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Allergan Announces Plans to Build First Medical Aesthetics Innovation Center in Chengdu China

Wednesday September 19 th 2018

– Innovation Center to Feature State-of-the-Art Medical Aesthetics Training Center for Practitioners, Education and Experience Center for Consumers

– Allergan Expects to Train 3,000 Medical Aesthetics Practitioners Per Year Through New Center

– Announcement Follows Recent Memorandum of Understanding Between Allergan and Chengdu Government to Co-Create China’s “Capital of Medical Aesthetics

– Center Expected to Open Early 2019

CHENGDU, China, Sept. 19, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Allergan, a global pharmaceutical company and leader in medical aesthetics, today announced plans to open its first Medical Aesthetics Innovation Center in Chengdu China in early 2019. The center, to be located at the High-Tech Zone of Chengdu, will feature a world-class training center for medical aesthetics healthcare professionals, as well as an education and product experience center for medical aesthetics consumers.

At the 2018 Chengdu International Investment Summit held today, Allergan and the Chengdu municipal government officially signed the investment agreement of establishing Allergan’s China Medical Aesthetics Innovation Center. With a total investment of more than US$14.7million, the center is scheduled to open to the public in early 2019 and will train more than 3,000 medical aesthetics professionals every year, providing Chinese consumers with opportunities to experience Allergan’s innovative medical aesthetics products and globally-leading medical aesthetics treatments, satisfying consumer demands for a “beautiful and confident life.”

A Chengdu High-Tech Zone representative commented, “Following with the prosperity and development of the national medical aesthetics industry, Chengdu’s medical aesthetics market has been enjoying rapidly rising demands, and increasing industrial competitiveness and influence. Our medical aesthetics market here is strengthened by our mature, sophisticated infrastructure and abundant resources for innovation. We will continue to leverage Chengdu’s geopolitical advantage as a central hub for the Belt and Road Initiative as it becomes the Capital of Medical Aesthetics, defining the medical aesthetics industry’s development. The Chengdu High-Tech Zone will always embrace international platforms with local roots like Allergan Innovation Center. Through partnered support in production, academic, and RD, these platforms can contribute to a sustainable industrial ecology in Chengdu. Together with our partners, this strong atmosphere of innovation will help build Chengdu into China’s, and even the world’s Capital of Medical Aesthetics.”

Jason Smith, Allergan Senior Vice President and President of APAC MEA stated, “Allergan’s rapid growth in China is linked to China’s growing economy, supportive government policies and growing consumer interest in medical aesthetics treatments. This strategic collaboration with Chengdu actively enables Allergan to fulfill its long-term commitment to China in the medical aesthetics field. In the future, we also plan to establish Allergan China Western Operation Center in Chengdu, We will continue working closely with the government, industry associations and medical aesthetics organizations to promote the overall development of China’s medical aesthetics industry and contribute to China’s economic development.”

With innovation as its driving force, Allergan has continuously introduced its leading medical aesthetics products and treatments, including Botox®, Juvederm®, and Natrelle® to China. In addition to excellent products, Allergan has also introduced the world’s leading facial rejuvenation solutions to China, such as MD Codes[TM]and MD ASA[TM], which support medical aesthetics doctors to satisfy Chinese consumers’ personalized demands for scientifically-proven and safe medical aesthetics services.

Allergan China President White Wang commented, “Allergan’s rapid growth in China is driven by our desire to serve the market by continuously introducing innovative medical aesthetics products and technologies. Our Medical Aesthetics Innovation Center will allow close collaboration with the Chengdu government to explore how to accelerate the market access of innovative medical aesthetics products.”

The innovation center will make use of Allergan’s abundant innovative resources and extensive clinical experience from around the world to improve the consultation and treatment skills of Chinese medical aesthetics professionals and their clinics’ management levels. This will drive high service standards and high-quality outcomes for consumers, unlocking new momentum for China’s medical aesthetics industry.

At present, China’s medical aesthetics industry is showing explosive growth. In 2018, the scale of China’s medical aesthetics market could reach 13.6 billion USD with the average growth rate of 22.7% from 2015 to 2020[1]. Under these circumstances, China’s medical aesthetics professionals are presently unable to meet the market demand either in quantity or in quality. In addition, there is a lack of professional and systematic medical aesthetics professionals training in the China market, which has become an important factor behind the scarcity of qualified professionals.

As Chinese society develops into a new era, meeting its people’s increasing needs for a better life and achieving high-quality growth have become the main theme of China’s economic development. The medical aesthetics industry’s growth represents this focus and is primed to reach new heights in its consumption capacity, thanks to its frequent product innovation and increased consumer appetite for personalized, experience-driven treatment. Medical aesthetics consumers have become more sophisticated in their awareness and selection of medical aesthetics services, devoting more attention to the added value of innovation on top of safe, effective products.

Since entering China in 2009, Allergan provides world-class academic exchange platforms for medical aesthetics professionals through the Allergan Medical Institution (AMI). In addition, Allergan is dedicated to improving the diagnosis and treatment skills of Chinese medical aesthetics professionals, so that Allergan products can be better leveraged in serving consumers. Following the establishment of the innovation center, Allergan will continue to join hands with a wide range of industry partners, such as medical institutions and regulatory authorities, to support seminars, international academic visits, online meetings, on-site practice and demonstrations, so as to enable more Chinese medical aesthetics professionals to master the world’s leading diagnosis and treatment skills and concepts of medical aesthetics.

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[1] Deloitte’s “China’s Medical Aesthetics Market Analysis 2017″ report

About Allergan plc

Allergan plc (NYSE: AGN), headquartered in Dublin, Ireland, is a bold, global pharmaceutical company and a leader in a new industry model – Growth Pharma. Allergan is focused on developing, manufacturing and commercializing branded pharmaceutical, device, biologic, surgical and regenerative medicine products for patients around the world.

Allergan markets a portfolio of leading brands and best-in-class products for the central nervous system, eye care, medical aesthetics and dermatology, gastroenterology, women’s health, urology and anti-infective therapeutic categories.

Allergan is an industry leader in Open Science, a model of research and development, which defines our approach to identifying and developing game-changing ideas and innovation for better patient care. With this approach, Allergan has built one of the broadest development pipelines in the pharmaceutical industry.

Allergan’s success is powered by our global colleagues’ commitment to being Bold for Life. Together, we build bridges, power ideas, act fast and drive results for our customers and patients around the world by always doing what is right.

With commercial operations in approximately 100 countries, Allergan is committed to working with physicians, healthcare providers and patients to deliver innovative and meaningful treatments that help people around the world live longer, healthier lives every day.

For more information, visit Allergan’s website at

Forward-Looking Statement

Statements contained in this press release that refer to future events or other non-historical facts are forward-looking statements that reflect Allergan’s current perspective on existing trends and information as of the date of this release. Actual results may differ materially from Allergan’s current expectations depending upon a number of factors affecting Allergan’s business. These factors include, among others, the difficulty of predicting the timing or outcome of FDA approvals or actions, if any; the impact of competitive products and pricing; market acceptance of and continued demand for Allergan’s products; the impact of uncertainty around timing of generic entry related to key products, including RESTASIS®, on our financial results; uncertainty associated with financial projections, projected cost reductions, projected synergies, restructurings, increased costs, and adverse tax consequences; difficulties or delays in manufacturing; and other risks and uncertainties detailed in Allergan’s periodic public filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including but not limited to Allergan’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2017. Except as expressly required by law, Allergan disclaims any intent or obligation to update these forward-looking statements.

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An executive coach says there’s a creative strategy for earning a promotion — but too many people ignore it

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  • You have a better chance of earning a promotion if you have supporters throughout your organization.
  • That’s why workplace strategist Erica Keswin recommends joining employee resource groups — such as a group for millennials — and taking on leadership positions within them.
  • You might also volunteer for side projects, outside your current role and responsibilities.

Erica Keswin calls it “playing the long game.”

If you know you’d like to be promoted within the next year, you’ve got to start thinking — and talking — about your plan today.

Keswin is a workplace strategist, a former executive coach at New York University’s Stern School of Business, and the author of the forthcoming book “Bring Your Human to Work.” When she works with clients on taking the next steps in their career, she recommends that they build relationships throughout their organization.

That way, Keswin said, “you have champions in other areas” — not just your manager and your team.

Keswin said a great way to forge those relationships is to join employee resource groups — for example, a group for women or for millennials. “Maybe you go in there and you take on a  leadership role and you help plan events and you connect with the people,” she said.

These are all ways of “broadening your reach within an organization” (in addition to supporting a cause you’re passionate about or learning more about it).

Another piece of earning a promotion is simply communicating with your boss, Keswin said, and being specific about what it is that you want.

“Do you want a higher title? Do you want more money?” she said. If you want a promotion because you feel like you’re stagnating and not growing, find a way to convey that.

You might also consider volunteering for projects outside your current role and responsibilities.

Keswin gave an example of how you might frame the request to your manager: “The sales role has been great, but when I look forward, I would love to get exposed to different areas in the company. I know there may not be a role currently in marketing, but I would be open to doing a project even on the side of my current job.”

Keswin said, “It comes back to knowing who you are and what you want.”

There’s a less painful way to make small talk than asking ‘What do you do?’

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  • If making small talk is painfully awkward for you, it might be because you’re asking the wrong questions.
  • Although it’s a classic conversation starter, the question “What do you do?” can be too intimate of a question for some people.
  • A better version of the question is “What keeps you busy?”

Small talk may come naturally to some people, while others find it excruciating.

If you’re one of the people who find it difficult to make small talk at parties, it may be because you’re asking the wrong questions, experts told The New York Times.

For example, while the question “What do you do?” is a classic conversation starter, it may lead to an awkward moment if your conversation partner is unemployed or simply doesn’t want to talk about work.

Instead of “What do you do?” try asking “What keeps you busy?” etiquette expert Daniel Post Senning told The Times. That way, the question “applies to people whether or not they have traditional jobs, are stay-at-home-parents or are currently employed,” the Times wrote.

As it turns out, Post Senning considers work life one of the most intimate conversation topics, right up there with family, health, and finance. Slightly less intimate topics include religion, politics, dating, and love lives, while the safest tier of topics to discuss include sports, weather, pop culture, and “immediate shared experiences.”

Meanwhile, in other countries, the “what do you do?” question could even be taken as offensive. 

In France, for example, “They will be offended, believing you’re trying to put them into a box,” culture writer Julie Barlow told Quartz in 2017. “And they just don’t think it’s interesting to work for a living. There are other things they’d much rather talk about.”

Asking “What do you do?” could even get you kicked out of certain small-talk–averse parties in Hong Kong, Business Insider’s Shana Lebowitz wrote.

But other than reframing the question, there are plenty of other strategies you can use to initiate meaningful conversations with strangers.

For one, it helps to ask your conversation partner open-ended questions, which prompt more detailed answers than yes-or-no questions. A question like “Did you have a good weekend?” will get a less thought-provoking response than “What was the best part of your weekend?”

Communication expert Yasmin Sara Merchant also recommends preparing a few conversation topics in advance related to the event, like “How do you know the host?” or “What is your connection to this event?”

“Ultimately, mastering the art of small talk will help you learn how to build relationships with people in both personal and professional settings,” Merchant wrote. “With good small talk skills, you can turn every conversation or networking event into an opportunity for success.”

Anova Technologies Appoints Joe Hilt as Vice President of Sales and Marketing

CHICAGO, Sept. 19, 2018 /PRNewswire/ – Anova Technologies, a global connectivity and market data provider to the financial services industry, announces today the appointment of industry veteran and thought leader, Joe Hilt, as Vice President of Sales and Marketing. In this position, Mr. Hilt will direct Anova’s sales teams to achieve revenue objectives as well as manage commercial relationships to ensure profitability. Moreover, he will help drive Anova’s soon-to-be-announced global market expansion and new financial services product rollouts, among other responsibilities.

“Joe’s hire as our new Vice President of Sales and Marketing is a testament to our growth and continued focus on the financial marketplace,” comments Michael Persico, CEO, Anova Technologies. “Joe’s experience, customer-centric philosophy and proven leadership abilities will be instrumental to our overall success as we extend our product suite and expand our footprint globally. We are thrilled to have him on board as we prepare for what is certain to be an exciting close of 2018 and beyond.”

Mr. Hilt has more than 25 years of experience serving the telecommunications industry as a data networking and ultra-low latency expert with strong ties to the financial, Over-the-Top (OTT) content and wholesale communities. Prior to joining Anova, he was VP of Sales, Financial Markets with GTT Communications, following its acquisition of Hibernia Networks. Previously, Mr. Hilt held multiple positions in sales and marketing with Hibernia Networks, most recently as VP, Sales for the Americas. Leveraging his expertise in the financial vertical, as Senior Executive with Hibernia Networks, he was one of the primary architects of Project Express, the lowest-latency transatlantic subsea cable system constructed to date.

“A global carrier with a client-first focus is precisely what is needed in the financial services industry,” states Mr. Hilt. “I am going to make this part of my rallying cry here at Anova. There is a clear lack of a provider who has the customers’ interest at the forefront of their business. Anova’s international presence, proven connectivity options and market data distribution capabilities position the company to serve the financial services community in ways that have an immediate impact on their bottom line. I’m excited to be a part of the great team at Anova.”

Mr. Hilt will attend and be available for meetings at the FIA EXPO 2018 event taking place October 16-18 at the Hilton, Chicago. To schedule a meeting with Mr. Hilt at the event, contact

To learn more about Anova Technologies, please visit

About Anova Technologies
Anova Technologies is the preeminent provider and innovator in transport and hardware to the electronic trading space. Since its inception in 2009, Anova has pioneered the deployment methodology for millimeter wave point-to-point networks, is the sole provider of long distance hybrid lasercom connectivity, patented and deployed endpoint termination devices and been honored with multiple awards and media coverage. Firms of all types and sizes rely on Anova’s networks to deliver ultra-low latency, near perfect availability, and scalable capacity.

Learn more at and follow the company on Twitter @AnovaTech

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Stocks May Give Back Ground In Early Trading

(RTTNews) – Stocks may early weakness on Wednesday, giving back some ground after moving notable higher in the previous session. The major index futures are currently pointing to a modestly lower open for the markets, with the Dow futures down by 14 points.

Profit taking may contribute to initial weakness on Wall Street, as traders cash in on yesterday’s gains amid lingering concerns about the trade dispute between the U.S. and China.

Traders largely shrugged off the escalating trade war on Wednesday, but uncertainty about the impact on the global economy is likely to continue to weigh on their minds.

With the widely anticipated tariff announcements in the rearview mirror, traders may also start looking ahead to next week’s Federal Reserve meeting.

The Fed is widely expected to raise interest rates by another quarter point, although traders are likely to keep a close eye on the accompanying statement for clues about future rate hikes.

On the U.S. economic front, a report released by the Commerce Department showed a sharp increase in new residential construction in the U.S. in the month of August, although the report also showed a steep drop in building permits during the month.

The Commerce Department said housing starts spiked by 9.2 percent to an annual rate of 1.282 million in August from the revised July estimate of 1.174 million.

Economists had expected housing starts to jump by 5.7 percent to a rate of 1.235 million from the 1.168 million originally reported for the previous month.

Meanwhile, the report said building permits tumbled by 5.7 percent to an annual rate of 1.229 million in August from a revised 1.303 million in July.

Building permits, an indicator of future housing demand, had been expected to edge down by 0.1 percent to a rate of 1.310 million from the 1.311 million originally reported for the previous month.

Stocks moved mostly higher during trading on Tuesday, as traders shrugged off concerns about the escalating trade war between the U.S. and China. The strength on the day came on the heels of the pullback seen on Monday.

The major averages ended the day firmly in positive territory but off their highs of the session. The Dow climbed 184.84 points or 0.7 percent to 26,246.96, the Nasdaq advanced 60.32 points or 0.8 percent to 7,956.11 and the SP 500 rose 15.51 points or 0.5 percent to 2,904.31.

In overseas trading, stock markets across the Asia-Pacific region moved mostly higher during trading on Wednesday. Japan’s Nikkei 225 Index jumped by 1.1 percent, while Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index surged up by 1.2 percent.

The major European markets have shown more modest moves to the upside on the day. While the French CAC 40 Index has risen by 0.3 percent, the U.K.’s FTSE 100 Index and the German DAX Index are both up by 0.2 percent.

In commodities trading, crude oil futures are slipping $0.14 to $69.71 a barrel after jumping $0.94 to $69.85 a barrel on Tuesday. Meanwhile, after falling $2.90 to $1,202.90 an ounce in the previous session, gold futures are climbing $6.40 to $1,209.30 an ounce.

On the currency front, the U.S. dollar is trading at 112.31 yen compared to the 112.36 yen it fetched at the close of New York trading on Tuesday. Against the euro, the dollar is valued at $1.1675 compared to yesterday’s $1.1667.