Category: Beauty

Do you have a busy work schedule such that you don’t have enough time to take good care of your skin? Are you working in an environment that harms your beautiful skin? Nowadays, such things and the numerous cosmetic products being produced are making it hard for women to choose the best products to keep their skin glowing. If you are in this position, don’t fret anymore. Shoppingtale.com has your back. It provides natural cosmetic products from different brands to keep your skin pampered and smooth. Here, you will come across the finest natural products made by the best manufacturers to treat your skin in the best way possible. One important trick when shopping on this site is to buy a product immediately you like it. There are many more people like you looking for these great products. Therefore, buy, unless you want to wait for the next stock. Shoppingtale is a great site where you should buy your cosmetic products, and here are five genuine reasons.

  1. High-Quality Products

There is nothing more important and fulfilling than getting quality products that don’t harm your skin. This site ensures the products it sells are high-quality with the best ingredients. If you have been buying poor-quality products, then you haven’t been to Shoppingtale. It does not compromise on the quality of products it advertises.

  1. Organic Ingredients

One great thing about the natural cosmetic products sold here is that they are made with organic ingredients. They believe in the beauty of women. So, they ensure all the natural products that come to them are made with natural ingredients. These products brighten your skin, making it better without side effects. Therefore, if you are looking for natural products in their purest form, shop on Shoppingtale.

  1. Wide Range of Cosmetic Products

People have different types of skin and prefer different brands. If you have been limited with the products available for you, try changing this is shopping at Shoppingtale. We have all sorts of natural cosmetic products from different brands to provide you with what you exactly need. Their products are made to suit all types of skin, so you can choose what works best for you.

  1. Easy Buying Procedures

When buying on Shoppingtale, you will be amazed at the great discounts on various products. Actually, we offer discounts of up to 70%. Crazy right? Yes, we care about you, but we advise you to budget your money wisely. All products are budget-friendly, and we customize the packages to ensure you get what you want.

  1. It Guarantees Safety

Buying from online platforms has become risky with many scammers emerging every day. However, on this site, you are assured of your safety, the safety of your money, and your personal details. You will be enticed to buy many products because of the crazy discounts we offer. Regardless, you should never worry about any security-related problems when paying for the products.

Closing Thoughts!

These are five reasons why you should shop for your cosmetic products on Shoppingtale. It is one of the best sites where you can get natural cosmetic products. Regardless of the type of your skin, Shoppingtale has something for you.

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Gululu ‘talks back’ to kids as it motivates them to keep hydrated

Gululu, the world”s first interactive water bottle designed to keep kids hydrated, today announces the Australian market launch of Gululu Talk! This marks a major step forward in the product”s interactivity and toward the brand”s goal of enabling kids to love drinking water and build a healthy habit.

According to a study by the Harvard School of Public Health, dehydration in children can result in poor health, including cognitive and emotional problems, and is associated with diabetes and obesity. Research by the UK Natural Hydration Council found that if children become dehydrated, their auditory number span, visual attention and fine motor skills in school – such as their handwriting and ability to copy text – will be significantly reduced.

Invented by Bowhead Technology, Gululu helps children stay hydrated by engaging them to care for a virtual pet. As kids drink more water from their Gululu interactive water bottle, their chosen virtual pet grows and makes friends. At the same time, Gululu keeps parents informed of their children”s hydration progress through a connected smartphone app.

Gululu Talk is the latest introduction to the brand”s innovative line featuring a sound speaker, which allows the pets to talk to children for the first time, using over 200 phrases and different voices for the individual pet characters.

Australia launch – Gululu is available at Costco across Australia in selected locations, it is also available online at http://www.powerhousepc.com.au and http://www.amazon.com.au . We have also partnered with the Montessori educational schools.

Since its global launch in October 2016, Gululu has developed an operational model of frequent content updates to keep users engaged toward building a healthy habit. Every two weeks, Gululu introduces additional features, such as new thematic online campaigns, drinking animations and accessories for pets. Children can redeem the accessories for their pets along their journey of discovering the Gululu Universe. More pet characters are expected to come to expand the Gululu Universe.

The multiple aspects of social interaction and user-generated content are important to promote Gululu users” engagement and retention. Users have been invited to co-create content and Gululu allows users to make friends by shaking bottles next to each other or on the app remotely, check the social leader board for the game progress, and send emoji animations to each other in the bottle.

As of December 2018, approximately 70,000 units of Gululu have been shipped globally across 70 countries. The company is enhancing its patented IP by branching out into diverse formats such as its own music and songs, and preparing for animated short videos. On its mission to perfect children”s well-being, Bowhead Technology is also in the process of making several new products and developing an AI based version of Gululu for the next generation to strengthen the user interaction. A non-bottle innovative product addressing other healthy habits is also under way.

Contact: 
POWERHOUSEPC HOLDINGS PTY LTD 
sales@powerhousepc.com.au
Tel: +612-96486268

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Chinese flower and horticultural consumption has changed over the years, from consumption for big events to consumption on an individual, daily-life basis. The consumption pattern is more personalized and diversified. Although regions such as Yunnan, Shandong, and Guangdong are the main horticultural producers in China, China still requires more high-quality imported variety to meet the needs of consumption.

For both major brands and small businesses to release new products in China, attending Hortiflorexpo IPM Shanghai is a must. The show will bring the latest trends and technologies of flower, horticultural and garden industries to the world again.

Hortiflorexpo IPM is organized by China Flower Association and managed by Shanghai Intex Exhibition and China Great Wall International Exhibition. For 20 years, it has been consistently supported and praised by the industry and has become the most prestigious show in Asia. In 2017, it welcomed close to 800 exhibitors from nearly 30 countries, which were organized into 9 pavilions to exhibit their latest products and ideas.

In 2019, the show will be expanded to 50,000m2, with a larger scale and better-managed overall layout. Exhibits will include flowers, horticulture, floriculture, gardening, outdoor entertainment and relevant supporting products.

A series of fringe programs is again planned for Hortiflorexpo IPM Shanghai 2019. In 2017, the latest trends were shared during flower arrangement shows and industrial forums such as Holland Day, Chinese Technology and Application Research Conference for New Garden Products and Young Plants, Vertical Greening and Sponge City Forum, Nursery Plant Technology Promotion Conference, Home Gardening Forum, and Micro Bonsai Conference.

With the increasingly mature consumer market in China, it is more necessary to strengthen inter-industry and cross-industry exchanges and cooperation between countries and learn from each other. The 21st Hortiflorexpo IPM Shanghai will undoubtedly bring a new wave of ‘green development’ to create an international platform for information exchange, innovation linkage and brand service.

Contact Us:
Shanghai Intex Exhibition Co., Ltd.
Angela Wan: wanqi@shanghai-intex.com 
+862162952075
Xinyi Dong: dongxinyi@shanghai-intex.com 
+862162957551

SHANGHAI, Dec. 1, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — From April 20-22, 2019, Hortiflorexpo IPM Shanghai, the flower and horticulture expo, will be hosted by Shanghai Intex Exhibition at Shanghai New International Expo Center (Hall W2-W5). This will be the 21st edition of the show and will provide 50,000 m2 of floorspace.

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  • Wirecard helps merchants to attract more international customers by facilitating redemption across different countries  
  • Wirecards digital loyalty portfolio also includes a coalition program across multiple brands to drive ancillary merchant revenue 
  • Wirecard expects to generate more than EUR 100 million in additional revenue in the next 12 to 18 months from new and existing partnerships in this area  

Wirecard, the global innovation leader in digital financial technology, has expanded its value added services portfolio with a unique digital global loyalty solution. Wirecard”s cross-border offering facilitates loyalty programs that can be run across different countries and currencies enhancing the customer experience – all through one platform. Merchants can allow their customers to use their smartphone to redeem their digital points, cards or vouchers across the globe, regardless of where they were originally issued or where the customer lives. The solution is available to companies worldwide in any industry and supports Wirecard”s vision of enabling fully digitalized, borderless payments.

The global loyalty management market is rapidly expanding. According to Orbis Research, it is expected to grow with a compound annual growth rate of 25% to reach $7.3 billion by the end of 2022. By partnering with Wirecard to launch a cross-border loyalty scheme, merchants are able to take advantage of this potential and grow their businesses by attracting more international customers and engaging with residents of any country. The solution supports multiple currencies and conversion rates. Customers can earn and redeem their digital points, cards or vouchers in any country. Wirecard expects to generate more than EUR 100 million in additional revenue in the next 12 to 18 months from new and existing partnerships in this area.

The cross-border solution is the latest addition to Wirecard”s platform in the area of value added services which also includes a coalition loyalty product. In this case, merchants can enable their customers to earn and redeem points across multiple brands and industries. This creates compelling added value for the customer and in turn drives ancillary revenue growth for the merchant.

‘In a recent international Wirecard survey, almost one in five respondents said a loyalty or rewards scheme was one of the top three factors in whether or not they would become a return customer, ranking higher than customer service and discounts in some countries,’ said Jörn Leogrande, EVP Mobile Services at Wirecard. ‘At the same time, we identified borderless payments as one of the six global megatrends which are driving the payment world. Our cross-border loyalty scheme enables merchants to take advantage of both trends while positioning themselves at the forefront of digital transformation and providing even more value to customers.’

About Wirecard:  

Wirecard (GER: WDI) is one of the world”s fastest growing digital platforms in the area of financial commerce. We provide both business customers and consumers with a constantly expanding ecosystem of real-time value-added services built around innovative digital payments by using an integrated B2B2C approach. This ecosystem concentrates on the areas payment & risk, retail & transaction banking, loyalty & couponing, data analytics & conversion rate enhancement in all sales channels (online, mobile, ePOS). Wirecard operates regulated financial institutions in several key markets, holds issuing and acquiring licenses from all major payment and card networks. Wirecard AG is listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (DAX and TecDAX, ISIN DE0007472060). Visit us on http://www.wirecard.com, follow us on Twitter @wirecard and on Facebook @wirecardgroup.

Wirecard media contact:
Wirecard AG
Jana Tilz
Tel.: +49(0)89-4424-1363
Email: jana.tilz@wirecard.com

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Winning Africa-based innovators and startups eligible for mentorship and US$50,000 in financial support and resources to help bring their ideas to market

JOHANNESBURG AND LONDON, Nov. 8, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Johnson & Johnson today launched the Champions of Science Africa Innovation Challenge 2.0, the second continent-wide competition calling on African innovators to submit ideas for innovative technologies, products and solutions that have the potential to create positive impact for African communities. The challenge focuses on identifying scalable and sustainable solutions to six major health and environmental problems for Africa”s population.

‘The growing number of innovation hubs throughout Africa is sparking a new generation of entrepreneurs who are innovating and finding new solutions for issues facing their communities,’ said Josh Ghaim, Ph.D., Chief Technology Officer, Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc. and member of the Johnson & Johnson Research & Development Management Committee,i who is launching the challenge today at the Africa Women Innovation & Entrepreneurship Forum in Cape Town. ‘Our goal with the second Africa Innovation Challenge is to expand our support for the region”s entrepreneurs by pushing the boundaries of creative solutions to meet several areas of urgent need. With six new solution categories, Africa Innovation Challenge 2.0 represents an extraordinary opportunity for the region”s growing community of innovators to showcase new ideas with the potential for broad societal impact,’ added Ghaim.

‘At Johnson & Johnson, we believe a great idea can come from anyone, anywhere, and we work with entrepreneurs around the world to relentlessly pursue innovations that advance and enhance the health of everyone, everywhere,’ said Seema Kumar, Vice President, Innovation, Global Public Health and Science Policy Communication, Johnson & Johnson and member of the Johnson & Johnson Research & Development Management Committee, who is simultaneously launching the challenge today at the Women Leaders in Global Health Conference in London. ‘This is an exciting time to be part of Africa”s rapidly advancing innovation ecosystem, which recognizes that people and patients across the continent are waiting for urgent solutions. The Africa Innovation Challenge provides an important platform to support emerging entrepreneurs and help accelerate the development of unique, sustainable health care and environmental solutions.’

The Africa Innovation Challenge 2.0 is designed to address the critical unmet needs of the continent and local communities in Africa while providing support to Africa-based entrepreneurs in creating innovative health care products and services. Among the selection criteria, entries must demonstrate the potential for scale from proof of concept stage to long-term sustainability. Challenge participants with the best solutions will receive up to US$50,000 in funding and mentorship from the global network of scientists, engineers and business managers within the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies to bring new solutions forward.

‘We are thrilled to be collaborating once again on the Africa Innovation Challenge,’ said Thierry Zomahoun, President and CEO of the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) and Founder and Chairman of the Next Einstein Forum (NEF). ‘Earlier this year, at our biennial Next Einstein Forum event, we had the pleasure of hearing from the first challenge winners. The incredible success of their businesses provides wonderful examples of leadership and entrepreneurialism and is a testament to the amazing young talent across Africa. We look forward to the winners of Africa Innovation Challenge 2.0.’

‘The Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies comprises of one of the world”s largest health care companies and is drawing on over 85 years of engagement in Africa in over 25 countries, and we are proud to support Africa”s rapidly advancing innovation ecosystem,’ said Alma Scott, Vice President, Operations and Partnerships, Global Public Health, Johnson & Johnson.ii ‘We”ve learned over time that solving last-mile challenges through local empowerment offers the greatest potential impact in the fight against public health challenges, and that it can also help fuel the local economy and catalyze infrastructure investments.’

Solution Categories for the Africa Innovation Challenge 2.0

The challenge”s six new solution categories aim to address significant threats to Africa”s health care systems and environment:

  • Botanical Solutions: Sixty to eighty percent of households in Africa still rely on traditional medicine to care for themselves and loved ones.iii We are seeking naturally-derived, plant-based solutions that tap into traditional knowledge and deliver consumer health and wellness benefits through topical application.
  • Packaging Innovations: Managing packaging waste from the increasing consumption in Africa is a challenge for many communities. We are seeking sustainable innovations for packaging of single-dose units and other affordable product sizes that will reduce or eliminate waste, while protecting the product.
  • Mental Health: Caring for someone with mental illness, especially the youth, can be very challenging for rural communities. As a result, 75-85% of persons living with mental illness in Africa may not have access to mental health care.iv We are seeking innovations that create awareness for mental illness as a public health problem and offer solutions for patients, caregivers, and their communities to address these issues.
  • Health Worker Support: African frontline health workers experience high rates of stress and burnout due to the heavy burden of disease and marked health system challenges. We are seeking innovations that support the wellbeing and resilience of nurses, midwives and community health workers at the heart of delivering care.
  • Digital Health Tools: The African continent has the world”s poorest health outcomes, with HIV, TB, Mental Health, Maternal Health and Ebola having especially large impact particularly on women. We are seeking digital tools (including apps and other mobile/web/data enabled tech) for these important health care areas that can inform, educate, communicate and connect people to treatment, support and care through their reach and information and improve health outcomes especially for women.
  • Essential Surgical Care: A significant portion of the burden of disease in Africa can be treated with surgery. However, many health facilities in certain areas do not have the capacity to deliver even basic surgical services. We are seeking innovations that promote access to timely, safe, and skilled surgical care.

Challenge submissions may originate from anywhere in Africa, and from one or more individuals, teams or companies; subject to certain eligibility requirements set out in the terms and conditions for the challenge. The submitted health care solutions will be evaluated based on their ability to meet the following criteria:
1) Idea submission addresses at least one of the six challenge categories.
2) Idea submission is innovative and creative.
3) Idea submission is scalable.
4) Idea submission outlines how the award would help the applicant(s) reach a critical milestone within the timeframe of a single year and provides a full commercialization plan.

To apply to the Challenge and review the applicable terms and conditions, please visit the Africa Innovation Challenge website. The deadline to submit applications is January 16, 2019. Neither Johnson & Johnson nor any of its companies is granted any rights to applicant ideas as a result of their participation in the Challenge. Applicants and winners remain free to continue the further development of their ideas on their own. Award recipients will be announced in Spring 2019.

For more information on the Africa Innovation Challenge and the stories of innovation from past winners, please visit www.jnjinnovation.com/africachallenge/.

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About Africa Innovation Challenge 1.0

The first Johnson & Johnson Africa Innovation Challenge, launched in November 2016, sought novel ideas with a focus on three critical health areas: promoting early child development and maternal health; empowering young women; and improving family well-being.

The three winning concepts embraced these themes as well as the goal of creating ongoing, sustainable businesses:

  • The Big Idea: Reusable Feminine Hygiene Products
    Francoise Nibizi, founder and executive director of SaCoDé, Burundi

    Johnson & Johnson mentoring and funding helped Francoise to scale up production of Agateka pads fourfold, opening two new manufacturing locations and creating training and permanent jobs for 20 young women.

  • The Big Idea: Hands-Free Faucets to Fight the Spread of Diseases
    Grace Nakibaala, CEO and Founder of InnovAsepsis, Uganda

    After one year of support, patent and trademark applications have been filed for the PedalTap™ device, the device is now being manufactured in Uganda, and the device has been installed in several public bathrooms, reducing the risk of infection and saving water.

  • The Big Idea: Natural Skin Products That Support Small Farmers
    Mahmud Johnson, founder and CEO of J-Palm, Liberia

    With Johnson & Johnson”s support, Mahmud was able to create 330 new jobs in Liberia, broaden his product portfolio of organic palm kernel oil cosmetics and grow sales by 1100%.

About Johnson & Johnson 
At Johnson & Johnson, we believe good health is the foundation of vibrant lives, thriving communities and forward progress. That”s why for more than 130 years, we have aimed to keep people well at every age and every stage of life. Today, as the world”s largest and most broadly-based health care company, we are committed to using our reach and size for good. We strive to improve access and affordability, create healthier communities, and put a healthy mind, body and environment within reach of everyone, everywhere. We are blending our heart, science and ingenuity to profoundly change the trajectory of health for humanity.

i  Mr. Ghaim is also CEO of Ghaim LLC.
ii  Ms. Scott is an employee of Johnson & Johnson (Proprietary) Limited.
iii  Paulo Peter Mhame, Kofi Busia and Ossy MJ Kasilo. Clinical practices of African traditional medicine. WHO: The African Health Monitor Special Issue 13, August 2010. Accessed online: http://ahm.afro.who.int/issue13/index.html 
iv World Health Organization. Discussion Paper: Mental health, poverty and development. ECOSOC Meeting Discussion Paper, July 2009. Accessed online: http://www.who.int/nmh/publications/discussion_paper_en.pdf?ua=1

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Calling on African Entrepreneurs to Submit Ideas in Six Categories: Mental Health, Consumer Packaging, Botanical Solutions, Health Worker Support, Digital Health Tools and Essential Surgery

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Winning Africa-based innovators and startups eligible for mentorship and US$50,000 in financial support and resources to help bring their ideas to market

JOHANNESBURG AND LONDON, Nov. 8, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Johnson & Johnson today launched the Champions of Science Africa Innovation Challenge 2.0, the second continent-wide competition calling on African innovators to submit ideas for innovative technologies, products and solutions that have the potential to create positive impact for African communities. The challenge focuses on identifying scalable and sustainable solutions to six major health and environmental problems for Africa”s population.

‘The growing number of innovation hubs throughout Africa is sparking a new generation of entrepreneurs who are innovating and finding new solutions for issues facing their communities,’ said Josh Ghaim, Ph.D., Chief Technology Officer, Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc. and member of the Johnson & Johnson Research & Development Management Committee,i who is launching the challenge today at the Africa Women Innovation & Entrepreneurship Forum in Cape Town. ‘Our goal with the second Africa Innovation Challenge is to expand our support for the region”s entrepreneurs by pushing the boundaries of creative solutions to meet several areas of urgent need. With six new solution categories, Africa Innovation Challenge 2.0 represents an extraordinary opportunity for the region”s growing community of innovators to showcase new ideas with the potential for broad societal impact,’ added Ghaim.

‘At Johnson & Johnson, we believe a great idea can come from anyone, anywhere, and we work with entrepreneurs around the world to relentlessly pursue innovations that advance and enhance the health of everyone, everywhere,’ said Seema Kumar, Vice President, Innovation, Global Public Health and Science Policy Communication, Johnson & Johnson and member of the Johnson & Johnson Research & Development Management Committee, who is simultaneously launching the challenge today at the Women Leaders in Global Health Conference in London. ‘This is an exciting time to be part of Africa”s rapidly advancing innovation ecosystem, which recognizes that people and patients across the continent are waiting for urgent solutions. The Africa Innovation Challenge provides an important platform to support emerging entrepreneurs and help accelerate the development of unique, sustainable health care and environmental solutions.’

The Africa Innovation Challenge 2.0 is designed to address the critical unmet needs of the continent and local communities in Africa while providing support to Africa-based entrepreneurs in creating innovative health care products and services. Among the selection criteria, entries must demonstrate the potential for scale from proof of concept stage to long-term sustainability. Challenge participants with the best solutions will receive up to US$50,000 in funding and mentorship from the global network of scientists, engineers and business managers within the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies to bring new solutions forward.

‘We are thrilled to be collaborating once again on the Africa Innovation Challenge,’ said Thierry Zomahoun, President and CEO of the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) and Founder and Chairman of the Next Einstein Forum (NEF). ‘Earlier this year, at our biennial Next Einstein Forum event, we had the pleasure of hearing from the first challenge winners. The incredible success of their businesses provides wonderful examples of leadership and entrepreneurialism and is a testament to the amazing young talent across Africa. We look forward to the winners of Africa Innovation Challenge 2.0.’

‘The Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies comprises of one of the world”s largest health care companies and is drawing on over 85 years of engagement in Africa in over 25 countries, and we are proud to support Africa”s rapidly advancing innovation ecosystem,’ said Alma Scott, Vice President, Operations and Partnerships, Global Public Health, Johnson & Johnson.ii ‘We”ve learned over time that solving last-mile challenges through local empowerment offers the greatest potential impact in the fight against public health challenges, and that it can also help fuel the local economy and catalyze infrastructure investments.’

Solution Categories for the Africa Innovation Challenge 2.0

The challenge”s six new solution categories aim to address significant threats to Africa”s health care systems and environment:

  • Botanical Solutions: Sixty to eighty percent of households in Africa still rely on traditional medicine to care for themselves and loved ones.iii We are seeking naturally-derived, plant-based solutions that tap into traditional knowledge and deliver consumer health and wellness benefits through topical application.
  • Packaging Innovations: Managing packaging waste from the increasing consumption in Africa is a challenge for many communities. We are seeking sustainable innovations for packaging of single-dose units and other affordable product sizes that will reduce or eliminate waste, while protecting the product.
  • Mental Health: Caring for someone with mental illness, especially the youth, can be very challenging for rural communities. As a result, 75-85% of persons living with mental illness in Africa may not have access to mental health care.iv We are seeking innovations that create awareness for mental illness as a public health problem and offer solutions for patients, caregivers, and their communities to address these issues.
  • Health Worker Support: African frontline health workers experience high rates of stress and burnout due to the heavy burden of disease and marked health system challenges. We are seeking innovations that support the wellbeing and resilience of nurses, midwives and community health workers at the heart of delivering care.
  • Digital Health Tools: The African continent has the world”s poorest health outcomes, with HIV, TB, Mental Health, Maternal Health and Ebola having especially large impact particularly on women. We are seeking digital tools (including apps and other mobile/web/data enabled tech) for these important health care areas that can inform, educate, communicate and connect people to treatment, support and care through their reach and information and improve health outcomes especially for women.
  • Essential Surgical Care: A significant portion of the burden of disease in Africa can be treated with surgery. However, many health facilities in certain areas do not have the capacity to deliver even basic surgical services. We are seeking innovations that promote access to timely, safe, and skilled surgical care.

Challenge submissions may originate from anywhere in Africa, and from one or more individuals, teams or companies; subject to certain eligibility requirements set out in the terms and conditions for the challenge. The submitted health care solutions will be evaluated based on their ability to meet the following criteria:
1) Idea submission addresses at least one of the six challenge categories.
2) Idea submission is innovative and creative.
3) Idea submission is scalable.
4) Idea submission outlines how the award would help the applicant(s) reach a critical milestone within the timeframe of a single year and provides a full commercialization plan.

To apply to the Challenge and review the applicable terms and conditions, please visit the Africa Innovation Challenge website. The deadline to submit applications is January 16, 2019. Neither Johnson & Johnson nor any of its companies is granted any rights to applicant ideas as a result of their participation in the Challenge. Applicants and winners remain free to continue the further development of their ideas on their own. Award recipients will be announced in Spring 2019.

For more information on the Africa Innovation Challenge and the stories of innovation from past winners, please visit www.jnjinnovation.com/africachallenge/.

* * *

About Africa Innovation Challenge 1.0

The first Johnson & Johnson Africa Innovation Challenge, launched in November 2016, sought novel ideas with a focus on three critical health areas: promoting early child development and maternal health; empowering young women; and improving family well-being.

The three winning concepts embraced these themes as well as the goal of creating ongoing, sustainable businesses:

  • The Big Idea: Reusable Feminine Hygiene Products
    Francoise Nibizi, founder and executive director of SaCoDé, Burundi

    Johnson & Johnson mentoring and funding helped Francoise to scale up production of Agateka pads fourfold, opening two new manufacturing locations and creating training and permanent jobs for 20 young women.

  • The Big Idea: Hands-Free Faucets to Fight the Spread of Diseases
    Grace Nakibaala, CEO and Founder of InnovAsepsis, Uganda

    After one year of support, patent and trademark applications have been filed for the PedalTap™ device, the device is now being manufactured in Uganda, and the device has been installed in several public bathrooms, reducing the risk of infection and saving water.

  • The Big Idea: Natural Skin Products That Support Small Farmers
    Mahmud Johnson, founder and CEO of J-Palm, Liberia

    With Johnson & Johnson”s support, Mahmud was able to create 330 new jobs in Liberia, broaden his product portfolio of organic palm kernel oil cosmetics and grow sales by 1100%.

About Johnson & Johnson 
At Johnson & Johnson, we believe good health is the foundation of vibrant lives, thriving communities and forward progress. That”s why for more than 130 years, we have aimed to keep people well at every age and every stage of life. Today, as the world”s largest and most broadly-based health care company, we are committed to using our reach and size for good. We strive to improve access and affordability, create healthier communities, and put a healthy mind, body and environment within reach of everyone, everywhere. We are blending our heart, science and ingenuity to profoundly change the trajectory of health for humanity.

i  Mr. Ghaim is also CEO of Ghaim LLC.
ii  Ms. Scott is an employee of Johnson & Johnson (Proprietary) Limited.
iii  Paulo Peter Mhame, Kofi Busia and Ossy MJ Kasilo. Clinical practices of African traditional medicine. WHO: The African Health Monitor Special Issue 13, August 2010. Accessed online: http://ahm.afro.who.int/issue13/index.html 
iv World Health Organization. Discussion Paper: Mental health, poverty and development. ECOSOC Meeting Discussion Paper, July 2009. Accessed online: http://www.who.int/nmh/publications/discussion_paper_en.pdf?ua=1

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Winning Africa-based innovators and startups eligible for mentorship and US$50,000 in financial support and resources to help bring their ideas to market

JOHANNESBURG AND LONDON, Nov. 8, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Johnson & Johnson today launched the Champions of Science Africa Innovation Challenge 2.0, the second continent-wide competition calling on African innovators to submit ideas for innovative technologies, products and solutions that have the potential to create positive impact for African communities. The challenge focuses on identifying scalable and sustainable solutions to six major health and environmental problems for Africa”s population.

‘The growing number of innovation hubs throughout Africa is sparking a new generation of entrepreneurs who are innovating and finding new solutions for issues facing their communities,’ said Josh Ghaim, Ph.D., Chief Technology Officer, Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc. and member of the Johnson & Johnson Research & Development Management Committee,i who is launching the challenge today at the Africa Women Innovation & Entrepreneurship Forum in Cape Town. ‘Our goal with the second Africa Innovation Challenge is to expand our support for the region”s entrepreneurs by pushing the boundaries of creative solutions to meet several areas of urgent need. With six new solution categories, Africa Innovation Challenge 2.0 represents an extraordinary opportunity for the region”s growing community of innovators to showcase new ideas with the potential for broad societal impact,’ added Ghaim.

‘At Johnson & Johnson, we believe a great idea can come from anyone, anywhere, and we work with entrepreneurs around the world to relentlessly pursue innovations that advance and enhance the health of everyone, everywhere,’ said Seema Kumar, Vice President, Innovation, Global Public Health and Science Policy Communication, Johnson & Johnson and member of the Johnson & Johnson Research & Development Management Committee, who is simultaneously launching the challenge today at the Women Leaders in Global Health Conference in London. ‘This is an exciting time to be part of Africa”s rapidly advancing innovation ecosystem, which recognizes that people and patients across the continent are waiting for urgent solutions. The Africa Innovation Challenge provides an important platform to support emerging entrepreneurs and help accelerate the development of unique, sustainable health care and environmental solutions.’

The Africa Innovation Challenge 2.0 is designed to address the critical unmet needs of the continent and local communities in Africa while providing support to Africa-based entrepreneurs in creating innovative health care products and services. Among the selection criteria, entries must demonstrate the potential for scale from proof of concept stage to long-term sustainability. Challenge participants with the best solutions will receive up to US$50,000 in funding and mentorship from the global network of scientists, engineers and business managers within the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies to bring new solutions forward.

‘We are thrilled to be collaborating once again on the Africa Innovation Challenge,’ said Thierry Zomahoun, President and CEO of the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) and Founder and Chairman of the Next Einstein Forum (NEF). ‘Earlier this year, at our biennial Next Einstein Forum event, we had the pleasure of hearing from the first challenge winners. The incredible success of their businesses provides wonderful examples of leadership and entrepreneurialism and is a testament to the amazing young talent across Africa. We look forward to the winners of Africa Innovation Challenge 2.0.’

‘The Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies comprises of one of the world”s largest health care companies and is drawing on over 85 years of engagement in Africa in over 25 countries, and we are proud to support Africa”s rapidly advancing innovation ecosystem,’ said Alma Scott, Vice President, Operations and Partnerships, Global Public Health, Johnson & Johnson.ii ‘We”ve learned over time that solving last-mile challenges through local empowerment offers the greatest potential impact in the fight against public health challenges, and that it can also help fuel the local economy and catalyze infrastructure investments.’

Solution Categories for the Africa Innovation Challenge 2.0

The challenge”s six new solution categories aim to address significant threats to Africa”s health care systems and environment:

  • Botanical Solutions: Sixty to eighty percent of households in Africa still rely on traditional medicine to care for themselves and loved ones.iii We are seeking naturally-derived, plant-based solutions that tap into traditional knowledge and deliver consumer health and wellness benefits through topical application.
  • Packaging Innovations: Managing packaging waste from the increasing consumption in Africa is a challenge for many communities. We are seeking sustainable innovations for packaging of single-dose units and other affordable product sizes that will reduce or eliminate waste, while protecting the product.
  • Mental Health: Caring for someone with mental illness, especially the youth, can be very challenging for rural communities. As a result, 75-85% of persons living with mental illness in Africa may not have access to mental health care.iv We are seeking innovations that create awareness for mental illness as a public health problem and offer solutions for patients, caregivers, and their communities to address these issues.
  • Health Worker Support: African frontline health workers experience high rates of stress and burnout due to the heavy burden of disease and marked health system challenges. We are seeking innovations that support the wellbeing and resilience of nurses, midwives and community health workers at the heart of delivering care.
  • Digital Health Tools: The African continent has the world”s poorest health outcomes, with HIV, TB, Mental Health, Maternal Health and Ebola having especially large impact particularly on women. We are seeking digital tools (including apps and other mobile/web/data enabled tech) for these important health care areas that can inform, educate, communicate and connect people to treatment, support and care through their reach and information and improve health outcomes especially for women.
  • Essential Surgical Care: A significant portion of the burden of disease in Africa can be treated with surgery. However, many health facilities in certain areas do not have the capacity to deliver even basic surgical services. We are seeking innovations that promote access to timely, safe, and skilled surgical care.

Challenge submissions may originate from anywhere in Africa, and from one or more individuals, teams or companies; subject to certain eligibility requirements set out in the terms and conditions for the challenge. The submitted health care solutions will be evaluated based on their ability to meet the following criteria:
1) Idea submission addresses at least one of the six challenge categories.
2) Idea submission is innovative and creative.
3) Idea submission is scalable.
4) Idea submission outlines how the award would help the applicant(s) reach a critical milestone within the timeframe of a single year and provides a full commercialization plan.

To apply to the Challenge and review the applicable terms and conditions, please visit the Africa Innovation Challenge website. The deadline to submit applications is January 16, 2019. Neither Johnson & Johnson nor any of its companies is granted any rights to applicant ideas as a result of their participation in the Challenge. Applicants and winners remain free to continue the further development of their ideas on their own. Award recipients will be announced in Spring 2019.

For more information on the Africa Innovation Challenge and the stories of innovation from past winners, please visit www.jnjinnovation.com/africachallenge/.

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About Africa Innovation Challenge 1.0

The first Johnson & Johnson Africa Innovation Challenge, launched in November 2016, sought novel ideas with a focus on three critical health areas: promoting early child development and maternal health; empowering young women; and improving family well-being.

The three winning concepts embraced these themes as well as the goal of creating ongoing, sustainable businesses:

  • The Big Idea: Reusable Feminine Hygiene Products
    Francoise Nibizi, founder and executive director of SaCoDé, Burundi

    Johnson & Johnson mentoring and funding helped Francoise to scale up production of Agateka pads fourfold, opening two new manufacturing locations and creating training and permanent jobs for 20 young women.

  • The Big Idea: Hands-Free Faucets to Fight the Spread of Diseases
    Grace Nakibaala, CEO and Founder of InnovAsepsis, Uganda

    After one year of support, patent and trademark applications have been filed for the PedalTap™ device, the device is now being manufactured in Uganda, and the device has been installed in several public bathrooms, reducing the risk of infection and saving water.

  • The Big Idea: Natural Skin Products That Support Small Farmers
    Mahmud Johnson, founder and CEO of J-Palm, Liberia

    With Johnson & Johnson”s support, Mahmud was able to create 330 new jobs in Liberia, broaden his product portfolio of organic palm kernel oil cosmetics and grow sales by 1100%.

About Johnson & Johnson 
At Johnson & Johnson, we believe good health is the foundation of vibrant lives, thriving communities and forward progress. That”s why for more than 130 years, we have aimed to keep people well at every age and every stage of life. Today, as the world”s largest and most broadly-based health care company, we are committed to using our reach and size for good. We strive to improve access and affordability, create healthier communities, and put a healthy mind, body and environment within reach of everyone, everywhere. We are blending our heart, science and ingenuity to profoundly change the trajectory of health for humanity.

i  Mr. Ghaim is also CEO of Ghaim LLC.
ii  Ms. Scott is an employee of Johnson & Johnson (Proprietary) Limited.
iii  Paulo Peter Mhame, Kofi Busia and Ossy MJ Kasilo. Clinical practices of African traditional medicine. WHO: The African Health Monitor Special Issue 13, August 2010. Accessed online: http://ahm.afro.who.int/issue13/index.html 
iv World Health Organization. Discussion Paper: Mental health, poverty and development. ECOSOC Meeting Discussion Paper, July 2009. Accessed online: http://www.who.int/nmh/publications/discussion_paper_en.pdf?ua=1

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Calling on African Entrepreneurs to Submit Ideas in Six Categories: Mental Health, Consumer Packaging, Botanical Solutions, Health Worker Support, Digital Health Tools and Essential Surgery

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Winning Africa-based innovators and startups eligible for mentorship and US$50,000 in financial support and resources to help bring their ideas to market

JOHANNESBURG AND LONDON, Nov. 8, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Johnson & Johnson today launched the Champions of Science Africa Innovation Challenge 2.0, the second continent-wide competition calling on African innovators to submit ideas for innovative technologies, products and solutions that have the potential to create positive impact for African communities. The challenge focuses on identifying scalable and sustainable solutions to six major health and environmental problems for Africa”s population.

‘The growing number of innovation hubs throughout Africa is sparking a new generation of entrepreneurs who are innovating and finding new solutions for issues facing their communities,’ said Josh Ghaim, Ph.D., Chief Technology Officer, Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc. and member of the Johnson & Johnson Research & Development Management Committee,i who is launching the challenge today at the Africa Women Innovation & Entrepreneurship Forum in Cape Town. ‘Our goal with the second Africa Innovation Challenge is to expand our support for the region”s entrepreneurs by pushing the boundaries of creative solutions to meet several areas of urgent need. With six new solution categories, Africa Innovation Challenge 2.0 represents an extraordinary opportunity for the region”s growing community of innovators to showcase new ideas with the potential for broad societal impact,’ added Ghaim.

‘At Johnson & Johnson, we believe a great idea can come from anyone, anywhere, and we work with entrepreneurs around the world to relentlessly pursue innovations that advance and enhance the health of everyone, everywhere,’ said Seema Kumar, Vice President, Innovation, Global Public Health and Science Policy Communication, Johnson & Johnson and member of the Johnson & Johnson Research & Development Management Committee, who is simultaneously launching the challenge today at the Women Leaders in Global Health Conference in London. ‘This is an exciting time to be part of Africa”s rapidly advancing innovation ecosystem, which recognizes that people and patients across the continent are waiting for urgent solutions. The Africa Innovation Challenge provides an important platform to support emerging entrepreneurs and help accelerate the development of unique, sustainable health care and environmental solutions.’

The Africa Innovation Challenge 2.0 is designed to address the critical unmet needs of the continent and local communities in Africa while providing support to Africa-based entrepreneurs in creating innovative health care products and services. Among the selection criteria, entries must demonstrate the potential for scale from proof of concept stage to long-term sustainability. Challenge participants with the best solutions will receive up to US$50,000 in funding and mentorship from the global network of scientists, engineers and business managers within the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies to bring new solutions forward.

‘We are thrilled to be collaborating once again on the Africa Innovation Challenge,’ said Thierry Zomahoun, President and CEO of the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) and Founder and Chairman of the Next Einstein Forum (NEF). ‘Earlier this year, at our biennial Next Einstein Forum event, we had the pleasure of hearing from the first challenge winners. The incredible success of their businesses provides wonderful examples of leadership and entrepreneurialism and is a testament to the amazing young talent across Africa. We look forward to the winners of Africa Innovation Challenge 2.0.’

‘The Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies comprises of one of the world”s largest health care companies and is drawing on over 85 years of engagement in Africa in over 25 countries, and we are proud to support Africa”s rapidly advancing innovation ecosystem,’ said Alma Scott, Vice President, Operations and Partnerships, Global Public Health, Johnson & Johnson.ii ‘We”ve learned over time that solving last-mile challenges through local empowerment offers the greatest potential impact in the fight against public health challenges, and that it can also help fuel the local economy and catalyze infrastructure investments.’

Solution Categories for the Africa Innovation Challenge 2.0

The challenge”s six new solution categories aim to address significant threats to Africa”s health care systems and environment:

  • Botanical Solutions: Sixty to eighty percent of households in Africa still rely on traditional medicine to care for themselves and loved ones.iii We are seeking naturally-derived, plant-based solutions that tap into traditional knowledge and deliver consumer health and wellness benefits through topical application.
  • Packaging Innovations: Managing packaging waste from the increasing consumption in Africa is a challenge for many communities. We are seeking sustainable innovations for packaging of single-dose units and other affordable product sizes that will reduce or eliminate waste, while protecting the product.
  • Mental Health: Caring for someone with mental illness, especially the youth, can be very challenging for rural communities. As a result, 75-85% of persons living with mental illness in Africa may not have access to mental health care.iv We are seeking innovations that create awareness for mental illness as a public health problem and offer solutions for patients, caregivers, and their communities to address these issues.
  • Health Worker Support: African frontline health workers experience high rates of stress and burnout due to the heavy burden of disease and marked health system challenges. We are seeking innovations that support the wellbeing and resilience of nurses, midwives and community health workers at the heart of delivering care.
  • Digital Health Tools: The African continent has the world”s poorest health outcomes, with HIV, TB, Mental Health, Maternal Health and Ebola having especially large impact particularly on women. We are seeking digital tools (including apps and other mobile/web/data enabled tech) for these important health care areas that can inform, educate, communicate and connect people to treatment, support and care through their reach and information and improve health outcomes especially for women.
  • Essential Surgical Care: A significant portion of the burden of disease in Africa can be treated with surgery. However, many health facilities in certain areas do not have the capacity to deliver even basic surgical services. We are seeking innovations that promote access to timely, safe, and skilled surgical care.

Challenge submissions may originate from anywhere in Africa, and from one or more individuals, teams or companies; subject to certain eligibility requirements set out in the terms and conditions for the challenge. The submitted health care solutions will be evaluated based on their ability to meet the following criteria:
1) Idea submission addresses at least one of the six challenge categories.
2) Idea submission is innovative and creative.
3) Idea submission is scalable.
4) Idea submission outlines how the award would help the applicant(s) reach a critical milestone within the timeframe of a single year and provides a full commercialization plan.

To apply to the Challenge and review the applicable terms and conditions, please visit the Africa Innovation Challenge website. The deadline to submit applications is January 16, 2019. Neither Johnson & Johnson nor any of its companies is granted any rights to applicant ideas as a result of their participation in the Challenge. Applicants and winners remain free to continue the further development of their ideas on their own. Award recipients will be announced in Spring 2019.

For more information on the Africa Innovation Challenge and the stories of innovation from past winners, please visit www.jnjinnovation.com/africachallenge/.

* * *

About Africa Innovation Challenge 1.0

The first Johnson & Johnson Africa Innovation Challenge, launched in November 2016, sought novel ideas with a focus on three critical health areas: promoting early child development and maternal health; empowering young women; and improving family well-being.

The three winning concepts embraced these themes as well as the goal of creating ongoing, sustainable businesses:

  • The Big Idea: Reusable Feminine Hygiene Products
    Francoise Nibizi, founder and executive director of SaCoDé, Burundi

    Johnson & Johnson mentoring and funding helped Francoise to scale up production of Agateka pads fourfold, opening two new manufacturing locations and creating training and permanent jobs for 20 young women.

  • The Big Idea: Hands-Free Faucets to Fight the Spread of Diseases
    Grace Nakibaala, CEO and Founder of InnovAsepsis, Uganda

    After one year of support, patent and trademark applications have been filed for the PedalTap™ device, the device is now being manufactured in Uganda, and the device has been installed in several public bathrooms, reducing the risk of infection and saving water.

  • The Big Idea: Natural Skin Products That Support Small Farmers
    Mahmud Johnson, founder and CEO of J-Palm, Liberia

    With Johnson & Johnson”s support, Mahmud was able to create 330 new jobs in Liberia, broaden his product portfolio of organic palm kernel oil cosmetics and grow sales by 1100%.

About Johnson & Johnson 
At Johnson & Johnson, we believe good health is the foundation of vibrant lives, thriving communities and forward progress. That”s why for more than 130 years, we have aimed to keep people well at every age and every stage of life. Today, as the world”s largest and most broadly-based health care company, we are committed to using our reach and size for good. We strive to improve access and affordability, create healthier communities, and put a healthy mind, body and environment within reach of everyone, everywhere. We are blending our heart, science and ingenuity to profoundly change the trajectory of health for humanity.

i  Mr. Ghaim is also CEO of Ghaim LLC.
ii  Ms. Scott is an employee of Johnson & Johnson (Proprietary) Limited.
iii  Paulo Peter Mhame, Kofi Busia and Ossy MJ Kasilo. Clinical practices of African traditional medicine. WHO: The African Health Monitor Special Issue 13, August 2010. Accessed online: http://ahm.afro.who.int/issue13/index.html 
iv World Health Organization. Discussion Paper: Mental health, poverty and development. ECOSOC Meeting Discussion Paper, July 2009. Accessed online: http://www.who.int/nmh/publications/discussion_paper_en.pdf?ua=1

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International cooperation and German quality

Germany-based BASF is one of the world”s top 500 companies as well as one of its largest raw material suppliers, with more than 160 wholly-owned subsidiaries and joint ventures. No. A00088 sunflower extract, one of the group”s international patents (patent license number: FR2941864), can efficiently increase collagen synthesis by 18 per cent to 23 per cent, promote the growth and development of fibroblasts, and protect the FGF-2 fibroblast growth factor, achieving the perfect synthesis of collagen and glucosamine.

GPT, a brand of BASF (Guangzhou) Cosmetics, is an international high-end anti-aging brand. Its new product, containing bird”s nest, sunflower, argireline peptide, nanometer collagen wire, nanometer pure gold, African azedarach bark extract, can shape the facial contour, recover damaged skin cells and perfect skin structure. Once this collection of ingredients was shown to be effective, they became highlights at both 2002 World Congress of Dermatology and 2003 Vegas Cosmetic Surgery  for their ability to promote collagen production, renew skin tissue, remove fine lines and wrinkles, inhibit lipid peroxidation and restore the softness of the skin.

GPT has made a name for itself across China”s anti-aging industry. The brand has invested heavily and, due to its backing, was able to start research and development at a high level, putting up a substantial amount of capital in bringing on international star Li Xiang as spokesperson and brand ambassador, while launching simultaneous multi-channel advertising campaigns through domestic and foreign media. With its solid strength and exposure at many levels, the brand has gotten the nod from many industry insiders.

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GUANGZHOU, China, Oct. 29, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Recently, BASF (Guangzhou) Cosmetics entered into a strategic cooperation with Germany-based BASF, one of the world”s leading raw materials manufacturers. The invited guests, including Li Xuejing, founder of BASF (Guangzhou) Cosmetics, a representative from BASF Greater China and senior executives from the two companies, as well as several members of international media organizations, attended the conference where they witnessed the signing of the agreement.

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International cooperation and German quality

Germany-based BASF is one of the world”s top 500 companies as well as one of its largest raw material suppliers, with more than 160 wholly-owned subsidiaries and joint ventures. No. A00088 sunflower extract, one of the group”s international patents (patent license number: FR2941864), can efficiently increase collagen synthesis by 18 per cent to 23 per cent, promote the growth and development of fibroblasts, and protect the FGF-2 fibroblast growth factor, achieving the perfect synthesis of collagen and glucosamine.

GPT, a brand of BASF (Guangzhou) Cosmetics, is an international high-end anti-aging brand. Its new product, containing bird”s nest, sunflower, argireline peptide, nanometer collagen wire, nanometer pure gold, African azedarach bark extract, can shape the facial contour, recover damaged skin cells and perfect skin structure. Once this collection of ingredients was shown to be effective, they became highlights at both 2002 World Congress of Dermatology and 2003 Vegas Cosmetic Surgery  for their ability to promote collagen production, renew skin tissue, remove fine lines and wrinkles, inhibit lipid peroxidation and restore the softness of the skin.

GPT has made a name for itself across China”s anti-aging industry. The brand has invested heavily and, due to its backing, was able to start research and development at a high level, putting up a substantial amount of capital in bringing on international star Li Xiang as spokesperson and brand ambassador, while launching simultaneous multi-channel advertising campaigns through domestic and foreign media. With its solid strength and exposure at many levels, the brand has gotten the nod from many industry insiders.

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GUANGZHOU, China, Oct. 29, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Recently, BASF (Guangzhou) Cosmetics entered into a strategic cooperation with Germany-based BASF, one of the world”s leading raw materials manufacturers. The invited guests, including Li Xuejing, founder of BASF (Guangzhou) Cosmetics, a representative from BASF Greater China and senior executives from the two companies, as well as several members of international media organizations, attended the conference where they witnessed the signing of the agreement.

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