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ENGlobal Corporation (ENG) to Standardize Subsea Control Technology with Universal Master Control Station

ENGlobal, through its Subsea Controls and Integration (SCI) group, provides advanced process automation design, engineering services and equipment for the effective integration of communication between topside production facilities and subsea devices on offshore drilling rigs around the world. Since 2008, the company has been developing a Universal Master Control Station (UMCS) designed to easily communicate with subsea equipment from any supplier. In cooperation with a major global energy and power company, ENGlobal’s efforts to develop and commercialize its UMCS have been a major focus of the company’s recent business strategy.

In October 2013, ENGlobal announced the successful installation of the first UMCS on an offshore platform in the Gulf of Mexico which was operated by a major oil and gas company. In March 2014, the company reported that its patent application for its UMCS was approved, and an order for an additional UMCS was received from the initial client. In an effort to expand on its prospects with many new subsea and offshore clients, the company hired Michael Martin as SCI Business Manager with a focus on developing increased business based on the company’s UMCS, as well as other existing technologies.

By focusing on configuration rather than programming, ENGlobal’s UMCS offers clients an opportunity to reduce integration costs and improve subsea control integration reliability while minimizing down time. The company’s solution eliminates the need for supplier-specific Master Control Systems (MCS), which potentially results in increased savings and improved system functionality with no compromise on safety or effectiveness. With a working proof-of-concept already in place, the company has secured UMCS and MCS projects with globally recognized major oil and gas companies.

ENGlobal’s corporate pursuit is to become the preferred provider of innovative automation integration services to clients across the globe. Serving markets including upstream, midstream and downstream energy production and the alternative energy industry, the company currently provides design, fabrication and implementation services to clients in a variety of industrial sectors.

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Net Element, Inc. (NETE) Subsidiary Upgrades Mobile Point-of-Sale Restaurant Software with More Features

Net Element’s subsidiary Aptito LLC today unveiled version 2.3 of its cloud-based mobile point-of-sale platform (“MPOS”). This all-in-one  restaurant and bar POS software solution helps restaurants reduce payroll costs, increase customer satisfaction, and enhance their efficiency.

MPOS version 2.3 keeps the value-laden functionality of its predecessor. This app is available for free, so restaurant owners are able to test it on another mobile device alongside the Aptito POS system for the iPad.

“We are continuously advancing our technology to enhance product functionality for the benefit of our customers, and today we’re pleased to introduce to the marketplace our latest innovation, Aptito MPOS version 2.3,” Oleg Firer, chief executive officer of Net Element, stated in the news release. “One of the primary features of the new MPOS platform is its extended compatibility and significant overall redesign. Together, these updates and improvements result in numerous innovative advantages.”

The updated MPOS platform includes the following upgrades:

  • Apple iOS 8.1.2 optimization
  • Compatibility with iPhone 4, 4s, 5, 5c, 5s, 6, 6 Plus, as well as iPod Touch;
  • User interface redesign to provide greater simplicity in operation;
  • Local server integration to support offline mode and internet downtime;
  • Pay at the table functionality using latest secure, card reader technology;
  • Cardholder signature screen on checkout with signature capture and storage.

After Net Element’s release of Aptito MPOS version 2.0 in November 2014, software licensing revenue increased at an average monthly rate of 8.2%. Firer expressed his confidence for continued momentum: “We are more than pleased with the initial success of Aptito 2.0 and the traction the platform is seeing in the market. The immediate increase in revenues validates our belief and provides tangible evidence of the growing interest in the mPOS platform.”

Key features of the software solution include:

  • All-Inclusive Functionality. The all-in-one platform allows staff to take orders, send them to the kitchen, process payments and more all from one device. The multi-functionality saves time, which can reduce payroll costs and improve customer satisfaction.
  • Tableside Ordering and Payment. The new Aptito allows customers to place their own orders right at the table with full-color, digital menus, as well as to make their own payments. This feature is ideal for helping to reduce wait times and to encourage additional orders.
  • Small and Mobile System. Aptito’s mobile platform can be used on an iPhone or iPod Touch, which takes up much less space than a traditional POS. The platform clears up counter space and eliminates long lines in front of cash registers while enabling waitstaff to serve customers wherever they are located in the restaurant.
  • Improved Training and Payroll. The new Aptito system is simple to use with little training required. New employees can learn the system within minutes, which will help them quickly feel confident and reduce the restaurant’s training costs. The system also includes features like a time clock, allowing employees to punch in and out exactly when their shift begins and ends, thereby reducing wastes in payroll.

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Net Element, Inc. (NETE) Takes Center Stage at Noble Financial Conference

At the recent annual Noble Financial Equities Conference in Florida last week – an opportunity for small-cap, micro-cap and OTC companies to make their pitches for institutional investment –Net Element, Inc. (NASDAQ: NETE) stood out as more and more investors look to get into the mobile-payments tech space.

Net Element has been assertively developing its mobile-payment platform for several verticals, including the growing online casino gaming vertical and in banking and retail. The company’s CEO, Oleg Firer, gave the company’s presentation at last week’s Noble conference and highlighted the progress the company has made in recent months as well as the company’s future growth potential in several verticals thanks to its mobile-payments platform.

Net Element has been assertive in developing its platform for online gaming, which has become a rapidly expanding segment of mobile entertainment, and a segment that really demands an effective mobile-payment platform that will not be segregated according to the type of device or operating system that is used.

And the Net Element platform has recently modified and expanded into the mobile-banking space in Russia, where a Net Element subsidiary, OOO TOT Money, is looking to make an impact by providing a platform for bank customers to do secure transactions digitally from their mobile devices and reducing or eliminating the need for customers to go into physical bank branches to do their business.

With some analysts posting a “strong buy” rating on Net Element stock late last year and suggesting a $5.50 price target on a stock that was trading below $1.25, there seems to be sentiment that Net Element is poised to be more than a viable market player in the mobile-payment space.

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ENGlobal, Inc. (ENG) Business Model, Personnel Build Industry Recognition

ENGlobal provides engineering, automation and construction management services primarily for projects within the oil and gas industry. Established in 1985 as a family business with a single project on the drawing board, ENGlobal has become a recognized provider of multi-discipline services with a global presence.

From executive leadership and seasoned project managers to recent college graduates, ENGlobal prides itself on its team of qualified and dedicated professionals aligned with the corporate goal of becoming the preferred provider of innovative automation integration services and select engineering, procurement and construction (EPCM) projects to clients around the world.

Emphasizing teamwork that integrates skills and talent in each segment, ENGlobal operates through multiple strategic divisions to adequately serve the upstream, midstream, downstream, alternative energy and government markets.

The company’s Automation segment specializes in a range of products and services related to the design, fabrication and implementation of distributed control, instrumentation and process analytical systems. The EPCM segment provides consulting services for projects requiring professional engineering, construction management, and related support services. Within this segment, ENGlobal’s Government Services group offers engineering, design, installation and operation and maintenance of various government, public sector and international facilities, as well as specializes in the turnkey installation and maintenance of automation and instrumentation systems for the U.S. defense industry.

ENGlobal’s Subsea Controls and Integration (SCI) group provides advanced process automation design, engineering service and equipment for the effective integration of communication protocols between topsides production facilities and subsea devices. This segment is focused on creating a standardized subsea process control solution and has developed a patented Universal Master Control Station (UMCS) capable of communicating to virtually any subsea equipment, regardless of manufacturer.

Headquartered in Houston, Texas, ENGlobal has offices in Chicago, Illinois; Broomfield, Colorado; Tulsa, Oklahoma; and Mobile, Alabama. Major petrochemical, chemical companies and local industrial organizations have awarded ENGlobal with numerous safety awards for exhibiting safety leadership and outstanding safety performance – demonstrating the company’s commitment to excellence among its staff and all operations.

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VistaGen Therapeutics, Inc. (VSTA) – Applying Stem Cell Technology toward Drug Rescue and New Generation Drug Toxicity Screening

Believing that better cells lead to better medicine, VistaGen Therapeutics has been applying pluripotent stem cell technology toward drug rescue, predictive toxicology and drug metabolism screening.

VistaGen’s activities are guided by the belief that the key to making better cells is strictly controlling the differentiation of human pluripotent stem cells, the building blocks of all cells in the human body. For more than 15 years, the company’s stem cell research and development teams and collaborators have developed proprietary methods for controlling the differentiation of human pluripotent stem cells and the production and maturation of several specific types of adult human cells, particularly human heart and liver cells.

VistaGen’s drug rescue activities are focused on combining its stem cell technology and assay development expertise with modern medicinal chemistry to produce drug rescue variants – new, safer chemical variants of once-promising drug candidates that have positive data supporting their therapeutic and commercial potential, but that were halted in development by the pharmaceutical companies or university laboratories because of concerns about potential heart or liver toxicity or metabolism issues.

In the years since VistaGen was founded, the California-based biotechnology company has developed two customized bioassay systems designed to transform drug development by establishing clinically-predictive, human cell-based toxicology screening at the front end of the development process, long before animal or human studies:

• CardioSafe 3D™ – This customized human heart cell bioassay system for screening potential heart toxicity of new drug candidates uses mature, functional, adult human heart cells produced from pluripotent stem cells (VSTA-CMs™) to detect a far broader range of potential cardiac toxicities than the FDA-required hERG assay, and it provides proprietary cardiac toxicity and quantitative structure-function (QSAR) information to guide highly-efficient selection and development of proprietary drug rescue candidates for VistaGen’s pipeline.

• LiverSafe 3D™ – VistaGen is developing and validating this innovative, three-dimensional in-vitro bioassay system designed to evaluate liver toxicity and drug metabolism issues. LiverSafe 3D uses VSTA-heps™, VistaGen’s pluripotent stem cell-derived, mature adult human hepatocytes (liver cells). VSTA-heps have significantly more functionally useful life span in culture than primary (cadaver) hepatocytes and overcome the key problems related to use of primary hepatocytes for in vitro liver safety toxicity and drug metabolism screening, including: extreme variation in functional activity; limited supply; unknown health status of donor; and genetic differences.

VistaGen continues employ its world-class stem cell differentiation and bioassay development expertise to expand the scope of its drug rescue, drug discovery and strategic collaboration opportunities worldwide.

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Net Element, Inc. (NETE) Greases the Wheels for an Outstanding Year

It was only a few years ago, in October 2012, that Nasdaq-listed Net Element stepped into the public market and aggressively set out to operate a sustainable, revenue-generating business model built on cutting-edge technologies. In 2013-2014 the company divested its non-core assets and turned its focus to mobile and e-commerce, both of them burgeoning markets with favorable economic trends and trajectory for continual growth.

What do these “favorable trends” look like? Net Element is part of the $796 billion global m-payments market, which is expected to achieve annual growth of 58.5% in years to come. Add to that the company’s parallel participation in the $1.79 trillion global e-commerce market, which is expected to gain 18.1% annual growth, and you get a tremendous playing field. The figures are just figures, however, until you add into the equation Net Element’s strategy to capitalize on this market.

The use of non-cash forms of payments, including mobile payments, has steadily increased over the last decade and continues to climb and outpace cash transactions. Taking advantage of this trend, Net Element divided its business into three key segments: mobile payments, value-added services, and payment processing. Within these segments, Net Element works through four brands (TOT Group, Unified Payments, TOT Money and Aptito) and across all payments channels, including mobile, online and offline transactions, to offer services to brick and mortar businesses, the hospitality industry and the broader payments market.

Net Element’s business model has two facets that are well worth noting. The first is that all company revenues are recurring from a strong established customer and partner base, which includes more than 100 independent value-added dealers and agents in the U.S. alone. The second is that the Net Element doesn’t carry all its fruit in one basket; success is not contingent on one customer – in fact, the largest customer/merchant represents only 3% of revenues. On that note, Net Element in November reported Q3 revenues of $6.03 million, debt reduction of $15 million, and a narrowed quarterly loss.

To keep the recurring sales wheel in motion, Net Element continuously greases the wheels of its revenue drivers with the continual expansion of its merchant base, emerging technology roll-outs and strategic portfolio acquisitions. A bit of brand association doesn’t hurt, either. Net Element recently went straight for the heart of the payments industry with an agreement to provide Apple Pay services to its secure mobile-transaction platform. The deal made it possible for merchants with Net Element’s transaction platform to handle and process the increasingly popular Apple Pay.

Maintaining an aggressive pursuit of its share of the mobile and e-commerce markets in 2015 and beyond, Net Element keenly recognizes its position in the market and is working to embolden its key advantages. In its brief history as a publicly traded company, Net Element has demonstrated its ability to introduce innovative products and solutions, employ a successful sales strategy, establish valuable partnerships and take advantage of fast growing markets.

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ENGlobal Corp. (ENG) Engineering Sound Development of Energy

The engineering for the development, production and distribution of various energy sources – including those for oil and natural gas – cannot be overlooked. Exploration and discovery is certainly one key component, but developing a well-engineered site that is efficient, environmentally sound and gets maximum productivity while emphasizing excellent health and safety standards is pretty much the “holy grail” when it comes to the energy sector.

While the perfect situation and location can be impossible to find, ENGlobal Corporation (NASDAQ: ENG) is one of the first companies thought of to be the closest to pursuing that Holy Grail and achieving it. One of the key avenues to reach that perfect opportunity is through health and safety assurances of all workers at an energy site. ENGlobal Corporation puts health and safety of all workers at the top of its priority list when it performs its engineering. Not only is the company about protecting its workforce, but also those who will work on the site later, making sure the equipment is safe to use and that workers are minimally exposed to dangerous vapors or liquids while on-site.

Along with that attention to detail for worker safety, ENGlobal Corporation takes environmental impact very seriously as well. Stewardship of the planet is of major concern in the energy sector nowadays, and ENGlobal’s engineering efforts serve the purpose of not only protecting workers but also making sites as environmentally friendly as possible – including the capture of dangerous vapors, liquids and by-products as well as finding ways to mitigate impact in the ground, water sources and the air.

ENGlobal Corporation does its work in various segments – automation integration, automation engineering, engineering and construction, and subsea controls and integration. The company is quickly becoming a leader in the energy sector and is in position to assume the lead in quality engineering for any energy project.

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Net Element, Inc. (NETE) Ahead of the Game as Consumer Experience Continues to Define M-Commerce Success Globally

As detailed recently by Net Element CEO, Oleg Firer, at the Noble Financial Capital Markets 11th Annual Equity Conference (recorded presentation:, the company’s continued success providing mobile payments and value-added transactional services for both domestic and emerging markets is attributable to the wide range of flexible online and offline solutions available via their TOT Group, Inc. subsidiary’s family of companies. TOT Group is a holding company for NETE’s U.S. based payment processing company, Unified Payments, as well as their cloud-based POS (point-of-sale) platform development company, Aptito, and the TOT Money operation, which is a specialized provider of mobile payment solutions and SMS messaging focused mainly on the Russian market.

The mobile app market in Russia, largely led by Apple’s AppStore, Google Play and the Windows Phone Store, is on track to hit $1.6B over the next two years, up 171% from 2013 figures according to a report by J’son & Partners Consulting, published by major Russian tech site One of the driving trends for the app market is the growth of mobile payments and mobile commerce in general, as consumers learn to enjoy the ease of using their mobile devices to pay or make online purchases, in lieu of using credit and debit cards, which are now increasingly seen as a potential source of security vulnerabilities, given the numerous high profile hack attacks at major retailers (and even large banks like JPMorgan) over the past several years. This is solid news for a mobile commerce-focused outfit with a foundation in secure card processing like NETE, which even announced back in November of 2014 that they’ve signed a major $15 million financing agreement with one of Russia’s largest private listed banks, Bank Otkritie, in order to expand the company’s already firm foothold in Russia’s transactional services market. The Otkritie agreement is complementary to the company’s $11 million Alfa-Bank factoring facility from earlier in 2014 and gives investors an idea of just how ambitious Net Element is about pushing out further into other markets beyond their U.S. footprint.

Unified Payments, a wholly-owned TOT Group subsidiary, has risen to become one of the leading providers of credit and debit card-based payment processing in the U.S., in part thanks to their extremely reliable 24/7 merchant assistance, chargeback and support services. In addition, Unified Payments has garnered substantial receptivity in end markets due to their socially responsible initiatives like Process Pink, partnering with merchants in order to allow consumers to give donations to worthy causes via leading national charities whenever they make a credit card purchase. Proprietary technology developed by Unified Payments, like their cost effective and highly flexible Payment Browser, which is designed as a secure and reliable end-to-end processing solution for merchants, processors, software developers, value-added resellers and sales organizations, makes the company really stand out in this field. When it comes to secure card processing, even major retailers are now learning the costly lessons of leaving their payment architecture’s development to less experienced in-house personnel.

This firm foundation in traditional card payment processing, backed by a reputation for diligent customer service, is perhaps one of the reasons NETE has such an advantage as they move further and further into the burgeoning m-commerce sector, as their user-experience orientation translates quite naturally into providing superior m-commerce experiences. M-commerce success continues to be defined by creating ease of use for the consumer and merchant alike, providing colorful, simple, yet engaging apps and the rock-solid security backbone to go along with them. As mobile payments continue to grow and eventually dominate the retail sales industry, merchants will be increasingly turning to companies like Net Element, which is well-positioned to take advantage of established successes by front-runners like ApplePay and Google Wallet, as shown by their rapid integration of Apple Pay into their Aptito platform’s POS acceptance hardware and software. The company even recently optimized Aptito for iOS 8.1 and continues to make the platform a winning solution for engaging, feature-rich and big data-driven POS executions, allowing even SMEs to deliver gorgeous, truly 21st century mobile POS (mPOS) systems that can capture consumer’s attention, while simultaneously alleviating workload for a given merchant’s personnel.

The mobile payments and m-commerce sector, increasingly dominated by companies which can elegantly fuse in-store POS and mobile activation schemes with brand recognition-empowering, consumer experience-driven mobile wallet platform executions, continues to heat up at an unprecedented rate. Google (NASDAQ: GOOG), in a move to double down in their head-to-head m-commerce battle with Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL), has now moved to acquire Apple Pay’s biggest rival, the mobile payments outfit jointly-owned by AT&T, T-Mobile USA and Verizon Wireless, known as Softcard. Pair this news up with a recent announcement by Panasonic (OTC:PCRFY) that they are throwing their hat into the already crowded mPOS ring with their Toughpad FZ-R1 tablet’s showcasing at the National Retail Federation Big Show in mid-January, and you can see why investors are buzzing about the m-commerce sector’s future potential.

It seems clear given smartphone and tablet proliferation – as evinced recently by major IT research and advisory firm Gartner (NYSE:IT), which reported over 2.1 billion devices shipped globally in 2014 (1.2B of which were Google Android-based), and which also offered forward guidance that tablets will overtake PC sales in 2015 – that m-commerce will soon eclipse credit and debit cards’ market share when it comes to retail sales. Indeed, a report last year by WorldPay indicated that mobile payments are on track to hit somewhere around $117 billion by 2017 alone, up 550% from 2012 figures, with the broader alternative payment space (including bank transfers, e-wallets and mobile payments) set to easily outstrip cards over the same interval, as cards decline to 41% of retail sales and alternative payments rise to 59%.

The recent report by Forrester Research (NASDAQ:FORR) on the mobile payments market in the U.S. indicates that the domestic market alone will grow to around $142 billion by 2019, up 184% from 2014 estimates, with considerable market maturation leading to a decisive tipping point over the next five years. One of the lead researchers at Forrester even estimates that Apple Pay alone will grow to around $34 billion in the U.S. by 2019, a whopping 900% leap from 2014 estimates.

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FluoroPharma Medical, Inc. (FPMI) Starts Presentation at Noble Financial’s 10th Annual Equity Conference

FluoroPharma Medical, Inc. (OTC MKTS: FPMI) is a biopharmaceutical company engaged in the development of proprietary PET imaging products to evaluate cardiac disease at the cellular and molecular levels. The company’s initial focus is the development of breakthrough PET imaging agents, with two products advancing into clinical trials for assessment of acute and chronic forms of coronary artery disease. The company is also developing agents for imaging specific cancers. For more information, visit the company’s website at

Noble Financial Capital Markets, an equity research driven, full-service, investment banking boutique, is hosting its tenth annual equity conference in Sandpiper Bay, FL. Attended by institutional investors from across North America, the event features more than 140 public company executive teams from a diverse range of industries. For more information, visit

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Can-Fite BioPharma Ltd. (CANF) Starts Presentation at Noble Financial’s 10th Annual Equity Conference

Can-Fite BioPharma Ltd. (NYSE MKT: CANF) is an advanced clinical stage drug development company with a platform technology that is designed to address the treatment of cancer and inflammatory diseases. The company’s CF101 is in Phase II/III trials for the treatment of psoriasis. CF102, the company’s liver cancer drug, is commencing Phase II trials and has been granted Orphan Drug Designation by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. For more information, visit the company’s website at

Noble Financial Capital Markets, an equity research driven, full-service, investment banking boutique, is hosting its tenth annual equity conference in Sandpiper Bay, FL. Attended by institutional investors from across North America, the event features more than 140 public company executive teams from a diverse range of industries. For more information, visit

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