May 17, 2020

New sheep placenta therapy used to banish wrinkles

sheep placenta
Cosmetic surgery
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A dermaroller is part of the treatment
A Harley Street doctor has developed an unusual new cosmetic surgery treatment which is being branded as an ‘alternative facelift. Rather than ut...

A Harley Street doctor has developed an unusual new cosmetic surgery treatment which is being branded as an ‘alternative facelift’.

Rather than utilising a cream or Botox injections, sheep placenta is the main ingredient in the new Actistem treatment, which apparently acts as a cure for wrinkles.

It is thought that sheep placenta contains a protein which, when it comes into contact with skin, can help to stimulate collagen production.


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According to Dr Roberto Veil, the brains behind the treatment, the placenta is full of stem cells which replenishes the skin and encourages the production of collagen and elastin, resulting in a skin firming effect.

Patients who undergo the Actistem procedure have an anaesthetic cream applied to their face, which is followed by a dermaroller treatment to stimulate the blood flow in the skin.

This is followed by the application of the sheep placenta, a clear, thick, liquid, which is massaged into the face.

Dr Weil repeats the process three times as part of one treatment and after three days patients will notice an improvement in skin texture.

After two weeks the elastin and collagen count in the skin increases and it will be lifted and tightened, reducing the appearance of wrinkles.

The sheep placenta is imported to Dr Veil’s London Centre for Aesthetic Surgery from Australia and the Actistem treatments take 30 mintues, cost £600 and results can last up to five months. 

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May 12, 2021

OMNI: First-ever platform to launch citizen RPA developers

3 min
OMNI is empowering employees to become ‘citizen RPA developers’, democratising automation and other AI technologies

Robotic process automation (RPA) is the fastest growing segment of the enterprise software market due to its many benefits - from reducing manual errors to processing tasks faster. For businesses to truly benefit from this technology, RPA needs democratisation, and this is where citizen RPA development comes in. 

Gartner describes a citizen RPA developer as "a user who creates new business applications for consumption by others using development and runtime environments sanctioned by corporate IT.” This could be anyone using IT tools and technology, not limited to IT specialists. 

The work citizen RPA developers do spans from identifying automation opportunities to developing RPA architecture and solution proposals, focusing on scalability and extensibility. By deploying citizen RPA developers, organisations can enable enterprise automation and digital transformation on a much larger scale. 

This is particularly beneficial for businesses struggling to undertake digital transformation, as a citizen RPA development programme can help drive adoption of automation as a strategic growth driver at multiple levels. With increased adoption, the cost of digital transformation becomes lower, increasing RoI. 

Technology needs to be democratised – right from low-code and no-code platforms, business process modelling and identifying automation opportunities to decision-makers at all levels, creating a pool of early adopters. This group could comprise people across different functions, especially those who are aware of customer preferences, industry trends and end user experience.

But how can organisations harness the power of citizen RPA development? Step forward AiRo Digital Labs, a Chicago-headquartered global tech company. 

AiRo provides innovative digital and automation solutions for the healthcare, pharmaceutical and life sciences sectors. In 2021 they launched OMNI, a subscription-based, SaaS platform to help clients accelerate their citizen RPA developer program and build digital centres of excellence (COE) within their organisation. 

OMNI provides a personal RPA coach and virtual digital playground that helps enterprises rapidly build and scale automation, removing the risk of failure or talent gaps. The latter is key as research has shown that digitalisation is far more successful when championed by internal employees. 

This has the added bonus of empowering employees - who will self-learn technologies including robotic process automation (RPA), artificial intelligence, machine learning, chatbots, and natural language processing (NLP), reducing the lead time for new applications and technology, as well as reducing technical gaps, making up for skills shortages and enabling their business to respond faster to critical market challenges. The virtual sandbox within OMNI gives access to all the major intelligent automation platforms where citizen RPA developers can build DIY digital prototypes. Additionally, they can access more than 150 digital assets within OMNI marketplace. 

The platinum helpdesk of OMNI acts as your personal coach and is available 24 x 7 to address issues during the digital learning, prototype building, and digital governance journey.  

Another key benefit is that it enables digitalisation to be bespoke to each organisation, compared to off-the-shelves initiatives plugged into the enterprise. Individual organisation's objectives decide the scope and size of the process. 

As Gartner state, in today’s world of SaaS, cloud, low-code and “no-code” tools, everyone can be a developer. 

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