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The Big Data & Analytics Innovation Summit Is Returning to Singapore for its 5th Year

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HONG KONG  /PRNewswire/ — The Big Data & Analytics Innovation Summit, hosted by Innovation Enterprise, is returning to Singapore on March 1 & 2, at the Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel. The summit has been successfully hosted in Singapore for 4 consecutive years, attracted nearly 1000 attendees. With the main theme of ‘Leveraging Big Data to Maximize Business Performance’, this year’s edition will gather together over 250 senior executives to discuss data challenges and opportunities surrounding several different industries.

Singapore has become one of the centers of banking for the APAC region and with a continued dependence on the banking and technology sectors, data is becoming a key part of their offering. Banks and businesses who depend on these financial institutions are quickly seeing that those who fail to understand and implement data correctly are losing out as a result.

Sreeram Iyer, CIO at ANZ, who will be speaking at the summit strongly believes this — ‘I see Big Data in the shape of a phenomenon which is taking place in banking, as well as other industries.’

It is a sentiment shared by David Gledhill, Group Chief Information Officer, and Head of Group Technology & Operations at DBS Bank, also speaking at the event, who doesn’t just believe that the digital revolution is useful, but necessary — ‘In the mid-90s, Bill Gates said that ‘banking is necessary, banks are not’ But banks are still around today. In order to stay relevant, we need to innovate, harness the digital revolution and completely re-imagine the role of banks and the customer experience.’

It is not only banks who are concentrating on the spread of data in the city though, with speakers at the Big Data & Analytics Innovation Summit including:

  • M. C. Srivas, Chief Data Architect, Uber
  • Luo Jinpeng, Senior Director, Group Data Management, Alibaba Group
  • Cetin Karakus, Global Head, Analytics Core Strategies & Quantitative Development, BP
  • Ankur Agrawal, Head, Data Innovation Lab, AXA
  • Chi Keong Goh, Team Lead, Data Analytics & Optimization, Rolls-Royce
  • Jake Ramsay, Head of Independent Business Monitoring, GSK
  • Lawrence Wee, Chief Data Scientist, Zuellig Pharma

& many more

‘This summit has been created with the sole intention of prompting conversations around the changing data landscape in SingaporeJessica Zhang, creator of the summit said, ‘We know that Singapore has a diverse and multifaceted set of companies and we have created an event that almost any company will find useful.’

For more information about the summit please contact Ryan Yuan at, for press release please contact Rui Wang at

Summit official website:

About Innovation Enterprise:

Innovation Enterprise Ltd, a division of Argyle Executive Forum, is a business-to-business media brand specializing in delivering the most innovative business solutions to executive-level decision makers. Innovation Enterprise produces a range on online and offline content, including, but not limited to, summits, online learning, webinars, and white papers, as well as offering other additional services such as lead generation and bespoke research.

Innovation Enterprise focuses on seven key channels — Finance, Supply Chain, Analytics, Big Data, Strategy, Digital, Innovation & Sports — to ensure that organizations are furnished with all the cutting-edge insights necessary to driving growth in the evolving business environment.

Media Contact:
Rui Wang

Source: Innovation Enterprise Ltd.

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January 24, 2017 at 3:21 pm

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GlobalRoam Unveils Toku to Help Mobile Users Make Smarter Call Connections

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SINGAPORE /PRNewswire/ — Singapore-based technology company GlobalRoam Group Limited announced today that it has cracked the perennial problem of business travellers – how to stay “always on”, by seamlessly selecting traditional or cloud-based connection methods. Costs of outgoing global calls can be slashed by as much as 90%.

GlobalRoam has launched a calling app, ‘Toku’, which uses an advanced algorithm to automatically select the most cost effective option to connect a caller even if he or she is overseas – helping the traveller avoid high roaming charges.

The smart-technology can detect and analyse options — from Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), Public Switched Telephone Networks (PSTN), or a hybrid of both — to deliver the best connection which maintains high voice quality without the user having to make a decision on the connection mode.

Toku allows users to link two mobile numbers to their username — new users can automatically detect this global identity based on either numbers previously stored in one’s contact list.

Unlike most known chat applications (that offer voice calls), where both users need to have a data connection for a call to go through, Toku does not have this constraint. When offline, Toku calls will be forwarded to the selected number. If both numbers are selected, the first to pick up will take the lead.

Through GlobalRoam’s patented click-to-call technology, Toku users can also receive calls via a customised personal URL (e.g. Callers do not require any prior application download.

Mr. Thomas Laboulle, CEO of GlobalRoam Group said: “Ensuring that you are reachable while overseas has become increasingly complex. Today’s mobile users are overwhelmed with calling options and no sure way to know that they are always connecting to the best quality calls. With Toku we simplify the way people make calls to create a seamless travel experience for those on the road.”

“Over the past year, the Toku team has worked hard to rethink today’s communication standards. Our product roadmap is very exciting and we target to have over one million users by the end of the year. Today’s release is just the first step towards the immersive always onconnectivity experience that we envision,” he added.

Toku is available for download on all iOS and Android smartphones.

To download the Toku media kit (photos, videos, and other collaterals), please visit:

About Toku

Stay connected, wherever you are — Toku ensure you’re always connected to the ones who matter. Whether you’re offline or online, Toku allows you to make high-quality calls through both phone and internet networks.

For more on Toku, please visit:
To download Toku on iOS devices:
To download Toku on Android devices:

About GlobalRoam Group Limited

GlobalRoam offers Integrated Communication Services that connect people across diverse media and platforms, transcending technological barriers. Established in 2001, GlobalRoam bridges the physical and digital world through solutions that bring convenience and cost savings to users.

For more on GlobalRoam, please visit:

Source: GlobalRoam Group Limited

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January 24, 2017 at 1:28 pm

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Standard Chartered Bank and Allianz Announce 15-year General Insurance Partnership in Asia

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SINGAPORE /PRNewswire/ — Standard Chartered Bank and Allianz today announced a 15-year bancassurance agreement for the distribution of Allianz’s general insurance products, including travel, personal accident, fire and motor insurance products, to Standard Chartered’s Retail Banking clients in five key markets across Asia.

The new partnership arrangements in Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and China will be implemented during the course of 2017.

This partnership combines Standard Chartered’s strong Asian banking franchise with Allianz’s deep insurance expertise to provide for the protection needs of the Bank’s Personal, Priority and Business Banking customers in the region. In addition to Standard Chartered’s extensive branch network, Allianz products will also be available for distribution via a proprietary digital bancassurance platform for an integrated, data-driven and highly tailored customer proposition.

“Bancassurance is a key focus for Standard Chartered, as we continue to innovate and expand our offerings that meet the evolving needs of our clients in branches and online,” said Karen Fawcett, CEO, Retail Banking, Standard Chartered Bank. “Through this partnership, we combine the expertise of one of the world’s leading insurance companies with our extensive distribution network, including our leading digital banking channels, to offer our Retail Banking clients convenient access to quality solutions for their protection needs.”

“As the world’s largest general insurer, we are excited at the opportunity to bring our best-in-class insurance solutions and leading digital technology to serve the needs of Standard Chartered’s customers in Asia. This partnership also builds on our shared commitment towards the growth and development of the Asia region, which is in line with Allianz’s ambitions to expand our presence regionally, and to drive greater value for our customers and employees,” said George Sartorel, Regional CEO, Asia Pacific, Allianz.

Asia’s demand for non-life insurance is expected to grow at 10.8%[1] per annum over the next four years to reach a total market size of approximately US$280 billion by 2020, driven by emerging markets growth and Asia’s rising insurance penetration rates.


Source: Allianz Economic Research

Press contacts:

Allianz : May Kek, +65-9783-2014 or
Standard Chartered Bank : Josephine Wong, +65-6596-4690 or

Note to Editors

About Allianz

Together with its customers and sales partners, Allianz is one of the strongest financial communities. More than 85 million private and corporate customers insured by Allianz rely on its knowledge, global reach, capital strength and solidity to help them make the most of financial opportunities and to avoid and safeguard themselves against risks. In 2015, around 142,000 employees in over 70 countries achieved total revenues of 125.2 billion euros and an operating profit of 10.7 billion euros. Benefits for our customers reached 107.4 billion euros. This business success with insurance, asset management and assistance services is based increasingly on customer demand for crisis-proof financial solutions for an aging society and the challenges of climate change. Transparency and integrity are key components of sustainable corporate governance at Allianz SE.

About Allianz in Asia

Asia is one of our three major growth regions. It is characterized by a rich diversity of cultures, languages and customs. Allianz has been present in the region since 1910, providing fire and marine insurance in the coastal cities of China. Today, Allianz is active in 14 markets in the region, offering its core businesses of property and casualty insurance, life and health insurance and asset management. With its more than 32,000 staff, Allianz serves the needs of over 18 million customers in the region across multiple distribution channels and platforms.

About Standard Chartered

We are a leading international banking group, with around 84,000 employees and a 150-year history in some of the world’s most dynamic markets. We bank the people and companies driving investment, trade and the creation of wealth across Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Our heritage and values are expressed in our brand promise, Here for good.

Standard Chartered PLC is listed on the London and Hong Kong Stock Exchanges as well as the Bombay and National Stock Exchanges in India.

For more information please visit Explore our insights and comment on our blog, BeyondBorders. Follow Standard Chartered on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.

Cautionary note regarding forward-looking statements

The statements contained herein may include prospects, statements of future expectations and other forward-looking statements that are based on management’s current views and assumptions and involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties. Actual results, performance or events may differ materially from those expressed or implied in such forward-looking statements.

Such deviations may arise due to, without limitation, (i) changes of the general economic conditions and competitive situation, particularly in the Allianz Group’s core business and core markets, (ii) performance of financial markets (particularly market volatility, liquidity and credit events), (iii) frequency and severity of insured loss events, including from natural catastrophes, and the development of loss expenses, (iv) mortality and morbidity levels and trends, (v) persistency levels, (vi) particularly in the banking business, the extent of credit defaults, (vii) interest rate levels, (viii) currency exchange rates including the euro/US-dollar exchange rate, (ix) changes in laws and regulations, including tax regulations, (x) the impact of acquisitions, including related integration issues, and reorganization measures, and (xi) general competitive factors, in each case on a local, regional, national and/or global basis. Many of these factors may be more likely to occur, or more pronounced, as a result of terrorist activities and their consequences.

No duty to update

The company assumes no obligation to update any information or forward-looking statement contained herein, save for any information required to be disclosed by law.

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January 24, 2017 at 12:41 pm

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Merck and Genea Open Centre of Excellence for Fertility

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DARMSTADT, Germany /PRNewswire/ —

Not intended for U.S. based media

  • Merck is broadening its efforts to support ART clinics to achieve excellence for patients
  • Through leading edge education and training, the Centre of Excellence aims to support clinics to achieve consistent and high level of outcome

Merck, a leading science and technology company, today announced the opening of its first Centre of Excellence (CoE) for fertility. The objective of the CoE is to provide fertility professionals with a strong understanding of the concepts, processes and techniques that are undertaken in high quality clinics in order to help address the unmet needs in assisted reproductive treatment (ART). The centre aims to help optimize procedures to improve treatment outcomes for couples that want to conceive. As a joint venture between Merck and Genea, a developer of innovative fertility technologies, the CoE demonstrates the two partners’ commitment to support high standards of education within ART.

“The Centre of Excellence is an international training hub addressing the global unmet needs within fertility clinics by promoting standardization of processes for consistently high treatment outcomes,” said Dorothea Wenzel, Head of the Global Business Franchise Fertility at the biopharma business of Merck. “Its unique concept is a reflection of the best practice standard in ART clinics that Merck and Genea have developed.”

The CoE is a state-of-the-art facility for high quality training of healthcare professionals, such as physicians and embryologists, to improve clinical practices, protocols and clinic outcome. Jan Kirsten, Global Head of Fertility Technologies, further explained: “The participants are given the opportunity to experience first-hand how leading science and technologies work in a real clinical environment. Thus, the concept allows Merck to offer practical hands-on training through a training lab and the adjacent Genea clinic, alongside theoretical education.” The centre is located in Bangkok, Thailand, and with this central location in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region aims to attract participants from all over the world with focus on APAC and China. The CoE was officially opened with a ceremony held on 16 January 2017.

The centre is another collaboration between Merck and Genea, also supported by the partners of the Global Fertility Alliance (GFA), which was founded in 2015. The GFA is driving standardization in ART clinics for improved treatment outcomes. Therefore, the CoE also represents the innovative technologies from the GFA partners including Illumina, a leader in developing and commercializing systems for analysis of genetic variation and function, ZEISS, an internationally leading technology enterprise operating in the optics as well as optoelectronics industries and the associated partner Chart MVE BioMedical, the world’s leading manufacturer of cryogenic freezer systems, as well as the latest technology in laser systems from Hamilton Thorne, Inc.

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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 € 12.85 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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Source: Merck

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January 24, 2017 at 11:22 am

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