サンバイオの脳梗塞に対する幹細胞治療が米国心臓協会からイノベーション・アワードを受賞

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米カリフォルニア州マウンテンビュー–(BUSINESS WIRE)–(ビジネスワイヤ) — 神経系疾患を対象に再生細胞薬の開発・製造を手掛ける当社グループ(サンバイオ株式会社及びその子会社であるSanBio, Inc.) は、米国心臓協会(American Heart Association)の発行する医療専門誌Strokeで論文発表された骨髄由来間葉系幹細胞を使った脳梗塞治験フェーズ1/2a(本試験)について、2016 Stroke Progress and Innovation Awardの第3位を受賞しましたので、お知らせします。

Stroke誌は、脳血管障害の診断と治療をテーマに、米国心臓協会と米国脳卒中学会が共同発行する、世界的に著名な科学論文雑誌です。過去の受賞論文は、脳梗塞の急性期治療剤Activase©(アルテプラーゼ:血栓溶解剤)や脳低温療法など、神経系疾患領域で標準治療となったものなども含まれます。

当社グループのチーフ・メディカル・オフィサー兼リサーチ・ヘッドのダミエン・ベイツ医師は、「今回の受賞は、米国心臓協会が、当社の再生細胞薬SB623(本剤)の革新性と、脳梗塞による慢性運動障害に苦しむ患者様への新しい治療法の可能性を認めてくれたものと考えています。本試験結果は、脳梗塞の後遺症で苦しむ多くの患者様やそのご家族、そして、新しい治療法を求めている医療現場の方々にとって大きな励みになることでしょう。」

本試験は、患者18例を対象とした非盲検単回投与フェーズ1/2a臨床試験であり、脳梗塞発症後6ヵ月が経過した慢性の運動障害を有する患者を対象に実施しました。本試験では、健康な成人ドナーの骨髄から採取し一過性に遺伝子導入した間葉系幹細胞を培養した本剤を、ダメージを受けた脳の神経組織に定位脳手術により直接投与します。

本試験は、スタンフォード大学医学部神経外科長兼スタンフォード大学脳卒中センター コ・ディレクターのゲイリー・スタインバーグ医師がチーフ・インベスティゲーターを務めました。

経過観察期間が終了した患者群については、European Stroke Scale(ESS)、National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale(NIHSS)、Fugl-Meyer Total Score及びFugl-Meyer Motor Function Total Scoreなど複数の有効性評価項目において統計学的に有意な運動機能の改善結果が示されました。本試験における本剤の投与は安全でかつ忍容性は良好でした。

米ヒューストンで行われた授賞式には、本試験のチーフ・インベスティゲーターであり、本論文の筆頭著者であるスタンフォード大学医学部神経外科長のゲイリー・スタインバーグ医師が出席し受賞しました。

再生細胞薬について
当社グループが手掛ける再生細胞薬は、病気・事故等で失われた身体機能の自然な再生プロセスを誘引ないしは促進させ、運動機能、感覚機能、認知機能を再生させる効能が期待される医薬品です。

SanBio, Inc.およびサンバイオ株式会社について
当社グループは、再生細胞薬の研究、開発、製造及び販売を手掛ける再生細胞事業を展開しています。当社独自の再生細胞薬であるSB623は、米国においては、米国・カナダ地域における共同開発パートナーである大日本住友製薬株式会社とともに、慢性期脳梗塞を対象にフェーズ2b臨床試験を、また、当社単独では外傷性脳損傷を対象に日米グローバル フェーズ2臨床試験を実施中です。東京を本社とし、米国のカリフォルニア州マウンテンビューに研究開発の主たる拠点を構えています。

Mellanox Sets New DPDK Performance Record With ConnectX-5

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BARCELONA, Spain–(BUSINESS WIRE)–MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS 2017–Mellanox® Technologies, Ltd. (NASDAQ: MLNX), a leading supplier of high-performance, end-to-end interconnect solutions for data center servers and storage systems, today announced that its ConnectX®-5 100Gb/s Ethernet Network Interface Card (NIC) has achieved 126 million packets per second (Mpps) of record-setting forwarding capabilities running the open source Data Path Development Kit (DPDK). This breakthrough performance signifies the maturity of high-volume server I/O to support large-scale, efficient production deployments of Network Function Virtualization (NFV) in both Communication Service Provider (CSP) and cloud data centers. The DPDK performance of 126 Mpps was achieved on HPE ProLiant 380 Gen9 servers with Mellanox ConnectX-5 100Gb/s interface.

The I/O intensive nature of the Virtualized Network Functions (VNFs) including virtual Firewall, virtual Evolved Packet Core (vEPC), virtual Session Border Controller (vSBC), Anti-DDoS and Deep Packet Inspection (DPI) applications have posed significant challenges to build cost-effective NFV Infrastructures that meet packet rate, latency, jitter and security requirements. Leveraging its wealth of experience in building high-performance server/storage I/O components and switching systems for High Performance Computing (HPC), Hyperscale data centers, and telecommunications operators, Mellanox has the industry’s broadest range of intelligent Ethernet NIC and switch solutions; spanning interface speeds from 10, 25, 40, 50 to 100Gb/s. In addition, both the Mellanox ConnectX series of NICs and the Spectrum series of Ethernet switches feature best-of-class packet rates with 64-Byte traffic, low and consistent latency, and enhanced security with hardware-based memory protection.

In addition to designing cutting-edge hardware, Mellanox also actively works with infrastructure software partners and open source consortiums to drive system-level performance to new levels. Mellanox has continually improved DPDK Poll Mode Driver (PMD) performance and functionality through multiple generations of ConnectX-3 Pro, ConnectX-4, ConnectX-4 Lx, and ConnectX-5 NICs.

“We have established Mellanox as the leading cloud networking vendor, by working closely with 9 out of 10 of hyperscale customers who now leverage our advanced offload and acceleration capabilities that boost total infrastructure efficiency of their cloud, analytics, machine learning deployments,” said Kevin Deierling, vice president of marketing at Mellanox Technologies. “We are extending the same benefits to our CSP customers through a distinctive blend of enhanced packet processing and virtualization and storage offload technologies, enabling them to deploy Telco cloud and NFV with confidence.”

“As CSPs deploy NFV in production, they demand reliable NFV Infrastructure (NFVI) that delivers the quality of service their subscribers demand. A critical aspect of this is making sure the NFVI offers the data packet processing performance required to support the service traffic,” said Claus Pedersen, Director, Communication Service Provider Platforms, Data Center Infrastructure Group, Hewlett Packard Enterprise. “The HPE NFV Infrastructure lab has worked closely with Mellanox to ensure that HPE ProLiant Servers with the Mellanox ConnectX series of NICs will enable our CSP customers to achieve the scale, reliability and efficiency they require of their NFV deployments.”

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Mellanox Technologies (NASDAQ: MLNX) is a leading supplier of end-to-end InfiniBand and Ethernet smart interconnect solutions and services for servers and storage. Mellanox interconnect solutions increase data center efficiency by providing the highest throughput and lowest latency, delivering data faster to applications and unlocking system performance capability. Mellanox offers a choice of fast interconnect products: adapters, switches, software and silicon that accelerate application runtime and maximize business results for a wide range of markets including high performance computing, enterprise data centers, Web 2.0, cloud, storage and financial services. More information is available at: www.mellanox.com.

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Mellanox Introduces World-Leading 6WIND-Based Router and IPsec Indigo Platform at Unmatched Price/Performance

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BARCELONA, Spain–(BUSINESS WIRE)–MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS 2017–Mellanox Technologies, Ltd. (NASDAQ: MLNX), a leading supplier of high-performance, end-to-end smart interconnect solutions for data center servers and storage systems, today announced the IDG4400 6WIND Network Routing and IPsec platform based on the combination of Indigo, Mellanox’s newest network processor, and 6WIND’s 6WINDGate™ packet processing software, which includes routing and security features such as IPsec VPNs.

The IDG4400 6WIND 1U platform supports 10, 40 and 100GbE network connectivity and is capable of sustaining record rates of up to 180Gb/s of encryption/decryption while providing IPv4/IPv6 Routing functions at rates up to 400Gb/s. As the result of the strong partnership between the two companies, Mellanox’s IDG4400 6WIND delivers a price/performance advantage in a turnkey solution designed for carrier, data center, cloud and Web 2.0 applications requiring high-performance cryptographic capabilities along with IP routing capabilities. The IDG4400 6WIND complements Mellanox’s Spectrum-based Ethernet switches to provide a full solution for the datacenter.

“We are proud to partner with Mellanox to include our high performance networking software in the new IDG4400 6WIND appliance,” said Eric Carmès, CEO and Founder of 6WIND. “By combining the performance and flexibility of Mellanox’s Indigo network processor together with our 6WINDGate routing and security features, we bring to market a ready-to-use networking appliance with an impressive cost/performance advantage for customers.”

“The need scalable IPsec solutions has become vital for telco, data center, hyperscale infrastructures and more,” said Yael Shenhav, vice president of product marketing at Mellanox. “As security concerns in data centers continue to rise, encryption data by default becomes a crucial requirement. The combined Mellanox and 6WIND solution provides the required security capabilities in the most efficient manner possible to our mutual customers.”

The IDG4400 delivers an effective routing and crypto alternative to traditional networking vendors at a fraction of the cost. For carriers, it enables the ability to overcome the security exposure of today’s LTE networks. In addition, scaling to millions of routes, the IDG4400 6WIND is an ideal solution for Point of Presence (POP) applications. It can also be used to enable secure data interconnect in between geographically dispersed data-centers. Customers using 6WIND software on standard x86 servers can migrate to the IDG4400 and gain a cost/performance advantage while still enjoying same software and features. The IDG4400 6WIND is a complete product backed by the extensive support capabilities of Mellanox.

For more information on the IDG4400 6WIND, come and visit us at HP’s booth no. 3E11, Hall 3.

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Mellanox Technologies (NASDAQ: MLNX) is a leading supplier of end-to-end InfiniBand and Ethernet smart interconnect solutions and services for servers and storage. Mellanox interconnect solutions increase data center efficiency by providing the highest throughput and lowest latency, delivering data faster to applications and unlocking system performance capability. Mellanox offers a choice of fast interconnect products: adapters, switches, software and silicon that accelerate application runtime and maximize business results for a wide range of markets including high performance computing, enterprise data centers, Web 2.0, cloud, storage and financial services. More information is available at: www.mellanox.com.

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Mellanox and ECI Smash Virtual CPE Performance Barriers With Indigo-Based Platform

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BARCELONA, Spain–(BUSINESS WIRE)–MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS 2017–Mellanox Technologies, Ltd. (NASDAQ: MLNX), a leading supplier of high-performance, end-to-end smart interconnect solutions for data center servers and storage systems, and ECI, a global provider of ELASTIC Network® solutions, introduced today an advanced virtual Customer Premises Equipment (vCPE) platform at the Mobile World Congress 2017. The advanced platform delivers industry-leading performance and efficiency, readying global communication service providers for cost-effective Network Function Virtualization (NFV) deployment. The joint solution is based on ECI’s Mercury™ NFVi platform and uCPE solution accelerated by Mellanox’s powerful Indigo™ network processor which is capable of over 400Gb/s of L2-L7 advanced packet processing. Compared to ordinary, un-accelerated platforms, the ECI-Mellanox joint solution demonstrates more than 30 times improved performance for virtual router, L4-L7 firewall, and L7 QoS network applications.

ECI’s Mercury NFVi platform and uCPE solution converges multiple customer premises networking functions onto an elastic, software-configurable platform. Moreover, ECI’s uCPE enables service providers to combine networking functions flexibly in innovative ways to create value-added service mixes. The sophisticated network processing capabilities of Mellanox Indigo are included as an integral part of the NFV Infrastructure to further enhance the performance of virtualized network functions, especially those in need of guaranteed throughput, packet rate, low latency and minimum jitter to achieve superior service-level agreements (SLA). Compared to ordinary platforms, the ECI-Mellanox joint solution can deliver agile service creation in a much more cost-effective fashion with enhanced total infrastructure efficiency, and reduced deployment footprint.

“NFV architectures hold great promise for service providers, offering the benefits of agility and elasticity of cloud-based virtual network functions,” said Hayim Porat, CTO at ECI. “However current NFV infrastructure offerings are not effective for carriers who are under pressure to both increase efficiencies and reduce costs. The ECI-Mellanox joint solution enables service providers to benefit from the flexibility of cloud-based VNFs while taking advantage of price/performance efficiency that is superior to hardware appliances.”

“Virtual CPE is an important NFV use case that can deliver significant operational cost savings as well as improved deployment agility,” said Dror Goldenberg vice president, software architecture, Mellanox Technologies. “As service providers move beyond the PoC phase and into production vCPE deployment, performance and efficiency are becoming top criteria during the evaluation phase of a solution. The Mellanox-ECI joint vCPE solution not only delivers the industry’s highest network application performance with optimized price-performance that enhances vCPE flexibility, efficiency and scalability but it also enables security/crypto acceleration such as IPSEC.”

The platforms are being demonstrated in Barcelona, Spain, MWC 2017, Feb 27th – Mar. 3rd, 2017, in the ECI booth, no. CS74, during select hours. ECI will also be hosting an events theater where customers can learn more about how ECI bridges the gap between current networking architecture and future networking needs.

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Mellanox Technologies (NASDAQ: MLNX) is a leading supplier of end-to-end InfiniBand and Ethernet smart interconnect solutions and services for servers and storage. Mellanox interconnect solutions increase data center efficiency by providing the highest throughput and lowest latency, delivering data faster to applications and unlocking system performance capability. Mellanox offers a choice of fast interconnect products: adapters, switches, software and silicon that accelerate application runtime and maximize business results for a wide range of markets including high performance computing, enterprise data centers, Web 2.0, cloud, storage and financial services. More information is available at: www.mellanox.com.

About ECI

ECI is a global provider of ELASTIC network solutions to CSPs, critical infrastructures as well as data center operators. Along with its long-standing, industry-proven packet-optical transport, ECI offers a variety of SDN/NFV applications, end-to-end network management, a comprehensive cyber security solution, and a range of professional services. ECI’s ELASTIC solutions ensure open, future-proof, and secure communications. With ECI, customers have the luxury of choosing a network that can be tailor-made to their needs today while being flexible enough to evolve with the changing needs of tomorrow. For more information, visit us at: www.ecitele.com.

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Japão registra 24,04 milhões de visitantes estrangeiros em 2016, marcando recorde mais alto por três anos consecutivos e um significativo crescimento de 2,4 vezes no período de três anos

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TÓQUIO, 23 de fevereiro de 2017 /PRNewswire/ — A Organização Nacional de Turismo do Japão (JNTO – Japan National Tourism Organization) anunciou no mês passado que o número de visitantes ao Japão em 2016 foi de 24,04 milhões de pessoas. Isso representa o maior recorde desde que a JNTO começou a fazer as estatísticas em 1964. Durante os últimos três anos, o número de visitantes cresceu 2,4 vezes. Contribuições para este significativo aumento foram as conferências e eventos internacionais realizados no Japão, bem como as contínuas atividades promocionais para atrair turistas.

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A JNTO lançou o Centro de Mídia On-line do Japão (JOMC – Japan On-line Media Center) em agosto do ano passado (https://jomc.jnto.go.jp/ ), como uma plataforma para ajudar a mídia internacional a promover as atrações turísticas do Japão e atrair visitantes para o Japão. Através do JOMC, os membros registrados têm acesso a mais de 14.000 vídeos e fotos para baixarem gratuitamente. Estes vídeos e fotos foram disponibilizados prontamente para uso na divulgação das atrações do Japão, incluindo seus recursos turísticos, cenas de suas quatro estações, culinária e a cultura tradicional por todo o Japão.

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– Rico conteúdo que inclui aproximadamente 1.700 vídeos e 12.500 fotos.

– Uma variedade de conteúdos para divulgar os encantos e atrações do Japão, incluindo os famosos pontos turísticos e paisagens naturais, bem como a culinária e os festivais locais.

– Vídeos em Alta Definição (HD) disponíveis para visualizar e baixar de forma fácil e rápida.

Com a demanda pelo crescimento do turismo, sendo o país que receberá a Copa do Mundo de Rugby de 2019 e os Jogos Olímpicos e Paralímpicos de Tóquio de 2020, o Japão vem desfrutando de uma crescente atenção internacional. A JNTO continuará a adicionar conteúdo e a enriquecer o Web Site do JOMC. Registre-se como membro e utilize os materiais na produção de programas de TV/notícias para divulgar os encantos do Japão e apresentar o Japão na mídia on-line, jornais e revistas.

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Till I Do Launches to Help Wedding Vendors

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CLEVELAND, Feb. 26, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Till I Do is the new cutting edge alternative in marketing for wedding vendors. Finally a vendor site created by the vendors for the vendors.

Optimizing the search platform has provided the best experience for the user and the vendor. Elimination of the free listings for vendors and making the entry level price point affordable for everyone has exhausted the need to compete against fly by night operations.

The use of cutting edge content platforms is what really sets this company apart from the competition. Engaging couples with high-quality articles, videos, inspiring photography, infographics and much more. Their main focus is creating a connection between the readers and the vendors by working with subscribed vendors to create sponsored content. The team also creates top level content that gets distributed via social, paid distribution, email, influencer partners, and more. Utilizing these results creates awareness of your brand before a couple has even started searching, thus providing an opportunity to get featured in front of the bride and groom before they start shopping around.

Till I Do strategically utilizes social media to distribute and promote its sponsored content, and vendors individually. Their social media channels not only include our owned social media properties but also influencer-partners that distribute content to give vendors maximum exposure.  They’ve teamed up with direct partners at Facebook, Google, Instagram and Snapchat to provide our brand with the maximum support possible.  This gives Till I Do access to features before other directories or individual vendors will get access to them.

Till I Do focuses directly on building and associating your company with high quality content. Associating your brand with the highly trusted Till I Do brand is a great way to build trust with your potential customers.  Directories just get your brand in front of brides. Their program endorses and promotes your business to the bride before they even search the directories.

Press Contact – Vince Zingale vince@tillido.com – 440-641-0248

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Till I Do Launches to Help Wedding Vendors

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CLEVELAND, Feb. 26, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Till I Do is the new cutting edge alternative in marketing for wedding vendors. Finally a vendor site created by the vendors for the vendors.

Optimizing the search platform has provided the best experience for the user and the vendor. Elimination of the free listings for vendors and making the entry level price point affordable for everyone has exhausted the need to compete against fly by night operations.

The use of cutting edge content platforms is what really sets this company apart from the competition. Engaging couples with high-quality articles, videos, inspiring photography, infographics and much more. Their main focus is creating a connection between the readers and the vendors by working with subscribed vendors to create sponsored content. The team also creates top level content that gets distributed via social, paid distribution, email, influencer partners, and more. Utilizing these results creates awareness of your brand before a couple has even started searching, thus providing an opportunity to get featured in front of the bride and groom before they start shopping around.

Till I Do strategically utilizes social media to distribute and promote its sponsored content, and vendors individually. Their social media channels not only include our owned social media properties but also influencer-partners that distribute content to give vendors maximum exposure.  They’ve teamed up with direct partners at Facebook, Google, Instagram and Snapchat to provide our brand with the maximum support possible.  This gives Till I Do access to features before other directories or individual vendors will get access to them.

Till I Do focuses directly on building and associating your company with high quality content. Associating your brand with the highly trusted Till I Do brand is a great way to build trust with your potential customers.  Directories just get your brand in front of brides. Their program endorses and promotes your business to the bride before they even search the directories.

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IDC Releases 2017 Global Security Product & Service Predictions

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26 Feb 2017

Beijing, February 27, 2016—— By 2021, 50% of online transactions will use biometric authentication, and by 2018, 70% of enterprise cybersecurity environments will use cognitive/AI technologies to assist humans in dealing with the vastly increasing scale and complexity of cyber threats, IDC predicted in its latest forecasts for the global security product and services.

“Cyberspace security will be one of the key boosters of productivity,” James Wang (add hyper link to James English profile here), Senior Research Manager of Market Network Security at IDC China, said. “And it will become increasingly important as people are embracing for the extremely convenient revolutionary lifestyles that Smart City is bringing to them.”

Cyberspace security was a hot topic at the recently-concluded RSA Conference in San Francisco, where cloud security, IoT security, Threat Intelligence Security Service (TISS), artificial intelligence (AI), machine intelligence (MI) and other technology developments were widely discussed, indicating that they will be on high agenda of the global cyberspace security for the next few years.

Below are IDC’s 10 predictions for the global security product and services:

Prediction 1: By 2021, 50% of online transactions will use biometric authentication that’s enabled by broad user acceptance, ubiquitous technology infrastructure, and low implementation costs

Prediction 2: By 2019, more than 75% of IoT device manufacturers will improve their security and privacy capabilities, making them more trustworthy partners for technology buyers

Prediction 3: By 2019, 70% of major multinational corporations with roots in the United States and Europe will face significant cybersecurity attacks aimed at disrupting the distribution of commodities

Prediction 4: Over the next two years, 80% of consumers in developed nations will defect from a business because their personally identifiable information is impacted in a security breach

Prediction 5: By 2018, 70% of enterprise cybersecurity environments will use cognitive/AI technologies to assist humans in dealing with the vastly increasing scale and complexity of cyber threats

Prediction 6: By 2017, 50% of enterprise customers will leverage analytics as a service to help solve the challenge of combing through security-related data and events

Prediction 7: By 2020, cloud security gateway functionality will begin to be integrated as part of web service offerings to entice IT leaders to move offerings to the cloud

Prediction 8: By 2020, 30% of U.S. broadband homes will have at least one IP-Enabled home automation or security monitoring sensor/device

Prediction 9: By 2020, over 80% of enterprises worldwide will invest in incident response retainers

Prediction 10: By 2020, more than 25% of enterprises will secure their IT architectures through cloud, hosted, or SaaS security services

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Amfil Technologies Inc. (AMFE: OTC Pink Current) | AMFIL TECHNOLOGIES INC. PROVIDES UPDATE ON SNAKES & LAGERS INC. SUBSIDIARY INCLUDING NEW STOREFRONT LOCATION & EXCLUSIVE DISTRIBUTORSHIPS

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Feb 26, 2017

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Toronto, ONT, Canada –

Amfil Technologies Inc. (OTC Pink: AMFE) is pleased to provide an update to shareholders on the recently acquired Snakes & Lagers Inc. / Snakes & Lattes Inc. subsidiary.

A third Snakes & Lattes venue in mid-town Toronto, located near Yonge & Eglinton is in the process of being opened. The 10,000 sq. ft. location, the largest to date, will comfortably seat up to 250 customers over two floors, including an outdoor patio. The kitchen is also the largest to date, and is being designed to handle large scale catering and food prep, in order to facilitate corporate events, and inter-venue support. This lends itself to a greater focus on internal and external event management and catering, further bolstering diversified revenue streams for Snakes & Lattes. The current 90 member staff at  Snakes & Lattes will lend support, skills and training to assist in a timely and organized launch of the new location.

Snakes & Lattes has also secured exclusive distribution rights throughout Canada for Exploding Kittens LLC, which was one the single most successful game on the Kickstarter platform, and the third highest grossing venture in the platform’s history. It has also secured exclusive distribution rights throughout Canada for Cards Against Humanity, which has quickly become one of the most popular party games to date. Further, Snakes & Lattes is in discussions to become the exclusive distributor for Watch Ya Mouth, a major release title of 2016. To facilitate the shipping and sales growth of these exclusive distributorships, inventory in the warehouse was recently increased to accommodate the demand. Snakes & Lattes has also set up a new partnership with FedEx in order to streamline logistical processes, improve efficiency and decrease costs, while increasing and improving reach to customers throughout Canada and the United States.

Recently, BlogTO.com named the Snakes & Lattes College location the best late night café in Toronto. Further news included fulfillment blogger Jamey Stegmaier with Stonemaier Games, the most influential blogger within the boardgame fulfillment sphere, naming Snakes & Lattes the best fulfillment house in Canada. This coincides with an increase in fulfillment campaigns in 2016, and a projected major increase in 2017. Finally,  Snakes & Lattes has partnered with three of the largest fulfillment houses in the United States, these being funagain.com, Gamesalute and CoolStuffInc. Snakes & Lattes will soon be in a position to fulfill the Canadian orders from these three houses.

A shareholder update can be expected shortly summarizing a number of exciting overall corporate developments and additional and ongoing progress being made within the Amfil Technologies Inc. subsidiaries.  

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KKR Invests in China’s Gambol Pet Group

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BEIJING & LIAOCHENG, CHINA–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Global investment firm KKR has invested in Gambol Pet Group (the “Company” or “Gambol”), a leading provider of high-quality pet food headquartered in Shandong Province, China.

Gambol and KKR are partnering to expand the Company’s production capacity in key markets including China, Thailand, countries in Europe, and the US, where it is currently the largest private-label provider of pet treats to Walmart. Gambol further aims to leverage KKR’s experience in food production and in implementing best practices in the area of food safety and security to provide even greater pet nutrition solutions to customers around the world.

Qin Hua, Chairman & CEO of Gambol, said, “High quality pet food is critical to ensuring the health of pets. By partnering with KKR, we aim to expand and provide healthy packaged pet food to customers both overseas and in China. KKR will become a truly value-added partner to Gambol with their deep expertise in the global pet sector, with Chinese consumers, and in the area of food safety.”

Gambol is one of the largest pet food exporters in China, supplying products to a broad customer base in Europe, Asia and North America. In its local market, the Company’s “Myfoodie” pet food brand holds the #1 ranking in China’s pet treat category and is a leader in the dry food category, according to China Feed Industry Association. The pet category is one of the fastest-growing consumer sectors in China with a compound annual growth rate of over 30% in the past few years, according to the data from Goumin.com. However, the market is still fragmented and under-developed, posing opportunities for players like Gambol with differentiation in technology and product quality.

In addition, China’s pet food sector is still at a nascent stage compared to other markets. According to Stratop Group, only 13% of Chinese urban households have pet dogs. Meanwhile, more than 36% of American households own dogs, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association. In China, packaged pet food penetration is only 14%, compared to more than 90% in the US.

Chris Sun, Director at KKR China, said, “Gambol is well-positioned to capture new opportunities in the pet food sector globally and in China given Gambol’s extensive industry expertise, product innovation capabilities and long-term commitment to producing safe, high- -quality pet food. We look forward to working alongside this experienced and capable management team to build a true industry leader in the emerging pet market.”

KKR makes its investment from its China Growth Fund. Further details of the transaction are not disclosed.

About Gambol

Headquartered in Liaocheng, Shandong Province in China, Gambol is one of the largest pet food manufacturers in Asia with 6 facilities in China and 1 facility in Thailand. Gambol provides a wide range of pet food products including dry food, wet food, real meat jerky treats, rawhide chew, dental bone etc. Through stringent food safety control through supplier management, raw material test, processing control, finished product test and after-sales traceability, Gambol achieves highest industry quality standards and supplies to a broad customer base worldwide, including US and Canada Walmart. Gambol was the one of the largest pet food exporters in China in 2016.

Gambol sells pet food product in the China market through its “Myfoodie” brand, through both online and traditional retail channels. Myfoodie ranked #1 in the pet treat category and top 10 in all pet related product categories. For additional information about Gambol, please visit Company website at www.gambolpet.com

About KKR

KKR is a leading global investment firm that manages investments across multiple asset classes including private equity, energy, infrastructure, real estate, credit and hedge funds. KKR aims to generate attractive investment returns by following a patient and disciplined investment approach, employing world‐class people, and driving growth and value creation at the asset level. KKR invests its own capital alongside its partners’ capital and brings opportunities to others through its capital markets business. References to KKR’s investments may include the activities of its sponsored funds. For additional information about KKR & Co. L.P. (NYSE:KKR), please visit KKR’s website at www.kkr.com and on Twitter @KKR_Co.