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HKUST President Prof. Nancy IP at “Winter Davos” 2024: Longevity is about Adding Life to Years, Not Just Years to Life

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Sharing Insights with Global Leaders on Healthy Aging, Sustainability, Climate Change and AI

HONG KONG, Jan. 26, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — President of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), Prof. Nancy IP was among the esteemed global leaders and personalities attending the 2024 World Economic Forum in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland to address some of the most substantive issues facing our world today. Prof. Ip added her unique perspective to vibrant discussions on healthy aging, climate change, the integral role of universities in fostering advancements in sustainability, and AI research and education. 

Under the theme of “Rebuilding Trust”, this year’s Annual Meeting convened over 3,000 distinguished global leaders from government, business, and civil society from more than 125 countries, including members from the G7, G20 and heads of international organizations, to rebuild a basis of trust amidst complex challenges, foster global cooperation, and address pressing issues such as climate change, economic growth, artificial intelligence among others.

As the sole university president from Hong Kong at the Forum, Prof. Ip was invited to participate in a number of important exchanges, including a panel discussion on global demographic shifts entitled, “Navigating Longer Lifespans”. Prof. Ip shared insights with prominent leaders from multinational corporations and government entities including European Commission, Manulife Financial and Mercer (Marsh McLennan). She underscored the importance of maintaining brain health and enriching quality of life as we age. 

“It’s not just about adding more years to our life, but adding life to our years,” Prof. Ip said. “We need to ensure that our extended lifespans are marked by vitality, cognitive clarity, and the ability to make meaningful contributions to society.” While technological advancements have greatly improved overall health conditions, the elderly population remains vulnerable to age-related diseases. For instance, projections indicate that the global number of individuals afflicted by Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) is expected to surpass 100 million by 2050.

In light of the circumstances, Prof. Ip calls for the prioritization of “brain health for all”. She urges the public and private sectors to invest in research, and allocate additional resources towards understanding the intricacies of aging brains, with the aim of mitigating the risk of neurodegenerative diseases among the elderly population. As a higher education leader, Prof. Ip champions the importance of universities in promoting lifelong learning and implementing flexible curricula to empower the elderly to re-engage with the workforce.

As an internationally acclaimed neuroscientist, Prof. Ip has garnered global recognition for her exceptional contributions to the development of diagnostic, prognostic, and therapeutic tools for AD. Notably, her research team’s groundbreaking development of a simple yet robust blood test for early detection and screening of AD stands as testament to her commitment to combating this global health challenge. 

Beyond the panel discussion, Prof. Ip hosted a table at a gala dinner, where she facilitated dialogues with luminaries. Their conversations explored the synergies between science, culture, and business in addressing the pressing challenges posed by climate change and the environment. 

At the thought-provoking meetings of the Global University Leaders Forum (GULF), an exclusive platform consisting of 29 presidents of the world’s top universities, Prof. Ip stated that by harnessing the collective power of our intellectual capital through open innovation, we could unleash infinite possibilities for a sustainable and resilient future. In another GULF meeting on AI governance, Prof. Ip underscored the importance for universities to holistically integrate ethics, social impact, and governance into AI-related curriculum.  

Reflecting on the forum, Prof. Ip expressed her deep appreciation for being a part of the significant event, “In a world full of uncertainties and challenges, universities play a pivotal role in driving collaboration for the betterment of society. The Forum provides a crucial platform for leaders around the world to deep-dive into critical issues that shape the future. Through these fruitful and insightful exchanges, I am delighted to contribute to shaping ideas and generating insights for building a better planet.”

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Bybit’s P2P Platform Sets New Standards for Crypto/Fiat Swaps and Zero Fees

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DUBAI, UAE, Feb. 23, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — Bybit, one the world’s top three crypto exchanges by volume, is proud to announce the introduction of a zero-fee structure for its peer-to-peer (P2P) trading platform, a move set to revolutionize the P2P market.

This innovative policy, applicable to all fiat trading pairs on the platform, is designed to enhance brand visibility in the Malay market and underscores Bybit’s unwavering commitment to safety and customer satisfaction.

At the heart of Bybit’s P2P platform is a robust escrow service, ensuring that the crypto amount in a seller’s ad is securely locked during transactions to protect buyers from potential scams. “Our priority has always been the safety and satisfaction of our users,” said Ben Zhou, co-founder and CEO. “With our zero-fee P2P trading platform we are nurturing a secure ecosystem where our community can trade with peace of mind.”

The platform’s dedication to security is matched by its comprehensive customer support system. Traders are encouraged to report any suspicious activity, with Bybit’s support team standing by to resolve disputes and ensure fair play. This commitment is further bolstered by continuous system enhancements, and stringent risk control measures.

Bybit’s P2P platform offers a user-friendly interface across both mobile and web platforms, making it convenient for users to swap fiat and crypto pairs. With over 570 payment methods and support for more than 60 local currencies, coupled with a simple three-step trading process, Bybit is setting a new standard for efficiency and accessibility in the cryptocurrency trading space.

“By introducing a zero-fee structure and reinforcing our platform with top-notch safety features, we aim to empower traders and promote a culture of transparency and collective trust within our vibrant community,” Zhou added.

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Bybit is one of the world’s  top three crypto exchanges by volume with 20 million users. Established in  2018, it offers a professional platform where crypto investors and traders can find an ultra-fast matching engine, 24/7 customer service, and multilingual community support. Bybit is a proud partner of Formula One’s reigning Constructors’ and Drivers’ champions: the Oracle Red Bull Racing team.

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J&T Express Sees Strong Growth in Lunar New Year, Showcasing Advantageous Southeast Asia Logistics Network

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HONG KONG, Feb. 23, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — J&T Express, a global logistics service operator, announced the company has achieved significant enhancements in parcel volume and delivery efficiency across several key markets in China and Southeast Asia during the recent Lunar New Year, attributing to the company’s continuous operational capacity improvements and early preparations for the holiday season.

Data of J&T Express reveals that over the Lunar New Year period, its average daily parcel delivery time in China improved by approximately 5% compared to the previous year, while the average daily delivery rate increased by approximately 17% year-on-year. In Singapore, there has been an 81% year-on-year increase in its parcel volume, alongside a 9% improvement in average delivery time efficiency. Similarly, in Malaysia, its parcel volume surged by approximately 54% year-on-year.

In addition to China, the Lunar New Year is celebrated as a public holiday in numerous Southeast Asian countries. With the global popularity of e-commerce, ensuring reliable logistics services during the holiday season has become increasingly critical for businesses and consumers alike. As the largest courier service provider in Southeast Asia, J&T Express plays a vital role in meeting this demand.

With the company’s extensive and comprehensive logistics network across multiple countries, coupled with its year-round collaboration with e-commerce platforms and expertise in operating during the Lunar New Year in the Chinese market, J&T Express has significantly bolstered its hardware and personnel and updated the delivery fleet in key markets to meet the challenges of delivering shipments during the holiday season.

For instance, J&T Express Vietnam added over 3,000 delivery personnel before the Lunar New Year, and upgraded more than 100 service points, expanding the operational area by over 7,000 square meters. Additionally, at the end of December 2023, J&T Express Vietnam officially received 140 new trucks from THACO AUTO.

According to a forecast by the Ho Chi Minh City’s Department of Industry and Trade, seasonal purchases are expected to grow by more than 11% in 2024, and the growth trend of social commerce will continue as well. Against the backdrop of a thriving online shopping landscape, the demand for delivery services presents both opportunities and challenges. Recognizing the potential, J&T Express Vietnam has strategically improved and enhanced its service quality to meet the evolving demands. The recent upgrade of the company’s truck fleet not only reflects the company’s clear goal of improving the quality of its transportation services but also helps the company meet the growing demand for deliveries during the holiday season, creating significant benefits for its customers with guaranteed service quality and capacity. With unwavering confidence in the market’s prosperity and a customer-centric approach, J&T Express is poised to seize growth opportunities in Vietnam and is actively accelerating its market capture. It will continue to expand its logistics network and transit centers to ensure optimal operational processes and improve user experience and service quality.

J&T Express is a global logistics service provider. According to Frost & Sullivan, J&T Express was the No. 1 express delivery operator in Southeast Asia by parcel volume in 2022 and had the highest market share in China. The company adopts an innovative business model that combines unified standards with a high degree of regional autonomy. This model balances service quality and flexible decision-making, reduces costs, and enables localized and efficient development in each market. With its self-developed JMS system, J&T Express is able to integrate and manage the full lifecycle of shipments, from order placement and collection to settlement, ensuring efficient operations in each market.

J&T Express has further expanded its express delivery business to five countries in Latin America, the Middle East, and North Africa, building upon its successful operations in China and Southeast Asia. Currently, the company provides express delivery services in 13 countries worldwide.

Looking ahead, J&T Express is committed to enhancing its global logistics network while continuously improving service quality and operational efficiency. The company is eager to establish collaborative partnerships with new industry leaders to deliver high-quality logistics solutions for customers worldwide.

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J&T Express is a global logistics service provider with leading express delivery businesses in Southeast Asia and China, the largest and fastest-growing market in the world. Founded in 2015, J&T Express’ network spans thirteen countries, including Indonesia, Vietnam, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, Cambodia, Singapore, China, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Mexico, Brazil and Egypt. Adhering to its “customer-oriented and efficiency-based” mission, J&T Express is committed to providing customers with integrated logistics solutions through intelligent infrastructure and digital logistics network, as part of its global strategy to connect the world with greater efficiency and bring logistical benefits to all.

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United Imaging Showcases AI-Driven Innovations and Expands European Presence at ECR 2024

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VIENNA, Feb. 23, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — United Imaging, a global leader in medical technology, is showcasing its full portfolio of AI-empowered innovations at the European Society of Radiology (ECR) 2024 in Vienna, Austria.  The company highlights its significant EU growth since establishing its regional headquarters in Poland in 2019.

Dr. Al Zhang, Ph.D, Chairman & Co-CEO of United Imaging, stated, “The theme of this year’s ECR, ‘next-generation radiology,’ aligns seamlessly with our innovation philosophy. We’re not just thinking about today; we’re actively shaping the future. At United Imaging, all our innovations are AI-driven, enhancing clinical workflows and supporting diverse scenarios, solidifying our commitment to delivering value to the global medical community. Our future-ready innovation strategy has propelled us to significant global growth.”

Lukasz MIZERKA, vice president of United Imaging international business and general manager for Europe, added, “Last March, we held our first brand launch at ECR, officially introducing our passion for change to the European market. During the year, we achieved swift progress, extending our footprint to numerous European countries with our high-end equipment, serving as testament to the resonance of our mission of bringing ‘equal healthcare for all’. This year marks both our second ECR and fifth year in Europe, and we’re going to present our full portfolio of groundbreaking products and numerous world-first innovations to showcase our confidence and persistence in Europe. We eagerly await everyone to witness our changes and embrace the bright future ahead.”

In five years, United Imaging has introduced hundreds of systems and reached 16 European countries, offering efficient and professional service. Globally, United Imaging’s products have reached more than 12,000 institutions in over 60 countries, including the U.S., France, Italy, Japan, Korea, and the UAE. Also, the company’s top-tier technologies have led to collaborations with prestigious institutions such as Yale University, UC Davis, Washington University in St. Louis, and University of Texas.

Highlighting the growth at ECR 2024, United Imaging will feature the uMR Jupiter 5T (not CE marked in EU) at ECR 2024, a revolutionary whole-body 5T MRI system. The world’s first whole-body ultra-high field 5T MR, the uMR Jupiter 5T, is a revolutionary whole-body 5T MRI system. It transcends the traditional constraints of ultra-high-field MRI, previously confined to imaging of the brain and selected MSK joints. The potential applications of the uMR Jupiter 5T extend to encompass not only the brain and MSK, but also the abdomen, cardiac, pelvis and other additional anatomical regions. The uMR Jupiter 5T has the potential to eclipse the capabilities of standard 3T MRI machines in resolution and signal-to-noise ratio, delivering clarity that empowers radiologists to ‘see the unseen.’ The uMR Jupiter 5T is also designed to overcome the key hurdles of ultra-high field MRI: image uniformity and radio frequency safety. It fits into existing 3T MRI spaces, signaling a significant advancement in the industry.

Pioneering the digital transformation of medical imaging, the booth will also feature AI platforms for the full portfolio of innovations. The uAIFI is an end-to-end technology platform that revolutionarily enhances MRI with AI-integrated hardware and software, significantly improving image quality and expediting diagnostic processes while enhancing user-friendliness. Pioneering with care, the uAIFI offers a holistic approach across the care continuum. Standout features include ACS, the AI-assisted MR acceleration technology designed to enhance both 2D and 3D imaging, and EasySense respiratory gating and monitoring, offering a unique, belt-free experience for patients while simultaneously streamlining the workflow for healthcare professionals, redefining the image quality standard. Evolving intelligently, this future-oriented, human-centered platform undoubtedly brings a new level of AI integration to uMR systems. In tandem with uMI scanners, uExcel is a multi-dimensional molecular imaging technology platform. It aims to meet the advanced demands for functionality, usability, safety, stability, and scientific research. Combined with uExcel UDP, the ultra-digital-platform detector, uExcel SCAN, the smart scanning toolset, uExcel CARE, the AI reconstruction engine, uExcel QA, the efficient quality control system and uExcel EXPLORE, the suite for scientific research, this platform empowers the exploration with ease and innovation both today and tomorrow, promising a more comfortable experience for patients, and a more effective workflow for doctors. Furthermore, the uVera Technology empowers the DSA system with intuitively bionic ability by intelligence-driven robotics, perception, and imaging. And the All-In-One Solution redefines radiotherapy workflow efficiency from CT simulation to treatment delivery.

Adhering to the “Born with AI” philosophy and aligning with the theme of this year’s ECR, “Next Generation Radiology,” United Imaging Intelligence (UII), an AI company within the United Imaging Group’s portfolio, will demonstrate how the fusion of AI is revolutionizing healthcare, highlighting the company’s comprehensive approach to innovation. At the company’s booth this year, UII is poised to showcase its latest medical AI technological breakthroughs, including groundbreaking AI applications of large medical image models and surgical planning, as well as a full spectrum of medical AI solutions across neurology, cardiology, thoracic care, and oncology.

In terms of novel AI applications, UII will unveil the uAI SAT, a smart annotation tool powered by the large medical image model, as well as the next generation of uAI Pioneer Portal, which is equipped with a goggle-less 3D monitor controlled by hand gestures. The audience will experience advancements in 3D surgical planning for thoracic, hepatobiliary, and urological surgeries. Additionally, with a wide array of clinical solutions, UII will also present its support throughout the entire clinical workflow from imaging and prevention to diagnosis, treatment, follow-up assessment, and research.

Aiming at propelling radiology into a new era of transformation, UII has deployed its innovative products in over 3,000 medical institutions worldwide and formed research and product collaborations in Europe, remaining steadfast in further expanding development and partnerships across the globe, thus universally enhancing medical AI accessibility.

(Notes: Products and features mentioned herein may not be commercially available in all countries. Their future availability cannot be guaranteed.)

Attendees of the ECR are welcome to explore the forefront of radiology at booth 401 – Expo X4, where United Imaging persists in connecting innovation with patient well-being through cutting-edge technologies.

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