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Consumer Usage of Smartphone Navigation Apps Rises Sharply

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-OEMs Need to Prioritize Daily Use Cases.

BOSTON, /PRNewswire/ — Navigation tasks are vitally important use-cases for the in-vehicle consumer. Regardless of device type (embedded or portable), a well-put-together and usable connected navigation system must provide information which is timely, relevant, and easily-consumed. A new report from the In-vehicle UX (IVX) group at Strategy Analytics ( has found key differences in usage and satisfaction among owners of embedded, dedicated portable and smartphone-based navigation systems.

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Surveying owners in the US, Western Europe, and China, Strategy Analytics found overall satisfaction to be highest among owners of embedded navigation systems, particularly in the US. However, while usage of embedded navigation systems remains high, the prevalence of smartphone-based app navigation is becoming increasingly ubiquitous. Even so, findings from the survey suggest that users are still most satisfied with an interface that is best optimized for use in-car and one that is more visually appealing.

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Derek Viita, Senior Analyst and report author commented, “The sharp increase in usage and satisfaction among smartphone-based navigation app users could indicate challenges ahead for OEMs. This increase is especially interesting given the introduction of Android Auto and Apple CarPlay along with Baidu CarLife in China. For an increasing number of consumers, providing mirroring from the display of their smartphone onto an in-car system is all that is needed, as they have easy access to all previously searched locations. This would mean not having to enter them again on a vehicle-specific interface.

Continued Viita, “It is additionally important to optimize for use cases which are not directly related to providing directions. Other tasks such as real-time traffic provide daily relevance, while finding basic information related to POIs (opening hours, phone numbers, price points, etc.) is becoming increasingly valuable to users.”

Chris Schreiner, Director, User Experience Innovation Practice added, “While consumers show interest in and willingness to purchase embedded navigation, the primary draw is the in-vehicle display. Solutions which pair attractive embedded displays with features like contextual awareness or small maps on the instrument cluster are needed to differentiate embedded offerings from mobile mirroring solutions.”

About Strategy Analytics

Strategy Analytics, Inc. provides the competitive edge with advisory services, consulting and actionable market intelligence for emerging technology, mobile and wireless, digital consumer and automotive electronics companies. With offices in North America, Europe and Asia, Strategy Analytics delivers insights for enterprise

About In-vehicle UX

The In-vehicle UX group forms part of the User Experience Innovation Practice (UXIP) at Strategy Analytics. Focusing on user behaviors, motivations and interests within in-vehicle, mobile device, connected home and media & services research areas, UXIP helps clients meet consumer needs, develop usable solutions and deliver compelling user experiences. Extensive expertise and highly experienced in large-scale survey work, in-depth interviews, focus groups and observational sessions, UXIP’s research methodology allows strategic user-centric analysis on the potential for new technologies that would otherwise be unavailable. Providing actionable insight, go-to-market strategies and business recommendations, UXIP is a leading supplier of consumer knowledge to the technology industry. Click here for more information.

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US Contact: Derek Viita, +1 617 614 0772,
European Contact: Diane O’Neill, +44 (0)1908 423 669,

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September 16, 2015 at 4:37 pm

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New Clinical Segments Revitalize the Mature Ultrasound Market

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-Demand for portable and ultra-portable ultrasound systems to come from diagnostic and image guidance needs at points of care, finds Frost & Sullivan

LONDON, /PRNewswire/ — Ultrasound is finding relatively new applications across various clinical specialties and points of care, from image-guiding interventions, biopsies and non-invasive diagnosis to imaging in war and sports fields. Cost effectiveness, safety, high accessibility and clinical value in preliminary diagnosis are strengthening the technology’s value proposition. It is seen as the definitive diagnostic system in diverse settings due to its portability and use in needle placement procedures as well as the diagnosis of tendon, muscle, ligament, nerve and joints abnormalities.

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New analysis from Frost & Sullivan, Assessing Ultrasound’s Market Potential within Emerging Clinical Points of Care (, finds that the market earned $3.66 billion in 2014, with emerging clinical segments accounting for 21.8 percent of total revenues. The United States, Brazil, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, the United Kingdom and India contributed to nearly three-quarters of the total revenue and volume of the market studied. Currently, cart-based and portable (laptop) ultrasound equipment have a stronghold on the market with 87.0 percent share in units sold and 97.5 percent share in revenue.

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“Greater awareness of the harmful effects of radiation exposure in other imaging modalities, and the ability to provide additional care at the patient site, are driving the market for point-of care ultrasonography,” said Frost & Sullivan Healthcare Research Analyst Srikanth Kompalli. “This trend is causing emerging clinical segments to outstrip the established ones such as radiology, cardiology and obstetrics and gynaecology (OB/GYN) in North America, Latin America and Western Europe.”

However, conventional clinical applications still account for over 78 percent of the market in the developed regions. Saturation within this segment limits the uptake of premium ultrasound systems. Often, refurbished systems cannibalise the sales of new and advanced equipment. Further, budgetary constraints, inadequate technical resources, and lack of full reimbursement for ultrasound procedures hinder the technology’s widespread adoption.

To interest end users across a wide range of applications, ultrasound manufacturers are producing more mobile systems with real-time imaging, volume imaging, and 3D and 4D transducers. These functionalities will address the diagnostic and image guidance needs of interventional procedures. Going forward, ultrasound is expected to find substantial adoption in dermatology, breast imaging and therapeutic applications.

“With improving functionality, performance and affordability, advanced, portable systems will stoke the adoption of ultrasound systems in emerging clinical points of care,” concluded Kompalli. “In fact, the uptake of portable and ultra-portable ultrasound systems is expected to exceed that of cart-based ultrasound systems by 2019, as demand grows in clinical segments such as emergency care, anaesthesia and pain management, musculoskeletal applications, primary care, OB/GYN and general imaging radiology.”

Assessing Ultrasound’s Market Potential within Emerging Clinical Points of Care is part of the Advanced Medical Technologies Growth Partnership Service program. Frost & Sullivan’s related studies include: Western and Eastern European Multiparameter Patient Monitor Market, Analysis of the US Advanced Wound Care Technologies Market, Analysis of the US Medical Image Displays Market, Western European Contrast Auto-injectors Market, Western and Eastern European Custom Procedure Trays and Packs (CPTP) Market, Analysis of the Infant Care Solutions Market, and Western European Percutaneous Coronary Interventions (PCI) Market, among others. All studies included in subscriptions provide detailed market opportunities and industry trends evaluated following extensive interviews with market participants.

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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. 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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September 16, 2015 at 4:28 pm

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Bill Ackman, Barry Diller, Blythe Masters and Roger Ferguson Headline 5th Annual Bloomberg Markets Most Influential Summit

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-For the first time, conference will be hosted simultaneously in New York, London and Hong Kong on October 6th

NEW YORK, /PRNewswire/ — Pershing Square Capital CEO Bill Ackman, IAC Chairman Barry Diller, Digital Asset Holdings CEO Blythe Masters, TIAA-CREF CEO and President Roger Ferguson, Nasdaq CEO Bob Greifeld, Morgan Stanley Co-CEO of Asia Pacific Wei Sun Christianson, former Co CEO of Deutsche Bank Anshu Jain, Atomico CEO and Founding Partner Niklas Zennstrom and other business leaders from around the world will offer their insights and ideas on global markets and finance at the fifth annual Bloomberg Markets Most Influential Summit on Tuesday, October 6th. For the first time, Bloomberg will host the Summit in New York,London and Hong Kong on the same day. Already sold out in New York, the conference will convene more than 600 of the biggest names and influencers in the industry on stage and in the audience for a day of debate, networking and cross-border thought leadership.

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Bloomberg Markets Most Influential Summit is the centerpiece of a multi-platform editorial initiative that leverages Bloomberg’s unparalleled breadth of media resources, including print, digital, television and radio platforms to bring one-of-a-kind conversations with newsmakers and financial leaders on the trends and opportunities encountered across the global economy. The event is produced by Bloomberg LIVE, the company’s global events business, in conjunction with Bloomberg Markets magazine’s annual 50 Most Influential ranking, which will run in the November issue and be available digitally on October 5th. In addition, event sessions will be broadcast live on Bloomberg Television and the network will conduct interviews with select newsmakers. Bloomberg Radio will also broadcast live from the Summit.

“By bringing together market influencers in three of the world’s financial centers, Bloomberg demonstrates its global convening power and holistic approach to covering business and finance,” said Bloomberg LIVE Editor Stephanie Mehta. “Top leaders will explore the forces shaping the future of markets, providing our executive-level audience with the insights and tools to navigate the evolving world of global finance.”

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Bloomberg Markets Most Influential in New York will focus on macroeconomic trends and global forces shaping investment strategy today, with the bankers, policymakers, money managers and big thinkers who matter most. Speakers include:

  • Bill Ackman, CEO and Portfolio Manager, Pershing Square Capital Management
  • Clifford Asness, Co-founder, Managing Principal and Chief Investment Officer, AQR Capital
  • Louis Beryl, Co-founder and CEO, Earnest
  • Brad Burnham, Managing Partner, Union Square Ventures
  • Abby Joseph Cohen, President, Global Markets Institute, Goldman Sachs
  • Barry Diller, Chairman and Senior Executive, IAC
  • Blair Effron, Co-Founder and Partner, Centerview Partners
  • Roger Ferguson, CEO and President, TIAA-CREF
  • Jonathan Gray, Global Head of Real Estate, Blackstone
  • Bob Greifeld, CEO, Nasdaq
  • Renaud Laplanche, Founder and CEO, Lending Club
  • Alexandra Lebenthal, CEO and President, Lebenthal Holdings
  • Dan Levitan, Co-Founder and General Partner, Maveron
  • Blythe Masters, CEO, Digital Asset Holdings
  • Noor Menai, President & CEO, CTBC Bank Corp. USA
  • Hank Uberoi, CEO and Executive Director, Earthport
  • Chris Ventresca, Global Co-Head Mergers & Acquisitions, J.P. Morgan

Bloomberg Markets Most Influential in London will bring together the leading minds in European finance and business, offering access to CEOs, investors, corporate power brokers and bankers for a unique opportunity to hear views on the investments of tomorrow. Speakers include:

  • Eileen Burbidge, Partner, Passion Capital
  • Oliver Bussmann, Group Chief Information Officer & Group Managing Director, UBS AG
  • Julien Codorniou, Director, Global Platform Partnerships, Facebook
  • James Cooksey, Head of Central London, The Crown Estate
  • Tom Cooper, Co-Global Chairman of M&A, Deutsche Bank
  • Hernan Cristerna, Managing Director, Co-Head of Global M&A, J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.
  • Camilla Dell, Managing Partner and Founder, Black Brick Property Solutions
  • Vittorio Grilli, Chairman of the Corporate and Investment Bank, EMEA, J.P. Morgan
  • Guy Hands, Chairman and Founder, Terra Firma
  • Sunil Hirani, Co-Founder and CEO, trueEX
  • Jon Matonis, Economist
  • Helena Morrissey CBE, CEO, Newton, Chair, The Investment Association (IA) and Founder, 30% Club
  • Sir Christopher Pissarides, Regius Professor of Economics, London School of Economics
  • James Taylor, Project Director for Clarges Mayfair, British Land
  • Niklas Zennstrom, CEO and Founding Partner, Atomico

Hong Kong
Bloomberg Markets Most Influential Summit in Hong Kong will cover a range of topics including RMB internationalisation, fund passports and stock connects, investments in alternatives and the risk and reward landscape in Asia. Speakers include:

  • Shuhei Abe, CEO, Sparx Group Co.
  • Sumit Agarwal, Low Tuck Kwong Professor, Professor of Economics, Finance & Real Estate, Vice Dean,National University of Singapore
  • Dr. Au King-Lun, CEO, Bank of China HK Asset Management & Council Member, HK FSDC
  • Woody Bradford, President & CEO, Conning
  • Rahul Chadha, Co-CIO, Mirae Asset Global Investments
  • Wei Sun Christianson, Co-CEO of Asia Pacific & CEO of China, Morgan Stanley
  • Scott Collison, Head of Alternatives, Asia, Franklin Templeton Investments
  • Martin Cubbon, Corporate Development & Finance Director, Swire Pacific
  • Chen Ding, CEO, CSOP Asset Management Limited
  • Michael Falcon, CEO Asia Pacific, JP Morgan Asset Management
  • Andrew Fung, Executive Director & Head of Global Banking and Markets, Hang Seng Bank
  • Ken Hu, CIO Fixed Income, Asia Pacific, Invesco
  • Bill Maldonado, CIO, Asia Pacific, HSBC Global Asset Management
  • Vivek Pathak, Director East Asia & the Pacific, International Finance Corporation
  • Wai-Kwong Seck, EVP, Head of Global Markets & Global Services Asia Pacific, State Street
  • Eleanor Wan, CEO, BEA Union Investment Management
  • Qiumei Yang, CEO, ICI Global Asia Pacific
  • Florence Yip, Asia Pacific Asset Management Group Tax Leader & Council Member, HK FSDC, PwC
  • Xiaofeng Zhong, CEO North Asia, Amundi Hong Kong Limited

To learn more about the Bloomberg Markets Most Influential Summit — including additional detail on the speakers, agenda, and partners — and to request an invitation, please visit

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Standard Life Investments is a presenting sponsor of the Bloomberg Markets Most Influential Summit and PowerShares QQQ is a supporting sponsor.

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Bloomberg, the global business and financial information and news leader, gives influential decision makers a critical edge by connecting them to a dynamic network of information, people and ideas. The company’s strength – delivering data, news and analytics through innovative technology, quickly and accurately – is at the core of the Bloomberg Professional service, which provides real time financial information to more than 325,000 subscribers globally. For more information, visit

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September 16, 2015 at 4:23 pm

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Beer, Wine and Spirits Producers’ Commitments Mark Two-year Progress Toward Reducing Harmful Drinking

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WASHINGTON /PRNewswire/ — CEOs of the leading global producers of beer, wine and spirits today released a report highlighting the progress on their unprecedented initiative to reduce harmful drinking. At the two-year mark of the five-year program, the Beer, Wine and Spirits Producers’ Commitments to Reduce Harmful Drinking ( has shown progress in key areas including helping to reduce underage drinking, prevent drink driving, and strengthen and expand marketing codes of practice to promote responsible drinking.


Notable in the report is the producers’ progress in supporting the reduction of underage drinking. Signatory companies have undertaken 180 underage drinking prevention education programs around the world. The Beer, Wine, and Spirits producers helped drive the development of a legal purchasing age policy in Vietnam in 2014.

“We believe that addressing harmful drinking must involve all sectors of society-governments, civil society, and the private sector-and are therefore pleased that the CEOs of the major alcohol-producing companies have agreed to a set of five commitments to address harmful drinking in a five-year program of work,” said Ann Keeling, President/CEO, International Alliance for Responsible Drinking (IARD), which serves as Secretariat to the Commitments. “IARD welcomes other alcohol-producing companies and retailers to join us in scaling up this effort and invites partners from government, civil society, and international organizations to read this report and see how we can collaborate to find solutions.”

“Our companies are represented in more than 100 countries, and we are committed to making a positive and lasting contribution through our joint efforts in all of the markets in which we operate,” said Carlos Brito, Commitments CEO Group Chair and CEO of Anheuser-Busch InBev. “Our Commitments are a good starting point to help reduce the harmful consumption of alcohol globally; but to take the impact of our work to the next level, we need to expand this collective approach to also include other beer, wine and spirits companies, as well as retailers, governments, international organizations, and local community groups. We are working hard to bring these partnerships together so that we can have an even greater impact in our efforts to reduce harmful drinking.”

The Commitments represent the largest ever industry-wide initiative to address harmful drinking. The 2014 Progress Report, based on key performance indicators developed by Accenture Sustainability Services, was assured by KPMG Sustainability.  The report examines the gains made on multiple identified action areas. Progress areas include:

  • Reaching more people around the world in more ways than ever before with education and tools to reduce harmful drinking. Collectively, education programs resulting from signatories’ work with NGOs, inter-governmental organizations, and other interested stakeholders have directly reached more than 2.58 million underage individuals. Adult influencer outreach efforts leapt from roughly half a million to 3.26 million. New tools included significant development to the construction of a consumer website,, which provides user-friendly, factual information on responsible drinking.
  • Creating ongoing global impact through drink driving prevention efforts. Through both individual and collective work, beer, wine and spirits producers launched 375 unique drink driving efforts in 146 countries. In partnership with IARD, producers launched a series of successful pilot programs aimed at reducing drink driving in China, Colombia, Mexico, Nigeria, Russia and Vietnam. Created in partnership with governments, civil society organizations and NGOs, these culturally-specific programs focused on increasing public awareness, building stronger relationships with law enforcement, and targeting specific groups of drivers at high risk for drink driving.
  • Launching a set of Digital Guiding Principles in September 2014. The Principles marked the first-ever set of global guidelines for beverage alcohol producers to require online marketing and social media use to meet the same high standards that apply to traditional marketing activities. These standards include adhering to the 70/30 rule, which establishes that advertisements in print, broadcast and digital media should have a minimum 70 percent adult audience.
  • Launching an Alcohol Education Guide in October 2014. Crafted with the guidance of an expert panel that based the work on best practices from around the world, the Guide supports step-by-step development of alcohol education programs with interactive, comprehensive, and user-friendly resources. The Guide provides users with examples of good practice programs that can be replicated or adapted for different audiences.

The Progress Report also outlines the work that lies ahead for the duration of the initiative, including expanding collective drink driving efforts to other countries; continuing work in targeted countries that do not have a legal purchase age; and continuing to collaborate with major international retailers to best define their role in supporting the goal of reducing harmful drinking. In 66 of the 117 countries where Commitments signatories are active, at least one signatory is working on moving forward retail initiatives to reduce harmful drinking.

The producers initially signed the Commitments in October 2012, when they agreed to undertake a series of actions over five years (beginning in 2013) with the goal of strengthening and expanding existing efforts to reduce the harmful use of alcohol. The five commitments address:

  • Reducing underage drinking
  • Strengthening and expanding marketing codes of practice
  • Providing consumer information and responsible product innovation
  • Reducing drinking and driving
  • Enlisting the support of retailers to reduce harmful drinking

IARD and the producers also support the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Global Strategy to Reduce Harmful Use of Alcohol and welcome the positive role it identifies for producers, distributers, marketers, and sellers of beer, wine, and spirits.

Watch an excerpt of the CEOs panel discussion on their achievements:  Producers’ Commitments

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What is IARD?

IARD is a not-for-profit organization, dedicated to addressing the global public health issue of harmful drinking and promoting responsible drinking. As a contributing risk factor for three major non-communicable diseases (NCDs), reducing harmful drinking is a priority for the worlds governments, as set out in the WHO Global Action Plan on NCDs and the UN Political Declaration on the Prevention and Control of NCDs. IARD supports implementation of the WHO Global Strategy to Reduce the Harmful Use of Alcohol and the constructive role Member States have identified for producers.

As a global public health NGO, we partner with public, civil society, and private stakeholders to advance our mission of contributing to the reduction of harmful drinking and promoting responsible drinking worldwide. IARD supports implementation of the global target set by the worlds governments of at least 10% relative reduction in the harmful use of alcohol by 2025. IARD is supported by its Member Companies from all sectors of the alcohol industry beer, wine, and spirits in their common purpose of being part of the solution to the harmful use of alcohol.

The 12 signatories of the Commitments are:  Anheuser-Busch InBev; Asahi Group Holdings; Bacardi; Beam Suntory; Brown-Forman Corporation; Carlsberg; Diageo; Heineken; Kirin Holdings Company; Molson Coors; Pernod Ricard; and SABMiller.

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September 16, 2015 at 3:11 pm

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QS World University Rankings 2015/16

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-World’s most popular global university ranking, and the most diverse

LONDON /PRNewswire/ — Based on web traffic* social media metrics** and estimated online consumers (>100m in 2015); the QS World University Rankings is by far the most popular annual league table of world universities.

The twelfth edition confirms Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) as the world’s top university followed byHarvard (2nd), Cambridge and Stanford (3rd=) while ETH Zurich (9th) breaks into the top 10.

Singapore’s leading universities gain substantially, each making the top 15 for the first time. National University of Singapore (12th) is the leading Asian institution and Nanyang Technological University (13th) is right behind them, taking a quantum leap.

Australian National University (19th) also returns to the top 20.

China’s Tsinghua University (25th) is Asia’s third best university, leading a strong Chinese cohort.

76,798 academics and 44,226 employers contributed to the rankings through the QS global surveys, the largest of their kind and QS analyzed 11.1 million research papers – indexed by Elsevier’s Scopus database. 3,539 institutions were considered for inclusion and 891 ranked.

A modified approach to “citations per faculty“, a measure of research impact, has delivered fairer evaluations for universities with a strong profile in areas with lower research activity, such as arts, humanities and social sciences. LSE (35th) and other leading institutions traditionally overshadowed by research-intensive universities, see their excellence more equitably recognized.

Ben Sowter, QS head of research says: “These latest results reveal more diversity than ever in the distribution of world-class universities at the highest levels. We’re providing prospective students with the richest picture yet.”



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The rankings include universities from 82 countries. Thirty-four countries feature in the Top 200. The United Statesdominate, with 49 institutions, ahead of the UK (30), Netherlands (12), Germany (11), Canada, Australia, and Japan(8), China (7), France, Sweden and Hong Kong (5).


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September 16, 2015 at 3:08 pm

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New Data on Saxenda® Show Early Response Predicts Improvements in Weight Loss and Cardiometabolic Risk Factors

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Today, new data from a post-hoc analysis of the phase 3a SCALE™ clinical development programme were presented at the 51st European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD) Annual Meeting.[1] The data demonstrated that adults in the SCALE™ Obesity and Prediabetes and SCALE™ Diabetes trials who lost at least 5% of their body weight after completing 16 weeks of Saxenda® (liraglutide 3 mg) treatment (defined as ‘early responders’) had greater weight loss after completing 56 weeks, compared with people losing less than 5% body weight with Saxenda® after completing 16 weeks (‘early non-responders’). All treatment groups included a reduced-calorie diet and increased physical activity.[1]

“These data demonstrate the importance of identifying those adults who respond early to Saxenda®,” said ProfessorMatthias Blüher, head of the obesity outpatient clinic at the University of Leipzig, Germany, and SCALE™ trial investigator. “Not only are these Saxenda® early responders more likely to achieve greater weight loss over time, they are also more likely to experience greater improvements in cardiometabolic risk factors.”

After completing 16 weeks of the SCALE™ Obesity and Prediabetes trial, 67.5% of adults with obesity or who were overweight with weight-related comorbidities (excluding type 2 diabetes), were early responders to Saxenda®(n=2487) and experienced an average weight loss of 11.5% after completing 56 weeks of treatment, compared with a weight loss of 3.8% for early non-responders. The proportion of early responders losing ≥5%, >10% and >15% of their bodyweight after completing 56 weeks was 88.2%, 54.8% and 24.2% respectively (36.9%, 8.3% and 1.8% respectively for early non-responders).

After completing 16 weeks of the SCALE™ Diabetes trial, 50.4% of adults with obesity or who were overweight and had type 2 diabetes, were early responders to Saxenda ® (n=423), with a mean weight loss of 9.3% after completing 56 weeks of treatment compared with a weight loss of 3.6% for early non-responders. The proportion of early responders experiencing ≥5%, >10% and >15% weight loss after completing 56 weeks was 80.1%, 44.6% and 11.6% respectively (33.3%, 5.8% and 1.3% respectively for early non-responders).[1]

Across both trials, early responders demonstrated greater improvements in cardiometabolic risk factors, including blood pressure, cholesterol and triglycerides, compared to early non-responders.[1]

The overall safety profile was generally comparable between early responders and early non-responders. In the SCALE™ Obesity and Prediabetes trial serious adverse events occurred in 6.4% vs 5.3% respectively, and in the SCALE™ Diabetes trial 7.6% vs 9.9%, respectively. Hepatobiliary events (related to the liver and/or the gallbladder) were higher in early responders compared with early non-responders in the SCALE™ Obesity and Prediabetes trial (3.5% vs 2.1% respectively).[1] In people with obesity or who were overweight and with type 2 diabetes, rates of severe hypoglycaemia were low in both early responders and early non-responders (1.1% vs. 0.6% respectively) and all cases were in people who were taking prescribed sulfonylureas.

About obesity

Obesity is a disease[2] that requires long-term management. It is associated with many serious health consequences and decreased life-expectancy.[3],[4] Obesity-related comorbidities include type 2 diabetes, heart disease, obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) and certain types of cancer.[3],[5],[6] It is a complex and multi-factorial disease that is influenced by genetic, physiological, environmental and psychological factors.[7]

The global increase in the prevalence of obesity is a public health issue that has severe cost implications to healthcare systems. In the EU, obesity affects approximately 10-30% of adults.[8]

About Saxenda®

Saxenda® (liraglutide 3 mg) is a once-daily glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) analogue with 97% similarity to naturally occurring human GLP-1, a hormone that is released in response to food intake.[9] Like human GLP-1, Saxenda®regulates appetite by increasing feelings of fullness and satiety, while lowering feelings of hunger and prospective food consumption, thereby leading to reduced food intake. As with other GLP-1 receptor agonists, Saxenda®stimulates insulin secretion and lowers glucagon secretion in a glucose-dependent manner.[10] These effects can lead to a reduction of fasting and post-prandial blood glucose. Saxenda® was evaluated in the SCALE™ (Satiety and Clinical Adiposity – Liraglutide Evidence in Nondiabetic and Diabetic people) phase 3 clinical trial programme.

Saxenda® was granted European marketing authorisation on 23 March 2015 by the European Commission (EC). In the EU, Saxenda® is indicated as an adjunct to a reduced-calorie diet and increased physical activity for weight management in adult patients with an initial BMI of ≥30 kg/m2 (obese), or ≥27 kg/m2 to <30 kg/m2 (overweight) in the presence of at least one weight-related comorbidity such as dysglycaemia (prediabetes or type 2 diabetes mellitus), hypertension, dyslipidaemia or obstructive sleep apnoea.[10]

Saxenda® was approved by the FDA on 23 December 2014 and Health Canada on 26 February 2015. Please refer to local label for further information.

Guidance is given in all labels that treatment with Saxenda® should be discontinued if a specific threshold of weight loss has not been achieved after a certain period of time.

About the SCALE™ clinical development programme

Novo Nordisk’s phase 3 development programme, called SCALE™, investigates liraglutide 3 mg for weight management. SCALE™ (Satiety and Clinical Adiposity – Liraglutide Evidence in Non-diabetic and Diabetic people) consists of four, placebo-controlled, multinational trials called: SCALE™ Obesity and Prediabetes, SCALE™ Diabetes, SCALE™ Sleep Apnoea and SCALE™ Maintenance. The trials include more than 5,000 people who are overweight (BMI ≥27 kg/m2) with comorbidities such as hypertension, dyslipidaemia, obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) or type 2 diabetes, or who have obesity (BMI ≥30 kg/m2), with or without comorbidities. The studies all involved a reduced-calorie diet and increased physical activity.

Key results from all trials in the SCALE™ clinical development programme have been published, with further data expected to be presented and published in 2015.

About Novo Nordisk

Novo Nordisk is a global healthcare company with more than 90 years of innovation and leadership in diabetes care. This heritage has given us experience and capabilities that also enable us to help people defeat other serious chronic conditions: haemophilia, growth disorders and obesity. Headquartered in Denmark, Novo Nordisk employs approximately 39,700 people in 75 countries and markets its products in more than 180 countries. For more information, visit, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube


1.   Blüher F, Hermansen K, Greenway F, et al. Early weight loss with liraglutide 3.0 mg is a good predictor of clinically meaningful weight loss after 56 weeks. 51st EASD Annual Meeting 2015.

2.   American Medical Association A. Declaration to classify obesity as a disease. Annual Meeting Report. 19 June 2013.

3.   Guh DP, Zhang W, Bansback N, et al. The incidence of co-morbidities related to obesity and overweight: a systematic review and meta-analysis. BMC Public Health. 2009; 9:88.

4.   Peeters A, Barendregt JJ, Willekens F, et al. Obesity in adulthood and its consequences for life expectancy: a life-table analysis. Annals of Internal Medicine. 2003; 138:24-32.

5.   Gami AS, Caples SM, Somers VK. Obesity and obstructive sleep apnea. Endocrinology and Metabolism Clinics of North America. 2003; 32:869-894.

6.   Whitlock G, Lewington S, Sherliker P, et al. Body-mass index and cause-specific mortality in 900 000 adults: collaborative analyses of 57 prospective studies. Lancet. 2009; 373:1083-1096.

7.   Wright SM, Aronne LJ. Causes of obesity. Abdominal Imaging. 2012; 37:730-732.

8.   WHO. Obesity Data and Statistics (Europe). Available at: (Last accessed 21.08.15).

9.   Knudsen LB, Nielsen PF, Huusfeldt PO, et al. Potent derivatives of glucagon-like peptide-1 with pharmacokinetic properties suitable for once daily administration. Journal of Medicinal Chemistry. 2000; 43:1664-1669.

10.  EMA. Saxenda® (liraglutide 3 mg) Summary of Product Characteristics. Available at: (Made available: 16 April 2015).

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September 16, 2015 at 3:06 pm

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ThomasLloyd Makes a Further Divestment of its Solar Portfolio in the Philippines

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LONDON /PRNewswire/ — Following the sale of San Carlos Solar Energy Inc. (SaCaSol) in June 2015, which included a 45 MW solar facility at San Carlos City, Negros Occidental, ThomasLloyd CTI Asia Holdings Pte Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of ThomasLloyd SICAV-SIF-Cleantech Infrastructure Fund, today confirmed that it had divested all of its rights to the projects of Negros Island Solar Power Inc. in a second transaction with Philippine Investment Alliance for Infrastructure (PINAI). These rights include the ‘in construction’ 32 MW solar facility at La Carlota and the 48 MW solar facility at Manapla also on Negros Occidental, all of which is expected to benefit from the government Feed-in-Tariff. Both transactions combined represent 125 MW of total installed solar capacity, which will be equivalent to 25% of the solar FiT Tariff quota within the Philippines.

For ThomasLloyd, Tony Coveney, Head of Project Finance said, “Realising this transaction will allow ThomasLloyd to accelerate its investment into other renewable energy technologies within the Philippines and once again to collaborate with PINAI, with whom it had been a pleasure to work.”

T.U. Michael Sieg, Chairman and CEO of ThomasLloyd Group added, “We are proud as the first enabling investor to have addressed the government call for private investment in the sector. Our first and subsequent investments have helped secure the FiT regime and accelerate the expansion of renewable energy in the Philippines.”

Further terms were not disclosed.

About ThomasLloyd

ThomasLloyd Group is a leading global investment and advisory firm, solely dedicated to the renewable energy sector in Asia. The company is based in London and Zurich, as well as 12 other locations in 9 different countries inNorth America, Europe and Asia. The services it provides encompass capital raising, M&A and corporate finance for private and stock-market-listed companies, project financing and management for project developments, and investment consulting, wealth management and funds for private and institutional investors. The ThomasLloyd Group has 180 employees and currently manages assets worth more than three billion US dollars. For more information visit:


The Philippine Investment Alliance for Infrastructure (PINAI) is a 10 year, closed-end fund, dedicated to equity investments in Philippine infrastructure. The fund had its first and final close in July 2012, raising PHP 26 billion of commitments. The manager of the fund is Macquarie Infrastructure Management (Asia) Pty Limited Singapore Branch (MIMAL), a member of Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (MIRA).

For further information, please contact:
ThomasLloyd Group
Press Department
Tel +49(0)89-599-890-313
Fax +49(0)89-599-890-323

Source: ThomasLloyd Group

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September 16, 2015 at 2:57 pm

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HTVFun, a Video-On-Demand (VOD) Service for Malaysia, Launched Using Muvi Studio

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NEW YORK and MUMBAI /PRNewswire/ —

HTVFun to Offer Varieties of TV Shows and Movies, On-Demand for Malaysian Viewers

Malaysian network HTV Entertainment has teamed up with Muvi ( to launch its Video-on-Demand (VOD) service (, with an offering of a wide range of movies, kids content, animation & TV shows featuring a wide range of genre for the Malaysian audience.

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HTV brings online streaming of worldwide movies and TV shows that entertains, inspires and delights audiences of all ages that they can enjoy anywhere on any devices for free and also subscription-based (ad free). HTV will continue to acquire and bring in more variety of contents from around the world, not offered anywhere else to its library.

Shuffling across a variety of genre like cooking shows, documentaries, comedy shows, animations and even music videos, HTVFun is a complete VOD package for every Malaysian.

Its been a great pleasure to work with Muvi and team. They know exactly what we need, and do everything possible to make our collaboration easy and pleasant,” said Yin Wah, Kok – Business Owner at HTV Entertainment Limited.

New York based Muvi ( which has launched VOD Platforms for MAA TV ( and ISKCON ( using its end-to-end OTT Video Streaming Platform – Muvi Studio, has helped launch HTV’s on-demand video streaming service, and powers its entire platform including IT Infrastructure, Cloud Hosting, Servers, Storage, CDN, Video CMS, HTML5 Video Player to it’s website, and incorporates in-built DRM for piracy protection of the licensed content that HTV lines up.

Asia is one of the next big breeding grounds for video streamers. The APAC region in specific is likely to create more customers than many European nations. We look forward to powering these businesses and be a part of the next entertainment revolution,” said Viraj Mehta Head of International Business at Muvi.

Muvi Studio works on PaaS model, offering broadcasters, TV Channels and Cable Companies an out-of-the-box Multi-Screen Video Streaming Platform using which they can launch their own branded Video Streaming service across web, mobile, Smart TVs, STBs, media boxes and gaming consoles in matter of few days and with Zero Upfront Investment!

Visit for more information and 14-days free trial.

For further details, please contact:
Viraj Mehta
Head – International Business, Marketing & Partnerships
Muvi LLC

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September 16, 2015 at 2:23 pm

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SAP Gains Total Visibility Into Its Flexible Workforce Through The Fieldglass Vendor Management System (VMS)

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-Fieldglass Provides a Highly Integrated Cloud Solution for Complete Transparency

CHICAGO, /PRNewswire/ — Fieldglass, Inc., an SAP company and the global cloud technology leader in external workforce management, is now deployed at SAP SE (NYSE: SAP), providing an end-to-end process to manage its global contingent labour and services spend. SAP will use Fieldglass as a centralised, single point of access to engage with more than 20,000 external workers via multiple service providers and global partners.

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“Now with Fieldglass, we have an integrated, secure and compliant process alongside SAP ERP and Ariba,” saidAmy Gordon, Global Head of External Workforce Center, SAP. “We have been able to accomplish two very important things: transparency into our external workers and alignment of that workforce to our overall company strategy.”

The Fieldglass Vendor Management System (VMS) has allowed SAP to:

  • Streamline the process to find and engage qualified workers
  • Enable reporting and reconciliation of work hours performed
  • Gain visibility into external workforce headcount as well as contingent spend and rates by location
  • Automate supplier invoicing
  • Mitigate risk through background security and compliance checks

Fieldglass is currently being deployed in a phased approach across SAP’s external labour programme across the U.S., Canada and Germany. When complete, it will be used to manage all temporary workers and Statement of Work (SOW)-based services and request for rfX — such as information, proposal, quote or bid — globally. Identity management across SAP’s global contingent workforce will also be managed within Fieldglass.

As market leader in enterprise application software, SAP (NYSE: SAP) helps companies of all sizes and industries run better. From back office to boardroom, warehouse to storefront, desktop to mobile device – SAP empowers people and organisations to work together more efficiently and use business insight more effectively to stay ahead of the competition. SAP applications and services enable more than 293,500 customers to operate profitably, adapt continuously, and grow sustainably. For more information, visit

Fieldglass, an SAP company, provides an intuitive, cloud-based Vendor Management System (VMS) to optimise contingent workforce and services procurement programmes. More than 400 customers leverage Fieldglass to gain visibility into their external workforces, including contingent labour, services managed through Statements of Work (SOW) and independent contractors.

The Forrester Wave™: VMS, Q1 2014 report named Fieldglass the highest-scoring VMS provider in Contingent Workforce Management/Vendor Management System (CWM/VMS) functionality and market presence. GlaxoSmithKline, Johnson & Johnson, Monsanto and Rio Tinto are among the 300+ companies that leverage Fieldglass to achieve total workforce visibility and ultimately optimise complex spend, worker quality, corporate and external compliance and programme efficiencies. For more information, visit

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September 16, 2015 at 12:51 pm

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Building Digital, Competitive Businesses in South East Asia Through Cloud & Mobility Solutions

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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, /PRNewswire/ — Cloud South East Asia is the region’s content led ICT event for C-level IT decision makers, operations and development teams, as well as Telco Cloud Service Providers looking to leverage the opportunities Cloud and Mobility technologies offer.

Organized by Informa, in partnership with MDeC, the two day event brings together C-Level decision makers from across South East Asia to give unheard before insight into cloud business models and implementation strategies, enterprise mobility and mobile device management, big data, security, and IoT priorities, in addition to Telco and Cloud Service Provider go-to market cloud strategies.

The event hosts detailed presentations, interactive discussions and hands-on classroom sessions, as well as VIP and Speed Networking to ensure its audience of ICT professionals leave ready to drive the region’s businesses forward in digital, competitive markets.

We see tremendous value in the Cloud South East Asia Forum. It is one of our aspirations to provide the springboard for local ISVs to reach regional and global markets, we believe that this will be a great strategic platform for them to expand their businesses. Cloud World Series has been proven to be successful globally in attracting top level decision makers to their events and we are thrilled to be a part of Cloud South East Asia, said Ng Wan Peng, Chief Operating Officer of Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC).

By 2018, enterprise IT spending in Southeast Asia will total $62 billion, (Gartner) and this is the only ICT event addressing the issues confronted by South East Asian organisations currently advancing their digital presence. Numerous, exciting features have been added to the 2015 Agenda including six brand new content themes taking place under the one roof; Enterprise Cloud, Start-Up Cloud, Telco Cloud, Big Data & Analytics, Security & Data Governance and Enterprise Mobility.

The Cloud South East Asia is free to attend for Enterprises and Operators so get your ticket today at

Notes to the editor

About Cloud World Series

The Cloud World Series has a 7 year history of excelling in delivering content led conferences and exhibitions, identifying industry leading case studies through thorough market research, and putting only the CIOs and senior IT pioneers delivering them onto the stage.

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About Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC), MSC Malaysia and Digital Malaysia

The Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC) was incorporated in 1996 to strategically advise the Malaysian Government on legislation, policies and standards for ICT and multimedia operations as well as to oversee the development of the Malaysian Multimedia Super Corridor (now MSC Malaysia), the platform to nurture the growth of Malaysian Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in the IT industry whilst attracting participation from global ICT companies to invest in and develop cutting edge digital and creative solutions in Malaysia. Today, both MSC Malaysia and Digital Malaysia run concurrently to spur Malaysias ICT industry development and digital transformation, under the purview of MDeC.

Kimberley Graham, +44-(0)-20-7017-5000,

Source: Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC) and Cloud South East Asia Forum

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September 16, 2015 at 12:50 pm

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