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Univar Solutions to Distribute Axiom Foods’ Plant-Based Portfolio

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Univar Inc. (NYSE: UNVR) (“Univar Solutions”), a global chemical and ingredient distributor and provider of value-added services, announced today that Axiom Foods, Inc. (“Axiom Foods”) has chosen Univar Solutions as its preferred distributor for the United States.  The agreement includes the complete line of Axiom Foods rice and pea proteins and other plant-based ingredients, which are commonly found in nutritional beverages, bars, snacks, and meat analogues or extenders.

Axiom Foods provides niche vegan and allergen-friendly products to formulators as an increased number of consumers are demanding end-use products with healthier label claims.  Backed by science, certifications and clinical trials, Axiom Foods is committed to delivering consistent results for its partners.

“Axiom Foods’ ability to innovate and deliver neutral, soluble, and allergen-free solutions to meet consumer demand will ensure our long-term mutual success as Univar Solutions provides market intelligence data and analytics to predict trends and drive growth,” said Austin Nichols, director of food ingredients for Univar Solutions.  “Working with Axiom Foods gives us the opportunity to collaborate with a leading innovator of rice and pea protein and bring consumers the products they are demanding.”

“Our unique functional options, patents, clinical studies, commercial quantities and strict quality standards differentiate ourselves from other competitors within the plant-based protein market,” said David Janow, CEO, Axiom Foods.  “Working with Univar Solutions will ensure that our products can be accessible to a larger customer base of food and beverage manufacturers who are looking for the ‘Intel Inside’ of plant proteins and asking for Oryzatein® rice protein and Vegotein™ pea protein by name.  Sustainable options are a must and we have both a winning method and a winning team!”

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SOURCE: Univar Inc.

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nCino Acquires Visible Equity to Drive Deeper Insights, Compliance and Advanced Analytics for the Financial Services Industry

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nCino, the worldwide leader in cloud banking, today announced that it has acquired Visible Equity, a market-leading financial analytics and compliance software company based in Salt Lake City, Utah. This strategic acquisition leverages the unique strengths and joint synergies of each company to further drive and accelerate transformation in financial services.

Founded in 2008, Visible Equity is a software as a service (SaaS) company that provides portfolio management, analytics and compliance solutions to banks and credit unions. The combination of Visible Equity’s advanced analytics software with nCino’s best-in-class Bank Operating System brings new functionality and benefits to end users, including:

  • Enhanced portfolio management with increased analytical insights across any financial institution’s portfolio, drilling down to individual deposits and loans;
  • Increased confidence in overall portfolio risk assessment including probability of default and loss-given default models;
  • Regulatory compliance combined with state-of-the-art analytics to manage, monitor and comply with fair lending; and
  • A comprehensive ALLL/CECL solution that effectively accounts, through robust models, for loan impairment and expected loss, and instantly produces reports and disclosures.

“Visible Equity is a perfect complement to our vision, mission and company culture,” said Pierre Naudé, CEO of nCino. “From the very beginning, nCino’s mission has been to transform financial services through innovation, reputation and speed, and we believe this acquisition will further enable us to execute on that mission. We’re extremely excited to expand the nCino Bank Operating System to provide even more advanced analytics and compliance capabilities to our clients, enabling them to drive greater insights, efficiency and risk management while furthering their customer relationships.”

Tara Lathrop, Supervisor of Leadership Support and Innovative Solutions at Corning Credit Union, said, “The industry is changing at a rapid pace and digital transformation and risk management is a continuous journey and challenge. Our members and employees are constantly looking for best-in-class technology, process efficiency, data insights, and risk management tools. These are the reasons why we already partnered with nCino and Visible Equity. Both companies have always had a philosophy of being able to fully support and scale with their clients and this acquisition highlights nCino’s vision of being able to offer more to respond to changing industry and client needs. We’re very excited about this combination, particularly as we continue to grow and scale as an organization.”

“Joining the nCino team is the right move for us and a natural fit,” added Brad Hansen, President and CEO of Visible Equity. “We share with them a passion for innovation, a laser-focus on customer success and a commitment to culture. A key driver of our desire to become part of the nCino family is their industry-leading Bank Operating System and ability to support a global client base of enterprise, regional and community financial institutions. We’re excited to share our insights and experience and look forward to further transforming financial services together.”

While Visible Equity and nCino will continue to offer their products separately to the market, the two platforms will become fully integrated to provide a seamless client and cloud-based experience, as well as an unparalleled portfolio management and regulatory compliance platform.

 

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Ideanomics Rounds Out NEVC Offerings, Updates Unit Name to New Energy Transportation Services Group (NETS)

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Ideanomics Inc. (Nasdaq: IDEX) has today announced the formation of New Energy Transportation Services Group (NETS), a service company proving comprehensive and commercial solutions that include Marketing, Financial Services, Technology and Infrastructure for the New Energy Transportation Services industry with.

This newly-formed group will be domiciled in Singapore to embrace the global business ex-China, beginning with Malaysia and the other ASEAN countries. From Asean, the company plans to expand its substantial commercial offerings into other regions, including North America and Europe, to develop and support cleantech commercial vehicle markets. The NETS Group is focusing its full-service model of ‘Sales-to-Financing-to-Charging networks (S2F2C) in efforts to support the full value chain of the cleantech commercial vehicle industry. As the new energy transportation markets continue to gain momentum globally, we expect our sales from the NETS Group to grow significantly by the end of 2020 and with it the potential to spin-off what is anticipated to a highly profitable division to create additional shareholder value.

According to a recent Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) report “…commercial electric van and truck sales are set to accelerate in the 2020s,” and “By 2040, it’s expected that 56% of light commercial vehicle sales and 31% of medium commercial vehicles in China, the U.S. and Europe to be electric.”

The NETS Group is positioning to become a global leader in the sourcing, sales, and debt and equity financing of global new energy transportation solutions; to help streamline the adoption of cleantech commercial vehicles, and associated infrastructure, and to support the rapid adoption of new energy passenger vehicles, globally.

The NETS Group competitive advantage will be improved pricing through volume discount from factory to customer direct group-based purchasing, improved financing rates and availability, and will have the ability to procure a full range of vehicles from a variety of manufacturers through a single point of service in ASEAN, European, and North American markets.

“Having recently began to refer to this business unit as the NEVC Group, we took a step back and considered what additional services and solutions we needed to round out the offering,” said Alf Poor. “With the continued interest in light rail and heavy municipal vehicles, such as garbage and fire trucks, as part of our audience’s transportation planning objectives, we understood that a full-service solution would need to include light rail, and the power infrastructure required for the different forms of new energy transportation from rail to the fast-charging networks needed to support the different types of commercial vehicles required for tomorrow’s transportation needs.”

The NETS Group continues to expand and grow its new energy commercial vehicle strategic industry alliances within the new energy commercial transportation ecosystem with partners and market leaders such as JACBeijing FotonYinlong, and BYD. The NETS Group will continue to grow this alliance and add new strategic partners and market leaders, and grow its offerings, enterprise operational tools, and commercial support to fuel the fast and growing demand.

“Technologies such as Artificial Intelligence will play an increasingly import role the New Energy Transportation Services industry. Our world-class AI offerings from our subsidiary ‘Intelligenta’ will support this commercial level smart integration needed for a successful go to market strategy,” said Poor.

The NETS Group plans to leverage its full-service model with all stakeholders involved in transportation planning, from local, regional, and national governments, through to private enterprise groups supporting travel and tourism. This will help to establish a cost-efficient underwriting model that will provide a streamlined path for the adoption and transformation to cleantech from urban transportation’s current reliance on fossil fuels.

 

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New Research Reveals SafelyYou’s AI-Enabled Fall Detection Reduces Need for Emergency Service Care in Dementia Care Facilities

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Real-time fall detection using SafelyYou’s artificial intelligence-enabled video recording reduced the need for emergency services by a staggering 80% in dementia care facilities, according to research results published in the American Journal of Managed Care. The study closely examined the impact of SafelyYou’s memory care-focused technology to detect falls, videotape falls and notify care staff so that video review of the incident could occur immediately after each fall.

“According to the Alzheimer’s Association Report (2016), fall injury is the leading cause of Alzheimer dementia–related hospitalizations, with $5.3 billion in annual cost to Medicare,” said Glen Xiong, Advisory Board Member for SafelyYou. “In residential care facilities, individuals with dementia fall, on average, four times per year and twice as often as other residents. Falls often go unwitnessed. Due to uncertainty regarding the seriousness of each fall, facility staff frequently activate local emergency medical teams to examine the residents, and such visits often result in emergency department visits.”

The study, supported in part by a National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Aging Small Business Innovation Research Grant, was conducted with enrolled participants on June 1 to Aug. 31, 2018. Fall incidents and outcomes were routinely recorded for facility residents, and facility staff reviewed the falls in real time, immediately after each incident, for study participants.

Among 147 falls in the control group, 52 (35.4%) resulted in EMT visits and 36 (24.5%) resulted in ED visits. In contrast, the intervention group had 83 falls, with 13 (15.7%) and seven (8.3%) resulting in EMT and ED visits, respectively. There were relative reductions of 75% in EMT visits and 80% in ED visits.

The AI-enabled camera fall detection system coupled with staff review of fall videos led to more accurate identification of serious falls and incidents compared with less serious falls, such as when a resident intentionally moved to the ground but did not fall.

“Using emergency services less frequently leads to lowered healthcare costs and stress for everyone,” said George Netscher, CEO of SafelyYou. “Speaking with families and hearing the testimonials is really the very best part of our day.”

For more information on the pilot study results, visit: American Journal of Managed Care. To learn more about reducing falls and ED visits for residents in memory care, contact info@safely-you.com.

 

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