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US China cooperation could make major difference to emissions gap – research

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 22 ottobre 2014

climateBonn. If the US and China were to adopt global best practice in their domestic action on climate, together, the world’s largest emitters could close the 2020 emissions gap by 23%, according to new research.In their latest Climate Action Tracker update, research organisations Climate Analytics, Ecofys and the Pik Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research have compared the actions of both China and the US on climate change.
They looked at the actions of both countries in their most energy-intensive sectors: electricity production, industry, buildings and transport, compared them with each other, and also looked at what each country could achieve if it were to adopt global best practice in those areas.“The US and China produce 35 percent of global emissions and have been making efforts to work with each other on climate change. If they scaled up action to adopt the most ambitious policies from across the world, they would both be on the right pathway to keep warming below 2degrees C,” said Bill Hare of Climate Analytics. “This needs to include dramatically reducing their use of coal, in order to achieve the deep decarbonisation needed of getting C02 emissions from coal back to 1990 levels by 2030.”Dr Niklas Höhne, of Ecofys, said the sectoral comparisons for both countries produced results showing there were lessons to be learned by both.“We looked at how well both the US and China would do if they each adopted a ‘best of the two’ practice in electricity production, industry, buildings and transport. We found this, alone, would set them in a better direction,” said Höhne. “They could both learn from each other in most sectors.”If they did this, in relative terms, China could reduce emissions from its current policy projections by 1.2% in 2020 and 20% in 2030 – and 3.2% and 16% for the US. But going for global best practice, together, the two countries would reduce emissions in 2020 by 2.8 GtCO2e/a below current policy projections and thus close 23% of the emissions gap. In 2030, the reductions would be of 6.7 GtCO2e/a, or 10% below the Climate Action Tracker global current policy projections.

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The Augmentation of Female Influence in the Automotive Industry

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 22 ottobre 2014

milanoMILAN. Latest research reveals that women are progressively dominating the car-buying process. With an increase in licences issued to women, there are now more women than men on the road in the United States, a trend that is also being forecasted for Europe. However, 50% of women globally are dissatisfied with their vehicles, while 74% of women feel they are misunderstood by car manufacturers. Frost & Sullivan’s upcoming analyst briefing will address what this growth in power for female car customers means, an understanding of its immense potential, and how industry players should respond. The briefing will benefit Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) who are eager to learn about key global statistics on women driving and vehicle purchasing, participants along the entire automotive value chain, as well as automotive suppliers and retailers. The briefing will discuss the impact of the female consumer on the automotive industry, in addition to the identification of prospective technology trends and the inherent market and business opportunities created by the rising power of the female consumer. Key questions such as, What do women want in a car?, and What does female empowerment mean for the automotive industry?, will be heeded by Frost & Sullivan Visionary Innovation Senior Consultant Olivia Price-Walker and Frost & Sullivan Automotive & Transportation Vice President Lisa Whalen on October 21, 2014. Women are set to become a larger and more influential consumer segment than men, driving OEMs to launch specific models targeting women. “As women become the dominant car buying segment, auto makers and suppliers need to change their product development strategy”, advises Olivia Price-Walker, Frost & Sullivan Visionary Innovation Senior Consultant. “The rise of the female car purchaser is impacting OEM strategy and broadening some car categories. We believe OEMs will win by developing products and strategies that are directed at women.” As a matter of fact, OEMs like Nissan, Ford, and Volkswagen have already begun aiming new vehicle models at women. Smaller city cars started the trend followed by traditionally male categories such as luxury and SUVs. Simultaneously, OEMs are reacting to the global mega trend for health and fitness, by equipping vehicles with climate control systems for fine dust and ionising systems to filter out viruses and spores, high quality interior panelling, and ergonomic seating.

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Invest in Photonics sees greater funding opportunities for photonics start-ups with corporate ventures

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 22 ottobre 2014

bordeauxBordeaux, France. Invest in Photonics® 2014, a two-day international business partnering convention focused exclusively on photonics VC investment, today announces that participation at the October 9 – 10 event for business angels, VCs and corporate ventures rose by 13 per cent, to 170 attendees. Robert Bosch Venture Capital and Safran Corporate Ventures participated for the first time. This was also the first year the event welcomed investors from the crowdfunding community and traders, signaling a broadening attraction in alternative funding.Twenty early- to late-stage pan-European photonics firms pitched investors to target a cumulative total of USD 90m (EUR 70m) in funding. This is in line with the 2012 edition funding target.Attendees applauded the overall quality of the companies presenting, who were coached by market research and strategic consultants Yole Finance, a business unit of Yole Developpement. Investors attending the event plan to pursue next phase discussions with 13 companies who presented. Dutch-based Effect Photonics, a developer of DWDM (Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing) System-on-Chip based modules to decrease the complexity and increase the energy efficiency in data centers, won the Invest in Photonics award for most promising company in the photonics market. Finnish firm Valkee, a maker of bright light headsets to dissipate winter blues, and Luxexcel, a Dutch company providing processing technology for 3D printed optics, took second and third place respectively.“We have seen a significant increase in the business relevance and quality of the investment opportunities presented this year,” said Giorgio Anania, chairman of Invest in Photonics 2014. “The key take away for photonics start-ups is to ride the shift from VC to new funding sources such as corporations, business angels and alternative financing that were presented during the event.” The photonics industry is estimated at USD 480bn. According to keynote speaker Steve Anderson, industry and market strategist at SPIE (The international society for optics and photonics), for the core components business close to 2,750 photonics firms span 46 countries. Japan, the US and Germany host the majority. Ten per cent of companies employ roughly 77 per cent of employees. Most companies generate between USD 1m to USD 10m in revenue. The smaller companies produce only 4 per cent of photonics business sales, whereas larger firms (more than USD 1bn) represent 72 per cent of total sales. Japan generates 50 per cent of total photonics revenue.
While many of the VCs attending acknowledged that investment in early stage photonics companies is becoming rare, they recognized that there has been an “explosion of corporate ventures, which are filling the VC gap,” according to Alessio Beverina, venture partner. He has seen the number of corporate deals and partnerships rise steadily from 133 in 2005 to a peak of 330 in 2010, showing an approximate value of EUR 1.5bn in deals.
A new entrant in corporate financing made its appearance at this year’s event. Gregoire Aladjidi, director of Safran Corporate Ventures, announced that the Safran Group has a EUR 1.5bn research and development budget. Safran Corporate Ventures is a strategic investor collaborating with portfolio companies in a number of select areas, including materials, sensors, energy, advanced manufacturing and robotics. It will typically fund series A or B rounds in the vicinity of EUR 5m.This year, Invest in Photonics emphasized four market segments that extensively use photonics: consumer electronics, the life sciences, aerospace and transportation, plus energy and the environment. Speakers who represented these industrial sectors gave examples of the gaps in innovation they are looking to fill.Dieter Kraft, partner at Robert Bosch Venture Capital, who participated in the roundtable on ‘Photonics financing: shift from VC to corporations’ said that Bosch seeks to bring business expansion, disruptive technology as well as new business models to the company. Ticket size investments range from EUR 1m to EUR 4m and up to EUR 10m investments worldwide. Automation control, energy conversion efficiency, signal processing and healthcare are areas of interest.Alcatel Lucent Bell Labs’ Jean-Luc Beylat sees growing market opportunities for silicon photonics in the migration from telecom networks to data centers. Yole Developpement sees a turning point in the silicon photonics device market in 2018, growing from around USD 25m in 2013 to USD 700m in 2024.Biophotonics, used in high-end desktop devices for life science and healthcare applications, stands out as another strong growth area. Yole Developpement indicates that it will expand from USD 23bn in 2012 to USD 36bn in the next three years (Source: Biophotonics Market 2013, April 2013 edition). Leica Microsystems advocated a strong need for more powerful lasers to enable super resolution technology for microscopGreen photonics came up as another expanding area that is garnering investor interest. Beverina says that green photonics is interesting for VCs because it has real problems to solve, offers a huge market size and high growth potential. “VCs will continue to invest in photonics technologies if there is a strong market driver, such as regulations, incentives, needs for lower costs, significant growth in demand etc.”In his presentation on the ‘EU vision on financing photonics’, Wolfgang Boch, head of the photonics unit, European Commission, says that “the EU has, within the Horizon 2020 Program which provides overall funding of EUR 78.6bn, an envelope of EUR 700M earmarked to support photonics research and innovation activities in Europe.” He presented several instruments, like the dedicated SME instrument and pilot actions that go beyond research and development. These include helping companies test technology and products in real life situations and setting up mechanisms to transfer know-how to start-ups at low or no cost.“Photonics is central to driving innovation in the 21st century. To exploit Europe’s full potential in photonics, collaboration along the value chain and networking are crucial,” added Boch.
Invest in Photonics® is the only European partnering convention focused exclusively on leading investments in photonics. 2014 is the fourth Invest in Photonics, the biennial event where investors are presented with the most innovative, credible and profitable business ventures. The two-day event creates strategic investment opportunities by bringing together institutional investors and venture capitalists with the world’s experts on photonics, industry leaders, analysts and photonics entrepreneurs – all within a single venue. Early stage companies seeking seed funding, development and later stage financing can successfully network with qualified international panels of investors and potential partners to further business projects. Featuring recognized speakers from world leading companies, Invest in Photonics’ conferences provide the highest quality data on market trends and engage participants in informational exchanges on photonics developments.

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Miami Home Sales Rise in September

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 22 ottobre 2014

Miami-skyline-for-wikipediaMiami, FL – Strong demand for existing Miami properties fueled sales and price growth in September despite strong new construction sales, according to the 33,000-member MIAMI Association of REALTORS and the local Multiple Listing Service (MLS) system.Single-family home prices, which again increased in September, remain at affordable 2004 levels despite 34 months of consistent year-over-year increases for single-family homes. Condo prices also increased in September, marking 39 months of growth in the last 40 months. Condo prices declined in August for the first time in more than three years but rebounded in September.The median sale price for single-family homes increased 11.1 percent, up to $250,000 from $225,000 in September 2013. The average sale price for single-family homes decreased 0.4 percent from $372,191 in September 2013 to $370,880 last month.Compared to September 2013, the median sale price for condominiums increased by 7.3 percent to $195,000 from $181,749 a year prior. The average sale price for condominiums increased 12.5 percent to $355,156 from $315,615 in September 2013.
“Strong demand for Miami real estate is fueling healthy market activity for both single-family homes and condominiums,” said 2014 Chairman of the Board of the MIAMI Association of REALTORS Liza Mendez. “New construction condos are also selling rapidly, reflecting all-around robust market performance fueled by both domestic and international buyers.” Single-family home sales in Miami-Dade County increased 5.3 percent relative to September 2013, from 1,107 to 1,166. Compared to September 2013, condominium sales also increased 5.3 percent from 1,353 the previous year to 1,425 last month. Combined, residential real estate sales therefore also increased 5.3 percent to 2,591 compared to 2,460 in September of last year.
Miami properties continue to sell at a rapid pace and at nearly asking price, reflecting strong demand.The median number of days on the market for single-family homes sold in September was just 46 days, an increase of 12.2 percent from September 2013. The average percent of original list price received was 95.6 percent, down a negligible 0.3 percent from a year earlier.The median number of days on the market for condominiums sold in September was 59 days, an increase of 28.3 percent compared to the same period in 2013. The average sales price was 93.9 percent of the asking price, a decrease of 2.9 percent.“While greater supply is creating more opportunities for buyers, particularly for condominiums, lack of financing for condominiums and new construction sales are impacting existing sales,” said 2014 MIAMI Association of REALTORS Residential President Francisco Angulo. “The Miami real estate market remains very competitive depending on neighborhood, price point and property type.”
Cash sales in Miami continue to decline as more financing becomes available. Still, access to mortgage loans for condominium buyers remains limited, impeding further market strengthening.
In Miami-Dade County, 55.8 percent of total closed sales in September were all-cash transactions, compared to 60.5 percent in September 2013. Cash sales in Miami are still more than double the national figure of 24 percent. All-cash sales accounted for 40.3 percent of single-family home and 68.4 percent of condominium closings, compared to a year earlier when cash sales were 47.8 percent of single-family home sales and 71 percent of condominium sales.
Since nearly 90 percent of foreign buyers in Florida purchase properties all cash, this continues to reflect the much stronger presence of international buyers in the Miami real estate market.While traditional sales continue to increase, distressed property transactions in September again declined in Miami-Dade due to fewer short sales. In September, only 34.5 percent of all closed residential sales in Miami-Dade County were distressed, including REOs (bank-owned properties) and short sales, compared to 37.6 percent in September 2013.
Short sales and REOs accounted for 8.8 and 25.8 percent, respectively, of total Miami sales in September. Sales of REOs increased 24.6 percent while that of short sales declined by 41.5 percent. Nationally, distressed homes accounted for 10 percent of September sales compared to 14 percent in September 2013.
Nationally, sales of existing single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums, and co-ops also bounced back in September, increasing 2.4 percent from August but remain 1.7 percent below what they were in September 2013, according to the National Association of Realtors (NAR). Statewide closed sales of existing single-family homes totaled 20,792 in September, up 13.5 percent compared to the year-ago figure, according to Florida Realtors. Statewide sales of condominiums totaled 8,622, up 2.0 percent from September 2013.The national median existing-home price for all housing types was $209,700 in September, a 5.6 percent increase from September 2013, according to NAR. The statewide median sale price for single-family existing homes last month was $180,000, up 5.9 percent from the previous year, while that of townhouse-condo properties was $142,700, up 9.8 percent over the previous year.

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Edenred annuncia l’acquisizione di una partecipazione del 34% nella società Union Tank Eckstein (UTA), leader europeo delle carte carburante per veicoli pesanti

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 22 ottobre 2014

Questa transazione è accompagnata da un’opzione di acquisto che permetterà al Gruppo di acquisire una partecipazione del 51% a partire dal 2017. Quest’operazione, di un importo di circa 150 milioni di euro, rappresenta un’opportunità unica per accelerare lo sviluppo del Gruppo sul mercato della gestione delle spese professionali. Grazie ad oltre 50 anni di esperienza, UTA propone soluzioni di gestione delle spese relative ai parchi di mezzi pesanti a più di 60.000 clienti europei, di cui quasi il 70% con sede in Germania.Presente in 40 paesi europei, UTA propone una carta accettata in una rete di più di 34.000 stazioni di servizio affiliate, una soluzione per le spese di pedaggio, e dei servizi a valore aggiunto: monitoraggio e reporting delle informazioni relative agli spostamenti (spese, litri di benzina, chilometri percorsi…), servizi di recupero dell’IVA, servizi di assistenza e manutenzione in strada per i 500.000 camionisti dotati di carta UTA. Una delle soluzioni d’eccellenza di UTA, la MercedesServiceCard, è stata sviluppata in partnership con il costruttore Daimler, azionista del 15% della società. Questa carta co-branded, distribuita da UTA ai clienti Mercedes-Benz, dà accesso ai servizi UTA e alle officine Mercedes-Benz.Nel 2013, UTA ha prodotto un volume di emissione di 3,1 miliardi di euro e un fatturato di 64 milioni di euro.

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Farmaci ancora più intelligenti per fermare la crescita delle cellule tumorali

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 22 ottobre 2014

ricercatoreLa ricerca della Sapienza individua nuovi bersagli molecolari per il controllo della formazione dei vasi sanguigni, aprendo la strada a strategie innovative nella regolazione dell’angiogenesi in importanti patologie. L’angiogenesi è il normale processo di formazione dei vasi sanguigni che avviene nel corso dello sviluppo embrionale o nella riparazione di una ferita. Una formazione indesiderata di nuovi vasi sanguigni e una sua anomala crescita può verificarsi anche in alcune patologie, per esempio nella degenerazione maculare della retina o nei tumori solidi, come quelli del polmone o del seno. Nelle neoplasie tale fenomeno rappresenta la maggiore causa di progressione tumorale e di sviluppo di metastasi.
Il fattore centrale che stimola le cellule endoteliali a formare nuovi vasi sanguigni, è la proteina VEGF (Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor) prodotta anche dalle cellule tumorali. Molte terapie antitumorali cosiddette intelligenti, si basano attualmente proprio sulla completa inibizione delle funzioni biologiche del VEGF per interrompere la vascolarizzazione e quindi “l’alimentazione” di alcuni tumori solidi. Questo tipo di approccio clinico però non ha dato finora i risultati sperati. Uno studio coordinato da Antonio Filippini dell’Università Sapienza e da Antony Galione della Oxford University ha identificato un meccanismo alla base della generazione dei vasi sanguigni, precedentemente sconosciuto.
I risultati, pubblicati dalla rivista internazionale PNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA), hanno dimostrato che è possibile inibire selettivamente una specifica catena di reazioni attivata dal VEGF, provocando il blocco dell’angiogenesi.
Il meccanismo individuato in questa ricerca permette infatti di fermare più a valle e in modo specifico la proliferazione e migrazione delle cellule endoteliali, senza interferire con altre funzioni essenziali della proteina. Infatti, bloccando l’attività complessiva del VEGF si innescano una serie di “contromisure” causate dall’inibizione di tutti i recettori e di tutte le reazioni effettrici che annullano o attenuano gli effetti dei farmaci anti-angiogenici.
La ricerca apre nuove prospettive per lo sviluppo di farmaci ancora più intelligenti di quelli attuali. “Sarà fondamentale valutare – spiega Antonio Filippini – gli effetti dell’inibizione di questo specifico pathway, che ha fornito brillanti risultati in modelli sperimentali, nell’angiogenesi tumorale e in pazienti oncologici”. Il progetto è stato realizzato nell’ambito di una collaborazione tra il Dipartimento di Scienze Anatomiche Istologiche Medico-Legali e dell’Apparato Locomotore della Sapienza di Roma, l’Istituto Nazionale Tumori Regina Elena di Roma e il Dipartimento di Farmacologia della Oxford University in Inghilterra. Del gruppo di ricerca della Sapienza fanno parte Annarita Favia, Guido Gambara, Elio Ziparo, Fioretta Palombi e Antonio Filippini.

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