A Farewell to 2014

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December is a good time to reflect on all of the positive achievements accomplished during the year. From winning the Schwab Foundation’s Entrepreneur of the Year award to becoming ISO-27001 and ISO-9001 certified, 2014 was quite busy.

We’ve also welcomed a new group of passionate, hard-working people to our global family this year. With our team quickly growing, we learned a lot about having good teamwork, maintaining positive dynamics, and fostering productive relationships.

Our Cambridge (U.S.) team took what we’ve learned and went candlepin bowling.

Why bowling? It really wasn’t about what kind of activity we did, but that we played as a team (and had some healthy competition!). We recognize that teams are much more productive when they share a bond beyond the conference room walls. And quite frankly, with all of the exciting developments we’re working on, the short break was well-deserved.

As 2014 comes to a close, we emphasize the collaboration and hard work that brought us to where we are now. We look forward to 2015 with a lot of promise and more exciting news to come!

See you next year!

- The Sproxil team

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Kenya’s PCPB and AAK officially launch with Juanco and Sproxil to protect farmers

As a part of the greater anti-counterfeiting efforts by Kenya’s PCPB and AAK, Sproxil Kenya partner Juanco SPS officially launches a consumer-facing project that safeguards their top-notch pesticide Bestox 100EC with our award-winning Mobile Product Authentication (MPA) technology. By helping farmers get assurance that their pesticides are the original product, they can protect their crops and their livelihood.

The solution soft-launched recently with over 3,000 farmers already using it to verify their Juanco products.

The official launch event, which takes place today, includes esteemed attendees such as the Cabinet Secretary of Agriculture.

Thank you to the organizers and attendees of the event. We look forward to many more successes in the Kenyan market and beyond!

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Interested in how Sproxil can help protect your consumers? Email us at team@sproxil.com!

 

Fight the Fakes in India

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Rat poison  (zinc phosphide) found in counterfeit antibiotic Ciprocin, linked to at least 15 India sterilization deaths.

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(original post 2014-11-13)

Every story about the negative impact of counterfeit drugs further confirms the increasingly urgent need to address the global issue.

Recently, thirteen women in India had died after sterilization surgery at a family planning camp, possibly due to tainted or substandard drugs. While full investigations pertaining to the incident and the drugs are still underway, the story highlights the serious and fatal impact that counterfeit drug use could play.

Education on dangerous counterfeit drugs is just one of the many critical steps needed to support consumer safety efforts. To further our commitment to education, we joined Fight the Fakes campaign to help raise awareness so that we can protect patients from unnecessary tragedy.

Now it is your turn: Equip yourself with knowledge; learn about why it’s important for policy makers, doctors, health care professionals, media, and patients to raise up arms against the global threat. Learn more about Sproxil’s tool to combat counterfeiting – Mobile Product Authentication™ (MPA™) – by reading about SMS verification and its impact.

From government to manufacturer to consumer, combatting fake drugs is everyone’s fight.

Sproxil, Inc. Now Officially ISO Certified!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Sproxil Earns International Standards for Quality Management
and ISMS Certifications 

Completes ISO27001 and ISO9001 International Standard Requirements

Cambridge, Mass. (October 22, 2014) – Sproxil®, a leading provider of world-class brand protection and mobile marketing services, announces its Cambridge headquarters has earned the International Standards for quality management systems and Information Security Management Systems (ISMS) certifications. Sproxil successfully completed comprehensive assessments of the Company’s quality processes and management systems, information security, and continual improvement processes for ISO9001 and ISO27001.

The certifications highlight Sproxil’s ability to meet clients various and specific needs and strengthens the integrity of the company’s solution suite, including the company’s flagship, award-winning Mobile Product Authentication™ technology.

“Becoming ISO certified further solidifies our position as the global leader in mobile-based product protection technology and demonstrates commitment to our clients,” states Vivian Tang, Business Operations Coordinator of Sproxil who led the certification process. “The certifications demonstrate that our continual improvement processes and data security measures meet both strict global standards and our internal standards of success.”

ISO (International Organization for Standardization) is the world’s largest developer of International Standards for businesses. Accepted as the worldwide standard that defines quality, ISO9001 certification is granted to companies who have developed a process approach to implementing and improving the effectiveness of a quality management system in order to enhance customer satisfaction by meeting customer requirements.  ISO27001, considered the most stringent certification for information security controls, is focused on adoption of a process approach for information security systems and their management.

 

 

 

 

 

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About Sproxil

Sproxil uses mobile technology to combat counterfeiting and increase brand equity with innovative, consumer-focused product protection and targeted marketing solutions. Its flagship Mobile Product Authentication™(MPA™) solution helps ensure goods are not counterfeit or compromised, empowering consumers to verify product genuineness by SMS, mobile app, web, or voice. Compatible with any tangible item, MPA is widely used by leading pharmaceutical companies to curb the multi-billion dollar counterfeit drug industry. MPA protects products across more than ten industries, including personal care, automotive aftermarket parts and electrical cables. Sproxil’s mobile marketing and consumer loyalty services help brand owners increase consumer loyalty and differentiate themselves from competitors.

 

The company has been recognized globally for its efforts against counterfeiting and is endorsed by regulatory bodies in Nigeria and Kenya. Sproxil received the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office 2013 Patents for Humanity Award in Information Technology, the 2010 IBM SmartCamp Boston Award and the 2009 Clinton Global Initiative Outstanding Commitment Award. In 2013, Sproxil was named the most innovative company in health care and #7 overall by Fast Company Magazine. Headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States, Sproxil has operations in India, Ghana, Kenya, and Nigeria, with the ability to execute projects on six major continents.

 

For more information and a full list of Sproxil’s solution suite, please visit www.sproxil.com.

 

 

 

Sproxil team participates in Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes

We did it!

In 2010, we launched Nigeria’s first mobile-based drug verification solution with Biofem Pharmaceuticals to protect their Diabetes medicine, Glucophage.

In honor of that turning point in our company’s history, we participated in a charity walk for Diabetes (Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes) this past Saturday, October 18th!

The weather was on our side that day so we did the maximum 3-mile walk around the historic Boston Common. It was very inspiring to hear stories about those affected with the debilitating disease and to learn about the research being done to combat it.
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A big thank you to American Diabetes Association, the great team of organizers, and all of those who participated for making this day so special for us!
Interested in learning more about the walk? Go to American Diabetes Association’s Step Out website.

In Memory of Dora Akunyili

It is with heaviness in our hearts that we see the passing of a very close friend and anti-counterfeiting advocate, Dora Akunyili, without whom our company would not be where it is now.

Dora Akunyili. Image from newsrescue.com.

During her time as Director General of NAFDAC, Dora championed the war against fake drugs and dedicated her life to the pursuit of positive change for Nigerian citizens.

She changed the course of Sproxil as well. In what seemed like many years ago, she invited our young and eager team to Nigeria to introduce an innovative solution that would help citizens avoid counterfeit drugs.

Through her successor, Dr. Paul Orhii, who continues the legacy of Dora’s work and in his own right is creating a legacy of his own, we successfully launched our Mobile Product Authentication™ (MPA™) solution in Nigeria and have helped millions of citizens get access to safe drugs.

A burial for Dr. Akunyili, who passed away in June, will be held today, Thursday, August 28th.

Dora, thank you for believing so strongly in the right to good health for every citizen. Thank you for believing so strongly in your vision and ours.

May we come to see your vision fulfilled.

Sproxil with MassChallenge at NASDAQ Opening Bell Ceremony

We had a really wonderful opportunity to be a part of MassChallenge’s Opening Bell Ceremony at NASDAQ. The organization invited its alum to join them on stage as they rang the NASDAQ opening bell in NYC this morning.

Co-founders Alden Zecha (CFO) and Ashifi Gogo (CEO), representing Sproxil, were able to snap some really great photos in front of the NASDAQ bell as those at Sproxil who couldn’t make eagerly watched the live stream from our desks!

MassChallenge is the world’s largest startup accelerator and competition and the first of its kind to support high-impact, early-stage entrepreneurs with no strings attached. The organization aims to catalyze a global startup renaissance.

Sproxil is a MassChallenge alum from the class of 2010.

We would like to thank MassChallenge for inviting us to share in this incredible experience.

Photos of the event below:

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Ashifi Gogo in front of the NASDAQ bell
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MassChallenge and MassChallenge alum in front of the NASDAQ bell

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MassChallenge on the big screen outside of NASDAQ, as seen from inside
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MassChallenge on the big screen outside of NASDAQ, as seen from the live stream

Genuine Customer Satisfaction: Wilson from Kenya

Wilson is a farmer in Kenya who relies on effective products like Juanco’s Bestox 100EC pesticide for his farm. By using Mobile Product Authentication™ (MPA™) to ensure that products like these are genuine, he can effectively get rid of unwanted bugs and protect his crops.

While he has only used the solution a few times, he said that he can already see the long term positive effects of buying genuine. He believes that farmers like him can use MPA to protect their crops and their livelihood.

Customer Testimonial Wilson 2014-08-12

Genuine Customer Satisfaction: Gabriel from Kenya

Gabriel is an electrician who insists on using only genuine electrical cables. As a professional, he insists that his company do the same. In fact, he makes sure they look for the Mobile Product Authentication™ (MPA™) stick-on label found on East African Cables (EAC) electrical cables so that they can verify the authenticity of their products for free. By using this solution to verify his products, he knows that he can avoid costly and dangerous overheating and fire break outs caused by cheap, fake cables.

Customer Testimonial Gabriel 2014-08-05