China Gains Stealth Access to World’s Hotels

marketwiredThe SNS INVNT/IP Global Consortium’s Code-named “Operation BedBug” has Just Uncovered a Massive Spree of Acquisitions in the Hospitality Industry by the Chinese Government and Its Affiliates, Sparking Major Security Concerns for Global Business Leaders and Government Officials

The Strategic News Service (SNS) Global Consortium, Inventing Nations vs. Nation-sponsored Theft of Intellectual Property (INVNT/IP), has just released findings from a previously secret research project, “Operation BedBug.” These discoveries, featured in a special Fox News report last Thursday, describe a massive global acquisition of hotels funded by the government of the People’s Republic of China (PRC).

The risk of collusion and spying on behalf of the Chinese government is so high that US government representatives are not allowed to hold sensitive meetings in locations owned by the Chinese government, known to be the planet’s greatest perpetrator of nation-sponsored IP theft,” noted INVNT/IP Director of Research Evan Anderson in describing China’s new campaign.

“Operation BedBug” is one aspect of the culmination of 5 years of economic research done by INVNT/IP in tracking the dynamics and threat environment of nation-sponsored intellectual property theft. The firm’s just-released white paper, “Theft Nation,” has been described as the “best available description of the Chinese national economy” by the United States Department of Justice.

invnt-ip-logoAn interactive map of potentially compromised hotel locations can be found at the INVNT/IP website, detailing brand names and management, and showing political connections to Chinese government families.

We will not be hosting our technology or business conferences at any of the hotels on this new map,” SNS CEO Mark Anderson said this week. The company recently joined the White House and the US State Department in moving events from the Waldorf Astoria after its recent purchase by China’s Anbang Insurance Group.

INVNT/IP is a global consortium of private firms seeking to reduce nation-sponsored theft of intellectual property since its founding in 2011. INVNT/IP conducts research and advocacy work to protect inventing companies and countries from nation state-actors and their affiliates. INVNT/IP staff give cabinet-level briefings to corporate officers and leaders in all branches of government in the US, UK, EU, and Australia. Corporate members receive access to all levels of INVNT/IP research, for the purpose of better protecting trade secrets from nation-sponsored theft.

Corporate membership in INVNT/IP may be applied for at www.invntip.com/join.

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SNS FiRe Conference Names Atrin Pharmaceutical a 2016 Firestarter Company

Strategic News Service (SNS) has selected Atrin Pharmaceutical, Doylestown, PA, as a 2016 FiReStarter company to be featured at the 14th annual Future in Review (FiRe) conference. FiRe 2016 will take place September 27-30, 2016, at the Stein Eriksen Lodge Deer Valley in Park City, Utah.

Described by The Economist as “the best technology conference in the world,” FiRe features global thought leaders in technology and the global economy, including Elon Musk, Craig Venter, Michael Dell, Vint Cerf, Leroy Hood, Elena Polyakova, Mark Hurd, Paul Jacobs, Cory Doctorow, Kamran Elahian, Ken Goldman, Dharmendra Modha, and many others. FiReStarters are selected based on the strength of their potential to bring positive change to the world, and are showcased at the FiRe conference, in panels throughout the event and with ongoing relationships introduced and supported by SNS.

Atrin Pharmaceuticals is a dynamic biopharmaceutical firm focused on the discovery and development of proprietary medications for the treatment of cancer. Using groundbreaking technology developed and licensed in association with the University of Pennsylvania, Atrin’s bioresearch has led to the development of a portfolio of drug candidates with multiple mechanisms of action. Atrin’s lead program is a novel series of first-in-class, water-soluble, orally bioavailable, highly potent small-molecule inhibitors of ATR for clinical application. Its pipeline of unique small molecules allows specific targeting of a broad spectrum of cancers (pancreatic, lung, ovarian, breast, and colon) with much higher efficacy and lower toxicity than conventional chemotherapeutics.

In addition to the ATR inhibitor series, Atrin’s pipeline also contains two development candidates: ATRN-502, a p53 activator; and ATRN-507, a dual ligand showing specificity and selectivity against cancer cells. Atrin’s scientists have also invented the proprietary Atrize™ platform: an innovative phenotypic FACS-based screening that is broadly applicable across R&D and clinical applications, and as an innovative tool for personalized medicine.

We are honored to be named a 2016 FiReStarter, and our commitment and motivation to transforming the way cancers are treated has never been higher. Atrin’s goal is to commercialize oncologic therapeutics capable of tumor regression without the heinous side effects associated with chemotherapy and radiation. Our early in vivo results using patient-derived tumors are remarkably promising, and the data support that our lead compounds work in multiple forms of cancer. We are delighted to be selected and to have this opportunity to share our passion and science with the world,” said Dr. Oren Gilad, CEO of Atrin Pharmaceutical.

As the world moves into a new era of targeted tumor regression, we are pleased to be able to provide a stage for those leading the charge. We are delighted to be able to have Atrin Pharmaceutical with us this year as a FiReStarter company, and we look forward to the terrific patient benefits their science is set to bring into medical practice,” said Mark Anderson, FiRe Chair and CEO of the Strategic News Service.

fire-logoFuture in Review is a gathering of world-class thought leaders, convened each year with the goal of providing the most accurate look forward in technology. FiRe is a world leader in exploring how technology drives the world economy and in using technology to solve major social challenges. These goals have been consistently achieved through FiRe’s collaborations across technology-driven industries and through active support from the global FiRe community.

To register for FiRe 2016, go to www.futureinreview.com.

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SNS FiRe Conference Names First Light Biosciences a 2016 FiReStarter Company

Strategic News Service (SNS) has selected First Light Biosciences as a 2016 FiReStarter company to be featured at the 14th annual Future in Review (FiRe) conference. FiRe 2016 will take place September 27-30, 2016, at the Stein Eriksen Lodge Deer Valley in Park City, Utah.

Described by The Economist as “the best technology conference in the world,” FiRe features global thought leaders in technology and the global economy, including Elon Musk, Craig Venter, Michael Dell, Vint Cerf, Leroy Hood, Patti Grace Smith, Mark Hurd, Paul Jacobs, and many others. FiReStarters are selected based on the strength of their potential to bring positive change to the world, and are showcased at the FiRe conference, in panels throughout the event, and with ongoing relationships introduced and supported by SNS.

FirstLightLogoSmFirst Light Biosciences is developing breakthrough automated medical diagnostic products for rapid, sensitive, and cost-effective detection of Healthcare Associated Infections (HAI). The products determine the correct antibiotic to cure life-threatening infections in just hours rather than the days required by today’s tests. Based on its proprietary MultiPath™ detection technology, First Light’s products combine the performance of the most advanced commercial laboratory tests with unprecedented affordability and ease-of-use.

“We are honored to be able to take part in the FiRe conference and to share our technology for addressing the critical issues of hospital infections and antimicrobial resistance,” said Don Straus, CEO of First Light Biosciences.

“One of the great risks associated with modern healthcare is infection acquired at the point of treatment. We are delighted to have First Light Biosciences as a FiReStarter this year, and look forward to helping them promote a unique solution to this growing problem,” said Mark Anderson, FiRe Chair and CEO of the Strategic News Service.

 

fire-logoFuture in Review is a gathering of world-class thought leaders, convened each year with the goal of providing the most accurate look forward in technology. FiRe is a world leader in exploring how technology drives the world economy and in using technology to solve major social challenges. These goals have been consistently achieved through FiRe’s collaboration across technology-driven industries and through active support from the global FiRe community.

To register for FiRe 2016, go to www.futureinreview.com

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SNS FiRe Conference Names mPower Solar Generator a 2016 FiReStarter Company

Strategic News Service (SNS) has selected mPower Solar Generator as a 2016 FiReStarter company to be featured at the 14th annual Future in Review (FiRe) conference. FiRe 2016 will take place September 27-30, 2016, at the Stein Eriksen Lodge Deer Valley in Park City, Utah.

Described by The Economistas “the best technology conference in the world,” FiRe features global thought leaders in technology and the global economy, including Elon Musk, Craig Venter, Michael Dell, Vint Cerf, Leroy Hood, Patti Grace Smith, Mark Hurd, Paul Jacobs, and many others. FiReStarters are selected based on the strength of their potential to bring positive change to the world, and are showcased at the FiRe conference, in panels throughout the event, and with ongoing relationships introduced and supported by SNS.

mpowerThe mPower Solar Generator is all-in-one, with two solar panels, plus battery, plus inverter, to allow users to have AC and DC power anytime, anywhere. Up until now, gas generators have provided off-grid electricity, but users complain of the noise, weight, difficulty in refilling the generator and that they have a high carbon footprint. mPower Solar Generators solve these problems by utilizing sun light, solar panels and batteries to provide electricity day and night. mPower Solar Generators are the first all-in-one solution that are easy to set up, carry and use.

“We are very excited to be named a FiReStarter and join the excellent group of startups that share this title,” said Will Perego, CEO of mPower Solar Generator. “We look forward to the business connections we will make at the Future In Review (FiRe) conference, as they are invaluable for any nascent technology company.”

“While the mPower generator is a perfect fit for emerging nations, we also believe that this is the long term vision for a larger part of society. We welcome this contribution to a decentralized power grid, and we are thrilled to have mPower Solar Generator participate as a 2016 FiReStarter company,” said Mark Anderson, FiRe Chair and CEO of the Strategic News Service.

fire-logoFuture in Review is a gathering of world-class thought leaders, convened each year with the goal of providing the most accurate look forward in technology. FiRe is a world leader in exploring how technology drives the world economy and in using technology to solve major social challenges. These goals have been consistently achieved through FiRe’s collaboration across technology-driven industries and through active support from the global FiRe community.

To register for FiRe 2016, go to www.futureinreview.com

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SNS INVNT/IP Consortium Director of Research Issues Warning to US Hospitality Industry

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Open Letter to US Hotel Owners and Managers Highlights Risks of Chinese Government Investment

Strategic News Service’s INVNT/IP Consortium issued an open letter warning last week [March 24, 2016] regarding Chinese government investment in the US hospitality industry. The letter focuses on the recent offer by Anbang Insurance Group Inc., a Chinese government-owned conglomerate currently striving to expand holdings in the US hospitality industry through the purchase of major US hotel interests. The open letter, published on March 24th, detailed the potential problems with Chinese government ownership in the industry.

The increase in Chinese-foreign M&A activity in the last few years is stunning in scale,” noted Evan Anderson, INVNT/IP’s Director of Research. “The funding for this is often coming from the Chinese government, and industry leaders across the board should be thinking carefully about the possible consequences of selling assets to that entity. In the hospitality industry, we’re looking at Chinese government control of the country’s most important, and sensitive, meeting places. These hotels are an intellectual property hotbed, and it’s critical to understand them as such. They are a part of our inventive infrastructure, and they are vulnerable.

As of Monday, March 28th, Anbang Insurance Group raised its bid on Starwood Hotels to $82.75 per share, exceeding Marriott’s last offer of $21 and 0.8 shares of Marriott per share, at a cash price roughly 4,000% above Marriott’s original bid of $2.00 (and 0.9 shares) per share.

The letter can be seen here: https://medium.com/strategic-news-service/open-letter-25698002c1fe#.dl9qgh1su

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SNS FiRe Conference Names OtoNexus Medical Technologies a 2016 FiReStarter Company

Strategic News Service (SNS) has selected OtoNexus Medical Technologies as a 2016 FiReStarter company to be featured at the 14th annual Future in Review (FiRe) conference. FiRe 2016 will take place September 27-30, 2016, at the Stein Eriksen Lodge Deer Valley in Park City, Utah.

Described by The Economistas “the best technology conference in the world,” FiRe features global thought leaders in technology and the global economy, including Elon Musk, Craig Venter, Michael Dell, Vint Cerf, Leroy Hood, Patti Grace Smith, Mark Hurd, Paul Jacobs, and many others. FiReStarters are selected based on the strength of their potential in using technology to bring positive change to the world, and are showcased at the FiRe conference, in panels throughout the event, and with ongoing relationships introduced and supported by SNS.

otonexus-logoA simple and elegant solution, OtoNexus’ ultrasound device will determine not only the presence of infection but also the type of infection. This will allow medical personnel differentiate when and when not to prescribe antibiotics. Otitis media is the #1 indication for antibiotic prescriptions in children, and the #1 cause for surgery in children, yet clinical studies show significant error rates in diagnosis, and other conditions are regularly misdiagnosed as ear infections. OtoNexus’ handheld device is simple and easy to use, highly accurate, and inexpensive. It will provide, for the first time, definitive, objective diagnostic data, leading to increased accuracy, expedited diagnoses, earlier and better treatment, better patient outcomes, reduced antibiotic use, and significantly reduced healthcare costs.

“We are delighted to have been selected as a Future in Review FiReStarter,” said Caitlin Cameron, Chair and CEO of OtoNexus. “We are in a position to greatly improve patient outcomes while reducing costs, and that is a very special place to be; it is truly an honor to have our company recognized by the world’s best predictive organization. We expect the program to be instrumental in providing us with exposure and support this year, as we bring our product closer to market.”

“In addition to providing a proven effective new tool in refining diagnoses of a primary infection leading to pediatric care, the wide deployment of OtoNexus’ technology offers the promise of a dramatic reduction in prescribed antibiotics for children. Given what we know today about the importance of the human microbiome in overall health and immune system function, this is a double win for all children. We are delighted to have OtoNexus as a 2016 FiReStarter Company,” said Mark Anderson, FiRe Chair and CEO of the Strategic News Service.

fire-logoFuture in Review is a gathering of world-class thought leaders, convened each year with the goal of providing the most accurate look forward in technology. FiRe is a world leader in exploring how technology drives the world economy and in using technology to solve major social challenges. These goals have been consistently achieved through FiRe’s collaboration across technology-driven industries and through active support from the global FiRe community.

To register for FiRe 2016, go to www.futureinreview.com

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SNS FiRe Conference Names NanoXplore a 2016 FiReStarter Company

Strategic News Service (SNS) has selected NanoXplore as a 2016 FiReStarter company to be featured at the 14th annual Future in Review (FiRe) conference. FiRe 2016 will take place September 27-30, 2016, at the Stein Eriksen Lodge Deer Valley in Park City, Utah.

Described by The Economist as “the best technology conference in the world,” FiRe features global thought leaders in technology and the global economy, including Elon Musk, Craig Venter, Michael Dell, Vint Cerf, Leroy Hood, Patti Grace Smith, Mark Hurd, Paul Jacobs, and many others. FiReStarters are selected based on the strength of their potential in using technology to bring positive change to the world, and are showcased at the FiRe conference, in panels throughout the event, and with ongoing relationships introduced and supported by SNS.

nanoexploreNanoXplore is a Montreal-based advanced materials company, the largest Canadian producer of graphene and one of the largest graphene producers in the world. NanoXplore provides customers with graphene-enhanced polymers, including master batches in pellet form, few layer graphene powders, and custom graphene solutions. NanoXplore’s ability to tailor the final properties of polymers by adding trace amounts of graphene paves the way for engineering plastics in real world products such as electric motors, electronic packaging, and thermal management solutions. Today NanoXplore supports innovators in the plastic, rubber, performance clothing, paint, coating, and energy storage industries, helping to enhance the thermal, electrical, and physical characteristics of customers’ products, while replacing existing harmful and expensive additives.

“I am very pleased to be returning to the FiRe Conference this year,” said Dr. Soroush Nazarpour, President and CEO of NanoXplore. “This event provides opportunities for great conversations, full of challenging ideas that resurface months later to spark new strategies and directions.”

“Graphene is a dramatically important material in its own rite. It also plays a critical role in the SNS Trifecta Proposal, targeted at converting CO2 from smokestacks into this universally-useful chemical. NanoXplore is making direct and important commercialization contributions which, we believe, will not only lead to their own success, but to radical moves forward in reducing climate change. For all of these reasons, we are delighted to have them as a FiReStarter Company in 2016,” said Mark Anderson, FiRe Chair and CEO of the Strategic News Service.

fire-logoFuture in Review is a gathering of world-class thought leaders, convened each year with the goal of providing the most accurate look forward in technology. FiRe is a world leader in exploring how technology drives the world economy and in using technology to solve major social challenges. These goals have been consistently achieved through FiRe’s collaboration across technology-driven industries and through active support from the global FiRe community.

To register for FiRe 2016, go to www.futureinreview.com

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SNS INVNT/IP on BBC Business Matters

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“China’s State Council is due to announce fresh GDP figures for 2015 soon after we go to air. Official sources are predicting that they’ll show growth of around 7% but does that number reflect anything like reality? Mark Anderson of Strategic News Service thinks not – and he’s convinced that impressive growth figures from recent years have been the result of what he calls systemic fraud and intellectual property theft. Those are the themes of a new report called Theft Nation. He spoke to us from Washington State.”

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“60 Minutes” on Cyber-Espionage with SNS INVNT/IP

To All SNS Members:

invnt-ip-logoAs a member of SNS, you are no doubt aware of our ongoing efforts to reduce state-sponsored theft of crown jewel intellectual property, under the auspices of the global consortium INVNT/IP (Inventing Nations vs. Nation-Sponsored Theft of IP). We want to share with you news of a 60 Minutes television broadcast on this topic, scheduled to air this coming Sunday evening, January 17th, on CBS. (The published schedule lists the showtime as 8pm PT, but please check your local listings.) This program was the direct result of our INVNT/IP work with 60 Minutes reporter Lesley Stahl and her team during and after the Aspen Security Forum last July. We have been working with them since that time to make this happen.

We are particularly grateful to John Carlin and Marc Raimondi at the Department of Justice; Stephanie Douglas, Special Agent Kevin Phelan, and key personnel leading the FBI; Dmitri Alperovitch at CrowdStrike; and Evan Anderson, author of the research report “Theft Nation: How IP Theft Drives the Chinese National Business Model, and Its Effect Upon the Global Economy,” which provides the source material for the program. Almost everyone involved has read this report and/or been personally briefed by our team prior to the production.

We appreciate your interest in this major issue and your support of our efforts. As you know, while most of the work of our INVNT/IP Global Consortium is done in secret, we also recognize the need for public education to garner public support and corporate engagement in solving the problem of institutionalized theft and damage to innovation-based national economies.

Please feel free to contact us directly if you have any questions about this work.

Sincerely,

Mark R. Anderson

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SNS: Top Ten Predictions for 2015, Graded

  1. Artificial Currencies Multiply, and Go Nowhere. When will geeks learn that currencies are more than hard math problems, and require the good faith, economic strength and military power of a nation in order to warrant the trust of others? Not next year.

     
    10 pts.
     
  2. Net Neutrality Survives the Onslaught of US Lobbyists, but carriers are thrown a bone of some kind by old friend Tom Wheeler.

     
    10 pts.
     
  3. Pattern Recognition Becomes the Real Goal of Predictive Analytics and Big Data Collection, and PRP (Pattern Recognition Processors) Chips, and a whole new ecology of tools and languages begins to arrive in developers’ hands, setting the stage for a revolution in computing.

     
    10 pts.
     
  4. Security Takes Its Rightful Place in the CEO Agenda, and corporate spending on security reverses its current downward trend. The cost of building an insecure Internet is paying for security, and this is the year when all of the tickets come due at once. (Russia gains more fear and respect as a cyber warrior, and China gains more global scorn as a cyber thief of commercial IP, and the press will do a good job of confusing the two.)

     
    10 pts.
     
  5. VR Remains Exactly That – Virtual – everywhere except in gaming and fringe entertainment. Just because Zuck has a good lunch date with Oculus doesn’t mean the rest of the world has not already taken a pass on this technology for decades.

     
    10 pts.
     
  6. Amazon Stumbles, as Jeff’s appetite finally exceeds his reach, and customers are turned off by his megalomaniacal drive: the fire phone debacle, off-book rocket adventures, hapless drone delivery scenarios, Hachette punishments, all lead to a loss of customer, and investor, confidence.

     
    5 Pts.: Bezos becomes publicly ranked by the Harvard Business Review as one of the worst CEOs in the world, and the New York Times writes a crucifixion story about the company which directly impacts its recruitment levels – even as the stock climbs.
     
  7. Home Networks Finally Get Off the Launchpad, and it turns out that all people want is low energy bills, TVs everywhere, and a single remote. What they don’t want: talking refrigerators, things that don’t work, complexity replacing reliability, more nested menus instead of real buttons, dumb things talking to other dumb things, or, worst of all, hackable home networks. Samsung and Apple lead the pack in this race.

     
    10 pts.
     
  8. Apple Pay Succeeds, establishing its leadership in the new MALT category. With Mapping improved and Micro-mapping driven by Beacon, Advertising dollars following Beacon merchandising edge, Location provided by phones and Beacons, and the final Transactions step now well in hand with Apple Pay, Apple achieves the technical and market steps necessary for domination of retail and physical space services.

     
    10 Pts.: Apple has achieved the technical position and market positioning, but beacons have yet to be widely deployed.
     
  9. Encryption Continues Its Exponential Expansion: Everywhere, deeper and end-to-end, a continuing major trend. Thank you, again, Edward, for protecting us from China and Russia, as well as ourselves.

     
    10 pts.
     
  10. Personal Health, Fitness, and Lifestyle Devices Merge. The doctor / patient relationship begins an inevitable and irreversible shift in power and cooperation. We’ll see a flood of new watches, bands, and jewelry, but intelligent clothing stays fashion-niched because of price and inconsistency. New goals for the device genre: non-invasive measurement of blood pressure and glucose levels, and for the fanciful, creative visual displays of body state, such as heart rate and galvanic skin response, perhaps even a lover’s proxy touch. New creative energies in science and design rush in.

     
    10 pts.
     

 

Total: 95 Pts.

 

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