Daily Archives: October 15, 2019

PSAV Completes its Acquisition of Encore Event Technologies

Two companies unite to jointly serve a global customer base

Schiller Park, Ill., Oct. 15, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — PSAV announced today that it has completed its previously announced acquisition of Encore Event Technologies. PSAV and Encore, both global leaders in event experiences and production services, combine their deep expertise and shared commitment to be an invaluable global partner for the meeting industry. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

“The combination of Encore and PSAV is monumental for the industry and all who rely on us for their event experience needs. It provides us with the ability to expand our capabilities and footprint in order to better serve our collective meeting planner customers and valued venue partners,” said Mike McIlwain, CEO of PSAV. “The Encore team is very much aligned to our purpose, mission and values, and I am confident our expanded team will exceed our own expectations when it comes to helping our customers achieve their meeting and event goals.”

Bob Priest-Heck, Chief Executive Officer of The Freeman Company, said, “This divestiture is an important milestone and will allow Freeman to invest deeper in our broad competencies in brand and event strategy, world-class creative, event technology, digital and logistics. The combination of Encore and PSAV creates tremendous opportunities for Encore to accelerate its growth and provide enhanced value to its clients, partners and world-class team. We wish our Encore colleagues continued success as part of PSAV moving forward.”

Encore has a long and distinguished history dedicated to helping create high-impact meetings and live events for the hospitality industry. Encore operates as an in-house partner to some of the world’s leading resorts, hotels and casinos, as well as a creative production company for clients around the world.

PSAV has an equally impressive history that includes more than 80 years as a global leader in event experiences. Its extensive footprint and menu of capabilities have effectively served its customers across the globe.

About PSAV®

PSAV is a global leader in event experiences, providing creative, production, advanced technology and staging services to help meeting professionals deliver more dynamic and impactful experiences at their meetings, trade shows and events. The team consists of more than 10,000 professionals across 1,600 on-site venue locations and 49 branch offices within the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe, the Caribbean, and the Middle East. It is the trusted partner and on-site provider of choice at leading venues worldwide. PSAV was recently named to the Forbes 2019 America’s Best Employer list. The company is headquartered in Schiller Park, Ill.  www.psav.com.

  About Encore Event Technologies

Encore is a leading global provider of audiovisual, event technology, staging and production services.  Encore serves as the in-house provider at more than 500 hotels, casinos, conference centers and resorts in North America and Asia Pacific.  Encore Productions, the production division of Encore Event Technologies, is a full-service creative production company helping clients tell their stories around the world.  For more information, visit www.encore-us.com, www.encore-anzpac.com and www.freemanav-ca.com.

Bob Niersbach

AgroSavfe จะนำเสนอในการประชุม Annual Biocontrol Industry Meeting 2019

เกนต์, เบลเยี่ยม, Oct. 15, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — AgroSavfe NV บริษัทด้านการป้องกันอาหารและพืชผลที่กำลังเติบโตและเปลี่ยนแปลงอย่างรวดเร็ว ซึ่งกำลังพัฒนาโซลูชันไบโอคอนโทรลที่ใช้โปรตีนรุ่นใหม่ ได้ประกาศในวันนี้ว่าผู้บริหารสูงสุด Patrice Sellès จะเป็นผู้นำเสนอในการประชุม Annual Biocontrol Industry Meeting (ABIM) 2019 ที่เมืองบาเซิล ประเทศสวิตเซอร์แลนด์

ABIM เป็นโครงการร่วมของสมาคมผู้ผลิตไบโอดีเซลนานาชาติ (International Biocontrol Manufacturers Association) IBMA และสถาบันวิจัยเกษตรอินทรีย์ (Research Institute of Organic Agriculture) FiBL ซึ่งจะจัดขึ้นระหว่างวันที่ 21 ถึง 23 ตุลาคม 2019 ที่ Congress Center ในเมืองบาเซิล สวิตเซอร์แลนด์


ชื่อ: Plenary Session 4 – Natural Sustances Professional Group Talks
วันที่: วันพุธที่ 22 ตุลาคม
เวลา: 2:10 pm – 3:10 pm CEST
ห้องจัดงาน: Montreal Hall

เกี่ยวกับ AgroSavfe

AgroSavfe คือบริษัทด้านการป้องกันอาหารและพืชผลที่กำลังเติบโตและเปลี่ยนแปลงอย่างรวดเร็ว ซึ่งกำลังพัฒนาโซลูชันไบโอคอนโทรลที่ใช้โปรตีนรุ่นใหม่ เพื่อการกำหนดอนาคตของการจัดหาอาหารที่ยั่งยืนและปลอดภัย

ด้วยแพลตฟอร์มเทคโนโลยีอันล้ำสมัย บริษัทได้พัฒนาผลิตภัณฑ์ที่มีประสิทธิภาพและปลอดภัยด้วยโหมดการทำงานที่แปลกใหม่ การจัดการศัตรูพืชและโรคพืชสำคัญตลอดห่วงโซ่คุณค่าทั้งหมด ตั้งแต่จากบนดินจนถึงในจาน

ไบโอคอนโทรลอันเป็นเอกลักษณ์ของ AgroSavfe ได้รวมคุณสมบัติที่มีประสิทธิภาพสูงของสารเคมีเข้ากับโปรไฟล์ความปลอดภัยที่สะอาดของสารชีวภาพ ทำให้เป็นสารป้องกันพืชผลที่เหมาะสำหรับการใช้งานทั้งก่อนและหลังการเก็บเกี่ยว บริษัทกำลังดำเนินการเพื่อเปิดตัวยาฆ่าเชื้อราชีวภาพแรกของบริษัท ที่สหรัฐอเมริกาในปี 2022 และจะทำการเปิดตัวกับตลาดโลกหลังจากนั้น

AgroSavfe ก่อตั้งในปี 2013 โดยแยกออกจาก VIB (Flemish Institute for Biotechnology) และได้สร้างมูลค่าจำนวน €51 ล้านจนถึงปัจจุบันจากนักลงทุนต่างชาติที่มีความเชี่ยวชาญ บริษัทตั้งอยู่ในกลุ่มเทคโนโลยีชีวภาพในเมืองเกนต์ ประเทศเบลเยียม สำหรับรายละเอียดเพิ่มเติม สามารถเยี่ยมชมได้ที่ www.agrosavfe.com

สำหรับรายละเอียดเพิ่มเติม โปรดติดต่อ

Marieke Vermeersch, ที่ปรึกษาด้านการสื่อสารองค์กร
โทร: +32 (0)9 261 06 84
อีเมล: marieke.vermeersch@agrosavfe.com

Immigration is Critical for the Productivity and Growth of Global Economies, According to New GMAC Report

Underscoring the report, 63 deans and CEOs issue open letter calling for substantial policy change in US approach to high-skilled immigration

WASHINGTON, Oct. 15, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Today the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) unveiled Early Warning Signals: Winners and Losers in the Global Race for Talent. This comprehensive report examines the role immigration plays in fueling the productivity and growth of global economies, the need to support international mobility of talent across borders, and the critical role business schools play as gatekeepers to skilled immigration and talent development. The report analyzes data in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, India and China, and includes the latest business school application data also released by GMAC today via the Application Trends Survey Report 2019.

“Business schools are uniquely positioned to explain how mobility of talent connects to economic growth and vitality through our faculty research and expertise. However, as the developers of talent, we also have almost real-time data showing new trends in where talent is choosing to locate,” said Bill Boulding, Chair of the GMAC Board and Dean of Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. “We feel it is critical we share this information now with policy makers around the world as talent will be the most important factor in determining who wins and loses economically in the future. The issues we are raising are important not just in providing the opportunity to cross borders for education but also to foster robust and vibrant national economic activity. “

Calling attention to the particular challenges the U.S. faces, 63 CEOs and deans from a broad cross-section of business schools across the country, both public and private, have signed an open letter calling for a substantial change in the U.S. approach to high-skilled immigration. The letter expresses urgent concern that the U.S. does not have the high-skilled talent it needs or the capacity to train enough people with these skills to remain competitive in a global economy.

To prevent this trend from continuing, the signatories are proposing pro-growth policy reforms including:

  • Removing “per-country” visa caps, modernizing the visa processing system, and reforming the H-1B visa program to make it possible for needed talent to have a reasonable chance of gaining entry to the United States.
  • Creating a “heartland visa” to encourage immigration into the regions of the United States that could most use the vitality of these talented individuals.

“Quality business schools are emerging around the world and the competition for talent is fierce, the sign of a vibrant marketplace,” said Sangeet Chowfla, President and CEO of GMAC.  “Business schools don’t hold all the cards, however. Policy makers also have a responsibility to seed an environment conducive to student mobility. By doing so, they unlock innovation while helping to maintain diversity in the classroom, a critical aspect of graduate management education.”

Key Findings:

Early Warning Signals: Winners and Losers in the Global Race for Talent provides a look into the current flow of talent into specific countries, citing data from GMAC’s 2019 Application Trends Report, an annual snapshot of admissions trends for graduate business programs. Regions in which students desire to study are likely to be the winners in economic development because they are attracting talent—which has implications for homegrown talent as well by creating hubs of innovation and economic growth.

View of the United States

In 2019, the United States experienced a 13.7 percent decline in international business school applications—a steeper decline than any other country in the world, and a drop that came amidst largely rising or stable applications everywhere else in the world. Conversely, both Canadian and European programs saw application increases, which were driven primarily by rising international demand. For the US, these numbers are a worrisome indicator for the future mobility of talent—especially for business leaders who now cite the hiring and retention of talent as their number one business concern.

View of Canada

As a positive signal for the country’s future mobility trends, Canada saw an 8.6 percent uptick in international business school applications in 2019—a positive signal for the country’s future and mobility trends ahead. This follows on the heels of a 16.4 percent increase in the prior year. Canada also gained 286,000 permanent residents in 2017 and aims to have a total of 1 million new residents by 2021—with a focus on high-skilled labor. This positions the nation to yield economic benefits in the years and decades to come.

View of the UK

Three in five UK firms reported experiencing a more difficult time finding talent over the previous year, and 50 percent expected the UK’s skills shortage to worsen further in the future. However, 61 percent of UK business programs reported an increase in international applications in 2019 over the prior year, and the share of Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) score reports sent to UK programs has increased slightly since 2016, according to a report released by GMAC in March of 2019.

View of India

A view of business school application data shows that the movement of talent from India to other parts of the world continues, with increasing interest in domestic schools. The percentage of Indians sending their scores from the GMAT exam to United States business schools fell from 57 percent in testing year 2014 to 45 percent in testing year 2018, according to the most recent GMAC data. During that same period, the percentage of Indian GMAT test takers sending their test scores to Indian schools rose from 15 percent to 19 percent.

View of China

According to GMAC’s Application Trends Survey Report 2019, Chinese business schools saw a 6.8 percent increase in domestic applications this year, and domestic volumes were up year-on-year at 73 percent of programs. While 86 percent of applicants to these programs currently come from within the region, the rising profile of China’s business schools could begin to attract a more global pool of candidates. China is now home to six of the Financial Times’ Global Top 50 MBA programs, including the fifth-ranked overall school, China-Europe International Business School (CEIBS). In 2009, just two of the top 100 were in China.

To download the GMAC white paper, Early Warning Signals: Winners and Losers in the Global Race for Talent, visit gmac.com/talentmobility. For the Application Trends Survey Report 2019, visit gmac.com/apptrends2019.

About GMAC

The Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) is an association of leading graduate business schools worldwide. Founded in 1953, we are committed to creating solutions for business schools and candidates to better discover, evaluate and connect with each other. We work on behalf of the schools and the graduate management education community, as well as guide candidates on their journey to higher education, to ensure that no talent goes undiscovered.

GMAC provides world-class research, professional development opportunities and assessments for the industry, designed to advance the art and science of admissions. Owned and administered by GMAC, the Graduate Management Admission Test™ (GMAT™) exam is the most widely used graduate business school assessment, recognized by more than 7,000 programs worldwide.

Our flagship portal for graduate management education resources and information, www.mba.com, receives 6 million visits a year and features the School Search matching tool and GMASS™ search service, matching candidates and business schools.

GMAC is a global organization with offices in Hong Kong and Shanghai, China; Gurugram, India; Singapore; London, United Kingdom; and the United States. To learn more about our work, please visit www.gmac.com.

Media contact:

Lindsey Neary, Edelman
GMAC@Edelman.com or (202) 243-8574

Geoffrey Basye, Director of Media Relations, GMAC
gbasye@gmac.com or (202) 271-1529

Philips introduces new 200mm and 150mm Stellarex 0.035” low-dose drug-coated balloons to broaden treatment options for peripheral artery disease patients

October 15, 2019

Stellarex’s unique coating enables a low therapeutic drug dose and has demonstrated a significant treatment effect and high safety profile

Amsterdam, the Netherlands Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA), a global leader in health technology, today introduced two new balloons to its Stellarex 0.035” low-dose drug-coated balloon (DCB) portfolio. The new 200mm and 150mm Stellarex 0.035” low-dose DCBs have received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of de novo and restenotic lesions in native superficial femoral or popliteal arteries, both arteries in the upper leg. The new balloons broaden physicians’ treatment options for peripheral artery disease (PAD) patients with a high risk of restenosis and expand the Stellarex portfolio, which has a proven significant treatment effect and high safety profile. The 200mm and 150mm Stellarex 0.035” low-dose DCBs are now available in the U.S. and will be rolled out to other markets in due course.

PAD affects more than 200 million people worldwide [1]. If left untreated, it can result in critical limb ischemia (CLI). 34% of patients with CLI undergo amputation within one year of diagnosis. Broadening physicians’ treatment options helps ensure more PAD patients will receive treatment before the disease progresses.

“With its unique coating, Stellarex is unlike any other DCB in the industry for the treatment of PAD,” said Chris Landon, General Manager, Image Guided Therapy Devices at Philips. “Stellarex is the only low-dose drug-coated balloon with a proven treatment effect at three years compared to the existing standard of care in the U.S. and Europe. By expanding our range of Stellarex balloons, we are adding to the treatment options that physicians can use to provide optimal care for each patient with peripheral arterial disease.”

All Philips’ Stellarex DCBs feature EnduraCoat technology, a unique coating consisting of a polyethylene glycol excipient with amorphous and crystalline paclitaxel particles dispersed in it. The coating provides efficient drug transfer and effective drug residency coupled with high coating durability and minimal particulate loss, thereby enabling a low therapeutic drug dose. The Stellarex balloon is now available in 40, 60, 80, 100, 120, 150, and 200mm lengths for the treatment of lesions in the superficial femoral and popliteal arteries with vessel diameters of 4-6mm.

The results of third-party analyses of patient-level data from worldwide clinical trials of the Philips Stellarex 0.035″ low-dose DCB in lengths under 150mm were recently published in Circulation, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Heart Association. Primary safety analysis of Philips Stellarex DCB three-year data, comprising a large published, pooled set of randomized controlled trial (RCT) data for a single paclitaxel-based device, showed no difference in mortality between patients treated with the Philips Stellarex DCB and those treated with percutaneous angioplasty, the current standard of care. The analyses represent one of industry’s most extensive and rigorous safety assessments of a paclitaxel-based device.

The 200mm and 150mm Stellarex 0.035” low-dose DCBs are the latest innovation in Philips’ unique portfolio of devices to support image-guided therapy procedures. Offering precise, accurate and efficient tools helps physicians decide, guide, treat and confirm the right therapy for the right patient at the point of care. In addition to Stellarex DCBs, Philips has leading positions in IVUS (intravascular ultrasound) catheters that produce ultrasound images of the interior of blood vessels, as well as FFR (fractional flow reserve) and iFR (instantaneous free wave) catheters that are used to assess the blood flow. iFR technology is unique to Philips. Our integrated solutions advance minimally invasive procedures for patients with coronary artery disease, peripheral artery disease and lead extraction indications.

[1] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6113064/

For further information, please contact:

Mark Groves
Philips Global Press Office
Tel: +31 631 639 916
Email: mark.groves@philips.com
Twitter: mark_groves

Fabienne van der Feer
Philips Image Guided Therapy
Tel: +31 622 698 001
Email: fabienne.van.der.feer@philips.com
Twitter: FC_Feer

About Royal Philips

Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA) is a leading health technology company focused on improving people’s health and enabling better outcomes across the health continuum from healthy living and prevention, to diagnosis, treatment and home care. Philips leverages advanced technology and deep clinical and consumer insights to deliver integrated solutions. Headquartered in the Netherlands, the company is a leader in diagnostic imaging, image-guided therapy, patient monitoring and health informatics, as well as in consumer health and home care. Philips generated 2018 sales of EUR 18.1 billion and employs approximately 78,000 employees with sales and services in more than 100 countries. News about Philips can be found at www.philips.com/newscenter.


AgroSavfe to present at the Annual Biocontrol Industry Meeting 2019

GHENT, Belgium, Oct. 15, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — AgroSavfe NV, a rapidly growing and transformative Food and Crop protection company developing a new generation of protein-based biocontrols, today announces that its CEO, Patrice Sellès, will give a presentation at the Annual Biocontrol Industry Meeting (ABIM) 2019, Basel, Switzerland.

ABIM is a joint project of the International Biocontrol Manufacturers Association, IBMA, and the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture, FiBL, and will be held from 21 to 23 October 2019 in the Congress Center, Basel, Switzerland.

Session details:

Name: Plenary Session 4 – Natural Sustances Professional Group Talks
Date: Tuesday, October 22
Time: 2:10 pm – 3:10 pm CEST
Room: Montreal Hall

About AgroSavfe

AgroSavfe is rapidly growing and transformative Food and Crop protection company developing a new generation of protein-based biocontrol solutions, shaping the future of sustainable and safe food supply.

Based on its ground-breaking technology platform, the Company has developed a broad pipeline of effective and safe products with novel modes of action, addressing key crop pests and diseases across the whole value chain, from soil to plate.

AgroSavfe’s unique protein-based biocontrols combine the high-performance characteristics of chemicals with the clean safety profile of biologicals, making them ideal crop protection agents for both pre- and post-harvest applications. The Company is on track to launch its first biofungicide in the US in 2022, followed by global market introductions.

AgroSavfe was founded in 2013 as a spin-off from the VIB (Flemish Institute for Biotechnology) and has raised €51 million to date from specialist international investors. The Company is based in the biotech cluster in Ghent, Belgium. More information can be found on www.agrosavfe.com.

For further information, please contact

Marieke Vermeersch, Corporate Communications Consultant
T: +32 (0)9 261 06 84
E: marieke.vermeersch@agrosavfe.com

Vietnam to resolutely return foreign waste containers: PM

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc stressed on October 15 that the Government will take more drastic actions to protect the environment, including returning imported containers of waste to their source countries.

The PM made the statement while he and other National Assembly (NA) deputies of the northern port city of Hai Phong were meeting with constituents in Thuy Nguyen district.

At the event, held ahead of the NA’s 8th session, Doan Cong Thuc, a resident in Thuy Nguyen’s Nui Deo township, voiced his concern about environmental pollution, saying that although the Government has paid attention to this issue, many businesses still ignore the proper treatment of toxic waste.

He called on the PM to push ahead with building strict penalties, being more resolute in addressing this problem thoroughly, and attracting investment to developing modern waste treatment plants.

Thuc also suggested the Government step up the inspection of plastic product manufacturers and shut down unqualified ones while encouraging the development of alternatives to plastic items so as to minimise the use of plastics.

In response, PM Phuc highlighted the development triangle of economy, society and environment, noting that Vietnam will not exchange the environment for economic benefits.

The Government will take more drastic actions in dealing with waste, water pollution and plastic rubbish to protect people’s living environment, he said, stressing the viewpoint of not importing waste into Vietnam and resolutely returning containers of waste that have been imported into the country.

He also pledged policies to help plastic producers switch to manufacturing other products and discourage consumers from using single-use plastic items.

At the meeting, the PM also replied to local voters’ opinions concerning many other aspects, including education and support for small- and medium-sized enterprises.

Meetings between NA deputies and voters are regular activities before and after each biannual session of the parliament. The 14th-tenure NA is scheduled to open its 8th session later this month.

Also on October 15, PM Phuc attended the opening ceremony of Hoang Van Thu Bridge on the Cam River in Hai Phong city.

The bridge, with its main span measuring 200 metres in length the longest span in Vietnam at present, runs through Thuy Nguyen, Hong Bang and Ngo Quyen districts. It is 33.5 metres wide, consists of four lanes, and has the design speed of 80km per hour.

PM Phuc said Hoang Van Thu Bridge, a new symbol of the city, is of critical importance to the expansion of Hai Phong’s development space to the north of the Cam River. He added the bridge, completely designed and built by Vietnam, also proved the capacity of domestic engineers and workers./.

Source: Vietnam News Agency

NA Vice Chairwoman meets Lao counterpart on IPU-141 sidelines

Vice Chairwoman of the National Assembly (NA) Tong Thi Phong held a meeting with her Lao counterpart Bounpone Bouttanavong on the sidelines of the 141st Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU-141) in Belgrade, Serbia, on October 14.

Voicing her delight at the stable development and reforms in Laos, Phong said Vietnam always treasures and wishes to bolster the two countries’ great friendship, special solidarity and comprehensive cooperation in all aspects in an extensive, effective and substantive manner.

She also highlighted the flourishing friendship and cooperation between the Vietnamese and Lao parliaments.

The Vietnamese official asked both sides to work more closely with each other to share information and experience in lawmaking, supervise the two governments’ implementation of cooperation programmes approved by their Party and State leaders, and discuss the reform of their NAs’ apparatus and operations.

Regarding the Vietnam-assisted construction of the Lao NA’s headquarters, she hoped that the two sides will further coordinate to complete it on schedule.

Phong also thanked Laos for supporting Vietnam to successfully run for a non-permanent seat on the UN Security Council for 2020 � 2021.

At the meeting, she noted Vietnam’s focus on the Mekong River’s water resources in the face of climate change, asking for Laos’ cooperation in the effective and sustainable use of the river’s resources.

On this occasion, she conveyed Vietnamese NA Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan’s invitation to Lao NA leaders to attend the 41st General Assembly of the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA), scheduled to take place in Vietnam in August 2020.

For his part, the Lao NA Vice Chairman shared his counterpart’s view on the cooperation between the two countries and their parliaments, noting that bilateral relations have been increasingly tightened via mutual visits and meetings between their senior leaders.

He said the construction of the Lao NA’s headquarters is going ahead as planned and should be completed on schedule in 2020. He described the building as the pride of the Lao people, as well as of the relationship between the two parliaments and countries.

According to the Vice Chairman, Vietnam and Laos should coordinate closely and discuss an environmental cooperation project to help effectively use the Mekong River’s water resources and address climate change challenges.

Also on October 14, NA Vice Chairwoman Phong attended a plenary session of the IPU-141 and a banquet hosted by the Serbian parliament’s leaders./.

Source: Vietnam News Agency