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King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre Announces Innovative Clinical Pharmacogenomics

Enhances Drug Effectiveness and Patient Safety

Genomic building – KFSH&RC

Genomic building – KFSH&RC

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, Oct. 24, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre (KFSH&RC) is proud to announce the launch of the inaugural phase of its clinical pharmacogenomics service within its Heart Center. This pioneering service leverages the patient’s DNA to tailor drug dosages and selections, heralding a new era in healthcare that prioritizes personalized treatment for each individual. This groundbreaking approach is poised to enhance treatment outcomes and reduce potential harm.

KFSH&RC’s experts have said that this analysis empowers physicians to prescribe medications customized to each patient, factoring in their unique health conditions and genetic traits. Patients’ responses to pharmaceuticals can significantly differ based on their genetic profiles. As a result, what proves effective for one patient may have minimal impact in another. It is worth noting that statistics reveal that 15% of hospital admissions stem from adverse drug reactions, imposing substantial financial and human burdens on healthcare systems across the globe.

This innovative service is a collaborative endeavor between the Centre for Genomic Medicine, Healthcare Information Technology Affairs, and the Pharmaceutical Care Department at KFSH&RC. In its initial phase, this service encompasses six of the most frequently prescribed medications, as determined by hospital data, whose efficacy is known to be influenced by genetic variations.

KFSH&RC has made it clear that it remains committed to expanding the scope of this service progressively, encompassing all hospital departments. This expansion underscores the hospital’s unwavering dedication to providing personalized healthcare to every patient, ensuring the utmost level of safety, and minimizing harm, while adhering to the latest globally endorsed scientific practices.

At the Global Health Exhibition held in Riyadh from October 29th to 31st, where KFSH&RC plays a vital role as a strategic health partner, the hospital is set to unveil the innovative service that promises to advance healthcare outcomes in the region.

KFSH&RC stated that it is moving to gradually expand the scope of application of the service to include all medical specialties as part of its commitment to providing personalized health care for each patient at the highest level of safety and prevention of harm and to harness the latest scientifically proven practices around the world.

King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center is considered among the most prominent in the world in providing specialized health care, a pioneer in innovation, and an advanced medical research and education center. It also seeks to develop medical technologies and raise health care worldwide in partnership with prominent local, regional and international institutions. To achieve world-class service in the clinical, research, and educational fields.

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Hitachi Energy passes 150 GW in HVDC links integrated into the power system, expands capacity to meet accelerating energy transition demand

• $3 billion investment globally, in manufacturing and engineering footprint, R&D and partnerships • Workforce expansion with more than 8,000 people hired • 150 GW of HVDC links integrated into the power system by Hitachi Energy

Zurich, Switzerland, Oct. 24, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Hitachi Energy, a global technology leader that is advancing a sustainable energy future for all, announced today that it has enabled more than 150-gigawatts (GW) of high-voltage direct current (HVDC) links around the world integrated into the power system – sufficient to meet the peak power demand for Japan. The announcement follows the delivery of the first power from Dogger Bank, the world’s largest offshore wind development, via the UK’s first-time use of HVDC technology on a wind farm.

The company has consistently expanded its capacity to meet accelerating demand driven by the clean energy transition. Since 2020, when Hitachi began its strategic investment, Hitachi Energy has increased its workforce by more than 8,000. Within the same period, the company also invested $3 billion in manufacturing and engineering footprint, and Research & Development (R&D), expanding collaboration and driving the company to become the strategic partner throughout the customers’ entire lifecycle.

“Electricity will be the backbone of the entire energy system and will help to drive the clean energy transition. Today’s announcement shows how we are enabling our customers to accelerate the development of the power grids that energy system requires,” said Claudio Facchin, CEO of Hitachi Energy.

The continuing investments are in line with the Hitachi Energy 2030 Plan and Hitachi’s Mid-term Management Plan 2024.

Investments in the three focus areas of Hitachi Energy 2030 Plan:

1. Continuously strengthening the power grid core business
The company has invested heavily in expanding capacity and new hires across the globe in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, North and South America, and Asia Pacific. Examples from this year alone are the power quality factory and the global technology and innovation center in India, and the transformer factory in China. In addition, it has recently invested in Sweden, Switzerland, and the US.

Investments in R&D 
Sustainable solutions: EconiQ™ contains no sulfur hexafluoride (SF6) proven to significantly reduce carbon footprint throughout the entire life cycle. Next-generation power semiconductors like RoadPak for e-Mobility. Digital technologies like Lumada Asset Performance Management and IdentiQ™ for HVDC and power quality.

2. Doubling efforts on digital and services and expansion at the edge of the energy system
Digitalization and Service: The new generation of Lumada Asset Performance Management software solution features advantages of Artificial Intelligence; the acquisition of majority stake in eks Energy, a power conversion technology provider to enhance storage and flexibility at the edge of the energy system.

3. Innovation, synergies, partnerships, and M&A to accelerate growth
Increasingly strong collaborations have led to new business models, framework agreements for capacity reservation, and global standards, allowing for better planning to meet demands. Some key projects enabled by the company’s technologies are Champlain Hudson Power Express, TenneT’s 2GW Program, and Project Lightning, a first-of-its-kind subsea power transmission project.

The IEA report, “Electricity Grids and Secure Energy Transitions” states that grid investment needs to nearly double by 2030 to over $600 billion per year after stagnation at the global level, and building out of grids requires a secure supply chain and a skilled workforce.

Rapid electrification of transport, buildings, and industries is increasing the demand for secure, sustainable, and flexible electricity globally. The company is committed to continuously strengthening its business toward the forecast of the 2050 energy system; where it sees an installed global power generation capacity of four times today and a transfer of electrical energy, which is three times compared to what it is today.

“Since we started the journey with Hitachi in July 2020, we have been able to accelerate our growth and expansion, also leveraging synergies across Hitachi Group,” Facchin added. “With more than a century of energy expertise, combined with digitalization as an enabler, we can scale at pace and provide innovative services and solutions to our customers. As Hitachi, we have a unique position across IT, OT and product capabilities to support our customers throughout the entire lifecycle.”

About Hitachi Energy Ltd.

Hitachi Energy is a global technology leader that is advancing a sustainable energy future for all. We serve customers in the utility, industry and infrastructure sectors with innovative solutions and services across the value chain. Together with customers and partners, we pioneer technologies and enable the digital transformation required to accelerate the energy transition towards a carbon-neutral future. We are advancing the world’s energy system to become more sustainable, flexible and secure whilst balancing social, environmental and economic value. Hitachi Energy has a proven track record and unparalleled installed base in more than 140 countries. Headquartered in Switzerland, we employ around 40,000 people in 90 countries and generate business volumes of over $10 billion USD.
https://www.hitachienergy.com
https://www.linkedin.com/company/hitachienergy
https://twitter.com/HitachiEnergy

About Hitachi, Ltd.
Hitachi drives Social Innovation Business, creating a sustainable society through the use of data and technology. We solve customers’ and society’s challenges with Lumada solutions leveraging IT, OT (Operational Technology) and products. Hitachi operates under the business structure of “Digital Systems & Services” – supporting our customers’ digital transformation; “Green Energy & Mobility” – contributing to a decarbonized society through energy and railway systems, and “Connective Industries” – connecting products through digital technology to provide solutions in various industries. Driven by Digital, Green, and Innovation, we aim for growth through co-creation with our customers. The company’s consolidated revenues for fiscal year 2022 (ended March 31, 2023) totaled 10,881.1 billion yen, with 696 consolidated subsidiaries and approximately 320,000 employees worldwide. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company’s website at https://www.hitachi.com.

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Hitachi Energy acquires eks Energy

Strategic acquisition adds advanced power electronics and energy management software capabilities to meet accelerated, global demand for battery energy storage solutions

Zurich, Switzerland, Oct. 24, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Hitachi Energy, a global technology leader that is advancing a sustainable energy future for all, announced today that it has acquired a controlling stake of eks Energy, a leading supplier of power electronics and energy management solutions for storage and renewables integration, based in Seville, Spain, from Powin LLC (Powin), a top global energy storage system provider. The investment also marks the establishment of a strategic partnership with Powin, who maintains a significant ownership stake in eks Energy.

As the world transitions to more renewable energy sources, the global demand for battery energy storage systems (BESS) continues to surge and is expected to grow more than 20 percent per year through 20301. By combining eks Energy’s power electronics and advanced control capabilities with its own highly complementary automation, software, and system integration offerings, Hitachi Energy fortifies its position as a leading-edge technology provider to the renewables and BESS market. With the strategic partnership, Hitachi Energy and Powin aim to apply the strength of the two firms to develop power conversion products specifically designed for the next generation of energy storage systems.

“Hitachi Energy has been an innovative force in the BESS and microgrid space for more than 30 years, and this strategic acquisition demonstrates our continued commitment to deliver the most advanced and proven solutions for our customers,” said Massimo Danieli, Managing Director for the Hitachi Energy Grid Automation Business Unit. “The market, including leading BESS system integrators, has made it clear that it needs and wants energy solutions powered by best-in-class power electronics integrated with control and digital capabilities. New applications and use cases are emerging every day, driven by the ever-increasing need for integration of  renewable resources in the grid and electrification at the grid edge. eks Energy has an impressive product deployment footprint in North America and Europe, and under Powin has further extended their global reach. With this significant addition to our portfolio, Hitachi Energy is ready to address the demands of the fast-growing global BESS market with speed and scale.”

“This strategic investment marks a significant milestone in the energy storage industry, as it paves the way for Hitachi, Powin and eks Energy to align their strengths in exploring new opportunities on a global scale as well as an ability to better serve new and existing customers,said Jeff Waters, CEO of Powin. “We are proud of what we have already developed with eks Energy, including one of the world’s largest battery projects in history, the Waratah Super Battery (WSB) where eks Energy’s unrivaled power conversion systems are able to meet the Australian grid operators’ high standards of performance. We look forward to continuing to work with eks Energy and Hitachi Energy to bring more projects like WSB to the world.”

The addition of eks Energy to the Hitachi Energy portfolio demonstrates accelerated traction on the company’s 2030 strategic growth plan. Hitachi Energy is continuously strengthening its power grids core business while advancing the world’s energy system to be more sustainable, flexible and secure. This acquisition increases our core capabilities at the edge of the grid including digital, power electronics and services, toward the larger goal of advancing a sustainable energy future for all.

Nomura Greentech acted as exclusive financial advisor and Shearman & Sterling acted as legal advisor to Hitachi Energy.

Footnotes
1 From BNEF 1H 2023 Energy Storage Market Outlook

About Hitachi Energy Ltd.
Hitachi Energy is a global technology leader that is advancing a sustainable energy future for all. We serve customers in the utility, industry and infrastructure sectors with innovative solutions and services across the value chain. Together with customers and partners, we pioneer technologies and enable the digital transformation required to accelerate the energy transition towards a carbon-neutral future. We are advancing the world’s energy system to become more sustainable, flexible and secure whilst balancing social, environmental and economic value. Hitachi Energy has a proven track record and unparalleled installed base in more than 140 countries. Headquartered in Switzerland, we employ around 40,000 people in 90 countries and generate business volumes of over $10 billion USD.
https://www.hitachienergy.com
https://www.linkedin.com/company/hitachienergy
https://twitter.com/HitachiEnergy

About Hitachi, Ltd.
Hitachi drives Social Innovation Business, creating a sustainable society through the use of data and technology. We solve customers’ and society’s challenges with Lumada solutions leveraging IT, OT (Operational Technology) and products. Hitachi operates under the business structure of “Digital Systems & Services” – supporting our customers’ digital transformation; “Green Energy & Mobility” – contributing to a decarbonized society through energy and railway systems, and “Connective Industries” – connecting products through digital technology to provide solutions in various industries. Driven by Digital, Green, and Innovation, we aim for growth through co-creation with our customers. The company’s consolidated revenues for fiscal year 2022 (ended March 31, 2023) totaled 10,881.1 billion yen, with 696 consolidated subsidiaries and approximately 320,000 employees worldwide. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company’s website at https://www.hitachi.com.

About Powin
At Powin, we are advancing the next frontier of energy and changing the way we power our daily lives by ensuring access to clean, resilient, and affordable power. As a global energy platform provider, we offer fully integrated battery storage solutions, software, and services to optimize grid performance and enable the transition to cleaner energy sources. To date, Powin has deployed over 3,200 MWh of battery systems worldwide with 11,900 MWh under construction. To learn more, please visit www.powin.com

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German apprentices to assist with NWR resort maintenance

WINDHOEK: Namibia Wildlife Resorts (NWR) has announced that 100 apprentices from Germany’s Inter-Cultural Relations Foundation will join the NWR team to assist with maintenance at local resorts.

NWR in a media release on Monday said the collaboration, which also involve skills transfer to the local hospitality industry, will fortify diplomatic ties between Namibia and Germany.

Led by Joachim Keferstein, the delegation of apprentices with vocational and technical expertise are scheduled to arrive in Namibia in three groups, with the first group arriving on 26 October 2023.

The second group will follow in November, and the final group is set to arrive in February 2024.

The apprentices will be dispatched to NWR resorts throughout Namibia, where they will contribute their expertise to maintenance operations, while also benefiting from the experiences and insights of NWR staff.

“We are excited about this relationship with the Inter-Cultural Relations Foundation from the Federal Republic of Germany. Skills transfer is of paramount importance to our industry, and this collaboration offers a unique opportunity for us to learn from our German partners as they, in turn, gain from our distinctive experiences. With many interns already engaged across our camps, this is an opportune moment for them to benefit from the rich knowledge shared by this esteemed delegation,” the statement said.

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Guinas councillor calls for support for less fortunate

OMUTHIYA: Guinas constituency councillor, Marthinu Kainda has called on good Samaritans to come on board and support the government in helping less fortunate people in the Nehale Lyampingana Constituency of the Oshikoto Region.

Kainda made the call after the Former Namibian Students to Cuba (FNSC) association delivered food parcels to Nehale Lyampingana residents on Tuesday.

“All good Samaritans must follow in the footsteps of the former students of Cuba,” Kainda said.

He said the donations will go to around 20 households.

FNSC representative Shau Christoph handed over the donation.

“We came together and contributed a few coins and bought the items so we can give a helping hand to these families,” Christoph said.

The items included 20 bags of maize meal, three boxes of cooking oil, 20 mosquito nets, 20 blankets and soup packets.

Christoph said although the donation is small, it will have an impact on the beneficiaries.

“We were taught to share and to love one another in Cuba, so we are extending this love to our communities,” he said.

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Fishing company donates to Mwadhina Gwanembenge school

OSHAKATI: Tshwaragano Fishing Company donated IT equipment to Mwadhina Gwanembenge Combined School to the value of N.dollars 50 000 at Oshakati on Tuesday.

During the official handover, Deputy Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources Sylvia Makgone said the school still needs more computers, thus it’s important to learn to share and invest in the education of the Namibian child.

Makgone stated that by investing in the education of the Namibian child, they are not only giving them a chance to thrive but also fostering a future generation of leaders who will contribute to the growth and prosperity of the nation.

“These computers are a symbol of equality and inclusivity, and will be ensuring that every child has the tools they need to succeed,” she said.

According to Makgone, currently people live in an era of profound technological advancement, and nowhere is this transformation more evident than in the field of education.

She indicated that the school computers they just received are more than simply electronic devices; they are tools of empowerment and opportunity.

Makgone said through access to technology, students can explore a world of knowledge, expand their horizons, and develop essential digital skills that are increasingly crucial in the contemporary world.

Further, she said that fishing companies should not only do mere Corporate Social Responsibility (CRS), but it should be an act of willingness and from the heart.

“We are not selling the fishing quotas that we give to the fishing companies, so freely they should also give to their communities,” she concluded.

School principal Immanuel Aron said that they want to introduce computer studies as a subject, and first needed computers to accomplish their aim, thus needing the support of stakeholders to make this a reality.

He noted that the school aims to fill one of the classrooms with 20 computers.

Director of Tshwaragano Fishing Company Inocencio Verde stated that the donation will help the school meet its goals of achieving the desired 20 computers.

“This is a step towards achieving all they need and embracing the motto of ‘just start’ which is a leap of faith for achieving anything they set their mind on,”

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‘Include us when developing programmes for us’: ||Kharas youth

KEETMANSHOOP: Young people from the ||Kharas Region said there is a need for Government to involve more young people when developing programmes aimed to address unemployment among young people.

These sentiments were part of the inputs from some youth on Tuesday in Keetmanshoop, during a public hearing by the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Human Resources and Community Development on the motion of youth unemployment.

One of the participants, Rodler Gertze said: “We the young people know what we need to ensure the unemployment issue is addressed, we know the programmes that will work for us so we need to be part of the programme setting process. There is also a need to invest in sports and talent development and these players can earn a living.”

Laurentius Roos said Government should regulate companies especially private companies to ensure that they do in-service training than demanding or requiring young people to have years of experience.

“These companies, even the mining companies want five to seven years of experience for a general position, now how do you expect a young person coming from school or university to have such experience, these companies could rather take these young people and do on-job training,” said Roos.

Participant Mohamed Frederick said there is a need to change the education system to be more technical and centred on producing employers and not just employees.

“Our education system is designed for us to be employees, I think we need to improve on our technical subjects at schools so that our skills and talents are developed at an early age, so we thrive in those areas too, to ensure that we produce and manufacture our own things that will help us towards industrialisation,” he added.

Fabianus Sonn said: “We believe that vocational training centres should be able to take in those that do not have Grade 10 or Grade 12, we get people that grow up in child-headed households and they are forced to leave school at an early age to take care of the other siblings, now when these people get old, they want to start studying and improve their living standard but they’ve got nowhere to study or so,” he said.

Other issues raised at the meeting include Government investing more in agriculture and sports and to come up with better programmes that support entrepreneurs where entrepreneurs have the resources they need to progress.

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Omaheke police refute claims of harvesting of private parts

GOBABIS: The Namibian Police Force in the Omaheke Region have warned residents against circulating claims on social media of people reportedly harvesting private parts in the region.

Regional Unit Commander for Community Affairs, Inspector Fina Sakayengenga on Tuesday at a media conference said the residents and anyone responsible for spreading false information should stop as this has caused havoc and confusion among residents in the region.

“There is information that is circulating in the region of private parts that had been cut off and are being used for ritual purposes. I want to tell you that this information is fake – there is nothing as such happening in our region,” she said.

This information, she said is linked by the public to an incident of attempted murder that happened in Aminuis, adding that the attempted murder issue is an issue and incident on its own and it cannot be linked to the fake information circulating on social media.

She urged the community to be vigilant and refrain from circulating this type of information.

“The suspect of the attempted murder is arrested and currently behind bars in Leonardville, he did not get bail yet and I cannot also confirm his next court appearance, but can confirm that all the information circulating is fake,” Sakayengenga stated.

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Geingob tells EU Namibia will not export raw materials

WINDHOEK: President Hage Geingob has reiterated his stance that Namibia will no longer be exporting raw materials, saying the country is dedicated to improving the sustainability of its extractive industry.

Geingob was speaking at the opening of the European Union (EU)-Namibia Business Forum, happening in Brussels, Belgium on Tuesday.

The two-day forum is jointly hosted by the European Union and the Namibia Investment Promotion and Development Board (NIPDB), under the theme ‘Mobilising quality investment and value addition for green growth in the EU-Namibia partnership’, with a focus on the Green Hydrogen and Sustainable Critical Raw Materials value chains.

Geingob stressed that the decision to minimise the exportation of raw materials is also aimed at developing local processing, refining and recycling capacity in Namibia.

“This approach has the potential to underpin sustainable, clean, and inclusive economic growth, while also fostering domestic resource mobilisation, economic diversification, and deeper linkages to the broader economy,” Geingob said.

He maintained that Namibia’s economy is linked to the extraction and processing of minerals for export, contributing significantly to the country’s GDP and foreign exchange earnings.

Geingob also noted that Andrada Mining, a lithium and tin mining company, is also attending the forum and is looking to exploit deposits of lithium and associated minerals that he said could be more than 138 million tonnes.

“We also have Broadmind Mining with a maiden inferred resource of 570 million tonnes of light rare earths. I am pleased to learn that the companies referred to earlier are in partnership with their EU counterparts and are willing to go one step further to add value to those minerals in Namibia, be it in the form of making battery precursors or permanent magnets,” he said.

According to Geingob, the European Union recognises renewable hydrogen as a critical ingredient to decarbonise hard to abate sectors, such as heavy industry and transport.

“Therefore, Namibia is ready to partner with the European Union to meet its goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2050. By 2030, the European Union estimates that it will require 20 million tons of clean hydrogen, half of this has been earmarked for imports from trusted jurisdictions, such as Namibia,” Geingob said.

Source: The Namibian Press Agency