Azenta | November 09, 2022
Azenta, Inc. (Nasdaq: AZTA) and the Government of Luxembourg today announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding ("MoU") to facilitate continued healthcare technology development in Luxembourg. The Minister of the Economy of Luxembourg, Mr. Franz Fayot, and the President and CEO of Azenta, Steve Schwartz, signed the MoU at Azenta's Massachusetts-based global headquarters. Azenta, Inc. had recently acquired B Medical Systems, a leading global vaccine, and medical cold chain provider, based in Luxembourg.
The MoU signing ceremony was attended by several senior dignitaries from the Ministry of the Economy of Luxembourg, Ministry of Higher Education and Research of Luxembourg, Luxembourg Trade and Investment Office in New York, Luxinnovation and Azenta, Inc. Mr. Luc Provost, CEO of B Medical Systems, and Mr. Jesal Doshi, Deputy CEO of B Medical Systems, represented B Medical Systems, a subsidiary of Azenta, during the ceremony.
Confirming Azenta's desire to preserve the production activities of its subsidiary in Luxembourg, B Medical Systems, and to continue the projects undertaken by the subsidiary until then, the memorandum of understanding confirms the intention of the Ministry of the Economy to continue to support the development of the company in Luxembourg. The acquisition by Azenta should also give B Medical Systems access to new markets, thanks to the group's extensive network of customers in countries where B Medical Systems has not previously had a significant presence.
The MoU signing ceremony was followed by a visit to Azenta's genomics lab in Waltham, Massachusetts by the delegation of the Ministry of Health led by the Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Health, Ms. Paulette Lenert, and the delegation of the Ministry of the Economy led by the Minister of Economy, Mr. Franz Fayot.
"The fact that a world-renowned company such as Azenta has acquired B Medical Systems, one of our industrial flagships, demonstrates the dynamism of the Luxembourg health technology sector, which is one of the pillars of Luxembourg's economic diversification strategy. Through this memorandum of understanding, our objective is to continue the good collaboration that already existed with B Medical Systems, particularly in its future research, development and innovation projects, as well as to identify possible synergies."
-Franz Fayot The Minister of the Economy.
We look forward to continued partnership and engagement with the Government of Luxembourg. B Medical Systems, which recently became a part of Azenta, has a long history of operations in Luxembourg, and we intend to build upon this already strong track record of growth and innovation, said Steve Schwartz, President and CEO of Azenta.
About Azenta Life Sciences:
Azenta, Inc. (Nasdaq: AZTA) is a leading provider of life sciences solutions worldwide, enabling impactful breakthroughs and therapies to market faster. Azenta provides a full suite of reliable cold-chain sample management solutions and genomic services across areas such as drug development, clinical research and advanced cell therapies for the industry's top pharmaceutical, biotech, academic and healthcare institutions globally. Azenta recently acquired B Medical Systems, a leading global vaccine, and medical cold chain provider, based in Luxembourg.
APRU | November 29, 2022
The AI for Social Good Project – Strengthening AI Capabilities and Governing Frameworks in Asia and the Pacific has recently passed the milestone of onboarding two key government agencies.
The project is the latest collaboration between the Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU), UN ESCAP, and Google.org, which commenced in mid-2021 and will run until the end of 2023. Over the past year, meetings and workshops have been held with government agencies from Thailand and Bangladesh. The confirmed government partners to join the project are the Office of National Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation Policy Council (NXPO) of Thailand, in close collaboration with the National Electronics and Computer Center (NECTEC) and the National Science and Technology Development Agency and the Institute of Field Robotics (FIBO) under the King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi, and the Bangladesh Aspire to Innovate (a2i) Programme. NXPO and a2i are affiliated with Thailand’s Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation and the ICT Division and Cabinet Division of Bangladesh, respectively.
The AI for Social Good multi-stakeholder network was initially set up in 2019, among the first milestones being the creation of a platform that convenes leading experts from the region to explore opportunities and challenges for maximizing AI benefits for society. After these activities engaged a wide range of policy experts and practitioners, the three project partners decided that it was the right time to move on to the next stage of working directly with government agencies to apply the insights generated through the collaborative project to date. The aim has been to work with government partners in Asia and the Pacific to grow sound and transparent AI ecosystems that support sustainable development goals.
“Recognizing that AI offers transformative solutions for achieving the SDGs, we are pleased to participate in the AI for Social Good Project to share experience and research insights to develop enabling AI policy frameworks.”
-Dr. Kanchana Wanichkorn, NXPO’s Vice President.
NXPO identified ‘Poverty Alleviation’ and ‘Medicine and Healthcare’ as two areas of need that are now tackled by two academic project teams. To alleviate poverty and inequality, the Thai government has developed data-driven decision-making systems to improve public access to state welfare programs. The project, under the academic leadership of the Australia National University (ANU) team, will focus on enhancing the human-centered design and public accessibility of these technologies to support successful implementation. In addition, research on AI for medical applications has increased exponentially in the past few years in Thailand. However, the progress in developing and applying AI from research to market in these areas is relatively slow. To support and accelerate the use of AI in medicine and healthcare, the expert team from the National University of Singapore (NUS) will focus their research and analysis on identifying crucial bottlenecks and gaps that impede the beneficial use of AI.
While the two Bangladesh projects both focus on the need for ‘Continuing and Personalized Pregnancy Monitoring’ (to improve health outcomes during and after birth), they are exploring different aspects of this key focus area for the government of Bangladesh. Under the leadership of the team from NUS & KAIST, the first project investigates challenges in perceptions and reception of incorporating AI into continuous pregnancy monitoring systems. Under the leadership of the University of Hawai‘i Team, the second project circles in on technological issues of Bangladesh’s healthcare sector and their impacts on AI-based data analysis and decision-making processes.
The academic integrity of both sets of country projects is overseen by Toni Erskine, Professor of International Politics and Director of the Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs at ANU. Erskine guides both the conception of the research questions in collaboration with the government partners and the delivery of the project outputs by providing support for the four academic teams in developing their projects.
“It has been incredibly rewarding to lead a project that brings together such an impressive, multidisciplinary group of researchers with government agencies that are so passionate about finding solutions to crucial problems – ranging from poverty alleviation to maternal health care, the process of working closely with government agencies from the outset to discuss these problems and co-design research questions makes this project unique and genuinely collaborative. I’m very proud to be part of it.”
-Toni Erskine, Professor of International Politics and Director of the Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs at ANU.
The following steps for the ‘AI for Social Good Project: Strengthening AI Capabilities and Governing Frameworks in Asia and the Pacific’ project will be to review and discuss the first complete drafts of the research papers by the four academic teams at a workshop in January. The partner government agencies from Bangladesh and Thailand will attend the workshop. Workshops with both government teams will also follow the presentation of final papers in the second quarter of 2023. To mark the project's conclusion, a summit with all participants in the project will be held in mid-2023 at the Australia National University.
Healthcare Management Solutions | November 30, 2022
The Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services (DHSS) has awarded Healthcare Management Solutions, LLC (HMS) a contract to support its work by providing qualified surveyors to conduct long-term care facility recertification and complaint surveys.
“We are honored to be selected by the Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services to conduct these surveys, All Missouri residents deserve quality long-term care. We appreciate this opportunity to help protect vulnerable populations across the state.”
-Leah Heimbach, President of HMS.
HMS will be conducting comprehensive reviews of everything from infection control and nursing services, medication dispensing, diet and exercise, patients’ rights, the physical environment and much more, including record reviews, resident interviews, kitchen inspections, and staff observation.
This project is eighty-three percent (83%) funded by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under the Title XVIII Survey and Certification grant. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by CMS, HHS or the U.S. Government.
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Splunk | December 15, 2022
Public sector organizations are more likely to struggle with leveraging data to detect and prevent threats than their private sector counterparts (63% to 49%), ultimately affecting their cybersecurity readiness. That’s according to a survey commissioned by Splunk Inc. (NASDAQ: SPLK), the data platform leader for security and observability.
The survey found two-thirds (66%) of public sector agencies have difficulties leveraging data to mitigate and recover from cybersecurity incidents and half (52%) of the sector have issues leveraging data to inform cybersecurity decisions. This visibility challenge was also relatively high within the private sector, sharing a similar majority opinion (56% and 50%), showcasing consistency across industries. Another area of concern, both private and public sector respondents noted disparate data sets inhibit agility and real-time response to security events (84% private sector and 56% of public sector).
These data challenges also directly impact partnerships between the public and private sectors and their ability to share intelligence. For example, nearly half of public sector organizations (44%) believe the shared intelligence available to them is lacking for their cybersecurity needs. However, both public and private sector organizations agree on three benefits of intelligence sharing:
Improved agility (36% public & 44% private)
Greater visibility (32% public & 34% private)
Targeted preventative and proactive measures (29% public & 23% private)
There is also alignment on what is most important to share [insights or information on]:
Threat intelligence and actors (69% public and 63% private)
Real-time information on security events (60% public and 69% private)
Cybersecurity training materials and best practices (79% public and 68% private)
Benchmarked data (36% public and 31% private)
In light of this, the public and private sectors share similar cybersecurity priorities, including:
Improving threat response/remediation (55% public and 53% private)
Improving detection of emerging threats (49% public and 47% private)
Improving user security awareness (46% public and 50% private)
“At the core, security is a data problem and organizations are missing a foundational piece of their security strategy when they cannot leverage their data, All organizations — both private and public — have a responsibility to citizens and customers to enable cyber resiliency and that can be done by having clear visibility and understanding of data. These shared challenges and priorities should translate into better threat intelligence sharing and security practices across all sectors.”
-Bill Rowan, VP Public Sector, Splunk.
When looking ahead, both public and private sector organizations plan a wide-array of investments to address these cybersecurity priorities. The top investments include:
Monitoring/alerting (60% public and 59% private)
Threat intelligence (44% public and 46% private), and
Security assessments (40% public and 45% private)
However, it is important to note private sector respondents are more likely to be planning investments in security orchestration, automation and response (SOAR), centralized log management, and observability.
About Splunk, Inc:
Splunk Inc. (NASDAQ: SPLK) helps organizations around the world turn data into doing. Splunk technology is designed to investigate, monitor, analyze and act on data at any scale.