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We should strive for greater strategic autonomy and a speedy recovery, say MEPs

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 7 ottobre 2020

Bruxelles.Commission Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič, replacing Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, insisted that investing in digitalisation and decarbonisation and preparing the EU for any scenario with regard to the UK’s withdrawal from the EU should top the agenda of the 15-16 October summit. When closing the debate, he mentioned that the Commission will soon table a proposal on a minimum wage and will do everything it can to foster a speedy agreement between Parliament and Council on both the recovery plan and the long-term budget.Manfred Weber (EPP, DE) wants EU leaders to focus on jobs, investment in recovery, exports and digital transformation. He wondered why Belarus president Alyaksandr Lukashenka is not on the list of those to be sanctioned and why accession talks with Turkey have not been stopped.Iraxte García Pérez (S&D; ES) reminded MEPs that social fairness must be at the heart of economic recovery in the single market, even more so given that the cuts in health and education during the 2008 crisis have left many unprotected in the current sanitary crisis.For the EU to become a credible international actor, member states need to take geopolitical decisions by qualified majority and agree on strictly respecting common values and rule of law within the EU, said Dacian Cioloş (Renews, RO).EU funds will probably arrive too late and be insufficient to drive economic recovery, said Marco Zanni (ID, IT) while warning that new taxes might come. Philippe Lamberts (Greens/EFA, BE) pointed out that the lack of energy, digital etc. independence weakens the EU on the international stage and called for simple and efficient instruments to ensure common rules and values are respected within the EU. Derk Jan Eppink (ECR, NL) called for more “Trumpism” and stronger cooperation with the US in EU foreign policies to put third countries under pressure. Giorgos Georgiou (GUE/NGL, CY) called upon EU member states to stop Turkish settlements in Famagusta, which are threatening peace in the Eastern Mediterranean.

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A proactive and more strategic European Union

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 17 gennaio 2020

In the resolution assessing the state of play on the EU´s common foreign and security policy (CFSP), MEPs note that the world is facing a global power shift, with geopolitical competition becoming a leading trend.They express their full support for new Commission President Ursula von der Leyen’s decision to transform the European Commission into a ‘geopolitical Commission’.MEPs point out that the EU has to switch from a responsive to an anticipatory approach. Teaming up with like-minded EU strategic partners, in particular NATO and emerging countries, is essential to defend the global rule-based order.Rapporteur and Chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee David McAllister (EPP, DE) said: “The recent events in the Middle East proved again that multilateralism is more challenged than ever. With the beginning of a new political cycle, there is an urgent need for a stronger, united and proactive European Union. The role of the European Parliament should therefore be reinforced as an important pillar of the Common Foreign and Security Policy”.MEPs reiterate their support for the Eastern Partnership , and call for a credible EU enlargement strategy in the Western Balkans.The resolution was adopted with 454 votes for, 148 against and 102 abstentions.In the annual resolution on common security and defence policy (CSDP), adopted with 364 votes for, 266 against and 77abstentions, MEPs warn that armed conflicts provoking massive population displacement, jihadist terrorism, cyber attacks, hybrid threats, the weakening of disarmament efforts, energy insecurity and climate change, all make the European Union’s security environment uncertain and upredictable.MEPs note that some global actors (the United States, China, Russia) and an increasing number of regional actors (Turkey, Iran, Saudi Arabia) are seeking to assert power through a combination of “unilateral diplomatic posturing”.The European Union has been slow to react and adapt to this new international context, warn MEPs. In the area of defence, insufficient investments, lack of capabilities but above all, a “political reluctance to implement the robust provisions provided for in the European treaties” hampers the European Union’s ability to play a decisive role in external crises. Rapporteur Arnaud Danjean (EPP, FR) said: “As Europe is facing tremendous security challenges, in a highly volatile international context, the European Union and its member states must take responsibility. In full respect of alliances and partnerships, Europe must assert its strategic autonomy and strengthen its capabilities in order to be a real actor and not a spectator.”

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Crosstree Launches Strategic Value Creation Service

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 9 gennaio 2020

Crosstree, a global leader in health science M&A, recapitalization, and growth financing strategies, has announced that Gordon Ryerson is returning to the firm to launch the company’s newest service: Strategic Value Creation.With more than 20 years of investment banking and strategic consulting experience specifically within the health science industry, Ryerson will work with companies to develop strategic and actional plans to help them reach a successful outcome downstream.The service will also leverage Crosstree’s excellence in distilling granular market data, proprietary research, and tertiary information into practical advice.“Gordon is deeply ingrained in the health sciences and has an exceptional track record, making him the ideal leader for this new service,” said Shane Senior, co-founder and managing director. “He will be an incredible asset for companies looking to rapidly create value or refine an acquisition strategy.” The service will allow Crosstree to partner with private equity firms to support strategic investments, grow portfolio companies, and generate superior returns on exit. Ryerson and other Crosstree principals will share more about the Strategic Value Creation service at the J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference in San Francisco. The company will be introducing its exclusive Prism Report, the first in a series that reviews the industry’s abrupt transition to targeted and immune therapies and the profound disruption and opportunities created as a result.

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A Strategic Partnership with Univo to Develop Cannabinoid-Based Products is Ongoing

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 1 gennaio 2020

Can-Fite BioPharma Ltd. (NYSE American:CANF) (TASE:CFBI), a biotechnology company with a pipeline of proprietary small molecule drugs that bind specifically to the A3 adenosine receptor (A3AR), addressing cancer, liver and inflammatory diseases, announced today that Golan Bitton, CEO of Univo Pharmaceuticals (TASE:UNVO), was elected as a board member to Can-Fite at its recent annual general meeting. In September 2019, Can-Fite BioPharma and Univo Pharmaceutical, a medical cannabis company, entered into a collaboration agreement to co-develop cannabis derived pharmaceutical products based on the platform technology of Can-Fite in the fields of cancer, inflammatory, autoimmune, and metabolic diseases.Golan Bitton has many years of managerial experience in the Israeli Ministry of Defense. During his tenure there, he Implemented and managed multi-million dollar projects for the Israeli Government. Golan holds a B.A. in Economics and Business Management from Max Stern Academic College and Computer Engineering from Negev University. Golan is the founder of Univo Pharmaceuticals and is considered today as one of the leading worldwide experts in the cannabis arena.Can-Fite is uniquely positioned to contribute its deep pharmaceutical development expertise to the medical cannabis market, based on findings published in peer reviewed scientific journals, that demonstrate CBDs also bind to the A3 adenosine receptor (A3AR), which is over-expressed in pathological cells. A3AR is a target that Can-Fite believes can be used as a predictor and selector for the use of each type of CBD and more cannabinoids in the treatment of specific diseases. Can-Fite is a global leader in the research and development of drugs that target A3AR.“We welcome Golan as a board member and trust that his skills will be highly valuable to Can-Fite and also strengthen the collaboration in the cannabis arena, which is intended to lead to new intellectual property and novel pharmaceutical products,” stated Can-Fite CEO Pnina Fishman.

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QIAGEN Concludes Strategic Alternatives Review

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 28 dicembre 2019

QIAGEN N.V. (NYSE: QGEN; Frankfurt Prime Standard: QIA) (“QIAGEN” or the “Company”) today announced that it has concluded the previously announced review of potential strategic alternatives, and has determined the execution of its current stand-alone business plan represents the best opportunity to drive future value creation.The Supervisory Board and Management Board of QIAGEN, in accordance with their fiduciary duties and in consultation with their financial and legal advisors, held discussions with interested parties to explore potential strategic alternatives that could provide greater value creation opportunities than QIAGEN’s already strong stand-alone growth prospects. This process was announced in mid-November after QIAGEN received several conditional, non-binding indications of interest for a full acquisition.On December 24, 2019, the Supervisory Board and Management Board determined that the various alternatives to the stand-alone prospects were not compelling, and has terminated all discussions so that full management focus can be on executing the stand-alone plan. “The Supervisory Board and Management Board conducted a wide-ranging review of strategic alternatives for our business and determined that the ongoing transformation provides the best means for creating future value for shareholders and other stakeholders,” said Dr. Håkan Björklund, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of QIAGEN N.V. “We have a strong and differentiated portfolio of molecular testing solutions that provide opportunity for significant growth. We will continue to focus on value-enhancing activities with financial discipline and an increased passion to serve our customers with our Sample to Insight solutions focused on the Life Sciences and Molecular Diagnostics.”

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DaraPay Announces Strategic Partnership with Chinese Tech Giant- Alipay

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 21 novembre 2019

Dara Pay, the leading mobile E-wallet and payment service providers, today announces its partnership with Alipay, world’s leading payment and lifestyle platform operated by Ant Financial. With this partnership, Chinese tourists can scan and pay with their Alipay app at all DaraPay merchants with more than 3,000 outlets in Phnom Penh, Kandal, Kampong Cham, Siem Reap and Battambang province.Through this strategic partnership, the two partners are looking to integrate their respective systems with one another and offer the market a flexible, on-demand digital payment solution through which Chinese tourists can conveniently use during their visit to Cambodia.
With the system now in place, Alipay users are no longer required to withdraw cash or perform cross-app money transfer to make payments across the Kingdom. They can simply complete their purchases by scanning the special QR code available at DaraPay-enabled merchant partners.“We are excited to work with Alipay,” said Mr. Phok Ratha, General Manager of DaraPay. “Through this collaboration, Alipay users can now benefit from the convenience, simplicity, and security of our integrated system and merchant partners while enjoying their vacation in Cambodia.”With DaraPay’s more than 3,000 merchant partners, finding a store or service that accepts this integrated mobile payment should not be a trouble. Whether it is a transaction at a restaurant, café, and supermarket or payment for services such as ride-hailing, hotel, and entertainments, Chinese tourists can truly benefit by choosing the services of DaraPay’s merchant partners. Alipay customers who love shopping for apparel or trying out all types of delicious food can enjoy with the most popular Chinese tourist malls: Sorya Center Point or The Olympia Mall located at the heart of Phnom Penh City.The future bodes well for the two partners with the number of Chinese tourists visiting the Kingdom continues to grow. Last year, statistically the nation welcomed over 1.7 million Chinese tourists, and the number is expected to rise to 3 million by 2020 and 5 million by 2025.As the number of Chinese tourists to the Kingdom continues to surge, and following its strategic road map, DaraPay is on track with its collaboration with leading fintech platform Alipay.

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New Strategic Fund to Invest in Health Innovation

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 17 novembre 2019

As the health care landscape rapidly evolves, the American Hospital Association (AHA) has been pursuing multiple ways to lead and promote innovation in the field. Today, the AHA is pleased to announce the final closing of the AHA Innovation Development Fund, LP, or “AHA Fund,” a $50 million venture capital fund formed to help hospitals and health systems continue to transform health care and deliver cutting-edge care.The AHA Fund is sponsored and managed by Concord Health Partners, LLC (Concord), a health care-focused investment firm, with the AHA as the anchor limited partner investor. The AHA Fund has made several investments to date in health care companies and will continue to invest in cutting-edge solutions.The goal of the AHA Fund is to invest in early-stage health care companies that provide products, services and solutions that help hospitals and health systems transform care delivery, spur innovation among members, connect hospitals and entrepreneurs, and drive results.James Olsen, Founder & Managing Partner of Concord, commented, “Concord is focused on identifying and supporting health care companies with solutions that address affordability, quality and access to care. The AHA Fund aligns interests and delivers strategic value to both health systems and portfolio companies. We are excited to be part of this collaborative effort with the AHA to advance and accelerate innovation in health care.”

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Strategic Collaboration Agreement with Amazon Web Services

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 1 novembre 2019

Tyler Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: TYL) today announced a strategic collaboration agreement with Amazon Web Services (AWS) for cloud hosting services. This agreement brings together Tyler, the nation’s largest software company exclusively focused on the public sector, and AWS, the broadest and deepest cloud platform.The agreement deepens the existing relationship between Tyler and AWS, by leveraging the AWS cloud to lay the groundwork for the future of cloud services for the public sector. As Tyler continues to evolve its applications in response to government and public sector needs, this collaboration will enable Tyler public sector clients to deliver better experiences for citizens, and further enable governments to use data as a strategic asset in the design, management, and delivery of programs.
Specifically, the agreement with AWS provides the framework for development, training and collaboration in order to support next-generation applications that have the scalability, resiliency, and security AWS offers. It will assist Tyler in accelerating innovation and the development of strategic initiatives. These initiatives will bring the most advanced cloud-native services to Tyler clients, improving the flow of information and providing a better experience for state, local, and federal governments.The agreement allows Tyler to expand its solution development and delivery options while continuing to support clients, where required, on premises or through another Tyler data center.

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Snowden Lane Partners and Kestrel Capital Announce Strategic Alliance

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 6 ottobre 2019

Snowden Lane Partners, an independent, advisor-owned, wealth advisory firm dedicated to providing client-focused advice in a values-driven culture, today announced a strategic cooperation alliance with Dublin, Ireland based Kestrel Capital, an independent wealth advisory firm that advises high net worth individuals, family offices, corporations, charities and retirement plans.Snowden Lane and Kestrel Capital will seek to expand their respective service capabilities and refer clients to one another where there may be an opportunity to develop and strengthen business relationships. By virtue of its authorization by the Central Bank of Ireland and the U.K. Financial Conduct Authority, Kestrel Capital has and will retain its “single passport” and ability to do business in both the United Kingdom and the European Union. Snowden Lane affiliates are authorized to do business in the U.S.Rob Mooney, Managing Partner and Chief Executive Officer of Snowden Lane added: “In many ways, the world is still becoming a smaller place, and we believe a strategic relationship with a reputable advisory firm like Kestrel Capital is very valuable as we look to develop our business outside the U.S.” Lyle LaMothe, Snowden Lane’s Chairman, added, “We’ve known John and his firm for some time and see a real potential to develop new relationships by way of referral, as well as to facilitate servicing existing cross-border clients and their families.”Since its founding in 2011, Snowden Lane has rapidly built a national brand, attracting top industry talent from Morgan Stanley, Merrill Lynch, UBS, JP Morgan, Raymond James and Wells Fargo, among others. The firm has 10 offices around the country, including Pasadena and San Diego, CA; New Haven, CT; Coral Gables, FL; Pittsburgh, PA; Baltimore, Salisbury and Bethesda, MD; San Antonio, TX; as well as its New York City headquarters. In 2019, the Financial Times named Snowden Lane to its elite FT 300 list for the fifth straight year, recognizing it as one of the top independent RIA firms in the U.S. A number of the firm’s advisors have been recognized as FT 401 Top Retirement advisors, and a number by Forbes/Shook as top state advisors.

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BlackRock LTPC Makes Strategic Investment in Authentic Brands Group

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 14 agosto 2019

BlackRock, Inc. announced today that entities affiliated with its Long Term Private Capital (LTPC) strategy have made a strategic investment in Authentic Brands Group (ABG), owner of a portfolio of iconic and world-renowned brands. LTPC will become the largest investor in ABG and will work closely alongside its management, led by founder, Chairman and CEO James Salter and President and CMO Nick Woodhouse. LTPC joins existing ABG investors including founding investor Leonard Green & Partners, General Atlantic, Lion Capital, Simon Property Group, Brookfield Properties’ retail group and Shaquille O’Neal.ABG has experienced significant growth since it was founded in 2010 and is now a world-leading brand development, marketing and entertainment company. The Company’s portfolio of over 50 brands generates close to USD $10 billion in annual worldwide revenue in more than 70 countries. ABG’s portfolio spans the luxury, specialty and mid-tier retail channels in both e-commerce and brick and mortar, and is diversified across the lifestyle, sports, celebrity, entertainment and media sectors. The ABG portfolio includes brands such as Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley, Muhammad Ali, Shaquille O’Neal, Greg Norman, Thalia Sodi, Neil Lane, Nautica, Aéropostale, Vince Camuto, Nine West, Juicy Couture, Frye, Spyder, Prince and Judith Lieber. ABG’s recent acquisition of Sports Illustrated, one of the most respected names in sports media, highlights the Company’s ability to expand a cultural centerpiece across digital, TV and social platforms and represents their increasing desire to converge content and commerce.“The strategic investment by LTPC is a testament to the success we have had building a leading platform for the ownership and development of brand and media content,” said Jamie Salter, Chairman and CEO at ABG. “We believe BlackRock’s scale, global footprint and digital capabilities will enable us to build out our organization and continue our domestic and international growth trajectory. This investment marks an important and exciting next phase of expansion for ABG.”

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35th Annual Strategic Decisions Conference

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 19 maggio 2019

Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) said today that Interim Chief Executive Officer and President Allen Parker will present at the Bernstein 35th Annual Strategic Decisions Conference in New York on Thursday, May 30, 2019, at 9 a.m. ET (6 a.m. PT).
Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.9 trillion in assets. Wells Fargo’s vision is to satisfy our customers’ financial needs and help them succeed financially. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, investment and mortgage products and services, as well as consumer and commercial finance, through 7,700 locations, more than 13,000 ATMs, the internet (wellsfargo.com) and mobile banking, and has offices in 33 countries and territories to support customers who conduct business in the global economy. With approximately 262,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States. Wells Fargo & Company was ranked No. 26 on Fortune’s 2018 rankings of America’s largest corporations.

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Adtalem Global Education and Northeastern University Form Strategic Partnership

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 8 maggio 2019

Adtalem Global Education, a global educator and workforce solutions provider (NYSE: ATGE), and Northeastern University’s D’Amore-McKim School of Business, a thought leader in navigating the complexities of digital convergence and Artificial Intelligence (AI), have signed a strategic alliance agreement. Through their partnership, Adtalem and D’Amore-McKim will bring new products and services to the marketplace, leveraging subject matter expertise and content from Northeastern, and global distribution channels and financial services education and certification expertise from Adtalem.
The first offering to launch under the partnership is a certificate course on AI for Financial Services. AI thought leaders and expert finance and technology practitioners will design and teach the course to provide financial services professionals with a solid understanding of AI and its applications in financial services. The course will also give business professionals the ability to assess AI readiness within their organization and the tools to become AI champions capable of addressing specific business needs.Available in summer of 2019, the course will launch in online, on-demand, self-paced options and is designed to be completed within 8–10 hours over 2–4 weeks, culminating in a certificate of completion. The course also can be tailored to corporate clients with facilitated sessions and expert faculty members.The banking and financial services industry is at the forefront of AI adoption, using AI to improve the accuracy of credit scoring, fraud detection, personal budgeting and algorithmic stock trading and giving rise to robo-advisers, chat-bots, and machine underwriters. As automation continues to drive efficiencies in quantitative functions, companies and organizations will look to reskill employees into higher value, more qualitative roles.
Adtalem’s financial services portfolio currently consists of several organizations with a range of professional education products and services, including: the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (ACAMS), its CAMS certification is one of the most widely recognized anti-money laundering certifications among compliance professionals worldwide; Becker Professional Education, which offers programs in CPA Exam Review and continuing professional education courses; and EduPristine, one of India’s leading training providers in accounting, finance and digital marketing.

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Spotify Announces Expansion of Strategic Partnership with Samsung

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 11 marzo 2019

Spotify Technology S.A. (NYSE:SPOT) today announced the next step in its strategic relationship with Samsung Electronics by providing users with frictionless access to Spotify on Samsung mobile devices1. In addition, new Spotify consumers in the U.S. with select Samsung Galaxy mobile devices, including the just-launched Galaxy S10, may qualify for six months of free Spotify Premium, redeemable in app2. Starting on March 8, Spotify also will be pre-installed on millions of new Samsung mobile devices globally.
Spotify has been deeply integrated with Bixby, Samsung’s intelligence platform, designed to work across Samsung’s ecosystem of devices, Spotify also enhances the Bixby Home screen by providing Spotify content and recommendations tailored for each listener.As previously announced in August 2018, Spotify became Samsung’s go-to music service provider. Spotify will continue to support Samsung devices this year to enable Samsung and Spotify users to discover and enjoy music in new ways.

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Farmers Insurance Federal Credit Union Engages Xtensifi for Strategic Consulting Services

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 23 febbraio 2019

Xtensifi, a digital consulting firm that enables financial institutions to create and execute their mobile and online strategies, announced today that it was recently selected by Farmers Insurance Federal Credit Union to provide strategic consulting services to help accelerate digital transformation of member services. Xtensifi applied its expertise in digital banking services and technology to assist Farmers Insurance Federal Credit Union in defining innovation priorities, clarifying a vision and creating a roadmap to achieve the institution’s strategic goals. Additionally, Xtensifi worked closely with credit union executives to formulate and assess innovation opportunities and develop actionable plans. “Our number one goal is to provide superior member service,” said Laura Campbell, CEO of Farmers Insurance Federal Credit Union. “Xtensifi has been instrumental in helping us define our digital strategy which will enable us to deliver extraordinary service through non-traditional/remote channels.” “Each new partnership is important to us, and we are excited to help Farmers Insurance Federal Credit Union with its strategic goals,” said George Kelley, CEO of Xtensifi. “As consumer expectations continue to evolve, it can be overwhelming for financial institutions to keep up the pace of change that new technologies enable. At Xtensifi, we remain committed to providing highly-customized consulting services, to improve not only internal processes, but also enhance the member’s digital experience.”

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MuteSix Appoints Five Key Strategic Hires in North America

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 26 gennaio 2019

MuteSix – a full funnel digital and creative agency – today announced five new hires to its seasoned leadership team. Marc Loreti and Holly Martin have joined the company as Vice Presidents of Business Development, Bree Blackman as Vice President of Creative Strategy, and Ross Bucholc as Vice President of Paid Search. These appointments continue MuteSix’s forward momentum and will have an immediate focus on the company’s enterprise consumer brand and agency clients. MuteSix spends $300 million a year for clients across retail, e-commerce, luxury, nonprofit, technology, sports, publishing, and financial services. The agency has been achieving 265% year-over-year growth while retaining their people-first culture. It has also seen its creative studio (StudioSix) vertical grow 12x in 2018, which makes up 28% of its total revenue. The company’s speed-to-market has been finding traction with CMOs of SMBs and enterprise leaders alike, who turn to MuteSix to gain better ad spend due to the rise of creative and specialization. Today, MuteSix continues to sign large enterprise clients such as Disney, GNC, and Petco. “The addition of this exciting and impressive team of seasoned executives is a direct result of our significant growth over the past two years. The team we chose has the collective experience and smarts to keep up with MuteSix’s ongoing growth. Together, they will allow us to provide differentiated services, operate faster, leverage integrated data to create in real-time, and add increased value,” said Steve Weiss, Founder and CEO. “New client wins combined with the fact that total ad spend is projected to increase 24% between 2018 – 2022 makes this an exciting chapter for us.”MuteSix is currently investing further into mobile first video ads for 2019. “Mobile video is going to be the most popular and fastest growing content format this year given spending is expected to hit $103B by 2023. The increasing popularity of mobile video sharing platforms like Facebook and Instagram presents an immense opportunity to create, serve and measure interactive video ads,” said Daniel Rutberg, COO. The agency is also developing its proprietary predictive technology. “Clients don’t just want data, they want insights that make an economic impact. We’re looking to predictive technology to help refine hyper-relevant creative advertising to accelerate results for brands moving towards a cross-platform future.”

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Strategic Collaboration to Develop Novel Therapies for Fibrotic Diseases

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 21 dicembre 2018

Gilead Sciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: GILD) and Scholar Rock Holding Corporation (NASDAQ: SRRK) announced today that the companies have entered into a strategic collaboration to discover and develop highly specific inhibitors of transforming growth factor beta (TGFβ) activation for the treatment of fibrotic diseases.Under the collaboration, Gilead has exclusive options to license worldwide rights to product candidates that emerge from three Scholar Rock TGFβ programs: inhibitors that target activation of latent TGFβ1 with high affinity and specificity, inhibitors that selectively target activation of latent TGFβ1 localized to extracellular matrix, and a third TGFβ discovery program. Scholar Rock is responsible for antibody discovery and preclinical research through product candidate nomination, after which, upon exercising the option for a program, Gilead will be responsible for the program’s preclinical and clinical development and commercialization. Scholar Rock retains exclusive worldwide rights to discover, develop, and commercialize certain TGFβ inhibitors for oncology and cancer immunotherapy.In connection with the collaboration agreement, Scholar Rock will receive $80 million in upfront payments, comprised of $50 million cash and $30 million purchase of Scholar Rock Holding Corporation common stock. In addition, Scholar Rock will receive a one-time milestone payment of $25 million upon the successful completion of specific preclinical studies and be eligible to receive up to an additional $1,425 million in potential payments aggregated across all three programs based on the successful achievement of certain research, development, regulatory and commercialization milestones. Scholar Rock would also receive high single-digit to low double-digit tiered royalties on sales of potential future products originating from the collaboration.
Fibrosis is a debilitating pathological feature of many diseases that scars tissues and vital organs and is a major cause of morbidity and mortality. TGFβ-driven signaling is thought to be a central regulator of fibrosis. Inhibitors of TGFβ signaling discovered through Scholar Rock’s proprietary platform have been shown to selectively prevent the activation of the growth factor in the fibrotic matrix in vitro and in preclinical models. By targeting the disease microenvironment, these highly specific inhibitors of TGFβ activation may offer a novel approach to suppressing pro-fibrotic signaling in multiple organs.

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Catella and Söderberg & Partners in strategic partnership

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 16 dicembre 2018

Catella Bank S.A., a subsidiary to Catella AB (publ), has entered an agreement to divest 51% of the Wealth Management operations in Sweden to Söderberg & Partners for approximately SEK 36 Million. Catella’s ownership in the joint venture structure is expected to generate positive cash flow which is an important part of the value of the transaction. The parties will also enter a strategic partnership. Catella will continue to develop alternative investment products to this client segment for the entire wealth advisory industry.As part of the strategic review of Catella’s Banking operation Catella has evaluated various options for the Swedish Wealth Management operation and found the optimal conditions, for customers and employees, in Söderberg & Partners who is a partner and employer with a strong and long-term offering. Entering a strategic partnership ensures customers will be served by their trusted advisor on a competitive platform as well as it is an important step for Catella in the ambition to exit the consolidated situation and thereby improve capital and operational efficiency. The Söderberg & Partners Group is today one of Sweden´s and Scandinavia´s leading advisors within insurance and financial products and has approximately 1 800 employees around Europe.
“Söderberg & Partners is a strong and credible partner and I see great opportunities in our partnership. With this transaction Catella takes another important step towards a more efficient capital-structure and less extensive regulatory framework,” Knut Pedersen, CEO of Catella Group, comments.“The partnership with Catella, as the reputable company it is, will give us great ability to develop our offer further. I am sure that our combined competences will provide synergy and even greater benefits for Söderberg & Partners, Catella and our respective customers”, says Gustaf Rentzhog, CEO of Söderberg & Partners.In connection with the deal, Catella and Söderberg & Partners have entered into a call and put option agreement under which Catella is being granted a put option to sell their shares in the joint venture to Söderberg & Partners and Söderberg & Partners are being granted a call option to acquire the joint venture shares of Catella in 2024 at a price to be calculated through a pre-set formula depending on future profit development.The balance sheet total of Catella Group will decrease by approximately SEK 1 Billion in connection with the transaction as both assets and liabilities will be transferred. Catella will consolidate its 49% share of the joint venture as an associated company in accordance with the equity method when the transaction is closed which is expected to be completed during the first half of 2019.

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FLIR Systems Completes Strategic Investment in DroneSense

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 22 aprile 2018

FLIR Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: FLIR) and DroneSense, Inc. announced today that FLIR has completed a strategic investment in DroneSense, makers of a unique software platform that serves the growing needs of public safety organizations in utilizing unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) to better perform their missions.The minority investment by FLIR in DroneSense will create opportunities for the companies to collaborate and share their respective expertise and customer relationships to develop and bring to market advanced UAS operating, management, and reporting systems. FLIR’s advanced thermal imaging payloads for UAS platforms provide first responders a new sense of awareness by imaging heat, seeing through smoke, and seeing at night. DroneSense’s comprehensive solution will enable first responders of all types to build and scale their UAS programs with full accountability and transparency. Together, the FLIR and DroneSense offerings will enhance situational awareness, act as a force multiplier, and ultimately save more lives as organizations continue to integrate UAS into daily missions.“This alliance with DroneSense will help bring to market a truly mission-critical solution needed by first responders to effectively deploy a complete UAS program across their organizations,” said James Cannon, President and CEO of FLIR. “We believe this platform is scalable geographically, across multiple markets, and across multiple FLIR Business Units. While focused today on UASs, we see longer term opportunity for the solution to be extendable to other forms of sensing devices.”

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Ethris Enters Strategic Collaboration with AstraZeneca and MedImmune

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 24 agosto 2017

polmoniEthris GmbH, a leader in mRNA-based therapeutics with specific expertise in pulmonary disease, today announced a five-year strategic research collaboration with AstraZeneca and its global biologics research and development arm, MedImmune. The collaboration is focused on developing new stabilised non-immunogenic modified RNA therapies for respiratory diseases using Ethris’ proprietary SNIM®RNA technology. Ethris will receive €25 million upfront plus research funding and is eligible for future research and development milestones, including sales related royalties upon commercialisation. AstraZeneca and MedImmune will have the option to take exclusive worldwide licenses upon completion of the research plan for each target within the collaboration.mRNA therapies deliver genetic instructions to cells which drive the target cells to produce selected proteins to help prevent or fight diseases. Ethris’ proprietary mRNA technology can be targeted to the lungs where it helps to replace, inhibit or augment proteins that are involved in causing or exacerbating respiratory disease. mRNA-based therapeutics may also provide new opportunities to modify the course of the disease or its symptoms.Ethris will utilize its proprietary SNIM®RNA technology exclusively with AstraZeneca through the company’s MedImmune and Innovative Medicines (IMED) biotech units to develop multiple new targets for investigation in the diseases of asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.Dr. Carsten Rudolph, President and CEO of Ethris, said: “This collaboration validates Ethris’ leading position in development and delivery of mRNA therapies for the treatment of pulmonary diseases. This collaboration pairs our proprietary technology with the world-class expertise of AstraZeneca and MedImmune in respiratory diseases, biologics development and commercialisation, and positions us to bring forward new options for patients.” Bahija Jallal, Executive Vice President, MedImmune, added: “Rapid advances over the last decade have made mRNA a very promising tool for clinical application, and we are excited to collaborate with Ethris, whose advanced platform is leading in RNA delivery to the lung. This collaboration complements our respiratory science focused on early intervention and disease modification by adding novel ways to target disease mechanisms that cannot be addressed by other approaches currently in our pipeline.”

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EI Sturdza Investment Funds lancia lo Strategic Japan Opportunities Fund con Rheos Capital Works

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 8 aprile 2017

city of londonLONDRA/PRNewswire/ I mercati giapponesi sono stati volatili dal 2003 al 2012, soprattutto per quanto riguarda le azioni delle società ad elevata capitalizzazione dell’indice TOPIX Core 30. Durante questo decennio, il 66% delle aziende giapponesi quotate (1.705) ha fatto registrare una crescita, con un rendimento medio del 110%. Si è trattato per la maggior parte di società a capitalizzazione medio-piccola (escluso il settore finanziario).
Dall’introduzione dell’Abenomics nel 2012, l’85% delle società giapponesi quotate (2.646) ha fatto registrare una crescita (escluso il settore finanziario) con un rendimento medio del 99%.EI Sturdza Investment Funds (“EI Sturdza”) annuncia il lancio di EI Sturdza Strategic Japan Opportunities Fund (il “Fondo”), gestito da esperti di primo piano quali Mitsuhiro Yuasa e Hideto Fujino, co-fondatori di Rheos Capital Works Inc. (“Rheos”) con sede a Tokyo, consulente per gli investimenti del Fondo.Il Fondo investirà in titoli di soggetti giapponesi caratterizzati da performance elevate: società growth che fanno registrare una crescita coerente dei ricavi/utili e vantano una lunga tradizione di capacità manageriali indipendentemente dalle dimensioni, dalla storia, dal marchio o dalla capitalizzazione di mercato, per produrre alfa con una performance superiore all’indice TOPIX TR (JPY) nel lungo periodo.Nell’attuale situazione macroeconomica di tassi d’interesse USA comparativamente elevati e di forza della moneta statunitense, il mercato azionario giapponese è ben posizionato grazie alla revisione al rialzo delle aspettative degli utili e ai rendimenti obbligazionari nazionali estremamente bassi nel lungo periodo.Per poter individuare società con una crescita potenziale, i gestori adottano un approccio disciplinato di tipo bottom-up, abbinato ad un approccio macroeconomico, senza sacrificare flessibilità e dinamismo per poter garantire che il portafoglio di investimenti sia posizionato in modo da poter sfruttare le opportunità di mercato del momento e in divenire.Mitsuhiro Yuasa, gestore di portafoglio di EI Sturdza Strategic Japan Opportunities Fund, ha dichiarato:”Cerchiamo di investire in aziende con una visione chiara e con personale che dispone del tempo, delle energie e dell’entusiasmo necessari per raggiungere gli obiettivi. Stiamo ricercando ed investendo in aziende di questo tipo sul mercato giapponese da 14 anni e siamo convinti che vi siano ancora su questo mercato numerose aziende con forti potenzialità di crescita che offrono interessanti opportunità di investimento.”In prospettiva, il governo Abe è attualmente il più stabile e il più solido tra quelli dei paesi principali. Grazie ad un governo forte, il settore pubblico e quello privato aspirano alla crescita finanziaria, sostenuta da politiche attuate dal governo negli ultimi anni. Le società giapponesi si stanno impegnando per migliorare la loro produttività e, di conseguenza, la redditività, ed il settore aziendale giapponese è alla costante ricerca di miglioramento della produttività, aumento dei posti di lavoro e degli investimenti, con il risultato finale della crescita del PIL. In sostanza, intendiamo investire in aziende in grado di supportare tali politiche e di crescere per realizzare profitti a medio-lungo termine”.

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