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Nancy J. Sandy Appointed Chief Executive Officer of Taconic Biosciences

RENSSELAER, N.Y., Jan. 31, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Taconic Biosciences’ Board of Directors has selected Nancy J. Sandy to succeed Dr. Robert J. Rosenthal as Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Effective January 14, Ms. Sandy took the company’s top leadership position. Dr. Rosenthal, who held the position for four and a half years, continues his association with Taconic, leading external growth initiatives as Chief Innovation Officer and holds positions on the Taconic Scientific Advisory Board and Board of Directors.

Ms. Sandy joined Taconic in January 2016, progressing through roles as Senior Vice President of Product Strategy and Marketing, Chief Operating Officer, and President before being named CEO. She led corporate initiatives to streamline operations, align internal teams, strengthen Taconic’s culture, and drive growth in both revenue and profitability. Prior to joining Taconic, Ms. Sandy held marketing leadership roles at several life science and medical device companies, including Perkin Elmer, Magellan Biosciences, and Cardiac Science. She holds both Bachelor of Arts in journalism and Master of Business Administration degrees from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.

“Nancy’s strong leadership, commitment to excellence, and proven record with Taconic position her well to take on the CEO role. Additionally, we are pleased to continue to benefit from Bob’s expertise in his new capacity. We are excited by this seamless transition and are proud of our talented leadership team, which will serve to strengthen the company now and in the future,” commented Kathrin Phelan Midgley, chairman of Taconic Biosciences Board of Directors.

Ms. Sandy reflects on her time with Taconic, “my past three years with Taconic have been marked by incredible energy, change, and progress. The company has truly evolved from Taconic Farms to a world-class life sciences company. Combining our passion for excellence with over 65 years providing the best research model solutions allows us to help our customers solve complex research problems enabling them to accelerate advancements in human health. I am honored to have the opportunity to lead Taconic during this exciting next chapter.”

To learn more about Taconic’s research model solutions, please contact Taconic Biosciences at 1-888-TACONIC (888-822-6642) in the US, +45 70 23 04 05 in Europe, or email info@taconic.com.

About Taconic Biosciences, Inc.
Taconic Biosciences is a fully-licensed, global leader in genetically engineered research models and services. Founded in 1952, Taconic provides the best solutions so that customers can acquire, custom generate, breed, precondition, test, and distribute valuable research models worldwide. Specialists in genetically engineered models, and integrated model design and breeding services, Taconic operates three service laboratories and six breeding facilities in the U.S. and Europe, maintains distributor relationships in Asia and has global shipping capabilities to provide animal models almost anywhere in the world.

Media Contact:
Kelly Owen Grover
Director of Marketing Communications
(518) 697-3824
kelly.grover@taconic.com

Hootsuite Closes Out 2018 Celebrating 10 Years of Customer Success

World’s leading social suite now helps 18M+ customers and 4,000+ enterprises succeed with social

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Jan. 31, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Hootsuite closed out its tenth year as the leader in social media management, helping organizations of every size, industry and geography achieve their business objectives with its industry-leading social suite. Now, more than 18 million customers—including individual professionals, SMBs and more than 4,000 of the largest of global enterprises—rely on Hootsuite to build their brands, businesses and customer relationships with social.

“Hootsuite has become an indispensable platform for millions of people and many companies around the world,” said Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada. “With more than 1,000 employees in twelve offices globally, it’s also yet another example of a Canadian tech start-up that has become an industry leader and a global success.”

“We’re proud of the impact our customers are having with Hootsuite within and beyond marketing to mirror the growing importance of social media across the entire customer journey, from awareness to advocacy,” said Ryan Holmes, CEO, Hootsuite. “The expansion of social’s value across the organization coupled with Hootsuite’s ongoing innovation led us to achieve 35%+ year-over-year revenue growth among new enterprise customers and today more than 90% of our revenue comes from outside Canada.”

Throughout 2018, Hootsuite focused on delivering value to customers via product innovation, new and deeper strategic partnerships and best-in-breed tech integrations, and industry-leading thought leadership. “We look forward to advancing our momentum in 2019 to ensure customers continue to succeed with social,” added Holmes.

“Prior to Hootsuite implementation, our social customer care was outsourced to agencies, who oftentimes responded only once a day and customers had to wait up to 24 hours to get a response,” said Dennis Owen, GM Branding and Social Media, Hong Kong Airlines. “With the introduction of the platform and bringing social customer care in-house, we have reduced our response time during work hours to an average of four hours—and later this year we plan to reduce that response time even further.”

Hootsuite’s 2018 momentum included the following highlights:

Product Innovation

  • Content Management: Hootsuite enhanced its content management offering with the launch of Campaign Manager, planning tools that ensure content related to campaigns is tracked accurately and efficiently.
  • Customer Engagement: Hootsuite beta-launched Inbox, its reimagined customer engagement product designed to help customers efficiently and effectively surface and respond to customer inquiries on social.
  • Paid Promotion: Hootsuite launched Boost giving customers the ability to manage organic and paid strategies all in one place to quickly promote organic content that’s already been approved and published.
  • Instagram Publishing: As an Instagram Alpha partner, Hootsuite was the first to deliver this #1 customer-requested feature—direct Instagram scheduling and publishing for multiple teams across multiple accounts.
  • Pinterest: Hootsuite launched an integration with Pinterest that enables customers to schedule and publish content directly to Pinterest via the Hootsuite platform.
  • LinkedIn Company Page Management: Hootsuite became the first partner to build on LinkedIn’s new Notifications API, empowering the more than 30 million companies on LinkedIn with more ways to manage and maximize engagement on their Pages.

New and Deeper Strategic Partnerships and Best-in-Breed Technology Integrations

  • Adobe: Hootsuite was awarded Adobe Exchange Partner of the Year for the Americas and EMEA, recognizing integrations that bring the power of social to omni-channel campaigns across Adobe Experience Cloud.
  • Brandwatch: Hootsuite integrated Brandwatch in to Hootsuite Analytics to provide customers with social media management and listening in one dashboard. Brandwatch also became a Hootsuite reseller.
  • Facebook: The integration of Hootsuite Amplify with Workplace made it quicker and easier for employees to share brand and thought leadership content across Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and other networks.
  • Google: Hootsuite became a Google Premier Partner and integrated Google Ads into Hootsuite Ads and AdEspresso by Hootsuite to bring search and social advertising campaigns together for the first time.

Industry-Leading Thought Leadership

  • Future of Social: Hootsuite’s Future of Social events revealed the biggest trends and actionable insights for social over the next decade. For those who missed it, its Future of Social Online Summit is now available.
  • Social Trends: Hootsuite’s third annual Social Trends 2019 report highlighted the biggest opportunities for executives and their teams to seize in the next year. The report noted five key social trends: Rebuilding trust, storifying social, closing the ads gap, cracking the commerce code and messaging eats the world.
  • Hootsuite Blogs: More than 24 million marketers and social media professionals rely on the Hootsuite blog and AdEspresso by Hootsuite blog for thought leadership insights, trends and best practices annually.
  • Hootsuite Academy: Hootsuite Academy delivers high quality training to educate and inspire social media professionals. Hootsuite awarded nearly 20,000 certifications in 2018, a 12% increase year-over-year.

Hootsuite continued to lead the way in social media management in 2018 as highlighted by the back-to-back nod on the Forbes Cloud 100, #1 rankings by customers across all four G2Crowd social media marketing categories, and recognition for its leadership in Social Media Management by Trust Radius.

More Information

About Hootsuite
Hootsuite is the leader in social media management, trusted by more than 18 million customers and employees at more than 80 percent of the Fortune 1000. Hootsuite’s unparalleled expertise, customer insights at scale and collaborative ecosystem empowers organizations large and small to strategically grow their brands, businesses and customer relationships with social. To learn more, visit www.hootsuite.com.

Contact:
Samantha Falk
Corporate Communications
media@hootsuite.com

Visgard® Premium SE Anti-Fog Coating for Eyewear and Automotive and Transit Applications

IRVINE, Calif., Jan. 30, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — FSI Coating Technologies, Inc. a leader in high performance anti-fog coatings today announced the launch of Visgard® Premium SE (Special Edition). With the addition of Visgard Premium SE, there are now four Visgard product line extensions offering a wide range of durability, applications, and price points.  These anti-fog coatings transform the stability and appearance of ophthalmic and protective eyewear, face masks, shields, as well as interior headlamps and gauges for automotive and transit applications.

“In our continued commitment to offer enhanced value, innovative premium anti-fog coatings, we have added a new level of coating performance to our existing optically clear and highly durable Visgard anti-fog product suite. Visgard Premium SE is water washable, with a smooth easy-clean surface, and more efficient thermal cure process for higher product yields,” said Sapna Blackburn, Vice-President Technology for SDC Technologies and FSI Coating Technologies, a wholly-owned subsidiary of SDC. Visgard Premium SE combines primer-free adhesion to polycarbonate substrates with single layer mirror coating capability for multi-use anti-fog properties, suitable for mid-range applications such as safety and disposable eyewear. The Visgard product suite leverages world-class anti-fog coating designed for industry specific and cost-effective applications.

“The addition of Visgard Premium SE complements our comprehensive portfolio of innovative high performance anti-fog coating solutions.  Coatings which serve the day-to-day needs of disposable eyewear to the most technically advanced and stringent eyewear durability required for military and space exploration to first emergency responders,” said Richard Chang, Chief Operating and Financial Officer for SDC Technologies and subsidiary FSI Coating Technologies.

VISGARD PREMIUM SE (Special Edition)

Optically clear and REACH compliant, Visgard Premium SE is compatible with single layer mirror coating treatments, while combining anti-fog performance with excellent abrasion. Visgard Premium SE features water sheeting anti-fog properties, primer-free adhesion to polycarbonate substrates and is compatible with LDPE, HDPE, and CPE packaging. Visgard Premium SE is ideally suited to RX prescription eyewear, the mass production of safety eyewear, face shields, protective goggles, and masks as well as instrument clusters, HUD (heads up displays), head and tail light lamps for automotive and transit applications.

Click below to download the following product information:

Visgard Premium SE Product Highlights

Visgard Premium SE Technical Data Sheet

Availability
Visgard anti-fog coatings are available globally direct from FSI Coating Technologies.  For more information please contact us at antifog@fsicti.com or call +1-949-540-1140.

ABOUT FSI COATING TECHNOLOGIES

FSI Coating Technologies (FSICT) based in Irvine, California, was founded in 1986. FSICT is a leading developer and manufacturer of innovative commercial industrial coatings and film products. FSICT offers a wide variety of premium, high performance, anti-fog solutions, applications include medical, military, safety and sports eyewear, as well as industrial sheet and PET film for commercial freezer display doors. FSI Coating Technologies is a wholly-owned subsidiary of SDC Technologies, Inc.

Visgard® is a registered trademark of FSI Coating Technologies, Inc. ©2019 All rights reserved.

Visgard® Premium SE Anti-Fog Coating for Eyewear and Automotive and Transit Applications

IRVINE, Calif., Jan. 30, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — FSI Coating Technologies, Inc. a leader in high performance anti-fog coatings today announced the launch of Visgard® Premium SE (Special Edition). With the addition of Visgard Premium SE, there are now four Visgard product line extensions offering a wide range of durability, applications, and price points.  These anti-fog coatings transform the stability and appearance of ophthalmic and protective eyewear, face masks, shields, as well as interior headlamps and gauges for automotive and transit applications.

“In our continued commitment to offer enhanced value, innovative premium anti-fog coatings, we have added a new level of coating performance to our existing optically clear and highly durable Visgard anti-fog product suite. Visgard Premium SE is water washable, with a smooth easy-clean surface, and more efficient thermal cure process for higher product yields,” said Sapna Blackburn, Vice-President Technology for SDC Technologies and FSI Coating Technologies, a wholly-owned subsidiary of SDC. Visgard Premium SE combines primer-free adhesion to polycarbonate substrates with single layer mirror coating capability for multi-use anti-fog properties, suitable for mid-range applications such as safety and disposable eyewear. The Visgard product suite leverages world-class anti-fog coating designed for industry specific and cost-effective applications.

“The addition of Visgard Premium SE complements our comprehensive portfolio of innovative high performance anti-fog coating solutions.  Coatings which serve the day-to-day needs of disposable eyewear to the most technically advanced and stringent eyewear durability required for military and space exploration to first emergency responders,” said Richard Chang, Chief Operating and Financial Officer for SDC Technologies and subsidiary FSI Coating Technologies.

VISGARD PREMIUM SE (Special Edition)

Optically clear and REACH compliant, Visgard Premium SE is compatible with single layer mirror coating treatments, while combining anti-fog performance with excellent abrasion. Visgard Premium SE features water sheeting anti-fog properties, primer-free adhesion to polycarbonate substrates and is compatible with LDPE, HDPE, and CPE packaging. Visgard Premium SE is ideally suited to RX prescription eyewear, the mass production of safety eyewear, face shields, protective goggles, and masks as well as instrument clusters, HUD (heads up displays), head and tail light lamps for automotive and transit applications.

Click below to download the following product information:

Visgard Premium SE Product Highlights

Visgard Premium SE Technical Data Sheet

Availability
Visgard anti-fog coatings are available globally direct from FSI Coating Technologies.  For more information please contact us at antifog@fsicti.com or call +1-949-540-1140.

ABOUT FSI COATING TECHNOLOGIES

FSI Coating Technologies (FSICT) based in Irvine, California, was founded in 1986. FSICT is a leading developer and manufacturer of innovative commercial industrial coatings and film products. FSICT offers a wide variety of premium, high performance, anti-fog solutions, applications include medical, military, safety and sports eyewear, as well as industrial sheet and PET film for commercial freezer display doors. FSI Coating Technologies is a wholly-owned subsidiary of SDC Technologies, Inc.

Visgard® is a registered trademark of FSI Coating Technologies, Inc. ©2019 All rights reserved.

Romet Relocation Supports Global Expansion

Upgraded Facility Increases Capacity, Enhances Customer Service

TORONTO, Jan. 30, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Romet Limited, the leading provider of natural gas meters and meter-related services, today announced the successful relocation of its headquarters in Mississauga, Ontario. News of the impending move was originally released in June, 2018 at the opening of the 27th annual World Gas Conference in Washington D.C., and the initiative was completed and celebrated with a ribbon-cutting ceremony early this year.

Romet Relocation Supports Global Expansion

Romet Limited employees are led by Vice Chairman Roy Sutterfield (front left) and CEO Brent Collver, P.Eng. (front right) in a ribbon cutting. The ceremony marks the relocation of the natural gas meter company to a larger, more modern facility in Mississauga, Ontario.

“With state-of-the-art equipment and a strong team, we’re now even better positioned to meet growing demand for our products and services,” said Brett Collver, P.Eng., CEO of Romet. “The new space features modern machining and calibration equipment for metering and electronics production to help us best serve the investor-owned utilities and other businesses worldwide that count on us.”

The relocation to the larger facility, located just minutes from the previous location, involved zero downtime and no disruption in the company’s ability to meet customer needs. “Our top priority was a seamless experience for our customers, our employees and the community,” said CEO Collver, who spearheaded the physical move and plays a pivotal role in maximizing its benefits long term.

This significant capital investment signifies Romet’s commitment to customers, the industry and the role of natural gas as a primary energy source, according to Roy Sutterfield, vice chairman of Romet’s board of directors.

“Our strategic priorities center on customer satisfaction and product innovation,” Sutterfield said, pointing to the company’s leadership in the design, development and production of the IoT-enabled rotary gas meters and electronics that support smart cities and smart factories across the globe.

About Romet

Romet is an international market leader in positive displacement rotary gas meters, electronic volume, temperature instrumentation and auxiliary equipment for the natural gas industry. Founded in 1972, the Toronto-based company markets and sells its products through authorized agents, representatives, and distributors worldwide, and is known for its high-quality products, innovative technology and strong commitment to customer service. Named one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies in 2017 and 2018, Romet has experienced double-digit, year-over-year growth for the past six years.

Romet Limited
romet@rometlimited.com

A photo accompanying this announcement is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/219cb52e-0b9e-47c1-a0f9-724a5474be0e

Romet Relocation Supports Global Expansion

Upgraded Facility Increases Capacity, Enhances Customer Service

TORONTO, Jan. 30, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Romet Limited, the leading provider of natural gas meters and meter-related services, today announced the successful relocation of its headquarters in Mississauga, Ontario. News of the impending move was originally released in June, 2018 at the opening of the 27th annual World Gas Conference in Washington D.C., and the initiative was completed and celebrated with a ribbon-cutting ceremony early this year.

Romet Relocation Supports Global Expansion

Romet Limited employees are led by Vice Chairman Roy Sutterfield (front left) and CEO Brent Collver, P.Eng. (front right) in a ribbon cutting. The ceremony marks the relocation of the natural gas meter company to a larger, more modern facility in Mississauga, Ontario.

“With state-of-the-art equipment and a strong team, we’re now even better positioned to meet growing demand for our products and services,” said Brett Collver, P.Eng., CEO of Romet. “The new space features modern machining and calibration equipment for metering and electronics production to help us best serve the investor-owned utilities and other businesses worldwide that count on us.”

The relocation to the larger facility, located just minutes from the previous location, involved zero downtime and no disruption in the company’s ability to meet customer needs. “Our top priority was a seamless experience for our customers, our employees and the community,” said CEO Collver, who spearheaded the physical move and plays a pivotal role in maximizing its benefits long term.

This significant capital investment signifies Romet’s commitment to customers, the industry and the role of natural gas as a primary energy source, according to Roy Sutterfield, vice chairman of Romet’s board of directors.

“Our strategic priorities center on customer satisfaction and product innovation,” Sutterfield said, pointing to the company’s leadership in the design, development and production of the IoT-enabled rotary gas meters and electronics that support smart cities and smart factories across the globe.

About Romet

Romet is an international market leader in positive displacement rotary gas meters, electronic volume, temperature instrumentation and auxiliary equipment for the natural gas industry. Founded in 1972, the Toronto-based company markets and sells its products through authorized agents, representatives, and distributors worldwide, and is known for its high-quality products, innovative technology and strong commitment to customer service. Named one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies in 2017 and 2018, Romet has experienced double-digit, year-over-year growth for the past six years.

Romet Limited
romet@rometlimited.com

A photo accompanying this announcement is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/219cb52e-0b9e-47c1-a0f9-724a5474be0e

Malaysia’s Sultan Abdullah sworn in as the new king

The Sultan of Pahang, Al-Sultan Abdullah Riayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah, was sworn in today as the new Yang di-Pertuan Agong in a ceremony steeped in tradition at Istana Negara here.

At the same ceremony, the Sultan of Perak, Sultan Nazrin Shah, took the oath of office as the Deputy Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

Their Majesties were elected to the office, respectively, by the Malay Rulers at the 251st (Special) Meeting of the Conference of Rulers at Istana Negara on Jan 24 to reign for a five-year term from today.

Source: NAM News Network