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Mytaxi arriva a Oxford, Reading e Malaga

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 9 settembre 2018

Mytaxi, l’app per i taxi leader in Europa, annuncia l’arrivo del servizio in tre nuove città, Oxford, Reading e Malaga. Sono state 10 le nuove location lanciate nell’arco del 2018, che si sono unite alle oltre 100 città europee in cui il servizio è già attivo. L’espansione internazionale dell’azienda si manifesta anche nel successo economico raggiunto: solo nei primi 6 mesi dell’anno, la società è riuscita ad aumentare il fatturato generato dai viaggi al di fuori del Paese di origine del cliente di circa il 170% rispetto allo scorso anno.”mytaxi è la app dedicata al mondo dei taxi più capillare d’Europa, e la presenza internazionale del sevizio è proprio uno dei fattori che i nostri clienti amano di più, potendo affidarsi ad un servizio di qualità non solo nel proprio Paese ma anche all’estero.” – rivela Andy Batty, Chief Operating Officer di mytaxi. “Nei prossimi mesi continueremo ad espandere la nostra presenza a livello internazionale, con particolare attenzione ai mercati in cui mytaxi è già presente, come ad esempio l’Italia”.Oltre al recente arrivo di mytaxi ad Oxford, Reading e Malaga, il servizio è stato lanciato nel corso del 2018 anche a Nottingham, Brighton, Manchester, Edimburgo, Katowice, Poznan e Porto. Oggi più di 10 milioni di passeggeri e 100.000 tassisti utilizzano mytaxi in una delle 100 città europee in cui il servizio è attivo.

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Human Genetics Centre at University of Oxford Deploys Univa Solutions

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 16 novembre 2017

oxford universityOxford. Univa®, a leading innovator of workload management products, today announced its Univa Grid Engine distributed resource management system is powering the Wellcome Centre for Human Genetics’ (WHG) high performance computing (HPC) environment.WHG is a research institute within the Nuffield Department of Medicine at the University of Oxford. The Centre is an international leader in genetics, genomics, statistics and structural biology with more than 400 researchers and 70 administrative and support personnel. WHG’s mission is to advance the understanding of genetically-related conditions through a broad range of multi-disciplinary research.
To support its research community, the Centre operates a shared HPC cluster comprising over 4,000 InfiniBand-connected, high-memory compute cores and 4PB of high performance, parallel storage running 250 applications. WHG’s previous open source scheduler lacked practical software support and did not address the increasing use of containerized machine learning applications. To plan for growth and accommodate mixed workload types (serial-batch, array, MPI, container, Spark) on the same shared cluster, the Centre evaluated a variety of open source and commercial options. The review committee awarded Univa Grid Engine as the replacement, citing its modern scheduler, expert technical support and minimal user re-training for its selection.“The conversion from the previous scheduler to Univa Grid Engine was virtually painless. Our users are happy that their hard-won knowledge continues to be relevant, significant scheduler bugs and vulnerabilities were fixed, and we also save on our own precious system administration time,” said Dr. Robert Esnouf, Head of Research Computing Core, Wellcome Centre for Human Genetics. “We can now plan for significant future growth with Univa as a key component of our infrastructure offering.”The transition to Univa Grid Engine also provided WHG with new capabilities like GPU-aware scheduling, DRMAA2, and container support, placing WHG in a position to embrace emerging research techniques and support a wider range of research. To learn more how WHG expanded workloads for their life-science research, download this detailed case study.

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Multi-omic data analytics collaboration between the University of Oxford and Holmusk

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 4 ottobre 2017

singapore-marinaSINGAPORE/PRNewswire/The University of Oxford and Holmusk, a digital health and data analytic company, signed a data transfer agreement to collaborate in investigating metabolism in type 2 diabetes.The collaboration will establish a working relationship between The University of Oxford and Holmusk to obtain and construct models based on metabolic and metabolomic data in type 2 diabetic hearts. The objective is to produce metabolic pathway models, to predict changes in metabolism in the diabetic heart. This will not only provide insights on the mechanisms that drive abnormal cardiac metabolism but it will also enable us to identify new therapeutic targets for type 2 diabetes.Dr. Lisa Heather will be leading the research for this collaboration from the University of Oxford while Dr. Latt Mansor, Director, Business Development and Joydeep Sarkar, Director of Data Science will be leading the initiative from Holmusk. Dr. Latt Mansor, who was Dr. Heather’s first DPhil graduate, is excited to work with his alma mater and be a part of the team to expand current understanding of diabetic metabolism using academic research data and data analytics. His passion has always been to bring together academic research and industry expertise.Nawal Roy, founder and CEO of Holmusk, stated that there should be more collaborations of this nature between industry and academia to optimise the valuable skillsets that both parties can bring to the table. He hopes that the combined international talent pool from both University of Oxford and Holmusk can accelerate knowledge generation as well as create insights for innovation in the healthcare ecosystem.

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Oxford Professor calls on governments to increase business regulation to stimulate economic growth

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 27 novembre 2015

Saïd Business School, Business School, University of Oxford. Contrary to the prevailing wisdom, regulation is an under-utilised mechanism for encouraging economic growth argues Hiram Samel, Associate Professor of International Business at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, calling upon industry regulators to take a more proactive role in using regulation to promote economic growth.‘Too often we think that liberal markets with their associated labour flexibility, are the best mechanism for supporting companies and encouraging growth,’ says Samel, ‘but the reality is that too much labour market flexibility can actually have a dampening effect on productivity and economic growth, because it instils long-term management practices that, intentionally or not, promote worker turnover, rather than learning.’Professor Samel urges policy makers to explore regulatory mechanisms to encourage companies to overhaul outdated management structures and practices to drive growth. ‘Clever regulation can be a powerful tool in encouraging industries to engage in specific practices which can have economically positive outcomes both for the firm and the wider economy. Regulation can help shape the way in which companies are managed, for example, and can encourage greater development of the workforce, building skills and learning from which we all benefit.’‘In the UK, zero hours contracts have been championed as a means of giving companies much needed labour flexibility but their advantages are often outweighed by their tendency to reinforce low productivity, especially during the past few years when GDP growth has been positive,’ says Samel. ‘Instead of firms addressing low worker productivity through new practices or training, their inclination now is simply to hire and fire workers as needed, rather than address the underlying issues. The new workers are no more productive than their predecessors, and worse still, switching workers reinforces management’s belief that investment will not pay off and so the cycle repeats. Regulation and incentives designed to encourage firms to retain their workers and to develop them, would pay back to the bottom line.’
Professor Samel concedes that such regulation is not a quick or easy fix. ‘We need clever, nuanced regulation which is the result of a thorough knowledge of the particular industry and a clear sense of which levers can be pulled to bring about beneficial change to existing practices. I see this as the outcome of a collaborative process between the industry and regulator, rather than something which a regulator would impose upon an industry. We need exceptional regulators who are capable of stepping outside the mindset of regulation and to operate as an agent of change to bring about economic growth. At its best, regulation can create a system which advances the industry it serves. Even small changes at the margins of these sectors and organisations can have large-scale, demonstrable and valuable impacts.’ Professor Samel is co-author of a new book: Looking behind the label: Global Industries and the conscientious consumer, which makes the case for growth focused regulation. The book also highlights the role of governments in developing binding and enforceable regulation as the only effective mechanism to reduce negative environmental impact and increase fairness for participants in supply chains globally.
‘Following serious incidents such as the collapse of Rana Plaza consumers are increasingly conscious of the issues in the supply chain and weigh their purchase decisions accordingly,’ said Samel. ‘But our research indicates that purchase decisions have only limited impact in affecting the complex global supply chains which lie behind the products on our high streets. Governments have a fundamental role to play in overseeing and governing those supply chains if we are to prevent ongoing environmental damage and worker exploitation. Moreover, smart regulation will help companies develop their management practices beyond relying on flexible labour. Governments should not delegate that responsibility to consumers. Shopping with a conscience is at best only a small part of a much larger solution.’

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Greenwashing – the extent to which companies meet their CSR promises depends on national attitudes to competition and individualism says Oxford academic

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 29 aprile 2014

oxford universityThe assumption that corporations say one thing and do another when it comes to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is not far from the truth, but just how much they follow through on their promises depends on cultural interpretations of the principles of liberal economics and the perceived role and strength of the government, says Thomas Roulet, Research Fellow at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford.In a paper for the Journal of Business Ethics, “The Intentions with Which the Road is Paved: Attitudes to Liberalism as Determinants of Greenwashing”, Thomas Roulet and his co-author, Samuel Touboul, IPAG Business School, explored the ambiguities surrounding firms’ commitments to social and environmental initiatives. They discovered that in countries where people believed strongly in the virtues of competition, firms were more likely to practise “greenwashing” – that is, to make a lot of noise about their CSR but to do very little. In countries where liberalism was interpreted as predominantly about individual responsibility, firms were more likely to focus on concrete actions.“Our research suggested a highly complex relationship between beliefs in particular virtues of economic liberalism and the socially responsible behaviours of organisations,” said Dr Roulet. “It also raises a number of subtle questions relating to the respective roles of business and the state. When a small state is favoured, for example, it seems more likely that companies will step in to ‘fill the gap’. Indeed, some businesses end up having more power than the state and, through becoming involved in developing infrastructures, even substitute for it. However, the business people we interviewed were keen to make a distinction between socially responsible things that businesses should be doing, such as reducing the harmful emissions that they generate themselves, and activities that they engage in that are not really part of their remit, but may enhance their reputations. Even when firms act responsibly, they can be doing so with a certain amount of cynicism.”Using qualitative and quantitative methods, the researchers calculated average country-level beliefs when it came to two central tenets of economic liberalism: a belief in the virtues of competition and a belief in the importance of individual responsibility. They found that developed market economies such as Switzerland, the United States, New Zealand and Canada tended to have higher cultural beliefs in favour of individual responsibility. While those countries also score highly in terms of cultural beliefs in favour of competition, it appears that countries with higher scores on this variable are fast developing countries such as India, China, and Morocco.Mapping these country-level beliefs against the CSR actions of firms in those countries confirmed that firms are more likely to greenwash when populations’ beliefs in the virtue of competition are predominant, and when their beliefs in individual responsibility are less prominent. Therefore, in a country like Morocco, where beliefs in the virtue of individual responsibility are low, but in the virtue of competition are high, firms are more likely to greenwash. Conversely, in a country like France, where the population believes in the virtue of individual responsibility but prefers an absence of competition, firms are less likely to greenwash as they tend to implement socially and environmentally responsible actions without specifically signalling those actions.“We tend to assume that firms are inherently selfish and more likely to indulge in symbolic CSR practices that look good, such as getting green accreditation, than actively trying to improve stakeholders’ welfare by, for example, reducing CO₂ emissions,” said Dr Roulet. “In fact, our research has shown that what a firm does in the context of CSR is influenced by the shared cultural expectations in its country of origin, which either unconsciously encourage greenwashing or demand substantive action. Subtle distinctions between different countries’ interpretations of what a liberal economy is all about can lead to very different attitudes and actions when it comes to how businesses operate in relation to society.”

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Oxitec Appoints Dr Christopher Richards as Chairman

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 14 febbraio 2012

Oxford, England (PRNewswire) Oxitec Ltd, a company pioneering a new approach to combating dengue fever, announced today that it has appointed Dr Christopher Richards as Non-Executive Chairman, with effect from 1st January 2012. Oxitec use advanced genetics to create ‘sterile’ male insects of the target species. The company has demonstrated success in trials in a number of countries and is developing a range of products both in public health and agriculture. Chris has more than 25 years’ experience in the agriculture and public health fields. In 20 years with ICI, Zeneca and Syngenta, he has gained wide experience in technical and commercial areas, including in ICI Public Health and general management roles in South America and Asia. In 2003, he was appointed CEO of Arysta LifeScience, the Tokyo-based international agrochemical company, and was responsible for transforming the company into a powerful global force in the sector. Chris was appointed Chairman of Arysta LifeScience in 2010. Prior to joining the private sector in 1983, he worked in research with the UK Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food. Chris earned a master’s degree in zoology and a D. Phil. in animal ecology at St. John’s College, Oxford University. In joining Oxitec, Chris commented: ‘Oxitec is a remarkable company at a very exciting stage in its development. I have been enormously impressed not only by the quality of the science but also by the responsible attitude to society and the environment. Oxitec is a company with the ambition to make a truly beneficial impact on public health around the world, using cutting edge science to present novel and cost-effective ways of controlling dengue fever, which affects so many people, especially in poorer tropical countries. I am proud to be joining this world class team.’David Brooks, who has been Chairman of Oxitec since its foundation in 2002, commented “I am delighted that we have been able to attract Chris to take on this role at this important stage in Oxitec’s evolution. A very solid platform has been established, and Chris’s experience in building successful international companies will be invaluable in leading Oxitec to the commercial success which it is now positioned to achieve”.
Oxitec has developed an innovative technology, employing advances in genetics and molecular biology, to improve on the well-established radiation-based Sterile Insect Technique (SIT). SIT is used to control insect pests that damage crops. Oxitec’s technology extends the principle of using sterility to suppress insect populations to a far broader range of insect species that threaten both public health and agriculture and also overcomes cost efficacy hurdles. After many years in development Oxitec is demonstrating its approach to combat the insect that spreads dengue fever in an increasing number of countries.
Oxitec is developing and commercialising an effective and environment-friendly proprietary technology for the control of significant insect pests. http://www.oxitec.com
Dengue is the most common mosquito-borne viral disease of humans that in recent years has become a major international public health concern. Globally, 2.5 billion people live in areas where dengue viruses can be transmitted.

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