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News Article | April 20, 2017
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"We are very pleased to strengthen our labeling and identification capabilities with the strategic acquisition of Bertek Systems. Their capabilities are highly complementary to ours and help reinforce our position as a top, one-stop labelling and identification provider serving Eastern Canada, and, going forward, the New England States" said Jean Ethier, President of IMS (Identification Multi Solutions Inc). "Bertek's outstanding customer service was a determining factor in the transaction as it harmonizes perfectly with IMS's customer-centric approach. This acquisition also sets the stage for accelerated growth in a market that is crucial to our long-term objectives. We are delighted to add this highly skilled team to the growing IMS family" he added. Says Peter Kvam, Vice-President of Sales at Bertek Systems, "We are thrilled to join this experienced firm with its reputation for excellence. The merging of our know-how and technologies will enable us to expand our offer to current customers, as well as help us seek out prospects in new market segments. The fact that we will move forward as a highly customer-centric unit will be a strong differentiator." Butch Whitcomb, Director of operations at Bertek Systems adds "We are very much looking forward to creating synergies with our combined product lines. We feel this is a unique opportunity to create more value for our customers." Bertek, located in Fairfax, Vermont, will continue to manufacture and distribute current products and provide exceptional service to all customers. Bertek System Inc. becomes a wholly-owned subsidiary of IMS (Identification Multi Solutions Inc.), with headquarters in Montreal at our offices at 9000 boul. Henri-Bourassa O. Montréal, Québec, Canada.


News Article | April 17, 2017
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Real-time verification of Open Badges just got easier with Concentric Sky’s contribution of Badgecheck to IMS Global Learning Consortium (IMS Global), the world leader in EdTech interoperability and innovation. Badgecheck is a software library that has powered the free online Open Badge verification tool http://badgecheck.io since 2015. It will now be made available under an Apache open source license in order to serve as the core of the official IMS Global Open Badges 2.0 Validator. The contribution of Badgecheck to IMS Global is expected to significantly accelerate the work of the Open Badges community by making it possible for several badging platforms to begin issuing Open Badges over the summer using the newly released 2.0 version of the standard. “The team at Concentric Sky has been a long-time leader in the open badges ecosystem and we are very happy to receive this code contribution to serve as a foundational component in IMS Global’s official Open Badges Validator,” said Mark Leuba, Vice President of Product Management. “A product's certified compliance to the specification is key to a learner's control of their digital credentials and IMS and its members are committed to the interoperability of Open Badges.” Version 2.0 of the Open Badges specification is the most significant upgrade since its 2011 launch, making it possible to address dozens of new micro-credential use cases. The new features make Open Badges more flexible and secure, allowing users to more expressively describe any type of educational achievement as a portable and verifiable digital badge. “Badgecheck was designed to make it easy for anyone to independently verify an Open Badge,” said Concentric Sky CEO, Wayne Skipper. “We’re excited to help facilitate the work of the Open Badges community as we move towards deployment of Open Badges 2.0.” Concentric Sky is an award winning software design & development firm located in Eugene, OR. Over the last 12 years, Concentric Sky has developed mobile, web, and enterprise software solutions for a wide variety of prominent organizations around the world. Badgr is a registered trademark of Concentric Sky.


News Article | April 19, 2017
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SAN FRANCISCO, April 19, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Researchers found that an experimental mobile app from Posit Science can monitor mental health in ways that are both comparable and superior to current methods, according to a study just published. Mental health professionals currently tend to rely on having patients respond to standard questionnaires with multiple questions asking patients to self-rate and quantify their feelings on a scale or continuum. For example, the PHQ-9 and the GAD-7 are often used to quantify anxiety and depression – two of the most prevalent mental health problems. Such traditional assessments typically are administered infrequently, and rely on patients to remember how they felt at an earlier period of time. The ubiquity of mobile devices presents an opportunity for frequent self-administration of self-rating assessments. Researchers working at Posit Science developed the 12-question Immediate Mood Scale (IMS) to frequently measure and monitor self-rated mental health. The IMS is deployed on a standard mobile device, and uses icons and simple standardized questions on a regular basis to monitor how a patient feels over time. The IMS includes both anxiety and depression sub-scales. In a 110-person study, researchers found that results from the IMS highly correlated with results from the widely-used traditional depression and anxiety assessments, the PHQ-9 and GAD-7, and that the IMS was capable of predicting future performance in these measures. In addition, people could complete the IMS more quickly than traditional measures. Because the IMS is self-administered using a mobile device, users are able to report their mood much more frequently than they would typically using traditional assessments administered by a clinician. The researchers also reported that the study data showed that people with mild or moderate depression levels have greater variability in their mood than people with minimal or severe depression. Capturing these fluctuations offers new information not available through traditional measures, and could lead to more sensitive early detection of mood disorders. The study, published in the Journal for Medical Internet Research mhealth and uhealth, was conducted by researchers at Posit Science in collaboration with researchers at the University of California San Francisco and the University of California Berkeley. The study was funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), as part of a larger initiative focused on monitoring and improving the mental health of soldiers. “This simple study is a major first step forward in revolutionizing how we monitor and address brain health issues,” said Dr. Henry Mahncke, CEO of Posit Science. “It shows we can now harness mobile technology to provide individuals and their healthcare professionals with dynamic information about how people are feeling in real-time, which could open up many new treatments strategies, including earlier interventions.“ “We can imagine a near future in which you carry a brain health monitor on your phone, and in which providers, patients and caregivers can spot trends and early warning signs, and have tools, including training and other resources on that same phone, to intervene far in advance of negative events.” Posit Science is the leading provider of computerized brain training shown effective in multiple high quality studies.  Exercises and assessments in its BrainHQ online platform and app have shown benefits in more than 140 peer-reviewed science and medical journal articles (across varied populations), including significant gains from training as measured by standard assessments of cognition (e.g., speed, attention, memory), standard assessments of quality of life (e.g., mood, confidence, self-rated health), and real world activities (e.g., balance, driving, everyday activities). This new experimental app designed to monitor mood over time is being deployed in a DARPA-funded study investigating brain activity-based biomarkers for mood disorders, as well as the impact of BrainHQ training. Prior studies in healthy older adults showed a significant positive impact on mood from BrainHQ training.


News Article | April 19, 2017
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SAN FRANCISCO, April 19, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Researchers found that an experimental mobile app from Posit Science can monitor mental health in ways that are both comparable and superior to current methods, according to a study just published. Mental health professionals currently tend to rely on having patients respond to standard questionnaires with multiple questions asking patients to self-rate and quantify their feelings on a scale or continuum. For example, the PHQ-9 and the GAD-7 are often used to quantify anxiety and depression – two of the most prevalent mental health problems. Such traditional assessments typically are administered infrequently, and rely on patients to remember how they felt at an earlier period of time. The ubiquity of mobile devices presents an opportunity for frequent self-administration of self-rating assessments. Researchers working at Posit Science developed the 12-question Immediate Mood Scale (IMS) to frequently measure and monitor self-rated mental health. The IMS is deployed on a standard mobile device, and uses icons and simple standardized questions on a regular basis to monitor how a patient feels over time. The IMS includes both anxiety and depression sub-scales. In a 110-person study, researchers found that results from the IMS highly correlated with results from the widely-used traditional depression and anxiety assessments, the PHQ-9 and GAD-7, and that the IMS was capable of predicting future performance in these measures. In addition, people could complete the IMS more quickly than traditional measures. Because the IMS is self-administered using a mobile device, users are able to report their mood much more frequently than they would typically using traditional assessments administered by a clinician. The researchers also reported that the study data showed that people with mild or moderate depression levels have greater variability in their mood than people with minimal or severe depression. Capturing these fluctuations offers new information not available through traditional measures, and could lead to more sensitive early detection of mood disorders. The study, published in the Journal for Medical Internet Research mhealth and uhealth, was conducted by researchers at Posit Science in collaboration with researchers at the University of California San Francisco and the University of California Berkeley. The study was funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), as part of a larger initiative focused on monitoring and improving the mental health of soldiers. “This simple study is a major first step forward in revolutionizing how we monitor and address brain health issues,” said Dr. Henry Mahncke, CEO of Posit Science. “It shows we can now harness mobile technology to provide individuals and their healthcare professionals with dynamic information about how people are feeling in real-time, which could open up many new treatments strategies, including earlier interventions.“ “We can imagine a near future in which you carry a brain health monitor on your phone, and in which providers, patients and caregivers can spot trends and early warning signs, and have tools, including training and other resources on that same phone, to intervene far in advance of negative events.” Posit Science is the leading provider of computerized brain training shown effective in multiple high quality studies.  Exercises and assessments in its BrainHQ online platform and app have shown benefits in more than 140 peer-reviewed science and medical journal articles (across varied populations), including significant gains from training as measured by standard assessments of cognition (e.g., speed, attention, memory), standard assessments of quality of life (e.g., mood, confidence, self-rated health), and real world activities (e.g., balance, driving, everyday activities). This new experimental app designed to monitor mood over time is being deployed in a DARPA-funded study investigating brain activity-based biomarkers for mood disorders, as well as the impact of BrainHQ training. Prior studies in healthy older adults showed a significant positive impact on mood from BrainHQ training.


News Article | April 19, 2017
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SAN FRANCISCO, April 19, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Researchers found that an experimental mobile app from Posit Science can monitor mental health in ways that are both comparable and superior to current methods, according to a study just published. Mental health professionals currently tend to rely on having patients respond to standard questionnaires with multiple questions asking patients to self-rate and quantify their feelings on a scale or continuum. For example, the PHQ-9 and the GAD-7 are often used to quantify anxiety and depression – two of the most prevalent mental health problems. Such traditional assessments typically are administered infrequently, and rely on patients to remember how they felt at an earlier period of time. The ubiquity of mobile devices presents an opportunity for frequent self-administration of self-rating assessments. Researchers working at Posit Science developed the 12-question Immediate Mood Scale (IMS) to frequently measure and monitor self-rated mental health. The IMS is deployed on a standard mobile device, and uses icons and simple standardized questions on a regular basis to monitor how a patient feels over time. The IMS includes both anxiety and depression sub-scales. In a 110-person study, researchers found that results from the IMS highly correlated with results from the widely-used traditional depression and anxiety assessments, the PHQ-9 and GAD-7, and that the IMS was capable of predicting future performance in these measures. In addition, people could complete the IMS more quickly than traditional measures. Because the IMS is self-administered using a mobile device, users are able to report their mood much more frequently than they would typically using traditional assessments administered by a clinician. The researchers also reported that the study data showed that people with mild or moderate depression levels have greater variability in their mood than people with minimal or severe depression. Capturing these fluctuations offers new information not available through traditional measures, and could lead to more sensitive early detection of mood disorders. The study, published in the Journal for Medical Internet Research mhealth and uhealth, was conducted by researchers at Posit Science in collaboration with researchers at the University of California San Francisco and the University of California Berkeley. The study was funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), as part of a larger initiative focused on monitoring and improving the mental health of soldiers. “This simple study is a major first step forward in revolutionizing how we monitor and address brain health issues,” said Dr. Henry Mahncke, CEO of Posit Science. “It shows we can now harness mobile technology to provide individuals and their healthcare professionals with dynamic information about how people are feeling in real-time, which could open up many new treatments strategies, including earlier interventions.“ “We can imagine a near future in which you carry a brain health monitor on your phone, and in which providers, patients and caregivers can spot trends and early warning signs, and have tools, including training and other resources on that same phone, to intervene far in advance of negative events.” Posit Science is the leading provider of computerized brain training shown effective in multiple high quality studies.  Exercises and assessments in its BrainHQ online platform and app have shown benefits in more than 140 peer-reviewed science and medical journal articles (across varied populations), including significant gains from training as measured by standard assessments of cognition (e.g., speed, attention, memory), standard assessments of quality of life (e.g., mood, confidence, self-rated health), and real world activities (e.g., balance, driving, everyday activities). This new experimental app designed to monitor mood over time is being deployed in a DARPA-funded study investigating brain activity-based biomarkers for mood disorders, as well as the impact of BrainHQ training. Prior studies in healthy older adults showed a significant positive impact on mood from BrainHQ training.


A recent study, affiliated with UNIST has developed a new technique to understand the correct architectures of IMM proteins, using special chemical tools. By solving the most difficult stage of new drug development, their work will help speed the development of new therapeutics and cures. This research has been led by the team of Professor Hyun-Woo Rhee of Chemistry at UNIST in collaboration with Professor Jong-Seo Kim at Center from the Center for RNA Research, within the Institute for Basic Science (IBS) at Seoul National University and Professor Jeong-Kon Seo of UNIST Central Research Facilities (UCRF). The results of the study have been appeared in the March 15th edition of the Journal of the American Chemical Society (JACS). IMM is one of the most active sites for cellular metabolism and it is deeply related for various human metabolic diseases including cancer and neurodegenerative diseases. Therefore, it is crucial to understand the correct architecture of the IMM proteome in live cells for successful and efficient development of mitochondria-targeted therapeutics. In the study, Professor Lee and his research team revealed the in vivo topological direction of 135 IMM proteins, using an in situ-generated desthiobiotin-phenoxyl radical probe with genetically targeted peroxidase (APEX). "The determination of membrane protein structure is one of the most challenging tasks in protein structure analysis," says Professor Lee. "Our identification of structural information on the mitochondrial inner-membrane proteome can provide valuable insights for the architecture and connectome of the IMM proteome in live cells." The research team designed a new chemical probe, desthiobiotin-phenol and applied it to the IMM proteins in live cells. Then, they identified the structure of membrane proteins via mass spectrometry (MS). Peroxidase can react with hydrogen peroxide to make the phenoxyl radical. Then, the phenoxyl radical can react with the tyrosine residue on the proximal protein forming a covalent bond. In the study, the research team obtained the topology information by analyzing the labeled tyrosine site of the membrane protein. The majority of protein sequence analysis today uses mass spectrometry (MS), which digests the protein sample into peptides using an appropriate enzyme. Previous analyses, which used genetically targeted ascorbate peroxidase (APEX), could not resolve structural identification because these analyses were based on unlabeled peptide detection. However, only the labeled peptide can provide useful structural information, according to the research team. Unlike biomolecules that are labeled with biotin-phenol, proteins and other targets that are labeled with desthiobiotin-phenol can be eluted without harsh, denaturing conditions. Moreover, as the number of available membrane protein structure samples obtained via MS increases, the efficiency of structural identification of membrane proteins also increases. Owing to the short lifetime of phenoxyl radicals generated in situ by submitochondrial targeted APEX and the impermeability of the IMM to small molecules, the solvent-exposed tyrosine residues of both the matrix and intermembrane space (IMS) sides of IMM proteins were exclusively labeled with the radical probe in live cells by Matrix-APEX and IMS-APEX, respectively and identified by mass spectrometry. Through this analysis, the research team confirmed 58 IMM protein topologies and determined the topological direction of 77 IMM proteins whose topology at the IMM has not been fully characterized. Explore further: Mapping the living cell: New technique pinpoints protein locations, helping scientists figure out their functions More information: Song-Yi Lee et al, Architecture Mapping of the Inner Mitochondrial Membrane Proteome by Chemical Tools in Live Cells, Journal of the American Chemical Society (2017). DOI: 10.1021/jacs.6b10418


News Article | June 6, 2017
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HONOLULU, June 6, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- IEEE MTT-S International Microwave Symposium (IMS) kicked off this week and will run through June 9, 2017 at the Hawai'i Convention Center. IMS, the annual flagship conference and exhibition of the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society (MTT-S), welcomes 8000 attendees and features over 450 exhibiting companies from around the world. This year's symposium includes participants from over 40 countries, and offers an in-depth focus on 5G and millimeter-wave technologies with many exhibitors unveiling new innovations in the field during the show. "IMS is one of the top 200 largest trade shows in the US, and is the world's preeminent event for MHz, GHz, and THz technologies," said James C. Rautio, Founder and CEO, Sonnet Software and IMS Executive Committee member. "IMS is where it all starts—the industry presence on the show floor provides attendees access to a complete range of products, from design software, to components, to semiconductors, to test and measurement. The products on display enable countless new technologies that become the foundation for mainstream products and services."


News Article | May 31, 2017
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The innovations presented at the Symposium are the foundation for next-generation technologies for industries such as the Internet of Things, machine learning, multi-gigabit/low-latency data transmission, and virtual/augmented reality. "IMS is the nexus of research and industry in the RF and microwave space, and products available in the exhibit hall enable the realization of these advanced technologies," said Kevin Miyashiro, IMS2017 General Co-Chair. Highlights from the Symposium will include: "Focusing on 5G at IMS2017 is a natural fit as Hawai'i is home to a significant milestone in wireless technology," said Wayne Shiroma, IMS2017 General Chair. "In 1971, researchers at the University of Hawai'i unveiled the pioneering computer networking system called ALOHAnet, becoming the first to connect computers via radio communications and introducing the computing world to random access protocols. Today, this random access technology is everywhere – in Wi-Fi, mobile phones, Ethernet, and cable, and continues to evolve as a result of the research presented at IMS2017." As part of Microwave Week, IMS2017 will also feature the RFIC Symposium and the ARFTG Conference. The conference consists of a full week of events, including technical paper presentations, workshops and short courses, and the world's most comprehensive RF and microwave vendor exhibition. Registration IMS2017 registration is available onsite in the main lobby. For more details, visit the IMS2017 registration page. About IMS The International Microwave Symposium (IMS) is the annual conference and exhibition of the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society (MTT-S). IMS features a trade show with a large commercial exhibition featuring over 450 companies and a program offering technical sessions, interactive forums, plenary and panel sessions, workshops, short courses, application seminars, and a wide variety of other technical and social activities. The program will cover the latest RF, microwave, and wireless advances in emerging areas such as 5G, automotive, radar, wearable electronics, the Internet of Things, the Internet of Space, medical applications, and more. For more information, visit www.ims2017.org or follow IMS2017 on Facebook and Twitter. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/thousands-catch-the-5g-wave-at-ims2017-300464740.html


News Article | July 13, 2017
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Subject to regulatory approval, the deal will create one of the largest digital marketing and ad sales companies in the industry, with a combined operation supporting more than six thousand agencies and brands worldwide, and exclusively representing Twitter, LinkedIn, Spotify and more than five thousand global and local publishers across 30 countries in Latin America, Central and Eastern Europe, and the Asia Pacific regions. "This acquisition will enable IMS to develop some of the highest-potential geographies across Europe and Asia, and create a truly global company. IMS and Httpool together can offer an end-to-end solution in digital marketing campaign delivery, helping partners with our deep knowledge of local markets, and empowering local publishers, advertisers and thousands of digital professionals and entrepreneurs," said Gastón Taratuta, CEO and founder of IMS. "Bringing together IMS and Httpool will create a one-stop solution for advertisers launching local or international campaigns, as well as networks and publishers looking to monetize content across many of the world's fastest-growing emerging markets," said Andy Kaplan, president, worldwide networks, Sony Pictures Television. "IMS and Httpool share the same vision, so we couldn't imagine a more appropriate partner. This deal represents a major milestone for Httpool and an important recognition for all our past achievements. Teaming with IMS will fuel our increasing growth, and enable us to expand our proprietary solutions on a global scale," said Aljosa Jenko, CEO and founder of Httpool. "Httpool and its team established an amazing international position, developed complementary ad technologies and share the same entrepreneurial values as IMS. By joining forces, the two groups can make a lasting impact on the broader digital ecosystem through continuous innovation, openness, creativity and partnerships," Taratuta added. About IMS IMS Internet Media Services (IMS), a subsidiary of Sony Pictures Television Networks, is a leading digital communications and marketing company that builds partnerships with rapidly developing businesses seeking to expand their market in Latin America. IMS helps brands reach new levels of attraction and grow in the region through its unique ecosystem of business alliances, creative and content solutions, and media management and investment services. Leading brands like EA, Foursquare, LinkedIn, Spotify, Snapchat, Twitter, Yahoo, Twitch, Vevo and Waze work exclusively with IMS to strengthen their presence in Latin America. IMS is headquartered in Miami and has offices in Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Colombia, Chile, Panama, Peru, Ecuador and Uruguay. www.imscorporate.com. About Httpool Httpool is the leading Central and Eastern European cross channel advertising network with presence in Asia and focus on markets outside the United States and Western Europe. Httpool offers the broadest range of ad network products and solutions across display, video, engagement, social and performance channels. Httpool employs the most advanced proprietary and licensed technologies, has extensive international experience and represents Twitter, LinkedIn, Spotify and other selected global and local publishers across its 22 markets, including Austria, Switzerland, Russia, India, Hong Kong, Poland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Croatia, Greece, Hungary, Kosovo, Macedonia, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Slovakia and Ukraine. www.httpool.com.


News Article | July 20, 2017
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Integrated Marketing Systems, a premiere research firm specializing in agency-verified advance notice public bid project information for architect, engineering and construction firms, announced today that they have promoted employee Nick Benore, formally Director of Operations, to President. Mr. Benore has worked with Integrated Marketing Systems (IMS) for more than 12 years, starting from an entry-level research position and through various leadership roles in the company. Former President, Rinda Robbins is retiring after a successful 17 years in her role, growing the company from their beginnings in California, to 40 states including all five U.S. territories. IMS started in 1991 with founder and current CEO Mike Ryan at the helm, with the insight that architects, engineers and contractors (AEC) needed early, pre-RFP, daily notices of public project opportunities in order to ensure a competitive position in bidding for public sector work. The company started with advance project announcements in California and quickly grew to a national platform, including five U.S. territories. “I am thrilled to appoint Nick Benore as the new President of IMS,” said Mike Ryan, founder and CEO of IMS. “Nick has a deep understanding of all aspects of IMS having grown with the company and excelling in each leadership role throughout. We are excited about Nick’s innovative approach to our research as we near three decades of business.” Mike Ryan will remain CEO of IMS, and Nick seamlessly transitioned from his role as Director of Operations on July 1st of this year. “I am excited about leading our progressive company into its next phase of growth,” said Nick Benore, president of IMS. “I am grateful to Rinda for establishing such a strong foundation and allowing me to build on our team’s ground breaking reputation in the AEC sector. With so many changes on the horizon in technology and project delivery methods, we are uniquely positioned to assist our clients as they pursue projects related to the renewal of our country’s infrastructure. We have much to look forward to in positively impacting the industry.” IMS is the first business of its kind to provide early project announcements to professional service consultants, and the only company in this sector to have a full research staff with an investigative process to fact check and speak directly with public agencies on multiple occasions to verify project announcements, timelines, changes and budgets. For more information about IMS, go to IMSinfo.com About IMS Integrated Marketing Systems (IMS) is an advance notice bid project research firm specializing in the public sector for architect, engineering and construction firms. Headquartered in San Diego and started in 1991, IMS has agency-verified advanced project information in 40 states, including all five U.S. territories. Clients utilize IMS research daily to increase business development efforts, and prepare for opportunities within their verticals pre-RFP.

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