MeridianHealth Awarded 2018 Illinois Medicaid Managed Care Contract

DETROIT, Aug. 21, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- MeridianHealth (Meridian) has been selected as one of the Medicaid managed care organizations (MCOs) for the new Illinois contract period beginning January 2018. Meridian was one of nine companies that bid for the new contract, and on Aug. 11, Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services announced five statewide plans and an additional plan in Cook County.

Meridian is Illinois' largest Medicaid MCO with over 19 percent of the current market. As one of five MCOs selected to provide Medicaid coverage across the entire state of Illinois, Meridian will work with the State and fellow MCOs to ensure a seamless transition for the Illinois residents experiencing the switch under the State's new contract.

"We are excited and honored to continue the great work we've been doing since 2008 and look forward to expanding throughout the State of Illinois," said Karen Brach, president, Meridian – Illinois. "We are preparing for the growth that will take place and are confident we will continue to ensure our members receive the highest quality of care."

"As the largest Medicaid MCO in the state, Meridian remains committed to serving the people of Illinois into the future," said Ray Pitera, chief development officer and executive vice president, Meridian. "We look forward to expanding into these new communities and appreciate the confidence the State of Illinois has in Meridian."

Meridian leadership is eager for the opportunity to continue to arrange and facilitate improved access to care for Illinois citizens, and create innovative solutions to lower costs and increase healthy outcomes.

About Meridian
Meridian is a family-owned, family-operated group of health plans with offices in Michigan and Illinois. Meridian's affiliates include MeridianHealth (Medicaid), MeridianCare (Medicare), MeridianChoice (Health Insurance Marketplace), and MeridianRx, a Pharmacy Benefit Management company. Meridian serves more than 900,000 members in three states. For more information, visit www.mhplan.com.

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Maxx Sports Technologies Ltd. (dba Maxx Sports TV) is pleased to announce that it has been chosen as Video Streaming Partner by Comcast Sports Ventures (dba “Comcast Spectacor”), subsidiary of Comcast Corporation, owner of NHL team the Philadelphia Flyers, the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, and the Flyers SkateZone

SAN JOSE, Calif., Aug. 21, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Maxx Sports Technologies Limited ("Maxx Sports TV") announced today that it has executed a long-term contract with Comcast-Spectacor to install and operate its proprietary multi-camera video streaming technology at all 6 Flyers SkateZone facilities in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.  Video Streaming will be available to  amateur athletes and their families through www.maxxsports.tv, as well as to the Philadelphia Flyers through www.hockeylab.com.

Maxx Sports TV pushes up to 48 live video & audio streams from a single venue, and up to 48 simultaneous streams to each User's smartphone or tablet.  The technology permits Users to instantly toggle between each of the camera views and to create their own live replays, game highlights, and highly personalized content.

Maxx Sports TV and HockeyLab technologies were developed and incubated in cooperation with the NHL Florida Panthers in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

"The younger generation of viewers want to be able to personalize their viewing experience," said Loren Greenspoon, Maxx Sports TV Vice-President of Market Development.  "Young people are moving away from the traditional linear broadcast in favor of viewing experiences affording high levels of interactivity and control.  They want to create and produce their own content just like they do through social media.  We call this, 'Extreme Personalization' and believe it's a powerful tool for amateur athletes looking to create content; and for professional sports teams looking to increase fan engagement and develop new revenue streams."   

Maxx Sports TV makes its live video streams available free, but charges Users a small fee to record, archive, and download video; or to share video highlights via social media. 

Maxx Sports TV mobile Apps are available in the Apple App Store, Google Play Store, Amazon App Store, and the Windows App Store. The technology is also available on televisions through, FireTV and XBOX. 

HockeyLab, which provides encrypted coaching video to hockey teams, is available in the Apple App and the Google Play stores.              

Please visit our websites at www.maxxsports.tv, www.hockeylab.com, & www.sportslab.com

 

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Asetek Collaborates with Lenovo on Liquid Cooled Lenovo Legion Y920 Tower

OSLO, Norway, August 21, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Asetek® (ASETEK.OL) announced today that it is collaborating with Lenovo® to cool its new Lenovo Legion™ Y920 Tower. Designed for gamers, the new Lenovo Legion Y920 Tower offers everything you would expect from one of the world's top PC manufacturers, allowing gamers to test their abilities and not the limits of their rig. 

"It is a pleasure to collaborate with Lenovo," said John Hamill, Asetek Chief Operating Officer. "The Lenovo Legion Y920 Tower combines a high-performance PC gaming design with the reliable and whisper quiet performance of Asetek liquid cooling."

"Lenovo is committed to bringing gamers the best performance and most immersive PC gaming experiences," said Will Fu, Director of Gaming Business, Lenovo PCs and Smart Devices. "For those looking for a leg up in their gaming, Asetek liquid cooling provides that extra edge."

In EMEA, the Lenovo Legion Y920 Tower with optional integrated liquid cooling will be available on www.lenovo.com starting at €2,399 (VAT included) in October 2017.1

Specs for the Lenovo Legion Y920 Tower can be found here.

Factory filled and sealed for maximum reliability and ease-of-use, Asetek's patented liquid coolers have been thoroughly tested and certified to operate without maintenance. Learn more about Asetek technology at www.asetek.com/desktop/technology.

 1 Prices may not include tax and does not include shipping or options and are subject to change without notice; additional terms and conditions apply. Reseller prices may vary. On-shelf dates may vary by geography and products may only be available in selected markets. All offers subject to availability. Lenovo reserves the right to alter product offerings, features and specifications at any time without notice.

LENOVO and LENOVO LEGION are trademarks of Lenovo.

About Asetek

Asetek is the global leader in liquid cooling solutions for data centers, servers and PCs. Founded in 2000, Asetek is headquartered in Denmark and has operations in California, Texas, China and Taiwan. Asetek is listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange (ASETEK). For more information, visit www.asetek.com

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Asetek Selected by Lenovo to Cool New Legion Y920 Tower Desktop Gaming PC

OSLO, Norway, August 21, 2017 /PRNewswire/ --

Asetek® announced today that it is collaborating with Lenovo® to cool its new Legion™ Y920 Tower desktop gaming PC.

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About Asetek

Asetek is the global leader in liquid cooling solutions for data centers, servers and PCs. Founded in 2000, Asetek is headquartered in Denmark and has operations in California, Texas, China and Taiwan. Asetek is listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange (ASETEK.OL).

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Global Health Solutions Partners with Camargo Pharmaceutical Services for Onychomycosis Development Program

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 21, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Global Health Solutions, LLC ("Global Health Solutions"), a Georgia based biotechnology company developing next-generation therapies for wound care, infection control, and dermatologic indications, announced today that it has entered into a service agreement with Camargo Pharmaceutical Services, LLC ("Camargo"). Camargo will be providing regulatory consulting services for Global Health Solutions' topical onychomycosis candidate, which is built upon its proprietary PermaFusion™ delivery technology. The program will concentrate on obtaining new drug approval from the Food and Drug Administration for this novel topical formula.

Camargo is the most experienced global strategist specializing in drug and combination device product development and approval utilizing the regulatory pathway provided for in Section 505(b)(2) of the US Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act and similar global processes. Over the last decade, Camargo has established an unrivaled track record with 505(b)(2) IND and NDA preparations and submissions, including participation in more than 1100 Agency meetings and more than 200 FDA NDA and ANDA approvals.

Global Health Solutions' founder and CEO, Bradley Burnam, states: "Approximately 10% of the world population suffers from onychomycosis. Current topical therapies provide little relief, leading the majority of patients to seek potentially toxic, oral options. We are confident that our candidate onychomycosis formula will provide a safe, superior alternative to current topical and oral treatment modalities." Echoing this statement, Global Health Solutions' Chief Medical Officer, Neil Ghodadra, MD, states: "As a practicing physician, I am acutely aware of the ineffectiveness of currently available, topical onychomycosis products. Initial proof of concept trials have shown dramatic effectiveness of our candidate, rivaling even the best oral options. We are excited to partner with Camargo and commence full-scale clinical trials on this revolutionary topical, which we believe will become the standard of care for the treatment of onychomycosis." 

"In bringing Camargo's 505(b)(2) drug development expertise together with Global Health Solutions' delivery technology, our partnership will help to achieve our client's goals," says Camargo CEO, Ken Phelps. "We look forward to working with Global Health Solutions to create value and develop their product in the most time- and cost-effective manner." 

About Global Health Solutions, LLC

Global Health Solutions, LLC, is a concept to approval research, development, and commercialization entity focused on novel, best in class products for infection control, skin, and wound care. The company's proprietary technologies are used every day by world-leading healthcare institutions to care for a variety of skin and wound conditions. For more information, visit www.globalhealthrx.com.

About Camargo Pharmaceutical Services

Camargo Pharmaceutical Services is the most experienced team of experts providing comprehensive drug development services specialized for the 505(b)(2) approval pathway and global equivalent processes. By assessing the scientific, medical, regulatory, and commercial viability of product development opportunities, Camargo systematically builds and executes robust development plans that align with business strategies and ensure Agency buy-in every step of the way. With alignment through pre-Investigational New Drug (pre-IND) meeting planning and preparations, Camargo maintains and ensures consistency throughout the drug development program, which increases the likelihood of NDA and future market success. Routinely holding three to six pre-IND meetings a month, Camargo works with product developers across more than 25 countries. For more about Camargo Pharmaceutical Services, visit http://camargopharma.com

Contact Information:
Global Health Solutions
info@globalhealthrx.com 
www.globalhealthrx.com 
1 (706) 844-1025

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Camargo Pharmaceutical Services
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1 (513) 561-3329 | 1 (888) 451-5708

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Global Health Solutions Partners with Camargo Pharmaceutical Services for Onychomycosis Development Program

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 21, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Global Health Solutions, LLC ("Global Health Solutions"), a Georgia based biotechnology company developing next-generation therapies for wound care, infection control, and dermatologic indications, announced today that it has entered into a service agreement with Camargo Pharmaceutical Services, LLC ("Camargo"). Camargo will be providing regulatory consulting services for Global Health Solutions' topical onychomycosis candidate, which is built upon its proprietary PermaFusion™ delivery technology. The program will concentrate on obtaining new drug approval from the Food and Drug Administration for this novel topical formula.

Camargo is the most experienced global strategist specializing in drug and combination device product development and approval utilizing the regulatory pathway provided for in Section 505(b)(2) of the US Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act and similar global processes. Over the last decade, Camargo has established an unrivaled track record with 505(b)(2) IND and NDA preparations and submissions, including participation in more than 1100 Agency meetings and more than 200 FDA NDA and ANDA approvals.

Global Health Solutions' founder and CEO, Bradley Burnam, states: "Approximately 10% of the world population suffers from onychomycosis. Current topical therapies provide little relief, leading the majority of patients to seek potentially toxic, oral options. We are confident that our candidate onychomycosis formula will provide a safe, superior alternative to current topical and oral treatment modalities." Echoing this statement, Global Health Solutions' Chief Medical Officer, Neil Ghodadra, MD, states: "As a practicing physician, I am acutely aware of the ineffectiveness of currently available, topical onychomycosis products. Initial proof of concept trials have shown dramatic effectiveness of our candidate, rivaling even the best oral options. We are excited to partner with Camargo and commence full-scale clinical trials on this revolutionary topical, which we believe will become the standard of care for the treatment of onychomycosis." 

"In bringing Camargo's 505(b)(2) drug development expertise together with Global Health Solutions' delivery technology, our partnership will help to achieve our client's goals," says Camargo CEO, Ken Phelps. "We look forward to working with Global Health Solutions to create value and develop their product in the most time- and cost-effective manner." 

About Global Health Solutions, LLC

Global Health Solutions, LLC, is a concept to approval research, development, and commercialization entity focused on novel, best in class products for infection control, skin, and wound care. The company's proprietary technologies are used every day by world-leading healthcare institutions to care for a variety of skin and wound conditions. For more information, visit www.globalhealthrx.com.

About Camargo Pharmaceutical Services

Camargo Pharmaceutical Services is the most experienced team of experts providing comprehensive drug development services specialized for the 505(b)(2) approval pathway and global equivalent processes. By assessing the scientific, medical, regulatory, and commercial viability of product development opportunities, Camargo systematically builds and executes robust development plans that align with business strategies and ensure Agency buy-in every step of the way. With alignment through pre-Investigational New Drug (pre-IND) meeting planning and preparations, Camargo maintains and ensures consistency throughout the drug development program, which increases the likelihood of NDA and future market success. Routinely holding three to six pre-IND meetings a month, Camargo works with product developers across more than 25 countries. For more about Camargo Pharmaceutical Services, visit http://camargopharma.com

Contact Information:
Global Health Solutions
info@globalhealthrx.com 
www.globalhealthrx.com 
1 (706) 844-1025

Jennifer King
Camargo Pharmaceutical Services
services@camargopharma.com 
http://camargopharma.com 
1 (513) 561-3329 | 1 (888) 451-5708

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LEORON Institute and LSBF Executive Education Sign Agreement for Professional Development Courses in the Middle East

Joint programmes in strategy, management, leadership, and HR pave way for new corporate training opportunities

LONDON, August 21, 2017 /PRNewswire/ --

London School of Business and Finance (LSBF) and LEORON Institute announced a new partnership in international professional development today.

The agreement will see LSBF Executive Education and premium corporate training provider LEORON working together to deliver professional courses in the Middle East. The agreement covers the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region, which includes Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates.

The MiniMBA and the Executive Certificate in HR and Business Strategy will be the first programmes to be covered by the collaboration. The two courses, currently part of LEORON's portfolio, will be entirely delivered by LSBF Executive Education's lecturers.

The five-day programmes are due to start later this year, capitalizing on the current market needs and the increasing number of GCC professionals seeking further knowledge. LSBF Executive Education will be the awarding body, with LEORON's consolidated network providing the potential to reach employees in the region.

With offices in cities such as Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Riyadh, Doha, and Kuwait City, LEORON works with key academic and professional bodies, as well as training institutes, to deliver more than 200 courses globally, covering more than 15 industries.

"This agreement lays a fruitful terrain for exposing our portfolio to an ever-growing base of aspiring business professionals in the region. The Executive Certificate in HR and Business Strategy is a joint-certified course, whilst the MiniMBA, a five-day leadership & management masterclass, is a unique distillation of the skills that need to be acquired to be considered successful in modern business," said Val Jusufi, Managing Director at LEORON Institute.

She added: "We've kick-started our agreement with the launch of the Executive Certificate in HR and Business Strategy course, certified by LEORON, KHDA, and LSBF. Furthermore, the ECHRBS now requires for attendees to pass LSBF's exam, which adds another level of safeguarding knowledge."

LSBF Executive Education offers a comprehensive portfolio of programmes, varying in length from five days to 12 weeks - all of which are accredited by the British Accreditation Council (BAC).

Dessy Ohanians, Managing Director of LSBF Executive Education, believes the recent collaboration has the capacity to expand the school's teaching methods, increasing its ability to adjust to different environments and devise more result-focused solutions for learners.

"Working closely with LEORON, we believe our combined strengths as established professional development training providers and market specialists will help to endow participants with the skills necessary to learn about, understand, and address the latest business trends," she said.

"At LSBF, we are committed to delivering executive education of the highest quality to professionals, executives, and managers across the world. This collaboration enables us to expand our global executive education footprint."

About LEORON Professional Development Institute 

Built upon strong experience in the manufacturing sector, which its founders developed in Sweden during the '90s global expansion, LEORON evolved into a dominant training institute that offers a comprehensive set of training and development solutions.

Today, LEORON is globally recognized as one of the leading educational providers of American and International certification programs.

LEORON's training programmes offer a comprehensive suite of knowledge that is accredited by relevant industry institutions. It is locally accredited by KHDA and TVTC, and its list of global partners includes APICS, APMG International, AFP, IIA, ASQ, PMI, HRCI, IFMA, IABFM, CAIA, CISI, GARP, IACCM, ILM, and many more.

To learn more about the LEORON PDI or how you can become involved in LEORON certification programmes in your city, please contact Gent Mehmeti at gent.mehmeti@leoron.com or visit LEORON's website at www.leoron.com  

About London School of Business and Finance (LSBF) 

London School of Business and Finance (LSBF) is a global provider of professional and executive education. With campuses in the UK and internationally, LSBF offers industry-relevant programmes that are tailored to the career goals of today's students and professionals.

Under the royal patronage of Prince Michael of Kent, LSBF has a powerful e-learning platform and over 130 programmes, covering industries from fashion to finance. LSBF is also a Queen's Awards for Enterprise winner - one of the highest business accolades in the United Kingdom.

LSBF Executive Education is a distinct division within London School of Business and Finance with its own academic and quality management, developed for professionals, executives and managers. Its programmes are designed to reflect today's global business climate and are ideal for working professionals looking to specialise in one specific area, or those who are aiming to gain a wider perspective of business operations and management.

The portfolio includes a range of short programmes and postgraduate certificate courses, tailored to the needs of working professionals.

SpaceList and Common Areas Form Strategic International Alliance to Connect Commercial Real Estate–from Listing to Lawns, Leaks and Lights

Alliance will help bridge the gap between listing a commercial real estate space and maintaining it

VANCOUVER, British Columbia and TUSTIN, Calif., Aug. 21, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- SpaceList and Common Areas, two outcome-driven commercial real estate software companies, today announced the formation of a strategic international alliance to help (building owners, brokers, property/facility managers, tenants and service providers) bridge the gap between leasing a space and maintaining it.

SpaceList, based in Vancouver, is Canada's leading national, online listing marketplace for commercial real estate. With an emphasis on small to mid-size businesses seeking space, the company's active listings encompass all major Canadian markets. Common Areas, a California-based software company, provides an online platform to better organize, schedule & track teams and tasks online at each location with one easy-to-use software that keeps everyone informed, focused and in action 24/7.

Under terms of the alliance, an exclusive membership offer of Common Areas' Company edition will be made available to SpaceList's users. Company edition generates more effective maintenance management for teams by leveraging collaboration between building owners, brokers, property/facility managers, tenants and service providers resulting in significant time savings and increased productivity for all involved.

"Increasingly, commercial real estate property owners and those who provide services to them are becoming very interested in the value of using technology to enhance and streamline end-to-end real estate processes, collaboration and reporting," said Steven Jaffe, vice president of partnerships for SpaceList. "Common Areas and SpaceList offer complementary solutions that are two links in the same value chain."

SpaceList's CRE search engine matches tenant needs with a full range of commercial spaces, from shared office and coworking spaces to retail and industrial property. Currently, SpaceList is actively marketing approximately 18,500 listings that represent more than 1 billion square feet of space. In addition to being the conduit between broker, tenant and property owner, SpaceList provides a step-by-step platform for educating tenants on the lease process.

Common Areas takes the maintenance process from chaos to clarity by offering tenants, managers of properties and facilities, and the service businesses that maintain them (landscaping, plumbing, security, janitorial, etc.) an easy-to-use software that allows all parties to work together in one virtual space.

One of the commonalities of the two companies is that each recognized a void in the marketplace that could be bridged through the use of technology. Casey Rue, the founder and CEO of Common Areas, has more than 20 years of experience working in commercial real estate development, and more specifically was responsible for the operations and management of a portfolio of retail properties throughout the US.

"SpaceList and Common Areas both saw firsthand the challenges small businesses face when major corporations are the primary target audiences," Rue said. "The vast majority of software applications and other important tools weren't being designed or priced for smaller businesses."

According to Rue, companies like SpaceList and Common Areas are out to offer solutions to an underserved market, at least in their corner of the commercial real estate world. "The SpaceList/Common Areas strategic alliance enhances both companies' promise to empower a worldwide workforce to work better, faster, smarter and, perhaps most importantly, together," he said.

According to Steven, SpaceList was attracted to Common Areas because the company's software uniquely solves a problem that many of its audiences have—building maintenance.

Rue said Common Areas was attracted to SpaceList for many reasons, including a shared base philosophy that strives to serve the people, and to help all sized businesses find and secure a space that brings their vision to life.

About SpaceList

Founded in 2012, SpaceList's mission is to make commercial real estate more accessible and efficient. Based in Vancouver, B.C. SpaceList brings all of Canada's commercial real estate listings together in one place, making it easier than ever for people to find a great space for their business. For more information, visit: www.spacelist.ca  

About Common Areas

Common Areas creates easy-to-use maintenance management software that empowers all sized businesses to work together to create unequaled operational efficiency. Its affordable cloud-based CMMS connects anyone across hundreds of industries on any project, with any team, at any location—revolutionizing how managers of properties and facilities, and the teams that repair and maintain them, organize, schedule and track maintenance and repair work. For more information, visit: www.commonareas.com or sign up free to experience the next level of productivity, efficiency and accountability for yourself.

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Verizon, Ericsson, and Qualcomm eclipse previous record with Gigabit LTE speeds reaching 1.07 Gbps in lab trial

Industry first with commercial silicon and network infrastructure to hit over 1 Gbps on 4G LTE

NEW YORK, Aug. 21, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Verizon, Ericsson and Qualcomm Technologies, a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM), have surpassed the Gigabit speed barrier. The companies achieved an industry first with commercial silicon and network infrastructure with 1.07Gbps (gigabits per second)  download speeds using the Qualcomm® SnapdragonTM X20 LTE Modem, the first announced modem to support Category 18 LTE speeds, during an Ericsson lab trial. These speeds are part of the companies' ongoing evolution of LTE technology.

This 1.07 Gbps achievement builds on Verizon's recent announcement about Gigabit LTE with support for License Assisted Access (LAA). Also of significance, the 1.07 Gbps speed was achieved using only three 20MHz carriers of FDD (Frequency Division Duplex using separate transmit and receive frequencies) spectrum, achieving new levels of spectral efficiency for commercial networks and devices. These efficiencies will enable the delivery of the Gigabit class experience to more customers and lead to new wireless innovations.

The companies achieved the 1.07 Gbps industry milestone by using 12 simultaneous LTE streams, which allow for up to 20 percent increase in peak data rates and capacity with a corresponding improvement in average speeds. Ericsson's Radio System and LTE software, in concert with a mobile test device based on the Snapdragon X20 LTE modem, enabled these high speeds.

In the lab, the 1.07 Gbps speeds were achieved using all licensed band combinations with:

  • 12 LTE streams with 3 cell carrier aggregation of FDD spectrum
  • 4x4 MIMO per carrier (multiple in, multiple out), which uses multiple antennae at the cell tower and on consumers devices to optimize data speeds
  • 256 QAM per carrier, which enables customer devices and the network to exchange information in large amounts, delivering more bits of data in each transmission, significantly enhancing data speeds

"As technology leaders, Verizon continues to drive innovation for our customers. Today's achievement shows once again that while Verizon deploys the most advanced technologies to our customers in the real world environment, we are always looking ahead to what customers will need tomorrow," said Nicola Palmer, Verizon Wireless Chief Network Officer.

Fredrik Jejdling, Head of Business Area Networks, Ericsson, says: "Ericsson is working across the industry to improve the end-user experience and to develop new functionalities and advancements with greater spectral efficiency on LTE. Achieving 1.07 Gbps with Verizon and Qualcomm Technologies on a commercial chipset is a big milestone on the road to 5G." 

"Qualcomm Technologies has been at the forefront of driving Gigabit LTE in the industry. Our work with Verizon and Ericsson has allowed us to be first in surpassing the Gigabit speed barrier with our Snapdragon X20 LTE modem" said Mike Finley, senior vice president and president, Qualcomm North America, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. "This is an important milestone on the path to 5G that will allow for better average speeds for all users and will drive new and exciting consumer experiences."

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Verizon
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Ericsson
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Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.
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corpcomm@qualcomm.com  

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ), headquartered in New York City, has a diverse workforce of 163,400 and generated nearly $126 billion in 2016 revenues. Verizon operates America's most reliable wireless network and the nation's premier all-fiber network, and delivers integrated solutions to businesses worldwide. Its Oath subsidiary houses more than 50 media and technology brands that engage about 1 billion people around the world.

Ericsson is a world leader in communications technology and services with headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden. Our organization consists of more than 111,000 experts who provide customers in 180 countries with innovative solutions and services. Together we are building a more connected future where anyone and any industry is empowered to reach their full potential. Net sales in 2016 were SEK 222.6 billion (USD 24.5 billion). The Ericsson stock is listed on Nasdaq Stockholm and on NASDAQ in New York. Read more on www.ericsson.com.

Qualcomm's technologies powered the smartphone revolution and connected billions of people. We pioneered 3G and 4G – and now we are leading the way to 5G and a new era of intelligent, connected devices. Our products are revolutionizing industries, including automotive, computing, IoT, healthcare and data center, and are allowing millions of devices to connect with each other in ways never before imagined. Qualcomm Incorporated includes our licensing business, QTL, and the vast majority of our patent portfolio. Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, operates, along with its subsidiaries, all of our engineering, research and development functions, and all of our products and services businesses, including, our QCT semiconductor business. For more information, visit Qualcomm's website, OnQ blog, Twitter and Facebook pages.

*Qualcomm and Snapdragon are trademarks of Qualcomm Incorporated, registered in the United States and other countries. Qualcomm Snapdragon is a product of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.

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Tropical Smoothie Cafe Signs 100th Franchise Agreement Of 2017

Leading Fast Casual Cafe Continues Nationwide Expansion with Plans to Grow Presence in Pennsylvania

ATLANTA, Aug. 21, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Tropical Smoothie Cafe, the leading fast casual cafe concept known for its better-for-you food and smoothies with a tropical twist, announced today it has signed its 100th franchise agreement of the year, which will expand its footprint in the greater Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area. This milestone achievement is a reflection of the impressive surge in franchise development the company has experienced throughout its monumental 20th anniversary year, driving its presence in new and existing markets nationwide and positioning the brand for further growth in 2017 and beyond.

"Year after year, Tropical Smoothie Cafe has experienced compounding success and consistent growth and we continue to leverage this momentum to expand our presence nationwide. We kicked off our 20th anniversary with a goal to open 100 new units by the end of 2017 and given the accelerated growth we've already experienced this year, we're on track to outpace that goal," said Mike Rotondo, CEO of Tropical Smoothie Cafe. "Over the past several years, entrepreneurs from across the country have joined the Tropical Smoothie Cafe team, recognizing that our business model and franchisee support structure have unlimited potential for success. Combine those strengths with our dedication to product innovation, showcased through creations such as the brand new Green Apple Matcha and PB Apple Power Up smoothies, and the opportunities for advancement are limitless."

First-time Tropical Smoothie Cafe franchisee Lori Gast will help drive the brand's growth in Pennsylvania, with her first location slated to open next spring just outside downtown Pittsburgh. Following her first opening, Gast plans to develop additional locations throughout the area over the next several years. No stranger to the foodservice industry, Gast has extensive restaurant experience and has held a variety of different positions dating back to her college years in California.

"Two years ago, my husband and I first experienced Tropical Smoothie Cafe during a trip to North Dakota and simply fell in love with the product. The fresh and better-for-you food options coupled with incredible product innovation made the concept completely stand out in the crowded fast casual segment," said Gast. "I am excited to begin my career in franchising by partnering with a brand dedicated to delivering a consumer experience that is second to none, a priority that has helped establish it as an industry leader and fueled its rapid nationwide growth and success."

Tropical Smoothie Cafe currently has franchise opportunities across the U.S. in markets such as Indianapolis, Nashville, Houston, Dallas, Cincinnati and Minneapolis, among others. By 2020, Tropical Smoothie Cafe plans to have 1,000 stores open across the U.S.  The food and smoothie franchise is looking to add qualified franchisees to its growing brand. Candidates should have business experience; $125,000 in liquid assets and a minimum net worth of $350,000; and an initial investment of between $220,770 and $525,400. The better-for-you food franchise currently boasts an average unit volume (AUV) of more than $662,000 — the highest in the company's 20-year history — with the top 50 percent reporting an AUV of more than $846,000.

Tropical Smoothie Cafe's aggressive franchise growth is backed by the entrepreneurs at the BIP Franchise Accelerator, a division of venture capital firm BIP Capital, which invested in the brand in 2010. BIP Capital has invested more than $250 million in emerging, high-growth brands across the franchising, software, and technology and consumer products industries. BIP Capital created the BIP Franchise Accelerator to leverage its leadership team's deep franchise experience to help emerging brands accelerate their growth. In addition to Tropical Smoothie Cafe, the BIP Franchise Accelerator's portfolio includes Tin Drum Asian Kitchen, which has grown to 11 locations in Georgia.

For more information about opening your own Tropical Smoothie Cafe franchise, please visit www.tropicalsmoothiefranchise.com.

About Tropical Smoothie Cafe
Celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2017, Tropical Smoothie Cafe is a fast-casual restaurant concept inspiring healthier lifestyles across the country, with more than 600 locations nationwide. With snack and meal options for any time of day, Tropical Smoothie Cafe serves better-for-you smoothies, salads, wraps, sandwiches, and flatbreads. Upgraded app technology and enhanced mobile ordering capabilities further elevate the digital and dine-in cafe experience and emphasize the brand's focus on convenience. The rapidly growing franchise has received numerous accolades including being ranked on Entrepreneur's 2017 Franchise 500, 2016 Fast Casual Top 100 Movers and Shakers, Franchise Times' Top 200+ and Nation's Restaurant News' 2016 Top 200. Tropical Smoothie Cafe is seeking qualified franchisees to expand throughout the United States in markets such as Indianapolis, Nashville, Houston, Dallas, Cincinnati and Minneapolis, among others.

About the BIP Franchise Accelerator
The BIP Franchise Accelerator is a division of BIP Capital, an Atlanta-based venture capital firm with over $250 million invested in over 26 companies in emerging, high-growth brands across the franchising, software, technology and consumer products industries. BIP Capital created the BIP Franchise Accelerator to leverage its leadership team's deep franchise experience to help emerging brands accelerate their growth. The BIP Franchise Accelerator not only provides investment capital, but also uses proven strategies to help companies evolve into mature, thriving brands. From fast casual and QSR concepts to service brands and healthcare and education concepts, the BIP Franchise Accelerator has invested in emerging brands driven by people with an entrepreneurial spirit that have a great growth potential. Its current portfolio includes Tropical Smoothie Cafe, Tin Drum Asian Kitchen and BIP Franchise Finance. For more information on BIP Franchise Accelerator, visit www.bipfranchiseaccelerator.com.

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