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SevOne READY Enables Collaborative Digital Infrastructure Management Ecosystem

Monday, July 18th, 2016

SevOne READY Enables Collaborative Digital Infrastructure Management Ecosystem

Boston – SevOne, a leading provider of digital infrastructure management solutions, today announced the launch of the SevOne READY Program. SevOne READY is a new technology and go-to-market alliance program that allows technology providers to leverage their solutions and the open interfaces of the SevOne Digital Infrastructure Management Platform to help drive its customers’ journey to the cloud. Program participation will allow partners to create integrated offerings in key areas including software-defined networking environments, datacenter server and storage, hybrid cloud, business analytics, the Internet of Things and more.

As today’s global businesses transform into digital enterprises differentiated by software, applications and continuous innovation, new digital infrastructures are being created to support their business goals. These next-generation infrastructures are complex and rapidly evolving – too rapidly to be handled by any single solution that today’s standalone vendors can provide. With SevOne READY, the Company and its partners will facilitate collaboration across the entire digital infrastructure environment. Participating industry leading digital infrastructure vendors include Cisco, Ciena, Dell, Gigamon, HP Enterprise, Ixia, Juniper Networks, Pure Storage, and Viptela.

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The First Half of 2016 Exhibits Steady Growth Across Philadelphia Region’s Office Market

Monday, July 18th, 2016

Philadelphia, PA (July 14, 2016) — Newmark Grubb Knight Frank (NGKF) released its second quarter 2016 office reports for the greater Philadelphia region this week. Greater Philadelphia’s overall vacancy ticked up 20 basis points quarter-to-quarter, to 14.8 percent. Strong activity in the Suburban submarkets contributed to the region’s 299,084 square feet in quarterly occupancy gains. In Philadelphia’s Central Business District (CBD), the 622,000-square-foot FMC Tower delivered 75.0 percent pre-leased. FMC vacated 200,000 square feet at 1735 Market Street in the second quarter 2016 to occupy 250,000 square feet at the new West Market Street submarket trophy property. Additionally, the University of Pennsylvania committed to 100,000 square feet at the building.

The redevelopment of East Market’s 34 South 11th Street and West Market’s One Franklin Tower will deliver, in total, almost 400,000 square feet over the next 12 months and add much needed large blocks of office space to the market. Wayne Fisher, NGKF executive managing director remarked, “Tenants desiring premium space, particularly in the centralized West Market Street submarket, will assure that trophy-quality product when added to the market, will not remain available for long.” During the quarter, Vue32, a $56 million, mixed-use development located in the University City submarket broke ground. Also in development news, details were released on Schuylkill Yards, a University City-based, joint venture between Drexel University and Brandywine Realty Trust. The future $3.5 billion mixed-use community is projected to add 5.0 million square feet of residential, office, retail, educational facilities and research laboratories to the core over two decades.

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Data Systems Analysts’ President And CEO Fran Pierce Recognized as Entrepreneurial Leader at NFTE Ignite Benefit

Monday, July 18th, 2016

TREVOSE, PA – Data Systems Analysts, Inc. (DSA), a leader in delivering secure information management solutions to the U.S. Department of Defense, is pleased to announce that Fran Pierce, DSA’s President, CEO and Chairman of the Board was honored at the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) in Philadelphia’s Ignite Opportunity Benefit held on June 16th at WHYY at 150 North Sixth Street.

Fran was chosen as an honoree along with Lucinda Duncalfe, President and CEO of Monetate, as entrepreneurial role models and strong supporters of NFTE and its vision. “NFTE teaches young people entrepreneurial thinking,” said Fran Pierce. “So not necessarily just to be an entrepreneur but the characteristics that entrepreneurs possess, and taking those characteristics into any workplace so it definitely benefits business whether you start your own company or join another company.”

The Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship is a 501 (c)3 nonprofit organization that helps young people take charge of their studies and future by learning how to become an entrepreneur. It brings together educators and business leaders to give Greater Philadelphia’s most disadvantaged students the cutting edge skills and experience they need to start successful careers as entrepreneurs and business leaders.

NFTE teaches the “entrepreneurial mindset”, which focuses on the assets of opportunity recognition, comfort with risk, creativity and innovation, future orientation, flexibility and adaptability, critical thinking and problem solving and communication and collaboration.

On a national level, NFTE is making a significant impact on the outcomes of our students’ academic and career success. In a recent survey of nearly 1,300 NFTE alumni nationwide, 99% of those age 25+ have attained a high school diploma – compared to 85% for the general U.S. population. School age NFTE alumni are 50% more likely to be in school and 88% of NFTE high school graduates are employed compared to 69% for the U.S. population.

NFTE alumni earn over 50% more than their peers, even more when they work for themselves, and NFTE alumni are twice as likely to become self-employed entrepreneurs than the general population.

Giving these youths a strong base and building their confidence will enable a healthy transition into adulthood. With a vision to pursue business opportunities, at-risk youth are inspired to invest in education, in their futures, and in their own development.

About DSA
DSA is an employee owned professional services provider that is ISO 9001: 2008 registered and appraised at CMMI Maturity Level 3 for Service Projects, which enables its customers to reliably achieve sensitive, mission critical goals. Founded in 1963, DSA has deep expertise and comprehensive understanding of the operational, security, and collaboration challenges our customers must address. Our solutions encompass program and knowledge management, business process engineering and security. Our services include cyber security, software development, SharePoint solutions, data analytics, and systems engineering and integration. DSA is headquartered in Philadelphia, PA, and has major operations in Washington DC, Aberdeen, MD, Tinton Falls, NJ, O’Fallon, IL, San Antonio, TX, Honolulu, HI, and Denver, CO. For more information, please call toll free to 1-877-422-4DSA.

 

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NGKF Capital Markets Retained to sell 1400 Atwater Drive in Malvern, PA

Friday, July 15th, 2016

Philadelphia, PA (July 11, 2016) NGKF Capital Markets has been exclusively retained to sell 1400 Atwater Drive in Malvern, Pennsylvania, a five-story, 300,000-square-foot property located in one of suburban Philadelphia’s most accessible and desirable locations. The NGKF Capital Markets team comprising Mike Margolis, Dave Dolan and Brett Segal along with area expert, Jeff Mack are marketing the property.

1400 Atwater was built in 2013 as a build-to-suit for Endo Pharmaceuticals’ North American Headquarters and is designed to LEED Silver standards. Endo Pharmaceuticals is a global specialty pharmaceutical company with over $3.2 billion in revenue in 2015. Endo develops, manufactures, markets and distributes quality branded and generic pharmaceutical products as well as over-the-counter medications. They are the fourth largest generic drug manufacturer in the world. Although the company’s global headquarters is legally located in Dublin, Ireland, the company’s c-suite, including its President and CEO, are located at 1400 Atwater Drive.

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Three of Philly Regions’ Banks Target of Iranian Cyber Attack

Wednesday, July 6th, 2016

Seven banks in total, three in the Philadelphia region – PNC Bank, Bank of America, and BB&T Corp. – were targeted by a series of distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks linked to the Iranian government. The U.S. Department of Justice in Manhattan issued an indictment unsealed on March 24, 2016.i

DDoS attacks are used by hackers in various ways, including hacking into a targeted device, and using the attacks as a smoke screen. In the first example, the attacks are intent on crippling a customer’s critical servers (in this case the bank’s servers) so that users cannot perform their everyday functions with their banks. In the second example, DDoS attacks are used as a diversion tool, where the DDoS attacks flood the network, and security personnel focus on managing these attacks; meanwhile the attacker sneaks into the network undetected to get control of an internal machine or gain access to the network.

The indictment charged seven Iranians in an extensive campaign of over 176 days of DDoS attacks. Ahmad Fathi, 37; Hamid Firoozi, 34; Amin Shokohi, 25; 23-year-old Sadegh Ahmadzadegan, aka Nitr0jen26; Omid Ghaffarinia, aka PLuS, 25; Sina Keissar, 25; and Nader Saedi, aka Turk Server, 26, launched DDoS attacks between 2011 and mid-2013 against 46 victims, primarily U.S financial services companies.

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Zynerba Pharmaceuticals to Present at Cantor Fitzgerald’s 2nd Annual Healthcare Conference

Wednesday, July 6th, 2016

DEVON, Pa., July 06, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Zynerba Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:ZYNE), a clinical-stage specialty pharmaceutical company dedicated to the development of innovative transdermal synthetic cannabinoid treatments, today announced that the Company will present at Cantor Fitzgerald’s 2nd Annual Healthcare Conference. The conference will be held July 12 to 13, at Le Parker Meridien New York in New York City. Zynerba Chairman and CEO Armando Anido will present on Wednesday, July 13, at 3:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time.

To listen to a webcast of the Cantor presentation during the event, please visit the Investor Relations page of www.zynerba.com. A replay of this webcast will be available for 90 days following the conference.

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A daughter of N.E. Philly sees local opportunities to put capital to work

Tuesday, July 5th, 2016

Written by Erin E. Arvedlund, Philadelphia Inquirer 

Lincoln High School and St. Joseph’s University graduate Adele Cirone Oliva has made a name for herself in her hometown – and has just raised $200 million for a health-care investment fund.

Oliva cofounded 1315 Capital with Michael Koby to put money to work in health care. She previously worked at Ira Lubert’s Quaker Partners, which she joined in 2007. Prior to Quaker, Oliva had been cohead of the U.S. health-care group at Apax Partners, a private equity firm, starting in 1997.

The new fund tops off Oliva’s two decades of experience in the investment business, and although she’s lived all over, she says the Philadelphia region and New Jersey are “much richer places” for health-care acquisitions than locales such as Boston, New York, or Silicon Valley.

“This is the medicine chest of the East Coast, of the world even, and all our neighbors work in health care or pharmaceuticals,” she said. “There are hundreds of smaller companies here not getting a lot of attention.”

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Bentley and Shell Announce Global Framework Agreement

Tuesday, July 5th, 2016

ProjectWise ConstructSim Improves Capital Project Construction Execution through Advanced Work Packaging

EXTON, Pa.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Bentley Systems, Incorporated, a leading global provider of comprehensive software solutions for advancing infrastructure, today announced a new Global Framework Agreement with Shell. The agreement serves to improve Shell’s capital project construction execution through automated 4D/5D construction management solutions provided by Bentley as a managed service. The solution, based on Bentley’s ProjectWise ConstructSim, will be deployed as part of Shell’s ProjectVantage program. This innovative offering, which simplifies work packaging for engineering, construction, and installation, adheres to the Construction Industry Institute’s (CII’s) Advanced Work Packaging (AWP) methodology.

The Global Framework Agreement with Bentley underlies Shell’s ProjectVantage program, a multi-vendor integrated data-centric approach to capital project delivery. This industry-leading program is aimed at delivering safer and better projects faster by:

  • improving cross-discipline and supplier collaboration;
  • controlling data throughout the capital project lifecycle; and
  • applying standards and enabling replication.

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Agilence Announces New 20/20 Data Analytics™ Platform

Thursday, June 30th, 2016

New unified data analytics platform will drive insights across retail, restaurant and pharmacy operations

MOUNT LAUREL, NJ, June 15, 2016 – Agilence, Inc., the leader in cloud-based data analytics and loss prevention solutions for retail and restaurant operations, today announced 20/20 Data Analytics™, a new, unified analytics platform that brings an unprecedented level of actionable business insight to a growing number of industries. Built on the foundation of Agilence’s industry leading Retail 20/20™ exception reporting software, 20/20 Data Analytics™ goes beyond loss prevention to allow any manager the ability to gain meaningful, data driven, operational insights to improve profits and margins, better serve customers, and ensure policy compliance.

20/20 Data Analytics™ is the first tool on the market that combines executive level dashboards, predictive modeling, prescriptive alerts, and operational level reporting in the same platform. It was designed around customer feedback and an industry need for a broader operational tool that can perform a wide array of customizable analytics with an easy to use interface.  Now, every level of personnel within the organization, from C-level executives to store or restaurant managers, can receive the information and visibility into their operations needed to improve the business.

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Science Center Introduces FirstHand Programs for Young Culinary Innovators and Educators

Thursday, June 30th, 2016

Curious minds in Philadelphia won’t need to take the summer off, thanks to a new lineup of summer STEM education programs at the University City Science Center.  Starting in July, the Science Center’s FirstHand initiative will offer Taste Test, a new program that introduces youth to molecular gastronomy and culinary innovations.  FirstHand will also pilot a new professional development program targeting Philadelphia-based middle school teachers. The FirstHand Institute for Educators’ first class will debut in August.

Taste Test will focus on the science of gastronomy and challenge middle school students’ perceptions of taste through active experimentation. Participants will step into the world of molecular gastronomy and see how genetics, texture, phases of matter, and presentation of foods affect the taste experience. Visits to Science Center-based labs will inspire the students’ own creative culinary innovations. Taste Test will accommodate two groups of 15 youth from Sunrise of Philadelphia. Taste Test is generously supported by grants from The Lenfest Foundation and TD Bank Charitable Foundation.

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