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Meet Lionel Messi by Juggling Messi FootBubbles

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-Messi FootBubbles offering the chance to meet global superstar

LONDON /PRNewswire/ — Funtastic (ASX: FUN) is a global innovation house with offices in the US,Australia, Hong Kong and mainland China and the licensor of Messi FootBubbles™, a Messi branded toy launched in 2015 that is being enjoyed by children from around the world.

Meet Lionel Messi by juggling Messi FootBubbles
Meet Lionel Messi by juggling Messi FootBubbles

Funtastic will be running a competition giving three lucky winners the chance to meet their idol, Lionel Messi. Kicking off in April 2016 and running until December 2016, the competition will open to entrants from over 30 countries around the world.

The winners will receive a trip to Barcelona to watch a live football match, followed by a meet and greet with Lionel Messi. Messi FootBubbles™ is offering all entrants the chance to win this once in a lifetime experience.

Funtastic will also award a signed Lionel Messi shirt to the best entry during each month of the competition.

Entry to the competition is easy. Simply show off your Messi FootBubbles™ skills by uploading a photo or a video towww.footbubbles.com or Facebook; or hashtagging on Instagram #messifootbubbles #meetmessicomp to be in the running. Lionel Messi will decide the winning entries.

Lionel Messi, the five time FIFA Ballon d’Or winner and undisputed champion of football, has been recognised by his peers as the greatest footballer in history. Messi said “We are doing an excellent job with Funtastic in creating toys that bring fun to children while helping them in their educational development. I hope they enjoy juggling FootBubbles as much I do and I look forward to meeting the winners.”

Nir Pizmony, CEO of Funtastic, said “Funtastic is proud to be partnered with such an exceptional role model for children around the world. We can’t wait to see the exciting photos and videos that will be uploaded and I’m sure that choosing only 3 lucky winners for the major prize will be a difficult job!”

Messi FootBubbles™ has been a global sensation with worldwide sales surpassing all expectations and both children and parents loving the product.

For more details on Messi FootBubbles™ and the global competition, visit www.footbubbles.com or connect via social media:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/messifootbubbles
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/messifootbubbles

About Funtastic

FUNTASTIC (ASX: FUN) www.funtastic.com.au is an innovative product manufacturing and distribution company based in Australia with offices in the US, Hong Kong and mainland China.

About Leo Messi Management SLU

Leo Messi Management SLU is the unique and exclusive sports & marketing company that manage and represent the worldwide image rights of Football player Lionel Messi.

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Source: Funtastic Ltd

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April 8, 2016 at 5:39 pm

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Cesar Millan, Star Of “Cesar To The Rescue” To Tour Asia With Educational Seminars For Dog Owners

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-Pack Leader Seminar to Begin May 2016

LOS ANGELES /PRNewswire/ — Cesar Millan, the New York Times best-selling author and star of the popular television series “Cesar To The Rescue” airing on NatGeo WILD announced today he will be teaching two-day educational Pack Leader Seminars in four Asian cities, including Bangkok, Taipei, Hong Kong andSingapore, beginning in May 2016.

Cesar Millan is the world’s best-known and one of the most respected canine behaviorists. His TV show is seen in more than 120 countries with more than 40 million viewers weekly. His unique dog training skills are renowned for making misbehaving dogs into perfect pets.

The Pack Leader Seminars will be held on Saturday and Sunday, featuring Cesar working with dogs that have common behavior problems and teaching people important tips for dealing with excessive barking, fearfulness, pulling during walks, and other issues faced by dog owners everywhere.

Pack Leader Seminar dates are as follows:

May 14-15, 2016

Hong Kong, China

May 21-22, 2016

Bangkok, Thailand

May 28-29, 2016

Singapore, Malaysia

June 4-5, 2016 

Taipei

The seminars are sponsored by a subsidiary of Tan Chong International, Motor Image, which represents Subaru in these markets. They have focused much of their Asian regional marketing efforts on connecting with pet owners.

“We are proud to bring Cesar Millan to Asia and to make available, for the very first time, his two-day educational seminars,” said Glenn Tan, Executive Director of Tan Chong International Ltd. “We would like to play a part in helping to educate our customers about how to deal with common canine misbehaviors. We feel it will help to bring more happiness and love and we are honored we can work with Cesar and his team to do this.”

“I look forward to working with Subaru to make available an educational seminar that will help people better understand and deal with common canine misbehaviors,” said Millan.

Other topics covered under the seminars include: how to communicate with your dog, understanding energy and how it affects you and your dog’s behavior.

For more information visit http://www.packleaderseminar.com/

About Cesar Millan

New York Times best-selling author and twice Emmy-nominated television personality Cesar Millan has earned a trusted reputation as the preeminent authority in the field of dog rehabilitation. With more than 25 years of experience working with canines, Millan uses a philosophy of trust, respect and love to rehabilitate aggressive, frightened and neurotic dogs while educating owners on how their own behavior affects their pets. Millan extends his reputation in dog training and care through retail and home entertainment products, books and Cesarsway.com that have become top resources for dog help and advice; through the ongoing work of the Cesar Millan Pack Project; and through connecting with TV audiences via his television series, Cesar 911. For more information, visitwww.cesarsway.com. Follow Cesar on Facebook (cesar.millan), Twitter (@cesarmillan) and YouTube (CesarMillan).

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April 8, 2016 at 4:16 pm

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USAID Joins Nespresso and TechnoServe to Support South Sudan’s Coffee Farmers

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-$3.18 million investment will accelerate development of the country’s coffee market

NEW YORK /PRNewswire/ — Nespresso and TechnoServe, a development non-profit organization, are pleased to announce a new partnership with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to strengthen efforts to rebuild the coffee industry in the new country of South Sudan and improve coffee farmer livelihoods. USAID will invest $3.18 million during three years in the project, which has already helped revive South Sudan’s coffee industry, diversify its export market and raise the household incomes of smallholder coffee farmers.

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Since 2011, Nespresso and TechnoServe have worked directly with local farmers to revive high-quality coffee production in South Sudan, while developing commercial channels to enable its sale and export. Nespresso has already invested over $2.5 million in the project. The country’s coffee industry was decimated after years of civil war, and oil now comprises 99 percent of its exports.

To date, more than 700 farmers have been integrated into the Nespresso AAA Sustainable Quality™ Program, which provides support, training and technical assistance to improve sustainability and productivity, while maintaining the highest quality coffee. South Sudan’s first wet mills (equipment to process coffee cherries into coffee beans) have been established, and the first coffee export was sold as a Nespresso Limited Edition in Francelast year.

“This new partnership with USAID will be instrumental to accelerate the progress Nespresso and TechnoServe have already made, working directly with South Sudanese farmers,” said Jean-Marc Duvoisin, CEO of Nestlé Nespresso. “This funding injection will allow us to scale up the project and help an even greater number of farmers grow and sell high quality coffee for international export at a higher price, thus creating a better quality of life for farmers and their families.”

George Clooney, Nespresso Brand Ambassador commented, “Coffee is a much-needed source of income for farmers in South Sudan – a country still ravaged by war. Investing in grassroots development and empowerment of local farming communities will help provide the foundation for sustainable economic development. This commitment by USAID is a strong signal of the relevance of the program that Nespresso and TechnoServe have built up with these communities, allowing it to reach even more farmers in more areas of the country.”

“The existence of the programme in South Sudan has helped us recover the coffee trees we had lost during the war; and since we started maintaining our trees and delivering to the wet mills our lives have completely changed,” said South Sudanese coffee farmer Daniel Lomoro. “We can now afford to take our children to good schools and meet the basic needs of the family. This wouldn’t have been possible without that technical support. Nespresso and TechnoServe have strengthened us and taught us to be self-reliant.”

“We can also see that it can lift the family, lift the nation and can bring good things,” added South Sudanese farmerNicholas Taban Solomon. “One will not be poor as before. The poverty is reducing, and you will have a better life. So we advise that everyone should plant coffee for the future to uplift the nation.”

USAID’s contribution will help expand the existing initiative to support a thriving and inclusive coffee sector in South Sudan by increasing scale and ensuring lasting impact. The funding injection will also allow the program to be extended to new communities, allowing more farmers in South Sudan to benefit from the revival of South Sudan’scoffee industry.

The initiative aims to triple coffee incomes and improve household resilience. By 2019, the program will have trained 1,500 South Sudanese farmers, of whom at least 25 percent will be women, and helped establish nine cooperative-owned wet mills.

“In a severely conflict-affected country like South Sudan, it’s important that we invest in people to help improve livelihoods, reduce extreme poverty and give people hope about the future,” said USAID Assistant Administrator for Africa Linda Etim. “By helping expand the success that Nespresso and TechnoServe have already achieved in improving the livelihoods of South Sudan’s coffee farmers, USAID is planting seeds of hope at a very fragile and uncertain time for the people of South Sudan. We’re encouraged to see a company like Nespresso investing in long-term growth in South Sudan and look forward to working together to expand economic growth and opportunity in the country.”

Through its focus on improving smallholder livelihoods, this partnership also complements the goals of the U.S. Government’s global hunger and food security initiative, Feed the Future, helping to reduce poverty and malnutrition through agricultural development.

“Despite great difficulties, the coffee farmers of South Sudan have shown extraordinary determination to improve the future for their children, their communities, and ultimately, their country,” said William Warshauer, President and CEO of TechnoServe. “Working with us and Nespresso, they have been proud to share their unique coffee with the world and to contribute to a more sustainable economic base for their country. With increased funding from USAID, coffee has the potential to eventually become one of the biggest non-oil exports for South Sudan, which could have important positive economic and political implications down the road.”

Nespresso Sustainability Innovation Fund

Nespresso has also launched its Nespresso Sustainability Innovation Fund, which has been established to facilitate investment from Nespresso in coffee origin revival and coffee supply chain resilience projects that go beyond the usual business operations of the company. Nespresso is committing an initial $10 million in specific innovative coffee value chain initiatives in the coming three years (2016-2018).

These announcements come as part of the fourth annual meeting of the Nespresso Sustainability Advisory Board.

Photos and video available here: http://www.nestle-nespresso.com/media/mediareleases/USAID-joins-Nespresso-and-TechnoServe-to-Support-South-Sudan-Coffee-Farmers

About Nestlé Nespresso SA

Nestlé Nespresso SA is the pioneer and reference for highest-quality portioned coffee. Headquartered in Lausanne,Switzerland, Nespresso operates in 64 countries and has more than 12,000 employees. In 2015, it operated a global retail network of over 450 exclusive boutiques. For more information, visit the Nespresso corporate website:http://www.nestle-nespresso.com.

About the Nespresso AAA Sustainable Quality™ Program

http://www.nestle-nespresso.com/sustainability/the-positive-cup/coffee

About the Nespresso Sustainability Advisory Board

http://www.nestle-nespresso.com/sustainability/sustainability-advisory-board/sustainability-advisory-board

About TechnoServe

TechnoServe is a leader in harnessing the power of the private sector to help people lift themselves out of poverty. A nonprofit organization operating in 29 countries, we work with enterprising men and women in the developing world to build competitive farms, businesses and industries. By linking people to information, capital and markets, we have helped millions to create lasting prosperity for their families and communities. TechnoServe has earned a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator for the last 10 years, placing us in the top 1 percent of all its rated nonprofits.

With nearly 50 years of proven results, TechnoServe believes in the power of private enterprise to transform lives.http://www.technoserve.org

About USAID

USAID is the lead U.S. Government agency that works to end extreme global poverty and enable resilient, democratic societies to realize their potential. Recognizing coffee’s contribution to poverty reduction and development, USAID devotes significant resources to improving the productivity and incomes of smallholder coffee producers in Africa, Latin America, and Asia, in particular through Feed the Future, the U.S. Government’s global hunger and food security initiative. USAID is the largest donor to South Sudan. USAID has adjusted its development assistance since the current conflict began to best help meet the needs of the South Sudanese people. http://www.usaid.gov

Source: Nespresso

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April 8, 2016 at 3:53 pm

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SAP Fieldglass Named ‘VMS Technology Supplier of Excellence’ By KellyOCG(R)

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-Recognition Validates SAP Fieldglass’ Longtime Partnership Model for Workforce Program Success

CHICAGO /PRNewswire/ — SAP Fieldglass, the global cloud technology leader in services procurement and external workforce management, has been recognized as a “VMS Technology Supplier of Excellence” in KellyOCG’s fourth annual Supplier Excellence Awards. This marks the first time KellyOCG has honored a technology provider in this awards program.

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“SAP Fieldglass embodies what it means to be a strategic partner in this industry,” said John Healy, Vice President & Managing Director, KellyOCG. “For more than a decade, we’ve worked together, across all regions, to deliver the world’s best workforce solutions for our shared customers. This recognition is part of a deliberate effort to strengthen the collaboration and value creation that together we bring to the market.”

KellyOCG honored 24 national and global suppliers in various categories and regions. They were selected based on 2015 performance, their level of collaboration across the KellyOCG organization and their overall alignment with the company’s broader corporate vision.

“This recognition is the result of several areas of our organization, from sales to implementation and account services, working together to advance our MSP-led customer workforce programs,” said Rob Brimm, President, SAP Fieldglass. “Our business strategy has remained the same for 16 years – to provide the best technology for services procurement and external workforce management. This singular focus has enabled us to develop the strongest MSP partnerships in the industry, and we are especially proud of the success of our customer programs managed by KellyOCG.”

The winners were announced on March 31 at an event at Kelly Services’ headquarters in Michigan. Award winner benefits include one-on-one development sessions, a designated KellyOCG advocate to support growth, participation in supplier focus groups, collaboration on the design of its proprietary supplier analytics and the ability to work directly with senior leaders from KellyOCG.

ABOUT SAP FIELDGLASS
SAP Fieldglass provides the industry’s leading technology for services procurement and external workforce management. More than 400 of the top global businesses leverage SAP Fieldglass’ intuitive, cloud-based services solution to gain visibility into its external labor, project-based services including Statements of Work (SOW), independent contractors and additional flexible talent pools.

The SAP Fieldglass Vendor Management System (VMS) is used by organizations across all industries and geographies to achieve total workforce visibility and ultimately maximize cost savings, worker quality, compliance and program efficiencies. Procurement and HR professionals from companies including GlaxoSmithKline, Johnson & Johnson, Monsanto and Rio Tinto partner with SAP Fieldglass to develop sophisticated talent and spend management strategies necessary to create best-in-class workforce programs. For more information, visitwww.fieldglass.com.

ABOUT KELLYOCG
KellyOCG®, the Outsourcing and Consulting Group of workforce solutions provider, Kelly Services, is a global leader in integrated workforce solution delivery for clients worldwide, utilizing proven talent supply chain strategies. In addition to integrated solutions, KellyOCG specializes in Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO), Business Process Outsourcing (BPO), Contingent Workforce Outsourcing (CWO), Talent Advisory Services, Career Transition and Executive Coaching & Development, and Executive Search.

KellyOCG was named to the International Association of Outsourcing Professionals® 2016 Global Outsourcing 100® list, an annual ranking of the world’s best outsourcing service providers and advisors. Further information about KellyOCG may be found at kellyocg.com.

Source: SAP Fieldglass

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April 8, 2016 at 3:19 pm

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Watch VIVO Indian Premier League (IPL) T20 Cricket 2016 Live in Over 133 Countries on CricketGateway.com

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-Watch it Live in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Russia, Japan, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Across ASEAN, South America and Other Countries on CricketGateway.com
http://www.CricketGateway.com is the Official Digital Live Streaming Partner* of the VIVO Indian Premier League 2016
— Watch IPL T20 Cricket 2016 Live in Full HD on http://www.CricketGateway.com or on the CricketGateway App on a Subscription Basis

CHENNAI, India /PRNewswire/ — Followon Interactive, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Global Sports Commerce, a pioneer in digitizing global sports content, including live scores, commentary, live video streaming, video on demand and more, is proud to be the Official Digital Live Streaming Partner* of the VIVO Indian Premier League 2016.

Cricket is beyond just a sport for some; it’ s a way of life. And we want passionate cricket fans in countries with limited access to the game to watch it live on CricketGateway.com,” said Mr. M S Muralidharan, Managing Director, Followon Interactive.

IPL T20 Cricket fans in 133 countries, including Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Thailand,Indonesia, Japan, China, Korea, Vietnam, Philippines, Fiji, New Papua Guinea, Russia, Nepal, Pakistan,Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan, and in the South American region, who may otherwise have limited options to view the VIVO IPL 2016, are invited to visit CricketGateway.com or download the app, and view all matches live, in full HD.

* CricketGateway.com holds digital/mobile/video rights for VIVO IPL 2016 in 155 countries, outside of India, UK,USA, MENA and EU.

About Followon Interactive

Followon is a sports fan empowerment and engagement solution, integrating multiple interactive consumer touch points such as smartphones, video screens, electronic scoreboards, in-stadia sponsorship signage, ticketing and more, into one seamless technology. Followon provides enriching match day experiences and more for spectators, increases brand engagement for sponsors, and creates incremental value for sports bodies.

About Global Sports Commerce

Global Sports Commerce Pte Ltd is a family of outfits spanning across Auckland, Sydney, Singapore, Chennai,Dubai, Budapest, London, Baar/ Zurich, Johannesburg providing 360-degree solutions, sponsorship and services, and partners with iconic sports leagues such as ICC, IPL, AFL, CA, BBL, NZC, English Premier League, Bundesliga Football Clubs, RFU, WRU, SRU, IAAF, FINA, FIFA to deliver next-generation technology, bringing in unexplored commerce for the sports ecosystem.

For further information, please contact:
Karthik Bhat
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Source: CricketGateway.com

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April 8, 2016 at 3:14 pm

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Global Campaign Launches to Help the World to See www.clearly.world

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HONG KONG /PRNewswire/ —

‘Clearly’ Campaign Aims To Unlock The Next Revolutionary Approaches To Eye Care For The People Who Need It Most

There are 2.5 billion people around the world suffering from poor vision and no means of improving it. A new global campaign – Clearly – launches today to bring together innovators, scientists, technology firms and big business, with investors, governments and NGOs to solve this problem and help the world to see.

Poor vision is the largest unaddressed disability in the world, despite advancements across healthcare, digital and technology. Over 700 years after spectacles were invented, the striking inequality of access to eye care remains a crucial impediment to the growth of developing economies.

Clearly is a unique and innovative campaign being spearheaded by James Chen, a Hong Kong-based philanthropist and investor who is on a mission to address the problem of poor vision that the world appears to have forgotten about.

Please click here to view the Clearly film: http://www.clearly.world

With one in three people globally lacking access to eye care, Clearly seeks to address the challenges brought about by poor vision, which:

  • Cost the global economy $3 trillion per year
  • Cost developing countries socially, impacting advancement, education and families
  • Cost people personally. Poor sight prevents individual progress and opportunities

Clearly is a year-long campaign that will bring together the best minds in the world, with leading businesses and the most cutting-edge, innovative technology to take on this challenge and rethink the approach to world vision. It will consist of three core pillars:

1. An ideas competition for entrepreneurs, which asks technologists, supply chain experts, data scientists and forward thinkers to use their great minds and knowledge to come up with innovative solutions. The prize offers$250,000 USD of seed funding and mentoring to get the best ideas off the ground

2. A series of Clearly Labs challenges for individuals who have the ingenuity and the heart to aim as high as possible to help find the answers. Innovators will come together for one day events in India, China, Silicon Valley and other global markets, meeting with health leaders and optometrists, applying their expertise and ideas to help find new thinking, new ideas and new solutions

3. A unique, global event with a small group of the world’s best and most creative brainpower in one place to develop the big idea

The campaign has garnered the support of a number of Champions, including:

  • Agnes Binagwaho, Minister of Health, Rwanda
  • Neil Blumenthal, co-founder and co-CEO of eyewear brand Warby Parker, and former director of charity, VisionSpring
  • Brian Doolan, CEO of The Fred Hollows Foundation, focused on preventable blindness in developing countries
  • Dave Gilboa, co-founder and co-CEO of eyewear brand Warby Parker
  • Sir David Tang, entrepreneur and founder of Shanghai Tang

James Chen, Hong Kong-based philanthropist and founder of the Clearly campaign, commented:

“Poor vision is the number one unaddressed disability in the world today. Despite human advancements on so many levels, we have forgotten about one of the most basic needs of all – sight. It is astounding that, 700 years after spectacles were invented, billions of people in the developing world still do not have access to something as simple as a pair of glasses.

“Good vision empowers and transforms lives on every level. In the digital era, the world has the ideas and the technology to crack this challenge and transform access to sight around the world. Through Clearly, I hope to inspire creative minds and unlock innovative solutions to solve this global problem, accelerating a revolution in eye care and helping the world to see.”

Sir David Tang, Champion of Clearly, commented:

“Access to good sight should not be a luxury. Yet, 2.5 billion people are still forced to go without clear vision. Radical new thinking is necessary to rectify this. The Clearly campaign is a catalyst for this, and will sharpen the sights of millions.”

For further information and to get involved in the campaign, please visit: http://www.clearly.world

About Clearly

Clearly is a global campaign focused on helping the world to see.

There are currently 2.5 billion people in the world that have poor vision and no means of improving it. It is the number one unaddressed disability in the world.

Clearly is a year-long campaign that seeks to inspire talented and creative minds to solve this problem that the world has forgotten about – and help the world to see.

Launching in April 2016, Clearly focuses on three core pillars:

  • An ‘ideas’ competition for entrepreneurs
  • A series of ‘Clearly Labs’ challenges, for companies who have the ingenuity and the heart to aim as high as possible to help find the answers
  • A unique, global event with a small group of the world’s best and most creative brainpower in one place to develop the big idea

http://www.clearly.world

About James Chen

Born in Asia, raised in Africa and educated in Europe and the US, James Chen is a venture philanthropist with a global outlook.

He is founder of his family office Legacy Advisors Ltd, Chairman of Wahum Group Holdings, a third generation family-owned manufacturing business, and founder of the Chen Yet-Sen Family Foundation, which has a focus on early childhood literacy, library development and education enhancement.

James is the founder of Adlens, a global enterprise leading the development and sale of adjustable focus eyewear, and the founder of Vision for a Nation Foundation, a UK charity that supports emerging nations to provide nationwide primary eye care and affordable glasses to all their citizens.

Clearly is the culmination of James’ 12 year journey to improve universal access to eye care.

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April 8, 2016 at 3:06 pm

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Merck and Sysmex Inostics Receive CE Mark Approval for Liquid Biopsy test for Colorectal Cancer Patients

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DARMSTADT /PRNewswire/ —

  • Novel liquid biopsy RAS testing now available to clinical practices for metastatic colorectal cancer(mCRC) patients
  • The test will help guide physicians to select the most effective treatment for mCRC patients in a timely manner

Merck, a leading science and technology company, today announced that a new liquid biopsy RAS biomarker test, which they are co-developing and commercializing with Sysmex Inostics, has been granted CE Mark approval. This test will now be made widely accessible for patients with metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC) in Europe, Asia andAustralia. The testing technology, OncoBEAM® RAS CRC assay, has been shown to have a similar performance to that of conventional tissue-based testing[13] and can be used to determine which patients would benefit from anti-epidermal growth factor receptor (anti-EGFR) therapies, such as Erbitux® (cetuximab), as demonstrated by recent data.[4][8]

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“In keeping with our philosophy of patient focus, we strive to evaluate all aspects of the patient journey, to focus our efforts on projects that improve treatment experience and outcomes for the patients,” said Rehan Verjee, Chief Marketing and Strategy Officer of Merck’s biopharma business. “The CE mark approval of the liquid biopsy RAS biomarker test is therefore a pivotal milestone for patients with metastatic colorectal cancer, as it allows for informed and rapid treatment decisions. We, with our partner Sysmex Inostics, can now start making this test available to more patients around the world.”

“We have achieved a significant milestone with the CE Mark of the OncoBEAM® RAS colorectal cancer assay,” said Fernando Andreu, CEO of Sysmex Inostics. “Together with Merck, we are advancing biomarker testing in metastatic colorectal cancer, and we are already seeing strong acceptance and uptake of the test in pilot centers, with clinicians globally recognizing the clinical value of a blood-based test.”

The liquid biopsy RAS biomarker test is a comprehensive 34-mutation panel that is based on the BEAMing (Beads, Emulsion, Amplification and Magnetics) technology. The test only requires a small blood sample (10 ml), rather than a tissue biopsy, to determine the mutation status of tumors.[9] The test has the potential to provide mutation status results within days, which can help guide quicker treatment decisions.[9]

“As the first test center to use the liquid biopsy RAS biomarker testing technology we have seen firsthand how this technology has advanced treatment decision-making,” said Professor Josep Tabernero, Director Head of the Medical Oncology Department of Vall d’Hebron University Hospital, Spain. “The speed at which the test results become available has helped us initiate effective treatments faster, which has led to improved patient outcomes.”

Merck and Sysmex Inostics entered into an agreement to co-develop and commercialize the liquid biopsy test onMay 19, 2014 and opened the first test center, for research use only, at the Vall d’Hebron Institute of Oncology inBarcelona, Spain on February 20, 2015. Now with the CE Mark, the liquid biopsy RAS biomarker testing technology is expected to be widely implemented across Europe, Asia, Latin America and Australia by the end of 2016.

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  11. Ferlay J, Soerjomataram I, Ervik M, Dikshit R, Eser S, Mathers C, Rebelo M, Parkin DM, Forman D, Bray F. GLOBOCAN 2012 v1.0, Cancer Incidence and Mortality Worldwide: IARC CancerBase No. 11 [Internet]. Lyon, France: International Agency for Research on Cancer; 2013. Available at: http://globocan.iarc.fr. AccessedApril 2016.

About mCRC

Approximately half of patients with mCRC have RAS wild-type tumors and half have RAS mutant tumors.[10]Results from studies assessing RAS mutation status in patients with mCRC have shown that anti-epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) monoclonal antibody therapies, such as Erbitux® (cetuximab), can improve outcomes in patients with RAS wild-type mCRC.[48] Colorectal cancer (CRC) is the third most common cancer worldwide, with an estimated incidence of more than 1.36 million new cases annually.[11] An estimated 694,000 deaths from CRC occur worldwide every year, accounting for 8.5% of all cancer deaths and making it the fourth most common cause of death from cancer.[11] Almost 55% of CRC cases are diagnosed in developed regions of the world, and incidence and mortality rates are substantially higher in men than in women.[11]

About CE Mark

CE Mark is a mandatory conformity marking for certain products sold within the European Economic Area, and is a declaration that the product meets the essential requirements of the applicable EC directives.

About Sysmex Inostics

Sysmex Inostics, a subsidiary of Sysmex Corporation, is a molecular diagnostic company whose core competency is mutation detection utilizing highly sensitive technologies such as Plasma-Sequencing and BEAMing. With BEAMing being one of the most sensitive and quantitative technologies available today for the detection of tumor specific somatic mutations in blood samples, Sysmex Inostics’ BEAMing services are readily available to support clinical trials and research in oncology. Furthermore, Sysmex Inostics companion diagnostics (CDx) team offers services for the development of non-invasive plasma DNA based IVD tests supported by a growing network of partners to cover the entire IVD development process.

Sysmex Inostics’ headquarters are located in Hamburg, Germany and Sysmex Inostics’ Clinical Laboratory is located in Baltimore, Maryland. For more information on OncoBEAM blood testing and the BEAMing technology refer to http://www.sysmex-inostics.com or email info@sysmex-inostics.com.

About Erbitux

Erbitux® is a highly active IgG1 monoclonal antibody targeting the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR). As a monoclonal antibody, the mode of action of Erbitux is distinct from standard non-selective chemotherapy treatments in that it specifically targets and binds to the EGFR. This binding inhibits the activation of the receptor and the subsequent signal-transduction pathway, which results in reducing both the invasion of normal tissues by tumor cells and the spread of tumors to new sites. It is also believed to inhibit the ability of tumor cells to repair the damage caused by chemotherapy and radiotherapy and to inhibit the formation of new blood vessels inside tumors, which appears to lead to an overall suppression of tumor growth.

The most commonly reported side effect with Erbitux is an acne-like skin rash that seems to be correlated with a good response to therapy. In approximately 5% of patients, hypersensitivity reactions may occur during treatment with Erbitux; about half of these reactions are severe.

Erbitux has already obtained market authorization in over 90 countries world-wide for the treatment of colorectal cancer and for the treatment of squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck (SCCHN).

Merck licensed the right to market Erbitux outside the US and Canada from ImClone LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Eli Lilly and Company, in 1998. Merck has an ongoing commitment to the advancement of oncology treatment and is currently investigating novel therapies in highly targeted areas.

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About Merck

Merck is a leading science and technology company in healthcare, life science and performance materials. Around 50,000 employees work to further develop technologies that improve and enhance life – from biopharmaceutical therapies to treat cancer or multiple sclerosis, cutting-edge systems for scientific research and production, to liquid crystals for smartphones and LCD televisions. In 2015, Merck generated sales of €12.8 billion in 66 countries.

Founded in 1668, Merck is the world’s oldest pharmaceutical and chemical company. The founding family remains the majority owner of the publicly listed corporate group. Merck, Darmstadt, Germany holds the global rights to the Merck name and brand. The only exceptions are the United States and Canada, where the company operates as EMD Serono, MilliporeSigma and EMD Performance Materials.

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April 8, 2016 at 3:01 pm

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Miles Software Ranked #1 Under the Private Banking Solution Category in IBS Sales League Table 2016

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MUMBAI, India, DUBAI, United Arab Emirates and MAKATI, Philippines /PRNewswire/ — Miles Software, a technology specialist in the Wealth and Asset Management industry, today announced thatMoneyWare®, their flagship product for Wealth and Asset Management solution takes the top position in the annual ranking of the private banking systems in the IBS Sales League table. Out of 300 customers globally, 27 new customer wins were added in the calendar year 2015 and more than 36 banks already use MoneyWare® for their wealth and investment management business.

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The annual IBS Sales League Table is an important part of the IBS Journal and is acknowledged as the barometer for international banking systems sales activity. In total, there were about 60 suppliers competing in three main categories – Universal Banking, Wholesale Banking, and Private Banking and each of the submissions were scrutinized to validate if these are new sales, and if the selection was through a competitive bid.

We are immensely proud to be at the top of this league table in the year of our debut. This accomplishment is a reaffirmation of the hard work and commitment to our clients success across the regions. This accolade is a testimony to our relentless efforts towards being the preferred technology vendor in the private banking space across the globe,” said Milan Ganatra, CEO Miles Software

About IBS intelligence and IBS Sales League Table

IBS Intelligence and its flagship IBS Journal is the definitive source for independent, in-depth news, research and analysis of the financial technology market.

The IBS Sales League Table is universally acknowledged as the barometer for international banking systems sales activity. IBS verifies each submission; license renewals and extensions to the systems within a bank are excluded.

About Miles Software Solutions Pvt. Ltd.

Established in 1999, Miles Software is a financial services technology specialist for the Wealth and Asset management industry globally. Our powerful, scalable solutions enable our digital clients to grow relationships, offer personalized service and increase revenues and Asset Under Management. Our flagship product MoneyWare®,covers the complete lifecycle of the Wealth and Asset Management business including, CRM, Portfolio & Revenue Management, Mobility and Reporting.

Miles Software empowers more than 300 financial services clients across 17 countries and our solutions help our clients innovate products quickly and efficiently and help reach a global audience.

Media Contact:
Ms. Nithya Kalyani Mahesh
AVP – Marketing, Channels & Alliances
Tel: +91-22-66518478
Email: nithya.mahesh@milessoft.com

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April 8, 2016 at 2:54 pm

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GenieATM Chosen by a Tier-1 Service Provider in Europe for DDoS Attack Mitigation

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TAIPEI, Taiwan /PRNewswire/ — Genie Networks, a technology leader in traffic visibility and Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) protection, today announced a world-class telecommunications service provider in Europe has chosen Genie Networks’ GenieATM solution to strengthen its network security.

Several powerful DDoS cyberattacks were reported in Europe recently. The attacks caused not only websites and servers to become paralyzed but also noticeable effects on the regional Internet speed. Businesses and end users tend to hold their service providers responsible for it. So the striking rise in the frequency and size of DDoS attacks drove a top telecom in Europe to look for an effective solution to address the pressing DDoS challenge. After a careful and lengthy evaluation, the joint solution of Genie Networks and its technology partner was chosen for its robust features and ability in mitigating massive DDoS attacks.

The GenieATM deployment at the tier-1 telecom continuously monitors the network and detects network anomalies. Upon detection, GenieATM automatically triggers on-demand traffic scrubbing by diverting the anomaly traffic to a DDoS scrubbing platform provided by a Genie’s technology partner. The scrubbing platform then filters malicious traffic from the off-ramped traffic, and re-injects the cleaned traffic back to the original destinations. In this way, the attacks are mitigated with application layer precision with minimum impact to the legitimate user traffic, because only the suspicious traffic identified by GenieATM is rerouted. The detection and cleaning details are correlated and presented through GenieATM’s Web GUI, allowing a range of actions including initiating/stopping a mitigation action manually or performing real-time troubleshooting and incident forensics.

Upon deployment of the joint GenieATM and the US-based cleaning system technologies, the tier-1 operator was able to monitor, detect, mitigate and trace back attacks. Key benefits provided by this joint solution include superior cost-performance, multi-vector protection from volumetric to application DDoS attacks, elimination of in-line scrubbing risks, comprehensive traffic analysis and Managed Security Service (MSS) enabling.

“We are honored that the European tier-1 telecom chose GenieATM to protect its network backbone from the DDoS attacks,” said Denis, CEO of Genie Networks. “By implementing the joint solution of Genie and our DDoS cleaning partner for the large scale network infrastructure protection, our telecom customer can focus on growing its quality and reliable networking services alongside its customer base.”

Source: Genie Networks

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April 8, 2016 at 2:52 pm

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Shoemaker Bata Selects New CEO

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-Alexis Nasard is now leading Bata’s global branded, retail and e-commerce footwear business effective since April 4, 2016.

LAUSANNE, Switzerland /PRNewswire/ — Bata announced that Alexis Nasard has been selected as Group Chief Executive Officer. Nasard assumed the new role on April 4, 2016. He joins Bata (http://www.bata.com) with 24 years of experience in consumer goods, 6 years at Heineken, most recently as President of the $8 billionWestern European business, and as Global Chief Marketing Officer for their extensive number of global and local brands.

“I am very excited at the opportunity to work with the Bata team to further develop the company and its brands, particularly the Bata brand, through a fast-changing consumer and retail environment, building on the Company’s strong assets and global footprint,” said Alexis Nasard.

During his 17 years at Procter & Gamble, Mr. Nasard held various senior management roles including defining the strategies for new product categories and selling through various retail channels both in developed and emerging markets.

Mr. Nasard has an MBA from the University of California at Berkeley (Haas School of Business), and a Master’s in Engineering from St. Joseph University (Beirut).

“I am delighted to welcome Alexis who, with his impressive global background and strategic experience, will help us to identify global opportunities to accelerate Bata’s growth,” said Christopher Kirk, Bata Chairman.

Thomas G. Bata welcomed Alexis, “We share the same core values which fit the Bata culture. I am confident that through his leadership and team-building skills he will drive new growth and performance for the Group beyond its 122nd year.”

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About Bata:

Founded in 1894, The Bata Shoe Organization is one of the world’s leading manufacturers and retailers of quality footwear, with over 30,000 employees, 24 production facilities, 5,000 international retail stores, and a presence in over 70 countries.

Visit us at:
http://www.bata.com
facebook.com/Bata
twitter.com/batashoes
instagram.com/batashoes

For more Information, please contact:
Davide Zornetta
Bata Brands
davide.zornetta@bata.com
+41-21-613-40-03

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April 8, 2016 at 2:47 pm

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