American Journal of Medicine to publish International Psoriasis Council article outlining evidence how psoriasis may be linked to cardiometabolic diseases

ST. LOUIS, Oct. 6, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Mounting evidence that patients with psoriasis are at an increased risk of developing cardiovascular diseases and metabolic diseases (“cardiometabolic diseases”) is the subject of an article to be published in the December 2014 issue of the American Journal of Medicine.

The article, titled “Accumulating Evidence for the Association and Shared Pathogenic Mechanisms between Psoriasis and Cardiometabolic Diseases,” was written by seven councilors of the International Psoriasis Council (IPC), a global nonprofit focused on psoriasis research, education and patient care. The article is a summary of the November 2013 meeting of the IPC Think Tank, an annual gathering of global psoriasis experts to discuss the most pressing issues facing the understanding and treatment of that disease.

At the meeting, a global panel of dermatology, immunology and cardiovascular specialists discussed the status of research investigating the potential association of psoriasis with various cardiometabolic-related comorbidities.

Summarizing these discussions, the American Journal of Medicine article explores the potential shared pathogenic mechanisms, genetic connectivity and inflammatory links between psoriasis and various cardiometabolic diseases such as heart disease, obesity and diabetes.

“It is highly unique to have expert perspectives from a multitude of disciplines at once. These types of interactions accelerate our understanding of the association between various cardiometabolic conditions and psoriasis,” said Dr. Nehal N. Mehta, an expert in cardiometabolic diseases who is a co-author of the article. “Based on the evidence presented and outlined at this symposium, the link between psoriasis and cardiometabolic diseases demonstrates strong mechanistic ties, however definitive evidence still is elusive. More studies are needed to better understand this association.”

Among the conclusions made and identified in the manuscript:

  • There is a need to elucidate the link between psoriasis and cardiometabolic pathophysiologic mechanisms in order to better manage the psoriasis patient.
  • Identification of shared pathways through transcriptome studies (studying RNA) and genome-wide association studies (GWAS) is shifting the psoriasis model to one that is analogous to other systemic pro-inflammatory states, such as atherosclerosis and metabolic syndrome.
  • Novel imaging techniques may be pivotal in identifying and quantifying inflammation in psoriasis and cardiometabolic disease.
  • Models of inflammation in healthy human subjects have illustrated a pro-inflammatory state characterized by large increases of cytokines that also are prominent in psoriasis, including TNF-a. These subjects showed temporary biochemical changes consistent with those found in cardiometabolic diseases, suggesting that inflammation does precede disease.
  • Prospective studies in patients starting at 30 years of age to monitor the development of metabolic diseases in psoriasis may be the only definitive way to better understand the temporal relationships between these two diseases.

“The Think Tank, resulting in the article, exemplifies IPC’s mission to bring together leaders in psoriasis thereby advancing our understanding of this disease,” said Prof. Christopher Griffiths, University of Manchester, UK, and IPC President.

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National Airlines Supports Ebola Relief Efforts

ORLANDO, Fla., Oct. 4, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — National Airlines is proud to have been called on to contribute to Ebola relief efforts in Liberia. In cooperation with the United States Government, National Airlines, using one of its B747-400 Freighters, carried a planeload of medical and other relief supplies from New York to the Monrovia Airport. With its expertise in tailored air-freight services and its long history of supporting governments and militaries around the world by flying passengers and cargo of all kinds into remote and challenging destinations, National was well suited to safely fly this mission. 

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Glen Joerger, National Airlines’ President, commented, “National Airlines’ team of employees has been called on to assist in a variety of difficult situations, from flying missions into war zones to bringing aid to victims of natural disasters.  We have been anxious for an opportunity to do something for those in Africa threatened by this disease, and we jumped into action when called on for this medical and supply mission.”  Christopher Alf, CEO of National Airlines’ parent company, National Air Cargo Holdings, stated, “Our prayers are with those who have been struck by Ebola.  All of the National companies–our Airlines and all of our freight forwarding arms in the Middle East, New York and Germany–stand ready to support the governments and relief agencies of the United States and other countries in their efforts to eradicate this terrible disease from the globe.”

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Tony Award Winner Mary Zimmerman to Present White Snake at Wuzhen Theater Festival in China

WUZHEN, China, October 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — The annual Wuzhen Theater Festival in China will kick off again this year on October 30th in Wuzhen, a traditional water town along the southern bank of the Yangtze River in East China’s Zhejiang Province with a history of civilized society that can be traced back 7,000 years. The festival will continue until November 9th. Tony Award Winner and well-known director at the Goodman Theatre, Mary Zimmerman, will bring the production of the ancient and beloved fable White Snake to the stage at the Wuzhen Theater Festival, an event that is one of the most influential in the world of Chinese arts.

The Wuzhen Theater Festival, jointly founded by Cultural Wuzhen Limited president Chen Xianghong, award-winning US born Taiwan based playwright and theater director Stan Lai, well-known opera producer Huang Lei and highly-reputed experimental drama pioneer Meng Jinghui, has been utilizing the 1,300 years old water town as a stage to present world-class classical works as well as original plays created by young playwrights. In 2013, the Wuzhen Theater Festival presented 6 internationally well-known plays in rotationon7 different stages across Wuzhen during the 11-day-long festival. At the same time, 12 selected plays directed by young directors as part of a theater artist’s competition were performed 25 times during the festival. In addition, 120 artistic and performance groups put on 580 open air performances for visitors to the carnival event while drama masters from around the world engaged in 12 theatrical dialogues and 3 skits from the Odin Studio Workshop. Robert Brustein, recognized as the dean of modern American theater and the festival’s honorary chairman presented The Last Will from William Shakespeare’s trilogy and had a part in six of the theatrical dialogues. Afterwards, he commented in an article that appeared in the New York Review of Books, that, “Wuzhen has ambitions to become a major international event and, judging from its first season, it will almost certainly realize them.”

A special invite was sent to Mary Zimmerman to put on a “drama production from abroad” at this year’s event and the accomplished theatre director gladly accepted. This year’s theme is “Metamorphoses” which symbolizes the development and metamorphosis of the little town as well as the evolution of the weeklong festival following last year’s “Reflection” theme. “Reflection” was chosen for the earlier to show how the theatre and real life serve to complement each other, while “Metamorphoses”, a word that came into the English language from ancient Greek, is meant to depict change, development and transformation. The theme also serves to explain that the town, a locale that has been the guardian of tradition culture for centuries, is now turning into a stage for modern art — a Renaissance town of sorts. Mary Zimmerman’s latest work is named Metamorphoses, adapted from the collection of mythic-historical poems of the same name penned by the Roman poet Ovid. However, Mary Zimmerman didn’t choose to bring Metamorphoses to China; rather she chose The White Snake in response to this year’s lead production The Green Snake. The Green Snake is the work of Tian Qin Xin, the highly-reputed female director at the National Theater of China. Although huge differences exist between Chinese and American culture, they both bore similar legends ————The Green Snake and The White Snake, originating from the same primordial myth. Mary Zimmerman’s The White Snake absorbed the narrative of the classic myth and from a unique viewpoint, objectively explains the Chinese legend. In the play she integrates traditional Chinese drama elements as well as the common Chinese viewpoint when it comes to love and the emotions love engenders.

In addition to the “drama production from abroad”, this year’s festival staged the Youth Performance Competition, The Carnival in An Ancient Town as well as Dialogue in a Small Town and Workshop, the latter providing fans of the art form an opportunity to engage in discussions with and learn from the drama masters. During the 11-day festival, theatre aficionados from the world over can stroll along the canals of this ancient town and take in the best works of international drama masters, listen to them as they express their feelings and reveal their insights, or feel the determination of the young theater directors as they realize their dreams.

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Note for Editors: Wuzhen, the 1,300 year-old town with a recorded history of a civilized society that can be traced back 7,000 years, is one of the four most famous water towns and is described as “the last place remaining in China where homes sit above the water.” The ancient Grand Canal gave birth to Wuzhen, to its splendid culture and to the rich cultural sites. The town’s long history that has accumulated over the centuries has endowed it with a rich and colorful heritage. Wuzhen East Scenic Zone, opened in 2001, and Wuzhen West Scenic Zone, opened in 2007, together form a model to be emulated for the meaningful conservation of such repositories of tradition and culture.

Wuzhen West Scenic Zone has been awarded with numerous honors and credits since its opening in 2007. At variance with conventional traditional towns catering to sightseers, Wuzhen West Scenic Zone is a comprehensive and holistically conceived historic area which can at the same time provide a cultural experience, be a destination for leisure or a venue for holding a business meeting or gala event. Within the area, one can find historical spots, handcraft workshops, showrooms for traditional artifacts, religious architecture, folk costumes and traditions as well as recreational spots where visitors can linger, all within the context of the network of stone bridges and water canals that together form an exquisite tableau. When night falls, the whole becomes suffused with light, a truly impressive sight to behold. Everything that is needed for a business meeting, convention or gala event is on hand. Just within Wuzhen West Scenic Zone itself, there are nearly 1,500 rooms capable of accommodating over 2,500 visitors. Accommodations come in many varieties and grades including home stays, high-end hotels, youth hotels as well as establishments that are members of the Small Luxury of the World. The most- sought after rooms are Ming and Qin Dynasty-style suites equipped with air-conditioning, satellite TV and other modern conveniences.

The Wuzhen Grand Theatre, completed in 2013 at a cost of 450 million yuan (approx. $US 75 million), has been central to the success of the town’s first theatre festival. At the same time it is a symbol of the perfect transformation of Wuzhen into a tourist destination as well as a destination for anyone with a serious interest in China’s culture and history.

Eugenio Barba: I Love Wuzhen

–The Second Wuzhen Theater Festival 2014 to take place from October 30th to November 9th

WUZHEN, China, October 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — On October 30, the 1,300-year old traditional water town of Wuzhen in East China’s Zhejiang Province will proudly play host to the Second Wuzhen Theater Festival. Famous European theatre director Eugenio Barba has been invited to act as honorary chairman of the festival. Ode To Progress and Memoria, two plays directed by Eugenio Barba himself, will be presented during the event.

During the first festival in 2013, Eugenio Barba presented Odin Teatret’s Inside the Skeleton of the Whale, and he has remained highly impressed with thefestival ever since. During the interview, he praised Wuzhen and said: “Yes, I love Wuzhen… its quietcourtyards…its water theaters……” This year, Eugenio Barba will come to this Eastern town that he loves to put ontwo classic plays from Odin Teatret.

The Wuzhen Theater Festival, jointly founded by Cultural Wuzhen Limited president Chen Xianghong, award-winning US-born Taiwan-based playwright and theater director Stan Lai, well-known opera producer Huang Lei and highly-reputed experimental drama pioneer Meng Jinghui, has been utilizing the 1,300-year old water town as a stage to present world-class classicalworksas well as original plays created by young playwrights.

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Norgine Enrols First Patient in the Phase III NOCT Study to Evaluate Bowel Cleansing Efficacy of NER1006, a Novel, Low Volume Bowel Preparation, vs. Trisulfate

LONDON, October 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ —

Norgine today announced the enrolment of the first patient into the US Phase III study, NOCT, for its investigational product NER1006. This study will evaluate the bowel cleansing efficacy of a two-day split-dosing regimen of NER1006, versus a split-dosing regimen of a trisulfate bowel cleansing solution (SUPREP®) in adult patients undergoing screening, surveillance or diagnostic colonoscopy. The NOCT study will also assess the compliance, safety, patient acceptability and tolerability of NER1006.

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NER1006 is a novel, low volume polyethylene glycol based bowel preparation that has been developed to provide whole bowel cleansing, with an additional focus on the ascending colon. The dosing regimen of NER1006 (32 fl oz, of bowel preparation solution with 32 fl oz of extra water or clear fluid) aims to deliver a high level of efficacy. This low volume solution should not only support improved patient acceptability and compliance but also to contribute to effectiveness of colonoscopy procedures at detecting colon cancer and for optimised bowel surveillance, through effective bowel cleansing.[i]

The NOCT study is part of Norgine’s NER1006 Phase III clinical trials programme. NOCT is a US multicentre, randomised, parallel-group clinical trial that is expected to enrol 540 patients across two arms. The Phase III programme also includes two clinical studies in Europe further investigating the bowel cleansing efficacy, compliance, safety, patient acceptability and tolerability of NER1006. The MORA study will compare NER1006 versus MOVIPREP® using a 2-day split-doing regimen and a 1-day morning split-dosing regimen in adults. The DAYB study will compare NER1006 versus a sodium picosulfate and magnesium salt solution (CITRAFLEET®) using a day before only dosing regimen in adults. Enrolment for trials MORA and DAYB are planned to start in late 2014.

Donna McVey, Chief Development Officer, Norgine, commented: “We are excited about the clinical progress being made with NER1006, further strengthening our bowel cleansing portfolio which also includes MOVIPREP® and KLEAN-PREP®. The acceptability of effective bowel cleansing products is critical for patients to ensure quality colonoscopy and avoid the need for repeat procedures.”

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[i] Optimizing Adequacy of Bowel Cleansing for Colonoscopy: Recommendations From the US Multi-Society Task Force on Colorectal Cancer. A joint guideline from the American Gastroenterological Association, and American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. The American Journal of Gastroenterology. 2014

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Press Releases: Remarks at the U.S-ASEAN Business Council 30th Anniversary Gala Reception

SECRETARY KERRY: Thank you so much, Evan. Thank you. Wow, thank you. I didn’t know I was going to be interrupting cocktails. (Laughter.) I feel entirely guilty. It’s okay if you don’t eat, but not drinking is really serious. (Laughter.)

Thank you very, very much. It’s sort of complicated to parachute in like this and then race off. And I think I’m hearing music accompanying my speech, which is interesting. (Laughter.) Beg your pardon?

PARTICIPANT: The heavenly choir.

SECRETARY KERRY: Beg your pardon?

PARTICIPANT: The heavenly choir.

SECRETARY KERRY: That’s fine by me, so long as it’s not calling me somewhere. (Laughter.)

But I’m really grateful. Evan, thank you so much for a very generous introduction. And I know I’m all that stands between all of you and dinner, so I will be – try to be respectful of that. On the other hand, this is an important gathering for an important effort, and I want to be very clear to everybody about why that is. Let me start by thanking the U.S.-ASEAN Business Council. I want to congratulate you on an extraordinary 30 years. To get an understanding of why this organization has been so successful, you only have to look to your right, look to your left, look at the leadership of the businesses of that are represented here. I just came from a small reception of a number of the folks who’re sponsoring it. But Evan, Alex Feldman, the president, CEO, others – US-ABC has some of the best and brightest businesses that are participating in – not just this evening, but in the ongoing enterprise of ASEAN efforts. And I thank all of you for your partnership over the years.

It’s also a pleasure to be among a lot of familiar faces. I was walking around, and from where I’m standing there’s – a whole bunch of the State Department is here. (Laughter.) Fair warning, I don’t care how much champagne you drink tonight, you’ve just got to be at work tomorrow morning. (Laughter.) Let me just quickly take this opportunity, if I can, to embarrass somebody who’s in the audience tonight, and he’s one of the most important people on my team. And I’m talking about Assistant Secretary for East Asia and Pacific Danny Russel, who’s standing right over here. (Applause.) When I first became Secretary, President Obama and I sat down to talk about his priorities, among them the Asia rebalance. And we realized that we really needed somebody who had the respect of people in the region and knew the region intimately and had the relationships which are a critical part of any kind of effort in East Asia, as all of you know. And there was never a doubt in President Obama’s mind or my mind who that person had to be. He had worked very closely with Danny in the White House – the President had – and Danny was actually one of the architects of the rebalance.

So before too long, I got to know Danny a lot better. I’d only known him parenthetically. But I’ll tell you, there are few people who understand the region better than he does. He lives it and he breathes it. It’s a mantle that he wears on his shoulders and carries with him all the time, and he loves it. And a year or two ago, just to prove this, I was walking through the White House one day and I passed the Situation Room and I saw Danny sitting across from Henry Kissinger. So I pop my head in and I say, “Henry, you’re giving Danny a briefing on Asia. That’s great.” And he turned to me and said, “No, John. Danny’s the one briefing me.” (Laughter.) Very, very – and it’s true, actually. That’s Danny, and there’s nobody better to drive our policy forward.

I’m also very, very delighted that tonight there are so many members of the diplomatic corps who are here. Thank you all for coming. I met with a number of the ambassadors just as I walked in and others – our ASEAN partner nations – are here in the audience. And I had an opportunity just the other day in New York at this massive speed dating exercise we get involved in in New York called UNGA, the UN General Assembly. So I met with all of the foreign ministers from the region there. We had a session in the evening, several hours. And I also met with our terrific U.S. Ambassador to ASEAN Nina Hachigian, and I think she’s here somewhere. Nina, why don’t you raise your hand? There she is. Our new ambassador right here, folks. (Applause.) She’s got a brother she’s marrying off, and the minute she got rid of him she’s heading out there, right? All right.

As I told everybody on Friday, ASEAN really is front and center in the region’s multilateral architecture, and we want it to remain there. ASEAN is central to upholding the rules-based system throughout the Asia Pacific and is the best way to ensure that countries big and small are going to have a voice as we work together to address the challenges that maritime security present, climate change presents, food security presents, not to mention just working our way through the complicated differentials between countries and barriers, non-tariff barriers, the different impediments to doing business. And it’s critical, because this group actually is creating significant economic opportunities, and the members who are here are helping to foster a very different playing field, which is critical. And I thank all of you for your partnership in that effort.

Lastly, I’m particularly excited to be among a lot of America’s elite business leaders heading up some of the most innovative and exciting businesses in the world. And that includes our own Assistant Secretary for Economic and Business Affairs Charlie Rivkin, who I saw somewhere. There he is right there. We actually had to call Charlie back from Paris where he had been serving as ambassador for a number of years so he could focus fulltime with me on advancing our economic agenda. And the reason we picked Charlie to lead our efforts and to promote American business abroad is very simple: Not a lot of assistant secretaries have been CEO of a billion-dollar company and a U.S. ambassador at the same time overseeing a bilateral relationship that clears one billion in business transactions every day. I might add that diplomacy is also in his blood, because his father, William Rivkin, was one of our finest ambassadors. He served in Luxembourg and Senegal. And Charlie has proven himself more than worthy of his father’s legacy, and we couldn’t be happier than to have him part of our team. So Charlie, thank you for taking on this job. (Applause.)

And the team includes Under Secretary Cathy Novelli, who also came from the private sector, from Apple; and Ambassador David Thorne, who became an ambassador from the private sector; and Scott Nathan, who has been a finance – who’s been engaged in finance, in funds – very, very successful in Boston, and who has joined our team. So we have a team that understands your challenges. They understand what it means to try to start a business, grow a business, open more opportunities, and get your decisions rapidly and get government out of the way as you try to do that, except to the degree that government can help you move forward.

So with so much focus on the challenges that are confronting us today, from ISIL to Ebola to Ukraine to Iran to Syria, and you can run the list, Afghanistan, it can be easy to miss the fact that there are also unprecedented opportunities staring us in the face at this moment, particularly when it comes to business and economic growth. And each and every business leader in this room would tell you that few regions in the world are as ripe for those opportunities as Southeast Asia.

Many of you have been involved initiative his region for decades. US-ABC includes some of the very first American businesses to open up shop in the ASEAN states. So you know better than anybody how dramatic the region’s transformation has been. I will personally never forget my first visit back to Vietnam as a civilian and as a senator in 1991. And I watched with great excitement because I was down in the south of Vietnam in prior years, never in the north. The north we looked at with great sort of trepidation, except for the pilots who obviously flew over it.

And as I flew into Hanoi, I looked down and I could see all kinds of craters from bombs that had been dropped. This is in 1991. And I noticed the streets as I drove in along the river, it was a very narrow road. The main highway had not yet been built. There was some construction going on. The streets were filled, chock-a-block full of bicycles, bicycles, and bicycles. No cars. Very few cars. There were few motorcycles, very few tall buildings. Not a stoplight worked in the entire city when I set foot there, not one stoplight. And it was just a massive constant mesh of bikes that somehow made it across and made it through.

And it was a place that had literally been frozen in time. I was back in Vietnam last year for maybe my 20-something trip over the last 30 years. And I’m sure many of you have experienced this as well. It just stuns you how far things have moved in this span of time.

The energy in Vietnam today is absolutely remarkable, and the transformation is nothing short of amazing. In the years since we lifted the embargo and normalized relations, Vietnam has become a modern nation and an important partner of the United States. And when you talk to the young people in Vietnam, you can feel the enthusiasm for the potential of the future: 65 percent under the age of 35.

This isn’t just Vietnam’s story. This dynamism, energy, transformation – similar stories can be told throughout Southeast Asia. I was at the Malaysian entrepreneurial fair that they had last year, summit, and it was just stunning: 15,000 kids cheering like at a rock concert, excited about entrepreneurial activity and possibilities. And the year – in 1984 – that was the year that the US-ABC was founded – the annual GDP of the 10 countries that are now ASEAN was about $220 billion in today’s dollars. Today, that GDP has grown more than 10 times over to more than $2.4 trillion.

Now, it’s not a coincidence that President Obama and the Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker and U.S. Trade Represent Mike Froman and I have all individually made a trip to one or more of the ASEAN states just within the past six months. Roughly $100 billion of exports to Southeast Asia every year, and every year that supports millions of jobs both there in the region as well as right here on our own shores.

Now, I don’t need to convince you probably – most of the leaders here – of these enormous opportunities. But for the folks who are tuning in tonight to understand what this is about, I want them to understand that enormous business opportunities exist throughout ASEAN, and all of you here are already the choir, so I don’t need to preach further.

I don’t need to remind you also that our embassies are there to help you, and I want you to understand that, from the ambassadors on down. We have a number of the ambassadors here tonight representing the countries of ASEAN. I know many of your businesses work with our ambassadors every single day. We’ve worked to bring about a billion dollars in business deals throughout the ASEAN region, including the largest – in billions, multiple billions – which we have been working towards, including the largest single commercial aircraft sale in Boeing’s history to Indonesia’s Lion Air. And our then-ambassador Scot Marciel played a critical role in helping Boeing to secure that deal which ultimately is worth almost $23 billion.

So what we need to focus on today is how do we make sure this growth continues. As you sit around your tables tonight, as you enjoy this dinner, as you think about the next years, think about that, because it’s not a given. There are still many places in the region where steep tariffs and unclear rules of the road breed uncertainty and stifle the flow of goods and ideas. And that will tampen down the capacity to keep on keeping on what we’re doing.

There are places where businesses don’t have access to the financing that they need to get off the ground, where infrastructure challenges like crumbling roads and inadequate internet and inconsistent power grids prevent businesses from reaching markets. Now, we can’t – I certainly can’t and I don’t know anybody here who can – just wave a magic wand and address all of these challenges tomorrow. But there are steps that we can take together in order to help bring about a more prosperous future for both the United States and our ASEAN partners, and I’ll be very, very quick.

First and foremost, as any business leader would agree, freer markets create more opportunity, more competition, more growth, more dynamism, and more innovation. And we need to do more to open up trade and investment in every corner of the globe, and particularly in that region. Every one of you knows the enormous difference that the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement – one that includes a number of ASEAN countries – could make. Just this afternoon, I hosted a lunch with Vietnam’s Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh, and we spoke at length about the potential of this agreement and how urgently we need to get it off the ground, and he agreed. The TPP is a state-of-the-art, 21st century trade agreement that will connect more than 40 percent of the global GDP and one-third of global trade, and it raises the standards. It brings everybody up, not a race to the bottom. It’s consistent with our shared economic interests and our shared strategic interests, and it’s rooted in our shared values.

And it’s about promoting stability in this dynamic region and also establishing a fair and transparent framework that enables countries throughout the region to deepen their economic integration and grow in harmony. We need to make it happen, folks, and we can’t do it without you. We need you to help make the case for TPP with the Congress and with the American people, and we need you to make the phone calls and set up the meetings and do all you can to get Capitol Hill on board. And this is a battle we need to prepare for and it’s a battle we absolutely need to win.

Second, we need to make sure that the leaders of the future are getting the training and the education that they need in order to thrive in a growing economy. About 65 percent, as I said, of the population of ASEAN region is under the age of 35, and these young people are innovative, creative, and they’re eager to contribute their ideas, energy, to improve not only their own lives but the lives of others in their communities and their country. I’ve seen this firsthand in Malaysia and the Philippines and Indonesia on every trip I’ve taken to Southeast Asia. And that’s why we are investing in programs like President Obama’s Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative, the YSEALI, as it’s known. Through YSEALI, every year we bring young men and women from Southeast Asia to universities in the United States where they can receive training, deepen their knowledge about regional issues and experience and perspectives. This year’s YSEALI class includes women like Sovan Srun from Cambodia. She’s an aspiring social entrepreneur who coauthored a handbook for high school graduates to plan for their career paths, in hopes that she will help her community become more self-sufficient and less dependent on foreign aid. She’s a remarkable young woman, and we need to make sure that others like Sovan have the opportunities they need to make the mark on their communities and that their energy is harnessed in a completely positive way.

Third – and this is especially important – we need to do more at the State Department to make sure that the U.S. Government and the U.S. business community are working with one another, not against one another. I tell every Foreign Service officer that they are, each and every one of them, an economic officer, no kidding. That’s how we have to think. And we need to show the world that the State Department means business, literally. We’re planning to do this by expanding what we call detail opportunities with the private sector. Department employees spend a year working with our private sector partners so they can get a better understanding of the business world and what’s needed from government for when they return. And we’re developing similar programs that will bring folks from the private sector to the State Department on detail as well so the bureaucracy can benefit from their entrepreneurial world view.

But all of us in government and business alike have to keep in mind that the true measure of our success is going to be whether our economies continue – is not whether they continue to grow, but it’s how they grow. If we make the correct choices in the months and years to come, U.S. trade and investment has the potential to create shared prosperity up and down the food chain: growth that’s sustainable and environmentally friendly, wealth that lifts up communities and creates opportunity, and enormous amounts of jobs for the United States and for all of our partner nations. And on top of that, if we commit high standards when it comes to business practices, we absolutely encourage this race to the top, which I think every one of you understands with globalization is at risk. So we need a race to the top from companies all around the world, and I think that’s a race that we can win.

So all of us at the State Department know well that in the 21st century a nation’s interests and the well-being of its people are advanced not just by troops and diplomats but also by entrepreneurs and executives in ways that are really quite significantly different from prior centuries. It is happening by virtue of the businesses that they build and the workers that they employ and the students that they train, and ultimately, the shared prosperity that they create. I say it all the time. I said it in the first days of my nomination to be Secretary. I said it in my opening statement to the committee: Economic policy is foreign policy, and foreign policy is economic policy. And the fact is that American businesses are some of the best ambassadors our country has. Just think about it. US-ABC businesses collectively represent more than 6 trillion in annual revenue. Your businesses support more than 13 million employees worldwide, and you do it all the time while wearing America’s jersey, so to speak.

And I underscore this: The reason we are so grateful to have such a capable and influential group of ambassadors throughout America’s business community is not simply because you do well, but also because you do good. And that’s particularly true in the ASEAN states. I’ve seen it firsthand in the factories I’ve been into, in the people I’ve talked to and the businesses they work for. American businesses have been the number one investor in ASEAN economies for decades. In fact, U.S. investments are larger than Chinese investments, Japanese investments, and Korean investments combined.

And it’s not just about the quantity of our investments; it’s about the quality. When we invest in countries, we actually do it differently. When businesses from some countries enter new markets, they bring in their own workers, their own tradesmen. We, on the other hand, hire local employees. And guess what – we train them as well. Some businesses in the world recklessly pollute the environment, knowing full well that it’ll be difficult to hold them accountable. But so many of our businesses make a point of investing in clean energy and environmental solutions in order to accompany their facilities abroad. And businesses that come in from other nations have been known to promote corruption instead of working to stop it, not held to account by our Foreign Corrupt Businesses Act. But we take every step we can to end corrupt practices abroad or elsewhere, because we know that when we eliminate corruption we’re able to build the long-term relationships that will withstand the test of time and make the environment safer for new businesses to be able to invest in.

So we do all of this because business doing right is part of the American brand. It’s part of our what our companies stand for and it’s part of the proposition of how we attract more investment to follow. What I’m talking about is more than agreeing to abide by a set of principles or guidelines. It’s really rolling up your sleeves and taking action to integrate responsible investment and objective corporate management decision making.

Now, there are a lot of other things that we could go on to say. I’m going to – I said I wouldn’t – I’ve gone on longer than I meant to. But I want to just emphasize to everybody here that the real excitement that comes with this is watching these countries go through these amazing transformations. I am nothing less than stunned by what has happened, the transformation taking place. I have absolute confidence, and as we go forward in these next years the differences between our nations, even as we respect cultures and history, but differences will evaporate in the way that people have fears and that they suspect people from abroad. There’ll be a unity because everything in the world is different today. Today’s kids all have smartphones; they all talk to each other. They’re talking to everybody in the world all the time about everything. And it changes everything in life. Politics is different. Building consensus is different. Getting your market share is different. Holding onto it is different. We’re living in a very, very different time, and nowhere are the possibilities more evident than in the transformations taking place throughout Southeast Asia.

So I think you all are onto something, and I profoundly say congratulations to ABC. We’re going to be in Burma. The President and I are going to be there a month from now. We’re looking forward to being in China, likewise, in November for the APEC conference. We’ll be there for the East Asia Summit. We are front and center and present because we’ve been a Pacific nation all of our history and we will never turn away from that.

So I thank those of you who have been the pioneers. I thank those of you who are on the front lines today. I say congratulations to all of you. Celebrate well tonight and tomorrow we all get back to work and continue on the road. Thank you all very, very much. (Applause.)

Oregon Reproductive Medicine Solidifies Its Position in China with Direct Team Support from Approved Partner – Travel Healthcare Limited

– Continuing To Help Chinese Families On Their Journey To Parenthood

SHANGHAI, Oct. 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Oregon Reproductive Medicine (ORM) continues to help build families across the globe by officially partnering with Travel Healthcare Limited (THL). Mr. Ellon Xu, Executive Director of THL and his team will directly represent the U.S. based fertility clinic in Shanghai, supporting all of China – bringing proven success and dedication directly to the intended families in China.

“It’s exciting that we now we have the ability to continuously connect with individuals and couples who want to start or extend their family, directly and within the region,” says Dr. John Hesla. “It’s a way to listen to the needs of the community and provide the best care possible to future patients from China.”

“We are thrilled to start working with ORM and bring the best that medical science has to offer to China,” says Mr. Xu. “This allows us to combine expert knowledge, experience, compassion and individualized services to create a smooth avenue for Chinese families on their journey to parenthood.”

To celebrate this important milestone, ORM and THL will co-sponsor an information seminar for intended parents in early October in Shanghai. Registration is now open through THL’s hotline: +86-400-038-3577.

Oregon Reproductive Medicine is a globally recognized fertility clinic specializing in in vitro fertilization in Portland, Oregon. Recognized locally for outstanding personalized care, the practice is known worldwide for extraordinary live birth success rates – amongst the highest in the United States.

Oregon Reproductive Medicine

Contact: Liz Sullivan

Phone: +1-503-243-4158


Travel Healthcare Limited

Contact: Ellon Xu

Phone: +86-21-6403-5658