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Top Six Reasons Why Attendees Should Not Miss Tissue World Barcelona 2015 Conference

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HONG KONG  /PRNewswire/ — Tissue World Barcelona conference taking place during 17 – 19 March at Fira Barcelona Gran Via (Hall 1) is the most anticipated event in the tissue paper industry featuring over 40 leading industry experts and thinkers who will analyse, debate and share valuable insight on the European tissue industry and its global significance.

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The European flag

Attendees will be able to:

  1. HEAR experts analyse the significance of huge uncertainties surrounding European economy today. On one hand, Europe is in deflation, austerity continues and the Euro could be under threat. On the other hand, the fall in oil prices is boosting real incomes while currency depreciation is encouraging exports. How will the events unfold? How will it affect the industry?
  2. LEARN about the evolution of global market pulp demand. How a wave of new market pulp capacity may facilitate a change in furnish trends in the tissue industry away from recovered fibre content tissue to virgin fibre content?
  3. KNOW successful results obtained in reduction of chatter marks by combining vibration monitoring system with Yankee coating optimisation. Details are provided for monitoring equipment and coating chemistry that were implemented on a machine experiencing severe chatter mark problems for the prior eight years.
  4. DISCUSS the pressing challenges for tissue makers — how to develop products which are flexible as well as equitable and speak to a growing and savvier group of solvent consumers? How to win over consumers even those on limited budgets? Is there any opportunity to push volumes closer to the stratospheric consumption typified by North American consumers?
  5. REALISE the importance of tools like the life cycle assessment to determine the real carbon footprint of a particular tissue product. Is this methodology the ultimate tool to compare companies or mills amongst them?
  6. DISCOVER how sustainability can and should be an integral part of the strategy and decision making of any manufacturing company. SCA shares how sustainability — including the triangle consisting of people, nature and economy — is reflected in all levels of the organisation and the core of SCA’s business model. Being the largest private forest owner in Europe is not enough — SCA continuously increases its share of renewable energy sources and invests in the operations to achieve its ambitious CO2-reduction targets.

Contact Person:

Ivan Ferrari
Phone Number: +65-6592-0886

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February 16, 2015 at 5:53 pm

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OUE Achieves FY2014 Net Profit of S$1.1 Billion

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— Net attributable profit of S$1.1 billion mainly attributable to the divestment of Mandarin Orchard Singapore and Mandarin Gallery to OUE Hospitality Trust
— Earnings before interest & tax rose 17.9% year-on-year, on the back of net fair value gain on investment properties in its associates and positive contribution across business segments
— Total dividend distribution for FY2014, including the proposed final cash dividend, amounts to approximately 15.9 cents per share

SINGAPORE  /PRNewswire/ —

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SGX Mainboard-listed integrated property developer OUE Limited (SGX-ST: LJ3) (“OUE” or the “Group”) closed the financial year ended 31 December 2014 (“FY2014”) with a net profit of S$1.1 billion, reversing a net loss ofS$36.6 million in the previous financial year (“FY2013”).

The above net profit resulted mainly from unlocking the values of Mandarin Orchard Singapore and Mandarin Gallery upon their disposal to OUE Hospitality Trust and the fair value gains on OUE Bayfront, Lippo Plaza and U.S. Bank Tower.

Revenue from business and operations remained stable at S$416.4 million, down marginally by 4.6% from the previous year. This was because of the absence of revenue from the China hotels which were divested inSeptember 2013.

Earnings before interest and tax rose 17.9% from S$157.0 million to S$185.1 million in FY2014. The increase arises from positive contributions of its various business segments and the Group’s share of fair value gain on investment properties in its associates.

Net finance expense fell 30.9% to S$64.0 million from S$92.6 million in FY2013 as a result of higher interest income, lower borrowings and absence of exchange losses.

With a net attributable profit of S$1.1 billion for FY2014, the Group’s earnings per share was S$1.20.


The Directors have proposed a final cash dividend of 1 cent per share, bringing the total cash dividend for FY2014 to 2 cents per share.  This is in addition to the distribution in specie of 1 OUE Hospitality Trust stapled security for every 6 ordinary OUE shares paid out in March 2014 of approximately 13.9 cents per share. Hence, the total distributions for FY2014, including the proposed final cash dividend, amounts to approximately 15.9 cents per share.

Business Review

During the year under review, the Group’s hospitality division registered revenue of S$210.6 million as compared to S$229.6 million in previous year.  The decreased of 8.2% was due mainly to the absence of contributions from two disposed China hotels.

Revenue generated from the Group’s property investment division increased by S$19.6 million to S$157.8 millionafter the inclusion of revenue from Lippo Plaza property in Shanghai and the U.S. Bank Tower in Los Angeles.

The Group’s sole residential development, OUE Twin Peaks, contributed S$38.3 million to the property development income in FY2014. The 39.0% decrease year-on-year is due mainly to the lower sales during the financial year as a result of the lacklustre residential property market in Singapore.

The Group ended the year with a strong balance sheet where net gearing fell to 43.9% from previous 57.2%, on the back of the repayment of S$300.0 million fixed rate notes in April 2014 and NAV per share is at S$4.23.

Business Update and Outlook

Looking ahead, the Group will focus on active lease management and ongoing asset enhancement activities to enhance the recurring income from its portfolio of investment properties.

Asset enhancement at the U.S. Bank Tower’s observation deck and restaurant is underway, with both projects targeted for completion in mid-2015. As at 31 December 2014, U.S. Bank Tower has achieved new or renewed leases amounting to about 650,000 square feet since acquisition and has a committed occupancy of 79.6%.

Refurbishment work at OUE Downtown is progressing well and should be completed by 2016. The refurbishment will transform OUE Downtown’s existing podium into a five-storey retail mall featuring a unique selection of retail and dining options, as well as a supermarket to cater to the lifestyle needs of residents and workers in the area.

The divestment of Crowne Plaza Changi Airport Hotel to OUE Hospitality Trust was completed on 30 January 2015.  This is in line with OUE’s strategy to unlock the value of its asset portfolio and recycle capital to pursue new growth opportunities and grow its fund management business.  The divestment of the 10-storey extension to Crowne Plaza Changi Airport will take place after its construction is completed and temporary occupation permit has been obtained.  The construction of the extension is expected to be completed by end of 2015 but not later than June 2016.

“Our asset enhancement activities in the past have borne fruit and contributed to long-term shareholder value.  Moving forward, we will continue to drive this strategy, while at the same time, look out for opportunities which will facilitate and strengthen our recurrent income base,” said Dr Stephen Riady, Executive Chairman of OUE Limited.

About OUE Limited

OUE Limited (SGX-ST: LJ3) is a diversified real estate owner, developer and operator with a real estate portfolio located in prime locations in Asia and the U.S.. OUE consistently grows its business by leveraging its brands and proven expertise in developing and managing landmark assets across the commercial, hospitality, retail and residential sectors primarily in Singapore. With its core strategy of investing in and enhancing a stable of distinctive properties, OUE is committed to developing a portfolio that has a strong recurrent income base, balanced with development profits, to enhance long-term shareholder value. OUE is the sponsor of OUE Hospitality Trust and OUE Commercial REIT.

For the latest news from OUE, visit us at

For further information, please contact:

T.L. Woo
Tel: +65-6809-6050

Source: OUE Limited

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February 16, 2015 at 5:38 pm

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Asia Pacific Release : Ota City, Tokyo will Strengthen the Transmission of the Appealing Lifestyle Culture of Japan toward Increasing Foreign Tourists

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Showcasing the lifestyle culture of Tokyo, which is now a focus of attention, to foreign travelers

Haneda Airport : A good access to the Tokyo metropolitan area and 10 min away from Kamata, the downtown of Ota on train.
  • Haneda Airport : A good access to the Tokyo metropolitan area and 10 min away from Kamata, the downtown of Ota on train.
  • Ikegami Honmon-ji Temple : The head temple of Nichiren Shu with a calm atmosphere. In Spring, cherry-blossoms flower.
  • The Mizudome-no-mai : Old rain-stopping dance in a straw basket, rolling on the ground, blowing a trumpet-shell.
  • The Bourbon Road : Streets of izakayas in Kamata. Enjoy popular dishes and drinks at low prices.

Ota City, Tokyo / PR Newswire / — Ota City, Tokyo, home to Haneda Airport, the entrance to Japan, will strengthen the transmission of the real lifestyle culture of Tokyo to foreign tourists as a tourism resource of the city and aim to increase the number of foreign tourists gearing up for the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.

The tourism resources which Ota City will transmit on this occasion are all things which give a feeling for the lifestyle culture of Tokyo such as lively shopping districts, locally beloved restaurants, public baths where the people can relax and refresh, and historical temples.

Also, in addition to nature, local festivals and cultural events which give a sense of the changing seasons it will also go forward transmitting the world-renowned “Ota craftsmanship” at the same time.

It is also planning many tourism events utilizing the aforementioned resources and will develop unique measures to make use of the ward’s predominance as the only city in Tokyo to possess an airport.

Please enjoy an experience of Japan’s lifestyle culture in Ota City.

We welcome inquiries regarding future effort possibilities including foreign government administration offices and private companies as well as media coverage.

SOURCE:Tokyo Ota City Tourism

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February 16, 2015 at 4:42 pm

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Origami Art Installation by Belgian Artist Charles Kaisin Unveiling the Year of the Goat at PMQ, Hong Kong

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-PMQ GOat ARTventure celebrates the Valentine’s Day and CNY with an Artistic Touch

HONG KONG /PRNewswire/ — Over ten-thousand golden origami horses are trotting to PMQ in Central, Hong Kong to pass the time to the Year of the Goat! Created by the renowned Belgian artist Charles Kaisin, the giant origami installation entitled “HYPHEN”, was made of 13,500 glittering origami horses which will be hung at the Courtyard of PMQ, Hong Kong. “PMQ GOat ARTventure” exhibition runs from 10 February to 31March 2015 to celebrate the Valentine’s Day and Chinese New Year with the spectacular hanging installation. Kaisin custom-designs an 11-metre high goat-shaped art piece made of 13,500 golden origami horses exquisitely hung by red ribbons. Hand-folded with thousands of sheets of reflective golden foil, the shiny golden horses symbolize fortune and perfection in the perspective of the Chinese, while the red ribbons as the hanging tools represent happiness and prosperity in the Chinese culture.

Created by the renowned Belgian artist Charles Kaisin, a giant origami installation entitled "HYPHEN" made of 13,500 glittering origami horses is hung at the Courtyard of PMQ, Hong Kong. Hand-folded with thousands of sheets of reflective golden foil, the shiny horses symbolize fortune and perfection in the perspective of the Chinese. "PMQ GOat ARTventure" exhibition runs from 10 February to 31 March 2015.
Created by the renowned Belgian artist Charles Kaisin, a giant origami installation entitled “HYPHEN” made of 13,500 glittering origami horses is hung at the Courtyard of PMQ, Hong Kong. Hand-folded with thousands of sheets of reflective golden foil, the shiny horses symbolize fortune and perfection in the perspective of the Chinese. “PMQ GOat ARTventure” exhibition runs from 10 February to 31 March 2015.

“HYPHEN implies a link between all memories of the past year and all the beautiful moments to come. It is also a symbol of union made of any suspended network in the image of the frame of human relationships. The connection of red and gold not only represents the prosperity and happiness but also a harmonious assembly of human beings in the universe. This is what hyphen, which means under and one, conveys in ancient Greek,” explained Charles Kaisin. Belgian architect and designer Charles Kaisin is an avant-garde in creating sustainable and contemporary design with recycled materials. He has been commissioned to create products by prestigious brands as Swatch, Delvaux, Hermes, Pierre Marcolini, and has worked as Art Director for Val Saint Lambert and Project Manager for Hermann Miller. He is a Guest Lecturer at the Hong Kong Design Institute, and the Institut Superieur d’Architecture Saint-Luc.

Another artwork not to be missed is “Adventure of Scottie the goat” by the local multimedia artist Avollusion x Laundromattee (AxO). In celebration of the Lunar New Year in PMQ, the Year of the Goat by sharing with all art aficionados the new media technology “Projection Mapping”, adding an uber-modern innovative touch to the classic oriental festive colour. AxO  tells the audience a creative story of an adventurous journey of a lonesome goat called Scottie..

Traditional Chinese handicrafts are something indispensable for the Lunar New Year celebration. Masters of paper art, sugar art and flour sculpture are invited to showcase their fine craftsmanship at PMQ.

For celebration of the Valentine’s Day and the Lantern Festival a.k.a the Chinese Valentine’s Day, a romantic luminous flower-bed made of LED lights will be set up to project a romantic and loving atmosphere at PMQ by Avollusion. For the singles, come and join the speed dating dinner at the PMQ Night Market and it could be the chance to meet your destined one.

A wide array of fascinating events and activities had been held in PMQ since its opening in April 2014. The long list includes “Le French May ANDREE PUTMAN — Ambassador of Style”, “Prologue by Fredrikson Stallard for Swarovski”, “1600 Pandas World Tour in Hong Kong: Creativity Meets Conservation”, “LEATHER FOREVER” HERMES EXHIBITION, L’ECOLE Van Cleef & Arpels in Hong Kong and “DETOUR 2014”.

Please visit for details of the past events.

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February 16, 2015 at 11:46 am

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CommunicAsia, EnterpriseIT and BroadcastAsia will Showcase Latest Trends and Progressive Technologies for the Hyper-Connected World

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-Asia’s pioneering ICT, broadcasting and digital multimedia industry event to feature new NXT Connected Lifestyle and TV Everywhere! Zones

SINGAPORE /PRNewswire/ — Global mobile connections have passed the seven billion mark — a figure akin to the global population[1]. Multi-screen consumption of content has thrown control to the hands of the consumer like never before. Enterprise mobility has become ingrained in consumers’ lives and transformed the workplace where employees not only have choice in devices, but applications. Once thought to be a thing of the future, driverless cars are to become a reality in everyday lives. The manifestations of megatrends such as IoT, mobility, cloud, social, and big data will be brought to life at CommunicAsia2015, EntepriseIT2015 andBroadcastAsia2015 from 2 – 5 June 2015, at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore.

Mobile explosion has given rise to dramatic changes in the consumption of technology, data and applications — the hyper-connected consumer and workforce and ease of connectivity proliferated possibilities and realities of Internet of Things (IoT). Forecasted to reach US$59 billion by 2020[2], Asia Pacific’s total IoT spending points to the opportunities in the areas of digitised landscape monetisation, wearable technology enablement, big data and analytics and even the IT infrastructures in place for greater agility, flexibility and scalability required for business and national growth.

“The trend of IoT continues to impact ways of life on both consumer and business fronts, bringing about opportunities and challenges for businesses in the areas of mobility management, big data analytics, media consumption and more. Aligned with the global phenomenon, 2015’s CommunicAsia, EnterpriseIT and BroadcastAsia will provide international audiences access to insights, latest technologies and solutions ranging from connected devices, smart living, TV-everywhere realities, satellite applications, enterprise mobility and more,” says Mr. Victor Wong, Project Director, from event organiser Singapore Exhibition Services.

At CommunicAsia, EnterpriseIT and BroadcastAsia, visitors can experience latest technologies, obtain insights from business leaders and subject-matter experts, and network with both major and emerging industry players from around the world.

What can be expected at CommunicAsia2015 and EnterpriseIT2015:

Mobile devices and connectivity are ingrained in consumers’ lives and has become an enabler and a way of life. Showcasing how innovations has and will impact consumers and businesses, the events provide a deeper look into the entire info-communications ecosystem under the three key thematic clusters: NXT Cities, NXT Enterprises and NXT Connected Lifestyle.

NXT Connected Lifestyle (NEW): The proliferation of mobile devices and ongoing improvements to technologies has resulted in rising convergence of professional and personal lives. The new NXT Connected Lifestyle showcase will provide solutions for the hyper-connected business and consumer. Feature technologies include, smart home/living solutions, multi-screen technology, connected devices, sensors, M2M, IoT, connected car applications, wireless technologies and many more.

NXT Cities: To drive sustainable economic growth and improve citizens quality of life, governments and private organisations are working more closely than ever to bring about an integrated, connected smart city. ICT Technologies that are designed to improve city operations in the areas of banking and finance, education, healthcare, hospitality, public safety, retail, transportation and utilities will be on showcase at NXT Cities.

NXT Enterprises: Providing business with innovations to help overcome challenges in today’s digitised landscape, NXT Enterprises will encompass solutions that help businesses stay relevant in today’s ever-changing connected world. Technologies in areas of big data and analytics, BYOD, mPayment, cloud, enterprise mobility and security among many others will empower the workforce, increase mobility and efficiency.

Exhibitors to note include Akamai, Dell, CDNetworks, FiberHome, Kaltura, KAONMEDIA, Irdeto, PCCW Global, Soliton Systems and Technicolor.

As part of CommunicAsia2015, SatComm2015, the strategic platform for the satellite communication industry, will see the gathering of over 160 satellite-based companies to address key issues within Asia-Pacific’s mobile ecosystem. Representatives include Intelsat, Inmarsat, SES, Siemens, ST Electronics, and more from over 20 countries and regions around the world.

CommunicAsia2015 Summit

World business leaders from top tech conglomerates and specialised experts will dish out valuable insights at this year’s CommunicAsia2015 Summit. Defining content that is shaping the future of today’s global ICT landscape, a suite of C-level speakers and industry experts will be sharing the value IoT brings, digitisation of the media landscape and how they can bring enterprise mobility to the next level.

What can be expected at BroadcastAsia2015:

On-demand consumption of media has become the modus operandi for consumers today, bringing about the trend of ‘TV Everywhere.’ The broadcasting landscape has changed significantly with the advent of social media and increased mobility of consumers brought about by IoT trends today. More than just the delivery of content, with high-definition and 3D now made readily available in the comfort of consumers’ homes, the TV experience has become critical for the broadcasting industry.

Visitors can expect to see broadcasting technologies and innovations impacting on consumers’ experience of visual, audio and more, in the following arenas:

TV Everywhere! Zone (NEW): From smartphones, tablets or Smart TVs, media and TV consumption are now everywhere. This year’s new TV Everywhere! Zone promises an experiential showcase of solutions from authentication, monetisation, network & device management, OTT, security, storage and more. Exhibitors include major players from across the world and region, such as Accedo, ALi Corp, Arris, Aveco, Brightcove, Ericsson, Limelight, Montage Tech, Quick Play, Rovi, Seachange and Vimond among others.

ProfessionalAudioTechnology2015: The ProfessionalAudioTechnology zone will showcase latest technologies and expertise on pro audio with exhibitors including AEQ, Calrec, CDA, Digigram, Lawo, Mier, Percon, RCS, Roland, Sonifex, Stagetec, Telos Alliance,  Winmedia, Wohler, XN3 and Yamaha and more.

The Cinematography/Film/Production Zone: The thrill of a movie can be determined by techniques employed by production teams and houses. To stay ahead and provide audiences with a visual feast and unforgettable experience, latest trends, developments and innovative technologies will be shared. Exhibitors include Canon, Cine Equipment, Jebsen, Kino Flo, Matthews, Panther, Red Digital Camera, Rosco, The Media Village and more.

BroadcastAsia2015 International Conference

Recognising that non-linear viewing options are eclipsing traditional TV viewing habits, broadcasters, channels and networks need to innovate their services in order to secure their foothold in the new broadcasting environment. With this in mind, BroadcastAsia2015 International Conference is specially designed to tackle the commercial and technical challenges stakeholders have to overcome to achieve a profitable TV everywhere service. Conference topics include OTT expansion into new territories, innovating TV service with intelligent analytics tools, immersive TV technologies, cloud distribution and network virtualisation, and digital broadcasting standards and technologies.

The Creative Content Production Conference will host some of industry’s most creative minds and emerging content developers. Together they will examine the evolving market landscape and discuss effective strategies to succeed in Asia’s film and TV arena. Conference topics include fostering collaborations and co-productions, monetising a successful transmedia strategy, financing and distribution best practices, and alternative financing options among others.

CommunicAsia2015 / EnterpriseIT2015 Exhibition




2-5 June 2015, Tuesday – Friday


Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

Opening Hours:

2-4 June 2015: 10:30 am – 6:00 pm | 5 June 2015: 10:30 am –  4:00 pm


Business and trade professionals only

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CommunicAsia2015 Summit


2-5 June 2015, Tuesday – Friday


Marina Bay Sands, Singapore


Registered delegates only


BroadcastAsia2015 Exhibition




2-5 June 2015, Tuesday – Friday


Marina Bay Sands, Singapore, Levels 4 & 5

Opening Hours:

2-4 June 2015: 10:30 am – 6:00 pm
5 June 2014: 10:30 am –  4:00 pm


Business and trade professionals only


BroadcastAsia2015 International Conference & Creative Content Production Conference


Marina Bay Sands, Singapore, Level 4


Registered delegates only


2-5 June 2015, Tuesday – Friday


Marina Bay Sands, Singapore


Registered delegates only


Media Enquiries:         

June Seah / Patricia Yee
Singapore Exhibition Services
Tel: +65 6233 6621 / +65 6233 6637

Email: /   

Chan Shu Ling / Nicole Yeo

FleishmanHillard Singapore

Tel: +65 6424 6379 / +65 6424 6368

Email: /

[1] GSMA Intelligence May 2014

[2] Frost & Sullivan 2015 Opportunities for Asia Pacific

Source: Singapore Exhibition Services

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February 16, 2015 at 11:42 am

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Mundipharma Demonstrates Efficacy of BETADINE(R) Formulations against Ebola Virus

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SINGAPORE /PRNewswire/ — Mundipharma has announced successful results from the testing ofBETADINE® formulations against the Ebola virus. The testing was conducted at Marburg University, Germany.

BETADINE® products are used for skin disinfection and surgical skin preparations around the world for over 50 years and are known to have a broad antimicrobial efficacy.

The BETADINE® range includes products such as BETADINE® Antiseptic Solution, BETADINE® Surgical Scrub,BETASEPTIC® Alcoholic Antiseptic Solution (marketed as BETADINE® Alcoholic Antiseptic Solution in Asia) andBETADINE® Skin Cleanser which have been widely used globally, for skin disinfection and hand hygiene in hospitals and healthcare institutions in the prevention of various hospital and community acquired infections.

All tested BETADINE® formulations showed an excellent virucidal efficacy as well as fast virucidal activity against the Ebola virus demonstrating its potential in fighting the outbreak and in minimising the risk of human to human transmission.

During the recent, and still not controlled, outbreak of Ebola in West Africa, most of the disease has spread through human-to-human transmission. According to WHO guidelines, hand hygiene is the most important infection prevention and control measure[1] as the skin is a routine source of infection transmission.

On 11 December 2014 Mundipharma announced an initiative to support the control of Ebola, donating supplies ofBETADINE®, sufficient for more than two million hand washes in the Ebola treatment centres of West Africa.

Raman Singh, President, Asia Pacific, Latin America, Middle East, and Africa, commented: “The Ebola virus, amongst others, is a very real threat to many of the populations of the regions in which we work. Mundipharma is proud to be able to support efforts to curb these epidemics, demonstrating the breadth and efficacy of our products and helping to inform and educate those at risk.”

“The excellent results from our study with Betadine confirm its potential in the prevention and limiting the spread of Ebola. We are hopeful that these results from our research will bring great value to the medical community and society in the management of Ebola crisis. The race to stay ahead of viral epidemics is constant.” said Prof. Dr.Maren Eggers, the virologist who led the investigations.

®: BETADINE and BETASEPTIC are Registered Trademarks

About Mundipharma

The Mundipharma network of independent associated companies consists of privately owned companies and joint ventures covering the world’s pharmaceutical markets. These companies are committed to bringing to patients the benefits of pioneering treatment options in the core therapy areas of oncology, pain, respiratory and rheumatoid arthritis.

[1] (WHO, August 2014).

Source: Mundipharma

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February 16, 2015 at 11:13 am

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