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Genesprint Group and Infrawear Release Rapid COVID-19 Antigen (AG) Throat and Mouth Swab Test on EU Market

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Genesprint Group Ltd, a Hong Kong based testing company founded by Paul Tam, Dr. Sherman Fung, Dr. Chi C. Wong, and Infrawear, LLC, the distributor for Genesprint Groups COVID-19 tests, are now releasing a COVID-19 Rapid Antigen (AG) throat and mouth swab test on the European market. The test will be distributed by Infrawear to labs and pharmacies in the United Kingdom, France, Italy, Germany and elsewhere in the EU. It was also just announced that Genesprint and Infrawear just made it to the semi-finals for the $5 Million XPRIZE Rapid COVID Testing competition. The test has been CE marked to the IVD Directive (98/79/EC).

Genesprint Group Ltd has been developing research and manufacturing diagnostic kits for various infectious diseases for more than three years. The virology team has 50 years of combined rapid test development experience. It has been working on COVID-19 tests since the virus first appeared.

Genesprint developed a rapid COVID-19 Antigen (AG) throat and mouth test kit that solves a great many of the key challenges and demands for rapid COVID-19 testing by delivering on the following:

  • Mouth + throat swab “ unique swab for use in mouth and throat does not require invasive and painful nasal swab procedure
  • Eight (8) minute results
  • 99.99 percent specificity
  • No lab required “ does not require laboratory processing thereby eliminating cost, complication, and delay
  • Lateral assay for near-instant results “ test cassette included with swab for mass testing and streamlined processing

The test offers convenience, speedy delivery of results and comes with a unit price of 8-13 Euro. MOQ is 500 units. Genesprint Group is able to produce 10 million test kits per week. A proprietary patented nucleic acid swab is part of what makes the test so effective.

The test presented in this press release is not available for sale within the United States. It is available in other geographies where it has been approved for sale, among which is now the European Union.

These are extraordinary times and they call for the entire medical community to mobilize and help deploy all resources we have available to help our communities face the COVID-19 outbreak. It has been our mission to help distribute reliable and affordable diagnostics tests so it made complete sense for us to partner up with Genesprint and enter the XPRIZE Rapid COVID Testing competition. We are proud that we have already made it to the semi-finals, and we are excited to roll out tests throughout the European Union, says Rachael McCrary, President at Infrawear.

XPRIZE Rapid COVID Testing

Societys most vulnerable populations have been heavily affected by COVID-19 with tests being inaccessible, too expensive or too slow. Communities have been forced to shut down and economies have received a heavy blow. Launched on July 28, 2020, XPRIZE RAPID COVID Testing is a $5 million, 6-month competition that aims to increase COVID-19 testing capabilities dramatically so people can return safely to everyday activities as soon as possible.

A total of 219 teams, among them the Infrawear – Genesprint Group team, have moved on to the semi-finals after being assigned a pass by XPRIZE judges. Semi-finalist teams will be sent a blinded Proficiency Test Kit and be required to accurately identify which samples contain COVID-19. Teams will have one week to submit their results to the XPRIZE Data Collaborative, where their results will be scored on specificity, sensitivity, and limits of detection.

A $1-million prize will be awarded to each of the top five teams that develop frequent, fast, cheap and easy COVID-19 screening solutions.

About Infrawear, LLC

Infrawear, LLC is the go-to resource for medical professionals, hospitals and first responders for critical PPE and COVID-19 testing and antibody kits. We have a passion for innovation and an established track record for getting things done quickly and efficiently. As a registered Class 2 medical device importer, the company leverages its deep operational supply chain experience to source and import critical PPE and supplies such as N95 masks, gowns and testing swabs. As the worldwide distributor and partner for Genesprint Group Ltd we provide access to their sought after rapid COVID-19 tests, including its proprietary PCR Swab Test for COVID-19. Infrawears brand, RxBra, is a medically effective bra sold to plastic surgeons. Our company is recommended by the American Hospital Association and is well-known for providing ease of access to high-demand supplies, putting them in the hands of those in need for todays ever and rapidly-evolving medical demands. Infrawear LLC is a US-based company headquartered in Los Angeles, with offices in New York and Ohio. Learn more by visiting: Infrawear.com.

About Genesprint Group Ltd

Genesprint Group Ltd is a Hong Kong based testing company founded by Paul Tam, Dr. Sherman Fung, Dr. Chi C. Wong. They have been developing research and manufacturing for on-site antibody diagnostic kits for various infectious diseases for more than three years. Recently, the company launched rapid tests for COVID-19, which can deliver results within minutes and provide mass screening to the general population.

For any questions on the test, please contact Rachael McCrary ([email protected] / –1 (646) 621-6780)

For any other questions, please contact Jo Detavernier ([email protected] / –1 (210) 803-2097)

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The Public Relations Network (Asia Chapter) to offer regional intelligence & local expertise to industries benefiting from the recently-signed RCEP amid COVID-19 Challenges

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HONG KONG SAR – Media OutReach – 30 November 2020 – With the signing of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) on 15 November 2020, the Asia Chapter members of Public Relations Network (PRN) are prepared to provide all-round and cross-border support to various industries from participating nations of RCEP in regards of business development and investment.

PRN Asia Chapter is formed by profound local PR agencies across Asia. With this tightly-knit network of PR experts, chapter members align to provide effective, efficient, and think-out-of-the-box solutions across the region. With all local teams on board, PRN Asia Chapter is well-positioned to offer hands-on and ready-to-deploy services, from media relations and digital campaigns, to event management and crisis communications to industries who will blossom as a result of the RCEP.

Under the impact of COVID-19, demand for public relations solutions has risen to new height. With all kinds of new normal in place, being highly-flexible and mobile, the ability to mobilize regional connections swiftly and to establish new game plans as a result of changing market demands are all crucial to enterprises.

Ms Belinda Chan, Chairperson of the PRN Asia Chapter, and Managing Partner of Creative Consulting Group in Hong Kong: “The RCEP will drive the shift of economic engine to Asia. With our strong foothold in strategic locations across the region, we, together, represent a one-of-a-kind PR think-tank for enterprises that are drawn to tap into the market benefits.”

Mr Jacky Cheng, CEO of CommNow in Shanghai: “This RCEP can help China building closer trade relations with Asian countries, which will eventually help Chinese companies to find their new markets. This is very crucial under the current circumstances.”

Ms Stacy Ang, Director of The Right Spin in Singapore: “The RCEP has unlocked new levels of market access in Asia. As agencies that can move expeditiously in our own markets while implementing cross-border plans collectively, our network offers the desired nimbleness, synergy and competence for businesses to spread their wings and capture opportunities as they emerge.”

Ms Sharon Wu, Managing Director of SWEM Consulting Group in Taipei: “Although Taiwan have not become RCEP members, but Taiwan government have very good tax policies for import trade between Japan and ASEAN countries. We believe Taiwan and Asia-Pacific brands can depend on PRN Asia members support and RCEP policy, win more business successful and more opportunities for brand grow up in the future.”

Ms Sarah Song, Managing Director of Integra Communications in Seoul: “We will work together more closely and strengthen our network with cooperation and synergy in terms of communication through RCEP. Our role as an Asian network will bring our professionalism and creativity to form a solid partnership and new perspectives to work in a new era that will grow with future economic development.”

Ms Pacharee Pantoomano, Managing Director of Brandnow.asia in Bangkok: “RCEP will undoubtedly create economic vibe within the region and now is definitely the right time to make an entry into the market. With our strong base in Thailand and in Asia as part of PRN, we can offer market consultation and research as well as business matching to clients at large. With local intelligence in place, we aim to enable clients to benefit from RCEP more effectively and cost-efficiently.”

Ms Clāra Ly-Le, Managing Director of EloQ Communications in Ho Chi Minh City: “I am proud that this RCEP partnership was signed at the ASEAN Summit hosted in my country Vietnam. I have high hopes in this partnership and expect that it will help many industries recover from the COVID-19 crisis. As a member of PRN Asia Chapter, we are proud to work with fellow members to deliver top-notch services for clients from countries coming from the RCEP, from market entry to well-rounded integrated marketing campaigns.”

About Public Relations Network (PRN)

Public Relations Network (PRN) is a global collective of like-minded, owner-managed Public Relations agencies providing consultancy and local support for international PR campaigns. PRN has agency members in Austria, Brazil, Canada, China — Mainland, China — Hong Kong, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greenland, Italy, Mexico, Morocco, Panama, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, Slovakia, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, the UK, the USA, and Vietnam. For more info, please visit: www.pr-network.biz.

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Consumer spending in Islamic economy sectors forecast to rebound by end-2021, market size slated to reach US$2.3 trillion by 2024

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Takeaways from the State of the Global Islamic Economy Report 2020/21 will be unveiled at Reimagine: Halal in Asia 2020, providing insights on capturing opportunities in the resilient Muslim market

 

  • Malaysia (#1) once again tops Global Islamic Economy Indicator for the eighth year. New entrants to the top 15 include Singapore, Sri Lanka, and Nigeria.
  • Travel worst hit while food segment fares the best; global spend on Halal food and beverage forecast to hit US$1.38 trillion by 2024.
  • Investments in Islamic economy-relevant companies totalled US$11.8 billion in 2019/20, a decline of 13 percent compared to the previous year. Indonesia (#1) and Malaysia (#2) ranked ahead in terms of investment activities, while Halal food sector expanded by 219% to $6.3 billion in total deal value.
  • 33 key signals of opportunities identified including: tokenisation of sukuks (Islamic bonds) within Islamic fintech, supply chain shifts, food security investments, nutraceutical demand, domestic tourism, and accelerated digital transformations.

 

SINGAPORE – Media OutReach – 1 December 2020 – CollabDeen and #HaveHalalWillTravel, Singapore-based Halal lifestyle digital platforms, in partnership with DinarStandard, a US-based research and advisory firm, are hosting a Southeast Asia launch of the State of the Global Islamic Economy Report (SGIE) 2020/21 at the inaugural Reimagine: Halal in Asia 2020 virtual conference on 2 and 3 December 2020. Under the theme of ‘thriving in uncertainty’, the eighth edition of the Report is supported by the Dubai Islamic Economy Development Centre (DIEDC) and presents an annual update on the Islamic economy, encompassing Halal products, Islamic finance, and lifestyle sectors and services.

 

This year’s SGIE Report, produced by DinarStandard, estimates that Muslims spent US$2.02 trillion in 2019 on food, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, modest fashion, travel, and media. While this spending reflects 3.2 percent year-on-year growth, Muslim spending in 2020 is forecast to contract by 8 percent due to the impact of the pandemic. However, spending, excluding travel, is forecast to rebound by end 2021, and is slated to reach US$2.3 trillion by 2024, at a cumulative annual growth rate (CAGR) of 3.1 percent. Islamic finance assets are estimated to have reached US$2.88 trillion in 2019 and are estimated to remain at the same level in 2020.

 

In the Report’s Global Islamic Economy Indicator that evaluated 81 countries this year — Malaysia (#1), Saudi Arabia (#2), the United Arab Emirates (#3), Indonesia (#4), and Jordan (#5) lead the rankings. The rankings recorded improvements by Saudi Arabia and Indonesia and welcomed new entrants Singapore, Sri Lanka, and Nigeria in the top 15. The indicator measures how leading national ecosystems are best able to support the development of Islamic economy business activities.

 

Fateh Ali, Co-founder & CEO of CollabDeen, said: “Singapore’s entry in the top 15 signals both the important role and the momentum of the Islamic economy for Singapore. Singapore’s strong performance in Halal products as well as the media and travel segments are positive signs of Islamic economy’s role in economic revival post-pandemic. Singapore’s share in the over $255 billion per year global Halal trade, as highlighted in the Report, is a significant $2.4 billion, which represents 1% of the total and shows potential and room for growth. Post-pandemic,there will be a rise of disruptive technologies in the digital Islamic economy, unlike anything we have been able to do up until now.”

 

Mikhail Melvin Goh, Founder of #HaveHalalWillTravel, said: “The whole Southeast Asia region is a critical player in the global Islamic economy. In addition to market leaders like Malaysia and Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, Philippines, South Korea, and Brunei were prominently highlighted in the Report as well. Thailand’s #14 ranking globally in Halal products export of $6.2 billion (ahead of Malaysia) and 4.48 million estimated Muslim tourists in 2019 (ahead of Indonesia’s) is indicative of the robust regional Islamic economy ecosystem that has developed strongly over time.”

 

Following a record year in 2018/19, investments in Islamic economy-relevant companies globally slowed in 2019/20, dropping by 13 percent to US$11.8 billion. Over 54 percent of investments were within the Halal products category, while Islamic finance and Islamic lifestyle attracted 41.8 percent and 4 percent of the investments respectively. Growth figures were driven by corporate-led mergers and acquisitions, venture capital investments in tech start-ups, and private equity investments.

 

Abdulla Mohammed Al Awar, CEO of Dubai Islamic Economy Development Centre (DIEDC), said: “The SGIE Report is an annual publication that has gained traction as a trusted and ready reference on the global Islamic economy, and contributes to strengthening Dubai’s position as the global capital of Islamic economy. In these uncertain times, the Islamic economy, with its ethical and transparent ecosystem, remains a pillar of strength and a guarantee for a better future. As we look ahead, the values and principles the Islamic economy is based on, coupled with the carefully identified ‘signals of opportunities’ and the clear recommendations within the Report, provide a roadmap for governments and companies to navigate challenges seamlessly, continue along their path to recovery, and stay on course for long-term prosperity.”

 

Rafi-uddin Shikoh, CEO and Managing Director of DinarStandard, said: “This year’s SGIE Report highlights the emerging opportunities that stand out amidst the repercussions of COVID-19, such as global supply chain disruptions, job losses, health services crises, and food security challenges. The 33 ‘signals of opportunities’ identified in the Report, include the tokenisation of sukuks within Islamic fintech and accelerated digital transformations across all sectors prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Other signals identified pertain to Halal products, supply chain shifts, food security investments, and nutraceutical demand.” 

 

The SGIE Report also continues to highlight Islamic economies’ social impact developments in addressing the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) including initiatives addressing the poverty and food security crisis exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

The SGIE Report 2020/21 has been produced in partnership with SalaamGateway.com, the largest Islamic economy news and media platform. Strategic partners of this year’s SGIE Report include The Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America (IFANCA) and CIMB Islamic, the CIMB Group’s Islamic banking and financial services franchise.

 

Transcending religious and cultural boundaries at Reimagine: Halal in Asia 2020

With a vision of fostering peace and understanding between communities, CollabDeen and #HaveHalalWillTravel are hosting Singapore’s first-ever virtual conference on the Islamic economy from 2 – 3 December 2020. It aims to bring together industry leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs — regardless of faith — to learn more about engaging with Muslim consumers and building a stronger Halal ecosystem for continued growth in the region.

 

The 2-day programme features an insightful line-up of over 30 speakers from around the world to provide fresh perspectives on tapping into the Islamic market that has gained broad and universal appeal, from bringing ready-to-eat halal food into the Japanese market to transforming the tourism sector. For more information on the event, please visit: https://reimaginehalal.com/

 

Note to editor:

The full State of the Global Islamic Economy Report 2020/21 is available for download at https://www.salaamgateway.com/specialcoverage/SGIE20-21.

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Infor Launches Hospitality Management Cloud Solution based on Amazon Web Services in China to Spur Digital Transformation among Chinese Hotels

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Rich capabilities allow hoteliers to centralize cross-platform hospitality management systems; AWS partnership ensures stability and security of data in the cloud

 

BEIJING, CHINA – Media OutReach – 1 December 2020 – Infor, a global leader in business cloud software specialized by industry, today announced the launch of Infor Hospitality Management Solution (HMS) in China together with AWS China (Ningxia) Region (operated by Ningxia Western Cloud Data — NWCD).  The launch is aimed at helping more customers in China’s hospitality management industry rapidly implement seamless solutions that streamline operations, with the overall goal to provide enhanced guest services and experiences.

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Infor HMS is a hotel property management system built for the cloud with the flexibility, security, efficiency and mobile capabilities to deliver a great guest experience. It provides a rich array of capabilities and functionalities to help enterprise users manage cross-platform, cross-brand and cross-location hospitality systems, while backed by the flexibility, reliability and security of hosting data in the AWS cloud.

Born in the cloud, the Infor HMS property management software allows employees to quickly access each booking and offer guests a rich experience.

Why AWS?

Infor chose AWS because of Infor’s focus on customer experience, which allowed it to offer better solutions for Chinese hoteliers by optimizing applications for performance on AWS.

AWS boasts globally leading cloud technology, providing customers with extensive and in-depth cloud services. Its delivery model, cost structure and operational excellence complement and enhance Infor’s solutions very well. The technical advantages and local service capabilities of AWS China (Ningxia) Region will ensure the smooth establishment and operation of Infor’s offerings in China, simplify the development and management of Infor China’s solutions, and enhance the stability and reliability of application systems. It will also improve the resilience and flexibility of hotel management systems when processing large amounts of data and high concurrent user traffic. AWS managed services simplifies system operation, maintenance and management, to allow enterprise developers to focus more on business challenges and innovation.

“I am very pleased that we could help Infor HMS solutions launch in the AWS China (Ningxia) Region,” said Wang Yong, General Manager of Ecosystem and Partners Department, Amazon Web Services China. “AWS has always been committed to leveraging global AWS cloud infrastructure to act as a technological bridge between Chinese companies and the world and vice versa. This partnership with Infor has been a win-win success. It has both helped Infor better expand in the Chinese market, while also allowing Chinese hotel services providers and global hotel services providers operating in China to utilize Infor’s leading hotel management solutions to accelerate their digital transformations and better serve guests worldwide.”

Currently, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group is running Infor HMS in the cloud in its properties across Asia Pacific, including China, Hong Kong, Macau, Japan, Thailand, Singapore and Indonesia.

Hospitality Management Partners Streamline Processes with Infor HMS

Many hospitality brands have already seen success with Infor HMS in the Asia Pacific region, among them — Mandarin Oriental Group, Swire Hotels and Artyzen Hospitality Group.

Last year, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group began implementing Infor HMS across its portfolio, which includes 33 properties to date.  The changing needs of hospitality management personnel and guests have inspired the hotel group to migrate its hospitality management software to Infor’s modern cloud-based industry-specific solution.  As technology becomes increasingly integrated into daily hospitality work, a number of processes can be streamlined in the areas of accounting, revenue management, and work orders.

“We truly appreciate the partnership we have experienced with Infor,” said Monika Nerger, Global CIO, Mandarin Oriental Group. “Their investment with AWS China is pivotal for our properties in China and helping us deliver the responsiveness, attention to detail, and legendary guest experience for which Mandarin Oriental is renowned.”

Currently, MOHG is running Infor HMS in the cloud in its properties across Asia Pacific, including China, Hong Kong, Macau, Japan, Thailand, Singapore and Indonesia.

“The launch of Infor HMS in China will facilitate the digital transformations of local services partners in the hospitality industry,” said Eric Wong, Vice President, Infor APAC Hospitality. “Infor has a deep understanding of the challenges hospitality service providers face as they shift to fully digital processes, a change that is being accelerated under the current pandemic. With its multi-tenant architecture and the reliability of the AWS platform, Infor HMS offers customers flexible, stable and reliable capabilities that allow them to meet the digital challenges of today and the future head on.”

Media contact

Phyllis Tan

Infor Asia Pacific

+65 9799 9133

[email protected]

About Infor

Infor is a global leader in business cloud software specialized by industry. Providing mission-critical enterprise applications to 67,000 customers in more than 175 countries, Infor software is designed to deliver more value and less risk, with more sustainable operational advantages. We empower our 17,000 employees to leverage their deep industry expertise and use data-driven insights to create, learn and adapt quickly to solve emerging business and industry challenges. Infor is committed to providing our customers with modern tools to transform their business and accelerate their own path to innovation. To learn more, please visit www.infor.com.

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