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Bittium Invests in Swiss Remote Diagnostics Service Company Evismo




|| July 12: 2018: Oulu: Finland || ά. Bittium expands its medical remote diagnostics service offering to Switzerland by investing in Evismo AG, a Swiss medical remote diagnostics service provider. Bittium and Evismo will jointly provide customers with full-scale remote diagnostics service, that, at this stage, includes remote diagnostics service platform, monitoring the electrical activity of the heart, wireless measurement data transfer and analysis and diagnostics of measurements.

The investment will be carried out by subscribing new shares in Evismo AG, the subscription will be carried out in two phases. After the share subscription on July 11, Bittium’s holding of Evismo is 17.4 percent and, subject to certain commercial terms by March 31, 2019, Bittium’s holding would be 25 percent. The purchase order does not change Bittium's financial outlook for the year 2018, published on February 22, 2018 in the Bittium Corporation’s Financial Statement Bulletin 2017.

Bittium's service solution includes bio-signal measurement devices and analysis software and facilitates the transfer of the recorded ECG measurements and the related diagnostic reports securely through the remote diagnostics platform to ease and speed up patient care. In this service package, Bittium Faros ECG measuring devices will be used to measure the electrical activity of the heart.

Bittium Faros is a versatile ECG device, which by its technical capabilities enables a complete service concept to provide customers with flexible short and long-term recordings. Bittium Tough Mobile smartphones will be used for the wireless transfer of daily measurement data. Bittium Tough Mobile is a secure and strong Android-based LTE smartphone that combines the latest information security solutions and commercial smartphone technologies.

Bittium Cardiac Navigator will be used for analysing the ECG recordings. Bittium Cardiac Navigator is completely new type of solution for the efficient analysis of clinical Holter ECG recordings. Bittium will, also, provide the remote diagnostics service platform for the service concept.

The founders of Evismo have a long experience in the development, technology management, sales, marketing and business development of cardiac monitoring products and systems. Evismo offers remote diagnostics services for general practitioners, cardiologists, clinics, hospitals and other healthcare professionals.

“We are excited that we closed our first investment round with Bittium, our preferred and selected provider for ECG monitoring devices and software. With the funding, Evismo will be able to accelerate launch and growth by building the right team and infrastructure.

With Bittium we have found a partner, who understands and lives remote monitoring and patient data security. We can work closely with the whole team at Bittium on our development needs and they share our vision of user friendly and digitally transformed monitoring. Together we will increase patient comfort and safety while reducing healthcare costs.” Says Mr Willemien van den Toorn, Co-founder and Managing Partner of Evismo AG.

“The co-operation with Evismo enables Bittium to gain access to a network of doctors and specialists in Switzerland to support the development of technology for remote medical diagnostics. This co-operation, also, opens the marketing and sales for Bittium’s remote diagnostic services business in Central Europe.

Evismo's long-term experience in medical remote diagnostics combined with Bittium's over 30 years of experience in radio technologies and bio-signal measurements enables the rapid development and implementation of an innovative and comprehensive system. Through this co-operation, we believe we can improve healthcare services by developing advanced and cost-effective systems and devices.” says Mr Arto Pietilä, Senior Vice President, Bittium Medical Technologies.

Further information: Arto Pietilä: Senior Vice President, Medical Technologies: Tel. +358 40 344 5466:

About Bittium: Bittium specializes in the development of reliable, secure communications and connectivity solutions, leveraging its 30 year legacy of expertise in advanced radio communication technologies. Bittium offers healthcare technology products and services for the measurement of and monitoring of bio-signals in the areas of cardiology, neurology, rehabilitation, occupational health and sports medicine. Net sales in 2017 were EUR 51.6 million. Bittium is listed on Nasdaq Helsinki.

About Evismo: Evismo provides remote vital signs monitoring in Switzerland, cost effectively and patient focused. Evismo introduces new connected technologies into today's healthcare with the aim of optimally caring for patients in the context of prevention, diagnosis and therapy. We monitor patients remotely and from their homes. Evismo’s first service Cardio-Flex for general practitioners, cardiologists, clinics, hospitals and other healthcare professionals provides extended online ECG monitoring. Cardio-Flex offers maximum diagnostic yield with minimal wearing time, as data is checked daily for all relevant arrhythmias.

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ECLAIR Green: In Concert with Japanese Giant Corporations Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency Launches Electrification Challenge for Aircraft Consortium



|| July 02: 2018 || ά. On July 01 Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency:JAXA launched the Electrification Challenge for Aircraft:ECLAIR Consortium in collaboration with IHI Corporation, Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd, Subaru Corporation, Hitachi Ltd, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Aero Engines Ltd, Mitsubishi Electric Corporation and Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.

The objective of the ECLAIR Consortium is twofold: developing innovative electric technology to reduce CO2 emissions and other negative impacts from aviation on the environment and incubating initiatives across industries to stimulate exponential growth of the country's aviation sector. In recent years, powering aircraft by electricity has earned recognition as a way to curtail emissions, a common challenge, that the global aviation takes on.

For the last two decades or so, the performance has considerably improved of batteries, inverters, motors, among other electrical systems of hybrid and electric vehicles. Some of this technology has achieved the level to be applied to electric aircraft or lighter aircraft powered by electric motors.

In fact, a number of countries have undertaken developments of electrically powered aircraft for commercial introduction. Next-Generation Astronautical Innovation Hub Centre, JAXA Astronautical Technology Directorate leads the ECLAIR Consortium.

Serving as a platform, where government, academia and industry collaborate, ECLAIR employs the open innovation, that brings together Japan's advanced electric motorisation and aviation technology. The goal is development of emission-free or purely electrical airplanes, which yield absolutely minimum CO2 emissions.

Specifically, the Consortium first implements shared vision of future electric aircraft on which to develop and aims at improvements of the technology that Japan excels. An open forum is scheduled for December 2018 to publicise the initiatives taken by the Consortium.

To ensure applications of the technological development embodied by the Consortium, ECLAIR will work in close co-operation with METI, which supervises Japan's aviation industrial policies.

METI plans to positively use the Consortium to raise the competitiveness of Japanese businesses, in particular, those, that have great potential of growth as exemplified in aviation, that promotes electric motorisation.:::ω.

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Muon Imaging System Harnesses Space Particles to Detect Radioactive Material and Is Now on the Market




|| July 02: 2018 || ά. Scientists have successfully developed a technology, that can harness heavy electrons or muons, derived from space particles, to detect and safely manage radioactive waste. The £07 million project, led by scientists from National Nuclear Laboratory:NNL, the University of Glasgow and spin-off company Lynkeos Technology Ltd, could have major implications for nuclear decommissioning, the storing of historic waste and the testing of new waste management techniques.

The technology has created a method for detecting when muons, particles produced when cosmic rays collide with the earth’s atmosphere, pass through uranium. Dr Craig Shearer, the Project Leader at NNL, said, “About 10,000 muons are hitting every square metre of the earth’s surface every minute. Dozens hit you every second and when they do, they pass straight through you, with almost no distinguishable deviation. This is not true when they hit uranium, however. Instead, they scatter.

When we first looked at this in 2009, we thought we had a 50:50 chance of turning this idea into a product, that could be commercialised for the nuclear industry. But the results surpassed expectations at every stage.”

NNL is currently deploying the technology at Sellafield and the detector has now been commercialised by Lynkeos Technology, ready to be sold on the global market.

Professor Ralf Kaiser, CEO of Lynkeos, said, “The Muon Imaging System:MIS can be used for a variety of purposes, whether that’s inspecting old:spent material used in nuclear production to see, if, it’s safe to store, for imaging the products of thermal treatment processes or inspecting historic waste without needing to chip away its concrete encasing.

This form of detection is providing the nuclear industry with an inexpensive method for testing waste materials, to which there is currently no other technological option. This should help to, significantly, lower costs within the nuclear industry.”

The project, which received initial seed funding from NNL, has, also, been supported with a £01.6 million research contract from Innovate UK, £04.8m funding from Sellafield Ltd and further grants and fellowships from EPSRC, STFC and the Royal Society of Edinburgh. 

About National Nuclear Laboratory:NNL: NNL offers an unrivalled breadth of technical products and services to customers across the whole nuclear industry. This covers the complete nuclear fuel cycle, from fuel manufacture and power generation to reprocessing, waste treatment and disposal. NNL is supported by a range of partnerships with international research organisations, academia and other research laboratories.

About Lynkeos: Lynkeos Technology Ltd. is the first company in Europe to commercialise cosmic muon tomography. The Muon Imaging System is based on the detection of muons and on the detailed knowledge of the interaction of muons with matter. This makes it possible to image the contents of shielded containers, e.g, for nuclear waste, that can not be imaged by conventional X-ray or gamma-based imaging techniques. .:::ω.

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Epson Presents The Green Choice in Business Usage of the Inkjet Printers: Clean Green and Sustainable Economics


|| July 01: 2018 || ά. Companies could save up to €176 million on their energy bill and 333,041 metric tons of CO2 emissions in Europe as a result of choosing Epson inkjet printing technology over laser printers, according to the new data, presented in Epson’s first European Sustainability Report, The Green Choice, now available in English, which reinforces Epson’s corporate social responsibility commitment and highlights its achievements with its focus on people, planet and process.

The report highlights that in the UK, companies could save up to €32,802,059 on their energy bill and 75,663,436kg of CO2 by using business inkjet technology over four years, that is a CO2 saving equivalent to the amount produced by an average UK car driving around the world 15,720 times. These environmental and financial benefits for the UK, independently verified by TÜV Rheinland, were derived from the total business inkjet units sold in 2016 and 2017 and the anticipated savings of the printers over four years.

The CO2 emission factor of the energy mix in the UK was, also, considered. These savings support the EU’s commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 20 per cent and Epson’s goal of cutting CO2 emissions by 90 per cent across all its products and services by 2050.  

The Report puts forward that these gains are due to the advances made in inkjet technology, which uses up to 96 per cent less energy, produces up to 92 per cent less CO2 and achieves up to 99 per cent less waste than laser technology.

“We are dedicated to offering businesses across Europe a clear ‘green choice’ in the products they use.” said Mr Kazuyoshi Yamamoto, President of Epson Europe. “I hear from customers everyday about their need for technology, that is better for the environment, cost effective and efficient. This is what Epson has delivered and the achievement, alongside the cumulative gains, lies with our business customers, who have made the choice to switch from laser to inkjet technology.”

Epson’s European Sustainability Report, The Green Choice, lays out its commitment to corporate social responsibility across all areas of its operations in Europe. It highlights the advances made in energy, water and CO2 savings across Epson’s European organisation; its commitment throughout its supply chain and manufacturing and, its dedication to creating environmentally conscious products, that allow businesses to reduce their environmental footprints.

“It fills me with pride to introduce The Green Choice report, which demonstrates Epson’s commitment to sustainability in everything we do.” said Mr Henning Ohlsson, CSR Director of Epson Europe. “There is a lot more to be done but in recognising the achievements made so far, I hope, it motivates us to be more mindful of the contributions we make and how even small changes can inform a better future.”

The Green Choice report will be published annually to account for the ongoing achievements and progress made. “We are very mindful of our role as a leading technology provider in the future. By aligning our targets with wider goals, that have been established, such as, the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals, we believe, we can continue to be an indispensable company for society.” states Mr. Ohlsson. 

About Epson: Epson is a global technology leader dedicated to connecting people, things and information with its original efficient, compact and precision technologies. With a line up, that ranges from inkjet printers and digital printing systems to three-LCD projectors, watches and industrial robots, the company is focused on driving innovations and exceeding customer expectations in inkjet, visual communications, wearables and robotics.

Led by the Japan-based Seiko Epson Corporation, the Epson Group comprises more than 76,000 employees in 87 companies around the world and is proud of its contributions to the communities in which it operates and its ongoing efforts to reduce environmental impacts.

About Epson Europe: Epson Europe B.V., based in Amsterdam, is the Group’s regional headquarters for Europe, Middle-East, Russia and Africa. With a workforce of 1,830 employees, Epson Europe’s sales for fiscal year 2017 were 01.7 billion Euros.

Read the Report:::ω.

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Gender Diversity in the Boardroom: Progress Made But Still a Long Way to Go

|| June 27: 2018: Michelle Chance Writing || ά. ‘The Hampton-Alexander Review’, which was commissioned by the Government to look at ways to ensure that talented women at the senior level of business are recognised, promoted and rewarded, has released new figures today, June 27, showing that women hold 29% of FTSE 100 board positions. Much progress has been made at the largest companies; in 2011, the figure was just 12.5%. The target is 33% by 2020, which looks to be achievable.

However, the more important question in my view is how many of those women hold executive Board Directorships, which have real power and influence, as opposed to Non-Executive Directorship Board positions, which give women the title but with much less influence and power in reality? Further, how many of those women in Board positions are hands on working mothers, who play a significant role both in their business and have quality time with their children and work flexibly to balance both their working and family lives?

In relation to the FTSE 350, only, a quarter of board positions are currently held by women. The target is, also, to have 33% of women by 2020. In order to reach that target, around 40% of all available board appointments need to go to women in the next two years. Surprisingly, 10 companies have no female directors. On a more positive note, however, more than 80 companies have already reached the target.

The 33% target, also, applies to senior leadership positions and the Review has opened a portal for FTSE 350 companies to submit their 2018 gender leadership data. Further figures will be published in November.

Research has shown that firms with higher numbers of women in senior positions perform better than those with lower numbers of women in senior management, with returns above their national industry average. There is, therefore, a business case, as well as, a moral one, for boards to better represent their stakeholders. Pressure from investors and shareholders, may, help to push companies in the right direction.

Private sector employers with 250 or more employees had to publish their gender pay gap data for the first time in April this year. Many employers stated that one of the reasons for their pay gap was the lack of women in senior positions. Tackling the gender gap in leadership positions should have a positive impact on the gender pay gap but it is likely to take some time, with the Fawcett Society estimating in November last year that it will take another 100 years to close the gap completely."

: Michelle Chance is Partner and Head of the London Employment Team at transatlantic law firm Womble Bond Dickinson UK: :::ω.

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Only Otaniemi as People Is Smart: Otaniemi Sets Up Advanced Energy Testing Platform of Grand Scale

|| June 26: 2018 || ά. Business Finland has granted funding worth, almost, EUR 05 million for the development of an advanced and flexible energy system testing platform in Otaniemi, Espoo. The testing platform will be built around Nokia’s Five-G Network, utilising the opportunities it brings for the fast transfer of data. And, here is what we must add, before going any further, that what can create, run and manage something and that something works as they are supposed to do, like the International Space Station or Apollo 11 or something like the European Union or something as cumbersome as the United Nations or the World Health Organisation or The Sibelius Academy or a State like the United Kingdom of Great Britain, is what is and must be called intelligent.

A mobile phone made by humans is an insignificant, little thing, despite what it can do and calling it ‘smart’ is the ultimate irony of the term smart. The only smartness in these phones is declared and testified is the human imagination, ingenuity and creativity or, rather, human intelligence. Therefore, we urge everyone, particularly, in Finland, please, do not get carried away and call every issit and every issit-not and every this and evert this-is-not ‘smart’. Otaniemi is, as people, as home of wonderful ‘sisuvian’ people, can be described as ‘smart’, as intelligent but not this ‘system’, that can not create itself; it requires humans to create it. So, apply the ‘adjective’ before the ‘rightful’ ‘entity’, humanity.

The Kalevalan Sampo was crafted by the intelligence, imagination, ingenuity, creativity, skills and crafshumanship of the Primeval Engineer Ilmarinen. Can you hear the word, craftshumanship? This is intelligence because it has questioned and is now challenging the set out ‘masochism’ in the ‘vocabulary’ of the misogynistic society. Do not call The Sampo intelligent but direct it to Ilmarinen. Find the Physicist, Mathematician, Dr Janhunen, who happens to be a Suomalainen, to see he has invented The Solar Sail. His Solar Sail is not intelligent; he is and this Sail testifies his intelligence. Verner Suomi has invented much and is deemed to be the Father of Satellite technologies. Call not the satellites intelligent but the human minds, that created and invented them.

And now we report the rest of the story: The funding granted by Business Finland is divided among 11 companies and three research organisations. In addition, more than 20 companies will participate in the development of the testing platform with their own funds. Smart Otaniemi will be developed into an innovation ecosystem, that brings together experts, companies, technologies and pilot projects, combining all the elements for the future of smart energy.

“The energy sector ecosystem now being built in Otaniemi will attract internationally interest. At Business Finland we believe that testing platforms like these will help to create opportunities for Finnish companies to grow and internationalise. We will, also, attract foreign operators to Finland.” says Mr Pekka Soini, Director General, Business Finland.

Developing and taking innovations to the market requires networking and opportunities for experimentation. As one of the companies involved in the project, Nokia aims to create new opportunities for co-operation between telecom and energy sector operators and to develop ways of combining telecommunication, digital platform and consumer services.

“In Nokia’s vision, five-G and automation can help to boost many industrial processes. One of these areas is smart electricity grids and the Smart Otaniemi project offers an excellent framework for developing innovations in co-operation with the top actors in the field.

Our aim is to work, even, more closely with the energy sector in building new smart energy systems in Finland and on a global scale. This is, also, an excellent opportunity for Nokia to find new co-operation partners in a sector, where the company has not operated extensively before.” says Mr Lauri Oksanen, VP Research and Technology, Nokia Bell Labs.

Green Energy Finland:GEF is one of the companies, that is developing its solutions in Otaniemi. “Otaniemi is an excellent platform for testing the commercial electricity market integration and smart electricity networks of properties as we create, together with competent partners, a working vision for a smart city of the future and develop solutions for everything from demand flexibility to energy digitalisation.” says Mr Miko Huomo, Executive Partner, Green Energy Finland.

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland is co-ordinating the testing environment and building it in close co-operation with the network of actors formed by the universities and companies. The first experiments will begin in 2018. The aim is to collect information and experiences on utilising the five-G and IoT platform, improving the energy efficiency of buildings, more flexible electricity markets and the possibilities for charging electric vehicles.

Students from Aalto University’s campus area will be involved in testing the solutions. Students can get involved in the development work through possible thesis topics.

“Research plays on important role in this changing world. We, also, need bold experiments alongside strategic cooperation between the different actors. VTT wants to bring the actors together to find new business solutions for global opportunities. Smart Otaniemi is a good indication of a new kind of co-operation in Finland.” says Mr Antti Vasara, CEO, VTT.

Otaniemi’s smart energy testing platform is part of Business Finland’s Smart Energy programme, which accelerates the know-how and competitiveness of Finnish companies in the international markets with the help of testing platforms, that are created in different parts of Finland.

“By actively involving consumers in testing and developing the solutions, we can ensure the development of new types of user-friendly energy services.” says Ms Pia Salokoski, Manager of the Smart Energy programme.

More information: Kalle Kantola, Vice President, Research, VTT: email: kalle.kantola at Phone: 040 8406427.

Pia Salokoski: Manager: Smart Energy Programme: Business Finland: email: pia.salokoski at tele: 050 5577672

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The UK Housing Market: England and Wales See 15% Fall in Transactions

|| June 26: 2018: Naomi Heaton Writing || ά. Prime Central London:PCL has experienced unprecedented pressures with a series of new taxes targeted at the residential sector. An unsettled political backdrop and slow progress on Brexit negotiations have further dented sentiment, resulting in a picture of price sensitivity and falling transactions.

Nevertheless, there were signs towards the end of 2017 that prices were hardening, with the market, excluding, new build, experiencing six successive monthly price rises. These were buoyed by some high value sales, including, one in Grosvenor Crescent for £31,121,000 and another for £37,720,000 in The Boltons. Since then prices have fallen back with a 02.9% drop in April.

They are now around the level seen during the 2014 high, prior to the introduction of graduated Stamp Duty, which resulted in a top rate of 12%. Transactions remain exceptionally low, at just 951 over the last quarter.

This is only slightly more than during the Global Financial Crisis and the collapse in transactions post the introduction of Additional Rate Stamp Duty in April 2016. Given the very low levels of activity, it is likely that, when sentiment returns, there will be a bounce-back in prices, as seen post GFC.

Average prices in Greater London, excluding, new build, are now back at the same level as they were a year ago, in April 2017. Having dropped below £600,000 in November and December, they now stand at £609,965, an increase of 0.6% over the previous quarter.

The headline figure, however, from this month’s report is that transactions dropped by 15% over the last month from 7,277 to 6,165. This large drop in transactions is difficult to explain, as there is no obvious single external factor, that has contributed to this marked reduction. However, economic uncertainty around Brexit and a weak market, may be, encouraging buyers and sellers to sit tight.

Average prices in April, excluding, new build, across England and Wales see further falls but remain relatively static compared with a year ago. They now stand at £285,082, a fall of 0.3% over the previous month.

Quarterly transactions, however, have fallen by 12.6% and monthly transactions have fallen, even, further by 15.4%. Sales are at their lowest since the introduction of ARSD. Spring has, traditionally, been a period of increased activity across the sales market, however, it appears that buyers and sellers are still sitting on the fence.

With the multitude of taxes, that residential property has been hit with in the past six years, coupled with the uncertainty around Brexit, confidence in the market appears to be disappearing quickly. The government is going to need to find some way of reassuring the nation soon, otherwise, it is unlikely there will be any change in sentiment this side of March 2019.

: Naomi Heaton is the CEO of London Central Portfolio Limited:LCP is a specialist residential property advisor, focusing on Prime Central London. It has an extensive private client practice and has successfully brought multiple funds to market, capitalising on this sector : :::ω.
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The Green and Sustainable Political Economics of Hairdressing: What Must Be Green and Sustainable: A Dr Denise Baden Demonstrates

|| June 24: 2018: University of Southampton News || ά. A University of Southampton researcher has won a major national award for the impact of her work into sustainable practices within the UK’s hairdressing industry. Dr Denise Baden, Associate Professor in the Southampton Business School, has won the £10,000 Economic and Social Research Council:ESRC Celebrating Impact Prize 2018 for Outstanding Impact in Business and Enterprise.

Dr Baden’s Eco Hair and Beauty Project is introducing sustainable practices to reduce the carbon footprint and cut costs in the UK’s £06.2 billion hairdressing industry. This is what people must focus on: £06.02 billion. This is a substantial sector and it has much impacts on the environment. The UK’s 55,000 hairdressers impact, significantly, on CO2 emissions through high water and energy consumption and, on the environment, through the use of toxic chemicals and harmful waste. Adopting the Dr Baden’s Project’s eco-friendly practices can save the average four-seat salon 286,000 litres of water, 24,150 kWh of energy and £5,300 a year.

Dr Baden believes that hairdressers are, also, in a unique position to persuade their clients to adopt the salon’s eco-friendly model in their own homes, with huge potential to cut national carbon emissions.

“I am absolutely thrilled to receive this prize!” Dr Baden enthused. “In the early days I struggled to get this project taken seriously, as some had a rather dismissive attitude towards the sector but I have been continually surprised and delighted by how keen hairdressers have been to get on board.

All our tips are good for the hair and the planet and save money which helps!” she continued. “This prize is a recognition of their professionalism and willingness to adapt their practices to be more environmentally sustainable, showing that hairdressing as a sector is keen to be part of the solution not part of the problem of issues, such as, water scarcity, global warming, waste and pollution. I hope, everyone will now be asking their salons, if, they are certified sustainable.”

Professor Martin Broad, Head of Southampton Business School, said, ‘’Southampton Business School’s research is underpinned by rigour and relevance and this award is a testament to the work Denise undertakes showing how we can make a real impact in society and change the world for the better.

For this to be recognised by ESRC as Outstanding Impact in Business and Enterprise is fantastic news and on behalf of the School we all celebrate Denise’s success.’’

Based on some of the first ever research into the environmental impacts of hairdressing, Dr Baden has worked since 2012 to transform the habits of the resource-intensive hairdressing sector and cut the UK’s carbon footprint by educating clients in eco-friendly hair care.

To date, Dr Baden’s research has made a number of significant impacts on the industry: She successfully launched an online Sustainable Salon Certification and virtual salon training programme for salons and stylists introduced in April 2017. More than 50 salons and 1,000 stylists have gained this certificate, which is endorsed by key industry bodies: Hairdressing Council, Hair and Beauty Industry Authority and the Vocational Training Charitable Trust.

She shaped the sustainability component of the national occupational standards, which form the basis of training for the UK’s 14,000 hairdressing apprentices. She has run more than 60 sustainability workshop and training events educating over 2,000 trainers, colleges and industry professionals about greener products and practices, including, new water-saving technologies, such as, low-flow showerheads, leave-in conditioner and dry shampoo. Ninety-seven per cent of hairdressing trainers, who attended these sessions said that they gave more focus to sustainable practices as a result.

Working with leading haircare bodies, Dr Baden has changed the industry default recommendation for hairdressers from shampooing twice to just once, with significant water and energy savings.

International eco-hair company Davines has developed a training scheme based on her certification for salons in the 85 countries worldwide, that stock their products.

“Since 2014 all qualifications, that have been written, have now got sustainable practice built into them.” says Ms Lynda Whitehorn, Apprenticeship Manager in accreditation organisation VTCT. “This becomes a self-perpetuating cycle within the industry.” she argues, as apprentices will take these practices with them up into more senior positions. :::ω.

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Volvo Cars Aims for 25% Recycled Plastics in Every New Car From 2025

|| June 18: 2018 || ά. Volvo Cars, the premium car maker announces its ambition that from 2025, at least, 25 per cent of the plastics used in every newly launched Volvo car will be made from recycled material. Volvo Cars urges auto industry suppliers to work more closely with car makers to develop next-generation components, that are as sustainable as possible, especially, with regards to containing more recycled plastics. To demonstrate the viability of this ambition, the company has outlined a specially built version of its XC60 T8 plug-in hybrid SUV, that looks identical to the existing model but has had several of its plastic components replaced with equivalents containing recycled materials.

“Volvo Cars is committed to minimising its global environmental footprint.” said Mr Håkan Samuelsson, President and CEO of Volvo Cars.  “Environmental care is one of Volvo’s core values and we will continue to find new ways to bring this into our business. This car and our recycled plastics ambition are further examples of that commitment.” The special XC60’s interior has a tunnel console made from renewable fibres and plastics from discarded fishing nets and maritime ropes. On the floor, the carpet contains fibres made from PET plastic bottles and a recycled cotton mix from clothing manufacturers’ offcuts. The seats, also, use PET fibres from plastic bottles. Used car seats from old Volvo cars were used to create the sound-absorbing material under the car bonnet.

“We, already, work with some great, forward-thinking suppliers, when it comes to sustainability.” Said Ms Martina Buchhauser, Senior Vice President of Global Procurement at Volvo Cars. “However, we do need increased availability of recycled plastics, if, we are to make our ambition a reality. That is why we call on even more suppliers and new partners to join us in investing in recycled plastics and to help us realise our ambition.”

The recycled-plastics XC60 was presented at the Ocean Summit during the Gothenburg Volvo Ocean Race stopover. The race’s focus on sustainability centres on a partnership with the United Nations Environment Clean Seas campaign, focussing on the call to action ‘Turn the Tide on Plastic’.

“Extensive recycling and reuse of plastic is vital to our efforts to turn the tide on plastic pollution.” Said Mr Erik Solheim, Head of UN Environment. “Volvo’s move to integrate plastic waste into the design of their next fleet of cars sets a new benchmark that we hope others in the car industry will follow. This is proof that this problem can be solved by design and innovation.”

The recycled plastics ambition is the most progressive statement around the use of recycled plastic by any premium automotive manufacturer. It represents another demonstration of Volvo Cars’ commitment towards reducing its impact on the environment across all operations and products. Last month, Volvo Cars committed to eradicate single-use plastics across all its premises and events by the end of 2019.

In 2017, the company announced an industry-leading commitment to electrify all new Volvo cars launched after 2019. Last month, Volvo Cars reinforced this strategy by stating that it aims for fully electric cars to make up 50 per cent of its global sales by 2025.

In terms of operations, Volvo Cars aims to have climate-neutral manufacturing operations by 2025. In January this year, the engine plant in Skövde, Sweden, became its first climate-neutral facility.

Volvo Car Group in 2017: For the 2017 financial year, Volvo Car Group recorded an operating profit of 14,061 MSEK. Revenue over the period amounted to 210,912 MSEK. For the full year 2017, global sales reached a record 571,577 cars, an increase of 07.0 per cent versus 2016. The results underline the comprehensive transformation of Volvo Cars’ finances and operations in recent years, positioning the company for its next growth phase.

About Volvo Car Group: Volvo has been in operation since 1927. Today, Volvo Cars is one of the most well-known and respected car brands in the world, with sales of 571,577 cars in 2017 in about 100 countries. Volvo Cars has been under the ownership of the Zhejiang Geely Holding, Geely Holding, of China since 2010. It formed part of the Swedish Volvo Group until 1999, when the company was bought by Ford Motor Company of the US. In 2010, Volvo Cars was acquired by Geely Holding.

In 2017, Volvo Cars employed on average approximately 38,000, 30,400 full-time employees. Volvo Cars’ head office, product development, marketing and administration functions are mainly located in Gothenburg, Sweden. Volvo Cars’ head office for China is located in Shanghai. The company’s main car production plants are located in Gothenburg, Sweden, Ghent, Belgium, Chengdu and Daqing, China, while engines are manufactured in Skövde, Sweden and Zhangjiakou, China and body components in Olofström, Sweden. :::ω.

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Renewable Energy: Transformation is Picking Up Speed in the Power Sector But Urgent Action is Required in Heating Cooling and Transport

|| June 07: 2018 || ά. Renewable power accounted for 70% of net additions to global power generating capacity in 2017, the largest increase in renewable power capacity in modern history, according to REN21’s Renewables 2018 Global Status Report. But the heating, cooling and transport sectors, which together account for about four-fifths of global final energy demand, continue to lag far behind the power sector. The GSR, published on earlier this week, is the most comprehensive annual overview of the state of renewable energy worldwide. 

New solar photovoltaic:PV capacity reached record levels: Solar PV additions were up 29% relative to 2016, to 98 GW. More solar PV generating capacity was added to the electricity system than net capacity additions of coal, natural gas and nuclear power combined. Wind power, also, drove the uptake of renewables with 52 GW added globally. Investment in new renewable power capacity was more than twice that of net, new fossil fuel and nuclear power capacity combined, despite large, ongoing subsidies for fossil fuel generation.

More than two-thirds of investments in power generation were in renewables in 2017, because of their increasing cost-competitiveness and the share of renewables in the power sector is expected to only continue to rise. Investment in renewables was regionally concentrated: China, Europe and the United States accounted for nearly 75% of global investment in renewables in 2017.

However, when measured per unit of gross domestic product:GDP, the Marshall Islands, Rwanda, the Solomon Islands, Guinea-Bissau, and many other developing countries are investing as much as or more in renewables than developed and emerging economies.

Both energy demand and energy-related CO2 emissions rose substantially for the first time in four years. Energy-related CO2 emissions rose by 01.4%. Global energy demand increased an estimated 02.1% in 2017 due to economic growth in emerging economies, as well as, population growth. Renewable energy uptake is not keeping pace with this increasing energy demand and the continuous investment in fossil and nuclear capacity.

In the power sector, the transition to renewables is under way but is progressing more slowly than is possible or desirable. A commitment made under the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement to limit global temperature rise to ‘well below’ 02 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels makes the nature of the challenge much clearer.

If, the world is to achieve the target set in the Paris Agreement, then, heating, cooling and transport will need to follow the same path as the power sector and, fast. These sectors have seen:

Little change in renewables uptake in heating and cooling: Modern renewable energy supplied approximately 10% of total global heat production in 2015. National targets for renewable energy in heating and cooling exist in only 48 countries around the world, whereas 146 countries have targets for renewable energy in the power sector.

Small changes are under way. In India, for example, installations of solar thermal collectors rose approximately 25% in 2017 as compared to 2016. China aims to have 02% of the cooling loads of its buildings come from solar thermal energy by 2020.

In transport, increasing electrification is offering possibilities for renewable energy uptake despite the dominance of fossil fuels: More than 30 million two and three-wheeled electric vehicles are being added to the world’s roads every year and 01.2 million passenger electric cars were sold in 2017, up about 58% from 2016.

Electricity provides 01.3% of transport energy needs, of which about one-quarter is renewable and bio-fuels provide 02.9%. Overall, however, 92% of transport energy demand continues to be met by oil and only 42 countries have national targets for the use of renewable energy in transport.

For these sectors to change, the right policy frameworks need to be put in place, driving innovation and the development of new renewable energy technologies in the sectors that are lagging.

“Equating ‘electricity’ with ‘energy’ is leading to complacency.” said Mr Rana Adib, Executive Secretary of REN21. “We, may be, racing down the pathway towards a 100% renewable electricity future but when it comes to heating, cooling and transport, we are coasting along, as, if, we had all the time in the world. Sadly, we don’t.”

Mr Arthouros Zervos, REN21 Chair, said, “To make the energy transition happen there needs to be political leadership by governments, for example, by ending subsidies for fossil fuels and nuclear, investing in the necessary infrastructure and establishing hard targets and policy for heating, cooling and transport. Without this leadership, it will be difficult for the world to meet climate or sustainable development commitments.”

About the REN21 Renewables Global Status Report: REN21’s Renewables 2018 Global Status Report presents developments and trends through the end of 2017, as well as, observed trends from early 2018 where available.

First published in 2005, the annual Renewables Global Status Report is the most comprehensive and timely overview of the status, recent developments and trends in renewable energy markets, industries, investments and policy developments worldwide. By design, it does not provide analysis or forecast. Data are provided by a network of 900 contributors, researchers and authors from all over the world. ::: ω.

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Bittium to Exhibit Its Neuo-Science and Cardiology Products at the 8th Mismatch Negativity Conference 2018 in Helsinki: June 12-15

|| June 07: 2018 || ά. Bittium to exhibit its products and solutions for neuroscience and cardiology at the 8th Mismatch Negativity Conference 2018, taking place on June 12-15 in Helsinki, Finland. At the event Bittium will showcase the recently European CE medical approved wireless Bittium Brain-Status EEG amplifier and electrode headband meant for real-time brain electrical activity monitoring and Bittium Neur-One monitoring solution for brain electrical activity measurement. Also, presented are the Bittium Faros cardiac ECG signal measuring and monitoring devices.

Products and solutions exhibited at the conference include Bittium Brain-Status is a wireless compact EEG amplifier, which is used together with a disposable easy and quick to wear Bittium Brain-Status electrode headband for example to diagnose epileptic seizures and brain stroke. Bittium Brain-Status enables quick measurement in field conditions as well as in hospitals, thus making the treatment process of the patient faster. Bittium BrainStatus can be used for wireless real-time remote EEG monitoring or data can be recorded to the device memory.

Bittium Neur-One is one of the quickest and most accurate EEG measuring devices in the world designed for clinical and research use. Bittium Neur-One system enables fully synchronized group measuring of up to 30 persons simultaneously for example in different types of psychological studies. The solution is optimized for use with transcranial magnetic stimulators:TMS-EEG, with optional possibility to use it during magnetic resonance imaging procedures (fMRI-EEG).

Bittium Faros is a versatile ECG device that is used for early detection of cardiac abnormalities in everyday life. Bittium Faros is ultra-small and lightweight, which enables precise long-term full disclosure ECG measurements for long-term Holtering, cardiac event monitoring, mobile cardiac telemetry and assessing autonomic nervous system functions.

Bittium Faros outpatient monitoring solutions include several software options for cardiac monitoring. The built-in arrhythmia detection algorithms of the Bittium Faros device are used for event recording and mobile event monitoring. This technology enables earlier repatriation of patients and even better ability to react to potentially emerging arrhythmias faster.

Further information: Arto Pietilä: Senior Vice President, Medical Technologies: Tel. +358 40 344 5466

About Bittium: Bittium specialises in the development of reliable, secure communications and connectivity solutions leveraging its 30 year legacy of expertise in advanced radio communication technologies. Bittium provides innovative products and services, customized solutions based on its product platforms and RD services. Complementing its communications and connectivity solutions, Bittium offers proven information security solutions for mobile devices and portable computers. Bittium, also, provides healthcare technology products and services for bio-signal measuring in the areas of cardiology, neurology, rehabilitation, occupational health and sports medicine. Net sales in 2017 were EUR 51.6 million. ::: ω.

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Medi-Sapiens Announces Launch of the World’s First Scalable High Performance Genomics Querying Solution


|| June 07: 2018 || ά. Medi-Sapiens, a developer and provider of genomic, biomedical and healthcare data solutions, has announced the launch of Genius, a genomics data management and querying solution, that combines population-scale scalability, ultra-high performance and cost-efficiency. The cloud-based solution enables, for the first time, on the market, working with massive genomic datasets in real-time while maintaining low operating costs.

“Initiatives such as Finn-Gen, UK Biobank, 100.000 Genomes England and the Million Veterans Programme are producing genomic data on a population-scale.” Said Dr Sami Kilpinen, CEO of Medi-Sapiens. “Current solutions on the market can not provide instantaneous results in queries made across data sets of this magnitude with high cost-efficiency.

We are extremely happy to bring to the market a solution, that will enable researchers and healthcare professionals around the world to work with population-scale genomic resources in real-time without the need to invest heavily on IT infrastructure.”

With a long-standing background in genomics and with substantial experience in the use of genomic resources both within industry and healthcare, Medi-Sapiens has overcome substantial bottlenecks and challenges in coping with the amount and complexity of genomic data produced increasingly throughout the world.

One of the primary bottlenecks has been enabling researchers and genomic medicine professionals to make questions over data sets of population scale and get answers to the questions in a manner of seconds or sub-seconds instead of hours, days or weeks.

“Making real-time queries across data sets in the magnitude of tens of thousands of genomes has been possible already with a bearable cost level.” Said Mr Henrik Edgren, Chief Scientific Officer of Medi-Sapiens.

“However, moving to millions of genomes has so far meant an unbearably high operating cost. We believe that combining these data with rich clinical and phenotypic data and being able to work on the data in real-time will benefit the global life science and healthcare community with the ability to work with population-scale genomics and make discoveries, that are possible only with currently available and future data.”

Contact Medi-Sapiens: Sami Kilpinen: CEO, Medi-Sapiens Ltd: email: sami.kilpinen at +358458478878

About Medi-Sapiens: Medi-Sapiens Ltd is a company focusing on providing the world’s most scalable, adaptable and user-friendly software solutions across the entire biomedical value chain. Ranging from data curation, secure and scalable data management, high-performance analytics and interpretation of genomic and other biomedical data in the healthcare setting, Medi-Sapiens is the only company in the world to offer a modular growth platform for biomedical data to its customers.

Established in 2009 and based in Helsinki, Finland and Cambridge, Massachusetts, Medi-Sapiens creates intuitive software solutions to enable the efficient use of biomedical data for better health. The company's goal is to drive medicine forward by developing tools that provide scientists and healthcare professionals with a way to quickly analyse and visualise vast amounts of data and turn it into knowledge that fuels innovation. ::: ω.

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New Industrial Biotechnology Strategy Launched to Secure UK Leadership in Clean Growth


|| June 06: 2018 || ά. The Industrial Biotechnology Leadership Forum:IBLF has launched the new ‘National Industrial Biotechnology Strategy to 2030’, promoted in partnership with the UK Bio-Industry Association:BIA. The Strategy has been developed by the IBLF and two collaborative networks in industrial biotech, CBMNet and BIOCATNET. The strategy aims to ensure that the UK becomes a leader in the global shift towards clean growth by fostering the development of industrial biotech SMEs.

It has been launched at an event in Parliament today, Wednesday, June 06, organised by the BIA and hosted by Mr Daniel Zeichner, MP for Cambridge. The event brings together industry, academia and policymakers to discuss how the UK industrial biotech sector can solve many environmental problems by promoting clean growth and reducing waste, such as oil-based plastics by creating biodegradable alternatives. The Strategy will be implemented in three phases with actions across seven themes.

These themes include external environment: to achieve consensus on a consistent long-term policy landscape that supports industrial biotech;  funding and access to finance, leading to a supportive financial environment that recognises the potential of IB for driving growth and innovation; infrastructure and regional footprint, ensuring that industrial biotech is a major contributor to clean economic growth across all of the UK.

Trade, investment and commercialisation: positioning the UK as an international industrial biotech innovation and commercialisation hub; regulations and standards – making certain that UK frameworks are recognised as robust and support risk aware innovation; Skills: fostering the skills required by industry to make sure that the industrial biotech sector is recognised as an attractive career option

And, communication: promoting one IB community voice, with consistent clear messages, where wider society is well informed and supportive of Responsible Research and Innovation in industrial biotech

These actions aim to place industrial biotech at the core of the UK Industrial Strategy and the Bioeconomy Strategy, embedding industrial biotech products and processes at the heart of a future high technology economy, driving clean growth and national prosperity.

Mr Steve Bagshaw, CEO of Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies and Chair of the IBLF, said, “The Strategy describes the vision of the UK industrial biotech community, driven by the IBLF; in harnessing the world-class science we have in the UK in order to enable industrial biotech to become a mainstream part of UK industry. Through industrial biotech we can find sustainable alternatives to fossil fuels for the production of everyday chemicals, materials and energy, as well as, delivering new functionalities and benefits.

Industrial biotech is the only way to manufacture unique biopharmaceuticals. These help tackle serious illness, such as, cancer and infectious diseases. Industrial biotech can mitigate climate change through the development of greener, cleaner manufacturing processes, as well as, offering opportunities for waste utilisation and new products, that benefit society, that can not be made any other way.”

Dr Tim Fell, CEO of Synthace and Chair of BIA’s Engineering Biology Advisory Committee, said, “It is fantastic to see the publication of the Strategy, which will act as a catalyst for the growth of UK’s industrial biotech sector. Synthetic biology is a key enabler of industrial biotech and the two share many of the same opportunities and challenges.

The BIA’s Engineering Biology Advisory Committee is at the heart of the UK’s thriving sector, bringing together companies working at the interface of synthetic biology and industrial biotech to develop innovative technologies for a healthier and environmentally sustainable society. The Strategy highlights the importance of industry and government working together to achieve this common goal.”

Mr Steve Bates OBE, CEO of BIA, said, “Industrial biotech plays a key role in societal goals like helping eliminate avoidable plastic waste which David Attenborough’s TV programme Blue Planet Two has brought to recent public attention. The BIA is delighted that today’s strategy showcases UK entrepreneurs unleashing the innovation that will provide not only a cleaner, greener Britain but, also, prosperity for the next generation.

This sector is key to developing the technologically and economically practical innovation needed to deliver the environmental objectives of the UK government.”

Mr Daniel Zeichner, MP for Cambridge, said, “It is crucial that as we plan for the future, we make sure that clean growth is at the heart of our development strategies. Clean growth is central to making an industry or business sustainable, so it is excellent that industrial biotech has focused on this.

My constituency, Cambridge, is an international innovation hub for this sector and has fantastic clean tech; local bioindustry recognises the importance of reducing waste. I look forward to seeing how we can become cleaner and greener in the future.”

Mr Paul Mines, CEO of Biome Bioplastics, said, “The current scale of oil-based plastic waste is no longer acceptable to UK consumers. Bioplastics offer a viable and responsible alternative, however, they only account for a fraction of today’s plastic production.

Industrial biotechnology provides the underpinning science that will unlock improved material performance and use of bio-based inputs leading to widespread use of the next generation of bio-based and biodegradable plastics.

The Strategy announced today provides a framework for industrial biotechnology in the UK that will allow SME’s, like Biome Bioplastics, to play their part in the clean growth agenda by growing fast whilst reducing waste.”

About Industrial Biotechnology: Industrial biotech is the use of biological resources for producing and processing materials, chemicals and energy. Through these new methods, it can address major societal and environmental challenges, such as our reliance on non-degradable plastics. The sector currently employs 14,000 people in the UK and generates £3.7bn in revenue, with the potential to disrupt international markets worth over $34bn.

About the BIA: Established over 25 years ago at the infancy of biotechnology, the BioIndustry Association:BIA is the trade association for innovative enterprises involved in UK bioscience. Members include emerging and more established bioscience companies; pharmaceutical companies; academic, research and philanthropic organisations and service providers to the bioscience sector. The BIA represents the interests of its members to a broad section of stakeholders, from government and regulators to patient groups and the media. Our goal is to secure the UK's position as a global hub and as the best location for innovative research and commercialisation, enabling our world-leading research base to deliver healthcare solutions that can truly make a difference to people's lives.  

About the IBLF: The IBLF brings industry together with other critical stakeholders from funding bodies & government, to help the UK realise industrial biotech’s £12 billion market potential.

About CBMNet and BIOCATNET: The ‘Crossing biological membranes’ network at Sheffield is designed to foster collaborations between academia, industry, policy makers and NGOs in order to find new approaches to tackle research challenges, translate research and deliver key benefits in Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy. The multi-disciplinary network drives new ideas to harness the potential of biological resources for producing and processing materials, biopharmaceuticals, chemicals and energy. They are working to understand the mechanisms by which substances are transported into, within, and out of cell factories, which will lead to the development of enabling technologies that are crucial for the future of almost all cell-based IBBE applications.

BIOCATNET is the network in Biocatalyst Discovery, Development, and Scale up, driving development of biocatalytic technologies for the manufacturing industries. By fostering a collaborative community drawing in expertise from academia, industry, research organisations, and policy makers, the network aims to drive translation of world class research science into sustainable, low-carbon products and processes. ::: ω.

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Admescope Acquires Meta Safe AB


|| June 06: 2018: Oulu: Finland || ά. Admescope Ltd, a pre-clinical ADME-Tox service provider today announced the acquisition of Meta Safe AB, a company specialised in the field of metabolic biotransformation research. Meta Safe, based in Södertälje, Sweden, is a contract research organisation working with small, midsize and large pharmaceutical companies in the area of drug biotransformation and metabolism.

Meta Safe is, especially, focusing on clinical phase drug metabolism studies from safety perspective and provides services for preclinical stage of drug development. Admescope, having the headquarters and laboratories in Oulu, Finland, will continue to operate Meta Safe’s business in Södertälje. This acquisition will strengthen Admescope’s drug metabolism services further to clinical phase projects, as well as, gives the benefit of having another high-quality laboratory facility.

Dr Ari Tolonen, CEO of Admescope, said, “We are excited about the acquisition and warmly welcoming Meta Safe’s experienced experts as a part of the Admescope team.

Due to the excellent synergy between the companies´ service portfolios and operative models, this acquisition will add value for both Meta Safe’s and Admescope’s customers, as together we create a more comprehensive service offering with strengths from the both companies”.

Dr Johanna Haglund, CEO of Meta Safe, said, “At Meta Safe we are very pleased to see a future as an integrated part of Admescope. Together we can position our global business even better, more sustainably and more efficiently, to the advantage of our customers and business partners.

The merger will create a unique ADME CRO, providing complete ADME services to our customers. Meta Safe’s and Admescope’s services are highly complementary and in the future we will be in a position to provide our customers with a comprehensive offering from a single source for everything relating to ADME services in order to ensure early and late lead candidate optimisation.’’

Contact: Juho Alatalo: VP, Marketing and Sales, Admescope Ltd: +358 40 357 9603: email: Juho.alatalo at

About Admescope Ltd: Admescope is a privately owned preclinical contract research organisation providing the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and veterinary industry with ADME-Tox services. The service offering is widely spread over the whole ADME-Tox area, with a unique expertise in drug metabolism and drug interactions services. The company was established in 2011 and works with high number of customers in 24 countries on 4 continents.

About Meta Safe AB: MetaSafe AB is a privately owned contract research organisation specialised in metabolite identification studies during drug development. Meta Safe provides effective analytical solutions to answer customer´s questions without compromising quality or scientific rigor. Meta Safe works in state of the art facilities and uses top of the line equipment for the purpose of delivering data and knowledge about biotransformation characteristics of drugs. The company was established in 2013 and has reached market acceptance in the field.

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Bittium to Exhibit Its Medical Devices and Solutions in Gothenburg at  the European Stroke Organisation Conference 2018: May 16-18



|| May 14: 2018 || ά. Bittium is to exhibit its innovative products and solutions for cardiology at the European Stroke Organisation Conference 2018, taking place on May 16-18 in Gothenburg, Sweden. At the event Bittium will showcase its Faros ECG devices, Cardiac Navigator software meant for accurate analysing of long-term Holter ECG recordings and Cardiac Explorer software for analysing Cardiac event based ECG recording. The software, together with the versatile Bittium Faros ECG measuring device, allows the follow-up and detection of cardiac arrhythmias, as well as, in-depth analysis of long-term recordings.

Bittium will present its BrainStatus wireless EEG amplifier and electrode headband meant for real-time EEG monitoring. Other products and solutions exhibited at the event are Bittium Faros is a versatile ECG device, that is used for early detection of cardiac abnormalities in everyday life. Bittium Faros is ultra-small and lightweight, which enables precise long-term full disclosure ECG measurements for long-term Holtering, cardiac event monitoring, mobile cardiac telemetry and assessing autonomic nervous system functions. Bittium Faros outpatient monitoring solutions include several software options for cardiac monitoring. The built-in arrhythmia detection algorithms of the Bittium Faros device are used for event recording and mobile event monitoring.

This technology enables earlier repatriation of patients and even better ability to react to potentially emerging arrhythmias faster.  Bittium Faros Cardiac Rehabilitation System is a solution for cardiac rehabilitation real-time monitoring for up to 16 patients simultaneously. The system offers safety and efficiency for cardiac rehabilitation by showing each patient’s heart rate, ECG and changes in ST-segment. Utilisation of the latest wireless technology allows complete freedom to choose different exercises in various training environments.

Bittium Cardiac Navigator is a completely new type of solution for the analysis of clinical Holter ECG recordings. Its user-friendly and informative data presentation and intuitive analysis tools make the software efficient and easy to use when analysing multiple days of ECG recordings. Bittium Cardiac Navigator is designed for scanning longer measurements efficiently in a shorter time and thus speeding up the final diagnosis.

Bittium Cardiac Explorer offers a quick and flexible way of working with event-based ECG arrhythmia analysis. The biggest benefits of the software are having full disclosure ECG always available, full access to the events identified by the device, total control on the reporting content and the ability to analyze an unlimited amount of measurement data.

Bittium Brain Status is a wireless compact EEG amplifier, which is used together with a disposable easy and quick to wear Bittium BrainStatus electrode headband for example to diagnose epileptic seizures and brain stroke. Bittium BrainStatus enables quick measurement in field conditions as well as in hospitals, thus making the treatment process of the patient faster. Bittium BrainStatus can be used for remote and wireless real-time EEG monitoring or data can be recorded to the device memory. 

More information on the offering

Further information: Arto Pietilä: Senior Vice President, Medical Technologies: Tel. +358 40 344 3507

: Bittium specialises in the development of reliable, secure communications and connectivity solutions, leveraging its 30 year legacy of expertise in advanced radio communication technologies. Bittium provides innovative products and services, customised solutions based on its product platforms and RD services. Bittium, also, offers healthcare technology products and services for the measurement of and monitoring of bio-signals in the areas of cardiology, neurology, rehabilitation, occupational health and sports medicine. Net sales in 2017 were EUR 51.6 million and operating loss was EUR -06.2 million. Bittium is listed on Nasdaq Helsinki. ::: ω.

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Dear Karl They are Asking £100,000 for a Single Copy From the First Ever Published Batch of Your Das Kapital on Your 200th Birthday:Where Do You Think the Proletariat Should Go to Have That Much Money to Buy This Copy: Well Tell Them to Hurry If They Want to Make and Use Some Money While They Can Since Both Capitalism and Money Shall Perish with Ownership Taken Into the Grave with Them When All Will Be Left for Humanity Is to Remember and Wonder as to How Such a Monstrosity as Capitalism Could Arise and Last as Long as It Did: And How are You Keeping Up Over There: Well Here All is Peace So Beethoven is Good and Sibelius and Rachmaninoff and That Stravinsky Fellow and Nelson Mandela and the Curies and Maya Angelou and Socrates and What's Her Name Hannah Arendt and That Chap Tagore Who Gets on with Tolstoy the Best and You Know I Loved Shakespeare and Jennifer Of Course: People Think I Just Thought and Wrote Philosophy: Tell Them to Find and Read the Poems I Wrote to Her For My Life and Works Were Her Life's Poetry That the World and Humanity Neither Recall Nor Celebrate




|| April 16: 2018 || ά. Dear Karl,  they are asking £100,000 for a single copy from the first ever published batch of your Daz Kapital on your 200th birthday: where do you think the proletariat should go to have that much money to buy this copy? Well, tell them to hurry, if, they want to make and use some money while they can since both capitalism and money shall perish with ownership taken into the grave with them, when all will be left for humanity is to remember and wonder as to how such a monstrosity as capitalism could arise and last as long as it did. And how are you keeping up over there? Well, here all is beautiful peace so Beethoven is good and Sibelius and Rachmaninoff and that Stravinsky fellow and Nelson Mandela and the Curies and Maya Angelou and Socrates and Homer and what's her name, Hannah Arendt and that chap Tagore, who gets on with Tolstoy the best and you know I loved Shakespeare and Jennifer, of course. People think I just thought and wrote philosophy: tell them to find and read the poems I wrote to her for my life and works were her life's poetry, that the world and humanity neither recall nor celebrate. And, here is the end of imagination and beginning of the news!

Saturday,  May 05, is the 200th anniversary of the birth of this said Karl Marx. Peter Harrington, the UK’s largest rare bookseller, currently has several copies of his books for sale, including, an exceptional rare first edition of the first volume of Das Kapital of which only 1,000 copies were printed. This first edition of the first volume of Das Kapital was published in Hamburg in 1867 and was the only volume of the book to be published during Marx’s life. It was the culmination of over 25 years of study, much of which took place in the Reading Room of the British Museum. As Mr Pom Harrington, the owner of Peter Harringto, says , This book is a masterpiece, which changed the world and its impact can not be overestimated. The book we have for sale is a bright, clean copy and we are sure there are lots of people, who would love to hold this historic book in their hands and own it.” Well, so long they have the mastery over a £100,000!

The book is for sale for £100,000 and as Mr Adam Douglas of Peter Harrington, says, "Marx would, certainly, have raised a thick black eyebrow at our price, although, he understood perfectly that the capitalist system tended to produce high priced luxury goods. Marx spent most of his adult life in poverty but he was a firm believer in the power of literature to change minds, being a prodigious writer whose collected works fill fifty volumes.'' And, thank goodness, that those, who would like to read Karl Marx they still can buy or acquire any of his works from other affordable formats and from wonderful places, called, Libraries for free: The Library: The Home of The Libro, one of whom had offered Karl Marx a home from where he had left the gardens and landscapes he was able to dream, see, envision and create and design the diagrams of their architecture for us to see far into the future: where humanity is a civic society, a civilisation of all humanity as equals and at liberty in Natural Justice.

Das Kapital is on display at the Peter Harrington shop in Dover Street, Mayfair. Mr Ben Housto,  one of the Peter Harrington experts, has made a short video about the book which can be seen on their website.

Das Kapital was the most important work published in his lifetime, a thorough critique of the classical economic theories espoused by the likes of Adam Smith. It was not seen at the time as a harbinger of revolution but was read with interest by sober German bankers and financiers and was, eve, issued in serial form. It found its most eager readership however in St Petersburg and was soon translated into Russian, where Marxist theories would have their most dramatic effect. But now, after the fall of those states supposedly based on communist economic theory, in a global marketplace of increasing economic inequality, Marx has never seemed more relevant.

About Peter Harrington: Peter Harrington is the UK’s largest rare bookseller, was established in 1969 and specialise in selling and buying the finest quality original first editions, signed, rare and antiquarian books, fine bindings and library sets. In the 1970’s Peter Harrington started a successful map and print business, which has become the Peter Harrington Gallery and has built a reputation for selling high quality modern and contemporary original prints.  In 2000 The Chelsea Bindery was established, which employs some of the finest binders in the world, who make fine bindings, preservation boxes and restore books. 

The four-storey double-fronted Peter Harrington shop at 100 Fulham Road, Chelsea, contains the Peter Harrington Gallery, which has more than 6,000 modern and contemporary original prints and old maps for sale in addition to over 20,000 rare books. The Peter Harrington shop in Dover Street, Mayfair, is, mainly, devoted to rare books. The shops are open daily from Monday to Saturday and visitors are warmly welcomed. Peter Harrington offer an ‘unconditional guarantee’ for each item they sell on its authenticity and completeness, as described in their literature.
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Lloyds Banking Group Launches £02 Billion Clean Growth Finance

|| May 14: 2018 || ά. Lloyds Banking Group has launched £02 billion of new funding today to help UK businesses invest in a more sustainable future and increase productivity. The Clean Growth Finance Scheme aims to deliver the most inclusive UK green funding in the market by providing the incentive of discounted lending to help businesses invest in reducing their environmental impact, as well as, boosting productivity more generally. The funding will support all Commercial Banking clients across multiple ‘green lending’ ambitions allowing businesses to reduce carbon and greenhouse gas emissions for business processes, properties and infrastructure, increase energy efficiency and make environmental sustainability improvements, invest in low carbon vehicles and transport, improve water efficiency and reduce waste and improve recycling rates.

The announcement brings Lloyds Banking Group’s total ‘green’ commitment to £03 billion and builds on the existing £01 billion support to improve the energy efficiency of large Commercial Real Estate and the Helping Britain Prosper plan pledge to support projects powering five million homes through renewable energy by 2020. The Group has, also, partnered with the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership to provide specialist training to over 300 Relationship Managers to help them support clients’ transition to a more sustainable economy. Mr David Oldfield, Group Director Commercial Banking, said, “Businesses will continue to be a source of innovation and seize the opportunities presented by the global low carbon economy.

Our funding will support small improvements in production, heating, transport or environmental impact, right through to large scale renewable energy infrastructure. By building on our commitments to help clients with discounted finance for investments in sustainable business, we will in turn support the UK’s goals for clean growth. “

Commercial Banking: Commercial Banking provides comprehensive expert financial services to businesses of all sizes, from SMEs to mid-sized businesses and multinational corporations under the Lloyds Bank and Bank of Scotland brands; Maintaining a network of relationship teams across the UK, as well as internationally, Commercial Banking delivers the mix of local understanding and global expertise necessary to provide long-term support to its clients and Commercial Banking offers a broad range of finance beyond term lending and this spans import and export trade finance, structured and asset finance, securitisation facilities and capital market funding. Its product specialists provide bespoke financial services and solutions, including tailored cash management, international trade, treasury and risk management services.

Lloyds Banking Group is committed to helping businesses of all types and sizes, giving them the funding and support they need to grow at home and abroad. We have set out our pledges in our Helping Britain Prosper Plan. Since the start of 2011, we have grown our net lending to SMEs by 31% whilst the market has contracted by 11%

The Clean Growth Fund has been available to Global Corporate, Mid-Market and Financial Institutions clients since April  27 and will be available to SME Banking Clients in the coming weeks. ::: ω.

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Here's Something the World Cities Should Race to Get Immediately: Nidec New Ultra Fast Charger for Speedy Recharging of New-Generation Electric Vehicles

|| May 07: 2018 || ά. The multinational Nidec ASI, part of the Industrial Solutions sector of the Nidec Group, presents its Ultra Fast Charger:UFC, an advanced system, that hooks up to the national grid through charging towers, simplifying and accelerating the electrification process of infrastructures for supplying electric cars and reducing operating costs at the same time. This solution will help pave the way for the spread of electric vehicles, a market, which in many countries, is still struggling to get off the ground but it has huge opportunities for growth in the near future. Electric cars are, in fact, central to energy transition and the affirmation of sustainable mobility, especially, at an urban level but currently they still only account for 0.1% of the world’s automotive market.

This 0.1% show how desperately poor the world's efforts and initiatives! This state is utterly unacceptable under the very many desperations the world and humanity face. In this, this new initiative is a timely offering. Among the many factors likely to boost the purchase of electric cars, the widespread availability of infrastructures for the efficient recharging of the vehicles plays a central role. The Ultra Fast Charger developed by Nidec ASI, which is a company strongly committed to the promotion of a sustainable development model through innovations, that contribute to the evolution of e-mobility, is a highly efficient solution, able to respond to the increased energy requirement demanded by the charging towers and the need to maintain the maximum stability of the electricity grid.

“We think it’s only a matter of time before the electric car comes to the forefront throughout the world. In many countries, such as, those of Northern Europe, the USA and, first and foremost, China and Japan e-Mobility is, already, a widespread reality and responds to the ever more pressing need to reduce pollution and noise, particularly, in urban centres.” said, Mr Matteo Rizzi, Director, Global Sales and Marketing, Renewables of Nidec Industrial Solutions.

“Armed with 180 years’ experience in the power electronics sector, with widely acknowledged know-how in power management, i.e, in the effective management of the electrical grid and a consolidated leadership in the Battery Energy Storage systems:BESS, thanks to installations of over 500 MWh throughout the world and several years of commitment to the renewable energy and electric vehicle sectors, we have succeeded in engineering an advanced solution with a high vehicle recharging capacity, able to maintain a constant flow in the electricity grid, thereby, reducing the risk of black outs, that could be generated in the future as the use of electric cars becomes more widespread.

This is a sector on which we are focusing on more and more, as demonstrated by the important joint venture between Nidec and the PSA Group, Peugeot, announced in January of this year, for the manufacturing of 900,000 electric engines per year, an investment worth 200 million euro.”

The new Ultra Fast Charger, which works as a 'buffer' between the electricity grid and the recharging tower, incorporates 160 kWh of installed batteries with advanced power controls. It is the prototype of a new generation of ultra fast chargers, which can be connected to LV or MV grids and which, against an energy requirement of only 50 kW, can supply 320 kW of power to a vehicle, thereby, multiplying the power delivered by six compared to that drawn from the grid. because of this innovative system, the batteries of new-generation cars can be rapidly recharged to 80% of their capacity in less than 15 minutes, guaranteeing the vehicles up to 500 km travel.

It, also, allows the recharging of two vehicles in parallel or three in series, has an efficiency of 95% and, because of its compact dimensions, it activates an extensive service able to meet the widespread distribution requirements of the electric vehicle market’s players. Nidec ASI’s recharging systems are designed to be supplied both from the electricity grid and from renewable sources, such as, solar energy and can be bi-directional: they can be used not only for recharging electric vehicles but also the grid:Vehicle-to-Grid-V2G.

The Nidec ASI approach is to supply services and technologies to meet the needs of each company’s specific projects. Also, in this field, due to its know-how and expertise in the automation and BESS sectors, the company can design and supply customised solutions, personalised to the client’s business model and to the type of vehicle to be recharged, buses, trade vehicles or cars and, also, offering smart charge management applications, which guarantee the efficient and optimal implementation of all the recharging stations, in the case of public use for buses or trade vehicles.

Nidec ASI is developing an entire portfolio of products to meet the needs of all market players, divided in three different formats: in addition to the ultra fast chargers, it, also, offers LV Charging Stations with centralised batteries, due to which 12 vehicles can be charged to 80% of their capacity in an hour and MV Charging Stations, possibly, without batteries, which can be used to deliver greater power and recharge numerous cars, more than 12 vehicles in an hour, at the same time, such as, a fleet of corporate cars or trade vehicles in a logistics enterprise. 

Nidec ASI changed its name in 2012, when Nidec acquired the company Ansaldo Sistemi Industriali:ASI. It offers customised solutions throughout the world for a wide range of industrial applications. Its reference markets are the petrochemical, traditional and renewable energy, steel, naval and industrial automation markets. The multinational is specialised in heavy duty applications in which high power and high performance are key: electric motors and generators up to 65 MW of power, 87,000 HP; power electronics inverters and converters; automation and software for industrial processes; retrofitting of power plants and hydroelectric generators; integrated systems for the production of electrical energy from renewable sources and their stabilisation in connecting to the national grid. ::: ω.

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Taweelah Aluminium Extrusion Company Adds to Emirate's Growing Confidence in Abu Dhabi

|| May 05: 2018 || ά. On May 01 Mr Sheikh Sultan bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan, Member of the Executive Council, inaugurated Taweelah Aluminium Extrusion Company:TALEX, the region’s most highly automated and flexible aluminium extrusion plant and the first aluminium extrusion project to be established in Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi:KIZAD. TALEX is an industrial monument and an extension for the national economy, which continues to deliver continuous growth. TALEX was formed through a joint venture between General Holding Corporation:SENAAT, one of the largest holding companies in the UAE’s industrial sector and privately-owned Gulf Extrusions under Al Ghurair Group.

The new company is the result of an US$240 million investment to strengthen the Middle East’s downstream capabilities to spur industrial growth and broaden the Emirate’s economic base, with growing demand for aluminium and its proprietary hard alloys in the global construction, automotive, locomotive and aerospace industries. Spreading over, almost, 200,000 square metres, TALEX has an estimated production capacity of 50,000 tonnes per annum of aluminium profiles and 45,000 tonnes of aluminium billets for regional and international markets. The opening ceremony was attended by ministers, key government officials, as well as, senior executives representing existing and potential clientele.

SENAAT is led by Mr Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, Mr Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai and under the direction of Mr Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.

Speaking at the official opening ceremony, Mr Ali Murshed Al Marar, Chairman of TALEX, said, “The inauguration of TALEX further strengthens the strategic pillars of Abu Dhabi’s focused industrial strategy in line with the economic diversification plan while building a competitive edge for ‘Made-in-UAE’ industrial products.

TALEX’s ability to apply innovative operating systems, that add efficiency to the process of supplying aluminium products is a shining example of UAE’s increasing technological and industrial know-how. Our timing is, also, perfect, as worldwide demand for aluminium products is growing, which makes for an exciting future for this business.” 

The plant features advanced technologies and operating equipment offering an integrated aluminium cycle, that starts with liquid metal, to casting, extrusion surface treatment and precision machining fabrication. TALEX’s vertical integration and fully automated material handling and storing equipment guarantees the quality, traceability and shorter lead time of its products.

In addition, TALEX’s laboratories are equipped with the latest technology available to ensure continuous monitoring of its production processes to ensure that TALEX’s products comply with the highest quality standards set by the most advanced markets around the world. TALEX is one of the projects on the Hot Metal Road to receive liquid metal from Emirates Global Aluminium:EGA. Molten aluminium is delivered in a crucible on a truck at 950oC, poured directly into TALEX’s melting furnace. In this way, TALEX saves the cost of re-melting aluminium ingots. 

Mr Jamal Salem Al Dhaheri, CEO, SENAAT, said, “TALEX demonstrates SENAAT’s commitment to developing industrial downstream projects in the Emirate in full alignment with the Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030. In addition, the plant complements Abu Dhabi’s vision to establish integrated industrial plants, to be the cornerstone of the Emirate’s industrial sector development.

TALEX can respond quickly and cost-effectively to sophisticated customers' demands for precision engineered aluminium products locally, regionally and internationally. Combined with the buoyant growth predictions for the global aluminium extrusion market of an anticipated CAGR of more than 06% by 2020, TALEX has a great future ahead of it. Against the backdrop of strong global market growth, TALEX has investment plans for the Australian market and is also continuously developing its market share in North America, Europe, India and Middle East markets.” 

Mr Majid Saif Al Ghurair, Vice Chairman of ‘TALEX’ said, “We have built a strong company with the best team of specialists in the aluminium downstream industry and successfully brought online TALEX’s state-of-the-art technology. We are proud to run the most advanced and innovative aluminium extrusion plant in the Middle East, which has an exceptional potential to drive market growth and create value for its shareholders.

Our main scope is the automotive, transportation, architecture and construction industries. We have witnessed a rise in global demand for precision engineered aluminium products for the automotive sector. This market is looking for lightweight materials to help improve performance whilst, also, reducing pollution.” 

TALEX follows all environmental laws in the UAE and contributes to the environmental goals of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, particularly, in sustainable industry, as well as, optimal use of resources. Waste from the treatment section is considered environmentally friendly due to its lack of toxic substances. The plant includes waste recycling system, supplied with a water treatment system that is completely free of all heavy metals and silica, further preserving the environment.

About SENAAT: SENAAT is one of the UAE’s largest industrial holding companies, managing assets for the Government of Abu Dhabi. SENAAT is fully owned by Abu Dhabi Government and has been mandated to create, acquire and optimise industrial businesses in Abu Dhabi and beyond to maximise shareholder value. It is a key contributor to Abu Dhabi’s Economic Vision 2030, which aims to diversify the Emirate’s economy away from its reliance on the hydrocarbon sector by developing a strong industrial capability. SENAAT currently operates in four of the key industrial sectors listed in Abu Dhabi 2030, Metals, Oil and Gas Services, Construction and Building Materials and Food and Beverages Manufacturing. SENAAT contributes to the socio-economic development of Abu Dhabi, in a profitable manner, while developing human capital. 

SENAAT, which translates as ‘Industries’ manages more than AED 27.2 billion of industrial assets and has invested in the non-oil sector an average of AED 01.9 billion a year over the last 10 years. SENAAT employs nearly 20,000 people across its portfolio of nine companies and its leadership is made up mainly of Emirates nationals. Its subsidiary companies benefit from SENAAT’s unique ability to source innovation, create and grow businesses and provide proactive, strategic input through to commercial productivity. SENAAT aligns itself with its portfolio companies to build world-class companies:

Emirates Steel : Emirates Steel is the only integrated steel producer in the UAE and one of the largest integrated steel producers in the GCC.

National Petroleum Construction Company:NPCC: NPCC is a major international contractor providing integrated onshore and offshore oil and gas fabrication, support and Engineering, Procurement and Construction services.

Arkan: Arkan specialises in the manufacturing of building and construction products in the UAE.

Ducab: Ducab is a joint venture between the Abu Dhabi and Dubai governments and is one of the leading manufacturers of high-quality power cables and wires in the Middle East.

Agthia: Agthia is one of the UAE’s leading food and beverage groups with assets across the Middle East, North Africa and Turkey. 

Al Foah: Al Foah is the largest date company in the world. It manages the process of packaging, distributing and marketing dates in Abu Dhabi to 48 different countries.

Taweelah Aluminium Extrusion Company: TALEX: TALEX is a joint venture with Gulf Extrusions, an Al Ghurair Group company and owns and manages, advanced Aluminium Extrusion plant based at Kizad. 

Al Gharbia Pipe Company: Al Gharbia Pipe Company is a joint venture between SENAAT and two of Japan’s leading companies in the steel sector, JFE Steel Corporation and Marubeni-Itochu Steel Inc:MISI. It owns and manages the UAE’s first sour service capable, welded steel pipe plant based at Kizad with expected capacity of 240,000 tons annually. 

Ducab Aluminium Company:DAC: DAC is a joint venture between SENAAT and its portfolio company Ducab, which is currently constructing a facility to manufacture aluminium alloy rods, wires, and bare overhead conductors, mainly for use in cable-making, utilities, and other manufacturing.

About TALEX: Taweelah Aluminium Extrusion Company LLC:TALEX is the Middle East’s most advanced aluminium extrusion plant. TALEX is located in Abu Dhabi’s Khalifa Industrial Zone:KIZAD. TALEX is a joint venture between Abu Dhabi’s SENAAT and the Al Ghurair Group’s Gulf Extrusions, who bring industrial manufacturing expertise and a global sales network to our enterprise.

TALEX’s vertically integrated production process links liquid primary metal to state-of-the-art precision engineering and on to export markets in the Gulf and around the world, via KIZAD’s Khalifa Port. From our purpose-built factory, covering 200,000 square metres, TALEX provides casting, extrusion, surface treatment and fabrication services to international customers. We imagine, innovate and inspire to supply our customers with quality products at competitive prices on demand and on time. ::: ω.

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UCL Technology Fund and UK Innovation and Science Seed Fund Invest in Cell Therapy Company Glialign


|| May 05: 2018 || ά. The UCL Technology Fund:UCLTF, UK Innovation and Science Seed Fund:UKI2S, alongside support from Innovate UK, have invested in UCL spinout company Glialign Ltd, which is developing a new cell therapy for peripheral nerve repair. Hundreds of thousands of people every year are affected by severe peripheral nerve damage, resulting in paralysis and loss of sensation, often, accompanied by chronic pain. Current therapies are successful in fewer than half of cases and, often, require grafting of a nerve from another part of the body. 

Dr James Phillips, UCL School of Pharmacy and his team at the UCL Centre for Nerve Engineering, have developed an allogeneic ‘off-the-shelf’ cell therapy for the repair of peripheral nerve injury, Engineered Neural Tissue:EngNT’. EngNT will provide a living nerve-growth guide, that mimics nerve structure and has the potential to enable both neural regeneration and functional recovery. Dr Phillips says, “By controlling the natural ability of cells to organise themselves within soft materials we are able to generate living artificial tissues, that can be used to support and guide nerve regeneration.

Glialign uses EngNT, made with cells developed in collaboration with ReNeuron, that are suitable as an off-the-shelf therapy for the immediate treatment of patients with nerve injuries. This overcomes the limitations of nerve grafting, where healthy nerves need to be destroyed and, also, reduces the delay and variability, that would be associated with using a patient’s own stem cells.”

Glialign CEO, Mr John Sinden said, “A key translational milestone was achieved following the completion of a collaborative grant with ReNeuron and TAP Biosystems, now Sartorious Stedim Biotech, bringing together EngNT technology with clinically validated neural stem cells from ReNeuron and manufacturing technologies from TAP. 

Early validation of this technology combination has recently been published. The award of an Innovate UK Investment Accelerator grant will demonstrate the clinical potential of EngNT and its commercial viability.”

UCLTF’s unique Proof of Concept funding model has supported key product development steps, with the additional funding from UKI2S and from Innovate UK, as part of its ‘Investment Accelerator Pilot’, enabling crucial in vivo experiments to demonstrate the efficacy of the improved construct. Success on these studies will be a key step towards bringing this innovative cell therapy to the clinic.

UKI2S Investment Director Mr Oliver Sexton said, “Glialign’s technology addresses a major unmet patient need and may help patients with peripheral nerve damage recover. UKI2S’ investment and Innovate UK’s support allows GliAlign to de-risk the technology, gathering data to support product approval and hastening its availability.”

UCL Technology Fund: The UCL Technology Fund is dedicated to investing in intellectual property commercialisation opportunities arising from UCL’s world-class research base, focusing in particular on the physical and life sciences. The Fund supports UCL in achieving the full potential of innovations that have prospects for outstanding societal and market impact, right through the development journey from initial proof of concept to practical commercial application. The Fund is managed by Albion Capital, one of the largest independent venture capital investors in the UK, in collaboration with UCL Business PLC. For further information please visit: 

UCL Business PLC: UCL Business PLC:UCLB, part of UCL Innovation and Enterprise, is a leading technology commercialisation company that supports research and innovations arising from UCL, one of the UK’s top research-led universities. UCLB has a successful track record and a strong reputation for identifying and protecting promising new technologies and innovations from UCL academics. UCLB has a strong track record in commercialising medical technologies and provides technology transfer services to UCL’s associated hospitals; University College London Hospitals, Moorfields Eye Hospital, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children and the Royal Free London Hospital. It invests directly in development projects to maximise the potential of the research and manages the commercialisation process of technologies from laboratory to market.

About UK Innovation and Science Seed Fund:UKI2S: Since the Fund's inception in 2002, UKI2S has been investing in the earliest and riskiest stages to build world-leading companies from world-leading UK science. As a leading ‘patient capital’ investor with more than £330 million private investment leveraged to date, UKI2S invests in promising technology companies that stem out of the UK’s engineering and high-quality science research. UKI2S works closely with its partners, led STFC, BBSRC and NERC, which are all part of UK Research and Innovation:UKRI and Dstl and is aligned with the Catapults and Innovate UK to create the best environment for innovation to flourish and in turn, boost the UK’s competitiveness and productivity by commercialising key technological advances in industrial biotech, ag tech, healthcare, medicine, clean energy, materials, artificial intelligence, software and space.

UKI2S’s portfolio showcases a number of ‘world's firsts' ambitions and includes two companies named by the World Economic Forum as ‘Technology Pioneers.' For more information, please visit’s portfolio showcases a number of ‘world's firsts' ambitions and includes two companies named by the World Economic Forum as ‘Technology Pioneers.' For more information, please visit  .

Innovate UK: Innovate UK is part of UK Research and Innovation, a non-departmental public body funded by a grant-in-aid from the UK government. For more information visit Innovate UK drives productivity and economic growth by supporting businesses to develop and realise the potential of new ideas, including those from the UK’s world-class research base. 

Albion Capital: Albion Capital is a leading independent investment manager with a long-term record of partnering ambitious business. The Albion Group has funds of just over £1 billion under investment management or administration. Albion Capital Group LLP is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. ::: ω. 

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The Peres Centre Launches the Israel Start Up Cup Challenge for New Entrepreneurs of the World: Deadline: June 03


|| May 02: 2018 || ά. If, you are you looking to start a new business or take an existing business to the next level and need some challenge, inspiration and support then, the Peres Centre for Peace and Innovation's the Israel Start Up Cup Challenge is just the right initiative you have been waiting for. Now that it has been launched you have no other excuse to get up and going and get everything up and running. The Israel Start Up Cup Challenge is open to anyone, with any type of business idea and from any background.

This internationally recognised seven-month acceleration programme is proven to grow businesses and accelerate the development of revenue. Through a highly experiential and mentor driven process, you will be connected to the specific mentors for your particular industry supporting you with access to the tools and resources required to grow any business. The deadline for entry is June 03.

Select business teams will be invited to a 48-hour Extreme Build-A-Business Weekend where the Top 25 business teams will be selected to advance into the competitive process. $10,000 is for the First Place Winner, $5,000 is for the Second Place and $2,500 for the Third Place.

And you will learn Business Model Design Through Visual Thinking, Clarify How You Create Value and How to Reach Your Target Customer, Learn Go-to-Market Strategies That Will Produce Revenue and Avoid the Need for Traditional Fundraising, Learn How to Design a Circular Economy Based Business , Connect with Like-Minded Business Professionals from Your Community.

There is no need to feel alone or isolated. Business model submissions are open at

Therefore, the Centre invites you to unleash your Big Idea today!  ::: ω.

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The Economics of Magnesium: When Birmingham City University Meets at Birmingham Airport

|| April 29: 2018 || ά. Students from Birmingham City University have visited Birmingham Airport as part of a challenge to showcase the potential uses of magnesium within the travel and aerospace sector. Set by Birmingham City University and the world’s largest producer of high pressure die cast magnesium components, Meridian Lightweight Technologies, the competition aims to alter widespread perceptions with an interdisciplinary art installation, that will, eventually, go on public display at Birmingham Airport.

At 01.8g:cm³, magnesium is the lightest of all structural materials, the eighth most abundant chemical element in the earth’s crust and is 100 per cent recyclable. However, misconceptions surrounding the element’s properties have seen a historical aversion to designing products with magnesium, when compared to less sustainable and heavier metals. This is despite a long-standing ban being recently lifted for the use of high pressure magnesium die casting in aircraft seat construction.

The students and senior leaders from the University and Meridian were welcomed by Mr Andy Holding, Corporate Responsibility Manager at Birmingham Airport on Wednesday, April 11. The meeting offered a valuable insight into the air travel industry as well as an overview of the operations at the UK’s seventh largest airport. 

Andy Holding, Corporate Responsibility Manager, Birmingham Airport, said, “We’re delighted to be involved in this exciting project, which brings together innovation, education and support for the local economy, some of the key themes, which drive our Corporate Responsibility strategy. We can’t wait to see what the students come up with and to exploring how we can take the project further.”

It is hoped that the winning prototype and designs of the runners up will be displayed in a special exhibition at Birmingham Airport, showcasing the benefits of magnesium to the more than 13 million passengers, who use the Airport every year.

Competition organisers hope that the display of a maquette will inspire further investment, envisaging a full-scale version to be crafted from magnesium and exhibited outside Birmingham Airport’s terminal. The competition has, already, provided the students with an opportunity to work closely with professional artists, designers, engineers, industrial partners and global organisations on this project, with the potential of international exposure for the winning entry and runners-up.

Furthermore, the winning design will be showcased to experts at the International Magnesium Association, who are supporting the project. Professor Julian Beer, Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Birmingham City University led the delegation to Birmingham Airport. He said, “As industry seeks to become more and more sustainable, the benefits of magnesium are more pertinent than ever. This is why our competition is so important, while also giving our students valuable exposure as they seek to forge their own careers in engineering and the arts. 

We were delighted to be welcomed at Birmingham Airport and it gave students participating in the competition a greater understanding of where their work could be seen and the demographics of the people that the project is hoping to engage with. As an internationally-focused institution with students from more than 80 countries, Birmingham Airport is incredibly important to the work we do and we look forward to working with them in the future on more exciting projects that have a positive impact both here and abroad.”

he competition was launched by Professor Beer at Birmingham City University in February, and individuals and teams from across the institution’s four Faculties have until the end of April to finesse their ideas before submission. The judging panel will be led by Professor Rajinder Dudrah, of Cultural Studies and Creative Industries at Birmingham City University.

Birmingham City University and Meridian agreed a strategic partnership last year, which has seen the two organisations work together in the education, research and development of magnesium use. The partnership is placing fuel efficiency through weight savings and sustainability at its core and last year they joined forces for an inaugural magnesium symposium held at the University’s City Centre Campus in Birmingham.

Ms Alice Evans from Bromsgrove is studying Product and Furniture Design at Birmingham City University and is entering her design into the magnesium competition. She said, “It was fantastic to be able to visit Birmingham Airport and the prospect of being able to exhibit there would be an incredible opportunity.

It was, particularly, useful to learn that over 50 per cent of passengers, who use Birmingham Airport come from the West Midlands area, meaning it holds a great sense of pride among those, who live nearby. I now plan to tweak my design to incorporate more local elements, that reflect the heritage of the Airport and the wider region it serves.”

Caption: Kellie Easton, HR Manager, Meridian Lightweight Technologies, Harmeet Chagger-Khan, Artistic Consultant, Hanna Kryzhanovska, MA Fine Art student, Birmingham City University, Profesoor Julian Beer, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Birmingham City University, Dr Umar Daraz, Director for the Institute of Sustainable Futures, Birmingham City University, Andy Holding, Corporate Responsibility Manager, Birmingham Airport, Stephen Brown, Business Development Manager, MLTUK, Jane Lambert, Product and Furniture Design student, Birmingham City University, Alan Pendry, Associate Professor of Advanced Systems Engineering, Birmingham City University, Alice Evans, Product and Furniture Design student, Birmingham City University and Makhan Singh, Development Manager at the Institute of Sustainable Futures, Birmingham City University outside Birmingham Airport: Image: Birmingham City University ::: ω.

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DS Virgin Racing Formula E Team is Set to Become Carbon Neutral

|| April 22: 2018 || ά. DS Virgin Racing has today announced the results of its collaboration with the Carbon Trust that will see it complete the steps necessary to have its core operations certified as carbon neutral. This commitment will, also, be complemented with a carbon reduction strategy to reduce the team’s impact over time. The racing team, which recently launched its Race Against Climate Change programme in conjunction with Sir Richard Branson, the Virgin Group and the Rocky Mountain Institute, made the announcement on Earth Day and paves the way for a series of new sustainability initiatives being introduced in the lead up to the Paris race on April 28. 

The Carbon Trust is an independent, expert partner of leading organisations around the world, helping them contribute to and benefit from a more sustainable future through carbon reduction, resource efficiency strategies and commercialising low carbon technologies. DS Virgin Racing Team Principal Mr Alex Tai said, “We’re very proud to be announcing the results of this work, which will further bolster our, already, high sustainability credentials. Understandably, being a motorsport team, we face concerns about the amount of carbon we produce in order to go racing. However, thanks to the Carbon Trust, we can be reassured that we are offsetting this and helping to play our part in tackling climate change.

The team has, always, been committed to sustainability, in line with our purpose to ‘power innovation to positively impact lives’ and this new announcement just goes to demonstrate that. It will, also, underpin our Race Against Climate Change programme, which seeks to accelerate initiatives, that help the world achieve the goals of the Paris Climate Accord.

In addition, it, also, complements our new sustainably built headquarters at Silverstone Park and our Paris Innovation Summit, which we’re hosting on race day together with Sir Richard Branson.”

Mr Tom Delay, Chief Executive of the Carbon Trust, said, “DS Virgin Racing’s efforts to become carbon neutral shows the team’s desire to match sustainability leadership with a leading position on the track. Focusing on what action can be taken within the team’s own operations is a great first step, however, critically, there is, also, huge potential for the team to leverage its high-profile status to influence others. We are, really, excited to be working with such an innovative team in the all-electric Formula E motorsport series.” 

Earth Day is an annual event celebrated worldwide and is held to demonstrate support for environmental protection.   

About DS Virgin Racing: The DS Virgin Racing Formula E Team is one of the founding and leading outfits in the FIA Formula E Championship, the world’s first fully-electric single-seater racing series. Headed up by Team Principal Alex Tai and with the continued support of Virgin founder Sir Richard Branson, the team works in partnership with French luxury car manufacturer DS Automobiles, collaborating together in order to power innovation. 

The team’s commercial headquarters are based in London, whilst it’s operational arm is centred at new state-of-the-art facilities at Silverstone, both overlapping with DS Automobiles’ facilities in Satory, France, part of the PSA Group’s Centre of Excellence. Now entering its fourth season, the team remains one of the most successful on the grid. 

Meanwhile, Virgin Group is a leading international investment group and one of the world's most recognised and respected brands. Conceived in 1970 by Sir Richard Branson, the Virgin Group has gone on to grow successful businesses in sectors including mobile telephony, travel and transportation, financial services, leisure and entertainment and health and wellness.

About DS Autombiles: A French company, established in Paris, DS was founded in June 2014. Its ambition is to embody the French know-how of luxury in its cars. Driven by its outstanding heritage and avant-garde spirit, DS perpetuates the values of innovation and distinction inherited from the first DS, launched in 1955. 

About the FIA Formula E Championship: The FIA Formula E Championship is the world’s first fully-electric single-seater racing series, competing on the streets against the backdrop of some of the most iconic cities - including Hong Kong, Marrakesh, Paris, Berlin and New York. The championship represents a vision for the future of the motor industry, serving as a platform to showcase the latest innovations in electric vehicle technology and alternative energy solutions. Future seasons will see the regulations open up further allowing manufacturers to focus on the development of motor and battery components, which, in turn, will filter down to everyday contemporary electric road vehicles. ::: ω.

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Divine Chocolate Awarded Queen's Award for Enterprise in Sustainable Development 2018
|| April 21: 2018 || ά. Divine Chocolate, a British Fairtrade company, owned by cocoa farmers, has been chosen to receive the prestigious Queen's Award for Enterprise in Sustainable Development. After a rigorous application and judging process, Divine was singled out for its innovative and successful business model, which empowers both farmers and consumers and works to ensure a sustainable future for people and planet. The full list of winners of the Queens Award for Enterprise is announced today, on the Queen’s official birthday and Divine’s Award itself will be presented later this year to the company by one of HM’s Lieutenants of Greater London at Divine’s offices, followed by a reception at Buckingham Palace.

Ms Sophi Tranchell MBE, CEO of Divine Chocolate, says, “We firmly believe that inequality and poverty go hand in hand and that a more equal society benefits everyone. We have built a company designed to address inequality between those at the start and the end of the supply chain, between men and women, between those with fair access to opportunities and those without. A sustainable future for people and for the planet, will depend on tackling these inequalities and empowering people to create a world we all want to live in. It is a very special honour to have been chosen for this Award. It is a wonderful accolade for everyone in the company, both now and those who have contributed to building the business in the past and to all those chocolate lovers from all walks of life, who have seen in Divine a way to change the world and the way business is done.

Next year we celebrate 20 years so this award celebrates a business model, that is demonstrating sustainability with staying power! Importantly, it is, also, an enormous point of pride for our owners, the cocoa farmers of Kuapa Kokoo in Ghana, who, this year, celebrate their Silver Jubilee. They have shown that through co-operation, democratic principles and a drive for excellence, smallholder farmers can take their lives into their own hands and build a sustainable future for themselves.”

Previous winners of the Queens Award for Enterprise in Sustainable Development include social enterprises Belu and Wates Group, the Fairtrade Foundation, and Midcounties Co-operative.

About Divine Chocolate: Divine Chocolate was established in 1998, the year after the farmers of the Kuapa Kokoo co-operative voted to set up their own chocolate company. Today the company has reached £14 million turnover and is based in UK and USA, with distribution around the world. Kuapa Kokoo has grown to over 85,000 members and produces around 1% of the world’s cocoa. The co-op benefits from four income streams from Divine, and has been pioneering in its approach to gender equality, child labour awareness, as well as co-operative governance.

Divine Chocolate is 44% owned by the Kuapa Kokoo farmers’ co-operative in Ghana. The farmers benefit from four income streams from Divine and have two representatives on Divine Chocolate’s Board. The income streams include the biggest share of distributed profit and 02% of Divine’s annual turnover, which is invested directly in key Kuapa Kokoo projects, particularly, focused on gender equality, good governance and adaptive farming methods. 

All Divine’s products are Fairtrade certified and Divine is a social enterprise, as well as, a certified B Corp, joining the worldwide B Corp movement committed to using business as a force for good. The company is committed to working towards all the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Divine has worked closely with Kuapa Kokoo to help the co-operative achieve its aspirations for its members. Contributing to Kuapa’s steps towards gender equality  is just one of the ways Divine has helped tell the farmers’ stories and invested in their future. Divine was voted Best Brand 2017 in Chocolate and Confectionery by independent shops across the UK for Fine Food Digest magazine. Divine is based in UK and USA and is, also, available in Canada, Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, Australia, Japan, Turkeyand South Korea. ::: ω.

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Emergent Bio-Solutions Gets the Mutual Recognition Procedure Completed for Ist Bio-Thrax Vaccine to Be Marketed in Five European Union Countries


|| April 16: 2018 || ά. Emergent Bio-Solutions announced the successful completion of the Mutual Recognition Procedure:MRP for market authorisation of BioThrax, Anthrax Vaccine Adsorbed, in five Concerned Member States within the European Union, including, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, U.K and France, where it will be marketed as BaciThrax. Emergent filed the mutual recognition application based on the existing Marketing Authorisation of BioThrax in Germany granted by the Paul-Ehrlich-Institut. Following the positive MRP outcome, national licences are due to be issued shortly by the five CMS countries.

“Expanding the licence of BioThrax globally has been part of Emergent’s strategy and we are pleased with the completion of this process and the positive outcome of our application for market authorisation in these Member States.” said Mr Adam Havey, Executive Vice-President, Business Operations at Emergent Bio-Solutions. “With the heightened awareness of the need to protect militaries and civilians against public health threats, we are proud to be able to support allied governments with preparedness solutions that align with their national security plans. Based on this regulatory approval, we look forward to further expanding our footprint within the EU.” 

Where approved in Europe, BioThrax is indicated for prevention of disease caused by Bacillus anthracis in adults at risk of exposure. BioThrax is administered in a three-dose primary schedule zero, one and six months with boosters at three-year intervals recommended thereafter.

BioThrax is, also, licensed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the active immunisation for prevention of disease caused by Bacillus anthracis in persons 18 through 65 years of age for both pre-exposure and post-exposure prophylactic use. BioThrax is, also, licensed by the Singapore Health Sciences Authority.

About BioThrax:  BioThrax is the only anthrax vaccine licensed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the Singapore Health Sciences Authority, and Germany’s Paul-Ehrlich-Institut, for the prevention of anthrax disease. The safety and efficacy of BioThrax have not been established in paediatric or geriatric populations. Individuals are not considered protected until they have completed the three-dose primary immunisation series. Vaccination with BioThrax may not protect all individuals. BioThrax is manufactured from a culture filtrate, made from a non-virulent strain of Bacillus anthracis. Over 14 million doses of BioThrax have been administered to more than three million individuals.

About Emergent Bio-Solutions Inc: Emergent BioSolutions Inc. is a global life sciences company seeking to protect and enhance life by focusing on providing specialty products for civilian and military populations, that address accidental, intentional and naturally occurring public health threats. Through our work, we envision protecting and enhancing 50 million lives with our products by 2025. ::: ω.


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|| April 06: 2018 || ά. The Humanion was first published on September 24, 2015 and has been run, since that day, on a complete voluntary basis without any 'formal' or 'constituted' manner or form and, it was run on as a Human Enterprise, which is an idea of Humanics, in which, ownership is replaced by belongingship and, thus, in a Humanical Society, no one owns anything but everyone belongs to the whole as the whole belongs to everyone lawfully and equally and, it neither believes in nor makes money but human utilities, needs, aspirations, creativity, imagination and dreams are served without money, where everyone works and creates for all others as all others create and work for all others, thus, bringing in meaning and purpose to life along with it come natural justice, equality and liberty, that establish a true civilisation within the Rule of Law. And in one word, this system of human affairs management is called, Humanics and a society that runs itself in humanics is called a humanical society. Today, we have begun the process of 'constituting' this Human Enterprise, which does not exist in the current system, but the next closest thing to it, that exists in the UK Law is Social Enterprise. Therefore, today, Friday, April 06, 2018, we are beginning Regine Humanics Foundation, that is the 'Agency', that will lead, run, manage and develop everything, that The Humanion has been trying to do.

Regine Humanics Foundation is established by the Thinker, Author, Poet, Novelist, Playwright, Editor of The Humanion, Festival Director of London Poetry Festival and a Humanicsxian: hu: maa: neek: tian: One, that believes in, lives and exists by Humanics, Mr Munayem Mayenin, of London, England, United Kingdom. Mr Mayenin says, ''Humanics is a vision; people, may, call it, utopia, we, call it our Humanicsovicsopia; Humanics. Humanics is our philosophy, our faith, our conviction, our resolution, our way of existing, thinking, being and doing: to seek and try to do so in the determination that all we must do and be is to exist to advance the human condition. People, readers and agencies and organisations, from all across England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales and the whole of the United Kingdom and Australasia, Africa, Asia, Europe, North and South America, from all walks and strata of life, have supported our endeavours, supported The Humanion and The Humanion Team, who volunteered their time to run things, since the beginning of The Humanion and long before that, when other things, that are now part of The Foundation, were developing. Nothing has changed in terms of the nature and value of what we have been seeking to do.''

''But the founding of The Foundation brings it all in a solid foundation so that we can keep on building this 'vision' so that it keeps on going regardless of who come to take the vision-mission of The Foundation forward. The Foundation runs along with time and along with the flowing humanity. This is the dream, this is the vision, this the hope in founding this Foundation. And, in this, we hope and invite all our readers, supporters, well wishers and all agencies and organisations to support our endeavours to build something, a Human Enterprise, which we are in the process of registering as a Social Enterprise, as a Community Interest Company, working for the common good of the one and common humanity. No one makes or takes profit out of The Foundation, which now runs The Humanion and everything else, that is part of it. The Foundation, once registered, will have an Asset Lock, which means that in any event, should The Foundation dissolve itself, all its existing assets shall go to a similar Social Enterprise. Therefore, we invite everyone to support The Foundation, support The Humanion in whatever way they can. And, there are endless number of ways people and organisations can support The Foundation and The Humanion.'' ::: ω.

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You Should Have Heard of Doncasters: Existing Since 1778: And Today It Makes the News Because It Has Sold Its Nelson Fastener Systems to Stanley Black and Decker


|| April 03: 2018 || ά. || April 03: 2018 || ά. If, Doncasters were to be a person and she:he was telling her:his story, this is how it would go: ''Doncasters was, originally, founded in 1778, when Daniel Doncaster established an operation in Sheffield, England to apply the crucible steel-making process to the manufacture of hand tools. The organisation is now one of the longest continuously operating industrial manufacturing companies in the world. In fact, Daniel Doncaster obtained his trade mark in 1778 making it one of the world’s oldest. Making hand tools was the most important, enabling industry of all in the late 1700s. At that time, the father of production engineering, Joseph Bramah, applied the methods of the wood-worker to metal manufacture.
It was the availability of tools, which could cut, cast and wrought iron, produced by Bramah’s company, which made the industrial revolution possible. Joseph Bramah’s company was later combined with Doncasters, forming the beginning of the Doncasters Group. Since these beginnings Doncasters has grown both organically and through acquisition, adding to its products and capabilities, becoming the fully capable organisation. The only remaining cementation furnace, actually, belonged to Daniel Doncaster and Sons. It is located in Doncaster Street in Sheffield, UK, a street named after our eponymous hero, Daniel.'' But Doncasters is not a person but an organisation, created, built and run by persons, by people, by human beings to serve all other human beings in society. Capitalism and, even, the socialist experimentation forgot and keep forgetting this very foundation of why businesses are run and why they exist.
Think of this fundamental truth: if, there was no rule of law, no due process of law, no constitutional, lawful and democratic public affairs management system, no low and order and there is no civic society everything in such as state becomes a jungle and no business, no commerce, no trade, no exchange or interchange of goods and services could take place in that jingoistic jungle! But they put the entire house upside down: they say that it all runs to make a profit and serve its owners and shareholders and for the communist and socialist states, they said and, still say that they are run for, effectively, the Party! Except, the train makes money, makes profit, taking people from London to Edinburgh. But why is that train going to Edinburgh unless it takes the people there in safety and relative ease and comfort? Instead, it makes them suffer a hell of journey and make them sick and unwell and, once, in Edinburgh, chucks out them as sacks and counts its profits! Should they do that? And, if, they did, would that train company continue to exist? No, such a horror would come to an end abruptly. The idea is this that these things, this means of businesses and running economic, trade and commerce are not done for profit but for people, for humanity. Profits comes naturally with it for when someone walks one does a great thing for one's health and weell being but, as profit, one goes from A to Be, as well.  And, when we take this view and serve humanity we still do and can make profit like the walker going from A to B in addition to being active and healthy.
It is possible and this is what we have been seeking to put out. This Daniel Doncaster was a human being, this Joseph Bramah was a human being and with what money they had made with their business they spent and invested it all for their families and communities and since that day all the humanity, that worked in that company for all these centuries, all did exactly that: the money they made they spent and invested in their families and communities. And all did something else: all came, existed, served and made good with their existence and left the earth. This is the other thing that we forget that we shall leave the earth and, thus, we should always remember that with our existence on earth we must serve this humanity and leave something behind so that that  it keeps on serving the left behind humanity as we had served them, when we were here! Just apply this line of thinking today at work, at your business and see how different, how beautiful your day becomes. And replicate this thinking across the spectrum of society of the the entire economic and business sphere and see what difference it makes and what changes it brings about.
Today, this Doncasters Group has announced that is has successful completed the sale of its Nelson Fastener Systems business to Stanley Black and Decker Inc. Doncasters has retained the Nelson Automotive, a stud welding and equipment business, as part of its Speciality Automotive division.
Mr David Smoot, Doncasters CEO, said, “We look forward to continuing a very successful relationship with the customers of the automotive stud welding and equipment business as we focus on delivering exceptional service and value to the stakeholders within our core markets.”

The sale is part of Doncasters’ efforts to drive growth in its business by focusing on its core specialised markets: Aerospace, Industrial Gas Turbine and Specialty Automotive. This transaction enables Doncasters to pay down some existing debt as well as provide necessary capital to further invest in these markets.

The Doncasters Group is a leading international manufacturer of high-precision alloy components, which are designed to operate in the most demanding of conditions. With over 240 years of experience, this fast-moving group is constantly developing its broad range of products and processes to best serve the aerospace, industrial gas turbine and specialist automotive markets. Core areas of expertise include precision casting, forging, fabrication, machining and the production of superalloys. ::: ω. 

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The Long Walk to Ithaca

Until Humanity has achieved the conditions to fully discard capitalism and put it in the archives of history of human development and begin to craft humanics, it must be brought under, run and managed by the rule of law and the absolute yardstick of that law must be that it must always serve the entire people of a country:nation. Capitalism cannot, as it stands, nor can it be modified to do so, so long it remains a system of money to make profits, deliver 100% employment. Never can it deliver this. Thus, societies cannot 'punish' the poor and jobless people, who fill this 'basket' perpetually, for its failures and injustices that it causes. And thus, it is High Time the Progressive Parties and Forces Across Europe and the World Must Commit to a Guaranteed Universal Income, a Guaranteed Home, a Guaranteed Education Up to College, a Guaranteed Job and Guaranteed Access to Free for All Healthcare at the Point of Need for All Citizens: The Humanion

No company will ever let you make this, the image above, while they pay you to work for them. Only you can do it, if you work for 'yourself'. This is the deficit of our existing Political Economics because it wants to give people 'jackets' to wear, ignoring the fact, whether these jackets fit people or strangle them, and most fundamentally, ignoring the fact that people themselves have their own jackets and they look the most at home wearing their own jackets. The Political Economics that is built on letting people create, make and shape their own 'creation', wearing their own jackets for the benefits of others so that they know that they are able to be the best of what they are capable of and bring the best out of themselves. And only than, the 'creation' belongs to the worker, not to consume for one cannot and does not consume one's own creation, but to give for giving is the highest of what humanity is and can ever be and one cannot give something that one is not, that one has not created, for nothing else belongs to a creator but that what she:he creates, that what one has become. Because the 'creation' now belongs to the worker, she:he can now truly offers that as her:his contributions to the wider and greater society for its benefit; society, in turn, offers its gracefulness, thankfulness, appreciation and gratitude by respecting that contributions and offering her:him in return, the dignity, safety, security, peace and means, mechanics, measures and culture to live in natural justice. We are nowhere near there yet. But 'I have a dream.......... as Martin Luther King Junior once said or that it is a Long Walk to Freedom as Nelson Mandela wrote... it is indeed a long walk to liberty, equality, purpose, meaning and natural justice. But we are bound to Ithaca and the walk, no matter how long, how arduous, how difficulty-strewn, how hostile and tiring, we shall continue to carry on walking towards Ithaca....

End Homelessness The Humanion Campaign






The Humanion Political Economics

Please, send in news, views, reviews, analysis, forecasts, trends, initiatives, funds and investments news that are promoting Green Investment and Sustainable Economics. Economics that does not function and run on the soul basis of generating and managing human resources and wealth in a green and sustainable manner and path is a poisonous economics that supports the suicidal path both for the human kind and the earth; as well as harms all other life forms, environment and ecology. The purpose of economics is not to count and manage 'money' but nurture, foster, develop and enrich the 'resources', which include human, financial, natural, biological, scientific, artistic, cultural, material and cosmological resources, for the soul purpose of supporting, enabling and fostering life and living on earth, in the Solar System in the Universe. However, please, note, if your company has a website, that does not clearly say who run the company, where it operates from, what kind of company it is, who are in its leadership and the other groups, anyone, who has set up a website, where they use all sorts of evasive expressions, phrases and clichés, that one can find in thousand other websites but there are no details of the humanity behind the entity,  The Humanion won't use materials from any such organisations. The Humanion does not dehumanise itself nor would it accept others dehumanising themselves, thus, dehumanising us. And from those companies or websites, where people are simply Jack or Mack or Pike without even a full human name: No, Thank you. Please, send materials, all stories must come with texts, images and any other items directly sent as attachments. No weblink  or forwarding address. Unless sent this way, The Humanion won't be able to cover your story. Please, send materials to editor at thehumanion dot com

Please, Note: The Humanion Does Not Give Investment Advice

The Humanion does not offer investment advice. Investment of any kind has risks as the value of investment may go up as well as down and, most importantly, past performance of a particular 'fund':any 'fund' is not a guarantee of similar future performance but a guide only. It is, therefore, paramount to seek to make investment decisions, having acquired enough facts:knowledge about the entity being considered for investment from well established and legitimate sources including relevant professional:financial bodies and government departments:agencies, and having consulted professional investment advice from bona fide, qualified financial advisers. Only than, one is likely to be able to make an informed choice and decision about an investment. The Humanion

Valo Therapeutics: Bringing Vision Into Science and Medicine

|| February 04: 2017 || ά. Valo Therapeutics or Valo Tx, for short, is a spin-out company from the University of Helsinki, Finland. Valo Tx has assembled a uniquely talented team of oncolytic virus experts, who together with the founding scientist have the necessary expertise to take this patented technology through clinical development and make it available to patients. The management team has a proven track record of developing successful companies from a laboratory idea to a full stock exchange listing.

The Business Concept: Valo Tx is positioned to transform the field of immunotherapy for a wide range of cancer types. Valo Tx's technology uniquely combines the best qualities of two distinct clinically proven cancer immunotherapy concepts - peptide vaccination and oncolytic virus-based immunotherapy. Building on an existing and recently FDA-approved approach for use of oncolytic viruses, Valo Tx has developed a proprietary, genetically modified adenovirus that will form the basis of its therapeutic approach.

Equality and Liberty are two states that define, determine, and shape what humanity is, can be;
what it aspires to be and what it can seek to create and achieve in order to craft a meaning
of its existence. Without these two, Humanity will continue to live an inferior life than what
is possible until the two halves: all individuals in them: that makes it, are all absolutely, 
fundamentally and jubilantly Equal and all are at Liberty. Here, is Laura Boldrini:
President of the Chamber of Deputies: Italy. Towards Gender Equality we march:
Image: Laura Boldrini's Website: The Humanion









Carolyn Fairbairn: CBI Director General

Dupsy Abiola, Founder of Intern Avenue

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They Go Up and Down: Prices of Currencies, Assets, Capitals and Investments and the Machines, Devices and Technology Get Worn Out, Softwares Become Obsolete: But the Only Capital That Never Loses Its Value But Actually Increases It is the Human Capital











This young surgeon is the 'miracle' of this human wealth for she is going to get better and better and better at what she does. The older she gets, practising and learning, the higher most value she is, to her place of work and for her nation, for her people and for humanity.

The Trap or Bondage of Choice

End Homelessness The Humanion Campaign

|| January 26: 2017 || ά. The Grapes of Wrath: John Steinbeck: People go hungry and die in their millions, children suffer from malnutrition and its devastating consequences and die in their millions, people suffer in hunger, cold and desperation, living on the street in their millions, millions have no job, millions have no home, millions live in perpetual destitution, hundreds of millions live and die without ever having been to a school, millions die of preventable diseases: all this happens because we, the humanity, do not choose as Ma wants us to do and we ask the wrong question, 'Can we?' instead of 'Will we?' Or rather, we do not choose what is good for all of us but simply what is good for ourselves alone. 

And this is what, The Humanion calls the 'Trap' or 'Bondage' of Choice that we, the 'normals' make. We want to keep our jobs, our homes, our cars, our holidays, our life-styles and our security and we do all to ensure this happens for us and we simply choose to reside in this 'trap', in this 'bondage' so that we, with willful choice, decide to continue to ignore, to look away, to not see and to not think and to not do anything to ensure everyone is having the same 'good' that we have access to. And what is worse, we simply, stay in that bondage because it offers us the comfort zone. We live and enjoy life while we make ourselves think and believe that it is not our duty to think, to ask, to seek to change, to make better.

And nothing is good if it is not good for all. Natural air is good for all and it is therefore, good for A, B and C but polluted air is not good for anyone neither for all nor for A, B and C. But we, being A, B and C, choose to build our 'mini-green-houses' where we seek to get fresh air to breathe while every one else, who cannot do so live and die breathing polluted air and we see nothing wrong in this. And here is the point: who is to make us wake up and see selfishness is the true enemy that continuously keeps on eroding our very humanity, this selfishness by which we choose to live by.

This human being, in the image above, must be the child of a set of parents, she must be a daughter, a grand daughter, an aunt, a sister, a cousin, a colleague, a friend, a fellow of other humans who are us, this We. But we find it acceptable that she is living on the street because we first dehumanise ourselves so to be able to dehumanise the rest of humanity so that we can look at her and see her not as one of us, as one of our flesh and blood, as one of our kith and keen. Why and how do we find this acceptable? But because we do find it acceptable and we choose to continue to accept it, she and many, many others like her, live, suffer and die on the street in the most horrible state of suffering that we normals have hardly any understanding or comprehension about?

For how could one who has not suffered hunger, who has not known the bitter cold, who has not been shattered by the sheer cold and terrible force of the cold wind that gets worse because of hunger, who has not got wet by rain and heated by too much sun, who has not been thirsty, who has not been abused, shown absolute contempt and disregard and been spat at, kicked about and physically assaulted by other humans, understand such an agonising existence, such a desperate and such a devastating state of suffering? And yet, we accept this as the human condition but conditions, human or otherwise, do not and cannot set themselves up; it is us that set or create the conditions. Through our choice we decide, shape and create whatever conditions we want to see arising out of our being human to create the ecology that supports, nurtures, fosters, protects, enhances and empowers humanity. But instead, we choose to do it only for ourselves.

But what we normals do not understand is this that this infinite suffering creates infinite amount  of what John Steinbeck called, The Grapes of Wrath and that is going to rise and tear down the world of the normals, that will bring down the entire thing, unless the normals wake up and realise the choice that needs to be made, must be made. And this choice is simply this that we ought to choose what is good for all and not for just us, the normals. The signs of the Grapes of Wrath are allwhere to be seen in the world; except the evil and nasty forces are seeking to manipulate, use and get these grapes of wrath to support their nasty agenda that will bring infinite suffering to all and yet, these evil forces shall not be able to nor are they capable of nor do they want to bring about 'good' that is good for all. And one looks in Europe and one sees that this is happening all over Europe. One looks out and finds America and it is happening there, too. One looks out and surveys the entire world and it is happening all over the world.

Parallel to this infinity of human misery, agony and suffering is this new reality of 'protectionism' whereby we normals are seeking to support efforts towards the rise of isolationism, putting up borders and closing all that can be closed to ensure and let the extreme nationalism bulldoze all that it thinks must be destroyed and in this  'we the normals' see ourselves as protected and our 'prosperity' and life-styles guarded. But capitalism cannot grow prosperity without selling its goods, products and services so it must go out into the world to sell so to make profit. Putting up borders, walls and the stranglehold of protectionism and isolationism is not going to serve capitalism and us, the normals in the long run for this mythical prosperity shall crumble if capitalism cannot do business, sell and make profit from the world that we support to be closed off from our shores. In the long run it is not going to help anything.

Further to this point, we support efforts to make this isolation and protectionism to close the world out but we want the money, the profit must continue to come in to support our life-styles, safety and security while we want simply to leave the rest of the world with the 'mercy of the elements' because it does not concern us. And this, too, is not going to support our interest in the long run and just remember what is going on the world, in the middle east, in asia, in africa, in latin america and all other places of the world: the wars, the conflicts, the violence, the economic desperations, poverty, hunger, malnutrition and the ravages of all the diseases and the refugees and the migrants and what the responses to their plights from this normals' world. One cannot live in a closed off house where all the roads, streets and alleyways are closed off, where all the doors, windows, ventilations and all other openings are closed off. If, metaphorically speaking, a human soul closes itself in such a house, in such a locked down situation, in such isolation, it means only one thing, that this soul is severely ill and has chosen to wait for death; except this death will be most agonisingly slow and most terribly painful and most desperately lonely and sad. 

And yet, the suffering multitude continues to suffer but they will not simply be washed away, they simply cannot be ignored and put under a 'mythical carpet.' And yet, let's go back to the Trap or Bondage of Choice: we, the normals vote for a Party that does nothing to change or make better these conditions but they get our support because we think and believe this Party is going to ensure our 'mini-green-houses' are safe and intact. And we decide, choose and convince ourselves to ignore this fact that they are going cut away the very support to the poorest, the most vulnerable and the most helpless of society. We simply do not even think about that because we do not want to 'risk it'. So we vote for this Party. Worse still, we vote for parties that are, the ultimate social evil, because we believe that this will make our 'normal world' safer and protected, even if it means most of the people of humanity will suffer these nasty forces wracking havoc of assaults on and against them. But we vote for these parties and they are using all means possible to use the down-trodden's Grapes of Wrath to advance their own nasty agenda that simply is anathema to what humanity and human existence are about. ω.

Whatever Your Field of Work and Wherever in the World You are, Please, Make a Choice to Do All You Can to Seek and Demand the End of Death Penalty For It is Your Business What is Done in Your Name. The Law That Makes Humans Take Part in Taking Human Lives and That Permits and Kills Human Lives is No Law. It is the Rule of the Jungle Where Law Does Not Exist. The Humanion

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All That You Need for Medicine: A Medical Heat Sensor Supporting This Device

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Photo-Speak: Learning and
Innovation Show Us That
There is Always a Better Way 
of Being, of Becoming and of
Imagining and of Creating

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