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GSMA Statement on Coronavirus

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News Of Emirates – The GSMA is monitoring and assessing the potential impact of the Coronavirus on its MWC20 events held annually in Barcelona, Shanghai and Los Angeles and as well as the Mobile 360 Series of regional conferences. The upcoming MWC Barcelona event, 24-27 February 2020, will proceed as planned, across all venues at Fira Gran Via and Fira Montjuïc, including YoMo and Four Years From Now (4YFN). Specifically, for MWC Barcelona 2020, several measures are already in place, and updates can be found on www.mwcbarcelona.com/about/news/.

The GSMA will:

  • Carefully follow and adhere to: the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) recommendations, all applicable Chinese government recommendations, all Spanish health authority recommendations and all police/health recommendations and protocols
  • Provide additional medical personnel for on-site support in the run-up to and during the event
  • Work with Fira de Barcelona to ensure sufficient sanitising products throughout all venues and implement other activity in line with recommendations from our city partners
  • Support exhibitors who may not be able to travel to MWC Barcelona (via GSMA account managers or the Customer Care Team).

The GSMA confirms that there have been no registration impacts on MWC Barcelona thus far and further updates will be issued as advice develops. However, we strongly urge exhibitors and attendees to implement appropriate guidelines and protocols as suggested by the WHO and other health authorities to contain and mitigate against any further spread of the virus. Currently, the WHO has decided not to declare a global public health emergency, saying it was still too early for such a move and has advised that, ‘measures to limit the risk of exportation or importation of the disease should be implemented, without unnecessary restrictions of international traffic’. Up-to-date WHO advice can be found here: www.who.int/ith/2020-27-01-outbreak-of-Pneumonia-caused-by-new-coronavirus/en/ and the most recent press release issued by WHO is here:https://www.who.int/news-room/detail/28-01-2020-who-china-leaders-discuss-next-steps-in-battle-against-coronavirus-outbreak.

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Merz Aesthetics Presents Data at the IMCAS World Congress 2020

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News Of Emirates – Merz, a global leader in medical aesthetics, announced today that data on the Merz Aesthetics product portfolio, including Belotero®, Cellfina® and Radiesse® will be featured in oral and poster presentations at the 2020 International Master Course on Aging Science (IMCAS) World Congress, to be held from 30 January to 1 February 2020 in Paris, France. 

“This meeting provides a platform for Merz Aesthetics to not only foster education and continuous training but also, to engage in thoughtful industry conversations while connecting with medical aesthetics physicians and fellow industry leaders from around the world,” said Bob Rhatigan, CEO of Merz Aesthetics. “We are grateful that our heritage and innovation in this space allows us to partner with world-renowned medical aesthetic experts, to share research on the diversified Merz Aesthetics product portfolio at the IMCAS World Congress.” 

In addition to the poster presentations listed below, Merz Aesthetics is sponsoring the symposium event “Facial Rejuvenation: Interactive Sessions to Level-Up Your Injection Skills”, to be held on Saturday, 1 February at 10.30h – 12.30h, Room Amphi Bleu. The session will be opened by Bob Rhatigan, CEO of Merz Aesthetics and will include treatment insights from four international expert speakers: 

  • Dr. Tatjana Pavicic – Dermatologist, Germany 
  • Dr. Kate Goldie – Aesthetic Physician, United Kingdom 
  • Prof. Yana Yutskovskaya – Dermatologist, Russia 
  • Dr. Jani van Loghem – Aesthetic Physician, Netherlands 

Oral Presentations 

Independent presentations including data on the Merz Aesthetics portfolio: 

What’s new in minimally invasive treatments 

  • Update on dermal fillers (99921) – Kate Goldie, MBChB – UK. Thursday, 30 January, 17.54 – 18.06h, Amphi Bleu – Level 2 

Body shaping and cellulite 

  • Cellulite and skin laxity (93276). Doris Hexsel, Dermatologist – Brazil. Thursday, 30 January, 10.30 – 10.42h, Amphi Bleu – Level 2 
  • Cellulite treatment update: how dimples, laxity and volume can be effectively treated (98147)1. Gabriela Casabona, MD– Spain. Thursday, 30 January, 11.18 – 11.30h, Amphi Bleu – Level 2 

Biostimulatory fillers 

  • Biostimulators: how dilution/diffusion interferes with outcome (93391). Gabriela Casabona, MD – Spain. Saturday, 1 February, 16.30 – 16.42, Room 143 – Level 1 

E-Poster Presentations 

E-Posters will be available for viewing at the Poster Zone on Level 2, from Thursday, 30 January to Saturday, 1 February 2020

  • Distribution of cohesive polydensified matrix cross-linked hyaluronic acid volumizing gel in ex vivo human skin model. Christina Wollenburg, Jeanette Simon, Dr. Kay Marquardt, Dr. Thomas Hengl – all Merz Pharmaceuticals GmbH, Germany. 
  • Calcium hydroxylapatite microspheres provide organization into unorganized collagen networks leading to improvement of skin attractiveness. Gabriela Casabona, MD – Spain. Dr. Bartosch Nowag, Daniela Schäfer, Davide Greco, Dr. Thomas Hengl – all Merz Pharmaceuticals GmbH, Germany. 

BOCOUTURE® Milestone 

This year, Merz is also celebrating the ten-year anniversary of BOCOUTURE® (incobotulinumtoxin A) in Europe. The botulinum toxin is part of the Merz Aesthetics portfolio and has received approval in 15 countries in Europe within the last ten years. A Booth Talk about “BOCOUTURE® – 10 Years of a Unique Neurotoxin” with Dr. Thomas Rappl will take place Friday, 31 January, 16.00, Booth N° P251

Copyright © 2019 Merz Pharma GmbH & Co. KGaA. All rights reserved. MERZ, MERZ AESTHETICS and the MERZ logo are registered trademarks of Merz Pharma GmbH & Co. KgaA. 

About Merz 

Merz is a global, diversified healthcare company based in Frankfurt, Germany. Privately-held for more than 111 years, the company operates in the areas of aesthetics, therapeutics and consumer care and is distinguished by its commitment to innovation, long-term perspective and focus on profitable growth. In fiscal year 2018/19, Merz generated revenue of EUR 1,094 million; the company has a total workforce of 3,213 employees worldwide and a direct presence in 28 countries.

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Kioxia Appoints Nobuo Hayasaka as President and CEO

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News Of Emirates – Kioxia Holdings Corporation today announced that the Board of Directors has appointed Nobuo Hayasaka as President and CEO of Kioxia, effective immediately. Dr. Hayasaka has served as Acting President and CEO since July 12, 2019, during Former President and CEO Yasuo Naruke’s medical leave of absence.

Dr. Naruke notified the company’s Board of Directors of his desire to step down as President, CEO and member of the board as he continues to focus on his health.

“Dr. Naruke has been an outstanding leader for our company over many years, and we thank him for the invaluable contribution he has made to shaping us into the company we are today.” said Stacy J. Smith, Executive Chairman of Kioxia. “This year presents an exciting opportunity for Kioxia, and President Hayasaka has the skills, experience and the full backing of our Board of Directors, management and employees as we move toward a new era of memory. I look forward to working closely with President Hayasaka and the rest of the executive team to ensure Kioxia’s ongoing success and value creation.”

“I am honored to be given the opportunity to serve as President and CEO of Kioxia. I am aware of the tremendous responsibility and look forward to continuing to work closely with our senior leadership team and employees to grow the company,” said Nobuo Hayasaka. “In order to maintain our position as a market leader in the new era of memory, we will continue to develop our core memory technology, while also investing in new ideas and innovations. We are committed to creating “value” through “memory,” which is what our company name implies, and developing new ways to contribute to the betterment of society.”

Dr. Hayasaka first joined Toshiba Corporation in 1984 after receiving a Ph.D in Electronic Engineering from Tohoku University. He was promoted to the position of Chief Technology Executive of Semiconductor and Storage Company in 2013 and held the role of Executive Officer, Corporate Vice President in 2014. Following Toshiba Memory’s separation from Toshiba Corporation, he was appointed as Executive Vice President, Executive Officer and Chief Technology Officer. He was appointed Acting President and CEO in July 2019.

About Kioxia

Kioxia is a world leader in memory solutions, dedicated to the development, production and sale of flash memory and solid state drives (SSDs). In April 2017, its predecessor Toshiba Memory was spun off from Toshiba Corporation, the company that invented NAND flash memory in 1987. Kioxia is committed to uplifting the world with memory by offering products, services and systems that create choice for customers and memory-based value for society. Kioxia’s innovative 3D flash memory technology, BiCS FLASH™, is shaping the future of storage in high-density applications, including advanced smartphones, PCs, SSDs, automotive and data centers.

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Panasonic Develops High-Power Blue WBC Technology to Revolutionize DDL Applications on Microfabrication

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News Of Emirates – On January 29, 2020, Panasonic Corporation announced it has succeeded in demonstrating the world’s highest brightness blue laser. This has been achieved by using the wavelength beam combining (WBC) technology [1] on a direct diode laser (DDL) to produce a high quality output beam [2]. With this technology, power scaling is enabled while maintaining the beam quality by simply increasing the number of laser sources. This demonstration opens the door to laser intensities that could be two orders of magnitude higher than conventional blue laser systems. This technology will contribute to the emerging microfabrication processes, whose demand is expected to grow in industrial applications, such as in the automotive industry.

The automotive industry is moving towards “electrification” and “miniaturization” while requiring “high rigidity,” “design flexibility” and “productivity.” Against this background, the anticipation for the microfabrication lasers that can process various kinds of materials such as copper, gold and plastic is building up. Especially, blue laser with a high optical absorption efficiency has a high demand in the field of copper fabrication for the automotive motors and batteries. Highly-productive processing requires a laser beam source that has both high output power and high beam quality.

In order to attain such a beam source, Panasonic started collaboration with TeraDiode, Inc. (TDI), a Massachusetts, U.S.-based company, in 2013, and since has been developing WBC technology which can combine multiple and different wavelengths into one combined beam. In 2014, Panasonic released LAPRISS; the world’s first laser welding robot system equipped with an infrared DDL using WBC technology*1. In 2017, the company acquired TDI as a wholly owned subsidiary*2 and started developing on the output-power optimization on WBC as well as shortening the wavelength.

The output power optimization of the high-beam-quality blue laser (wavelength band = 400 – 450nm) was realized by combining more than 100 emitters from multiple diode bars [3] with WBC technology.

This WBC technology combines the beams from multiple emitters at different wavelengths that are incident on the diffraction grating at angles corresponding to each wavelength. The resonator is then formed in between the shared partially-transparent mirror and each edge face of the emitters. As a result, the output beam has achieved a output of 135 W with a high beam quality of BPP [4] 1.5mm・mrad.

Going forward, Panasonic will develop a processing system that is equipped with this laser beam source, as well as the process optimization in laser processing.

Panasonic will hold exhibits and lecture sessions on our technical achievement at PHOTONICS WEST 2020 in San Francisco from February 1 to 6, 2020.*3

A part of this research and development includes the data obtained from a project – “Development of advanced laser processing with intelligence based on high-brightness and high-efficiency laser technologies (TACMI project)” – commissioned by the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) of Japan.

[Applications] Laser processing (welding, cutting, etc.)

[Patents] Total of 571 patents both domestic and international (including pending applications)

About PanasonicPanasonic Corporation is a worldwide leader in the development of diverse electronics technologies and solutions for customers in the consumer electronics, housing, automotive, and B2B businesses. The company, which celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2018, has expanded globally and now operates 582 subsidiaries and 87 associated companies worldwide, recording consolidated net sales of 8.003 trillion yen for the year ended March 31, 2019. Committed to pursuing new value through innovation across divisional lines, the company uses its technologies to create a better life and a better world for its customers.


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