News Article | April 28, 2017
New legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act concerning for us all as we age Following a review of the recently released MacArthur Amendment to the American Health Care Act (AHCA), the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) remains opposed to this legislation that would repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and which AGS experts believe would harm access to key health services for older adults, caregivers, and healthcare professionals. The MacArthur Amendment creates additional concerns for older Americans--particularly people in states that might pursue waivers from current protections benefitting individuals with pre-existing conditions, such as provisions requiring benefits and restricting carriers from charging more based on a person's health background. The Amendment also would allow states to waive essential health benefits defined under ACA--emergency-room visits, outpatient services including home health services and hospice care, and care for chronic conditions and rehabilitative services, for example. Nothing in the Amendment remedies any of the AGS's concerns with the original legislation. "Policy changes that would increase costs, reduce coverage, or cut benefits put health, independence, and quality of life at risk for all of us as we age," notes Nancy E. Lundebjerg, MPA, Chief Executive Officer of the AGS. "We are committed to working with Congress and the Trump Administration on meaningful reforms that would improve health care, for example, by reducing regulatory burdens, but we continue to oppose changes like those proposed in the AHCA, which might jeopardize access to high-quality, person-centered, and affordable health coverage for all older Americans." As previously noted, AGS experts in care of older adults note that the bill would enact drastic changes to the Medicaid program, including capping federal financial support to each state to a limited, preset amount per person. With reduced federal funding for Medicaid and increased costs imposed on states, key services for older adults could be cut, impacting access to long-term services and supports, nursing homes, and home health care for the millions of older adults and caregivers who rely on these resources for well-being. Ten million people with Medicare rely on this funding, and may be subject to fewer services, reduced care quality, and increased care costs under the current proposal to repeal and replace the ACA. Among other notable concerns, the AHCA would phase out existing expansions of the Medicaid program-cutting health services for beneficiaries between the ages of 55 and 64 who cannot afford coverage but are not yet eligible for Medicare (the program that provides care for all older Americans 65-years-old and older). The bill further removes premium cost protections for this particularly vulnerable group by ending an ACA provision that prevented significant increases in insurance premiums for those 55-64 compared to charges for younger individuals. Premium ratios proposed in the AHCA could increase costs by several thousand dollars a year for older adults, making health coverage cost prohibitive. The MacArthur Amendment could exacerbate the disparity in pricing for older adults by allowing states to set an age ratio "higher" than the 5-to-1 ratio proposed in the AHCA, setting insurance premiums even further out of reach for older adults. Additionally, the AHCA proposes to repeal the Hospital Insurance (HI) tax on individuals in high-income brackets. This provision will impact the solvency of the HI Trust Fund, which will have implications for all Medicare beneficiaries. It is currently unclear how the bill plans to make up for this lost revenue. Finally, the AGS expresses disappointment at the proposed repeal of the Prevention and Public Health Fund, which was established to provide funding for key public health programs that improve the health and safety of all Americans through disease prevention initiatives, immunizations, and health screenings. The Fund provides crucial support for older adults with chronic conditions, as well as support for evidence-based falls prevention programs that have benefitted more than 30,000 older Americans and adults with disabilities since 2014. Such strides are important, since Medicare alone spends nearly $31 billion annually treating injuries from falls. With an eye toward future federal and state policies and proposals, the AGS has reiterated that legislation must: Health policies that embrace these critical recommendations will support a future when all older adults can receive high-quality, person-centered care, say AGS officials. The AGS will continue to monitor plans and proposals for health reform, lending expertise on the needs of older adults, caregivers, and healthcare professionals. We welcome opportunities to provide feedback to Congress and the Administration moving forward. Founded in 1942, the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) is a nationwide, not-for-profit society of geriatrics healthcare professionals that has--for 75 years--worked to improve the health, independence, and quality of life of older people. Its nearly 6,000 members include geriatricians, geriatric nurses, social workers, family practitioners, physician assistants, pharmacists, and internists. The Society provides leadership to healthcare professionals, policymakers, and the public by implementing and advocating for programs in patient care, research, professional and public education, and public policy. For more information, visit AmericanGeriatrics.org.
News Article | April 12, 2017
Seeking to consolidate and expand its operations, Boston Analytical, a premier current Good Manufacturing Practice (cGMP) compliant laboratory, engaged MPA to program and design the spaces in its new facility. Most of the newly outfitted space is production space for testing, including 20,000 SF of chemistry, stability, and microbial labs and 2,000 sf of ISO 8 to ISO 5 cleanrooms. This expanded space with cutting-edge equipment has increased lab capacity by 55 percent and stability storage by 130 percent, with eight new chambers including a large capacity walk-in chamber. Additional space in the facility supports office and administrative functions, including reception, open and closed offices and conference rooms, and a kitchen/dining area. Built by Bowdoin Construction, interior features include new lab casework, fume hoods, epoxy floors, and a new energy efficient HVAC system with a high efficiency boiler plant. MPA coordinated closely with contractors to provide appropriate space for the specialized mechanical and support systems required to maintain the strict airborne particulate and cleanliness standards. Those systems include high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA), wastewater treatment, and reverse osmosis and deionization (RO/DI) systems. Adherence to the design/build schedule was key: Boston Analytical had to carefully move on a phased basis, concluding work in the existing space and then moving to the new space after it was validated and certified for production.
News Article | April 27, 2017
A rare bed of flame shells (Limaria hians) off the north-west coast of Scotland has been devastated by the heavy mechanical teeth of a scallop dredger. Scotland's waters are rich in life and colour and home to a number of iconic species and habitats. The flame shell – a beautiful type of clam, whose rich red and orange colouration gives it its fiery name – is an iconic symbol of Scotland's inshore waters. Flame shells are found across Europe, but some of the densest concentrations of this species are found in Scotland, where they create important reef-like habitat for other species. Loch Carron, which lies on the Scottish mainland adjacent to the Isle of Skye, was renowned among biologists and divers as one of Scotland's premier dive sites, with some of the most significant and spectacular reefs of flame shells in the country. However, this week saw the destruction of these flame shell beds – an acute reminder of the vulnerability of Scotland's delicate and productive inshore ecosystems, and the damage that can be done by a single boat dredging in these poorly-protected areas. Footage filmed by SubSeaTV in 2015 shows the site in its former glory. Flame shell beds are recognised as being particularly vulnerable to destructive fishing practices and are considered to be a 'priority marine feature' in Scotland, meaning that they have been identified as a national nature conservation priority. While marine protected areas (MPAs) exist in other nearby locations, Loch Carron has not been recognised as an MPA itself, despite being put forward for protection by the Marine Conservation Society. Fauna & Flora International's (FFI) Chief Executive Mark Rose, who has a personal connection with Loch Carron, shared his feelings about the news: "I dived in Loch Carron in the 1970s and still remember the spectacular display of flame shells. I was extremely upset to hear about their destruction, and – whilst we cannot get back the unique habitats lost there this week – it reminds us all of what is at stake within Scotland's inshore waters. I feel the loss of this beautiful site on a deep personal level." "Much more to be done" FFI applauds the Scottish government for its work to roll out a suite of MPAs. These are a valuable and necessary first step in protecting the country's unique and important marine habitats, which underpin the productive seas upon which many people's livelihoods depend. However, the loss of a site such as this – which may never recover the same level of biodiversity value or be able to play the same role as a habitat for other species – is a reminder that much more could be done to ensure effective and sustainable marine management in Scotland. This is something that many coastal community groups, conservationists and scientists have already highlighted to government. Howard Wood, Community of Arran Seabed Trust (COAST) Chair and winner of the international Goldman Environmental Prize, said: "We're way behind other countries. Norway and other Scandinavian countries would not allow this in inshore waters. We need to bring our inshore fisheries up to modern-day standards. The damage will have an economic impact on the local area too – for all sectors of the fishing industry, but especially scallop divers, who have traditionally fished sustainably from the reef for many years and have now lost a valuable source of income." "What is needed now is to learn lessons from the tragic loss of this site," said Dr Abigail Entwistle, Director of Conservation Science and Design at FFI. "We need to be thinking more carefully about what more can be done to strengthen protection for the country's incredibly valuable but vulnerable inshore habitats, and at the very least ensure that efforts are made to support and monitor the recovery of this site, so that we can ensure better management of Scotland's waters in future."
News Article | April 25, 2017
Award Highlights Pharmacy Pioneers Re-Energizing the Profession to Meet the Healthcare Needs of Tomorrow's Patients OptiMed Specialty Pharmacy is proud to announce that its CEO, Andy Reeves, RPh, was recently awarded the Excellence in Innovation award from the Michigan Pharmacists Association (MPA). To be deserving of this award, a pharmacist must demonstrate an innovative pharmacy practice program that resulted in improved patient care. This award highlights the work and efforts of pharmacy pioneers who are re-energizing the pharmacy profession to meet the healthcare needs of tomorrow’s patients. Reeves has spent his career efficiently serving patients by ensuring medication treatment adherence and enhancing disease management. He has sought to expand the pharmacist’s role on the healthcare team and focused on patient-centered care and reducing healthcare costs. His work pushes forward the pharmacy profession and demonstrates how pharmacists directly impact patient treatment success. Lastly, he was instrumental in bringing pharmacogenetic testing into outpatient treatment and created models that include a pharmacist’s interpretation of lab results and better understanding of patient medication profiles and potential drug interactions. Reeves has served on the Pharmacy Political Action Council Board of Directors, MPA Third Party Committee, Pharmacy Advocate Response Team, and Southwest Michigan Pharmacists Association. OPTIMED SPECIALTY PHARMACY, headquartered in Kalamazoo, Mich., is an independently owned and operated national specialty pharmacy. With almost 25 years of experience, OptiMed is devoted to providing personalized patient care with a commitment to prioritizing quality, minimizing costs and maximizing patient outcomes. MICHIGAN PHARMACISTS ASSOCIATION represents the nearly 9,000 pharmacists and 15,000 pharmacy technicians in Michigan, and strives to serve members by providing support, advocacy and resources that ultimately improve patient care, safety, health and the practice of pharmacy.
News Article | April 28, 2017
-- Mounds Park Academy (MPA) is thrilled to announce the expansion of bus services to neighborhoods in Stillwater and Woodbury! This expansion is the result of market demand as well the school's desire to serve current and future families better. The cost per rider has been reduced by 34 percent and the time on the bus has been as well. These two new routes are in addition to previously established routes serving Saint Paul and North Oaks/Shoreview/Roseville communities.MPA is a private, PreK–12 college preparatory school located on the border of Maplewood and Saint Paul, near the intersection of McKnight Road and Larpenteur Avenue. It attracts students to its 32 acre campus from across the Twin Cities metro for its rigorous yet joyful approach to education, but particularly from the east metro. Nearly 20 percent of MPA's current students come from the Stillwater area and nearly 15 percent from the Woodbury area.Known for its exceptional faculty, small class sizes, character education, and engaging curriculum, MPA fosters remarkable students who forever dream big and do right. Applications are being accepted for space in grades PreK–12. Contact the Office of Admission at admission@moundsparkacademy or 651-748-5577 to schedule a campus tour! Visit http://www.moundsparkacademy.org for more information.
News Article | May 4, 2017
SmarterServices™ and the Engineering Leadership Institute (ELI) have partnered to create a system to evaluate and improve communications, problem solving and collaboration skills for engineers. The SmarterMeasure platform, using questions compiled by ELI, will be an integral part of the ELI Success Enabling Skills™ performance certification system. The SmarterMeasure platform, will first evaluate the Success Enabling Skills competencies of engineering practitioners as they enter the ELI curriculum. Doing so enables learners to build competencies in skills not typically provided by academic institutions or professional development programs. The platform identifies gaps in skill competencies to produce a personalized ELI curriculum. The engineer can then fill those gaps, making them more effective in the workplace and their careers while generating higher operating profits for their organization. After completing the ELI curriculum, SmarterMeasure evaluates the students’ grasp, awareness of, openness to, and the importance they assign to Success Enabling Skills. The performance certification provided by the SmarterMeasure platform provides the basis for web-based digital badging, and establishes a foundation for a lifelong learning journey and overall career success. Randy Wall, P.E., president and founder of ELI, said, “ELI’s partnership with SmarterServices significantly advances our mission to enable the success of individual practitioners as well as the entire engineering industry. Integrating the SmarterMeasure platform into ELI’s Success Enabling Skills performance certification system calibrates and crafts an online curriculum that plugs the troublesome Success Enabling Skills gap for all segments of the engineering industry, and ignites success across all generations of engineering professionals.” Dr. Mac Adkins, CEO and founder of SmarterServices said, “The web-based ELI engineering competency development curriculum is an ideal deployment for the SmarterServices SmarterMeasure platform. It demonstrates how our data-driven products are equally valuable for shaping web-based professional development applications for the private sector, as they are for informing the success of academic institutions’ elearning programs. In this partnership, everyone wins.” About the Engineering Leadership Institute The Engineering Leadership Institute was created to fill the Success Enabling Skills gap in the engineering industry. Randy P. Wall, PE, MPA, and Mary B. Wall, PE have developed a robust, affordable, online curriculum grounded in over 60 years of cumulative experience managing engineers, business ownership, and providing collaborative project management solutions for small to large sized engineering firms. The ELI curriculum includes video-based trainings, performance certification, and digital badging, providing individuals the Success Enabling Skills to succeed and excel in the workplace, while equipping organizations to empower and engage their employees, improve customer loyalty, and significantly improve operating profits. About SmarterServices LLC SmarterServices provides SmarterAssessments assessment platform, SmarterMeasure - suite of readiness assessments, and SmarterProctoring a multi-dimensional proctoring tool and service that empower nearly 600 educational institutions—K-12 schools, colleges, universities—to organize and analyze relevant data about students. Our data-driven solutions include assessments that measure learner readiness (elearning, competency based education, teaching with technology, non-cognitive and cognitive skills, as well as an exam proctoring management tool. Thus, clients can more intelligently form strategic plans, maximize efficiency, and foster formative learning. Since 2002, over 4 million students have benefited from SmarterServices.
News Article | May 4, 2017
Singapore is on the path to become liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunker-ready in line with the International Maritime Organisation’s (IMO) decision to limit global sulphur emissions to 0.5% from 2020. Speaking at Pavilion Energy’s Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) bunkering launch ceremony, Koh Poh Koon, senior minister of state at Singapore’s Ministry of Trade and Industry, said that LNG bunkering is poised to grow in line with international developments in the maritime industry. “As the world’s largest bunkering port, Singapore remains committed to ensuring that the maritime industry has access to cleaner marine fuels. We plan to be LNG bunker-ready as early as 2020, and today is an important milestone in this journey,” Koh Poh Koon said. The Maritime Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has a programme to co-fund up to SGD 2 million (USD 1.43 million) for LNG-fuelled harbour craft. Five such harbour craft, which include tug boats and bunker tankers, will be coming on stream from 2018 onwards, Koh Poh Koon said. Additionally, through the Port Focus Group which Singapore is a member of, “we will also keep abreast of developments in LNG bunkering, learn best practices from other members, and participate in building a network of LNG bunker-ready ports for vessels plying the Far-East Europe and Transpacific routes.” Following the award of LNG bunkering licences to Pavilion and FueLNG in 2016, the MPA will embark on a three-year LNG bunkering pilot program this year. The program would test operational protocols, gain operational experience and improve Singapore’s capabilities to ensure that LNG bunkering is carried out safely, efficiently, and reliably.
News Article | May 4, 2017
The American Geriatrics Society (AGS) remains opposed to the amended American Health Care Act (AHCA) that today passed the U.S. House of Representatives despite serious concerns from geriatrics experts and a host of other stakeholders across health care. This legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) would harm access to key health services for older adults, caregivers, and healthcare professionals--which is why the AGS now urges the U.S. Senate to oppose the bill in its current form. "The present proposal would still increase costs, reduce coverage, and cut benefits, putting health, independence, and quality of life at risk for all of us as we age," reiterated Nancy E. Lundebjerg, MPA, Chief Executive Officer of the AGS. "We are committed to working with Congress and the Trump Administration on meaningful reforms, but we continue to oppose changes that might jeopardize access to high-quality, person-centered, and affordable health coverage for all older Americans." The AGS has previously voiced opposition to several iterations of the AHCA. AGS experts noted that any health reform legislation would need to: Health policies that embrace these critical recommendations will support a future when all older adults can receive high-quality, person-centered care, say AGS officials. The AGS will continue to monitor plans and proposals for health reform, lending expertise on the needs of older adults, caregivers, and healthcare professionals. Founded in 1942, the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) is a nationwide, not-for-profit society of geriatrics healthcare professionals that has--for 75 years--worked to improve the health, independence, and quality of life of older people. Its nearly 6,000 members include geriatricians, geriatric nurses, social workers, family practitioners, physician assistants, pharmacists, and internists. The Society provides leadership to healthcare professionals, policymakers, and the public by implementing and advocating for programs in patient care, research, professional and public education, and public policy. For more information, visit AmericanGeriatrics.org.
News Article | April 28, 2017
A significant increase in Medicare and out-of-pocket spending on topical steroids is being driven by higher costs for generics; Use of physician decision support may help patients pick more affordable generic, topical steroids which could reduce expenditu Boston, MA--Although topical steroids are among the most commonly prescribed medications by dermatologists, there are limited data on spending and use for this class of drugs. In a new study led by investigators at Brigham and Women's Hospital, researchers have found that although most topical steroids prescribed to patients were generic, there was a sharp increase in Medicare Part D and out-of-pocket spending for elderly patients taking these drugs. The team found that potential savings could result from substituting cheaper, topical steroids from the same potency class of drugs. These findings build on recent literature that suggests pharmaceutical-led increases in costs of generic medications are leading to high increases in costs for systems and patients. Their results are published online in JAMA Dermatology on April 28, 2017. The release of this article coincides with a presentation at the Society for Investigative Dermatology annual meeting. The study was a retrospective, cost analysis of the Medicare Part D Prescriber Public Use File, which details annual drug use and spending on both generic and branded drugs from 2011 to 2015 by Medicare Part D patients who filled prescriptions for topical steroids. Medicare Part D is the Medicare prescription drug benefit program for patients over 65 years old. The team examined data from the total and potential Medicare and out-of-pocket patient spending. Their data show that Medicare Part D expenditures on topical steroids from 2011 to 2015 totaled approximately $2.3 billion, with $333.7 million out-of-pocket costs for patients. Despite an increase in the total number of prescriptions of 37 percent (an increase from 7.7 million in 2001 to 10.6 million in 2015), annual spending for Medicare increased 226.5 percent (from $237.6 million to $775.9 million) and out of pocket costs for patients increased 145.9 percent (from $41.4 million to $101.8 million) between 2011 and 2015. The potential health care savings and out-of-pocket patient savings from using alternative, cheaper topical steroids were $944.8 million and $66.6 million, respectively, over the study period. "The increasing costs of generic steroids have led to massive increases in Medicare spending and increased out-of-pocket costs for our patients who are over 65," said Arash Mostaghimi, MD, MPA, MPH, senior author of the study and director of the dermatology inpatient service at BWH. "As physicians, we have prescription habits, but our research shows we need to identify cheaper options for patients, especially those who are older, on Medicare and have fixed incomes. We also need to work as a society to limit arbitrary increases in the costs of generic medications and give physicians the tools to identify and prescribe the cheapest drugs possible. This will improve patients' access to care while saving millions." Paper cited: Mostaghimi et al. "Medicare Part D for Topical Steroids Rising Costs and Potential Savings." JAMA Dermatology DOI: 170017. Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) is a 793-bed nonprofit teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School and a founding member of Partners HealthCare. BWH has more than 4.2 million annual patient visits and nearly 46,000 inpatient stays, is the largest birthing center in Massachusetts and employs nearly 16,000 people. The Brigham's medical preeminence dates back to 1832, and today that rich history in clinical care is coupled with its national leadership in patient care, quality improvement and patient safety initiatives, and its dedication to research, innovation, community engagement and educating and training the next generation of health care professionals. Through investigation and discovery conducted at its Brigham Research Institute (BRI), BWH is an international leader in basic, clinical and translational research on human diseases, more than 3,000 researchers, including physician-investigators and renowned biomedical scientists and faculty supported by nearly $666 million in funding. For the last 25 years, BWH ranked second in research funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) among independent hospitals. BWH is also home to major landmark epidemiologic population studies, including the Nurses' and Physicians' Health Studies and the Women's Health Initiative as well as the TIMI Study Group, one of the premier cardiovascular clinical trials groups. For more information, resources and to follow us on social media, please visit BWH's online newsroom.
News Article | May 1, 2017
IMDEX Asia 2017 Set to Be Biggest Ever with Stellar Line-up of Activities and Events Strong global industry support and expanded size attest to the show's continued importance in the Asia-Pacific maritime security and defence landscape The 11th edition of the International Maritime Defence Exhibition and Conference (IMDEX Asia), Asia-Pacific's premier international maritime defence show, will be held from 16 to 18 May 2017 in Singapore at the Changi Exhibition Centre. IMDEX Asia 2017 looks set to be the biggest ever, and the stellar line-up of events and activities underscores the phenomenal participation and support for this year's show. Strong global support and increasing exhibitor participation Asia-Pacific is expected to drive global demand for innovative maritime and naval technologies and products amid a global spike in defence spending. By the year 2020, 19 Asia-Pacific countries will account for nearly one-third of global defence budgets and more than one-third of all active duty military personnel. Asia-Pacific economies are also projected to drive 60 percent of the global increase in defence acquisition, R&D, and 30 percent of the total global defence acquisition budget by that year. Attesting to the importance of the Asia-Pacific region, and the show's role as the premier regional maritime defence platform, 2017 will witness the biggest maritime security and defence presence ever with 27 Chiefs of Navy, 4 Directors-General of Coast Guards and Heads of Maritime Agencies in attendance. Representatives from another 12 Navies and the China Coast Guard will also be participating in IMDEX Asia 2017. With the China Pavilion making its debut this year, and the India Pavilion having doubled in size from 2015, and increased participation by exhibitors from countries including France, Germany and Italy, 2017 is the biggest ever IMDEX Asia with total exhibition space expanding by 23% over the 2015 edition. IMDEX Asia 2017 will welcome returning exhibitors including DCNS, Damen, Lockheed Martin, Israel Aerospace Industries, Rafael Advanced Defence Systems, ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems, Rheinmetall, Austal, Saab, L3 Technologies, Wartsila, ST Engineering, Leonardo and Privinvest Shipbuilding Group. Visitors can also look forward to meeting exciting new exhibitors including Baglietto Navy, Controp, Ferretti Security & Defence Intermarine, IMI Systems, Ingalls Shipbuilding, Nova Systems, Orbit Communication Systems and Tractors Singapore Limited among others. Organised in conjunction with the Republic of Singapore Navy's 50th anniversary IMDEX Asia provides a global platform for navies, maritime agencies and industry players to come together and address challenges, and will be held in conjunction this year with the Republic of Singapore Navy's 50th Anniversary (RSN50) celebrations. Considering the transnational nature of maritime challenges, the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) needs to continue to work in close partnership with other agencies both at the national and international levels. The RSN50 events and IMDEX Asia 2017 will bring international government officials, military and industry representatives together in Singapore to interact and exchange ideas on how nations can cooperate to ensure safe and secure seas for all. Platform for Singapore's first-ever International Maritime Review Leading up to IMDEX Asia, expect to see the largest gathering of naval and coast guard ships from around the globe that Singapore has ever hosted. The ships will be representing their home navies in Singapore's first-ever International Maritime Review (IMR). The newly-commissioned Littoral Mission Vessel (LMV) RSS Independence will make its debut during the IMR as the inspecting ship for the reviewing officer, Singapore's President Tony Tan Keng Yam, and high ranking officers of the navies participating in the IMR. Largest number of warships to participate in IMDEX Asia With 30 warships from 20 navies confirmed, the largest number of foreign warships to ever participate in IMDEX Asia will be showcased during the ever-popular Warships Display. Visitors will have the rare opportunity to get first-hand experience of the on-board operations and rub shoulders with senior naval officers from various countries. Visitors will also be able to view the impressive array of amphibious crafts as well as unmanned aerial vehicles and helicopters on display. Another key attraction of the show is the technology seminars and demonstrations where attendees will get in-depth understanding of the design and technological considerations behind the products and solutions on showcase and be able to exchange ideas with presenters face-to-face. Strategic conferences to push discussions on key global agendas to the next level IMDEX Asia 2017 will host two strategic high-level conferences, namely the International Maritime Security Conference (IMSC 2017) and International Naval Engineering Conference @ IMDEX Asia ( Asia 2017), where leading experts and academia from around the world will discuss issues related to maritime security and present the latest technologies on naval platform design and developments. International Maritime Security Conference (IMSC 2017) The IMSC is a platform for Chiefs of Navy and Directors-General of Coast Guards around the world to discuss threats to maritime security and safety, as well as develop frameworks and solutions to deal with the security challenges that threaten and disrupt sea lines of communication. The fifth edition of the conference is themed "Safe and Secure Seas: A Vision for a Maritime Region", focusing on a cooperative security approach to create critical capabilities that will enhance the safety of our complex maritime landscape. The conference will feature two interesting panels viz. Pursuing Common Maritime Objectives and Responding to Maritime Terrorism. International Naval Engineering Conference @ IMDEX Asia 2017 ( Asia 2017) IMDEX Asia will once again play host to the Asian edition of the prestigious International Naval Engineering Conference. With its attendant naval delegations, industry participation and trade visitors, Asia 2017 will generate high level exchanges and discussions on a wide range of naval technical topics relevant to the Asia Pacific region. The theme at this third edition is "Robust Designs, Flexible Capabilities", and the conference will address the multiplying effect, flexible platforms, underwater technology and effective support solutions. Besides keynote addresses, plenary and concurrent discussions, there will also be an exclusive tour to the LMV for the conference delegates this year. "The continued strong support from the global industry has been truly heartening," said Mr Leck Chet Lam, Managing Director of Experia Events. "As the Asia-Pacific region continues to be the growth engine of the world economy with maritime commerce remaining a key driver, IMDEX Asia is increasingly serving the maritime security and defence community by providing the ultimate avenue for high-profile stakeholders, key industry players and naval engineering professionals to network, exchange ideas, forge partnerships and do business." Organised by Experia Events, IMDEX Asia is supported by the RSN, the Defence Science and Technology Agency, the Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia (ReCAAP) and the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA). About IMDEX Asia Established in 1997, the biennial IMDEX Asia is the premier international maritime defence show in Asia Pacific and beyond. IMDEX Asia comprises an exhibition, strategic conferences and a warships display. It has gained recognition as the global platform to address pressing issues within the naval and maritime security industry, showcase the latest naval technologies and connect key players from navies, governments and industry. A must-attend show in the international maritime defence calendar, IMDEX Asia 2017 will be the eleventh in the series and will be held from 16 - 18 May at Singapore's Changi Exhibition Centre. For more information on IMDEX Asia 2017, please visit http://www.imdexasia.com. Contact: