Monday, May 20, 2019

Dubai’s Holiday Home Market Is Ahead of the Curve

Outpacing other global cities in quality and services


Dubai, United Arab Emirates-Monday 20 May 2019 [ AETOS Wire ]

The holiday home market is heating up in Dubai, with significant growth driven by the increasing influx of foreign and Arab tourists opting for the high level of service that the emirate provides in this sector.

Despite the fact that it was launched by the Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) only recently, the emirate’s holiday home sector has gained ground in record time.

The concept of holiday homes in the UAE is focused on furnished accommodation that is rented as a whole unit on a daily, weekly, monthly or annual basis and registered with DTCM by licensed operators.

“International platforms such as Airbnb and Booking.com have contributed significantly to familiarising customers with holiday home services for tourism or business purposes,” said Dr Ahmed Samerai, founder of leading holiday home operator Al Bahar Downtown, which is ranked number one on Booking.com for preferred holiday homes based on guest reviews.

He added, “Dubai’s licensed holiday homes offer better quality and services than those in many other cities around the world. Most of the units in the emirate are located in modern buildings with swimming pools and gyms; in other cities, vacation apartments tend to be older without the features and facilities that are so widely available in Dubai.”

Dr Samerai explained that there are more than 2,000 units in Dubai promoted by the main hospitality booking platforms, and this figure is expected to increase annually by a minimum of 15 per cent.

“The demand for long-term rentals is slowing down and there is an oversupply of apartments. Many owners prefer to turn their apartments into holiday homes run by licensed companies until the long-term rental market improves. This option allows them to meet their financing obligations and cover service fees and the charges for chilled water, which are typically paid by landlords.”

Holiday homes are facing stiff competition from hotels that are reducing their rates and offering incentive packages, including free meals. This means that holiday home providers must lower their prices in order to attract customers. In the long-term, this may have a negative effect on the sector’s ability to provide quality services and undertake necessary renovations.

Dr Samerai commented that holiday homes – one of the many services offered by the government of Dubai – provide visitors to the emirate with a broader range of accommodation options, saying, “Clear regulation and oversight are likely to boost this sector’s competitiveness, transparency and safety and enhance service levels.”

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Q3 Medical Devices Limited Enters into a Distribution Agreement with Medtronic for its Biodegradable Biliary and Pancreatic Stent

DUBLIN-Wednesday 15 May 2019 [ AETOS Wire ]

(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Q3 Medical Devices Limited (“Q3 Medical”) based in Dublin, Ireland, announced today that it has entered into a distribution agreement with Medtronic plc for ARCHIMEDES, the first to market fully biodegradable biliary and pancreatic stent designed as an alternative to traditional plastic stents.

Medtronic’s Gastrointestinal and Hepatology business, which is part of the Minimally Invasive Therapies Group and Q3 Medical agreed to a six-year, exclusive agreement to distribute ARCHIMEDES biodegradable stent in western EU, US, and Japan; with rights to other regions. Q3 Medical will continue to expand its presence in South East Asia, Latin America, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East.

Typically, biliary and pancreatic duct stents are made of plastic or metal, however the ARCHIMEDES stent is made of a combination of dissolving materials permitting different rates of degradation depending on the patient need. Use of degrading materials in a stent, decreases reinterventions that are common with current stents and allows the potential for eliminating a stent removal procedure which is almost always done for plastic and metal stents currently. ARCHIMEDES has CE Mark.

Eric Mangiardi, President & CEO of Q3 Medical stated, “We are excited and fortunate to have partnered with a world leading medical device organization like Medtronic. Entering into this agreement is a major step toward our goal of becoming the world leading developer of biodegradable implants. Mangiardi further stated; “The promise of ARCHIMEDES is based in its potential to eliminate the second removal procedure required for traditional plastic stents, which could reduce billions of expenses from the global healthcare system while improving patient care.”

About Q3 Medical Devices

Q3 Medical Devices Limited is an Irish based holding company focused on the acquisition of novel medical device businesses with annual revenues up to EUR 10 Million. The holding company, through its expanding operations in Winsen, Germany (QualiMed Innovative Medizinprodukte GmbH, AMG International GmbH); Shanghai, China (Q-San); and Charlotte, N.C. (QualiMed-USA) is focused on the development, manufacturing, and distribution of minimally invasive devices for the treatment of patients with cardiology, peripheral vascular, and non-vascular diseases.

The wholly owned companies are focused on the continued global development and commercialization of their Core, Micro Invasive, Biodegradable, & Drug Delivery Technologies. The Company’s products are now sold in over 50 countries worldwide through its OEM, Private Label, and Own Brand Networks. Q3 Medical, through its wholly owned subsidiaries is focused on three key Verticals in which it will compete; Biodegradable Implants, Micro Invasive Technologies, and Drug Delivery Platforms.

Q3 Medical Devices Limited was formed by a global group of entrepreneurs, manufactures, distributors, industry doctors, and investors focused on the development and acquisition of medical device businesses. The company is focused on Creating Value By Helping People.

For further information, please visit http://www.q3medical.com/.

“CREATING VALUE BY HELPING PEOPLE”

Contacts
Eric Mangiardi
President & CEO
Q3 Medical Devices Limited
+353867827296 (Ireland)
emangiardi@q3medical.com

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BenQ introduces 32-inch 2560x1440 QHD Screen with 1800R Curvature for Immersive Gaming Experience

 Combines HDR Visuals with Advanced Gaming and Eye-Care Protection

Dubai, United Arab Emirates-Sunday 19 May 2019 [ AETOS Wire ]

BenQ, leading global innovator of displays, announced its latest milestone in visual technology earning VESA DisplayHDR 400 and AMD FreeSync 2 certifications for the EX3203R entertainment monitor. BenQ EX3203R features dazzling HDR performance with stunning gaming capabilities, the curved 32” display delivers immersive viewing, 144Hz helps in ultra-smooth performance and the 90% DCI-P3 for HDR and FreeSyncTM 2 ensures fluid gaming. The screen is also protected by BenQ Brightness Intelligence Plus (B.I.+) eye-care technology.

“EX3203R ingeniously blends HDR image quality together with B.I.+, guaranteeing dark details remain crystal clear even in dim environments while softening bright images,” said Manish Bakshi, Managing Director of BenQ Middle East & Turkey. “With FreeSync 2 for ultimate gameplay, EX3203R provides endless personal entertainment in absolute health and comfort safeguarded by BenQ Eye Care.”

Keeping pace with entertainment content encoded with HDR, which significantly increases the dynamic luminosity range for vivid, realistic video quality, VESA DisplayHDR certification is the world’s first public qualification testing protocol for HDR monitor performance. VESA DisplayHDR 400 certification assures consumers that EX3203R can flawlessly render HDR content with brilliant peak brightness and contrast, deeper blacks and clear dark details, and intensely saturated colors for naturally realistic video and gaming quality.

“The BenQ EX3203R FreeSync 2 display features stunning color, contrast, and detail in every pixel and is an exceptional addition to the FreeSync 2 family,” said Scott Herkelman, Vice President and General Manager, Radeon Technologies Group, AMD. “The past three years have been very exciting for AMD’s FreeSync technology and we’re thrilled to bring even more choice to PC and console gamers with BenQ’s latest monitor. Gamers can experience fluid, artifact-free gameplay as well as high-brightness pixels, excellent black levels, and a wide color gamut for HDR content, all without compromising on price.”

In addition to eliminating image tearing, broken frames, and choppy gameplay, FreeSync 2 raises the bar for PC and console gaming displays by requiring panel characteristics such as a large dynamic refresh rate range and low latency for exceptional HDR viewing experiences. Correspondingly, EX3203R’s exceptional color reproduction, together with superb contrast performance and ultrafine detail rendition ideally equip it as the perfect HDR video and gaming display platform. EX3203R makes viewing more comfortable with height adjustment feature that allows you to customize the viewing angle as per one’s preference.

Combining HDR with Brightness Intelligence Plus eye-care technology, EX3203R provides long-term eye comfort for extended gaming or video watching sessions while delivering spectacular HDR images to preserve dark detail clarity for human eyes to perceive easily, even in dim environments:

Brightness Intelligence Plus detects ambient color temperature and brightness to automatically adjust display brightness and color temperature for the most comfortable and accurate viewing experience, avoiding overexposure in bright scenes while preserving subtle details in dark scenes.

Flicker-Free Technology provides immediate relief from eyestrain by eliminating the 200+ times per second flickering that plagues conventional LCD screens.

Comprehensively equipped with multiple HDMI, DisplayPort, and USB 3.1 ports in addition to the USB-C port, EX3203R expertly hosts multimedia content from a variety of source devices ranging from set-top boxes, Blu-rays, gaming consoles, and smart devices. The Monitor is currently being retailed at AED 2,199.

To find out more about BenQ video enjoyment monitors, please visit BenQ.com.

https://www.benq.com/en-me/monitor/video-enjoyment/ex3203r.htm

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AURAK is Wyoming Bound



Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates-Sunday 19 May 2019 [ AETOS Wire ]

The American University of Ras Al Khaimah (AURAK) Department of International Programs and Partnerships (DIPP) hosted a two-day committee visit for a University of Wyoming (UW) delegation to speculate on the possibility of cultivating a student and faculty exchange program.



The delegation consisted of two members, Dr. Michael V. Pishko, Dean, College of Engineering and Applied Science and Prof. Brian Toelle, Professor of Practice and Interim Head of the Department of Petroleum Engineering, who started the first day of the site visit by touring the campus and meeting with AURAK Senior Administrators to discuss terms of collaboration. They met with the Dean of the School of Engineering, Professor Mousa Mohsen, the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies and Research, Professor Bilal Akash, and the faculty and staff from the School of Engineering where they speculated the possibility of establishing a 3+2 Petroleum Engineering Program between AURAK in United Arab Emirates and UW in United States of America. The delegation ended the evening partaking in a Ramadan Iftar celebration.

On the second day, the delegation met with a group of five students from different disciplines to introduce the 3+2 program and the exchange program. Students asked questions they had concerning the UW community, atmosphere, weather, accommodations, and living expenses. They also discussed internship opportunities, summer semesters, and post-graduate studies. The delegation ended their visit to AURAK with a meeting with the AURAK President, Professor Hassan Hamdan Al Alkim, among other AURAK administration members consisting of the Vice President of Academic Affairs and Student Success and Provost, Professor Stephen Wilhite, Associate Provost for Academic and Student Affairs, Dr. Denise Gifford.

Professor Hassan concluded, "In the University of Wyoming we have a potential esteemed international partner with the best interest of our students at heart who will help enable AURAK to provide our students with multiple prospects to advance and widen our University’s cultural scope.”

AURAK is an independent, public, state-owned, non-profit, coeducational institution of higher learning that offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in comprehensive academic programs based on the North American model and the cultural characteristics of the Gulf region. Its undergraduate programs combine a strong grounding in the major subject with a broad general education, and its graduate programs prepare students for the demands of professional life. The institution is committed to the highest standards of teaching, research, ethics, and service to the community, preparing its graduates to be knowledgeable, thoughtful, creative, and responsible individuals, and it is accredited through the UAE’s Ministry of Education (MOE) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

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American University of Ras Al Khaimah

Kamel Abu Youssef, Department of Communications and Public Relations

+97172210900  Ext: 1327

k.youssef@aurak.ac.ae

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Soundtrap for Storytellers, New Podcast Creation Tool, Launches Globally

Comprehensive podcast creation solution offers all-in-one recording, remote multi-track interviewing, smart transcribing, full audio production and publishing to Spotify

NEW YORK -Wednesday 15 May 2019 [ AETOS Wire ]

(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Soundtrap, a Spotify company, today announced Soundtrap for Storytellers, a cloud-based one-stop shop for high-quality collaborative podcast creation that provides podcasters with a powerful, efficient and user-friendly recording and production process.

Now available globally, Soundtrap for Storytellers is a comprehensive podcast creation solution that offers all of the following features in the same service: recording; remote multi-track interviewing with video chat; smart transcribing and editing of the spoken-word audio file as a text document; full audio production capabilities, the publishing of its transcript to optimize SEO, and the publishing of the podcast to Spotify.

“Soundtrap was created to redefine collaborative music making, and now we’re bringing that same expertise to podcast creation with Soundtrap for Storytellers. The platform itself was built around solving some of the biggest pain points for podcasters - editing, transcribing, remote interviewing and adding sound effects - and providing one, streamlined platform that contains every part of the podcast creation process,” said Per Emanuelsson, Co-Founder, Soundtrap.

“The Soundtrap team has done a fantastic job with this new product. Part of Spotify’s mission is to grow the number of creators able to build podcasts worldwide. Soundtrap for Storytellers gives podcast creators incredible editing capabilities, collaboration in real-time, and the ability to publish their podcast to Spotify,” said Charlie Hellman, Head of Creator Marketplace, Spotify.

Equipped with a wide range of intuitive features, Soundtrap for Storytellers allows podcasters to focus on the art of storytelling by significantly reducing the time and investment typically needed to make podcasts sound professional. The full suite of services can be accessed via desktop, and a select set of recording and editing features is available on iOS and Android. Tools available include:

Interactive Transcripts/Editing Studio: Soundtrap for Storytellers saves hours of time by enabling users to transcribe and edit the spoken-word audio file as you would in a text document, eliminating the need to listen to the podcast over and over again. For now, transcription is only available in English.
Collaborate and Remotely Interview Guests: Soundtrap for Storytellers enables podcasters to seamlessly collaborate with others from anywhere around the world. The platform is cloud-based and allows multiple people to talk, record (on separate tracks) and work on the same podcast by sending a link to join the session remotely.
Increase Discoverability: Publish your podcast transcript to increase SEO, drive traffic to your podcast, and gain new fans.
Sound Effects: Create your own jingle and complete your production with sound design using Soundtrap’s built-in instruments and loops, and access an enormous sound library without having to leave the studio.
Soundtrap for Storytellers is available today, May 14, 2019, at Soundtrap.com/Storytellers. Pricing begins at $14.99/month and an annual plan is available starting at $11.99/month.

ABOUT SOUNDTRAP

Soundtrap is the first cloud-based audio recording platform to work across all operating systems, enabling users to co-create music and podcasts anywhere in the world. The company is headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden. Soundtrap provides an easy-to-use music and audio creation platform for all levels of musical interest and abilities and is being used by the K-12 through higher-education markets. On December 2017, Soundtrap was acquired by Spotify. For more information, visit https://www.soundtrap.com/.

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Ida Ståhlnacke
idas@spotify.com
+46 72 249 98 11
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Danielle Dickinson
Danielle.Dickinson@hkstrategies.com
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Dream Cruises Selects SES Networks’ Game-Changing Connectivity for Cruise Fleet

Guests and crew onboard World Dream, Genting Dream and the recently launched Explorer Dream will experience transformational, ultra-fast, low-latency connectivity powered by SES Networks’ Signature Maritime Solution

LUXEMBOURG-Wednesday 15 May 2019 [ AETOS Wire ]

(BUSINESS WIRE) -- Dream Cruises, a brand of Genting Cruise Lines, has selected SES Networks’ Signature Cruise Solution to provide exceptional speeds, low latency, and unmatched fibre-like service to its passenger ship fleet, comprised of World Dream, Genting Dream and Explorer Dream, for the Asian luxury market, SES announced today.

Crew and guests of the newly-launched Explorer Dream will experience exceptional SES-powered guest connectivity onboard the 75,000-gross-ton, 2,000-passenger ship. The SES Networks’ solution will also be introduced onboard Genting Dream in September this year, completing the fleet-wide implementation that follows the successful launch of SES Networks’ managed service onboard World Dream, Dream Cruises’ second cruise ship, which debuted in 2017.

The new Explorer Dream will have homeports in Shanghai and Tianjin, as well as Sydney and Auckland later in the year. Its significantly enhanced connectivity will enable guests to chat with friends on WeChat, pick up a bargain on Taobao, or stream high-resolution video on YouKu without interruption or lag. It will also mean that guests can share photos and videos from their trip in real-time across social media, or battle with their friends in League of Legends as easily as they can on land.

SES Networks’ Signature Cruise Solution combines the low latency of its O3b medium earth orbit (MEO) satellite constellation with a fully managed end-to-end service, backed up by its highly reliable geostationary (GEO) fleet to ensure network resilience. The result is a seamless, high-performance broadband service delivered to everyone onboard the Dream Cruises fleet.

“Today’s cruise passengers demand excellent connectivity even when they are travelling on the high seas. As part of our efforts to provide our guests with the best possible services and amenities on board our ships, we partnered with SES Networks because of their high-speed capability to deliver a terrestrial broadband-like internet experience in some of the most challenging of conditions,” said Thatcher Brown, President at Dream Cruises.

"A Dream Cruise has the ability to deliver inspirational voyages at sea that create memories to last a lifetime. A key part of that adventure nowadays is the digital experience. Our Signature Cruise Solution ensures that passengers onboard Explorer Dream – along with World Dream and Genting Dream – will experience the new standard of enhanced guest connectivity,” said Simon Maher, Vice President Global Sales, Cruise Maritime Services at SES Networks. “Because SES Networks and Dream Cruises have shared values around delivering transformational and inspirational experiences at sea, we are incredibly proud to partner with them to enable this level of service.”

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SES is the world’s leading satellite operator with over 70 satellites in two different orbits, Geostationary Orbit (GEO) and Medium Earth Orbit (MEO). It provides a diverse range of customers with global video distribution and data connectivity services through two business units: SES Video and SES Networks. SES Video reaches over 355 million TV homes, through Direct-to-Home (DTH) platforms and cable, terrestrial, and IPTV networks globally. The SES Video portfolio includes MX1, a leading media service provider offering a full suite of innovative services for both linear and digital distribution, and the ASTRA satellite system, which has the largest DTH television reach in Europe. SES Networks provides global managed data services, connecting people in a variety of sectors including telecommunications, maritime, aeronautical, and energy, as well as governments and institutions across the world. The SES Networks portfolio includes GovSat, a 50/50 public-private partnership between SES and the Luxembourg government, and O3b, the only non-geostationary system delivering fibre-like broadband services today. Further information is available at: www.ses.com

About Genting Cruise Lines

Genting Cruise Lines is a division of Genting Hong Kong comprising of three distinct cruise brands – Star Cruises, Dream Cruises and Crystal Cruises – providing a range of products from contemporary cruises to ultra-luxurious vacation experiences spanning the sea to air.

Established in 1993, Star Cruises is the pioneer in the Asia Pacific cruise industry currently with a fleet of six ships catering to the contemporary market segment. As “The Most Popular Cruise Line in Asia”, Star Cruises will further expand its footprint in the region with the delivery of two new “Global Class” ships, each measuring 201,000 gross tons, in 2020 and 2021.

“Asia’s Luxury Cruise Line”, Dream Cruises delivers the highest level of guest service and spacious comfort in the region via newly launched Genting Dream (November 2016) and the upcoming World Dream (late 2017). Developed for the high-end consumers in China and Asia, Dream Cruises will provide passengers with more choice, comfort and value to create a perfect dream voyage.

Crystal Cruises is “The World’s Most Awarded Luxury Cruise Line”, having earned more “World’s Best” awards than any other cruise line, hotel, or resort in history. Recently, Crystal has embarked on a significant brand expansion introducing two new classes of cruising – Crystal Yacht Cruises and Crystal River Cruises – and reaching new heights with Crystal Luxury Air and Crystal AirCruises.

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Suzanne Ong
Public Relations
Tel. +352 710 725 500
suzanne.ong@ses.com


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Sunday, May 19, 2019

City of Tampere: an International Ideas Competition in a Magnificent Finnish Lakeside City

TAMPERE, Finland-Wednesday 15 May 2019 [ AETOS Wire ]

(BUSINESS WIRE)-- An international ideas competition started off on 15 May 2019 in Viinikanlahti, a highly exciting area close to Tampere city centre. Competitors get to design a housing area of over 3,000 residents on the shores of Lake Pyhäjärvi, as well as a leisure time environment for the locals and tourists. With a population of roughly 370,000, the sustainably growing Tampere is the largest inland city in the Nordic Countries and, together with the neighbouring municipalities, forms the second-largest urban area in Finland.

The aim of the ideas competition, which is open to all, is to create a new and ecologically sustainable city district that boasts high-quality architecture and meets the needs of the 21st century. The competition task is exceptionally interesting: the unique Viinikanlahti area has the most beautiful lake views in the centre of Tampere, but also involves environmental challenges. The size of the competition area (land and water) is roughly 0.4 hectares. The wastewater treatment plant currently operating in the area will be moved elsewhere. After the competition, both a master plan and a local detailed plan will be prepared for the area. The environment will be cleaned and the new city district constructed in phases between 2024-2035.

The international ideas competition is organised mainly digitally, and is expected to attract plenty of participants from Finland and abroad. A total of 165,000–345,000 euros will be awarded in prizes in the two-phased competition, the winner of which will be selected in April 2020. The competition is organised by the City of Tampere in cooperation with the Finnish Association of Architects (SAFA) and the Association of Finnish Landscape Architects (MARK).

The economy of the City of Tampere focuses on services and high-technology. Innovative, digital, and sustainable smart city solutions are being created in the region together with companies, research institutions, municipalities, and residents. The population of Tampere is increasing by over 3,000 residents a year. New construction is constantly being implemented in the area, and new ecological and low-emission solutions are needed to enable the carbon-neutral and sustainable growth of the city in accordance with its strategy.

Competition website:

www.tampere.fi/viinikanlahti

Further information:

https://businesstampere.com/

https://visittampere.fi/en/

YouTube: @tampereenkaupunki

Contacts
Executive Director, Growth, Innovation and Competitiveness Services
Teppo Rantanen
+358 400235442
teppo.t.rantanen@tampere.fi

Project Director
Tero Tenhunen
+358 505402860
tero.tenhunen@tampere.fi

Project Development Manager
Minna Seppänen
+358 401509857
minna.seppanen@tampere.fi


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During Ramadan, Al Zahia Families Give Back to the Community’s Service Providers

SHARJAH, United Arab Emirates-Sunday 19 May 2019 [ AETOS Wire ]

Celebrating the spirit of giving and caring during the Holy Month of Ramadan, Al Zahia partnered with families at Sharjah’s premier lifestyle destination to express their appreciation to the community’s service providers for their exceptional work.

The families prepared a home-cooked Iftar buffet that was enjoyed with Al Zahia’s service providers and workers.

In line with the UAE’s Year of Tolerance, the initiative underlined Ramadan’s message about the importance of generosity while emphasising the sense of community at Al Zahia.

Founded on traditional values, Al Zahia promotes a wholesome lifestyle and encourages human interaction. Residents gather regularly to share great moments at family-friendly open air markets, meditation and fitness classes, and VOX Cinema movie nights in the park.

About Al Zahia

Al Zahia – owned by Sharjah Holding and managed by Majid Al Futtaim - Properties – is a milestone development that will help diversify the real estate sector of the Emirate of Sharjah. Sharjah’s premier lifestyle destination – rooted in the emirate’s values of family, community and culture – Al Zahia is on par with the high-quality, international building standards for which its developer, Majid Al Futtaim - Properties, is known.

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About Sharjah Holding JSC

Sharjah Holding, a strategic partnership between Majid Al Futtaim - Properties and Sharjah Asset Management, is a community-focused real estate developer. Sharjah Holding’s current focus is on the development and management of retail and mixed-use projects in the Emirate of Sharjah. These include Matajer, a neighbourhood shopping centre concept, and Al Zahia, Sharjah’s premier lifestyle destination.     

Note to the Editor: The legal name of this company is “Majid Al Futtaim” and should not be shortened or replaced by an acronym to avoid confusion with another business entity.

Disclaimer: All facts and figures in this release are accurate at the time of issuance.

About Majid Al Futtaim

Founded in 1992, Majid Al Futtaim is the leading shopping mall, communities, retail and leisure pioneer across the Middle East, Africa and Asia.

A remarkable business success story, Majid Al Futtaim started from one man’s vision to transform the face of shopping, entertainment and leisure to ‘create great moments for everyone, every day’. It has since grown into one of the United Arab Emirates’ most respected and successful businesses spanning 15 international markets, employing more than 40,000 people, and obtaining the highest credit rating (BBB) among privately-held corporates in the region.

Majid Al Futtaim owns and operates 23 shopping malls, 13 hotels and five mixed-use communities, with further developments underway in the region. The shopping malls portfolio includes Mall of the Emirates, Mall of Egypt, City Centre malls, My City Centre neighbourhood centres, and four community malls which are in joint venture with the Government of Sharjah. The Company is the exclusive franchisee for Carrefour in 38 markets across Middle East, Africa and Asia, and operates a portfolio of more than 230 outlets in 15 countries.

Majid Al Futtaim operates 322 VOX Cinema screens and 34 Magic Planet family entertainment centres across the region, in addition to iconic leisure and entertainment facilities such as Ski Dubai, Orbi Dubai and Ski Egypt, among others. The Company is parent to the consumer finance company 'Najm', a fashion retail business representing international brands such as Abercrombie & Fitch, AllSaints, lululemon athletica, Crate & Barrel and Maisons du Monde. In addition, Majid Al Futtaim operates Enova, a facility and energy management company, through a joint venture operation with Veolia, a global leader in optimised environment resource management. The Company also owns the rights to The LEGO Store and American Girl in the Middle East and operates in the food and beverage industry through a partnership with Gourmet Gulf.

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Fakih IVF Rolls Out Community Outreach Projects during Month of Ramadan

Offers huge discounts on IVF treatment packages


Dubai, United Arab Emirates-Sunday 19 May 2019 [ AETOS Wire ]

In their effort to give back to the community, Fakih IVF Fertility Center organized an “Iftar Meal Distribution,” distributing meals to workers across the community. Through this initiative Fakih IVF handed out approximately 1000 meals to workers in labour camps and mosques across Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Al Ain. 

Dr Michael Fakih, Medical Director of Fakih IVF Group said, “Ramadan is known as the month of giving and this is a small effort from our side to bring a smile on those faces who cannot have a peaceful month of fasting, considering the various issues they could be facing. We want to connect with our audiences and this is one of our attempts in doing so.”

Several employees from Fakih IVF voluntarily participated in the meal distribution sharing their desire to connect with the less privileged of the community and closely understand their needs. The initiative was part of Fakih IVF’s Corporate Social Responsibility and was in its 3rd year, spreading happiness across various segments in the community.

In another initiative the fertility center aims to support to a lot more families battling infertility by offering a special discount of AED 10,000 IVF –ICSI packages and an additional 10 per cent discount on other IVF treatment packages in Dubai, throughout the month of Ramadan.

 “At Fakih IVF, we have seen disappointment and how it can change the way people think and perceive things. Through these efforts we want to be the ray of positivity in their lives and restore their faith in believing again,” concluded Dr Fakih.

About Fakih IVF Fertility Center

Fakih IVF is one of the only fertility centers in the Middle East that is equipped with a state-of-the-art Genetics Laboratory, offering a screening of hereditary diseases, chromosomal abnormalities, and gender selection.

With Centers in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Al Ain, Western Region, Muscat (Oman) Fakih IVF Fertility Center is available to help couples throughout the UAE and abroad. Fakih IVF Fertility Center has a high rate of success in its wide variety of assisted reproduction treatments. Treatment options include IVF-ICSI, Natural Cycle IVF, IUI, Gender Selection, Comprehensive Chromosomal Screening (CCS), Screening for hereditary diseases through PGD, Male Infertility and much more.

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SAHARA Communications

Noor Abdelhafez, Account Executive, +97143298996, +971506946519

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Takeda and London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine Establish "Takeda Chair in Global Child Health"

• The "Takeda Chair in Global Child Health" is the first Chair at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) to be fully endowed by a company

• Partnership will boost LSHTM’s innovative research into child health and survival that helps policymakers to make evidence-based decisions; the Chair’s continuous funding supports LSHTM to plan strategically and sustainably to improve heath worldwide

• Demonstrates Takeda's long-term commitment to the people and cutting-edge science that help bring life-changing therapies and vaccines to patients worldwide

OSAKA, Japan & LONDON-Saturday 18 May 2019 [ AETOS Wire ](BUSINESS WIRE)-- Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited (TOKYO:4502/NYSE:TAK) (“Takeda”) and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) will announce today at the evening reception, hosted by the Embassy of Japan in the United Kingdom, the establishment of the Takeda Chair in Global Child Health, endowed by a £3 million donation by Takeda to LSHTM. The School’s first fully endowed corporate chair, it will support vital research into reducing 5.3 million child deaths in low and middle-income countries.

Takeda’s donation will enable LSHTM to recruit a world-class researcher and educator to join its innovative academic team as the first holder of the Takeda Chair in Global Child Health. This post will play a critical role in consolidating LSHTM’s child health research across more than 100 countries, accelerating change for one of the biggest global health challenges, and further strengthening LSHTM’s position as a leader in maternal, child and adolescent health.

Christophe Weber, President and CEO of Takeda, stated, “Takeda’s aim is to thrive at the cutting edge of innovation that helps solve unmet medical needs, both through our own R&D and in collaboration with exceptional partners across the globe. We believe that global health research and the training of new global healthcare professionals are essential to the ongoing translation of science into life-changing therapies for patients. This Chair does both. We are excited to partner with LSHTM, renowned for its pioneering research and uniquely placed to realize the full potential impact of the Chair, and in doing so directly benefitting millions of children and their families.”

Through its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities, Takeda has supported health worker training and capacity building, immunization campaigns, health system strengthening and maternal, child and newborn health in the developing world for over a decade. Additionally, Takeda has a long history of supporting child health beyond CSR. For over 70 years, the company has supplied critical vaccines to the children of Japan, and more recently is working to expand impact on global health beyond Japan through a pipeline with the potential to transform the global picture for several neglected diseases.

More than five million children under the age of five die each year, half of whom die within the neonatal period (birth to one month old), with the next largest number being due to childhood infections such as pneumonia and diarrhea. While the vast majority of these deaths are preventable, key research gaps remain. The Takeda Chair in Global Child Health will enable a ‘rising star’ to bridge research, public policy, and healthcare delivery by developing thought leadership in child survival and health through innovative research, including vaccines, neonatal care, under-nutrition, and infection diagnostics and treatments.

Professor Baron Peter Piot, Director of LSHTM, stated, “We are honored to partner with Takeda to create this Professorial Chair, the first in our School’s history to have been fully endowed through corporate support. This donation is incredibly valuable, providing ongoing funding and support for a Professorial Chair in Global Child Health – a pivotal part of our continuing mission to improve health worldwide. We are deeply thankful to Takeda for their generosity as we work together to transform the health of future generations.”

Professor Joy Lawn, Director of LSHTM’s MARCH Centre (Maternal Adolescent, Reproductive & Child Health Centre), said, “The Takeda Chair will advance the evidence base for child survival and child health around the world, enable innovations and drive an important emphasis on the science and realities of healthcare implementation. This Chair will be instrumental in linking evidence to action, especially in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, where the majority of child deaths occur. We are grateful for Takeda’s generous support which will advance child health worldwide, and aligns with the mission of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and our school’s MARCH Centre.”

International recruitment for the Takeda Chair in Global Child Health will begin in May. Due to the perpetual nature of this endowment, this role will be awarded to generations of academics, enabling the best and brightest academic minds to have the freedom to explore innovative ways to improve global health.

About Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited

Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited (TOKYO:4502/NYSE:TAK) is a global, values-based, R&D-driven biopharmaceutical leader headquartered in Japan, committed to bringing Better Health and a Brighter Future to patients by translating science into highly-innovative medicines. Takeda focuses its R&D efforts on four therapeutic areas: Oncology, Gastroenterology (GI), Rare Diseases and Neuroscience. We also make targeted R&D investments in Plasma-Derived Therapies and Vaccines. We are focusing on developing highly innovative medicines that contribute to making a difference in people's lives by advancing the frontier of new treatment options and leveraging our enhanced collaborative R&D engine and capabilities to create a robust, modality-diverse pipeline. Our employees are committed to improving quality of life for patients and to working with our partners in health care in approximately 80 countries and regions.

For more information, visit https://www.takeda.com

About the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine is a world-leading centre for research and postgraduate education in public and global health, with 4,500 students and more than 3,000 staff working in over 100 countries. LSHTM is one of the highest-rated research institutions in the UK, and among the world's leading schools in public and global health. Our mission is to improve health and health equity in the UK and worldwide; working in partnership to achieve excellence in public and global health research, education and translation of knowledge into policy and practice. For more information, visit www.lshtm.ac.uk and https://march.lshtm.ac.uk/

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Contacts

Media Inquiries:
The Press Office at LSHTM
press@lshtm.ac.uk
+44(0)207 927 2802

Takeda Pharmaceutical Company
Kazumi Kobayashi
kazumi.kobayashi@takeda.com
+81 3 3278 2095

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ExaGrid Named a ‘Finalist’ in 2019 Storage Awards – The Storries XVI

 Company Receives Nomination in Six Categories

MARLBOROUGH, Mass. -Saturday 18 May 2019 [ AETOS Wire ]

(BUSINESS WIRE)-- ExaGrid®, a leading provider of intelligent hyperconverged storage for backup, today announced that it has been nominated in six categories for Storage Magazine’s annual awards ceremony The Storries XVI. ExaGrid has become a finalist for Enterprise Backup Hardware Product of the Year, Storage Innovators of the Year, Hyper-convergence Vendor of the Year, Storage Performance Optimisation Product of the Year, Storage Product of the Year and Storage Company of the Year. Voting to determine the winner in each category is underway now and closes on June 3. The results will be revealed at the evening awards ceremony in London on June 13.

ExaGrid’s EX Series backup storage appliance with data deduplication is nominated in three categories. One of ExaGrid’s key architectural differentiators is its unique Landing Zone that stores the most recent backups in their full undeduplicated form for restore, recovery, and VM boot performance. Each appliance provides Landing Zone storage, deduplicated repository storage, processor, memory, and network ports. As data volumes double, triple, etc., ExaGrid doubles, triples, etc. all required resources to maintain a fixed-length backup window. If the backup window is six hours at 100TB, it is still six hours at 300TB, 500TB, 800TB, etc. Expensive forklift upgrades are avoided, and the aggravation of chasing a growing backup window is eliminated.

“We believe these nominations reflects ExaGrid’s position as the only backup storage vendor that has architected a solution with data deduplication that takes into consideration the price, performance and scalability issues of today,” said Bill Andrews, CEO and President of ExaGrid. “ExaGrid’s innovative approach to data deduplication not only minimizes the amount of data stored, but its unique architecture offers a landing zone for fast backups and restores. ExaGrid’s scale-out architecture keeps the backup window fixed-length as data grows and eliminates expensive, disruptive forklift upgrades and forced product obsolescence.”

ExaGrid also uses Adaptive Deduplication to deduplicate and replicate data to the disaster recovery (DR) site during the backup window, in parallel with backups, instead of the traditional inline approach, between the backup application and the disk. This unique combination of a landing zone with adaptive deduplication provides for the fastest backup performance, resulting in the shortest backup window as well as a strong disaster recovery point (RPO). Finally, ExaGrid provides an assigned level 2 support technician knowledgeable in specific backup applications and an evergreen model of supporting all appliances at standard maintenance and support rates.

About ExaGrid

ExaGrid provides intelligent hyperconverged storage for backup with data deduplication, a unique landing zone, and scale-out architecture. ExaGrid’s landing zone provides for the fastest backups, restores, and instant VM recoveries. Its scale-out architecture includes full appliances in a scale-out system and ensures a fixed-length backup window as data grows, eliminating expensive forklift upgrades. Visit us at exagrid.com or connect with us on LinkedIn. See what our customers have to say about their own ExaGrid experiences and why they now spend significantly less time on backup in our customer success stories.

ExaGrid is a registered trademark of ExaGrid Systems, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective holders.

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Stacey Foster
ExaGrid
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Tokyo Energy & Systems Switches to Rimini Street for SAP Application Support

  Leading power plant construction company in Japan utilizes extra funds to accelerate digital innovation



LAS VEGAS-Saturday 18 May 2019 [ AETOS Wire ]

(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Rimini Street, Inc. (Nasdaq: RMNI), a global provider of enterprise software products and services, the leading third-party support provider for Oracle and SAP software products and a Salesforce partner, today announced that Tokyo Energy & Systems Inc., a leading construction company in Japan that installs and maintains equipment for power plants and substations, has switched to Rimini Street for support of its SAP application. By switching to Rimini Street, Tokyo Energy & Systems immediately realized savings of 50 percent in annual support fees, plus saved time, cost and resources previously used for their ERP operations, and has utilized these cost savings to improve their mail system, groupware and security system. Tokyo Energy & Systems is also planning to apply the savings toward the implementation of IoT devices that collect environmental data and maintenance needs from the company’s electrical facilities.

ERP Cost Analysis Leads to Operational Efficiency

Tokyo Energy & Systems has deployed nearly 1,500 SAP licenses since 2014 for accounting, inventory control, payroll processing and work management. The initial purpose of the ERP implementation was to centrally manage codes that are used to run and maintain construction sites nationwide. The company planned to start operating its ERP system one year after implementation, however it took two years to get the system fully operational because of the time required for user training which in turn caused delays in customizing their SAP system.

Although the system has been operating steadily since that time, the cost of running the hardware had become a long-standing issue and they decided to begin migrating to an Infrastructure as a Service provider in 2018. Additionally, the company conducted a review of their SAP platform, and the high maintenance costs were identified as a priority to address. During this process of examining their support costs, third-party support was raised as an option and, as a result, Rimini Street was selected.

“We were able to centrally manage construction sites by implementing the SAP platform, however the delay in getting the system operational greatly exceeded our planned schedule and the enormous costs to operate the system became a problem,” said Kotaro Matsuhashi, manager of ICT Promotion Department, Tokyo Energy & Systems. “Switching to Rimini Street, and migrating to the cloud, has allowed us to save substantial budget that has been used for updating our IT environment for construction sites across the country as well as improving our internal operational efficiency.”

Enhanced Support Model Accelerates Improvements for IT Environment

Tokyo Energy & Systems now receives an ultra-responsive, premium-level support for its current, stable SAP system for a minimum of 15 years from the time they transitioned to Rimini Street. The company was assigned a senior level Rimini Street Primary Support Engineer (PSE) – PSEs have an average 15 years’ experience – and receives Rimini Street’s industry-leading service level agreement (SLA) guaranteeing access to a team of local engineers 24/7/365 to address support issues and a 15-minute response time for Priority 1 critical cases.

“In the past, it took substantial time for the vendor to respond to our numerous IT service requests, which became a glaring problem,” said Masato Douzono, chief of the ICT Promotion Group, Tokyo Energy & Systems. “Now we receive rapid and precise support from Rimini Street, and the time we spend on system issues has been significantly reduced. Our team is able to concentrate on improving and advancing our IT environment instead of having to constantly manage our support issues with the vendor.”

Taking Back Control with a Business-Driven Roadmap

Tokyo Energy & Systems was able to successfully redirect their resources into updating and modernizing the organization’s IT infrastructure while taking back control of their IT roadmap by choosing a business-driven roadmap powered by Rimini Street designed around their business objectives.

“We renamed the Information System Department to ICT Promotion Department in 2018 and modernized our IT infrastructure,” said Yukihiro Kurihara, executive officer and general manager of the ICT Promotion Department, Tokyo Energy & Systems. “Leveraging Rimini Street services, our support costs were cut in half and we were able to free up internal resources which was a welcomed change. This allowed us the opportunity to take on new IT challenges, and work toward the actualization of our own business-driven IT roadmap versus following the roadmap of the vendor. Part of our future plans include extending our business to post-construction operation management of power facilities.”

“Tokyo Energy & Systems realized that to remain competitive and agile, they needed to advance their IT infrastructure to stay at the forefront of digital innovation,” said Yorio Wakisaka, general manager, Japan, Rimini Street. “By moving to Rimini Street, the organization was able to quickly transform their IT environment, which enabled the IT department to become more efficient, driving business growth and competitive advantage in a transforming energy market. The company regained control of their IT roadmap by freeing themselves from vender lock-in, and now they can maintain their current, stable SAP application while planning for the future on their terms.”

About Rimini Street, Inc.

Rimini Street, Inc. (Nasdaq: RMNI) is a global provider of enterprise software products and services, the leading third-party support provider for Oracle and SAP software products and a Salesforce partner. The Company has redefined enterprise software support services since 2005 with an innovative, award-winning program that enables licensees of IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, Salesforce, SAP and other enterprise software vendors to save up to 90 percent on total maintenance costs. Clients can remain on their current software release without any required upgrades for a minimum of 15 years. Over 1,850 global Fortune 500, midmarket, public sector and other organizations from a broad range of industries currently rely on Rimini Street as their trusted, third-party support provider. To learn more, please visit http://www.riministreet.com/, follow @riministreet on Twitter and find Rimini Street on Facebook and LinkedIn. (C-RMNI)

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Michelle McGlocklin
Rimini Street, Inc.
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Toshiba Memory and Western Digital to Jointly Invest in Flash Manufacturing Facility in Kitakami, Japan

Initial Production to Begin in Calendar 2020



TOKYO & SAN JOSE, Calif.-Saturday 18 May 2019 [ AETOS Wire ]

(BUSINESS WIRE) -- Toshiba Memory Corporation and Western Digital Corp. (NASDAQ:WDC) have finalized a formal agreement to jointly invest in the “K1” manufacturing facility that Toshiba Memory is currently constructing in Kitakami, Iwate Prefecture, Japan.

The K1 facility will produce 3D flash memory to support growing demand for storage in applications such as data centers, smartphones and autonomous cars. Construction of the K1 facility is expected to be completed in the fall of calendar 2019. The companies’ joint capital investments in equipment for the K1 facility will enable initial production output of 96-layer 3D flash memory beginning in calendar 2020, with meaningful output expected to begin later in the year.

Toshiba Memory and Western Digital will continue to cultivate and extend their leadership in their respective memory businesses by actively developing initiatives aimed at strengthening technology competitiveness, advancing joint development of 3D flash memory, and making capital investments according to market trends.

“We are determined to demonstrate Toshiba Memory’s leadership in the market, including collaborating with Western Digital to actively execute initiatives that will strengthen our mutual competitiveness,” said Yasuo Naruke, President and CEO of Toshiba Memory. “We look forward to jointly developing 3D flash memory and carrying out investments tailored to promising market opportunities.”

“The agreement to jointly invest in the K1 facility marks the continuation of our highly successful collaboration with Toshiba Memory, which has fostered growth and innovation of NAND flash technology for two decades,” said Steve Milligan, chief executive officer of Western Digital. “Western Digital’s long-term investment strategy for the Kitakami site reflects our ongoing commitment to drive flash technology development and manufacturing along with Toshiba Memory. This expansion positions us well to provide the industry’s most competitive flash supply to meet long-term demand trends driven by the growing volume, velocity, variety and value of data.”

About Toshiba Memory
Toshiba Memory Corporation, a world leader in memory solutions, is dedicated to the development, production and sales of flash memory and SSDs. In April 2017, Toshiba Memory was spun off from Toshiba Corporation, the company that invented NAND flash memory in 1987. Toshiba Memory pioneers cutting-edge memory solutions and services that enrich people's lives and expand society's horizons. The company's innovative 3D flash memory technology, BiCS FLASH™, is shaping the future of storage in high-density applications, including advanced smartphones, PCs, SSDs, automotive and data centers. For more information on Toshiba Memory, please visit https://business.toshiba-memory.com/en-jp/

About Western Digital
Western Digital creates environments for data to thrive. As a leader in data infrastructure, the company is driving the innovation needed to help customers capture, preserve, access and transform an ever-increasing diversity of data. Everywhere data lives, from advanced data centers to mobile sensors to personal devices, our industry-leading solutions deliver the possibilities of data. Western Digital data-centric solutions are comprised of the Western Digital®, G-Technology™, SanDisk® and WD® brands.

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This news release contains certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including statements concerning the NAND flash memory joint venture; the construction and production schedule for the K1 facility; demand for flash memory; technology advancements; product portfolio; and market positioning. There are a number of risks and uncertainties that may cause these forward-looking statements to be inaccurate including, among others: uncertainties with respect to the NAND flash memory joint venture; volatility in global economic conditions; business conditions and growth in the storage ecosystem; impact of competitive products and pricing; market acceptance and cost of commodity materials and specialized product components; actions by competitors; unexpected advances in competing technologies; the development and introduction of products based on new technologies and expansion into new data storage markets; risks associated with acquisitions, mergers and joint ventures; difficulties or delays in manufacturing; the outcome of legal proceedings; and other risks and uncertainties listed in Western Digital's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), including Western Digital's Form 10-Q filed with the SEC on May 7, 2019, to which your attention is directed. You should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof, and neither Western Digital nor Toshiba Memory undertakes any obligation to update these forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances.

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Contacts

Toshiba Memory Contacts:
Kota Yamaji
Public Relations & Investors Relations
Phone: +81-3-6478-2319
tmchq-tmchd-info@ml.toshiba.co.jp

Western Digital Contacts:
Jim Pascoe
Western Digital Media Relations
+1.408.717.6999
jim.pascoe@wdc.com

Peter Andrew
Western Digital Investor Relations
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German Diabetes Clinic Increases Diabetic Retinopathy Screenings From Zero to Thousands After Implementing Eyenuk’s EyeArt AI Eye Screening System

 EyeArt® AI Screening System Automatically Identifies Referable Diabetic Retinopathy in Patients with Diabetes, Improving Patient Compliance and Saving Vision



LOS ANGELES-Saturday 18 May 2019 [ AETOS Wire ]

(BUSINESS WIRE) -- Eyenuk Inc., a global artificial intelligence (AI) medical technology and services company and the leader in real-world applications for AI Eye Screening™, announced today results of its expansion into Germany. Since adopting the EyeArt AI Eye Screening System in October 2018, Diabetes Center Mergentheim has screened thousands of diabetic patients, identifying approximately 10% with cases of referable diabetic retinopathy (DR). The center is the first dedicated diabetic clinic in Germany to use artificial intelligence for screening of diabetic retinopathy, the leading cause of vision loss in working-age adults.1

The EyeArt AI Eye Screening System makes in-clinic, real-time DR screening possible for any physician, enabling quick and accurate identification of patients with referable DR during a diabetic patient’s regular physician visit. Once the patient’s fundus images have been captured and submitted to the EyeArt System, the DR screening results are available to view and export to a PDF report in less than 60 seconds. The EyeArt System can free eye care specialists to focus on sight-saving treatment rather than screening for DR.

At Diabetes Center Mergentheim, more than 20,000 patients with diabetes are seen each year by diabetes care specialists. Before adopting the EyeArt System, patients would be referred to ophthalmologists outside of the clinic. This process placed undue burden on patients, and often they would never get the necessary screening.

“EyeArt AI Eye Screening System is helping us improve diabetic patient care. We can now offer eye screening right in our clinic, without dilation, while reducing wait time for screening and results,” said Prof. Dr. med. Thomas Haak, head physician of Diabetes Center Mergentheim and founding member and board director of DiabetesDE. “The accuracy and convenience of the EyeArt System is allowing us to identify and treat DR effectively and quickly. The patients with no referable DR feel good that they can be screened again in a year, and the patients with identified referable DR can feel good that their silently progressing retinopathy has been identified and will be treated before any loss of sight.”

About 7.5 million people in Germany have diabetes mellitus2, with over 2,500 patients going blind due to diabetic retinopathy each year. German guidelines recommend at-risk patients be screened annually, but this can be difficult with the shortage of eye doctors. By incorporating the EyeArt System into their clinic, Diabetes Center Mergentheim has addressed a serious complication associated with diabetes — the center now screens 10 to 15 patients per day for this vision-threatening condition.

“Last year, we began our partnership with Diabetes Center Mergentheim with a great promise, and now it is very gratifying to see the promise turning into real meaningful impact that EyeArt System’s adoption is making to the diabetes patients in the Bad Mergentheim community,” said Kaushal Solanki, founder and CEO of Eyenuk. “We are now replicating our success to clinics throughout Germany, taking us one more step further in realizing our mission to screen every eye in the world.”

About Diabetic Retinopathy (DR)

DR is a complication of diabetes caused by damage to the blood vessels of the light-sensitive tissue at the back of the eye (retina). It is a silently progressing disease that at first may cause no symptoms or only mild vision problems. Eventually, it can cause blindness. The condition can develop in anyone who has type 1 or type 2 diabetes.3 It is estimated that one-third of all patients with diabetes will develop DR,4 making it the leading cause of vision loss in working-age adults.5

While DR screening is recommended for all diabetic patients, less than half get screened annually1, even in the developed world. Since diabetic patients outnumber ophthalmologists by 1,130 to 1 in Germany6, there are just not enough eye care specialists to meet the DR screening needs of the growing diabetic population. Even for those receiving an annual screening, ophthalmology appointment wait times for DR screening can be weeks or even months.

About the EyeArt AI Eye Screening System

The EyeArt AI Eye Screening System is the most extensively validated AI technology for autonomous detection of DR, tested in the real world on more than a half million patient visits globally with over 2 million images collected in real-world clinical environments. The EyeArt System was developed with funding from the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) and is validated by the U.K. National Health Service (NHS). The EyeArt System has CE marking in the European Union and a Health Canada license. In the U.S., the EyeArt System is limited by federal law to investigational use.

VIDEO: Learn more about the EyeArt AI Eye Screening System for Diabetic Retinopathy at the Diabetes Center Mergentheim

About Eyenuk Inc.

Eyenuk Inc. is a global artificial intelligence (AI) medical technology and services company and the leader in real-world AI Eye Screening™ for autonomous disease detection and AI Predictive Biomarkers™ for risk assessment and disease surveillance. Eyenuk is on a mission to screen every eye in the world to ensure timely diagnosis of life- and vision-threatening diseases, including diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration, stroke risk, cardiovascular risk and Alzheimer’s disease.

EyeArt is a registered trademark of Eyenuk Inc.

www.eyenuk.com

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Prokofyeva E, Zrenner E. Epidemiology of major eye diseases leading to blindness in Europe: a literature review. Ophthalmic Research. 2012;47:171-188. doi: 10.1159/000329603

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International Diabetes Federation (2017) IDF Diabetes Atlas, 8th edn. http://www.idf.org/diabetesatlas

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https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/diabetic-retinopathy/symptoms-causes/syc-20371611

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Yau JW, Rogers SL, Kawasaki R, et al. Global prevalence and major risk factors of diabetic retinopathy. Diabetes Care. 2012;35:556-64. doi: 10.2337/dc11-1909

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Prokofyeva E, Zrenner E. Epidemiology of major eye diseases leading to blindness in Europe: a literature review. Ophthalmic Research. 2012;47:171-188. doi: 10.1159/000329603

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http://www.icoph.org/ophthalmologists-worldwide.html

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WIN 2019 Symposium: WINnovation and Global Deployment of Precision Oncology

Participate in a Unique Global Discussion (from Europe, USA, Canada, Middle East to Asia) about the Deployment of Precision Oncology

June 23-24, 2019, Paris, FranceVILLEJUIF, France -Saturday 18 May 2019 [ AETOS Wire ]

(BUSINESS WIRE)-- The 11th WIN Symposium in Precision Oncology will be held in Paris, France on June 23-24, 2019.

ASCO® endorsed for the past 11 years, the WIN symposium will deliver an exciting line-up of speakers in Paris (France) on June 23-24, 2019 to discuss Innovation and Global Deployment of Precision Oncology.
The current status of Precision Oncology across the globe will be examined with the exceptional participation of the chairmen of the event, Richard L. Schilsky, Chairman WIN Consortium(*), Senior Vice-President and Chief Medical Officer of ASCO, and Josep Tabernero, Vice Chairman WIN Consortium, President of ESMO and Director of Vall d’Hebron Institute of Oncology, Spain.

Global experience will be shared:

Optimizing Patient Enrollment and Efficacy of Precision Oncology Clinical Trials at UT MD Anderson Cancer Center, USA
Decision Support for Precision Oncology: Evolving from Monotherapy to Genomically Informed Combinations, UT MD Anderson Cancer Center, USA
The Value of Personalized Medicines for Healthcare Systems in Europe – by the European Biopharmaceutical Enterprises (EBE) and the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA)
Rapidly changing landscape of Precision Medicine in Japan, Tokyo Medical and Dental University
National Cancer Grid of India – Earthshots over Moonshots, TATA Memorial Hospital
Development and Application of Precision Oncology in China, Fudan University Shanghai Cancer Center
World leading precision oncologists will deliver breakthrough science, including:

Prof. Jennifer A. Doudna, PhD, University of California, Berkeley, USA “Rewriting the Code of Life: CRISPR-Cas Genome Editing”.
Dr. Jennifer A. Ligibel, MD, Harvard Medical School and Dana Farber Cancer Institute, USA “Lifestyle-based Prevention Strategies”.
Dr. Razelle Kurzrock, MD, University of California, San Diego, USA, “Innovation in Clinical Trials: WINTHER trial”, first study pioneered by the WIN Consortium(*), that showed that assessing RNA is an important adjunct to DNA profiling for determining treatments and rings in a new era for personalized medicine in oncology. WINTHER results were recently published in Nature Medicine (**)
Prof. Christophe Le Tourneau, MD., PhD, Institut Curie, France, “Innovative Ways of Assessing Durable Response under Immunotherapy”
Dr. Jean François Martini, PhD., MSc, Pfizer Inc., “Addressing Mechanisms of Resistance Following Anti-Cancer Therapy: a Pharma Perspective”
Prof. Angel Porgador, PhD, Ben Gurion University of Negev, Israel, “Efficient In Vitro Screening for Drug Combinations: The TEVA Model”
Do not miss the two microsatellites hosted at the WIN Symposium:

Real-World Evidence and its Relevance for Clinical Practice and Stakeholder Decision Making - F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd
Artificial Intelligence to Support Patient Profiling in Precision Oncology - Definiens AG
The WIN symposium provides outstanding networking opportunities for all professionals in cancer care.

(*) WIN Consortium is a non-profit organization based in Paris, France. We are a worldwide network assembling cancer stakeholders from four continents to develop cutting edge concepts and clinical trials that improve survival for cancer patients. WIN members include 28 outstanding cancer centers plus 11 additional leading pharmaceutical, technology companies and patient advocacy organizations representing stakeholders in precision cancer medicine, www.winconsortium.org

(**) Genomic and transcriptomic profiling expands precision cancer medicine: the WINTHER trial https://doi.org/10.1038/s41591-019-0424-4

For more information: www.winsymposium.org

ASCO® is a registered trademark of the American Society of Clinical Oncology®. Used with permission. This is not an ASCO sponsored event.

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Contacts
WIN Consortium
Vladimir Lazar
Chief Scientific and Operating Officer
vladimir.lazar@winconsortium.org
Telephone: + 33 66 109 15 22

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Saturday, May 18, 2019

Participate in a Unique Global Discussion (from Europe, USA, Canada, Middle East to Asia) about the Deployment of Precision Oncology

June 23-24, 2019, Paris, FranceVILLEJUIF, France -Saturday 18 May 2019 [ AETOS Wire ]

(BUSINESS WIRE)-- The 11th WIN Symposium in Precision Oncology will be held in Paris, France on June 23-24, 2019.

ASCO® endorsed for the past 11 years, the WIN symposium will deliver an exciting line-up of speakers in Paris (France) on June 23-24, 2019 to discuss Innovation and Global Deployment of Precision Oncology.
The current status of Precision Oncology across the globe will be examined with the exceptional participation of the chairmen of the event, Richard L. Schilsky, Chairman WIN Consortium(*), Senior Vice-President and Chief Medical Officer of ASCO, and Josep Tabernero, Vice Chairman WIN Consortium, President of ESMO and Director of Vall d’Hebron Institute of Oncology, Spain.

Global experience will be shared:

Optimizing Patient Enrollment and Efficacy of Precision Oncology Clinical Trials at UT MD Anderson Cancer Center, USA
Decision Support for Precision Oncology: Evolving from Monotherapy to Genomically Informed Combinations, UT MD Anderson Cancer Center, USA
The Value of Personalized Medicines for Healthcare Systems in Europe – by the European Biopharmaceutical Enterprises (EBE) and the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA)
Rapidly changing landscape of Precision Medicine in Japan, Tokyo Medical and Dental University
National Cancer Grid of India – Earthshots over Moonshots, TATA Memorial Hospital
Development and Application of Precision Oncology in China, Fudan University Shanghai Cancer Center
World leading precision oncologists will deliver breakthrough science, including:

Prof. Jennifer A. Doudna, PhD, University of California, Berkeley, USA “Rewriting the Code of Life: CRISPR-Cas Genome Editing”.
Dr. Jennifer A. Ligibel, MD, Harvard Medical School and Dana Farber Cancer Institute, USA “Lifestyle-based Prevention Strategies”.
Dr. Razelle Kurzrock, MD, University of California, San Diego, USA, “Innovation in Clinical Trials: WINTHER trial”, first study pioneered by the WIN Consortium(*), that showed that assessing RNA is an important adjunct to DNA profiling for determining treatments and rings in a new era for personalized medicine in oncology. WINTHER results were recently published in Nature Medicine (**)
Prof. Christophe Le Tourneau, MD., PhD, Institut Curie, France, “Innovative Ways of Assessing Durable Response under Immunotherapy”
Dr. Jean François Martini, PhD., MSc, Pfizer Inc., “Addressing Mechanisms of Resistance Following Anti-Cancer Therapy: a Pharma Perspective”
Prof. Angel Porgador, PhD, Ben Gurion University of Negev, Israel, “Efficient In Vitro Screening for Drug Combinations: The TEVA Model”
Do not miss the two microsatellites hosted at the WIN Symposium:

Real-World Evidence and its Relevance for Clinical Practice and Stakeholder Decision Making - F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd
Artificial Intelligence to Support Patient Profiling in Precision Oncology - Definiens AG
The WIN symposium provides outstanding networking opportunities for all professionals in cancer care.

(*) WIN Consortium is a non-profit organization based in Paris, France. We are a worldwide network assembling cancer stakeholders from four continents to develop cutting edge concepts and clinical trials that improve survival for cancer patients. WIN members include 28 outstanding cancer centers plus 11 additional leading pharmaceutical, technology companies and patient advocacy organizations representing stakeholders in precision cancer medicine, www.winconsortium.org

(**) Genomic and transcriptomic profiling expands precision cancer medicine: the WINTHER trial https://doi.org/10.1038/s41591-019-0424-4

For more information: www.winsymposium.org

ASCO® is a registered trademark of the American Society of Clinical Oncology®. Used with permission. This is not an ASCO sponsored event.

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Contacts
WIN Consortium
Vladimir Lazar
Chief Scientific and Operating Officer
vladimir.lazar@winconsortium.org
Telephone: + 33 66 109 15 22

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GSMA Outlines New Developments for MWC19 Shanghai

 New Speakers Announced from Alibaba, ATM, China Mobile, General Electric Power, JPMorgan Chase, Lenovo, Qualcomm, Shenzhen Valley Ventures; GSMA Outlines AI Accelerate Programme; Innovation City To Showcase Latest Mobile Technologies




HONG KONG -Friday 17 May 2019 [ AETOS Wire ]

(BUSINESS WIRE)-- The GSMA today announced new developments for MWC19 Shanghai, including recently confirmed keynote and 4YFN speakers, Artificial Intelligence Accelerate Programme, leading players showcasing latest mobile technologies at the GSMA Innovation City, Seminars and Forums and newly joined exhibitors, partners and sponsors. Taking place 26 - 28 June 2019 at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC), the GSMA expects more than 60,000 professionals from over 110 countries and territories representing a wide range of industry sectors to attend.

“Intelligent Connectivity, encompassing 5G, AI, IoT and Big Data, is paving the way for a new era which is set to impact almost every aspect of our daily lives,” said John Hoffman, CEO, GSMA Ltd. “Across MWC19 Shanghai, attendees will have the opportunity to hear from leaders who are driving this innovation globally. They will have access to exciting experiences and discussions through the exhibition and specialised programmes such as Artificial Intelligence Accelerate Programme, Digital Leaders, Women4Tech, 4YFN and more. We look forward once again to welcoming the mobile industry to Shanghai.”

New Keynote Speakers Confirmed

The GSMA announced additional keynote speakers for the MWC19 Shanghai conference programme, including:

    Yang Jie, Executive Director and Chairman, China Mobile
    Jing Ulrich, Managing Director and Vice Chairman of Asia Pacific, JPMorgan Chase & Co.
    Cristiano Amon, President, Qualcomm

These executives join previously announced speakers including:

    Hooi Ling Tan, Co-Founder, Grab Group
    Mats Granryd, Director General, GSMA
    Ken Hu, Deputy Chairman, Huawei
    Greg Wyler, Chairman, OneWeb
    Sigve Brekke, President and CEO, Telenor Group
    Xu Ziyang, CEO, ZTE

For more information on the conference, including the agenda and keynote speakers, visit: www.mwcshanghai.com/conference-programmes/.

Headline Speakers at 4 Years From Now (4YFN)

Meet the headline speakers taking part in 4YFN’s start-up focused conference programme:

    Cindy Chow, Executive Director, Alibaba Entrepreneurs Fund
    Minjun Liang, Venture Partner, ATM Capital
    Michelle Wu, Chief Information Officer, General Electric Power
    Janet Tang, Chief Strategy Officer, Lenovo Group
    Chad Xu, CEO and Founding Partner, Shenzhen Valley Ventures

4YFN, the GSMA’s start-up programme, is extending its investor presence at the event by welcoming on board new Investors Club member Shenzhen Valley Ventures and bringing back long-term partner Cathay Innovation. Community partners Momentum Works, Tusstar and Chinaccelerator will bring innovative and exciting startups to the exhibition floor and the Discovery Area Stage, while Mobile World Capital will bring a delegation of Spanish startups and Sud de France will sponsor an exclusive VIP reception. A custom working lounge provided by Spaces will be open to all visitors.

For more information about 4YFN, visit: www.mwcshanghai.com/experiences/4yfn/.

First Artificial Intelligence Accelerate Programme at MWC Shanghai

New to MWC19 Shanghai, the Artificial Intelligence Accelerate Programme will host a range of activities that bring together stakeholders including policymakers, industry leaders, AI specialists, academia and start-ups, to discuss key policy forumulation, stimulate new innovations and explore how AI can be applied throughout the digital economy. The programme, held from 25-28 June, includes events such as AI in Network Seminar, AI Policy Roundtable, Think AI Summit, AI Trust Panels partnered with Digital Asia Hub - a think tank incubated by Harvard University and a number of workshops. For details about Artificial Intelligence Accelerate Programme, visit: www.mwcshanghai.com/about/get-involved/ai/.

GSMA Innovation City Showcasing Latest Mobile Technologies

Located in Hall N5, the GSMA Innovation City will once again put a spotlight on the latest leading mobile products and solutions and how they are positively impacting society and helping to create a better future. The City includes interactive demonstrations by new partners China Mobile Migu and Singtel, who join previously announced companies, including BICS, Huawei, myFC and Shanghai Ratta Smart Technology. The City will also host exhibits from the GSMA’s industry programmes including Future Networks, Identity and the Internet of Things. Demonstrations include how blockchain is helping to monetize the value of IoT data, how drones and unmanned boats are supporting environmental monitoring and how China’s mobile operators are using mobile authentication to help consumers make daily financial transactions. For more information about the GSMA Innovation City, visit: www.mwcshanghai.com/exhibition/gsma-innovation-city/.

Additional Exhibitors and Sponsors Confirmed for MWC19 Shanghai

Taking centre stage in Super Hall N3, leading industry players include China Information and Communication Technologies (CICT), China Mobile, China Telecom, Ericsson, New H3C, Nokia Shanghai Bell and ZTE will feature the application of 5G technology in the intelligent connected era. Newly confirmed exhibitors and sponsors for MWC19 Shanghai include Ericsson as the “Connectivity Event Theme Sponsor”, new exhibitors Apigate, Gemalto, FIME, Gosuncn Technology, Intracom Telecom, Korea Information and Technology Industry Association (KICTA), Microsoft China, SI-Tech join previously announced companies including Lenovo, Qualcomm, OPPO, Samsung, vivo, among others. For more information on the exhibition, visit: www.mwcshanghai.com/exhibition/.

DISPLAY CHINA 2019 Co-located For Second Year at MWC19 Shanghai

DISPLAY CHINA will be a concurrent event with MWC19 Shanghai for the second year in Hall E5 at the SNIEC and will promote the latest flexible and HD displays and future innovative applications. MWC Shanghai attendees holding VIP, Gold, All Exhibition or Press/Analyst passes will have access to Display China 2019. For more information about Display China, visit: www.mwcshanghai.com/exhibition/display-china/.

GSMA Forums and Seminars

The GSMA will host a range of forums and seminars at MWC19 Shanghai to provide insights and updates on key industry developments.

    GSMA Future IoT Convention, sponsored by Nokia Shanghai Bell and Sunsea AIoT
    4th 5G Spectrum & Policy Forum, co-hosted by GSA
    eSIM Forum, sponsored by Valid
    Future Broadband Forum, co-hosted by C114
    5G Network Forum

For more information on GSMA Forums and Seminars, visit: www.mwcshanghai.com/conference-programmes/forums-seminars/.

Register and Get Involved at MWC19 Shanghai

Registration to attend MWC19 Shanghai is now open, for information on registration and pass types, please visit: www.mwcshanghai.com/attend/register/

For more information on MWC19 Shanghai, including how to attend, exhibit, partner or sponsor, visit www.mwcshanghai.com. Follow developments and updates on MWC19 Shanghai through our social media channels – follow us on Twitter at @GSMA and use #MWC19, get regular updates through our LinkedIn Showcase Page at www.linkedin.com/showcase/mwcshanghai/, and follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/mwcshanghai. In China, you can follow us on Sina Weibo weibo.com/mwcshanghai or search “GSMA_MWCS” in WeChat.

-ENDS-

About the GSMA

The GSMA represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide, uniting more than 750 operators with nearly 400 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem, including handset and device makers, software companies, equipment providers and internet companies, as well as organisations in adjacent industry sectors. The GSMA also produces the industry-leading MWC events held annually in Barcelona, Los Angeles and Shanghai, as well as the Mobile 360 Series of regional conferences.

For more information, please visit the GSMA corporate website at www.gsma.com. Follow the GSMA on Twitter: @GSMA.

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Contacts

Media Contacts:
For the GSMA
April Tsui
+852 2533 9956
atsui@webershandwick.com

Beau Bass
+44 79 7662 4962
beau.bass@webershandwick.com

MWC19 Shanghai Press Office
press@mwcshanghai.com


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Friday, May 17, 2019

Xandr Creates Community

 Community is a Brand-Safe, Insight-Driven, Privacy-Protected, Video-Forward Marketplace for Advertisers, Publishers, and Consumers

NEW YORK -Friday 17 May 2019 [ AETOS Wire ]

Media Brands Spanning WarnerMedia’s CNN, TNT, TBS, truTV, B/R Live, Otter Media, and Warner Bros., as well as Vice -Together with Hearst Magazines, Newsy, Philo, Tubi, and Xumo, Become the First Members of Community

(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Xandr, AT&T’s advanced advertising and analytics company, has announced the formation of Community, a curated marketplace of publishers that enables advertisers to reach their audiences at scale in a brand-safe, privacy-protected, premium video environment. Community is built on Xandr’s powerful technology and consumer insights, enabling buyers and sellers to drive better business outcomes. This new marketplace is the first-step towards the future convergence of linear TV and digital.

Community simplifies and improves an advertiser’s ability to connect with hard-to-reach audiences, regardless of how they engage with content across traditional TV, connected TV, OTT, mobile, and online. Community also offers controls to programmers and publishers to achieve better yield on their premium multiplatform inventory.

“After only eight short months since the launch of Xandr, Community delivers on our promise of a brand-safe, insight-driven, premium video marketplace,” said Brian Lesser, CEO of Xandr. “Building on one of the largest technology platforms in the industry and integrating Xandr’s unique audience insights from AT&T, we created the foundation of Community. Now, with the incredible inventory from our inaugural Community partners, the marketplace is open.”

Community is a Multi-Screen Premium Video Marketplace

Increasingly, marketers are looking for simpler ways to connect with audiences across digital, video, and television.

Xandr is committed to providing advertisers access to scaled, brand-safe, premium content with unique insights across wireless, broadband, and video. By aggregating inventory across publishers and creating multi-seller deals, publishers can increase the value of their inventory and improve monetization, while advertisers have the benefit of better access to content and increased scale.

WarnerMedia (including Otter Media), Vice, Hearst Magazine, Newsy, Philo, Tubi, and Xumo join as inaugural Community partners, adding more than 15 premium content providers to the marketplace and reaching more than 50 million active monthly users on streaming services. In addition to WarnerMedia’s portfolio across CNN, TNT, TBS, truTV, B/R Live, Warner Bros., Crunchyroll, Rooster Teeth and VRV, Community will also encompass additional premium video content from other AT&T owned-and-operated properties including DIRECTV NOW and AT&T WatchTV.

“Community’s vision aligns perfectly with our long-term strategy of pairing our high-quality content with breakthrough insights to deliver better ad experiences and drive results for advertisers,” said Donna Speciale, president of WarnerMedia Ad Sales. “As a launch partner, we are excited to be able to offer clients extended digital audience opportunities through Community, and we look forward to working with Xandr on enhanced addressable solutions with our live national linear television inventory in the near future.”

Added Henry Embleton, head of ad products and strategy, Ellation (part of Otter Media), “We rely on our programmatic partners to deliver the best possible ad supported experience for our fans at Crunchyroll, Rooster Teeth, and VRV, however, that information is not always accurate or reliable. Xandr is going to be a programmatic game changer – delivering deep, rich, dependable data from AT&T to enhance our user experience, paired with an expansive reach to help us grow our bottom line.”

“We're pleased to be working through Community to pair the largest free ad-supported movie and TV audience with unique addressable targeting through AT&T data,” said Mark Rotblat, chief revenue officer, Tubi.

“At Philo, we want to offer the best experience for both our subscribers and advertisers. By partnering with Xandr, we build upon our seamless programmatic solutions that allow advertisers to reach their audiences via the Philo platform,” said Reed Barker, Philo’s head of advertising.

Community is Cross-Screen Addressable

Increasingly, marketers are looking for ways to buy media across multiple touchpoints to connect with hard-to-reach audiences as digital, video, and TV converge. To better power advertising experiences across screens for consumers, Xandr’s Cross-Screen Addressable solution is now integrated within Community, allowing advertisers to combine the power of addressable TV with the precision and scale of digital.

Xandr’s Cross-Screen Addressable solution enables advertisers to define their audience and identify the households that match their desired attributes. Then, through Community, advertisers can serve relevant messages to that same audience across screens to amplify the impact of their campaign.

Community is Accountable

Using Xandr’s data, based on AT&T’s first-party consumer insights, Community will improve the efficacy and efficiency of media buying.

Community is layered with Xandr Audience Segments that are built from AT&T’s 170 million direct-to-consumer relationships. Community’s privacy-forward approach to attribution will enable advertisers to reach their audiences based on intent, interest, and lifestyle attributes.

Similar to the insights advertisers can glean from a Cross-Screen Addressable campaign, Xandr’s unique consumer analytics will help marketers determine the effectiveness of their media buys, including the impact on brand health and the ability to aid in frequency capping of a given brand message. Using these powerful attribution tools, marketers will have the ability to gain greater insights and become more effective with each campaign they run within Community.

Community is Reaching Consumers Where They Are

Xandr recently released original, consumer-centric research, called the Relevance Report. The report surveyed more than 3,000 people to learn how they consume content and their advertising preferences.

Consumers are spending more time than ever engaging with content. The report revealed 68% of consumers spend the majority of their free time engaging with content, and 76% said content enriches and enhances their lives, with 72% stating their day wouldn’t be complete without it.

Despite this engagement with content, consumers, especially younger audiences, have become proficient at tuning out content and advertising that they do not perceive as immediately relevant to them. About 57% of respondents say they do not want to engage with ads because they are not relevant to them and, most importantly, 66% wish advertisements were more relevant to them and their lives.

Community is Making TV More Data-Driven

Xandr is the leader in advanced TV advertising*. Community builds on the expertise of more than 3,000 addressable and advanced TV campaigns, and will begin to incorporate robust TV management tools. Using its technology and data analytics, Community will create more relevant advertising opportunities and help optimize yield management of inventory for live, playback, and VOD on traditional linear TV.

Community is Privacy-Protected

Xandr is committed to protecting data and privacy, while providing valuable and relevant advertising to consumers. Responsible data usage has been part of AT&T’s DNA for more than 143 years, always giving customers the power of choice to opt in or out of relevant advertising.

About Xandr

Xandr is creating a better solution for advertisers and publishers to find and reach specific audiences at scale in trusted, premium content environments. As a current leader in advanced TV advertising with the one of the best technology platforms, AppNexus, we help advertisers deliver the right message, at the right time, on almost any device. We are rooted in a tradition of responsible data usage. For more than 143 years, AT&T has used data and technology to inform and improve the customer experience.

*Source: The Myers Report Survey on Media Company B2B Relationships, Services and Value, Q1 2019.

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Contacts

Media
Rob Wheeler, robert.wheeler@xandr.com, 212-837-8121
Kelly Liyakasa, kelly.liyakasa@xandr.com, 347-224-1096

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