Thursday, February 29, 2024

NIQ Empowers Clients and Partners with the Launch of Global Media Division

 CHICAGO - Thursday, 29. February 2024

(BUSINESS WIRE) -- NIQ, the world’s leading consumer intelligence company, is pleased to announce the launch of its new Media Division, a strategic initiative designed to enhance the value advertisers derive from their marketing efforts and enable partners in support of our advertiser clients. This move underscores NIQ’s continued commitment to providing clients with the Full View™ and strengthening their marketing capabilities.

Heading the Global Media Division is Lana Busignani, a seasoned professional with an impressive track record in driving strategy across various media products. Formerly with Quotient Technology Inc., Lana brings her extensive experience to lead this strategic initiative, drawing from seven years at Nielsen Media, initially leading global Marketing Effectiveness and then serving as general manager of international media services. With a wealth of market research experience, including 15 years at IPSOS leading global advertising intelligence, Lana is well-positioned to drive the success of NIQ's Media Division.

“We're excited to unveil our Media Division, a testament to our commitment to providing clients with the Full View™. This strategic initiative, uniting the capabilities of NIQ, GfK, and MRI-Simmons, enhances client value and marks a pivotal step toward an exciting and dynamic industry,” said Lana Busignani General Manager, Global Media with NIQ. “By leveraging our collective strengths, we're shaping a future where businesses can make informed decisions in their marketing investments and execution, strengthening our position as industry leaders.”

The Media Division will address three core industry issues: defining the right audience for brands, delivering that audience and ensuring that it performs, by integrating the power of NIQ, GfK, and MRI-Simmons.

“With the launch of the Media Division under the leadership of Lana, we are thrilled to round out NIQ's suite of services,” said Susan Dunn, Chief Revenue Officer with NIQ. “This strategic initiative harmonizes our capabilities, offering clients a comprehensive solution to make informed and unified decisions in their marketing endeavors. Lana's wealth of experience and strategic vision align seamlessly with our commitment to providing clients with the Full View, reinforcing NIQ's position as a trusted partner in driving business success.”

About NIQ 

NIQ is the world’s leading consumer intelligence company, delivering the most complete understanding of consumer buying behavior and revealing new pathways to growth. In 2023, NIQ combined with GfK, bringing together the two industry leaders with unparalleled global reach. With a holistic retail read and the most comprehensive consumer insights—delivered with advanced analytics through state-of-the-art platforms—NIQ delivers the Full ViewTM.

NIQ is an Advent International portfolio company with operations in 100+ markets, covering more than 90% of the world’s population. For more information, visit


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VeriSilicon NPU IP is Shipped in Over 100 Million AI-Enabled Chips Worldwide



Enabling efficient execution of applications ranging from AI voice, AI vision, AI pixel to AIGC on embedded devices

(BUSINESS WIRE)--VeriSilicon (688521.SH) today announced that it has reached a milestone achievement with its Neural Network Processor (NPU) IP integrated into over 100 million AI-enabled chips across 10 major application sectors worldwide, including Internet of Things (IoT), wearables, smart TVs, smart home, security monitoring, servers, automotive electronics, smartphones, tablets, and smart healthcare. As a global leader in embedded AI/NPU over the past seven years, VeriSilicon’s NPU IP has been successfully integrated into 128 AI SoCs supplied by 72 licensees in these varied market segments.

VeriSilicon’s NPU IP is a high-performance AI processor IP designed with a low-power, programmable, and scalable architecture. It can be easily configured to meet licensees’ requirements for chip sizes and power budgets, making it a cost-effective neural network acceleration engine. This IP also ships with extensive and mature Software Development Kit (SDK) supporting all major deep learning frameworks, ensuring fast product deployment in the market.

VeriSilicon’s latest VIP9000 series NPU IP offers scalable and high-performance processing capabilities for both Transformer and Convolutional Neural Network (CNN). Coupled with Acuity toolkits, this powerful IP supports all major frameworks including PyTorch, ONNX, and TensorFlow. Additionally, it features 4-bit quantization and compression technologies to address bandwidth constraints, facilitating the deployment of AI Generated Content (AIGC) and Large Language Model (LLM) algorithms such as Stable Diffusion and Llama 2 on embedded devices.

By leveraging VeriSilicon’s FLEXA® technology, VIP9000 can be seamlessly integrated with VeriSilicon’s Image Signal Processor (ISP) and video encoders to form low-latency AI-ISP and AI-Video subsystems without requiring DDR memory. It can be further customized to balance cost and flexibility for power- and space-constrained environments in deeply embedded applications.

“AI capability is now an essential part of every smart device across different applications, ranging from MCUs to high-performance application processors. Leveraging our expertise in Graphics Processor Unit (GPU), we have architected low-power, programmable, and scalable NPU processor IPs capable of handling various types of neural networks and computational tasks within the NPU itself. Such efficiency, combined with minimized data traffic, serves as key enablers for embedded smart devices,” said Wei-Jin Dai, Executive VP and GM of IP Division at VeriSilicon. “With the rapid advancement of AI, we have achieved a level of human-like reasoning that paves the way for intelligent human assistants. VeriSilicon is leveraging our highly efficient AI computing capabilities and vast experience in deploying over 100 million AI-enabled chips to bring server-level AIGC capabilities to embedded devices.”

About VeriSilicon

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AB InBev Reports Full Year and Fourth Quarter 2023 Results

 Continued global momentum, partially offset by US performance, delivered all-time high revenue in FY23



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“Our business delivered another year of consistent profitable growth with a revenue increase of 7.8% and EBITDA growth of 7.0%. Strong free cash flow generation enabled us to progress on our deleveraging, propose an increased dividend to our shareholders and execute on a 1 billion USD share buyback. Our results are a testament to the strength of the beer category, resilience of our business and people, consistent execution of our replicable growth drivers and our unwavering commitment to invest for long-term growth and value creation.” – Michel Doukeris, CEO, AB InBev

Management comments

Creating a future with more cheers

Our business delivered another year of consistent profitable growth, with an EBITDA increase of 7.0%, in-line with our medium-term growth ambition and outlook for the year. While our full growth potential was constrained by the performance of our US business, we remained true to our purpose and laser focused on the execution of our strategy.

We made disciplined revenue management and resource allocation choices, delivering broad-based growth with top- and bottom-line increases in four of our five operating regions. Our results are a testament to the strength of the beer category, resilience of our business and people, consistent execution of our replicable growth drivers and our unwavering commitment to invest for long-term growth and value creation.

As with any year, there was success to celebrate and challenges from which to learn. We are taking the learnings and moving forward in a stronger position to realize our full growth potential.

Delivering consistent profitable growth

Our top-line increased by 7.8% in FY23, with revenue growth in more than 85% of our markets, driven by a revenue per hl increase of 9.9% as a result of pricing actions, ongoing premiumization and other revenue management initiatives. Volumes declined by 1.7% as growth in many of our emerging and developing markets was primarily offset by performance in the US and a soft industry in Europe.

EBITDA increased by 7.0%, with our top-line growth partially offset by anticipated transactional FX and commodity cost headwinds and increased sales and marketing investments. Underlying EPS was 3.05 USD, an increase of 0.02 USD per share versus FY22.

Progressing our strategic priorities

Lead and grow the category

We remain focused on the consistent execution of our five proven and replicable category expansion levers. In FY23, the beer and beyond beer category continued to gain share of alcohol by volume globally, led by gains in South America and China, according to Euromonitor.

We focused our investments behind the megabrands in our portfolio that are driving the majority of our growth and the global mega platforms that consumers love and that bring people together. Our portfolio of brands is unparalleled, with 7 out of the top 10 most valuable beer brands in the world, according to Kantar BrandZ, and 20 iconic billion-dollar revenue beer brands. The combination of our iconic brands with mega platforms such as the Olympics, FIFA World CupTM, Copa America, NFL, UFC, NBA, Lollapalooza and Tomorrowland has us uniquely positioned to lead and grow the category.

The relevance, authenticity and effective creativity of our marketing work continues to be recognized. At the 2023 Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, campaigns and brands from all 5 of our operating regions were awarded and we were honored to be named as the Creative Marketer of the Year for the second year in a row.

Category Participation: In FY23, the percentage of consumers purchasing our portfolio of brands increased or remained stable in the majority of our markets, according to our estimates. Our brand, pack and liquid innovations drove increased participation with female consumers across key markets in Africa, Latin America and Europe, and new legal drinking age consumers in the US and Canada.

Core Superiority: Our mainstream portfolio delivered high-single digit revenue growth in FY23 with double-digit growth in markets such as South Africa, Colombia and Dominican Republic. Our mainstream brands gained or maintained share of segment in the majority of our key markets, according to our estimates.

Occasions Development: Our global no-alcohol beer portfolio continued to outperform, delivering high-teens revenue growth in FY23, with our performance driven by Budweiser Zero and Corona Cero. Our digital direct-to-consumer products enabled us to develop deep consumer insights and new consumption occasions, such as Corona Sunset Hours, Brahma Soccer Wednesdays and increased in-home consumption of returnable glass bottle packs.

Premiumization: Our above core beer portfolio grew revenue by low-teens in FY23, with our premium and super premium brands gaining share of segment in a number of key markets, including South Africa, Mexico and Brazil, according to our estimates. Our global megabrands grew revenue by 18.2% outside of their home markets led by Corona which grew by 22.1%. Budweiser delivered a revenue increase of 17.1%, with broad-based growth in more than 25 markets, Stella Artois grew by 18.8% and Michelob Ultra by 7.5%.

Beyond Beer: In FY23, our Beyond Beer business contributed approximately 1.5 billion USD of revenue and grew by mid-single digits, as growth globally was partially offset by the performance of malt-based seltzer in the US. Growth was primarily driven by Brutal Fruit and Flying Fish in Africa, our spirits based ready-to-drink portfolio in the US and Beats in Brazil, all of which grew revenue by double-digits.

Digitize and monetize our ecosystem

The digital transformation of our route to consumer is a fundamental evolution in how we do business and serve our customers. Our digital platforms are enabling us to increase the distribution of our brands, reduce our cost to serve and improve our relationship with customers and consumers. It is a key competitive advantage, and we continue to explore new ways to monetize our digital and physical assets to create additional profitable revenue streams.

Digitizing our relationships with our more than six million customers globally: As of 31 December 2023, BEES was live in 26 markets, with approximately 70% of our 4Q23 revenues captured through B2B digital platforms. In FY23, BEES reached 3.7 million monthly active users and captured 39.8 billion USD in gross merchandise value (GMV), growth of 27% versus FY22.

BEES Marketplace was live in 15 markets with 67% of BEES customers also Marketplace buyers. Marketplace captured approximately 1.5 billion USD in GMV from sales of third-party products this year, growth of 52% versus FY22.

Leading the way in DTC solutions: Our omnichannel direct-to-consumer (DTC) ecosystem of digital and physical products generated revenue of approximately 1.5 billion USD this year. Our DTC megabrands, Zé Delivery, TaDa and PerfectDraft are available in 21 markets, fulfilled over 69 million e-commerce orders and generated revenue of more than 550 million USD in FY23, growth of 15% versus FY22.

Unlocking value from our ecosystem: We continue to explore opportunities to generate scalable incremental revenue streams for our business through EverGrain, our upcycled barley ingredients company, and Biobrew, our precision fermentation venture.

Optimize our business

Maximizing value creation: Our objective to maximize long-term value creation is driven by our focus on three areas: optimized resource allocation, robust risk management and an efficient capital structure. Our culture of everyday financial discipline enables us to optimize resource allocation and invest for growth. In FY23, we invested 11.6 billion USD in capex and sales and marketing while delivering free cash flow of approximately 8.8 billion USD, a 0.3 billion USD increase versus FY22.

We continued to deleverage, reducing gross debt by 1.8 billion USD to reach 78.1 billion USD, resulting in a net debt to EBITDA ratio of 3.38x as of 31 December 2023. Our robust risk management was recognized earlier this year with a credit rating upgrade from Baa1 to A3 by Moody’s and from BBB+ to A- by S&P.

As a result, we have additional flexibility in our capital allocation choices. The AB InBev Board of Directors has proposed a full year dividend of 0.82 EUR per share, a 9% increase versus FY22. In addition, as of 23rd February 2024 we have completed nearly 90% of our 1 billion USD share buyback program announced on 31 October 2023.

Advancing our sustainability priorities: In FY23, we continued to make progress towards our ambitious 2025 Sustainability Goals. We contracted the equivalent of 100% of our global purchased electricity volume from renewable sources with 73.6% operational. Since 2017, we reduced our absolute GHG emissions across Scopes 1 and 2 by 44% and GHG emissions intensity across Scopes 1, 2 and 3 by 24.2%. In Sustainable Agriculture, 95% of our direct farmers met our criteria for skilled, 92% for connected and 86% for financially empowered. In Water Stewardship, we are investing in restoration and conservation efforts across 100% of our sites in high stress areas, with 56% of sites in scope for our 2025 goal already seeing measurable improvement in watershed health. For Circular Packaging, 77.5% of our products were in packaging that was returnable or made from majority recycled content. We are also progressing on our ambition to achieve net zero by 2040, with 36 lighthouse projects implemented worldwide in 2023.

In recognition of our leadership in corporate transparency and performance on climate change and water security, we were awarded a double A score by CDP.

We are committed to Smart Drinking and improving moderation habits all over the world. Since 2016, we have invested 900 million USD in social norms marketing and are on track to deliver our 1 billion USD goal by 2025. We have also undertaken the largest voluntary guidance labeling initiative, with 100% of our labels now featuring Smart Drinking icons and moderation actionable messages in 26 markets.

Please refer to our Sustainability Statements in our 2023 annual report here for further details.

Looking forward

As we reflect on 2023, while our full potential was constrained, the fundamental strengths of our business drove another year of consistent profitable growth. Beer is a large, profitable and growing category, gaining share of alcohol globally and with significant headroom for premiumization. Our diversified footprint, global scale and unparalleled ecosystem uniquely position us to lead and grow the category. We have replicable growth drivers such as our portfolio of megabrands that consumers love, digital products that unlock value and a category expansion model that drives organic growth. Our business generates superior profitability and cash generation, and our dynamic capital allocation framework provides us flexibility to maximize value creation. The resilience, relentless commitment and deep ownership culture of our people is truly unwavering, and we thank all our colleagues globally for their hard work and dedication.

Looking ahead to 2024, our purpose as a company remains as relevant as ever. Guided by our strategy and our focus on customer and consumer centricity, we are energized about the opportunities ahead to activate the category through our megabrands and platforms. We believe in the potential of the beer category, the fundamentals of our company and our people, and our ability to generate superior long-term value and create a future with more cheers.

2024 Outlook

(i) Overall Performance: We expect our EBITDA to grow in line with our medium-term outlook of between 4-8%1. The outlook for FY24 reflects our current assessment of inflation and other macroeconomic conditions.

(ii) Net Finance Costs: Net pension interest expenses and accretion expenses are expected to be in the range of 220 to 250 million USD per quarter, depending on currency and interest rate fluctuations. We expect the average gross debt coupon in FY24 to be approximately 4%.

(iii) Effective Tax Rates (ETR): We expect the normalized ETR in FY24 to be in the range of 27% to 29%. The ETR outlook does not consider the impact of potential future changes in legislation.

(iv) Net Capital Expenditure: We expect net capital expenditure of between 4.0 and 4.5 billion USD in FY24.

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Kenai Therapeutics Announces $82 Million Series A Financing to Advance Next Generation Allogeneic Cell Therapies for Neurological Diseases

 SAN DIEGO - Thursday, 29. February 2024 AETOSWire 

– Proceeds to be used to complete clinical proof-of-concept trial for lead candidate, RNDP-001, for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease –

– Financing co-led by Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation, Cure Ventures and The Column Group, with participation from Euclidean Capital and Saisei Ventures –


(BUSINESS WIRE)--Kenai Therapeutics, a biotechnology company leveraging induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC) technology to discover and develop a platform of allogeneic neuron replacement cell therapies for neurological disorders, today announced an $82 million Series A financing co-led by Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation, Cure Ventures and The Column Group, with participation from Euclidean Capital and Saisei Ventures. Kenai Therapeutics previously raised seed funding under the name Ryne Bio.

“We are grateful for the support of a syndicate of leading life science investors and a team of industry veterans, including scientific co-founders Dr. Howard Federoff and Dr. Jeffrey Kordower, who see the promise in Kenai’s approach to treating central nervous system disorders,” said Nick Manusos, chief executive officer of Kenai Therapeutics. “Their guidance will be invaluable as we soon advance our lead candidate, RNDP-001, into the clinic for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease.”

RNDP-001 is an iPSC-derived, allogeneic dopamine progenitor cell therapy for the treatment of both idiopathic and inherited forms of Parkinson’s disease, and has displayed robust survival, innervation, and behavioral rescue in preclinical models of Parkinson’s disease. Proceeds from the financing will enable the Company to submit an IND for RNDP-001 and complete Phase 1 clinical trials, which will initiate within the year.

“Kenai’s proprietary platform leverages an emerging approach to treating central nervous system disorders by replacing neurons lost due to neurodegeneration,” said Jeff Jonas, M.D., chair and board member of Kenai Therapeutics and partner at Cure Ventures. “The potentially curative nature of RNDP-001 for Parkinson’s disease could dramatically alter outcomes for patients with very few treatment options.”

Beyond RNDP-001, Kenai is developing a robust pipeline of advanced off-the-shelf dopamine neuron replacement cell therapeutics for neurological disorders. The Company will continue to work with its contract manufacturing partner, FUJIFILM Cellular Dynamics, a leading expert in iPSC technology and research, for manufacturing and development services.

“As a global leader in the field of iPSCs, we are thrilled to support the Kenai Therapeutics team to achieve progress in this promising area of science for patients with neurodegenerative diseases,” said Tomoyuki Hasegawa, president and chief executive officer at FUJIFILM Cellular Dynamics, Inc.

“Kenai’s approach to treating Parkinson’s disease is meaningfully differentiated from competing cell therapy approaches and has disease-modifying potential for patients with limited, primarily symptomatic, treatment options,” said Jeff Goater, partner at The Column Group. “We are proud to be able to support Kenai in its mission to advance RNDP-001 to help families and patients suffering with this devastating disease.”

About Kenai Therapeutics

Kenai Therapeutics (Kenai) is a biotechnology company pioneering next generation approaches to cure neurological disorders. The Company utilizes allogeneic induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC) technology, a Nobel Prize-winning breakthrough that enables scientists to manufacture many human cell types, in order to advance Kenai’s off-the-shelf neuron replacement therapeutics. By focusing on an iPSC technology platform, and forging partnerships with global leaders in surgical delivery and clinical development, Kenai is dedicated to advancing a best-in-class pipeline targeting neurological diseases. For additional information, please visit:

About Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation

The Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation (APFC) was created by the Alaska Legislature in 1980 as a quasi-independent state entity tasked with the important mission of prudently investing and managing the assets of the Alaska Permanent Fund. The Fund’s total assets are approximately $80 billion and are invested across a broad range of assets including equities, fixed income, alternatives and real estate. The Fund has been an active investor in biotechnology and life sciences dating back to 2013 and these assets now represent approximately 8% of APFC’s $15 billion private equity portfolio. For more information, please visit:

About Cure Ventures

Founded in 2021, Cure Ventures is a life sciences venture capital firm focusing on de novo company formation around groundbreaking curative technologies. Above all else, the Cure team leads with respect for people and for science. Led by highly accomplished industry veterans, Cure’s investment thesis is founded on three tenets: A seed funding model that allows Cure to de-risk the science and set companies up for success; genetic validation that increases the probability of success; and embedded Cure operators to drive the best day-to-day decision making in collaboration with founders. For more information, please visit:

About The Column Group

The Column Group (TCG) is a leading venture capital firm based in San Francisco that seeks to partner with exceptional scientific founders, entrepreneurs, executives, and investment organizations with a shared vision for building the next generation of drug discovery and development companies. TCG invests in disease-focused drug discovery companies with the potential to become leaders in their respective fields. These companies are strongly supported by the unique and complimentary skill sets of TCG’s team, which includes prominent authorities in the scientific, operational, and financial arenas. For more information, please visit:

About FUJIFILM Cellular Dynamics, Inc.

FUJIFILM Cellular Dynamics, Inc. is a leading developer and manufacturer of human iPSCs and iPSC-derived cells utilized in drug discovery, contract development and manufacturing services for cell therapies. For its partners, FUJIFILM Cellular Dynamics utilizes its iPSC platform to advance the progress of therapeutic candidates in the clinic and provides contract development and manufacturing (CDMO) services. In addition to cell therapy, FUJIFILM Cellular Dynamics also offers life science research tools including the company’s inventoried iCell® products, which are available in almost any cell type and are sourced from multiple cell lines which can be applied for target identification as well as toxicity testing. The company also offers custom cell services and cell banking. FUJIFILM Cellular Dynamics’ goal is to leverage the vast utility of iPSCs to advance human health and improve the quality of life for patients around the world. For more information, please visit:


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Mastercard and MTN Group Fintech partner to drive acceleration of mobile money ecosystem in Africa across 13 markets



  • The partnership is set to launch a prepaid virtual card tailored for MTN's MoMo customers, granting them access to over 100 million acceptance points worldwide
  • Additionally, it will empower MoMo merchants to seamlessly accept card payments, enhancing the platform's instant cross-border money remittance services and capabilities


Mastercard and MTN Group Fintech have signed a multi-market agreement that will set in motion a new era of collaboration to connect millions of people and small businesses across Africa with digital tools to transact through secure mobile payments, expanding access to the benefits of the cashless digital economy.


The partnership will use Mastercard’s cutting edge technology and capabilities to support MTN’s ambition to become Africa’s largest fintech platform for both merchants and consumers. This follows Mastercard and MTN’s recent agreement for a minority investment into MTN Group Fintech - the digital financial services arm of Africa’s largest mobile network operator – that concluded this month.


With MTN's overall subscriber base at 290 million and 60 million active monthly MoMo (Mobile Money) wallets, the agreement will impact 13 markets in Africa including Benin, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Eswatini, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria, Republic of Congo, Republic of Guinea, Rwanda, South Africa, Uganda, and Zambia.


“Our innovation strategy is based on collaboration. We are very proud of our partnership with MTN that will enable digital commerce for millions of people in Africa. In addition, mobile money solutions can be greatly beneficial for SMEs, enabling growth through seamless commercial operations, wider payments acceptance, access to affordable credit, and secure digital tools,” said Amnah Ajmal, Executive Vice President, Market Development EEMEA, Mastercard.


Africa is home to over 1.3 billion people and only about 43% are banked with over 90% of all payments and transactions made via cash. And of the total population, 45% have mobile money accounts. Over the past five years, Mastercard and MTN have joined together to support several mobile money programs across Africa, helping people to make payments through global platforms, thus bringing more people into the financial mainstream.


“When there is a mutual vision – in this case to bring access, progress, financial inclusion, and prosperity to people – the road to partnership is a simple one. We look forward to working with Mastercard as a partner that is also committed to the enablement of more people and businesses through the collaboration into best-in-class apps, superior user experiences, safe transactions, secure remittances, new use cases, and expanded acceptance,” said Serigne Dioum, Group CEO, MTN Fintech.


The collaboration will help strengthen local infrastructure for digital payments, support potential expansion of transactions in the future and drive financial inclusion through access to assets.


Enabling global access for MoMo wallet users

A virtual and physical Mastercard companion card will be added to every MoMo wallet allowing users access to over 100 million acceptance locations globally enabling MTN to scale up internationally.


With this access, Mastercard will also be able to provide its cybersecurity solutions to MTN’s operations with the aim to increase customer loyalty and trust.


Empowering SMEs with payment acceptance solutions

The agreement will enable SMEs with payments acceptance solutions such as Mastercard’s SME-in-a-Box, a low-cost payments solution that enables small business owners to move their businesses online and accept a range of digital payments from their customers.


SME owners will now be able to access solutions with the opportunity to set up an e-commerce shopfront, including QR enablement, Tap on Phone solutions and digital card acceptance. This aims to further elevate customer experience, reduce business costs, and open new avenues for growth and innovation.


Expanding reach for remittance solutions

Through the partnership, consumers will now have expanded reach for mobile money remittance services – both inward and cross-border remittances in Africa. The demand for international remittance services is growing with more than US$2 billion in daily processed transactions, equivalent to more than 40% of the GDP of Sub-Saharan Africa. International remittances via mobile-money wallets grew by 65% year over year in 2020 to around US$1 billion, with no signs of slowing.


Mastercard is committed to its work with multiple telecommunications network companies across the continent and around the world, to make financial inclusion a reality. The company has pledged to bring 1 billion people and 50 million SMEs into the global digital economy by 2025. The work to provide MTN’s consumers and SME customers with easy and secure solutions, platforms and tools is just one example of work to deliver on this goal.


About Mastercard (NYSE: MA) 

Mastercard is a global technology company in the payments industry. Our mission is to connect and power an inclusive, digital economy that benefits everyone, everywhere by making transactions safe, simple, smart and accessible. Using secure data and networks, partnerships and passion, our innovations and solutions help individuals, financial institutions, governments and businesses realize their greatest potential. With connections across more than 210 countries and territories, we are building a sustainable world that unlocks priceless possibilities for all.


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About the MTN Group

Launched in 1994, the MTN Group is a leading emerging market operator with a clear vision to lead the delivery of a bold new digital world to our customers. We are inspired by our belief that everyone deserves the benefits of a modern connected life. The MTN Group is listed on the JSE Securities Exchange in South Africa under the share code ‘MTN’. Our strategy is Ambition 2025: Leading digital solutions for Africa’s progress.


About MTN Group Fintech

MTN Fintech, the platform business of MTN Group, is dedicated to revolutionizing global financial services through innovative digital technology solutions. Leveraging MTN's extensive reach and expertise in telecommunications, MTN Fintech is committed to advancing financial inclusion for all and empowering communities in Africa. With a primary focus on pioneering mobile financial services, digital payments, e-commerce, short-term insurance, and remittance capabilities, MTN Fintech strives to establish seamless, accessible, and secure financial ecosystems that shape the future of digital finance.


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LiveRamp Launches Unified Data Collaboration Platform Featuring Composable Technology

 SAN FRANCISCO - Thursday, 29. February 2024 AETOSWire Print 

New enhancements enable customers to collaborate with any partner, activate data to any destination, and access more solutions—all from one place

With a future-ready platform optimized for speed and ease-of-use, customers can deliver better business outcomes and more personalized customer experiences


(BUSINESS WIRE)--LiveRamp (NYSE: RAMP) today unveiled the next generation of the /LiveRamp Data Collaboration Platform, which brings together solutions for the end-to-end marketing lifecycle onto a single platform. The unified offering introduces new capabilities such as a simplified user interface, composable technology for cross-cloud interoperability, and a partner marketplace where innovative third-party developers can build applications showcasing their trusted expertise. Built on a foundation of durable, authenticated technology designed to withstand signal loss, the /LiveRamp Data Collaboration Platform offers functionality to proactively address evolving privacy considerations while accelerating forward-looking data collaboration use cases.

Gartner® findings show “Marketing has an outsized role in data and analytic activities across the enterprise, with 71% of marketing data and analytics teams responsible for owning at least one element of data strategy for their organization.” By bringing all of its capabilities into a single user interface with simplified orchestration, LiveRamp enables customers to more easily connect audiences across partners. Supporting modern data architectures with a focus on decentralized data reduces cloud complexity, improving cloud usability for all business users while resolving IT infrastructure constraints. Customer advantages include greater ease-of-use and streamlined functionality that unlock greater value across all of their data collaboration needs.

Increase simplicity using a single user interface built on a foundation of best-in-class identity, global authenticated connectivity, and proprietary privacy-enhancing technologies

Enhance the user experience and accelerate speed-to-value with new ingestion pipelines that reduce turnaround time from days to hours. Self-service tools allow the permissioning of datasets and segments, and a new notification system—capable of integrating with workplace tools including Slack—enables users to control how they receive information

Reach audiences ecosystem-wide using an enhanced activation and segmentation experience centered on users, campaigns and cross-audience segmentation. Further improve marketing performance by integrating with technologies such as Google PAIR designed to combat the loss of third-party cookies and other deprecating signals.

Unlock new partnerships across second and third-party data with the flexibility to collaborate wherever your first-party data lives, across the widest range of use cases, from one location

Leverage a new, partner application marketplace starting with integrated discovery, access, and deployment of measurement solutions from LiveRamp’s global network of partners

“A core tenet of the Albertsons Media Collective is to foster a more interconnected, collaborative ecosystem that increases access to data while minimizing data movement,” said Evan Hovorka, VP of Product and Innovation, Albertsons Media Collective. “LiveRamp has helped us advance this pledge with future-ready solutions that grow signal fidelity, enhance privacy, and scale data collaboration across the channels that matter most to our network. LiveRamp bringing these capabilities together more seamlessly will not only accelerate our own partnership, but the downstream value we deliver to our customers, advertisers, and ecosystem at large.”

“Circana’s Lift solution, a gold standard in retail and CPG measurement, incorporates household level data to unlock critical insights for advertisers, enabling them to measure and optimize media investments to improve sales performance,” said Harvey Goldhersz, EVP of Product at Circana. “Through LiveRamp, advertisers can now pinpoint which creative messages, ad formats, audience segments, and media placements drive retail sales most effectively and efficiently. Advertisers who use Circana’s Lift solution improve return on advertising spend (ROAS) up to 80%. We’re thrilled to switch on this capability for LiveRamp, bringing Circana’s speed, superior coverage, and accuracy to an even wider audience.”

The launch of the unified /LiveRamp Data Collaboration Platform follows the company’s acquisition of Habu to accelerate data collaboration through enhanced clean room technology. Customers using the LiveRamp Clean Room, powered by Habu on its platform can measure campaigns across all walled gardens, media platforms and programmatic channels while connecting data seamlessly across clouds, warehouses and clean rooms.

“LiveRamp’s customers have been asking for solutions with greater simplicity and scale to unlock the value of data and drive a competitive advantage,” added Kimberly Bloomston, Chief Product Officer at LiveRamp. “The launch of our fully unified platform delivers on this need by setting a new standard for powerful data collaboration built on privacy-enhancing technologies that withstand evolving signal loss and privacy requirements. LiveRamp’s recent acquisition of Habu further strengthens our ability to help customers collaborate with anyone, activate data anywhere, and measure everywhere it matters.”

Learn more about the wide range of data collaboration use cases LiveRamp can unlock for your company at

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LiveRamp is the data collaboration platform of choice for the world’s most innovative companies. A groundbreaking leader in consumer privacy, data ethics, and enterprise identity, LiveRamp is setting the new standard for building a connected customer view with unmatched clarity and context while protecting precious brand and consumer trust. LiveRamp offers complete flexibility to collaborate wherever data lives to support the widest range of data collaboration use cases—within organizations, between brands, and across its premier global network of top-quality partners.

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EH Group Joins H2MARINE Project to Develop Next Generation Maritime Fuel Cells


(BUSINESS WIRE)--EH Group is a proud member of H2MARINE, a co-funded initiative by the EU’s Clean Hydrogen Partnership and SERI (Switzerland). The project is committed to innovation in hydrogen technologies, focused on the development of next generation PEM fuel cell stacks for marine applications.

It entails the comprehensive process of designing, assembly, and testing of FC stacks, engineered to generate 250-300 kW of electrical power, and addressing the specific challenges of maritime applications. Based on its unique FC technology, EH Group will contribute its high power density stacks, further developed and optimised for marine use.

With an overall budget of over 9Mio EUR, across 42 months, the project represents a significant step forward in the pursuit of sustainable energy solutions for the maritime sector. The project consortium consists of 13 partners across Europe, including key R&D institutes like VTT, EPFL, ZSW, University of Freiburg, and companies such as Beyond Gravity, CluBE, CLEOS, DANA REINZ-DICHTUNGS-GmbH, Greenerity GmbH, PowerCell Sweden AB, and Thyssenkrupp Marine Systems.

“Our high power density fuel cell technology has been recognised in its use for maritime applications, and we are delighted to contribute to its further development in this project. ” says Mardit Matian, Founder of EH Group.

“The marine sector is facing increasing pressure to decarbonise, and EH Group is committed with its H2MARINE collaborators to accelerate FCs role in solving that challenge.” states Christopher Brandon, Co-Founder.

About EH Group

Established in Switzerland since 2017, EH Group is focused on the design and production of its innovative fuel cell technology. It offers unrivalled power density, greater system efficiency and a unique assembly process that radically reduces costs. It is aimed at the decarbonisation of heavy duty mobility such as marine vessels, off-highway vehicles, trucking and aviation as well as large scale stationary power.


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New PICO® Nexμs™ Jetting System Connects Fluid Dispensing to Industry 4.0 Efficiency

 Manufacturers can connect, control and monitor jetting functions using Industrial Ethernet protocols from a human machine interface of their choice at the point of dispense

(BUSINESS WIRE) -- Nordson EFD, a Nordson company (NASDAQ: NDSN) and leading precision fluid dispensing systems manufacturer, introduces the PICO Nexμs Jetting System to revolutionize jet dispensing efficiency.

For most automated production machines, standard jetting controllers are panel-mounted away from the point of dispense, making adjustment and monitoring of the dispensing parameters inconvenient to the user. The PICO Nexμs jetting controller eliminates this hassle. Its compact, 24V DIN-rail construction makes it easy to mount inside an existing machine cabinet, saving valuable space near the automated machine. It is especially well suited in multi-valve installations where machine real estate is limited.

PICO Nexμs controllers use standard Industrial Ethernet protocols such as PROFINET® and EtherNet/IP™ to communicate with programmable logic controllers (PLCs) or other plant controllers. This allows manufacturers to control multiple jetting systems through a human machine interface (HMI) at the point of dispense.

Its intuitive web interface simplifies setup, programming, and monitoring. Adjust cycle, pulse, frequency, and more for real-time control. A history of dispensing parameters can be stored here for optimal quality control.

“PICO Nexμs is the Core of Connectivity. It is all about connections. That’s what PICO Nexμs does. It connects to the Pμlse jet valve. It connects to factory automation. It connects to the jetting process controls. It connects to the machine. And it connects the machine operator via HMI for real time manufacturing information, enabling a data-driven production process and greater production yields and efficiencies,” said Claude Bergeron, PICO Product Line Manager, Nordson EFD.

For more information, visit Nordson EFD on the web at,, email at, or call +1 401.431.7000 or 800.556.3484.

About Nordson EFD

Nordson EFD designs and manufactures precision fluid dispensing systems for benchtop assembly processes and automated assembly lines. By enabling manufacturers to apply the same amount of adhesive, lubricant or other assembly fluid to every part, every time, EFD dispensing systems are helping companies in a wide variety of industries increase throughput, improve quality, and lower their production costs. Other fluid management capabilities include high-quality syringe barrels and cartridges for packaging one- and two-component materials . The company is also a leading formulator of specialty solder pastes for dispensing and printing applications in the electronics industry.

About Nordson Corporation

Nordson engineers, manufactures, and markets differentiated products and systems used for dispensing and processing adhesives, coatings, polymers, sealants and biomaterials; and for managing fluids, testing and inspecting for quality, treating surfaces and curing. These products are supported with extensive application expertise and direct global sales and service. We serve a wide variety of consumer non-durable, consumer durable and technology end markets including packaging, nonwovens, electronics, medical, appliances, energy, transportation, building and construction, and general product assembly and finishing. Founded in 1954 and headquartered in Westlake, Ohio, the company has operations and support offices in more than 30 countries. Visit Nordson on the web at, or

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Quectel introduces new ultra-low latency Wi-Fi 7 modules for PC OEMs

(BUSINESS WIRE)--MWC - Quectel Wireless Solutions, a global IoT solutions provider, has unveiled a new portfolio of Wi-Fi 7 modules that are ideal for PC OEMs looking to support Wi-Fi 7 in their devices’ connectivity technology options. The expanded Quectel Wi-Fi 7 and Bluetooth 5.4 modules range includes the Quectel NCM825, NCM825A, NCM835, NCM865 and NCM865A. All of the new modules offer support for Intel and AMD x86 platforms as well as the Snapdragon® X Elite platform for leading Windows PC experiences.

The Quectel NCM825, NCM835 and NCM865 series modules utilize a Qualcomm® FastConnect™ 7800 Mobile Connectivity system from Qualcomm Technologies and support simultaneous operation on the 2.4GHz plus 5GHz and 2.4GHz plus 6 GHz frequency bands thanks to 2 x 2 MIMO with dual band simultaneous (DBS) capability. The NCM865 and NCM865A chipsets feature High Band Simultaneous (HBS) technology, which enhances wireless communication by minimizing interference within the high-frequency spectrum. This advancement contributes to a more efficient use of bandwidth, resulting in decreased latency and an increase in data throughput. The modules also support multi-link operation (MLO), a feature that allows routers to use multiple wireless bands and channels at the same time to connect to a Wi-Fi 7 client. MLO enables the NCM8x5 series to achieve a faster data rate, much lower latency and higher network reliability for users.

“We’re delighted to bring further choice to PC OEMs by adding Wi-Fi 7 and Bluetooth 5.4 modules to our portfolio,” said Norbert Muhrer, President and CSO, Quectel Wireless Solutions. “By harnessing the performance of multi-link operation alongside dual band simultaneous capability we are able to ensure end users can access faster data with ultra-low latency while also continuing to experience outstanding network reliability. This widens the performance envelope for manufacturers and opens up rich experiences and greater flexibility for their customers.”

In addition, the new modules support 4K-QAM and 320MHz bandwidth which enables them to achieve a maximum data rate of 5.8Gbps, allowing the ultra-low latency and real-time response that laptop use cases demand. The modules also integrate and support dual Bluetooth, 2Mbps Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), LE audio and BLE Long Range.

The Quectel NCM825 series measures 16.0mm x 20.0mm x 1.80mm, while the NCM865 series measures 22.0mm x 30.0mm x 2.25mm. The modules operate in the -10 °C to +65 °C temperature range and variants are certified by regulators across the globe.

Quectel places security at the heart for everything they do. Working closely with Finite State, the leader in managing software supply chain risk for the enterprise, to enhance the security of its modules through rigorous security testing, improved software supply chain visibility, and comprehensive software risk management, ensuring security testing in all phases of the development cycle. In addition to penetration testing of its key modules, Quectel announced the release of Software Bill of Materials (SBOM) and Vulnerability Exploitability Exchange (VEX) documents for its IoT modules. As an industry-first among IoT module manufacturers, these resources will be made available through the Quectel website.

Furthermore, to help customers to facilitate their designs, Quectel offers a variety of high-performance antennas which boost wireless connectivity significantly. IoT developers can bundle Quectel modules along with Quectel’s antennas and pre-certification services, reducing both cost and time-to-market for their IoT devices.

About Quectel

Quectel’s passion for a smarter world drives us to accelerate IoT innovation. A highly customer-centric organization, we are a global IoT solutions provider backed by outstanding support and services. Our growing global team of 5,900 professionals sets the pace for innovation in cellular, GNSS, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth modules as well as antennas and services.

With regional offices and support across the globe, our international leadership is devoted to advancing IoT and helping build a smarter world.

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Galderma Announces Record 2023 Net Sales of Over 4 B USD and Significant Core EBITDA Margin Expansion

 (BUSINESS WIRE)--Galderma:

Delivered against full year guidance for another consecutive year with strong financial performance

Galderma achieved net sales of 4.082 B USD, up 8.5% year-on-year on a constant currency basis1 in FY 2023, at the higher end of its 6-9% net sales growth 2023 FY guidance, and surpassed 4 B USD in net sales for the first time

Positive momentum across all product categories outperforming fast growing market segments, with year-on-year net sales growth on a constant currency basis of 6.5% in Injectable Aesthetics, 12.1% in Dermatological Skincare, and 8.7% in Therapeutic Dermatology

Core EBITDA for 2023 was 942 M USD, representing a 23.1% Core EBITDA margin, with 21.4% year-on-year growth on a constant currency basis. Core EBITDA margin expansion was significant, up 281 basis points versus prior year on a constant currency basis in line with its 2023 FY guidance range

Continued commercial execution and pipeline advancements

In Injectable Aesthetics, Galderma continued to outpace the market with global share gains in neuromodulators, fillers and biostimulators. The Company also announced positive results from two phase IIIb trials investigating RelabotulinumtoxinA (QM-1114), for the treatment of glabellar lines (“frown lines”) and lateral canthal lines (“crow’s feet”)

Dermatological Skincare flagship brands, Cetaphil and Alastin, drove substantial growth ahead of the market, with continued geographic and portfolio expansion including the launch of Cetaphil Healthy Renew, Alastin ReSURFACE Skin Polish and the C-RADICAL Defense Antioxidant Serum

In Therapeutic Dermatology, Galderma made progress to expand its leading portfolio and planned entry into the fast-growing biologics sub-segment. The Company showcased positive data from four phase III trials investigating the treatment of atopic dermatitis and prurigo nodularis with nemolizumab, meeting all primary and secondary endpoints across trials. On February 14, 2024, Galderma announced regulatory filing acceptances for nemolizumab in prurigo nodularis and atopic dermatitis in the U.S. and EU.

2024 guidance

In 2024, Galderma expects to deliver 7-10% net sales growth on a constant currency basis and a Core EBITDA margin in line with 2023 at constant currency, despite significantly increased investments in nemolizumab


“This has been a landmark year for Galderma, underscoring the strong momentum and sustained growth we have seen over the past four years. We expect this momentum to continue in 2024 and beyond, leveraging our pure-play dermatology focus, the strong positions of our leading brands such as Cetaphil, Dysport, Sculptra and Restylane, our global scale with omnichannel execution excellence and our market leading education and services. With our robust and fully established integrated dermatology platform and our leading science and innovation, Galderma is set to continue on its strong growth trajectory.”




Financial performance

In 2023, for a second year in a row, Galderma delivered at the higher end of its net sales guidance for FY 2023, with 8.5% year-on-year net sales growth on a constant currency basis to 4.082 B USD, driven by volume growth across all product categories and a positive product mix impact in Injectable Aesthetics, complemented with price gains.

Injectable Aesthetics delivered 6.5% year-on-year net sales growth on a constant currency basis driven by double-digit growth in neuromodulators, which saw market share gains across all key markets. Fillers and biostimulators gained market share in International markets2 and competed for #1 position in the U.S. despite a soft filler market following normalization from a post-COVID rebound, with especially strong growth from Sculptra®.

Dermatological Skincare continued to outperform the market, with year-on-year net sales growth of 12.1% on a constant currency basis, driven by Cetaphil® growth momentum, with especially strong performance in Asia and Latin America, as well as continued strong Alastin® growth, leveraging synergies with Injectable Aesthetics and supported by new launches.

Therapeutic Dermatology recorded net sales growth of 8.7% on a constant currency basis driven by successful yield improvement measures in the U.S. boosting Differin®, Soolantra® and Aklief®, and growth in International markets.

From a geographical perspective, International markets grew 12.3% year-on-year on a constant currency basis, driven by strong performance in China, India, Brazil, UK, and Mexico, with double-digit growth in Injectable Aesthetics and Dermatological Skincare, and mid-single-digit growth in Therapeutic Dermatology despite generic entries. U.S. net sales grew 4.2% year-on-year on a constant currency basis, with double-digit growth in the second half of the year following a high comparable base in Injectable Aesthetics in the first half.

Galderma delivered Core EBITDA of 942 M USD (23.1% margin), representing 21.4% year-on-year growth on a constant currency basis, and a Core EBITDA margin expansion of 202 basis points on a reported basis (281 basis points on a constant currency basis) in line with its guidance range of +200 to +300 basis points versus 2022. 2023 margin expansion was driven by gains from premiumization, structural cost savings, and operating expenses leverage, partially offset by nemolizumab investments.

On 26 June 2023, Galderma announced a private placement of approximately 1 B USD from a group consisting of current shareholders, new investors, as well as management. The proceeds have been used to strengthen the Company’s balance sheet and to further accelerate its organic growth.

In 2024, Galderma expects to deliver 7-10% net sales growth on a constant currency basis. Core EBITDA margin at constant currency is expected to be in line with 2023, despite an expected increase in the company’s investments in 2024 behind nemolizumab’s potential bolstered by its recently announced clinical differentiation and regulatory progress. Galderma expects its underlying profitability (excluding the impact of its investments in nemolizumab) to continue to expand in 2024 as it executes its proven integrated dermatology strategy.

Progressing on a proven integrated strategy and innovation pipeline

Injectable Aesthetics

In 2023, Galderma continued on its above-market growth trajectory, with market share gains in neuromodulators, fillers and biostimulators. The strong momentum is based on continued execution of Galderma’s three strategic pillars, expanding the broadest portfolio in Injectable Aesthetics with leading science and innovation, strengthening commercial execution, and offering market-leading education and services.

Some highlights from 2023 included increasing and deepening the relationship with healthcare professionals globally, with the expansion of the salesforce as well as scaling of the Galderma Aesthetics Injector Network (GAIN) providing leading medical trainings, and amplifying consumer reach through digital activation. The launch and global roll-out is ongoing for FACE by Galderma™, an exclusive augmented reality visualization consultation tool that simulates the results of injectable treatments real-time, as is the scaling of ASPIRE, Galderma’s loyalty program in the U.S for consumers and healthcare professionals. Galderma progressed on leading innovation across its portfolio, with key announcements outlined below.

In 2023, Galderma announced positive results from two phase IIIb trials investigating RelabotulinumtoxinA (QM-1114), for the treatment of frown lines and crow’s feet. Both studies met their primary endpoints, demonstrating significant improvements for both frown lines and crow’s feet, with a rapid onset of action as early as day one and a long duration beyond six months4. RelabotulinumtoxinA is a highly active, complex-free, and ready-to-use liquid botulinum toxin A with a proprietary strain and manufactured using a unique state-of-the-art process, with the opportunity to expand Galderma’s neuromodulator portfolio globally. Regulatory approval activities are ongoing for RelabotulinumtoxinA in the U.S., Europe and other markets.

In addition, in neuromodulators, Alluzience’s® first phase IV study, STAR, showed rapid onset starting on day one, lasting effects up to six months, with 99% of subjects displaying aesthetic improvement at month one and 76% maintaining it up to month six3. At the first Liquid Live event in Dubai, Galderma highlighted its plans to launch Alluzience, the first and only liquid ready-to-use neuromodulator in 13 new countries.

In fillers and biostimulators, Galderma continued to develop innovation for Sculptra, the unique and original PLLA-SCA5 collagen stimulator which is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2024. In 2023, it received approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) for the correction of fine lines and wrinkles in the cheek area.

The Company also continued to build out its Restylane portfolio with the launch of Restylane Eyelight™ in the U.S., and Restylane SHAYPE™ received approval from Health Canada in 2023 for temporary augmentation of the chin region given its ‘bone-mimicking’ properties using NASHA HD™ technology.

Dermatological Skincare

In 2023, strong growth momentum was driven by Galderma’s two flagship brands in Dermatological Skincare, Cetaphil and Alastin. Both brands outpaced the market, based on differentiated positioning in sensitive skin and peri-procedure skincare respectively as well as part of Galderma integrated dermatology platform, with unique portfolio synergies when executing on Galderma’s strategic pillars.

Cetaphil, with over 75 years of heritage in sensitive skincare, surpassed a record 1 B USD in net sales in 2023. Cetaphil’s portfolio of products continued to evolve to address a wide range of sensitive skin needs. For example, Cetaphil Healthy Renew, the first of its kind, healthy-aging skincare line, was launched in Brazil and the U.S., offering consumers a retinol alternative for sensitive skin, formulated with purified peptides to help defend against visible signs of aging.

Cetaphil also continued to focus on its omnichannel execution, especially in fast-growing markets, with the expansion of its salesforce, retailer distribution, as well as e-commerce and digital engagement. One of the value-adding digital offerings launched in 2023 is the Cetaphil AI Skin Analysis, a comprehensive skin analyzer offering personalized skin assessment scores and skincare regimen recommendations. With a selfie, the digital tool compares the photo to a robust database of 70,000 diverse skin images to create an inclusive, personalized report revealing skin type, skin concerns and proneness to various skin conditions.

In 2023, the growth of Alastin remained strong, especially with increased account penetration in the U.S., based on salesforce expansion, commercial synergies with Injectable Aesthetics, and differentiated innovation. Galderma continued to build out its Alastin portfolio, with new launches such as ReSURFACE Skin Polish® and C-RADICAL® Defense Antioxidant Serum. Galderma also initiated targeted international expansion of its Alastin range in the UK and Mexico while gaining direct distribution in Canada.

At the 25th World Congress of Dermatology, the Global Sensitive Skincare Faculty, in collaboration with the George Washington University, presented the results from the most extensive global epidemiological study ever to assess and characterizing sensitive skin worldwide. Including more than 10,000 participants spread across seven countries and five continents, the outcome of the research is a much more diverse and inclusive understanding of global trends and specific nuances of sensitive skin sufferers.

Therapeutic Dermatology

In Therapeutic Dermatology, Galderma continued to execute on Galderma’s three strategic pillars for its portfolio while progressing the development of nemolizumab, a first-in-class investigational monoclonal antibody that blocks the signaling of IL-31, a neuroimmune cytokine responsible for driving multiple disease mechanisms in atopic dermatitis and prurigo nodularis. With its differentiated clinical profile, nemolizumab represents the opportunity to expand on Galderma’s leading Therapeutic Dermatology portfolio and enter into the fast-growing biologics sub-segment.

In 2023, Galderma showcased positive data from four pivotal phase III trials investigating the treatment of atopic dermatitis and prurigo nodularis with nemolizumab. The positive trial results demonstrated that nemolizumab used in monotherapy for the treatment of prurigo nodularis and with topical corticosteroids or topical calcineurin inhibitors for atopic dermatitis showed fast itch relief (as early as Day Two and improving over time, with a significant impact also on sleep and quality of life), lasting skin clearance (significantly improved through Week 16 and beyond), a favorable safety profile and ease of use as the first biologic candidate with once-every-four-week dosing. Additional data also supports the option to reduce to every-eight-week dosing for maintenance in atopic dermatitis. In 2023, results from the OLYMPIA 2 trial in prurigo nodularis were published in The New England Journal of Medicine6.

On 14 February 2024, Galderma announced that the FDA accepted its Biologics License Applications (“BLA”) for nemolizumab for the treatment of patients with prurigo nodularis and for adolescents and adults with moderate to severe atopic dermatitis. Nemolizumab was granted FDA Priority Review for prurigo nodularis. In addition, the European Medicines Agency (“EMA") has also accepted the Marketing Authorization Applications (“MAA”) for nemolizumab in prurigo nodularis and atopic dermatitis. Further submissions to regulatory authorities in additional countries are planned in 2024.

Beyond nemolizumab, Galderma continued to deliver positive data across its Therapeutic Dermatology portfolio. In 2023, the Company’s position in acne was strengthened by presenting new data on trifarotene (Aklief®) from the phase IV START study showing statistically and clinically significant reduction in the risk of atrophic acne scarring, high patient satisfaction and patient compliance, as well as data from the phase IV LEAP study demonstrating a reduction in post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.

The Company also continues to bring differentiated innovation to market and in 2023 entered a new acne spot treatment segment with the launch of its science-backed technology behind Benzac and Differin patches in the UK and Italy for the treatment of emerging pimples.

Leadership in education and services

In 2023, Galderma remained true to its commitment to advancing innovation and scientific knowledge in dermatology. Throughout the year, Galderma had a significant presence at major congresses and events, presenting over 50 scientific presentations at the World Congress of Dermatology, contributing to the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology (EADV), the Aesthetic & Anti-Aging Medical World Congress (AMWC), the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), and IMCAS World Congress.

The Company also managed to deliver market-leading and differentiated education and services across categories. This included training and engaging with more than 130,000 healthcare professionals through more than 11,000 Galderma Aesthetics Injector Network (GAIN) events and other medical education and awareness programs in 2023.

In 2023, Galderma further consolidated its ESG profile by rolling out a dedicated executive-level ESG oversight and instituting the ESG Council. This Council is chaired by the CEO and includes all members of Galderma’s Executive Committee as well as other relevant senior functional leaders and is responsible of all major decisions related to ESG, including climate-related topics.

About Galderma

Galderma is the pure-play dermatology category leader, present in approximately 90 countries. We deliver an innovative, science-based portfolio of premium flagship brands and services that span the full spectrum of the fast-growing dermatology market through Injectable Aesthetics, Dermatological Skincare and Therapeutic Dermatology. Since our foundation in 1981, we have dedicated our focus and passion to the human body’s largest organ – the skin – meeting individual consumer and patient needs with superior outcomes in partnership with healthcare professionals. Because we understand that the skin we are in shapes our lives, we are advancing dermatology for every skin story. For more information:

Notes and references:

With respect to period-on-period comparisons, Galderma presents certain financial data on a constant currency basis, which excludes the translation impact of exchange rate movements and excluding hyperinflation economies, and which we refer to as ‘Constant Currency.’ The impact of changes in foreign exchange rates for the years ended December 31, 2023 and 2022 is excluded by translating all reported revenues for the periods being compared using the average exchange rates in effect during the initial year of the relevant period. The Company believes that this measure facilitates an understanding of the underlying economic performance of its operations.

Galderma reports net sales by two geographies: U.S. and International markets

Galderma data on file: initial results of the phase IIIb 43QM2106 trial; initial results of the phase IIIb 43QM2107 trial

Hilton et al. Dermatol Surg 2022;48:1198-202

Poly-L-Lactic Acid – Sculptra

Kwatra SG, et al. Phase 3 trial of nemolizumab in patients with prurigo nodularis. N Engl J Med. 2023;389:1579-89. DOI: 10.1056/NEJMoa2301333

Forward-looking statements

Certain statements in this announcement are forward-looking statements, including 2024 financial targets. Forward looking statements are statements that are not historical facts and may be identified by words such as "plans", "targets", "aims", " believes", "expects", "anticipates", "intends", "estimates", "will", "may", "continues", "should" and similar expressions. These forward-looking statements reflect, at the time, Galderma's beliefs, intentions and current targets/aims concerning, among other things, Galderma's results of operations, financial condition, industry, liquidity, prospects, growth and strategies and are subject to change. The estimated financial information is based on management's current expectations and is subject to change. By their nature, forward-looking statements involve a number of risks, uncertainties and assumptions that could cause actual results or events to differ materially from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. These risks, uncertainties and assumptions could adversely affect the outcome and financial consequences of the plans and events described herein. Actual results may differ from those set forth in the forward-looking statements as a result of various factors (including, but not limited to, future global economic conditions, changed market conditions, intense competition in the markets in which Galderma operates, costs of compliance with applicable laws, regulations and standards, diverse political, legal, economic and other conditions affecting the Galderma's markets, and other factors beyond the control of Galderma). Neither Galderma nor its shareholders, directors, officers, employees, advisors, or any other person is under any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. You should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, which speak of the date of this announcement. Statements contained in this announcement regarding past trends or events should not be taken as a representation that such trends or events will continue in the future. Some of the information presented herein is based on statements by third parties, and no representation or warranty, express or implied, is made as to, and no reliance should be placed on, the fairness, reasonableness, accuracy, completeness or correctness of this information or any other information or opinions contained herein, for any purpose whatsoever.


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