CEM’s Breakthrough High-Efficiency Peptide Synthesis Technology Wins R&D 100 Award

MATTHEWS, N.C., July 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — CEM Corporation, a leading provider of microwave laboratory instrumentation, is pleased to announce that the Liberty Blue™ Automated Microwave Peptide Synthesizer is a winner of a 2014 R&D 100 Award. The award is presented on a yearly basis by the editors of R&D Magazine in recognition of the 100 most “technologically significant new products and processes of the year.”

The Liberty Blue is a new, revolutionary technology that dramatically improves peptide synthesis. The system utilizes a new high-efficiency solid phase peptide synthesis (HE-SPPS) process that allows peptides to be synthesized in higher purity up to 25 times faster than conventional systems and 6 times faster than currently available microwave systems. In addition, it results in a 90% reduction in solvent usage, which is a major cost driver in peptide synthesis. HE-SPPS enables the synthesis of a peptide in less than 1 hour, instead of days, and provides a major enhancement for producing fundamental biological materials needed for drug research and many other fields of study in Life Sciences with a significant reduction in purification and solvent costs.

“Liberty Blue is the culmination of years of research on the peptide synthesis process and, due to the critical need for peptides in the pharmaceutical industry and life science research, it is one of the most important products we have ever designed,” said Michael J. Collins, president and CEO of CEM Corporation. “It is a singular distinction to be chosen for this award and we would like to thank the judges and the editors of R&D Magazine for their consideration.

“Liberty Blue is game changing technology that has already created a tremendous response in the market. In less than a year, this new technology has been adopted by a substantial number of key academic and industrial laboratories involved in the peptide field in North America, Europe, and Asia. Overall feedback has been extremely positive.

“Obviously, we are very pleased with this initial response and are excited about the future potential for this technology as the market continues to expand. We will continue to focus on this important field and will be announcing several new innovations later this year,” Collins concluded.

The Liberty Blue technology, known as High-Efficiency Solid Phase Peptide Synthesis (HE-SPPS), was recently featured in Organic Letters1 and C&E News2.

AVEVA and ETAP Sign Agreement to Deliver Industry First for Electrical Engineers

CAMBRIDGE, England, July 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ —

AVEVA and ETAP’s collaboration provides the first single round-tripping environment for complete data validation including 3D visualisation 

AVEVA and ETAP have signed a partnership agreement under which both companies will jointly develop a software interface between AVEVA Electrical and ETAP’s enterprise solution for electrical power systems. The new interface will provide for the first time electrical engineers with a single round-tripping environment for complete data validation from design and network validation to 3D visualisation. The interface will deliver capabilities for efficient design, development and production for the most complex electrical installations in all types of process and power plants, ships and offshore facilities.

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The collaboration means that engineers will be able to introduce an iterative approach to electrical data changes. They can now seamlessly round-trip data between AVEVA Electrical and ETAP as many times as necessary and can use shared data to visualise and perform accurate cable routing in AVEVA Everything3D through an unbroken workflow.

“Last month customers from around the world gathered to test a pre-release version of the new software interface,” said Shervin Shokooh, Chief Operating Officer, ETAP. “The response was overwhelmingly positive. The interface is helping engineers and designers to repeatedly check the validity of electrical engineering plant design and ensure compliance with relevant industry standards.”

“We have been working with ETAP for many years so it is very rewarding to formalise our partnership with such an important project,” said Dave Wheeldon, Chief Technology Officer, AVEVA. “The interface, which can be easily and quickly introduced at any stage of a project, offers a unique opportunity for electrical engineers to take designs from Front-End Engineering Design (FEED) to detailed design and construction and all the way to operations. The benefits are not just realised during design, it allows electrical validation to continue throughout the life cycle of plant.”

AVEVA Electrical is feature-rich software for electrical engineering and design in plant and marine projects. Its advanced graphical user interfaces, advanced cable routing capabilities, use of design rules and catalogues for data creation offer maximum workflow flexibility, improving project productivity and design quality. AVEVA Electrical is also part of AVEVA’s Integrated Engineering and Design solution that includes AVEVA Everything3D (AVEVA E3D), which handles routing and cable segregation in the 3D model. Via a two-way interface, this seamlessly integrates 3D model to create accurate design information.

ETAP is the global market and technology leader in electrical power system modeling, design, analysis, optimization, and predictive real-time solutions. The Company’s software technologies ensure that power systems are designed for optimal reliability, safety, and energy efficiency; when deployed in real-time mode, they enable organizations to manage energy as a strategic asset, maximize system utilization, lower costs, and achieve higher levels of financial stability. Visit http://www.etap.com for more information.

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Strong Demand for Ambi Climate Beta Units

HONG KONG, July 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Ambi Climate – the delightful add-on upgrade that simplifies your comfort and optimises your home’s air conditioning (“AC”) – has officially accepted its first beta testers. Ambi Labs CEO Julian Lee announced the upcoming beta during Echelon 2014, Asia’s Largest Tech Conference, which was recently held in Singapore. Response from the audience was extremely enthusiastic, with the beta test units set aside for this occasion snapped up in less than 2 hours.

Ambi Climate simplifies your AC comfort
Ambi Climate simplifies your AC comfort

“We thank the organisers, e27, for the opportunity to present at Echelon 2014. It was the perfect platform for us to recruit beta testers from across Asia,” stated Julian. “We are also heartened by the fact that our message resonated so strongly with the audience!”

Attendees at e27 were active not just in signing up as beta testers, but they also voted overwhelmingly for Ambi Climate in the People’s Choice Award — one of only 3 prizes awarded to the 10 finalists, who were in turn handpicked out of over 400 startups that applied to Echelon 2014. “We are humbled and grateful to the Echelon attendees for their support. This validates our research into a common pain point amongst consumers in Asia,” said Julian after the event.

Echelon 2014 attendees who registered for the beta trial were also encouraged to state how Ambi Climate would help them, with the largest category of responses related to comfort. “I’m sick of adjusting my AC temperature every 30 mins!” read one, and “I hate waking up [at] night to [turn] off my aircon” stated another. Some saw an opportunity to care for their loved ones: “So that my wife can stop switching the AC on and off throughout the night.” Others wanted Ambi Climate to help with their AC’s energy consumption: “[I am a] big believer in reducing energy waste at home, especially during the night when AC might not be always required. Plus it would save loads on energy bills!”

Ambi Climate harnesses machine learning and big data techniques to solve these problems. It is the world’s first system that learns not just your preferences, but also predicts how conditions in your home will change. Ambi Climate’s patent pending algorithms build up a holistic picture of your home, and are able to adjust your AC settings to ensure your comfort, no matter the time of the day, or outdoor weather patterns. Ambi Climate also provides deep, data-driven insights into the conditions in the user’s home, and the impact of their usage behaviour. This knowledge helps users to take control of their AC usage, allowing them to understand the tradeoffs between comfort and energy consumption.

Want to sign up as a beta tester? Ambi Climate beta devices will soon be available to a wider audience via a crowdfunding campaign. Sign up for the mailing list at http://bit.ly/ambiclimatesubscribe and be notified as soon as they launch their campaign.

Ambi Labs is also announcing an “Ambi-A-Day” video contest. From 16 July to 22 July, contest entrants who submit a video to the Ambi Climate Facebook page detailing why they want an Ambi Climate in 15 seconds or less will have a chance to win a free device. The video with the most votes each day wins a production Ambi Climate device. For further details and Terms and Conditions, visit the official contest page:http://bit.ly/ambi-a-day.

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CUCKOO Electronics Opens First “Cuckoo Brand Shop” In Ho Chi Minh!

SEOUL, South Korea, July 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Cuckoo Electronics Co., Ltd. (CEO Koo Bon-hak), Korea’s No. 1 home appliances company, has a plan to open their first brand shop in Vietnam at Ho Chi Minh Phu My Hung.

Launching cutting, CUCKOO Electronics Opens First 'Cuckoo Brand Shop' in Ho Chi Minh
Launching cutting, CUCKOO Electronics Opens First ‘Cuckoo Brand Shop’ in Ho Chi Minh

This is the first brand shop opened by Cuckoo Electronics in Vietnam. The shop will carry Cuckoo brand products such as premium electric pressure rice cookers, electric grills, and water purifiers. Starting with the first shop in Phu My Hung, they are planning to spread Cuckoo brand shops to other large cities including Hanoi, so that more consumers can easily experience Cuckoo products for bigger brand awareness.

Ho Chi Minh, the first city in Vietnam in which a Cuckoo brand shop will be opened, is a commercial city that leads the economy of Vietnam and it is the largest port city. Thus, there is high possibility of attracting a number of consumers who have high purchasing power. A spokesperson for Cuckoo Electronics said that they are expecting that there will be a resulting sales increase of Cuckoo products. In particular, as the Cuckoo brand shop makes it possible for local consumers to be exposed to various household appliances of Cuckoo products, it is expected that more Vietnamese consumers will become familiar with the brand.

An Opening event for customers is going to be held until August 11th. A total of four products, including the steady-selling “Shining Black 2.0” (model name CRP-HXXB1020FB), other Induction Heating (IH) rice cookers and an electric grill, will be offered to consumers at discounted prices. At the same time, several kinds of gifts will be given to consumers who either visit the store or make purchases. Also, customers can have a look the latest premium models from Korea so customers who want the Cuckoo IH rice cooker’s excellent taste of rice can have a wide range of selections.

A spokesperson for Cuckoo Electronics’ overseas business team said, “Cuckoo Electronics has been launched in the position of a premium brand in Vietnam through a variety of products and high quality services,” and added, “As we represent the leading home appliances company in Korea, we will carry out various marketing strategies, including brand shops, to become the No. 1 home appliance brand in Vietnam as well.”

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