News Article | April 25, 2017
Receive press releases from IQ4I Research & Consultancy Pvt. Ltd.: By Email IQ4I Research & Consultancy Published a New Report on "Brain Monitoring Devices Global Market Forecast to 2023" Brain monitoring devices aid in understand the activity of brain and explore structure and functions. Increasing incidence and prevalence neurological diseases, rising awareness, technological advancements/innovations are driving the market growth. Boston, MA, April 25, 2017 --( Brain monitoring devices market is growing at a steady rate, as estimated by IQ4I Research the market is expected to reach $10.01billion by 2023. The major factors driving the brain monitoring device market includes growing incidence and prevalence of neurological disorders, rising awareness about neurodegenerative disorders, growing healthcare spending and technological advancements/innovations offering wider scope of applications for brain monitoring. However, some of the factors like shortage of trained professionals, high cost of complex devices, stringent regulations and unfavorable reimbursement policies may hinder the growth of global brain monitoring device market. The brain monitoring devices global market is segmented based on their products, applications, end users and geography. Among products, sleep monitoring devices holds the largest market share because of the advancements in portable sleep devices technologies and growing incidence of obstructive sleep apnea. Sleep monitoring devices is expected to grow at the single digit mid-CAGR. The global brain monitoring devices application segment is classified into neurodegenerative disorders, brain tumor, psychiatric disorders, sleep disorders and other applications. Neurodegenerative diseases are characterized by progressive loss of neurons in the central nervous system and Epilepsy, Parkinson's disease (PD), Huntington’s disease falls under this category. In 2016, the market was estimated to be dominated by neurodegenerative disorders. The large share of this segment can be attributed to the growing incidence of Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs) globally owing to various factors like, increasing occurrence of falls, blunt trauma and motor vehicle crashes among other causes of TBIs and along with the increasing aging population. Geographically, the bran monitoring devices market is segmented into North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific and Rest of the World. North America region held the largest market share within that United States accounted for the largest share this growth is driven due to its high acceptance of advanced technologies and sophisticated universal treatment facilities. Asia- Pacific region is the fastest growing region due to its increase in healthcare spending and advancements in healthcare facilities, the easy access to advanced healthcare technology. The global brain monitoring devices market is fragmented where key players like GE Healthcare (U.S.), Philips N.V. (Netherland), Siemens Healthineers (Germany), Medtronic (Ireland) and Natus Medical Inc. (U.S.) holding a major share in 2016. The protection of intellectual property rights plays a very important role as a long term strategy for survival of the company and to maintain a competitive advantage. According to IQ4I Analysis, Advanced Brain Monitoring filed the largest number of PCT applications followed by Siemens Healthineers and Philips N.V. at World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). Some of the prominent players in brain monitoring device market include Advanced Brain Monitoring (U.S.), Cadwell Laboratories (U.S.), CAS Medicals Inc. (U.S), Compumedics Limited (Australia), Electrical Geodesics Incorporated (U.S.), Elekta AB (Sweden), GE Healthcare (U.S.), Integra Lifesciences (U.S.), Koninklijke Philips N.V. (Netherland), Masimo corporation (U.S.), Medtronic (Ireland), Natus Medical Inc.(U.S.), Nihon Kohden Corporation (Japan) and Siemens Healthineers (Germany). Boston, MA, April 25, 2017 --( PR.com )-- Brain monitoring devices are used to monitor and diagnose the neurological conditions by exploring the structure and functions of the brain in patients. These devices provide the information of the brain and greater understanding of neurological problems, with possible new treatments. Among brain monitoring devices CT and MRI are the conventional devices which are being used for the structural diagnosis of the brain like tumour, head injury etc., whereas EEG, MEG, TCD, oximeters and ICP monitors are the recent techniques used for the functional imaging of the brain. EEG measures the electrical activity generated by the various cortical layers of the brain whereas, MEG capture the magnetic fields generated by neural activity within the brain. Similarly, TCD measures the velocity of the blood flow through the brain’s blood vessels, oximeters are used to measure the regional cerebral oxygen saturation with in the brain and ICP monitors monitor the intracranial pressure within the skull while treating severe traumatic brain injury in patients. In addition to all these devices, sleep monitoring devices which occupies major share in the brain monitoring devices global market, are being used to understand the person’s sleep physiology and track sleep with the aim of finding patterns and correlations with person’s behaviours.Brain monitoring devices market is growing at a steady rate, as estimated by IQ4I Research the market is expected to reach $10.01billion by 2023. The major factors driving the brain monitoring device market includes growing incidence and prevalence of neurological disorders, rising awareness about neurodegenerative disorders, growing healthcare spending and technological advancements/innovations offering wider scope of applications for brain monitoring. However, some of the factors like shortage of trained professionals, high cost of complex devices, stringent regulations and unfavorable reimbursement policies may hinder the growth of global brain monitoring device market.The brain monitoring devices global market is segmented based on their products, applications, end users and geography. Among products, sleep monitoring devices holds the largest market share because of the advancements in portable sleep devices technologies and growing incidence of obstructive sleep apnea. Sleep monitoring devices is expected to grow at the single digit mid-CAGR.The global brain monitoring devices application segment is classified into neurodegenerative disorders, brain tumor, psychiatric disorders, sleep disorders and other applications. Neurodegenerative diseases are characterized by progressive loss of neurons in the central nervous system and Epilepsy, Parkinson's disease (PD), Huntington’s disease falls under this category. In 2016, the market was estimated to be dominated by neurodegenerative disorders. The large share of this segment can be attributed to the growing incidence of Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs) globally owing to various factors like, increasing occurrence of falls, blunt trauma and motor vehicle crashes among other causes of TBIs and along with the increasing aging population.Geographically, the bran monitoring devices market is segmented into North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific and Rest of the World. North America region held the largest market share within that United States accounted for the largest share this growth is driven due to its high acceptance of advanced technologies and sophisticated universal treatment facilities. Asia- Pacific region is the fastest growing region due to its increase in healthcare spending and advancements in healthcare facilities, the easy access to advanced healthcare technology.The global brain monitoring devices market is fragmented where key players like GE Healthcare (U.S.), Philips N.V. (Netherland), Siemens Healthineers (Germany), Medtronic (Ireland) and Natus Medical Inc. (U.S.) holding a major share in 2016. The protection of intellectual property rights plays a very important role as a long term strategy for survival of the company and to maintain a competitive advantage. According to IQ4I Analysis, Advanced Brain Monitoring filed the largest number of PCT applications followed by Siemens Healthineers and Philips N.V. at World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).Some of the prominent players in brain monitoring device market include Advanced Brain Monitoring (U.S.), Cadwell Laboratories (U.S.), CAS Medicals Inc. (U.S), Compumedics Limited (Australia), Electrical Geodesics Incorporated (U.S.), Elekta AB (Sweden), GE Healthcare (U.S.), Integra Lifesciences (U.S.), Koninklijke Philips N.V. (Netherland), Masimo corporation (U.S.), Medtronic (Ireland), Natus Medical Inc.(U.S.), Nihon Kohden Corporation (Japan) and Siemens Healthineers (Germany). Click here to view the list of recent Press Releases from IQ4I Research & Consultancy Pvt. Ltd.
News Article | April 17, 2017
Springtime has been a busy season for public relations expert Rhonda Rees, as she is a featured author in the newly released book, Elite Entrepreneurs presented by the popular radio podcast host Tony DUrso, from Higher Purpose Publishing, with a forward by Dr. Gary Arnold. Rees appears in a chapter highlighting PR, and offers her down-to-earth advice and practical suggestions, providing expert tips for readers. (Proceeds from sales go to help animal wildlife in South Africa.) She is also the author of the award-winning book, Profit and Prosper with Public Relations®: Insider Secrets to Make You a Success. https://www.amazon.com/Profit-Prosper-Public-Relations-Rhonda/dp/0982223501 According to Tony DUrso, “I reached out to a select group of Elite Entrepreneurs that I felt are true advocates for the success of their customers and community, while at the same time committing to spread the word about the great Kevin Richardson Wildlife Sanctuary. http://www.lionwhisperer.co.za. The book is now available on Amazon, hitting their best-seller lists: https://www.amazon.com/Tony-DUrso-Presents-Elite-Entrepreneurs-ebook/dp/B06XHNX7QZ . Another new development is the second annual “Check Your Books” PSA campaign for the month of April that Rees had originally orchestrated last year. This was an answer to the ongoing issue of online book piracy that is quite prevalent today in cyberspace. She had been honored as the Publicist of the Year by the prestigious Bulldog Reporter publication, for her efforts to help bring more awareness to this very silent type of crime -- one that doesn’t leave any fingerprints. Once again, Rees is naming the month of April to coincide with World Book and Copyright Day (April 23) organized by UNESCO, and World Intellectual Property IP Day (April 26), established by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). She is emphasizing this time of year for authors and publishers to run detailed Google and/or Bing searches and plug in the title of their books, the author’s name, and the word “free downloads” to see what comes up. In addition, April 22nd-23rd is also the annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books on the USC campus. "This is another great opportunity for people to 'check their books', and then see what happens," states Rees. She has also written an article for the Small Publishers Artists and Writers Network (SPAWN), April newsletter: http://spawn.org/online-book-piracy/ that outlines what authors and publishers can do, should they find themselves in this very unwanted situation. According to the Association of American Publishers, the industry as a whole has lost $80 to $100 million dollars to online piracy annually. From 2009 to 2013, the number of e-book Internet piracy alerts that the Authors Guild of America had received from their membership increased by over 300%. During 2014, that number doubled, and in 2017, so far the figures are much higher. Rees has regularly appeared as an online book piracy awareness advocate on TV, radio and in print. In addition, she has given a webinar on the topic for the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA). Rees has also gotten the attention of the US Chamber of Commerce, Global IP Center, the Authors Guild of America, the Copyright Clearance Center, IP Watchdog.com, the Book Publicists of Southern California (BPSC), the MUSO Company, the Piracy Trace Business, and the Counterfeit Report Company, among others. To round out the month, she has also joined the International Women's Writing Guild. Their mission is to foster the personal and professional empowerment of women through writing. https://iwwg.wildapricot.org/ For further information, or to get involved in the cause against online book piracy, contact Rhonda Rees through her website at: http://www.rhondareespr.com/ or on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rhonda-rees-8a803162/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ProfitandProsperwithPR/?ref=bookmarks or Twitter: @ReesRhonda.
News Article | May 24, 2017
25 May, Washington, US, and online. TRADE, SECURITY, AND THE U.S.-MEXICO RELATIONSHIP. This event is being organised by the Brookings Institution’s Mexico Initiative and will feature a series of panel discussions that will explore the various dimensions of the US-Mexico relationship, including on trade. Please note that the event will also be webcast live. To learn more and to register, please visit the Brookings website. 25 May, Geneva, Switzerland. GLOBAL HEALTH R&D: HOW CAN WE BEST SET PRIORITIES BASED ON EVIDENCE? This event is being organised by the governments of Switzerland and South Africa, as well as the European Commission, and will be hosted by the Global Health Centre. The meeting will examine research and development (R&D) activities within the context of global health, examining different initiatives that are currently in place to help in setting priorities for future R&D financing. To learn more and to register, please visit the event website. 29-31 May, Dakar, Senegal. PRACTICAL WORKSHOP ON INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY, TRADITIONAL KNOWLEDGE AND TRADITIONAL CULTURAL EXPRESSIONS. This workshop is being organised by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and will focus on building knowledge and exchanging views on the subjects of traditional knowledge and traditional cultural expressions. To learn more, visit the WIPO website. 31 May-1 June, Almaty, Kazakhstan. WORKSHOP: EFFICIENT MANAGEMENT OF STATE-OWNED ENTERPRISES. This workshop is being organised by the Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI) and will examine the challenges and prospects for reforming state-owned enterprises in Asia. The event will bring together government representatives from various countries in the region. Please note that attendance is by invitation only. For more information, please visit the ADBI website. An updated list of forthcoming WTO meetings is posted here. Please bear in mind that dates and times of WTO meetings are often changed, and that the WTO does not always announce the important informal meetings of the different bodies. Unless otherwise indicated, all WTO meetings are held at the WTO, Centre William Rappard, rue de Lausanne 154, 1211 Geneva, Switzerland, and are open to WTO members and accredited observers only. 30 May: Workshop on Aid for Trade 31 May: Committee on Trade and Development – Session on Aid for Trade 1 June: Working Party on the Accession of Comoros 2 June, Washington, US. INDIA’S SEARCH FOR PROSPERITY. This event is being organised by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and will feature economist Vijay Joshi as the guest speaker. Joshi will lead a discussion based on his book, India’s Long Road: The Search for Prosperity, which examines the evolution of the Indian economy and the roles of different actors in this context. Joshi will be part of a panel featuring speakers from the International Monetary Fund and the Carnegie Endowment. To learn more and to register, please visit the Carnegie website. 12 June, Geneva, Switzerland. DISCIPLINING FOSSIL FUEL SUBSIDIES: A CONTRIBUTION OF THE TRADE SYSTEM TO CLIMATE MITIGATION AND SDGS. This roundtable is being organised by the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) as part of the E15 Initiative, which is jointly implemented with the World Economic Forum. The focus of this event will be looking at trade tools and how these can be used to help discipline subsidies for fossil fuels. The meeting will include both WTO negotiators and experts in the field. Please note that attendance is by invitation only. To learn more, visit the ICTSD website. 14 June, London, UK. BREXIT, TRUMP AND THE FUTURE OF THE TRANSATLANTIC ALLIANCE. This Chatham House event will examine the implications of Brexit and the election of US President Donald Trump for the bilateral relationship between the United Kingdom and the United States. The event’s guest speaker will be Sir Nigel Sheinwald GCMG, who is a Visiting Professor at King’s College London Department of War Studies, and was previously the UK’s ambassador to the United States and the UK’s permanent representative to the European Union. Please note that attendance is by invitation only. To learn more, visit the Chatham House website. 20 June, Brussels, Belgium. INTERNATIONAL FORUM ON WOMEN AND TRADE. This event is being hosted jointly by the European Commission and the International Trade Centre, bringing together stakeholders from a range of backgrounds with the goal of building support for empowering women through trade. A full event agenda is available online. To learn more and the register, please visit the European Commission website. 30 June – 2 July, Geneva, Switzerland. FIFTH GLOBAL REVIEW OF AID FOR TRADE: “REDUCING TRADE COSTS FOR INCLUSIVE, SUSTAINABLE GROWTH.” This biennial WTO event will feature over 50 sessions focusing on the Aid for Trade Initiative, as well as how to address the issue of trade costs in the context of the UN’s Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development and the related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Please note that registration closes on 26 June. To learn more, please visit the WTO website. 26-28 September, Geneva, Switzerland. WTO PUBLIC FORUM 2017. This year’s edition of the WTO’s outreach event will have as its theme “Trade: Behind the Headlines.” The meeting will aim to look at the real-life implications of trade, as opposed to rhetoric, and will also look at how trade can support the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and related issues. A call for proposals is currently open for those who wish to organise sessions at this year’s forum, with a due date of 4 June 2017. To learn more, please visit the WTO website.
News Article | May 23, 2017
Safety of 100-plus edible oils thoroughly examined in breakthrough test HONG KONG, CHINA--(Marketwired - May 23, 2017) - Vitargent (International) Biotechnology Ltd. ("Vitargent"), known for applying its proprietary "Transgenic Medaka" and "Zebrafish Fish" Embryo Toxicity (FET) testing technology (Testing 2.0) on food and skincare products, introduces the world's first consumer product safety information platform, Test-it™. The platform uses Testing 2.0 biological testing technology to examine consumer product safety and has published the results of the inaugural test project on 115 types of edible oil originated from Hong Kong, China, Italy, the US and other countries. Test results put 49 types of oil in the Green Fish category, denoting the products are excellent in terms of safety; 23 in the Yellow Fish category, indicating their safety level is basic, and 43 are categorized as Red Fish, with safety at sub-optimal standards. More than 70% of the olive oil samples are categorized as Red Fish, and edible oils from Europe turned out to have the lowest performance, with more than 50% of the samples categorized as Red Fish. Test-it™ hailed as world's first product safety information platform Pioneered by Vitargent, Test-it™ (on www.fishqc.com) is hailed as the first in the world to use Testing 2.0 bio-testing technology on consumer products and provide information on consumer product safety. The technology uses fish embryos to examine product toxicity, an increasingly adopted means for toxicity screening. The goal is to enhance the transparency of consumer product safety and help consumers make informed safer product choices based on objective scientific data. Vitargent's Founder and Chief Commercial Officer Eric Chen said: "Traditional Testing 1.0 and existing regulations only set the basic requirements for market entry. Test-it™ regularly samples different food items and daily necessities, by purchasing them from supermarkets, chain stores and online stores as a consumer. After Testing 2.0 screening, individual products are categorized as Green Fish, Yellow Fish or Red Fish to help consumers identify product safety." Test-it™ benchmarks against the international product safety standards of the European Union (EU), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), as well as the national safety standards of the US, Japan and China. Horizontal analyses against similar products are also conducted. Vitargent's Chief Executive Officer Jimmy Tao said: "Test-it™ is intended to commend excellent companies and products, and motivate below-standard companies and brands to actively improve their production process. This will give consumers greater confidence in making purchases and help brands develop long-term benefits. In the initial stage, Test-it™ will publish all Green Fish (excellent) products, and will contact the product manufacturers and suppliers of Yellow Fish and Red Fish products to discuss improvement plans." Test-it™ releases safety findings of 100-plus edible oils The first type of Test-it™ product is edible oil, a daily necessity marred by gutter oil scandals. Vitargent purchased 115 types of edible oil from major supermarket chains, including ParknShop, Wellcome, DCH Food Mart, AEON, City'Super, Fusion and Market Place by Jasons. Samples included products of internationally renowned brands such as Knife Oil, Filippo Berio, Lion & Globe, Casino and others from Hong Kong, Mainland China, Italy, the US and other countries. Based on the test results, 49 of the 115 samples are categorized as Green Fish, 23 as Yellow Fish and 43 as Red Fish. Vitargent tested 14 categories of commonly used edible oils. The test showed that coconut oil, olive oil, flaxseed oil, canola oil and sesame oil, generally believed to be healthier by Hong Kong consumers, had below average results. Only one out of 5 coconut oil samples, or 20%, is categorized as Green Fish, while 2 samples (40%) are Yellow Fish and 2 (40%) are Red Fish. Similarly, only 7 out of 44 olive oil samples tested (16%) are Green Fish, 7 (16%) are Yellow Fish, and 30 (68%) are Red Fish. All the flaxseed oil, Canola oil and sesame oil tested are categorized Red Fish. Edible oils from Europe categorized lowest, and price does not reflect safety By production origin, edible oils made in Europe are lowest in ranking. More than half of the tested products (57%) are Red Fish, and only 26% are categorized Green Fish. Oils made in Asia performed better. About 20% of the Hong Kong brands in the test are Red Fish while more than 50% are categorized Green Fish, which are safe choices for consumers. The test results also show that expensive oil may not be safer. The median price of the 115 samples is HK$87.4 per litre. Of the 40 brands priced at above $130 per litre, six are categorized Green Fish, five Yellow Fish and 29 Red Fish. Of the 31 samples in the price range of $50-$130 per litre, 13 are categorized Green Fish, eight Yellow Fish and 10 Red Fish. Among the 44 samples priced below HK$50 per litre, 30 are categorized Green Fish, 10 Yellow Fish and four Red Fish. The cheapest oil costs $15 per litre while the most expensive oil, from Italy, costs 140 times more at HK$2,084 per litre. In the random sampling, two edible oil samples that Vitargent bought off the shelf had passed their use-by date. One of these samples is categorized Red Fish, indicating toxicity level higher than some known gutter oil. Test-it™ technology surpasses standard edible oil indicators Mr Tao was astounded by the results. "Theoretically, edible oils in the market should have passed traditional regulatory checks before they were put on the shelf. However, Test-it™ shows up all toxicants in the products," he said. "Under current regulations, edible oil is tested for a limited number of factors such as Benzo(a)pyrene, aflatoxins, acid value, peroxide value, total polar compounds and heavy metals. However, there may be other substances such as highly toxic lipid peroxidation products, pesticide residue, plant toxins and preservatives not covered by the regulatory standards. Excessive intake of these substances may have adverse effects on the human body, or cause cancer over the long-term. Test-it™ uses cutting-edge biological testing technology to cover extra potential harmful substances outside of the regulatory standards. This contributes to enhancing consumer product safety significantly." Revolutionary Testing 2.0 technology traces all harmful substances The general public is deeply concerned with food and consumer products safety as scandals of rotten meat, gutter oil, high lead content in drinking water and cancer-causing substances in skincare and cosmetics continue to make headlines. WHO and UN reports suggest we are surrounded by more than 100,000 chemicals in our daily life1. Some are linked with health problems like cancer, infertility, precocious puberty, obesity, neurological disorders2. However, the precision rate of traditional chemical toxicity testing, still at the Testing 1.0 level, is as low as 20%3. Due to cost and time constraints, only 5 to 10 toxicants can be screened at one time through such traditional test methods. Other harmful substances not covered by standard testing will be missed in the screening. This means products that have passed traditional testing methods may still contain harmful substances not covered by existing screening practices. This may pose serious threats to consumers. Prof. Ian Cotgreave, advisor of Vitargent's international scientists committee and professor of toxicology of Karolinska Institutet, said: "The world faces very serious safety problems with food and consumer products. However, existing standard tests fail to effectively screen a number of toxicants and estrogens harmful to public health. Vitargent's patented Zebrafish Embryo Toxicity Test technologies have been extensively applied in pharmaceutical R&D in the past 10 years. As 84% of genes known to be associated with human diseases have a Zebrafish counterpart4, Zebrafish can be used to mimic human metabolic system. Therefore, substances harmful to Zebrafish might also be harmful to human beings. When a Zebrafish embryo is exposed to toxicants, it will develop adverse reaction within 48 hours. Vitargent's Testing 2.0 technology is a new beacon in the world. It can prompt industries to be more conscious of product safety and redefine global consumer product safety rules." Vitargent is the only ISO17025 accredited company in Asia that provides FET testing technologies. The test results are officially recognised in more than 100 countries. The patented technology has been adopted by international certification service SGS and TÜV (Technischer Überwachungsverein). TÜV's executive VP of the food services cluster Stanley Hung welcomed Vitargent's Testing 2.0 technology. "We appreciate Vitargent's leading position in fish embryo testing technologies and how such technologies complement existing chemical testing. We also believe in the capabilities of its international scientists committee and its market development potential. We will endeavour to promote the cutting-edge technologies to different industries and government organisations, and contribute to enhancing overall product safety." Vitargent plans to test a different product category every month in the next 12 months, some examples may include coffee, ice-cream, milk, yogurt, face cream, facial masks, lipstick, lip balm, foundation, toothpaste, baby food and baby skincare products. Results of the tests will be published on the Test-it™ platform. About Vitargent Established in 2010, Vitargent is a startup backed by institutional investors and is shaking up the traditional product testing safety standards. Our vision is "Smarter Testing, Safer Products, Better World". The company's international scientists committee is formed of world-class scientists from the US, Canada, Germany, Sweden, Japan, Singapore and Hong Kong. These committee members join together to establish and promote various international standards. Vitargent is an award-winning company with both local and international recognitions, which include The Grand Prix of the 43rd International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva, HSBC Young Entrepreneur Awards, Lee Kuan Yew Global Business Plan Competition, Korean Woman Inventor Award, Middle East International Invention Fair Gold Medal, WIPO Gold medal for inventors, Hong Kong Awards for Industries-Technology Achievement, and The Economist Innovation and Awards Summit. Our technology was featured as the only pioneering innovation from Hong Kong at The World Economic Forum. We are recognised as a "Technology Showcase Programme over the past decade" by the Hong Kong government, and Unreasonable Impact Asia Pacific by Unreasonable Group and Barclays. Our mission is to combine our scientific expertise with social responsibility to improve consumer product safety and protect our environment; and to help our clients create differentiation with safer and better products through innovative science, affordable prices and great service. Our team has developed proprietary testing technologies based on transgenic Medaka Fish and Zebrafish embryos. In 2013 Vitargent received the international standard ISO17025 Accreditation, and is the only test centre in Asia that can provide fish embryo toxicity (FET) testing with testing results officially recognised in more than 100 countries. It is now serving international testing organisations, leading international cosmetics groups, food and beverage conglomerates and various government departments around the world. With the firm support of these entities, the technology is being developed as regional and international standards. 1 Substance Registry Services Fact Sheet, available at ofmpub.epa.gov/sor_internet/registry/substreg/educationalresources. 2 WHO & UNEP. State of the science of endocrine disrupting chemicals-2012. Available at http://www.who.int/ceh/publications/endocrine/en/ 3 Frequently asked questions about MICROTOX® for drinking water surveillance. 4 Howe, K. et al. The zebrafish reference genome sequence and its relationship to the human genome. Nature 496, 498-503 (2013). Vitargent genetically transfers Nobel Prize winning fluorescent proteins into Medaka embryos, stabilised to more than 10 generations in eight years. The Transgenic Medaka Eleuthero embryo based Estrogen Equivalent Test is a patented technology exclusive to Vitargent. Estrogenic Endocrine Disruptors (including pesticides, veterinary drugs, antibiotics, hormones, plasticisers, persistent organic pollutants etc) disrupt the endocrine system, confirmed to cause health issues including cancers, infertility, precocious puberty, IQ reduction, neurological disorders and diabetes. WHO, the UN and USEPA believe that endocrine disruptors have become the third leading threat to human, biodiversity and environment, after the greenhouse effect of global warming and depletion of the ozone layer. After pretreatment, samples are tested with transgenic fish embryos. When chronic toxicants are detected, the embryo emits green florescent light in various luminous intensity. Florescence intensity can quantify toxicants, enabling evaluation of human health risks according to WHO/FAO standard. Zebrafish embryo toxicity test technologies made cover story in world-renowned science magazine Nature. According to the National Institutes of Health, 84% of genes known to be associated with human diseases have a Zebrafish counterpart. Therefore, any substance that is toxic to Zebrafish embryos are likely toxic to human. Zebrafish is proven to have a capacity to screen over 1,000 toxicants, and is being widely utilised in biomedical safety and efficacy evaluation. The presence of toxin will cause abnormal symptoms in fish embryos, such as head tumour, tail tumour, heart swelling and even immediate death in serious conditions. After pretreatment, products are tested with Zebrafish embryos to identify the level of concentration that will cause 50% of fatality of embryos in the test (known as LC50). Definition of fatality in the tests is regulated and conforms with ISO15088 and OECD TG236 standards.
News Article | May 25, 2017
Physicians, nurses and other healthcare professionals in under-resourced communities around the world to receive access to the latest clinical information Philadelphia, PA, May 25, 2017 - Elsevier, the information analytics company specializing in science and health, will add ClinicalKey to its global research and health resources available through Research4Life starting in June 2017. The expansion of the Research4Life access program with ClinicalKey benefits healthcare professionals in under-resourced, low- and middle-income communities around the globe. ClinicalKey is Elsevier's premier clinical search engine, providing access to the most current scientific and medical information, and it will help Research4Life meet the 2012 World Health Organization (WHO) declaration that health policies and practices globally should be informed by the best research evidence. "In 2012 the WHO Strategy on Research declared that health policies and practices globally should be informed by the best research evidence - and so we are delighted that ClinicalKey will help us grow the evidence-based medicine materials available for low- and middle-income countries through Hinari and provide an expanded basis for the informed decision-making of practitioners and policymakers," said Kimberly Parker, Hinari Programme Manager. Hinari is part of the Research4Life program managed by the WHO, in partnership with Yale University, and provides access to health and medical research. As a founding partner of Research4Life, Elsevier contributes more than a quarter of the 77,000 peer-reviewed journals, books and scholarly databases that are available through the program. Access to ClinicalKey adds to an existing collection of research resources offered by Elsevier, including ScienceDirect and Scopus. Elsevier also provides technical, strategic and communications expertise to help advance and promote Research4Life. Dr. Kristina Krohn, Health Frontiers Field Representative in Laos, said she was gratified to see how the Lao doctors reacted the first time they had access to medical journal articles through Hinari. "The Lao resident doctors devoured everything," said Dr. Krohn. "Hopefully ClinicalKey can help them sort through the medical literature without getting overwhelmed by the sheer amount of information available." Dr. John Danaher, President of Clinical Solutions at Elsevier, said, "Making ClinicalKey available to doctors and nurses in developing countries through Research4Life will help those medical professionals utilize the latest evidence-based clinical information to achieve the best outcomes for their patients." Adding ClinicalKey to Research4Life follows Elsevier's recent agreement to provide ClinicalKey to Doctors without Borders and strengthens Elsevier's commitment to the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals. Research4Life is a public-private partnership between over 200 international scientific publishers, the World Health Organization (WHO), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), the International Association of Scientific, Technical and Medical Publishers (STM), Cornell and Yale Universities and several technology partners. The goal of Research4Life is to reduce the knowledge gap between high-income countries and low- and middle-income countries by providing affordable access to critical scientific research. Since 2002, the four programmes - Research for Health (Hinari), Research in Agriculture (AGORA), Research in the Environment (OARE) and Research for Development and Innovation (ARDI) - have provided researchers at some 8000 institutions in more than 100 low- and middle-income countries with free or low-cost online access to 77,000 leading journals and books in the fields of health, agriculture, environment, and applied sciences. http://www. Elsevier is a global information analytics company that helps institutions and professionals progress science, advance healthcare and improve performance for the benefit of humanity. Elsevier provides digital solutions and tools in the areas of strategic research management, R&D performance, clinical decision support, and professional education; including ScienceDirect, Scopus, ClinicalKey and Sherpath. Elsevier publishes over 2,500 digitized journals, including The Lancet and Cell, more than 35,000 e-book titles and many iconic reference works, including Gray's Anatomy. Elsevier is part of RELX Group, a global provider of information and analytics for professionals and business customers across industries. http://www.
News Article | May 23, 2017
Use this report to: - Examine the renewable energy and energy-efficient technologies used in building applications and assess their emissions reduction potential. - Assess global markets for various renewable energy and energy-efficient technologies used in building applications. - Identify advanced materials and devices that are used in renewable energy systems. - Pinpoint new materials and devices that are likely to be introduced into renewable energy systems in the next five years and their expected market impacts. Highlights - The global market for renewable energy and energy-efficient technologies in building applications reached $294.0 billion in 2015. The market should reach $318.7 billion and $492.0 billion in 2016 and 2021 respectively, increasing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 9.1% from 2016 to 2021. - The global market for interior energy efficient technologies in building applications reached $151.8 billion in 2015. The market should reach $166.5 billion and $267.9 billion in 2016 and 2021 respectively, increasing at a CAGR of 10% from 2016 to 2021. - The global market for exterior energy efficient technologies in building applications reached $119.8 billion in 2015, and should reach $129.4 billion and $194.7 billion in 2016 and 2021 respectively, increasing at a CAGR of 8.5% from 2016 to 2021. Introduction & Scope INTRODUCTION BACKGROUND The world today relies heavily on fossil fuels (e.g., oil, coal and natural gas) as energy sources. Fossil fuels are non-renewable; that is, they are sourced from finite resources that will eventually be consumed until limited supplies remain, ultimately becoming too expensive or environmentally damaging to extract. In contrast, multiple forms of renewable energy resources, such as solar, wind, hydroelectric and geothermal, are regularly replenished and will never exhaust. The sun provides the majority of renewable energy, in both direct and indirect forms. Sunlight, or more accurately referred to as solar energy, can be directly used for lighting buildings, generating electricity, air and water heating, solar cooling, and a variety of commercial and industrial uses. Solar heat also drives wind currents, the energy of which can be captured with wind turbines. When wind and solar heat evaporates water, the water vapor is converted into rain or snow, flowing downhill into rivers or streams, or back toward earth in downspouts that provide drainage for building roofs. This energy can then be captured using hydroelectric power. Geothermal energy technologies source the earth?s internal heat for a variety of uses, including electric power production, and the heating and cooling of buildings. The world will ultimately deplete its current finite sources of energy or deplete to the point where economic viability to recover the finite energy sources no longer exists; thus, it remains important to seek renewable energy options and develop and perfect the respective technologies before issues arise yet again in the future. Buildings today are a leading global consumer of energy, with this trend likely to continue well into the future, primarily driven by economic and population growth. This trend is increasingly recognized by a multitude of countries worldwide. Federal, state and local governments perceive investing in ?green? energy technologies for new and existing buildings as an opportunity to achieve greenhouse gas reduction targets. Consequently, energy efficiency in buildings has evolved into a major factor of the green movement in recent years, with these factors driving the increased importance of energy efficiency in buildings as a whole. Energy efficiency has long been pursued by individual companies as a potential source of cost-savings, competitive and comparative advantage, and studies have typically been concentrated within individual sectors. Concerns about climate change have led to energy efficiency being considered ?the fifth fuel,? as energy efficiency can reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions just as surely as can renewable fuel sources. Multiple regulatory measures supporting energy efficiency initiatives and building codes have evolved since the initial recognition of the importance of energy efficiency in buildings, coupled with the drive to limit energy consumption and use. While it may be a relatively simple task to ensure that new buildings meet energy efficiency standards, it is also important to ensure that existing buildings are energy-efficient. Unless the issues of energy consumption of new and existing buildings are adequately addressed, any attempt at achieving energy independence through energy efficiency in buildings will likely end in failure. As a whole, significant strides have been made toward global development and use of renewable energy and energy-efficient technologies, both within building applications and as a source of green energy. These trends provide an opportunity for both existing players and new entrants into the building applications market for the related technologies. This BCC Research report analyzes these new developments and their potential impact on industry participants. STUDY GOALS AND OBJECTIVES The primary objective of this study is to quantify and forecast the market for various renewable energy and energy-efficient technologies used in building applications. Specific secondary objectives also include the following: - Identifying advanced materials and devices that are used in renewable energy systems. - Analyzing and predicting trends in the most likely application(s) for each of these materials and devices to determine the commercial viability of a certain technology segment. - Pinpointing new materials and devices that are likely to be introduced into renewable energy systems in the next five years and their expected market impacts. - Drawing attention to manufacturers of renewable-energy systems and associated advanced materials and devices that are most likely to benefit from the trends identified above. - Determining how the growth of residential and non-residential buildings will likely affect building energy consumption in different regions of the world. - Examining the renewable energy and energy-efficient technologies used in building applications and assessing their emissions reduction potential. - Identifying and assessing emerging technologies that could compete with or replace existing technologies used for these applications. This report examines the numerous government-driven initiatives and financial incentives of both the renewable energy and energy-efficient technology industries in different global regions. With an in-depth patent analysis, the report also seeks to highlight the emerging technologies that are likely to drive both industries, in the present and future. RATIONALE FOR CONDUCTING THIS STUDY Several substantial, durable drivers are expanding the potential market for renewable energy and energy-efficient technologies in buildings across the world. Spearheading the initiative is rising global concern about the environment and CO2 emissions, trends toward moving away from energy reliance and toward energy independence, and the impact of human presence on earth. With the burgeoning increase in human activity and consequent increase in buildings of various types, energy consumption is likely to rise even further. Thus, there remains a significant need for buildings to be environmentally clean, energy-independent (or at least in-part) and energy-efficient. This infers that not only will new buildings need to conform to the new evolving building, energy and carbon emission standards, but also that there remains a necessity for existing buildings to also be energy-efficient and self-sustainable from an energy demand perspective. This in-turn creates major opportunities for different renewable energy and energy-efficient technologies (both current and emerging), given their significant potential to reduce total energy consumption and eliminate energy dependence altogether. INTENDED AUDIENCE The report is intended particularly for manufacturers and distributors of renewable energy and energy-efficient technologies used in building applications, and related industry segments. Although the report is structured around specific technologies, it is largely nontechnical in nature, concerned less with theory and jargon than with what works, how much of the latter the market is likely to purchase and at what price. This report?s primary audience consists of executive management, marketing and financial analysts, engineering firms, architects, building owners, energy service providers, entrepreneurs, individual investors and investment groups, venture capitalists, and other readers with a need to understand where the market for renewable energy and energy-efficient technologies used in building applications is headed over the next five years. Others audiences who should find the report informative include, but are not limited to: - Manufacturers and vendors of renewable-energy systems, both building-integrated systems and those targeting advanced materials and devices for related renewable-energy markets. - Members of renewable-energy and energy-efficient technology-specific trade, professional and advocacy organizations. - Officials of government agencies and multinational organizations responsible for optimizing energy consumption and promoting the use of renewable energies and energy-efficient technologies. - Governmental and non-profit organizations/agencies focusing on energy initiatives. - Environmental and public policy interest groups with an interest in sustainable development, the environment, energy and worker health. - Energy research and policy communities. - Market research groups. - Academic institutions. INFORMATION SOURCES The study employed both primary and secondary research methodologies to acquire data and generate the rigorous analysis required for it. Primary sources for information included analysis of data from and interviews with industry executives, subject matter experts, producers and users of renewable energy and energy-efficient technologies, advanced materials and devices vendors related to renewable energy technologies, building owners, architects, engineers, managers, economists, consultants, marketing groups, governmental and non-governmental organizations, related technology associations, professional and manufacturing associations, academic research organizations and regulatory agencies. Secondary sources for information included: - World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). - International Energy Agency (IEA). - U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). - U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). - U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). - U.S. Census Bureau. - U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). - Canadian Office of Energy Efficiency (OEE). - Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). - United Nations (UN). - European Union (EU). - European Commission. - European Community (EC). - European Environment Agency (EEA). - Danish Ministry for Energy, Utilities, and Climate. - Chinese National Energy Commission (NEC). - Indian Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE). - Japan Agency for Natural Resources and Energy (ANRE). - Korean Energy Agency (KEA). - Taiwanese Bureau of Energy. - Australian Department of Industry, Innovation, and Science (DIIS). - Brazilian Ministry of Mines and Energy (MME). - Mexican Energy Ministry. - Ministry of Energy of the Russian Federation (Minenergo). - South African Department of Energy. - The Energy Star program. - Trade publications. - Trade associations. - Industry associations. - Company literature and websites. - Company annual reports. - S&P industry surveys. - Online databases. - BCC Research (related reports). The report?s market and financial analysis was based on data obtained from primary and secondary sources. Interview data was combined with information gathered through an extensive review of secondary sources such as trade publications, trade associations, company-specific literature and reports, and online databases to produce the baseline market estimates contained in this report. The author?s own insights and rigorous use of numerical and statistical tools were employed to generate the forecasts and comprehensive analyses of the global renewable energy and energy-efficient technology market segmented by geographic region, country, building segment and technology. SCOPE OF THE REPORT This report provides a detailed review of the global market for technologies utilized in the manufacture and use of renewable energy and energy-efficient technologies in building applications. To help the audience fully understand the market opportunity for these technologies, the report is first geographically segmented into the following regions, with multiple countries individually analyzed: - North America. - Europe. - Asia-Pacific (APAC). - Rest of the World (RoW). For each country and its respective geographical region, the report analyzes key market traits, market drivers and industry-specific attributes to effectively explain the market opportunity for renewable energy and energy-efficient technologies used in building applications, including: - Floor space (by building segment). - Energy consumption (by building segment). - Energy expenditures (by building segment). Using all data gathered to quantify the market for renewable energy technologies by geographical region and technology, this report first analyzes multiple renewable energy technologies with current or potential use in building applications, including: - Solar photovoltaics (PV). - Solar thermal (ST). - Wind energy. - Small hydropower energy. - Geothermal energy. The remainder of the study utilizes all gathered data to quantify the market for energy-efficient technologies in building applications by geographical region, country and technology segment for the following energy-efficient technologies: - Heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning (HVAC). - Energy-efficient lighting. - Smart meters. - Energy-efficient windows. - Weather barriers and efficient insulation. - Energy-efficient roof coverings. The report format includes the following major elements: - Executive summary. - Overview that includes the importance of renewable energy and energy-efficient technologies in building applications, environmental benefits of green building, industry structure, trends in buildings, external factors affecting energy efficiency sectors, key definitions and global technology trends. - Key enabling technologies for renewable energy and energy-efficient technologies used in building applications, including advanced materials and devices with current or potential applications in renewable energy systems, and their commercial or developmental status. - Developments that will influence commercial prospects/demand for renewable energy and energy-efficient technologies in building applications. - Key patent and patent application analyses. - Government programs and policies in support of renewable energy and energy-efficient technologies. - Technology vendor/company profiles, including manufacturers and related service providers. - Global trends and projections in the market for renewable energy and energy-efficient technologies in building applications by technology, product type, application, building segment, geographical region and country, from 2015 to 2021. Lastly, the estimated market values used are based on manufacturers? total revenues. METHODOLOGY The methodologies and assumptions used to develop the market projections in this report are discussed at length under the various technology types and geographical regions addressed. The report carefully documents data sources and assumptions so that readers can see how the market estimates were developed and, if they wish, test the impact on the final numbers of changing various assumptions, such as price or market penetration. Market projections were developed for 2016 through 2021. These projections are based on a combination of a consensus among the primary contacts combined with BCC Research?s understanding of the key market drivers and their impact from a historical and analytical perspective. In general, BCC Research used the following approaches: - Identified renewable energy and energy-efficient technologies used in (or the potential to be used in) residential and non-residential building applications and their target markets through a literature review and interviews with primary sources and industry experts. - Estimated a baseline (2015) market penetration ratio for each technology and target market segment within each geographical region and respective countries based on key data gathered from the literature review, interviews with primary sources and industry experts, and other information sources discussed previously. - Developed forecasts of growth trends in each target market segment. - Analyzed technical, economic, governmental/legislative, and other factors that will influence the ability of different renewable energy and energy-efficient technologies to compete for a share of their respective building sector market(s), and estimated future consumption of each technology on this basis. 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