail: jayan@invis.in

Website: http://www.invismultimedia.com/
Source: Kerala Tourism

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March 26, 2014 at 11:28 pm

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Frost & Sullivan Applauds Asymptote’s Efforts toward the Development of a Liquid Nitrogen-free, End-to-End Cold Chain Solution

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— Asymptote’s liquid nitrogen-free cryogenic solutions are aligned with most of the cutting-edge technologies in the fields of regenerative medicine, stem cells, tissue transplantation and biobanking

LONDON, March 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Based on its recent analysis of the cryopreservation industry, Frost & Sullivan recognizes Asymptote Limited (Asymptote) with the 2014 European Frost & Sullivan Award for Technology Innovation Leadership. Asymptote’s commitment to providing novel, effective and environmental-friendly cryopreservation solutions is evident from its efforts to produce a liquid nitrogen-free, good manufacturing practices (cGMP)-compliant cold chain comprising end-to-end cryopreservation, shipping, and thawing of materials.

“Asymptote’s portable, self-charging, cryogenic solutions aim to improve the storage of live vaccines in developing nations. It has excelled in developing ultra-low-temperature storage equipment that helps to prevent the discarding of vaccines due to thermal stabilisation problems,” said Frost & Sullivan Senior Research Analyst Cecilia Van Cauwenberghe. “The company, which is innovatively using electrically powered Stirling cryocoolers in cryopreservation equipment, expects to significantly improve the distribution of live vaccines in territories where liquid nitrogen is not readily available and the supply of electricity is unreliable.”

Asymptote’s current low-volume liquid nitrogen-free cryocooler, the EF600-controlled rate freezer, consists of a low-cost, ultra-portable cryocooler, specifically designed for the cryopreservation of stem cells, embryos, and spermatozoa. It demonstrates a high level of cooling rate control accuracy, while simultaneously being simple and easy to handle. It supports numerous sample formats and enables the lab technician to work with linear as well as non-linear cooling profiles.

As EF600s do not require liquid nitrogen, the running costs are estimated to be one per cent of that of liquid nitrogen-controlled rate freezing. By not using liquid nitrogen and its detrimental effects on sterility, particulate generation, and oxygen depletion, the solution is ideal for use in Grade B clean rooms and can be adapted for use in operating rooms for the optimised cryopreservation of source material for autologous treatments.

The new VIA Freeze™ range of controlled rate freezers are designed to be very easy to use with a touch screen interface and remote access (with 21 CRF 11 compliance) can be used with the SBS plate standards from 1-4 plates. This allows users to easily program and upload cooling profiles for further validation and report generation. Furthermore designed to minimise temperature gradients, the VIA Freeze™ achieves precision control of the cooling rate and the temperature. The systems can also be adapted to be used with bespoke systems and automation if required. Since Asymptote’s cryogenic solutions (controlled rate freezers and long term storage solutions) do not use liquid nitrogen they do not require the liquid nitrogen infrastructure and the associated health and safety systems required by other systems or the ongoing liquid nitrogen running costs and possibilities of contamination from liquid nitrogen.

The VIA Freeze™ enables the cryopreservation of cells in different formats such as cryovials, cryobags and cassettes. With a capacity of 250 cryovials, the VIA Freeze™ represents the best option for the creation of seed cell banks (SCBs) and master cell banks (MCBs), which require validated, reproducible, and safe methods of freezing cells during their creation.

Asymptote has also developed a novel active nucleation biocompatible material named ‘IceStart™’ that helps to reduce the damage caused by supercooling during the cryopreservation process. Compared to other products in the market, IceStart™ induces ice nucleation closer to the freezing point of the solution. This results in an important reduction in the number of samples that are subjected to extreme undercooling. Consequently the viability of the cells is substantially increased.

Asymptote’s research in cryopreservation is based on five principal projects – the development of a GMP cryogenic cold chain for the clinical delivery of regenerative medicine therapeutics; the development of coatings that induce ice nucleation; an improved method of freeze drying; the development of a portable, self-charging cryogenic vessel for the shipment and short-term storage of cryopreserved material; and the development and testing of technology for the cryopreservation of hepatocytes in microtiter plates for subsequent screening applications. These projects are carried out in collaboration with its customers, in order to continuously improve their results and ensure that their needs are met.

“The company is currently proposing the development of the first GMP-compliant cryogenic cold chain for the clinical delivery of regenerative medicine therapeutics. Asymptote is also developing an ice-nucleating coating for the inside of vessels that are used for cryopreservation, which will overcome the problems caused by random ice nucleation and improve cell recovery upon thawing,” noted Van Cauwenberghe. “The company expects to determine the real impact of these new developments in the market, as well as their disruptive influence on an existing solution or the creation of new products.”

Each year, Frost & Sullivan presents this award to the company that has demonstrated uniqueness in developing and leveraging new technologies, which significantly impacts both the functionality and the customer value of the new products and applications. The award lauds the high R&D spend towards innovation, its relevance to the industry and the positive impact on brand perception.

Frost & Sullivan 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 to identify best practices in the industry.
Source: Frost & Sullivan

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March 26, 2014 at 10:53 pm

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Metro Pacific Investments Corporation Webcast Presentation Now Available for On-demand Viewing: dbVIC – Deutsche Bank ADR Virtual Investor Conference

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Company invites individual and institutional investors to log-on to view presentation
NEW YORK, March 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Metro Pacific Investments Corporation (MPIC), (PSE:MPI) today announced that their March 20th dbVIC – Deutsche Bank ADR Virtual Investor Conference presentation is now available for on-demand viewing.
LINK: http://www.adr.db.com/dbvic
MPIC’s presentation will be available 24/7 for 90 days. Investors may download shareholder materials from the virtual trade booth in the Exhibits-section.
About Metro Pacific Investments Corporation:
Metro Pacific Investments Corporation is a Philippine-based, publicly listed investment and management company, with holdings in Maynilad Water Services, Inc., Manila Electric Company, Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation, Makati Medical Center, Cardinal Santos Medical Center, Asian Hospital, Davao Doctors Hospital, Riverside Medical Center, Lourdes Hospital, De Los Santos Medical Center and Central Luzon Doctors Hospital.
Disclaimer:
This presentation may contain “forward-looking statements” which are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that could affect MPIC’s business and results of operations. Although MPIC believes that expectations reflected in any forward-looking statements are reasonable, it can give no guarantee of future performance, action or events.
Source: Metro Pacific Investments Corporation

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March 26, 2014 at 5:15 pm

Frost & Sullivan: Big Data’s Predictive Functions to Help Identify and Deliver Opportunities in the Automotive Industry

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– Big data can impact the bottom line for stakeholders by being more predictive than reactive as well as enhancing customer satisfaction

MOUNTAIN VIEW, California, March 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Both the North American and European automotive industries are on the cusp of change, with big data and connected services combining to foster the development of diverse mobility integration business models. Frost & Sullivan expects 60 percent of original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to devise big data strategies and offerings in the next two years, prompted by the proliferation of high-bandwidth, embedded connectivity technologies, such as long term evolution (LTE).

OEMs’ strategies could involve strengthening in-house capabilities or outsourcing the job to big data experts. The focus is on standing out from the competition based on brand awareness, digital engagement of customers, and response time.

New analysis from Frost & Sullivan, Strategic Analysis of the Impact of Big Data on the European and North American Automotive Industry, finds that by 2020 approximately 35 million vehicles in North America and Europe will make relevant data sets available for OEMs to assimilate and convert into actionable insights. Around post-2015 or 2016, the industry is expected to witness the emergence of integrated service providers with expertise in end-to-end services across the automotive value chain, from consulting to implementation.

For complimentary access to more information on this research, please visit: http://bit.ly/1lhfmwz.

The concept of connectivity is gaining currency in the European and North American automotive markets, as there is a rising need to create a three-way data sharing network among dealers, customers and the OEMs. This collaboration is crucial for providing a seamless after-sales experience through convenient service scheduling or proactive diagnostics. Furthermore, having access to data regarding the vehicle’s performance and issues before it reaches the service center, will also help dealers better manage their inventory.

“Supporting customers with proactive monitoring of vehicles and services will strengthen the OE dealership and customer relationship post warranty periods,” said Frost & Sullivan Automotive & Transportation Program Manager Niranjan Manohar. “Proactive monitoring will not only enable the OEM to collect information regarding the user’s needs, but also create an opportunity to analyze and collate data on vehicle performance.”

However, the influx of Internet aggregators could cause OEMs/dealers to lose control over the potential flow of information, which is a crucial purchase factor for customers. On the other hand, it will make transaction pricing transparent and eventually, disrupt the dynamics of the industry by choking the business for mystery shopping.

OEMs can also leverage big data to offer value-added services with facilities to integrate navigation and parking slots/reservations, electric vehicle (EV) charging spots and car sharing.

“The real differentiating factor for OEMs is to have a big data framework, a clear connectivity strategy with the ability to pull large volumes of data, and most importantly, partners to help them harness the true power of this data,” noted Manohar. “The most successful OEMs will be those that can use predictive data analytics to affect a one to three percent reduction in warranty costs and enable other important software and firmware over-the-air-updates.”

Strategic Analysis of the Impact of Big Data on the European and North American Automotive Industry is part of the Automotive & Transportation (http://www.automotive.frost.com) Growth Partnership Service program. Frost & Sullivan’s related studies include: Prognostics for the European and North American Trucking Industry – Big Data is Creating all the Difference, The Advent of Digital Retailing and its Impact on Car Dealership Structures, Strategic Update of the North American UBI Market for Passenger and Commercial Vehicles. All studies included in subscriptions provide detailed market opportunities and industry trends evaluated following extensive interviews with market participants.

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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Strategic Analysis of the Impact of Big Data on the European and North American Automotive Industry
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Jeannette Garcia
Corporate Communications – North America
P: 210.477.8427
E: jeannette.garcia@frost.com

Katja Feick
Corporate Communications – Europe
P: +49 (0) 69 7703343
E: katja.feick@frost.com
Twitter: @Frost_Sullivan or @FS_Automotive
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Source: Frost & Sullivan

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March 26, 2014 at 4:59 pm

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Drug Developers Drawn to Orphan Drugs Market: Financial Incentives Create Rich, Competitive Pipelines

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– Frost & Sullivan: Breakthrough therapies for rare diseases command premium pricing, particularly if no alternatives exist

MOUNTAIN VIEW, California, March 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — The global orphan drugs market presents plenty of opportunities for new drug development – while there are only 172 approved orphan therapies, over 6,800 orphan diseases exist according to the United States National Institute of Health (NIH). Advancements in drug discovery capabilities coupled with regulatory and financial incentives are helping generate rich, competitive pipelines of breakthrough treatments with true disease modifying properties. Pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies are now rolling out therapies for serious, rare diseases – going beyond palliative care and targeting the underlying pathology to slow down or stop disease progression – as they value the financial and philanthropic rewards this brings.

New analysis from Frost & Sullivan’s Product and Pipeline Assessment of the Global Orphan Drugs Market identifies rare cancers as the orphan therapeutic area with the highest level of drug development activity. Other disease areas witnessing considerable drug development activity include blood/lymphatic system diseases, infectious/parasitic diseases, neurological diseases, metabolic diseases, and immunological/inflammatory diseases.

For complimentary access to more information on this research, please visit: http://bit.ly/1lhf4G2.

“In the past, pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies rarely developed new drugs to treat rare diseases due to the low return on investment realized because of the small patient population,” said Frost & Sullivan Life Sciences Senior Industry Analyst Debbie Toscano. “Now, drug discovery for orphan diseases is becoming an important element of the business models of numerous small and large pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies looking to strengthen their presence in the global market.”

As a result, pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies are introducing orphan drugs that use diverse approaches such as small molecules, antisense, gene therapy, monoclonal antibodies, bi-specific antibodies, peptide therapies, and stem cell therapies. Currently, such therapies command premium prices due to the huge clinical benefits they offer and the lack of alternative treatments for patients. Soon, however, they will have to be sold at competitive prices as the existing level of reimbursement will become untenable due to the anticipated approval and commercialization of several orphan drugs for neglected diseases.

“As drug developers abandon the “blockbuster model” in favor of greater focus on drug development for rare conditions, the global orphan drugs market is becoming increasingly competitive,” noted Toscano. “It is imperative that drug developers continually keep a tab of competitors’ pipelines since approval and reimbursement of new orphan drugs are highly dependent on the availability of alternative therapies.”

Product and Pipeline Assessment of the Global Orphan Drugs Market is part of the Life Sciences(http://www.lifesciences.frost.com) Growth Partnership Service program. Frost & Sullivan’s related studies include: Analysis of the Global Biosimilars Market, Analysis of the US Retinal Therapeutics Market, Analysis of the Global Type 2 Diabetes Therapeutics Market, and Global Analysis of MicroRNA Tools and Services Market. All studies included in subscriptions provide detailed market opportunities and industry trends evaluated following extensive interviews with market participants.

Connect with Frost & Sullivan on social media, including Twitter, Facebook, SlideShare and LinkedIn, for the latest news and updates.

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?

Contact Us: Start the discussion

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Product and Pipeline Assessment of the Global Orphan Drugs Market
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Contact:
Jennifer Carson
Corporate Communications – North America
P: 210.247.2450
E: jennifer.carson@frost.com

LinkedIn: Transform Health Group

Twitter: @Frost_Sullivan
Facebook: Frost & Sullivan

http://www.frost.com
Source: Frost & Sullivan

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March 26, 2014 at 4:52 pm

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Energy Efficiency Provided by Care-Energy / How to Increase the Visibility of the Energy Revolution and Save Money

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HAMBURG, Germany, March 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ —
In just one day from now, consumers will be able to save two cents on the current price of electricity – regardless of their electricity supplier.
Care-Energy has released its energy efficiency tariff, but what is the concept behind it and what are the benefits?
Firstly, this offer is aimed exclusively at energy efficiency customers with a maximum annual consumption of 10,000 kWh (useful energy from electricity) – if more is required, this needs to be requested separately.
The tariff itself is divided into three main groups.
1.) Energy from electricity
No matter who supplies the electricity, these costs will be reduced by two cents per kWh by issuing direct credit, with a 12-month guarantee (!). Care Energy only monitors the flow of energy and provides advice on efficient use.
2.) Energy from natural gas, wood, coal & oil
Whichever type of fuel you use for your heating, Care Energy will only monitor the flow of energy and provide advice on efficient use.
3.) CareCel photovoltaic module with no additional payment
With this tariff, Care-Energy provides a CareCel plug-in photovoltaic module at no additional cost. The customer is required to take out “all risk” insurance for the module at EUR 1 per month per module, which is valid for 36 months (theft, damage, hail, water, etc., EUR 70 deductible). Under optimum conditions, a CareCel will produce about 300 kWh a year. This will accordingly reduce the amount of energy consumed through the conventional electricity meter by 300 kWh. The electricity produced by the CareCel module is calculated by Care-Energy at the current price charged by the current electricity supplier minus 2 cents. The module and the produced electricity are the property of Care-Energy. Accounting is based on data from a counter in the CareCel module. The module is produced in Austria and will be partially assembled in sheltered workshops in the future. The module complies with all applicable regulations and technical connection requirements.
Basic monthly rate: 0.00 including 19% VAT for useful energy from electricity and gas
Energy service customers who do not wish to buy electricity or gas through Care-Energy and would like to buy their own CareCel can also save 2 cents per kWh on energy costs for electricity and support the energy revolution.
Care-Energy: the energy service provider for the energy revolution.
But what does this promotion offer apart from cost savings of 2 cents?
Care-Energy has over 380,000 customers in Germany. Imagine if each customer were to receive one of these modules, resulting in 380,000 CareCel modules on the grid.
Now imagine that these 380,000 modules were not installed in customers’ homes but at a central location, as is standard in major projects.
It would become a major project with 76 MW power input, elaborate connections would need to be made, the grid would need to be developed to discharge the electricity, backup power stations would need to be built in order to avoid overloading the network and the feed-in tariff would need to be run on a diminishing scale for 20 years according to the German Renewable Energy Law (EEG), with one single customer – the network operator – and every single consumer would be charged a higher price for electricity due to the EEG surcharge. This would result in millions in costs for public services and the general public.
The Care-Energy project would also result in a 76 MW power plant, distributed in minimum quantities throughout the country, no single network operator would notice the in-feed, as it would not affect the public grid at all and would be consumed directly by each household, the public grids and existing power station would be relieved by this project, no EEG energy that needs to be paid for by all consumers would be produced, the electricity market would not be minimised to 20 years but in fact maximised to the 25-year lifecycle of the plant, so the electricity market for sales increases progressively, i.e. annually. Customers benefit from the price reduction of two cents per kWh in the cost structure and the general public is not charged at all.
Using this very system, Care-Energy is currently supplying electricity to towns and small cities in the Philippines and Ghana where there is no or an insufficient energy supply, with the aim of supplying people with sufficient energy in a self-sufficient, sustainable and – above all – inexpensive way. Complete supply by Care-Energy is certainly possible using CareCel, small wind turbines, heat pumps and energy storage – but the energy revolution can also be achieved on a step-by-step basis.
This is Care-Energy, this is the energy revolution.
Care Energy currently supplies 380,000 customers in Germany, employs nearly 7,000 people and is a German flagship company in terms of energy policy, as Care Energy has long been developing beyond the borders of Germany. This energy efficiency tariff is currently being successfully marketed and imported into the United States, Africa, Asia and Europe, bringing the energy consumer closer to an independent, self-sufficient, sustainable, cost-conscious and socially responsible energy supply.
Care-Energy
mk-group Holding GmbH
Martin Richard Kristek (CEO)
T.: +49-40-414-314-858-0
martin.kristek@care-energy.de
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CareEnergy
http://www.care-energy.de/
Source: mk-group Holding GmbH

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March 26, 2014 at 4:52 pm

Frost & Sullivan Presents Its Top Predictions for the Global Powertrain and EV Market in 2014

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— Complimentary Web Conference on the Future of Global Powertrain and Electric Vehicle Market

LONDON, March 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — The global passenger vehicle powertrain market promises dynamic shifts and interesting changes this year. While 2013 focused on 3-cylinder engines and breakthroughs in hybrid technologies, 2014 is expected to be the year of high-speed automatic transmissions (8-, 9-, 10-speeds) and OEM (original equipment manufacturers) powertrain strategy plans for post 2018. As the European Union (EU) gears up for the adoption of the Euro 6 emission norms, a discussion of immense interest is that of Diesel Powertrains.

What does the future hold? In an upcoming complimentary web conference, entitled Future of the Global Powertrain and Electric Vehicles Market — 2014 Outlook, taking place on Wednesday, 2nd April 2014, at 4.00 pm BST, Frost & Sullivan will provide a global outlook of the passenger vehicle powertrain and electric vehicle landscape in 2014. Industry Analyst, Yeswant Abhimanyu, together with Principal Consultant, Edward Hanawalt, will reveal how the overall diesel market share in Europe is to decline by about 0.5-2.0 percent in 2014.

To participate in this complimentary web conference, please email Katja Feick at katja.feick@frost.com with your full contact details. Upon receipt of the above information, a registration link will be e-mailed to you. You may also register to receive a recorded version of the briefing at anytime by submitting the aforementioned contact details.

“The diesel share in many key European markets has witnessed a decline in 2013,” outlines Abhimanyu. “Of profound importance was France — traditionally a diesel powertrain fortress — where the diesel market share had fallen almost 6 percent to about 67 percent in 2013, reaching the level it was almost a decade ago. Amongst other key markets, Norway, Sweden, and Belgium also witnessed a decline of more than four percent each.”

With the exception of Italy, which saw a slight 0.8 percent growth in diesel share and a decrease of about 2.6 percent in gasoline share from 2012, the gasoline market share in four of the G5 countries experienced growth. CNG vehicle registrations gained almost 1.7 percent over their previous year’s share.

“The CNG market in Italy, Germany, and Sweden will grow this year. Local incentives and support, comparatively better refuelling infrastructure, and a push by local OEMs are amongst the key drivers for the expected growth,” Abhimanyu continues.

The 2014 diesel markets outside of Europe, in India and the United States, however, are expected to grow depending on the economic and political dynamics. As an example, although the market in India last year witnessed accelerated growth to about 53 percent, its sustained increase will heavily depend on fuel prices, the diesel deregulation status, and possibly even on the outcome of the 2014 General Elections.

“The increase in cost of diesel powertrains with additive technologies economically challenges the uptake of price sensitive A- and B-segment vehicles,” Abhimanyu concludes. “The fact that these segments currently account for more than 30 percent of the total vehicle sales in Western Europe further magnifies the reasons for decline in diesel share. As a consequence, vehicles not only experience reduced market competition but also a decline in consumer interest, resulting in OEMs going to the extent of removing/reducing their diesel variant vehicle portfolio.”

To view some taster slides on the Future of Powertrain and Electric Vehicles Market — 2014 Outlook, visit Slideshare: http://slideshare.net/FrostandSullivan/teaser-slides-ptev-outlook

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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Join Us: Join our community
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Katja Feick
Corporate Communications — Europe
P: +49-(0)-69-7703343
E: katja.feick@frost.com
http://www.frost.com/
http://www.twitter.com/FS_Automotive
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Source: Frost & Sullivan

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March 26, 2014 at 4:14 pm

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Frost & Sullivan Honors American Well’s Telehealth Service for Improving Care Delivery for Patients and Doctors

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— American Well®’s success lies in connecting a robust mobile and web software platform with a national network of care providers and payers to provide a simple, yet efficient, telehealth solution

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., March 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Based on its ongoing analysis of the telehealth services market, Frost & Sullivan recognizes American Well with the 2014 North American Frost & Sullivan Company of the Year Award for providing a turnkey telehealth service that connects healthcare providers such as hospitals, ambulatory care practices, and other care delivery networks with patients. The company works directly with healthcare payers and employers to bring telehealth solutions to their members/employees.

Download Frost & Sullivan’s Review of the 2014 North American Telehealth Services Company of the Year Award from http://info.americanwell.com/frost.

American Well prevailed over its competitors in each of five key assessment areas: growth strategy; implementation; product innovation; customer value; and market penetration. The company’s telehealth platform connects physicians with more than 100 million individuals over the web, mobile devices, and retail kiosks, across 44 states and the District of Columbia. Individuals whose insurance does not cover telehealth services can still see a doctor online for a nominal fee.

“Video telemedicine is one of the top areas in telehealth that can enable positive transformation impact in healthcare delivery,” said Frost & Sullivan Connected Health Global Research Director Daniel Ruppar (@DanielRuppar). “American Well is a leader in video telehealth services, with their platform solution providing services to a broad array of care providers and health plans.”

Going forward, the proliferation of Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) is likely to augment new business opportunities for American Well. From an ACO’s perspective, American Well’s platform enables it to make a positive impact on patient outcomes, expanding its revenue base through access to new/more patients, while simultaneously providing for an efficient patient care mechanism.

American Well backs up its solid growth strategy with excellent implementation. American Well achieves deep market penetration by serving healthcare delivery systems, major employers, and payers — as well as by making care delivery easier and more cost effective for both patients and providers. With the launch of its telehealth kiosks in Q4 of 2013, American Well is looking to bring care into new settings, such as retail centers and employer onsite clinics. As patient care services are shifting away from hospitals and toward the home, American Well’s mobile apps, also launched in late 2013, help patients experience care in the best environment possible — their communities.

American Well boasts a distinct advantage over its competition because it combines a robust software platform with a national network of care providers/physicians. The innovative platform technology incorporates a number of resources for communication between physicians, patients and insurers, reducing the need for costly integration infrastructures and additional technologies. This solution streamlines overall care delivery by not only proving to be an effective clinical tool for patient encounters, but also a reliable system for administrative functions in payment processing, claims/eligibility management, advanced analytics and reporting. The platform’s end-to-end reach covering the entire patient encounter is a huge win for the patient-customer, bringing simplicity to a normally stressful, ambiguous process. American Well’s ability to enhance healthcare delivery at price points well below today’s in-office patient visit gives the company a competitive advantage in future market penetration.

The platform’s innovation in simplifying the administrative registration process places it above other companies in technological competence. It effectively integrates patient medical history with payer information to unify the care delivery process. In addition, it provides predictive modeling capabilities that further assist physicians with patient diagnosis as well as potential treatment recommendations.

Furthermore, American Well’s platform outperforms competitors in customer value by uniquely delivering a holistic patient experience that involves both diagnosis and treatment, and typically costs just $49 per visit if not covered by an individual’s insurance. From a healthcare providers’ standpoint, the platform offers a range of new revenue growth opportunities without the need for investments in new, intricate IT systems. It also performs various administrative functions, including payment processing, payer management, dynamic pricing options, and advanced reporting and analytics.

“American Well’s telehealth platform enables next-generation delivery of healthcare at a fraction of the cost associated with establishing, operating, and managing traditional care delivery networks,” noted Ruppar. “It is due to this reason that the company continues to enjoy the highest acceptance among its peers across all key healthcare constituents — patients, physicians, payers, and employers.”

Each year, Frost & Sullivan presents this award to the company that has demonstrated excellence in terms of growth strategy and implementation. The award recognizes a high degree of innovation with products and technologies, and the resulting leadership in terms of customer value and market penetration.

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About American Well
American Well is a telehealth services company that brings healthcare into the homes and workplaces of patients. The company’s mobile and web telehealth platform connects patients and clinicians for live, clinically meaningful visits through video, supplemented by secure text chat and phone. American Well partners with leading health plans, delivery networks, retail pharmacies, employers, and distributors to deploy telehealth services, including solution design and set-up, provider network design and administration, and marketing to support adoption by consumers, physicians and employer groups. American Well is a registered trademark of American Well Corporation in the United States and other countries. All other trademarks used are the property of their respective owners. For more information visit http://www.americanwell.com.

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March 26, 2014 at 4:11 pm

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MetaQuotes Software Corp. to Participate in Arabian Banking Technology Exhibition & Conference (ABTEC)

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LIMASSOL, Cyprus, March 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ —

Today, MetaQuotes Software Corp. has officially announced plans to participate in the Arabian Banking Technology Exhibition & Conference (ABTEC) to be held on April 8-9 2014 at the Bahrain International Exhibition & Convention Centre (BIECC). The event is dedicated to innovations in the financial services industry, where MetaQuotes will showcase the MetaTrader 5 trading platform and present the latest developments for brokers and traders.

ABTEC is a very important event for technical experts of different financial institutions, with representatives of leading banks, exchanges and financial groups of the Middle East and North Africa region being among the participants. MetaTrader 5 which MetaQuotes will present at the exhibition was developed with a specific focus on such businesses. It enables to quickly organize, manage and provide brokerage services across different financial markets.

Exhibition guests will be very interested to understand how innovative technology can facilitate the start up and the management of a brokerage business. The developers intend to provide a complete demonstration of the platform using real trading scenarios.

MetaTrader 5 is a full-cycle trading platform that includes both back-office and front-end components. The platform is highly valued by brokers for its outstanding performance, flexibility of settings and a great range of features. Traders choose to trade on MetaTrader 5 due to the powerful mobile, social and automated trading technology. Furthermore, the platform features a recently launched Market of applications where traders can find and purchase a trading robot and start using it in an instant.

These unique technical characteristics and features affirm MetaTrader 5 as one of the world’s most popular platforms. The platform has been certified by a number of world exchanges such as Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME), Singapore Mercantile Exchange (SMX), BM&FBOVESPA (Brazilian Stock Exchange), Мoscow Exchange and others. MetaTrader 5 is the platform of choice for hundreds of brokerage companies and banks that provide services to hundreds of thousands of traders across the globe.

About the Company
Established in 2000, MetaQuotes Software Corp. has been developing trading platforms for financial markets under the MetaTrader trademark. It is internationally known as a leader in the Forex software market. MetaTrader trading platforms are currently used by more than 600 brokerage companies and banks all over the world. The new platform, MetaTrader 5, was developed by the Company with a focus on exchange traded products and is now connected to various world exchanges.

Press Contacts: MetaQuotes Software Corp., press@metaquotes.net, http://www.metaquotes.net.
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March 26, 2014 at 3:26 pm

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CPA Global Strengthens Patent Research Expertise in Asia

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Underlines commitment to providing specialist local market support in fast-growing IP region
HONG KONG, March 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — CPA Global, the world’s leading intellectual property (IP) management software and services company, has strengthened its patent research capabilities in Asia with the appointment of local market experts in China and South Korea.
The team will provide critical market intelligence and IP decision-making support to corporations and law firms based in Asia or with IP interests in the region. In addition, they will be a key resource for CPA Global’s patent research clients globally by providing enhanced access to and greater awareness of Asian language prior art and technical literature.
The new appointments are Daniel Chen, a qualified Chinese patent attorney, former Chinese patent examiner Xiaoyu Sun, and Korean patent attorneys Bohyun Chung and Daeyoun Kim. Their combined expertise covers a broad range of technology areas, including electronics, semiconductors, mobile telecommunications, broadcast communications, mechanical devices, and chemistry.
The team has extensive experience in patent landscaping analytics, infringement and invalidity research, patent prosecution, IP litigation, and IP valuation for corporations from Asia and around the world. Daniel worked previously in the Hong Kong offices of international law firms Bird & Bird and Marks & Clerk, and in-house at Hong Kong-based global manufacturing company Techtronic Industries. Xiaoyu was formerly a patent engineer at Eagle IP Ltd, a top-ranked patent and trademark agency in Hong Kong, and prior to that was a patent examiner within the telecommunications department of China’s State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO). Bohyun joins CPA Global in South Korea from Lumens Co., Ltd., one of the country’s leading LED manufacturers, where he was in-house patent counsel. Daeyoun was previously an Associate at Korean patent firm KBK & Associates, with responsibility for conducting preliminary US reference searches, drafting patent applications and working with clients to develop effective patenting strategies.
CPA Global is one of the world’s largest patent search providers, with Daniel, Xiaoyu, Bohyun and Daeyoun joining a wider team of 200 patent researchers based in the US, Europe and India.
Joanne Hon, CPA Global’s Senior Vice President, Asia Pacific, commented: “High quality patent research is becoming increasingly important in ensuring that IP professionals have the best information on which to base strategic IP decisions. China and Korea are the two fastest growing regions for IP in the world and CPA Global recognises the importance to our clients of having local language expertise in patent search and other patent landscaping activities in these markets. The new appointments underline our commitment to providing localised support for clients in Asia as well as international clients looking to better understand the IP landscape in the region.”
For more information about CPA Global’s patent research services, click here
About CPA Global
CPA Global is the world’s leading intellectual property (IP) management and IP software specialist, and an international provider of outsourced legal services. With offices across Europe, the United States and Asia Pacific, CPA Global supports many of the world’s best known corporations and law firms with a range of IP and broader legal services, helping them to manage risk, cost and capacity, and realise greater value for their businesses and IP assets.
CPA Global helps corporates and law firms in managing valuable IP Rights, such as patents, designs and trademarks, ensuring that IP portfolios are protected, maintained and regularly reviewed in order to maximise value. Working closely with its clients, CPA Global ensures they have the best information on which to base IP decisions, and the best support in terms of helping implement those decisions. Services include patent portfolio optimisation; patent research and analytics; patent and trademark renewals; IP management software; as well as other IP support services such as docketing, trademark watching and domains management. CPA Global is also a leading player in the outsourced legal services sector, providing high quality and cost-efficient legal support services such as transaction support, contract management, anti-bribery and compliance, and legal research through global delivery centres in the US, Europe and India.
Founded in Jersey, Channel Islands in 1969, CPA Global today employs more than 1,700 people, serving clients’ needs in 200 jurisdictions through its own offices and an extensive agent network. CPA Global’s diverse client list ranges from major global corporations, headquartered in Europe, North America and Asia Pacific, to small and medium-sized enterprises and innovation start-ups; and from top international law firms to national and regional law and IP firms. For further information, please visit: http://www.cpaglobal.com.
Media Contacts:
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Amy Sun, +852-3177-3421, asun@cpaglobal.com
United Kingdom
Steve Clark, +44- (0)20-7549-5504, sclark@cpaglobal.com
Victoria Knowles, +44- (0)20-7549-4585, vknowles@cpaglobal.com
Source: CPA Global

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March 26, 2014 at 2:00 pm

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