Tuesday, October 31, 2023

Nashwa Al Ruwaini: The Most Influential Woman in the Middle East

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates - Tuesday, 31. October 2023

During the Annual Women Leaders Summit 2023


Dr. Nashwa Al Ruwaini, the CEO of Pyramedia Consulting and Media Production Group, was honored on the sidelines of the second Annual Middle East Women Leaders’ Summit & Awards 2023. This recognition comes in appreciation and gratitude for the efforts exerted by female leaders in the community and their prominent role in sustainable development.

Nashwa Al Ruwaini, a business pioneer, boasts an impressive record of successes in on-the-ground work to support, empower, and integrate women into society. She was the first Emirati to receive the "Mother Teresa" award in acknowledgment of her charitable work and efforts to improve the living conditions of women and children.

On the occasion of her honoring, Dr. Nashwa Al Ruwaini stated, "There are no limits to what a woman in the UAE can achieve. In our country, all necessary means and capabilities are available to support women in the nation's rise and to shape the future." During her speech, she emphasized, "This recognition is not just an appreciation for me personally, but is considered an appreciation for every Arab woman who succeeded in realizing her dreams and contributing to the progress and prosperity of the region. The Arab woman is strong and inspiring, capable of making change and influencing her surroundings."

Palestinian Women

Al Ruwaini dedicated the award and honor to Palestinian women, emphasizing their resilience and determination in the face of daily challenges. "The Palestinian woman, despite the complex circumstances, continues to work daily to build a better future for her children and her family. Her strength and determination serve as an inspiration to us all, reminding us of the importance of perseverance and progress even under the toughest conditions," she said. Al Ruwaini continued, "History bears witness that the Palestinian woman has always been a bridge of life and hope in facing the tough challenges. She educates generations, preserves her heritage and culture, and contributes to preserving her people's identity. If we ever seek a paragon of resilience and challenge, undoubtedly, it is the Palestinian woman who represents the struggle of every woman on this earth. Today, I hope this award symbolizes solidarity and support for Palestinian women."

Al Ruwaini concluded her speech by saying, "The success stories of Arab women are marked by depth and challenge. Each of them has a unique story where they overcame difficulties. Throughout history, Arab women have demonstrated their strength and independence in the face of various challenges, whether they be social, economic, or even political. These stories not only inspire women in the region but also inspire women worldwide. The successes achieved by Arab women showcase how determination can break barriers, surpass boundaries, and serve as an inspiration for future generations to follow in her footsteps and build on her legacy."

Women Leaders

The second Annual Middle East Women Leaders’ Summit & Awards stands as a prominent platform highlighting the achievements of female leaders both within and outside the region. This summit aims to bring together distinguished leaders, enhancing knowledge and deepening constructive relationships, in an ambitious step towards achieving gender balance and promoting diversity in leadership positions.

Participating in the summit is HH Sheikha Jawaher bint Khalifa Al Khalifa, founder and chairman of "Green Aventurine Holding" company.

During the celebration, prominent female leaders who changed the rules and set new standards for leadership were honored, highlighting the achievements of women who worked diligently and innovatively to pen exceptional success stories.

This summit and its associated awards were established to enhance deep dialogues and expand communication opportunities, enabling pioneering women leaders and key decision-makers to exchange expertise and knowledge in the Middle East region.




Abeer Mahmoud


Hong Kong International Optical Fair


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Fair website: hkopticalfair.hktdc.com

(BUSINESS WIRE) -- Organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), the 31st edition of the Hong Kong International Optical Fair will be held from 8-10 Nov 2023 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. The fairs will return in EXHIBITION+ hybrid model, complemented by the "Click2Match", an online smart business matching platform that will operate on 1-17 November, providing a convenient and efficient platform for traders to connect.

Buyer Registration link: https://bit.ly/40hZ4e5

This year, the fair will welcome around 700 exhibitors. The fair includes group pavilions representing Italy, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Visionaries of Style (VOS) as well as the Hong Kong Optical Manufacturers Association (HKOMA). The Mainland China pavilion will gather exhibitors from Yingtan of Jiangxi Province, Danyang of Jiangsu Province, Wenzhou of Zhejiang Province and Shenzhen of Guangdong Province.

The highlighted Brand Name Gallery will house around 200 well-known brands from around the world. New exhibiting brands include ANNA SUI (US), agnès b (France), Gold and Wood (France), Santa Monica (Japan), TED BAKER (US), LASH (Korea), as well as returning prestigious international brands such as MINIMA (France) and STEPPER (Germany), etc. Eyewear Parades by professional models will be held to show different stylish outlooks of eyewear.

Hong Kong brands including BIG HORN and bTd, etc. are also not to be missed. The Hong Kong Optical Manufacturers Association (HKOMA) will set up an eyewear design gallery under the theme of "Promoting Hong Kong's Outstanding Innovative Eyewear" to promote Hong Kong's creative eyewear designs and the 3D technology elements involved.

Demand for smart glasses continues to grow in the global market. The new “Smart Eyewear” zone this year answer this rising demand. Hong Kong exhibitor Solos Technology Limited and US exhibitor Zulu Inc. will showcase their latest smart glasses products. The Fair also includes other themed zones, spotlighting a wide variety of products ranging from professional eyewear, accessories, frames, lenses, diagnostic instruments to optometric instruments.

What’s more, the fairs will also introduce the "Scan2Match" which enables offline-to-online connections. By using the HKTDC Marketplace App, buyers can scan the dedicated QR codes of exhibitors to bookmark their favourite exhibitors, browse product information and e-floorplan, chat with exhibitors even after the fair to continue the sourcing journey.


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Doris Cheng

Tel: (852) 2240 4606

Email: doris.py.cheng@hktdc.org


Vida Creek Beach, Dubai's Ultimate Lagoon-Side Staycation Hotel, Has Opened its Doors

 Dubai, United Arab Emirates - Tuesday, 31. October 2023 AETOSWire

Located in Dubai’s newest hub, Dubai Creek Harbour, the stunning hotel boasts the most picturesque views and is the perfect hideaway from this bustling metropolis

Featuring an opening offer of 15% off stays and complimentary breakfast, book your trip to this extraordinary destination today


Nestled in the picturesque waterfront of Dubai Creek Harbour, Vida Creek Beach is redefining luxury living. This upscale lifestyle destination, boasting 99 rooms and suites, effortlessly combines modern, carefree elegance with artsy glam in the heart of Dubai's buzzing new destination.

Dubai Creek Harbour, where Vida Creek Beach is located, offers a serene escape from the city's hustle and bustle. The area boasts a vibrant 6km promenade adorned with views of the hotel’s private lagoon, providing a delightful backdrop for leisurely strolls, while also being a 20-minute drive from Downtown Dubai and 15 minutes away from Dubai International Airport.

The hotel is a modern architectural masterpiece that overlooks its own private man-made Lagoon, which will open soon. The stunning Lagoon offers guests trendy beach vibes as a state-of-the-art wave system will artificially generate waves like the open water of a beach, while also being an oasis of calm and relaxation.

The hotel's interiors are inspired by the beautiful bronze hues of the sunset reflecting over the Creek, giving it a warm and inviting ambience with nouveau glam vibes. Curated art installations adorn the property, reimagining valuable collector's items and infusing it with a contemporary, transnational character.

Accommodations at Vida Creek Beach cater to all preferences, including Deluxe Rooms, Premier Rooms, and Lagoon Suites. The hotel also boasts a myriad of dining options, ready to tantalise every discerning foodie and palate. The hotel further caters to events, with meeting rooms featuring plenty of natural light, minimalist design, and state-of-the-art audio-visual technology.

For more information visit the website, contact on email, or call +971 4 542 8888.


Opening Offer

Experience the ultimate beachside getaway at Vida Creek Beach by booking your stay between now and November 30th, for stays until December 27th, and enjoy an incredible 15% discount on your stay, plus a delectable complimentary breakfast.

Booking Dates: Until November 30th

Stay Dates: Until December 27th

Offer: 15% discount on stays plus complimentary breakfast

*Click here or call 0097145428888




Lloyd Arceo



Yagi Launching Cotton iD, a proprietary system for clarifying the traceability of organic cotton.

TOKYO - Monday, 30. October 2023

From field to yarn; Partnership with Nahar Spinning Mills Limited and our group company Yamaya Orimono to achieve reliable traceability.

(BUSINESS WIRE) -- Yagi & Co., Ltd. (TOKYO:7460) (https://www.yaginet.co.jp/en/index.html) announces that we have made and started operating a proprietary system for consistent traceability management, from field to yarn, via a proprietary management system that links the international certifications for the organic cotton produced in India that we handle.

Complexity of organic cotton certification

There are several international certifications and standards for organic cotton. These begins with Ginning, the process of separating the seed and cotton from the harvested cotton ball and cotton to ensure traceability for yarn, fabrics, and the final product. However, for processes prior to that stage, the certification standard for organic agricultural products is applied to cotton balls and the field.

Existence of these two different certifications makes it difficult to achieve consistent traceability management for organic cotton (products). In the past, there were cases in which large-scale fraud came to light related to organic cotton in India, the world’s largest producer country of organic cotton.

Traceability aimed for by Cotton iD

We made and started operating a proprietary management system that links the two international certifications for the organic cotton produced in India that we handle. This system enables consistent traceability management from the cotton field to thread. Through this system, we can achieve incredibly transparent traceability for 85% or more of the organic cotton that we handle, from cotton field to thread. We started distribution of products with our brand “Unito Organic” which covers yarn, textile & garment. We can provide certifications of this management to customers purchasing applicable organic cotton from our Company.

Organic Cotton and Us

We are GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) member since 2006 and one of Japan’s top companies in terms of the volume of internationally certified organic cotton handled. Also, we participate in activities to support the conversion to organic farming for cotton farmers in India, continue to provide school support for the children of farmers, and have worked to establish sustainable frameworks of organic cotton.

We have a group company “Tsubame Towel” (https://tsubame-towel.com/) which produces the largest volume of organic cotton towel in Japan. We also have Yamaya Orimono Co., Ltd. (https://yamayaorimono.co.jp/) - specialist in yarn processing which is also GOTS-certified. Organic cotton is an extremely important part of our Group.

“We are so much aware of the need for traceability management that goes further in terms of traceability transparency, which is particularly important in the textile industry. By having support of the spinning mill, we want to make our management system firm, and provide safer and more reliable organic cotton to countries all over the world in order to proceed with our sustainable business.” - Yamaya Orimono Co., Ltd. -

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Masaru Utsunomiya / Nobuo Takemoto
Sales Dept. Section 211 | Yagi & Co., Ltd. (2-2-8 Kyutaromachi, Chuo-ku, Osaka 540-8660 Japan)
utsunomiyam@yaginet.jp / takemoton@yaginet.jp | +81-6-6266-7895 / +81-6-6266-8582

HotelREZ® powers Elegant Hotel Collection®

 New luxury soft brand selects industry leader for best in class revenue generation

(BUSINESS WIRE) -- HotelREZ®, one of the world’s largest and highly-awarded hotel distribution and representation companies, has been selected to power the newly launched Elegant Hotel Collection®, a global soft brand targeting the luxury sector.

Launched last week with a curated founding member portfolio of 25 hotels, Elegant Hotel Collection® is on course to grow to 50 hand-selected properties by summer 2024. From the partnership, the new luxury hotel brand will benefit from HotelREZ’s worldwide distribution network, hotel representation services, GDS channel delivery and specialist sales and marketing support utilising the best in class technology for independent hotels.

Mark Lewis, CEO and Founder, HotelREZ®, said: “Elegant Hotel Collection® has a distinct and fresh take on the luxury hotel sector. Hotels with generic GDS chain codes or tied to traditional legacy brands have been left behind questioning the value and returns from their distribution providers. Elegant provides a differentiation that will grow market share and drive incremental business at a realistic price point.

“As a partner, we are thrilled Elegant will leverage our best in class distribution, technology and representation to support this group of aspirational and authentic hotels as it becomes a unique voice to thrive in the luxury soft brand sector.”

Vice President Brand Development at the Elegant Hotel Collection, Catt McLeod added, “Elegant Hotel Collection will offer global representation and full channel distribution, supported by dedicated sales, marketing, account management and distribution strategies to drive incremental trade and consumer sales and revenue growth. Our members will be able to make the most of HotelREZ’s global reach, exceptional quality, commitment to excellence and incredible range of global luxury partnerships, while remaining a highly-individual group, guaranteeing the best of both worlds.”

Olivia Byrne, Company Director, Eccleston Square Hotel, said, “The prestigious, and historically grade II listed Eccleston Square Hotel - previous home of the Prince of Battenberg, has worked closely with the HotelREZ technology platform and is now delighted to be part of Elegant Hotel Collection which will maximise its rich historic brand positioning with additional marketing exposure and additional revenue from the high-end leisure and corporate business channels. We are very proud to be part of the founding 25 prestigious hotels.”

Membership to Elegant Hotel Collection is by invitation only, ensuring the flag’s commitment to feature only the finest hotels worldwide. Each property is selected for embodying the five core values of the Elegant brand: Hospitality, Authenticity, Inclusivity, Innovation, and Sustainability. Properties are handpicked and chosen to meet the desires of today's discerning, high-end traveller.

The launch comes shortly after Lewis was voted CEO of the year in the hotel sector for ‘Outstanding Leadership for Hotel Services Company of the Year’ by CEO Today.

About HotelREZ® Hotels & Resorts

HotelREZ Hotels & Resorts®, founded in 2004 by Mark Lewis, an experienced hospitality industry professional and entrepreneur, is one of the world’s leading hotel representation companies, dedicated to connecting independent properties with bookers worldwide.

HotelREZ® is a SaaS enabled service company, providing distribution, web services, booking engines, revenue, sales consultancy and marketing services and support more than 2,800 independent hotels, apartments and hotel groups in over 100 countries, including private label GDS chain code solutions. Customers include The Zetter Group, StayCity, Dorint Hotels & Resorts, Queensway/Point A Group, Champneys, Exclusive Collection, Hastings, View Hotels Australia, Versace Dubai, and Resident Hotels.

HotelREZ® incorporates two hotel consortia: Best Loved Hotels®, a collection of unique global individual properties, with a dedicated GDS programme and website, aimed at high-end leisure travellers and agents, World Rainbow Hotels®, the world’s only GDS Enabled LGBTQ+ global hotel consortia, representing more than 1,200 hotels in over 230 destinations. HotelREZ also powers The Elegant Hotel Collection® - a full-service luxury soft brand serving a curated global network of unique and inspiring luxury hotels

For more information, visit www.hotelrez.com


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itel Geared to Rattle Entry-level Markets by Launching Revolutionizing Smartphone itel A70

 SHENZHEN, China - Monday, 30. October 2023

(BUSINESS WIRE) -- itel, a reliable smart life brand, is proud to announce the arrival of its highly-anticipated smartphone the itel A70. This groundbreaking device sets a new standard for entry-level smartphones, combining remarkable technological advancements with a high efficiency, catering specifically to users in emerging markets.

The itel A70 comes with a range of impressive features. With a key focus on affordability, high performance, and exceptional user experiences, itel is once again delivering on its commitment to providing reliable products to all.

One of the standout features is the massive storage of up to 256GB ROM, capable of storing up to 40,000 photos. Additionally, the up to 4+8GB extended RAM enhances the phone's performance, reducing app startup times by an impressive 60% and making multitasking smoother and more efficient.

Another highlight of this new model is its super clear 6.6" HD+ big screen with Dynamic Bar technology, offering a 90% screen-to-body ratio for large immersive visuals. It also enables users to have quick access to essential information like battery status, incoming calls, and unlocking status, without opening apps, enhancing experience for entry-level smartphone users.

For photography enthusiasts, itel A70 features a 13MP Super HDR Camera that excels in capturing moments even in challenging backlight conditions. The camera’s automatic multi-scene identification enhances highlight suppression, resulting in clearer and more vibrant backlight photos. The 8MP AI Portrait Selfie camera with soft front flashlight and AI beauty ensures stunning selfies every time.

With a 5000mAh Big Battery and Type-C connectivity, itel A70 offers extended usage. Powered by an advanced octa-core processor, it can ensure fluid navigation through various apps for daily use. The device runs on the new OS 13 system, offering a smooth operating experience. The Smart Link+ technology reduces latency by 20%, enhancing signal stability and automatic network repair in areas with poor connectivity.

itel’s approach to independent production has significantly reduced the cost of production, supply, and R&D of smart technology. By passing on these cost benefits to consumers, itel A70 offers an exceptional smartphone experience at a basic price. This is a testament to itel’s dedication to making advanced technology accessible to all.

Stay tuned for the official release of the itel A70, where its full specifications and pricing details will be unveiled.



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Willa Cai

SLB selected by Eni for Global Methane Emissions Reporting Project

 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- As part of the World Scouting annual JOTA-JOTI (Jamboree-on-the-Air-Jamboree-on-the-Internet), the world’s largest online Scout event which connects Scouts from over 170 countries over 3 days from 20-22 October, Alwaleed Philanthropies, chaired by HRH Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Al Saud, hosted an event in partnership with the World Scout Movement to raise awareness about the impact of deforestation and to inspire young people to become active actors in forest degradation and engage global citizens.

In an effort to conserve the world’s natural forests, Alwaleed Philanthropies are hosting the virtual event on their Metaverse platform, Decentraland. Scouts around the world, as well as the general public, have been invited to navigate through a virtual forest, gain insight into the consequences of deforestation, and participate in the inaugural forest plantation event on the Metaverse. The Decentraland platform has already gained 26,500 scouts and planted 610 trees within the first three days. The count is still increasing as the platform is open to the general public for the next coming weeks.

Within the virtual space, participants can engage with interactive exhibits, connect with like-minded individuals, and discover actionable steps that can be taken to protect our precious forests. The experience also enables users to collect POAP’s by gathering seeds and planting their own trees within the space.

The event builds on the success of Alwaleed Philanthropies’ campaign to tackle cyber bullying and discrimination in the Metaverse, with Alwaleed Philanthropies now committed to using their Decentraland Metaverse platform to tackle climate change and deforestation; aligning with SDGs 13 and 15: Climate Action and Life on Land.

Alwaleed Philanthropies’ Metaverse digital center uses cultural dialogue, artistic exhibitions and historical artifacts as tools to bridge cultures, providing users with the opportunity to delve into Islamic history and culture.

Across the three days the JOTA-JOTI event engaged millions of youth around the world for a weekend of online activities aimed at fostering friendship, cooperation and a sense of global citizenship. The event empowers young individuals and volunteers to participate in engaging and interactive group activities via the internet and amateur radio, with the specific emphasis on developing 21st-century skills within the context of Scouting. It aims to support young people of all ages to learn about communications technology, the values of global citizenship, and their role in creating a better world.

Join us in our immersive Metaverse event, where Alwaleed Philanthropies and Scouts will work together to promote awareness about deforestation and the importance of forest conservation through this link https://play.decentraland.org/?NETWORK=mainnet&position=6%2C137&realm=main&island=defaultz9s.

About Alwaleed Philanthropies

Over four decades, Alwaleed Philanthropies has supported and spent more than 4.4 billion dollars on social welfare and initiated more than 1000 projects in over +189 countries, and reaching more than 1 billion beneficiaries around the world, regardless of gender, race, or religion. Managed by 10 Saudi female members, Alwaleed Philanthropies collaborates with a range of philanthropic, governmental, and nongovernmental to combat poverty, empower women and youth, develop communities, provide disaster relief, and create cultural understanding through education. It seeks to build bridges for a more compassionate, tolerant, and accepting world.

About the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM)

WOSM is the world's leading educational youth Movement empowering 57 million young people and volunteers to be active global citizens and agents of change in their communities. A global leader in non-formal educational, Scouting provides young people with opportunities to develop life and leadership skills while contributing to the betterment of communities and societies. Through initiatives like Scouts for SDGs, Scouts are actively working towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and creating positive change on a global scale.


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Shipsy Completes Stockone Acquisition and Expands Product Portfolio for Holistic Fulfillment and Logistics Management


Shipsy, a leading logistics Software as a Service (SaaS) provider, has completed the acquisition of Stockone, a cloud-based Warehouse Management System (WMS) and inventory management solution provider, to expand its product portfolio.

This strategic acquisition reinforces Shipsy's commitment to providing a comprehensive end-to-end logistics technology platform for enterprise customers across diverse industries.

The extended product suite will offer a holistic logistics management experience across transportation, warehouse management, and fulfillment. This will empower businesses to optimize logistics costs, deliver impactful customer experiences, and automate operations, all from a single platform.

“With more than 220 enterprise customers, Shipsy processes around 150 million shipments monthly, and tracks 650,000+ containers every month, and the recent addition of the new WMS and inventory management capabilities come as a strategic extension to the existing product suite capabilities, perfectly complementing Shipsy's core offerings.”

"It strategically aligns with our vision to provide scalable, efficient, and automated end-to-end logistics management solutions to our customers, covering warehousing, transportation, order fulfillment, and operational management," said Soham Chokshi, CEO and Co-Founder of Shipsy.

Rajan Ekambaram, CEO and Co-Founder of Stockone stated, "Combining WMS, TMS, and end-to-end supply chain execution capabilities ensures seamless experiences and creates significant value for enterprise customers. We aim to optimize costs, improve service levels, and automate operations for businesses."

Shipsy acquiring Stockone strengthens its leadership in the logistics technology landscape and sets the stage to streamline operations for rapidly evolving modern commerce. It resonates with the global shift towards eco-friendly, efficient logistics solutions, and enables businesses to serve customers prioritizing sustainability and operational efficiency.

Shipsy is excited about the future and the opportunities this acquisition brings. Plans are underway for the seamless integration of warehousing capabilities into its existing platform, thereby becoming a holistic logistics solution provider and facilitating data-led smarter decisions for enterprises.

About Shipsy:

Shipsy is a leading logistics Software as a Service (SaaS) provider, revolutionizing how businesses manage their logistics operations. Focusing on innovation, efficiency, and customer satisfaction, Shipsy's cutting-edge solutions empower businesses to optimize costs, enhance customer experiences, and automate operations seamlessly. Shipsy is shaping the future of logistics through AI-powered technology-driven solutions. To learn more, please visit www.shipsy.io.

For more information, please contact Matrix PR:




Melwyn Abraham - melwyn@matrixdubai.com

European organic agriculture ensures environmental sustainability


Organic farming is an agricultural method that aims to produce food using natural substances and processes. This means that organic farming tends to have a limited environmental impact as it encourages the responsible use of energy and natural resources, the maintenance of biodiversity, the preservation of regional ecological balances, the enhancement of soil fertility, the maintenance of water quality. In these frames the European certified organic products are those which have been produced, stored, processed, handled and marketed in accordance with precise technical specifications (standards) and certified as "organic" by a certification body.

Once conformity with organic standards has been verified by a certification body, the product is afforded a label. This label will differ depending on the certification body but can be taken as an assurance that the essential elements constituting an "organic" product have been met from the farm to the market. It is important to note that an organic label applies to the production process, ensuring that the product has been produced and processed in an ecologically sound manner. So European organic products are the result of farming the earth without using chemical fertilizers, and toxic pesticides. The fight against the diseases of the plants and the fertilizing of the ground are taking place with natural methods and organic supplies. The reliability of organic products is based on a strict control system and certification which is described in European Union's laws. According to this system, a producer is being controlled in all production phases and up until the disposal.

As a result of the above  European organic farming  produce food of high nutritional value in sufficient quantity, maintain and increase soil fertility in the long-term, work as much as possible with materials and substances that can be reused or recycled, reduce all forms of pollution from agricultural practices, preserve the genetic diversity of agricultural ecosystems, including the protection of plants and wildlife, encourage and increase biological cycles in agricultural systems, work as much as possible in closed systems in relation to organic matter and nutrients

The EU Financed campaign EU Organic Journey, with the participation of the organizations Agrodiatrofiki Sympraxi Perifereias Stereas Elladas (ASPSE)- Coordinator from Greece, Biocarpathia Cooperative - Project Partner from Romania and National Organic Association (NAO)- Project Partner from Bulgaria aims to promote and increase the awareness regarding the European organic products from Greece, Romania and Bulgaria to consumers in UAE, Saudi Arabia and USA .




Melwyn Abraham - melwyn@matrixdubai.com

KnowBe4 Analysis Finds Security Awareness Training and Simulated Phishing Effective in Reducing Cybersecurity Risk

 New KnowBe4 “Data Confirms Value of Security Awareness Training and Simulated Phishing” white paper now available

(BUSINESS WIRE) -- KnowBe4, the provider of the world’s largest security awareness training and simulated phishing platform, today announced it has released a new analysis of the effectiveness of security awareness training and simulated phishing on reducing cybersecurity risk, based on data from over 60,000 individual KnowBe4 customer organizations worldwide.

The new KnowBe4 white paper, “Data Confirms Value of Security Awareness Training and Simulated Phishing”, is based on the largest analysis of its kind, with over 32 million individual end users, who took over 493 million Phishing Security Tests (PSTs) and participated in awareness training at least once a year.

Highlights from the study include:

Groups that did frequent PSTs performed better in detecting simulated phishing campaigns than groups that did not.

The more frequently that groups did PSTs, the better the users performed on simulated phishing tests. The more PSTs, the better.

Groups that did weekly PSTs were 2.74 times more effective in reducing risk than groups that only did less than quarterly PSTs.

The longer a group trained, the better they did on simulated phishing tests.

Groups that did both training and simulated phishing tests did the best.

“Based on the massive amount of data that we analyzed from around the world, everyone should be conducting frequent simulated phishing tests as part of their security awareness training program to get the highest level of impact and most effective cybersecurity risk reduction,” said Roger Grimes, data-driven defense evangelist, KnowBe4. “Phishing and social engineering account for 70-90% of all malicious data breaches, so focusing on ways to mitigate it are critical to your organization’s overarching cyber defense strategy. We are thrilled to finally have the concrete data to confirm the true value of security awareness training and simulated phishing.”

KnowBe4 customers attest to the important role the platform plays in cyber defense and risk mitigation, along with the overall effectiveness of incorporating security awareness training and simulated phishing into an organization’s cybersecurity strategy:

“Security awareness training and continuous assessment has helped our organization improve our employees' ability to recognize and avoid interacting with suspicious content in their day-to-day roles. Threats are ever evolving and defensive mechanisms will inevitably fail. When they do, it's important to have people engaged and connected to trends and suspicious patterns to act as a last line of defense. KnowBe4 has helped us minimize the effort required from our security team to deliver relevant and beneficial information to our employees,” said D.S., sr. manager, IT Security Operations.

“Our security awareness program is a vital component of our defense-in-depth strategy. There is no combination of technical controls we can ever put in place to mitigate all the risks we face. AiTM and other advanced attacks are only going to increase. Our employees are our most valued assets and the front line of defense for our organization. Partnering with KnowBe4 to build and consistently improve a comprehensive awareness program helps us proactively address new and emerging threats,” said A.B., IT security manager.

To download the new white paper, visit https://www.knowbe4.com/hubfs/Data-Confirms-Value-of-SAT-WP_EN-us.pdf.

About KnowBe4

KnowBe4, the provider of the world’s largest security awareness training and simulated phishing platform, is used by more than 65,000 organizations around the globe. Founded by IT and data security specialist Stu Sjouwerman, KnowBe4 helps organizations address the human element of security by raising awareness about ransomware, CEO fraud and other social engineering tactics through a new-school approach to awareness training on security. The late Kevin Mitnick, who was an internationally recognized cybersecurity specialist and KnowBe4’s Chief Hacking Officer, helped design the KnowBe4 training based on his well-documented social engineering tactics. Organizations rely on KnowBe4 to mobilize their end users as their last line of defense and trust the KnowBe4 platform to strengthen their security culture and reduce human risk.


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Monday, October 30, 2023

AIT Worldwide Logistics’ expansion continues in Malaysia, Singapore

  ITASCA, Ill. - Monday, 30. October 2023 AETOSWire 

New Southeast Asia facilities launch in response to multinational shippers’ increasingly diversified supply chain sourcing

(BUSINESS WIRE) -- Global supply chain solutions leader, AIT Worldwide Logistics, has opened two new locations in Southeast Asia, one in Penang, Malaysia, and another in Singapore. With the addition of these offices, AIT’s geographic footprint in Asia has expanded to six countries, supporting customers that continue to diversify sourcing of components and finished goods.

According to AIT’s Chief Business Officer, Greg Weigel, the new facilities are the latest example of the company’s adaptability and flexibility in response to shifting customer demands in the region.

“Establishing dedicated teams in Malaysia and Singapore further supports AIT’s robust business in Southeast Asia, while strengthening relationships with local partners,” Weigel said. “AIT’s expanding presence is helping shippers to reduce risk by embracing a broader variety of sourcing options in their supply chains.”

Reporting to Senior Vice President, Asia, Wilson Lee, AIT’s Regional Director of Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand, Siau Hwee Tan, oversees the new AIT-Penang and AIT-Singapore offices, which provide comprehensive freight forwarding services with a primary focus on air and ocean imports and exports.

“Manufacturing is growing quickly in Southeast Asia, especially in Malaysia, and our subject matter experts in both newly opened locations are already serving customers in the automotive, industrial and technology sectors,” Lee said. “AIT also has well-established global networks to support special shipping requirements for consumer retail, food logistics and life sciences, so we are well-positioned to offer seamless onboarding for customers in those industries.”

Both locations in Malaysia and Singapore are situated near major airports and seaports. The new facilities join more than a dozen AIT offices across Asia – and more than 110 across the globe. The company expects to open additional facilities in the region in 2024.


BHL Tower

51-9-F Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah

10050 George Town, Penang, Malaysia


80 Marine Parade Road

#18-03 Parkway Parade

Singapore 44926

For additional images associated with this announcement, please visit the location pages for Malaysia and Singapore on AIT’s website: https://www.aitworldwide.com/locations/.

About AIT Worldwide Logistics

AIT Worldwide Logistics is a global freight forwarder that helps companies grow by expanding access to markets all over the world where they can sell and/or procure their raw materials, components and finished goods. For more than 40 years, the Chicago-based supply chain solutions leader has relied on a consultative approach to build a global network and trusted partnerships in nearly every industry, including aerospace, automotive, consumer retail, food, government, healthcare, high-tech, industrial and life sciences. Backed by scalable, user-friendly technology, AIT’s flexible business model customizes door-to-door deliveries via sea, air, ground and rail — on time and on budget. With expert teammates staffing more than 110 worldwide locations in Asia, Europe and North America, AIT’s full-service options also include customs clearance, warehouse management and white glove services. Learn more at www.aitworldwide.com.

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Bupa Egypt Expands Its Healthcare Services to Meet Local Individual Needs

 Expansion underscores Bupa Egypt’s commitment to delivering access to exceptional healthcare services to the Egyptian market

Expands on Bupa’s established services in Egypt

Bupa Global leads the way in international private medical insurance through a focus on mental health as well as coverage for pre-existing conditions


(BUSINESS WIRE) -- Bupa Global, a renowned leader in international private medical insurance, has announced a wider services/products through Bupa Egypt Insurance, marking a significant step in its commitment to delivering world-class healthcare solutions to the Egyptian market.

This timely move coincides with a notable shift in executive priorities towards preventative healthcare. According to insights gleaned from Bupa Global's Executive Wellbeing Index1, a substantial 77%1 of respondents in Egypt are considering the purchase of additional private medical insurance for themselves or their families.

To support these demands, Bupa Egypt Insurance introduced a new prime range of health plans which provides medical and holistic health cover at a global level, so customers and their families are not limited to treatment in just Egypt, but have the freedom to access world-leading specialists and medical providers both at home and abroad.

Mo Bazzi, Managing Director, Bupa Egypt Insurance, said: ​​"Our new healthcare plans now available in Egypt have been meticulously designed to cater to the evolving healthcare needs of individuals and families in Egypt, and provide a holistic approach to protecting our customers’ health. These plans signify a renewed strategic focus in the region, emphasising our commitment to enhancing the healthcare landscape and fostering better health outcomes for our valued customers."

The expansion aligns with Bupa Global’s long-term strategy to drive growth and further strengthen its leadership position in the IPMI market.

Exceptional service on every level

The range available in Egypt includes five plans, suited to varying needs from Major Medical, the most affordable plan, up to Ultimate, providing the highest level of cover designed for high-net-worth travelling executives and their families.

With no annual limits, the Ultimate Plan provides end-to-end, personalised health management to Private Clients, with access to range of physical, mental and preventive healthcare services. Dedicated assistance is provided from a Concierge Manager, with access to senior clinical staff from the comfort of their home. It includes private maternity cover, dental treatment and a focus on a more holistic approach to health, including physio, osteopathy and mental health.

At the core of Bupa Global's approach is its dedication to providing exceptional service to its customers. Bupa Egypt Insurance new prime range of Global Health Plans offer a wide array of services, including:

In-hospital and outpatient support

Preventative health checks

Mental health condition coverage

Emergency evacuations

Comprehensive treatment for serious illnesses

Coverage for hereditary and chronic conditions

Transplants and rehabilitation

Access to a dedicated clinical case manager

- ENDS -

More information about Bupa’s Egypt Insurance Plans are available online - https://www.bupaglobal.com/egypt - and for any customer queries please call: 16816

Bupa Global Executive Wellbeing Index 2022 - research was conducted by Censuswide among 2439 high net worth individuals across eight countries and regions, including UK, USA, France, UAE, Egypt, China, Hong Kong and Singapore.

About Bupa Global and Bupa Egypt Insurance

Bupa's purpose is helping people live longer, healthier, happier lives and making a better world.

Bupa Global is the premium health insurance arm of Bupa. Established in 1971, it provides individuals, small businesses and corporate customers international coverage with products and services so they can access the healthcare they need when they need it, whether at home or when studying, living, travelling, or working abroad.

Bupa Egypt Insurance is Bupa Global’s regulated entity under the supervisor of the Financial Regulatory Authority in Egypt, with a head office in Cairo.

1The Bupa Global Executive Wellbeing Index 2022 analyses research conducted between 3rd of August and 7th of September 2022 among 2439 high net worth individuals (HNWIs) across eight countries and regions, including UK, USA, France, UAE, Egypt, China, Hong Kong and Singapore.


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Merck Strengthens Oncology Pipeline Through Strategic Partnership with Hengrui for Next-Generation Selective PARP1 Inhibitor and Antibody-Drug Conjugate

DARMSTADT, Germany - Monday, 30. October 2023 AETOSWire

Collaboration to develop, manufacture and commercialize next-generation selective PARP1 inhibitor HRS-1167, with option to develop, manufacture and commercialize Claudin18.2 antibody-drug conjugate SHR-A1904

Agreement represents strong strategic fit that leverages the company’s internal DNA damage response expertise and in-house ADC capabilities


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(BUSINESS WIRE) -- Merck, a leading science and technology company, today announced a strategic collaboration with Jiangsu Hengrui Pharmaceuticals Co. Ltd. (Hengrui). The partnership includes an exclusive license worldwide (ex-China) to develop, manufacture and commercialize Hengrui’s next-generation potent and selective PARP1 (poly (ADP-ribose) polymerase 1) trapping inhibitor HRS-1167. The agreement also includes an option to an exclusive license worldwide (ex-China) to develop, manufacture and commercialize Hengrui’s Claudin-18.2 antibody-drug conjugate (ADC) SHR-A1904. In addition, Merck has the option to co-promote both assets in China.

“This partnership with Hengrui fully aligns with both our external innovation ambition and our oncology research and development strategy by diversifying our robust internal pipeline in our focus areas of DNA damage response inhibition and antibody-drug conjugates,” said Danny Bar-Zohar, Global Head of Research & Development and Chief Medical Officer for the Healthcare business of Merck. “The synergies of these assets with our portfolio offer broad potential for development and the opportunity to advance more therapeutic options for patients with difficult-to-treat cancers. We look forward to leveraging the significant expertise of Hengrui and our strong collaboration ahead.”

Compared with first-generation PARP inhibitors, the selectivity and differentiated safety profile of PARP1-specific inhibitors could offer the opportunity to expand their therapeutic impact in established and new indications. HRS-1167 has shown encouraging signs of clinical activity and patient benefit in Phase I trials as a monotherapy and has higher potential to combine with chemotherapy as well as novel agents, compared with previous attempts with first-generation PARP inhibitors. This aligns with the company’s overarching development approach of DNA damage response (DDR) inhibitors, exploring their synergistic activity and maximizing their potential impact in combination with other anticancer therapies and approaches. Merck is researching the potential to treat cancer through inhibition of multiple targets in the DDR cascade, including ATR, ATM, DNA-PK, and PARP.

Additionally, should the company exercise its option, SHR-A1904 would complement Merck’s internal preclinical and clinical ADC portfolio applying different linker payload technologies. The first ADC developed using Merck’s own technology, M9140, a CEACAM5-targeting ADC, is being evaluated in an ongoing Phase Ia/b study in patients with metastatic colorectal cancer.

"Given the high unmet need in oncology, we are excited to work closely with Merck to bring Hengrui's innovations to cancer patients worldwide,” said Frank Jiang, board member and Chief Strategy Officer of Hengrui Pharma. “Partnering with Merck on our PARP franchise is an important milestone on Hengrui's globalization journey. We look forward to advancing our molecules rapidly through development and reaching patients in need.”

Under the terms of the agreement, Merck will provide Hengrui with an upfront payment of €160 million. Hengrui will receive payments for the achievement of certain development, regulatory and commercial milestones and tiered royalties on net sales by Merck. Potential payments may total up to €1.4 billion.

Advancing the Future of Cancer Care

At Merck, we strive every day to improve the futures of people living with cancer. Our research explores the full potential of promising mechanisms in cancer research, focused on synergistic approaches designed to hit cancer at its core. We are determined to maximize the impact of our standard-of-care treatments and to continue pioneering novel medicines. Our vision is to create a world where more cancer patients will become cancer survivors. Learn more at www.merckgrouponcology.com.

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Merck, a leading science and technology company, operates across life science, healthcare and electronics. More than 64,000 employees work to make a positive difference to millions of people’s lives every day by creating more joyful and sustainable ways to live. From providing products and services that accelerate drug development and manufacturing as well as discovering unique ways to treat the most challenging diseases to enabling the intelligence of devices – the company is everywhere. In 2022, Merck generated sales of € 22.2 billion in 66 countries.

Scientific exploration and responsible entrepreneurship have been key to Merck’s technological and scientific advances. This is how Merck has thrived since its founding in 1668. The founding family remains the majority owner of the publicly listed company. Merck holds the global rights to the Merck name and brand. The only exceptions are the United States and Canada, where the business sectors of Merck operate as MilliporeSigma in life science, EMD Serono in healthcare, and EMD Electronics in electronics.


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Chery's International User Summit: Leading the Way in Innovation and Humanitarian Initiatives

Dubai, United Arab Emirates - Monday, 30. October 2023

Chery, the pioneering automotive brand, held its 2023 Tech Day with resounding success on October 16th in Wuhu, China, as part of its first International User Summit. Under the banner of "Accessible Innovation", the event showcased Chery's remarkable progress in technology and global expansion and highlighted the brand’s continuous pursuit of strategic technological advancement and its most recent accomplishments.

Chery's first grand technological symposium attracted a crowd of over 600 participants from more than 30 countries. Among the attendees were media representatives, government officials, university experts, and Chery’s local and international stakeholders.

Since the brand’s establishment, 26 years ago, Chery has showcased its commitment to innovation through exhibits on hybrid, electric vehicles, and overseas technologies.

During the event, Yin Tongyue, the Secretary of the Party Committee and Chairman of Chery Holding Group Co. Ltd, stated, "Our goal is to establish a robust and thriving innovative ecosystem with a strong core. Chery is dedicated not only to nurturing talent internally but also to consistently attracting top experts from around the world.’’

Regarding product innovation, Tongyue specifically stressed that Chery is focused on refined product lines to create unique, tasteful, and high-quality products. He added, "We aim to build a reputation for excellence that speaks for itself, making a significant impact with our efforts."

With a global user base exceeding 12 million in over 80 countries, Chery's brand recognition has surged by 300% with a recommendation rate beyond 60%. Over the past four years, Chery has achieved a compound growth rate of up to 91%. In this context, Zhang Shengshan, Assistant General Manager of Chery and Executive Vice President of Chery International, stated that users now perceive Chery as not just "economic" and "reliable," but also "technological" and "stylish."

Chery plans to launch a series of PHEV and BEV models with advanced technology starting in 2024, solidifying its position as a leader in technology and sustainability.

The event also featured testimonials from users in Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and Chile, underscoring Chery's dedication to user-centric innovation. The "2023 Chery Tech Day" unveiled the brand's preparedness to take the lead in the automotive industry's future with a new strategic framework.

At the same Chery’s International User Summit and as part of Chery's global strategy and its commitment to philanthropic activities, the brand has announced a significant partnership with UNICEF to support education programs on a global scale. Chery and UNICEF have joined forces in a two-year, $6 million partnership to support global education programs, with a focus on helping vulnerable children. This collaboration comes as a response to UNICEF's findings that 70% of 10-year-olds worldwide struggle to read and understand basic sentences, a figure that has worsened due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The partnership aims to create safe and inclusive learning environments for children and adolescents, ensuring equal learning opportunities and employability. Chery will support education programs in China, Mexico, South Africa, and Türkiye. By contributing to UNICEF's efforts, Chery hopes to promote children's education and social progress.

In the past, UNICEF and its partners successfully helped millions of children access quality education. Chery, which operates in over 80 countries, sees social responsibility as a fundamental part of its global presence and is committed to humanitarian initiatives.




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Sunday, October 29, 2023

Epsilon Advanced Materials (EAM) Announces Investment of $650M Manufacturing Facility in North Carolina to Strengthen EV Battery Industry in the United States

 BOLIVIA, N.C. - Friday, 27. October 2023

First and largest investment from an Indian company in the U.S. electric vehicle market, poised to power 1.10 million EV vehicles by 2030

New Manufacturing Plant to create approximately 500 jobs in the Wilmington area

Groundbreaking slated for 2024, operations to begin in 2026


(BUSINESS WIRE) -- Epsilon Advanced Materials (EAM), India’s leading battery materials company, announced today, alongside N.C. Governor Roy Cooper at Brunswick County Community College, plans to build a $650 million graphite anode manufacturing facility in Brunswick County of North Carolina. The facility is the first and largest Indian investment in the U.S. electric vehicle (EV) battery industry.

“We’re proud to have North Carolina at the focal point of our U.S. manufacturing strategy. With its favorable geographical location, business supportive policies and availability of a skilled talent pool, we are confident that the investment in the state is a major step towards creating sustainable energy transportation alternatives,” said EAM Managing Director Vikram Handa.

Gov. Cooper said North Carolina welcomes EAM and the development of its new 1.5 million-square-foot facility, which is expected to create approximately 500 new jobs for the Greater Wilmington area. “North Carolina continues to lead the way in the transition to a clean energy economy by attracting good-paying jobs from great companies like Epsilon that make our state stronger and healthier,” said Governor Cooper. “This historic investment will bring 500 clean energy jobs to Brunswick County, helping both our economy and our environment.”

“Having an environmentally friendly world-class facility in North Carolina resolves supply chain concerns that the automotive industry has experienced in recent years,” said EAM CEO Sunit Kapur. “We are proud that with our tech capability to manufacture both natural and synthetic graphite, we will be able to provide graphite anodes to the growing EV battery industry faster, more reliably, and at a competitive cost without import challenges.”

The company plans to break ground in 2024 and begin manufacturing in 2026, reaching full capacity by 2031. When operational, the facility will utilize green technologies to produce high-capacity anode materials for EV batteries.

Establishing a manufacturing plant in Brunswick County, North Carolina, offers strategic advantages, such as proximity to the Wilmington port, automotive suppliers, Southeastern vehicle manufacturing facilities and the local community college. The location also streamlines logistics, reduces costs and provides access to the growing electric vehicle market. The skilled local workforce, with support from the community college, and potential economic incentives enhance the business environment, while geographic features offer resilience and sustainability.

Localizing the battery manufacturing ecosystem will not only provide strategic advantages but also aligns with the broader goal of helping automakers leverage EV subsidies under the U.S. Inflation Reduction Act (IRA). This localization will boost domestic manufacturing, creating good-paying jobs and fostering economic growth within the community.

These efforts will contribute to building more resilient, secure and trusted supply chains, which are essential for the sustainability and competitiveness of the EV industry in the United States.

EAM, a wholly owned subsidiary of Epsilon Carbon Pvt Ltd., is already in discussions with local raw material suppliers and transportation partners for its North Carolina operations. When fully operational, the EAM facility will produce 50,000 tons per annum (TPA) of graphite anode.

About Epsilon Advanced Materials

Epsilon Advanced Materials is at the forefront of battery material solutions, producing high-caliber, innovative, and environmentally conscious lithium-ion battery (LiB) materials. Founded in 2018 and headquartered in Mumbai, Epsilon's mission resonates with supporting the global battery industry's transition to clean and green energy. With a significant presence spanning Europe, North America, and South-East Asia, Epsilon continues to set industry benchmarks. https://www.epsilonam.com/


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Saturday, October 28, 2023

GC Aesthetics and Bimini Health Tech Form Strategic Partnership to Advance Breast Reconstruction Solutions Globally

 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- GC Aesthetics®, a long-established brand in breast aesthetics, and Bimini Health Tech (“Bimini”), a pioneer in healthcare solutions, are pleased to announce their groundbreaking Joint Venture partnership aimed at revolutionizing breast reconstruction worldwide.

This strategic collaboration combines GC Aesthetics' 40 years’ experience in design, manufacturing, and distribution of Silicone Breast Implants with Bimini's expertise in Breast Reconstruction innovation. The result: an unprecedented commitment to providing women with best-in-class solutions for breast reconstruction across the globe, including the USA, LATAM, EMEA, and APAC.

Under the umbrella of the Joint Venture named “OPALINE Aesthetics”, GC Aesthetics will deploy Bimini’s healthcare solutions outside the United States and Canada. Conversely, Bimini will commercialize selective GC Aesthetics’ breast reconstruction solutions into the United States which will complement its industry leading Puregraft portfolio of technologies that offer a broad set of solutions to plastic and reconstructive surgeons.

“We want to provide patients around the globe, state-of-the-art breast reconstruction solutions with a demonstrated best in class safety profile”, said Carlos Reis Pinto, CEO of GC Aesthetics. “The combination of Bimini and GCA portfolios will not only expand patient access to broader solutions but it will also lead to the development of new technologies which will improve the standard of care in Breast Reconstruction”, said Brad Conlan, CEO and co-founder of Bimini Health Tech.

The driving force behind this partnership is a shared commitment to patients and plastic surgeons. By joining forces, GC Aesthetics and Bimini Health Tech aim to elevate women's healthcare and well-being, offering comprehensive support for breast reconstruction needs.

Breast Reconstruction requires dedication and commitment to Women Healthcare. Collectively we will embark on this journey to contribute to women's Health and well-being, partnering with medical professionals around the world.

About GC Aesthetics

GC Aesthetics is a long-established global medical technology company that develops, manufactures, and markets a comprehensive range of proprietary aesthetic and reconstructive products. Throughout its 40-year history, GCA has been dedicated to advancing the science of medical aesthetics and delivering high-quality breast implants for breast augmentation and breast reconstructive surgery. We have sold more than 3 million implants across 70 countries, and our products are supported by published 10-year clinical data.

Learn more at www.gcaesthetics.com

About Bimini Health Tech:

Founded in 2013, Bimini Health Tech is a global leader in the regenerative, aesthetic, plastic and reconstructive surgery sectors. Backed by decades of experience, Bimini is committed to the development, acquisition, and commercialization of innovative products that provide premium solutions for patients and physicians. Our portfolio includes the brands Puregraft® (Adipose Filtration System, Serene Breast Implant, Essence Acellular Dermal Matrix), Healeon®, Dermapose®, and Kerastem®. Supported by over a 100 patents, 20 device clearances and approvals, and over 25 scientific publications, Bimini’s products have been utilized in over 1.5 million procedures worldwide.

Learn more at www.biminihealthtech.com


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Tecnotree Reports Record Order Book Backed by Strong Deliveries, Promises Stable Growth

 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Tecnotree, a global digital platform and services leader for AI, 5G, and cloud-native technologies, announced today its financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2023.

Key highlights of the third quarter financial results:

Net sales in the third quarter were EUR 21.4 million, showing 7.4% growth compared to last year

Operating results increased 23.0% to EUR 6.2 million as compared to 5.0 last year

Net result decreased by 3.3% to EUR 3.2 million

Cash flow after investments was EUR -7.9 million

Earnings per share were EUR 0.01

Tecnotree received EUR 31 million of new orders for the Quarter and the Order Backlog at the end of the period stood at EUR 78.0 million

Commenting on the results for the third quarter of 2023, Padma Ravichander, CEO of Tecnotree Corporation, said, “We are pleased with our performance this quarter as we maintain an ongoing momentum of consistent growth despite challenging market conditions. This growth was fuelled by deliveries of our Digital Stack for BSS in Africa and the Middle East along with Tecnotree Sensa AI/ML deliveries in Healthcare and Fintech in the United States of America. Our focus remains to keep delivering quality products and services to our customers while ensuring that we monetize all opportunities offered by the market for AIML-led Digital Transformations and B-B-X eco-system play.”

Other significant milestones:

Tecnotree launched MTN D-Stack, under the transformation program MTN Metamorphose powered by Tecnotree. Driven by Tecnotree’s digital suite, the project signifies a major leap towards enhancing MTN’s offerings, enabling them to benefit from wide-ranging automation-driven solutions.

Tecnotree signed a multi-million Euro, 5-year agreement with Telenor Group, to supply Tecnotree Voice Mail System (VMS) for Norway, Denmark and Sweden operations in the Nordic region.

Tecnotree signed a multi-million Euro agreement with Telikom PnG. Under this new agreement, Tecnotree will provide support to Telikom through its BSS-Edge platform, with products like mobile & fixed line business integration.

Tecnotree signed a multi-million Euro deal with a rising telco services provider from the African region. This collaboration will see Tecnotree deliver an advanced digital Business Support Systems (BSS) stack, coupled with Fintech and Value-Added Services (VAS). The new logo is another successful endeavour toward the company’s strong presence in the African region.

This quarter Briclinks Africa Plc ‘BTEL’ selects Tecnotree BSS, Moments B2B2X Marketplace, and Diwa Fintech platform to supercharge Go-to-market, and revenue monetization capabilities.

In addition to this, in Q3 Tecnotree won a Sensa AI/Ml and Digital BSS transformation deal with a Tier-1 CSP in the MENA region.

Tecnotree achieved the Diamond Badge for TM Forum Open API Conformance, solidifying a leading position with a total of 59 certified Open APIs including 9 real world open APIs. The recognition signifies Tecnotree's commitment to creating an open digital ecosystem for customers and matching the increasing expectations of the global communications industry.

Tecnotree has been ranked 4th among the top companies in the world for AI and Autonomous Agents by Markets and Markets Analyst firm in 2023.

Tecnotree has also been ranked among the top 2 vendor companies globally for Revenue Monetisation Market Share in 2023 by Precision Reports and Digital Journal a renowned Canadian analyst firm for CSPs.

Tecnotree was recognized by TM Forum as a finalist in its most prestigious TMF Excellence awards for Customer Experience that was delivered to MTN Uganda.

Tecnotree was honoured with two prestigious awards - ‘Best Innovation in Information Technology’ and 'Best Workplace Diversity Award'. The awards acknowledged Tecnotree’s achievements in the fields of innovation and novel technology implementation, as well as its dedication to fostering exceptional digital talents through workplace diversity.

Additionally, Tecnotree continues its investments in new initiatives – Tecnotree Sensa Fabric AI/ML platform, Tecnotree Moments, Tecnotree DiWa (Digital Wallet), and SaaS; and had successful participation in many global technology events this quarter.

About Tecnotree

Tecnotree is a 5G-ready digital Business Support System (BSS) player, with AI/ML capabilities and multi-cloud extensibility. Tecnotree is No. 1 on the TM Forum Open API Conformance table with 59 Open APIs, and this is a result of our pursuit towards delivering excellence, and consistently providing differentiated experiences and services to the CSPs and DSPs. Our agile and open-source Digital BSS Stack comprises the full range (order-to-cash) of business processes and subscription management for telecom and other digital services industries creating opportunities beyond connectivity. Tecnotree also provides Fintech and B2B2X multi-experience digital marketplace to its subscriber base through the Tecnotree Moments platform to empower digitally connected communities across gaming, health, education, OTT, and other vertical ecosystems. Tecnotree is listed on the Helsinki Nasdaq (TEM1V). For more information, check our website at www.tecnotree.com


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Tecnotree Welcomes Investment Interest from The Royal Front Investments Group

 ESPOO, Finland - Friday, 27. October 2023

(BUSINESS WIRE) -- Tecnotree is pleased to announce that it has received legally binding interest from a consortium of shareholders for EUR 20,000,000. As a part of the consortium, we are pleased to welcome the Royal Front Investments Group, an existing proven partner of the company in the EMEA Region.

Markku Wilenius has confirmed his intention to transfer his unpaid subscriptions rights for his 200 notes to the Consortium to enable proposed transactions.

The parties will now work together over the next 15 days to conclude definitive agreements.

Sina Fattahi, Board Member of Royal Front Investments Group, said, “We have had the pleasure of working with Tecnotree for the past few years and are impressed by the consistent performance of the company. Our commitment to Tecnotree reflects our confidence in the company's potential and its role in the ever-evolving digital landscape. This is a terrific opportunity, and we look forward to working closely with our partners to accelerate Tecnotree's growth and success.”

Padma Ravichander, CEO of Tecnotree Corporation, said, “I am delighted with this significant development, as our journey with the Royal Front Investments Group transforms from a customer relationship to a strategic partnership. This investment is a testament to the value and potential they see in Tecnotree's digital capabilities, growth outlook and strategy. We look forward to working closely with our partners to bring this transaction to fruition, which should only enhance and accelerate our strategic initiatives and technology development efforts.”

Neil Macleod, Chairman of Tecnotree Corporation, said, “This gives Fitzroy Investment an opportunity to increase our investment in Tecnotree and we are committed to the companies long term growth and success. Additionally, as a member of the consortium we are very happy to welcome Royal Front Investments as a significant shareholder to the Tecnotree family and I also thank Luminous Sun Holdings for their continued support of the company.”

About Tecnotree

Tecnotree is a 5G-ready digital Business Support System (BSS) player with AI/ML capabilities and multi-cloud extensibility. The company has over 40 years of deep domain expertise and is amongst the first few to attain the Platinum Badge for Open API standards by TM Forum. Tecnotree's agile and open-source Digital BSS Stack comprises a full range (order-to-cash) of business processes and subscription management services for telecom providers and other digital service providers. The company also offers Fintech solutions and a B2B2X multi-experience digital marketplace through its Tecnotree Moments platform, empowering digitally connected communities across various verticals. Tecnotree is listed on Nasdaq Helsinki (TEM1V). For more information, please visit www.tecnotree.com.


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Rockwell Automation and Microsoft Expand Partnership to Leverage Generative AI Capabilities for Enhanced Productivity and Faster Time-to-Market


Industrial organizations will benefit from industry-first Generative AI for automation design


(BUSINESS WIRE)--Rockwell Automation, Inc. (NYSE: ROK) and Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ: MSFT) today announced an extension of their longstanding relationship to accelerate industrial automation design and development through generative artificial intelligence (AI). The companies are combining technologies to empower the workforce and accelerate time-to-market for customers building industrial automation systems. The first outcome of this collaboration will add Microsoft’s Azure OpenAI Service into FactoryTalk® Design Studio™ to deliver industry-first capabilities accelerating time-to-market for their customers building industrial automation systems.

“The skilled labor shortage and ensuing lost productivity is the biggest challenge facing industrial organizations and their service providers today. These shortages are increasing the need, value, and complexity of automation projects when the ecosystem of service providers is less equipped to deliver on time, quality, and budget,” said Matthew Littlefield, President LNS Research. “Generative AI has already proven its ability to capture the imagination and enhance the productivity of workers in a range of IT and business scenarios. Rockwell Automation and Microsoft’s strategic partnership is an exciting and high-potential step forward in addressing these long-term structural challenges.”

Rockwell and Microsoft recognize that using AI to enhance automation across various roles, from decision makers to control engineers and operators, is a key area where they can come together to help customers streamline their processes and drive worker productivity.

“Rockwell’s decade-long relationship with Microsoft illustrates our ongoing commitment to providing best-of-breed solutions that empower customers and support our shared vision of driving industries forward through innovation and collaboration,” said Blake Moret, Chairman and CEO of Rockwell Automation. “Together, we're not just addressing current market needs; we're shaping the future of technology in industrial automation.”

Adding Azure OpenAI Service into FactoryTalk Design Studio helps engineers generate code using natural language prompts, automating routine tasks and improving design efficiency. It will also empower seasoned engineers to accelerate development and mentor newcomers on a learning path more efficiently and effectively. Additionally, it will assist in finding relevant help from vast collections of information to further educate developers. Rockwell and Microsoft see a bright future in extending this integrated technology to solve other challenges, including Quality Management and Improvement, Failure Mode Analysis, and training frontline workers to execute manufacturing processes through chat-based collaboration with experienced human workers as well as Azure Open AI Service-based chatbots.

“The explosive growth and interest in artificial intelligence is driving organizations to partner with Microsoft as a trusted cloud and AI provider,” said Judson Althoff, executive vice president and chief commercial officer at Microsoft. “I am pleased to further strengthen our longstanding relationship with Rockwell by combining its expertise in industrial automation with Microsoft’s generative AI technology to help industrial professionals expedite the creation of complex control systems, optimize the efficiency of their operations, and spur greater innovation across industrial organizations.”

Additionally, Rockwell and Microsoft are continuing to explore ways to advance innovation in the industrial metaverse. Both companies are using their respective IoT capabilities, cloud datasets, simulations and AI to design and build products more effectively, more efficiently, and more sustainably.

The work between Rockwell and Microsoft will be showcased during Rockwell’s 2023 Automation Fair on Nov. 6-9, 2023, in Boston, Massachusetts.

Learn more about this collaboration here.

About Rockwell Automation

Rockwell Automation, Inc. (NYSE: ROK), is a global leader in industrial automation and digital transformation. We connect the imaginations of people with the potential of technology to expand what is humanly possible, making the world more productive and more sustainable. Headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Rockwell Automation employs approximately 28,000 problem solvers dedicated to our customers in more than 100 countries. To learn more about how we are bringing the Connected Enterprise to life across industrial enterprises, visit www.rockwellautomation.com.

About Microsoft

Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT” @Microsoft) enables digital transformation for the era of an intelligent cloud and an intelligent edge. Its mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.


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Boehringer Ingelheim’s SPEVIGO® (spesolimab) wins 2023 Prix Galien USA Best Orphan/Rare Diseases Solution Award

 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Boehringer Ingelheim today announced that SPEVIGO® (spesolimab) has been recognized as Best Orphan/Rare Diseases Solution of 2023 by the Galien Foundation. The Prix Galien USA Award was presented last night in New York.

Prix Galien Foundation fosters, recognizes and rewards excellence in scientific innovation to improve the state of human health. In 2022 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved spesolimab as a treatment option for GPP flares in adults and the European Medicine Agency granted a conditional market authorization as first-in-class treatment option for GPP flares in adults.

“Being nominated and winning the Prix Galien for SPEVIGO® is a testament to the exceptional work of our research and development teams to bring the first targeted and highly effective immunomodulatory biologic to people living with generalized pustular psoriasis (GPP). We are honored to be recognized among the best of the best in the pharmaceutical industry,” said Michel Pairet, member of the Board of Managing Directors and Head of the Innovation Unit. “Our scientists have achieved deep biological insights into GPP uncovering the key pathway driving the disease, and based on this developed the first specific treatment for GPP flares.”

“SPEVIGO® winning the Prix Galien is a great honor! It reinforces our values and mission to bring innovative treatments better and faster to the people that need it most, especially with rare diseases like GPP. GPP flares may appear suddenly, intensify quickly and can be life-threatening if left untreated, leaving those affected and their loved ones feeling anxious and uncertain about their future. We are humbled by the positive impact SPEVIGO® has had on GPP patients across the world, and take this recognition as a driver to continue our pursuit for their continued benefit,” said Carinne Brouillon, Member of the Board of Managing Directors and Head of Human Pharma at Boehringer Ingelheim.

"We are delighted to extend the Prix Galien legacy to another distinguished cohort of winners who have demonstrated the unparalleled skill, innovation, and dedication required across the life sciences industry,” said Bruno Cohen, Chairman of The Galien Foundation.

Late-breaking data from the EFFISAYIL™ 2 trial presented in 2023 showed that spesolimab prevents GPP flares. It significantly reduced the risk of occurrence of GPP flares by 84% over 48 weeks compared to placebo. Furthermore, the trial with 123 patients demonstrated no flares after Week 4 of spesolimab treatment in the high dose group1. Boehringer Ingelheim has submitted spesolimab for regulatory approval based on these data to, not only provide patients with a specific treatment for GPP flares but moving forward also for the prevention of flares.

Boehringer Ingelheim

Boehringer Ingelheim is working on breakthrough therapies that transform lives, today and for generations to come. As a leading research-driven biopharmaceutical company, the company creates value through innovation in areas of high unmet medical need. Founded in 1885 and family-owned ever since, Boehringer Ingelheim takes a long-term, sustainable perspective. More than 53,000 employees serve over 130 markets in the two business units Human Pharma and Animal Health. Learn more at www.boehringer-ingelheim.com

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1.Morita et al. Lancet. 2023 Sep 19:S0140-6736(23)01378-8.


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EU Organic Journey Showcases European Organic Delights at Biofach Saudi Arabia 2023


Biofach Saudi Arabia 2023, the premier organic products exhibition, is set to showcase a diverse array of organic offerings, spanning from fruits and vegetables to dairy products, grains, and meats. This event presents a unique opportunity to explore the latest trends and innovations in the organic sector.

The EU-funded campaign, known as "EU Organic Journey," is on a mission to raise awareness and promote European organic products from Greece, Romania, and Bulgaria. The campaign targets consumers in the UAE, Saudi Arabia, and the USA. It brings together key organizations, including Agrodiatrofiki Sympraxi Perifereias Stereas Elladas (ASPSE) from Greece, Biocarpathia Cooperative from Romania, and the National Organic Association (NAO) from Bulgaria. The featured products include organic virgin olive oil, organic olives, organic honey, organic milk, and organic cheese.

As a part of this remarkable initiative, "EU Organic Journey" will participate in Biofach Saudi Arabia 2023. The event is scheduled to take place from November 19th to 21st, 2023, at the Riyadh International Convention & Exhibition Center, located at King Abdullah Rd, King Abdullah District, Riyadh 11564, Saudi Arabia. They can be found as the "EU Organic Journey" at Hall 3, Booth No F2.

Visitors to the expo will have the unique opportunity to gain insights into European organic production methods, learn more about the featured products, and engage with the participating organizations. This event will also serve as a platform to explore potential business collaborations.

They can be found on social media platforms including Facebook, Instagram, and on their website at euorganicjourney.eu.




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MSCI to Reclassify the MSCI Nigeria Indexes from Frontier Markets to Standalone Markets Status

NEW YORK - Friday, 27. October 2023

(BUSINESS WIRE)--MSCI Inc. (NYSE: MSCI), a leading provider of critical decision support tools and services for the global investment community, announced today that the MSCI Nigeria Indexes will be reclassified from Frontier Markets to Standalone Markets status in one step coinciding with the February 2024 Index Review.

This conclusion follows feedback received from market participants from its recent extended Consultation on a Market Reclassification Proposal for the MSCI Nigeria Indexes.

Since March 2020, liquidity challenges in the Nigerian foreign exchange (FX) market have consistently affected the accessibility of its equity market, leading to ongoing capital repatriation concerns and a significant gap between the official and parallel exchange rates for the Nigerian Naira. This has caused international institutional investors to face recurring challenges with index replicability and investability of the MSCI Nigeria Indexes and other indexes they are part of.

On June 22, 2023, MSCI announced that feedback from market participants obtained as part of the initial consultation conducted from June 2022 to June 2023 suggested that the limited accessibility of the Nigerian equity market would warrant the removal of the MSCI Nigeria Indexes from the MSCI Frontier Markets Indexes. However, MSCI extended the consultation period to September 29, 2023 to allow more time for the liquidity situation in the Nigerian FX market to stabilize following measures announced by the Central Bank of Nigeria on June 14, 2023. No significant improvements in FX liquidity were observed by market participants during the extended consultation period, confirming that the ease of capital inflows and outflows in the MSCI Nigeria Indexes is not to the standards expected from Frontier Markets. This has led to MSCI’s decision to reclassify the MSCI Nigeria Indexes.

In order to facilitate index replicability at the time of the reclassification, MSCI will delete each Nigerian security from the MSCI Frontier Markets Indexes at a price that is effectively zero as of the close of February 29, 2024. More information on this and other details related to the implementation of the reclassification will be shared at a date closer to the reclassification.

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