Sandoz inaugurates new antibiotic production plant in Austria and new biosimilar development center in Germany

  • Investment of EUR 175 million reaffirms Sandoz commitment to long-term leadership in off-patent medicines
  • New penicillin production process will significantly improve ecological footprint and help secure European-based supply
  • Cutting-edge development hub will play key role in supporting long-term growth of leading biosimilar business

Basel, November 10, 2023 – Sandoz, the global leader in generic and biosimilar medicines, has opened two new European facilities, in line with its ongoing plans to strengthen sustainable development and supply of critical medicines in Europe and beyond.

The inauguration of a new facility for production of penicillin at Kundl, Austria, and a new biosimilar development center in Holzkirchen, Germany, reaffirm the dual Sandoz commitment to ensuring sustainable access to quality antibiotics and spearheading development of biosimilars.

Sandoz has the only major remaining vertically-integrated production network for penicillins in Europe; penicillins are the leading category of antibiotics worldwide. The EUR 150 million Kundl investment, which includes a contribution of EUR 50 million from the Austrian federal government, represents a significant upgrade of penicillin API (active pharmaceutical ingredient) manufacturing.

Richard Saynor, CEO Sandoz said: “These investments strengthen our industrial presence in Europe, reinforce our commitment to environmental responsibility, and reaffirm our determination to be the world’s leading and most valued generics and biosimilars company. Antibiotics are the backbone of modern medicine and the Kundl plant is a testament to the resilience of European manufacturing. The new development center in Holzkirchen will become a global hub for biosimilar expertise.”

The EUR 25 million Holzkirchen investment will pave the way for the German site to become the leading Sandoz analytical characterization center for biosimilars.

The Austrian federal and Bavarian state governments have been highly supportive of these projects, recognizing their importance for ensuring availability of medicines and advancing medical research in Europe.

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About Sandoz
Sandoz (SIX: SDZ; OTCQX: SDZNY) is the global leader in generic and biosimilar medicines, with a growth strategy driven by its Purpose: pioneering access for patients. 22,000 people of more than 100 nationalities work together to bring Sandoz medicines to some 500 million patients worldwide, generating substantial global healthcare savings and an even larger total social impact. Its leading portfolio of more than 1500 products addresses diseases from the common cold to cancer. Headquartered in Basel, Switzerland, Sandoz traces its heritage back to the year 1886. Its history of breakthroughs includes Calcium Sandoz in 1929, the world’s first oral penicillin in 1951, and the first biosimilar in 2006. In 2022, Sandoz achieved sales of USD 9.1 billion and core EBITDA of USD 1.9 billion.


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Mermec: Leader in railway network maintenance technology showcased at Tokyo exhibition

Mermec: Leader in railway network maintenance technology showcased at Tokyo exhibition

After consolidating its presence in Japan, Mermec continues its long-standing investment and growth plan.

ROME, Nov. 10, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Mermec Group, an Italian leader specializing in technologies for the safety and maintenance of railway networks, is the sole company representing Italy at one of the major Asian exhibitions focused on railway technology: Mass-Trans Innovation Japan (stand F30). The company, a part of Angel (a holding that develops solutions for the rail, digital mechatronics, and aerospace sectors), will be at the exhibition in Tokyo until November 10, 2023, presenting the latest innovative solutions in the fields of diagnostics and maintenance engineering.

After consolidating its presence in Japan, Mermec continues its long-standing investment and growth plan. Following the recent strategic agreements with some of the major players in the Japanese railway landscape, the group, through Mermec Japan, announced the launch of a unique collaboration in the railway sector with a significant Japanese operator. This collaboration will unfold within a high-tech Research & Development framework.

“Our presence in Japan has grown significantly thanks to the strategic partnerships we have established, and this new initiative will further solidify our position in the local railway sector,” stated Giuseppe Aurisicchio, Executive Manager of Mermec Japan. He added: “The new collaboration with a major Japanese operator represents a significant step forward in our research and development journey, enabling the sharing and dissemination of best practices, know-how, and the excellence of Italian innovation in Asia.”

Mermec, present with its solutions in 73 countries worldwide, is the only Italian company in the railway sector to have provided, managed, and maintained diagnostic and measurement systems in Japan through Mermec Japan. The company was established in 2017 and is composed of a group of experts with a significant and rapidly growing order portfolio in Japan and other Asia-Pacific countries.

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Bitdeer to Launch Asia-Based Cloud Service Built on NVIDIA DGX SuperPOD

Bitdeer to develop NVIDIA-accelerated GPU cloud capabilities to cater to unfulfilled demand for AI computing power

Bitdeer to Launch Asia-Based Cloud Service Built on NVIDIA DGX SuperPOD

Bitdeer to Launch Asia-Based Cloud Service Built on NVIDIA DGX SuperPOD

SINGAPORE, Nov. 10, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Bitdeer Technologies Group (NASDAQ: BTDR) (“Bitdeer” or the “Company”), a world-leading technology company for blockchain and high-performance computing, today announced that it has become a Preferred cloud service provider (CSP) in the NVIDIA Partner Network and plans to launch Bitdeer AI Cloud, among the first cloud services powered by NVIDIA DGX SuperPOD with DGX H100 systems in the Asia region. The service will provide Bitdeer’s customers with access to NVIDIA AI supercomputing to help them accelerate their development of generative AI, large language models (LLMs), and other AI workloads.

Rapid developments in machine learning, AI, and LLMs are creating a surging demand for powerful, reliable, and readily available cloud-based computing solutions. IDC[1] noted that the public cloud platform-as-a-service (PaaS) market delivered more than 32% annual growth in 2022, which points to the success that customers are achieving with cloud providers as strategic partners. In addition, burgeoning online gaming, livestreaming, and social media industries in Asia are exacerbating the supply-demand imbalance for computing power.

Bitdeer’s GPU cloud service builds on the Company’s extensive customer reach in Asia. Paired with its domain expertise in hash rate-sharing and cloud services, the service can equip businesses and entrepreneurs with state-of-the-art computing using the NVIDIA DGX platform.

Bitdeer to Launch Asia-Based Cloud Service Built on NVIDIA DGX SuperPOD

Matt Linghui Kong, Chief Executive Officer of Bitdeer, commented, “We are excited to work with NVIDIA to lay the groundwork for the next era of AI and large language model advancements in Asia. Becoming a Preferred member of the NVIDIA Partner Network validates our technological competence and market reach. We look forward to collaborating with NVIDIA to empower businesses in Asia to innovate, grow, and prosper.”

“Generative AI empowers businesses to unlock unprecedented scalability, reliability, and innovation,” said Tony Paikeday, senior director of the DGX platform at NVIDIA, “With its NVIDIA DGX infrastructure, Bitdeer can provide the AI supercomputing and software needed to build and deploy generative AI models and services.”

Bitdeer, renowned for its global datacenter deployment capabilities, proficiency in high-performance machine operations, and extensive cloud service expertise, is in the process of methodically building its GPU cloud business. The Company’s designation as an NVIDIA Preferred partner will serve as a catalyst for the Company to develop its GPU cloud capabilities. Bitdeer’s strategic roadmap encompasses four phases: Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), Software as a Service (SaaS), and Application as a Service (AaaS).

Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS): Bitdeer is gearing up to provide high-performance GPU cloud infrastructure to serve as the bedrock for AI-driven initiatives. This infrastructure will empower organizations to efficiently harness the full potential of GPUs, facilitating seamless execution of complex AI workloads.

Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS): Expanding on its infrastructure capabilities, Bitdeer is actively developing a comprehensive GPU-as-a-Service platform, simplifying the deployment and management of AI applications. This platform will offer the flexibility and scalability that businesses need to smoothly implement and build out AI solutions and capitalize on the fast-growing PaaS market, which is projected to reach US$352.2 billion globally by 2030[2].

Software-as-a-Service (SaaS): Bitdeer is fully committed to offering turnkey AI solutions tailored to a wide array of industries. By providing AI software services, Bitdeer seeks to democratize AI, making it accessible to organizations of all sizes and eliminating the complexities of in-house development. Users will also have the option to deploy their own models and offer external services.

Application-as-a-Service (AaaS): Between 2023 and 2032, the Asia Pacific API market is expected to have the highest CAGR globally[3]. In an effort to foster AI innovation, Bitdeer is set to craft API services that will enable businesses to easily introduce AI into their existing workflows. Bitdeer will offer an intuitive and efficient development platform and allow users to not only deploy custom APIs with ease, but also achieve seamless integration and interfacing with existing applications.

Building on the foundations of existing blockchain technology and high-performance computing capabilities, Bitdeer is broadening its technical and business horizons. The Company’s ultimate goal is to provide a high-performance foundation from which it can execute complex AI workloads, leveraging GPU cloud infrastructure to create an adaptable and dynamic platform. The flexibility and scalability of this platform will make AI solutions accessible to a vast range of companies and industries. The final phase of the Company’s roadmap will see it offer an intuitive platform that can seamlessly incorporate custom APIs into existing applications. By evolving along a service trajectory that encompasses IaaS, PaaS, SaaS, and AaaS, its upcoming NVIDIA DGX SuperPOD-based high-performance cloud service platform has the potential to advance the way organizations access and use AI.

Bitdeer expects its upcoming DGX SuperPOD-based high-performance cloud service platform to launch in the first quarter of 2024.

About Bitdeer Technologies Group
Bitdeer is a world-leading technology company for blockchain and high-performance computing. Bitdeer is committed to providing comprehensive digital asset computing solutions for its customers. Bitdeer handles complex processes involved in computing such as equipment procurement, transport logistics, datacenter design and construction, equipment management and daily operations. Headquartered in Singapore, Bitdeer has deployed datacenters in the United States, Norway, and Bhutan. To learn more, please visit

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[1] Source: IDC: Market Analysis Perspective: Worldwide Public Cloud Platform as a Service/PaaS, 2023

[2] Source: Verified Market Research: Global Platform As A Service (PaaS) Market Size By Deployment (Public Cloud, Private Cloud), By Organization Size (Large Enterprise, Small And Medium Enterprise), By Application (Application PaaS (APaaS), Integration PaaS (IPaaS)), By Geographic Scope And Forecast

[3] Source: API Management Market to Reach Valuation of USD 49.9 Billion at Cagr of 28% by 2032

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ResMed Adopts New Operating Model to Accelerate Long-term Growth

  • Justin Leong appointed Chief Product Officer, effective immediately.
  • Katrin Pucknat appointed Chief Marketing Officer, effective immediately.
  • Mike Fliss appointed Chief Revenue Officer, effective immediately.
  • Rob Douglas, President and Chief Operating Officer, to retire January 1, 2024.

SAN DIEGO, Nov. 09, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — ResMed (NYSE: RMD, ASX: RMD) today announced a new operating model to accelerate long-term growth. The new operating model introduces dedicated leadership in Product, Revenue, and Marketing to the global executive team. This change aims to increase the velocity of product development and sharpen our customer and brand focus. Ultimately, the goal is to accelerate profitable growth, while driving greater value and improved care throughout the outside hospital care continuum and the patient journey.

“ResMed is the undisputed leader in digital health for respiratory medicine and residential care, and we aspire to make ourselves even more Product-led, Customer-centric, and Brand-enhanced. Today, we are making bold changes to ensure these capabilities are directly represented in our executive leadership team,” said Mick Farrell, ResMed’s CEO. “We will measure the success of our new operating model through increased product velocity, increased vigilance on long-term profitable revenue delivery, and increased brand engagement with stakeholders.”

ResMed’s new Product-led, Customer-centric, and Brand-enhanced operating model includes the following executive leadership team:

  • Leaders appointed into new roles:
    • Chief Product OfficerJustin Leong (previously president, Asia and Latin America)
    • Chief Marketing OfficerKatrin Pucknat (previously president, Germany)
    • Chief Revenue OfficerMike Fliss (previously vice president, North America sales)
  • In addition to the above roles, the executive leadership team also includes:
    • Chief Commercial Officer, SaaSBobby Ghoshal
    • Chief Financial OfficerBrett Sandercock
    • Chief Legal OfficerMike Rider
    • Chief People OfficerVered Keisar
    • Chief Strategy OfficerHemanth Reddy
  • The extended CEO operations team, reporting directly to the CEO, includes:
    • Chief Compliance OfficerJim Ellis
    • Chief Information Security OfficerTodd Friedman
    • Chief Investor Relations OfficerAmy Wakeham
    • Chief Medical OfficerCarlos Nunez
    • Chief Quality & Regulatory Officer Dawn Haake
    • Chief Supply Chain OfficerAndrew Price

ResMed also announced that Rob Douglas, current president and chief operating officer, plans to retire on January 1, 2024. Rob will immediately transition from his current role to a new role as special advisor to the CEO and remain in a consulting role through December 31, 2024. Additionally, Lucile Blaise, current president sleep and respiratory care, will immediately transition to a new role as senior vice president, strategy & business development, reporting to Hemanth Reddy. Finally, as part of the operating model evolution, the digital health technology product organization will now report to Justin Leong, and Urvashi Tyagi, current chief technology officer, will immediately transition to a role as special advisor to the Chief Product Officer through January 1, 2024. Urvashi will remain in a consulting role through December 31, 2024.

“I would like to thank Rob immensely for his more than two decades of dedication to ResMed, our company, our culture, our team, and our mission,” said Mick Farrell, ResMed’s CEO. “I wish Rob all the best in his retirement from ResMed, as well as the next phase of his life journey. I would also like to thank Lucile for stepping up in leadership roles for a decade-and-a-half for ResMed, and I know she will continue to contribute strongly to the exciting work of further developing and enhancing our respiratory care strategy. Lastly, I’d like to thank Urvashi for leading our technology organization over the past two years, she’s built a strong team that is well-positioned to support our new product organization. I’m more excited than ever about ResMed’s future, the changes we’ve made position us well to accelerate profitable growth for the benefit of all stakeholders.”

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At ResMed (NYSE: RMD, ASX: RMD), we pioneer innovative solutions that treat and keep people out of the hospital, empowering them to live healthier, higher-quality lives. Our digital health technologies and cloud-connected medical devices transform care for people with sleep apnea, COPD, and other chronic diseases. Our comprehensive out-of-hospital software platforms support the professionals and caregivers who help people stay healthy in the home or care setting of their choice. By enabling better care, we improve quality of life, reduce the impact of chronic disease, and lower costs for consumers and healthcare systems in more than 140 countries. To learn more, visit and follow @ResMed.

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Healing tourism trend prompts service suppliers to become more dynamic

Hanoi: The rising trend of healing tourism has prompted service suppliers to design more diverse tours to meet travelers’ demands.

Healing tourism, which combines traditional tourism activities with health care activities, has been popular in the world but is still new in Vietnam. However, this tourism type has drawn a rising number of domestic tourists.

Wanting to escape stress from work and life, Le Thu Hoa from Cau Giay district of Hanoi chose Mu Cang Chai in Yen Bai as a hideaway place for her and her family. They had interesting experience joining locals in farming activities.

Hoa said that physical work helped her and other members of her family feel relaxed and excited, especially the children because they got to experience new things that are not available in the city.

Meanwhile, Le Hoai Nam in Hoan Kiem district of Hanoi chose the Mekong Delta region for his family trip, during which they joined many eco-tourism activities that are suitable to particular ages of each member.

While Nam and his children experienced catching fish with locals, his parents attended Yoga and meditation courses besides the massive fields of Dong Thap Muoi area in Dong Thap province.

The activities helped them become more balanced mentally and stronger physically and fostered family connections which have been affected by work and social factors, said Nam.

According to the Vietnam National Authority of Tourism (VNAT), the development of science and technology, as well as climate change, pollution and stress have brought about many negative impacts on people’s health, especially mental health.

Therefore, more people are paying more and more attention to caring for their health and reducing stress, leading to the development of healing tourism with the unique combination of exploring and healing activities basing on nature. This kind of tourism is predicted to boom in Vietnam and the world, the VNAT said.

A report by the Global Wellness Institute showed that as of the end of 2022, revenues of healing tourism reached 919 billion USD, accounted for 18% of total revenue of the global tourism sector.

In Vietnam, many travel firms have invested in healing tourism with diverse products to meet the demand of domestic and foreign tourists.

Recently, the northern province of Lao Cai, home to the famous tourist destination of Sa Pa, has introduced healing tourism tours which provide visitors with Yoga exercise and traditional health care in combination with exploring the local life and culture.

In the Mekong Delta region, Dong Thap, which boasts great potential for healing tourism thanks to its popular lotus farms, has introduced many lotus-based tourism products together with unique and healthy dishes made of lotus.

However, as a new tourism type, healing tourism has yet to receive systematic investment in many tourist destinations, and has not been combined with other tourism kinds and products. Meanwhile, human resources for this kind of tourism have yet to meet the increasing demands of tourists, especially foreigners.

Therefore, experts underlined the need for authorised agencies to design suitable policies to encourage businesses to invest more in healing tourism and enhance the management efficiency over this promising tourism type./.

Source: Vietnam News Agency

Vietnam craft villages festival opens

Hanoi: The Vietnam Craft Villages Festival 2023 opened in Hanoi on November 9, with the participation of National Assembly Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue and more than 300 delegates.

The 4-day event aims at preserving and promoting values of traditional craft villages, and boosting consumption, improving handicraft product value and developing tourism in craft villages.

Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Le Minh Hoan highlighted that while urban areas illustrate the nation’s vibrant socio-economic development, rural areas are the place where cultural identity and values have been kept for years.

As traditional handicraft products have made significant contributions to the economy and society, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) will continue working closely with competent ministries, sectors and localities to create favourable conditions for handicraft artisans and designers to preserve the traditional values, giving a helping hand to build new-style rural areas, and improve rural livelihoods.

Meanwhile, Chairman of the Hanoi People’s Committee of Hanoi Tran Sy Thanh said the capital has been prioritising the development of craft villages and carrying out a wide range of mechanisms and policies to preserve them, striving to form an innovative centre for the introduction of OCOP products and branch out nine centres for design and introduction of OCOP products in districts and towns by 2025.

Hanoi will further its coordination with the MARD to effectively carry out the preservation work for traditional craft villages, Thanh said.

NA Chairman Hue visited booths displaying OCOP products and handicraft products from Laos, Indonesia, and Thailand.

As many as 300 booths are displaying traditional creations at the festival, including Bat Trang ceramic, My Duc silk, Phu Vinh bamboo and rattan, Ha Thai lacquer, Chuon Ngo mother-of-pearl inlaid, Chu Dau pottery and many more.

Alongside handicraft products, it also introduces high-quality OCOP agricultural specialties such as Dien Bien rice, Tu Le sticky rice, and Vi Thuy organic rice.

During the festival, artisans and craftsmen also demonstrate how they create delicate embroidery pieces, weave silk, and make conical hats, pottery objects or copper bas relief./.

Source: Vietnam News Agency