EvolveWare Wins USAF Contract for Legacy Systems Analysis


On August 29, 2017, the United States Air Force (USAF) Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC) awarded EvolveWare and partner Diligent Consulting Inc. the Legacy Systems Study at Joint Base Randolph Air Force Base (JBSA-Randolph).

The study requires a comprehensive IT analysis of over forty (40) United States Air Force (USAF) legacy systems with a goal to systems to determine “fit” with Oracle’s E-Business Suite (EBS) Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system, or other commercial products certified for use with EBS.

Examples of some of the legacy systems Diligent will use its unique  Evolution Solution℠ on to analyze are:

  • Case Management System (CMS)
  • Assignment Management System (AMS)
  • Millennium
  • Base Level Service Delivery Model (BLSDM)
  • Aviator Retention Pay (ARP)
  • Virtual Personnel Services Center (vPSC)
  • Air Force Fitness Management System II (AFFMS II)
  • AFPC Secure and AFPC Secure Maintenance Application
  • Automated Records Management System Legacy Conversion (ARMS-LC)

The Evolution Solution℠ methodology for performing the analysis and recommending the best solutions for disposition of USAF legacy systems includes a suite of tools, processes and people to automate the analysis and recommendation process. These tools include EvolveWare’s Intellisys Platform to extract the systems meta-data and provide artifacts for analysis.

As part of the deliverables, Diligent’s solution will identify the deltas between USAF legacy systems and the Oracle EBS ERP and provide recommendations on how to best implement the functionality within EBS. The implementation will provide a technical roadmap for potential Government consolidation of functionality into, or severability of functionality from the existing/planned Military Personnel Data System (MILPDS)/Air Force Integrated Personnel and Pay System (AFIPPS) programs.

“We are extremely excited to be able to showcase our Evolution Solution℠ and its capability through automation to rapidly assess and document legacy applications to give the Air Force the ability to make evidence-based decisions on the disposition of the code.” Richard Riney – Executive VP and COO, Diligent Consulting Inc.

The Five Mining Companies to Watch in 2018



What if there were mines without miners? The future of mineral extraction is robots, drones, automated systems, and technology that will eliminate the human element and cut costs way, way down. One mining executive predicts that robots will transform the industry, making it ‘unrecognizable in as little as a decade. Included in today’s commentary: Rio Tinto plc (NYSE: RIO), Lockheed Martin Corporation (NYSE: LMT), Anglo American plc (OTC: NGLOY), AeroVironment, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVAV), Newmont Mining Corporation (NYSE: NEM).

Aerial drones can survey enormous areas faster and easier than manned aircraft, taking detailed digital notes of the terrain in order to pinpoint the most promising spots.

Sensors dug into the earth can map out the underground terrain at lightning speed, delivering immense amounts of data for analysis, before a single shovel sinks into the earth.

Mining bots will dig without human accompaniment. There will be no need for elaborate and costly safety measures. The time needed to tap into deposits will be cut in half.

Companies like Caterpillar Inc. and Komatsu Mining Corp. have already begun developing automated loaders, excavators and other mining bots. New mines are being designed solely for exploitation by robots, with not a single hard-hat miner in sight.

All this means that the global mining sector, which has enjoyed a boom since the commodities crash of the mid-2010s, is set to expand even more. The market cap of top mining firms grew by $47 billion in 2016, rising to $714 billion. Debt has been paid down, profits are up and new technologies promise reduced costs for large and small-cap miners.

With the importance of new technology, it’s not just miners that will matter for the new mining boom. Drone manufacturers supplying craft for mining surveys will be crucial to the success of mining’s new frontiersmen.

Here’s a few companies to watch in tech and mining:

#1 Rio Tinto PLC (NYSE:RIO)

The international mining giant Rio Tinto PLC has embraced the technological revolution in mining and is investing heavily in new mining methods that will allow it to mine deeper, longer and at a lower cost than any other large mining firm.

A new mine opened by RT in Superior, Arizona has seen boring of nearly 7,000 feet. The deepest shaft reaches a depth of 1.3 miles, where temperatures rise to 175 degrees F.

The shaft is so deep and temperatures so high, some mining specialists have joked RT hopes to mine “in hell.”

Such a project would have been unimaginable ten years ago, but improved technology has made it possible. RT is using automated, robot miners to plumb the depths of earth to degrees that are impossible with human miners.

The company is now planning a $2.2 billion ‘intelligent’ iron ore mine that will incorporate new robotics technology, along with driverless trains and trucks. The site of the mine is in Western Australia, where RT extracts more than 300 million tons annually, making it the second-largest ore miner.

The company already operates 73 self-driving trucks in its Australian mines, and will likely rapidly expand that fleet in the coming years, as it embraces robotic tech.

#2 Montego Resources (MY4MO1)

A smaller miner with big ambitions, Montego is currently sitting on what could turn out to be a huge silver deposit.

The company has optioned the Taylor Mine, a historically productive site in eastern Nevada and one which has already enjoyed $27 million in investment by previous companies.

With a market cap of only $11 million, Montego has secured a property that contains 16 million oz. of measured and indicated silver, based on historical data. And utilizing new and advanced mining survey technology, drone flights and underground digital mapping, the company’s management believes Taylor could possibly contain as much as 75 million oz., worth $1.2 billion at today’s prices.

To put the figures in perspective: Alexco, another silver exploration company with properties in Yukon, holds 68 million oz. of silver and has a market cap of $179 million. Using comparative silver holdings in the ground as your sole valuation metric, that would put Montego’s market cap at around $44 million.

That means the market cap of this little company could be much higher, if things work out as expected.

Montego has lined up expert geologists with decades of experience in global mining, and is prepared to use the most advanced methods to unlock Taylor’s potential. In the past, it took months of digging and hours of expensive aerial surveys by manned aircraft to estimate a mine’s potential.

Montego is turning to drones to quickly put together a detailed idea of Taylor’s geology, constructing 3D maps of the area’s geographic architecture. Then, the robo-drill arrives and collects soil samples for analysis.

Through such modern mining methods, Montego should be able to determine where Taylor’s richest veins lie, at a fraction of the cost of traditional surveying. Once new capital is raised, Montego can go in with automated excavators, robot loaders and trucks. The whole mine could be run with a much smaller staff, as opposed to the army of miners once needed to exploit a typical silver mine.

Plus, the Taylor Mine’s superb location makes it an attractive venture. Located only 17 miles from Ely, Nevada and a mere 2.5 miles from US Highway 50, the mine is well-positioned for ease of transport.

Nevada, “The Silver State,” is a big mining state with an attractive business and political environment.

While the price of silver bottomed out in 2015, it’s been rising steadily and could be poised for a rebound in 2018 and 2019.

The Taylor site contains 131 unpatented lodes, 5 unpatented mill sites and 4 patented sites covering 2166 acres. It’s already been heavily explored by its previous owner, Silver Predator, which dug hundreds of holes.

An immense amount of exploration, countless surveys and millions in sunk costs means that Taylor’s worth has already been proven. With Montego’s emphasis on utilizing new technology to make mining quicker and easier, it’s likely the company will need to invest only a relatively small amount of capital before it comes up with high quality drilling targets.

This could make Taylor Mine the biggest silver play in Nevada in 2018.

Investors should take note of this company and watch for its news.

#3 Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT)

One of the world’s most successful defense contractors is also a big player in the world of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), or drones. Lockheed Martin has developed new drone technology that put its products above the rest.

And while most of its drones are designed for combat, marketed primarily to military customers and come with a heavy price tag, the company’s tech is certain to find applications in civilian fields such as aerial surveying.

Right now, Lockheed is trying out new technology designed to take down offensive drones. Utilizing the precision laser system ATHENA, that burns drones with high-intensity lasers and brings them down faster and at longer ranges than conventional counter-measures, Lockheed hopes to design the perfect anti-drone countermeasure system.

One demo had ATHENA take down five drones in quick succession, proving the technology’s viability.

So even while Lockheed is sending drones up, it’s working on new and exciting ways to take them down.

Any investors hoping to ride the UAV wave should take notice, particularly as the civilian drone market is set to expand in the future when drones become more widely used in fields such as mining, agriculture and civilian law-enforcement.

#4 Anglo-American (OTC:NGLOY)

Mining giant Anglo-American Plc. has made it clear where it stands on the mining tech revolution: the company has predicted that in the next decade, some mines will be run entirely without a human presence.

The company feels robot-miners with superior chiseling abilities will replace human miners. In a single decade, widespread adoption of such tech will make international mining ‘unrecognizable’.

Anglo-American technical director Tony O’Neill, in an interview in August 2017predicted a wave of mining technology, including 3D printing, non-explosive rock breakage, medical imaging technology and other methods will allow for quicker, easier, safer and more profitable mineral extraction.

A key aspect of this will be reducing the amount of waste that is brought to the surface. Mining methods haven’t changed much in the last century, apart from improved safety. Miners today use immense quantities of energy, time and water to extract only a small amount of useable minerals.

This pivot to new technologies means that Anglo-American will enjoy a surge of new growth, building on its already-sterling reputation.

#5 AeroVironment (NASDAQ:AVAV)

A major name in drone manufacturing, AeroVironmnent has enjoyed immense growth: the company’s revenue grew by 47 percent from 2016 to 2017, pushed upwards by a $23.2 million gain in drone sales, chiefly to the U.S. military.

The company’s earnings for the year are around $300 million, and stocks jumped at the news.

The company has sold thousands of small UAVs to militaries around the world, and Wall Street feels it’s likely the company will sell thousands more in the years to come. Expectations among analysts have AeroVironment’s stock rising by 36 percent annually over the next five years.

And while the company has focused on the military market, it’s about to break into the civilian market in a big, big way. AeroVironment’s new drone, the Quantix, is designed for commercial applications like agriculture, mining and energy industry applications.

The small craft is designed for a vertical take-off, then morphs into a small airplane for faster, more aerodynamic movement. This allows it to travel farther and more efficiently, allowing it to cover more ground.

This hybrid design will make the Quantix more flexible, allowing it to take on a host of military and civilian applications. It’s the first drone to be introduced directly to agriculture, where the use of drones is still pretty limited, and it’s sure to find plenty of work in surveying and mining applications as well.

That means it’ll be a big earner for AeroVironment.

Honorable Mentions:

Newmont Mining Corp (NYSE:NEM): Founded over 100 years ago, Newmont Mining Corporation is one of the leading mining companies in the world. The company holds assets in PeruAustraliaGhanaIndonesiaMexico, and around the United States. Primarily focusing on gold and copper, Newmont has steadily carved out a name for itself among those in the industry. In Q1 2017 alone, the company secured over 1.2M ounces of gold. Definitely noteworthy for investors.

By. Meredith Taylor

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Governments publish progress report on first anniversary of made-in-Canada climate plan


The Governments of Canada and British Columbia announced the first annual progress report on the implementation of the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change, the first pan-Canadian plan to address climate change. The plan puts the country on the path to reducing carbon pollution, coping with the impacts of a changing climate, fostering clean technology solutions, and creating good, middle-class jobs that contribute to a stronger economy.

One year ago today, Canada’s federal, provincial and territorial leaders adopted a made-in-Canada plan to take ambitious action to fight climate change and drive clean economic growth.

In the past year, governments have taken steps to support communities most affected by the impacts of climate change, such as fires, floods and extreme weather. Governments have also invested in climate solutions and clean growth, helping Canadians save money by using smarter energy solutions and moving towards pricing carbon pollution across the country in 2018.

The first annual progress report, released today, highlights how federal, provincial, and territorial governments, along with Indigenous Peoples, are working together to tackle climate change. While meeting the commitments made under the plan will require sustained work over several years, the report finds that governments’ efforts to implement the plan are on track.

Canada’s climate plan will help industry and all levels of government take firm strides towards meeting our 2030 climate commitments while fostering clean economic growth. As implementation proceeds, governments will continue to build stronger partnerships with Indigenous Peoples, based upon the recognition of rights, respect, cooperation and partnership, and draw upon the views and expertise of Canadians in taking action on climate change.  The Government of Canada is collaborating with First Nations, Inuit, and the Métis Nation on climate action through three separate tables. The Prime Minister and national Indigenous leaders have committed to creating these permanent tables, which will each prepare periodic reports to provide updates, perspectives and proposals.


“We’ve covered a lot of ground since launching our made-in-Canada climate plan one year ago, and we’re starting to see results. We also know we have a lot more work ahead of us. By continuing to work together, across the country, we can tackle climate change while building a stronger economy and creating good jobs.”
– Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change

“At a time when the world is in the midst of an historic transition from the energy that powered our society for generations to cleaner, renewable sources, Canada is positioned to lead the way, thanks to our abundant resources and world-class expertise. We look forward to continuing to work with the provinces and territories and with Indigenous Peoples to meet our emissions reductions targets, grow the economy and create good, middle-class jobs for Canadians.”
– Jim Carr, Minister of Natural Resources

“Moving toward a lower-carbon economy presents tremendous opportunity to generate lasting, good-paying, sustainable jobs right across Canada. By working constructively and cooperatively toward common climate goals, we are now well positioned to build on the momentum generated over the past year. This will not only benefit Canadians, but it will also position Canada as a global leader in the fight against climate change.”
– George Heyman, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy, British Columbia, and 2017 Chair of the Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment

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KISNA डायमंड मैराथन – स्वच्छ भारत के लिए दौड़


Hari Krishna Group ने 21k10k और 6k KISNA डायमंड मैराथन का आयोजन किया। 03 दिसम्बर, 2017 को BKC, मुम्बई में Shubham Joshi – सबसे कम उम्र के मैराथन धावक और Global Run 2017 के ब्रांड एम्बेसेडर – ने दौड़ को सुबह 5:30, सुबह 6:00 और सुबह 6:30 बजे झंडी दिखाकर रवाना किया, जिसमें 3,000 से अधिक लोगों ने एक सामाजिक कार्य के लिए भाग लिया। रनर्स का उत्साह केवल इसलिए ही चरम पर नहीं था, क्योंकि यह एक खेल आयोजन था, बल्कि इसलिए भी क्योंकि यह सामाजिक परोपकार के लिए आयोजित किया गया एक कार्यक्रम था।

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इस भव्य आयोजन में HK के कर्मचारियों सहित बड़ी संख्या में धावकों ने उत्साहपूर्वक आनंद लिया। BKC, मुम्बई की सड़कों पर पूरे राज्य भर से कुछ बेहतरीन एथलीट उतरे, जिनके साथ अन्य उत्साही धावक भी थे जिन्होंने वांछित लक्ष्य पूरे करने के लिए अपनी ओर से सर्वश्रेष्ठ प्रयास किए।

MMRDA, BKC से शुरू इस दौड़ में पूरे मार्ग में चिकित्सा व्यवस्थाएं थीं। रेस ट्रैक के किनारे बनाए गए वाटर स्टेशनों ने धावकों की प्यास दूर करते रहने में बड़ी भूमिका निभाई।

Mr. Ghanshyam Dholakia, संस्थापकHari Krishna Exports Pvt. Ltd. ने कहा कि, हमने तीसरी बार KISNAडायमंड मैराथन का आयोजन कियालेकिन 3,000 से अधिक लोगों की भागीदारी पहली बार हुई। हमें मिली जबरदस्त प्रतिक्रियाओं से हम काफी रोमांचित हैं। हमारे लिए यह एक अतुलनीय आयोजन और महान रेस रही है। प्रत्येक भारतीय नागरिक को इस देश को एक स्वच्छ देश बनाने की जिम्मेदारी सौंपते हुए स्वच्छ भारत अभियान शुरू किया गया है। Hari Krishna Group ने शुरुआत से ही इस अभियान का समर्थन किया है। इस आयोजन से प्राप्त की गई धनराशि स्वच्छ भारत अभियान के लिए दी जाएगी।

इस रंगारंग सुबह का समापन एक पुरस्कार समारोह और उत्कृष्ट खेलभावना के साथ हुआ। Shri Ujjwal Nikam – लोक अभियोजक और Shri Krishna Prakash – IPS, आयरनमैन ट्राएथलॉन (Ironmen Triathlon) पुरस्कार समारोह के अवसर पर मुख्य अतिथि थे। विजेताओं ने KISNA की खूबसूरत डायमंड ज्वैलरी के साथ अपने घरों के लिए प्रस्थान किया। HK के कर्मचारियों ने साइकिलें जीतीं।

Hari Krishna Export Pvt. Ltd. के विषय में:

Hari Krishna Exports Pvt. Ltd. ने जुलाई 2017 में अपने रजत जयंती (सिल्वर जुबिली) वर्ष में प्रवेश किया।

अपने उच्च नैतिक मानकों, उत्कृष्टता के संकल्प, उत्पादों की स्थायी गुणवत्ता और पारदर्शी कारोबारी तौर-तरीकों के लिए विख्यात यह कंपनी निश्चित और उचित कीमतों के मामले में अग्रणी है।

यह कंपनी DTC, रियो टिंटो, DDC और अल रोसा से अपने कच्चे हीरे प्राप्त करती है और ओरिजिनल प्रोग्राम के अंतर्गत कनाडा मार्क और फारएवर मार्क की अधिकृत सप्लायर है। Responsible Jewelry Council (RJC) द्वारा प्रमाणित कंपनी ने परंपरागत पारिवारिक मूल्यों और नवप्रवर्तन का कुशलता से तालमेल कायम किया हुआ है।

भारत के सूरत में दो उच्च तकनीक वाली अत्याधुनिक उत्पादन इकाईयों वाली कंपनी Hari Krishna Group में 7,000 से अधिक कर्मचारी हैं जो विश्वस्तरीय कार्य परिवेश में कार्य करते हैं और 5,00,000 कैरेट प्रतिवर्ष से अधिक उत्पादन क्षमता है; यह मानवीय कुशलता और तकनीक का आदर्श मेल है। कैम्पस नामक प्रथम इकाई 30,000 वर्ग यार्ड से बड़े भूभाग में फैली है जबकि गुजरात हीरा बोर्स में नवनिर्मित HK हब‘ 65,000 वर्ग यार्ड से अधिक क्षेत्र में विस्तृत है। Gujarat Hira Bourseमें उत्पादन इकाई स्थापित करने वाली यह पहली कंपनी है।

कंपनी के कर्मचारी समर्पित हैं और अपने उत्कृष्ट प्रदर्शन के लिए अधिकतम प्रयास करते हैं। कंपनी में क्षरण/नुकसान स्तर न्यूनतम है।

सुसंगत छंटाई में विशेषज्ञता और शुद्धता के साथ उच्चकोटि के गोल और फैंसी हीरे 10 से अधिक विभिन्न आकृतियों में तैयार किए जाते हैं जो 0.10 से 50 कैरेट, FL से I3 क्लैरिटी और D से M कलर वाले होते हैं। प्रत्येक हीरे को इन-हाउस ‘फेथ’ ग्रेडिंग प्रमाणपत्र तथा अनुरोध पर GIA, IGI, HRD, GSI, GSL और NGTC से तीसरी पार्टी प्रमाणपत्रों के साथ बेचा जाता है।

DTC के सर्वोत्तम प्रविधि सिद्धांतों (Best Practice Principles) (BPP) का पालन करने के अलावा, कंपनी कार्पोरेट सामाजिक उत्तरदायित्व (CSR) वाली गतिविधियों में भी लगी है जहां दैनिक भोजन, तथा चिकित्सा और शिक्षा के क्षेत्र में वित्तीय सहायता समस्त कर्मचारियों व ज़रूरतमंदों को प्रदान की जाती है।

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New survey reports on acne, social media behavior and teenagers’ self-esteem


Teens with acne say they edit, alter or stay out of photos and avoid video chatting

As teenagers look forward to holiday activities, a new survey of teens (defined as ages 15-19 who are high school juniors/seniors or college freshmen/sophomores attending a school in the US) reveals that acne has a negative impact on their body image and self-esteem, and that translates into anxiety over using social media, mainly the online posting of photos, videos and “selfies.”1

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The national online survey was commissioned by Cutanea Life Sciences, Inc. (CLS), a U.S. based specialty pharmaceutical company focused on dermatology, and was conducted this past summer by Harris Poll among 1,010 teenagers, ages 15-19.

The survey found that 71% of participants who’ve had acne feel that acne has a negative effect on their body image and attractiveness, while 67% say it has a negative effect on their self-esteem. The poll results further revealed that 72% of teens who use social media and have had acne agree most people their age are self-conscious about their acne on social media, and 68% of teens believe that most of their peers edit or alter their photos on social media if they have acne to hide it. Moreover, 58% of teens who’ve had acne have offered to take a photo to get out of being in the picture.1

Other key findings include the following:

Impact of Acne on Social Media 

  • Half of teens who are using social media (51%) say social media makes having acne harder 1
  • 45% of teens who use social media and have experienced acne say that at times, they are embarrassed to post photos of themselves on social media because of their acne 1
  • Half of teens who use social media and have experienced acne (50%) say they have taken at least one of the following actions on social media to avoid displaying their acne:
    • Chose not to include a photo on social media because I had acne
    • Deleted or untagged a photo of myself where I had acne
    • Asked someone else to take down a photo of me where I had acne
    • Altered, edited, retouched, or cropped a photo to try and hide my acne
    • Avoided having my picture taken with someone who had clearer skin
    • Stayed off of social media (e.g., Facebook, Instagram, etc.) so I wouldn’t have to post/see photos of myself 1
  • About 1 in 3 teens who use social media and have experienced acne say:
    • Social media increased their anxiety about their own acne (34%)
    • Their acne makes them hate the way they look on social media (33%)
    • Social media makes dealing with acne in real life harder for me (29%) 1

Psychosocial Impact of Acne

  • More than one out of three (37%) teens with self-described moderate or severe acne say their primary concern was their complexion when they returned to school this fall
  • 86% of teens say acne makes their peers less confident in going about their lives1
  • 85% agree most people their age worry about acne 1
  • 62% of teens who have had acne are very or somewhat concerned about their acne 1
  • 51% of teens who have had acne feel unattractive because of their acne1
  • More than 2 in 5 teens (44%) who’ve had acne have avoided having their photo taken because of acne1
  • 34% of teens with acne avoid video chatting1

“As school counselors, we see every day the profound impact that acne can have on teenagers’ self-image, confidence, acceptance and social relationships, at an already challenging time in their lives,” said Anne LP Flenner, Ed.S. Professional School Counselor and Florida Counseling Association Past-President. “One of my takeaways from the Harris Poll was that the social isolation sought by many teens who are anxious about their acne is now transitioning into a reluctance to engage in the most popular form of peer communication among teens today, social media, a concerning insight. We would all like our teens to spend less time on social media, but not because they’re embarrassed by their appearance.”

Most teens with acne (61%) stated that they were doing everything they can to manage their acne, however one in three teens with acne (35%) admit to having difficulty managing the condition. When asked about an effective treatment, the majority felt it was at least very important to use a therapy that worked quickly to clear up acne (83%), is affordable (80%), easy to use (78%), and convenient (72%).1

“The teens that I interact with as a school counselor are very active, on the go and very into technology, so it’s alarming to see them withdraw from social media because of acne,” said Flenner. “Parents of teens who are struggling with acne should seek the medical care of a dermatologist, who may prescribe medications to successfully manage this condition.”

About Acne

According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), acne is the most common skin condition in the U.S., affecting up to 50 million Americans annually, and 85 percent of people ages 12 to 24 will experience at least mild acne. It is a chronic, inflammatory skin disorder characterized by blackheads, whiteheads and pimples that occurs on the face, neck, shoulders, upper arms, chest and back. Acne has been shown to cause significant psychological problems, including poor self-image, depression and anxiety.2

About the Survey

The survey was conducted online by Harris Poll on behalf of Cutanea Life Sciences, the makers of Aktipak™ (erythromycin and benzoyl peroxide), Gel, 3%/5%,3 within the United States between July 13 and 31, 2017 among 1,010 US teens aged 15-19 who are juniors or seniors in high school or freshman or sophomores in college and who attend school in the US.   Figures for age within gender, race/ethnicity, and region were weighted where necessary to bring them into line with their actual proportions in the population.  Teens 15-17 were also weighted by school location, parents’ highest level of education, and internet usage; teens 18-19 years old were also weighted by education.  Propensity score weighting was also used to adjust for 18-19 year old teen respondents’ propensity to be online.1

All sample surveys and polls, whether or not they use probability sampling, are subject to multiple sources of error which are most often not possible to quantify or estimate, including sampling error, coverage error, error associated with nonresponse, error associated with question wording and response options, and post-survey weighting and adjustments. Therefore, Harris Poll avoids the words “margin of error” as they are misleading. All that can be calculated are different possible sampling errors with different probabilities for pure, unweighted, random samples with 100% response rates. These are only theoretical because no published polls come close to this ideal.1

The vast majority of teens surveyed (86%) say they’ve had acne. Of teens who have had acne, 84% say they experience it more often than once a month, with over a quarter (26%) saying they experience it daily. While only 2% of teens who have had acne would describe their case as severe (deep, inflamed, painful blemishes), more than 2 in 5 teens (42%) would describe their acne as moderate (noticeable breakouts) and around half of teens (53%) describe it as mild (some bumps and blackheads).1

About Aktipak

Aktipak (erythromycin and benzoyl peroxide) Gel, 3%/5%, is a combination therapy indicated for the topical treatment of acne vulgaris, available through dermatologists’ offices. Aktipak is contraindicated in individuals who have shown hypersensitivity to any of its components.3

Aktipak is a portable, freshly mixed, patient-blended therapy that offers a flexible and convenient treatment option for active, “on-the-go” acne patients. The product comes in pocket-sized, single-dose, dual-chamber pouches (60 to a carton), each of which contain the antibiotic erythromycin and the antibacterial benzoyl peroxide in separate chambers. The patient opens the pouch and blends the gel contents immediately prior to use, enabling simple, convenient application with no mixing needed in the pharmacy. Aktipak has an 18-month shelf life from the date of manufacture, and no refrigeration is required. The 1.5″ x 2.5″ pouches tuck easily and discreetly into purses, gym bags and backpacks.3 

In July 2017 CLS launched “Facing Forward™,” a free mobile application for people prescribed Aktipak. The app is designed to help teenagers and young adults use the acne medication as directed and dosed.3

Indications and Usage

Aktipak (erythromycin and benzoyl peroxide) Gel, 3%/5% is indicated for the topical treatment of acne vulgaris.3

Important Safety Information

Contraindications: Aktipak is contraindicated in those individuals who have shown hypersensitivity to any of its components.3

Precautions: For topical use only; not for ophthalmic use. Concomitant topical acne therapy should be used with caution because a possible cumulative irritancy effect may occur, especially with the use of peeling, desquamating or abrasive agents. If severe irritation develops, discontinue use and institute appropriate therapy. The use of antibiotic agents may be associated with the overgrowth of non-susceptible organisms. If this occurs, discontinue use and take appropriate measures. Avoid contact with eyes and all mucous membranes.3

Pregnancy: It is not known whether Aktipak can cause fetal harm when administered to a pregnant woman. Aktipak™ should be given to a pregnant woman only if clearly needed. It is not known whether the ingredients of Aktipak are excreted in human milk. Therefore, caution should be exercised when erythromycin is administered to a nursing woman.3

Pediatric Use: The safety and effectiveness of Aktipak in pediatric patients below 12 years of age have not been established.3

Adverse Reactions: The most frequently reported adverse events reported in clinical trials include: dry skin, application site reaction, blepharitis, pruritus, and photosensitivity.3

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About Cutanea Life Sciences 

Cutanea Life Sciences, Inc., headquartered in Wayne, PA, is a specialty pharmaceutical company whose mission is to develop innovative technologies, optimizing intellectual property and therapeutic applications culminating in market leading products to treat diseases and disorders of the skin and related tissue. CLS seeks to improve human health and appearance, and create value for patients and medical professionals by satisfying underserved medical needs. CLS is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Osaka-based Maruho Co., Ltd., a leading dermatology company in Japan that celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2015.

CLS is pursuing therapies for the treatment of acne, rosacea, psoriasis, atopic dermatitis, and various forms of warts caused by human papillomavirus (HPV). It also has a novel soft tissue augmentation agent in early development. CLS intends to direct these products through the required regulatory pathway and, upon FDA clearance, commercialize them directly through a CLS sales force and commercial infrastructure that will focus primarily on dermatology medical practices.

For more information, visit www.cutanea.com and follow CLS on FacebookTwitterLinkedIn and Instagram.

Forward-Looking Statements

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1 Teen Acne Survey; Harris Poll. Conducted between July 13 and 31, 2017 by http://www.theharrispoll.com/

2 Acne; American Academy of Dermatology. Retrieved September 26, 2017 from https://www.aad.org/media/stats/conditions

Aktipak™ (erythromycin 3%-benzoyl peroxide 5%) Topical Gel [package insert]. Wayne, PA: Cutanea Life Sciences, Inc.; 2017