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1  THE TECHNO CLUB [ TECHNOWORLDINC.COM ] / Techno News / Publishing Technology expands client base in 2014 on: Yesterday at 09:17:40 AM
Oxford, UK, 18th December 2014 – Publishing Technology has ended this year on a high by announcing one of its most significant achievements - a 10 per cent rise in the number of publishers choosing to host their publications on its ingentaconnect platform.

The Company signed new deals in 2014 with 27 major academic and professional publishers, including The Society for American Archaeology, Peter Lang Publishing, The Open University, The Chicago Linguistic Society, Manchester University Press, Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, The American Society on Aging and Karnac Books, who join the list of over 250 publishers already hosting their book and journal content digitally on ingentaconnect.

The year also saw Publishing Technology welcome five new clients onto its advance enterprise system. Editions Lefebvre Sarrut (ELS) is currently rolling out the system’s Order to Cash module across three of its subsidiary companies, while Macmillan Distribution (MDL) recently went live with a new subscriptions platform also running on Order to Cash. In addition, Egmont Kids Media launched its new global contracts and rights system on advance this month and Peking University Press became the latest publisher to sign up for the product suite in 2014. Further success in the Chinese market was also seen as China Law Press saw its installation completed, taking the number of publishers now operating with advance up to ten.

Two pub2web contracts were signed with new customers in the shape of The Society for General Microbiology and China’s Zhonghua Book Company, while The American Institute of Physics and John Benjamins launched their sites on the custom online hosting solution. Meanwhile the Company’s industry consultancy arm, Publishers Communication Group (PCG), also enjoyed notable successes working with eight new organisations to help them expand their reach, including The American Nuclear Society, Book Industry Study Group (BISG) and Christian Science Monitor. Finally, in addition to several major projects for Publishing Technology’s long-standing Vista clients being undertaken in 2014, F+W has seen its extensive upgrade and streamlining of its author2reader print fulfilment systems completed this year.

It was also a year of transition for Publishing Technology as the company appointed new CEO, Michael Cairns, who subsequently expanded his management team with new hires Melissanne Scheld, Managing Director of PCG, David Montgomery, CTO, and Byron Russell, Head of ingentaconnect.

Michael Cairns, CEO of Publishing Technology, commented: “2014 has been a transformative and productive year for the business, during which we’ve made substantial in-roads with new and existing customers and taken major steps to ensure the continued growth for the company long into the future.

“Across the organisation we’ve signed major new contracts, implemented new systems with notable success and we have a healthy line-up of sales in the pipeline in 2015. We’ve redesigned and relaunched some of our more established products and appointed some extremely capable people to stand us in good stead for the future. I’m excited to lead the business into 2015.”

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Notes to Editors:
For more information, please contact:
Emily Taylor Gregory, Publishing Technology plc
Tel: +44 1865 397973
Email: emily.taylor.gregory[at]publishingtechnology[dot]com

Publishing Technology plc:
Publishing Technology is the world-leading provider of content solutions that transform business. We cover the publishing process from end to end with content systems, audience development and content delivery software and services. Combining our unmatched publishing knowledge, global operations and perpetual support model with our advance enterprise system, ingentaconnect scholarly portal, pub2web custom hosting platform and PCG (Publishers Communication Group) sales and marketing consultancy, we offer the industry’s only full spectrum of solutions to help publishers move their content forward. Listed on the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange, the company operates jointly from Europe (Oxford) and North America (Boston and New Jersey), with local offices in Brazil, India, China and Australia. Assisting 400 trade and scholarly publishers for over thirty years, Publishing Technology solves the fundamental issues content providers face.

Visit publishingtechnology.com, follow @publishingtech on Twitter, or connect with us on LinkedIn.
 
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2  THE TECHNO CLUB [ TECHNOWORLDINC.COM ] / Techno News / Ormuco Communications selects MigSolv for data centre services on: December 12, 2014, 04:18:05 AM
Norwich, UK, 12th December 2014 – Ormuco Communications, the global Cloud, managed services and telecommunications provider has selected MigSolv, the data centre specialists, to provide data centre services that will support its recently announced partnership with UK-based Cloud service provider, Core DataCloud. Headquartered in Montreal, Canada, with an EMEA operation in Central London, Ormuco provides IT services supporting over 3 million users with active on-going projects across 5 continents.

Alex Rabbetts, CEO MigSolv said, “We are absolutely delighted to welcome Ormuco Communications into our data centre. Ormuco is a company with a vision and an approach to its customers that fits very well with our own determination to provide excellence in service combined with the flexibility that our customers deserve”.

Antony Green, Ormuco’s Sales Director for EMEA added, “We are pleased to have found in MigSolv’s data centre the kind of high specification and cost effective facility that we were looking for. The very low-risk location, combined with the excellent connectivity, provides an ideal locale from where to deliver our range of services”.

About Ormuco Communications:
Ormuco Communications provides telecommunication services to businesses across North America and Europe. Established in 2008 in Montreal, Ormuco developed its reputation by offering a range of services designed to streamline day-to-day business operations and reduce associated telecommunication costs. Ormuco provides access to the latest technological trends to companies with custom made solutions that surpass the current players in the market at competitive prices. This vision is achieved by strong partnerships with industry experts, knowledge of the industry technology trends, and strategic relationships with our clients

About MigSolv:
MigSolv was founded in 2002 as Migration Solutions and became Europe's leading specialist data centre consultancy, providing advice based on real life experience in all aspects of data centre design, operation and, as the name suggests, migration. In 2011 the company acquired its own data centre, branded the operation as MigSolv, and now operates a colocation facility offering very high quality, low cost and totally flexible data centre space to clients seeking exceptional service from the people who wrote the majority of data centre operation best practice in use today.

For further information please contact:
Alex Rabbetts, alex.rabbetts[at]migsolv[dot]com
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3  THE TECHNO CLUB [ TECHNOWORLDINC.COM ] / Techno News / The Christian Science Monitor partners with PCG to sell its archive on: December 05, 2014, 04:41:49 AM
Boston, US, 5th December 2014 – Industry consultancy Publishers Communication Group (PCG) has been selected by the Christian Science Publishing Society to represent its Historic Newspaper Archive. PCG will sell the retrospective collection, which digitizes nine decades of the award-winning The Christian Science Monitor, to academic institutions, public and government libraries in North America.

Covering the period 1908-1996 of the prestigious secular newspaper’s backlist, The Christian Science Monitor archive offers researchers the opportunity to browse complete historic issues, search by keyword, author, date range and more than 20 article types, and download and share articles, front pages photos and display ads in PDF format. With a sophisticated interface, users can also track recent searches, save articles, email documents, create a bibliography, export citations, and create Web pages.

PCG, a division of Publishing Technology plc, is a sales, marketing and research firm providing audience development strategies for over 100 scholarly publishers each year. With this agreement, PCG continues to grow its program of full-service global representation services. By leveraging established networks in the US initially, PCG will execute library-facing telemarketing and content sales programs for the historic and journalistic resource, available via subscription or as a one-time perpetual access purchase.

Melissanne Scheld, Managing Director of PCG commented: “We are excited to work with The Christian Science Monitor to broaden the institutional reach of its thoughtful and constructive perspectives over the course of the 20th Century. PCG is uniquely positioned with the personnel, expertise and library relationships to deliver this valuable content to educators, students and researchers of contemporary history and reporting. We are confident that our specific experience promoting digital collections will allow us to execute a sales plan tailored to The Christian Science Monitor’s growth strategy.”

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Notes to editors:

For media enquiries, please contact:
Michael Groth, Publishing Technology plc
Tel: +1 617 395 4089
Email: michael.groth[at]publishingtechnology[dot]com

About PCG:
Publishers Communication Group, Inc., a division of Publishing Technology, is a full-service marketing and sales consulting firm with locations in Boston, Oxford, São Paulo, New Delhi and Beijing. PCG was established in 1990 as a resource for scholarly publishers to more effectively work with the global library market. PCG offers international multi-lingual telemarketing services, qualitative and quantitative marketing research, customer services operations based in the UK, US, Brazil, India and China, sales representation and strategic consulting.

Visit pcgplus.com, the ContentForward blog at publishingtechnology.com/blog, or follow on Twitter @pcgplus.

About The Christian Science Monitor:
Founded in 1908 to provide fair, balanced news in response to the “yellow” journalism of the day, The Christian Science Monitor is an independent international organization that delivers global news via its website and mobile site, weekly digital edition, digital app, weekly print magazine, Daily News Briefing and email newsletters. Winner of 7 Pulitzer prizes and 14 Overseas Press Awards, the publication covers international news, US news & politics, innovation, the environment, money, books, arts and culture.

Visit CSMonitor.com, or follow on Twitter @CSMonitor.

 
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4  THE TECHNO CLUB [ TECHNOWORLDINC.COM ] / Techno News / CCS crowned winner at World Communication Awards 2014 for small cell backhaul in on: December 04, 2014, 05:14:23 AM
Cambridge, UK, 4th December 2014 – CCS (Cambridge Communication Systems Limited), creator of the world’s first self-organising small cell microwave backhaul system for mobile networks, today announces that it has taken home another top industry prize – a prestigious World Communication Award 2014. CCS was named winner of the ‘Innovation Award’ at a gala award ceremony held in London last night.

The 16th edition of the World Communication Awards (WCA) recognise innovation and outstanding performance in the global telecoms industry. CCS’ World Communication Award adds to a stellar line-up of industry plaudits bestowed on the company during 2014, including overall wins in the IET Innovation Awards (Communications), Small Cell Forum Industry Awards (Backhaul Design and Technology Innovation Category) and Cambridge News Top Innovations Awards.

CCS is the pioneer of the first self-organising small cell backhaul system that makes outdoor small cells truly viable. CCS’ backhaul nodes connect autonomously to form self-organising, self-healing links that dynamically reconfigure to optimise performance and spectral efficiency as Line Of Sight circumstances or traffic levels change, whilst minimising interference. In October, the company announced the expansion of its first commercial deployment with China Mobile, the world’s largest mobile operator.

Commenting on CCS’ World Communication Award win, CEO and Co-Founder Steve Greaves said: “To win a World Communication Award is a tremendous honour for any company in this industry, and we’re grateful to the WCA judges. This has been a pivotal year for the small cells market, and a phenomenal year for CCS as a business. We’ve enjoyed celebrating the acclaim our solution has achieved during the past twelve months, and we’re looking forward to an even more successful 2015.”

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About CCS Ltd:
Cambridge, UK-based CCS (Cambridge Communication Systems Ltd) is the pioneer of the world’s first self-organising small cell microwave backhaul system for mobile networks.

CCS offers mobile network operators the only system that meets all key requirements for high capacity and low latency, reliability, rapid deployment and low-cost operation in a small, low-impact design. Self-organising, self-healing links automatically reconfigure themselves to optimise performance across a resilient, multipoint-to-multipoint topology. Easy to scale, with no radio planning or re-alignment required as nodes are added, CCS’ self-organising microwave-based system delivers the lowest TCO for any small cell backhaul technology.

CCS’ system enables mobile operators to deploy small cells in a flexible, organic way as additional capacity is required, maintaining a quality of service that meets customer expectations.

For further information please contact:
Press contact: Nicky Denovan
EvokedSet PR for CCS Ltd
Email: nicky[at]evokedset [dot]com
Mobile: +44(0)7747 017654

 
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5  THE TECHNO CLUB [ TECHNOWORLDINC.COM ] / Techno News / Intershop powers Vattenfall's new 'Energibutik' on: December 01, 2014, 04:58:50 AM
London, UK, 1st December 2014 – One of Europe´s largest power companies, Vattenfall has launched a new online store based on the new Intershop 7 Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) platform. The Swedish shop at http://energibutik.vattenfall.se, which sells a range of products to help Vattenfall's customers use energy more efficiently, went live already, after a short implementation period. The quick onboarding was realized together with Intershop´s implementation partner Brightstep who have a close relationship with Vattenfall and extensive knowledge of the Scandinavian e-commerce market.
As part of its commitment to sustainability, Vattenfall also sells energy-saving products to its customers - from light bulbs and water-saving valves to solar powered radios and smart energy meters. To better equip its online shop for growing demand, Vattenfall selected Intershop's full service offering, which includes technical services, hosting of the online shop, and business operations support based on Intershop's SaaS e-commerce platform. Payments, logistics and shipping services are closely integrated into the Intershop platform and provided by local partners.

Key features of the new online shop include a responsive storefront for a better user experience on mobile devices, an advanced promotion engine for targeted sales promotions, and powerful search options. In addition, Vattenfall uses Intershop's content management solution as a powerful tool for creating, managing, editing, and publishing content across all touchpoints.

The Intershop SaaS solution not only scales easily to Vattenfall's requirements, but also offers Vattenfall faster go-to-market and better control over its e-commerce costs.

Vattenfall is now planning the roll-out of its Finnish online shop, scheduled to go live in early 2015.

About Intershop:
Intershop Communications AG (founded in Germany 1992; Prime Standard: ISH2) is the leading independent provider of omni-channel commerce solutions. Intershop offers high-performance packaged software for internet sales, complemented by all necessary services. Intershop also acts as a business process outsourcing provider, covering all aspects of online retailing up to fulfillment. Around the globe more than 500 enterprise customers, including HP, BMW, Deutsche Telekom, and Mexx run Intershop solutions. Intershop is headquartered in Jena, Germany, and has offices in the United States, Europe, Australia, and China. More information about Intershop can be found online at www.intershop.com.

This news release contains forward-looking statements regarding future events or the future financial and operational performance of Intershop. Actual events or performance may differ materially from those contained or implied in such forward-looking statements. Risks and uncertainties that could lead to such difference could include, among other things: Intershop's limited operating history, the unpredictability of future revenues and expenses and potential fluctuations in revenues and operating results, significant dependence on large single customer deals, consumer trends, the level of competition, seasonality, risks related to electronic security, possible governmental regulation, and general economic conditions.

For further information please contact:
Natalie Sutton
Proud PR
intershop[at]proudpr.com
+44(0) 1276 679570
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6  THE TECHNO CLUB [ TECHNOWORLDINC.COM ] / Techno News / The Shard played host to 20 of the UK’s most promising tech start-ups in real li on: November 28, 2014, 06:53:24 AM
London, UK, 28th November 2014 – More than 20 of the UK’s most promising technology start-ups bid for a collective £30m of investment in front of a live audience of investors at The Shard last night.

The 22nd floor of the iconic London landmark was turned into a real life Dragon’s Den as SETsquared, a business incubation programme run by a partnership of the universities of Bath, Bristol, Exeter, Southampton and Surrey, held its annual investment showcase.

Businesses providing technological solutions for everything from wrinkles to democratic voting pitched in front of an audience of some 250 plus, including those from Mercia Fund Management and Eden Ventures.

The event, supported by leading intellectual property firm Mathys & Squire, also saw a number of significant announcements including:

• The launch of a new £3.2m programme from SETsquared, HEFCE and Innovate UK to speed up the commercialisation of university research
• The unveiling of a new partnership between SETsquared and academic health science networks across the south which aims to help patients inside and outside the NHS

SETsquared businesses have raised some £60m in investment in the last 12 months and last night’s event aimed to boost that figure by putting start-ups face-to-face with angel investors, venture capitalists, high net worth individuals and self-certified sophisticated investors.

Simon Bond, Innovation Director at SETsquared, said: “There were some incredibly strong pitches and while investment does take time we have already seen some promising conversations taking place between SETsquared start-ups and investors. We’re looking forward to these developing over the coming months and hope to report even more success stories from our programme.”

Dr Thomas Frame, who pitched on behalf of his business Fourth State Medicine, added: “It was fantastic to be face-to-face with so many investors at once. For many start-ups, getting access to finance to help them grow can be a major stumbling block so we are extremely grateful for the opportunities SETsquared has provided us.”

Over the last 12 years SETsquared has helped more than 1,000 businesses raise over £1bn in investment, figures that have contributed to it being named by the UBI as the top university business incubator in Europe and number two in the world.

ENDS

Photo left to right:
David Murgatroyd, TISICS Limited
Sarah De'Lacy, Centre Director, SETsquared Surrey
Nigel Bridges, SoftIron
David Bream, Centre Director, SETsquared Southampton

About SETsquared:
SETsquared is a collaboration between the universities of Bath, Bristol, Exeter, Southampton and Surrey which partners in enterprise activities and collectively supports the growth and success of new business opportunities through spin-outs, licensing, incubation and education. The partnership also works with industry through research collaboration and consultancy.

In the last 11 years SETsquared has developed over 1,000 high tech start-ups that have generated some £1bn in investment. It is named by the UBI as the joint best university incubator in Europe and 4th best globally.

For more information or images please contact:
Laura Downton at Carswell Gould
T: 023 80 238001
E: laura[at]carswellgould.co.uk
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7  THE TECHNO CLUB [ TECHNOWORLDINC.COM ] / Techno News / Multi-million pound fund to boost UK university spin-outs and research on: November 26, 2014, 04:01:26 AM
UK, 26th November 2014. – Research from universities across the South of England could be commercialised and turned into successful businesses faster than ever before, thanks to a multi-million pound project announced today (November 26) by Minister for Universities and Science, Greg Clark MP.

Funded by HEFCE and Innovate UK, the £3.2 million ‘iCURE’ project aims to ‘bridge the valley of death’ identified by the House of Commons Science and Technology Select Committee. The project will help address issues raised in the Government’s response to the Committee’s inquiry last year, including the importance of innovation by universities in managing intellectual property and of attention to the availability of ‘proof of concept’ funding.

iCURE will see HEFCE, Innovate UK and university enterprise partnership SETsquared work together on a pilot to tackle these issues and help accelerate research being successfully commercialised and ‘spun out’ new high-potential companies.

Under the programme, early-stage researchers at the five SETsquared universities (Bath, Bristol, Exeter, Southampton and Surrey) will be given tailored training, mentoring and funds to speed up the commercialisation of their ideas, technologies and products. The project was inspired by Innovate UK’s review of a similar programme operated by the US National Science Foundation, and is funded by a £2.8 million HEFCE cash injection and £400,000 from Innovate UK.

Universities, Science and Cities Minister Greg Clark MP said:

“Collaboration is the key to turning the best research into new businesses. We are proud that SETsquared is already Europe’s best incubator, and second in the world, which is why we are supporting this pilot scheme. It will provide skills, support and mentoring to help the UK’s best researchers turn their ideas into commercial success. This strengthens the UK’s position as the best place for science and technology research, and drives forward our economic growth.”

Don Spalinger, Board member of SETsquared and Director of Research and Innovation Services at the University of Southampton said that iCURE could see university research being commercialised faster than ever before, something that is vital for universities. He added:

“Particularly in the field of technology, where everything evolves so fast, getting a product to market quickly can make the difference between creating a successful business and falling behind. The flexibility of this programme and the way it is run will allow researchers to assess their markets much faster, meaning they can potentially seek investment or sell their ideas within just a few months.”

David Sweeney, Director for Research Education and Knowledge Exchange, HEFCE, said:

“The SETsquared partnership has an excellent record for knowledge exchange since it was formed with support from HEFCE over 10 years ago. It is important that the iCURE programme has been designed in partnership with the technology transfer staff of universities themselves, demonstrating that higher education takes innovation in intellectual property management very seriously. This addresses an important recommendation of the “valley of death” inquiry and the government response, which stressed the importance of autonomous universities playing a major part in the innovation ecosystem.”

Mark Glover, Director of Strategy at Innovate UK said:

“The United Kingdom’s research is world-renowned, but we need to be fast if we're going to make the most of the business opportunities that research brings with it. Innovate UK helps bridge the gap between concept and commercialisation and this scheme, along with the additional funding we're making available to the spin-outs, will help some of our best universities move quickly to create successful, high-growth businesses.”

Innovate UK, which helps businesses bring new innovations to the market, is separately making £6 million available over the next two years to help university spin-out companies develop faster and be more attractive to private investors.

The iCURE programme was announced today as SETsquared held its 11th annual investment showcase, Accelerating Growth, at The Shard.

ENDS


Notes to editors

iCURE stands for ‘Innovation and Commercialisation of University Research’. The programme will work as follows:
• Individual universities will put forward key research outputs that may have the potential for commercialisation.
• These ‘prospects’ will be filtered to identify which are of sufficient interest to progress.
• For each successful prospect, an ‘entrepreneurial team’ will be assembled, comprising the original researcher, an entrepreneurial lead (a recent graduate), and a mentor (supplying skills such as market knowledge, commercialisation expertise).
• The team will be provided with entrepreneurial training and support for a hypothesis-driven business model discovery process. Funding is provided for time and travel to explore the market opportunities and develop and check ideas. During this stage the commercial potential of the prospect will be validated.
• Each prospect will be developed by the entrepreneurial team to a stage where a business proposition can be delivered in a standard format (such as business model canvas). The prospects will then be submitted to a competitive review process, with those with the greatest potential to create a new business being ‘spun out’.
• Other proposals may be taken forward in different ways (for instance through IP licensing).
• Once completed the pilot will be reviewed and (with further development if necessary) considered for wider implementation across the UK.

The programme will also benefit teams that do not move to spin-out. Don Spalinger adds: “We do not expect that every team going through the programme will result in a spin-out opportunity. The successful output for some teams will be the licensing of the technology or product idea to an existing company which will commercialise it through their existing channels. Other teams will gain invaluable knowledge of the marketplace, which will be taken back into the research lab to either refine the ideas and technologies, or take the research down another path that they have discovered from their interactions with the marketplace.”

About HEFCE
The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) promotes and funds high-quality, cost-effective teaching and research to meet the diverse needs of students, the economy and society. Our responsibilities are to distribute funds, safeguard quality and assure the stewardship of public money. We work closely with universities, colleges and other partners to develop policies, achieve excellence and impact in education and research, and to provide opportunities for all those who have the ability to benefit from higher education. For the academic year 2014-15, HEFCE will allocate allocate £3.88 billion to 130 universities and higher education colleges and 212 further education colleges.
www.hefce.ac.uk


About SETsquared
SETsquared is a partnership between the universities of Bath, Bristol, Exeter, Southampton and Surrey, which specialises in growing high tech start-ups through its incubation programme and other acceleration services.

It provides mentoring, access to investors and corporates and a wide range of industry experts through its network and training programmes.

Its business incubation programme is ranked the best in Europe and second in the world and over the last decade it has developed over 1,000 high tech start-ups that have generated some £1bn in investment.

It provides services from its innovation centres at the five universities but also supports companies virtually, giving every member access to the world leading business support.

Find out more at www.setsquared.co.uk

About Innovate UK
Innovate UK is the new name for the Technology Strategy Board – we are the UK’s innovation agency, accelerating economic growth. We know that taking a new idea to market is a challenge. We fund, support and connect innovative businesses through a unique mix of people and programmes to accelerate sustainable economic growth. For further information visit our website at www.gov.uk/innovate-uk

For further information please contact:
For more information or to attend SETsquared’s event at The Shard today from 4 to 6pm call Laura Downton on 07834393111.
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8  THE TECHNO CLUB [ TECHNOWORLDINC.COM ] / Techno News / Four southern AHSNs launch new programme to accelerate health innovation in part on: November 25, 2014, 08:50:11 AM
UK, 25th November 2014. –  Four southern AHSNs launch new programme to accelerate health innovation in partnership with SETsquared

Four Academic Health Science Networks in the south of England have joined forces with the leading university business incubator, SETsquared, to set up a revolutionary new programme that could see more effective and better value healthcare technologies benefitting patients quicker than ever.

An extensive programme is being launched to help accelerate the faster adoption of cost effective innovation into healthcare across the region to benefit patients and the health economy. In this first round, up to 300 participants will be offered access to seminars, 3-day courses, tailored coaching and mentoring run by SETsquared.

The AHSNs, created by the government in 2013, bring together NHS, universities and industry to identify, test and roll out improvements to the health service.

SETsquared is ranked as the number one university business incubator in Europe, second in the world, and has supported more than 1,000 start-ups and innovators in 11 years.

Simon Bond, Innovation Director of SETsquared, said: ‘We have extensive experience of helping innovators get their ideas off the ground. We are excited to participate in a programme of this scale and ambition.’

Lars Sundstrom, Director of Enterprise and Translation, West of England AHSN said: ‘This initiative will provide a major boost to innovation locally and is a great example of how AHSNs can work together to take advantage of local centres of excellence like SETsquared.’


The programme will be available in the regions covered by the Kent, Surrey and Sussex, South West, Wessex and West of England AHSNs. The five universities that make up SETsquared - Bath, Bristol, Exeter, Southampton and Surrey - are members of the four AHSNs.

ENDS


About SETsquared
SETsquared is a collaboration between the universities of Bath, Bristol, Exeter, Southampton and Surrey which partners in enterprise activities and collectively supports the growth and success of new business opportunities through spin-outs, licensing, incubation and education. The partnership also works with industry through research collaboration and consultancy.

In the last 11 years SETsquared has developed over 1,000 high tech start-ups that have generated some £1bn in investment. It is named by the UBI as the joint best university incubator in Europe and 4th best globally.

About the AHSNs

15 Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs) were founded by NHS England in 2013 with a brief to improve population health and generate economic growth in England.

AHSNs are licensed by NHS England to improve the health and care of the nation through collaboration with patients, the NHS, academia and industry.
The four AHSNs collaborating in this programme are: Kent Surrey and Sussex AHSN, based in Crawley; South West AHSN, based in Exeter; Wessex AHSN, based in Southampton and West of England AHSN, based in Bristol.


For further information please contact:
For more information, images or interviews please contact: Laura Downton at Carswell Gould T: 023 80 238001 E: laura@carswellgould.co.uk
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9  THE TECHNO CLUB [ TECHNOWORLDINC.COM ] / Techno News / Urban Living Product and Services Innovation Competition Free briefing workshops on: November 24, 2014, 08:46:16 AM
London and Manchester, 24th November 2014. – InnovateUK are to invest in collaborative R&D projects to build products and services based on integrated city data platforms. Integrated and open data platforms are being developed for cities around the world. As they do, increasing volumes and new types of data will become available. The challenge is to begin to develop the high value products and services that will be built on the integrated data foundations.
The aim of this competition is to support the development of new products and services that exploit integrated systems to deliver new solutions to improve the performance of cities.
We are seeking proposals that enable consortia to prototype, develop and trial products and services that use integrated city data platforms to solve the known problems of city management and operation; improve resilience; and/or contribute to life for citizens that is happy, healthy and harmonious.
Proposals must be collaborative and business-led, with no more than 30% of total project costs being allocated to research organisations. We expect to fund mainly industrial research projects in which a business partner will generally attract up to 50% public funding for their project costs (60% for SMEs).
We expect the maximum total award size being around £700k, although we may consider projects outside this range.
This is a two-stage competition that opens for applicants on 15 December 2014. The deadline for expressions of interest is at noon on 11 February 2015.
These workshops set out to:
- To get an overview from industry on the data landscape, current data use in integrated city systems and who should be using it but isn’t.
- To tap into urban living products and services innovation drivers present to discuss emerging developments in integrating city management systems
- To anticipate the kind of data that might lead to the development of new products and services
- To brief the audience on InnovateUK interests in this area and current thinking for competition investment.
- To bring the community into a collaborative and consortia potential space that becomes “competition ready”.
The workshop will also feature the new Horizons tool from InnovateUK that aims to help consortiums think-through the process of applying for competition funding, saving you time and effort during the run-up to such opportunities.
Who should attend
- Data generators and holders of city integrated systems (Local Authorities)
- Urban product and services developers and utilisers of data.
- Developers of new online tools (Apps) the leverage integrated systems data sets
- App developers
- Integrated city management platforms providers
- Research centres in urban living and urban data utilisation
https://connect.innovateuk.org/web/modernbuiltktn

For further information please contact:
Stephen Lowe stephen.lowe@ktn-uk.org 07985 807529
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10  THE TECHNO CLUB [ TECHNOWORLDINC.COM ] / Techno News / Small cell microwave backhaul pioneer CCS triumphs at IET Innovation Awards 2014 on: November 20, 2014, 06:43:28 AM
Cambridge, UK, 20th November 2014 - CCS (Cambridge Communication Systems Limited), creator of the world’s first self-organising small cell microwave backhaul system for mobile networks, today announces that it has won a coveted IET Innovation Award. CCS beat a record number of entrants to be shortlisted in the hotly contested Communications category, and was announced as the overall winner at a gala award ceremony held in London on 19th November.

The 10th edition of the IET (Institution of Engineering and Technology) Innovation Awards celebrates the very best global innovations in science, engineering and technology. The awards were independently judged by a panel of more than 80 esteemed industry and academic experts, who this year presided over a record number of entries across all 16 award categories – more than 400 submissions from 30 countries.

Commenting on CCS’ award submission, the judging panel said: “This entry has developed a high-capacity backhaul for 4G/LTE small cells to alleviate capacity issues encountered in wireless systems. The system is capable of transmitting at 480 Mbps and has advantages of easy installation, does not need continuous network planning, site re-visits or antenna re-alignment. This is a significant advance for the communications sector.”

CCS will be making space for the IET Innovation Award in its growing 2014 awards cabinet, which already hosts a Small Cell Forum Industry Award (Backhaul Design and Technology Innovation Category) and a Cambridge News Top Innovations Award, as well as a flurry of industry award shortlistings in recognition of outstanding innovation.
As pioneers of the first self-organising small cell backhaul system that makes outdoor small cells truly viable, CCS’ snowballing awards success has been matched by its rapidly accelerating commercial momentum. Last month, CCS expanded its first commercial deployment with China Mobile – the world’s largest mobile operator – with a further installation in its Fujian Mobile branch.
The IET Innovation award was accepted last night by CCS CEO and Co-Founder Steve Greaves, who said: “Simply to be shortlisted for the IET Innovation Awards is a huge honour, so the whole team at CCS is genuinely elated to be taking home the winner’s prize for Communications from one of the most prestigious awards in technology.”

For more information about the IET Innovation Awards, please visit: http://conferences.theiet.org/innovation/ceremony/index.cfm
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About CCS Ltd:
Cambridge, UK-based CCS (Cambridge Communication Systems Ltd) is the pioneer of the world’s first self-organising small cell microwave backhaul system for mobile networks.

CCS offers mobile network operators the only system that meets all key requirements for high capacity and low latency, reliability, rapid deployment and low-cost operation in a small, low-impact design. Self-organising, self-healing links automatically reconfigure themselves to optimise performance across a resilient, multipoint-to-multipoint topology. Easy to scale, with no radio planning or re-alignment required as nodes are added, CCS’ self-organising microwave-based system delivers the lowest TCO for any small cell backhaul technology.

CCS’ system enables mobile operators to deploy small cells in a flexible, organic way as additional capacity is required, maintaining a quality of service that meets customer expectations.

More about the IET:
• The IET is one of the world’s largest organisations for engineers and technicians. We have nearly 160,000 members in 127 countries around the world.
• The IET is working to engineer a better world. We inspire, inform and influence the global engineering community, supporting technology innovation to meet the needs of society.
• The IET is the Professional Home for Life® for engineers and technicians, and a trusted source of Essential Engineering Intelligence® and thought leadership.
• For more information, visit; www.theiet.org

For further information please contact:
Press contact: Nicky Denovan
EvokedSet PR for CCS Ltd
Email: nicky[at]evokedset [dot]com
Mobile: +44(0)7747 017654
 
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11  THE TECHNO CLUB [ TECHNOWORLDINC.COM ] / Techno News / Successful Launch in Stuttgart: Across at the tekom Annual Conference on: November 19, 2014, 05:23:01 AM
Karlsbad, Stuttgart, Germany, 19th November 2014 – With about 4,000 conference participants and visitors, the tekom annual conference 2014 again served as a key industry hub for technical writers, information developers, and marketing managers from industrial, software, and service enterprises. From November 11 to 13, Across Systems GmbH was present at the International Congress Center in Stuttgart, Germany, with a motivated team and numerous highlights.
Apart from the current version 6 of the Across Language Server, the visitors to the Across booth were already able to get a first glance of some new features of the successor version of the translation management system. The lectures and tool presentations at the conference were also well attended and sparked some exciting conversations. For example, Ulrich Haag of Quark Software Inc. and Christian Weih of Across presented the direct integration of translation workflows in the Quark Publishing Platform.

Highlights at the Exhibition Booth
Like last year, the candy bar with its sweet temptations was the scene of informal conversations at the Across booth. The Swabian party was another crowd puller. With beer, pretzels, and music, Across showed that business does not need to be dull and boring. "Every year, the tekom is a very special event for us. It offers unique opportunities for intensive personal interchange with existing and prospective customers and partners. We would like to thank all who visited our exhibition booth, our presentations, and of course our booth party. The tekom premiere in Stuttgart was a full success," comments Niko Henschen, CEO of Across Systems GmbH.

Meetings of the Across Advisory Boards
On the eve of the tekom, the Across Corporate Advisory Board and the LSP Advisory Board held their second meeting this year. A special aspect was the joint discussion with all advisory members, which enabled a deeper understanding of the different perspectives. With their experience and user knowledge, the members of the advisory boards assist Across in the customer-oriented further development of the Across Language Server.

Across reader contact:
Tel: +49 7248 925-425
info[at]across[dot]net

About Across Systems:
Across, based in Karlsbad, Germany, and in Glendale, CA, USA, is the manufacturer of the Across Language Server, a market-leading software platform for all corporate language resources and translation processes. Within a very short time, the use of Across can increase the translation quality and transparency, while reducing the workload and process costs.
The Across Language Server can be used for EN 15038:2006-compliant translation services. As Across Systems GmbH is a certified Microsoft partner, the successful introduction of Microsoft technologies is guaranteed. Thanks to the Software Development Kit (SDK), Across can easily be integrated in IT environments. Integration support is available from the company’s Business Services & Support department and from renowned system integrators and technology partners.
Within the scope of its product development, Across collaborates with international universities and academies. For many years, Across has also been focusing on cooperative partnerships with renowned technology companies and language service providers.
Customers of Across (extract): 1&1 Internet AG, Allianz Versicherungs AG, HypoVereinsbank, Miele, SMA Solar Technology AG, ThyssenKrupp, etc.

For further information please contact:
Across Systems GmbH
Anja Bergemann
Tel: +49 7248 925-412
Fax: +49 7248 925-444
abergemann(at)across(dot)net
www.across.net
 
good news! GmbH
Nicole Körber
Tel: +49 451 88199-12
Fax: +49 451 88199-29
across(at)goodnews(dot)de
www.goodnews.de
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12  THE TECHNO CLUB [ TECHNOWORLDINC.COM ] / Techno News / Intershop supports Mister Spex’ international growth vision on: November 19, 2014, 04:27:38 AM
London, UK, 19th November 2014 – Intershop is enabling the international expansion vision for Mister Spex. The leading online optician’s new UK website – misterspex.co.uk – is the first in a series of European shop fronts to go live on Intershop 7, the leading omni-channel platform.

Moving up to Intershop 7 in the UK is the first step in the next European-wide expansion plan wave by German firm Mister Spex. With a turnover of €47 million in 2013 and more than one million customers Mister Spex is already Europe’s leading online optician.

The Berlin-based firm switched to Intershop after having outgrown its proprietary commerce platform, originally established in 2008. Mister Spex is now focusing on its vision for future expansion as it migrates its German, French, Spanish and Swedish-language online shops to Intershop’s powerful and flexible platform.

The online optician chose Intershop’s highly flexible, modular shop platform after looking at various competitors, attracted by Intershop’s ability to grow with Mister Spex’ international business plans.

Lars Schickner, Director Innovation Center at Intershop is quoted as saying: “Mister Spex is the latest high-profile online retailer to make a strategic decision to re-platform as an enabler for future business growth. With this step the optician avoids re-platforming again in a few years, since each transition is time consuming, complex and expensive. In choosing Intershop, Mister Spex made a visionary decision, selecting a commerce partner able to support its ambitious growth goals both today and into the future.”

As a successful online-driven multi-channel player, Mister Spex was searching for a single platform that would serve as a solid base for the entire European market - without further increasing future costs in updating and expanding the system to account for different time zones, languages, taxes and fulfilment requirements.

Factors that attracted Mister Spex to Intershop 7 included the flexibility provided by a highly-diversified range of deployment models, scalability and modularity. Intershop supported the Mister Spex team in ensuring a smooth migration, with full shop functionality maintained at all times during the process.
By completing the first phase, Mister Spex can now offer its UK customers more than 7000 different models of eyewear and extensive search functionality, as it focuses on providing customers with a very personal and user-friendly shopping appearance. At the back end, the company is increasing conversion rates by engaging in extensive live A/B testing and offering highly customized landing pages – which provide a solution to the challenge of maintaining a fast-loading shop front without being slowed down by the need to pre-cache extensive volumes of data.

Intershop was able to demonstrate to Mister Spex its proven track record in serving large customers with similar requirements, in both the B2B and B2C sector. Furthermore, Mister Spex is taking advantage of Intershop’s extensive capabilities in integrating third party systems, such as real-time communication with its ERP system, ensuring that extensive product data is always up to date and providing seamless access to an enhanced order management system.

About Intershop:
Intershop Communications AG (founded in Germany 1992; Prime Standard: ISH2) is the leading independent provider of omni-channel commerce solutions. Intershop offers high-performance packaged software for internet sales, complemented by all necessary services. Intershop also acts as a business process outsourcing provider, covering all aspects of online retailing up to fulfilment. Around the globe more than 500 enterprise customers, including HP, BMW, Deutsche Telekom, and Mexx run Intershop solutions. Intershop is headquartered in Jena, Germany, and has offices in the United States, Europe, Australia, and China. More information about Intershop can be found online at www.intershop.com.
This news release contains forward-looking statements regarding future events or the future financial and operational performance of Intershop. Actual events or performance may differ materially from those contained or implied in such forward-looking statements. Risks and uncertainties that could lead to such difference could include, among other things: Intershop's limited operating history, the unpredictability of future revenues and expenses and potential fluctuations in revenues and operating results, significant dependence on large single customer deals, consumer trends, the level of competition, seasonality, risks related to electronic security, possible governmental regulation, and general economic conditions.

For further information please contact:
Press contact: Silja Ingham
intershop[at]proudpr.com
07792949971
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13  THE TECHNO CLUB [ TECHNOWORLDINC.COM ] / Techno News / Macmillan Distribution goes live with new subscription business powered by Publi on: November 18, 2014, 09:14:37 AM
Oxford, UK, 18th November 2014 – Macmillan Distribution (MDL), the award-winning international book distributor, has gone live with its new subscription platform, running on Publishing Technology’s advance enterprise system.

MDL becomes the first Publishing Technology client in the UK to launch its service on the digitally-native Order to Cash module of advance, which effectively enables the company to break into the journal fulfilment market.

MDL can now offer both new and existing publisher customers an increasing number of subscription-based models for both digital and physical content, helping to provide their readers with a seamless user experience at the point of purchase. With its robust sales, marketing and ecommerce capabilities for serial content, advance Order to Cash will empower publishers working with MDL to respond swiftly to market demands, customise products and experiment with new business models, driven by comprehensive data analysis and reporting.

Legal publisher Hart Publishing, now part of Bloomsbury Academic, is the first of MDL’s clients to take full advantage of the subscription service and has already started processing renewals of its journal titles via the new system. Further MDL customers are expected to sign up in the coming months.

Matthew Hogg, Commercial Director, Macmillan Distribution (MDL) commented: “As our client and customers’ supply chains evolve and become progressively complex, we need to respond by implementing solutions to help them to continue to manage products, revenues and reporting more effectively. We chose to invest in Publishing Technology’s impressive advance system because it allows us to show our commitment to our clients, through the launch of a subscription service that truly meets their needs, while also providing us with the scope to continue to develop business opportunities in the future.”

Randy Petway, Executive Vice President, Global Product Strategy, Publishing Technology, said: “Investing in implementing new technologies like advance, which has been developed for the digital age, means that a major distributor like MDL can really drive its business forwards while serving its customers in the best possible way. The product offers a powerful set of tools to manage, package, sell and distribute content in innovative new ways that until now have been too challenging to administer. As a long-standing client of ours - using our Vista system for warehouse fulfilment for over 30 years - I’m delighted that MDL have become the first of our clients to successfully install the system in the UK, and I look forward to seeing how the new subscription service is received as it’s rolled out to their customers.”

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Notes to Editors:
For more information, please contact:
Emily Taylor Gregory, Publishing Technology plc
Tel: +44 1865 397873
Email: emily.taylor.gregory[at]publishingtechnology[dot]com

Publishing Technology plc:
Publishing Technology is the world-leading provider of content solutions that transform business. We cover the publishing process from end to end with content systems, audience development and content delivery software and services. Combining our unmatched publishing knowledge, global operations and perpetual support model with our advance enterprise system, ingentaconnect scholarly portal, pub2web custom hosting platform and PCG (Publishers Communication Group) sales and marketing consultancy, we offer the industry’s only full spectrum of solutions to help publishers move their content forward. Listed on the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange, the company operates jointly from Europe (Oxford) and North America (Boston and New Jersey), with local offices in Brazil, India, China and Australia. Assisting 400 trade and scholarly publishers for over thirty years, Publishing Technology solves the fundamental issues content providers face.

Visit publishingtechnology.com, follow on Twitter @publishingtech, or connect on LinkedIn.

Macmillan Distribution (MDL):
Macmillan Distribution (MDL) is a UK based book distributor that handles over forty publishers including the Macmillan Group. Third party clients include Bloomsbury, Guinness World Records and Ryland, Peters & Small. MDL distributes throughout the UK and the rest of the world. Customers include trade and specialist bookshops, wholesalers, internet retailers, schools and members of the public. Macmillan Distribution (MDL) is a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited.

Visit http://www.macmillandistribution.co.uk/, or follow on Twitter @MDL_News
 
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14  THE TECHNO CLUB [ TECHNOWORLDINC.COM ] / Techno News / The Shard to become real life ‘Dragon’s Den’ on: November 18, 2014, 08:09:39 AM
UK, 18th November 2014 – More than 20 of the UK’s most exciting technology start-ups are set to bid for a collective £30m of investment in front of a live audience of investors at The Shard this month.

The 22nd floor of the iconic London landmark will be turned into a real life Dragon’s Den as businesses providing technological solutions for everything from wrinkles to poor public transport in developing countries have just 10 minutes to pitch to the likes of Mercia Fund Management and Eden Ventures.

The event, Accelerating Growth, is organised by SETsquared, a business incubation programme run by a partnership of the universities of Bath, Bristol, Exeter, Southampton and Surrey. 2014 marks its 11th year of the showcase and the support of leading intellectual property firm Mathys & Squire has enabled Accelerating Growth to be held in the iconic Shard building.

SETsquared businesses have raised some £60m in investment in the last 12 months, a 100 per cent increase on last year, and Accelerating Growth aims to boost that figure by putting start-ups face-to-face with angel investors, venture capitalists, high net worth individuals and self-certified sophisticated investors.

Among the businesses pitching for investment are:
• Fourth State Medicine – which has invented a wrinkle-busting hand-held plasma pen for the cosmetic and wider medical markets
• Crowd Connected – which has developed a platform that gathers data from a crowd’s smartphones to provide aggregated location insight to operators
• Inova Design Solutions – which has created a miniature wearable device that can monitor health and fitness performance and send the data wirelessly to smart phones and smart watches
• Ultrahaptics – which is the world’s leading touchless haptics company

Simon Bond, Innovation Director at SETsquared, said: “The fact that businesses within our incubator have doubled the amount of funding they have raised in the last year proves there is real appetite for investors to partner with high growth potential technology companies. This positive outlook has created a real buzz around our event and we are hoping to add significantly to the amount we have helped our companies raise at Accelerating Growth.”

Among the SETsquared companies to receive substantial investment in the last year is Brightpearl, which secured a $10m funding injection, led by new investor MMC Ventures, alongside participation from Quayle Munro and existing investors Eden Ventures and Notion Capital. The money has allowed the company to invest in its product and expand sales.

Of the companies that secured investment at last year’s 10th anniversary showcase was Torqbak, which received £150,000 from Mercia Fund Management for its Twitter business as a direct result of pitching at SETsquared’s investment showcase.

Over the last 12 years SETsquared has helped more than 1,000 businesses raise over £1bn in investment, figures that have contributed to it being named by the UBI as the top university business incubator in Europe and number two in the world.

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Press are invited to attend Accelerating Growth and, if organised in advance, can sit in on many of the investor pitches. Other news stories on the day will include:

• SETsquared unveiling new statistics on the economic impact of the partnership over the last 12 years
• The announcement of a new programme to help accelerate the commercialisation of research

About SETsquared:
SETsquared is a collaboration between the universities of Bath, Bristol, Exeter, Southampton and Surrey which partners in enterprise activities and collectively supports the growth and success of new business opportunities through spin-outs, licensing, incubation and education. The partnership also works with industry through research collaboration and consultancy.

In the last 11 years SETsquared has developed over 1,000 high tech start-ups that have generated some £1bn in investment. It is named by the UBI as the joint best university incubator in Europe and 4th best globally.

For more information, images, interviews or to attend Accelerating Growth please contact:
Laura Downton at Carswell Gould
T: 023 80 238001
E: laura@carswellgould.co.uk
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