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ESMO Announces Scale to Stratify Magnitude of Clinical Benefit of Anti-Cancer Medicines

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LUGANO, Switzerland, June 1, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — ESMO announced the publication of the ESMO Magnitude of Clinical Benefit Scale (ESMO-MCBS), a tool to assist oncology clinicians in evaluating the most effective anti-cancer medicines for their patients.


The ESMO-MCBS offers a rational, structured and consistent approach to ‘stratify’ a drug’s clinically meaningful benefit.

“While it is known that the value of any new treatment is determined by the magnitude of its clinical benefit against its cost, to date there has not been a standard tool for grading such magnitude,” says Nathan Cherny, Medical Oncology Department, Shaare Zedek Medical Center, Israel.

“As the international organisation committed to the interest of the oncology community at large, we are concerned about some anti-cancer medicines approved by the European Medicines Agency not being available or affordable to patients when prescribed,” says Rolf Stahel, ESMO President. “With the ESMO-MCBS, we aim to signal drugs with a large magnitude of clinical benefit which should be endorsed across Europe for rapid patient access.”

The ESMO-MCBS can be used in a range of settings, e.g. in public policy decision-making, to develop and/or improve clinical guidelines, in day-to-day clinical situations.

“In the absence of a standardised approach for grading the magnitude of clinical benefit, conclusions and recommendations derived from studies are often hotly disputed,” says Elisabeth G.E. de Vries, Medical Oncology Department, University Medical Center Groningen, University of Groningen, Netherlands, ESMO-MCBS Task Force Co-Chair.

“Application of the Scale will reduce the likelihood that statements of clinical benefit will be distorted,” de Vries continues.

“As part of ESMO’s ongoing work to integrate all aspects of oncology, we believe that a scale highlighting the most clinically effective new medicines plus a snapshot perception survey on the availability and affordability of existing medicines will provide useful insights for the oncology community to help move cancer treatment forward,” says Alexandru Eniu, Day Hospital Unit Head, Cancer Institute Ion Chiricuta, Cluj-Napoca, Romania, ESMO Board member, ESMO Emerging Countries Committee Chair, co-project leader of the ESMO European Consortium Study on the Availability of Anti-Neoplastic Medicines.

Richard Sullivan, Kings Health Partners Integrated Cancer Centre, King’s College London, Institute of Cancer Policy, comments: “The ESMO-MCBS is an important first step to the critical public policy issue of value in cancer care, helping to frame the appropriate use of limited public and personal resources to deliver cost effective and affordable cancer care.”

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June 7, 2015 at 12:40 pm

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Huawei Drives Industry Dialogue on Promoting Open Innovation and Win-Win Collaboration at Flagship Forums

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-Hosts the Ultra-Broadband Summit 2015 and Huawei Cloud Conference Singapore 2015 during the CommunicAsia 2015

SINGAPORE, June 3, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Huawei today hosts the Ultra-Broadband Summit and Cloud Conference Singapore 2015 at the ongoing CommunicAsia being held in Singapore. The forums will focus on advancing the ICT industry through open innovation and collaboration to build and realise the opportunities presented in a better connected world.
David Wei, President of Huawei Southern Pacific Region welcomes guests at Ultra-Broadband Summit 2015
David Wei, President of Huawei Southern Pacific Region welcomes guests at Ultra-Broadband Summit 2015

ICT innovation is transforming virtually every aspect of life and work to create thriving and prosperous societies. Huawei’s Global Connectivity Index 2015 found that by increasing investment in ICT by 20%, a country could increase its GDP by 1%, and recommends policy makers look to datacentres, cloud computing, big data, broadband and the Internet of Things (IoT) as key investment areas.

Bringing together industry executives from leading operators, enterprises, international organisations, industry associations and research firms, the two Huawei forums will encourage attendees to exchange views on innovation, best practices and models for sustainable development.

Ultra-Broadband Summit 2015

The Ultra-Broadband Summit 2015, taking place at Sands Expo & Convention Centre, will address the opportunities and challenges for ultra-broadband development, bandwidth operations, fixed mobile convergence, industry cooperation and innovation.

Traditional broadband is changing due to the high data demands placed on networks from next-generation Internet applications, such as video streaming, 4K TV, online education, virtual workspaces and multi-screen interaction. Ultra-broadband is now emerging to handle these new Internet applications and form the foundation of future social and economic development, which has a strong relations with the Connect 2020.

“Connect 2020 was widely supported by ITU member states. A total of 46 countries expressed their direct support to Connect 2020 and adopt the goals into their ICT policy statements and we expect more countries to follow suit,” said Mr Zhao Houlin, Secretary-General, International Telecommunication Union (ITU). “In achieving the goals, broadband coverage remains the fundamental infrastructure where we expect 55% of households to have Internet access by the year 2020. At the same time, we are also mindful of the challenges that exist in developing countries contributing to the digital divide. Broadband affordability and quality still remain as key challenges. In this aspect, effective partnerships between stakeholders such as governments, operators and technology partners are crucial to move the broadband agenda forward.”

“Ultra-broadband has the power to connect consumers and enterprises in new ways, promoting economic and social development. It will become an enabler of infinite innovation, and a society embracing new applications, business models and industries,” said Daniel Tang, CTO of Huawei Fixed Network Business Unit. “Ultra-broadband provides a higher speed, ranging from 25 Mbit/s to GigaBand. It also provides broader coverage (> 99%) that not only connects people and homes, but also enables the IoT. Huawei advocates investment-friendly regulations from telecom regulators to achieve a balance between investment and competition. In addition, Huawei calls for the implementation of Fibre-from-the-Home projects through Easy Access to Non Telecom Infrastructure. These joint efforts will address issues faced in last-mile fibre roll out.”

Huawei Cloud Conference Singapore 2015

Huawei Cloud Conference Singapore 2015, to be held at the same venue, includes participation from Huawei’s industry-leading partners, Accenture and Intel, to facilitate dialogue on the latest progress of and future trends for the cloud computing industry.

“Cloud can provide significant levels of collaboration, agility, and speed, as well as cost savings for organisations of any size and type.” said Leo Li, Director of Huawei Southern Pacific Data Center Solution. “Only open, converged, and innovative clouds can drive in-depth transformation of traditional enterprises and industries. Huawei is committed to the development of open cloud platforms and has made significant contributions to international open-source communities.”

During the conference, Huawei will officially launch its next generation data center architecture — SD-DC2 (Service Driven Distributed Cloud Data Center), and the key roles of the architecture are Cloud OS – FusionSphere V5.0 and Converged storage – OceanStor V3. FusionSphere V5.0 is an OpenStack-based cloud management system which offers one-stop solution covering virtualization, private cloud, public cloud and hybrid cloud, help you deploy cloud computing agilely and efficiently. OceanStor V3 is Huawei’s converged storage with five convergences: SAN and NAS convergence, low-level, medium-level and high-level convergence, SSD and HDD convergence, backup convergence and heterogeneous convergence.

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About Huawei

Huawei is a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider. Our aim is to enrich life and improve efficiency through a better connected world, acting as a responsible corporate citizen, innovative enabler for the information society, and collaborative contributor to the industry. Driven by customer-centric innovation and open partnerships, Huawei has established an end-to-end ICT solutions portfolio that gives customers competitive advantages in telecom and enterprise networks, devices and cloud computing. Huawei’s 170,000 employees worldwide are committed to creating maximum value for telecom operators, enterprises and consumers. Our innovative ICT solutions, products and services are used in more than 170 countries and regions, serving over one-third of the world’s population. Founded in 1987, Huawei is a private company fully owned by its employees.

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June 7, 2015 at 12:12 pm

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Create Your Own Unique Itinerary to Asia on Touristly

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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, June 3, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — The Internet has helped travel become accessible to more people today than ever before. Yet, while more people can now travel with ease, with great deals for flights and hotels, planning the holiday itself remains a tedious process. Would-be travellers spend hours searching the Internet for the best things to do and then hours more trying to book them. Thankfully, now there’s Touristly — The place to plan and book amazing travel itineraries for your next holiday.
Create, Discover, Schedule and Book your itinerary in minutes using Touristly’s trip planner
Create, Discover, Schedule and Book your itinerary in minutes using Touristly’s trip planner

Planning the perfect trip to Asia (and Australia)

Touristly ( is a platform where travellers create amazing holidays in minutes. Using Touristly you can discover curated restaurants, spas, tours and attractions at destinations in Asia and Australia and schedule them in a personalised trip itinerary. Touristly aims to meet the need of travellers who often book flights and hotels ahead of time to take advantage of price deals, but are then left with trying to figure out what to do once they are on location.

A central feature on Touristly is its trip planner that allows travellers to organize their holiday in their own customised trip itinerary by taking advantage of the thousands of curated experiences available on the platform. Touristly’s trip planner serves as a personal concierge that gives travellers the power to effectively become their own travel agent and create unique itineraries that they can book immediately on the platform.

“We developed Touristly when we saw how travellers struggled with planning their trip because they had to look through multiple websites and apps for travel ideas then try to book them at the best rates possible. This makes the whole exercise both time-consuming and confusing. At Touristly, we hope to make it easier for travellers to plan a great trip with amazing curated deals they can schedule and purchase right away,” explained Aaron Sarma, founder and CEO of Touristly.

Touristly features a curated selection of things to do in over 35 destinations in Asia and Australia and aims to be the go-to travel website for travellers who are planning a trip to Asia Pacific. It currently features over 3,000 experiences at the best prices for travellers to add to their trip itineraries. The company aims to continue adding more destinations and experiences to serve more visitors who are travelling inbound to Asia Pacific.

Create amazing itineraries and book instantly

Using Touristly is simple. Anyone who wants to plan their holiday simply signs up to be a member and starts the process by clicking ‘Create A Trip.’ Touristly will then send them to their trip itinerary creator to discover the best things to do on their trip and schedule these activities and experiences ‘by easily adding them to their itinerary.’ Once done, all travellers need to do is hit ‘Checkout’ to book the entire itinerary in one click. What used to take hours to do now takes just a few minutes.

Touristly’s trip planner calculates your total price based on the dates you’ve chosen and the age and number of travellers who are going on the trip. Bookings are made immediately and all you need to do is print your certificates and enjoy your vacation. Touristly also allows travellers to export a beautiful itinerary of the trip they’ve created in print form. “The magic really is under the hood. Our itinerary creator makes planning a trip seamless by doing all the work for you,” Aaron elaborates.

For those who might need inspiration, Touristly also features trips created by other members. Travellers can view other trips, copy and personalise them to create their own original adventure. The inquisitive traveller can browse through hundreds of trips already on the platform to get inspiration for trips to each destination.

Investment from Netrove Ventures Group

In December 2014, Touristly secured an investment from Netrove Ventures Group, a regional investment and advisory firm with offices in Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Guangzhou, Bangkok and Hanoi. The investment is testament to Touristly being in the right space and on the right track.

“We believe there is a great opportunity in the fast growing travel and leisure space, and there are not many players offering unique destination deals in Asia as yet. As more Asians travel, signs of the growing middle class in this region, there is a clear demand for destination deals from these travellers,” commented Teh Kim Seng, Netrove Ventures Chairman.

Touristly has done a great job in understanding this need and has developed a robust platform to serve these travellers. In its current platform, it already has accumulated over 3,000 deals and this will grow rapidly as we ramp up the operational team. We are very excited with what we have planned together with Touristly in making an impact in this space,” explained Kim Seng.

“We are thrilled to have Netrove on board with us to help bring this vision to life. It was very important to us to have investors who not on only share our vision but could also bring years of experience building companies in the region and Netrove Ventures Group certainly fits the bill. Kim Seng and his team have relevant expertise that we believe is integral to our growth as a company,” said Aaron.

Asia as a growing inbound travel market

Touristly aims to serve key markets in Asia and Australia and be the definitive trip planner for the region. It currently features over 3,000 deals at more than 35 top destinations in the region and will expand to more destinations by the end of the year.

Tourism is still growing all over the world. In 2013, according to UNTWO there were nearly one billion tourists, 700 million of whom used the web to make bookings. After spending on flights and accommodation, the market for on-ground activities is estimated at $800 billion worldwide. The same report also highlights that Asia and the Pacific have the highest growth of 6% in arrivals compared to other regions in the world with 248 million arrivals in 2013 alone.

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June 7, 2015 at 11:59 am

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Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati Expands Greater China Practice

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PALO ALTO, Calif., BEIJING and HONG KONG, June 1, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, the premier provider of legal services to technology, life sciences, and growth enterprises worldwide, is pleased to announce that Dan Ouyang has become a partner in the firm’s corporate and securities practice. Formerly a partner at Paul Hastings, Ouyang brings extensive experience with U.S. and Hong Kong capital markets, bond offerings, and private equity and M&A transactions. She will be based in the firm’s Beijing and Hong Kong offices.

“Our Greater China practice has grown steadily for some time, encompassing a wide variety of matters for China and U.S.-based clients, including private equity, IPOs, public and private M&A, going-private transactions, joint ventures, and foreign direct investments,” said Jack Sheridan, the firm’s co-managing partner. “Dan is an accomplished attorney with an abundance of valuable corporate and securities experience in both China and the U.S., and her hire further strengthens the firm’s already robust U.S. and Hong Kong capital markets capabilities, as well as enhances our client relationships in the region. We are delighted to welcome her to the firm.”

Ouyang has represented corporate clients in more than 40 IPOs and follow-on offerings in the U.S. and Hong Kong. Her IPO and follow-on offering clients have ranged across a variety of industries, including technology, healthcare and entertainment. She is qualified in both New York and Hong Kong.

About Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
For more than 50 years, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati has offered a broad range of services and legal disciplines focused on serving the principal challenges faced by the management and boards of directors of business enterprises. The firm is nationally recognized as a leader in the fields of corporate governance and finance, mergers and acquisitions, private equity, securities litigation, employment law, intellectual property, and antitrust, among many other areas of law. With deep roots in Silicon Valley, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati has offices in Austin; Beijing; Brussels; Hong Kong; Los Angeles; New York; Palo Alto; San Diego; San Francisco; Seattle; Shanghai; Washington, D.C.; and Wilmington, DE. For more information, please visit

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June 7, 2015 at 11:30 am

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