Health Care Hypocrites, Part I


The global technology company that makes MRIs and other advanced health care equipment…while providing the tobacco industry with new sources of productivity and cigarette manufacturing efficiency

In proposing and implementing tobacco control policies, it is essential to identify potential barriers inherent in the network of supporting industries and services connected to cigarette production. These include agricultural chemical and equipment suppliers; manufacturers of cigarette-making machinery, producers of paper, ink, flavoring agents, filters, and packaging; shipping companies; investment firms and banks; advertising agencies and public relations firms; and supermarket, drugstore, and convenience store chains that still sell cigarettes. Many of these companies in turn also do business with health care institutions.

For more than four decades, the author has called attention to health-related allies of cigarette manufacturers with the aim of weakening or ending such ties. Sometimes this is accomplished in the form of shareholder advocacy. In the 1980s, 3M, the manufacturer of stethoscopes, asthma medications, and surgical supplies, also helped promote cigarettes through its billboard subsidiary, National Advertising. After a decade of pressure by the Interfaith Center for Corporate Responsibility (ICCR) and Doctors Ought to Care (DOC), 3M stopped accepting cigarette ads in 1995. Kimberly-Clark, which makes surgical masks and hospital supplies, was a leading manufacturer of cigarette paper until it divested this division under shareholder pressure by DOC and ICCR in 1994. For more than 25 years, these groups urged CVS to stop selling cigarettes in its 6300 drugstores; it finally did so in 2014 when it rebranded itself as CVS Health and recognized that cigarette sales were inimical to dispensing medications and to the provision of  health services in retail clinics run by nurse practitioners in CVS drugstores.

One of the most egregious healthcare hypocrites is SIEMENS AG. A multinational engineering and electronics corporation and Europe’s largest industrial manufacturer, SIEMENS has cultivated an image as a medical equipment and healthcare company in advertisements in major magazines and newspapers with headlines such as “More health care stories with happier endings.” This charm offensive originated in the late 2000s after the company was implicated in the largest international bribery scandal in modern business history. SIEMENS became a sponsor of the arts as well as one of the Stand Up To Cancer fundraising telethon’s “Champions”–a high-level partner. Among the 170-year old German-based company’s divisions is Siemens Healthineers, which produces a broad spectrum of immunoassay, chemistry, hematology, molecular, and urinalysis testing technology for clinical laboratories. The company is also a leader in medical imaging (tied with General Electric for the highest market share [28%], according to The Wall Street Journal in 2015).

But this self-proclaimed healthcare leader is also a leading manufacturer of machines used in cigarette-making. Among SIEMENS’s customers has been Philip Morris USA, maker of the best-selling cigarette brand Marlboro. According to SIEMENS’s website in 2015, the company’s tobacco industry division includes “machines for the manufacturing and packaging of cigarettes at speeds of 4,000 to 20,000 cigarettes per minute,” and its “Simotion Motion Control System is now gaining a foothold in the cigarette manufacturing industry.” A single SIEMENS machine thus produces 1.2 million cigarettes (or 60,000 packs) during the annual one-hour Stand Up To Cancer telecast.

This exhibition includes screenshots of the SIEMENS website in 2007, 2014, 2015, 2021, and 2023 that showcase its work for RJ Reynolds, British American Tobacco, Japan Tobacco, Imperial Tobacco Company of India, and the China tobacco monopoly. Today SIEMENS’ streamlined public-facing website gives no obvious clue that the company is still an ally of cigarette manufacturers.

It cannot go unmentioned that SIEMENS was also Germany’s leading industrial conglomerate throughout the Nazi era and made use of hundreds of thousands of slave laborers, including in factories inside concentration camps.

Alan Blum, MD
Director, The Center for the Study of Tobacco and Society

Curator, “Healthcare Hypocrites, Part I: SIEMENS”

“The fight against cancer is in your hands. Pass it on…
More healthcare stories with happier endings.

Siemens technology is helping to give families the answers they need, when they need them.”

Advertisement for SIEMENS healthcare “technologies like the Biograph mMR scanner”
Forbes (also in TIME Magazine, The New Yorker, and other magazines)
May 26, 2014

“Lighting up the future” (3 pages)

Article in THE MAGAZINE, published by SIEMENS, touting the power system that the company made for China’s Jinan Tobacco


“SIEMENS: Motion Control Solutions: Success Story;
Motion Control Accelerates Cigarette Packaging” (5 pages)

Press release and page on SIEMENS website
November 14, 2007

“The SIMOTION Motion Control System is now gaining a foothold in the cigarette manufacturing industry.

“TaskGD, located in Bologna, Italy, is a machine construction company which specializes in complete making and packaging lines for cigarettes. When G.D. was searching for an innovative automation and drives solution for the Packet Reservoir PB15 and Stamp/Coupon applicator AN, Siemens offered a concept based on the new SIMOTION control platform…

“SIMOTION is the basis of a customized automation solution for making and packaging machines for cigarettes.”

“SIEMENS: Pharmaceuticals/cosmetics; Solutions for packaging systems”

Page from SIEMENS website
November 14, 2007

“Automation and drive solutions for packaging machines in the fields of pharmaceuticals/cosmetics…”

“SIEMENS: Key requirements for Tobacco”

Page from SIEMENS website
November 14, 2007

“Globalization and Consolidation: The tobacco industry is a global industry. Faced with increased regulation, a change in the political, cultural and social area [sic] and a greater awareness of smoking-induced health risks in Europe and North America, the tobacco multinationals are stepping up their activities in developing countries in search of new markets. There has been a great deal of consolidation in the tobacco industry over the 1990s. Over the next years, we will see the realization of plans for privatizations [sic] of state owned manufacturers in various Eastern European and Asian countries. Manufacturers will have to adopt systems that support them in meeting standards for quality control and a common manufacturing vision.
“Regulations and litigations [sic]: Regulations, restrictions and societal attitude towards public smoking differ substantially around the world. Public attention towards smoking/tobacco consumption highly influences manufacturers. So Quality and Safety should been seen [sic] in the light of the Public Awareness and producers should be able to claim/prove that the products are manufactured observing high quality standards and with maximum respect for environmental safety. Adopting Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s), registering production data and integrating quality management will become increasingly important.
“Brand awareness and brand portfolio strategies: In view of the increasing health awareness of consumers and legislation/litigation issues, large tobacco manufacturers are at the moment investing in R & D in order to create a new generation of products with reduced health risks’ [sic]. In addition to improving existing products, a significant amount of effort is invested in the development of new products. A wide range of consumer expectations about cigarettes, including innovative filters, new designs and package innovations for both product quality and product appearance is addressed. Again, manufacturers will need to have in place the right systems to manage and support brand strategies.
“Production efficiency and flexibility: The cigarette manufacturing process is handled by state of the art, optimized machinery that is becoming faster and more accurate every day. With the high throughout capabilities of the equipment quality and optimization aspects are becoming increasingly important. Furthermore, the introduction of new regulations, new product introductions, the consolidation of manufacturing sites are but a few examples of factors that cause the need for new tools to keep up or increase the actual productivity. Current cigarette makers for example promise a throughout of 20,000 cigarettes per minute. As a result, efficiency percentages have a great effect on the productivity of the manufacturing plant.”

SIEMENS: An ideal match for tobacco processing and cigarette production

Screenshot by Alan Blum, MD


Market and Manufacturing Responsiveness– R.J. Reynolds: Specification Management Solution with SIMATIC IT

Screenshot by Alan Blum, MD


SIEMENS: Sustainability in tobacco production 

Screenshot by Alan Blum, MD

June 30, 2013

“Where Bribery Was Just a Line Item” (3 pages)

Article by Siri Schubert and T. Christian Miller
The New York Times
December 21, 2008

“‘Bribery was Siemens’s business model,’ said Uwe Dolata, the spokesman for the association of federal criminal investigators in Germany. ‘Siemens had institutionalized corruption.’

“To understand how Siemens, one of the world’s biggest companies, last week ended up paying $1.6 billion in the largest fine for bribery in modern corporate history, it’s worth delving into Mr. Siekaczek’s unusual journey.

“A former midlevel executive at Siemens, he was one of several people who arranged a torrent of payments that eventually streamed to well-placed officials around the globe, from Vietnam to Venezuela and from Italy to Israel, according to interviews with Mr. Siekaczek (pronounced SEE-kah-chek) and court records in Germany and the United States.

“What is striking about Mr. Siekaczek’s and prosecutors’ accounts of those dealings, which flowed through a web of secret bank accounts and shadowy consultants, is how entrenched corruption had become at a sprawling, sophisticated corporation that externally embraced the nostrums of a transparent global marketplace built on legitimate transactions.

“Mr. Siekaczek says that from 2002 to 2006 he oversaw an annual bribery budget of about $40 million to $50 million at Siemens. Company managers and sales staff used the slush fund to cozy up to corrupt government officials worldwide.”

“Siemens Settles with World Bank on Bribes” (7 pages)

Collage of articles in The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, and The New York Times in 2008 about SIEMENS’s scheme to bribe public officials and other individuals to win engineering contracts throughout the world–the largest business bribery scandal in modern history.

Health $14.0 Energy $26.6 Infrastructure $17.9 Industry $18.6

“Siemens Witnesses Cite Pattern of Bribery”

Article by David Crawford and Mike Eskerl
The Wall Street Journal
January 31, 2007

“Siemens Probe Spotlights Murky Role of Consultants”

Article by David Crawford and Mike Eskerl
The Wall Street Journal
April 20, 2007

“Inside Bribery Probe of Siemens”

Article by David Crawford and Mike Eskerl
The Wall Street Journal
December 28, 2007

“Siemens Pays Record Fine in Probe”

Article by David Crawford and Mike Eskerl
The Wall Street Journal
December 16, 2008

“Siemens Settles With World Bank on Bribes”

Article by Vanessa Fuhrmans
The Wall Street Journal
JUly 3-5, 2009

“Siemens set for overhaul under Kaeser”

Article by Chris Bryant
Financial Times
May 6, 2014

Health $14.0 Energy $26.6 Infrastructure $17.9 Industry $18.6

“Siemens Attempts to Transform Its Image

Staid German Engineering Firm Uses Soccer Deal to Build Recognition and handset Sales”

Article by Matthew Karnitschnig
The Wall Street Journal
April 27, 2004

“Beyond mobile phones, Siemens also was eager to make its brand more recognizable in the hope such visibility could help its pursuit of large public projects, Siemen’s bread-and-butter business…

“The connection to Formula One [racing], which projects innovation and speed, is a natural link for Siemens, which has been a sponsor of McLauren-Mercedes since 1998.”

[Curator’s note: The main logo on this car from 1997 to 2005 was West cigarettes, manufactured by the German tobacco company Reemstma until 2003 when it was acquired by the UK cigarette maker Imperial Brands.]

“Siemens Polishes Image.

Big Outlay Planned To Try to Mend Scandal’s Damage”

Advertising column by Mike Esterl
The Wall Street Journal
November 29, 2007

“The German engineering conglomerate, still grappling with a massive corruption scandal that emerged last year, is hoping that the image campaign will shift the public’s attention back to Siemens’s technological prowess. It plans to shell out more than €100 million ($148 million) annually over the next three years on the campaign, a big shift for a company that has long spent heavily to develop medical scanners and high-speed trains but traditionally has set aside little for advertising.

“The ‘Siemens answers’ campaign…is being launched in major markets around the globe over the next several months…

“…newspaper and magazine ads…ask readers questions such as ‘How can disease be detected before it strikes?’ and then highlight technologies being developed by Siemens…”

“HEALTH CARE Special Report
Five faces of the uninsured”/ “We have answers. SIEMENS” (2 pages)

Article by Mimi Hall and John Fritz
Money section, USA Today
(Section sponsored by SIEMENS with 3-page-advertisement)
September 23, 2009

“‘They can put my portrait in a museum. But my music?’
Opera live from Beyreuth.
Presented by SIEMENS via webstream.”

Advertisement by SIEMENS
The New York Times
August 7, 2009

“’Our cultural and social commitments are a living tradition at Siemens and originated with our founder Werner von Siemens,’ said Siemens Communications head Stephan Heimbach. “Today we use state-of-the-art technologies, for example, to present art and culture to a broad international public.” For the Siemens Festival Night, the company will utilize innovative technology to win greater acceptance and enthusiasm for this cultural event worldwide, especially among younger people. “The blending of artistic and technical excellence here will have a lasting overall effect,” emphasized Heimbach. The Siemens Festival Night also demonstrates that excellent cultural work can attract great interest and strong support even in times of a global economic crisis.

“In the social area, Siemens is committed to developing education and research, providing assistance through social aid programs, and supporting art and culture. All three focal points are currently being bundled under the roof of the Siemens Stiftung, which has been endowed with €390 million. In fiscal 2008, Siemens AG invested around €50 million in donations and project funding for social activities, including a broad range of cultural activities.
Siemens’ cultural projects, such as the Festival Night in Bayreuth, aim at stimulating a dialogue among representatives of culture, society and business.

“Siemens considers culture to be a vital link among societies and a bridge to the business community. The interaction of a broad public with art and culture leads to better understanding and open-mindedness among people. At the same time, Siemens’ commitment to art and culture underscores the company’s close ties with its social environment and the motivation of its employees. ‘The more receptive society is to such interaction, the better the environment for Siemens as an innovation leader,’ noted Heimbach.”

–SIEMENS press release, July 22, 2009

“Who helps build America’s cities, and the US economy, too? We do.
*70,000 US employees in all 50 states
120 US manufacturing facilities
$1 billion in research & development spending

Advertisement in The Hill (Washington, DC)
October 3, 2007

“Helping prevent heart disease with Siemens comprehensive cardiovascular solutions” (2 pages) 

Advertisement in Forbes Magazine
September 7, 2009

“Cardiovascular disease is one of the major causes of mortality in the world today. Early risk assessment and rapid diagnosis are vital in the battle against cardiovascular disease. Siemens offers a comprehensive portfolio along the entire cardiovascular care continuum from prevention to acute care to follow-up treatment.” 

“Who is helping doctors see the heart with amazing clarity? We are. SIEMENS”

Advertisement in Newsweek
December 12, 2005

“A urine analyzer so advanced, it even knows how to read.” SIEMENS  Answers for life.” (2 pages)

Advertisement in Consultant
September 2013

“With the CLINITEK Status+ Analyzer, Siemens answers the need for more accurate and efficient testing.”

Example of SIEMENS CLINITEK Status+ print-out of a patient’s urine analysis


Who is helping to improve the quality of patient care and safety in hospitals throughout the world? We are.”

Advertisement by SIEMENS
August 1, 2005

“SIEMENS: Who will help hospitals live longer?
Siemens answers for sustainable healthcare help providers lower costs and improve outcomes.”

Advertisement in U.S. News & WORLD REPORT

“The aging of our population and unhealthy lifestyle choices are bringing about an exponential rise in costly, chronic disease just as healthcare reform seeks to lower costs for all.. Howe can we increase the quality of care while reducing costs? At Siemens we are rising to the challenge with sustainable healthcare technology.”

“‘How can disease be detected before it strikes?’ Siemens answers: Early detection and prevention.” (4 pages)

Advertisement in TIME Magazine
November 19, 2007

“With people living longer than ever before, the importance of preventive healthcare has never been greater. Early detection of disease ensures the best possible treatment, improves quality of life and makes care more affordable. That’s why Siemens is investing in the combination of state of the art laboratory diagnosis (in-vitro) and imaging technologies (in-vivo) that allows the detection of diseases at very early stages..”

“Information is the best medicine. SIEMENS” (2 pages)

Advertisement in The New Yorker
November 25, 2002

“Healthcare professionals perform best when they’re well informed. By successfully integrating medical and information technologies, Siemens provided physicians and health executives with instant access to critical information so they can make the right decisions right away…
“When you have 450,000 minds working together all around the globe, including 75,000 right here in the U.S., innovative solutions emerge..”

“SIEMENS: Growing up healthy in a growing city–
Siemens answers for healthcare help people flourish today–and tomorrow.”

Advertisement in Politico, March 2, 2012 and TIME Magazine, June 11, 2012

“Who helps doctors see each patient as one of a kind? We do. SIEMENS” (2 pages)

Advertisement in U.S. News & WORLD REPORT
April 23, 2007

“Innovations from Siemens can be found everywhere. And more advanced personalized healthcare is an innovation that’s closer than you think. Our technology and process advancements in imaging, laboratory diagnosis and information technologies are enabling customized care based on patients’ individual needs. Interventions can begin earlier–before a patient experiences symptoms of disease. Hospitalization can be minimized and overall healthcare costs reduced. At Siemens, our innovations today are working toward a healthier tomorrow.”

“These students have just opened our eyes to the future…and we are in awe of their vision.
Congratulations to the 2009 National Finalists of the Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology”

Advertisement by SIEMENS and College Board
USA Today
December 10, 2009

Our future depends on it.”

Advertisement by SIEMENS Foundation
USA Today
February 6, 2013

“Recognizing talent today
to develop leaders for tomorrow
Congratulations to the finalists for the 2013 Siemens Competition in Math, Science and Technology”

Advertisement by SIEMENS Foundation and College Board
USA Today
October 24, 2013


Advertsement by SIEMENS Foundation, College Board, Oak Ridge Associated Universities, Discovery EDUCATION
USA Today
May 11, 2011

“TOTAL CONTROL: Siemens’ Simatic IT system takes factory automation to the next level” (2 pages)

Article by David Williams
Tobacco Reporter (monthly tobacco industry trade journal)
September 2008

“The 2004 merger between R.J. Reynolds Tobacco and Brown & Williamson left its successor company, Reynolds American, with a diverse product portfolio and support system that were outdated and limited in their expansion ability.. Using the bundled Simatic IT System enabled Reynolds to provide interaction with SAP [a new enterprise resource system] needed to optimize both systems and make them work together…
“‘Because it can interface to an ERP [enhanced resource planning] system, it can process production orders, control material versioning and the bill of materials, which can be directly downloaded,’ said Colin Gray, Siemens’ tobacco industry manager.” 

Tobacco Reporter GLOBAL TOBACCO INDUSTRY GUIDE 2014 (2 pages)

Siemens listed on page 148 in the section, “Products: Quality Control; Inspection & Monitoring Equipment”


8-page online brochure on Siemens website (order of pages: 8,1,2,7,4,5,6,3)

“Tobacco Business Drivers:

*Health awareness of consumers
*Increasing regulation
*High quality expectations
*Global and consolidating market
*Importance of brand product
*Stable demand”

“The right [cut cigarette tobacco] mixture: more flexibility through standardization

The highest possible degree of standardization and greater flexibility for developers and users – not a contradiction, quite the opposite. Thanks to integrated automation in its tobacco cutters, HAUNI Maschinenbau GmbH benefits from more transparency, more options, and more efficiency in engineering and service.

Torben Wüpper links the fact that HAUNI had backed the right horse with the new architecture to one point during the piloting: “With a fundamentally new architecture, there’s always that one question: Will it work the way we imagined? So we just tried it out: We took the axis module from the standard Siemens application and linked it to the parameters of the machine. And more or less half an hour of programming later we had implemented an axis synchronization. From then on it was clear to me: Yes, that works.”

HAUNI Maschinenbau GmbH

With around 4,500 employees at over 20 locations worldwide, the HAUNI Group is the world’s leading provider of technologies and technical services for the international tobacco industry. Hauni Maschinenbau GmbH, with its headquarters in Hamburg, Germany, is the leading company of the Hauni Group. In addition to machines for cigarette production, HAUNI supports its customers with machines and systems for tobacco preparation and processing, such as the KT 2 and KT 4 tobacco cutters. Machine servicing is also part of the range of services: HAUNI overhauls and modernizes used HAUNI machines – from filter and cigarette production lines to logistics components and tobacco cutters.

The path to the new standard

Before Torben Wüpper, as project manager for the automation of the tobacco cutters at HAUNI, had this sense of achievement, however, he and the team around project manager Olaf Böse first examined numerous alternatives in order to find a future-proof solution for the machine series. “We have been very successful with our tobacco cutters for a great many years. As a result, we have many machines in the field that we service. At the same time, the technology of our solutions continues to develop – and automation must also be able to keep pace,” says Olaf Böse. Ultimately, Siemens was able to offer a convincing coordinated solution consisting of controller, drives and software. Olaf Böse continues: “This enables us to standardize the entire automation and drive technology as far as possible.”

Standardized, integrated, and efficient

The new automation and drive concept is based consistently on standardized components: A SIMATIC ET 200SP Open Controller with SIMATIC S7-1500 Technology CPU 1515 SP PC2 TF, SINAMICS S120 drives and Siemens motors, and a SIMATIC HMI IFP1900 Display for operator control and monitoring. In this way, HAUNI was able to simplify the architecture significantly: The Open Controller controls not only normal and safety-oriented machine functions, but also the complete drive technology and visualization. As a result, only one controller is now installed in the control cabinet instead of the four different systems previously…”


Accessed October 27, 2023

“SIEMENS Industry Mall: Food, drinks and tobacco industry”

Screenshot by Alan Blum, MD
Siemens website

Siemens: China’s tobacco industry profits from innovative process instruments”

“China has more smokers than the United States has residents – about 350 million. China’s booming tobacco industry, which annually generates around 20 billion euros in taxes according to government figures, is an important part of the national economy. Over five trillion cigarettes are produced every year; China is by far the largest cigarette producer, followed by the USA. Chinese cigarette production increased nearly eightfold from 220 billion in 1960 to over 1.7 trillion in 1995. The economic value of cigarette production amounts to several hundred billion euros annually.

“Around two million people work worldwide in the cigarette industry or facilities affiliated with the industry, two thirds of these workers are in China, India, and Indonesia…

“The Kunming Cigarette Factory company, one of Yunnan Province, China’s most important tax sources, has produced nearly twenty of the most popular cigarette brands in China since 1942. Around 5600 employees work there today. In addition to other manufacturers’, countless Siemens field devices can be found for process instruments in different production sections, as well as Siemens solutions for factory automation…”

From “SUCCESS STORIES: TOBACCO  Siemens: China’s tobacco industry profits from innovative process instruments” in, May 19, 2013

“SIEMENS RFID application in tobacco industry”

“In the cut tobacco warehouse of a cigarette factory, the customer needs to automatically store the pre-configured cut tobacco with different formulas. The SIEMENS Moby E radio frequency identification system [RFID]  is used to confirm the box number, tobacco grade and weight of the packaging of fabrics, warehousing storage, cigarette box out of the warehouse, turning box feeding, and remaining material recovery, so as to realize the storage of the tobacco production process. Managed automated production…

“At present, in order to meet the needs of the national tobacco industry’s “No. 1 Project” and realize the information tracking management of the entire process of production and distribution of finished cigarettes, more and more tobacco manufacturers are adopting SIEMENS RFID technology as the core of the automatic sorting of finished cigarettes. The pick-out library system organically combines the production links of cigarettes with the commercial links, which not only improves the production efficiency of the enterprise, but also improves the logistics efficiency and information system management of the finished cigarette distribution and sales links.

“The SIEMENS RFID solution can meet the requirements of “modern logistics” “one-warehouse” distribution operation mode due to its inherent powerful management functions. It is suitable for large-scale and busy logistics and distribution, and can ensure high-quality data exchange in the supply chain. Cigarette production and operation provide a basis for decision-making and meet the requirements of the No. 1 project of the tobacco industry informatization.”

From “SIEMENS RFID application in tobacco industry” by chrispeng in RIFDCHINA.NET, December 15, 2021

“SIEMENS Information Systems, Ltd.: Initial Success – Product Integrity at ITC (Imperial Tobacco Company) India” 

SIEMENS Global Network of Innovation Slide Presentation (Slide 22) [click on the image to view the full 29-slide presentation]

March 21, 2006

“SIEMENS: Cross Selling Initiatives Industry Suites – The Standardized Sector-oriented Range (Tobacco)”

SIEMENS Investor Meeting Slide Presentation (Slide 16) [click on the image to view the full 18-slide presentation]


“Siemens Medical Systems and Manufacturers of Medical Atomizers” (3 pages)

Internal document, Philip Morris, Inc.
April 16, 1991

“The company is both a manufacturer and exporter, and total sales are estimated at $1 billion…
…total employment for Siemens Medical Systems approximates 6,000…
Its two subsidiaries specialize in x-ray…and nuclear medical…imaging…”

Siemens collaboration with Phillip Morris USA, genomic health company, Virginia Commonwealth University, 2008 (3 pages)

I would like to sincerely thank you for your time and fruitful discussions during our videoconference May 19th-20th. Toward the end of our meeting we identified 4 possible collaboration domains as follows:

(1) Gene expression data analysis from the so-called Phase1B Respiris (Lineagen*) study;

(2) Behavioral phenotype/genotype analysis on TES (Total Exposure StuCy) data set with a focus on sensory genes
and pathways;
(3) Neuroimaging: on how to relate patterns of haemodynamic changes in the brain to consumer’s decision making
process- a computational model of product fingerprinting and consumer’s choice/preference;

(4) Text mining/Data mining with a focus on information filtering and ontology for sensory research.

…Over the last 10 days my colleague Lenn had the opportunity to talk to Dr. Michael Paul, CEO of Lineagen, about a potential collaboration between PM USA/Siemens/VCU {Virginia Commonwealth University]/Lineagen. Dr. Paul is very keen to pursue this idea.
Christian Heidbreder
Philip Morris USA
Sensory Research
Center for Research and Technology
601 East Jackson
Richmond, VA 23261 USA
*From wikipedia: “Lineagen, Inc. is a privately held personal genomics and biotechnology company based in Salt Lake City, UT. The company was incorporated in 2006 and collaborated with two leading autism research institutions: the University of Utah and The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), to identify novel genetic variants likely causal of autism spectrum disorder.”

 Global Tobacco & Vapor Industry Guide 2023

Cover image
Published by Tobacco Reporter and Vapor Voice,
GTNF Trust, Raleigh, North Carolina

“The Global Tobacco & Vapor Industry Guide, popularly known as the Industry Guide, is a long-standing resource for buyers, innovators and other stakeholders to source and research the vast diversity of B2B [business to business] services and products supported by tobacco and nicotine.

“Whether you are looking for a supplier of papers, a leaf merchant or an engineering specialist to overhaul your machinery, you will surely find it in our buyers’ guide.”

Siemens’ Products/Services for the tobacco and vaping industry: “Products: Quality Control-Inspection & Monitoring Equipment”

Listing on page 87
Global Tobacco & Vapor Industry Guide 2023
Published by Tobacco Reporter and Vapor Voice
GTNF Trust, Raleigh, North Carolina

Siemens is also listed  as providing “Computerized Monitoring & Control Systems—Consulting & Engineering Services” (page 34), “Factory Equipment” (page 48), and “Research & Development” (page 89)

“SIMATIC IT is Siemens’ Manufacturing Execution System (MES) offer for the tobacco industry. SIMATIC IT gives the tobacco industry gives tobacco manufacturers new sources of productivity and manufacturing efficiency by bridging the gap between business systems and the control layer and by synchronizing operations along the production life cycle. SIMATIC IT offers specification management, tracking and tracing, product genealogy and integrated quality assurance, and manufacturing intelligence, and comes with functionality specifically designed for the tobacco industry.

“The Siemens Healthineers USA IT portfolio includes software and hardware solutions supporting clinical workflow and enhanced productivity across both medical imaging and laboratory diagnostics. Enabling effective diagnosis, treatment, monitoring, and management of medical conditions, our sustainable IT solutions give providers the information they need to provide quality patient care.”
–From the SIEMENS website
September 12, 2023

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