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Equilume, an Irish biotech company offering lighting solutions for the international equine industry, today announced the expansion of its USA team, to meet significant new sales opportunities identified in the North American market.  Equilume intends to further expand the USA sales team in the coming months as demand grows for the company’s Equilume Light Mask and the Equilume Stable Light products.

Headquartered in Co. Kildare, the company was established by Dr Barbara Murphy in 2012 as a spin-out from University College Dublin’s (UCD) School of Agriculture and Food Science.

Equilume has appointed Michael Lindsey to the newly created position of National Account Manager for North America and Michael Hardy, as Territory Manager for Eastern USA. They will both now work with Stephanie Standridge, the company’s current Territory Manager for Central and Western USA, in the development and growth of opportunities across the continent.

Michael Lindsey, a keen horseman living in Texas, brings a wealth of equine knowledge and twenty years of experience in the animal health industry as a national sales manager for a global animal nutrition company.

Michael Hardy, born in Northern Ireland, and now based in Lexington, Kentucky, has a strong equine background. He grew up on a stud farm Co. Down, graduated with a BSc in Equine Science (from the University of Limerick) and is a graduate of the Godolphin Flying Start management and leadership training programme, which specialises in the international Thoroughbred racing and breeding industry.

Commenting on today’s announcement Norbert McDermott, Chairman, Equilume said, “As a global leader in light therapy solutions for the equine industry these appointments strengthen and extend our ability to reach broader markets. Having recently spent some time with the team in the USA, I am excited about the new opportunities for Equilume provided by the added knowledge, experience and diverse equine backgrounds of Michael Lindsey and Michael Hardy.”

The Equilume Light Mask is an individual headpiece for horses that provides timed, low-level blue light to a single eye to ensure early reproductive success for the horses. Since its launch in 2013, the Equilume Light Mask has become a standard management tool to ensure reproductive success on breeding farms from the Hunter Valley, Australia to the Kentucky Bluegrass, USA.

The Equilume Stable Light provides horses with biologically effective light in a system that replicates the benefits of nature’s environmental lighting indoors designed to maximise health, performance and breeding efficiency for stabled horses.

Equilume is an Enterprise Ireland high-potential start-up (HPSU) company.

Images: Equilume.

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The Intellectual Property and Open Source Advisory Panel of the United Nations Technology Labs (UNTIL) convened its first meeting this week on the campus of Aalto University in Espoo, Finland.

The aim of the Panel is to create intellectual property and open source guidelines and processes to support the repeatable and sustainable development of digital solutions for United Nations projects. Once created, technology and non-technology organizations will be able to share and benefit from allowing their digital solutions to be used in support of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) and their requirement to open source.

Clarifying organizational models for open source programs impacts organizations and member states by establishing processes to enable developers and users of code and data to share and adopt the open code and organizational practices, processes, and toolsets in a structured and manageable way.

This will allow the benefits of high-quality open source digital solutions to be scaled across member states, resulting in cost savings and circumventing issues of vendor lock-in.   New open source organizational models will likely arise from the continuous non-permanent collaborations created across member states as they share foundational open source software.

We believe that the panel is the first external Advisory of its kind supporting the adoption of open source in a supranational organization.  Other such organizations rely on buying-in experts to manage open source strategy.  However, by sourcing the panel by directly approaching the heart of the communities building and supporting open source, UNTIL has brought together experts spanning open source community, legal, economics, strategy, and policy to establish standard policies and processes with tailored guidance as required for organizations wishing to participate with the UNTIL labs.

As the labs scale globally, so too will the use of the Advisory’s guidelines and processes. Thanks to their work following open source methodologies and outputs being shared on an open, creative commons license, other organizations will be able to adopt and re-use.

The Advisory brings a balanced view of how to best support sustainable development through open sourcing through a group of professionals with deep knowledge and commitment to open source software.

The panel members are:

  • Allison Randal, Open Source Strategist
  • Amanda Brock, CEO, Trustable Software and European Rep, Open Invention Network (Advisory Chair)
  • Andrew Katz, Partner, and Head of IP, Moorcrofts LLP
  • Carlo Piana, Founder, and Partner, Array Law
  • Frank Karlitscheck, CEO NextCloud
  • Glenn Svennson, SAP
  • Isabel Drost-Fromm, Open Source Strategist
  • Mirko Boehm, Director Linux System Definition, Open Invention Network
  • Sachiko Muto, CEO, Open Forum Europe

“Concerning the challenges that humanity faces today I personally believe we can only find solutions by working together. Having spent 15 years in open source, mainly on projects at the Apache Software Foundation, I have seen how these projects manage to build bridges across geographies, organisations, and cultures. I’m thrilled to see the United Nations tap into this pool of experience.” – Isabel Drost Fromm

“It’s an honour to participate in shaping the future of the UNTIL labs’ digital solutions and to support their achieving Sustainable Development Goals by following the Digital Development Principles through open source.” – Amanda Brock, CEO Trustable and Chair or the UNTIL IP and Open Source Advisory.

“I’m happy to see the United Nations adopting an Open Source policy. Open Source is all about empowering people and global collaboration while protecting the personal data and privacy of the users. So the United Nations and the Open Source Community share the same values.” – Frank Karlitschek, Founder and CEO Nextcloud

“Free and open source software is a vital component in meeting the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, and it’s great that the UN is taking FOSS seriously. I’m delighted to be involved in the UNTIL IP and Open Source Advisory.” – Andrew Katz, Partner, and Head of IP, Moorcrofts.

Images : Amanda Brock, CEO, Trustable Software and European Rep, Open Invention Network (Advisory Chair) and members of the Advisory Panel of the United Nations Technology Labs (UNTIL) 

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