La Belle Classe Superyachts Business Symposium: at the Yacht Club de Monaco a close look at the industry

La Belle Classe Superyachts Business Symposium: at the Yacht Club de Monaco a close look at the industry

Organised under the aegis of the Monaco Capital of Advanced Yachting approach it federates key players across the supply chain, including owners and captains of superyachts.

MONACO, Feb. 28, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Leisure boating and sustainability to change yachting’s image. The La Belle Classe Superyachts Business Symposium organised by Yacht Club de Monaco in the form of a dinner-debate, has become a fixture on calendars as an opportunity to take stock of the current situation, issues and challenges for the sector.

Organised under the aegis of the Monaco Capital of Advanced Yachting approach it federates key players across the supply chain, including owners and captains of superyachts. The theme for this 15th edition was yachting’s image and importance of keeping it positive towards an industry which, at a time when all eyes are on calculating the carbon footprint, is leveraging eco-performance alternatives to progress an energy transition. “The Yacht Club de Monaco’s unique and neutral position enables it to bring those involved across the industry together to analyse the situation and propose concrete solutions. You all coming here this evening reflects everyone’s involvement which is essential if we are going to shift the goal posts,” began Bernard d’Alessandri, YCM General Secretary and President of the Cluster Yachting Monaco.

While the yachting market is thriving with order books full, the issue of sustainability is on the minds of public opinion and the industry. “The number of yachts under construction grew by 7% in 2023 and right now there are 648 yachts over 30m under construction. The shipyards have full order books and some shipyards have already sold yachts for delivery in 2028″, said Merjin de Waard, Founder of SuperYacht Times & Board member of the Superyacht Life Foundation. To clarify: “New yacht sales dropped 29% in 2022 compared to 2021, however 2022 was still the secondbest year (after 2021) of the last ten years with 221 new yacht sales. We should add that 2021 was very unusual, as there was a strong demand from buyers after the Covid-19 pandemic and at the same time a lot of availability of new yachts. As an example, in 2021 35% of new yachts under construction were for sale, while today it is only 19%”.

The general opinion is that the market is uncertain due to a combination of crises including an unstable economic context, soaring prices for materials and energy, higher interest rates and many geopolitical unknowns. It was noted that the perception of yachting is a tad biased due to media coverage of its eco-obligations, with 71% of 1,200 yacht specialist publications published in 2022 reporting negative feelings towards the sector. For experts and observers, the superyacht industry faces an existential crisis and needs an action plan to improve performance and reduce its environmental impact.

Following its La Belle Classe Superyachts Business Symposium, YCM prepares for the 6th Monaco Ocean Week (20-26 March) organised by Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation with the Monaco Oceanographic Institute, Monaco Scientific Centre and Yacht Club de Monaco. As tradition dictates, YCM is in charge of the yachting day on Thursday 23rd March. A full-day programme kicks off with the 12th La Belle Classe Superyachts Environmental Symposium focused this year on the Monaco Energy Boat Challenge which will celebrate its 10th anniversary (3-8 July), followed by the 27th Captains’ Forum and concluding with the 3rd YCM Explorer Awards by La Belle Classe Superyachts. At the same time, the 1st Monaco Smart Yacht Rendezvous will be launched, organised by M3 (Monaco Marina Management) following the success of the first two editions of the Monaco Smart & Sustainable Marina Rendezvous (next one 24-25 September 2023).

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NorthBay Solutions Achieves AWS Managed Service Provider Designation

AWS Premier Consulting Partner and AWS Migration Competency Partner joins an elite group of firms vetted and validated by AWS for top-tier expertise in all stages of the cloud journey.

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NorthBay AWS MSP Competency

ANDOVER, Mass., Feb. 28, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — NorthBay Solutions, a global Premier Consulting Partner in the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Partner Network (APN) with deep expertise in cloud migration, application and data modernization, and database and data analytics initiatives, has been named an AWS Managed Service Provider (MSP) Partner. AWS MSPs provide expertise, guidance, and services to enable organizations to win in the cloud by optimizing costs, improving business agility, increasing security, and driving growth.

To qualify for the AWS MSP Program, NorthBay earned a perfect score on a rigorous audit conducted by an independent third party. As a result, NorthBay is now part of an elite group of firms vetted and validated by AWS for top-tier expertise in all stages of the cloud journey, including:

  • Plan and design: Understanding future-state objectives, reviewing current technology investments, and creating a roadmap.
  • Build and migrate: Providing guidance and best practices to seamlessly build and migrate highly scalable applications and databases on AWS.
  • Run and operate: Ensuring cloud infrastructure operates securely, efficiently, and without disruption to critical processes.
  • Optimize: Fine-tuning cloud environments for optimal value and maximum performance.

“Our team is dedicated to helping organizations achieve their goals by leveraging the agility, breadth of services, and pace of innovation that AWS provides,” said John Flavin, Senior Vice President, NorthBay Solutions. “We’re thrilled to once again be recognized for our unique skill sets and capabilities that help organizations across industries and geographies.”

Achieving this most recent designation builds upon an existing relationship between NorthBay and AWS. NorthBay is also an AWS Premier Consulting Partner and has achieved AWS Migration Competency status. The firm has been 100% AWS-focused for nearly a decade.

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Miovision Acquires MicroTraffic

Proprietary road safety analytics solution now part of the Miovision product portfolio

KITCHENER, Ontario, Feb. 28, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Miovision announced today that it has closed a deal to acquire Winnipeg-based MicroTraffic, a leading provider of road safety video analytics. According to a study by researchers at Toronto Metropolitan University, MicroTraffic’s proprietary approach can predict, based on near misses, the future number of fatal and injury crashes with 94% accuracy.

MicroTraffic uses computer vision, video analytics, machine learning, and predictive modeling to analyze video traffic data. Based on their kinetic energy approach, which takes into account speeds, temporal separation, conflict angle, and the vulnerability of the user, MicroTraffic can quantify the frequency and severity of near-misses and how they could result in more than 60 potential crash scenarios. Based on this information, road safety engineers can recommend safety plans for intersections that result in up to an 80% reduction in risk.

“Each year, 1.35 million people are killed in traffic collisions globally,” said Miovision CEO Kurtis McBride. “Without video-based traffic data, the only way to improve road safety is to make improvements after crashes occur. With MicroTraffic’s approach, traffic engineers can see risks before someone gets hurt and take preventative measures to improve road safety.”

“Our mission has been to help communities of all sizes to achieve their Vision Zero goals – meaning zero serious injuries or fatalities from traffic crashes,” said MicroTraffic CEO and Co-Founder Craig Milligan. “Joining Miovision enables us to accelerate our impact because the company’s Scout and TrafficLink platforms are perfect infrastructure for cities to easily access safety analytics applications.”

As part of the acquisition, MicroTraffic’s staff of 21, including co-founders Craig Milligan and Joel Penner will join Miovision. The company’s diagnostics and analytics solution will be available as a safety study in the existing suite of Miovision traffic study types and their existing customers – in more than 100 communities around the world – will continue to be supported by Miovision.

Improving road safety for all road users is a growing policy goal, with commensurate government funding commitments aimed at reducing injuries and deaths due to traffic incidents. For example, in the US, the federal government has committed $5 billion over the next five years through the Safe Streets and Roads for All (SS4A) program to fund regional, local and Tribal initiatives to prevent roadway deaths and serious injuries. Earlier this month, they announced this year’s funding: $800 million for 510 communities across the US.

“This acquisition gives Miovision a solution that will help cities and towns meet their road safety goals,” said McBride. “It’s part of our ongoing strategy to add new capabilities to our powerful, flexible traffic data and analytics platform.”

This is the third acquisition by Miovision since July 2021, when Miovision acquired Traffop. The company also announced the acquisition of Rapid Flow in October 2022.

This new optional safety study is available as part of the Miovision suite of multimodal study types. To get more details, visit

About Miovision

Miovision enables cities to reduce traffic congestion and vehicle emissions while improving public safety through scalable intelligent transportation solutions.

Our AI-powered platform helps communities improve traffic efficiency at the intersection and make roads safer for all types of road users – vehicles, bicycles and pedestrians.

Miovision is headquartered in Kitchener, Canada, and has offices in Germany, Serbia, and the US. Since 2005, our systems have detected over 30 billion vehicles and 1.5 billion pedestrians, assisting nearly 2,000 customers in 63 countries. For more information, visit

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Ad Scientiam Launches Programs to Develop Digital Biomarkers for Chronic Neurological Diseases

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PARIS, FRANCE, Feb. 28, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — On Rare Disease Day, Ad Scientiam, a leader in digital biomarkers, announced the launch of two ambitious programs to develop and validate novel digital biomarkers for the self-assessment of patients suffering from generalized myasthenia gravis (gMG) and neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorders (NMOSD). The programs will leverage assets, methodologies and expertise built by Ad Scientiam over the past five years and are supported by Alexion, AstraZeneca Rare Disease.

gMG and NMOSD are chronic severe diseases in which progression is complex and critical to monitor. The course of NMOSD is driven by episodes of severe, sequential relapses leading to the accrual of permanent disability, while gMG is characterized by a heterogeneous collection of symptoms (including fatigue and muscle group weakness) which fluctuate over time.

Currently, no objective measurement tools exist to allow gMG and NMOSD patients to track their symptoms over time. Digital biomarkers are patient-generated physiological and behavioral measures that are collected from digital devices like smartphones and processed by algorithms. If clinically validated, these measures could provide data to improve the remote monitoring of disease symptoms.

“We believe that empowering patients through real-time digital data sharing could strengthen communication between patients and healthcare professionals, and may enable more informed disease management decisions,” said Dr. Guido Sabatella, Global Medical Lead in Neurology at Alexion.

“Easy-to-use digital tools have the potential to generate reliable and objective data to better understand the real impact of the disease on patients’ lives and also have the potential to demonstrate the benefits of novel therapies to keep disease under control,” explains Matthieu Lamy, Ad Scientiam’s President.

Scoping phases have been conducted for both programs to identify clinically meaningful digital biomarkers to monitor patients living with NMOSD or gMG. Ongoing research will inform the development of a digital medical device intended to be used by patients as a self-assessment tool.

“International, multicenter, comparative studies against clinical gold standards, such as the Quantitative Myasthenia Gravis score and assessments of visual function, ambulation and dexterity in NMOSD, will be deployed to confirm the clinical relevance of selected digital biomarkers,” according to Dr. Saad Zinaï, Ad Scientiam’s Chief Medical Officer.

About Ad Scientiam 

We strongly believe that continuously monitoring the progression of severe and disabling diseases in real life is crucial for delivering better care.

To achieve this, we create and clinically validate digital biomarkers that make visible these previously undetectable changes. These biomarkers are developed using data collected through smartphones and transformed using proprietary algorithms.

Hospital institutions such as the Paris Brain Institute (ICM) and pharmaceutical companies, including Biogen, Janssen, Roche, Pfizer, Vertex, and Novartis, trust us. In 2019, we launched MSCopilot®, the first CE-marked software medical device for the self-assessment of patients with multiple sclerosis. We are currently validating new devices in neuroscience, rare diseases, and mental disorders. Ad Scientiam is ISO 13485 certified.

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Johnson Financial Group Selects nCino to Modernize Multiple Lines of Business

Midwest community bank moves to single platform to help ensure customer experience is at the forefront of every interaction

WILMINGTON, N.C., Feb. 28, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — nCino, Inc. (NASDAQ: NCNO), a pioneer in cloud banking for the global financial services industry, today announced that Johnson Financial Group (JFG), a privately-held financial services company and registered investment advisor, will be using nCino’s cloud banking platform across multiple lines of business, including Commercial, Small Business, Retail and Deposit Account Openings. JFG will also be adding nCino solutions for Commercial Pricing and Profitability, as well as Auto Spreading to further harness the advantage of a single platform. nCino’s customizable platform will help JFG modernize its front, middle and back offices and successfully put the customer at the center of every interaction to ensure they have complete insight into their loan status at any point in the cycle.

“Our institution is built on trust, integrity, and a deep focus on providing the best-in-class financial service for our clients,” said Dan Defnet, EVP – President, Johnson Bank. “As Wisconsin’s largest family-owned financial services company, we provide our clients with solutions that will help them thrive throughout their financial journey. nCino will be a catalyst in that journey across every aspect of our bank.”

With more than $6 billion in assets, JFG has been serving the families and clients of Wisconsin and Minnesota for more than 50 years. By selecting every solution on the nCino platform, JFG will add extensive value for their clients’ financial needs, eliminating siloed transformation, due to outdated legacy disparate systems, creating one open, single ecosystem.

“JFG is not only putting their client’s experience at the center of everything, but they are making forward looking change that can provide the very best experiences for every family that uses its services,” said nCino’s SVP of Community and Regional Banking Will Cameron. “JFG is laying the groundwork for a scalable and sustainable technological foundation, which will empower it further in providing its clients what they need, while still upholding its commitment to personal service and attention. We’re incredibly proud to be working with JFG and eager to see the value that the nCino platform will bring.” 

About nCino
nCino (NASDAQ: NCNO) is the worldwide leader in cloud banking. The nCino Bank Operating System® empowers financial institutions with scalable technology to help them achieve revenue growth, greater efficiency, cost savings and regulatory compliance. In a digital-first world, nCino’s single cloud-based platform enhances the employee and client experience to enable financial institutions to more effectively onboard clients, make loans and manage the entire loan life cycle, and open deposit and other accounts across lines of business and channels. Transforming how financial institutions operate through innovation, reputation and speed, nCino is partnered with more than 1,750 financial institutions of all types and sizes on a global basis. For more information, visit

About Johnson Financial Group
Johnson Financial Group is a Wisconsin-based, privately-owned financial services company offering banking, wealth and insurance solutions through its subsidiaries, Johnson Bank, Johnson Wealth, and Johnson Insurance Services. Principal owners of Johnson Financial Group are members of the Samuel C. Johnson family. Helen Johnson-Leipold is Chairman of Johnson Financial Group. For more information visit

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Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners interconnector portfolio in the North Sea takes a leap forward

The UK-Europe interconnector portfolio (Aminth, Cronos, and Tarchon projects) has been declared eligible for Third Cap and Floor Window in the UK.

COPENHAGEN, Denmark , Feb. 28, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners’ Flagship Fund’s interconnector portfolio has officially been included amongst the short-list of projects assessed for regulatory approval in the UK, in the so-called Third Cap and Floor Window.

CIP acquired close to full ownership in the 4.2 GW subsea interconnector portfolio in late 2022 from UK developer Volta Partners. The portfolio consists of three interconnector development opportunities connecting the UK with Denmark (Aminth), Belgium (Cronos), and Germany (Tarchon), respectively, expected to reach a final investment decision in 2026 and start of operations between 2030 and 2032.

All three projects received their UK interconnector licenses earlier this year and were officially included in the list of eligible Third Cap and Floor Window projects by the UK Office of Gas and Electricity Markets (Ofgem) on 24th of February. The Projects will now progress through a more detailed financial and technical assessment with the Initial Project Assessment (“IPA”) award anticipated after the summer.

The Esbjerg Declaration of May 2022 underscored the need to make the North Sea a powerhouse of renewable energy. The four countries (Denmark, Belgium, Germany, and the Netherlands) pledged to expand the combined North Sea offshore wind capacity to 65 GW by 2030. To deliver on that pledge, it is critical to create a connected system throughout the region.

“Interconnectors play a critical role in enabling the energy transition, creating the flexibility to harness ever greater amounts of renewable energy, while ensuring energy security through a connected system. The North Sea is uniquely positioned with the potential to deliver much of Europe’s future power, and Aminth, Cronos, and Tarchon are key components to deliver on European energy policy objectives and help build out the full potential of the North Sea,” says Otto Jager, Partner at CIP.

About Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners
Founded in 2012, Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners P/S (CIP) today is the world’s largest dedicated fund manager within greenfield renewable energy investments and a global leader in offshore wind. The funds managed by CIP focuses on investments in offshore and onshore wind, solar PV, biomass and energy-from-waste, transmission and distribution, reserve capacity, storage, advanced bioenergy, and Power-to-X.

CIP manages ten funds and has to date raised approximately EUR 19 billion for investments in energy and associated infrastructure from more than 140 international institutional investors. CIP has approximately 400 employees and 11 offices around the world. For more information, visit

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