NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - Feb 20, 2014) - Investorideas.com, an investor research and news portal covering leading sectors including technology and defense, announces new speakers and presenters for its upcoming Security and Defense Conference, "Game Changing Technologies: The Face and Future of Security," to be held live in New York and online on March 11, 2014.
New financial panelists include Manish Thakur, Managing Partner of Hudson Fairfax Group and Jason Kolbert, Head of Healthcare Research, Senior Managing Director and Biotechnology Analyst at Maxim Group.
Added to presenting companies is Viscount Systems (OTCQB: VSYS), a Canadian manufacturer of advanced physical access control systems that combines traditional access control performance with cyber security (true convergence of logical and physical access) to increase security while driving down facility costs to secure offices, hospitals, critical infrastructure, schools, banks, and manufacturing. The company's unique offering satisfies new US Federal Government standards for increased protection of facilities from external threats. http://viscount.com/
The theme of the conference is 'game changing technologies, the face and the future of security' and will be discussing developments in biodefense, biometrics including fingerprint, voice and facial recognition, cyber security and other leading edge technologies.
The agenda will include a financial panel, and industry panel and presenting companies showcasing their technologies.
Recently added media partners include BiometricUpdate.com, a leading news property that publishes breaking news, analysis, and research about the $7 billion global biometric market.
"We project that the global biometrics market will grow to $15 billion by 2015 from its 2012 estimated value of $7 billion," states Stephen Mayhew, President of Biometrics Research Group Inc., an independent market research consultancy, which publishes BiometricUpdate.com, the most trusted and authoritative source for news and industry intelligence in the sector. "The market for automated fingerprint identification systems and fingerprint biometric technologies account for the greatest share of the global biometrics market and is forecast to continue to be the main source of overall market revenues from 2010 to 2015. We believe the fingerprint modality was valued at $5 billion in 2012 and is expected to reach nearly $10 billion in 2015. Face, iris, vein, and voice recognition biometric technologies together form the second largest segment. This sector was worth an estimated $2 billion in 2010 and is expected to reach $5 billion in 2015."
"Biometric technology is advancing faster than many people realize. The consumer and mobile spaces have seen huge gains in the past year, bringing authentication and payment systems to the forefront of this discussion. All the while, security and defense applications are more technologically advanced today than they ever have been and international adoption is soaring." -- Adam Vrankulj, Managing Editor, BiometricUpdate.com.
New speakers added:
Manish Thakur, Managing Partner of Hudson Fairfax Group
Manish Thakur is Managing Partner of Hudson Fairfax Group, a strategic investment firm based in New York, Washington and London, focused on cybersecurity, intelligence, big data analytics, and defense private equity. Manish has spent over 20 years covering defense, technology, telecommunications and satellite companies as a principal investor, CFO and investment banker. Before founding HFG, he worked at such firms as Merrill Lynch, SG Cowen and HSBC, where his responsibilities included private equity and strategic investments, initial public offerings, and mergers and acquisitions. Manish also serves as National Security Coordinator for a Capitol Hill-based political action committee. Manish holds an MBA in Finance from Columbia University Graduate School of Business, and a BSc (honors) in Economics from the University of London.
Jason Kolbert, Head of Healthcare Research, Senior Managing Director and Biotechnology Analyst, Maxim Group
Jason's career began as a chemist in the pharmaceutical industry, and evolved into a product, and marketing manager with Schering-Plough in Japan. Upon returning from Japan, Jason joined Salomon Smith Barney, as a research associate which has now evolved into an 18 year career on Wall Street as a ranked biotechnology analyst.
Mr. Kolbert today is a senior managing director with the Maxim group and the head of Healthcare Research as well as a covering analyst. As the head of Healthcare, Jason manages the Healthcare effort to maintain a balance of large capitalized relevant institutional coverage combined with the next generation of small capitalized emerging companies that will influence the sector. As a covering analyst Mr. Kolbert's focus is across several therapeutic areas with an emphasis in antiviral medicine, regenerative medicine, oncology and immunology (cell therapy). Mr. Kolbert is noted for being among the first analysts to focus on the changing landscape for Hepatitis C therapy, identifying Pharmasset in its early days as a company with paradigm shifting nucleoside technology (subsequently acquired by Gilead for $11 billion). Today Mr. Kolbert is making the same call for Stem Cell Therapy, identifying the sector as having the potential to alter current treatment paradigms.
Mr. Kolbert spent seven years at Citi Group as a traditional sell side analyst followed by seven years on the buy side as a portfolio manager with the Susquehanna International Group. Mr. Kolbert most recently returned to his analyst role after spending a year as the head of business development for a public cell therapy company. Today at Maxim with his colleagues Mr. Kolbert oversees a team responsible for covering 70 companies and supporting the needs of the firm.
The growing list of speakers and presenters includes Kris Tuttle, Director of Research for SoundView Technology Group; cybersecurity expert and counterterrorism analyst Roger Cressey*, Partner with Liberty Group Ventures; and Kiersten Todt**, President and Managing Partner of Liberty Group Ventures.
*From 2004 - 2013, Roger Cressey served as an on-air counterterrorism analyst with NBC News, appearing frequently on NBC Nightly News, The Today Show, MSNBC and CNBC.
**Ms. Todt has commented on homeland security and sport security issues in multiple media outlets, including MSNBC, NPR, Bloomberg, and The Wall Street Journal. Her work on sport security has been published in two editions of The International Centre for Sport Security Journal.
Other speakers include Marty Martin, CEO of Crane & Crane Consulting, who also has a background with the CIA, NSA, and the U.S. Army, Scott Greiper, President and Founding Partner of Secure Strategy Group, Scott Sacknoff, President of Spade Defense Index (NYSE: ^DXS), Janice Kephart, Founder and CEO of The Secure Identity and Biometrics Association (SIBA) and Phil Agcaoili, Chairman, Ponemon Institute Fellows Co-founding Member, Cloud Security Alliance Board Member, Mobile Active Defense.
Presenting Companies currently include:
NXT- ID Inc. - Mobile Security for a Mobile World
NXT-ID, Inc.'s (OTCQB: NXTD) innovative MobileBio™ solution mitigates consumer risks associated with mobile computing, m-commerce and smart OS-enabled devices. The company is focused on the growing m-commerce market, launching its innovative MobileBio™ suite of biometric solutions that secure consumers' mobile platforms led by the Wocket™; a next generation smart wallet designed to replace all the cards in your wallet, no smart phone required. The Wocket works anywhere credit cards are accepted and only works with your biometric stamp of approval. http://www.thewocket.com/, http://www.wocketwallet.com/
NXT-ID's wholly owned subsidiary, 3D-ID LLC, is engaged in biometric identification has 22 licensed patents in the field of 3D facial recognition http://www.nxt-id.com/, http://3d-id.net/
Tekcapital, Ltd. - The World's Largest University Network for Open Innovation
Tekcapital helps clients profit from new, university-developed intellectual properties. With our proprietary discovery search engine, linked to 3,300+ universities in 160 countries, coupled with expert scientific review, we provide a turn-key service to make it easy for clients to find and acquire the IP they need to create a competitive advantage. http://tekcapital.com/
PositiveID Corporation (OTCBB: PSID) develops unique medical devices and molecular diagnostic systems, focused primarily on diabetes management, rapid medical testing and airborne bio-threat detection. Its wholly-owned subsidiary, MFS, is focused on the development of microfluidic systems for automated preparation of and performance of biological assays. http://www.PositiveIDCorp.com
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Game Changing Technologies: The Face and Future of Security
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Media partners include www.SecuritySolutionsWatch.com, a breaking news site covering new security solutions and business trends; SecurityStockWatch.com for investors following the sector; www.Wallstreetcalendar.com, informing the institutional investment community; Australian Security Magazine (http://www.australiansecuritymagazine.com.au/); Global Security Finance (www.globalsecurityfinance.com), an online daily news and data service covering the physical, cyber and identity security and defense sectors; Hedge Connection (https://www.hedgeconnection.com), an interactive, web-based marketing tool available to hedge funds and investors; www.biometgricupdate.com and http://www.biometricstechnologywatch.com/.
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