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Mundipharma Announces Plans for Rapid Brand Expansion of BETAplast(TM) in South East Asia

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-Ÿ- BETAplast™, a revolutionary moist wound dressing, was launched in Malaysia on 15 August and Thailand on 1 September 2014
— These marked the beginning of rapid market expansion in South East Asia with Vietnam, Singapore, Indonesia and the Philippines in the pipeline
-Ÿ- BETAplast™ is known as Medifoam® in South Korea and is currently the top moist wound dressing product in the country

SINGAPORE, Nov. 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Mundipharma today announced its plans for rapid brand expansion of the revolutionary moist wound dressing product, BETAplastTM, in South East Asia. BETAplastTM was launched in Malaysia (15 August) and Thailand (1 September), and will next be introduced in Vietnam (Q4, 2014) and Singapore (Q1, 2015). Mundipharma is also looking to penetrate the Indonesian and Filipino wound care markets later in 2015.

Known as Medifoam® in South Korea, BETAplastTM is the first domestically developed moist wound dressing produced by Korea-based bio-medical company, Genewel. BETAplastTM foam range has a proprietary SMARTPORE Technology with dense and small micro-pores at the dressing contact layer in comparison to other foam dressings* that provide optimal wound healing with minimal painful shearing of new tissue during dressing change,  resulting in reduced wound trauma.[1][2][3][4]

The top product of its kind in South Korea, Medifoam® is marketed as BETAplast™ in South East Asia and released in multiple formats including foam, hydrocolloid and antimicrobial dressings for chronic wounds, burn treatment and post-surgery wound protection. It is built on the heritage of the BETADINE® range of products, a well-established antisepsis brand in wound care management globally for over 50 years.

Mundipharma has also renewed the packaging of BETAplast™ with a new, polished design and a different colour given to each product within the brand for consumers to easily distinguish between types. In addition, Mundipharma has included detailed explanations of each BETAplastTM product’s characteristics on the packaging to help consumers easily identify which to use for their wounds.

The expansion of the BETAplastTM brand in South East Asia is part of a larger agreement signed by Mundipharma and Genewel in March 2014, for the licensing and marketing of Medifoam® moist wound dressing products by Mundipharma in Asia Pacific, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America.

“We are very excited to be bringing South Korea’s leading wound treatment technology to the region,” notedJong-Ho Lee, General Manager of Mundipharma’s Korean and South East Asian offices. “It will take the quality of care of patients in South East Asia to another level.”

Lee also added that “starting with BETAplast™‘s release in Malaysia, Mundipharma plans to accelerate its expansion into other South East Asian markets. We recently launched the product in Thailand, and Vietnam andSingapore are next in the pipeline. We have also set our sights on Indonesia and the Philippines.”

*Allevyn, Biatain, Askina, Lyofoam, Permafoam, Suprasorb, Cellosorb, Tielle, Schaumaverband, Mepilex, Polymem


[1] Park YO, Minn KW, Hur JP. Clinical study of application of Medifoam® (hydrophilic polyurethane foam) dressing to donor site.

[2] Lee KC, Kwak TI, Lee DS, et al. The effect of Medifoam® dressing on the wound of penile surgery.

[3] Jang SS, Min KW. Wound dressing after CO2 laser resurfacing using a new dressing material: Medifoam®. J Korean Soc Aesthetic Plastic Surg 2002; 8(2): 149-54.

[4] Data on File. Test Report for Morphology Compare with Medifoam® N & Commercial dressing. Genewel Co. GTRRD-0001-002.

About Mundipharma Asia Pacific

Mundipharma’s global network of companies are privately owned entities covering the world’s pharmaceutical markets. Mundipharma provides patients across 6 continents with a growing portfolio of 19 products in 5 therapeutic areas, which include moderate-to-severe pain, consumer healthcare, oncology, respiratory disease, rheumatoid arthritis, antisepsis and laxatives. Mundipharma is a prime example of a company that consistently delivers high quality products while standing by the values that represent the company. Our mission is to alleviate the suffering of patients with cancer and non-cancer pain and to substantially improve their quality of life.

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Media Enquiries

Stephenie Vasko
Regional Communications & Corporate Marketing Director
Asia Pacific, Latin America, Middle East and Africa, Mundipharma
Tel: +65-6303-9732
Mobile: +65-8722-1846


Source: Mundipharma

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November 14, 2014 at 5:31 pm

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Here Lies Love and NSW Government Announce Venue for Vivid Sydney Theatrical Centrepiece

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-Ticket sale dates and travel packages announced

SYDNEY, Nov. 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ –It was announced today that a purpose-built pop-up venue will be built at Barangaroo to accommodate one of the most innovative theatre productions visiting Australia next year.Sydney audiences are set to be wowed when Talking Heads founding member David Byrne and Fatboy Slim’s acclaimed New York production Here Lies Love comes to town as part of Vivid Sydney in May 2015.

Talking Heads’ David Byrne with Destination NSW CEO, Sandra Chipchase and Newtheatricals Director, Rodney Rigby. Photo credit: Brett Hemmings; Destination NSW
Talking Heads’ David Byrne with Destination NSW CEO, Sandra Chipchase and Newtheatricals Director, Rodney Rigby. Photo credit: Brett Hemmings; Destination NSW

Talking Heads’ David Bryne in Sydney today for Here Lies Love announcement. Photo credit: Brett Hemmings; Destination NSW
Talking Heads’ David Bryne in Sydney today for Here Lies Love announcement. Photo credit: Brett Hemmings; Destination NSW

NSW Minister for Regional Tourism, John Barilaro said, “Here Lies Love will be the first production to premiere at Central Barangaroo, a new harbourside precinct that will feature open-air spaces for festivals, entertainment, arts, culture and educational activities.

“The Millennium, a striking pop up venue, will combine intimacy and bold inventiveness and reference the site’s shipping history while standing tall as a vibrant display of the urban renewal taking place at Barangaroo.

“Making its Australian premiere in Sydney in May, Here Lies Love will be the first musical production to take centre stage at Vivid Sydney, the Southern Hemisphere’s largest festival of music, light and ideas.

“In just six years, Vivid Sydney has become Australia’s largest and most successful festival, with a record 1.43 million people attending in 2014. It is the perfect festival to showcase the creativity and innovation of Here Lies Love,” he said.

Here Lies Love at The Millennium will give audiences a taste of the arts, culture and entertainment that will call Central Barangaroo home once construction is complete.

David Byrne said “It was a festival in Australia that first took a chance on this material – that was a concert version – so it’s appropriate that after many years Here Lies Love is back, finally, as the show it was always supposed to be. It took a while to get it right, to figure it all out, but that has happened.

“I have a feeling Australians will get this show – not only the immersive aspect of it, but the history and the era will be somewhat familiar to a lot of Australians, with the Philippines being so close.

“It’s very cool to be part of Vivid Sydney – this show provides a lot to look at – and to be part of this big cultural project in Barangaroo.”

Tickets for Here Lies Love will be on sale from Monday 24 November. The Millennium will hold 550 people and the production is expected to receive very strong interest so audiences are recommended to book now and take advantage of great value travel packages from

Midweek escape from $166pp(AUD)*

  • Two tickets to an evening performance
  • One night’s accommodation at the Metro Hotel Sydney Central in a Deluxe Double Room

Luxe weekend from $241pp(AUD)^

  • Two tickets to an evening performance
  • One night’s accommodation at Sofitel Sydney Wentworth in a Classic Room

Here Lies Love is produced in Australia by Rodney Rigby with Joey Parnes and Emursive and with the support of Destination NSW, the NSW Government’s tourism and major events agency.

Visit for more information.

Tickets On Sale:

Monday 24 November 2014

Performances from:

Thursday 7 May 2015


Tuesday — Thursday at 7.30pm; Friday at 8pm

Saturday at 4pm and 8pm; Sunday at 2pm and 6pm.


From $99(AUD) (transaction fees may apply)


Ticketmaster: 1300 723 038 or 

Groups: 1300 889 278 or

For travel packages including hotel, tickets and/or airfares visit

Travel Package Conditions: Subject to availability.


Based on twin share. Includes evening ticket to Here Lies Love and overnight accommodation at Metro Hotel Sydney Central. From price is based on rates for Tuesday 26th May 2015. Correct as of 12.11.14.


Based on twin share. Includes evening ticket to Here Lies Love and overnight accommodation at Sofitel Sydney Wentworth. From price is based on rates for Saturday 30th May, 2015. Correct as of 12.11.14.

About Destination NSW:

Destination NSW is the lead Government agency for the New South Wales (NSW) tourism and major events sectors. Our role is to market Sydney and NSW as one of the world’s premier tourism and major events destinations; to secure major sporting and cultural events; to work in partnership with Business Events Sydney to win major international conventions and incentive travel reward programs; to develop and deliver initiatives that will drive visitor growth throughout the State; to achieve the NSW Government’s goal of doubling overnight visitor expenditure within the State by the year 2020.

From food and wine festivals to surf competitions, world class sporting events to celebrations of arts and culture,New South Wales has an Annual Calendar of Events that celebrates the diverse facets of Australian contemporary life. Sydney is unrivalled in Australia in its capacity to stage exclusive events that have the whole world tuning in. Destination NSW has been at the forefront in creating and winning world-class events that putSydney on the global front page.

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November 14, 2014 at 5:16 pm

Posted in Travel

BioPh China 2015 Gears Up as the Best Platform for Branding, Trading and Barnstorming

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— June 24-26, 2015 Shanghai New Intenational Exhibition Center

SHANGHAI  /PRNewswire/ — BioPh Expo China 2015, organized by UBM Live and CCCMHPIE and supported by UBM Sinoexpo, will be held at Shanghai New International Expo Center (SNIEC) on June 24-26, 2015. As the most anticipated show of biopharm industry, BioPh China is becoming a brand new landmark with a series of well-known exhibitors and professional visitors.


With the focus on biotech innovation, BioPh China is gearing up as an unparalleled event with exhibition and conference.

The biopharma landscape is changing fast in China. It is estimated that the global sales revenue of biotech drugs will account for more than one-third of all kinds of drug sales by 2020. The number is expected to reach 100 billion US dollars for China’s Biopharma market by 2015. The great potential of China’s biopharma market is attracting multinational companies to actively get involved, correspondently creating more investment opportunities. BioPh China gathers exhibitors on biotech, clinical trials, gene engineering, antibody engineering, cell cultures, bio-instruments and related products and technologies. And the exhibitor profiles are covering Antibodies, Biofuels, Biologics, Bio-manufacturing, Bioprocessing, Cell Biology, Clinical Trials, Genomics/Genetics, Business Services, Stem Cell Research, Therapeutics, Vaccines, Bioinformatics, Bio-IT, Cloud Computing, Drug Discovery & Development, Regulatory Compliance, Personalized Medicine, Intellectual Property, Nanotechnology, Drug Delivery and Technology.

The organizer is dedicated to building the event as one of the best industrial platform to stimulate the biopharm industry of China.

Conference focusing on Industrial Focal Points

A series of value-added activities will be concurrently held with the expo to provide more networking and learning opportunities for industrial players. The 2nd BioPh Summit China will be held on June 25th. With the focus on industrial focal points, it will gather 100+ senior level attendees. Leading speakers have confirmed to deliver speeches at the conference, such as GSK, Hisun, Goldman Sachs, Genentech, Complya Asia etc. They will share insights and cases on industrial challenges and opportunities, regulatory updates with FDA and SFDA, latest technologies, and overall development of global biopharma market.

Concurrent with BioPh China, CPhI and P-MEC will come to you together at SNIEC from June 24 to 26, with 3,500+ exhibitors and 60,000+ visitors. The whole event will provide you a one-stop trading and networking platform with pharmaceutical industry. See you in June at Shanghai!

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November 14, 2014 at 3:00 pm

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Diversity & Inclusion In the Workplaces Brings Competitive Advantage In the Marketplace

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-Community Business’s regional conference showcases the link between D&I and competitive advantage
-New individual membership launched to nurture the next generation game changers

HONG KONG  /PRNewswire/ — The 2-day Diversity & Inclusion in Asia Conference kicks off today in Hong Kong with over 300 delegates and subject matter experts from around the world coming together to explore tangible ways in which diversity & inclusion (D&I) gives companies an edge over others in the market particularly in terms of driving creativity, tapping new markets and winning new business.

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Since its debut in 2005, the Diversity & Inclusion in Asia Conference, organised every 2 years by Community Business, a not-for-profit organisation focusing on corporate responsibility and a thought leader on D&I, has become the primary forum for discussion on D&I issues as they relate to Asia — with an established reputation for bringing together the most inspirational and informed speakers on the subject and pushing the boundaries of discussion.

With the theme “Diversity & Inclusion — Driving Competitive Advantage”, the 6th Conference takes the discussion of D&I to a new level.  Looking beyond workplace issues to the marketplace, the Conference starts by sharing compelling stories from Coca-Cola and Standard Chartered Bank with powerful and real examples of how their companies have leveraged diversity to drive competitive advantage.

“To Coca-Cola, diversity is not just about Human Resources policies and practices. It’s an integral part of who we are, how we operate and how we see our future, said Kit Choi, Vice President Human Resources, The Coca-Cola Company. “As a global business, we believe that our ability to understand, embrace and operate in a multicultural world – both in the marketplace and in the workplace – is critical to our long-term sustainability.”

“At Standard Chartered, we have found that designing products and services for specific groups of clients, such as women, the LGBT community, and our Islamic Banking clients, has the added benefit of appealing to many others outside that specific group,” said Jacqueline Rolf, Head, Group Diversity and Inclusion, Standard Chartered Bank. ‘In the same way, we know that fostering a truly inclusive and flexible environment in the workplace for diverse groups, in which they can play to their strengths and produce their best without fear of bias, has the happy outcome of creating an inclusive environment for everybody.  So flexibility — of mindset, and of working practices – is a key enabler for engagement, productivity and hence business success for the future”

Coca-Cola and Standard Chartered Bank are the platinum sponsors of the Conference this year. These two companies, together with the gold sponsors, Cisco and Google, and the session sponsors Brown-Forman,Credit Suisse, EY and IBM, champion D&I in Asia and are long-term partners of Community Business.

For the first time, the Conference has specific tracks for different audiences. The Female Advantage Programmeon Day 1 is specially designed for those looking to leverage the competitive advantage that female talent brings to leadership and organisational success in Asia, whilst the Taking the Lead with LGBT Programme on Day 2 is targeted at those passionate about progressing LGBT inclusion in Asia and achieving market differentiation. Besides these two tracks, there are breakout sessions on culture, disability, religion, and generations, as well as a wealth of case studies that will stimulate dialogue and offer practical takeaways for delegates to bring back to their workplaces.

“We have worked hard to help companies understand that embracing diversity and inclusion is critical to being an employer of choice,” said Mrs. Fern Ngai, CEO of Community Business. “But if we are to engage business leaders and make diversity and inclusion core to business strategy, we have to help companies see the link with achieving competitive advantage in the external market place. That’s what this conference is all about.”

“To continue to drive discussion forward and impact change, we are excited to extend our corporate membership to individuals who are keen on making a positive impact and whose day-jobs may or may not be directly relevant to Corporate Social Responsibility or D&I,” continued Mrs. Ngai. “Although a top-down approach can ensure momentum, passionate individuals who embrace responsible and inclusive practices are powerful bottom-up forces to influence culture and buy-in across the organisation.  We expect that this new network will be attractive to Gen Y professionals and students.”

Launched at the Conference, the brand new membership will provide individual members with access to 10 years of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and D&I know-how and practical knowledge through Community Business’ research and events, a network of like-minded peers who aim to make a difference to society and a group of experienced corporate leaders who are advocates of CSR within their companies, and best practice community investment programmes to “walk the talk”. The membership is also open to full-time students who are passionate and committed to CSR.

First 20 sign-ups at the Conference will be given a 20% discount off the regular membership fee. For more details, contact

For details about the Diversity & Inclusion in Asia Conference and the speakers, please visit: and

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About Community Business

Community Business is a not-for-profit organisation whose mission is to lead, inspire and support businesses to improve their positive impact on people and communities. As a thought leader in corporate responsibility in Asia, Community Business conducts research, facilitates events and networks, leads campaigns and provides consultancy and training.  Its major areas of focus include: Corporate Responsibility Strategy, Diversity & Inclusion, Work-Life Balance and Community Investment. Founded in 2003 and based in Hong Kong, Community Business works with leading organisations across the Asia region. For more information,

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November 14, 2014 at 12:07 pm

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Nasdaq Index Business Expands ETF Presence in Asia

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-Nasdaq Aligns with BMO and Local Market Participants to Launch Two ETFs on Hong Kong Exchange

HONG KONG /PRNewswire/ — Nasdaq (Nasdaq: NDAQ) announced that two of its indexes are the basis for ETFs listed today by BMO on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. The BMO Hong Kong Banks ETF (Stock Code: 3143) tracks the Nasdaq Hong Kong Banks Index, and the BMO Asia High Dividend ETF (Stock Code: 3145) tracks the Nasdaq Asia ex-Japan Dividend Achievers Index.

Rob Hughes, Head of Index and Advisor Solutions at Nasdaq, said, “This milestone for our index business inHong Kong is due to our close collaboration with BMO, the Hong Kong stock exchange and other local participants, who understand investor demand and the local environment.  These partnerships allow us to offer consumers new opportunities for their investment portfolios.”

In 2013, the Guotai NASDAQ-100 Exchange Traded Fund, the first-ever ETF in China based on a U.S. Index, listed in Shanghai, along with similar ETFs in Korea, India and Japan – all tracking the NASDAQ-100, one of the most liquid, most followed indexes in the world. Over the past year, additional ETFs – based on Nasdaq Indexes – have launched in Asia, including The Mirae Asset Tiger Nasdaq BIO ETF (KRX: Ticker 203780), based on the Nasdaq Biotechnology Index, which launched earlier this year on the Korean Exchange.

“We have been honored to work with fantastic firms all around Asia to bring innovative indices to market, and we expect to identify more investment opportunities in Asia based on the Nasdaq Index Families.  We think evolving our established brands such as Dividend and Buyback Achievers, Biotech, Semiconductor and others, to fit local markets will continue to provide opportunities for Asia-based investors,” said Mr. Hughes.

This launch is the latest example of continued innovation for Nasdaq Dividend Achievers index family and first to market thinking with the Hong Kong Bank Index.

Nasdaq’s Global Index Group offers comprehensive index services, including design, calculation, administration, licensing, research, global visibility, data distribution and exchange-traded product (ETP) listing. Currently, there are more than 150 ETPs with $100 Billion in AUM tracking some of Nasdaq’s over 41,000 Indexes.

Rob Hughes, Head of Index and Advisor Solutions, Nasdaq (left) and Ulf Carlsson, General Manager, Head of North Asia and Japan, Nasdaq (right).
Rob Hughes, Head of Index and Advisor Solutions, Nasdaq (left) and Ulf Carlsson, General Manager, Head of North Asia and Japan, Nasdaq (right).

About Nasdaq

Nasdaq (NASDAQ: NDAQ) is a leading provider of trading, exchange technology, information and public company services across six continents. Through its diverse portfolio of solutions, Nasdaq enables customers to plan, optimize and execute their business vision with confidence, using proven technologies that provide transparency and insight for navigating today’s global capital markets. As the creator of the world’s first electronic stock market, its technology powers more than 70 marketplaces in 50 countries, and 1 in 10 of the world’s securities transactions. Nasdaq is home to more than 3,400 listed companies with a market value of over $8.5 trillion.

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November 14, 2014 at 10:51 am

Posted in Uncategorized