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FDA Approves PaxVax to Manufacture Vaxchora™ (Oral Cholera Vaccine) at SynCo Bio Partners

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AMSTERDAM /PRNewswire/ —

SynCo Bio Partners, a world leading GMP contract manufacturer of biopharmaceuticals, today announced that one of its customers, PaxVax, has received FDA approval for Vaxchora™, a single-dose oral, live attenuated cholera vaccine, indicated for use in adults 18 to 64 years of age. Vaxchora is the only vaccine available in the U.S. for protection against cholera and the only single-dose vaccine for cholera currently licensed anywhere in the world.  The bulk drug substance for Vaxchora is manufactured at SynCo Bio Partners’ Amsterdam facility.

SynCo Bio Partners has supported PaxVax with the clinical development program of Vaxchora, including Phase III clinical bulk drug manufacture and supply, process validation, FDA pre-approval inspection for product registration and manufacture of pre-commercial supply.

Pierre Warffemius, CEO of SynCo Bio Partners comments: “For both companies, it is a defining moment that PaxVax has received FDA approval for Vaxchora. The approval is the outcome of excellent teamwork, mutual sense of responsiblity and a strong emphasis on quality, demonstrating the value of a long term commitment between the two companies. We look forward to continuing our support to PaxVax, by ensuring safe, compliant and cost effective manufacturing of the commercial Vaxchora vaccine.”

“Cholera is an underestimated disease that is found in many popular global travel destinations and we are proud to provide the only licensed vaccine in the United States against this potentially deadly pathogen” said Nima Farzan, CEO and President of PaxVax. “Achieving FDA approval is an important milestone for PaxVax and a testament to our unwavering commitment to producing vaccines of the highest quality. SynCo shares this commitment and has been an important partner in bringing Vaxchora to market.”

In addition to the approval of Vaxchora, SynCo Bio Partners manufactures several other microbial expressed biopharmaceuticals for different US and EU-based customers, which are expected to be filed for product registration in the US and other countries within the next few years. The approval of Vaxchora for the US market adds to SynCo Bio Partners’ already established commercial supply products and further strengthens SynCo Bio Partners’ position to supply both commercial as well as clinical products on a truly global scale.  It is on these foundations that SynCo Bio Partners is able to commit to the long term support of its customers and its ultimate goal supporting patient health worldwide.

About SynCo Bio Partners

SynCo is a biopharmaceutical GMP Contract Manufacturing Organization located in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, licensed for clinical and commercial GMP manufacturing of Bulk Drug Substances and Drug Products.  As a truly global player, SynCo offers a fully integrated range of biopharmaceutical development and manufacturing services supporting small biotech to large pharmaceutical organizations worldwide from the earliest stages in process development, through pre-clinical and clinical trials, (biologics) license approval and market supply. Trust us to make it right! For more information, please visit

Source: SynCo Bio Partners

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June 21, 2016 at 4:13 pm

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Quicker Mobile Banking Access Through OCBC Bank’s Biometric Authentication

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-OCBC OneTouch app is first among foreign banks in the country

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia/PRNewswire/ — OCBC Bank (Malaysia) Berhad has launched OCBC OneTouch, an app that allows customers quicker access to the balances in their bank accounts, cards and investments.

The app leverages on Apple’s Touch ID technology to create a fingerprint recognition system that allows customers to make basic banking simpler and more accessible by eliminating the need to remember and repeatedly enter authentication details for the most common transaction — checking account balances.

According to OCBC Bank’s Head of E-Business Mr. Roy Heong, checking balances accounts for more than half of all online transactions.

“With the majority of mobile banking transactions revolving round checking of account balances, we view the introduction of OCBC OneTouch as key to meeting a significant need of customers in today’s digitally-driven environment. OCBC OneTouch represents another massive stride forward in the journey toward greater convenience and security, two key elements that are sometimes on opposite ends of the spectrum, but both of which customers today demand in order to keep up to date with their finances,” he said.

To get started, customers need to perform a one-time activation by keying in their OCBC Mobile Banking login ID and password. Thereafter, within the Mobile Banking app, customers need only to place their finger on the home button in order to view their account balances.

All account numbers are partially masked with only the last 4 digits revealed. The Bank does not store any account information such as numbers, balances and other related information on the phone. Should any customer wish to perform banking transactions other than a balance enquiry, they have the option of logging into Mobile Banking using their login ID and password.

OCBC OneTouch is available on iOS devices that incorporate Apple’s Touch ID fingerprint sensors. These include iPhone 5S, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6Plus with the iOS 8 operating system.

The latest in a series of digital innovations, OCBC OneTouch was already in the works when OCBC Bank first launched its mobile banking app over the iOS & Android platforms in 2015. This was accompanied by OCBC Money Insights, a personal finance manager tool that enables customers to easily monitor expenses, set budgets and save towards their goals.

About OCBC Bank

OCBC Bank is the longest established Singapore bank, formed in 1932 from the merger of three local banks, the oldest of which was founded in 1912. It is now the second largest financial services group in Southeast Asia by assets and one of the world’s most highly-rated banks, with an Aa1 rating from Moody’s. Recognised for its financial strength and stability, OCBC Bank has been ranked Asean’s strongest bank and among the world’s five strongest banks by Bloomberg Markets for five consecutive years since the ranking’s inception in 2011.

OCBC Bank and its subsidiaries offer a broad array of commercial banking, specialist financial and wealth management services, ranging from consumer, corporate, investment, private and transaction banking to treasury, insurance, asset management and stockbroking services.

OCBC Bank’s key markets are Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and Greater China. It has over 620 branches and representative offices in 18 countries and regions. These include the more than 330 branches and offices inIndonesia under subsidiary Bank OCBC NISP, and more than 90 branches and offices in Hong Kong, China andMacau under OCBC Wing Hang.

OCBC Bank’s private banking services are provided by its wholly-owned subsidiary Bank of Singapore, which operates on a unique open-architecture product platform to source for the best-in-class products to meet its clients’ goals.

OCBC Bank’s insurance subsidiary, Great Eastern Holdings, is the oldest and most established life insurance group in Singapore and Malaysia. Its asset management subsidiary, Lion Global Investors, is one of the largest private sector asset management companies in Southeast Asia.

OCBC Bank offers Islamic banking products and services in Malaysia through its wholly-owned subsidiary, OCBC Al-Amin Bank Berhad.

For more information, please visit

For media queries, please contact:

Eleanor Danker

Vice President

Corporate Communications

OCBC Bank (Malaysia) Berhad

Tel:      03 – 2783 3642

Hp:      012 – 259 7349

Fax:     03 – 2693 5694


Paul Chan

Assistant Vice President

Corporate Communications

OCBC Bank (Malaysia) Berhad

Tel:     03 – 2783 3661

Hp:      012 – 259 6313

Fax:    03-2693 5694


Julius Evanson


Corporate Communications

OCBC Bank (Malaysia) Berhad

Tel:      03 – 2783 3655

Hp:      012 – 243 4348

Fax:     03 – 2693 5694



Source: OCBC Bank

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June 21, 2016 at 3:56 pm

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IOF Launches 2016 Global Awareness Campaign for World Osteoporosis Day

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NYON, Switzerland /PRNewswire/ —

Love Your Bones: Protect Your Future

The International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) launches a call to action for this year’s World Osteoporosis Day (WOD), celebrated annually worldwide on October 20th to promote awareness of osteoporosis.

Under its theme of Love Your Bones: Protect Your Future, WOD 2016 calls upon the general public to take early action to protect their bone and muscle health, and for health authorities and physicians to protect their communities’ bone health.

The progressive bone loss that occurs with osteoporosis may be invisible and painless, but this silent disease results in fractures which cause pain, disability, and ultimately loss of independence or premature death. Wetherefore urge people with osteoporosis to protect themselves against fractures by adopting a bone-healthy lifestyle in tandem with appropriate medical treatment, states Prof. John Kanis, President IOF.

It is estimated that worldwide an osteoporotic fracture occurs every three seconds. From 50 years of age, one in three women and one in five men will suffer a fracture in their remaining lifetime. For women, the risk of hip fracture is higher than the risk of breast, ovarian and uterine cancer combined. Approximately 50% of people with one osteoporotic fracture will have another, with the risk of new fractures rising with each fracture.

Despite effective advances in diagnosis, assessment and interventions to reduce fracture risk, a minority of men and women actually receive treatment. It is estimated that only 10% of older women with fragility fractures actually receive osteoporosis therapy. In the EU, in 2010, out of 21.3 million people considered to be at a high risk for osteoporotic fractures, 12.3 million were left untreated.

IOF CEO Judy Stenmark comments, The campaign urges individuals to take action for prevention, starting with the IOF One-Minute Osteoporosis Risk Test. It also calls upon physicians and health authorities to ensure assessment and treatment of high-risk patients in order to reduce the burden of osteoporotic fractures.

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WOD, observed annually on 20 October, marks a year-long campaign

WOD Official Partners: Amgen, Fonterra, Lilly, MSD, Sunsweet

About IOF
IOF is the world’s largest NGO dedicated to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis and related musculoskeletal diseases:

Media contact: Catherine Laverty, IOF. +41-79-874-52-08,

Source: The International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF)

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June 21, 2016 at 3:56 pm

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Time To Know Signs a Five Year Partnership Agreement with eLearningPro to Bring Education Technology to the Hong Kong Corporate Training Market

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NEW YORK /PRNewswire/ —

eLearningPro, an established Ed-Tech provider in the Hong Kong region, will expand their offering with Time To Know’s array of smart Ed-Tech solutions 

Time To Know, a leader in the Ed-Tech market, is joining forces with eLearningPro, a prominent Ed-Tech provider and distributor based in Hong Kong. The two companies signed a five year partnership deal in order to leverage the wide market reach of eLearningPro in the Hong Kong region and expand eLearningPro’s set of offerings to the corporate training market.

eLearningPro is a full-scale e-learning provider and consultant solution based in Hong Kong, operating since 1999. The company has extensive expertise and knowledge of the local market, operating primarily in the fields of Corporate Training and Further Education. The company teamed up with Time To Know to address the needs of the local market, where learning providers are seeking tools that enable greater effectiveness along the entire training and certification process, as well as personalized learner experiences and measurement tools.

eLearningPro will introduce several offerings from Time To Know, including an advanced professional authoring tool which enables users to create engaging and interactive materials, whether new or from pre-existing content. Add digital layers of enrichment from a robust library-games, videos, quizzes, e-widgets, and more. An additional offering will be Time To Know’s comprehensive Learning Management System (LMS), which enables organizations to benefit from more effective and efficient learning programs.  The offerings provide powerful data analytics and knowledge management, and seamlessly integrate with existing systems.

The CEO of eLearningPro, Jackie Chan, stated, “eLearningPro is striving to bring actual and measurable value to our clients. Partnering with Time To Know, we are able to offer organizations valuable ways to make their training and learning processes more effective. Time To Know is a natural partner for our market approach, and we look forward to expanding our market reach through this partnership.”

“Time To Know is committed to boosting corporate education processes and increasing the ROI of our customers. We view the full training and learning process and offer organizations added value for their specific needs, being comprehensive yet agile,” stated Yair Brosh, CEO of Time To Know. “We are teaming up with innovative and leading partners and we are confident that partnering with eLearningPro will bring success to the corporate customers we will serve in the Hong Kong market.”

Time To Know, founded in 2005, is a global Ed-Tech company and a pioneer in the education technology industry, providing cutting-edge solutions for classroom management, learning management systems, authoring tools, and more. The company offers comprehensive solutions for more effective learning programs across various learning sectors-Primary & Secondary, Higher-Ed, Vocational, Publishing, and Corporate. Time To Know has successfully implemented their solutions across the globe, including North America, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, andAsia.

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Source: Time To Know

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June 21, 2016 at 3:51 pm

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New GoDaddy Offer Delivers Office 365 To Small Businesses Across Asia

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-Microsoft Office 365 from GoDaddy Combines Professional Email and Productivity Solutions with Personalized Customer Support

SCOTTSDALE, Arizona /PRNewswire/ — GoDaddy Inc. (NYSE: GDDY), the world’s largest technology provider dedicated to small businesses, today launched a new offer in collaboration with Microsoft Corp., through which GoDaddy will provide Microsoft Office 365 to small businesses across Asian markets. By offering Office 365, GoDaddy is providing customers with seamless access to professional email connected to a domain name, secure cloud storage, and a comprehensive set of productivity and collaboration capabilities.

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Microsoft Office 365 from GoDaddy is now available in 14 markets across Asia, including: Hong Kong (English and Traditional Chinese), Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia (English and Malay), Philippines (English and Filipino), Singapore(English and Simplified Chinese), South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam.

This relationship supports GoDaddy’s ongoing push to deliver premium small business management solutions globally. Serving 14 million customers worldwide, GoDaddy created a simple experience to help small businesses get up and running with Office 365, backed by best-in-class customer support.  These solutions help customers look professional with every email they send with personalized email addresses that end with their domain name, while allowing employees to communicate, collaborate and take their critical business applications with them anywhere they go.

“GoDaddy’s small business expertise combined with Microsoft’s email and productivity offering provides small business owners in Asia with solutions to make the business of running their business much easier,” said Roger Chen, Vice President of Asia, GoDaddy. “Our research shows consumers are nine times more likely to choose a company that uses a professional email address with its owndomain name. We’ve created an experience that makes this simple for businesses of any size.”

“Office 365 from GoDaddy offers business-class email and shared calendars powered by Exchange Online, up to 1TB of secure online storage for document sharing, real-time collaboration capabilities, and both client and web versions of Microsoft Office apps (including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and more). These capabilities are delivered as a cloud service available to users wherever they are, online or offline and across a variety of devices. Office 365 also includes enterprise-grade, built-in security features that help deflect malware, spam, phishing attacks and other threats,” said Parri Munsell, Senior Director O365, Microsoft.

GoDaddy offers a complete suite of cloud-based products in local language and currency to help small businesses find the perfect domain name, create a beautiful website, find new customers and improve business productivity.

About GoDaddy
GoDaddy’s mission is to radically shift the global economy toward small businesses by empowering people to easily start, confidently grow and successfully run their own ventures. With 14 million customers worldwide and 62 million domain names under management, GoDaddy gives small business owners the tools to name their idea, build a beautiful online presence, attract customers and manage their business. To learn more about the Company, visit

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June 21, 2016 at 3:19 pm

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Game-based Arabic Lessons Brought to Syrian Refugees in Jordan by Libraries Without Borders and eduTechnoz

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DOHA, Qatar /PRNewswire/ —

The World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE), the leading global initiative driving innovation and collaboration in education, has recently facilitated collaboration between Libraries Without Borders and eduTechnoz – two organisations supported by the WISE Accelerator, which is aimed at education start-ups and projects scaling up their services – which resulted in a collaboration that helps Syrian children in Jordan benefit from Arabic lessons.

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Libraries Without Borders developed the Ideas Box, a portable multi-media toolkit facilitating and strengthening access to non-formal education for vulnerable communities such as refugees. eduTechnoz offers game-based educational online resources for children to learn Arabic. The two organisations joined forces to provide technologically innovative materials for Syrian children in Jordan to learn Arabic and gain literacy skills.

Two Ideas Boxes with eduTechnoz resources have been deployed in Jordan: one in Azraq refugee camp and one in a community center in Hashmi Shimali, Amman. Since the end of March 2016, children aged 6-10 can access eduTechnoz educational content, monitor progress and collect badges through the Ideas Box.

Long-term emergencies, such as the Syrian civil war, put the education of entire generations in danger, diminishing human capital that is crucial to rebuilding a war-torn country. In addition, children who experience violence and uncertainty at a young age must be given the means to obtain a sense of normality and happiness in their lives. For these reasons, innovative, game-based education caters to both the educational and emotional needs of refugee children.

eduTechnoz and Libraries Without Borders decided to work together after their representatives met within the framework of the WISE Accelerator, a program offering opportunities for innovative education projects to scale-up and extend their services and in which both organisations participated.

Giving children, especially those living in refugee camps or war zones, an opportunity to learn Arabic has been a priority for eduTechnoz, but the organisation has faced challenges in providing proper tablets and reliable Internet connection. Partnering with Libraries Without Borders was a unique chance to bring children tangible education opportunities and to better serve disadvantaged and vulnerable children in Jordanian refugee camps and eventually elsewhere in the region. This partnership allowed combining innovative Arab learning pedagogy of eduTechnoz with access to the latest technologies available on the education market provided by Ideas Box.

The WISE Accelerator facilitated this networking opportunity that resulted in a project generating a meaningful impact for the most vulnerable children in need of help in the refugee camps.

“This partnership would not be possible if it was not for the Accelerator program organized by WISE. Thanks to such an opportunity, eduTechnoz and Libraries Without borders found a way to combine their expertise and learn from each other through building a collaboration that will support Syrian refugee children’s educational experience,” said Ms Diana Al-Dajani, the founder and CEO of eduTechnoz.

“Quality contents are key if the Ideas Box is to reach its goal: improve access to education for vulnerable people. The partnership between Libraries Without Borders and eduTechnoz means more relevance and efficiency in supporting Syrian refugee children,” said Mr Jérémy Lachal, Libraries Without Borders general director.

For further information about:
WISE, visit
WISE Accelerator, visit
eduTechnoz, visit
Ideas Box, visit

Source: WISE

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June 21, 2016 at 3:10 pm

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Largest Brokers Acknowledge the Explosive Growth of MetaTrader 5 Popularity

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LIMASSOL, Cyprus /PRNewswire/ —

Recently, one of the domestic Russian brokers Solid Financial Services has launched the MetaTrader 5 trading platform with the hedging system of position accounting. Following RoboForex, Alpari, FX Choice and other companies, SFS has become one of the first foreign exchange market participants to offer traders the ability to perform oppositely directed deals on a single symbol on real accounts in the fifth generation platform.

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The new accounting system has been added to MetaTrader 5 at the end of April and has already received positive feedback from market participants. For example, one of the largest international Forex brokers – Alpari has noted the significant growth of the number of new accounts. This confirms that currency traders actively use locking and prefer brokers offering such an opportunity.

The interest in MetaTrader 5 has been sparked among exchanges as well. In less than a year, the number of brokers offering MetaTrader 5 on DGCX (Dubai Gold Commodities Exchange) has increased from 1 to 10, while growing from 1 to 5 on PMEX (Pakistan Mercantile Exchange), including the largest market maker of the exchange – ACM Gold. A number of major international and national stock brokers are preparing to launch the platform in the near future, while the rest are planning its implementation.

“Alpari has decided to rely on MetaTrader 5 and turned out to be right,” says Boris Shilov, Chief Executive Officer of Alpari. “In May 2016, MetaQuotes has released the long-awaited MetaTrader 5 platform version with bidirectional trading. This feature is familiar to most traders and maximizes the number of available strategies. Alpari has been the first one to offer the platform version on the market. Our clients are satisfied with the high speed of order execution, while we are satisfied with the increasing number of newly opened accounts. I believe that MetaTrader 5 is a worthy alternative to highly popular MetaTrader 4, and I am sure that MetaTrader 5 will become the key platform for our clients worldwide.”

“The ability to open hedge accounts has been much anticipated by brokers and traders. RoboForex team believes that MetaQuotes has made the right decision by adding this functionality to their MetaTrader 5 platform. We have no doubts that this step will contribute to the shift of industry standards from MetaTrader 4 to MetaTrader 5 in the near future,” states Vitaly Avtaykin, managing director of RoboForex. “This is already confirmed by our actual experience: we are offering MetaTrader 5 hedge accounts since May 26, and they already comprise 54% of the total number of accounts, while their turnover is much higher compared to netting accounts.”

Source: MetaQuotes Software Corp.

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June 21, 2016 at 2:57 pm

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