When 3D printing technology emerged, there was immediate excitement within the life science community, which quickly imagined the many possibilities. Fast forward to 2017 and 3D printing has expanded to “bioprinting,” or the practice of manufacturing tissue and organs with materials that incorporate viable living cells. This almost unbelievable technique has enabled practitioners to test advancements in the area of reconstructive surgery, transplantation and more.
We are pleased to announce our OneBeacon Technology group’s newest whitepaper, which addresses this topic. Titled “3D Bioprinting – Printing for Life” and co-authored by our technology risk control specialists Tushar Nandwana and Steve Morkovsky, this reference piece defines bioprinting, discusses various current technologies and emerging applications, along with the associated risks and exposures.
To access of our full inventory of technology-focused whitepapers, visit our website.
As many of us prepare to celebrate July 4th, barbecues, swimming and fireworks are likely highlights! But while Independence Day celebrations can provide great summer memories, they can also be the most dangerous. Accidents can and do happen. So as the fun-filled weekend approaches, make sure you’re prepared for some of the risks associated with the holiday. Here are a few tips from our friends at Insurance Information Institute:
- July 4th is a popular vacation time and theft rates tend to increase as homes and businesses are left empty. Be sure to ask a trusted neighbor, person or service to check on your home or business while you are away.
- If you’re hosting a BBQ, make sure your grill is clean and located a safe distance away from your house.
- Keep children and pets away from open flames or grills; call 911 for serious incidents.
- If you’re around a pool, make sure young children are accompanied by an adult and that the proper protections are in place (e.g. fence).
- Check your pool or party area for potential accident hazards such as glass, electronics, toys, etc.
- Skip your own fireworks display and attend a local celebration.
Visit the I.I.I. website for more information and tips on grilling and pool safety.
Have a happy and safe Fourth of July!
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OneBeacon Healthcare Group’s Sarah Logue and Linda McSmith are speaking at the 2017 Ambulatory Surgery Center Association (ASCA) conference in Washington D.C. this week.
Their session, “Protect Your ASC by Evaluating Its Insurance Coverages,” outlines key objectives and strategies to help evaluate current insurance coverages and considerations for the next insurance renewal season. Each insurance policy or coverage option that is signed offers an opportunity to protect a facility’s assets. Reconsider the way risks are looked at and treated in an ASC.
Thursday’s presentation will help demonstrate strategies for leaders to implement that may affect the way they look at and treat risks in their organization.
Senior Vice President and Risk Manager Patty Hughes is participating today on a panel titled, “Risk Managing Midwifery Practices,” at the New England Regional Healthcare Risk Management Conference in Mystic, CT.
The practice of Midwifery is thousands of years old and still evolving. In the U.S. there are Licensed Midwives, Certified Nurse Midwives, Certified Midwives, Certified Professional Midwives, Direct Entry Midwives and Traditional Midwives. According to the Midwives Alliance of North America, slightly more than 10% of births in the U.S. are attended by midwives. Midwives may practice in private homes, clinics, birth centers, and hospitals, and in addition to maternity care they provide primary women’s health care. The panel will examine the growing use of midwifery practices, the risk associated with them and potential strategies to mitigate risks.
Patty is also exhibiting at the conference, so be sure to stop by to say hello!
A.W.G. Dewar’s Chairman, Dana Tufts, recently received an award from the National Business Officers Association for Outstanding Support of Independent Schools. This award is given to individuals who have generously supported independent schools and their business officers. Dana quickly noted that the recognition was truly a team effort and that he accepted on behalf of the entire Dewar team. By receiving this award, it shows that the Dewar team has done an exceptional job developing strong relationships with their clients in the independent school industry.
Dana and his team are proud to accept this award, as Dewar has been a supporter of NBOA since its inception. Congratulations!
Click here for full article on Dewar’s achievement.
This week, OneBeacon Technology’s Chris Moede is representing our team at the Technology Councils of North America (TECNA) annual CEO Summit. Yesterday, he provided a brief overview of our capabilities and the targeted risk management opportunities available for TECNA members. We appreciate the opportunity to attend and network with our industry partners!
Due to a winter storm expected to hit the Northeast on Tuesday, several of our offices will be closed including:
- Connecticut- Farmington
- Massachusetts- Boston, Canton and Quincy
- New Jersey- Holmdel and Morristown
- New York- New York City
- Pennsylvania- Blue Bell
Employees able to work from home should be reachable by phone and email. All offices are anticipated to be open for business as usual on Wednesday, March 15.
After-hours networking for Technology Risk Control Manager Tushar Nandwana recently meant sharing insights on the fast-developing state of artificial intelligence. Tushar was among several speakers featured at the Electronic Components Industry Association (ECIA) Regional Series in Phoenix. His technology underwriting colleague Denise Oppelt was also there, along with Nate Call from USI Phoenix (pictured below). Visit the ECIA website for insights on this association and the Regional Series.
Our Financial Services and Financial Institutions teams are in San Diego, CA this week for the annual American Bankers Association’s (ABA) Insurance Risk Management Forum. This conference is designed specifically to address risk management challenges facing the financial services industry.
If you are attending the event, we invite you to visit with OneBeacon Financial Services’ President Craig Collins and Vice President Gary Tannenbaum, or OneBeacon Financial Institutions’ President Kevin Koehler and Underwriting Manager Carly Mayer. We hope to see you there!
Finding your way in a new work environment can be both challenging and exciting. According to Ryan Sardelli, OneBeacon employees can easily navigate our company due to its size and structure. Ryan, who joined our Management Liability group as Vice President earlier this year, shares what makes a career at our company special in our latest Why OneBeacon clip.