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Elissance Paris range nails it at French Cosmetic Day 2014

Coline BORDET - 07-févr.-2014 12:30:39
Elissance Paris will be attending the French Cosmetic Day, in London (UK), on 25 February 2014, which will enable the company to showcase its three innovative products dedicated to restoring broken, damaged and dehydrated nails. The clinics run by development-laboratory Elissance Paris of France propose a three-stage treatment designed to reinvigorate and protect the nail, using products enriched with ultra-nourishing natural elements. Elissance Paris is seeking partners and distributors in Britain.   For several years, varnishing has been the must-have beauty product for those seeking to add a splash of colour to their wardrobe. However, the growth in the number of boutiques and nail bars offering a range of treatments — from semi-permanent varnishing to gel coating — has had a damaging effect on the health of women’s nails.   The removal of such treatments often involves the use of harsh chemicals and UV light, which damage and dry out the nail. Moreover, many external factors such as climate, diet and environment equally influence the state of a person’s nails. Elissance Paris’ solution is designed to reverse the damaging effects of modern treatments in a few simple stages.   The company will attend the French Cosmetic Day, a B2B event organised by the French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in the UK on 25 February of this year. The French Cosmetic Day, which will take place from 12 noon to 3.00pm on the premises of the French Trade Commission, in the heart of the West End, will enable Elissance Paris to showcase its novel concept in Britain for the first time.   The Elissance Paris solution can be easily implemented in three stages. The first step involves reinvigorating the nails with Elixir, which is a nourishing solution composed of oils and natural essences including myrrh, chestnut oil, and vitamins A, E and Provitamin B5. This combination of ingredients encourages healing, regeneration and growth of the nail.   A generous amount of Elixir should be applied nightly to the cuticles, and then, delicately massaged into the nail. The surplus should be left overnight to be absorbed by the nail and the cuticle. The next morning, the Elixir should be washed away with soap and another base layer should be applied. This process should be repeated daily over a period of 10 days.   The second step involves the application of Le Gommage, the deep-cleaning formula that softens and eliminates dead cuticles from the surface of the nail, allowing for a complete clean. Le Gommage contains high levels of vitamins and proteins, as found in almond oil, which is valued for its moisturising and softening effect; lemon oil, for its purifying and antiseptic properties; and, finally, glycerine, in order to restore hydration to the skin and nail.   The third step involves protecting the nail with the 3-in-1 Varnish developed by Elissance Paris, which covers the nail in a protective film to render a natural, ultra brilliant finish. The formula is reinforced with vitamin E, which is high in antioxidants and gives protection, suppleness and moisture to the nail. The varnish also includes wheat-germ oil, which is rich in proteins that nourish, protect and stimulate the nail.   Subsequently, this unique formula can be used in combination with coloured varnish. As a base coat, the 3-in-1 Varnish effectively protects nails from the transfer of certain colours and is an ideal product to apply before coloured nail varnish. As a top coat, the product forms a protective film, which gives a high-shine finish and long-lasting maintenance to the colour.   About Elissance Paris   Based in the Paris region (France), B&SENS manufactures and distributes a range of innovative products under the Elissance Paris brand. Having worked for several years within the beauty industry, the company’s founders launched B&SENS with a view to creating simple and stylish high-quality products to meet the needs of modern women.   The company’s novel product formulas bring together the best ingredients from essential oils, minerals and natural extracts. B&SENS’ R&D laboratories analyze, select and extract the active ingredients from these elements and combine them to produce a natural range of cosmetics suited to all skin types. Not a single product developed by B&SENS contains any parabens or has been tested on animals.   The company will attend the French Cosmetic Day, a B2B event organised by the French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in the United Kingdom on 25 February 2014. The French Cosmetic Day will take place on the premises of the French Trade Commission, in the heart of the West End (central London), between 12 noon and 3.00pm.   A total of nine companies will showcase their products, including B&SENS. The other participants are Candora, Demain Nature, Detaille, Indemne, Ixxi, Kadalys, MGC International and Neomist, which are all dynamic and interesting brands looking to build partnerships in the UK.   For further information about the French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in London, please go to: http://www.ubifrance.com/uk/   For further information about Elissance Paris, please go to: www.els-beauty.com     For further information, please contact :   Quote ref. : FTPB3903 Ms Kate RILEY - Press Officer UBIFRANCE Press Office in London Tel: +44 (0) 207 024 3640 kate.riley@ubifrance.fr View other press releases at : http://www.ubifrance.com/uk/  

Vet’Care Consult® launches 21st-century pet-care service across UK

Joanna Routaboul - 09-mai-2013 13:48:27
The Vet’Care Consult® (or VCC) service, already fully operational in the USA, is being deployed across France and Europe, and has now arrived in the UK. At a cost of about £40 per month or less, this comprehensive, innovative, and interactive service enables veterinary surgeons to explain diagnoses and illustrate treatments of pets to their owners more effectively.   VCC, developed by French-based specialist company Medi-Productions, strengthens the relationship between the client and the vet, ensuring better clinical outcomes for the animals concerned, with positive commercial ramifications at all levels for the veterinary practice.   Accessible through a computer, iPad, tablet or other terminal, the VCC service integrates a detailed, 3D multilingual encyclopaedia (illustrated by video-clips and animated items) of common ailments and injuries suffered by pets. At a later stage, the service will be available for other domesticated animals.   Medi-Productions, the company that has designed and developed VCC, presented its novel solution for veterinary surgeons at the BSAVA Congress between 4 and 7 April 2013, in Birmingham (England). [On the occasion of the BSAVA event, a detailed press pack was made available by Medi-Productions, presenting the company’s VCC service: to access the press pack, click on the link featured at the bottom of this press release.]   The Vet’Care Consult® service is a 3D animation encyclopaedia of common animal conditions describing, in an interactive and didactic mode, all the usual problems affecting the animals. There is no sound and no text. The entire content is based on the animated data sheets and the videos, with just a few text captions, since it is the vet who does the talking. This makes VCC easy to use, with the potential for a worldwide roll-out.   Several species of animals — dogs, cats, rodents, birds, reptiles, horses, cattle, etc. — will be covered by VCC and animated data sheets are to be added to the database and updated on an ongoing basis. The pet collection has been produced first.   More than 60 generic topics have been identified, divided into 22 sections. Vet’Care Consult® files include various common conditions involving all species, and also all organs and systems — eye, ear, heart, dermatology, gastroenterology, osteoarticular issues, reproduction, etc. The VCC content is available in nine languages (including English) and already used by hundreds of practitioners across Europe and North America.   Classic videos are included in the database to illustrate, for example, an actual treatment route (e.g.: video-clip of a vet technician cleaning the ears of a dog). Radiographs and ultrasound images are included when appropriate to best illustrate the various disorders that can affect the animal.   Each topic and chapter has been produced under scientific supervision and validated by certified veterinarians in order to make sure that the content is academically sound, which guarantees the quality of the information given.   The Vet’Care Consult® interface and content is accessible via a website, but also as a tablet solution (currently iPad and Windows 8 and, in the near future, Android). The VCC platform is accessible on Apple Store.   The content library is already very rich: it features over 600 pieces of animation and several hundred illustrations. The service is available on subscription, as an electronic journal, or as an online communication stream, for a sum well below the average spend for a consultation.   For the web-based or iPad version, VCC costs £41 per month (i.e. £492 for one year, in 12 instalments), and the service is delivered in the manner of a licensed software package. A discount is possible if the client pays cash up front, in which case VCC costs £410 for a year (i.e. 12 months for the price of 10). The VCC service is delivered on the basis of a one-year subscription, minimum.   The return on investment is tangible for the vet, since using VCC improves the treatment of animals (hence clinical outcomes) and facilitates the relationship with the pet owner; all of this, in turn, raises the profile of the practice and increases customer satisfaction.   About BSAVA   The British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA) is dedicated to promoting excellence in small-animal practice through education and science.   For further information about BSAVA, please go to:   http://www.bsava.com/BSAVACongress/tabid/74/Default.asp   About Medi-Productions   Launched in the USA in the summer of 2012, Vet’Care Consult® (VCC) is now arriving in Britain. VCC has existed for 2 ½ years and is already used by hundreds of practitioners across North America and Europe.   Medi-Productions is headquartered in Limoges (in central France), with an office in Cambridge (in England).   To watch the demonstration video, please go to: www.mediproductions.com (under Vet’Care Consult®)   To download the full press pack on the VCC service, please to: http://www.ubifrance.com/medias/document/medi-productions-press-pack-march-2013_9_5_2013_44_34.pdf   For further information about the company, please go to:   www.mediproductions.com   For further information, please contact :   Quote ref. : FTPB3858 Ms Katherine WOODS - Press Officer UBIFRANCE Press Office in London Tel: +44 (0) 207 024 3640 katherine.woods@ubifrance.fr   View other press releases at : http://www.ubifrance.com/uk/

UBIFRANCE UK News - September 2011 - N°28

Pierre Mancini - 21-sept.-2011 15:50:30
July and August always constitute a slower period for us since most of our clients over in France are on holiday for at least part of the summer period — and a good few British journalists are in and out of town too over the summer months... However, I have quite a lot to talk about in this bulletin, and a few things to announce — so, please read on. Here at the press office of the French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in London, we have taken advantage of the summer recess, relative as it may be, to make sure we are fully ready for the peak of activity we can expect in September-October, and into November. I can confirm that the new team at the press office is up to the mark. (So that you may picture the members of the press office’s team, and for those who have not met my new colleagues yet, we have inserted a photo.) Indeed, between the end of May and the middle of July, a completely new team — apart from the author of these lines — has replaced the previous incumbents. The new project manager, Pierre Mancini, started on 1 June and is by now fully settled in his job. Subsequently, Marie-Aliénor Goillandeau, our trainee-cum-editorial-assistant, who is also from France, began her placement on 13 June. Since she is half-English, she has found adjusting to life in London a bit easier than other trainees did. (Pierre, for his part, has distant Russian roots and speaks the language, but this has not proved that useful, so far.) Last but not least, Katherine Woods took over from Mary-Ann Williams in mid-July. After about a year at the press office, Mary-Ann decided to return to journalism. (She had worked as a journalist for three years before joining the press office.) Katherine, who is from Leeds and was eager to start a career in PR in London, began working with us on 18 July. She is fast adjusting to the many demands of the job, and has found that her very good French is proving more useful than ever. Left to right: Philip Jolly, Marie-Alienor Goillandeau, Pierre Mancini, Katherine Woods The rentrée of September is always a busy time, and this year has confirmed the rule. First of all, we have signed (or prolonged) several big contracts with companies that were keen to entrust the press office with their PR in the UK.  The Port of Normandy Authority (PNA), which owns and runs three ports on the Normandy coast, i.e. Caen-Ouistreham and Cherbourg, has renewed its contract with us. Expect more information coming from us on what they are doing and planning in 2011-2012, some of it in relation to wind power in the Channel, as the latest press release illustrates. Another significant and exciting contract has been signed with HUET, one of Europe’s leading suppliers of high-performance acoustic- and fire-rated timber doorsets. Founded 65 years ago, HUET, which is headquartered in Western France, produces nearly 600,000 interior doors and over 150,000 exterior doors and windows every year! Recently, HUET took part in the multi-million-pound refurbishment of the five-star St Pancras Renaissance Hotel, London, near King’s Cross and the Eurostar terminal — a remarkable building if ever there was one. The French specialist company provided more than 250 of its Chorus 42 acoustic-rated doorsets, as part of the modernization of the iconic, neo-Gothic site. (Should you wish to have a look at the inside of the building, you do not need to be a guest in order to have a drink downstairs in the bar, on the ground-floor.) In addition to being a supplier to the hotel industry, HUET designs and produces fire- and acoustic-rated timber doorsets for a wide range of buildings, including hospitals, surgeries, health/medical centres, schools, colleges, universities, and television/recording studios. The company will be at Sleep Event, the trade show for the hotel industry, which will take place at the Business Design Centre, in London, from 23 to 24 November. If you work in the logistics press, you will have been in contact with Katherine, since we have a press trip taking place around this topic at the end of the month (26-28 September). Two British journalists, working for key logistics-sector titles, will be whisked away to Lille, in Northern France, by Eurostar — journey time: 90 minutes — and will be given the opportunity to visit various sites in and around the city. We have one or two more press trips on the cards between October and December of this year, which will also be organised, on the French side, by Nord France Experts (NFX), the agency for the development of Lille and its region. Katherine will get in touch with you over those, if they relate to your expertise, as and when we get the pre-programme from NFX. As you will see from our selection of news stories, we continue to cover a very wide range of topics, from marketing and retail to food and farming, and from wine or clinical research to rail transport and software development: Whatever you write about, we have something for you! (I think that is going to be our new motto for 2012, come to think of it.) We also continue to support our colleagues at the French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in London. Among other events, they are working on the French Pavilion at 100% Design, due to take place at Earl’s Court (in London) from 22 to 25 September. As in previous years, the pavilion will provide an opportunity to showcase the best in creative and innovative French interior design. I have kept the best bit for the end, since I know where the heart of our readers is: please make a note of 23 November, because, on that day (from 6.30pm), we will be organising our Christmas party for the media. There will be food and there will be drinks, and we won’t even inflict a lengthy speech or a dull Power Point (or two, or three) on you; or expect you to write an article about the event afterwards; or demand that you interview someone or other; or check that you have taken some notes as you are leaving the venue; or complain if you do not Tweet non-stop right through the evening about the cocktail party, as opposed to actually taking part in (and enjoying) it… No, all we are asking you to do is to turn up, so that you may enjoy the press office’s end-of-year bash. It is our way to say ‘thank you’ to all the publishers, editors, journalists, staff writers, and freelancers who, whether they are in the trade press (in print and/or online) or in other media, work with us on an ongoing basis and appreciate what we do, just as we value what they do. Full details will be sent to you shortly, and all you need to do is confirm your attendance by email to Katherine Woods, press officer. The party will also give you the opportunity to meet the new team at the press office and, more particularly, Katherine herself, and that is another reason why we hope you can make it. The next issue of UBIFRANCE UK News will come out sometime in late November, after our Christmas party. See you on the 23rd! Philip Jolly Manager — Press Office Mission Economique UBIFRANCE, the French Trade Commission in London Business and Marketing French retail marketing solutions stand out at In-Store The French Trade Commission in London unveiled the French Pavilion at the In-Store Show, the retail marketing trade fair, held in London on 29-30 June 2011. For the second consecutive year, the French Pavilion showcased dynamic French companies from across the industry.  For further information, please go to: www.ubifrance.com/uk French Pavilion provides both at Insight Show  The French Trade Commission unveiled the French Pavilion at Insight Show, the market-research trade fair, held in London on 29-30 June. For the third consecutive year, the French Pavilion showcased dynamic French companies from across the industry. For further information, please go to: www.ubifrance.com/uk Northern France consumers sit pretty within 300km radius Experian pH, a specialist in information and marketing services, has conducted a detailed study that shows the city of Lille and its region to be at the heart of the wealthiest consumer centre in Europe within a 300-kilometre radius. For further information, please go to: www.investinnorthernfrance.com Energy and Environment ONET and BRADTEC DECON are an item  ONET TECHNOLOGIES, which operates in the civil nuclear industry, has strengthened its presence in the UK further to the takeover of BRADTEC DECON TECHNOLOGIES LTD, a company specialising in decontamination procedures. ONET wanted to boost its operations in Britain. For further information, please go to: http://www.onet-technologies.com/ ONET ventures jointly into India with PCI Ltd  ONET TECHNOLOGIES has decided to invest in India’s civil nuclear industry by setting up an engineering joint venture with PCI Ltd (part of PRIME Group of India), to be called ONET TECHNOLOGIES INDIA. ONET holds 70% of the shares in the joint venture and PCI Ltd the remaining 30%.  For further information, please go to: http://www.onet-technologies.com/en/ Overkiz makes Ray Bradbury’s sci-fi vision reality Overkiz has developed a multi-protocol software and hardware platform making possible the remote running and diagnostics of domestic equipment and appliances. The package offered by Overkiz consists of a secure plug & play gateway installed on the end-user’s premises – the kiz box . For further information, please go to: www.overkiz.com EcoVadis ensures RENAULT’s suppliers evince CSR  EcoVadis has been selected by RENAULT to set up an innovative platform in order to assess the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) performance of the car manufacturer’s suppliers. In a recent report, the United Nations Environment Programme recognised the validity of the tools offered by EcoVadis to help companies integrate Sustainable Development criteria into their supply chain. For further information, please go to: www.ecovadis.com Engin eering and Transport Northern France moves to Belgium for Transport & Logistics  The Chamber of Commerce of Nord-Pas-de-Calais is hosting the Northern France pavilion to showcase the region’s logistics expertise at the Transport & Logistics 2011 trade show, in Antwerp (Belgium). The trade fair is expected to attract 300 exhibitors between 20 and 22 September. For further information, please go to: www.cci-international.net RAILENIUM firmly on track with €550 million boost  RAILENIUM, the European Institute for Technological Research in Rail Infrastructure, has been selected by the French government as a leading investment project and has been awarded €550 million in funding. This major European and international project will be based in and around Lille. For further information, please go to: www.i-trans.org Legrand’s prefabricated cable pits are not Legrand, a manufacturer of prefabricated cable pits made from recycled composites, has developed cable pits that represent a lighter alternative to their concrete equivalent. The patented device offers many other advantages. Legrand is one of SNCF’s preferred suppliers. For further information, please go to: www.btp-legrand.com RONIS interlock systems can free you from security concerns RONIS has developed a full range of interlock systems designed specifically to ensure the safety of users and equipment during work on medium- and high-voltage machines and electrical installations. The systems developed by RONIS can be tailored to each company’s specific needs. For further information, please go to: www.ronis.fr APLIX gets to grips with inter-mold® in hook and loop  APLIX, a specialist in self-gripping fasteners, has developed the inter-mold® technology, making it possible to offer a new generation of fasteners for the hook-and-loop industry. Inter-mold® fastening technology allows hooks to be injection-moulded directly into plastic parts. For further information, please go to: www.aplix.com TIFLEX printer stamps its mark on traceability  TIFLEX has unveiled the HRP 1000 R3 , its new Very High Resolution inkjet printer, which was designed to meet traceability requirements in industrial-product logistics using the GS1 128 bar code. With the HRP 1000 R3, bar codes (and other data) can be stamped easily, straight on to a range of substrate materials. For further information, please go to:   www.tiflex.com Food and drinks   So French So Good , says French Trade Commission in London   Mr Pierre Lellouche, France’s Secretary of State for Foreign Trade, has launched a campaign for export promotion — So French, So Good — to showcase France’s food-and-drink sector and the country’s gastronomy. French gastronomy was recently added to UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity list.For further information, please go to: www.sofrenchsogood.com Sommet de l’Élevage celebrates 20 years in beefy style    Sommet de l’Élevage, the leading trade show for European livestock professionals, will celebrate its 20th year, when it takes place from 5 to 7 October in Clermont-Ferrand. This year’s trade show will feature 2,000 animals belonging to 64 breeds.   For further information, please go to: www.sommet-elevage.fr      VEGEPOLYS and SIVAL to reward those with breeding — in plants   VEGEPOLYS, the international plant cluster of excellence based in Western France, has launched a major European competition in plant-variety innovation in association with the SIVAL trade show (in Angers). The 2012 competition will be open to European plant breeders, whether they are exhibitors or not.   For further information, please go to: www.vegepolys.eu   Domaine de Trévallon builds on its 18/20 mark In 2011, winegrower Eloi Dürrbach has, once again, unveiled an outstanding Domaine de Trévallon red wine. The 2008 red vintage, which is recognised by French specialists for its subtle taste and fruitiness, was given marks ranging from 18 to 20 (out of 20) by Vins de France magazine.   For further information, please go to: www.domainedetrevallon.com Healthcare and Consumer goods   ONET supplies hot cells for ALGETA’s ALPHARADIN   ONET TECHNOLOGIES UK Ltd has agreed to manufacture specialised hot cells for the commercialization of ALPHARADIN. Developed by ALGETA SAS of Norway, ALPHARADIN is a highly targeted alpha-pharmaceutical, currently under clinical evaluation, intended to improve survival in patients with advanced cancer.   For further information, please go to: http://www.onet-technologies.com/en/   BORDEAUX CLINICAL RESEARCH NETWORK accelerates French healthcare   BORDEAUX CLINICAL RESEARCH NETWORK (BCRN) is the first public/private R&D accelerator for the healthcare industry to be set up in France. BCRN fulfills increasing CRO and industry sponsor requirements to boost patient inclusion rates and speed up Phase I-to-Phase IV tests.   For further information, please go to: contact@bordeaux-clinicalresearch.com   MINE4SURE irons out parents’ back-to-school season angst   With the MINE4SURE School Pack , school uniforms and personal belongings are sure to find their way back home: offering a combination of personalised iron-on labels and stickers, the MINE4SURE School Pack is an easy-to-use, long-lasting and affordable way to identify children’s belongings.   For further information, please go to: www.mine4sure.com     IT & Telecommunications   UBIFRANCE’s virtual trade show is for real   UBIFRANCE, France’s export-support agency, has launched a virtual trade-show platform, which will consist of six pavilions covering various industries such as fashion, health, infrastructure, transport, food and new technologies. In mid-June, the first virtual trade show took off, focused on the food industry and the So French So Good promotional campaign.   For further information, please go to: www.ubifrance-events24.com   Paris Chamber of Commerce accompanies 34 French players over Amsterdam weekend   The French Pavilion at IBC, the trade show for the electronic media, presented 34 companies from across the sector: IBC was held in Amsterdam (in The Netherlands) from 9 to 13 September. The French Pavilion was organised by the Paris Chamber of Commerce & Industry (CCIP), in partnership with France Broadcast.   For further information, please go to: www.ccip.fr   E-Commerce Paris welcomes 30,000 visitors in the flesh   E-Commerce Paris is in its eighth year, and 30,000 visitors from across Europe were expected at the Porte de Versailles Exhibition Centre, in Paris, for the trade show, taking place from 13 to 15 September.   For further information, please go to: www.ecommerceparis.com   VAD e-commerce is 15 in Lille in October   The 15th VAD e-commerce trade show will take place from 18 to 20 October in Lille. Since its creation, this event has offered a multichannel approach for traditional distance-selling companies, established players and, more recently, retailers in the e-commerce sector.   For further information, please go to: www.vad-ecommerce.com   CARTES & IDentification 2011 has Turkey before Christmas   CARTES & IDentification will be held from 15 to 17 November in Paris. The event covers digital security, smart technology and contactless payments. This year’s CARTES & IDentification, which will welcome 450 companies, will place the spotlight on Turkey.   For further information, please go to : www.cartes.com   Taliance provides the perfect package for Internos’ assets   Taliance, a software provider for the investment-property market, has developed FinAsset , which is an asset-management software suite. Fund-management company Internos Real Investors has chosen the FinAsset system. For further information, please go to: www.taliance.com   XandMail delivers solution via Parallels Plesk Panel 10   XandMail, a provider of internet and mobile applications, has announced that its Web 2.0 Communication Solution is now available through Parallels Plesk Panel 10 . The solution offered by XandMail enables service providers to increase revenue and to cut customer churn.   For further information, please go to: http://www.xandmail.com   TalentSoft takes talent management to Windows Azure Cloud   TalentSoft, a provider of integrated SaaS talent-management solutions, has teamed up with Microsoft to deploy TalentSoft’s solutions worldwide, using Microsoft’s Windows Azure platform. Thus, TalentSoft has become the first talent-management solution to be optimised for Microsoft’s Cloud.   For further information, please go to: www.talentsoft.com   France investment in data centres worth a billion The Invest in France Agency (IFA) has supported 26 data-centre investment projects in France since 2006. Major multinational companies, including IBM and Equinix, have made investments in the French market, worth an estimated €1 billion per year, while the digital economy now accounts for nearly 5% of France’s GDP. For further information, please go to: www.investinfrance.org

World HAI Forum lists priorities for fighting bacterial antibiotic resistance

Pierre Mancini - 11-juil.-2011 10:56:39
  Annecy (France), 8 July 2011 — Over 70 international experts in medicine, infectious diseases, microbiology and epidemiology, coming from every continent, gathered at the Fondation Mérieux’s Conference Center in Annecy (France) between 27 and 29 June 2011 for the third World HAI Forum on healthcare-associated infections, a biennial bioMérieux initiative. The Forum’s participants warned of an impending public-health catastrophe caused by the emergence and spread of bacteria that are resistant to all antibiotics, if no action is taken.     The delegates at the third World HAI Forum on healthcare-associated infections — a bioMérieux initiative taking place every two years — called upon national and international health authorities and policy makers, the medical and veterinary communities, industry, and the general public to take urgent action in order to avert potentially disastrous developments in public health, with the emergence and spread of multidrug-resistant bacteria.   While research to discover novel antibiotics has slowed to a virtual standstill, bacterial resistance has increased due to the massive use and misuse of antibiotics, not only for human health, but also for animals. The treatment of certain common infections is becoming difficult and the success of immunosuppressive therapies and surgical interventions (such as organ transplants and cardiac surgery), which are associated with a high risk of bacterial infection, could be compromised.   To the Forum’s experts, the emergence of pan-resistant NDM-1 bacteria and the epidemic of multidrug-resistant E. coli infections, currently affecting Europe, should be taken as a major public-health warning, indicating that a new era of antimicrobial resistance has begun. This must lead to a global awakening: the protection of antibiotics has now entered the sphere of sustainable development.   In a continuation of calls to action and proposals made by major national and international organizations (WHO, ECDC, IDSA, CDC, etc.), the Forum’s participants identified priority action areas to fight bacterial resistance and recommended 12 very concrete actions to be implemented, in the short to medium term, to effectively address this serious problem.   • Priority actions for policy makers and health authorities   -For animals, stop the administration of antibiotics used in human medicine and limit antibiotics to therapeutic use only. It is imperative to reserve the most important classes of antibiotics for humans.   -Banish, in all countries, the use of antibiotics as growth promoters in animal feed.   -Regulate the sale of antibiotics for use in human medicine and prohibit over-the-counter sales worldwide.   -Have international organizations (WHO, European Union) develop a charter on good antibiotic stewardship and have all the ministries of health worldwide sign it and commit to respecting it.   • Priority actions for the human and veterinary healthcare communities   -Establish standardized, universal surveillance of antibiotic use and resistance and monitor the emergence and spread of new forms of bacterial resistance.   -Include, in the medical- and veterinary-school curricula, a solid training in bacterial resistance and the prudent use of antibiotics and establish on-the-job training programmes for healthcare workers, taking into account the cultural specificities of each country.   • Priority actions for the general public   -Develop culturally sensitive awareness campaigns, targeted to the general public, explaining the importance of protecting antibiotics and using them only when absolutely necessary.   -Provide education about fundamental hygiene, such as hand-washing, to prevent the spread of infection. It is imperative to improve sanitation systems to eliminate resistant bacteria in wastewater.   -Include consumers in the development and implementation of action plans.   • Priority actions for industry   -Develop Point-of-Care and rapid diagnostic tests, which can be used at the patient’s bedside or the doctor’s office, to guide the prescription of antibiotics and avoid their prescription for viral infections.   -Stimulate research and development of novel antibiotics.   -Find new economic models, which reconcile public-health interests with industry needs for profitability.   About the World HAI Forum   The third biennial World HAI Forum took place in Annecy (in south-eastern France) from 27 to 29 June 2011. The Forum was characterized by the exceptional geographical diversity of its participants, coming from 33 countries.    While most such meetings focus on scientific developments retrospectively, in an academic format, the World HAI Forum, which is held every two years, gives participating experts a chance to do prospective analysis of subjects that are not usually discussed. More time is devoted to sharing best practices, successes and failures in the fight against multidrug-resistant bacteria, as a basis for building effective action plans.   A world leader in microbiology and a pioneer in resistance detection and susceptibility testing, bioMérieux works closely with healthcare professionals in the three key areas of infection control — prevention, surveillance and intervention. Diagnostic tests are paramount to success in the fight against infections with resistant bacteria.   As part of its commitment to fight hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) and microbial resistance, bioMérieux has also held HAI symposia around the world over the past three years, in countries including Belgium, China, Colombia, Japan, the Netherlands, Portugal, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Spain and the United States.   To hear what experts discussed at the Forum, please go to: www.hai-forum.com   For further information about the Forum, please go to: www.bioMerieux.com/hai-resistance   About bioMérieux   • Advancing Diagnostics to Improve Public Health   A world leader in the field of in vitro diagnostics for over 45 years, bioMérieux is present in more than 150 countries through 39 subsidiaries and a large network of distributors. In 2010, revenues reached €1,357 billion, with 87% of sales outside France.   bioMérieux provides diagnostic solutions (reagents, instruments and software), which determine the source of disease and contamination to improve patient health and ensure consumer safety. The company’s products are used for diagnosing infectious diseases and providing high-medical-value results for cancer screening and monitoring, and for cardiovascular emergencies. bioMérieux’s solutions are also used for detecting micro-organisms in agri-food, pharmaceutical and cosmetic products.   bioMérieux is listed on the NYSE Euronext Paris stock exchange (Symbol: BIM – ISIN: FR0010096479).   For further information about bioMérieux, please go to:  www.biomerieux.com  

Sommet de l’Élevage livestock trade show celebrates 20th year in style

Pauline Bogacz - 10-juin-2011 18:08:05
  Sommet de l’Élevage, which is the leading trade show for European livestock professionals, will celebrate its 20th year this year when it takes place from 5 to 7 October 2011 in Clermont-Ferrand (in central France). Held in the heart of the Massif Central mountain range, this year’s trade show will feature 2,000 animals belonging to 64 breeds, which will be on display for 75,000 visitors from five continents.   Over the course of three days, Sommet de l’Élevage will host about 2,000 high-genetic-quality animals, which will be on display or competing. This will include 850 beef cattle (Hall 3), 450 dairy cattle (Hall 2), 400 sheep (Hall 5) and 300 workhorses and riding horses (Hall 4).   This year, the spotlight will be on French Limousin cattle, with over 450 animals entered into the national competition. On the dairy-cattle side, the Brown Swiss breed will feature in the major EUROBRUNE competition (for European breeds), which will include cows from Austria, France, Germany, Italy and Switzerland.   Extending across a 150,000 m² exhibition area, Sommet de l’Élevage will also provide its 75,000 visitors with a comprehensive offer aimed at all sectors of livestock farming such as farming machinery, facilities, supplies and livestock-farming services. The trade fair will also play host to the farming-sector job forum, as it did last year, which is organised by VETAGRO SUP (an agronomy and veterinarian school) and APECITA (the Association for Farming Managers’ Employment).   Every year, Sommet de l’Élevage increases its international appeal: in 2011, 380 international exhibitors from 30 countries and 2,500 visitors from 60 countries are expected to attend the premier industry event in Clermont-Ferrand.   The International Business Club, headed by ADEPTA (the Association for the Development of International Trade in Farming Products and Techniques), will offer a VIP welcome to foreign delegations as well as guided tours of the trade fair, meetings with exhibitors, and a presentation of France’s offer in terms of livestock farming and genetics.   As part of the Year of Mexico in France, a specific reception procedure will be put in place to receive delegations of Mexican livestock-farming managers.   It will also be possible for foreign visitors to take part in a host of events at the trade show. This will include close to 20 tours of livestock farms and food-industry technical facilities such as an insemination centre, a slaughterhouse and a meat-sector research centre.   Other events will include the Franco-African Business Meetings, an event in its third year, organised by the AFDI (the French Farmers and International Development Association), which will focus on the relationship between food self-sufficiency and family farming, in the presence of the Minister for Livestock Farming of Mali (in Western Africa).   The Franco-Maghreb Forum will take place over two days around the topic of France – a partner for Maghreb countries in the development of their beef-cattle sector. This new event aimed at promoting ties between France and North Africa is organised by FranceAgriMer, in partnership with FRANCE TERRE D’ELEVAGE.   A number of visits by politicians and various international symposiums will also take place over the three days of Sommet de l’Élevage. A range of topics will be featured during these conferences, including the latest advances in genomic research, the tenderness of meat, and the impact of the rising and volatile cost of raw materials on cattle birthing and fattening.   The Sommets d’Or competition will, as always, reward exhibitors whose equipment, products or services are the most innovative in the farming industry and the breeding sector.   About Sommet de l’Élevage   Sommet de l’Élevage will take place at the Grande Halle d’Auvergne exhibition centre in Clermont-Ferrand (in central France) from 5 to 7 October 2011.   Sommet de l’Élevage is Europe’s leading trade show for European livestock professionals.   Sommet de l’Elevage is on Facebook, at: www.facebook.com/sommet.elevage For further information, please go to: www.sommet-elevage.fr

Sommet de l’Élevage 2010 to showcase best of breeds

Pierre Nicouleaud - 04-juin-2010 15:14:26
Sommet de l’Élevage, the leading trade show for European livestock professionals, will take place from 6 to 8 October 2010 in Clermont-Ferrand (in central France). The three days of the trade show will feature a unique programme of animal presentations, business meetings and conferences, with 1,900 animals on display. Sommet de l’Élevage 2010 will gather over 1,200 exhibitors from across all agricultural sectors, with 76,000 visitors expected, including 2,500 from outside France. Clermont-Ferrand, which is located in the heart of the Massif Central (the leading European region for beef-cattle production), will be hosting the event, which is taking place for the 19th time in October 2010. Sommet de l’Élevage 2010 will offer an exceptional opportunity to showcase the best of French livestock breeding. Over the three days of the event, 1,900 animals of very high genetic quality will be on show, both in competition and on display, including 22 cattle breeds, 26 sheep breeds and 16 horse breeds (including the nine French draught-horse breeds). In 2010, the world-renowned French Charolais beef-cattle breed will be in the spotlight, with over 500 animals competing in the contest, which will reward the best of the breed in France. In terms of dairy cattle, there will also be a contest for the Holstein breed, featuring 150 cows from southern France. Sommet de l’Élevage 2010 will include many new features, including a section devoted to sheep breeds, with close to 450 sheep from 26 breeds (including the Ile-de-France and Rava breeds competing in French national contests). There will also be British cattle breeds on show, with Angus, Hereford and Galloway cattle on display. Reflecting the importance of energy issues for agricultural production, the exhibition area for the Livestock buildings and new energy sector will be twice as large as at the previous trade show, with 1,200m2 dedicated to exhibitors who offer environmental and economical solutions to breeders. There will also be a forum on job opportunities in agriculture, organised by VETAGRO SUP (a French higher-education institute for agricultural engineers and veterinarians) and APECITA (the French Association for Executive Jobs in the Agricultural Sector). Every year, Sommet de l’Élevage increases its international appeal. In 2010, 380 international exhibitors, as well as 2,500 visitors from close to 60 countries, are expected in Clermont-Ferrand. The international section, hosted by ADEPTA (the French Association for the Development o
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