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Cognizant Named to “Winner’s Circle” for Internet of Things Service Providers in New HfS Research Report

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-Analyst Report Highlights Strengths in IoT Vision and Thought Leadership, Expertise, Execution and Client-Focus

TEANECK, New Jersey /PRNewswire/ — Cognizant (NASDAQ: CTSH) today announced it has been placed in the “Winner’s Circle” in the new HfS Research Blueprint Report: Internet of Things (IoT) Service Providers. HfS Research is a leading independent global analyst firm for the business and IT services industry. IoT involves the instrumenting and networking of physical devices in ways that generate large volumes of potentially meaningful business data. HfS defines IoT services as those that design, create, and manage a pathway for the physical world to enter the “As-a-Service Economy” by creating a bridge between hard goods and services, and digital infrastructure.

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The HfS Blueprint: Internet of Things Service Providers report evaluated 18 major providers on a number of criteria to determine their ability to deliver services and drive transformation. Service providers demonstrating excellence in execution and innovation are placed in the “Winner’s Circle.”

Cognizant is recognized in this report for its integrated IoT services reflecting the fabric of its corporate thought leadership based on its Code Halos™ concept (the information that surrounds people, organizations and devices that is today’s digital fuel), and on its broader digital capabilities.

Specific strengths highlighted for Cognizant include:

  • An IoT vision that reflects a “rare combination of thought leadership with excellence in execution.”
  • A “smart IoT practice structure (that) fosters rapid IoT development.” Cognizant recognizes the multidisciplinary nature of IoT by seamlessly integrating with other practices under the Cognizant Digital Works group. This includes strategic consultants, industry experts, design thinkers and technologists with expertise in mobile, cloud, advanced analytics, automation, artificial intelligence, and other digital technologies. This model allows Cognizant to tap the “best, most appropriate resources” for each client engagement.
  • Willingness to co-invest in an environment where enterprise buyers are seeking an IT services provider who demonstrates experience, or will co-invest time and money to develop solutions.
  • Account management practices that demonstrate a commitment to listening to client problems, suggesting workable solutions, and willingness to bring in the appropriate partners.

“The Internet of Things is driving unprecedented digital transformations in the business and operating models of the enterprise, and many service providers are struggling to keep up with these changes,” said Charles Sutherland, Chief Research Officer at HfS Research. “The emergence of the Internet of Things, driven by pervasive connectivity, is prompting enterprises to seek out partners like Cognizant that have understood the possibilities created by IoT and matched that with the process and vertical expertise to deliver the right solutions.”

“IoT helps us partner with clients to create game-changing digital experiences that go well beyond screen-based engagement. In addition, the instrumentation of those digital experiences generates detailed data from which we derive insights that create meaningful business value,” said Sean Middleton, Chief Operating Officer, Emerging Business Accelerator, at Cognizant. “We’re pleased to be recognized by HfS for our IoT vision and thought leadership, and expertise in helping our clients execute on their digital transformation roadmaps. Our Cognizant Digital Works accelerator methodology is a key enabler to helping clients imagine what’s possible and the opportunities created when connecting machines and devices to people and organizations. We help clients think big, start small, fail fast and scale quickly, and bring winning solutions to the market with speed.”

About HfS Research
HfS Research is the leading independent global analyst authority and knowledge community for the business and IT services industry. HfS serves the research and strategy needs of business and IT operations leaders across finance, supply chain, human resources, marketing, customer management, and core industry functions. HfS provides detailed and thoughtful analyst coverage of the various areas that impact successful business outcomes, namely, process automation and outsourcing, global business services frameworks, mobility, analytics, and social collaboration. HfS also focuses heavily on talent acquisition, development, and motivation strategies. HfS applies its acclaimed crowdsourced Blueprint Methodology™ to evaluate the performance of service providers in terms of innovating and then executing against those business outcomes.

About Cognizant
Cognizant (NASDAQ: CTSH) is a leading provider of information technology, consulting, and business process outsourcing services, dedicated to helping the world’s leading companies build stronger businesses. Headquartered in Teaneck, New Jersey (U.S.), Cognizant combines a passion for client satisfaction, technology innovation, deep industry and business process expertise, and a global, collaborative workforce that embodies the future of work. With over 100 development and delivery centers worldwide and approximately 218,000 employees as of June 30, 2015, Cognizant is a member of the NASDAQ-100, the S&P 500, the Forbes Global 2000, and the Fortune 500 and is ranked among the top performing and fastest growing companies in the world. Visit us online at www.cognizant.comor follow us on Twitter: Cognizant.

Source: Cognizant

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October 5, 2015 at 5:36 pm

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The Henley & Partners Visa Restrictions Index Celebrates Ten Years

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LONDON /PRNewswire/ —

Henley & Partners launches its celebrated Visa Restrictions Index for 2015 with unique insight on trends over the last decade

Although the world is becoming ever more globalized, there remains a huge disparity in levels of travel freedom between countries. Visa requirements define and shape individuals’ ability to travel across borders. They also reflect strongly on each country’s relationships with others, and will take into account diplomatic relationships between the countries, reciprocal visa arrangements, security risks, and the risks of visa and immigration rules violations.

Henley & Partners, the global leaders in residence and citizenship planning, has published the annual Visa Restrictions Index for the last decade, and now launches the latest 2015 edition. This year’s Index, along with the unique cumulative data from the last ten years, gives an unprecedented and inimitable insight into the development of visa policies over this time.


Comparing the 2015 Index to the previous year shows many interesting results.

The United Arab Emirates (UAE), for example, has been catapulted into the spotlight as the biggest climber with its dramatic addition of 37 countries and improvement in rank from 55 to 40. It is also the biggest climber over the ten years of the Visa Restrictions Index, and one of only 22 to have moved up in the rankings over the last year. Marco Gantenbein, Managing Partner of Henley & Partners in Dubai, comments, “Europe, the US and Canada, as the world’s economic powerhouses, continue to dominate the top 10 as we anticipated.  However, it’s the performance of the UAE which needs to be applauded for the implied improvement of its international relations, which is very much reflected in the improved ranking in the Henley & Partners Index”.

Malta, the EU country which runs the world’s most successful citizenship-by-investment program with over EUR 1 billion in capital raised since its launch about 18 months ago, further improved its position and now has the 7th best passport in the world.

Two countries have held their position in the top spot with visa-free access to 173 countries out of a possible 218,Germany and the UK. Finland, Sweden and the US all dropped to 2nd place. The four worst passports in the world remain Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia and Pakistan.

The Last Ten Years: 2006 – 2015

Looking at movement over the last decade highlights other interesting patterns. European countries are notable for their stability over this time – Belgium, France, Italy, Luxembourg, Spain and Sweden all remain in exactly the same position as 10 years before. The ‘Top Tens’ are almost identical, with 30 countries in 2015, compared to 26 ten years before. While Liechtenstein dropped, the Czech Republic, Finland, Hungary, Malta, Slovakia and South Koreaall made it into the top ten.

Taiwan, Albania, UAE, Bosnia and Serbia all moved up more than 20 places in the Index over the last ten years, while the biggest drops were experienced by Guinea (-35), Liberia (-36), Sierra Leone (-38) and Bolivia (-40).

The growing importance of investment migration can be seen in steady growth of those countries offering residence and citizenship-by-investment. Those countries with relevant programs continue to perform strongly and all now feature in the top 40 of the Index. It is encouraging to see Malta enter the top 10 after launching its Malta Individual Investor Programme, which is ranked as the best citizenship-by-investment program in the world in the Global Residence and Citizenship Programs 2015 report. Portugal, whose program earned the title as best residence-by-investment program, is in 4th position this year; and the leading Caribbean country, Antigua and Barbuda, moved up again this year.

The continued development of these countries demonstrates the critical nature of good visa-free access to counties offering investor immigration programs. In turn, this speaks of the importance of due diligence in such programs, since the reputation of a country’s passport and its relationship with other countries is only as good as its newest citizens.

This decade has also seen the launch of the Investment Migration Council, the worldwide association for investor immigration and citizenship-by-investment, highlighting the increasing understanding and acceptance of this important force in globalisation.

Henley & Partners’ powerful insight and experience continues to lead the industry, supporting both governments to create and manage the top immigration programs in the world, and individuals to improve their lives by achieving alternative residence or citizenship.

The global progress in travel freedom looks set to continue for citizens of all countries.

To download the Henley & Partners Visa Restrictions Index 2015 Factsheet, containing the detailed scores and rankings, as well as information about the methodology of the index, please visit

See Notes to Editors for a Summary of Results

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Notes to Editors

Notes on the Henley & Partners Visa Restrictions Index 2015

Since 2006 the Index has been produced in collaboration with the International Air Transport Association (IATA), which maintains the world’s largest database of travel information. In compiling the index, the unique global ranking methodology by Henley & Partners is applied to data provided by IATA´s proprietary passport and visa database.

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  • UAE was the highest mover, up 15 places and adding 37 to its score. The dramatic climb can be attributed to a new agreement with the EU for visa-free travel to 36 countries including the 26 Schengen area states, which was made public in May this year. As the first Arab country to be granted a European visa waiver, Emirati citizens may travel to a total of 113 countries visa-free, making it the most powerful passport in the MENA region
  • 22 countries moved up in the rankings: Australia, Brazil, Czech Republic, Dominica, Estonia, Grenada,Hungary, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, New Zealand, Norway, Samoa, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, United Arab Emirates and Vanuatu
  • Only two countries remain in the top spot: Germany and the UK (Finland, Sweden and the US all dropped to second place)
  • Sierra Leona saw the biggest drop, losing 24 places
  • Guinea and Liberia had the next biggest loss of 21 ranks, then Syria with 16
  • Afghanistan, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Iraq, Kosovo, Nigeria, Somalia and South Sudan all lost 15 places
  • The four worst passports in the world remain Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia and Pakistan

Headlines 2015 vs 2006

  • The biggest climbers were Albania, Bosnia, Serbia, Taiwan and UAE. each moving up more than 20 places
  • The two most prominent countries offering citizenship-by-investment programs in the Caribbean, Antigua and Barbuda and St. Kitts and Nevis, both moved up 13 places
  • Nine countries held exactly the same spot in the rankings as 10 years earlier: Belgium, Brazil, France, Italy,Japan, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Spain, Sweden
  • The biggest drops were felt by Guinea (-35), Liberia (-36), Sierra Leone (-38) and Bolivia (-40)
  • The ‘Top Ten’ are almost identical. 30 countries feature in the top ten ranks in 2015, compared to 26 ten years before
  • Liechtenstein left the top ten, and the Czech Republic, Finland, Hungary, Malta, Slovakia and South Korea all entered it

Residence and Citizenship-by-Investment Country Performance

  • Those countries who offer the most important residence or citizenship-by-investment programs in the world continue to perform strongly:
    Portugal is 4th with visa-free access to 170 countries
    Malta climbs to 7th with visa-free access to 167 countries
    Cyprus is 14th with visa-free access to 158 countries
    Antigua and Barbuda is 26th with visa-free access to 133 countries
  • All other relevant countries with such programs feature in the top 40, among them
    Austria, Belgium, Canada, Hong Kong, Monaco, Singapore, Switzerland, the UK and the US

About Henley & Partners

Henley & Partners is the global leader in residence and citizenship planning. Each year, hundreds of wealthy individuals, families and their advisors rely on their expertise and experience in this area.

The concept of residence and citizenship planning was created by Henley & Partners in the 1990s. As globalization has expanded, residence and citizenship have become topics of significant interest among the increasing number of internationally mobile entrepreneurs and investors who work with Henley & Partners.

The firm also runs a government advisory practice, and have been involved in strategic consulting and the design, set-up and operation of several of the world’s most successful residence and citizenship programs which attracted have more than USD 4 billion in foreign direct investment to date.

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For Henley & Partners
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Group Public Relations Manager
Landline: +27-21-850-0524
Mobile: +27-72-657-1927

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October 5, 2015 at 5:33 pm

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Microsoft, ASUS broaden patent licensing engagement

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-Expanded licensing deal enables deeper technology collaboration and product integration.

REDMOND, Washington and TAIPEI, Taiwan /PRNewswire/ — Microsoft Corp. and ASUSTeK Computer Inc. (ASUS) on Thursday announced the expansion of an earlier patent licensing agreement between the companies. The deal includes a broad cross-license covering, for example, ASUS Android-based phones and tablets and Microsoft software, devices and services. It paves the way for closer integration between the two companies, including pre-installation by ASUS of Microsoft Office productivity services on ASUS Android smartphones and tablets. The agreement also facilitates technology sharing toward the development of new, innovative product solutions.

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“This agreement delivers significant value for both companies. Beyond ensuring continued improvements to our products, it opens the door to the kind of collaboration between Microsoft and ASUS made possible only through mutual respect and alignment on intellectual property,” said Nick Psyhogeos, president of Microsoft Technology Licensing LLC.

ASUS General Counsel Vincent Hong said, “This agreement will give us both a greater ability to innovate for our customers. We see it leading to broad partnership opportunities for future technologies and a strengthened relationship between our two companies as leaders of the technology industry.”

About ASUS

ASUS is a worldwide top-three consumer notebook vendor and maker of the world’s best-selling, most award-winning motherboards. A leading enterprise in the new digital era, ASUS designs and manufactures products that perfectly meet the needs of today’s digital home and office, with a broad portfolio that includes motherboards, graphics cards, optical drives, displays, desktop and all-in-one PCs, notebooks, netbooks, servers, multimedia devices, wireless solutions, networking devices, tablets, smartphones and wearables. Driven by innovation and committed to quality, ASUS won 4,326 awards in 2014 and is widely credited with revolutionizing the PC industry with its Eee PC™. ASUS has more than 16,000 employees around the globe with a world-class R&D team of 5,200 engineers. Company revenue for 2014 was approximately US$14.5 billion.

About Microsoft Technology Licensing

Microsoft Technology Licensing LLC was formed in 2014 to acquire, manage and license Microsoft’s patent portfolio.

About Microsoft

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.

Source: Microsoft Corp.

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October 5, 2015 at 5:32 pm

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Merck Agrees to Return Kuvan® Rights to BioMarin Pharmaceutical to Strengthen Focus on Core Business

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DARMSTADT, Germany /PRNewswire/ —

  • Agreement with BioMarin, a leading company in the treatment of genetic and rare diseases, also includes returning option to develop and commercialize PegPal
  • Merck to receive upfront payment of € 340 million, plus up to  185 million in additional milestones

Merck, a leading company for innovative and top-quality high-tech products in healthcare, life science and performance materials, today announced that it has reached an agreement with BioMarin Pharmaceutical, Inc., San Rafael, California, U.S., to return the rights to Kuvan®, used to treat phenylketonuria (PKU), a rare metabolism disorder, as the company focuses its healthcare business on core areas.

In addition to Kuvan®, the two companies agreed that Merck will return its option to develop and commercialize Peg-Pal, an investigational drug that is also designed for the treatment of PKU, an autosomal recessive genetic disorder caused by either a defect or a deficiency of the enzyme phenylalanine hydroxylase or its co-factor tetrahydrobiopterin. Merck will receive an upfront payment of € 340 million, equal to five times its annual sales, for Kuvan®, plus up to € 185 million in additional milestones for both products. The agreement is expected to become effective Jan. 1, 2016.

“Returning the rights of Kuvan® and Peg-Pal to BioMarin will allow Merck to fully focus on its core businesses, as well as further align R&D investment behind key strategic areas,” said Belén Garijo, Member of the Executive Board of Merck and CEO Healthcare. “Patients suffering from PKU will continue to benefit from these therapeutic options, as well as from BioMarin’s long-term expertise in rare diseases.”

Merck remains highly committed to the patients in the field of endocrinology, and in particular to advancing the treatment of growth hormone deficient patients with Saizen®.

Over the past years, Merck has re-aligned its healthcare business with a special focus on developing novel therapies in the areas of neurology, oncology, immuno-oncology and immunology, in addition to maximizing its existing portfolio of drugs in developed countries as well as expanding its footprint in Emerging Markets.

Merck had acquired the rights for Kuvan® and the option to Peg-Pal in markets outside of the U.S. and Japan from BioMarin in 2005.* Since launching Kuvan® as a treatment alternative to diet alone, which constituted a paradigm shift at the time, Merck has significantly contributed to improving PKU management. More recently, Merck’s SPARK study helped pave the way for the treatment of infants with PKU below 4 years of age with Kuvan®. By returning the rights to BioMarin, Merck is confident that the product will continue to serve the best interest of the medical community and patients. A leading company in the treatment of genetic and rare diseases, BioMarin is dedicated to improving the treatment options and to providing all resources needed to continue to make Kuvan®available, as well as to explore potential future therapies in this area, such as Peg-Pal. Merck will work closely with BioMarin during the transition to ensure continuous access to Kuvan® for patients, physicians and health authorities.

Kuvan® is indicated for the treatment of hyperphenylalaninemia (HPA) due to PKU in patients of all ages who have shown to be responsive to Kuvan®, or due to tetrahydrobiopterin (BH4) deficiency.

In a conference call later today, (October 1, 2015, 14:00 CEST) Merck management discusses key focus areas on its healthcare pipeline in immune-oncology, oncology and immunology (the call can be followed live here).

* Merck Serono also acquired the rights to Kuvan® in Canada as a part of this original agreement in 2005, but returned those rights in 2007.

About phenylketonuria (PKU)

PKU is an autosomal recessive genetic disorder caused by a defect or a deficiency of the enzyme phenylalanine hydroxylase (PAH) or its cofactor tetrahydrobiopterin (BH4). PAH is required for the metabolism of phenylalanine, an essential amino acid found in all protein-containing foods. It affects approximately 1/10,000 newborns in Europe. If PKU patients are not treated with a phenylalanine-restricted diet, phenylalanine will accumulate in the blood and brain to abnormally high levels, thereby resulting in a variety of complications including mental retardation and brain damage, mental illness, seizures and tremors, and clinically significant cognitive problems. Universal systematic newborn screening programs were developed in the 1960s and early 1970s to enable diagnosis of all patients with PKU patients at birth.

About Kuvan®

Kuvan® (sapropterin dihydrochloride) is the first oral therapy and approved for the treatment of hyperphenylalaninemia (HPA) due to phenylketonuria (PKU) in patients of all age who have shown to be responsive to Kuvan® or due to tetrahydrobiopterin (BH4) deficiency®. Kuvan® was developed jointly by BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc. and Merck Serono. Kuvan® is to be used in conjunction with a phenylalanine-restricted diet.

Kuvan® is the synthetic form of 6R-BH4, a naturally occurring co-factor that works in conjunction with the enzyme phenylalanine hydroxylase (PAH) to metabolize phenylalanine into tyrosine. Clinical data show that Kuvan®produces significant reductions in blood phenylalanine concentration in a large subset of patients.

Most common adverse reactions reported with the use of Kuvan® include headache, rhinorrhea, pharyngolaryngeal pain, nasal congestion, cough, diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal pain, and low levels of phenylalanine in the blood.

Kuvan® is approved in 51 countries worldwide, including member states of the European Union and the USA. Under the terms of the former agreement with BioMarin, Merck Serono had received exclusive rights to market Kuvan® in all territories outside the USA, Canada and Japan, all these rights have now been returned to BioMarin.

About PegPal

PEG-PAL (PEGylated recombinant phenylalanine ammonia lyase or ‘PAL’, pegvaliase) is an investigational drug that substitutes for the PAH enzyme in phenylketonuria (PKU). PEG-PAL is being developed as a potential treatment for patients whose blood phenylalanine levels are not adequately controlled by Kuvan® or who have trouble controlling and maintaining their phenylalanine levels).

About BioMarin

BioMarin is a global biotechnology company that develops and commercializes innovative therapies for patients with serious and life-threatening rare and ultra-rare genetic diseases. The company’s portfolio consists of five commercialized products and multiple clinical and pre-clinical product candidates.

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Merck is a leading company for innovative and top-quality high-tech products in healthcare, life science and performance materials. The company has six businesses – Merck Serono, Consumer Health, Allergopharma, Biosimilars, Merck Millipore and Performance Materials – and generated sales of € 11.3 billion in 2014. Around 39,000 employees work for Merck in 66 countries to improve the quality of life for patients, to foster the success of customers, and to help meet global challenges. Merck is the world’s oldest pharmaceutical and chemical company – since 1668, the company has stood for innovation, business success and responsible entrepreneurship. Holding an approximately 70% interest, the founding family remains the majority owner of the company to this day. Merck, Darmstadt, Germany holds the global rights to the Merck name and brand. The only exceptions are Canada and the United States, where the company operates as EMD Serono, EMD Millipore and EMD Performance Materials.

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October 5, 2015 at 5:29 pm

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Countess Spencer Elected Ashoka Fellow: Recognized For Filling Gap In Care For Orphans And Vulnerable Children

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-Accompanied by her husband Charles, 9th Earl Spencer, Countess Spencer honored in Mexico City event

MEXICO CITY /PRNewswire/ — Countess Spencer, who founded Whole Child International in 2004, has been elected an Ashoka Fellow. She joins the world’s largest and most influential network of social entrepreneurs in recognition of her decade of visionary work establishing and building Whole Child International.

MEXICO -  The Earl Spencer traveled to Mexico to accompany his wife The Countess Spencer as she was awarded the prestigious Ashoka Fellowship for her work founding the Whole Child International charity. The fellowship was given in recognition of her vision and the profound investment she has made over 12 years building Whole Child International and will help generate further awareness for vulnerable and underserved children in the world.
MEXICO – The Earl Spencer traveled to Mexico to accompany his wife The Countess Spencer as she was awarded the prestigious Ashoka Fellowship for her work founding the Whole Child International charity. The fellowship was given in recognition of her vision and the profound investment she has made over 12 years building Whole Child International and will help generate further awareness for vulnerable and underserved children in the world.

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Earl Spencer, who serves on the Whole Child board, shared his appreciation for his wife’s work: “Karen’s a beautiful woman with an even more beautiful heart. I’m in awe of what she’s done over the past decade for these agonizingly vulnerable children. I’m thrilled for her that she’s received this recognition, and hope it will inspire more individuals, corporations and foundations to join us in this effort to help some of the most needy and underserved children in the world.”

Karen Spencer founded Whole Child International when she discovered that most of the larger organizations addressing child welfare issues in developing countries have policies against working with orphanages. Her charity fills that gap, and has been proven by third-party evaluation to potentially improve the lives of millions of children.

Diego Diaz-Martin, Executive Director of Ashoka Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean, said, “We are delighted to welcome Karen as a Fellow. She has identified a major and global problem — the failure to invest time, leadership, or other resources in the world’s orphanages — even though they remain responsible for millions of children. She has developed a comprehensive and well-designed approach dealing with each class of actor serving the field.”

Karen’s program is unique, scalable, and innovative, applicable not just in orphanages, but across the entire spectrum of childcare. It works with all sectors, partnering directly with government, academia, and direct caregivers. Whole Child is collaborating with Duke University’s Global Health Institute to measure impact, and gain insights to help future program development.

“In founding Whole Child, I was passionate about finding a way to give the most vulnerable children a fighting chance,” said Karen Spencer. “This recognition by Ashoka helps shine new light on the profound need for quality care, and also on the exciting reality that there is something we can do, today, with existing resources and settings to give these forgotten children a chance of a productive life.”

“Today we are honored to be of service to the government of El Salvador as they implement the President’s ambitious initiatives to improve quality of care for vulnerable children in their country. I would also like to thank the Inter-American Development Bank, the Korean Poverty Reduction Fund, and the private donors who have enabled us to come this far. Hopefully this recognition will lead to more support for our work, as there are so many children in need, and so many more governments interested in partnering with us to help their children reach their full potential.”

Additional information on Whole Child International and Countess Spencer’s induction as an Ashoka Fellow can be found at

About Whole Child International (

Whole Child International is a non-governmental organization (NGO) that works to improve quality of care for vulnerable children in orphanages and other limited-resource childcare settings.

About Ashoka (

Ashoka launched the field of social entrepreneurship and has activated multi-sector partners across the world who increasingly look to entrepreneurial talent and new ideas to solve social problems. Founded by Bill Drayton in 1980, Ashoka has provided a platform for people dedicated to changing the world.

Contact: Andrea Iturbe
Edelman, Los Angeles

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Source: Whole Child International

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October 5, 2015 at 5:26 pm

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EVRY Partners with IBM to Help Customers Accelerate Cloud Adoption and Business Transformation

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ARMONK, N.Y. and OSLO, Norway /PRNewswire/ — IBM (NYSE: IBM) and leading Nordic IT services company EVRY (OSE: EVRY) today signed and announced a 1 billion USD long-term partnership in which IBM was selected as EVRY’s premier provider of cloud infrastructure services. As part of the agreement, IBM will transform EVRY’s existing infrastructure services by using IBM’s proven methodology and global expertise, and giving the company access to IBM’s global cloud resources and capabilities.

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This includes providing services running on IBM’s Cloud infrastructure services, SoftLayer, based in Fet/Oslo data center later next year. By running these services on IBM Cloud, EVRY’s customers, across a wide range of industries including banking and finance, government, energy, healthcare and retail, will get access to flexible and scalable hybrid cloud infrastructure.

EVRY will continue to lead the development of value-added solutions and services and combine its strong local knowledge with use of innovative cloud technology and global scale from IBM. EVRY’s customers will benefit from a faster time-to-market through leading-edge infrastructure solutions. EVRY will maintain responsibility for managing its relationships and delivering services to its customers.

“A leading infrastructure business is core to EVRY becoming a Nordic Champion. It is the foundation from which we build solutions that create business value and business outcomes for our customers. EVRY has started this transformation journey, but in order to deliver the best infrastructure solutions in the market, we need to accelerate the ongoing transformation of our infrastructure business,” comments Bjorn Ivroth, CEO of EVRY.

Infrastructure services are the backbone of the systems that support businesses, and the foundation for new and innovative digital solutions that drive businesses forward. End-users expect to be able to access services 24/7 across a wide range of channels and devices. Because of this it is critically important that businesses prepare their infrastructure for the new digital age. EVRY`s ambition is to support customers with more technological innovation and at the same time to reduce complexity and increase the use of industry standard components in customers’ infrastructure, since this will allow EVRY`s customers to have a more competitive and agile approach to changing market conditions.

“We have selected IBM as a global service provider and as a service delivery model for our basic infrastructure business. Customers will benefit from a faster time-to-market for leading-edge infrastructure, including new cloud based solutions. This strategic move allows EVRY to focus on being a customer-centric organization with focus on value-added services and solutions built on leading technology,” says CEO Bjorn Ivroth of EVRY.

“Our partnership demonstrates how IBM’s expertise, technology and services can help EVRY adapt to new market conditions and opportunities while having trusted infrastructure services supporting the ongoing operations,” saidMartin Jetter, senior vice president, IBM Global Technology Services. “The Nordic region has always been at the forefront of adopting new technologies early and we are excited to work with EVRY as they accelerate the enablement of their clients to lead in the digital era. IBM’s unmatched IT Infrastructure and cloud capabilities provide a perfect foundation for EVRY to create and sell advanced cloud-based solutions for their customers across the full range of customers and industries they serve.”

The 10-year agreement will be subject to approval from Norwegian Competition Authorities.

About EVRY
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About IBM
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Media contacts

Geir Remman
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+47 9705 5017

Otto Backer Solberg
IBM Media Relations (Norway)
+47 4153 5303

Faye Abloeser
IBM Media Relations (US)

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October 5, 2015 at 5:05 pm

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2015 Maritime Research Reveals China’s Shipbuilding, Offshore, and Eco-ship Building Sectors on the Rise

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-Organizers of Marintec China and Seatrade Communications Present the Comprehensive “State of China Shipyard and Marine Equipment Industries 2015” Research Report

HONG KONG /PRNewswire/ — Marintec China co-organisers UBM Asia – Asia’s largest trade exhibition organiser – in conjunction with Seatrade Global Communications has announced completion of a comprehensive research study of theChina shipyard, shipbuilding, and marine equipment industries.  The study’s findings which garnered over 800 respondents across 25 sectors of the ship building industry were then analyzed and compiled into a report titled “State of China Shipyard and Marine Equipment Industries“.

A comprehensive maritime research - State of China Shipyard and Marine Equipment Industries
A comprehensive maritime research – State of China Shipyard and Marine Equipment Industries

The purpose of the study is to gain a better understanding of the current state of the maritime industry within Asiaand specifically in China as to provide key players and the community insights towards future decisions.  The research dives into the major areas of ship building, propulsion systems, electrical systems, auxiliary machinery, port technology, and offshore activities.  The study examines the current production and opinions of each area as well as future planned investments and target markets.  This 30+ page report is available free of charge to all pre-registered professionals to Marintec China 2015 which takes place1-4 December at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre, Shanghai, China.

Seatrade and Marintec China embarked on this collaborative project in early 2015 in consideration of Seatrade’s renowned industry knowledge and editorial objectivity combined with Marintec China’s extensive access to and deep relationships with the Chinese marine, shipbuilding, and naval communities.  A comprehensive survey was design by both groups to include and query the most pressing issues facing supply & demand, manufacturing, business growth, outlier influencers, as well as near future planned activities for the industry in China.  The results yielded a respondent rate of over 800 of which the majority of participants stem from the manufacturer and supply segment (43.7%). shipyards and professionals from the shipbuilder segment (14.6%), and ship repair (15%).

The report’s analysis was then translated into English alongside charts, graphs, and executive summaries and commentary per each major sector covered in the research including: shipyards/shipbuilding, electrical systems/equipment industry, ports/port technologies, auxiliary equipment and machinery, and of course an extensive section on the offshore industry.  An excerpt of the study’s shipyard/shipbuilding section notes: “The shift in the product mix towards offshore could be clearly seen in which sectors of shipping respondents saw the most demand for newbuildings. In terms of where demand was for newbuildings, 41% said offshore support vessels, while 36% said offshore rigs….”

“Marintec China had wanted to field such a study for some time now and after UBM’s acquisition of Seatrade Global, partners who we had already been working with for years, we now became an extension of each other’s teams making this type collaboration more fluid and possible” says Marintec China Event Director Stella Fung.  “Our intent is to make available this information prior to Marintec China 2015 so that international audiences can make the best use of business opportunities they might not be fully aware. For example, it is common understanding that the fluctuations in oil prices has affected activities for the offshore sector, however many suppliers or potential suppliers of shipbuilding may not be aware as to how far the extent and demand is today for eco-ship building.”

To learn more about Marintec China 2015 – Asia’s Largest Maritime Trade Fair organised by UBM Asia and the Shanghai Society of Naval Architects and Ocean Engineers (SSNAOE) – including activities, conference seminars, exhibiting companies and how to obtain a complimentary electronic copy of State of China Shipyard and Marine Equipment Industries 2015 visit

About UBM Asia

Owned by UBM plc listed on the London Stock Exchange, UBM Asia is the largest trade show organiser in Asiaand the largest commercial organiser in China, India and Malaysia. Established with its headquarters in Hong Kongand subsidiary companies across Asia and in the US, UBM Asia has a strong global network of 31 offices and 1,300 staff in 24 major cities. We operate in 20 market sectors with 230 exhibitions and conferences, 21 trade publications, 18 online products for over 2,000,000 quality exhibitors, visitors, conference delegates, advertisers and subscribers from all over the world.


Shanghai Society of Naval Architects & Ocean Engineers (SSNAOE) originally was Shanghai Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SSNAME) founded on 25 February 1951, which had its name changed to SSNAOE in March 2011. The society is now retaining more than 5,000 individual members and 73 corporate members with the work emphasis on technical exchanging and presenting of marine and offshore engineering and equipments, popularization of science, publication and technical consultancy.

The society has established friendly relationship with 14 famous maritime engineering societies over the world. It is the sponsor of Pan Asian Association of Maritime Engineering Societies (PAAMES) and was elected the first Chairman society of PAAMES. Besides, the society will be the organizer of the 18th World Maritime Technology Conference (WMTC18) and Marintech China organized by the society has turned out to be an outstanding international event.

For media enquiries, please contact:

Carmen Choy
Senior Marketing Communications Executive
UBM Asia Ltd
Tel: (852) 2827 6211
Fax: (852) 3749 7347

Fan Cheng Yang
Shanghai Society of Naval Architects & Ocean Engineers
Tel: (86) 21 5466 0311
Fax: (86) 21 6258 1223

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October 5, 2015 at 4:52 pm

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Asia Pacific MedTech Forum 2015 Open for Registration

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SINGAPORE /PRNewswire/ — Registration is now open for Asia Pacific MedTech Forum 2015, the region’s first event of its kind for the fast-growing medical devices and diagnostics industry. Announced by the Asia Pacific Medical Technology Association (APACMed) today, this inaugural forum will address key issues, medical innovations and partnerships in healthcare.

The MedTech Forum will be held at Singapore’s Raffles City Convention Centre on December 10-11. A pre-conference workshop for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SME’s) will be held on December 9. Multiple early bird discounts are available until October 15 at

This important event brings together panelists and speakers including health ministry representatives, industry leaders, healthcare professionals, policymakers and academics to discuss the most vital issues affecting patients and standards of care.

“We are delighted to be working with some of the biggest and most innovative names in medical technology, creating a unique platform to share best practices and insights to inspire action in this sector,” said Fredrik Nyberg, Chief Executive Officer of APACMed.

“The Asia Pacific region’s population is ageing rapidly and living standards are improving, presenting challenges as demand rises for quality medical technology solutions. Only through collaboration between industry, governments and health service providers can we address shortcomings and rising costs of healthcare, encourage investment and drive innovation to pioneer a healthy future together.”

Panel highlights include:

  • The future of medical education
  • Anatomy of successful industry-academia collaboration
  • Business model innovation: Designing for Asian markets
  • McKinsey-moderated CEO roundtable on shaping the future of healthcare

Sponsors of Asia Pacific MedTech Forum 2015 include Abbott, B Braun, Becton Dickinson, Boston Scientific, Johnson & Johnson, Korn Ferry, McKinsey, Medtronic, Stryker and Zimmer Biomet.

For more information and the latest agenda, please visit or contact the APACMed Press Office at

About APACMed

The Asia Pacific Medical Technology Association (APACMed) provides a unifying voice for the medical devices and in-vitro diagnostics industries in Asia Pacific. Founded in 2014, APACMed strives to promote innovation and impact policy that advances healthcare access for patients. The founding member companies include Abbott, B Braun,Becton Dickinson, Boston Scientific, Johnson & Johnson, Medtronic, Stryker and Zimmer Biomet.

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October 5, 2015 at 12:33 pm

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Institute on Asian Consumer Insight and Financial Times Present the 2015 Smarter World Summit

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HONG KONG /PRNewswire/ — International business leaders will gather on 8 October 2015 inSingapore at the 2015 FT-ACI Smarter World Summit, for a forward-looking assessment of the impact of emerging technologies on Asian markets in the next 15 years, and the business opportunities presented by hi-tech breakthroughs of the 21st century.

Organised by the Financial Times in partnership with the Institute on Asian Consumer Insight (ACI), the landmark one-day Summit subtitled Showing businesses how to engage with emerging technologieswill explore what it takes to become a smarter business, cultivate a smarter workforce, and execute smarter practices.

The event will be held at the InterContinental Singapore and will feature panel discussions, case studies and keynote presentations on the following topics:

  • Robots in a commercial environment – How are robotics optimising practices and processes in healthcare, education and the services sector? What will these industries look like in 15 years’ time? As robots’ capabilities grow, what sorts of job roles will humans assume, and what new skills will be required?
  • Drawing on big data and connecting with consumers – How are firms looking to leverage big data for product design and refinement, marketing and product launches? For consumer-focused corporates, how is the Internet of Things transforming the customer experience?
  • Tackling emerging cyber-security threats – What new cyber-security threats might we expect to encounter over the next 15 years? How can governments work with the private sector to combat cyber-terrorism and develop effective cyber-security solutions?
  • The evolving role of the marketing manager – How should marketers think about their role? How can they work with the IT team to integrate strategies and maximise productivity? And how can those without a tech background be better educated to fill the demands of the role?
  • Transforming industries with disruptive innovation

Disruptive technologies and transformative businesses are always going to face resistance from their traditional counterparts. So where are the biggest opportunities for transforming businesses with disruptive technologies and what does the commercial pathway look like?

The Summit will be co-chaired by David Pilling, Asia editor of the Financial Times, and Bernd Schmitt, Special Advisor, ACI.

The keynote speaker is Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister-in-charge of the Smart Nation Initiative, Singapore

Confirmed Speakers include:

  • Vidit Agrawal, Strategic Finance Manager APAC, Uber
  • Eddy Chan, Marketing Technology Leader, Asia-Pacific, Kimberly-Clark
  • Chng Tien Wei, Director, Risk Management, Visa
  • Joanna Flint, Country Director, Singapore, Google
  • Nitin Mathur, Senior Director Marketing, APAC, Yahoo!
  • Amy Shi-Nash, Chief Data Science Officer, DataSpark, Singtel
  • Claus Nehmzow, Digital Innovation Organisation, BP
  • Candice Ong, Managing Director, Zalora
  • David Ong, Executive Director, Head of Business Insights, UBS
  • Nilesh Shah, Chief Marketing Officer, Asia-Pacific, GE Healthcare
  • Junyang Woon, Chief Executive Officer, Infinium Robotics

Bernd Schmitt, Special Advisor of ACI, and co-chair of the 2015 Smarter World Summit, said, “Technology is driving business now and going forward. This event will debate the key technology and business issues of our time.  It will equip managers in any industry with the tools to lead their organisation and make key decisions for the future of their business.”

David Pilling, Asia editor of the Financial Times, and co-chair of the 2015 Smarter World Summit, said, “Digitisation is all around us, especially in business. Data analytics, social media and mobile have all become crucial tools for driving growth, fundamentally changing the way businesses operate. This Summit will investigate the various ways in which companies across the board are adapting to the new digital landscape.”

For more details and the conference agenda, please visit

For further information, please contact:

Financial Times
Rhonda Taylor
Communications Manager, Asia Pacific
T: +852 2905 5519

Institute on Asian Consumer Insight
Samantha Wan
Senior Executive, Marketing & Events
T: (65) 6592-7910

About the Financial Times:

The Financial Times, one of the world’s leading business news organisations, is recognised internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy. Providing essential news, comment, data and analysis for the global business community, the FT has a combined paid print and digital circulation of 737,000. Mobile is an increasingly important channel for the FT, driving almost half of total traffic.

About the Institute on Asian Consumer Insight (ACI)

The Institute on Asian Consumer Insight (ACI) is a world-class, one-of-its-kind, national-level research institute focused on Asian consumers.  Started as an initiative of the Singapore Economic Development Board in 2011, ACI serves as a bridge between academia and industry, and its mission is to help companies grow their business inAsia based on profound market and consumer insights gathered through state-of-the-art research methodologies.

ACI conducts extensive research and help companies to develop customer-focused strategies based on insights about Asian consumers.  Catered to each company’s needs, ACI recognizes the importance of understanding Asian consumers and the Asian market, and strives to provide relevant and impactful information to aid businesses understand Asian consumers and to create value in the areas of innovation, branding, new-markets development and new media initiatives that will impact your business results.  ACI partners with significant industry players from the business community to conduct joint projects and forms academic partnerships for combined research.

For more information about ACI, and upcoming seminars and events, please visit:

Source: Financial Times

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October 5, 2015 at 12:08 pm

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Opus Global, Compliance and Risk Leader, Acquires Alacra

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-Adds leading AML KYC capabilities to leading SaaS-based Compliance Platform

NEW YORK and PALO ALTO, Calif., /PRNewswire/ — Opus Global, a leading provider of SaaS-based compliance solutions, today announced that it has acquired Alacra, Inc., a leading provider of Know Your Customer (KYC), Anti-Money Laundering (AML) and Reference Data business information solutions.

The integration of Alacra into Opus Global will create an unmatched combination of compliance data with third party management excellence and network-based information exchange. Alacra’s 170+ external providers will be able to integrate compliance data into the Hiperos Third Party Network (acquired by Opus Global in June 2014). Opus Global expects to extend the Hiperos Network to hundreds of thousands of third parties and their customers currently managed through Hiperos Software.

Alacra is a world leader in KYC, AML and Reference Data services for regulatory compliance. It is the second company to be acquired by Opus Global, following the July 2014 acquisition of third party management leader Hiperos, LLC. Opus Global was co-founded by GTCR, a Chicago-based private equity firm, and Doug Bergeron, former CEO of VeriFone. The firm is investing up to $500 million to realize its vision of an integrated SaaS platform delivering world-class compliance faster, better and at lower total cost.

“Alacra is a superb addition to Opus Global,” said Doug Bergeron, CEO and founder of Opus Global. “Alacra’s AML and KYC strengths perfectly complement our existing anti-bribery/anti-corruption capabilities. KYC has become one of the greatest compliance challenges facing financial institutions today. Rapid onboarding is vital to growing their businesses, yet the process has become increasingly onerous and unwieldy.” he continued. “Financial institutions need high quality client data delivered rapidly and processed accurately. Alacra does that better than anyone, with a blue ribbon client roster that includes many of the world’s biggest and most prestigious banks.”

Mr. Bergeron will assume the role of Executive Chairman of Alacra. Co-founders Steve Goldstein and Michael Angle will continue to serve in their existing roles.

“Alacra combined with our existing Hiperos product offering, will enable us to further our innovation of new compliance product offerings not currently available in the market.” Bergeron continued. “Compliance will become more powerful, more manageable and easier for our customers as a result.”

“Our growing third party ecosystem is fueled by the integration of best-of-breed data, service providers and partners. It will turbo-boost the Hiperos Third Party Network on which our ecosystem is based, further catalyzing growth in third parties and compliance traffic across the network.”

“We are very excited to become part of Opus Global,” said Steve Goldstein, CEO and co-founder of Alacra. “We look forward to being an integral part of their strategy to build a world leading compliance platform. Customers will be the big winners, with faster easier access to world class compliance data, and more ways to utilize it quickly and effectively in their compliance programs,” he continued.

“The pressure on banks to improve KYC processes is ongoing. There has been a growing need for leading edge technology to make this achievable, and Alacra provides the needed market solution. Our decision to join Opus Global provides the platform and resources to accelerate growth by further penetrating existing markets, exploring new geographies and markets, and innovating new products and services.”

Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Alacra has offices in New York and London, adding to existing Opus Global offices in Palo Alto, Chicago, Boston,Pittsburgh, Atlanta and Branchburg, N.J. Marlin & Associates acted as exclusive financial and strategic advisor to Alacra.

About Alacra

Alacra develops workflow applications that enable 300,000 end users at over 200 financial institutions, professional service firms and corporations to find, organize, analyze and present mission-critical business information. With nearly 175 unique databases available to our clients, Alacra has under license the largest collection of premium business information in the world. These databases are incorporated into configured solutions that bring an efficient, consistent and thorough process to client onboarding, client screening, vendor risk management and front office business research. By combining licensed and web-based content, Alacra also provides a range of entity reference data solutions that enable our clients to maintain extremely accurate legal entity data and meet global regulatory requirements. For more information, please visit

About Opus Global

Opus Global is a compliance platform provider headquartered in Palo Alto, California, created through a $500 million partnership between GTCR, one of the world’s leading private equity firms, and Doug Bergeron, former CEO of VeriFone. Through direct investments and targeted acquisitions, Opus Global’s mission is to build the world’s leading compliance platform by integrating leading technology solutions addressing the increasingly complex compliance requirements and risks faced by companies across all industries. Opus Global seeks to be a long term partner to its customers, delivering significant value to their businesses through superior software solutions and related services. For more information about Opus Global, please visit

Press Contacts:

Opus Global & Hiperos:
Michael O’Connell / Taylor Johnson
PAN Communications
W: +1-617-502-4300

Alla Lapidus / John Norris
Moonlight Media
Tel: +44(0)20-7250-4770
Email: /

Source: Opus Global

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October 5, 2015 at 11:34 am

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