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Bridge for healthcare technology

Successful ILDA-care delegation trip to the STERN BioRegion with Danish entrepreneurs

Bridge for healthcare technology

The Danish delegation visits the BuderhausDiakonie Gustav-Werner-Stift in Reutlingen. (Source: Jan Zawadil)

(Stuttgart/Tübingen/Reutlingen/Göppingen) – As part of the EU project ILDA-care, a delegation of Danish entrepreneurs has visited the STERN BioRegion. ILDA-care stands for „Intelligent Logistics, Digitalisation and Automated Workflows for the Homecare and Nursing homes sector“ and is an initiative to systematically improve efficiency in this field. The participants from Denmark gained exceptional insights into innovative solutions from Baden-Württemberg for the care sector.

A major challenge for societies in industrialised nations is the rapidly growing number of older people and those in need of care. According to a forecast by Germany’s Federal Statistical Office, the number of people in Germany requiring care could rise to 3.4 million by 2030. To improve assistance for them at nursing facilities or in their own homes, solutions need to be found that allow care staff to focus on personal support for people instead of using up their scarce resources on time-consuming formal work processes. ILDA-care has been given a total budget of just under EUR 210,000 by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) to face this challenge. Numerous small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) from the STERN BioRegion and Denmark and a number of research institutes are involved in the research project.

The EU project aims to form a new value chain that links together intelligent logistics, digitalisation and automation for the care sector. The Danish Welfare Tech cluster from Odense and Stuttgart-based BioRegio STERN Management GmbH are collaborating for ILDA-care. As part of this strategic international partnership, entrepreneurs from the STERN BioRegion visited the cluster in Denmark in June and learned about the exemplary Danish healthcare system. In October, their peers from Scandinavia travelled to Baden-Württemberg to find out about innovative care solutions in Tübingen, Reutlingen, Göppingen and Stuttgart.

The first port of call was the LebensPhasenHaus (LPH) in Tübingen, where the participants were welcomed by Thorsten Flink, Managing Director of the City of Tübingen’s WIT General Business Development Unit. The LPH is a joint research, demonstration and knowledge transfer project whose organisers include the University and the University Hospital of Tübingen and is open to everyone. Here, the entrepreneurs from Denmark weren’t just able to see age-appropriate assistance systems, digital information and communication technologies with easy-to-use control interfaces and intelligent networking of systems in action. They also had the opportunity to observe how equipment and services are tested, evaluated and made accessible for visitors.

In Reutlingen, the programme of events included a visit to the BruderhausDiakonie Gustav-Werner-Stift retirement centre. Following a welcome by Alexander Kreher, City of Reutlingen mayor with responsibility for finance and economic affairs, the delegation was able to inspect innovative technologies for care at the centre. BruderhausDiakonie works closely with the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA in Stuttgart, which has implemented ambient assisted living (AAL) and smart home systems into a number of BruderhausDiakonie buildings. Among other things, the Danish delegation was given a demonstration of the Safe@home warning system, which automatically alerts helpers in the event of a fall or accident. Sensors fitted in the room can detect any unusually fast change in a person’s centre of gravity if they fall, and trigger an alarm via a CareBox.

Computer games that are specially designed for senior citizens are used in daycare to encourage residents to perform mental arithmetic or play skill-based games. As the system uses a sensor to detect the seated players‘ movements, their memory and motor skills are developed simultaneously, without any use of a mouse or keyboard. The enthusiasm shown by the elderly people also impressed Lars M. Jessen, CEO of a Danish IT company that develops software solutions for the in- and out-patient care sector. For him, it was a „real light bulb moment“ to see how computer games are integrated into everyday care. „Companies, institutions and local authorities work together here successfully as partners to develop and implement innovations.“

The visit to the Göppingen campus at Esslingen University was another revealing experience for the guests. Alexander Fromm from the Göppingen District Business Development Unit welcomed the delegation to the Care Lab (CarLa), which has been set up as part of the applied medical technology research project. This offers a realistic environment that enables the development and testing of technical solutions for the care of the elderly.

The programme also featured visits to the microelectronics transfer centre TZM GmbH in Göppingen and Fraunhofer IPA, as well as presentations by several companies from the STERN BioRegion that are involved with technical innovations in the care sector.

In the workshop that followed, the entrepreneurs and researchers used these practical examples and the lively discussions to develop a number of concrete ideas on care at home. „The two ILDA-care delegation trips impressed all the participants, generated new contacts and initiated actual cooperation projects,“ said BioRegio STERN project manager Dr. Margot Jehle. „We can already speak of a new bridge for healthcare technology between Germany and Denmark.“

Contact for entrepreneurs: ILDA-care project manager Dr. Margot Jehle:
jehle@bioregio-stern.de, +49-711-87035429

About Welfare Tech
Welfare Tech is a Danish national cluster and hub for innovation and business development in healthcare, homecare and social services. It is a membership organisation with members from private industry, public organisations, and research and education institutions. Welfare Tech has a broad knowledge about the Danish market through its members and operates as a national entry point for international companies who want to enter the Danish market.
https://en.welfaretech.dk/

About BioRegio STERN Management GmbH:
BioRegio STERN Management GmbH promotes economic development in the life sciences industry, helping to strengthen the region as a business location by supporting innovations and start-up companies in the public interest. It is the main point of contact for company founders and entrepreneurs in the Stuttgart and Neckar-Alb regions, including the cities of Tübingen and Reutlingen.
The STERN BioRegion is one of the largest and most successful bioregions in Germany. Its unique selling points include a mix of biotech and medtech companies that is outstanding in Germany and regional clusters in the fields of automation technology and mechanical engineering.

Company-Contact
BioRegio STERN Management GmbH
Dr. Klaus Eichenberg
Friedrichstrasse 10
70174 Stuttgart
Phone: +49 (0)711-870354-0
E-Mail: info@bioregio-stern.de
Url: http://www.bioregio-stern.de/en

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Zeeb Kommunikation GmbH
Anja Pätzold
Hohenheimer Strasse 58a
70184 Stuttgart
Phone: +49 (0)711-6070719
E-Mail: info@zeeb.info
Url: http://www.zeeb-kommunikation.de

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New Managing Director for FOBA

Stefan Heczko has been appointed Managing Director for Alltec GmbH (FOBA Laser Marking + Engraving), headquartered in Selmsdorf/Germany

New Managing Director for FOBA

Stefan Heczko is General Manager of Alltec GmbH (FOBA Laser Marking + Engraving).

Stefan Heczko has been appointed Managing Director for Alltec GmbH (FOBA Laser Marking + Engraving), one of the leading laser marking technology companies, headquartered in Selmsdorf/Germany. In his new role, he succeeds Alltec/FOBA“s recent General Manager Ondrej Kruk who had been with the company for over three years and has moved on to lead another company within the Danaher Corporation.

Stefan Heczko is dedicated to further strengthen FOBA“s market position among the world leading manufacturers of laser marking systems. Customer service, international growth and innovation will be the prime focus of his leadership, as well as the implementation and development of internal process and quality standards.

„We want to leverage our customer service to the best. In doing so, we work closely together and appreciate flat hierarchies and open communication between our team members. Objectives and achievements are being presented in a clear and comprehensive way to all our associates“, said Heczko, characterizing Alltec/FOBA“s corporate culture. As an experienced industrial engineer who already held several leading roles in international technology businesses, he is looking forward to shaping the company“s future development.

Alltec GmbH with its FOBA Laser Marking + Engraving brand is among the leaders in manufacturing and supplying innovative solutions for laser marking. FOBA“s marking lasers, laser marking workstations and vision assisted laser marking workflows mark a variety of materials and parts not least in the key markets of Automotive and Medical but also in Electronics, Plastics and Tool, Metal and Mold Making. Worldwide sales and service branches serve the most important markets.
Since 2004, Alltec/FOBA – headquartered near Hamburg/Germany – is part of the US-based Danaher Corporation.

FOBA Laser Marking + Engraving
www.fobalaser.com

Die Alltec GmbH mit ihrer Marke FOBA Laser Marking + Engraving ist einer der führenden Hersteller und Anbieter von innovativen Lasermarkierlösungen. FOBAs Beschriftungslaser, Lasermarkiermaschinen und bildgebende Kennzeichnungsworkflows kommen vor allem in der Automobilzulieferindustrie, Medizintechnik, Elektronik und Kunststoffindustrie sowie im Werkzeug-, Metall- und Formenbau zur Kennzeichnung einer Vielzahl an Materialien und Produkten zum Einsatz. Ein weltweiter Vertrieb sowie internationale Vertriebspartner und Servicestandorte bedienen die globalen Märkte. Seit 2004 gehört Alltec/FOBA mit der Firmenzentrale bei Lübeck nahe Hamburg zur US-amerikanischen Danaher Corporation.

Company-Contact
Alltec GmbH – FOBA Laser Marking + Engraving
Victoria Meß
An der Trave 27-31
23923 Selmsdorf
Phone: 03882355-556
E-Mail: info@fobalaser.com
Url: https://www.fobalaser.com

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Alltec GmbH – FOBA Laser Marking + Engraving
Susanne Glinz
An der Trave 27-31
23923 Selmsdorf
Phone: 03882355547
E-Mail: susanne.glinz@foba.de
Url: https://www.fobalaser.com

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WeylChem Group acquires the Home Care and process catalyst business of Catexel Group

November 1, 2018

WeylChem Group acquires the Home Care and process catalyst business of Catexel Group

Effective November 1, 2018, International Chemical Investors Group (ICIG) and WeylChem Group have acquired the Home Care, Cellulosics and Synthesis business of Catexel Group from Unilever Ventures.

By acquiring Catexel Technologies Ltd. and Catexel Cellulosics Ltd. from Unilever Ventures, WeylChem Group broadens its portfolio of performance chemicals, providing access to additional markets in industrial & institutional cleaning, textile bleaching, pulp bleaching and process technologies. This transaction strengthens its leading position as supplier and manufacturer of oxidation catalysts and bleach activators.

The transaction comprises the intellectual property of Catexel for a variety of applications and increases the innovation capabilities of the combined businesses through its dedicated highly experienced R&D team.

„Integrated into the WeylChem network, the combination of WeylChem“s and Catexel“s capabilities creates a leading global expert in the field of oxidation catalysis“, says Dr. Andreas Maier, Managing Director of WeylChem Performance Products and Head of Business Unit Consumer Care. „This acquisition expands WeylChem“s activities in the performance chemicals industry and demonstrates ICIG“s strategy to enhance its platforms by supporting add-on acquisitions“, says Dr. Achim Riemann, Managing Director of ICIG.

„We are delighted to have concluded the sale of our Cleaning, Cellulosics and process catalysts business to our long-term industry partner, the Weylchem Group. This transaction offers an excellent platform for continued growth, and a great opportunity for our dedicated and talented team of employees“, say Catexel Group Directors, Paul Smith and Glenn Fletcher.

About WeylChem Group of Companies:
WeylChem Group of Companies is the fine chemicals platform of International Chemicals Investors Group. With ten companies in Europe and North America, WeylChem employs more than 1,920 people. The Group is a global leader in custom manufacturing of specialty chemicals and supplies its customers with a wide range of advanced intermediates and reagents for diverse applications. For more information about WeylChem Group: www.weylchem.com

About International Chemical Investors Group
International Chemical Investors is a privately owned industrial group with sales in excess of EUR 2 billion and more than 6,000 employees worldwide. ICIG is focusing on three main platforms: Pharmaceuticals under the CordenPharma brand, Fine Chemicals under the
WeylChem brand and Chlorovinyls under the Vynova brand. Since inception in 2004, ICIG has acquired 26 independent chemicals and pharmaceutical businesses in Europe and the United States, all of which have origins in major global chemical or pharmaceutical corporations. For more information about International Chemical Investors Group: www.ic-investors.com

About Unilever Ventures:
Unilever Ventures is the venture capital and private equity arm of Unilever. Unilever Ventures invest in young, promising companies, accelerating growth by providing access to Unilever“s global ecosystem, assets and expertise. Unilever Ventures is looking for tomorrow“s world-beaters in Personal Care and Digital. For more information about Unilever Ventures: www.unileverventures.com

Contact:
Teresa Hirth
Phone: +49 69 506 820 2587
Email: teresa.hirth@weylchem.com

Sibel Cumcu
Phone: +49 69 506 999 0
Email: info@ic-investors.com

Clare Cavana
Phone: +44 782 708 5145
Email: clare.cavana@unilever.com

About WeylChem Group of Companies:
WeylChem Group of Companies is the fine chemicals platform of International Chemicals Investors Group. With ten companies in Europe and North America, WeylChem employs more than 1,920 people. The Group is a global leader in custom manufacturing of specialty chemicals and supplies its customers with a wide range of advanced intermediates and reagents for diverse applications. For more information about WeylChem Group: www.weylchem.com

Contact
WeylChem International GmbH
Teresa Hirth
Alt Fechenheim 34
60386 Frankfurt
Phone: 0695068202587
E-Mail: teresa.hirth@weylchem.com
Url: http://www.weylchem.com

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iGTB and PPI Partner to Provide Leading End-to-End Transaction Banking Solution for the Largest European Payment Markets

iGTB’s digital transaction banking platform and PPI’s payments product suite and EBICS expertise join hands to set leading standard in Europe

London (UK), Oct, 2018: Intellect Global Transaction Banking (iGTB), the transaction banking division of Intellect Design Arena Ltd, the leading B2B fintech with 21% CAGR over three years, and PPI AG, the leading payments software product company in Europe announced their partnership in providing advanced end-to-end integrated solutions for transaction banking localised for the needs of German and French banks.

With the average IT spent in Europe expected to increase by 6% to 9%, it is expected that growing expectations around the user experience, alongside delivering operational efficiencies will see businesses in all verticals from Europe expecting sophisticated localised payments technology from their financial service providers. This partnership will provide a local centre of excellence for distribution, implementation and maintenance.

The digital transformation expertise of iGTB, with its rich digital front-end product Contextual Banking Experience (CBX) and the full suite of transaction banking products (covering PCM, liquidity, collections, trade and supply chain) and the EBICS-enabled payments product suite TRAVIC from PPI are coming together to form an exciting, integrated market-ready payments platform, which is also extensible to all transaction banking products. iGTB’s global experience and leading transaction banking frontend product suite will complement PPI’s strong presence in Europe, in particular in Germany, Switzerland and France, and PPI’s leading European end-to-end EBICS/payments product expertise, equipping banks with superb solutions & services for their SME and corporate clients.

Commenting on the collaboration, Manish Maakan, CEO, iGTB said „The SEPA zone is seeing a marked change in attitude. Once modernising and upgrading payments processing infrastructure was seen as a regulatory-mandated compliance project but now it is widely viewed as the foundation of a wave of new customer-facing enhancements. The focus has been shifting from not just concentration on STP rates but also providing sophisticated, well designed solutions with a great end-to-end user experience. Teaming up with PPI is a big step forward and underlines the commitment to our European market and recent expansion, complementing our desire to equip German- and French-speaking banks with the ability to serve their end customers more effectively – and at lower cost, especially with native local language implementation and support. This partnership also ensures iGTB’s solutions can embrace the EBICS payments formats commonly used in key European countries. „

Dr. Ing. Thorsten Volkel, Executive Board Member, PPI AG said. „The vision behind PPI’s payment division is to deliver complete end-to-end payment processing capabilities for the banking industry in Europe. PPI is capable of delivering the complete process chain from access channel to payment engine towards interbank communication systems. However, we need to be equipped to face the attitude change in the market in terms of the need for digitalisation of the complete solution with ultimate focus on the front end user experience both with bank users and their client users. The partnership with iGTB will address this need by being able to offer a joint solution using iGTB’s Digital Transaction Banking suite of digital products together with PPI’s TRAVIC products for payments processing. This will enable PPI to have a compelling digital payments innovation offering for the local banks in Europe that will provide an end-to-end payments suite equipped with both digitalised front-end and next-gen payments product processor. We certainly aim at targeting these European markets with our offering. Both companies share a similar philosophy: delivering the best possible solution for their customers.“

About Intellect Design Arena Ltd:

Intellect Design Arena Ltd, a specialist in applying true digital technologies, is the world“s first full spectrum Banking and Insurance technology products company, across Global Consumer Banking (iGCB), Central Banking, Global Transaction Banking (iGTB), Risk, Treasury and Markets (iRTM), and Insurance (Intellect SEEC). With over 25 years of deep domain expertise, Intellect is the brand that progressive financial institutions rely on for digital transformation initiatives.

Intellect pioneered Design Thinking for cutting-edge products and solutions for Banking and Insurance, with design being the company“s key differentiator in enabling digital transformation. FinTech 8012, the world“s first design centre for Financial Technology, reflects Intellect“s commitment to continuous and impactful innovation to address the growing need for digital transformation. Intellect generates annual revenues of more than USD 169 million, serving more than 200 customers through offices in 40+ countries and with a diverse workforce of more than 4,000 solution architects, domain and technology experts in major global financial hubs around the world. For further information on the organization and its solutions, please visit intellectdesign.com. For information on the solutions for global transaction banking, please visit https://www.igtb.com/igtb.com

PPI AG has been working successfully as a consulting and software company for banks and financial service providers for over 30 years. Our customers in the project business appreciate our uncomplicated and flexible approach. We combine expert knowledge with technological proficiency to bring projects to a successful conclusion. We work in payments throughout Europe and with our standard product portfolio occupy a leading market position. As steadily growing family-owned stock company, PPI AG and our over 600 employees – more than 250 being active in our payments division – are entirely focussed on our customers‘ success.

Contact
PPI AG
Gerald Nowak
Moorfuhrtweg 13
22301 Hamburg
Phone: T +49 40 227433-1647
E-Mail: gerald.nowak@ppi.de
Url: http://www.ppi.de

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Networking

Networking is important to a companies success.

Contacts are important. Especially in a work environment.

Contacts or as people like to call it „Vitamin B“ – is an important component of success. Another term for this is „networking“. Networking – forming a network. Contacts in all sectors are useful, says Rieta de Soet, CEO of Global Management Consultants AG in Zug, Switzerland. Useful contacts lead to new jobs, customers or opportunities, they can help you out even though it may take some time, says Rieta de Soet.

GMC AG is home to many different companies from equally diverse industries. Often, however, one does not recognize at first glance how one company could benefit the other. But you have to look outside the box. Every entrepreneur, every employee, everyone you know knows somebody. If you maintain your contacts, you can easily link new, useful contacts.

Networking has never been easier. Due to mobile phone, email and co, you can always be reached everywhere. There are even events that serve only to connect individual entrepreneurs with each other.

Another great way to build a network is the Business Center. The GMC AG Business Center brings many different companies together under one roof, says Rieta de Soet. Here you can use the opportunity and possibly find cooperation partners.

In addition, the management of course has a few more contacts. Due to the many years of experience, there is a large repertoire of contacts, says Rieta de Soet. There are a lot of contacts that you can activate by working in a Business Center.

Über GMC AG

GMC AG mit Hauptsitz in Zug/Schweiz, ist mit zahlreichen Business Centern international in Amerika, Australien, Asien und Europa vertreten. In seinen Business Centern stehen Betriebswirte, Steuerberater, Marketing- und Unternehmensberater den Kunden zur Verfügung, die seit über 20 Jahren in den Bereichen Business Center, Firmengründung und Managementberatung tätig sind.

Contact
GMC Global Management Consultants AG
Rieta Vanessa
Gubelstrasse 12
6300 Zug
Phone: 0041 41 560 77 00
E-Mail: pr@news-channel.ch
Url: http://www.gmc-consultants.ch

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Indoor Skydiving Germany Group started installation of new wind tunnel at the Modern Activity Center in Oslo

Indoor Skydiving Germany Group started installation of new wind tunnel at the Modern Activity Center in Oslo

Gladbeck, October 01, 2018 – The Indoor Skydiving Germany Group (ISG), manufacturer of high performance freefall simulators, brings the latest technology in Indoor Skydiving to the new Modern Activity Center at Oslo Airport Gardermoen in Norway. ISG started the installation of the wind tunnel with Scandinavias biggest flight chamber on October 1st. The center with the new indoor skydiving facility is scheduled to open around easter 2019.

With a 14 feet diameter flight chamber capable of reaching speeds of more than 280 km/h the ISG wind tunnel will provide a new dimension of entertainment for beginners as well as for experienced pro flyers. Additional to indoor skydiving the Modern Activity Center will feature an augmented reality climbing wall and an interactive VR simulator.

„The Modern Activity Center at Gardemoen is the perfect location for the most advanced technology in indoor skydiving. We are very happy to realize our second project in Norway together with the real estate company Møller Eiendom and bring the highest standards of German engineering to Oslo“ said Boris Nebe, CEO of Indoor Skydiving Germany.

Møller Eiendom is the contracting authority of the new wind tunnel that will be operated by Modern Activity Center. Møller Eiendom has several large scale development projects and manages a portfolio of approximately one billion Euros. The founder of Modern Activity Center, Ignacio Martinez, is a merited pro flyer with extensive experience as main indoor skydiving instructor at Voss Vind.

Modern Activity Center will cater to the growing „experience economy“ for families, friends and businesses in addition to being the favorite site for the Norwegian pro flyer community. Oslo Airport Gardermoen is Norway“s main airport and the country“s most important hub.

The wind tunnel technology of ISG-Group was developed in cooperation with the aerospace department of the Technical University of Berlin and other aeronautical engineering companies and is internationally recognized for its energy efficiency, safety and airflow quality. The first reference facility opened in 2009 in Bottrop, Germany (Indoor Skydiving Bottrop GmbH – www.indoor-skydiving.com). Since then ISG-Group has built and started multiple wind tunnel facilities for customers, many additional projects are in construction or planning phase.

About ISG-Group:
Driven by mankind“s dream of flight, ISG-Group delivers and builds vertical wind tunnels for freefall simulation for the sport of indoor skydiving and the entertainment market. The high performance facilities of ISG-Group are used also as professional training facilities for skydivers and military freefall units. In addition to that they also deliver a new experience to the entertainment market. The founders of this company developed in the recent years the most advanced and most silent vertical wind tunnel technology. It is internationally recognized for its energy efficiency, design, safety and airflow quality. Managing Director is Boris Nebe, the headquarter is in Gladbeck, Germany. Information under www.isg-group.de

Driven by mankind“s dream of flight, ISG-Group delivers and builds vertical wind tunnels for freefall simulation for the sport of indoor skydiving and the entertainment market. The high performance facilities of ISG-Group are used also as professional training facilities for skydivers and military freefall units. In addition to that they also deliver a new experience to the entertainment market. The founders of this company developed in the recent years the most advanced and most silent vertical wind tunnel technology. It is internationally recognized for its energy efficiency, design, safety and airflow quality. Managing Director is Boris Nebe, the headquarter is in Gladbeck, Germany. Information under www.isg-group.de

Company-Contact
Indoor Skydiving Germany GmbH
Anke Culemann
Am Wiesenbusch 2
45966 Gladbeck
Phone: 020413737340
E-Mail: anke.culemann@isg-group.de
Url: http://www.isg-group.de

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Indoor Skydiving Germany GmbH
Anke Culemann
Am Wiesenbusch 2
45966 Gladbeck
Phone: 020413737340
E-Mail: anke.culemann@isgh-group.de
Url: http://www.isg-group.de

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Hemiplegic patients using VR glasses to train in virtual worlds

Start-up Rehago develops fun training system for stroke patients

Hemiplegic patients using VR glasses to train in virtual worlds

(Source: Rehago)

(Stuttgart/Reutlingen) – The start-up Rehago from Reutlingen has developed a cost-effective training system for hemiplegic stroke patients. Virtual reality games are to be used in addition to conventional ergotherapy and physiotherapy to help patients re-establish neural pathways and compensate for motor deficits. This simple-to-use system, comprising VR glasses, smartphone and controller, can be used in collaboration with a therapist in the patient’s home or soon in the clinic itself.

In most cases, strokes occur without any warning, and the effects pose major challenges to patients and their families. The sudden interruption of the brain’s blood supply causes certain functions of the central nervous system to fail, adversely affecting motor skills, among other things, and typically resulting in paralysis of one side of the body. Affecting an estimated 270,000 people every year in Germany alone, strokes are one of the leading causes of disability.

It has long been known that motor deficits can be successfully compensated for, or at least alleviated, if patients receive therapy at an early stage. For that reason, rehabilitation generally begins in the hospital or the rehabilitation clinic and is continued later on an outpatient basis, usually with the help of therapists visiting patients at home to oversee exercises. „From a medical standpoint, it would be advisable to train daily,“ explains Philipp Zajac, CEO of Rehago. „But many patients can’t do their exercises without the guidance of a therapist, who, in many cases, can only visit the patient once a week.“

This is where the start-up Rehago from the STERN BioRegion comes into play. The team of IT experts and game developers have created a platform offering games for a virtual training programme designed to support the therapy of stroke patients. They worked in consultation with an advisory board of therapists and medical professionals, including Prof. Peter Flachenecker, Chief Physician at the Quellenhof Neurological Rehabilitation Centre in Bad Wildbad: „We know from neuroscience that targeted rehabilitation can be used after a brain injury such as a stroke to re-establish neural circuits and activate affected regions of the brain or have other regions take over their functions. An entertaining training programme that encourages patients to carry out regular exercises can be very helpful in this regard.“

This system can be used with input from a therapist in the patient’s home or – pending CE certification – in the clinic itself. All the patients need are VR glasses, which can display 3D images with the aid of a smartphone, and a handheld controller. A smartphone app provides access to a variety of games offering optimum support for the exercises targeting affected body parts. Rehago also makes use of mirror therapy, whereby patients „move“ the paralysed side of their body with the help of a mirror. Zajac, whose master’s thesis dealt with the relationship between movement and the brain’s ability to process it, explains: „Although the patient isn’t using the paralysed hand to grab anything in the game, the glasses make it seem – and apparently feel – as though he were indeed using that hand.“

The games are tailored precisely to the needs of the patients, who are typically older, which is why simple applications like „Memory“ are available, as opposed to action-oriented shooter games or complex simulation games. „Patients are guided through a personalised and entertaining virtual environment in which it appears they can move their paralysed arm again. The visual feedback from the actions they carry out in the VR game causes neural pathways to be reorganised,“ explains Zajac. Rehago does not see itself as a substitute for therapists – who are still needed to guide patients‘ movements – but as additional support. Ergotherapists, with whom the company is already collaborating, have confirmed this: „The use of virtual reality in rehabilitation – with stroke patients, for example – offers great potential for supportive therapy,“ says Zajac. „More than anything else, it motivates patients to train regularly on their own because, simply put, the VR glasses make training fun.“

„Rehago is a good example of how two originally unrelated sectors – medtech and computer games – can coalesce,“ says BioRegio STERN’s Managing Director Dr. Klaus Eichenberg. „I’m convinced that the idea of a VR system with training games for hemiplegic patients won’t just impress healthcare professionals, but also has a lot of commercial potential.“ The start-up will initially be moving into office containers at the Center for Entrepreneurship at Reutlingen University.

Before the company was even founded in August 2018, the team had already won Samsung’s ideas competition „Life’s a Pitch 2018“, endowed with EUR 50,000, and the „MFG BW goes MOBILE“ ideas competition for mobile solutions, which brought in another EUR 10,000. Zajac has a completely new sales platform in mind for Rehago’s future, which he believes will not only reduce rehabilitation costs, but will also open up entirely new markets for game developers.

About BioRegio STERN Management GmbH:
BioRegio STERN Management GmbH promotes economic development in the life sciences industry, helping to strengthen the region as a business location by supporting innovations and start-up companies in the public interest. It is the main point of contact for company founders and entrepreneurs in the Stuttgart and Neckar-Alb regions, including the cities of Tübingen and Reutlingen.
The STERN BioRegion is one of the largest and most successful bioregions in Germany. Its unique selling points include a mix of biotech and medtech companies that is outstanding in Germany and regional clusters in the fields of automation technology and mechanical engineering.

Company-Contact
BioRegio STERN Management GmbH
Dr. Klaus Eichenberg
Friedrichstrasse 10
70174 Stuttgart
Phone: +49 (0)711-870354-0
E-Mail: info@bioregio-stern.de
Url: http://www.bioregio-stern.de/en

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Zeeb Kommunikation GmbH
Anja Pätzold
Hohenheimer Strasse 58a
70184 Stuttgart
Phone: +49 (0)711-6070719
E-Mail: info@zeeb.info
Url: http://www.zeeb-kommunikation.de

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Asahi Kasei completes acquisition of Sage Automotive Interiors

Asahi Kasei has completed its acquisition of Sage Automotive Interiors, Inc. (Sage) on September 27, 2018.

Asahi Kasei announced the decision to acquire Sage on July 19, 2018. With the completion of all requisite procedures, Sage is now a wholly owned consolidated subsidiary of Asahi Kasei.

Sage will continue to be managed by its current executive team led by CEO Dirk R. Pieper.

For more information, please contact:
Asahi Kasei Corp.
Corporate Communications
Phone: +81-(0)3-6699-3008
Fax: +81-(0)3-6699-3187

The Asahi Kasei Group is a diversified group of companies led by Asahi Kasei Corp., with operations in the Material, Homes, and Health Care business sectors. Asahi Kasei distributes its innovative technologies and unique materials on markets worldwide.
With more than 30,000 employees around the world, the Asahi Kasei Group serves customers in more than 100 countries. Asahi Kasei is „Creating for Tomorrow“ with all operations sharing a common mission of contributing to life and living for people around the world.

Company-Contact
Asahi Kasei Europe GmbH
Sebastian Schmidt
Am Seestern 4
40547 Düsseldorf
Phone: +49 (0)211 280 68 139
E-Mail: Sebastian.Schmidt@asahi-kasei.eu
Url: https://www.asahi-kasei.eu/

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financial relations GmbH
Henning Küll
Louisenstraße 97
61348 Bad Homburg
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Updated Financial Information: Incapital RE LLP

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Publication of inside information pursuant to Article 17 of Regulation (EU) No 596/2014

Subject:
Updated financial information regarding the underlying asset, „Incapital RE LLP“, and the relevant investment, „Incapital Participacoes LTDA“

Luxembourg, 01.10.2018

The following Bonds (ISIN: DE000A1Z0AL1, DE000A184KW5, DE000A19D993, DE000A19LS87) reflect the credit profile of EUR denominated loans with debitor Incapital Re LLP („Debtor“), which invests via its subsidiary Incapital Participacoes LTDA.

Incapital Participaoces LTDA issued its annual accounts for the fiscal year 2017. The annual accounts foresee a loss of 14,392,000 Real. Thereof 6,465k Real are unrealized exchange rate losses on their liabilities and 7,834k Real losses resulting from the consolidation of its holding in HP12 and consolidation subject to the equity method. This may have an impact on the ability of the Debtor to perform its obligation under the aforementioned underlying loans.

Language: English
Entity: Opus – Chartered Issuances S.A (6, Rue Eugene Ruppert, L-2453 Luxembourg, Grand Duchy of Luxembourg), acting in respect of its Compartment 19, Compartment 39, Compartment 57, Compartment 67 to which all assets, rights and claims in relating to the bond are allocated
Internet: www.chartered-opus.com
WKN: A1Z0AL, A184KW, A19D99, A19LS8,
ISIN: DE000A1Z0AL1, DE000A184KW5, DE000A19D993, DE000A19LS87
Listing: Börse Düsseldorf // Düsseldorf Stock Exchange (Freiverkehr)

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Renting office space at De Soet Consulting

De Soet Consulting offers bright offices to competitive prices

Starting a new business is not always easy, but it does not have to be complicated either, says Rieta de Soet, CEO of De Soet Consulting in Switzerland. You just need to be sure of what it is that you really want and then focus on how to get it.

Once someone has decided to start a company the question is where should the company be located? Ideally it should be somewhere with easy access to a good infrastructure and qualified staff, yet within the given budget. Once you’ve found the right city and area, you have to figure out whether you want to buy, build or rent an office. Rieta de Soet says, choosing to rent an office at a De Soet Consulting Business Center has a lot of benefits compared to other office space.

It is easier to expand or downsize given to changing circumstances. The lease is flexible, which gives the customer less to worry about, says Rieta de Soet. „Here at De Soet Consulting Business Center we do our best to support our clients and their set goals“, says Fabian de Soet. The De Soet Consulting Business Center are full of opportunities.

Another positive aspect is that the Business Centers are fully equipped.

There have never been so many options for finding the best office solution, says Rieta Vanessa de Soet. If you still prefer to work in your own office, you have to calculate high costs for furniture, rent and long term contracts.

People who like being on the safe side, will be enthusiastic about the concept of a Business Center. Also De Soet Consulting offers qualified employees, for example secretaries, business economists and a tax consultants, who are available on demand.

De Soet Consulting ist eine Beratungsgesellschaft mit einem Team von Betriebswirten, Steuerberatern, Marketing- und Unternehmensberatern, die über eine 20-jährige Beratungserfahrung verfügen. De Soet Consulting betreut weltweit in Amerika, Asien und Europa Kunden, die ihren bisherigen Standort verlagern oder eine neue Firma gründen wollen. De Soet Consulting bietet Komplettlösungen für Unternehmen an, die ihren Standort verlegen oder einen neuen Standort gründen wollen.

Contact
De Soet Consulting
Rieta Vanessa
Gubelstrasse 12
6300 Zug
Phone: 0041 41 560 36 00
E-Mail: pr@news-channel.ch
Url: http://www.desoet.ch