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Microbiologists from Vienna and Brunswick discover rare bacteria that counteract methane production and climate change

Microbiologists from Vienna and Brunswick discover rare bacteria that counteract methane production and climate change

Prof. Dr. Michael Pester, DSMZ, Brunswick

The collaboration of microbiologists Prof. Dr. Alexander Loy and Dr. Bela Hausmann of the Department for Microbiology and Ecosystem Science at the University of Vienna, Austria, with Prof. Dr. Michael Pester of the Leibniz Institute DSMZ-German Collection of Microorganisms and Cell Cultures in Brunswick, Germany, has unearthed a rare bacterial species (Candidatus Desulfosporosinus infrequens), which counteracts the excessive formation of the greenhouse gas methane in moors. These bacteria produce energy by reducing sulfate to sulfide, and hold an important control function in the process of methane production. The bacteria are locked in a continuous competitive battle for nutrients with methane-producing archaea; in doing so, they reduce the archaea“s activity, thereby preventing the production of even more methane and helping to obviate additional global warming.

In an article recently published in the renowned journal mBio ( https://doi.org/10.1128/mBio.02189-18), the research team from Vienna and Brunswick employed a systems biology based approach to show that the high activity of the new, sulfate-reducing bacterial species (Candidatus Desulfosporosinus infrequens) can counteract the excessive formation of methane in moors, despite their low occurrence. Moors are natural wetlands and as such responsible for around 30 percent of the worldwide emissions of the greenhouse gas methane. But why do these high-activity bacteria not have a higher rate of reproduction? The researchers think it is because the bacteria have to deal with the acidic pH-environment of the moors. It is therefore probable that these organisms invest their whole energy in the survival of the cell, rather than its growth.

Literature:
Hausmann, B.; Pelikan, C.; Rattei, T.; Loy, A.; Pester, M. (2019) Long-Term Transcriptional Activity at Zero Growth of a Cosmopolitan Rare Biosphere Member. MBio 10(1); doi: 10.1128/mBio.02189-18

Press contact Leibniz Institute DSMZ:
Sven-David Müller, Head of Public Relations, Leibniz Institute DSMZ-German Collection of Microorganisms and Cell Cultures GmbH
Phone: ++49 (0)531/2616-300
Mail: sven.david.mueller@dsmz.de

Press contact University of Vienna:
Paulina Parvanov, BA MA
Phone: +43-1-4277-175 40
Mobile: +43-664-60277-175 40
Mail: paulina.parvanov@univie.ac.at

About the Leibniz Institute DSMZ
The Leibniz Institute DSMZ-German Collection of Microorganisms and Cell Cultures is the world’s most diverse collection of biological resources (bacteria, archaea, protists, yeasts, fungi, bacteriophages, plant viruses, genomic bacterial DNA as well as human and animal cell lines). Microorganisms and cell cultures are collected, investigated and archived at the DSMZ. As an institution of the Leibniz Association, the DSMZ with its extensive scientific services and biological resources has been a global partner for research, science and industry since 1969. The DSMZ is the first registered collection in Europe (Regulation (EU) No. 511/2014) and certified according to the quality standard ISO 9001:2015. As a patent depository, it offers the only possibility in Germany to deposit biological material in accordance with the requirements of the Budapest Treaty. In addition to scientific services, research is the second pillar of the DSMZ. The institute, located on the Science Campus Braunschweig-Süd, accommodates more than 69,00 cultures and biomaterials and has 198 employees. www.dsmz.de

The Leibniz Association
The Leibniz Association connects 95 independent research institutions that range in focus from the natural, engineering and environmental sciences via economics, spatial and social sciences to the humanities. Leibniz Institutes address issues of social, economic and ecological relevance. They conduct knowledge-driven and applied basic research, maintain scientific infrastructure and provide research-based services. The Leibniz Association identifies focus areas for knowledge transfer to policy-makers, academia, business and the public. Leibniz institutions collaborate intensively with universities – in the form of „Leibniz ScienceCampi“ (thematic partnerships between university and non-university research institutes), for example – as well as with industry and other partners at home and abroad. They are subject to an independent evaluation procedure that is unparalleled in its transparency. Due to the importance of the institutions for the country as a whole, they are funded
jointly by the Federation and the Länder, employing some 19,100 individuals, including 9,900 researchers. The entire budget of all the institutes is approximately 1.9 billion Euros.

Die DSMZ ist eines der größten Bioressourcenzentren weltweit. Die Sammlung umfasst derzeit über 67.000 Kulturen, einschließlich über 35.000 verschiedene Bakterien- und 4000 Pilz-Stämme, 800 menschliche und tierische Zelllinien, 41 Pflanzenzelllinien, 1.400 Pflanzen-Viren und Antiseren und 13.000 verschiedene Typen genomischer Bakterien-DNA.

Contact
Leibniz-Institut DSMZ-Deutsche Sammlung von Mikroorganismen und Zellkulturen
Sven-David Müller
Inhoffenstraße 7 B
38124 Braunschweig
Phone: 0531-5312616300
E-Mail: sven.david.mueller@dsmz.de
Url: http://www.dsmz.de

Politics Law Society

GRP Rainer Rechtsanwälte – Report on commercial agents“ right to claim compensation

GRP Rainer Rechtsanwälte – Report on commercial agents“ right to claim compensation

GRP Rainer Rechtsanwälte - Report on commercial agents" right to claim compensation

Commercial agents are entitled to claim compensation. The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has since clarified that this right persists even if the commercial agency agreement is terminated during the probationary period.

Commercial agents are entitled to claim compensation pursuant to paragraph 89b of the Handelsgesetzbuch (HGB), Germany“s Commercial Code, if the commercial agency agreement is terminated. Because the company frequently continues to profit from the contacts established by the commercial agent and maintain business relations with these clients after the agreement has come to an end, the intention behind this entitlement is to enable agents to benefit from these business dealings as well. The right to claim compensation cannot simply be excluded. We at the commercial law firm GRP Rainer Rechtsanwälte can equally report, however, that this same right has also given rise to legal disputes time and time again.

There are certainly circumstances under which the right to claim compensation can lapse. This can happen if, for instance, the commercial agent is the one who terminates the agreement or misconduct on his or her part resulted in the agreement being terminated. One factor that does not affect the right to claim compensation, on the other hand, is the duration of the contractual relationship or whether the commercial agent is still on employment probation. That was the verdict of the European Court of Justice in a judgment from April 19, 2018 (Az.: C-645/16).

In the instant case, the commercial agency agreement provided for, among other things, a twelve-month probation period. During this period of time, both parties were entitled to terminate the agreement subject to a specified notice period. After the commercial agent clearly failed to meet the company“s expectations as well as the agreed targets, the latter decided to avail itself of this right of termination. The commercial agent subsequently asserted their right to claim compensation. The company took the view that this right does not arise in the event of the agreement being terminated during the probationary period.

The dispute made it all the way to the ECJ, which ruled in favor of the commercial agent. A commercial agent“s rights to compensation are regulated in an EU regulation. The ECJ held that the rights to compensation and damages provided for under this regulation are meant to indemnify the commercial agent for the services performed by him or her from which the company continues to benefit from or for the costs and expenses he or she incurred. The Court went on to state that this entitlement cannot be dismissed on the basis that the agreement was terminated during the probationary period.

Lawyers who are experienced in the field of commercial law can serve as expert advisors to companies and commercial agents alike.

https://www.grprainer.com/en/legal-advice/commercial-law/commercial-agency-law.html

GRP Rainer www.grprainer.com/en/ is an international full service law firm. The lawyers counsel on corporate and commercial law, business law, tax law, IT law and IP law and distribution law. The law firm advises international companies, corporations, mid-sized businesses and private clients worldwide. GRP Rainer can be found in Berlin Bonn Cologne Duesseldorf Frankfurt Hamburg Munich Stuttgart, Germany and London, UK.

Contact
GRP Rainer LLP
Michael Rainer
Augustinerstraße 10
50667 Cologne
Phone: +49 221-27 22 75-0
Fax: +49 221-27 22 75-24
E-Mail: info@grprainer.com
Url: http://www.grprainer.com/en

Computer Information Telecommunications

QCT Presents Next Generation Central Office Solutions in Barcelona

QCT Presents Next Generation Central Office Solutions in Barcelona

QCT Team at the Mobile World Congress 2018 (Source: © QCT)

Cloud Enabler Extends its Footprint to Telco for Innovative 5G Infrastructure

Barcelona, Spain – February 15, 2019 – Quanta Cloud Technology (QCT), a global data center solution provider, will showcase its innovative Next Generation Central Office (NGCO) solution at the Mobile World Congress (MWC), the world“s largest gathering for the mobile industry, in Barcelona (Hall 5, Booth 5B11). From February 25th until February 28th, 2019 the global provider of cloud computing hardware, software, and services will reveal cutting-edge open infrastructure and optimized network function virtualization infrastructure (NFVI) platforms that enable the network transformation. This augmentation of central offices at both the core networks and the edge will pave the way for 5G. This NGCO solution was previously launched at the QCT Solution Center in San Jose, US in January.

QCT will showcase how innovative NGCO technology can improve the operations of carriers that are typical of day 0, day 1, and day 2 scenarios. For the day 0 scenario, QCT will showcase the deployment of their edge computing and central office infrastructure platform, inclusive of Optimized NFVI based on OpenStack. Workload onboarding and validation with automated acceleration, fixed-line and mobile network convergence, and security for the day 1 scenario. And with the addition of open-source telemetry and closed-loop network automation, the day 2 scenario covers the orchestration and management of the NGCO. This day 0, day 1, and day 2 scenario will be featured at the QCT booth (Hall 5, Booth 5B11). In order to showcase the engineering collaboration results between QCT and Intel, there will be a live demo of a distributed content delivery network (CDN) in a physical NGCO rack at the Intel booth (Hall 3, Stand 3E31), which follows an open disaggregated architecture with a virtualized fixed and mobile solution.

Telco operators have long been looking for these types of innovative performance-optimized infrastructures and platforms built with open technologies at a lower TCO to enable 5G applications and services. These are the key principles of QCT“s Next-Generation Central Office (NGCO) vision and it is fully-aligned with Intel“s technology direction. Industry-leading NGCO“s built with QCT technology will deliver more immersive experiences at lower latencies, with more bandwidth, and with larger storage capacities. By leveraging their cloud computing expertise and experience, QCT is extending its industry footprint from Cloud Service Providers (CSP) to Telcos by creating an ecosystem that provides end-to-end solutions to expedite network transformation in central offices.

At MWC, QCT strengthens its role as a 5G ecosystem enabler. The company works with industry leading partners to drive fundamental changes in the way Telcos plan, deploy, and manage their infrastructure. QCT is spearheading the integration efforts with Intel by leveraging their best of breed edge to cloud technologies and bringing innovative NFVI and virtual network function (VNF) technologies, products, and solutions to realize a truly software centric network infrastructure for next generation central offices, converging fixed-line and mobile networks in a unified platform.

Alongside their NGCO solution, QCT will display the following latest additions in Barcelona:

– QuantaGrid SD2H-1U – a front access revolutionary design for edge computing with different flexible modules to fulfill different applications in a 1U form factor. With options for 2x FPGA or 2x high bandwidth NIC cards, this server is able to improve capabilities and performance on workloads such as CDN with the Intel Xeon processor D product family. Alternatively, with 2x GPUs, the system is perfect for inference workloads such as media analytics or immersive media experiences. Moreover, the server provides a -48VDC PSU option for flexible power support.

– QuantaGrid SD2HQ-2U – a front access server equipped with the Intel Xeon processor D product family. This server supports hot-swappable hybrid drives within a 2U chassis, providing up to 64TB SATA drives for optimized local storage. With flexible switch options, this server can improve availability for fronthaul or backhaul networks, while also providing a -48VDC PSU option for flexible power support.

„QCT is proud to have developed 5G solutions with our ecosystem partners to transform a traditional central office to an open, and virtualized infrastructure,“ said Mike Yang, President of QCT. „For the upcoming 5G era, QCT aims to expand our solution portfolio to Telco segments based on our strong footprint in the CSP space with proven server, storage, switch, and rack systems. With these NGCO solutions, Telco operators can enjoy innovations for their 5G applications with a faster time-to-market and lower TCO.“

QCT NGCO solutions are based on the following Intel products and technologies:

– DPDK with DDP (dynamic device personalization) profile in XXV710 NIC for offloading LTE GTP, PPPoE and QinQ packet classification to network controller.
– Intel® QuickAssist Technology (Intel® QAT) for improving VPN decryption and encryption performance by hardware acceleration technology.

„Intel sees NGCO as a strategic opportunity to transform the central offices into mini data centers. These mini data centers are capable of hosting both fixed and mobile networking and have the ability to run all sorts of new and enhanced 5G and edge services that require low latency, high bandwidth and greater levels of privacy.“ said Dan Rodriguez, Vice President of the Data Center Group and General Manager of the Network Compute Division at Intel. „With 5G and Edge emerging while network transformation continues to ramp, Intel is collaborating with QCT to shift to the edge of the network and to enable the modernization of central offices with innovative Intel products and technologies.“

To learn more about QCT“s activities at the MWC please visit https://www.qct.io

About Quanta Cloud Technology (QCT)
Quanta Cloud Technology (QCT) is a global data center solution provider. We combine the efficiency of hyperscale hardware with infrastructure software from a diversity of industry leaders to solve next-generation data center design and operation challenges. QCT serves cloud service providers, telecoms and enterprises running public, hybrid and private clouds.

Product lines include hyperconverged and software-defined data center solutions as well as servers, storage, switches and integrated racks with a diverse ecosystem of hardware component and software partners. QCT designs, manufactures, integrates and services cutting-edge offerings via its own global network. The parent of QCT is Quanta Computer, Inc., a Fortune Global 500 corporation.
For more information, visit the QCT website at www.QCT.io

Company-Contact
QCT (Quanta Cloud Technologies)
Anna Maria Strerath
Hamborner Straße 55
40472 Düsseldorf
Phone: 02405-4083-1161
E-Mail: Anna.Strerath@qct.io
Url: https://www.qct.io/

Press
GlobalCom PR-Network GmbH
Martin Uffmann
Münchener Straße 14
85748 Garching
Phone: 089-360363-41
E-Mail: martin@gcpr.net
Url: http://www.gcpr.de

Computer Information Telecommunications

Gem Management Software now for multi-user environment

Lapidary business application eXtra4gemID in additional version

Gem Management Software now for multi-user environment

Classification of gemstones with the software eXtra4gemID

Birkenfeld, 14.02.2019 Coded labels are the basis of gemstone management with the application eXtra4gemID. They carry the unique identity of each gem as an encrypted code. In contrast to standard software for stock management, the tool eXtra4gemID masters the crucial task of handling the combinatorial variety of quality features for gemstones.
Consistent labelling of the entire gemstone stock with the eXtra4gemID code leads immediately to an amazing increase in efficiency within the complete administration process. Code scanning provides all relevant information of each stone at any place any time. Time-consuming manual recording is no longer necessary. This eliminates errors and decreases costs due to less efforts for trade fair preparation, easier order entry and faster billing.
Distinctive gemstone profile as coded label
In order to make the combinatorial variety of quality features for the gemstone software eXtra4gemID managable, the classification of each and every stone is essential. Users store all relevant stone types with their qualities, cuts, and shapes in the software on site. From this, gem classes are created and each item is assigned accordingly. In combination with the carat weight, the categorization within the eXtra4gemID software finally gives each single gemstone a unique profile based on its individual characteristics. This unique profile is encrypted by the software and printed on a label in three different ways: as descriptive key for trained sales personnel, as machine-readable matrix code for scanners and as plain text in excerpts for customer sales talks.
Edition „Business“ with Client/Server Database
For the management of all stone profiles in their classes the gemstone software eXtra4gemID uses a database. The existing single-user solution operates as edition „Basic“ with a database integrated on a local workstation computer. In contrast the new software edition „Business“ uses the multi-user client/server database PostgreSQL. This allows direct database access from any number of workstations.
Developed in cooperation with lapidary business insiders
In 2016 Ferdinand Eisele presented under his brand „eXtra4“ for the first time identification technology for gemstones to professionals. Today the software is provided by eXtra4 Software + Service GmbH, the company’s IT subsidiary. The software eXtra4gemID is based on decades of experience with labelling and identification for the jewellery and watch sector. Cooperation with manufacturers and dealers from the German gemstone centre Idar-Oberstein transposes this expertise into the lapidary business. An efficient software tool for classification, identification and streamlining of gemstones has been created. A further software edition for the use of RFID is already in development. A first impression of this innovative type of gemstone management can interested parties also get during Baselworld 2019 in Hall 4.1 at Stand G11.

Die eXtra4 Software + Service GmbH ist eine 100%ige Tochter des Etikettenherstellers und Identtechnik-Spezialisten Ferdinand Eisele GmbH. Tätigkeitsfeld ist die Entwicklung von Software zur Kennzeichnung von Produkten und Organisation von Prozessen über Etikettendruck-Systeme.
Zum Portfolio zählt sowohl Standard-Software für die Schmuck- und Uhren-Branche sowie die Edelstein-Branche inklusive RFID-Anwendungen, als auch branchenunabhängige Individual-Software, maßgeschneidert für bestimmte Identifikations-Lösungen.
Gegründet 2016, hat das Unternehmen, wie die Muttergesellschaft, seinen Sitz in Birkenfeld bei Pforzheim. Es betreut weltweit mehrere tausend Lizenznehmer von Programmen der Marke eXtra4 Labelling Systems. Dazu zählen auch Softwareanbieter, die eXtra-Programme als OEM-Komponente in eigene Produkte integrieren.
Support zählt als Dienstleistung zum Portfolio der eXtra4 Software + Service GmbH. Persönlicher Kontakt und Austausch mit Usern ist zentrales Element der Anwenderbetreuung. Die eXtra4-Hotline unterstützt weltweit via Internet-Telefonie und remote mit entsprechenden Support-Tools. Ein professionelles Ticketing-System hält Leistung und Kosten transparent.

eXtra4 Software + Service GmbH is a 100% subsidiary of the label manufacturer and identification technology specialist Ferdinand Eisele GmbH. Its field of activity is the development of software for marking products and organizing processes using label printing systems.
The portfolio includes both standard software for the jewellery and watch industry and the lapidary business including RFID applications, as well as cross-industry individual software tailor-made for specific identification solutions.
Founded in 2016, the enterprise, like its parent company, is located in Birkenfeld near Pforzheim. It attends to several thousand licensees of applications of the brand eXtra4 Labelling Systems worldwide. This also includes software providers who integrate eXtra software into their own products as OEM components.
Support belongs as a service to the portfolio of eXtra4 Software + Service GmbH. Personal contact and exchange with users is a central element of user assistance. The eXtra4 hotline supports worldwide via Internet telephony and remotely with corresponding support tools. A professional ticketing system keeps services and costs transparent.

Contact
eXtra4 Software + Service GmbH
Susanne Schickel
Carl-Benz-Str. 17
75217 Birkenfeld
Phone: 07231/94790
Fax: 07231/949990
E-Mail: presse@extra4.com
Url: http://www.extra4software.de

Politics Law Society

GRP Rainer Rechtsanwälte – Experience dealing with abuses of a dominant market position and violations of antitrust law

GRP Rainer Rechtsanwälte – Experience dealing with abuses of a dominant market position and violations of antitrust law

GRP Rainer Rechtsanwälte - Experience dealing with abuses of a dominant market position and violations of antitrust law

Abuse of a dominant market position or superior market power constitutes a violation of antitrust law and can be sanctioned accordingly.

In a judgment from January 23, 2018 on the so-called „Anzapfverbot“, i.e. the prohibition on demanding unjustified benefits from suppliers, the Bundesgerichtshof (BGH), Germany“s Federal Supreme Court, further tightened the rules regarding abuse of a dominant market position (Az.: KVR 37/17). According to the Karlsruhe judges“ ruling, if the business occupying a dominant market position asks a contractual partner to grant it advantages in the absence of an objective justification for these advantages, this is enough to give rise to a presumption of a violation of antitrust law. We at the commercial law firm GRP Rainer Rechtsanwälte note that the judgment illustrates the need for experience when two or more parties are negotiating terms to avoid overstepping the boundaries for violating either competition or antitrust law.

In the instant case, the business in question had gone too far with its demands and abused its dominant market position and superior market power by demanding more favorable terms from its suppliers in the form of discounts and benefits. The BGH deemed this a violation of antitrust law due to the absence of any kind of consideration or objective justification.

Following the BGH“s ruling, suppliers are now better protected in the event of businesses in a dominant market position exerting pressure on them with the intention of more or less forcing them to agree to different terms. While the Court“s decision does not mean that negotiations are no longer permitted as a means of achieving the best possible outcome for one“s company, the ruling does necessitate care and sensitivity as well as an objective justification in order to remain within the confines of the law.

According to the Gesetz gegen Wettbewerbsbeschränkungen (GWB), Germany“s Act Against Restraints of Competition, a business is considered to be in a dominant market position if it has no competitors or holds a paramount market position, with the result that the business is not exposed to any substantial competition. A business is deemed to have abused this kind of market power if it asks its contractual partners to grant it advantages without an objective justification for doing so.

Lawyers who are experienced in the fields of antitrust and competition law can advise businesses and enforce or fend off claims in the event of violations of antitrust or competition law.

https://www.grprainer.com/en/legal-advice/antitrust-law.html

GRP Rainer www.grprainer.com/en/ is an international full service law firm. The lawyers counsel on corporate and commercial law, business law, tax law, IT law and IP law and distribution law. The law firm advises international companies, corporations, mid-sized businesses and private clients worldwide. GRP Rainer can be found in Berlin Bonn Cologne Duesseldorf Frankfurt Hamburg Munich Stuttgart, Germany and London, UK.

Contact
GRP Rainer LLP
Michael Rainer
Augustinerstraße 10
50667 Cologne
Phone: +49 221-27 22 75-0
Fax: +49 221-27 22 75-24
E-Mail: info@grprainer.com
Url: http://www.grprainer.com/en

Computer Information Telecommunications

Nutanix recognises Erik Sterck GmbH as „TOP Specialist“

IT system vendor receives partner award from the global market leader for hyper-converged infrastructures

Nutanix recognises Erik Sterck GmbH as "TOP Specialist"

Erik Sterck GmbH is „TOP Nutanix Specialist“

Leonberg, 14.02.2019 – Award for Erik Sterck GmbH: The IT system vendor was recognised as „TOP Specialist“ during the 1st Nutanix Partner Summit in Germany. Thus the US provider Nutanix – the global market leader in the field of hyper-converged infrastructures (HCI) – highlights the special performance of Erik Sterck GmbH. In particular, Nutanix underscores its close partnership with the system vendor by presenting the award and confirms the Leonberg-based specialist“s high level of technical solution expertise.

„Things we expect from our channel partners in the future are already being realised by Erik Sterck GmbH today,“ says Alfred Meßing, Senior Manager Channel Partner & Service Provider at Nutanix, about the award presented during the Partner Summit in Darmstadt.

Erik Sterck GmbH has specialised in modern infrastructures in the data centre environment and holds the highest certification (Master Partner) issued by Nutanix. Since the start of the partnership with the US provider in 2014, the system vendor has placed great emphasis on providing its customers with technology innovations from the HCI market leader. The founding of the additional DevOps business area in 2018 permits the specialists at Erik Sterck to also provide consulting services for new technologies and platforms in the operations automation segment.

Oliver Dombai as an employee from the outset accepted the award on behalf of Erik Sterck GmbH and summarised the collaboration as follows: „Erik Sterck GmbH is celebrating its five-year anniversary in February of 2019. The topic of hyper-converged infrastructures helped us open doors and reach customers with a new topic, especially at the outset. Meanwhile the Nutanix solutions form a key component of our consultancy. Many large and renowned companies in Baden-Württemberg and beyond count on the proven team of Nutanix and Erik Sterck.“

For further information about Erik Sterck GmbH, please visit www.eriksterck.de

Erik Sterck GmbH based in Leonberg is an IT system supplier founded in 2014 by Erik Sterck and Oliver Batz. The two founders look back on more than four decades of professional and industry experience in various management and sales positions with renowned manufacturers and system suppliers such as EMC and NetApp. Erik Sterck GmbH as an experienced and personally managed system supplier enjoys an outstanding reputation. It offers highly professional, individual and cooperative consultancy in Germany, both for the entire data centre environment and for cloud computing services. Customers benefit from unique competitive advantages that set the system supplier apart from its competitors: analysis, consultancy, planning and the implementation of IT projects for customers are absolutely independent of manufacturers. This enables the system supplier to pursue an uncompromisingly goal-oriented, fair and objective approach with a maximum customer focus. Cooperation with world-leading manufacturers does not tie Erik Sterck GmbH to a limited product portfolio. A wide variety of different possibilities is therefore available in order to validate the optimum, specific customer solution based on technical and business management aspects.

For further information about Erik Sterck GmbH, please visit www.eriksterck.de

Company-Contact
Erik Sterck GmbH
Erik Sterck
Böblinger Straße 29
71229 Leonberg
Phone: +49 7152 901300
E-Mail: info@eriksterck.de
Url: http://www.eriksterck.de

Press
FX Kommunikation / Felix Hansel PR-Beratung
Felix Hansel
Stuhlbergerstr. 3
80999 München
Phone: 089-6230-3490
E-Mail: hansel@fx-kommunikation.de
Url: http://www.fx-kommunikation.de

Medicine Wellness Health

Study Shows Significant Positive Effects of CytoSorb Therapy for Septic Shock Patients

Treatment with CytoSorb for cytokine removal in early septic shock shows improvement of clinical condition and inflammatory response

Study Shows Significant Positive Effects of CytoSorb Therapy for Septic Shock Patients

Berlin, Germany, February 14, 2019 – CytoSorbents Europe GmbH announces the publication of positive results of a randomized, controlled pilot study, proving a significant stabilization of the cardio-vascular system of patients who suffered from septic shock and have been treated with CytoSorb® as an early standalone (meaning without combined renal replacement) therapy for extracorporeal cytokine removal.

CytoSorb therapy is based on the first specifically-approved extracorporeal cytokine adsorber – CytoSorb 300 – marketed in the European Union and was designed to reduce the „cytokine storm“ or „cytokine release syndrome“ which is a major contributing factor in deadly inflammation. It is based on a cartridge containing biocompatible, highly porous polymer beads that act like sponges and actively remove harmful substances from the blood.

The pilot study will be published in the February issue of the Journal of Critical Care (49: 172-178) and can be accessed as an Epub under this link. It was authored by a medical team with the Department of Anesthesiology and Intensive Therapy of the University Szeged in Hungary, led by Professor Zsolt Molnar, a leading expert in the research and treatment of sepsis and septic shock. The team investigated the effects of a single treatment of extracorporeal cytokine removal with CytoSorb therapy, in addition to the standard treatments including, for example antibiotics, applied in patients with early stage septic shock (within the first 24 hours after onset of septic shock or after ICU admission). Twenty patients were randomized into a group treated with the CytoSorb therapy (n=10) for 24 hours or a control group (n=10). Clinical and laboratory data was recorded at the baseline and after 12, 24 and 48 hours.

The results show a significant decrease of Big-endothelin 1 (which is involved in the pathologic changes of the vascular system), procalcitonin (PCT) (an important marker of inflammation) and most importantly, norepinephrine doses needed to maintain sufficient cardio-vascular function – a vaso-constructive drug which is supposed to stabilize blood pressure but on the other hand reduces important oxygen supply to tissues as a side effect. The required norepinephrine doses dropped by almost 70% from baseline within 48 hours, in comparison to the group without CytoSorb. This result represents an important improvement for the patients.

The findings of this study demonstrate also that the most profound effects of CytoSorb therapy can take place in the first 12 hours of the treatment and the CytoSorb application could be tailored to the patients“ individual response and clinical course. However, different therapy doses might be useful for the patient, i.e., more than one CytoSorb treatment may be beneficial depending on the clinical situation.

Quotes:
„Our results could serve as important milestones in designing future studies,“ said Professor Zsolt Molnar, the leading author of the study. „An important aspect in the design of this trial was our pragmatic approach, specifically, using only one adsorber per treated patient and the relatively short 48 hour observation period. Our target was to test the hypothesis that cytokine removal could have almost immediate effect on organ dysfunction and inflammatory response. This goal has been reached. In future, we can investigate which is the most sufficient CytoSorb dosage for the individual patient to provide the best personalized care.“

„We are pleased to learn about the final results of Professor Molnar and his team“s pilot study on treating refractory septic shock patients with CytoSorb therapy as a standalone hemoperfusion treatment before the onset of kidney dysfunction,“ said Dr. Jörg Scheier, Senior Medical Director Europe at CytoSorbents. „Professor Molnar“s work provides a significant contribution to the scientific evidence needed to demonstrate the treatment benefits of CytoSorb therapy and, at the same time the results will also be of great help in designing future, larger randomized multi centric trials with an even better definition of optimal patient characteristics and treatment modalities to maximize Cytosorb therapy effects.“

About CytoSorbents Corporation (NASDAQ: CTSO)
CytoSorbents Corporation is a leader in critical care immunotherapy, specializing in new technologies and therapies in intelligent blood purification. CytoSorbents Europe GmbH is a hundred percent daughter company of CytoSorbents Corporation and coordinates the introduction and commercialization of CytoSorbents products worldwide.
Its flagship product, CytoSorb® is the first specifically-approved extracorporeal cytokine absorber in the European Union and it is distributed in more than 50 countries worldwide. CytoSorb was designed to reduce the „cytokine storm“ or „cytokine release syndrome,“ which is a major element of the deadly inflammation often seen in critically-ill patients in the intensive care unit (ICU) and those undergoing complex open heart surgery. CytoSorbents“ purification technologies are based on biocompatible, highly porous polymer beads that act like sponges and actively remove harmful substances from the blood. CytoSorb has been used in more than 56,000 human treatments to date.

CytoSorbents technologies have received non-dilutive grant, contract, and other funding of approximately $25 million from DARPA, the U.S. Army, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), and others.

For more information, please visit the Company“s websites at www.cytosorbents.com and www.cytosorb.com or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Company-Contact
Cytosorbents
Eva Hildebrandt
Prinzregentenstr. 89
81675 München
Phone: +49 89 41 77 61 -14
E-Mail: cytosorbents@lucyturpin.com
Url: http://www.lucyturpin.com

Press
Lucy Turpin Communications GmbH
Eva Hildebrandt
Prinzregentenstr. 89
81675 München
Phone: +49 89 41 77 61 -14
E-Mail: cytosorbents@lucyturpin.com
Url: http://www.lucyturpin.com

Business Economy Finances

JFD Brokers Boosts Stock Trading with New Zero-Fee Offering

JFD Brokers Boosts Stock Trading with New Zero-Fee Offering

Limassol, 14. February 2019 – After the successful acquisition of the German-based ACON bank, the multi-asset fintech group introduces commission-free stock trading conditions and adds Dutch stocks to its product portfolio.

Historically stock trading has been an expensive endeavour for retail traders and investors. High fees charged by traditional brokers are oftentimes the difference between a winning and a losing share trade. Although technology has replaced many of the bottlenecks raising the cost of trading, these savings have not been passed onto end-clients and mostly kept on the brokers“ books as additional profit.

JFD Brokers is an innovative trading service provider challenging this status quo by introducing zero-fee stock trading for its clients. Effective immediately real stock trading with the company is totally commission-free. The new conditions come with no limitations to number of trades, minimum volumes, or additional monthly fees and charges. New and existing clients can take advantage of zero-fee stock trading by simply opening a JFD trading account.

„It has always been our goal to be at the forefront of fintech innovation and offer the best possible service for traders and investors. Cutting all commissions for stock trading is just the first step in our long-term vision to become a preferred financial service provider,“ explains Lars Gottwik, founder and CEO of JFD Brokers. He adds: „JFD is mostly comprised of forward-thinking Millennials and we know what the new generation expects when it comes to finance, technology and customer service.“

On top of the revolutionary new offer for stock trading, JFD Brokers has added new instruments to its product portfolio. Clients can now trade a selection of Dutch stocks via both MetaTrader 5 and Guidants platforms. This new addition brings the total number of real stocks offered by JFD to more than 600 from Germany, USA, and the Netherlands. The company also provides Forex and CFD trading on ETFs, Indices, Commodities, Cryptocurrencies and Bonds.

In 2018 JFD acquired the BaFin-regulated investment bank ACON Actienbank with offices in Munich and Frankfurt. With the completion and final approval of this transaction, the Group is now ready to meet the needs of both the young generations in terms of execution and investment services and the corporations with innovative capital and liquidity solutions.

More information on the new stock trading opportunities with JFD Brokers can be found at www.jfdbrokers.com.

About JFD Brokers:
JFD Brokers is a trading name of JFD Group Ltd. Launched in December 2011, the company is an internationally licensed global provider of multi-asset trading and investment solutions. The company operates a pure agency model with 100% DMA/STP execution, i.e. direct, anonymous and MiFID compliant post-trade transparent access to 20+ Tier1 Banks and Non-Bank LPs for a choice of 1000+ instruments with 8 asset classes. JFD is acknowledged by numerous independent sources as one of the fastest-growing and respected brokerage firms worldwide. Thanks to its core values of transparency, fairness and trust, many experienced retail investors consider the company as their best choice for self-trading, portfolio management and investment advisory solutions.

JFD Brokers ist ein Handelsname der JFD Group Ltd. Das international lizensierte Unternehmen wurde 2011 von professionellen Tradern gegründet und bietet Multi Asset Trading und Investment-Lösungen. Fairness ist eines der Grundprinzipien der Firmen-Ethik und die Personen hinter JFD Brokers glauben daran, dass jeder das Recht hat fair und direkt behandelt zu werden, ob es sich um Angestellte, Kunden oder Partner handelt. Basierend auf dem Glauben, dass Transparenz und eine geradlinige Herangehensweise der Schlüssel zu einer Win-Win-Beziehung ist, arbeitet JFD Brokers mit einem reinen Agenturmodell und direkter Markausführung (100% DMA/STP). Der Zugang zum institutionellen Markt, ohne Diskriminierung durch verschiedene Kontomodelle und ähnliche Widersprüche, verdeutlicht den Anspruch, ein echter Game-Changer in der Branche zu sein. Bis heute hat sich das Unternehmen mit diesem klar auf den Trader fokussierten Ansatz etabliert. Da wir vor einer neuen Ära des Tradings stehen, wird JFD, ausgehend von den jüngsten globalen Business- und Technologie-Veränderungen, weitere Innovationen auf den Weg bringen und als führendes Beispiel in der Branche vorangehen.

Company-Contact
JFD Brokers LTD.
Nikola Marinov
Kakos Premier Tower | Kyrillou Loukareos 70
4156 Limassol
Phone: +357 25 878530
E-Mail: n.marinov@jfdbrokers.com
Url: https://www.jfdbrokers.com/de

Press
Quadriga Communication GmbH
Kent Gaertner
Potsdamer Platz 5
10785 Berlin
Phone: 030-30 30 80 89 0
E-Mail: gaertner@quadriga-communication.de
Url: http://www.quadriga-communication.de/

Computer Information Telecommunications

Quick, Easy and Low-Cost Digitalisation and Electronic Archiving

The ecoDMS document archive and the ecoMAILZ email archive allow long-term, secure, low-cost and legally conform storage of all documents, files and emails in electronic archives.

Quick, Easy and Low-Cost Digitalisation and Electronic Archiving

www.ecodms.de

Aachen, February 2019. ecoDMS GmbH from Aachen offers first class archiving software at fair prices. Companies and private individuals alike can use the „ecoDMS“ document archive and the „ecoMAILZ“ email archive for the long-term, legally conform storage of all documents, files and emails. Given the extremely fair licensing model, everyone can use this software. At a one-off license fee of 89 Euro per simultaneous connection for ecoDMS Archive and 49 Euro per user for ecoMAILZ, the products of the Aachen-based company are top of the low-cost archiving systems. The products can be purchased and used as a standalone solution.

Electronic Document Archiving with ecoDMS
Electronic document archiving with ecoDMS is more than just audit-compliant, long-term archiving of data. ecoDMS offers cross-company, cross-platform and cross-location access to all documents, information and data. Within seconds users can store, manage and retrieve incoming and outgoing documents in the archiving system. ecoDMS automatically allocates new documents based on classification templates. ecoDMS Archive manages all information that is available as or can be converted to a digital format. This includes invoices, contracts, cover letters, account statements, tables, multimedia files, drawings, orders, notes and much more. The metadata, classifications and contents of each file provide the necessary information for quick retrieval. To do so, ecoDMS offers intelligent search functions, including a full-text search. The archiving system automatically creates a full-text index when a file is archived. The system also has many more search and filter functions. A document preview allows the viewing of search results. The desktop client and the web client enable access to the database and the entire archiving system from a PC, smart phone and tablet. The system fulfils all requirements of a document archive. Apart from the many archiving and search functions, ecoDMS offers plenty more luxurious features. ecoDMS leaves nothing to be desired: It includes integrated version management, sending and exporting functions, a virtual clipboard for bundling documents, a flexible settings dialogue box where users can map their own structures and document types, an integrated notepad, an automatic resubmission system, gapless logging using a history, plugins for MS Office, OpenOffice, LibreOffice, Outlook and Thunderbird and a PDF/A printer for archiving from all printable third-party applications. The system processes are compliant with auditing standards. It complies with and fulfils the rules and requirements of the GDPR and the Generally Accepted Principles of Computerised Accounting Systems in Germany. For private individuals the software is available for free in a slightly restricted Free4Three version. A license of the full version of a purchased ecoDMS version is paid for once and is then valid for an unlimited period.

Automatic Email Archiving with ecoMAILZ
The ecoMAILZ email archive is designed for long-term, legally compliant and fully automatic archiving of incoming and outgoing emails. ecoMAILZ retrieves all emails directly from the mail server and automatically stores them in the mail archive. The two-step archiving concept of this software opens new possibilities for archiving emails. At the same time, it ensures that privacy is protected. The software is quick to install and easy to operate. The web client enables access to all archived emails from any location with a computer, smart phone and tablet. The entire administration and setup is comfortable and easy through the web client. The integrated full-text search allows quick retrieval of emails. ecoMAILZ is legally compliant and fulfils the requirements of the GDPR. Optionally, ecoMAILZ can be connected with the ecoDMS document archive. This requires a plugin which is integrated in the archiving solution. The solution also contains plugins for MS Outlook and Thunderbird to monitor the archiving status in the mail client. The software can be tested for free with up to 3,000 emails. The fee for the full version includes updates and upgrades over a period of 24 months. A user can archive and use several email accounts.

For this and more information, visit the ecoDMS GmbH website at https://www.ecodms.de

ecoDMS GmbH, based in Aachen, North Rhine-Westphalia (Germany), offers archiving software for private users, SMEs and large corporations. With a unique development and pricing model, ecoDMS GmbH stands out among the numerous competitors. The environmentally friendly use of a modern sales channel without requiring data carriers and postal delivery and no third-party licences enables sensationally fair prices. The price for the archiving system including full-text recognition and all plugins is unique.

The creation of ecoDMS began in 2004 with planning and implementing a software for digitally processing incoming emails for a large customer of applord GmbH. Based on the many years of experience in the field of document archiving and workflow, applord GmbH successfully implemented this project and developed the ecoDMS Server. This ecoDMS Server today forms the foundation of the ecoDMS archiving software.

The large interest in the software and a steadily growing customer base led to the foundation of ecoDMS GmbH. On 1 October 2014, managing directors Michael Schmitz and Helge Lühmann founded ecoDMS GmbH in Aachen as a new pillar of applord Holding Europe. All distribution rights of the „ecoDMS Archive“ software package were transferred from applord GmbH to ecoDMS GmbH. Already, the IT company has thousands of satisfied users all over Europe. More than half of those are business clients spanning all kinds of industries and company sizes.

Together with applord, appecon and applord Information Technologies, ecoDMS forms the strong service partnership of applord Holding Europe GmbH. The company locations in Germany and Austria operate across Europe. The applord group stands for state-of-the-art, sophisticated IT. applord group combines a broad product and services spectrum from the development of custom software solutions to standardised software applications and managing large IT projects.

ecoDMS sells its products through the internet. With just a few mouse-clicks, customers can purchase licences and support in the online shop. The software is immediately dispatched environmentally friendly via e-mail. Prior to purchasing, prospective users can always refer to the manufacturer’s website for detailed information. All sales, price and product information are downloadable. The manuals describe in detail the installation steps, settings and functions of the products. Moreover, there are free videos and a demo version.

Contact
ecoDMS GmbH
Ralf Schmitz
Salierallee 18a
52066 Aachen
Phone: 0049 241 47572 01
E-Mail: news@ecodms.de
Url: https://www.ecodms.de

Medicine Wellness Health

healthbank joins 4Generations Project at Elementa Day School Neuheim

4Generations is an intergenerational project involving students, innovative technology companies and the elderly

healthbank joins 4Generations Project at Elementa Day School Neuheim

4Generations Project

healthbank, a cooperative organization that offers a safe, secure and compliant ecosystem to store, manage and exchange personal health data, is announcing that it is participating in the 4Generations project at Elementa Day School in Neuheim, Switzerland.

4Generations is an intergenerational project involving students in levels 5 and 6, innovative technology companies and the elderly. The project is supported by Generation 65 Plus and helps students learn modern skills such as programming, while also giving the elderly an opportunity to learn from youth about the latest innovations.

„There is a shortage of skilled workers in the information, communications, and technology (ICT) sector and we believe that to counteract this we should start educating students about these topics early,“ said Monica Roth, CEO of Elementa Day School.

„With technology advancing so quickly, it“s easy for people to fall behind if they do not make a true effort to understand all the fantastic tools that we have available to us today. healthbank is proud to be participating in this great initiative,“ said Daniela Gunz, Director of Research Partnerships for healthbank. „All of the technologies that were selected for this project are truly making people“s lives better and opening up new opportunities for those in the later stages of life to lead their lives more autonomously.“

The number of people in the world over the age of 60 is expected to more than double by 2050 and more than triple by 2100. This means that 962 million individuals in 2017 could grow to as much as 3.1 billion by 2100.

„We asked healthbank to join the project because the product can help people to live a better life. Health costs are growing and more and more people living longer,“ explains Ulrike Liebert, CEO of Generation 65 Plus. „This and other factors are having a tremendous impact on the cost of healthcare, but technology is enabling us to better overcome these challenges.“ Throughout the world, living independently in the later stages of life is becoming increasingly prelevant.

healthbank enables users to own and control their own health records while providing continuity in record data that is not always possible with traditional, siloed or paper-based systems. Health data can also be integrated from multiple sources, including from wearable technology into the total picture of health.

„The main stakeholder, the patient, normally has no active role in how their health data is managed. We are changing this – and we believe that the older generations should also be empowered with these kinds of tools,“ added Daniela Gunz.

Press contact healthbank
healthbank innovation AG
Pauline Geniets
Blegistrasse 17a, CH-6340 Baar
Tel. +41 (0) 41 552 24 00
press@healthbank.coop

generation65plus.com
Generation 65 Plus develops concepts on the basis of existing solutions that measurably help people in the third phase of life to live longer autonomously and self-determinedly. In doing so, the company accesses innovations that are at the market entry stage. The strength lies in the integration of all relevant stakeholders, which in some projects means that people from all 4 phases of life are involved. Generation 65 Plus is based in Switzerland but is active throughout Europe, not least due to its active membership in the network of the European Innovation Partnership of Active and Healthy Aging and the continuous exchange with the European AAL programme.

Ulrike Liebert
0041 79 28 79 755
ulrike.liebert@generation65plus.com

Über healthbank
healthbank ist die weltweit erste bürgereigene, neutrale und unabhängige Gesundheitsdaten-Transaktionsplattform, die es Menschen ermöglicht, ihre Daten auf sichere und datenschutzkonforme Art und Weise mit anderen Partnern zu teilen. healthbank verbindet Datenquellen aller Art aus dem gesamten Gesundheitsbereich und belohnt Teilnehmer, ihre Gesund-heitsdaten für Forschungszwecke zu teilen. Mit Sitz in der Schweiz steht healthbank für schweizerische Neutralität, Ver-trauen und Datenschutz und ermöglicht es den teilnehmenden Bürgern, Forschern und Organisationen mit grossen Daten-mengen sich miteinander zu vernetzen. Damit kann der Wert von Gesundheits- und medizinischen Daten auf dieser unab-hängigen, globalen Gesundheitsplattform optimal erschlossen werden. healthbank fördert Innovationen im Gesundheits-wesen, von der Prävention bis zur Heilung, zu einem angemesseneren Preis und besserer Qualität für das Wohl des Ein-zelnen und der Gesellschaft. www.healthbank.coop

Contact
healthbank
Pauline Geniets
Blegistrasse 17a
6340 Baar
Phone: +41 44 202 61 60
E-Mail: press@healthbank.coop
Url: http://www.healthbank.coop