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small_Koji Tsuruoka, Ambassador of Japan and Sir Richard Leese Leese - CopyManchester will welcome the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Mr Koji Tsuruoka to the city on Tuesday 21st February. The visit aims to celebrate the region’s relationship with Japan, whilst showcasing Greater Manchester as an investment and business destination for Japanese investors, especially in the areas science, innovation, infrastructure and transport.

Japan is an important partner to the UK, with a tradition of cooperation between the two spanning 150 years. Japanese investment into the UK has helped to create over 140,000 jobs.

Japan is crucial to the UK’s future in a post-Brexit world and their expertise in areas such as infrastructure and technology, will help Greater Manchester to drive the next generation of innovation. As such, Japan has been identified as an opportunity market in the region’s Internationalisation Strategy and offers a clear growth potential for trade, investment and R&D.

The visit, has been coordinated by MIDAS, Manchester’s inward investment agency (part of Manchester Growth Company), in conjunction with the Embassy of Japan, and supported by BDP.

During the visit, His Excellency will meet Manchester’s Lord Mayor as well as attending meetings with key business representatives. The Ambassador of Japan will visit Corridor Manchester and meet representatives from Health Innovation Manchester and The University of Manchester, before ending the day at The National Graphene Institute.

The Ambassador will give a special address at Central Library as part of a business lunch that will be attended by local businesses.  Speakers at the event include Sir Richard Leese, Leader of Manchester City Council, Takayasu Tsuyusaki, managing executive officer, Nippon Koei – BDP, who will be flying over from Japan to attend the event, and Professor Martin Gibson, chief executive officer, NorthWest EHealth. Chris Kennedy, chief financial officer, ARM Holdings and Phil Jones, managing director of Brother, will also be speaking.

Mr Koji Tsuruoka, Ambassador of Japan, said: “I am very grateful for the warm welcome I have received from Manchester City Council and Greater Manchester. Our two countries have an excellent track record in innovation and creativity and I believe that, inspired by our common values, we can continue to contribute to the global community in this regard.”

“We are greatly honored that Greater Manchester has just designated Japan as one of its international priority partners.  You can be assured that our Embassy is always happy to support links between this region and Japan.”

Sir Richard Leese, Leader of Manchester City Council, said: “It’s an honour to welcome the Embassy of Japan and the visit sets the scene for further collaboration with Japan.

“The region is already benefiting from collaborative partnerships with Japan. This can be seen through the work that Hitachi is doing here around big data that leverages the expertise of NorthWest EHealth, Manchester Academic Health Science Centre and Salford Royal NHS Trust. The partnership is already improving patient care in Greater Manchester and in time, it will have an impact across the NHS and the rest of the UK.

Mr Tsuyusaki, Managing Executive Officer, Nippon Koei – BDP, said: “As a listed Japanese company we were delighted to acquire BDP in April 2016. Our shared values and synergies, together with our complementary geographical footprints and technical skills, mean we are working collaboratively to win and deliver integrated design solutions across international markets.

“We have a vision to be the world’s leading integrated architecture, design and engineering firm delivering world class design solutions which enhance the communities they serve. BDP’s roots in England’s Northwest means we are particularly delighted to be in Manchester today, to provide some insights into our thinking around the strength of UK businesses, as seen from the perspective of Japanese investors.

“We are also excited to hear more from the City’s leaders about their ambitious plans for further economic growth and the importance of investment in infrastructure, such as Manchester’s remodelled Victoria Station and the Ordsall Chord rail link, both projects for which BDP is the design lead, and we are keen to understand how Nippon Koei – BDP might play our part in the continuing success of Manchester and the future of the Northern Powerhouse.”

Manchester’s thriving digital sector

MCR FinTechThe digital sector itself is a strong contributor to the rising local economy and confirms Manchester UK’s status as a global hub for technology excellence.  Manchester’s strengths lie in how the digital clusters collaborate across industry sectors.

Some of the region’s specialisms include AdTech, E-Commerce, MediaTech, SportsTech, FinTech, and MedTech. A recognised leader in digital health, Manchester is one of four Health eResearch Centres that make up the UK’s Farr Institute, England’s only fully e-enabled health trust and Europe’s flagship Connected Health Ecosystem.

Manchester has a proven track record of supporting FinTech investments complemented by a high-calibre of talent. The strength of Manchester’s digital infrastructure means it attracts companies to establish and grow their technology footprint. This year, The Vault, a new enterprise for innovative companies, SMEs and start-ups will take up residency on the Spinningfields site at XYZ, in Manchester’s financial district. This combined with spaces such as Rise, Manchester, one of seven global hubs catering for the digital community, has led to an emerging FinTech cluster.

FinTech has grown from its disruptive roots into a £6.6bn industry, employing 61,000 people in the UK. *With the University of Manchester being listed as the top higher education establishment in the UK for students with ambitions to work in FinTech, this demonstrates the city’s capability to draw emerging talent into the sector, which leads in payments, platforms, data analytics and cyber security.

Manchester will be at this year’s South by Southwest (SXSW) between 12th – 15th March. Meet us at stand 1235.

*2015 eFinancial Careers Research

Cervical cancer diagnostic company announces operational changes

ZilicoCervical cancer diagnostic specialist Zilico, has today announced a number of operational changes designed to better align its operations.

Going forward, Zilico’s flagship product ZedScan™, which improves the speed and accuracy in diagnosing pre-cancerous conditions of the cervix, will be sold directly to hospitals in Great Britain (Wales, Scotland & England) rather than through a third party distributor.

The device, which offers a more accurate diagnosis for women who are at risk of cervical cancer, is currently used in many hospitals across the globe as an adjunct to the current diagnostic process.

Zilico has also introduced a number of structural changes to strengthen their management team, including the appointment of a head of UK sales, head of operations and a quality manager.

Darren Neill, Founder & Managing Director at Touchstone Medical Ltd, (part of the CME Group) will take on the role of head of UK sales from 13th March 2017. Touchstone will continue its business as normal under a revised structure after the departure of Darren.

Darren brings to the role vast gynaecological, endoscopic surgery and diagnostic experience working closely with clinicians to improve outcomes for patients.

Speaking about the new role, Darren said: “I am extremely excited to be joining the Zilico team. The growing real-world evidence behind ZedScan is overwhelming with more UK and international hospitals adopting the product. As more countries move to primary HPV testing, there is a growing recognition that colposcopy will need to be improved.”

In addition, Zilico has recently appointed Christina Zavadsky, formerly of Lumenis, as the QARA Manager who will be overseeing the quality and regulatory processes within the company.

Commenting on these new appointments, Sameer Kothari, CEO of Zilico said: “Darren and Christina share our vision for the company and their addition to the Zilico team will ensure our goals become a reality. 2017 is a very exciting year for us and I look forward to working together with them over the coming months.”

Cervical cancer is the 7th most common disease globally, and the third most prevalent in women. The disease is caused by the persistent high-risk human papillomavirus (HPV) infection, which triggers changes in the cervical cells.

ZedScan is a portable, handheld device that can measure and detect tissue changes in women identified with an abnormal smear test.

The system uses patented Electrical Impedance Spectroscopy (EIS) to detect the development of pre-cancerous abnormalities of the cervix, known as cervical intraepithelial neoplasia (CIN). It offers real-time and more accurate detection of pre-cancerous cells than standard colposcopy (a procedure for examining the cervix), enabling clinicians to make better informed decisions at a patient’s first visit.

Going forward, any ZedScan enquiries from the Great Britain will be handled directly by Zilico. For more information please contact Andrew Saipe at andrew.saipe@zilico.co.uk or Darren Neill at Darren.Neill@zilico.co.uk

Manchester is Europe’s third most influential city

Manchester 3rd most influential cityThe city’s work within the Northern Powerhouse initiative has also given it kudos on an international level.

Manchester has been named as one of Europe’s top influential cities.

Thanks to a combination of factors including top scores for talent, location, the cost of living, Manchester ranked third in Colliers International Cities of Influence TLC index.

The city’s work within the Northern Powerhouse initiative has also given it kudos on an international level.

London and Paris hold the top two spots, primarily because of their size, while Stockholm and Dublin feature fourth and fifth place, respectively, while the bottom ranking markets features Milan, Budapest and Brussels.

Andrew McFarlane, director and head of the Manchester office of Colliers International, said: “Manchester has worked hard to build its reputation as an international city.

“Over the past 20-plus years it has steadily grown and developed into the global player that it is today and that momentum is still building as Manchester cements its place at the heart of the Northern Powerhouse.

“What is encouraging about this report is that what has been clear to many in Manchester for several years is increasingly being recognised by a global audience. Manchester’s best days lie ahead.”

The report’s ‘TLC’ index features 20 major individual economic cities which are ranked in terms of talent, location and cost.

These factors have been categorised based on the size and orientation of economic output and the workforce; the capacity and skill-set of the talent and emerging talent pool; the cost and affordability of the city – as a place to live and save, and in terms of the cost of labour and total cost of office occupation; and finally, the country risk associated with the market, and the inherent risk/challenges presented by labour laws.

Damian Harrington, director head of EMEA Research at Colliers International, added: “Some occupiers will be more focused or interested in one component over another and thus the overall weightings and scores could change according to these preferences.

“For example, occupiers driven by cost may see the southern European and CEE markets as more attractive than their northern and western European counterparts. Alternatively, occupiers focused on a digitally sophisticated workforce will be more tempted by Stockholm and Prague than Barcelona or Brussels.”

Source: Manchester Evening News

Manchester Is the UK’s IoT Demonstrator City With Big Ideas

3rd most influential cityMany things spring to mind when you think of Manchester in a creative, digital and technology capacity. Pioneers of computer science and leaders in digital health, it’s a top 20 European digital city and home to the continent’s largest digital hub. As the third most influential city in Europe in terms of talent, location and cost, Manchester innovates, inspires and always looks to the future.

With over 250 years of innovation, this engaging city continues to be at the forefront of emerging technology. In 2016, Manchester was selected as the UK’s IoT Demonstrator City and received a government award to invest in smart city technology.

The CityVerve project, located in the city’s innovation district, Corridor Manchester, will pioneer new approaches and technologies that will improve the lives of those living in the region and showcase how IoT will create the smart cities of tomorrow.

CityVerve involves public and private sector organisations ranging from SMEs to large global corporates, who will design and deliver a series of solutions around the themes of transport, energy, health and culture.

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Manchester will be at this year’s South by Southwest (SXSW) between 12th – 15th March. Meet us at stand 1235.

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