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SFC Inc | Date: 2017-07-26

A valve for use in connection with microfluidic devices includes a safety feature such that flow is controlled even in the case of a loss of power, thus having applications in critical applications such as the precise delivery of drugs over time. The valve may be used in connection with multiple tubes delivering drugs, and may be used with a pump, such as an electrochemical pump, to provide the force to move the fluids containing drugs for delivery. In certain applications, more than one medicine may be delivered and metered independently using a single pump with multiple reservoirs and valves.


Patent
SFC Inc | Date: 2015-08-14

A valve for use in connection with microfluidic devices includes a safety feature such that flow is controlled even in the case of a loss of power, thus having applications in critical applications such as the precise delivery of drugs overtime. The valve may be used in connection with multiple tubes delivering drugs, and may be used with a pump, such as an electrochemical pump, to provide the force to move the fluids containing drugs for delivery. In certain applications, more than one medicine may be delivered and metered independently using a single pump with multiple reservoirs and valves.


Patent
SFC Inc | Date: 2016-11-15

A proofed frozen dough includes a dough mixture of flour, water, and optionally additives; gas bubbles dispersed throughout the dough matrix; a spent yeast component; and a preserved yeast component. According to some aspects, the preserved yeast component includes encapsulated yeast, fat-coated yeast, non-hydrated active dry yeast, non-hydrated instant yeast, non-hydrated semi-dry yeast, non-hydrated frozen yeast, or a combination thereof. A frozen dough product can be prepared by mixing dough ingredients to produce a dough composition, where the dough ingredients include water, flour, a first yeast, and a second yeast; proofing the dough, where during proofing the first yeast is spent and the second yeast is preserved; and freezing the dough after proofing.


News Article | May 15, 2017
Site: en.prnasia.com

HONG KONG, May 15, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- OP Investment Management Ltd. ("OPIM"), a leading player in the asset management industry, has partnered with Legend Arb Asset Management Ltd to launch its first commodities focused, Cayman-domiciled hedge fund for professional investors. Legend Arb CT Equity Fund's objective is to generate stable returns with lower volatility by deploying a long-short strategy focusing on iron ore plus a market neutral strategy, both trading in equities and futures. Strategies which rely on quantitative analyses and algorithmic processes will be implemented to explore price dynamics and trading opportunities within the iron ore sector. The market neutral strategy will use statistical arbitrage approach to invest in large-cap equities, consisting of A and H shares in Hong Kong. The fund is expected to launch in Q2, 2017. The founder, Kace Lam, has been working on building the first set of quant strategies for more than 10 years, while managing proprietary capital. "As we come from a quantitative background, the fund will use big data technology. The combination using technical and market factors will help us pick stocks for both strategies, and will be tested in different markets. Naturally, this first product will give investors exposure to the market profile of the commodities futures market but with moderated volatility," Kace remarked. Mr. Lam graduated from Erasmus University in Rotterdam and has spent most of his career in proprietary trading, market-making and developing in-house algorithmic trading strategies. Prior to founding Legend Arb CT Equity Fund, he was a trader responsible for market making at Van de Moolen, and was the Managing Director of KinseySoft. Mr. Lam traded financial derivatives in Asia, Europe, and the United States. The portfolio manager, Damien Pang, also built his quantitative background having spent more than 5 years, specializing in data analysis, modeling, and leading research projects with Mr. Lam. Mr. Pang graduated from Chinese University of Hong Kong, and is CFA accredited. Alvin Fan, Chief Executive Officer of OPIM, opined on the growing innovation in the industry: "It is refreshing to see unique strategies that differentiate from common country and or regional focused funds. Legend Arb CT Equity Fund highlights some of the more innovative products, and it speaks to the talent bed that's flourishing now in Asia." OPIM is a leading Hong Kong based asset management company established and licensed since 2004 with Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission (the "SFC") to carry out Type 4 (advising on securities) and 9 (asset management) regulated activities under the provisions of the Securities and Futures Ordinance (Cap.571) (the "HK SFO"). The company is also a member of the Oriental Patron Financial Group and associate of OP Financial Investments Ltd. (Hong Kong publicly listed 1140.HK). OPIM partners with emerging managers to develop innovative strategies for institutional and professional investors. OPIM's institutional fund platform attracts both managers and investors from around the world working with the industry's best business partners in alternative asset management. OP Financial Investments Limited is an investment company listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (Stock code: 01140), and an exempted company with limited liability under the Companies Law of the Cayman Islands. OP Financial develops customized syndicate investment solutions leveraging proprietary capital and co-investment structures to access scalable opportunities. Part of the Oriental Patron Group, OP Financial possesses a strong global network of investment partners and industry leaders. For more information, please contact: OPIM Tel: (852) 2916 9213 Fax: (852) 2916 9223 E-mail: info@opim.com.hk Website: www.opim.com.hk This document is issued by OP Investment Management Limited ("OPIM"). This document, and the website of OPIM (www.opim.com.hk) has not been reviewed by the Securities and Futures Commission of Hong Kong. This document is solely for information purposes and is not intended as an offer, a solicitation of offer or a recommendation, to deal in shares of securities or any financial instruments. Past performance and the predictions, projections, or forecasts on the economy, securities markets or the economic trends of the markets are not necessarily indicative of the future or likely performance of OPIM, any funds managed by OPIM, or any future funds to be launched under the Sunrise SPC Platform. Information herein is believed to be reliable at time of publication but OPIM does not warrant its completeness or accuracy and is not responsible for error of facts or opinion nor shall be liable for damages arising out of any person's reliance upon this information. Any opinion or estimate contained in this document may subject to change without notice. This document may not be published, circulated, reproduced or distributed without the prior written consent of OPIM.


News Article | May 9, 2017
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EVANSVILLE, Ind.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--OneMain Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: OMF) (“OMH”) announced today that its indirect, wholly owned subsidiary Springleaf Finance Corporation (“SFC”) is proposing to offer up to $400 million aggregate principal amount of senior notes due 2022 (the “notes”), subject to market and other conditions. The notes will be guaranteed on an unsecured basis by OMH (the “guarantee”). There can be no assurance that the offering of the notes will be consummated. SFC intends to use the net proceeds from the offering for general corporate purposes, which may include debt repurchases and repayments. The offering is being made only by means of a prospectus supplement and accompanying base prospectus. OMH and SFC have filed a registration statement (including a base prospectus) and a preliminary prospectus supplement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) for the offering to which this communication relates and will file a final prospectus supplement relating to the offering. Prospective investors should read the prospectus supplement and base prospectus in that registration statement and other documents OMH and SFC have filed or will file with the SEC for more complete information about OMH and SFC and this offering. You may obtain these documents for free by visiting EDGAR on the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. Alternatively, copies of the preliminary prospectus supplement and the accompanying base prospectus for the offering may be obtained by contacting Barclays Capital Inc. at Barclays Capital Inc. c/o Broadridge Financial Solutions, 1155 Long Island Avenue, Edgewood, NY 11717, by telephone (toll-free) at (888) 603-5847 or by e-mail at barclaysprospectus@broadridge.com. This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy, nor shall there be any sale of any of the securities in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such jurisdiction. The securities being offered have not been approved or disapproved by any regulatory authority, nor has any such authority passed upon the accuracy or adequacy of the prospectus supplement or the shelf registration statement or prospectus. OneMain Holdings, Inc. is a leading consumer finance company providing loan products to customers through its nationwide branch network and the internet. The company has a 100-year track record of high quality origination, underwriting and servicing of personal loans, primarily to non-prime consumers. Certain statements in this press release may constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including, but not limited to, OMH’s and SFC’s intention to consummate this offering and issue the notes and the guarantee, OMH’s and SFC’s expectation regarding the aggregate principal amount of notes to be sold and SFC’s intended use of proceeds of the offering. The consummation of the offering is subject to market conditions and other factors that are beyond our control. Accordingly, no assurance can be given that the offering will be completed on the contemplated terms or at all and you should not place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements contained in this press release. For a discussion of some of the risks and important factors that could affect such forward-looking statements, see the sections entitled “Risk Factors” in the prospectus supplement related to the offering, in OMH’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2016, in OMH’s subsequent Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q, in SFC’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2016, in SFC’s subsequent Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q, and in OMH’s and SFC’s other filings with the SEC. Neither OMH nor SFC undertakes any obligation to release publicly any revisions to forward-looking statements made by it to reflect events or circumstances occurring after the date hereof or the occurrence of unanticipated events.


News Article | May 11, 2017
Site: en.prnasia.com

HONG KONG, May 11, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- SFC-regulated multi-asset brokerage Blackwell Global Hong Kong has today announced that it has appointed finance veteran Gary Cheung Wai Kwok as Chief Executive Officer with immediate effect. Mr Cheung's leadership appointment is part of a rigorous and comprehensive nomination that was made in alignment with the company's mission and direction. He has been in the financial services sector for more than 30 years, including his previous roles as Chief Executive Officer of Tung Shing Securities (Brokers) Limited from 2011 - 2016, and Managing Director of South China Financial Holdings Limited from 2009 - 2011. Mr. Cheung has held several senior management positions in other notable stocks and securities institutions such as Sun Hung Kai & Co, Ltd. and the Hong Kong Securities Institute. "Security and reliability are of paramount importance to our traders," said Mr. Cheung, "They look for the best when searching for their ideal brokerage, and we aim to provide nothing short of exemplary services and values." His immense wealth of experience and expertise in managing SFC-regulated companies include the foreign exchange market, the bullion and commodities business, financing, fund management, business development and clearing business for both brokers and financial institutions. As a highly regarded leader in his field, Mr. Cheung believes in a need for transparent leadership, and finds great value in consistency and dependability. "I'm well confident of Mr Cheung's stellar leadership and experience which extends beyond the Hong Kong financial markets," said Michael Chai, Chairman of Blackwell Global Holdings Limited (Hong Kong), "There's no better time to have him on board, especially with recent expansions in the local investment scene." Established in 2016, Blackwell Global Holdings Limited ("Blackwell Global Hong Kong") is an investment holding company focused on investment solutions for private and institutional clients. Its network of companies include Blackwell Global Securities Limited, Blackwell Global Futures Limited and Blackwell Global Precious Metals Limited, which together offers multi-asset investment solutions such as spot and bullion precious metals, global stocks, options, and futures. Blackwell Global Hong Kong is an affiliate of the Blackwell Global group of companies ("Blackwell Global"), which were founded in 2010 to provide over-the-counter derivatives products, fully integrated trading platforms, as well as professional partnership programmes. It has main offices in the separately regulated markets of Australia, Cyprus, Hong Kong, New Zealand and the United Kingdom, and holds the ASIC, CySEC, SFC and FCA licences.


The first systematic study of the performance of a porous shell, hydrophylic interaction liquid chromatography (HILIC) column in supercritical fluid chromatography (SFC) is presented. Observed efficiency on 2.6-μm porous shell particles exceeded all reports using UHPLC on 100-mm long columns packed with <2-μm totally porous particles. A Kinetex 4.6×150mm, 2.6μm HILIC column significantly outperformed a 3μm Luna totally porous silica of the same length and diameter. A 17 component, low molecular weight test mix, consisting of a range of small drug-like molecules was separated isocratically on each column, with similar selectivity, but the porous shell column required 1\2 the time (≈2min vs. 4min), with almost 50% higher efficiency. Even little retained compounds (k<0.5) exhibited more than 30,000 plates under some conditions. Reduced plate heights were higher than previously reported on porous shell particles in both HILIC and rHPLC, with the lowest value of 1.62. Significant fronting was sometimes observed. The cause of the fronting was not determined. The least symmetrical peaks showed the highest apparent efficiency. Pressure drop at optimum velocity (2.5ml/min) and low modifier concentrations was <60bar, and only exceeded 250bar at near double optimum flow and 65% modifier. Peak widths were mostly just over 0.01min (20Hz) wide. There was a loss of efficiency when the injection volume was increased. The chromatograph was shown to have extremely low extra-column dispersion, on the order of 5-10μL 2, which is also the lowest reported in an SFC, in spite of using standard components. This is likely due to turbulent flow in the tubing and fittings. © 2011 Elsevier B.V.


Patent
SFC Inc | Date: 2012-06-22

An apparatus, system, and process of converting a standard, high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) flow path to a flow path suitable for supercritical fluid chromatography (SFC) are described. This reversible technique is applied to a variety of flow configurations including binary, high pressure solvent mixing systems and quaternary, low pressure solvent mixing systems than can be conventionally operated or automated. The technique is generally applied to the fields of supercritical fluid chromatography and high pressure liquid chromatography, but users skilled in the art will find utility for any flow system where pressurization components must be periodically applied to and removed from both ends of a flow stream in an automated manner.


Patent
SFC Inc | Date: 2016-04-08

A microwave packaging material including a plurality of susceptors is disclosed. Each susceptor includes a plastic film or polymer with a metal layer on one surface of the plastic film and a paper adhered to the plastic film opposite the metal layer. A patterned adhesive is bonded between a first susceptor layer and a second susceptor layer in a pattern bond creating sealed air pockets. A paper board substrate is adhered using an adhesive in a bond pattern to one of the susceptor layers facing the metal of the respective susceptor layer to provide the microwave packing material rigidity. Upon exposure to microwave energy in a microwave oven, moisture is trapped between the paper board substrate and the susceptor layer creating a vapor pressure that causes the sealed air pockets to form expanded air pockets.


An automated assay platform for determining the presence and/or amount of analytes of interest in a sample at point of care integrates microfluidic enhanced assay sites, disposable cartridge designs, a sensitive low-volume detection module, together with selected pumping and valving modules, customized control board and user friendly graphical user interface (GUI). Comparing to traditional assay platform like 96-well ELISA, the platform is capable of reducing reagent consumption, increasing assay speed, and enhancing assay performance with a sample-in-answer-out automated process. This platform also features flexibility of adapting different assay schemes for different analytes.

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