Daily Archives: September 2, 2020

Philips launches new innovations to help people stay on top of their health

September 2, 2020

  • Health-at-home accelerates and is here to stay – vulnerability of our health makes people feel the pressing need for preventative care and healthy living
  • Philips introduces connected solutions that offer insights and empower people to make personalized, healthy lifestyle choices
  • COVID-19 pandemic accelerates digitalization to meet the urgent need to stay (virtually) connected to caregivers

Amsterdam, the Netherlands – Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA), a global leader in health technology, today presented new approaches to health and healthcare, and the shift to health-at-home, at its virtual consumer health press event. Against the backdrop of COVID-19, the need for consumers to stay as healthy as possible is more relevant than ever. At today’s virtual event, coinciding with IFA 2020, Philips announced expansion of its consumer health portfolio with a range of innovations to help people maintain health-enhancing lifestyle routines, and digital opportunities that allow them to stay in touch with their healthcare professionals virtually now that physical doctors’ visits are limited.

“Confronted by the vulnerability of their health, people are increasingly focused on what’s most important to them – keeping themselves and their loved ones healthy and safe,” said Frans van Houten, CEO Royal Philips. “We are in the middle of a paradigm shift, both in terms of people’s mind-set and in terms of the way healthcare systems are digitalizing and adding telehealth services to their portfolios. With people being at home most of the time and prioritizing their health, health-at-home is key. Philips uses the latest technologies to bring intelligent, personalized solutions that allow people to manage their health in any situation.”

Meeting the needs of fast growing trends in health and healthcare, Philips is focusing on connected consumer health propositions that help people take care of their health at home, including tracking their own health, being in control of their data, and being able to share their data with caregivers remotely. With people increasingly worried about their health and the health of their loved ones, and some feeling afraid or anxious about visiting a doctor, dentist or hospital due to COVID-19, telehealth has gained more traction than ever before. More and more people are now actively looking for virtual ways of doing things.

When access to dentists is limited, Philips helps to maintain good oral health
In today’s oral care industry, teledentistry is playing an increasingly important role. Due to COVID-19, many people have been unable to visit their dentist and dental hygienist for quite a while, yet they know that regular checkups are important to maintaining a healthy mouth and detecting potential problems at an early stage. Philips Sonicare teledentistry is now available to dentists across the United States [1]. By enabling dental professionals to engage with their patients virtually, dental practices can provide continuity of service with oral care advice and hygiene checks to assess common oral health issues such as gum disease, cavities, inflammation and more.

A healthy mouth not only means brushing properly as part of a daily routine, but also cleaning between the teeth (about 40% of our teeth’s surface area) and cleaning the tongue. With innovative connected power toothbrushes utilizing smart and sonic technology, the soon to be launched Philips Sonicare Power Flosser, and advanced tongue care solutions, people are empowered to take the best care of their mouth.

Philips helps parents (to-be) in challenging times
From the beginning of pregnancy through to the birth and care of newborns, Philips Avent takes prospective parents on a journey that is both beautiful and challenging. Even more challenging since regular visits to antenatal and neonatal clinics have not been easy or available. With expert advice and information that is personalized to the development stage of their baby and adapted to the current COVID-19 situation, Philips’ Pregnancy+ and Baby+ apps and in-app services actively engage parents looking for reliable information. Created in collaboration with healthcare professionals and parents, and with a combined total of close to 40 million downloads, these apps have already proven their relevance and impact.

Philips Avent has a broad portfolio of products and services to support young parents in taking care of their newborn babies. Its latest innovations include the Philips Avent Electric Breast Pump – a simple, fast and gentle expressing solution that mimics a baby’s natural feeding movement. Other innovations include the Avalon CL Fetal and Maternal Pod and Patch obstetrics monitoring solution to support clinicians and expectant mothers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Also new are partnerships with GlaxoSmithKline to create awareness for vaccinations, and a collaboration with Disney Music to provide free access to Disney lullabies via the Baby+ app.

More innovations
Other innovations will be rolled out across markets globally over the course of 2020 into 2021 in the areas of sleep, air purification, nutrition, oral care, garment care, floor care, male grooming and beauty. Examples are the Philips Sonicare DiamondClean 9000, Philips Straightener 9000 with SenseIQ, Philips Shaver 7000 Series with SkinIQ technology and various domestic appliances.

Watch a replay of the fireside chat with Rianne Meijerman, Head of Consumer Marketing, and Jeroen Tas, Chief Innovation & Strategy Officer during Philips’ September 2 virtual consumer health press event by clicking here.

[1] Except in Maine and Texas.

For further information, please contact:

Laura Seikritt
Philips Global Press Office
Tel: +31 6 20740318
E-mail: Laura.Seikritt@philips.com

About Royal Philips

Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA) is a leading health technology company focused on improving people’s health and enabling better outcomes across the health continuum from healthy living and prevention, to diagnosis, treatment and home care. Philips leverages advanced technology and deep clinical and consumer insights to deliver integrated solutions. Headquartered in the Netherlands, the company is a leader in diagnostic imaging, image-guided therapy, patient monitoring and health informatics, as well as in consumer health and home care. Philips generated 2019 sales of EUR 19.5 billion and employs approximately 81,000 employees with sales and services in more than 100 countries. News about Philips can be found at http://www.philips.com/newscenter.


INVNT GROUP]™ Appoints Managing Director In EMEA To Fuel Further Growth Of New Portfolio

LONDON, UK, Sept. 02, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — [INVNT GROUP], THE GLOBAL BRANDSTORY PROJECT™ has recruited a new Managing Director for EMEA in renowned and highly regarded industry leader, Claudia Stephenson, a move that has been fuelled by increased demand for the GROUP’s multi-disciplinary offering amid the pandemic.

An excellent communicator with long-standing client relationships across sectors including tech, gaming, HR and healthcare, Stephenson joins from Freeman and brings 20 years’ experience to the position, over which she has led cross-functional teams in the implementation and launch of integrated marketing campaigns that transform businesses and accelerate growth.

A US native who has resided in the UK for the last nine years, Stephenson possesses a unique understanding of both the US and European markets, and has a particular knack for supporting clients seeking to seamlessly take their campaigns to new regions, most notably by ensuring their approach is localised to each and every market.

Reporting into [INVNT GROUP] COO and INVNT CEO, Kristina McCoobery, Stephenson has been tasked with identifying growth opportunities across the [INVNT GROUP] portfolio throughout EMEA, and building out and leading a team comprising of the region’s best and brightest talent, who will partner with clients to ensure consistency of BrandStory across all of their platforms and audiences.

Commenting on Stephenson’s appointment, McCoobery says: “Thanks to our teams’ ability to seamlessly shift their approach in response to COVID-19, we’ve experienced unprecedented growth with new and existing clients, and as such identified the need for an experienced leader to head up our EMEA business.

“A results-driven professional with extensive knowledge of our industry and clients across regions, Claudia is a valuable asset to the GROUP, and I have no doubt she will accelerate our offerings in EMEA and beyond as we continue to build out and grow the BrandStory Project.”

Stephenson added: “I am thrilled to be joining [INVNT GROUP] during such an exciting growth phase. While COVID-19 is proving a challenge for the marketing – particularly experience marketing – sector, the need for brands to engage their audiences remains as important as ever. The success INVNT, and now [INVNT GROUP] has had over the last six months is evidence of this, and solidifies both its market leadership position and ongoing ability to challenge clients’ briefs to deliver the most innovative, results-driven solutions.

“I look forward to working with our local and global teams across the GROUP to develop bespoke solutions for clients that push creative boundaries, connect them to their customers, and ultimately ladder up to the one meaningful, consistent, well-articulated BrandStory, especially whilst we navigate through – and out of – the pandemic.”

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[INVNT GROUP] was established in 2020 with a vision to provide consistent, meaningful, well-articulated BrandStory across all platforms. Headed up by President and CEO, Scott Cullather, [INVNT GROUP], THE GLOBAL BRANDSTORY PROJECT™ represents a growing portfolio of complementary disciplines designed to help forward-thinking organizations everywhere, impact the audiences that matter, anywhere. The GROUP consists of modern brand strategy firm, FOLK HERO; creative-led culture consultancy, MEANING; branded content and digital marketing studio, HEVĒ, and the global live brand storytelling agency, INVNT™. For more information about [INVNT GROUP] visit: www.invntgroup.com/


Brea Carter
+1 (917) 633-6171

Anantara Vacation Club Provides Domestic Collections and Financial Relief to Members Across the Globe

Thailand, Sept. 02, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Anantara Vacation Club, Southeast Asia’s premier vacation ownership programme, established by Minor International (MINT) in 2010, has expanded its presence in domestic markets and launched new initiatives to provide assistance to its members (referred to as Club Points Owners) in the wake of COVID19.

In addition to a 50% reduction in the amount of Points required to stay at select Club Resort properties until 22 December 2020, Club Points Owners can now enjoy reduced rates at new and existing Club Escape properties in Thailand (Anantara Hua Hin Resort, Avani+ Hua Hin Resort, and Avani Pattaya Resort & Spa), Malaysia (Anantara Desaru Coast & Villas and Dorsett Kuala Lumpur) and Australia (Avani Broadbeach Residences, Oaks on Market, Oaks WRAP on Southbank and Oaks Goldsbrough Apartments).

Anantara Vacation Club has also partnered with Travily, a digital travel company, to provide access to new domestic properties in Hong Kong, the Philippines, South Korea, Taiwan and Japan. For Club Points Owners residing in mainland China, The China Collection by Anantara Vacation Club offers over 15 new properties located across multiple regions.

“As the effects [of COVID19] are felt around the globe, we’re reminded of the importance to maintain the ability to adapt – and to do so quickly. With many international travel restrictions still in place, we must meet the growing demand for domestic travel options to provide value to our Club Points Owners who are currently unable to travel internationally.” said Maurizio Bisicky, Chief Operating Officer at Anantara Vacation Club.

“Providing a 12-month extension on expiring Club Points and penalty-free cancellations and amendments should be expected in the current situation. To meet localized demand, we have engaged with partners across the globe and have rolled out more country specific travel collections, with additions in other key markets currently in development.”

In addition to new domestic collections, Anantara Vacation Club has also launched a series of relief programmes to provide support for Club Points Owners experiencing financial difficulties. These include the ability to pay annual fees with Points, options to extend Points’ validity beyond 2021 and restructured payment plans. The Club is also working with Club Points Owners one-on-one, to develop customized solutions based on their individual needs.

While Club Resorts in Thailand have already opened their doors for domestic travellers, Anantara Vacation Club at Avani Seminyak Bali, recently named a ‘2020 Traveler’s Choice Winner’ by Tripadvisor, is scheduled to reopen as soon as travel restrictions are eased.

About Anantara Vacation Club

Anantara Vacation Club is Asia’s premier vacation ownership programme. It was launched in 2010 by Minor International PCL, the owner of Minor Hotels. The Club offers a portfolio of eight luxurious Club Resorts across Thailand, Indonesia, and New Zealand and provides Club Points Owners and their guests with the opportunity to explore top holiday destinations. Club Points Owners’ travel opportunities are further enhanced through the use of the flexible Club Escapes and Global Traveller programmes, which provide access to hundreds of partner resorts and hotels internationally.

For more information, please visit www.anantaravacationclub.com, or follow Anantara Vacation Club’s blog or social media channels on Facebook, Instagram and Weibo.

About Minor Hotels

Minor Hotels is a hotel owner, operator and investor with a portfolio of over 76,000 rooms across more than 530 hotels, resorts and serviced suites under the Anantara, AVANI, Oaks, Tivoli, Elewana, NH Collection, NH Hotel, nhow, Marriott, Four Seasons, St. Regis, Radisson Blu and Minor International brands. Today, Minor Hotels’ hotel and spa portfolio spans across 56 countries in Asia Pacific, the Middle East, Africa, the Indian Ocean, Europe and the Americas. In addition, Minor Hotels also operates mixed-use business including shopping plazas & entertainment, residential properties, and a points-based vacation club. For more information, please visit www.minorhotels.com.


Andrew Schiff
Southeast Asia, Anantara Vacation Club
+66 (0) 2365 7500 ext. 5806

Cathy Shao
Greater China Region, Anantara Vacation Club
+86 21 2308 7726

Sinch AB (publ): Sinch completes first part of acquisition of ACL Mobile

Stockholm, Sweden – Sinch AB (publ) – XSTO: SINCH

Sinch AB (publ), a global leader in cloud communications for mobile customer engagement, today announces that the first part of the acquisition of ACL Mobile Limited has been completed. On June 15, 2020, Sinch announced that the company had entered into a definitive agreement to acquire ACL Mobile in two stages, where the first stage encompasses the majority of the outstanding shares in ACL Mobile and a call option to acquire the remaining shares after December 1, 2020.

Founded in 2000, ACL Mobile is a leading provider of cloud communications services in India and Southeast Asia. Its platform enables businesses to interact with their customers through multiple channels including SMS, voice, email, IP messaging, and WhatsApp. The company serves more than 500 enterprise customers and is particularly successful in the Banking and Financial Services industry, where ACL’s proprietary Axiom platform offers intelligent routing and granular access controls that specifically caters to the stringent security requirements of demanding financial institutions.

“I’m tremendously pleased that ACL is now a part of Sinch, which positions us for growth in one of the world’s most dynamic growth markets”, comments Oscar Werner, CEO of Sinch.

The press release from June 15, and an accompanying slide deck, is available at investors.sinch.com.

For further information, please contact

Thomas Heath
Chief Strategy Officer and Head of Investor Relations
Sinch AB (publ)
Mobile:          +46-722-45 50 55
E-mail:           thomas.heath@sinch.com

About Sinch

Sinch brings businesses and people closer with tools enabling personal engagement. Its leading cloud communications platform lets businesses reach every mobile phone on the planet, in seconds or less, through mobile messaging, voice and video. Sinch is a trusted software provider to mobile operators, and its platform powers business-critical communications for many of the world’s largest companies. Sinch has been profitable and fast-growing since its foundation in 2008. It is headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden, and has local presence in more than 30 countries. Shares are traded at NASDAQ Stockholm: XSTO:SINCH. Visit us at sinch.com.

This information was submitted for publication, through the contact person set out above, at 18:45 CET on September 1, 2020.