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KPMG Asia Pacific announces record results and a new regional strategy to enhance trust and drive growth, with plans for significant investment in talent and technology

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KPMG Asia Pacific is pleased to announce record results for FY18 and plans for significant regional investment in talent and technology, as well as enhanced collaboration in the region.

Honson To, Chairman of KPMG’s Asia Pacific region and Co-Chairman of KPMG China, said: “We have just announced record results in FY18 for KPMG Globally and in particular for Asia Pacific, achieving the fastest growth rates, delivering USD4.9bn revenues and reflecting the strength and importance of our multi-disciplinary Firm. We have also seen a 4th year of double digit advisory growth in Asia Pacific. To build on this momentum, we are today announcing our new regional strategy predicated on trust and growth with our ambition to double in size over the next five years. We have committed to collectively invest over USD1bn in a multi-year investment program to further develop holistic and tailored solutions for our clients and also co-create with our clients and strategic alliance partners through our new innovation hubs, ignition centres and other centres of excellence across the region.”

As the fastest growing region, KPMG Asia Pacific is also looking to expand its footprint across all 20 countries and jurisdictions where it operates. This includes plans to create over 25,000 diversely skilled professional roles over the next four years, in line with the Firm’s workforce of the future strategy, focused on broadening capability to include STEM skills and developing the next generation of cyber, cloud and regulatory change experts, solution architects and digital transformation specialists.

Honson To added: “This is a very exciting time for our Firm and I am optimistic about the future. We plan to create more jobs, and invest more money in innovation and solution development than at any other point in our history. The scale and pace of this investment is critical to support the changing needs and complexities facing our clients with a number of them expanding their global capabilities and footprint, particularly our Regional Brand Defining clients.”

“KPMG globally is increasingly looking to this region to act as a growth engine for innovation. Our alliances with key technology partners, as well as our own investments in digital solutions, are designed to help our clients seize the opportunity of cloud based solutions to drive efficiency and service improvements and to support international businesses into the region. We are developing innovative and transformational solutions ranging from Cyber Security and Blockchain solutions, digital tax compliance solutions, as well as significant investment in our Audit platform, Clara, to help enhance audit quality. Our recently opened Digital Ignition Centres in Singapore and Japan, as well as established centres in Australia and China, offer clients the chance to use leading edge technology and explore how it can reshape their business, a great example of our investment plan delivering benefits to clients in the region.”

“We will also continue to invest significantly to enhance quality and public trust to ensure that business in the region can be conducted with confidence and assurance,” added To.

KPMG has recently launched its inaugural Global Inclusion & Diversity Report to further emphasize focus on creating a truly inclusive and diverse culture as a strategic priority. Key highlights for Asia Pacific include an increase in the number of female partners to 23%, as well as women representing 54% of new hires and 52% of the total workforce.

“The Firm’s refreshed Asia Pacific strategy is closely aligned with the global collective strategy and centred on greater regional collaboration and integration, delivered through our new corporate structure and co-operation agreement. This growth and investment is not only great news for KPMG and the people we will hire, it will also play a major role in helping our region reach its economic potential on the global stage,” concluded To.

For more information and to read the report, please visit www.kpmg.com/globalreview

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Alma Celebrates Its Platinum Anniversary – 20 Years of Global Leadership

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Alma, one of the top five global leaders of energy-based medical and aesthetic solutions, today announced global launch of its 20th anniversary celebrations, kicked-off in Milan, one of the world’s beauty capitals, during WCD tradeshow

From its early days, Alma has been at the forefront of medical and aesthetics technologies, carrying the torch of revolution in various arenas around the world, determined to become a market leader. Today, Alma is a world-leading provider of energy-based solutions for the surgical, medical aesthetics and beauty markets, delivering cutting-edge technologies to its partners and customers in over 80 countries.

Alma’s 20th anniversary events and activities will span around the world throughout 2019, celebrating our journey guided by our key values:

  • Wellbeing of body and soul, a positive celebration of life
  • Knowledge – harness the industry’s brightest minds to lead our endless engagement with science, technology, manufacturing and much more
  • People First – people are our power and passion
  • Daring – being first and doing things differently, constantly challenging ourselves and embracing change in this dynamic world we live in
  • Modern Life – crafting our work around the way people live today, seeking for authentic, inherent realities, identifying trends alongside timeless truths, welcoming the world’s diverse beauty with open arms

“We are delighted to announce our 20th anniversary and invite all of you to join our global celebration. With 20 years of successful and impactful operation behind us, we are excited and committed towards the future – for you, for life,” said Lior Dayan, Alma’s CEO.

 

 

SOURCE: Alma Lasers

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Learn more about Quantum Technology and Quantum Mechanics with Dr. André Xuereb at TCE2019 Prague

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Decades of research, laboratory curiosities, and world-changing effect notes are starting to be implemented worldwide and the age of quantum is here.

Whenever we are talking about the atomic clock (which already 69 years old) or supercomputers, everything in the natural world can be described by quantum mechanics.

Although, the theory was born a century ago, what is notable about the effort now is that the challenges are no longer scientific but have become matters of engineering. A new industry is born and the future definitely looks exciting as the quantum industry covers far more than just quantum computing. Quantum technology harnesses the strange behavior of tiny particles for a whole range of applications, including navigation tools, enhanced imaging technology, and extremely precise timing devices.

Quantum techniques can also be used to improve the efficiency and capacity of communication channels on a global scale and the method used is Photonics.

The method is focused on the use of light particles, photons, to transmit or carry information. This has been proved to be a less resource-intensive process, since photons are more accessible than other sources of energy, and fiber cables weigh around 40 times less than cables currently used for telephone lines and broadband internet.

During the inaugural PICANTE Tech Conference Europe, we are bringing together industry leaders, scientist and will discuss (among other topics) the investment opportunities in Quantum Technology and Nanotech.

The panel discussion which is titled “Discussions and Investment Opportunities in Quantum Technology and Nanotech” will be joined by Dr. André Xuereb, Professor of Atomic and Quantum Physics at the University of Malta.

About Dr. André Xuereb

André Xuereb is physicist from Malta. He read for an undergraduate degree in mathematics and physics at the University of Malta, a Ph.D. in theoretical physics at the University of Southampton in the UK, and a master degree in entrepreneurship at the University of Malta. He is a professor of atomic and quantum physics at the University of Malta, is Science Policy Officer of the Malta Chamber of Scientists, represents Malta on several European research networks, and was recently elected as the first Maltese member of the Global Young Academy. André has an active career in science, having established and leading the quantum research group at the University of Malta, and co-owns an educational software startup.

PICANTE Tech Conference Europe is designed to bring both people and knowledge together and provides the excellent ecosystem of networking and learning opportunities without interruptions with emphasis on comfort and communication. After learning from genuine world-class experts and wayseers, meeting achievers shaping the B2B ecosystem, all attendees will get the chance to grab a drink and relax while networking at the evening social gathering.

REGISTER HERE or BROWSE THE AGENDA/PROGRAM!

Seats are limited (Super Early Bird Rate – valid through 30th of June)

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Elekta Wins 2019 ‘Medical Device Engineering Breakthrough’ Award From MedTech Breakthrough

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Annual awards program recognizes outstanding health and medical technology products and companies

Elekta (EKTA-B.ST), today announced that MedTech Breakthrough, an independent organization that recognizes the top companies and solutions in the global health and medical technology market, has presented the “Medical Device Engineering Breakthrough” award in the 2019 MedTech Breakthrough Awards program to Elekta for its Elekta Unity MR-linac.

Elekta Unity combines two technologies: a state-of-the-art 1.5T MRI scanner and a best-in-class 7 MV linear accelerator, driven by breakthrough real-time adaptive radiotherapy software. It provides the ability to reshape the dose based on daily changes in shape, size and position of the tumor and surrounding healthy anatomy, as visualized with MRI, and then enables accurate dose delivery with real-time visualization of the tumor.

“We reserve our Medical Device Engineering Breakthrough award for recognizing transformative technology and Elekta Unity is a shining example of groundbreaking medical technology deserving of this designation,” said James Johnson, managing director, MedTech Breakthrough. “In addition to Elekta Unity displaying breakthrough engineering that combines precision radiation therapy and high-field MR imaging, Elekta Unity addresses one of the most critical healthcare issues in the world with a focus on providing the next generation of cancer care.”

The mission of the MedTech Breakthrough Awards is to honor excellence and recognize the innovation, hard work and success in a range of health and medical technology categories, including Robotics, Clinical Administration, Telehealth, Patient Engagement, Electronic Health Records, mHealth, Medical Devices, Medical Data and many more. This year’s program attracted more than 3,500 nominations from over 15 different countries throughout the world.

“It’s an honor for Elekta to win this prestigious award,” said Richard Hausmann, Elekta’s President and CEO. “The Unity system’s breakthrough technology demonstrates our leadership in precision radiation medicine and commitment to the needs of the patient and cancer care team delivering treatment.”

Robert Woolston, Managing Director at DCA Design International, Elekta’s design partner for the MR-linac system, commented, “Congratulations to all involved in the development of Elekta Unity. We are delighted to see this system winning award after award and most importantly to see it improving cancer patients’ radiotherapy experience and outcomes, as it ushers in a transformation in precision and personalized cancer treatment.”

Through Elekta Unity’s integrated and responsive software, tumors and surrounding tissue can be precisely located, their movement tracked, and treatment adapted in real time based on live information. This allows treatment plans to be adapted while the patient is on the table in response to changes in tumor position, shape, biology and the relationship to sensitive organs over time.

 

 

SOURCE: Elekta

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