Landis+Gyr and RWE sign Smart Meter Deal for Poland

ZUG, Switzerland, July 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Landis+Gyr, the global leader in energy management solutions, will deliver smart meter products and software solutions to energy utility RWE in Poland for installation in residential buildings located in the city of Warsaw. Deliveries are due to start in September, with system installation scheduled for the end of 2014.

“We are proud to have been selected by RWE for this inaugural smart metering deployment in Poland,” said Andreas Umbach, Landis+Gyr’s President and CEO, “RWE’s vision of enhanced grid functionality is a great match with Landis+Gyr’s experience and capabilities.”

Under the terms of the agreement, Landis+Gyr will deliver its Gridstream™ end-to-end solution, including 50,000 smart meters and Gridstream™ AIM software to RWE in Poland. The system will have an interface to RWE’s existing IT infrastructure, and is designed to support its asset management needs, as well as its billing services. A four year service contract is also included in the contract terms.

RWE operates a number of companies in Poland, including RWE Polska and RWE Stoen Operator. RWE Polska, together with RWE East, is responsible for supporting the development of the Group in Poland. RWE Stoen Operator manages the Warsaw power network.

“Implementation of the smart grid concept in the area of our operation will essentially improve the level of energy efficiency of the system as a whole,” says Agnieszka Nosal, Board Member of RWE Stoen Operator and also responsible for AMI investments. “It will also allow for the development of distributed generation which is to play a major role in the future energy market.  Investment in AMI will bring many benefits to end-consumers, providing them with access to actual consumption data, as well as enabling the utility to rapidly identify any interference in the network. The introduction of flexible product sales tailored to the lifestyle needs of individual customers will also come in the future.”

“This is a significant milestone for Landis+Gyr,” says Andrzej Szymanski, Country Manager of Landis+Gyr Poland, “RWE is a trusted customer and we are delighted to contribute to the development of smart metering in Poland with this project in Warsaw.”

Between 2014 and 2019, RWE foresees that 25 percent of its investments will go into smart infrastructure, which totals 420 million Polish Zloty (approximately 100 million Euros). In the first stage of the project, which is due to be complete by the end of 2014, RWE will install 25,000 smart meters in residential buildings in Warsaw; full project completion is scheduled for December 2015. RWE will also invest in its network, overhead high voltage lines, as well as in medium voltage cable lines in urban areas.

There has been rapid smart metering development in Poland in recent years. The signing of a declaration in June 2009 by the Polish National Energy Conservation Agency as well as the country’s three largest consumer organizations each called for the introduction of smart metering in Poland to increase energy efficiency for individual, institutional and industrial customers.

About Landis+Gyr
Landis+Gyr is the leading global provider of integrated energy management products tailored to energy company needs and unique in its ability to deliver true end-to-end advanced metering solutions. Today, the Company offers the broadest portfolio of products and services in the electricity metering industry, and is paving the way for the next generation of smart grid.  With annualized sales of more than US$1.5 billion, Landis+Gyr, an independent growth platform of the Toshiba Corporation (TKY:6502) and 40% owned by the Innovation Network Corporation of Japan, operates in 30 countries across five continents, and employs 5,500 people with the sole mission of helping the world manage energy better. More information is available at landisgyr.com.

Frost & Sullivan Recognizes Award Recipients at 2014 Excellence in Best Practices Award Gala

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., July 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Frost & Sullivan honored the recipients of its 2014 Excellence in Best Practices Awards at a black tie gala held on Tuesday, July 15 in Boston, Mass., at the Fairmont Copley Plaza.

The Excellence in Best Practices Awards are presented each year to companies that are predicted to encourage significant growth in their industries, have identified emerging trends before they became the standard in the marketplace, and have created advanced technologies that will catalyze and transform industries in the near future.

Awarded companies included:

Monitronics Security – 2013 North American Residential Security Services Customer Value Leadership Award

SafeNet, Inc. – 2013 Global Software Monetization Market Share Leadership Award

Telogis, Inc. – 2013 North American Light Commercial Vehicle Telematics Company of the Year Award

Verizon – 2013 North American Hosted IVR Market Share Leadership Award

Agilent Technologies – 2014 Global PXI Instrumentation Growth Excellence Leadership Award

Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise – 2014 Global Unified Communications Deployment Strategies Product Differentiation Excellence Award

AT&T – 2014 North American Personal Emergency Response Systems Enabling Technology Leadership Award

Bendix – 2014 United States Overall Best Supplier of Advanced Safety Systems for Heavy-Duty Trucks Product Leadership Award

CafeX Communications – 2014 North American Mobile and Web Customer Engagement Solutions New Product Innovation Award

Codonics – 2014 North American Medication Management Solutions Customer Value Leadership Award

Corindus Vascular Robotics – 2014 North American Interventional Cardiology New Product Innovation Leadership Award

Dassault Systemes – 2014 Global Mobility Applications in Discrete Industries New Product Innovation Leadership Award

Dräger – 2014 Global Mechanical Ventilation Equipment Growth Excellence Leadership Award

Expert Global Solutions – 2014 North American Healthcare BPO Customer Value Leadership Award

HARMAN International – 2014 Global High-End Car Audio Product Leadership Award

HP – 2014 North American IT Professional Services Customer Value Enhancement Award

INOLEX – 2014 Global Personal Care New Product Innovation Leadership Award

Interactive Intelligence – 2014 North American Contact Center Systems Company of the Year Award

Intergraph – 2014 Global First Responder C3i Software Solutions Market Penetration Leadership Award

Internap – 2014 North American Cloud Services Competitive Strategy Innovation & Leadership Award

Lynxspring, Inc. – 2014 North American Building Automation Systems Customer Value Leadership Award

MobileHelp – 2014 North American Personal Emergency Response Systems Price Performance Value Leadership Award

Mobius Imaging, LLC – 2014 North American Computed Tomography (CT) Imaging New Product Innovation Leadership Award

NEC – 2014 Global Unified Communications Infrastructure Technology Innovation Leadership Award

OSNovative Systems, Inc. – 2014 North American Wound Care Dressings New Product Innovation Leadership Award

PeopleNet – 2014 North American Medium and Heavy Commercial Vehicle Telematics Company of the Year Award

ProfitBricks, Inc. – 2014 North American Cloud Computing New Product Innovation Leadership Award

Qlik – 2014 Global Big Data Analytics – Data Discovery and Visualization Market Leadership Award

RacoWireless – 2014 North American M2M Communications Product Leadership Award

Sensus Healthcare – 2014 North American Non-melanoma Skin Cancer Therapy New Product Innovation Leadership Award

TalkPoint – 2014 Global Webcasting Services Customer Value Enhancement Award

Teleperformance Colombia – 2014 Latin American Contact Center Outsourcing Green Excellence Award

Third Wave Power – 2014 North American Solar Portable Battery Charger New Product Innovation Leadership Award

USA Technologies – 2014 North American Financial Services and Retail M2M Communications Customer Value Leadership Award

Verisante Technology – 2014 North American In Vivo Cancer Detection Technology Innovation Leadership Award

Verizon Global Wholesale – 2014 United States Wholesale Metro Carrier Ethernet Services Market Leadership Award

Virtual Radiologic – 2014 North American Medical Imaging Analytics Visionary Innovation Award

WordLogic Corporation – 2014 North American Predictive Engine for Keyboard Intelligence Applications Enabling Technology Leadership Award

Xagenic Inc. – 2014 North American Point-of-Care Diagnostics New Product Innovation Leadership Award

Xora, A ClickSoftware Company – 2014 North American Mobile Workforce Management Customer Value Leadership Award

Frost & Sullivan’s Best Practices Awards recognize companies in a variety of regional and global markets for demonstrating outstanding achievement and superior performance in areas such as leadership, technological innovation, customer service and strategic product development. Industry analysts compare market participants and measure performance through in-depth interviews, analysis and extensive secondary research in order to identify best practices.

For further information about the Awards gala, please contact a member of the Best Practices Team.

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CPhI Panel to Analyse New Industry Perspectives and Innovations Ahead of Predictive 2014 Annual Report

AMSTERDAM, July 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ —

New panel additions Patheon, Almac and Arevepharma to provide global insights from the contract services sector 

CPhI expert panel members for 2014: 

  1. Prabir Basu, President at Pharma Manufacturing
  2. Girish Malhotra, President & Founder, Epcot International
  3. Hedley Rees, Managing Director at PharmaFlow Ltd
  4. Sam Venugopal, Director in the Healthcare Practice at PWC
  5. William Botha, Consultant and Founder Interlean
  6. Emil Ciurczak, President at Doramaxx Consulting
  7. Dilip G Shah, CEO of Vision Consulting Group and a regulatory expert
  8. Vijay Shah, COO at Piramal Enterprises and pharma business lead
  9. Hendrik Baumann, CEO of Arevipharma
  10. Lukas Utiger, President of Fine Chemicals and Integrated Offering at DSM
  11. Alan Armstrong  (CEO) and Douglas Cookson (VP corporate marketing), Almac
  12. Brian Carlin, Director Open Innovation at FMC
  13. Ali Afnan, President at Step Change Pharma

CPhI Worldwide, organised by UBM Live, has announced its full line up of confirmed expert industry panel members for 2014, building on the huge success of the CPhI annual report launched at CPhI Worldwide in October 2013.  

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This year’s panel sees the return of ten thought leaders with the addition of three new members, covering the entire pharmaceutical supply chain from R&D through to finished products, regulatory requirements and economic implications. Additionally, this year panel members are utilising their market insights and analysis year round in the CPhI Pharma Insights series, which cover individual topics and developments across the industry – including the released R&D, manufacturing and Turkey reports, with a United States report due out imminently.

The new panel members are all from the contract manufacturing arena, with heavyweights Alan Armonstrong (CEO) and Douglas Cookson (VP corporate marketing) from Almac. Hendrik Baumann, the current CEO of Arevipharma, leverages his expertise within the German market and across API manufacturing. Lukas Utiger – president of Fine Chemicals and Integrated Offering at DSM – will lend his insights in the commercialization of pharmaceuticals. Collectively they provide a global overview of outsourcing with Almac and Arevipharma focusing on the international market from a European stance and DSM from a US perspective.

The returning members feature expertise across API and manufacturing efficiencies (Girish Malhotra) to quality systems and supply chain activities (Sam Venugopal), with insights also provided from some of the sectors biggest names and innovators, like Piramal’s Vijay Shah. Across supply chain issues, the panel will leverage the knowledge of Hedley Rees, whilst Prabir Basu, formerly of the National Institute for Pharmaceutical Technology and Education (NIPTE), will focus on the industry’s approach to innovation.

Regulatory expert, predominantly focussed on the Indian market, Dilip Shah also returns covering the intellectual property rules around innovation. Brian Carlin, who chairs IPEC Americas Excipient Qbd Committee, is also returning. He serves as the director of Open innovation at FMC and received the IPEC One World Regulatory Excellence Award in 2014. The winner of several FDA Commissioner Awards, Dr. Ali Afnan is another well-respected industry influencer and was a key contributor to the drafting and finalising of the current FDA Process Validation Guidance.

Emil Ciurczak, previously a member of the FDA’s PAT committee and president of Doramaxx Consulting draws upon his expertise across PAT, QbD and spectroscopy. Finally, William Botha, a respected trainer and mentor in manufacturing is also retuning to the panel; he is fluent in FDA regulations, including GDP and GMP.

Last year’s report examined major issues and developments across the industry including regulatory challenges from a globalised industry, cost savings through QbD and PAT, to the effect breakthrough drugs like ADCs will have on overcoming future disease pathologies.

The 2013 report was hugely successful with our experts providing insights into how the industry will adapt in the near future. This year we have been able to see the progress the industry has made along with the new challenges and threats ahead. Our experts will examine future potential breakthrough drugs, regulatory risks and supply chain issues. This year we also have representation from leading global CDMO players, Patheon, Almac and Arevipharma– adding a further depth of perspectives and providing a completely holistic picture of the global pharma landscape.” commented Chris Kilbee, Group Director Pharma at CPhI.

The 2014 annual report features a collection of in depth essays from each panel member – with experts again given carte blanche to prophesize how the industry will look and operate in the future from both an economic and practical perspective.

Kilbee added, “I am very pleased that we have been able to include in our panel many of the major figures in the industry, as they provide hundreds of years of experience both individually and collectively. The panels ability to provide a realistic approach to problem solving, coupled with an international outlook is essential in advancing market dynamics.”

For more information, please contact: cphi@ubm.com  

Coherus Announces Initiation Of Phase 3 Trial Of CHS-0214 (Investigational Etanercept Biosimilar) In Chronic Plaque Psoriasis (RaPsOdy)

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., July 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Coherus BioSciences, Inc. announced the start of its Phase 3 trial of CHS-0214, a proposed biosimilar of etanercept (Enbrel®), in chronic plaque psoriasis (the RaPsOdy trial). This announcement follows the recent initiation of a Phase 3 trial of CHS-0214 in rheumatoid arthritis. The Phase 3 psoriasis trial is a 48-week, randomized, double-blind, active-control, parallel-group, multicenter, global study in subjects with active, chronic plaque psoriasis who are naïve to systemic biologic therapy. The study will seek to demonstrate biosimilarity between CHS-0214 and Enbrel® in terms of efficacy, safety and immunogenicity. The primary efficacy endpoint is based on percent improvement in the Psoriasis Area and Severity Index (PASI) at 12 weeks.

“The initiation of the Phase 3 RaPsOdy trial is an important step toward our goal of increasing access to biosimilar etanercept for patients worldwide,” said Barbara Finck, M.D., Chief Medical Officer of Coherus. “It represents a pivotal study in the global clinical development for CHS-0214 and, if positive, will provide support for our marketing applications in Europe, the United States, and a number of other countries.”

“Based on our evaluation of the analytical, nonclinical and clinical pharmacokinetic similarity of this molecule, we believe that this molecule has met our rigorous internal criteria for initiating our second Phase 3 trial in 2014,” said Denny Lanfear, Coherus Chief Executive Officer. “In concert with our partner Baxter, we are pleased to advance this product into late-stage development.”

“With two late-stage trials now underway in partnership with Coherus, we are advancing our collective goals to develop and deliver high quality biologic alternatives that address patient needs,” said Ludwig Hantson, Ph.D., president of Baxter BioScience.

21Vianet and GigaTrust Sign Exclusive Partnership Agreement for China

WASHINGTON, July 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — 21Vianet Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: VNET) (“21Vianet” or the “Company”), the largest carrier-neutral internet infrastructure services provider and the sole operator of Office 365 and Microsoft Azure in the Chinese Mainland market, and GigaTrust, the market leader for Microsoft-based email and document protection software solutions for mobile devices, announced today that they have signed an exclusive partnership agreement for the China market. Pursuant to the agreement, 21Vianet will market and sell the portfolio of GigaTrust security products to enterprises and Office 365 cloud subscribers in China. This partnership will provide Office 365 enterprise customers in China the ability to protect and render secure emails and documents from anywhere using Android and iPhone mobile devices.

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21Vianet has more than 15 years’ experience in internet infrastructure services, with its core businesses covering data center management, managed network service, content distributed network service and cloud computing. The Company worked with Microsoft to successfully launch Office 365 services this April, delivering for the first time the familiar Office productivity suite, now equipped with more advanced communication and collaboration tools, as a local cloud service to business and government customers throughout China. The Company will leverage its cloud operation and service excellence to provide one-stop public cloud services to customers in China. According to Forrester Research, China is one of the fastest growing markets for public cloud services in the world and forecast to grow from $300M in 2011 to $3.8B by 2020. 

With the availability of GigaTrust’s secure mobility products, 21Vianet will provide Office 365 customers with a comprehensive security solution for both Android and iPhone devices, enabling highly adaptable cross-platforms and cross-devices experience.  Subscribers of Office 365 in China will be able to protect and consume protected emails and documents (Office docs and PDF formats) from anywhere securely to or from the mobile device.  In the past two years, smartphone sales in China have quadrupled, making China one of the world’s largest Smartphone markets in the world according to research firm IDC. Today, China has nearly 1 billion mobile phone users with roughly 40% or 400 million currently using smartphones, forecasted to reach 800 million by 2020.

Wing-Dar Ker, President of MS Cloud Business Unit at 21Vianet, stated, “Information security on mobile devices is a critical business requirement for Office 365 cloud customers. 21Vianet is pleased to deliver the industry’s leading mobility security solution from GigaTrust to Office 365 customers in China.”

“BYOD mobile environments are growing across all markets and GigaTrust is dedicated to providing secure email and document access to mobile devices anywhere. We are very excited to work with 21Vianet to provide GigaTrust’s mobile security products to Office 365 customers in China and to participate in the exponential growth of the China public cloud services market combined with the largest number of smartphone users worldwide,” said Bob Bernardi, Chairman and CEO of GigaTrust.