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Digital Day 2019: EU countries will commit to three digital cooperation initiatives

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Tomorrow at the Digital Day 2019, EU Member States are expected to sign three Declarations to pool efforts and resources for accelerating digital developments in key areas that can bring tangible benefits to our economies and our societies.

This year’s Digital Day will bring Member States and EU institutions together with partners from industry, academia and civil society, and take digital cooperation forward for digitising cultural heritage, smart and sustainable agriculture, as well as for encouraging women’s participation in digital. This follows the successful cooperation launched in previous editions of the event, e.g. on artificial intelligence in 2018 and on supercomputing in 2017.

Andrus Ansip, Vice-President for the Digital Single Market, said: “As the Digital Single Market is becoming a reality step by step, we remain committed to realising Europe’s full digital potential. The new commitments being made today are consolidating Member States’ endeavours towards a more competitive and inclusive digital Europe.

Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner for the Digital Economy and Society, said: “The Digital Day represents an important opportunity towards completing our Digital Single Market. Exchanges during the day will provide further impetus for Member States’ engagement in digital and demonstrate the added value of EU’s concerted action in the area.”

The participating Member States will sign new Declarations of cooperation on:

  • Empowering women’s participation in digital:Women account for 52% of the European population, yet hold only 15% of ICT-related jobs. Member States will commit to closer cooperation to increase women’s visibility and empowerment in the digital economy. The Declaration builds on the Council of the EU Presidency’s conclusions on gender equality, youth and digitalisation and on the Declaration on gender equality. More about the Declaration will be available here at around 12:30 CEST tomorrow.
  • Building a smart and sustainable digital future for European agriculture and rural areas: Enhanced cooperation on leveraging digital technologies can help tackle important economic, social, climate and environmental challenges in agriculture and rural areas. Smart farming will not only help to increase efficiency of farms, but can also help to create sustainable jobs and growth and benefit the quality of life in rural areas. Further details about the Declaration will be available here at around 15:30 CEST tomorrow.
  • Digitising cultural heritage:State of the artdigital technologies can help to preserve Europe’s rich cultural heritage and to mitigate the risks it faces. Building on the momentum of the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018, the Declaration aims to advance digitisation of heritage artefacts, monuments and sites, as well as foster citizen engagement and cross-border cooperation. More information will be available here at around 17:20 CEST tomorrow.

Highlights of the Digital Day 2019 also include the presentation of the guidelines for trustworthy artificial intelligence (AI) by the High-Level Expert Group on Artificial Intelligence (at 9:30-11:15 CEST tomorrow; see also today’s Commission’s Communication on AI), as well as a number of panel discussions, including on the progress of the Digital Single Market.

Ahead of the Digital Day, stakeholders from the Southern Mediterranean will be looking for new ways of working together for connectivity and data at the Digital4Med conference this afternoon. The event can be followed live starting at 14:00 CEST today.

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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.

About DIAGNOS

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
DIAGNOS Inc.
Tel: 450-678-8882 ext. 224

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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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