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Leaders in Science, Business, Tech, Politics, Economics, Academics and the Arts Gather in New York on September 21-22 for the 2015 Blouin Creative Leadership Summit

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NEW YORK /PRNewswire/ — The Louise Blouin Foundation (LBF) announces the 10th annual Blouin Creative Leadership Summit (BCLS), a unique cross-disciplinary event bringing together leaders of all kinds — directors of global agencies and institutions, CEOs, Nobel laureates, pioneering researchers, entrepreneurs, and other innovators — in panel discussions focused on creative solutions to pressing global challenges.

On September 21 and 22, 2015, more than 100 of these leaders will assemble in New York to address subjects such as climate change, mass automation, China’s future, the Syrian exodus, Europe’s economy, African democracy, global corruption, luxury and sustainability, and more.

“The BCLS was founded to highlight how creative and multi-disciplinary thinking – whether from the arts, humanities, or sciences – could breathe new life into intractable political, environmental, and foreign policy problems, and help chart new approaches to emergent threats and opportunities,” says Louise Blouin, Founder and Chairman of LBF. “For a decade, it has facilitated open discussion and innovative problem solving among some of the world’s best minds.”

Participants in the 2015 BCLS include high-profile leaders in economics (e.g., Eric Maskin, Nobel laureate andHarvard professor), technology (Nicholas Negroponte, Founder, MIT Media Lab), world affairs (John Campbell, Council on Foreign Relations and former U.S. ambassador to Nigeria; L. Paul Bremer, former U.S. envoy to Iraq), politics and policy (former French finance minister Edmond Alphandéry, president, Centre for European Policy Studies), humanitarian aid (Kenneth Roth, Executive Director, Human Rights Watch), science (Eric Kandel, Nobel laureate and professor of neuroscience, Columbia University; Thomas Mason, Director, Oak Ridge National Laboratory), the arts (Kasper Holten, Director, London’s Royal Opera House; Liliana Saldaña Lobera, Director,Mexico City’s Palacio de Bellas Artes; Matthias Naske, artistic director, Weiner Konzerhaus), architecture (César Pelli, Bjarke Ingels), business (CEOs Stanley Bergman, Patrick Meade) journalism (Andrew Revkin and Eduardo Porter, The New York Times; Elizabeth “Lally” Weymouth, Senior Associate Editor, The Washington Post), and about a hundred more high-profile figures in multiple fields. For a full list of participants and panel topics please

The BCLS includes the Louise Blouin Foundation Awards Gala, honoring leaders who have made extraordinary global contributions through creativity — including, this year, international curator Okwui Enwezor, Nobel Prize-winning economist Thomas Sargent, biomechatronics pioneer Hugh Herr, and architect Zaha Hadid.

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September 23, 2015 at 7:14 pm

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Mindtree Selected by Molnlycke Health Care for SAP Application Management

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-Partnership to Enable Faster Time to Market by Adopting Lean IT Practices

BANGALORE and WARREN, New Jersey /PRNewswire/ — Mindtree, a leading digital transformation and technology services company, today announced that it has been selected by Molnlycke Health Care, a world-leading provider of single-use surgical and wound care solutions, to enhance business efficiency using the SAP application suite. This will help Molnlycke Health Care optimize the time to market of its products.

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Mindtree will help drive strategic transformational programs for Molnlycke by implementing lean IT practices to further improve efficiencies. This will result in cost effective delivery globally, on a single service management platform.

The program spans across 32 countries and 7,500 employees of Molnlycke, creating a strong and uniform IT governance structure resulting in enhanced visibility across all departments. As part of this engagement, Mindtree will develop and manage several SAP modules ranging from advanced planning and optimization, material management, sales, distribution to finance. Mindtree will also focus on standardizing workflows and streamlining operational processes, leading to constant innovation, cost effective delivery and flexible solutions.

Roderik Mooren, CIO, Molnlycke Health Care, said, “We are always looking for partners with the ability to invest in a long-term relationship. Mindtree’s technical capabilities coupled with a culture of authenticity and transparency fits well with our organization, and we look forward to working with them to transform our business.”

Rostow Ravanan, Executive Director, Mindtree, said, “Our ability to deliver business value to clients, manage large programs and the recent acquisition of Bluefin Solutions in the SAP consulting and HANA segments, uniquely positions us to deliver transformational services to Molnlycke Health Care. This engagement will enable Molnlycke to be more flexible and scalable in order to support business growth.”

About Molnlycke Health Care

Molnlycke Health Care is a provider of high-quality healthcare solutions for customers, healthcare professionals and patients worldwide. We develop and bring to market innovative wound care and surgical solutions along the entire continuum of care – from prevention to post-acute settings. Our solutions provide value for money, supported by clinical and health economic evidence.

Molnlycke Health Care employs 7,500 people and is owned by Investor AB. The company headquarters are located in Gothenburg, Sweden, with offices and factories worldwide.

About Mindtree

Mindtree [NSE: MINDTREE] delivers digital transformation and technology services from ideation to execution, enabling Global 2000 clients to outperform the competition. ‘Born digital’, Mindtree takes an agile, collaborative approach to creating customized solutions across the digital value chain. At the same time, our deep expertise in infrastructure and applications management helps optimize your IT into a strategic asset. Whether you need to differentiate your company, reinvent business functions or accelerate revenue growth, we can get you there. to learn more.

For more information, contact:

Priyanka Waghre
+91 98867 29295

Siddhartha Tanti
Genesis Burson-Marsteller
+91 99863 62435

Kiran Farooque
PPR Worldwide
+44 0 207 300 6181

Sarah Elder
Max Borges Agency
+1 415 548 6850

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September 23, 2015 at 7:12 pm

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Huntsman Cancer Institute Becomes the First Mediso Preclinical Imaging Center of Excellence in North America

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah and BOSTON /PRNewswire/ — The Center for Quantitative Cancer Imaging at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI), part of the University of Utah Health Care system in Salt Lake City, UT, has become the first site in North America to be designated as a Center of Excellence for Preclinical Imaging by Mediso Ltd. and its affiliate company Mediso USA.



Two multi-modality nanoScan in vivo preclinical imaging systems have been installed at HCI: a nanoScan PET/MRI, combining positron emission tomography (PET) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) techniques in one integrated system, and a nanoScan SPECT/CT, combining single photon emission tomography (SPECT) and x-ray computed tomography (CT) in one combined system. Both systems seamlessly integrate four imaging modalities without any compromise in image quality, performance and ease of use.

According to Jeffrey Yap, Ph.D., Associate Director of the Center for Quantitative Cancer Imaging at Huntsman Cancer Institute and Research Associate Professor in the Department of Radiology at the University of Utah, “This combination of scanners provides a wide range of options for anatomical, functional, and molecular imaging, including the ability to perform imaging of animals in a single session with four different modalities that are spatially co-registered.”

“HCI has an outstanding ranking in the field of cancer research. This is further emphasized by the fact that HCI has been recently awarded Comprehensive Cancer Center status by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). We are proud to receive the possibility to support the focus of HCI scientists to create safer and more effective treatments for the patients,” say Illes Muller, Managing Partner of Mediso USA. “HCI researchers have decades of combined clinical and preclinical multi-modality imaging experience. HCI provides a unique combination with the possibility to perform quantitative preclinical imaging covering four modalities – PET, SPECT, MRI and CT. The researchers are able to select any combination of the modalities to interrogate a wide range of biological questions by using the common building blocks developed by Mediso, including the Nucline acquisition framework and the MultiCell animal handling and monitoring system.”

Veronika Fellegi

Source: Mediso Medical Imaging Systems

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September 23, 2015 at 7:10 pm

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Atul Mathur Named Executive Vice President of DaVita Global Operations

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DENVER /PRNewswire/ — DaVita HealthCare Partners (NYSE: DVA), a leading global provider of kidney care services and the leading independent medical group in the U.S., today announced that it has namedAtul Mathur as executive vice president of global operations. Mathur has served as president of the Asia Pacificregion since joining the company in 2011.

“We are excited to have Atul widen his focus on laying a strong foundation for our expanding international operations,” said Kent Thiry, chairman and CEO of DaVita HealthCare Partners. “We also see a significant opportunity to develop high-quality, high-service outpatient care networks in a growing number of geographies.”

In his new role, Mathur will take on additional responsibility of leading global strategy as well as organizational and international business development.

“There is significant growth potential not only in kidney care, but also in outpatient services internationally,” saidDennis Kogod, CEO of DaVita HealthCare Partners International.  “Atul is uniquely positioned to expand our high-quality clinical services to meet the increasing need.”

Mathur previously enjoyed a 20 year career with American Express where he was SVP of International Strategy, Business Development & Partnerships based in London. He and his wife Suniti will continue to be based inSingapore.

“It is an honor to serve in this expanded role at an exciting time for our organization,” said Mathur. “DaVita HealthCare Partners is bringing better quality of life to more patients, in more places and it is a privilege to be part of this journey.”

Mathur will report to Kogod and continue to have operational responsibility for the Asia Pacific Region.

About DaVita HealthCare Partners
DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc., a Fortune 500® company, is the parent company of DaVita Kidney Care and HealthCare Partners. DaVita Kidney Care is a leading provider of kidney care in the United States, delivering dialysis services to patients with chronic kidney failure and end stage renal disease. As of June 30, 2015, DaVita Kidney Care operated or provided administrative services at 2,210 outpatient dialysis centers located in the United States serving approximately 176,000 patients. The company also operated 96 outpatient dialysis centers located in 10 countries outside the United States. HealthCare Partners manages and operates medical groups and affiliated physician networks in Arizona, California, Nevada, New Mexico, Florida and Colorado in its pursuit to deliver excellent-quality health care in a dignified and compassionate manner. As of June 30, 2015, HealthCare Partners provided integrated care management for approximately 826,000 patients. For more information, please

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September 23, 2015 at 7:09 pm

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Microsoft releases Office 2016

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-The new Office takes the work out of working together.

REDMOND, Wash./PRNewswire/ — On Tuesday, Microsoft Corp. began the worldwide release of Office 2016. The apps are the latest addition to Office 365, Microsoft’s cloud-based subscription service that helps people do their best work, together. The company also announced new and enhanced Office 365 services built for team productivity.

“The way people work has changed dramatically, and that’s why Microsoft is focused on reinventing productivity and business processes for the mobile-first, cloud-first world,” said Satya Nadella, chief executive officer of Microsoft. “These latest innovations take another big step forward in transforming Office from a familiar set of individual productivity apps to a connected set of apps and services designed for modern working, collaboration and teamwork.”

Nadella wrote about the new Office on the Official Microsoft Blog. Kirk Koenigsbauer, corporate vice president for the Office Client Applications and Services team, provided more insights about Office 2016 on the Office Blog.

Office 2016 delivers new versions of the Office desktop apps for Windows, including Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, OneNote, Project, Visio and Access. By subscribing to Office 365, customers can get always-up-to-date, fully installed apps for use across their devices, combined with a continually evolving set of consumer and commercial services, such as OneDrive online storage, Skype for Business, Delve, Yammer and enterprise-grade security features.

Together, the new Office and Windows 10 are the most complete solution for doing. The Office 2016 apps run beautifully on the best Windows ever, including the new Sway for Windows 10 to create shareable, interactive stories that look great on any screen. Windows Hello logs you into Windows and Office 365 in one simple step.1Office Mobile apps on Windows 10 empower on-the-go productivity, and work with Continuum2 so you can use your phone like a PC. Cortana3 connects with Office 365 to help with tasks such as meeting preparation, with Outlook integration coming in November.

Built for teamwork

The Office 2016 apps simplify collaboration and remove barriers to team success.

  • Co-authoring4 is now provided in Word, PowerPoint and OneNote desktop software, including real-time typing in Word that lets you see others’ edits as they make them.
  • Skype in-app integration across the rich client apps allows you to IM, screen share, talk or video chat right in your docs.
  • Office 365 Groups are now an integrated part of the Outlook 2016 client app and available on your favorite mobile device through the Outlook Groups app, delivering a consistent team experience across the suite.

In addition, new Office 365 solutions that combine the power of apps and services for better collaboration are coming soon.

  • Introduced today, Office 365 Planner helps teams organize their work, with the ability to create new plans, organize and assign tasks, set due dates, and update status with visual dashboards and email notifications. Planner will be available in preview to Office 365 First Release customers starting next quarter.
  • Significant new updates to OneDrive for Business are coming later this month, including a new sync client for Windows and Mac, which will deliver selective sync and enhanced reliability. Updates also include increased file size and volume limits per user, a new user interface in the browser, mobile enhancements, and new IT and developer features.
  • Unveiled earlier this year, GigJam is available Tuesday in private preview and will become part of Office 365 in 2016. GigJam is an unprecedented new way for teams to accomplish tasks and transform business processes by breaking down the barriers between devices, apps and people.

Works for you

Office 2016 provides built-in intelligence to help you work faster and smarter.

  • Outlook 2016 provides the smartest inbox yet, with lightning-fast search and automatic removal of low-priority mail. Everyone on the To: line has the right access to documents with modern, cloud-based attachments.
  • Tell Me helps you quickly find the right Office feature or command, and Smart Lookup brings insights from the Web right into your documents.
  • Excel 2016 now includes integrated publishing to Power BI and new modern chart types to help you make the most of your data.
  • The most recently used documents list allows you to pick up right where you left off, traveling with you across your devices, whether you are working in Office Online, in the Office Mobile apps or in the Office 2016 desktop apps.

The most secured Office

Office 2016 apps with Office 365 deliver new capabilities for better enterprise security and protection.

  • Built-in Data Loss Prevention across Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Outlook significantly reduces the risk of leaking sensitive data, giving IT administrators tools to manage content authoring and document sharing policies.
  • Multifactor authentication ensures secured access to content anywhere when you’re away from the corporate network.
  • Enterprise Data Protection will be available for the Office Mobile apps for Windows 10 later this year and for the desktop apps early next year, enabling secured content sharing within corporate boundaries.

Availability and requirements

The new Office 2016 apps are available in 40 languages and require Windows 7 or later. Starting Tuesday, Office 365 subscribers can choose to download the new Office 2016 apps as part of their subscription. Automatic updates will begin rolling out to consumer and small-business subscribers next month, and to commercial customers early next year. Office 2016 is also available today as a one-time purchase for both PCs and Macs.

Customers can visit one of the more than 110 Microsoft Stores in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico to discover and purchase the new Office. While there, they can participate in a free, one-hour Office 2016 workshop and visitthe in-store Answer Desk, a one-stop shop for your Office needs.

More information is available at

Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT” @microsoft) is the leading platform and productivity company for the mobile-first, cloud-first world, and its mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.


Windows Hello requires specialized hardware, including fingerprint reader, illuminated IR sensor or other biometric sensors, and may require additional authentication steps in certain configurations.


Available only on premium Windows Phones. External monitor must support HDMI input. Requires a Continuum-compatible accessory.


Cortana experience may vary by region and device.


Co-authors must be using Office 2016 or Office Online.

Note to editors: For more information, news and perspectives from Microsoft, please visit the Microsoft News Center at Web links, telephone numbers and titles were correct at time of publication, but may have changed. For additional assistance, journalists and analysts may contact Microsoft’s Rapid Response Team or other appropriate contacts listed at

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September 23, 2015 at 7:07 pm

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Content Marketing 101: 3 Tips to Combat Content Blindness

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NEW YORK /PRNewswire/ — With small business brands continually focusing their attention on producing quality content attractive to their target audiences, the stark reality is there isn’t enough time in the day to consume a fraction of the content that is created. This begs the question, “Does content blindness exist and if so, how can you combat it?” PR Newswire’s Small Business PR Toolkit contributing author Heather Wied answers this question with a resounding “yes,” and in her latest post, provides three ways that small businesses can cut through content clutter.

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  1. Get back to basics. Wied provides the five steps to the consumer purchase process and highlights which step content marketing falls under. By understanding the basics of the sales cycle and striking when the iron is hot, Wied suggests your content should provide value in time, money or quality.
  2. Embrace your brand’s voice. What better way to keep your reader’s attention than by telling stories that grab at their emotions? Your brand’s story is your own and that affords a natural tie in for emotional connections because stories are familiar.
  3. Content amplification. Wied sites an example of a customer that launched a new platform and chose to promote the launch through their owned channels and limited the amplification to a blog post. Wied knows that isn’t enough and she suggests you should maximum your distribution and choose your outlets based on your target market and strengths.

To read further on the three ways to combat content blindness in your content marketing strategy, read Wied’s entire article here:

PR Newswire’s Small Business PR Toolkit is a comprehensive resource that provides small businesses and entrepreneurs the tools to develop an affordable public relations and marketing plan that helps generate interest from potential customers, engage with key audiences and grow their businesses. The toolkit features relevant content such as informative white papers, interactive webinars and how-to articles and premium access to educational resources, as well as the opportunity to take advantage of special offers designed specifically for small businesses. To request information on how PR Newswire can help your small business, click here. You can receive updates on new Small Business PR Toolkit content by following @prnsmallbiz on Twitter.

About PR Newswire
PR Newswire ( is the premier global provider of multimedia platforms that enable marketers, corporate communicators, sustainability officers, public affairs and investor relations officers to leverage content to engage with all their key audiences. Having pioneered the commercial news distribution industry over 60 years ago, PR Newswire today provides end-to-end solutions to produce, optimize and target content — from rich media to online video to multimedia — and then distribute content and measure results across traditional, digital, mobile and social channels. Combining the world’s largest multi-channel, multi-cultural content distribution and optimization network with comprehensive workflow tools and platforms, PR Newswire enables the world’s enterprises to engage opportunity everywhere it exists. PR Newswire serves tens of thousands of clients from offices in the Americas,Europe, Middle East, Africa and the Asia-Pacific region, and is a UBM plc company.

Amanda Eldridge
Director, Strategic Channels

Source: PR Newswire Association LLC

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September 23, 2015 at 7:04 pm

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Tantalum Ore Pricing Reflects Challenging Supply Chain

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CARY, N.C. /PRNewswire/ — The average price per pound for tantalum ore has reacted to changes in the unique global supply chain for the non-ferrous metal between 1995 and 2015.  “Tantalum has always been a challenging market environment, and the price of ore has responded to this volatility,” said Dennis Zogbi, CEO of Paumanok Publications, Inc. author of a new in-depth market study entitled “Tantalum: World Market Outlook: 2015-2020.”  “Back in the Mid-1990s, tantalum ore prices reacted to forecasts from the wireless handset business which projected huge demand for molded and coated tantalum chips for consumption in cellular phones; then it was the ore shortages in 2000 and the ‘take or pay’ contracts of 2001 and 2002 that kept prices high.  Throughout the 2000’s tantalum ore was in excess supply and an oversupply situation existed for an extended period of time that kept tantalum ore pricing low.  During the global economic crisis of 2009 demand declined as did pricing; but then in 2010 through 2014, ore prices increased in responses to the metals conflict mineral status and the idling of key tantalum ore mines.  In 2015 tantalum ore pricing has been declining because of lack of demand coming from the capacitor industry, offset slightly by increased demand from metallurgical in key applications.  The 2016 forecast is for tantalum ore prices to continue to weaken.”

The tantalum ore price (a combination of spot at contractual pricing arrangements) has fluctuated in conjunction with unique supply and demand pressures on the tantalum supply chain.
The tantalum ore price (a combination of spot at contractual pricing arrangements) has fluctuated in conjunction with unique supply and demand pressures on the tantalum supply chain.

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“Tantalum: World Market Outlook: 2015-2020” is a detailed market research report that covers the global market for tantalum materials, including tantalum ores and concentrates and engineered tantalum powder, wire, foil, sheet, bar and rod for consumption in tantalum capacitor anodes, tantalum sputtering targets, tantalum superalloys, cemented carbide cutting tools, fabricated mill products and tantalum chemicals and compounds. The study forecasts demand for tantalum based upon its “known reliability” and its unique attributes of capacitance, durability, corrosion and heat resistance; as well as its unique optical properties. The study addresses key issues facing the industry between 2016 and 2020 including the expected price fluctuations for the metal, including its potential deficit amidst mine closings; stringent legislation and vertical integration within the supply chain. The study forecasts demand for tantalum in capacitor anodes, taking into consideration the projected demand for tantalum capacitors consumed in various portable digital electronics, including smartphones and computer tablets, notebook computers and servers; automotive electronic subassemblies; and consumer electronics such as game consoles; and digital cameras. For forecasting suture requirements, the study takes into consideration the existence and market potential for tantalum displacement by alternative technologies such as high capacitance MLCC and conductive polymer aluminum chip capacitors. It also forecasts tantalum consumption in hard metals, including cemented carbide cutting tools, superalloys, and mill products, amidst expected increases in production of aircraft and automobiles to satisfy increasing demand from emerging economies. The study also forecasts primary and secondary tantalum supply. Including primary mining operations and their expected expansion. The study also forecasts tantalum from tin mining and slag operations; tantalum from urban mining (Recycling) and tantalum in inventories and makes projections regarding tantalum materials requirements forecasts to satisfy demand in 2020. Tantalum pricing forecasts for tantalum ores and concentrates are given for 2015 through 2020 as are projected volume requirements in each of the market subsets, including capacitor anodes, semiconductor sputtering targets, superalloys (turbine blades), mill products for industrial and chemical processing, cemented carbides and chemicals and compounds. This report is 198 pages, was published in September 2015 and is $2750.00 USD. TO GET THE TABLE OF CONTENTS AND TO ORDER.

About Paumanok Publications, Inc.

Paumanok Publications, Inc. Industrial Market Research has written more than 260 reports on passive electronic components and related electronic materials over the past 28 years.  Paumanok Publications, Inc., founded in 1988, is the world’s largest supplier of market research reports and services to the global capacitor, resistor, inductor and circuit protection component markets, and to the tantalum, ceramic, aluminum, plastic, carbon; nickel, copper  silver and palladium metals.

Paumanok Publications, Inc.
(919) 468-0384

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September 23, 2015 at 7:02 pm

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Human Longevity, Inc. and Discovery Ltd to Offer Whole Exome, Whole Genome and Cancer Genome Sequencing to Discovery Insurance Clients in South Africa and the United Kingdom

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-HLI Introduces a Whole Exome Sequencing Product for $250 USD

SAN DIEGO and SANDTON, South Africa /PRNewswire/ — Human Longevity, Inc. (HLI), the genomics-based, technology-driven company, and Discovery Ltd, a pioneering insurer dedicated to making people healthier, announced today that the two companies have entered into a multi-year agreement to offer whole exome, whole genome and cancer genome sequencing to Discovery’s clients in South Africa and the United Kingdom.

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Through this agreement, HLI will offer a full exome sequencing and analysis product tailored to Discovery’s clients for just $250 USD.

Discovery clients will access these new services through the company’s Vitality Program, a behavioral wellness solution that helps people get healthier by giving them the tools, knowledge, access and incentives to improve their health. Discovery partners with major global insurers across four continents with its Vitality program, which encourages behavior change, enables behavior-linked insurance pricing and offers shared value to insurers, clients and society.

“Discovery is excited to be partnering with HLI in bringing affordable genome sequencing to large numbers of its clients in South Africa and the United Kingdom. We believe that this is a pioneering approach in global health insurance, and will enable us to provide our clients with the world’s most advanced, current knowledge on their genetically determined disease risks, as well as on personalized health, wellness and medical treatment strategies. In addition, the de-identified genomic data will be used for extensive ongoing research with numerous collaborators around the world, and we are excited that together with our clients, we will be able to make a material contribution to global research efforts aimed at improving the health of populations and reducing the growing burden of diseases of lifestyle,” said Dr. Jonathan Broomberg, MD, Ph.D, CEO of Discovery Health.

All Discovery clients who choose to participate in this unprecedented health screening will be provided a comprehensive report of their genome findings which includes disease risk and potential wellness strategies. HLI will provide this information to Discovery who will deliver these reports to clients through their network of physicians and genetic counselors to aid in the understanding and interpretation of each individual’s genome report. Clients will also benefit from regular updates to their reports, as new scientific discoveries emerge, and will be able to access these via specially designed web and app interfaces. The highest standards of data security will be implemented by both HLI and Discovery, ensuring that client data is fully protected.

“We are eager to begin working with Discovery and its Vitality program to bring this unique insurance offering to their clients. Discovery is one of the most forward-looking companies in the industry in motivating their clients to live healthier, better and hopefully longer lives. We can’t imagine a better partner for our products and technology. We believe that genomic understanding of individuals is one of the best ways to positively impact human health and health outcomes. Together Discovery and HLI are paving the way for a new healthcare future,” said J. Craig Venter, Ph.D., Co-founder and CEO, HLI.

HLI is developing and applying large scale computing and machine learning to make novel discoveries to revolutionize the practice of medicine. Through the agreement HLI will also receive de-identified data from participating Discovery clients. The combined genomic and phenotypic data becomes part of the HLI database and will support HLI in further expanding the world’s largest and most comprehensive collection of whole genome, phenotype and clinical data.

As part of this agreement Discovery and HLI will also work to develop and open HLI Health Nucleus centers inSouth Africa and the UK. The HLI Health Nucleus is a unique free-standing health center where clients receive a complete biological and health assessment of themselves through genome, microbiome, metabolome sequencing, along with comprehensive MRI body scans and other more traditional clinical testing. The first Health Nucleus is opening October 2015 at HLI’s San Diego, California headquarters.

The partnership between Discovery and HLI will be available in the UK to clients of VitalityHealth. Previously a joint venture with Prudential plc, PruHealth became a wholly-owned business in the Discovery Group and was branded as VitalityHealth. VitalityHealth’s unique model offers a holistic healthcare solution that integrates wellness and prevention programs with traditional health coverage to over 550,000 customers in the UK.

About Human Longevity, Inc.
Human Longevity Inc. (HLI) is the genomics-based, technology-driven company creating the world’s largest and most comprehensive database of whole genome, phenotype and clinical data. HLI is developing and applying large scale computing and machine learning to make novel discoveries to revolutionize the practice of medicine. HLI will be licensing access to its database, and developing new diagnostics and therapeutics as part of their product offerings. For more information please visit,

About Discovery Ltd
Discovery Limited is a South African-founded financial services organization that operates in the healthcare, life assurance, short-term insurance, savings and investment products and wellness markets. Founded in 1992, Discovery was guided by a clear core purpose  to make people healthier and to enhance and protect their lives. Underpinning this core purpose is the belief that through innovation, Discovery can be a powerful market disruptor.

The company, with headquarters in Johannesburg, South Africa, currently serves over 4.4 million clients acrossSouth Africa, the United Kingdom, the United States, China, Singapore and Australia. Discovery recently announced an intent to partner with Generali, a leading insurer in Europe, and has partnered with John Hancock in the US. These new partnerships will bring Discovery’s shared-value business model to the insurance and protection industries in Europe and the US. In its partnerships and joint ventures with leading insurers globally, Discovery acts as an intellectual property provider, and uses the flexibility of the Vitality model to bring a comprehensive wellness platform that is non-discriminatory and intuitive to clients around the world, using a global network of screening, physical activity, nutrition and incentive partners.

Vitality, Discovery’s wellness program, is the world’s largest scientific, incentive-based wellness solution for individuals and corporates. The global Vitality membership base now exceeds three million lives in five markets. Discovery is an authorized financial services provider and trades under the code “DSY” on the Johannesburg Securities Exchange. Follow us on Twitter @Discovery_SA

Source: Human Longevity, Inc.

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September 23, 2015 at 6:59 pm

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Sika Automotive Wins Automotive Brand Contest 2015 For Their New Marketing Strategy

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ROMANSHORN, Switzerland /PRNewswire/ — We are proud to announce that Sika Automotive has received a Winner award in the category “Digital” at this year’s Automotive Brand Contest, sponsored and judged by the German Design Council for the new Marketing and media theme “Lighter, Stronger, Safer, Quieter, and Greener; BETTER VEHICLES START WITH SIKA.”  The Sika theme directly addresses global mega trends affecting vehicle design and assembly, specifically exhibiting bonding, damping, reinforcing and protection solutions to enhance global initiatives in light weighting, mixed material bonding, occupant safety and the resulting sustainability contributions.  The resulting media program and content spreads this message within the industry and at exhibitions around the world, and includes a redesigned website, a CGI animated video segment “Start With Sika,” a new family of 6 technology brochures and new tradeshow collaterals and exhibition properties.  Visit for more information.

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About the Award; The Automotive Brand Contest is the only international design competition in the automotive sector and has developed in a very short time to become an important industry event. The Brand Contest provides companies in the automotive industry, their partners in the supply industry, in design and brand communication a high-profile platform to compare themselves internationally with their performance and position.  A competition with such diverse design aspects requires an internationally compiled, independent jury of experts, which is composed of representatives of the media, design, brand communications and the universities.

“On behalf of the hard work of the entire Sika team we are thrilled that the jury honored our program in this competition,” said Greg Moran, Head Global Marketing, Sika Automotive. “The message of the program is simple; Start with Sika to help to build better vehicles.”

The ceremonial handover of the award took place on September 15th during the press days of the IAA 2015 inFrankfurt am Main, Germany.  In 2015 Sika was also a proud recipient of the Automotive News PACE award for innovation, recognizing and awarding Sikaflex® UHM technology in use for bonding mixed material on the BMW i3, and received at the same time a Collaboration award with BMW for exemplary cooperation in Innovation.

Sika is a specialty chemicals company with a leading position in the development and production of systems and products for bonding, sealing, damping, reinforcing and protecting in the building sector and the motor vehicle industry. Sika has subsidiaries in 90 countries around the world and manufactures in over 160 factories. Its approximately 17,000 employees generated annual sales of CHF 5.6 billion in 2014.

In the automotive sector Sika is an industry leader in the development and production of high performance acoustic, bonding, reinforcing and sealing systems. Sika provides automotive manufacturers with proven materials, application engineering, and validation expertise to improve interior sound quality and structural performance in vehicles worldwide. Sika Automotive optimizes cost effective, complete solutions in its dedicated, state of the art, Technology Center.  For more information visit

Source: Sika Automotive

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September 23, 2015 at 6:59 pm

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267 Economists Worldwide Agree: Universal Health Coverage Makes Economic Sense

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-As global leaders prepare to finalize bold Sustainable Development Goals, economists from 44 countries declare that investments in health are right, smart and affordable
-Signatories calling for universal health coverage include Lawrence H. Summers, Joseph E. Stiglitz, Thomas Piketty, current and former World Bank chief economists, 5 Nobel Laureates

NEW YORK /PRNewswire/ — A global coalition of 267 economists representing 44 countries is calling on policymakers to prioritize universal health coverage as an essential pillar of economic development. TheEconomists’ Declaration on Universal Health Coverage, published today in The Lancet, was convened by The Rockefeller Foundation and led by Lawrence H. Summers, Charles W. Eliot University Professor and President Emeritus at Harvard University.

Lawrence H. Summers leads Economists' Declaration on Universal Health Coverage
Lawrence H. Summers leads Economists’ Declaration on Universal Health Coverage

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Signatories include Nobel Laureates Joseph E. Stiglitz, Kenneth Arrow, Alvin Roth, Vernon L. Smith and Christopher Pissarides; the current and former chief economists of the World Bank, Kaushik Basu and Justin Yifu Lin; noted health economists Anne Mills and Victor Fuchs; and renowned economic thinkers Thomas Piketty, Linah K. Mohohlo, Bjørn Lomborg, Tony Atkinson, John Irons and Paul Collier. Economists on every continent are supporting the Declaration.

Launched as global leaders prepare to enact the Sustainable Development Goals – an ambitious agenda for the next 15 years that includes universal health coverage among its targets – the Economists’ Declaration proclaims that ensuring everyone can obtain high quality essential health services without suffering financial hardship is right, smart and affordable.

“Universal health coverage isn’t only the right thing to do – it’s also the economically smart thing to do,” saidLawrence H. Summers. “The data clearly show that health is essential to eradicating extreme poverty and promoting economic growth. I launched this Declaration to urge world leaders to act on that evidence.”

The Declaration cites the considerable evidence supporting the signatories’ assertion that all countries have the opportunity to achieve universal health coverage and should prioritize reforms and investments toward it.

  • A Historic Opportunity: With the right investments to increase availability of today’s health tools and discover, develop and deliver new interventions, the world has an unprecedented opportunity to dramatically reduce preventable maternal, child and infectious disease deaths and achieve a “grand convergence” in health across the world’s population by 2035.
  • Cost of Health: 150 million people fall into poverty every year paying for health. The 100+ countries already taking steps toward universal health coverage are demonstrating that it protects families from this risk, fostering more cohesive societies and more productive economies.
  • Driving Economic Growth: In the past decade, health improvements were responsible for nearly a quarter of full income growth in low- and middle-income countries. It is estimated that the economic benefits of investing in basic health care will be 10 times greater than the costs.
  • Building Resilience: Universal health coverage lessens the impact of shocks on communities. The debilitating effects of Ebola could have been mitigated by building up public health systems in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone at one third the cost of the Ebola response so far.

“With nearly half the world’s population now living in a country advancing toward universal health coverage, the case for UHC is strong and growing stronger, but there is still work to be done to ensure more equitable access to lifesaving services for even the poorest and most vulnerable people,” said Judith Rodin, President of The Rockefeller Foundation. “The Rockefeller Foundation convened this Declaration by the world’s leading economists to demonstrate the financial benefits and feasibility of UHC—and with their resounding support, it is now time to invest the resources needed to make health for all a reality.”

“We are at a juncture of history where the world can afford basic health coverage for all,” said Kaushik Basu, Senior Vice President and Chief Economist of the World Bank. “Given economic growth, donor country commitments and new mechanisms to raise local funds, countries, no matter at what stage of development, can provide universal health coverage.”

More than 100 countries across the development spectrum have begun working toward universal health coverage, increasingly demonstrating its feasibility. The Economists’ Declaration calls for increased domestic funding, donor country commitments and political leadership to advance pro-poor reforms toward universal health coverage.

“Healthy people are the engine of a country’s economic growth. Universal health coverage ensures that engine is constantly fueled,” said Linah K. Mohohlo, the Governor of the Bank of Botswana. “Our ability to build the planet we deserve depends on governments and global leaders stepping up to deliver on the promise of health for all people.”

“As the gap between rich and poor keeps growing, we must prioritize policies that work to counter inequality,” said Joseph E. Stiglitz, University Professor at Columbia University. “Universal health coverage does just that, ensuring everyone has access to health care, without which they cannot succeed, and strengthening economies as a result.”

The full text of the Economists’ Declaration and complete list of signatories are published in the The Lancet and The Declaration builds on the Lancet Commission on Investing in Health, which concluded in their 2013 report, Global Health 2035, that if the right health investments are made today, developing countries will see dramatic health and economic gains within a generation.

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