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News Article | April 20, 2017
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After 25 years of collecting land farmers no longer wanted, the husband and wife now play host to elephants, monkeys and creatures of all stripes. While in all too many places on the planet we’re bearing witness to distressing levels of habitat destruction, it’s beyond heartening to know that in a very special spot in India, the scene is happening in reverse. In 1991, Pamela Gale and Anil Malhotra, purchased a 55-acre plot of abandoned farmland in India’s Southern Ghats, as we wrote about last year. From there they slowly began purchasing more parcels of barren land where rice, coffee and cardamom once grew. Fast-forward to today, and you might never know that it wasn’t a biodiversity hotspot all along. There are at least 60 different species of trees; green things thrive and reach for the sky, the air is thick with the raspy harmonics of cicada, and creatures from elephants to leopards and tigers roam freely in this newfound expanse of Eden. Welcome to the SAI (Save Animals Initiative) Sanctuary. In a new short film by CNN’s Great Big Story about the Malhotras and their inspiring work, Pamela explains, “First came the grasses, they came in thick. Then smaller shrubs; with them the insects returned. Then the trees, and with the trees, the monkeys and elephants.” “People thought we were quite crazy,” she says later, “but that’s ok.” Hailed as India’s first private wildlife sanctuary, SAI and preserves elsewhere are bright spots in a world in which the persistent march of mankind is at odds with nature. It’s hard to escape the hopeful vision of more and more of these convalesced stretches of land eventually meeting up, their borders touching to create massive expanses of untamed wilderness. For her work, Pamela was recently (and “most unexpectedly,” she told me in a letter) awarded the Nari Shakti Puraskar (Women’s Power Award) from the President of India at the Presidential Palace for her conservation/environment work and work for empowerment of women. You can meet the Malhotras and see the exquisite beauty of SAI sanctuary in the wonderful new video below. Although to my nature-deprived City Girl eyes it looks lush as can be, Pamela tells me that the footage was shot at the start of the dry season and thus things look a bit dry compared to monsoon/post monsoon. “Post monsoon is my personal favourite time of year here,” she says, “but it is beautiful in every season for sure!” See our earlier story about the Malhotras here. And for more information (and no shortage of inspiration), visit the Sai Sanctuary website.


News Article | April 17, 2017
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Norristown PA design build veterans Styer & Associates, Inc. (SAI) have brought their expertise to Valley Forge Casino Resort.  Styer, a subsidiary of the StyerGroup is a leader in the spectacular $6 million redesign and renovation of the Casino Tower. “To reimagine and transform the Casino Tower to satisfy guests’ every hospitality and leisure need, Valley Forge Casino Resort engaged the StyerGroup, a Norristown-based design-build firm,” said a Valley Forge Casino spokesperson. “From the custom artwork to the dark neutral carpet with subliminal flair to the elegant, textured draperies, the result is an aesthetic that delivers a complete resort experience.” The facelift is part of a new push to attract a wider audience amid growing competition to the King of Prussia Casino Resort. The Casino Tower hasn’t received an overhaul for over ten years, and the newest iteration will include two new “super” suites. Most of the Casino Tower’s six floors have been completed to date. After the renovation, the Casino Tower will have, in addition to the super suite guest rooms, 40 suites and 116 standard rooms. Renovations will include new carpeting, wall coverings, draperies, upgraded bathrooms, furniture and custom artwork. Styer & Associates,  Inc. is no stranger to Philadelphia-area landmarks like the Casino Tower. In one of Styer’s most high-profile projects, they played an integral role in the design of Lincoln Financial Field, home of the Philadelphia Eagles, completed in just 28 months.  Styer also scored successes with, among others, Ingersoll Rand, Hewlett Packard, Chase Bank, Lockheed Martin, Citigroup, and the Philadelphia International Airport.


News Article | May 4, 2017
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The full presentation, along with other important documents related to these matters, can be found at www.CypressFirst.com or on the website of the Securities and Exchange Commission (www.sec.gov). WHETHER OR NOT YOU PLAN TO ATTEND THE ANNUAL MEETING, YOUR PROMPT ACTION IS IMPORTANT. MAKE YOUR VIEWS CLEAR TO THE BOARD BY AUTHORIZING A PROXY TO VOTE FOR EACH PROPOSAL BY FOLLOWING THE INSTRUCTIONS ON THE PROXY CARD. YOUR VOTE IS IMPORTANT, NO MATTER HOW MANY OR HOW FEW SHARES OF COMMON STOCK YOU OWN. Do not return any white proxy card that you may receive from the Company relating to the Annual Meeting, even as a protest vote. If you have already submitted a white proxy card to the Company relating to the Annual Meeting, it is not too late to change your vote. To revoke your prior proxy and change your vote, simply sign, date and return the proxy card in the postage-paid envelope provided. Only your latest signed and dated proxy will be counted. For more information about the CypressFirst nominees, please read the Proxy Statement. The Proxy Statement, as well as other related materials, can be viewed online at www.CypressFirst.com. For additional information or assistance, please contact MacKenzie Partners, Inc., the firm assisting CypressFirst in the solicitation of proxies: Additional Information and Where to Find It T.J. Rodgers is the founding CEO of Cypress Semiconductor Corporation (the "Company"). Rodgers, J. Daniel McCranie and Camillo Martino may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from stockholders in connection with the 2017 Annual Meeting of Stockholders (the "Annual Meeting") of the Company. Rodgers, McCranie and Martino have filed a definitive proxy statement (the "CypressFirst Proxy Statement") and accompanying proxy card with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") in connection with his solicitation of proxies for the Annual Meeting. Rodgers owns or controls voting of 8,727,619 shares of the Company's common stock.  McCranie and Martino own 25,000 and 10,000 shares, respectively, of the Company's common stock. Additional information regarding such participants, including their direct or indirect interests, by security holdings or otherwise, are included in the CypressFirst Proxy Statement and may be included in other relevant documents to be filed with the SEC in connection with the Annual Meeting. Rodgers, McCranie and Martino have mailed the definitive CypressFirst Proxy Statement and a proxy card pursuant to applicable SEC rules. STOCKHOLDERS ARE URGED TO READ THE CYPRESSFIRST PROXY STATEMENT (INCLUDING ANY AMENDMENTS OR SUPPLEMENTS THERETO) AND ANY OTHER RELEVANT DOCUMENTS THAT RODGERS, McCRANIE AND MARTINO HAVE FILED OR WILL FILE WITH THE SEC WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION. Stockholders may obtain, free of charge, copies of the definitive CypressFirst Proxy Statement and any other related documents filed by CypressFirst with respect to the Company with the SEC in connection with the Annual Meeting at the SEC's website ( ). In addition, copies of such materials, when available, may be requested free of charge from MacKenzie Partners, Inc., 105 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10016 or toll-free at (800) 322-2885 or by email: . About J. Daniel McCranie J. Daniel McCranie has served as Chairman at ON Semiconductor Corp. since 2002 and is scheduled to resign from the board in May 2017.  He previously served as Non-Executive Chairman at Freescale Semiconductor, Inc. He served on the Board of Directors at Mentor Graphics Corp. from 2012 until its sale to Siemens Corporation in April 2017. He served on the Board of Directors of Cypress Semiconductor Corp. from 2005 through 2014. He has served as Chairman of Actel Corporation, Chairman of Virage Logic, Inc, Chairman of Xicor Corporation, and Board Director of California Microdevices, Inc. McCranie was previously employed as Executive Vice President- Sales & Applications by Cypress Semiconductor Corp., President & Chief Executive Officer by Virage Logic Corp., Vice President-Sales & Marketing by Cypress Semiconductor Corp., and Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer by SEEQ Technology, Inc. About Camillo Martino Camillo Martino has served as a member of the Board of Directors of MagnaChip Semiconductor Corp. since August 2016. He was appointed to the Board of Directors of MosChip in April 2017.  Martino has served as a member of the Board of Directors of VVDN Technologies, a private company, since March 2016 and as Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of SAI Technology, Inc., a private company, since April 2015. Previously, he served as director and CEO of Silicon Image, Inc.; COO at SAI Technology Inc.; and President, CEO and Director of Cornice Inc. He also served as Executive Vice President and COO of chipmaker Zoran Corporation. His career began at National Semiconductor Corporation, where he held multiple positions over a nearly 14-year tenure at the Company. About T.J. Rodgers T.J. Rodgers co-founded Cypress Semiconductor Corporation in 1982 and served as the Company's President and Chief Executive Officer until April 2016 and as a member of its Board of Directors until August 2016. He is a former chairman of the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) and SunPower Corp. and currently sits on the boards of directors of high-technology companies, including Bloom Energy (fuel cells), Enphase (solar energy electronics), WaterBit (precision agriculture) and Enovix (silicon lithium-ion batteries). He has been honored for his foundational support over a 20-year period of the Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties and the California Association of African American Educators. Rodgers received his bachelor's degree from Dartmouth College, graduating as salutatorian with majors in chemistry and physics. He received his master's degree and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Stanford University. While pursuing his Ph.D. degree, Rodgers invented the VMOS process technology, which he later licensed to American Microsystems, Inc. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/cypressfirst-releases-new-investor-presentation-300451319.html


News Article | April 19, 2017
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Wells Fargo Securities, LLC, BofA Merrill Lynch, Raymond James & Associates, Inc., Deutsche Bank Securities Inc. and RBC Capital Markets, LLC are acting as joint book-running managers for the offering. Investors are advised to carefully consider the investment objective, risks, charges and expenses of TCPC before investing. The preliminary prospectus supplement dated April 19, 2017, the accompanying prospectus dated May 6, 2016 and the preliminary Statement of Additional Information, or preliminary SAI, incorporated by reference in its entirety in the prospectus supplement, dated the date of the prospectus supplement, which have been filed with the SEC, contain this and other information about TCPC and should be read carefully before investing. The information in the preliminary prospectus supplement, the accompanying prospectus, the preliminary SAI and this press release is not complete and may be changed. The preliminary prospectus supplement, the accompanying prospectus, the preliminary SAI and this press release are not offers to sell any securities of TCPC and are not soliciting an offer to buy such securities in any state where such offer and sale is not permitted. The offering is being made only by means of a preliminary prospectus supplement, the preliminary SAI and an accompanying prospectus, copies of which may be obtained from Wells Fargo Securities, LLC, Attn: Equity Syndicate Department, 375 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10152-4077, or by calling (800) 326-5897, or email: cmclientsupport@wellsfargo.com; BofA Merrill Lynch, NC1-004-03-43, 200 North College Street, 3rd Floor, Charlotte, NC 28255-0001, Attn: Prospectus Department, or e-mail: dg.prospectus_requests@baml.com; Raymond James & Associates, Inc., 880 Carillon Parkway, St. Petersburg, FL 33716, tel.: (800) 248-8863; Deutsche Bank Securities Inc., Attn: Prospectus Group, 60 Wall Street, New York, NY 10005-2836, tel.: (800) 503-4611 or e-mail: prospectus.CPDG@db.com; or RBC Capital Markets, LLC, Attn: Equity Syndicate, 200 Vesey Street, 8th Floor, New York, NY 10281-8098, email: equityprospectus@rbccm.com, tel.: 877-822-4089. TCP Capital Corp. (NASDAQ: TCPC) is a specialty finance company focused on performing credit lending to middle-market companies as well as small businesses.  TCPC lends primarily to companies with established market positions, strong regional or national operations, differentiated products and services and sustainable competitive advantages, investing across industries in which it has significant knowledge and expertise.  TCPC's investment objective is to achieve high total returns through current income and capital appreciation, with an emphasis on principal protection. TCPC is a publicly-traded business development company, or BDC, regulated under the Investment Company Act of 1940 and is externally managed by its advisor, Tennenbaum Capital Partners, LLC, a leading alternative investment manager. For more information, visit www.tcpcapital.com. FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS: Prospective investors considering an investment in TCP Capital Corp. should consider the investment objectives, risks and expenses of the Company carefully before investing. This information and other information about the Company are available in the Company's filings with the SEC. Copies are available on the SEC's website at www.sec.gov and the Company's website at www.tcpcapital.com. Prospective investors should read these materials carefully before investing. This press release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are based on estimates, projections, beliefs and assumptions of management of the Company at the time of such statements and are not guarantees of future performance. Forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties in predicting future results and conditions. Actual results could differ materially from those projected in these forward-looking statements due to a variety of factors, including, without limitation, changes in general economic conditions or changes in the conditions of the industries in which the Company makes investments, risks associated with the availability and terms of financing, changes in interest rates, availability of transactions, and regulatory changes. Certain factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in the forward-looking statements are included in the "Risks" section of the Company's prospectus dated May 6, 2016 and its preliminary prospectus supplement dated April 19, 2017 and the Company's periodic filings with the SEC. Copies are available on the SEC's website at www.sec.gov and the Company's website at www.tcpcapital.com. Forward-looking statements are made as of the date of this press release, and are subject to change without notice. The Company has no duty and does not undertake any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements based on the occurrence of future events, the receipt of new information, or otherwise. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/tcp-capital-corp-announces-public-offering-of-common-shares-300442178.html


News Article | April 20, 2017
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Wells Fargo Securities, LLC, BofA Merrill Lynch, Raymond James & Associates, Inc., Deutsche Bank Securities Inc. and RBC Capital Markets, LLC are acting as joint book-running managers for the offering. Investors are advised to carefully consider the investment objective, risks, charges and expenses of TCPC before investing.  The preliminary prospectus supplement dated April 19, 2017, the accompanying prospectus dated May 6, 2016 and the preliminary Statement of Additional Information, or preliminary SAI, incorporated by reference in its entirety in the prospectus supplement, dated the date of the prospectus supplement, which have been filed with the SEC, contain this and other information about TCPC and should be read carefully before investing. The information in the preliminary prospectus supplement, the accompanying prospectus, the preliminary SAI and this press release is not complete and may be changed.  The preliminary prospectus supplement, the accompanying prospectus, the preliminary SAI and this press release are not offers to sell any securities of TCPC and are not soliciting an offer to buy such securities in any state where such offer and sale is not permitted. The offering is being made only by means of a preliminary prospectus supplement, the preliminary SAI and an accompanying prospectus, copies of which may be obtained from Wells Fargo Securities, LLC, Attn: Equity Syndicate Department, 375 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10152-4077, or by calling (800) 326-5897, or email: cmclientsupport@wellsfargo.com; BofA Merrill Lynch, NC1-004-03-43, 200 North College Street, 3rd Floor, Charlotte, NC 28255-0001, Attn: Prospectus Department, or e-mail: dg.prospectus_requests@baml.com; Raymond James & Associates, Inc., 880 Carillon Parkway, St. Petersburg, FL 33716, tel.: (800) 248-8863; Deutsche Bank Securities Inc., Attn: Prospectus Group, 60 Wall Street, New York, NY 10005-2836, tel.: (800) 503-4611 or e-mail: prospectus.CPDG@db.com; or RBC Capital Markets, LLC, Attn: Equity Syndicate, 200 Vesey Street, 8th Floor, New York, NY 10281-8098, email: equityprospectus@rbccm.com, tel.: 877-822-4089. TCP Capital Corp. (NASDAQ: TCPC) is a specialty finance company focused on performing credit lending to middle-market companies as well as small businesses.  TCPC lends primarily to companies with established market positions, strong regional or national operations, differentiated products and services and sustainable competitive advantages, investing across industries in which it has significant knowledge and expertise.  TCPC's investment objective is to achieve high total returns through current income and capital appreciation, with an emphasis on principal protection. TCPC is a publicly-traded business development company, or BDC, regulated under the Investment Company Act of 1940 and is externally managed by its advisor, Tennenbaum Capital Partners, LLC, a leading alternative investment manager. For more information, visit www.tcpcapital.com. Prospective investors considering an investment in TCP Capital Corp. should consider the investment objectives, risks and expenses of the Company carefully before investing. This information and other information about the Company are available in the Company's filings with the SEC. Copies are available on the SEC's website at www.sec.gov and the Company's website at www.tcpcapital.com. Prospective investors should read these materials carefully before investing. This press release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are based on estimates, projections, beliefs and assumptions of management of the Company at the time of such statements and are not guarantees of future performance. Forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties in predicting future results and conditions. Actual results could differ materially from those projected in these forward-looking statements due to a variety of factors, including, without limitation, changes in general economic conditions or changes in the conditions of the industries in which the Company makes investments, risks associated with the availability and terms of financing, changes in interest rates, availability of transactions, and regulatory changes. Certain factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in the forward-looking statements are included in the "Risks" section of the Company's prospectus dated May 6, 2016 and its preliminary prospectus supplement dated April 19, 2017 and the Company's periodic filings with the SEC. Copies are available on the SEC's website at www.sec.gov and the Company's website at www.tcpcapital.com. Forward-looking statements are made as of the date of this press release, and are subject to change without notice. The Company has no duty and does not undertake any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements based on the occurrence of future events, the receipt of new information, or otherwise. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/tcp-capital-corp-announces-pricing-of-public-offering-of-common-shares-300442501.html


News Article | May 25, 2017
Site: en.prnasia.com

SEOUL, South Korea, May 25, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The K-ICT Born2Global Centre announced that they will be the host of the pitching showcase, K-Global @ Moscow where its member startups will present their business models to top-tier Russian and the CIS countries VCs, accelerators. Promising Korean startups that will be pitching its technology in areas such as AI, IoT, contents, wearables, agri-tech and fin-tech are: COOLJAMM Company, ROBORUS, Paycock, SAI, BLH Aqua Technology and Stratio. The pitching showcase of K-Global @ Moscow will be held at the Conference Hall B, Radisson Slavyanskaya Hotel and Business Centre, Moscow (address: Europe Square 2, 121059 Moscow Russia) on June 5, 2017, with the public program running from 4:00pm to 7:00pm. The event is free and open to the public, but request an RSVP at https://goo.gl/6MGnvM. One on one consulting session for the entry into the Russian and CIS countries market will be held at the Conference Hall A from 10:30am to 5:00pm. Also, Born2Global will participate in Startup Village 2017 with its member startups, the most large-scale startup conference in Russia and the CIS countries to be held in Moscow on June 6 to 7, 2017. At Startup Village, member companies of Born2Global, which are continually recognized in the global arena for its growth and potential, will stand alongside with foreign conglomerates and proudly demonstrate its advanced technology. They will be located at booth in the Korea Exhibitor Pavilion. There will be opportunities for attendees to network and have business partnering meetings. It will give them a chance to learn how to meet the needs of global customers, enhance market profitability and improve compliance adherence. The segment of K-Global @ Moscow hosted by Born2Global is sponsored and supported by the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning of the Republic of Korea. Born2Global successfully held more than 16 demo days throughout the world, such as Singapore, Japan, China, US, Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg and France. More than 150 startups have participated in the event and had a chance to connect and build strategic relationships. Founded in September 2013, Born2Global accelerates promising Korean startups to enter the global market and thrive from their early stage of business in numerous ways. Born2Global selects over 100 startups with high potential for entering the global market each year and provides services such as professional consulting in legal, patents, accounting, labor, visas, marketing, business development and PR. Continuously expanding its global channel partners, Born2Global has over 100 partners all around the world. Born2Global has significantly contributed towards building a strong foundation for successful investment opportunities for startups. Born2Global has brought investment of over US$199.8 million for member companies. Born2Global's experts have provided 6160 consulting services to 1957 startups, resulting in 479 overseas patent applications, 295 overseas business contracts and alliances with 47 overseas incorporations. Detailed information on Korean startups participating the pitching showcase of K-Global @ Moscow and Startup Village 2017: Marvelous Water Innovation for the Future of Our Next Generation Specializes water efficiency enhancement technology that can be applied in various industries to ultimately improve overall productivity. Aqutonix is an eco-friendly product that fosters the efficient water absorption of plants by simply enhancing occurring growth processes of crops naturally, all without increasing water use or adding any synthetic substances. HumOn is a music app for musically challenging, letting users hum simply into the phone to compose music. The app detects one's humming and converts it into actual musical notation, which can then be used to write music for any real instrument out there. ROBORUS actively engages with its customers through its quick and fun ordering process using eye contact, audio, interactive touch screen and emotional intelligence. It ties into the store's POS system accepting and processing credit cards. Also, it can be added to robots, e.g., credit card swipe, scanner (QR, bar code) and receipt printer. Paycock makes all payments of the world possible and it replaces original heavy and expensive card payment system as smartphone app. This service is mainly specialized in small business such as delivery, food trucks and all face-to-face transaction systems. By using it, retailers can avoid the high commission from card payments, frequent trouble of POS systems and lack of wireless card. Dramapic is a real-time open platform where various local TV content, through worldwide crowdsourcing has enabled subtitle creation and mobile sharing. It not only overcomes language barriers but also speeds up content delivery. Every country will have speediest global distribution channel network with Dramapic. Like Your Eyes, but Better LinkSquare is a low-cost, handheld, IoT-enabled spectrometer that covers wavelengths of light from the visible to the near infrared. It works with an intuitive smartphone app to quickly and accurately identify medications. Users point LinkSquare at the medication they wish to identify, click the scan button, and get results on their smartphone within seconds. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/meet-the-fascinating-korean-startups-pitching-showcase-in-russia-this-month-300463024.html


Market research and strategy will also be on the agenda for the anticipated 13-14 July forum -- A keynote on "Competitive Intelligence Excellence" will help set the stage for two days of industry discussion at the 2017 Pharma CI Asia Conference & Exhibition, held 13-14 July at the Hilton Singapore, Singapore. Osamu Karita will lead the talk, drawing from his experience as Senior Partner and Managing Director at The Boston Consulting Group. This talk will follow a special keynote from Ana Cerdeira, VP of Strategy at Takeda Pharmaceuticals.Pharma CI Asia puts the focus on the particular needs of this region, while also taking a look at the global picture, which is why the Pharma CI Asia Conference is the standard-bearer for intelligence forums in Asia and worldwide. With the multiple talks, networking opportunities, and deep-dive sessions, there's simply no better venue to gain access to the ideas and experts at the center of the next wave of progress.Other agenda topics include:•          Building a Community of Insights•          HCP's Social Media Tracking in China•          CI Strategies in Niche Therapeutic Segments•          Competitive Intelligence Framework for Organization Readiness – Pharma / Innovation Centric Industries•          and more!View the agenda here: http://www.pharmaciconference.com/ Register by Friday 9 June to take advantage of the Early Bird rate and secure the best possible price.For the last decade and going strong today, the Pharma CI Conference & Exhibition is the best and largest assembly of pharmaceutical competitive intelligence executives in the world!The Pharma CI Conference features the participation of the world's top companies, including: A. Menarini Asia-Pacific, Abbott, Astellas, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Daiichi Sankyo, Deallus Consulting, Harvest Moon Pharmaceuticals, Lifescience Dynamics Limited, Medtronic, Novartis, Roche, SAI Asia, Sanofi China, Sanofi Genzyme, Shionogi, Takeda Pharmaceuticals, The Boston Consulting Group, UCB, and more.To register to attend the conference, go to: http://www.pharmaciconference.com/To view the detailed agenda, go to: http://www.pharmaciconference.com/For more information, call +1-212-228-7974 or email info@pharmaciconference.com


LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Neural Analytics Inc., a medical device company developing and commercializing technology to measure, diagnose and track brain health, today announced initial results of the EXPEDITE clinical study showing its Transcranial Doppler Technology Platform under research, was more than 95 percent accurate for the early detection of acute ischemic stroke (AIS) due to large vessel occlusion (LVO). The data were presented at the 26th annual European Stroke Conference, taking place from May 24-26 in Berlin. “Current standard of care for stroke diagnosis can be expensive and time consuming, underscoring a significant unmet need for an improved method for first responders and ER physicians to rapidly and accurately assess and triage patients for appropriate clinical intervention,” said Thomas Devlin, MD, PhD, principal study investigator and Medical Director of Erlanger Health System’s Southeast Regional Stroke Center in Chattanooga, Tennessee. “These results show Neural Analytics’ portable diagnostic platform has the potential to fundamentally change how we detect stroke, and could lead to significantly improved patient outcomes as patients are more rapidly triaged for treatment.” The EXPEDITE study, conducted at Erlanger Health System, examined the effectiveness of Neural Analytics’ transcranial Doppler (TCD) platform in assessing patients for stroke. The research study evaluated 45 subjects either experiencing computed tomography angiography (CTA) confirmed Acute Ischemic Stroke due to Large Vessel Occlusion of the internal carotid artery (ICA) or middle cerebral artery (MCA) or matched healthy controls. TCD scans were recorded in 30 second intervals across multiple depths for each brain hemisphere while patients awaited treatment. Data were analyzed using two different stroke assessment algorithms. A Stroke Asymmetry Index (SAI) which compared depth matched bilateral scans and a Stroke Waveform Morphology Index (SMI) which used an algorithm to asses Doppler waveform morphology changes. Both methods were 96% accurate for assessing large vessel occlusion. “We are encouraged by these study results, demonstrating that under research our novel TCD platform may prove to bridge the significant gap in current stroke detection and management,” said Dr. Robert Hamilton, Chief Scientific Officer of Neural Analytics. “Today, fewer than 10 percent of eligible stroke patients are treated surgically due to the lack of a portable diagnostic device for early detection which would enable earlier stroke diagnoses for first responders and ER physicians.”1,2,4 Neural Analytics also announced the expansion of the EXPEDITE study, projected to enroll 140 patients, to Baptist Hospital in Jacksonville, Florida. Globally each year severe blood flow disorders affect more than 30 million people. Traumatic Brain Injury and stroke contribute the most to the global disease burden for these disorders. Stroke is the second most common cause of death in Europe and about 1.1 million die of stroke in Europe each year.1 Globally stroke affects about 16 million people and kills an estimated 5.7 million, with an annual U.S. healthcare cost of $104 billion.2,3,4,5 There are 14.8 million people affected by Traumatic Brain Injury globally each year, with 2.5 million in the United States. Neural Analytics’ Lucid M1 Transcranial Doppler Ultrasound System™ (Lucid System) is an all-in-one ultrasound system designed for measuring and displaying cerebral blood flow velocities and monitoring of patients with brain disorders. The Lucid System received its CE Mark in January of 2017. The company began selling the Lucid System in Europe in the first quarter of 2017 and opened its European office in Hamburg, Germany in April 2017. The Lucid System is a battery operated medical grade tablet device. It uses a type of ultrasound called Transcranial Doppler (TCD) to assess the brain’s blood vessels from outside the body. This analysis can be performed in the physician’s office, and can help the physician diagnose brain disorders, potentially without the need for additional, more invasive tests. Many significant brain disorders are caused by blood flow disruption. Neural Analytics was founded in 2013 to create products and services to measure, diagnose and track brain health. They combine leading data science with cutting edge hardware to allow first responders and clinicians to accurately assess and monitor brain health issues. Their devices are designed to be portable, autonomous, reliable, and produce precise and objective physiological measurements for medical responder monitoring of neural disorders. More information is available at http://www.neuralanalytics.com. 2. Ganesalingam, J. Cost Utility Analysis of Mechanical Thrombectomy Using Stent Retrievers in Acute Ischemic Stroke. Stroke. 2015 Sep;46(9):2591-8. doi: 10.1161/STROKEAHA.115.009396. Epub 2015 Aug 6. 3. Saver, J. et. Al. Stent Retriever Thrombectomy after Intraveneous t-PA vs. t_PA alone in stroke. N Engl J Med 2015; 372:2285-2295. 4. Ovbiagele, B. et. Al Forecasting the Future of Stroke in the United States. Stroke. 2013.


News Article | May 10, 2017
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Scaled Agile, Inc. (SAI), provider of SAFe®, the world’s leading framework for enterprise agility, today announced the induction of four new Fellows into the SAFe Fellow program: Mark Richards, Em Campbell-Pretty, Eric Willeke, and Harry Koehnemann, Ph.D. The SAFe Fellow achievement is Scaled Agile’s most prestigious distinction, recognizing individuals who have exhibited the highest level of mastery and thought leadership in the practice of SAFe. The four inductees have met the SAFe Fellow requirements based on their ongoing contribution to the evolution of the Framework, their demonstrated success in a broad range of implementations, and their willingness to share their expertise publicly through writing and speaking. “The SAFe Fellow program represents the ultimate achievement for those looking to advance Lean-Agile methods at enterprise scale with SAFe,” says Dean Leffingwell, creator of SAFe and Chief Methodologist. “If we are in a challenging situation—whether puzzling over the next generation framework or struggling to optimize a SAFe implementation—the Fellows are the folks we turn to.” Achieving SAFe Fellow status is a journey that requires years of practice and contribution. Prospective SAFe Fellows must be nominated by two existing Fellows, reviewed by all existing Fellows, and then finalized by the SAFe Fellow Nomination Committee. “With over 70 percent of US Fortune 100 enterprises adopting SAFe practices, and nearly 120,000 individuals trained and certified, the demand for high-level expertise and thought leadership has been enormous,” says Drew Jemilo, cofounder of Scaled Agile and SAFe Fellow Program Director. “The SAFe Fellow program is a key aspect of our enterprise enablement strategy, especially when it comes to supporting enterprises tackling highly complex and challenging implementations.” Scaled Agile is pleased to welcome the newest members of the program: —Mark Richards, SPCT, Partner, Context Matters Richards has been involved with SAFe since its inception, with a demonstrated commitment to remaining on the leading edge of the Agile Release Train (ART). He coached Australia’s first SAFe implementation at Telstra and has enabled successful implementations across the federal government, telecommunications, finance, insurance, and education industries. A prolific blogger (The Art of SAFe), Richards is also the developer of the widely used SAFe City simulation and has contributed to a number of areas of the Framework, most recently in the areas of metrics for SAFe and the ART Canvas in the SAFe Implementation Roadmap. —Em Campbell-Pretty, SPCT, Partner, Context Matters International speaker, avid blogger (prettyagile.com), and author of the book, "Tribal Unity," Campbell-Pretty has led transformations for public and private companies like RMIT University, Westpac, the Australian Taxation Office, ANZ, and Telstra, where she launched Australia’s first Agile Release Train. Her work has influenced the development of the Program Kanban system and fueled numerous SAFe case studies. —Eric Willeke, SPCT, Advisor, Enterprise Agility, CA Technologies A contributor to the Framework, Willeke has worked with a broad range of Fortune 500 companies, thousands of practitioners, and key leaders in the technology, media, insurance, financial services, and healthcare industries. His personal vision—to “help everybody on a project sleep better at night”—has shaped his passion for continuous improvement and unlocking human potential. Willeke has served on the program committee for the Agile 201x conference series and was the lead editor for the Proceedings of the Lean Software and Systems Conference (LSSC) series. —Harry Koehnemann, Ph.D., SPCT, Director of Technology, 321 Gang, Inc. Koehnemann helps organizations in the aerospace, defense, automotive, and medical industries adopt Lean-Agile methods and SAFe. He played a key role in the development of SAFe 4.0 for application to Lean systems engineering. More recently, Koehnemann worked with Scaled Agile on toolkits and white papers to provide practitioners with guidance on hardware and compliance concerns when adopting SAFe. Learn more about the SAFe Fellow program at scaledagile.com/safe-fellows. Based in Boulder, Colorado, Scaled Agile’s mission is to help system- and software-dependent enterprises achieve better outcomes, increase employee engagement, and improve business economics through adoption of Lean-Agile principles and practices based on the Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe®). SAI supports over 120,000 practitioners of the Framework through training, certification, consulting services, and a global partner network that reaches over 35 countries and 350 cities. As a contributing member of the Pledge 1% corporate philanthropy movement, SAI also seeks to inspire, facilitate, and encourage other companies to make a positive impact in their community. Learn about Scaled Agile, and the Scaled Agile Framework, at scaledagile.com and scaledagileframework.com.

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