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CIO Leadership: Technology Luminaries to Highlight the Power of Business Reinvention at HMG Strategy’s 2020 CIO Summit of America in NYC

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Prominent technology leaders speaking at the summit will include Julia Anderson, Global CIO, Smithfield Foods; Snehal Antani, CTO, U.S. Department of Defense; Cindy Finkelman, CIO, FactSet Research Systems; Jeanette Horan, former CIO, IBM and Board Member, Nokia and Wolters Kluwer; Jim Panos, CIO, Central National Gottesman Inc.; Frank Price, SVP & Chief Information Risk Officer, Hudson’s Bay Company; and Doug Rousso, EVP Chief Information Technology Officer, MGM
NEW YORK, Feb. 07, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — In today’s shifting landscape of technological, geopolitical and business disruption, many enterprises are struggling to keep up. To adapt to the accelerating pace of change, corporate leaders must be willing and able to reinvent their business strategies, mindsets and corporate cultures. CIOs have the power to guide their companies through these turbulent times by thinking and leading differently, forging strong alliances with the board and the C-suite, and uniting cultural and technological transformation to drive winning business outcomes.Top technology thinkers will take the stage to explore these topics and more at the HMG Strategy 2020 CIO Summit of America, taking place on March 26, 2020, at the Grand Hyatt New York.To learn more about the HMG Strategy 2020 CIO Summit of America, which is expected to draw more than 500 CIOs, CTOs, CDOs and other technology executives, and to register for the event, click here.As CIOs navigate a sea of challenges—disruptive competition, economic uncertainty and a digital deluge—they can also serve as one another’s most valuable resource,” said Hunter Muller, President and CEO of HMG Strategy. “At the Summit of America, some of the brightest minds in the IT industry will come together to share insights, strategies and best practices as they drive towards Enterprise 2025.”The HMG Strategy 2020 CIO Summit of America will open with HMG Lead, Reimagine, Reinvent Tech Talks from Snehal Antani, CTO of the U.S. Department of Defense, as well as David Politis, Founder and CEO, BetterCloud and an executive from Nutanix.Other in-depth sessions will include:An executive briefing from Mike Daoust, Director of GTM Chrome, Google Chrome EnterpriseAn executive panel featuring MoveworksThe presentation of the HMG Strategy 2020 Global Technology Executives Who Matter AwardsLuncheon updates from SIM New York Metro and NPower NewsA panel of IT thought leaders who will discuss how advanced technologies such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, data analytics and the Internet of Things can help businesses create operational efficiencies and seize upon nascent customer and market trendsA group of prominent IT search executives who will lend insight into the ways that forward-thinking CIOs can fast-track their careers by trademarking themselves as industry thought leaders, key talent attractors and appealing board candidatesA panel of IT security experts who will examine the escalating threats across our global cyber theater, and deliver real-world mitigation and threat protection approaches that can help enterprises minimize risk while maximizing agility and innovationA group of prominent industry leaders who will share their perspectives on how CIOs and IT executives must adapt, think and lead their organizations to success in an era of relentless change and disruptionAn executive discussion showcasing the power of CIO and CEO partnering featuring Millennium Health CIO Dave Henderson and CEO Andrew LukowiakA panel of high-level technology board members who will share their thoughts on why CIOs and CTOs are underrepresented on boards, how to reverse this trend and what technology executives can do to prepare for boardroom successAn executive briefing from Zoom Global CIO Harry MoseleyA closing discussion with a panel of industry frontrunners who will explore the challenges that CIOs face in today’s uncertain times, as well as the pioneering leadership, inventive mindset and technological foresight they must embrace to position their organizations for competitive advantage in the race towards Enterprise 2025Presenting Partners at the HMG 2020 CIO Summit of America will be BetterCloud, Google Chrome Enterprise, Moveworks, Nutanix and Zoom. Platinum Partners will include Brightfield, Darktrace and Singtel. Gold Partners will be Apptio and AutonomIQ. The Supporting Partner will be Backupify and the Trailblazer Partner will be DataStax. The Preferred Research Partner will be Info-Tech Research Group. Strategic Partners will include Egon Zehnder, Heidrick & Struggles, Korn Ferry and Spencer Stuart. Alliance Partners will be Amplify Partners, Glynn Capital, Greylock Partners, Lightspeed Venture Partners and Sequoia. The Association Partner will be SIM New York Metro.To visit the HMG Strategy 2020 CIO Summit of America website and register for the event, click here.About HMG Strategy
HMG Strategy is the world’s largest independent and most trusted provider of executive networking events and thought leadership to support the 360 degree needs of technology leaders. Our regional CIO and CISO Executive Leadership Series, newsletters, authored books, and digital Resource Center deliver proprietary research on leadership, innovation, transformation, and career ascent.
The HMG Strategy global network consists of over 400,000 senior IT executives, industry experts and world-class thought leaders.To learn more about the 7 Pillars of Trust to HMG Strategy’s unique business model, click hereTom Hoffman
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Second Front Systems Raises $6 Million to Provide Immediate Impact to National Security, led by ARTIS Ventures

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San Francisco, CA, July 07, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Second Front Systems, a software company working to disrupt the traditional aerospace and defense industry by acting as a beachhead for cutting-edge startups, today announced an oversubscribed $6 million in seed funding led by ARTIS Ventures. Additional investors include Kleiner Perkins, 8VC, Gula Tech Adventures, and Abstract VenturesThe venture funding will be used to expand the capabilities of Second Front’s software platform, Atlas Fulcrum, which has recently received a major contract award from the General Services Administration (GSA) and the Air Force’s AFWERX. The U.S. military recognizes that commercially driven tech, such as autonomy, cyber, biotech, and AI, has surpassed the defense base in relevance to national security in the 21st century. Acting as a “digital prime,” the Atlas Fulcrum platform empowers the U.S. government to regain control from the traditional defense industry in scouting, vetting, and securely fielding cutting-edge technology at scale.Austin Walne, partner at ARTIS Ventures will join Second Front’s board with General Peter Pace, former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Stanley McChrystal, former commander of U.S. and international forces in Afghanistan, and Alberto Yepez, co-founder and managing director of ForgePoint Capital.
“The U.S. Military is actively seeking advances in artificial intelligence and synthetic biology. This aligns with ARTIS Ventures’ focus on the convergence of computer science and life science,” said Austin Walne, partner at ARTIS Ventures, whose firm is also an investor in Palantir. “Second Front’s executive team comes with proven military backgrounds, giving them an insider’s perspective on vetting and integrating technologies that will have an immediate impact on national security.” 
Second Front was started by former Marine Corps Major Peter Dixon, a scout sniper platoon commander who worked with In-Q-Tel and DARPA to pioneer counter-cartel and counter-insurgency technologies, including early adoption of Palantir, at the State Department and Pentagon, and retired Marine Corps Colonel Mark Butler, a fighter and test pilot who helped form the Marines’ arm of Cyber Command.
“I came back from combat deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan where my men and I were hamstrung by outdated technology that negated what should have been an advantage against insurgent adversaries,” said Second Front CEO Peter Dixon. “Subsequently, at the Pentagon, I watched as billions of dollars were awarded to traditional defense companies, many of whom were unable to deliver usable technology to front-line troops. This venture financing and initial partnerships gives Second Front the velocity to build a new type of ‘lean systems integrator’ that can harness the innovations of the American entrepreneurial ecosystem where the traditional defense firms have failed.” Biotech and the Military 
As the U.S. military looks to reshape the national security and innovation base to respond to pandemics and embrace evolving technologies such as synthetic biology, biotech has become a crucial focus area for the government. 
As stated by Dr. Will Roper, Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics in Breaking Defense, “There are so many breakthroughs that are happening. We don’t typically think about biology as a core competency in the Air Force, but biology teaches us a ton.” 
Second Front Systems is a public benefit corporation operating in a new class of venture-backed defense companies that includes Palantir, Anduril, and Rebellion Defense.
About Second Front Systems
Second Front Systems is a veteran-owned small business that builds software so U.S. and allied governments can harness disruptive technology from venture capital-backed, commercially proven companies. For more information visit https://secondfront.com/
About ARTIS Ventures 
ARTIS Ventures (AV) partners with entrepreneurs who are driven to impact the world by reshaping and reinventing industries. The team supports its portfolio companies through their entire life-cycle, from initial venture investment to public offering and beyond. As an early leader in the emerging TechBio sector, ARTIS Ventures funds companies at the intersection of computer science and life science, applying engineering principles and data-enabled discovery to the healthcare space. Notable companies the firm has backed include YouTube, Modern Meadow, Nimble Storage, StemCentrx, Palantir, IDbyDNA, Versa Networks, Cohesity, Locus Biosciences, Eko, Excision BioTherapeutics, Aether, Unnatural Products, Inc., and more. For more information visit www.av.co or email contact@av.co.

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DIAGNOS Announces that its Client in California, the Chaparral Medical Group of Clinics, is Reopening the Screening Services for Diabetic Retinopathy after the COVID-19 Shutdown

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BROSSARD, Quebec, July 07, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Diagnos Inc. (“DIAGNOS” or the “Corporation”) (TSX Venture: ADK) (OTCQB: DGNOF), a leader in early detection of critical health issues using advanced Artificial Intelligence (AI), is pleased to announce that its client, Chaparral Medical Group (“Chaparral”), is reopening amid additional safety extra measures being implemented to address the COVID-19 situation.
Dr. Prasad Jeereddi, MD, Diabetes Specialist, President, and Medical Director of Chaparral stated: “The remote screenings are conducted using a telemedicine application which temporarily replaces the requirement for patients to be seen in person by a specialist. It only takes 5 minutes to perform the screening test. It prevents the need for the diabetic patient to get their eyes tested in a different location. Chaparral operates 33 clinics across the state of California. Diabetic patients are vulnerable to COVID-19 and the convenience of the test in our clinic reduces the risk for COVID-19 exposure.”Telemedicine refers to the practice of caring for patients remotely when the provider and patient are not physically present with each other.Mr. Yves-Stephane Couture, vice-president of sales at DIAGNOS added: “We are pleased to provide extra service at the point of care (POC) for Chaparral’s patients. While the patient is in the clinic, it’s an excellent opportunity to check their eyes for diabetic retinopathy. Diabetes is the most common cause of vision impairment and blindness among working-age adults in the United States as per the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”
About Chaparral Medical Group

Chaparral Medical Group is a multi-specialty healthcare group serving the communities of Claremont, La Verne, San Dimas, Fontana, Pomona, Rancho Cucamonga, Upland, Chino Hills and Diamond Bar in Southern California. Over 20 primary care physicians serve as the group’s clinical core, and work together with their medical and surgical specialists to provide outstanding care to the patient population of Southern California. They have been serving the community since 1978 and their unwavering commitment to patient care and physician work satisfaction are what have driven them to become the most trusted and relied-upon group of physicians in their area.

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DIAGNOS is a publicly-traded Canadian corporation with a mission of early detection of critical health issues through the use of its Artificial Intelligence (“AI”) tool CARA (Computer Assisted Retina Analysis). CARA is a tele-ophthalmology platform that integrates with existing equipment (hardware and software) and processes at the point of care. CARA’s Artificial Intelligence image enhancement algorithms make standard retinal images sharper, clearer and easier to read. CARA is accessible securely over the internet and is compatible with all recognized image formats and brands of fundus cameras and is EMR compatible. CARA is a cost-effective tool for screening large numbers of patients in real-time. CARA complies with local regulations, is FDA cleared for commercialization in the United States of America is Health Canada licensed for commercialization in Canada and is CE marking compliant in Europe.
Additional information is available at www.diagnos.com and www.sedar.comThis news release contains forward-looking information. There can be no assurance that forward-looking information will prove to be accurate, as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in these statements. DIAGNOS disclaims any intention or obligation to publically update or revise any forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. The forward-looking information contained in this news release is expressly qualified by this cautionary statement.Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.For further information, please contact: Mr. André Larente, President
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Fluent.ai Named a Cool Vendor by Gartner

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MONTREAL, July 07, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Fluent.ai, a leading provider of offline, small footprint and multilingual speech understanding solutions for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) looking to deliver lightweight solutions for consumer devices, announces it has been recognized in the Cool Vendors in Natural Language Technology1 report by Gartner.Fluent.ai’s groundbreaking speech-to-intent technology uses neural networks to directly map a user’s speech to intended action based on acoustic sounds alone, completely bypassing the need for speech-to-text transcription and reliance on a Cloud connection. This acoustic-only approach enables Fluent.ai to create small footprint, low power speech understanding systems that work fully offline on edge devices. Fluent.ai technology also works well in noisy environments and offers industry-leading multilingual capabilities.Fluent’s WakeWord and Automatic Intent Recognition (“Air”) software solutions provide fast-response voice activation and control capabilities that are ideal for consumer devices such as smart home appliances, wearable fitness trackers and wireless headphones. By working fully offline on device, Fluent.ai protects consumer privacy and has the flexibility to be used in any environment. Fluent’s solutions are tailor-made and can be built to support any language, any accent, and even multiple languages and accents in a single small-footprint system.“To us, our recognition in the Cool Vendors in Natural Language Technology report by Gartner is confirmation that Fluent.ai is well on its way to fulfilling our company mission to voice enable the world’s devices,” said Probal Lala, CEO of Fluent.ai. “We aim to provide a voice solution that works for everyone regardless of their language, accent or environment. It’s this focus along with our small footprint and low power requirements that we believe will make our OEM customers successful in offering voice control capabilities to their end users. In this era of COVID-19, we anticipate these capabilities will only grow in importance as touchless user interfaces become more and more of a necessity.”1 Gartner, “Cool Vendors in Natural Language Technology,” Bern Elliot, Anthony Mullen, Afraz Jaffri, Jessica Ekholm, Tracy Tsai, 16 April 2020.

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