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WARRENVILLE, Ill., Dec. 14, 2106 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- P-Cure, Ltd has received a 510(k) letter from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) permitting it to market its P-ARTIS CT scanner system, which is a computed tomography (CT) imaging system intended to scan patients while...

News Article | March 14, 2016

In California, Solazyme (SZYM) said that it is now focusing exclusively on food, nutrition and specialty ingredients, renaming the company TerraVia. Having elevated CEO and co-founder Jonathan Wolfson to the Executive Chairman post, the company says it is on the hunt for a food-business CEO, and has raised $28M from a group of foodie investors including Glenhill Capital, VMG Partners, PowerPlant Ventures, ARTIS Ventures, Simon Equities and several influential food industry CEOs. Leaving many observers feeling like Caitlyn Jenner’s golf buddies at Sherwood Country Club. Supportive but perhaps a little confused. The products, technology and market opportunities in industrial markets including fuels, industrial oils, and the oilfield/Encapso business will be spun-off. The company stated: “Moving forward, these initiatives will be grouped together as “Solazyme Industrials” and will not be part of TerraVia’s refined focus. Solazyme believes these businesses have tremendous opportunity to develop into large and profitable entities, while improving the lives of people and the planet. The Company will be pursuing strategic alternatives over the next 12-18 months to unlock the value created. Solazyme’s objective is to identify partners who have the operational capabilities needed to realize the potential of those businesses.” TerraVia’s portfolio of ingredients and products include: Specialty Food Ingredients, including the AlgaVia Whole Algae ingredients (lipid rich powder and protein) and AlgaWise Algae Oils (cooking and high stability oils). Consumer Food Products, including Thrive Culinary Algae Oil, Animal Nutrition Ingredients, a new area for the Company, and Specialty Personal Care Ingredients, including AlgaPur Oils. There are two ways to tell the tale. We’ll visit the dark side first, and then focus on the path forward for the newly-minted TerraVia. Let’s face facts. We have a CEO search rather than a new CEO, plus a re-branding of the company without the kind of signature deal that usually propels companies to venture into the risky area of re-branding. And, we have a jettisoning of two of the four legs of the corporate stool. The circumstances are screaming that the Monday afternoon’s Q4 earnings announcement will make it plain that Solazyme’s growth and growth prospects in certain sectors have stalled short of cash positive — just as the nutritional prospects have materially brightened. Clearly fuels are in that basket. We’ll have to see what the fate of Algenist is, and how the company will handle the pressing topic of securing orders for its commercial-scale plant in Brazil. On the industrials side, it would come as no surprise that there’s the exhaustion powered by $30-$40 oil and crashing rig counts that doomed Encapso and made Solazyme’s fuels unaffordable except in boutique quantities. On the nutrition side, a name-brand group of White Knights have come along, and have targeted the company to get a hold of its powerful technology and applications in the foodie space. For sure, the investors are buying in at considerable premium to the stock’s moving average. Very encouraging. If you’ve been on Neptune for the past decade or so, let me state for your benefit that the world could use help on nutrition, with a population set to increase some 4 billion this century. That’s 3.8 quadrillion calories per year, more than we consume right now. Assuming that the developing world, by the way, doesn’t increase its caloric intake. Think of that as 2 billion tons of the edible parts of a salmon, per year, additional. And that’s excluding any pets you might bring along. And excluding the food you plan to feed to the salmon. And the waste part of the fish, and the food that gets wasted through spoilage and so on. Did I mention that the global fish catch last year was 90 million tons, the whole she-bang? And, that we’re currently alarmed over fish depletion rates. And, that we’d like our calories to be healthier, please. Which means making the healthy calories better tasting, and you’ll appreciate the challenge thereof if you’ve ever tried to sell the idea of broccoli to a five-year old with an ice cream in her hand. For some time, Silicon Valley has been spewing our tech endeavors aimed at the nutrition problem — from ingredients (such as flavors and flavorings) all the way to food substitutes — and yield enhancing crop technologies and crop protection systems. Companies like Modern Meadow, Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods. Given the large valuations and epic venture rounds they’ve been racking up — it’s not surprising that some industrial biotech companies are either being acquired or changing their stripes as fats as they can, to join the rush. Evolva, for example, acquired Allylix, but not for its transformative jet fuel capabilities but for its yeast fermentation patent portfolio, more or less. Sapphire Energy re-aimed itself at the omega-3 and protein markets not long ago. Amyris maintains a fuel and industrials unit of considerable promise, but has been making its most headway in the health & beauty and flavorings world, of late. So, there are epic reasons for Solazyme, under the TerraVia brand, to go forward in the world of developing applications in food oils, and whole algal flour, and the like. And to those who’ve been around the food ingredient business — the winds of change are blowing and Solazyme’s technology is powerful enough to make it a major player. But the competitive advantage will not be limited to its algae-based technology. There’s a considerable customer list now built up in nutrition — some of which are newly disclosed this week, including Hormel, Utz, Enjoy Life, So Delicious, Soylent and Follow Your Heart. And over in speciality personal care ingredients, there are “major customers” not yet disclosed, alongside the multi-year relationship with Unilever. And, TerraVia has gone through many of the hardships of scale-up in its commercial-scale facility in Brazil. The company has substantially de-risked itself. And achieved a “sector focus” with these announcements that many in the financial community have been calling for. The major task going forward is to demonstrate that these customer relationships will translate into large, multi-year commercial orders at profitable margins — that we have yet to see and analysts will be scouring the quarterly report issued Monday for the signals that orders are scaling commensurate with the opportunity. “By unlocking the power of algae, the mother of all plants and earth’s original superfood, we are bringing much-needed innovation in food and nutrition,” said outgoing CEO Jonathan Wolfson. “Our new generation of breakthrough ingredients and foods delivers on nutrition, flavor and texture all with an unparalleled sustainability profile, and these products are already beginning to penetrate a market that is demanding healthier alternatives. Over more than 13 years we have invested in developing a unique understanding and expertise around algae. Today the pieces are in place for the Company to fulfill its mission and create substantial value for customers and shareholders.” “There are opportunities for our algae-based ingredients across every aisle of the grocery store, driven by consumer demand for clean labels and an increasing focus on plant-based foods with great taste,” said SVP and chief foodie Mark Brooks. “We are enhancing a new generation of foods that deliver better flavor and nutrition, including healthier fats and enhanced protein, fiber and micronutrients. In addition to products incorporating our ingredients on store shelves today, we are currently in active development projects with major CPG companies for new products such as salad dressings and gluten-free bakery products that are healthier and offer the taste and texture that consumers demand.” “We are moving forward with a strong business foundation and clear vision,” said CFO Tyler Painter, Chief Financial and Operating Officer. “We have invested significant time and capital in the development of our innovation platform and large-scale manufacturing capability. We enjoy long-standing commitments from partners, led by Bunge and Unilever, who have helped bring our vision to life. Importantly, we have also learned significant lessons in scale-up and commercialization, helping to de-risk the inherent challenges in bringing disruptive products to market. These strengths combined with our refined focus, a proven suite of products and the expanded market knowledge we gain with our new investors and board member, position us well to execute on our opportunities in food, nutrition and specialty ingredients.” The need to focus resources, we get it. The need to raise capital, we get it. The need to focus on what has momentum, we get that too. Technology takes us in strange directions, as any foodie might know. Percy Spencer invented the microwave in 1945 by complete accident, after noticing that the chocolate in his pants melted when he passed by a magnetron. Took 20 years to perfect it, but look at the microwave now. Jim Lane is editor and publisher  of Biofuels Digest where this article was originally published. Biofuels Digest is the most widely read  Biofuels daily read by 14,000+ organizations. Subscribe here.

News Article | November 11, 2016

Stringify, a thoughtful automation service for the Internet of Things (IoT), today announced that it has been named a CES 2017 Innovation Awards Honoree for its Android offering. Products chosen as CES Innovation Honorees reflect innovative design and engineering in some of the most cutting-edge tech products and services coming to market. Stringify allows people to connect all their physical products and digital services together in one place so they can take better care of themselves, their families and their homes while also getting more done. By tying things together in what Stringify calls Flows, users can create unique experiences that matter to them personally, opening up endless possibilities. Building powerful automation has never been more convenient. Stringify strives to make smart devices even smarter, and currently works with over 500 products and services including Nest, Philips Hue, Ring, Amazon Alexa, Honeywell, Insteon, LIFX, Netgear, Dropbox, Facebook, Google Drive and Slack, just to name a few (for more partners, visit The cloud-based platform gives its customers anytime/anywhere access through its mobile apps, with no hardware required. “It’s a great honor to be one of the few companies selected for this award especially in a category as competitive as software and mobile apps,” said Mike Yurochko, CEO of Stringify. “Our goal with Stringify, across both the current iOS offering and the upcoming Android service, is to make the world of IoT and connected living more attainable, customizable and enjoyable for everyone. This award is exciting validation that we are delivering an appealing service.” The CES Innovation Awards are sponsored by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)TM, the producer of CES 2017. Products entered in this prestigious program are judged by a preeminent panel of independent industrial designers, independent engineers and members of the trade media to honor outstanding design and engineering in cutting-edge consumer electronics products across 28 product categories. Entries are evaluated on their engineering, aesthetic and design qualities, intended use/function and user value, unique/novel features present and how the design and innovation of the product directly compares to other products in the marketplace. Stringify for Android will be displayed at CES 2017, which runs January 5-8, 2017, in Las Vegas, Nevada. CES 2017 Innovation Honoree products are also featured on The company will also be demonstrating the platform at CES Unveiled in Las Vegas on January 3. Stringify is available now in the iTunes store with Android support coming soon. For up-to-date information on newly supported products and tips on living a connected life check out the Stringify blog and follow the company on Twitter @StringifyIt. Stringify, an automation platform for the Internet of Things (IoT), transforms the way you connect your life by bringing your physical and digital Things together to help create more meaningful experiences. Founded in 2014, Stringify makes the services you use and rely on every day better and more valuable. The company is based in Los Gatos, CA and has funding from ARTIS Ventures, Oryx Ventures, OurCrowd and other private investors.

Zahabi H.,Queen Mary, University of London | Bennett M.,ARTIS | Busfield J.J.C.,Queen Mary, University of London | Carpi F.,Queen Mary, University of London
Constitutive Models for Rubber IX - Proceedings of the 9th European Conference on Constitutive Models for Rubbers, ECCMR | Year: 2015

Dielectric elastomers are a variety of electroactive polymers, which are actuation materials that change size and shape in response to an electrical stimulation. Dielectric elastomer actuators offer high strains, high energy output, lightweight, silent operation and low cost. They are being studied for many applications such as artificial muscles, robotic systems and haptic displays. This paper introduces the ongoing research at Queen Mary University of London on a novel approach to create a colour changing device using dielectric elastomer actuators. The idea relies on a DEA membrane with different colour spots covered by a mask with holes. With DEA in action, the colour spots move and due to the presence of the mask the colour displayed can change. © 2015 Taylor and Francis Group.

Jha V.,Queen Mary, University of London | Thomas A.G.,Queen Mary, University of London | Bennett M.,Artis | Busfield J.J.C.,Queen Mary, University of London
Journal of Applied Polymer Science | Year: 2010

Most unfilled elastomers exhibit a high electrical resistance. Fillers are usually added to elastomers to enhance their mechanical properties. Frequently the filler type used is an electrically conductive carbon black and the inclusion of such fillers reduces the resistivity of the elastomer compound. Previous work has shown that for elastomers containing high abrasion furnace, carbon black fillers such as N330 (or N300 series) at a volume fraction above the percolation threshold the resistivity changes with strain, the precise resistivity versus strain behavior being nonlinear and irreversible for conventional carbon black fillers. A strain-measuring device, deriving strain directly from a measure of the resistivity, requires that the behavior be reversible and reproducible from cycle to cycle. This work presents the electrical resistivity behavior of a natural rubber (NR) compound filled with Printex XE2 carbon black. This type of filler has a significantly different morphology to the N300 series blacks examined previously. The Printex was incorporated into the rubber at a volume fraction above its percolation threshold and its behavior is contrasted to that observed with N300 series carbon black-filled NR. Here, and for the first time, reversible electrical resistivity dependence with strain is reported for an elastomer filled with Printex XE2. This reversible behavior under strain opens up the possibility of applications, such as a flexible load sensor, pressure sensor, or switch. © 2009 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

News Article | March 2, 2017

SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Zenrez, which offers industry-leading yield management software tools for fitness studios, today announced that it has raised $6 million in its series A funding. ARTIS Ventures led the round along with other existing investors, Summit Action Fund, Precursor Ventures, Nucleus Adventure Capital, C2 Ventures and Transmedia Capital. The company has raised a total of $10 million. This round of financing will be used to fund Zenrez’s continued expansion into major cities across the country and to leverage its evolving pricing technology to expand into other fitness and wellness services beyond classes. In a 2016-2017 report, the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association, says 2,300 new facilities, mostly studios, opened in 2015. And from 2012 to 2015, consumer-reported membership in traditional fitness clubs grew by 5 percent, while in studios it grew by more than 70 percent. “Fitness classes are the preferred method of how millennials choose to workout and boutique studios offer the highest quality experience,” said Matthew Capizzi, co-founder & CEO of Zenrez. “Boutique studios have moved away from the old big-box gym subscription breakage model, and instead, have opted for a more consumer-friendly but also more complex model in the form of pay-as-you-go packs. Therefore, they need a much more sophisticated solution to effectively manage their business, and that’s what we’ve built with Zenrez.” Capizzi continued, “There’s much more revenue potential in the pay-as-you-go model, the challenge becomes maximizing utilization because you only get paid when people workout. This means creating a consistently great product so your customers want to come back as well as offering flexible pricing options to ensure you’re hitting all fitness-goer segments. Zenrez addresses the latter which helps unlock latent demand and drive additional bookings which can result in 10% or more of incremental monthly revenue for studios.” Bookings through the platform have grown 400% year over year, and as of this month, Zenrez is fueling a workout every two minutes. The company currently works with 500 studios in cities including San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, Boston, Pittsburgh and Seattle. By the end of this year, Zenrez plans to work with over 2000 studios in major cities all across the United States. “Zenrez is an essential business tool for those in the health & wellness space, an industry that commonly struggles with yield management. In this business it's especially critical to maximize price points and conversions, and Zenrez is proven to have a dramatic impact on revenue,” said Stuart Peterson, founder & partner at ARTIS Ventures. “We also love the potential for future applications - personal training, massages, salons - basically any service with perishable inventory would see similar benefit.” In addition, Zenrez serves as a discovery platform where consumers can access exclusive offers, search for studios and class classes, and check out reviews. However, Zenrez has reimagined the traditional five-star rating and crowd-sourced reviews experience by creating studio spotlight videos which provide consumers an up-close and personal look at the culture and vibe of each individual studio. Those videos and more can be found on Zenrez’s content site - ZenrezMedia - which features answers to the common questions consumers ask relating to the fitness class experience. The video-only content is designed to support and enhance people's experience before, during, and after taking their classes. With ZenrezMedia, you can now go to one place to find answers to all your fitness class related questions. Zenrez provides a yield management pricing technology and suite of software tools to help fitness studios increase the effectiveness of their acquisition and retention efforts. In addition, Zenrez’s marketplace provides consumers the best experience for discovering and booking the highest quality classes at the best prices with no monthly membership or fees. From yoga to cycling, bootcamp to barre, Zenrez is the perfect way to book same-day when you find yourself with time to sweat.

Norris C.,ARTIS
Materials World | Year: 2014

Chris Norris, Analytical Services Manager at Artis, explains work on conducting a global recovered carbon black (rCB) benchmarking program, assessing their composition and in-rubber performance in relation to conventional carbon blacks. Firstly, the structure level and surface area of the rCB samples were considered, as these colloidal properties are used as key indicators of the reinforcing potential of rubber filler. Masking of the active sites of the original caron black had a significant impact on filler-filler and filler-polymer interactions. Combined evidence of several studies by Artis suggests that both surface area and structure level of rCB are being overestimated. The correlation between networking efficiency and surface area for the rCB samples suggests the level of filler-filler interactions is not influenced by the non-carbon species present.

Farid A.S.,ARTIS | Arunashanthi K.D.,ARTIS
Polymers and Polymer Composites | Year: 2013

Rheometry is widely used throughout the rubber industry to characterise the cure behaviour of rubber mixes. Industrial rheometers produce continuous traces or rheograms in which torque is plotted as a function of time as a rubber progressively cures. Rheograms in which a distinct maximum or steady-state value is obtained within a reasonable time present few problems when the main objective is to determine optimum vulcanisation times. Nevertheless, some rubber mixes display cure profiles that do not exhibit steady-state values within acceptable time scales; taking extremely long periods of time to do so. Running rheometers over prolonged periods in order to attain flat or steady state cures is neither productive nor economical. In such situations, it is desirable to develop a methodology whereby steady-state values can be estimated from short running times. Assuming that cure advances by way of first-order kinetics a graphical technique is introduced enabling the steady-state torque value to be estimated from short running times. The steady-state torque value obtained from the graphical procedure was compared with experimental values; poor agreement was found being within about 11%. Notwithstanding the poor agreement between the steady-state torque value observed experimentally and that predicted by the graphical method we nevertheless continue to recommend the use of the graphical technique. Our justification for the use of the graphical method is that the procedure provides reliable rate constants for the incipient stages of vulcanisation without having to determine full extents of cure. The rate constant determined by the graphical procedure was in good agreement with typical values reported in the literature7 thus affording credibility to our graphical methodology. As further confirmation as to the reliability of our technique, an analytical method introduced by Rigby2 was employed to verify the authenticity of our results. Comparison of our results with those ascertained from the analytical method showed reasonable agreement. In order to account for the significantly large difference between the graphically-estimated and experimental steady-state torque value, the ideal and simplistic assumption that curing proceeds by first order kinetics throughout the entire curing period was abandoned. Instead, it was assumed that the crosslinking process comprises two concomitant first-order curing reactions; notably normal and slow crosslinking reactions. The kinetic expression describing the two simultaneous vulcanisation reactions in terms of rheometry parameters is: Tt -Ta = (T∞,c -Ta ) 1-e -kc(t-ti))+ T(∞,sc -Ta ) 1-e-ksc(t-ti )) where Tt is the torque at time t; Ta is the minimum torque; ti is the induction time; T¥,c and T¥,sc are the steadystate torque values for the normal and slow crosslinking processes respectively; and, kc and ksc represent the first-order rate constants for the normal and slow crosslinking processes respectively. Excellent agreement was found between the experimental steady-state torque value and that predicted by the composite kinetic expression. © Smithers Rapra Technology, 2013.

Norris C.J.,ARTIS | Hale M.,ARTIS | Bennett M.,ARTIS
Plastics, Rubber and Composites | Year: 2014

Pyrolysis of waste tyres not only tackles the environmental issues associated with disposal, but also enables the recovery of valuable products such as oils and carbon fillers for elastomeric materials. This study was instigated to benchmark the in-rubber properties of pyrolytic carbon (often referred to as pyrolysis carbon black, pCB) and to understand the compositional parameters that dictate performance. Colloidal properties suggest the pCB materials to have a reinforcing potential between that of N330 and N550 carbon blacks, whereas physical property data suggest that they are more akin to the N700 series. Fundamentally, this disparity in performance appears to be the result of carbonaceous residues on the pCB surface, which both reduce surface activity and dispersability of the recyclate. Both thermogravimetric and dynamic mechanical analyses confirmed a number of pCB samples to have the same specific surface activity, regardless of the pyrolysis process or feedstock utilised. © 2014 Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining.

Norris C.J.,Artis | Hale M.,Artis | Bennett M.,Artis
Plastics, Rubber and Composites | Year: 2016

Assessments of the suitability of elastomeric sealing materials for sour gas service tend to focus on physical property modifications. The lack of emphasis on understanding the chemical changes occurring during these exposure regimes seems surprising given that 40% of untapped gas reserves hold H2S. Study of fluoroelastomer (FKM) and hydrogenated nitrile butadiene rubber (HNBR) compounds post sour gas aging revealed a number of degradative mechanisms had occurred; including, additional crosslinking, chain scission, filler modification, dehydrofluorination, low-level oxidative aging and extraction of soluble matter. In many instances, these mechanisms had opposing effects on the properties of HNBR and FKM compounds. Testing of further samples at incremental stages during aging will allow chemical changes to be correlated with property modifications as a function of time, and may provide a route to more robust lifetime predictions. Analysis of used or failed service parts would help verify that the aging regimes adopted are accelerating the relevant modes of degradation. © 2016 Avon Rubber Plc.

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