The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2020-07-28T04:15:10Z Broca Consultancy helps your business succeed using automation technology 2020-07-28T04:15:10Z broca-consultancy-helps-your-business-succeed-using-automation-technology Broca Consultancy Services was started because the founders saw that Kiwi businesses had so much untapped potential that automation technology could unlock. And they’ve been helping businesses succeed ever since. Who are Broca Consultancy? Broca’s area is a part of the brain that deals with processing speech and language. When this part of the brain is damaged, the individual knows what they want to say, but the pathway to produce the correct words is broken and they cannot articulate or express themselves. In a similar way, the founders of Broca Consultancy saw a parallel with business. The business owner knew what they wanted, but there was a gap between the visualised result and the current business trajectory. Increased costs and compliance, a competitive landscape and tough economic conditions meant the owner struggled to get from A to B. This is where Broca Consultancy and business automation come in. Step back and focus on your business It is difficult being a SME owner in NZ. Often, owners are heavily invested in the day to day running of the business. When you’re IN the business, when do you take the time to work ON the business? Broca Consultancy help you to remove the noise, step back, and see the big picture. We work with you to identify the big challenges you face; whether it’s conflicting priorities, a lack of qualitative data that means you don’t know where or how you’re losing (or making) money, or a chaotic business process. We work together to design a business process that works for you. It removes waste and defects, creating a seamless process. We identify where you can utilise robotics automation, and re-engineer a process to give you the best results in the shortest time. What is robotics process automation? RPA, or robotics process automation, is technology that is designed to mimic the actions of a human being. RPA uses software bots that are installed in the cloud or on desktop and is programmed to follow a set of rules as defined by the user or process owner. In a business, this basically applies to a wide variety of processes and tasks that humans do with a computer. There are eight wastes that RPA can assist a business to eliminate. Defects: Every business has problems with accuracy of data entry or capture. These mistakes can be costly and time consuming to resolve, as well as give a negative experience to customers. RPA takes away the risk of error. Over production: A business will always have peaks, troughs, and bottlenecks. But these can result in periods of overproduction. RPA irons out the processes to streamline production. Waiting: If there is one part of a business process that continually holds the process up, this can introduce significant delays to outputs. Especially if there’s high dependency on that action, it can lead to huge business challenges. RPA identifies the problems and helps to remove the dependency and thereby, the wait time. Unused potential: Are you, or your amazing staff, stuck doing data entry, answering phones, and running around doing tasks that are a waste of potential? RPA means regular, monotonous tasks are automated, freeing people up to contribute much more valuable work. Transportation: Do you know where your files are stored? Do you spend time looking for information? RPA automates the process of business storage, so there’s a logical flow and no wasted time looking for information and files. Inventory: Often the pain point for many businesses, end-to-end stock and inventory processes take away the problems. No guesswork, no losses, just accurate inventory management. Motion: Emails and phone calls are not the most productive way of communicating information. RPA allows for easy, painless, and highly efficient communication and information exchange. Extra processing: There are many places in a business where there is replication of information. This slows systems down and adds no value. RPA means a logical flow of data processing with no replication of processes.  It doesn’t have to cost the earth When discussing automation, many business owners think that they need to invest huge amounts of money on bulky software packages. But that is rarely the case. In fact, you may already have the software you need to implement automation. Even within the Microsoft ecosystem, there are huge amounts of functionality available. Broca aim to provide good ROI for our customers. Most pay back their investment within six to 18 months, not only making them far more profitable in the long term, but far more competitive in their market. NZ businesses are, on average, four years behind their international counterparts in terms of technology use. In that timeframe, there are huge increases in the functionality and abilities of software. It’s time for you, and your business, to step up to success. That gap between your current business and where you want it to be can be bridged with RPA technology, and Broca Consultancy. With a combination of business skills and in-depth knowledge of automation software, Broca can help your business eliminate problems, maximise efficiencies and put you on the path to success. Contact us today to find out where to start.     How a Team of Scientists are Using Videogames to Spread Science 2020-07-25T07:01:50Z how-a-team-of-scientists-are-using-videogames-to-spread-science Viewers spent over 1 million hours watching and interacting with videogame streamers on Twitch in January 2020 alone. This grew to over 1.6 million hours a month throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s this drive for engaging online content that drove Associate Professor Michael Kasumovic to do something different this National Science Week. Rather than asking people to come to a science event, Michael is bringing science to one of the most popular activities of the decade: videogame livestreams.   “With everything that’s going on in the media, I think the relationship between scientists and the general public is very strained, and it’s not something that will easily be fixed” says A/Prof Michael Kasumovic the organiser of #BatteryLow a National Science Week event that will be livestreamed for all Australian’s to watch. “People see scientists as individuals who work in ivory towers and have an agenda, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. They’re just regular people that are interested in exploring and understanding the world.” This is why Michael thought that it would be fun to place scientists outside of their regular comfort zone and place them where the regular public – especially teens and young adults – usually reside: in front of a videogame screen. “I’ve found 15 awesome and diverse young scientists that research a whole range of topics from how economic theory can improve honeybee foraging to why it’s difficult to quit smoking, to understanding how our universe is formed.” He’s taking these young scientists, sitting them on a couch, and playing videogames with them. “The idea is that concentrating on the games will make it a relaxed experience where the scientists can chat with each other and the public.   Michael wanted to reach people that don’t normally tune into science events. “These are people that love watching videogames, but what if we could get them talking and asking questions about the science these researchers do while we’re playing videogames – how awesome would that be?” You can feel Michael getting excited about the livestream as he talks about it. Michael hopes that seeing scientists as regular people, highlighting their curiosity, and demonstrating that scientists don’t know all the answers may help to repair the relationship between scientists and the public. “As a lecturer, I’m always looking for that ‘teachable moment’ – where learning can happen in the most unexpected times and places”, and videogames present such a great opportunity! The event will be livestreamed during and after school hours where Michael hopes that teachers will tune in with their classrooms and parents will sit down with their kids to share in the moment. To prepare for the event, Michael has been streaming the educational games he’s created with his Company Arludo on YouTube and Twitch over the last few months. “Being an engaging streamer is not easy, especially if you’ve been a scientist your whole life! But I wanted to try something different to engage younger generations and get them excited about learning science.” “I think it’s important to keep reaching out to the public in different ways to engage people who wouldn’t normally be interested in science.” Says Kirsten Banks, an astrophysicist and one of the scientists joining #BatteryLow. Known as @astrokirsten on Tik Tok, she’s seen her love of the universe spread to over 11,000 followers leading to more than 200,000 likes. “I think what Michael is doing is great and really different”. It’s one of the reasons that Caitlyn Forster decided to be a part of the program. “I’ve done a lot of outreach, but this is really new”. Caitlyn is the researcher exploring economic decision making in honeybees and is excited to share he research with the public in a new way. There are even scientists that don’t play any games at all like Zoe Xirocostas, a plant ecologist researching invasive species. “Michael’s assured me that the day won’t be competitive and that’s it’s a lot of fun” she laughs. “I’ve known him as a lecturer at UNSW so I’m pretty sure this will be pretty laid back.” To celebrate the event and get folks excited, Michael is highlighting a new researcher each day on his Twitter and Instagram accounts. His goal is to help the public understand why these scientists do what they do each day and what makes them interesting. Michael’s learned that amongst his 15 scientists, there are cosplayers, singers, saxophonists, artists, rock climbers and so much more. “But you’ll have to follow my socials to see which scientist does what!” laughs Michael. #BatteryLow will run online on Friday August 21st from 11:00am – 6pm. Further information on the show and the scientists can be found at https://arludo.com/scienceweek Australian biotech Microba brings gut analysis to Europe with pathology leader SYNLAB 2020-07-18T02:07:41Z australian-biotech-microba-brings-gut-analysis-to-europe-with-pathology-leader-synlab The partnership will bring together the cutting-edge metagenomics sequencing and bioinformatics of Microba with the expertise of SYNLAB’s laboratory services team to deliver new gastrointestinal analysis services to their network of practising doctors and clinics. Microba was developed out of field-leading research from the University of Queensland, launching Australia’s first detailed gut microbiome analysis in June 2018.  The biotech has now assisted more than 10,000 Australians to assess their gut health individually or with an Australian healthcare professional. SYNLAB is the market leader in medical diagnostic services in Europe, with a presence in more than 40 countries across four continents. The co-delivered MyBiome gut microbiome analysis will be launched initially in two selected countries to provide healthcare professionals with access to new and actionable information on their patients’ health. Blake Wills, CEO of Microba, emphasised that the launch would expand the availability of the company’s world-leading gut microbiome analysis technology to customers in Europe, and assist Microba in their  global pursuit of driving new discoveries and improving human health. “Microba’s partnership with SYNLAB is a great example of two international forces joining together to embrace next-generation technologies and support local healthcare,” said Wills. “It will allow us to expand the reach of our technology into the European market, and bring innovation born in Australia into larger overseas markets to positively impact more lives,” he added. Microba’s award-winning proprietary Metagenomic Analysis Platform (MAP™) will be utilised to deliver the MyBiome analysis. Mr Wills said that delivering an analysis into the European market in partnership with SYNLAB allowed Microba to access large, established markets with unmet demand for comprehensive microbiome analysis services. “SYNLAB is a global leader in delivering medical diagnostic services and we are proud to be partnering to add advanced gut microbiome analysis to their portfolio, powered by Microba’s technology,” he said. Chief Medical Officer of SYNLAB Group, Dr Santiago Valor said, “We are excited to start this collaboration with Microba. SYNLAB’s commitment to medical excellence in diagnostics is underlined by complementing our test portfolio with the MyBiome analysis.” “Together we set a sign for continuous medical advancement to the benefit of patients and customers.” In addition to powering the new analysis service in Europe with SYNLAB, and a continuing partnership in the United States, Microba also works with research groups and healthcare organisations to advance global understanding of the human gut microbiome and its influence on health. ENDS    Max Kelsen Achieves AWS Machine Learning Competency Status 2020-07-07T03:56:37Z max-kelsen-achieves-aws-machine-learning-competency-status Brisbane, 7 July, 2020 – Max Kelsen, Beyond A.I., one of Australia’s leading Machine Learning (ML) solutions businesses, and an APN Advanced Consulting Partner, announced today it has achieved Amazon Web Services (AWS) ML Competency status as part of the AWS Partner Network (APN). This designation recognises Max Kelsen’s ability to deliver ML solutions in production on AWS, enabling customers to generate business value and increase competitive advantage. Brisbane-based Max Kelsen is only the third APN Partner in Australia to achieve the AWS ML Competency status and it is a significant reflection of the company’s investment in resources and skills made to maximise the full suite of AWS ML services. The competency has enhanced Max Kelsen’s ability to deploy industry relevant, in-production solutions for customers globally, across a wide range of industries including healthcare, financial services, retail, travel, and the public sector. Nick Therkelsen-Terry, CEO, Max Kelsen, said the AWS competency builds on the company’s history of providing solutions which help customers solve their data challenges, deploy ML and data science workflows, and offer Software as a Service (SaaS) and Application Programming Interface (API) based features to enable predictive capabilities within their applications. “Achieving AWS ML Competency status demonstrates to our customers that Max Kelsen has validated expertise in ML experience on AWS,” Mr Nick Therkelsen-Terry said. “We have a proven track record of delivering game changing ML products and services for our customers.” He said. Davinia Simon, Head of Channel and Alliances in Australia and New Zealand, AWS, said, “Whether it’s improving customer experience, helping people discover entertainment easier, or predicting when maintenance is needed in industrial equipment, ML capabilities are extremely important for organisations to solve some of the toughest challenges. ML is an incredibly exciting area of emerging technology, and we are thrilled to see our APN Partners like Max Kelsen specialising in this technology to support their customers.” Max Kelsen has developed ML as a Service (MLaaS) as a joint investment approach with its customers, where both parties collaborate to build innovative solutions. Once developed, these MLaaS solutions are delivered via a consumption-based pricing model, with defined outcomes. This model can help to support organisations with capital expenditure constraints that are limited by COVID-19, while the imperative for businesses to innovate has never been greater. About Max Kelsen Founded in Brisbane in 2015, Max Kelsen (MK) is one of Australia’s leading Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) solutions businesses. We deliver innovation which is directly linked to the generation of business value and competitive advantage to customers in Australia and globally, including Fortune 500 companies. Max Kelsen is also dedicated to reinvesting our expertise and profits to solve the challenges of humankind, focusing on Cancer Genomics, AI Safety, and Quantum Computing. Media Contact: Peter Witts. Email: peter@navigatecommunication.com.au. Ph +61 (0) 477274412 Australian based temperature sensor manufacturer assists in times of crisis 2020-05-19T05:00:48Z australian-based-temperature-sensor-manufacturer-assists-in-times-of-crisis Australian owned temperature sensor manufacturer, Pyrosales, is operating at critical capacity during the current COVID-19 pandemic. As Australia’s longest established manufacturers of precision temperature, level and flow measurement gauges, sensors and instrumentation, as well as calibration devices, they are helping out the essential services in need. When it comes to the Australian essential services, Pyrosales has always worked with them, even before the pandemic. Assisting with supply and manufacture for the Medical Industry, the most common products are the infrared thermometer to measure the temperature of individuals in a quick and accurate manner and thermal imaging devices that can detect variations in temperature of individuals. Hospitals and private medical businesses can rely on the team at Pyrosales to supplying refrigeration temperature equipment for medicines, blood and IVF storage as well as maintaining the equipment for sterilization, and of course food temperature control. They are also working to help our aged care facilities to control the temperature of their food and medicine. Pyrosales continue to help out the essential services by ensuring food plant manufacturers have adequate thermocouples, RKC temperature controllers, temperature and pressure gauges to maintain food production. “We have solutions for businesses to monitor their employees for fever temperature. Companies are investigating new ways to measure for the virus to reduce the spread into their workplace. Pyrosales has many products to suit any businesses requirements whether it is to meet the volume of employees, their price range or on-site technology. We not only supply to the medical and industrial market, we are also seeing an increase in demand for people to use in their homes,” said our CEO, John Shanahan. With many businesses in Australia struggling in the current climate, it is positive to see an Australian owned business working not only to help those who need it but are helping boost the economy and keep people in jobs. About Pyrosales Pyrosales is Australia’s longest established and largest manufacturers of precision temperature, level and flow measurement gauges, sensors and instrumentation, as well as calibration devices. The company has developed a reputable position in Australia and internationally as a leading provider of specialist design, manufacture and repair services, especially in applications involving extreme heat conditions. Proudly Australian-owned, Pyrosales has operations in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane as well as in South America, China and the United States. The company remains a leading exporter of temperature sensors to Singapore, Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, Hong Kong, India, China, Belgium, Germany, Malaysia, Zambia, South Africa, Sri Lanka and South America. Pyrosales now has 28 employees, with many having been with the company for 20 years or more. Their knowledge and understanding of the customers’ requirements ensure that a solution for their temperature needs can be provided no matter the difficulty. This service to Australian Industry has both been recognised and rewarded as recipients of business awards and finalist selections: Winner - 2009 Suncorp Business of the YearWinner - 2009 Suncorp Award for Excellence in Developing an Export MarketFinalist - 2009 Australian Institute of Export - Premier's NSW Export Awards Finalist - 2018 Australian Institute of Export - Premier's NSW Export Awards ACROMAG – NEW SFF Embedded Computer Mates COM Express Type 10 CPU with Four Industrial I/O Modules for Signal Processing and Control Tasks 2020-04-23T04:22:21Z acromag-new-sff-embedded-computer-mates-com-express-type-10-cpu-with-four-industrial-i-o-modules-for-signal-processing-and-control-tasks-1 Acromag introduces a new rugged, small form factor (SFF) embedded computer system with modular I/O for signal processing, communication, and control functions. The ARCX1100 is optimised for size, weight, power, and cost (SWaP-C) with a COM Express Type 10 CPU and four slots for Acromag’s plug-in AcroPack® I/O modules. Overall size with an integrated removable SSD bay is just 19.3 x 19.3 x 8.2 cm and 2kg. Fanless, extended temperature operation from -40 to 71°C is supported with an Intel® Atom® E3950 (Apollo Lake) processor and four AcroPack I/O modules installed. Peripherals include two RJ45 gigabit Ethernet, two USB 3.0, two RS232, mini DisplayPort, and audio ports, plus M.2 and SATA data storage connectors. Four 68-pin VHDCI connectors securely route field I/O to the AcroPack modules without any loose internal cables to interface a mix of analogy, digital, serial, FPGA, avionics, and other I/O signals. Designed for defence, industrial, and mobile embedded computing systems, the ARCX1100 is ideal for test & measurement, data acquisition & control, communication, avionics, simulation, and signal processing applications. The rugged design is engineered to withstand 50g shock and 5g vibration. More than 25 AcroPack modules are available to perform A/D, D/A, discrete I/O, RS232/485, MIL-STD-1553, CAN bus, Gigabit Ethernet, and other functions. Third-party mPCIe modules are supported for use in the AcroPack slots. Power is sourced from a 10-36V DC supply. A water-resistant connector cover is also available to seal and secure the cabling. Compact, rugged, and extremely versatile, the ARCX1100 provides high-performance embedded computing in a simple, affordable package. The modular design combining a low-power mini COM Express processor with up to four AcroPack I/O modules offers unprecedented flexibility and upgrade-ability without compromising reliability. AcroPack mezzanine modules improve on the mini PCI Express by adding a down-facing 100-pin connector that securely routes the I/O through a carrier card to its integrated external connectors; therefore, eliminating internal cables and metalwork modifications. Carrier cards for rackmount, field-deployable, industrial chassis, desktop, and small mezzanine computing platforms let you combine up to four I/O function modules on one computer board. More than 25 models are available for data acquisition, signal processing, test & measurement, command/control, and network communication applications. Furthermore, software tools support embedded applications running on Linux®, Windows®, or VxWorks® operating systems.   ACROMAG is represented in Australia and New Zealand by Metromatics Australian Company Bigmate Launches “Thermy™” - Thermal Screening to Detect People with Elevated Temperatures 2020-04-02T04:54:37Z australian-company-bigmate-launches-thermytm-thermal-screening-to-detect-people-with-elevated-temperatures Brisbane, Australia –April 2, 2020 Brisbane based computer vision leader Bigmate, today announced the commercial availability of a pre-screening solution using thermal imaging, which immediately detects elevated temperatures of people entering or leaving workplaces in real time. Unique in its ability to scale, “Thermy” can be quickly and easily deployed in a wide range of facilities, including factories, territorial borders, warehouses, government and private offices, and any location where people are moving through entrances and walkways. Thermy uses thermal cameras and advanced analytics to provide a pre-screening observational solution which helps identify people who present the risk of an abnormal temperature. Persons in question could have their core body temperature validated, utilising the organisation’s normal medical and/or Operational Health and Safety procedures. Mark Shield, Bigmate’s Managing Director, said; “With Thermy, organisations can create a pre-screening detection system to identify people with skin-elevated temperatures, which in turn minimises the risk of impact to workplace environments. Keeping workers safe is what Bigmate is all about and this technology can assist businesses keep their workplace healthy and productive. We are excited that this industry leading product has been developed in Brisbane and proud we are able to do our small part at this challenging time.” Thermy is able to identify a ‘true skin view’ even when the subject may have a beard, a hard hat, or a protective suit which covers the body - or other features which often reduce the ability to take an accurate reading from traditional thermal camera-based solutions. Thermy also eliminates the problem of ‘flaring’ which occurs when an image is recorded in places of extreme temperature variation, by removing the background object from any analysis, focusing on the person. Thermy can also operate at scale, by detecting one or many people with elevated temperatures simultaneously. This is one of Thermy’s market-leading innovations. Thermy also utilises “edge” network services so it can still function if a network connection fails. Thermy is based on Bigmate’s “Warny” solution, which uses sophisticated computer vision algorithms developed over a number of years, to protect people working around dangerous machines, such as forklifts, trucks or industrial cutting machines. Warny is used by some of Australia’s leading industrial companies to detect instances of spontaneous combustion of materials, overheating of equipment and fires in the workplace. Warny features a number of globally-leading innovations. For example, it is unique in its ability to create distance measurement from one camera, through Bigmate’s industry leading software. This allows for the extremely accurate measurement of individual skin temperature, social distancing, and people counting. One of the ways in which Thermy logically extends Warny’s capabilities is by using thermal cameras, providing real time information through dashboards, hosted in Australia on Amazon Web Services (AWS) for remote viewing and trend analysis. If someone with an elevated temperature profile is identified, an alert will be sent via multiple media, aligned to the company’s workplace health and privacy policies. “Thermy is not intended to be a medical apparatus. It is observational technology but it is designed to play a critical role in helping organisations speed up their ability to protect workers and their families in the fight against highly contagious virus outbreaks such as COVID19, the everyday day flu and beyond,” said Mr Shield. About Bigmate: Established in Queensland, Australia in 1996, Brisbane based Bigmate is a business outcome focused technology and services company. Over that time Bigmate has established a proven record in the provision of critical risk management solutions using computer vision and industrial sensors. Our focus is keeping workers safe using technology, which in turn helps to drive productivity in some of Australia’s largest companies, government and local government. Bigmate is an Amazon Web Services Partner, providing Bigmate with access to AWS’ industry leading services, its scale, flexibility and speed to market. For further information or an interview please contact Peter Witts Sydney Director, Technology Navigate Communication Ph + 61 477 274 412 peter@navigatecommunication.com.au BOC and EWM celebrate decade with Industry 4.0 events 2020-03-03T01:07:51Z boc-and-ewm-celebrate-decade-with-industry-4-0-events Leading gas and engineering company BOC, a subsidiary of Linde plc, celebrated 10 years of partnership with EWM through a series of February events showcasing the latest welding innovations to Australian fabricators and businesses. In partnership with Weld Australia, BOC customers and members of Weld Australia attended ‘Discover the Welding 4.0 revolution’ which featured live welding demonstrations by digital welding experts from EWM, a global market leader in welding technology. Tony Newnham, Head of SPW Group & BOC Welding Business said the event demonstrated how Welding 4.0 techniques can improve profitability and quality for Australian welders. “Welding technology is undergoing revolutionary change with the emergence of more automation and data exchange between machines. “Whether it’s small fabrication jobs or automated robotic applications, BOC understands the need to keep our customers up to speed on the latest developments in digital welding. These technologies are revolutionising how welders deliver quality jobs. Welding operations of all sizes can increase production efficiencies and save money. “We are delighted to have our long-standing partner EWM deliver training in Australia and demonstrate their new range of Titan welding equipment, designed to future-proof welding operations for industry 4.0.” Supervisory Board, President of EWM, Susanne Szczesny-Oßing says that shared values and BOC’s expertise has been key to the successful partnership. “BOC’s technical expertise in welding and EWM’s passion for technology are the perfect combination to help our customers on their journey through this digital revolution. “Welding 4.0 has many benefits such as increased quality welds and improved production efficiency. The customers who attended the event in Sydney got exclusive demonstrations on how welding 4.0 can help them improve efficiencies in their own welding businesses. “To date, our trusted partnership with BOC has led to almost 15,000 EWM welding machines currently being used by customers in Australia and New Zealand, and we look forward to building on this partnership in the future. “The implementation of i4.0 advanced welding technology into Australian manufacturing will deliver significant improvements in profitability, efficiency and quality, “said Geoff Crittenden, CEO of Weld Australia. “Importantly, it will also make our manufacturing more internationally competitive and lead to industry growth and higher employment,” Crittenden said. New product from EWM As the exclusive distributor of leading German welding brand EWM, BOC now offers EWM’s new range of Titan welding equipment that features Rapid Response Control (RRC), intelligent monitoring and real-time welding data to ensure the highest levels of quality and efficiency. EWM demonstrated their new range of Titan welding equipment to BOC customers and Weld Australia members and will showcase it at a similar event in Brisbane on February 26th. EWM’s Titan welding equipment is now available in Australia. For more information ring 131 262 or visit www.boc.com.au. -ENDS- About BOC: BOC is a subsidiary of Linde plc which supplies compressed and bulk gases, chemicals and equipment around the globe. The company develops safe, sustainable and innovative solutions for customers in many specialty sectors, heavy industry and medical environments. For more than a century the company's gases and expertise have contributed to advances in industry and everyday life, including steelmaking, refining, chemical processing, environmental protection, wastewater treatment, welding and cutting, food processing and distribution, glass production, electronics and health care. For further information, see www.boc.com.au. About Linde: Linde is a leading global industrial gases and engineering company with 2019 sales of $28 billion (€25 billion). We live our mission of making our world more productive every day by providing high-quality solutions, technologies and services which are making our customers more successful and helping to sustain and protect our planet. The company serves a variety of end markets including aerospace, chemicals, food and beverage, electronics, energy, healthcare, manufacturing and primary metals. Linde's industrial gases are used in countless applications, from life-saving oxygen for hospitals to high-purity & specialty gases for electronics manufacturing, hydrogen for clean fuels and much more. Linde also delivers state-of-the-art gas processing solutions to support customer expansion, efficiency improvements and emissions reductions. For more information about the company and its products and services, please visit www.linde.com Further enquiries: Cora Lanigan clanigan@primary-pr.com 0410 206 634 Microba co-founder and gut analysis expert to head microbiome research at QUT 2020-02-28T04:47:38Z microba-co-founder-and-gut-analysis-expert-to-head-microbiome-research-at-qut Professor Tyson is a leading expert in environmental and human microbiome analysis, with a career in microbiology spanning across more than 20 years within Australia and the United States. In 2017, Professor Tyson with co-founder Professor Philip Hugenholtz, established Brisbane biotech Microba. Professor Tyson was also most recently the Deputy Director of the Australian Centre for Ecogenomics (ACE) at The University of Queensland and has had more than a hundred papers published in reputable journals in the space. Professor Tyson will lead microbiome research projects and take up an appointment as a Professor within the School of Biomedical Sciences at QUT as they look to expand their microbiome research capabilities. Professor Tyson said he looked forward to bringing microbiome research excellence to QUT and also setting up the framework for world-leading microbiome course content for future budding microbiologists and bioinformaticians. “The public awareness of the importance of microbiome is increasing, and our aim is to understand the role that different microorganisms play in health and disease states,” he said. “Making microbiome research accessible to more Australian researchers and also bringing knowledge to future students is key to seeing our understanding grow to the point where we will see diagnostics and therapeutics developed that will have a global impact. “Ensuring that momentum continues in this important health space is integral to a future where those with diseases with links to bacteria living on or in them have access to quick and effective diagnostics, and life-changing therapeutics.” Microba CEO Blake Wills said he was pleased to see Professor Tyson take up the new role at QUT and lead a team of microbiome-focused researchers. “We are very proud of Gene and his contributions to microbiome research, including our ongoing work at Microba in developing diagnostics and therapeutics for conditions such as IBD,” he said. “I look forward to seeing Gene’s expertise continue to inspire both students and researchers within microbiome research and Australia’s tertiary curriculum.” QUT Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Margaret Sheil said she was pleased Professor Tyson had joined the team at the university. “Professor Tyson has been a leader in microbiome research and it will be exciting for our students to work with him and his team,” Professor Sheil said. Microba has assisted more than 10,000 Australians to explore their gut bacteria since 2018 and received the Brisbane Lord Mayor’s Award for Product Innovation in 2019.   ENDS PMA A-NZ and GS1 Australia improving the safety of fresh produce 2020-02-24T01:27:12Z pma-a-nz-and-gs1-australia-improving-the-safety-of-fresh-produce Produce Marketing Association Australia-New Zealand (PMA A-NZ) and GS1 Australia have officially signed an agreement to support the Australian fresh fruit and vegetable industry to achieve enhanced food safety through the use of a national food recall platform. The peak industry body PMA A-NZ encourages the adoption of the GS1 Australia Recall portal within the fresh produce industry to assist growers and suppliers address major challenges of food tampering and food safety. In February this year, Ministers from the Australia and New Zealand Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation, requested Food Safety Australia and New Zealand (FSANZ) to identify appropriate regulatory and non-regulatory measures for Australia to manage food safety risks. Particular products included berries, pre-cut fruits and melons. The request creates a microscopic focus on the risk management of these products and has become a key focus area for produce growers, suppliers and the PMA A-NZ. Darren Keating, CEO of PMA A-NZ, said, “Food safety underpins the success of the entire fresh produce industry. By using tools such as GS1 Australia’s Recall platform, the industry can achieve greater speed and consistency in the management of their product recalls and withdrawals, delivering safer produce to Australian consumers.” The use of the Recall platform is supported by FSANZ as a communication tool that enables organisations of any size, including manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers and importers to share product recall notifications with their trading partners and regulators. Recall is also certified by HACCP Australia as an effective and suitable technology for businesses that operate a HACCP based Food Safety Program. “GS1 Australia is proud to continue its collaboration with PMA,” said Marcel Sieira, GS1 Australia’s Chief Customer Officer, “and help their members be better prepared for product recalls. Being able to communicate with your key trading partners and regulators is key for organisations to protect their customers, their reputation and their brand.” https://www.gs1au.org/our-services/recall/ ends About PMA A-NZ PMA Australia-New Zealand Limited (PMA A-NZ) is the first stand-alone global affiliate of the Produce Marketing Association (PMA Global) - the leading global fresh produce trade association serving member companies around the world and every segment of the fresh fruit, vegetable and floral supply chain. By working across the whole supply chain, PMA A-NZ strives to assist businesses to increase their sales of fresh and safe produce to regional and global consumers and develop their internal business capabilities through motivated and skilled employees. About GS1 Australia GS1 is a neutral, not-for-profit organisation that develops and maintains the most widely used global standards for efficient business communication. It is best known for the barcode, named by the BBC as one of “the 50 things that made the world economy”. GS1 standards and services improve the efficiency, safety and visibility of supply chains across physical and digital channels in 25 sectors. With local Member Organisations in 114 countries, 1.5 million user companies and 6 billion transactions every day, GS1 standards create a common language that supports systems and processes across the globe. GS1 Australia has over 20,000 company members. For more information visit the GS1 Australia website or follow us on LinkedIn, Twitter and our YouTube channel. Media contacts: Charlotte Gingell – PMA. Email: c.gingell@pma-anz.com Tracey Kelly-Jenkins - GS1 Australia. Email: tracey.kelly-jenkins@gs1au.org Suggested caption: GS1 is collaborating with PMA, which will see any organisation involved in the fresh fruit and vegetable industry be better prepared for product recalls. MRI PRO ANNOUNCES GLOBAL RESELLER AGREEMENT WITH SIEMENS HEALTHINEERS 2020-02-18T21:40:47Z mri-pro-announces-global-reseller-agrement-with-siemens-healthineers PEPconnect (Personalized Education Plan), an online platform providing thousands of learning modules on imaging and laboratory diagnostics, now offers access to additional education content to meet the holistic needs of the healthcare professional. With flexible technology, now everyone from the institution to the individual can have access to education in a single space, including product focused, clinical, and beyond. The first subscription offering MRI PRO, with a library of 300 PIRADS scored multi parametric prostate MRI cases, is now available on PEPconnect.   MRI PRO Co-Founder & Chairman, Assoc Prof Jeremy Grummet MBBS, MS, FRACS, said: “As an organisation, we are committed to improve the safety, precision, and efficiency of prostate cancer biopsy, and recognise the hugely important role MRI diagnostics can play. However, ensuring all healthcare professionals can gain the necessary experience to maximise the value of this methodology within the prostate cancer pathway, is key. We are pleased to partner with Siemens Healthineers with the aim of improving the overall patient experience and delivering the best possible health outcomes.”   MRI PRO is an e-learning platform that trains radiologists, urologists and trainee specialists through online case-based learning-by-doing, complete with full histological verification for instant feedback. The program offers quality images validated against the standard of tissue histopathology, and provides the opportunity to earn CME and CPD points. All cases on MRI PRO are acquired and reported to PIRADS v.2 specifications.  Users submit their answers on PIRADS score, location of index lesions and staging information for each case, and get instant feedback, including access to the actual histo pathology report. MRI PRO is uniquely positioned to have a significant impact on the way that doctors diagnose the disease and manage the treatment of men. MRI PRO is also accredited by the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME), the American Medical Association (AMA), the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, and the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists to earn CME points. Developed in Australia for radiologists and urologists around the world, MRI PRO is the world's largest online trainer in prostate MRI. Team of the world's top experts from universities including Cambridge, Stanford, University of California San Francisco and New York University have advised on the program.  For more information, or to see the tool in action, head to www.mripro.io How To Find the best App Development Company in Melbourne 2020-02-18T12:26:06Z how-to-find-the-best-app-development-company-in-melbourne There are several options that you can choose from when it comes to app development in Melbourne. It is now possible for people from different parts of the world to share and use applications using the mobile Internet and electronic communication devices. These days, popular mobile phone makers are not making money in manufacturing cell phones; instead, they are developing apps for the new generation of users. Some companies are paying hundreds of dollars to developers to make software for their apps, in return, these companies will get exclusive rights to a mobile phone model. One of the best ways to develop an app in Melbourne is to work with a professional developer who can design the app and run it on a mobile device, including an Android or iOS device. There are plenty of companies that offer mobile app development services in Melbourne. If you prefer an e-mailed version of the app, developers can also do that for you. One of the advantages of mobile app development in Melbourne is that you will have the option to use a mobile phone which is similar to a normal cellphone and run it on the Internet. All you need to have is the physical access to a PC and you can run the app on any platform that has a web browser. Finding a mobile application development company in Melbourne is simple. Just search the Internet and you will see several results that may be useful to you. You must spend some time evaluating each of them so that you can select the best one for your business. One of the things that you will need to consider when choosing a mobile app development company is the price. They may charge you according to the number of lines of code they need to develop your app, how much money they expect to spend on your design, and whether they are willing to give you access to their servers. All of these factors should be taken into consideration before selecting the best one. Another factor that you will need to consider when you are selecting a mobile app development service is the expertise of the developer. Do not get too emotional about the cost or the price and just do your due diligence to find out about their experience and training. If you are very experienced with mobile app development, then you can ask questions. Find out what the company's policy is with regards to rebates, refunds, and other terms and conditions. If you cannot find answers to your questions, then it is best to find another company. You can also ask the developer about how to pay for the work they have done. Usually, you have to pay monthly or quarterly for their services, so consider this when you are choosing a developer. If you have your budget set, and you know you are comfortable with the price, then choose a developer that has a lower price because he has more experience. Mobile app development in Melbourne offers a lot of opportunities to you. The app you develop will be used by hundreds of thousands of people all over the world and can earn you a lot of money in the process. MRI PRO & BXTACCELYON ON A MISSION TO COMBAT INACCURATE DIAGNOSIS OF PROSTATE CANCER 2020-02-11T01:56:43Z mri-pro-amp-bxtaccelyon-on-a-mission-to-combat-inaccurate-diagnosis-of-prostate-cancer With high-level evidence[1] now confirming prostate MRI’s place in the diagnostic process of prostate cancer detection, as well as adoption of the methodology in NICE[2], EAU[3], AUA[4] and national and international urology and radiology guidelines, demand for healthcare professionals experienced in interpreting and accurate reporting of MRI scans is skyrocketing. Gaining the experience that is required for accurate interpretation of prostate MRI is essential, l but is difficult to obtain without the availability of immediate histological feedback. MRI PRO addresses this global, unmet need.   MRI PRO is a subscription-based e-learning platform that allows healthcare professionals to test themselves on 300 of the highest quality histology-verified prostate MRI cases. All cases on MRI PRO are acquired and reported to PIRADS v.2 specifications, including access to histology reports.  Users submit their answers on PIRADS score, location of index lesions and staging information for each case, and get instant feedback on how they did, including access to the actual biopsy report. MRI PRO is uniquely positioned to have a significant impact on the way that doctors diagnose the disease and manage the treatment of men.   MRI PRO is also accredited by the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME), the American Medical Association (AMA), the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, and the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists to earn CME points.   MRI PRO Co-Founder & Chairman, Assoc Prof Jeremy Grummet MBBS, MS, FRACS, said: “As an organisation, we are committed to improve the safety, precision, and efficiency of prostate cancer biopsy, and recognise the hugely important role MRI diagnostics can play. However, ensuring all healthcare professionals can gain the necessary experience to maximise the value of this methodology within the prostate cancer pathway, is key. These are values which are also closely mirrored by the team at BXTAccelyon; their approach to training whole prostate cancer teams in the PrecisionPoint biopsy device is one we welcome, and are keen to mirror. We are pleased to partner with BXTAccelyon with the aim of improving the overall patient experience and delivering the best possible health outcomes.”   Saheed Rashid, Managing Director, BXTAccelyon, adds: “Earlier and better detection of prostate cancer is proven to widen the available treatment options to patients, which will improve outcomes whilst reducing potential adverse side-effects and / or relapse. In recent years, we have made great strides in transforming traditional biopsy techniques, however, it is still the case that we currently diagnose cancers that are harmless, leading to unnecessary investigations and operations, and we miss cancers that are harmful.    “Prostate MRI represents the next stage in prostate cancer diagnosis, but there is an unmet demand for education and training in MRI imaging and interpretation by urologist and radiologist. BXTAccelyon is therefore delighted to be the global distribution partner for this online learning platform that is paving the way for MRI education.” Made in Australia for radiologists and urologists around the world, MRI PRO is the world's largest online trainer in prostate MRI. A team of the world's top experts from universities including Cambridge, Stanford, University of California San Francisco and New York University have advised on the program.  For more information, or to see the tool in action, head to www.mripro.io   About MRI PRO PTY LTD: MRI PRO is a world’s industry standard online prostate MRI training tool designed to help doctors and health care professionals required to accurately diagnose prostate cancer scans from MRI machines and to learn how best to interpret these images.  For media enquiries and/or high-resolution images please contact alext@mripro.io [1] https://prostatecanceruk.org/about-us/projects-and-policies/mpmri [2] https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/ng131/chapter/Recommendations [3] https://uroweb.org/guideline/prostate-cancer/ [4] https://www.auanet.org/guidelines/mri-of-the-prostate-sop Microba founder next VP of international Society 2020-01-08T01:51:09Z microba-founder-next-vp-of-international-society Prof Hugenholtz is widely known in the microbiology field as a leading researcher and was recently announced in the Clarivate Analytics 2019 Highly Cited Researchers List in two fields; Microbiology and Biology & Biochemistry. Prof Hugenholtz said it was an honour to have been voted in for the role and he looked forward to contributing from 2020 onwards. “Having worked in microbial ecology for many years now, I am excited to have been chosen by my peers for this important role, which will give me a chance to help shape the field in the coming years” he said. “Microbiology and microbial ecology in particular have really gained momentum in the last decades due to incredible technological advances, most conspicuously in the area of the human microbiome,  leading to a greater awareness of gut health in the public domain.” The research that launched the world-leading microbiome analysis technology of Microba was formed from Prof Hugenholtz and Professor Gene Tyson’s work at The University of Queensland. Both are co-founders of Microba and lend their high level of knowledge and expertise to ongoing research and discoveries. Prof Hugenholtz will start his term in August 2020, following ISME18 – the Society’s 2020 conference in Cape Town. ISME is a non-profit, membership organisation which promotes microbial ecology and connects those working in the field. Microba CEO Blake Wills said he was very pleased to see Prof Hugenholtz acknowledged as a leader in his field. “At Microba, we appreciate the exceptional skill and knowledge of both our co-founders, and we congratulate Phil on his appointment and look forward to supporting his endeavours as he continues his work with Microba here in Brisbane,” he said. ENDS.        Microba-empowered study investigates link between gut health and allergy in infants 2019-12-15T23:42:43Z microba-empowered-study-investigates-link-between-gut-health-and-allergy-in-infants Microba awarded Curtin University PhD Candidate, Jacquelyn Jones with a $10,000 research grant to empower her research with a team from multiple research institutions. For the first time, a team of researchers will examine the impact of prebiotic supplementation in maternal diet during pregnancy and breastfeeding to prevent allergic diseases in babies. Microba is supporting a sub-study to perform a detailed analysis of the gut microbiome of some infants to track how the prebiotics given to their mothers during pregnancy may have an impact on their baby’s microbiome. Detailed analysis of the infant gut microbiome may identify gut-derived factors that influence the healthy development of the infant immune system. The study utilises some of the stool samples from participants enrolled in the SYMBA study, operating out of the Joondalup Health Campus in Western Australia as part of the ORIGINS Birth Cohort Project. Microba CEO Blake Wills said that the research grants were awarded to three shortlisted candidates, with the aim of seeing a tangible impact through investment in clinical research. “At Microba, we are focused on making a global impact in gut health and overall health,” he said. “We are committed to empowering Australian researchers to find the best ways to improve gut health for Australians and, in turn, the world.” PhD candidate Jacquelyn Jones said that “it is our hope that this study will show us how the infant gut microbiome develops and how autoimmune diseases such as allergy occur throughout this process. “To better understand the interactions that can occur in response to therapeutic intervention such as prebiotics, we will capture this data which will assist us in interpreting the shifts in this complex system.” Microba continues to partner with local and international groups to assist with groundbreaking research to bring their mission of ‘Bringing science to life’ and making a real impact across the globe to fruition. 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