Canon Solutions America Empowers Kingsborough Community College Team in International Competition to Solve Local Issues


Canon Solutions America Empowers Kingsborough Community College Team in International Competition to Solve Local Issues

Can Synthetic Biology Help Revitalize NYC’s Largest Open Space?

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MELVILLE, N.Y., Dec. 14, 2017 /PRNewswire/ – Canon Solutions America, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Canon U.S.A., Inc., recently sponsored a team from Kingsborough Community College in the International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) competition in Boston, MA. A five-day event that challenges student-led teams to solve real-world problems with synthetic biology, the iGEM Giant Jamboree hosts over 3,000 students participating amongst 310 teams from 44 countries. The Kingsborough team won a bronze medal for their project, which focused on an environmentally responsible solution to remove nitrogenous waste more effectively from sewage.

Brian McNally, Ph.D., Senior Manager, Canon BioMedical speaks with the iGEM Team at Canon’s Headquarters in Melville, NY.

The team was inspired by their desire to find solutions to clean their local waterway of Jamaica Bay. Comprising an area almost equal to that of Manhattan, Jamaica Bay is an 18,000-acre wetland estuary that consists of numerous islands, a labyrinth of waterways, meadowlands, and two freshwater ponds. This rich ecosystem provides vital habitat for hundreds of migratory bird species and is an integral part of the larger, regional ecosystem.

Canon hosted the Kingsborough team members in their Melville headquarters earlier this year, giving the students a tour of the showroom and a chance to learn about Canon BioMedical, a wholly owned subsidiary of Canon U.S.A., focused on biomedical research and healthcare by developing, manufacturing and marketing innovative technologies and solutions. Brian McNally, Ph.D., Senior Manager of Strategic Marketing & Communications with Canon BioMedical, discussed the latest genotyping solutions.  “It was great being able to meet with these students who are engaging in a global community, harnessing the potential of synthetic biology to solve local issues,” said McNally. “Their passion for their work was apparent.”

During their visit, the students took notice of Canon’s corporate philosophy of Kyosei, which translates to ‘All people, regardless of culture, custom, language or ethnicity, living and working together for the common good.’ This resonated with their goals of not only improving their local and global environment, but also engaging and educating the community about ecology and sustainability.  “The Kyosei corporate philosophy was a gratifying surprise…It’s reassuring to see a company engaged in social responsibility on a global scale, and I’m thrilled that our goals align,” said student Wendy Zhao.

Kingsborough is the only community college to have ever earned a bronze medal in this competition,” said Devin Cameneras, team mentor and Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences. “Our result helps to challenge assumptions about what community college students are capable of and what they can achieve.”

“We were excited to support this team in the iGEM competition, especially when we saw how their project aligned with Canon’s focus on environmental initiatives,” said Andrea Rai, Senior Manager of Strategic Partnerships in Canon Solutions America’s Enterprise Managed Services Division (EMSD).

Strategic alliances have become the foundation of EMSD’s engagements with higher education clients. To assist in this effort, the Higher Education Advisory Team (HEAT) was created to conduct primary research on industry trends and to focus on opportunities to create positive impacts on student experience, institutional strength, and the communities surrounding its customers. 

About Kingsborough Community College
Founded in 1963 as part of the City University of New York (CUNY), Kingsborough Community College remains firmly committed to its mission of “providing both liberal arts and career education…[and] to promoting student learning and development as well as strengthening and serving its diverse community.”

Named one of the leading community colleges in the country by the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program, Kingsborough has also earned national recognition for its creative and effective use of learning communities, for the large number of degrees it confers, for the high percentage of graduates who continue their studies, and for the innovative programs that draw thousands of non-traditional students to its campus every year. The college has articulation agreements with most City University and State University senior colleges, and transfer agreements with several private colleges in the region. More than 70% of Kingsborough graduates go on to pursue a baccalaureate degree. 

About Canon Solutions America, Inc.
Canon Solutions America provides industry leading enterprise, production, and large format printing solutions, supported by exceptional professional service offerings. With the technology offerings of the Canon and Océ brands, Canon Solutions America helps companies of all sizes improve sustainability, increase efficiency, and control costs through high volume, continuous feed, digital and traditional printing, and document management solutions. A wholly owned subsidiary of Canon U.S.A., Inc., Canon Solutions America is headquartered in Melville, N.Y. and has sales and service locations across the U.S. For more information on Canon Solutions America, please visit

About iGEM
The International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) Foundation is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of synthetic biology, education and competition, and the development of an open community and collaboration. This is done through the fostering of an open, cooperative community and friendly competition.

iGEM’s main program is the iGEM Competition. The iGEM competition gives students the opportunity to push the boundaries of Synthetic Biology by tackling everyday issues facing the world. Made up of primarily university level students, multidisciplinary teams work together to design, build, test, and measure a system of their own design using interchangeable biological parts and standard molecular biology techniques. Every year nearly 6,000 people dedicate themselves to iGEM, and then come together in the fall to present their work and compete at the annual Jamboree.  In 2017 iGEM introduced the After iGEM program. After iGEM supports our 30,000+ member community and international network of academics and industry professionals beyond the competition. After iGEM provides engagement opportunities within iGEM, in synthetic biology, and in the global community. For more information, visit

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Ergotron Turns Up the Office with New Sit-Stand Workstation


Ergotron Turns Up the Office with New Sit-Stand Workstation

Compact WorkFit-Z Mini offers improved ergonomics and gets users moving

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ST. PAUL, Minn., Dec. 13, 2017 /PRNewswire/ – Research shows that reducing sitting time is associated with happier and more productive employees, and as a result employers are looking for ways to create spaces that encourage movement, vitality and health. Ergotron, Inc. announces the launch of the WorkFit®-Z Mini Sit-Stand Desktop, a compact sit-stand desk converter that makes integrating standing desks easier and more convenient in the workplace, especially when existing desks and workspaces are small.

Studies have shown that incorporating low-level physical activity throughout the day has been proven to help mitigate the risks of sedentary behavior and promote increased productivity and focus. As the workforce becomes more dynamic, connected and collaborative, business leaders are eager to create workspaces that empower employees be active and work the way they want. With its compact design, the WorkFit-Z Mini desktop easily converts any desk to an active workstation, accommodating a laptop or single computer monitor as well as smartphones and/or tablets, which can rest in a holder on the worksurface.

“Office real estate is expensive and many companies are reducing square footage per employee,” said Neil Lien, senior product development manager at Ergotron. “The WorkFit-Z Mini workstation was developed for smaller spaces, without sacrificing on functionality or design. This product demonstrates Ergotron’s continued commitment to provide product offerings that enable movement for improved engagement, performance and health, while meeting the needs of the evolving workplace.”

The WorkFit-Z Mini’s compact design is big in benefits. It features a woodgrain finish and includes integrated cable management. Additional key features include:

  • An ergonomic design with a comfortable keyboard tray
  • 12.5″ (32 cm) of silent vertical lift with a space-saving design that stays within the perimeter of your tabletop
  • Slot to display a phone or tablet for easy access to and charging of devices
  • Supports up to 25 lbs (11.4 kg)
  • Easy set-up provides a no-fuss installation experience that gets you standing sooner—no tools (or sweat) needed
  • Tested and guaranteed for a full two-year warranty

The WorkFit-Z Mini Sit-Stand Desktop (33-458-917) is currently available through Ergotron at in the U.S., online at Amazon and eBay, and through distribution resellers in Asia Pacific. To learn more about Ergotron visit or call 800.888.8458.

About Ergotron
Ergotron, Inc. is a global design and manufacturing leader of leading digital display mounting, furniture, and mobility products that have been improving the human interface with digital displays for 35 years. This history of innovation and passion for differentiation is evidenced in over 192 patents and a growing portfolio of award winning brands— WorkFit®, LearnFit®, StyleView®, TeachWell®, Neo-Flex®, Anthro and OmniMount®—for computer monitors, notebooks, tablets, flat panel displays and TVs. Ergotron’s products incorporate patented CF™ lift and pivot motion technology to achieve less effort and more ergonomic motion for a healthier and more interactive user experience when viewing any digital display. Whether to enhance computing wellness or entertainment excitement improve workplace productivity or create business process efficiencies, Ergotron’s products are positioning your digital world. Ergotron is headquartered in Saint Paul, Minnesota, with global sales presence in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific.

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iQFlow by Franke: Revolutionizing Coffee Making


iQFlow by Franke: Revolutionizing Coffee Making

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AARBURG, Switzerland, Dec. 13, 2017 /PRNewswire/ – At Franke, the focus has always been on using cutting-edge technology to deliver premium quality beverages. Now Franke is taking things one step further and revolutionizing the traditional espresso concept with its groundbreaking iQFlow technology.

On Decemer 13, 2017 Franke presents its new technology iQFlow that revolutionizes the traditional espresso concept. (PPR/Franke Coffee Systems)

So far in professional coffee systems, the three parameters – quantity of coffee, grinding coarseness and extraction time – had to remain constant in order to produce perfect drinks. This often meant constant adjustment of the coarseness settings. But with iQFlow, Franke is totally revolutionizing the approach to this problem, offering real-time control of extraction time and, therefore, the taste profile. The benefits of intelligent extraction speak for themselves:

Benefit 1: With iQFlow the professional user simply defines the desired taste profile for each individual product based on the extraction time.

Benefit 2: iQFlow extracts more aromas under constant pressure over the entire extraction time than previous systems, so that flavor profiles can be varied even more individually.

Benefit 3: iQFlow ensures each pre-set taste profile in real time.

Benefit 4: The tedious grinder adjustments are no longer required.

Benefit 5: Thanks to iQFlow, the premium in-cup quality once set remains absolutely constant. Day after day. Cup for cup.

iQFlow significantly lightens the workload of baristas and coffee shop staff. The ability to define the taste profile for each beverage by individually setting the extraction time means that you can always guarantee perfect consistency and enjoy premium quality coffee. Thanks to iQFlow, Franke is setting new standards for taste profiling and extraction.

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About Franke Coffee Systems

Franke Coffee Systems is a world-leading solution provider for professional coffee making. The product range includes fully automatics, semi-automatics, traditionals, capsule machines and specialty craft brewers. Our passion for the best coffee quality motivates us to elevate the customer experience through state-of-the-art innovations. Learn more at

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