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News Article | May 8, 2017
Site: phys.org

The new process utilises the latest advances in DNA technology to isolate ancient DNA (aDNA) from prehistoric plants and animals. The techniques used to date are, however, expensive. "As population geneticists often need several dozens samples to make reliable statements, many research ideas are not currently financially viable," says Nadir Alvarez, a professor at the University of Lausanne's Department of Ecology and Evolution. The research team led by Alvarez and his colleagues Christoph Sperisen (a population geneticist at the WSL), Willy Tinner (a professor of palaeoecology at the University of Bern) and Sarah Schmid (a biologist from the University of Lausanne) has now developed a cost-effective alternative and demonstrated its potential with subfossil silver fir needles found at Origlio lake in Ticino. The team showcased the results in the research journal Methods in Ecology and Evolution. Working with subfossil genetic material is a challenge. "aDNA is often fragmented, chemically damaged and contaminated with the genetic material of bacteria and fungi," explains Sperisen. "In samples collected in lake sediment, for instance, only every hundredth DNA molecule comes from silver firs." Extracting aDNA is therefore like looking for a needle in a haystack. Until now researchers have extracted aDNA by introducing chemically manufactured counterparts of DNA sequences to the sample solution, as DNA consists of two strands with virtually mirror-image sequences of building blocks attached to one another. Tiny metal beads are attached to the manufactured DNA. Once the artificial DNA is bound to the aDNA, the whole structure can be extracted with a magnet. However, up to over 90% of plant and animal DNA consists of sections with no known function, like a cookbook with mostly blank pages. The new technique, hyRAD-X, does not analyse the entire DNA strand but uses specifically the fraction of the genome that is expressed (i.e. those sections containing the instructions for building a protein). These sections are furthermore generated using an enzyme, an innovation that cuts the cost of an aDNA analysis by tenfold. As every speck of dust contains foreign DNA, this work must be conducted in a clean room, like the one at the WSL's new national plant protection laboratory. The researchers used the new technique to investigate the genetic diversity of silver firs before and during the advent of agriculture at lake Origlio. Palaeobotanist Tinner studied the core of the lake sediment and discovered charcoal deposits as well as cereal pollen and invasive weeds, pointing to the first agricultural activities between 7,500 and 5,000 years ago, when people burned forests to clear space for farmland and pastures. This killed off all of Ticino's heat-loving silver fir stands in the second half of the Holocene; chestnut trees now grow in their place. The results show that the silver fir stand (and thus its genetic diversity) shrank with the dawn of agriculture and recovered around 6,200 years ago. "DNA comparisons of silver firs of varying ages show that the domestic stand genetically regenerated itself afresh without involving silver firs from other regions," says Sperisen. Genetic diversity is key to determining a population's ability to cope with environmental changes. High genetic diversity increases the chances of adapting to a drier climate, for instance. Understanding how ecosystems previously genetically recovered from human intervention indicates how they could react to global climate change and current changes to the way land is used. As such, researchers now want to use the hyRAD-X technique on other subfossil plant samples to clarify, for example, whether the extinct, heat-loving silver fir stands in Ticino had specific genetic properties that could prove important in warmer climates. In 2015, the WSL opened a clean room where researchers work under excess pressure, which prevents pollen, dust or any other impurities from entering the lab. Population geneticists use subfossil material from plants and animals to analyse DNA and thus gain insight into past ecosystems. The clean room is housed in the national plant protection laboratory, which was built by the WSL together with Switzerland's Federal Office for the Environment FOEN and Federal Office for Agriculture FOAG. More information: Sarah Schmid et al. HyRAD-X, a versatile method combining exome capture and RAD sequencing to extract genomic information from ancient DNA, Methods in Ecology and Evolution (2017). DOI: 10.1111/2041-210X.12785


News Article | April 27, 2017
Site: www.prnewswire.com

Founded by eleven-time world champion surfer Kelly Slater and acclaimed designer John Moore, Outerknown is a coastal-minded clothing brand that explores the connections between style and sustainability. By viewing every aspect of their business through the lens of responsibility, they aim to protect natural resources, empower the people crafting their clothes, and inspire positive change within the industry. Outerknown's versatile collection is built with innovative, organic, and recycled materials sourced from factories that share their values. Slater has delivered consistently barrier-breaking performances at the elite level in Fiji and the four-time event winner has a strong relationship with the island of Tavarua, making it his favorite wave, and the Outerknown partnership a natural evolution. "I fell in love with the small island of Tavarua a long time ago and I go back a few times every year. It's definitely my favorite escape and may be home to the happiest people on earth." - Kelly Slater A staple on the globally-celebrated WSL Championship Tour schedule, the Fiji stop epitomizes the "Dream Tour" concept and exists as a fan and athlete favorite. Boasting two world-class lefthand reef breaks in Cloudbreak and Restaurants, Fiji consistently delivers some of the best surfing of the season. Defending event winners Johanne Defay and Gabriel Medina will lead the WSL elite back this year where Outerknown will support the event. "We're very excited to welcome Outerknown to the WSL family and look forward to working with them to showcase the world's best surfers at one of the most incredible events on the Championship Tour," said Beth Greve, WSL Chief Commercial Officer. "Outerknown was built on a foundation of style, sustainability and travel. For us, Fiji brings together everything we stand for. It's the ultimate destination; lush jungles, crystal clear waters, perfect waves. You look around and are surrounded by jaw-dropping natural beauty. There's no better place on Earth to celebrate why we're working so hard to protect our ocean and wild places, and we hope to inspire new fans from all around the world to explore sustainability." John Moore, Outerknown's Creative Director. The OK Fiji Pro gets underway with the women's competition on May 28 through June 2, followed by the men's event, which holds a competitive window of June 4 - 16. The event will be broadcast LIVE on WorldSurfLeauge.com, the WSL app and on the WSL's Facebook page. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/world-surf-league-announces-outerknown-as-title-sponsor-for-fiji-pro-300447361.html


News Article | February 15, 2017
Site: www.prnewswire.com

PRINCETON, N.J., Feb. 15, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- MIAX Options Exchange announced today that it was named "Best Overall Exchange" at the Fund Technology and WSL Awards 2017. Previously known as the WSL (Wall Street Letter) Institutional Trading Awards, the Fund Technology and WSL Awards 2017...


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Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: CSA | Phase: INSO-4-2015 | Award Amount: 3.50M | Year: 2016

FabSpace 2.0 aims at making universities open innovation centres for their region and improving their contribution to the performance of societies. It will concentrate on one innovation area with high expected socio-economic and environmental impact: geodata-driven innovation, by leveraging space data in particular. When Universities must endorse a new role as co-creators of innovations in the context of Science 2.0 principles, the future realisation of open data as a new innovation scene needs to set up a creative environment in which developers from the civil society or industry or the academic research, public administrations and civil organisations can meet, work together, co-create new tools and business models. The proposal consists in a new kind of fab labs: FabSpaces. A fab lab is a one-stop shop access to any materials, machines and tools to digitally manufacture new products, a FabSpace will be a one-stop shop-access to a range of data (incl. space data), free software & data processing tools, to develop new applications. FabSpace 2.0 will provide a new free-access service and place dedicated to collaborative data-driven innovation in 6 European universities (13 at the end of the project). Through online support, entrepreneurship & innovation leadership trainings for students and researchers, the human capital among FabSpace users will be enhanced. The link between universities, industry, the public sector and civil society will be strengthened with local and European actions/events consisting in developing new applications to tackle challenges launched by ONGs & companies. 1500 students and researchers are expected to use FabSpaces, half of them will participate in workshops and 21 teams will be invited to events were they will meet experts and start-ups. FabSpace sustainability will be ensured before the end of the project. By doing so, FabSpace 2.0 intends to make universities regional catalysts and leaders of innovation in the area of data-driven innovations


NEW YORK, Feb. 17, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Convergex, an agency-focused global brokerage and trading related services provider, is pleased to announce that it has won Fund Technology and WSL Awards 2017 in the category of "Best Broker-Dealer Algorithm - Darkest."  The Fund Technology and WSL...


NEW YORK, NY / ACCESSWIRE / February 15, 2017 / Nomura Research Institute (OTC PINK: NRILY), a leading provider of consulting services and system solutions, today announced its Valuable OTC Products and Liquidity Control System (VOLCS) has been awarded the Best Utilities Technology at the 2017 Fund Technology and WSL Awards. NRI's VOLCS offering provides a multipurpose management system for financial institutions, specifically establishing strong due-date management for structured bonds and OTC derivatives and cash management. While designed for financial institutions, the solution can also be separated and utilized individually by non-financial firms. Most recently, structured bonds and OTC derivatives have been receiving more attention due to the effects of stock price changes and Japan's negative interest rates. Both financial products are complicated and require detailed calculation and settlement day management, causing a major operational and financial burden to financial institutions. VOLCS enables its users to reduce the operational burden significantly, resulting in increased trading volume, as well as provides the option to reallocate their resources from due day management to strategic division for more sales power. A couple of major financial institutions have already adopted VOLCS since its launch in June of 2016. "Financial institutions across the globe are looking to drive efficiencies in their day-to-day operations with innovative technologies to lower their cost burden, ease management challenges and increase their bottom line," said Minoru Yokote, Senior Managing Director of NRI. "NRI is committed to distributing our system solutions and consulting services that are industry-leading in Japan across the global marketplace to address these key challenges, and it is an honor to be recognized for our contribution." The Fund Technology and WSL Awards recognize technology solution and providers catering to asset managers and institutional traders that have demonstrated exceptional customer service and innovative product development over the past year. 2017's event has been expanded to recognize the efforts of technology providers, data specialists and exchanges meeting the needs of the wider asset management community, particularly mutual funds. Founded in 1965, NRI is a leading global provider of system solutions and consulting services with annual sales above $3.7 billion. NRI offers clients holistic support of all aspects of operations from back- to front-office, with NRI's research expertise and innovative solutions as well as understanding of operational challenges faced by financial services firms. The clients include broker-dealers, asset managers, banks and insurance providers. NRI has 35 offices globally including New York, London, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Singapore, and over 10,000 employees.


Valuable OTC Products and Liquidity Control System (VOLCS) has been awarded the Best Utilities Technology at the 2017 Fund Technology and WSL Awards. NRI's VOLCS offering provides a multipurpose management system for financial institutions, specifically establishing strong due-date management for structured bonds and OTC derivatives and cash management. While designed for financial institutions, the solution can also be separated and utilized individually by non-financial firms. Most recently, structured bonds and OTC derivatives have been receiving more attention due to the effects of stock price changes and Japan's negative interest rates. Both financial products are complicated and require detailed calculation and settlement day management, causing a major operational and financial burden to financial institutions. VOLCS enables its users to reduce the operational burden significantly, resulting in increased trading volume, as well as provides the option to reallocate their resources from due day management to strategic division for more sales power. A couple of major financial institutions have already adopted VOLCS since its launch in June of 2016. "Financial institutions across the globe are looking to drive efficiencies in their day-to-day operations with innovative technologies to lower their cost burden, ease management challenges and increase their bottom line," said Minoru Yokote, Senior Managing Director of NRI. "NRI is committed to distributing our system solutions and consulting services that are industry-leading in Japan across the global marketplace to address these key challenges, and it is an honor to be recognized for our contribution." The Fund Technology and WSL Awards recognize technology solution and providers catering to asset managers and institutional traders that have demonstrated exceptional customer service and innovative product development over the past year. 2017's event has been expanded to recognize the efforts of technology providers, data specialists and exchanges meeting the needs of the wider asset management community, particularly mutual funds. Founded in 1965, NRI is a leading global provider of system solutions and consulting services with annual sales above $3.7 billion. NRI offers clients holistic support of all aspects of operations from back- to front-office, with NRI's research expertise and innovative solutions as well as understanding of operational challenges faced by financial services firms. The clients include broker-dealers, asset managers, banks and insurance providers. NRI has 35 offices globally including New York, London, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Singapore, and over 10,000 employees.


DANBURY, Conn., March 1, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- ClearStructure Financial Technology has been named the "Best Technology Provider - Overall" at the 2017 Fund Technology and WSL Awards by Fund Technology, a subdivision of Fund Intelligence. To view the full winners list, please visit...


News Article | February 15, 2017
Site: www.businesswire.com

NEW YORK & LONDON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Vela Trading Technologies, a global leader in high performance trading and market data technology, is pleased to announce that its consolidated market data feed was awarded “Best Data Provider – Equities” in the Fund Technology and Wall Street Letter (WSL) Awards. These awards acknowledge providers catering to asset managers and institutional traders that have demonstrated exceptional customer service and innovative product development over the past 12 months. SuperFeed is a hosted, consolidated market data feed delivered in a simple normalized format. It combines the simplicity and cost efficiency of a consolidated feed with the high performance capabilities of a direct feed. SuperFeed offers a unique blend of fast delivery, scalability, and broad market coverage across Europe and North America, with more than 100 sources including multiple emerging markets. The award also recognized Vela’s world-class customer support and professional services teams as well as its managed services team, which recently won the American Financial Technology Award for Best Third-Party Technology Vendor IT Team. Emily Sakamoto, Editor of Fund Technology, said, “Vela Trading Technologies won the best data provider – equities category with the judging panel assessing firms for their strengths in terms of each product’s ease of use, client servicing, innovation, technology, and depth of data available for clients.” Brian Cassin, Head of Product & Strategy, North America of Vela Trading Technologies, commented, “We are delighted to add this award to our growing list of accolades. This is a testament to our commitment to our clients and recognition of Vela’s dedication to delivering technical expertise and solutions to meet our clients’ requirements.” He continued, “In this environment of constant change and growing budgetary constraints, our global clients rely on Vela to help them manage regulatory and business pressures. With SuperFeed, our clients benefit from robust and high quality, low-latency data with comprehensive coverage of the equities markets as well as a variety of other asset classes. We’re also excited to be recognized, once again, for our managed services team, who support our clients from Vela’s Belfast, Manila, and New York locations.” Vela (formerly SR Labs) is an independent global leader in high performance trading and market data technology. We provide the breadth of coverage and depth of expertise demanded by today’s multi-asset, multi-region electronic trading environment. Our clients benefit from white-glove global customer support and professional services from an experienced team comprised of seasoned financial services industry experts and cutting edge technologists. Providing premier market data and trading technology, Vela improves time-to-market, lowers costs and eliminates complexity. Vela delivers products that empower our clients to focus on their core business strengths, leveraging key trading infrastructure solutions via our technology, expertise and experience. Visit us at velatradingtech.com. Follow us on Twitter @vela_tt.

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