MrOwl, a free online technology that is a home for all of one’s interests, has launched to the public upon the completion of its beta testing period. The platform, as an app and online, brings together the power of internet social and search technology in one service. From topics like travel to entertainment to food, users can easily organize their content all in one easy place with subtopics, links, photos, documents and more, the company said in a news release. MrOwl redefines search by allowing users to control relevancy and information. By letting them search subsets of information on MrOwl, it’s even easier to find what they are actually looking for, it said.  “Currently the way we interact online is a one-size fits all off-the-rack experience that lacks organization and the ability to keep everything in one convenient place,” said CEO Arvind Raichur. “With MrOwl, we set out to give people the ability to take control of their Internet and share their world, while getting the experience that they actually want.”  

MedGenome Secures $30M Series C Funding

MedGenome, a genomics research and diagnostics company, has completed a $30 million Series C financing round led by Sequoia India and Sofina s.a. The Series C investment will accelerate biomarker discovery programs and further the development of MedGenome's OncoPept suite of cancer immunotherapy biomarker solutions. These efforts will enable American and European genomic and biopharmaceutical researchers to access MedGenome's advanced research solutions and leverage the world's most diverse genetic variant database, drawn from the Indian population, for early drug discovery and target validation. "Precision medicine is the ultimate goal of clinicians and patients alike, which can be enabled through extensive biomarker discovery," said founder Sam Santhosh. "Our work in helping researchers discover disease biomarkers – thanks in large part to our unparalleled collection of genotype and phenotype information across India – gives us confidence in our unique approach." MedGenome operates one of the largest Next Generation Sequencing labs in Southeast Asia and a CLIA-certified and CAP-accredited sequencing lab in Foster City, Calif.

Zūm Raises Series A Funding

Zūm, a provider of safe and reliable rides and care for families, announced it has partnered with Sequoia Capital and raised $5.5 million in Series A funding. The capital will support the company’s continued product and market expansion, as well as the development of strategic partnerships and initiatives. “I’m proud to announce our Series A financing, and that Bryan Schreier will be joining our board of directors,” said co-founder and CEO Ritu Narayan. “We felt a strong connection with Sequoia, given their experience in building legendary companies, and are excited to work with them to bring Zūm to more families.” Zūm matches families with a small pool of drivers to provide optimal child care and convenience. “Today’s families are busier than ever. Zūm delivers peace of mind, freeing kids and parents from the limitations of logistics in a reliable and safe manner,” said Sequoia partner Bryan Schreier. Zūm serves families from over 800 schools in the San Francisco Bay Area and Orange County, and over one hundred public, charter and private schools use them as their exclusive rideshare partner to meet the dynamic transportation needs of their students and families.

Boyden Expands in India

Boyden, a global talent and leadership advisory firm with more than 65 offices in over 40 countries, announced that Jagadish Kumar Audipudy has joined Boyden India, based in Mumbai, as a partner in the firm’s Healthcare & Life Sciences Practice. “We are pleased that Jagadish is joining Boyden and our Global Healthcare & Life Sciences Practice,” said Dinesh Mirchandani, managing partner of Boyden India. “He straddles both the life sciences and digital worlds, and will add significant value to our clients seeking leadership in these critical areas with his vast depth in sector trends and major industry organizations.”

Muniinder Anand Leading CCL’s Growth in India

The Center for Creative Leadership, a global provider of leadership development and research, is expanding its operations in India following the appointment of Muniinder Anand. CCL’s main activities in India have focused on servicing India’s top organizations with tailored interventions for leadership development across different leader levels. The center will further be strengthening its focus on individual and organization-wide tailored leadership solutions including custom programs, executive coaching, assessments and digital solutions. “The importance of strong leadership for any organization cannot be overstated,” said Anand. “Today’s leadership demands high personal integrity and ethical and moral standards in addition to a high degree of trust. CCL is at the forefront of leadership transformation for individuals, teams, organizations and our society as a whole.” Under Anand’s leadership, CCL has plans to increase its staff in India. In addition, CCL will be stepping up its research output in India.

Louis Berger to Consult for Roads in India

The National Highways Authority of India has selected Louis Berger to provide consultancy services for the preparation of detailed designs to upgrade roads of about 510 miles for two major road packages in southern India under the Bharatmala-Pariyojna scheme. Through these and similar projects, the Indian government aims to develop economic and interstate transport corridors, feeder routes and coastal thoroughfares to improve freight movement in the country. “We are honored to support India’s objectives for two of its key road projects to better serve motorists across several states,” said Kshitish Nadgauda, senior VP and managing director for Louis Berger in Asia. “These projects will make the roads wider, safer and more efficient while protecting the environment and enabling local and regional economic development.” The two roads to be modernized under this project are the highway between the state of Tamil Nadu and the union territory of Puducherry in the Indian southern peninsula, and the road that links the nearby states of Kerala, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Goa.

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