Managing Director of Knauf inaugurated the Fire Safety Conference in Abu Dhabi

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, December 6, 2018 / — The Fire Safety conference held by IQPC, Middle East took place today at Rotana Arjaan, Abu Dhabi. The conference was inaugurated by the Managing Director of Knauf Middle-East & India Mr. Amer Bin Ahmed, followed by an awards ceremony that felicitated companies for their contribution towards fire safety.

Mr. Ahmed, an award winning CEO addressed the session with a presentation on Quality, Fire-safety and Digitilization in the Middle – East. The focus of the presentation was on the term “Made in UAE” and the importance of it in the growth of Knauf with products and systems being made in UAE and sold across the Middle-East and India. He also spoke about the importance of the support of local government authorities and how they are working together towards improving and educating about fire safety in the region.

In the recently held Solar Decathlon Middle East 2018, Knauf supported Team Sapienza representing the University of Rome with materials & systems which was used in building a 100% solar-powered, environmentally friendly and sustainable modular villa that won many accolades at the event.

Lastly, he put light on the future of Knauf with technology playing a big role in it and how as a company they strive to achieve both Quality and Sustainability within the company.

Gene Erese
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The Strategies to Reach Out and Engage with Your Customers

Social Media in the Pharmaceutical Industry

LONDON, UK, December 5, 2018 / — SMi presents the return of the 11th annual Social Media in the Pharmaceutical Industry conference taking place in London, UK on the 21st – 22nd January 2019. The event brings in voices from top pharma companies and social media experts, to educate, market, listen and connect with customers, patients and physicians.

Returning to London next month, Conference Day 1 will address topics on a programmatic approach to customer engagement, shifting the focus on patients as stakeholders and optimisation of social media in pharma companies; Conference Day 2 focuses on driving performance by forming employee insights, social listening procedures and personalising content relationships with AI.

Key Highlights – January 2019
Reaching scientists on social media – The customer-centric approach
– Stop using generic images & text and start telling stories
– B2B social media strategies
– Best practices
Speaker: Dennis Fink, Campaign Manager and Social Media Channel, Expert, Qiagen

Consumers are increasingly talking about pharmaceutical products: It’s time to join the conversation
– Over 60% of conversations about pharmaceutical companies and their products are not tagged on social media
– Learn how and why to listen, engage, and analyse the online buzz around healthcare brands
– Benchmark against other brands, and better understand their social presence
Speaker: Mick Griffin, Partner and Chief Revenue Officer, Brand 24

Data driven strategy decisions for Healthcare brands
– Using international data to improve health outcomes of patients
– How companies are currently using patient data obtained on Social Media to optimise patient outcome
– What’s up next for development of data services
Speaker: Markus Brandl, Global Lead Community Management, Bayer

The agenda is available online at

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Endress+Hauser Deploys Sopheon’s Accolade Software

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Innovation Planning, Collaborative Roadmapping and Management Efficiencies aim to Safeguard Continued Market Leadership Position

Sopheon set itself apart with the promise of best-practice content embedded in its software to guide us in defining our new processes, and its knowledgeable and highly responsive team”

— Dr. Peter Selders, Director of Technology, Endress+Hauser

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS, December 5, 2018 / — Sopheon, a global leader for enterprise innovation management solutions, today announces a client relationship with Endress+Hauser SE+Co. KG, a global supplier of products, solutions and services for industrial process automation.

Endress+Hauser SE+Co. KG, headquartered in Germany and part of the Switzerland-based Endress+Hauser group, has long driven growth through innovation. The group introduced 57 new products and 261 new patent applications in 2017 alone. The company found, however, that continued industry leadership called for a further step in continuous improvement of internal planning and decision-making processes.

“We engaged with Sopheon initially with a view to implementing an improved Stage-Gate® process that would keep us focused on the right investments. This quickly evolved into a requirement for a Roadmapping solution to support the management of product portfolios,” says Endress+Hauser’s Director of Technology, Dr. Peter Selders. “Our use of traditional office tools for our Roadmapping activities was creating roadmaps based on a disconnected view of our data, processes and workflows; this did not allow for efficient collaboration in this age of digitalization.”

With the launch of Sopheon’s Accolade® software to support connected, strategic views of R&D projects, the overall product portfolio and forward-looking innovation plans, Endress+Hauser looks to enhance alignment of innovation execution with business strategy. Ultimately, based on collaborative roadmaps, visualizing the true innovation and product portfolios, the organization will be able to prioritize their investments in a better and more transparent way. Eventually this will result in more efficient product management and development.

Dr. Selders explains, “With Accolade, transparency allows for better visibility from the early phases of the development pipeline to alignment with corporate strategy, not only for our executives but also for the product managers and developers within their areas of responsibility. On top of that, we have increased the efficiency in our annual review process with one single source of data.”

Florian Palatini, Expert Innovation Management at Endress+Hauser, elaborates on the benefits even further: “Accolade brings Roadmapping to the next level, and thanks to this, the complexity is much more manageable. We have better visibility of inter-dependencies, effects and relationships.”

The decision to partner with Sopheon was taken after a detailed analysis of solutions on the market. “Of course, Accolade ticked the box on all of our functionality wish-list items, but more importantly, Sopheon set itself apart with the promise of best-practice content embedded in its software to guide us in defining our new processes, and its knowledgeable and highly responsive team. We are looking forward to reaping the rewards of using Accolade at Endress+Hauser,” concludes Dr. Selders.

Sopheon partners with customers to provide complete Enterprise Innovation Performance solutions including patented software, expertise and best practices to achieve exceptional long-term revenue growth and profitability. Sopheon’s Accolade solution provides unique, fully-integrated coverage for the entire innovation management and new product development lifecycle, including strategic innovation planning, roadmapping, idea and concept development, process and project management, portfolio management and resource planning. Sopheon’s solutions have been implemented by over 250 customers with more than 60,000 users in over 50 countries. Sopheon is listed on the AIM Market of the London Stock Exchange. For more information, please visit

Sopheon and Accolade are trademarks of Sopheon plc. Stage-Gate® is a registered trademark of Stage-Gate Inc.

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How to Fix the Problem of so Few Women in STEM (Part II)

Girls in STEM

Girls in STEM

What can be done to influence young women to achieve success in STEM careers. Read how they can pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and math.

Too often, it seems that young women and girls learn about the exciting careers of men and less about women who have equally prominent positions.”

— Formaspace

AUSTIN, TEXAS, UNITED STATES, December 4, 2018 / — Here in part two of our series, “Why Do Women Hold Just 24% of STEM Jobs in the USA?” we take a look at how to encourage young women and girls to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and math.

The need for change is great.

At a time when an increasing number of baby boomer workers are retiring, employers are facing a major shortage of talented, high-tech STEM workers, it makes no sense for half of the potential candidates, e.g., women, to feel excluded or unwelcome from these interesting, well-paid careers.

What can be done to influence young woman and girls to achieve success in STEM careers?

Here are five practical suggestions to act on — in your community, your school, and in the work environment:

1. Celebrate Role Models That Inspire Young Women To Achieve Success In STEM Careers

What inspires us to pursue an interesting and successful career, one that we feel passionate about?

Career choices come about as a result of many factors.

Sometimes, a chance coincidence will play a major role, while in other cases, the influence of a favorite teacher will inspire an academic career, or jobs traditionally held by family members will help determine a future career path.

But let’s not overlook the powerful influence of role models. Exposure to the stories of leading scientists, mathematicians, company presidents, and other prominent individuals can have a remarkable influence on young minds, inspiring them to pursue a career that they may not have considered before.

Too often, it seems that young women and girls learn about the exciting careers of men and less about women who have equally prominent positions.

Why not take the time to learn about the inspiring careers of some of the leading women in science and industry so that you can share these role models with young people? Here are some useful examples to add to your storytelling repertoire:

-Joy Adamson, Naturalist and Conservationist

International best-selling author Joy Adamson wrote the book “Born Free” about her experiences living in Kenya in the 1950s, where she rescued an orphaned lion cub named Elsa. The book and the 1966 film adaptation are inspirational works that can help young people learn about natural science, species preservation, and the importance of wildlife and the environment.

-Hedy Lamarr, Wireless Telecommunications Inventor and Hollywood Movie Star

Lauded for her beauty and captivating presence on the silver screen, Austrian immigrant Hedy Lamarr took Hollywood by storm in the 1930s. Yet the movie business and its superficial social scene bored Lamarr, who occupied her mind by reading technical journals, inventing new products, and consulting to Howard Hughes’ aviation business. During World War II, Lamarr invented a frequency hopping radio transmission scheme that evaded eavesdropping and jamming. The technique is still used in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth communication to this day. The 2017 film Bombshell tells the Lamarr story.

-Jennifer Doudna: Developer of CRISPR/Cas9

Jennifer Doudna, a molecular biology and chemistry professor at the University of California, Berkeley, has led the efforts to unlock the secrets of how to edit our DNA sequences, which is considered one of the most significant discoveries in the history of biology. The CRISPR/Cas9 gene edition technique holds the promise of preventing or curing diseases at the cellular level, ranging from cystic fibrosis and HIV to Huntington’s disease.

-Limor “Ladyada” Fried: Hacker & Engineer, Founder of AdaFruit

MIT engineering graduate Limor Fried founded the phenomenon known as AdaFruit in 2005. This woman-owned company looms large in the hacker and maker movement. Dubbed “LadyAda,” Fried hosts frequent video podcasts on the AdaFruit YouTube channel that teach young people how to create their own electronic projects and inventions. Fried’s unconventional, yet relatable style has inspired young women and girls to experiment with STEM-oriented projects by providing high-quality products, inspirational tutorials, and an unassailable joie de vivre.

2. Promote Participation In STEM Career Development Activities For Young Women And Girls
You can also help young women and girls become more aware of STEM career opportunities by creating or taking part in events designed to connect young people with technical careers.

Here are several annual events to provide inspiration:

Feb 4, 2018: Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day

As part of National Engineers Week, the new Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day program helps connect young women and girls with women working in the field of engineering. We also recommend reviewing Business Insider’s list of the 43 most powerful female engineers of 2017.

February 11, 2018: International Day of Women and Girls in Science 11 February

According to the United Nations, male students are 2 to 3 times more likely to earn a Bachelors, Masters, or Doctor’s degree in science-related fields. To increase awareness of this level of gender inequality, the United Nations declared the 11th of February as the annual International Day of Women and Girls in Science. To learn more about the importance of women in science roles, we also suggest checking this list of 91 famous women scientists.

April 26, 2018: Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work Day

Originally founded in 1992 as Take Our Daughters to Work Day by the leaders of the Ms. Foundation for Women, this annual event expanded in 2003 to include boys as well. The idea is for boys and girls to learn about opportunities and explore careers at an age when they are more flexible in terms of their gender roles.

This is also an ideal day to teach young women and girls about successful women in industry leadership roles. Check out our article “Celebrating Leading Women in Industry” for information about leading female CEOs in the high-tech and manufacturing industries, including:

-Phebe Novakovic, CEO of General Dynamics
-Mary Barra, CEO of General Motors
-Renee James, former CEO of Intel
-Ginny Rometty, CEO of IBM

Oct 5, 2018: Manufacturing Day

As the manufacturing world accelerates into what some experts are calling the Fourth Industrial Revolution, it’s also facing a looming talent crisis. With more and more Baby Boomers retiring each month, there simply aren’t enough qualified candidates with the necessary STEM skills available to meet the demand. Today’s manufacturing careers require high levels of technical expertise in order to design, develop, manage today’s digitally-based production techniques, such as 3D printing and sensor-driven Internet of Things-based tools.

That’s why it’s more important than ever to recruit young women as well as men to this growing and rewarding sector.

Brooke Turner
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MUNICH, GERMANY, December 4, 2018 / — Cyber-criminals often aim at the unprepared. But 86% of attacks against manufacturers in 2018 weren’t opportunistic – they were specifically targeted, and nearly half aimed at stealing intellectual property to gain competitive advantage [Verizon DBIR 2018].

There is no technological panacea to save manufacturers from hackers – collaboration is the best route towards cyber resilience. With this in mind, the European Cyber Security Summit for Critical Manufacturing (ManuSec) unites 100+ leading IT and OT security experts to share takeaways from real-life incidents and promote peer and cross-sector alliance.

Taking place in Munich, 7th-8th of February 2019, ManuSec is the platform for European manufacturing leaders to assess how to fully reap the rewards of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
2019’s key themes include the convergence of Industrial Control Systems and enterprise infrastructure, conducting OT asset inventories and risk assessments, and using cloud services and mobile devices securely in the production environment.

Curated in partnership with a Steering Committee of security experts – including the CISO at HELLA and the Head of Cyber Security at Airbus- the agenda features panel presentations, interactive debates, table discussions, and 6+ hours of networking.

A highlight of day 1: Schneider Electric’s CISO EMEA and the OT Cyber Security Manager share the stage to present a real-life case study about integrating ICS security into Schneider Electric’s enterprise risk management programme. Request a brochure for a detailed programme and full line-up of speakers.
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National Defense ISAC Announces New Executive Director

Steve Shirley, National Defense ISAC Executive Director

National Defense ISAC

Steven D. Shirley, former Executive Director of the DoD Cyber Crime Center (DC3), is now the Executive Director of the National Defense ISAC

We are excited to have Steve lead us at the National Defense ISAC. His passion and commitment to further the security of the DIB will increase the value of NDISAC to our members.”

— Jay Weinstein, NDISAC Board of Directors Chair and L3 Technologies CISO

WASHINGTON, DC, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, UNITED STATES, December 3, 2018 / — The National Defense Information Sharing and Analysis Center™ (National Defense ISAC™ or NDISAC™) is pleased to announce the addition of Steve Shirley as the National Defense ISAC Executive Director.

“We are excited to have Steve lead us at the National Defense ISAC,” stated Jay Weinstein, NDISAC Board of Directors Chair and L3 Technologies CISO. “Steve has extensive knowledge of the defense industry. His passion and commitment to further the security of the defense industrial base will increase the value of NDISAC to our members. I am very excited to see Steve in this role and can’t wait to see our growth in 2019.”

Steve has over 30 years’ experience with security issues that affect the defense industry. As the former Executive Director of the Department of Defense (DoD) Defense Cyber Crime Center (DC3) and Vice Commander of the U.S. Air Force Office of Special Investigations, Steve will bring a unique perspective to enhance the National Defense ISAC current membership base, capabilities and services.

“I am honored and excited to have the opportunity to lead the National Defense ISAC. My past experiences have prepared me well for this role and I look forward to taking the NDISAC to the next level and making a positive difference to our members,” Shirley stated.

As the NDISAC Executive Director, Steve will work as a nonvoting member of the Board of Directors to further shape and refine the NDISAC strategic plan, and will oversee the development and implementation of information sharing mechanisms, services, working groups and partnership and collaborative engagements across the DIB, DIB suppliers, and commercial DIB interdependencies. Steve’s extensive DoD background in support of DIB cybersecurity efforts will ensure a solid NDISAC-DIB alignment and will enable the NDISAC to most effectively align with DoD and the DIB Sector Coordinating Council to best serve our members and the DIB.

In his previous role as the Executive Director of DC3, Steve oversaw a technical staff of over 500 specialists within a business and technology support directorate and six functional directorates to deliver capabilities DoD-wide. Particularly relevant to Steve’s role at NDISAC was his leadership of DC3 as DoD’s operational hub for the DoD Defense Industrial Base Cybersecurity Program, which delivered actionable threat data and analysis to 580 companies in a voluntary public-private partnership. Prior to DC3, Steve served as Vice Commander of the U.S. Air Force Office of Special Investigations with responsibilities as the chief operating officer for 3,500 personnel and 220 locations around the globe. Steve’s military career included service as a commander of counterintelligence, antiterrorism and investigative operations in the US, Europe, and Asia at all levels of the Air Force. In 2004, Steve retired from the Air Force as a colonel and was appointed to the Senior Executive Service.

Steve holds a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University, master’s degree from Arizona State University and is also a graduate of the Squadron Officer School, the Air Command and Staff College, the Armed Forces Staff College and the Air War College.

Steve succeeds NDISAC Interim Executive Director, Carlos Kizzee, who held the role of Defense Security Information Exchange (DSIE) Executive Director for the past three years. Carlos oversaw the formation of the National Defense ISAC, its merger with the Defense Industrial Base Information Sharing and Analysis Organization (DIB-ISAO), and the transition of DSIE as the DIB cyber threat center of excellence previously under DIB-ISAO to the premier cyber threat sharing community within NDISAC. Carlos will transition to NDISAC Director of Member Development and Partnership Engagement, where he will focus on expanding NDISAC membership and partner relationships.

About National Defense ISAC
NDISAC is the national defense sector’s non-profit organization formed to enhance the security and resiliency of the defense industry and its strategic partners. NDISAC provides defense sector stakeholders a community and forum for sharing cyber and physical security threat information, best practices and mitigation strategies and is developed to serve as the Defense Industrial Base (DIB) Sector’s critical infrastructure protection operational coordination mechanism.

Formerly known as the DIB-ISAO, the NDISAC is the umbrella organization for the Defense Security Information Exchange (DSIE). NDISAC is recognized nationally within the US as the ISAC for the nation’s defense industry critical infrastructure sector, the Defense Industry Sector Coordinating Council, the US Department of Homeland Security, the FBI, and the National Council of ISACs. For more information, visit

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