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Spezia Calcio Announces the Acquisition of the Club by The Platek Family


LA SPEZIA, Italy, Feb. 11, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — The Spezia Calcio organization is pleased to announce the completion of the acquisition of the Club by The Platek Family. 

The Platek Family includes brothers Robert and Philip Platek; Robert's wife, Laurie Platek; and Robert's children, Amanda, Caroline, and Robert Jr. The Family are long-time, avid supporters of Serie A football, and look forward to embarking on generational support of the Club. The Platek Family hails from New York. 

The Platek Family writes: “We are thrilled to announce the acquisition of Spezia Calcio. Serie A football is in an elite class of its own, and it has been our long-held ambition to find the right opportunity to partner with a special Club in Italy. From the time of our initial conversations, we have been extremely aligned with the mission, ethos, and ethic of Spezia Calcio. The Club embodies the hard-work and humility espoused by the people of the surrounding area – values shared by our family. We are humbled by this opportunity to become stewards of the Club. As a family, we are proud to play a small role in helping the team to grow, achieve further success and make the fans proud.” 

Mr. Gabriele Volpi, chairman of Orlean Invest Holding, states: “We provided the Club and the city with all the support we could give. We are very pleased now that the new investors, The Platek Family, can continue our efforts and enhance the mission of the Club. Thanks to their experience in the sector, we have no doubt they will realize synergies in the attractive and complex world of soccer.”

Philip Platek, the new Vice-Chairman of Spezia, writes: “On behalf of our family, we are honored to carry on the tradition of Spezia Calcio, a team that has fought hard to earn its place in Serie A. We are excited to align ourselves with the loyal fans of Gli Aquilotti now, and in the years to come.”

It was important for the Family to keep in place the current management team that achieved the Club's promotion from Serie B. As such, all Club management, including current President, Stefano Chisoli, Sport Director, Mauro Meluso and Manager, Vincenzo Italiano will remain in their positions.

The Platek Family looks forward to meeting Mayor Peracchini, the Spezia fan groups and other individuals critical to the Club's success to discuss many areas of future collaboration. Such meetings have not been possible to date due to confidentiality and out of respect for Mr. Volpi.

This is a personal investment by The Platek Family and it is not affiliated with MSD Capital.

All inquiries may be directed to the Spezia Calcio Press Office, [email protected]

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Achiko establishes a joint venture with PT Indonesia Farma Medis for the production and distribution of its test platform for Covid-19 in Indonesia


  • Achiko signs agreement with PT Indonesia Farma Medis to establish a new joint venture, including a contract with PT Mitra Asa Pratama and a memorandum of understanding with PT Pharos Indonesia, completion subject to formal approvals
  • Test kits will be integrated with Achiko’s Teman Sehat (Health Buddy) mobile app to address growing demand for Covid-19 testing in Indonesia
  • The joint venture and the contracts are a precursor to product registration, currently planned to be filed in the next few weeks

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND – EQS Newswire – 12 February 2021 – Achiko AG (SWX: ACHI, ISIN CH0522213468) (“Achiko”, the “Company”) and PT Indonesia Farma Medis (“PIFM”) have signed an agreement to establish the joint venture company PT Achiko Medika Indonesia (“PAMI”) for the production, distribution and marketing of its testing platform developed from Project Gumnuts for Indonesia.

Khairudin Gustam, Chief Executive Officer of PIFM said: “As Covid-19 cases across Indonesia have surged past the one million mark and the contagiousness of the disease continues to severely disrupt the economy, the need for mass market testing becomes apparent. The economy needs to find a way to function, but given the size and population of Indonesia, reliance on PCR testing is not enough. Additional testing methods for Covid-19 are needed and we believe the Project Gumnuts technology is a key solution to help the country and the economy get back on their feet.”

Indonesia is a country of over 270 million people spread across several thousand islands. It is currently recording the highest number of cases, rates of positivity and fatality rates in Southeast Asia.

Phase 1 testing for Project Gumnuts has been concluded recently, achieving preliminary values of 91% sensitivity and 85% specificity. Further optimisation studies are currently being conducted in Spain and Indonesia to meet the World Health Organisations’ (WHO) standards.

“We are proud to be involved with Achiko’s development and look forward to the availability of Gumnuts for Indonesians, as most low cost rapid tests are too expensive for daily testing. The price point and convenience that Gumnuts can offer will enable tens of millions of people the ability to test almost daily. This will be a powerful tool in stopping the spread and beating Covid-19 and other pathogens,” said the Mayor of Pekanbaru in Indonesia, Dr. H. Firdaus S.T., M.T.

Achiko holds 50% of the PT Achiko Medika Indonesia joint venture registered today. PIFM and Achiko will jointly manufacture and assemble Project Gumnuts test kits for the Indonesian market, with PIFM tasked with the distribution and marketing, and Achiko earning a 10% licensing fee from gross sales. As new tests are developed, they will be similarly assembled and sold in the country.

Part of the joint venture is a contract with PT Mitra Asa Pratama (“Mitra”) and a memorandum of understanding with PT Pharos Indonesia (“Pharos”), along with several other companies, which are all subject to regulatory approval. Mitra is a leading distributor of medical and diagnostic devices in Indonesia, with vast network reach into government, healthcare institutions and retail markets, and will help with further distribution and marketing. Pharos is one of Indonesia’s largest pharmaceutical conglomerates with reach into two of the biggest pharmacy groups in the country, developing and marketing innovative products in Indonesia and other countries in Southeast Asia, with manufacturing facilities in Indonesia, Singapore and Vietnam.


They will be responsible for assembly, distribution and marketing. The Company has also started to engage in several other commercial arrangements in Indonesia.

“We are excited to be part of the fight against Covid-19 and all its successors and look forward to working with Achiko and PIFM to get this platform to market in the first half of 2021 as soon as the approval from the Ministry of Health is secured,” said Ida Nurtika, Director of Corporate Communication at PT Pharos Indonesia.

“The need for an effective and efficient diagnostic tool is increasing dramatically. We are proud to be able to use our expertise in healthcare distribution to help Achiko’s team deliver on this very important initiative, to collectively help the people of Indonesia manage this pandemic,” said Mitra’s Chief Executive Officer, Victory Theodorus.

“This joint venture is a major milestone for Achiko and a precursor to an imminent filing for product registrations and approvals in Indonesia,” said Steven Goh, Chief Executive Officer of Achiko. “Through PT Achiko Medika Indonesia, we have some of the best possible partners we can have to make a testing platform based on Projects Gumnuts, first with version 1.5 of our product and then many more to come. With comprehensive low-cost rapid and near universal testing, we can help Indonesia beat the Covid-19 pandemic.”

Next steps see the completion of regulatory approvals, getting the technology into test kits and moving them into the market as soon as practicable.

The issuer is solely responsible for the content of this announcement.

About Achiko AG

We harness ground-breaking science with innovative technology to create solutions that provide a great user experience for patients, physicians and governing bodies alike, leading ultimately to the transformation of the healthcare industry.

The current development of our patent pending diagnostic testing for Covid-19 (Project Gumnuts) provides an easy and effective way that enables people to obtain the information they need and require. Complemented by our mobile check-in app (Teman Sehat), we empower users to manage their diagnostic experiences on their own terms, safeguard their privacy, share experiences, obtain passport verification and find community.

Achiko holds exclusive commercialisation rights to the technology underlying Project Gumnuts from It may be used to detect all types of Covid-19, but also many other pathogens. Achiko is looking forward to the completion of regulatory approval and getting the technology to market as quickly as possible, applying it in an array of test kits and other assay formats.

Headquartered in Zurich, we have offices in Hong Kong, Jakarta, Singapore and Seoul.

About PT Indonesia Farma Medis

PT Indonesia Farma Medis (“PIFM”) is a medical device and pharmaceutical distribution company with a large network of relationships and distribution channels that includes hospitals, pharmacies and clinics across the main islands of Indonesia.

PIFM provides supply chain solutions for distributing medical products and helps companies seeking market entry navigate the complexities of the Indonesian market.

About PT Mitra Asa Pratama
Mitra Asa Pratama collaborates with various international medical device brands to bring innovations to market and has been improving the overall healthcare technology in Indonesia for more than 20 years. With an extensive distribution network built by working closely with our sub-distributor partners, we cover hospitals, clinics, public health centers and offices, medical professionals, as well as the retail market.

It has been a long-standing part of our strategic vision to be able to build a vertically integrated company, where every business unit shares the same dedication to customer service. We firmly believe that service levels must always exceed expectations so that our clients, the medical professionals, can concentrate on the very important business of caring for patients.

About PT Pharos Indonesia
PT Pharos Indonesia is a major regional pharmaceutical company that develops and markets innovative products in Indonesia and other countries in South-East Asia.

The company was established on 30 September 1971 by Dr. Eddie Lembong, a visionary entrepreneur who wanted to build a modern, efficient, high quality, Indonesian pharmaceutical company. Dr. Lembong’s plan was realized early and today Pharos remains one of Indonesia’s leading pharmaceutical companies.

On June 30, 1990 Pharos became the first Indonesian company to receive a certification of the local version of GMP (CPOB), confirming Pharos’ ‘no compromises’ manufacturing standards.

Currently, Pharos and its subsidiaries employ more than 5,000 talents across Indonesia.

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News SE: launches WeChat Mini Program in China


MUNICH, GERMANY – EQS Newswire – 12 February 2021 – SE (“”, “Group” or “Company”; ISIN DE000WNDL201 and DE000WNDL128) has launched its own WeChat mini program (accessible directly via WeChat) and the corresponding affiliate program, thereby further expanded its offering to customers in China. WeChat mini program is a shopping platform by the popular messenger app WeChat that is used by over 900 million people in China.

WeChat mini program has been growing tremendously in the past years. Since the mini program is directly linked to the messenger app WeChat (app within app), users can easily share interesting products they find on WeChat mini program with their friends and family. WeChat Mini Program also offers several attractive marketing tools like live chats with customers or special promotion offers that can be shared with friends. This saves huge customer acquisition and marketing expenses for companies offering their products on WeChat mini program, representing the enormous potential this sales platform has.

This new sales channel is served through the existing efficient logistics network that built over the years. primarily sells high quality German baby nutrition, drugstore items and toys via the WeChat mini program. Since the launch in January 2021, the mini program was well accepted by WeChat group users and is developing very favorably so far.

Matthias Peuckert, CEO of “We are proud to see that the hard work of our teams in the past year is now paying off. With the launch of the WeChat mini program, we were able to launch yet another sales channel in China. This will help us to diversify our Business in China further, make it stronger and build our success on several pillars in this very attractive but everchanging market.”

About is one of the leading online retailers for baby, toddler and children’s products in Europe. The Group also operates a successful e-commerce business with products for babies and toddlers for customers in China. The broad product portfolio includes everything from diapers, baby food, children’s furniture, toys, clothes and strollers to child car seats. was founded in October 2010. The Company has been listed in the Prime Standard of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange since May 6, 2015. For more information, go to


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Prince Group Distributes Essential Goods to 500 Families Near Ream City Project


Charity arm of Cambodian conglomerate engages local community as key stakeholders for upcoming 834-ha project


Media OutReach – 15 February 2021- Prince Charitable Foundation, the charitable
arm of Prince Holding Group (‘Prince Group’), one of Cambodia’s largest and
fastest growing conglomerates, has distributed care packages to 500 families
living at Ong village in Prey Nob district, Cambodia.
The village is situated near the site of the Ream City project, an 834-hectare
project being developed on reclaimed land near the Sihanoukville International
Airport that is set to transform the region. The gesture of goodwill
took place last week and senior management from Canopy Sands Development, a
member of Prince Group, also took the opportunity to consult local leaders to
understand the community’s needs. The aid campaign at
Ong Village is the latest environment, social and governance (ESG) initiative
of Prince Group. 


Each care package contained 25 kilograms of rice, one mat,
one blanket, two pillows, one mosquito net and one Khmer Krama (traditional
scarves woven in the countryside). It will be the first of many efforts to
support the local community, especially as Prince Group envision
an important role for residents in the development of the coastal project. Upon completion, Ream City aims to
house up to 130,000 residents and will potentially bring housing estates,
themed shopping malls, schools and hospitals, bringing a boost to the local


Prince Group has focused on providing items to help
residents with their daily needs at a time when rural Cambodians are facing
considerable economic challenges. “We are serious about engaging with local
communities and establishing a good relationship with them — they are key stakeholders for
the Ream City project. Not only do we consider it our duty as a responsible
corporate actor to provide assistance in these challenging times, we believe
local residents will play an important role as part of our workforce due to the
scale of the Ream City project,” said Mr.
Khong Weng Fook, Managing Director of Canopy
Sands Development. “Currently, about 70
locals are employed at the Ream City project. In
time, we will look to impart the necessary skills through upskilling and other
human empowerment efforts to further engage local residents for the project.”


Over the course of the aid campaign, management from
Prince Group liaised with Mr. Sor Kakada, District Chief for Prey Nob, to
better understand the needs of residents. They were advised that there is a
need for better healthcare facilities. As Prey Nob is situated outside
Sihanoukville, basic medical facilities are not readily available. As such,
Prince Group will investigate the feasibility of establishing healthcare
dispensaries for the local community.


Ream City will lead to substantial employment
opportunities for Cambodians and support the growth of the Sihanoukville
International Airport, which is expected to see its capacity increase from 3.6
million passengers to 10 million passengers by the end of the decade. Through
the distribution of essential aid, Prince Group hopes that a constructive dialogue
can be established between local communities and the developers to ensure a
productive long-term relationship.


Prince Group’s ESG strategy has a
three-prong focus on healthcare, education and
community engagement. Last year,
the Group made several
large-scale donations to help in the fight against the pandemic and assist
flood victims in Cambodia. Till date, the Prince Charitable Foundation
Organization has organized more than 240 charitable events and donated funds
and other materials worth more than US$11 million, benefitting more than
320,000 people. Neak
Oknha Chen Zhi
, Chairman of Prince Group, has also
personally donated US$3 million to help Cambodia purchase
1 million COVID-19 vaccines

About Prince Charitable Foundation Organization

Being dedicated to public charity, advocating corporate duty, and promoting social harmony and progress, Prince Charitable Foundation Organization, a member of Prince Holding Group, focuses on social welfare projects, including municipal development and ecological protection with specific attention towards helping school dropouts, disabled, and the elderly. With a national mandate, Prince Charitable Foundation was seeded with US$1 million by Prince Holding Group, with the sum procured from the sales revenue of properties. It has also attracted a significant amount of donation from other individuals and organization. Prince Charitable Foundation Organization has launched more than 240 charity events, benefiting 320,000 people, with donations exceeding $11 million.

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