IBS Researchers Developed New Catalyst That Produces Hydrogen Peroxide (H2O2) Using Only Oxygen and Water
A catalyst has been developed that can increase the production efficiency of hydrogen peroxide (H2O2), a key material for the chemical and pharmaceutical industries, by up to eight times. The research team with Hyun Teak-hwan (Chair-professor at Seoul National University, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering) and Sung Yeong-eun (Professor at Seoul National University, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering), who are the leader and vice leader of Nanoparticle Research Group of Institute for Basic Science respectively, collaborated with a team of Yoo Jong-seok professor at University of Seoul to develop an electrocatalyst that can produce hydrogen peroxide eco-friendly using only oxygen and water. As a result, hydrogen peroxide can be produced with a catalyst that is more than 2000 times cheaper than the existing noble metal catalyst, so it is evaluated as a ‘killing three birds with one stone’ technology that solves all of the cost, efficiency and environmental issues. ▲ Leader Hyun Teak-hwan (left) and Vice Leader Sung Yeong-eun (right) attended to present the major achievements. Hydrogen peroxide is widely used in household goods such as toothpaste and dish detergent, as well as in medical sites that require sterilization and in semiconductor processes that wastewater treatment and removal of impurities. Industrial hydrogen peroxide is mainly produced by the anthraquinone process. However, the anthraquinone process* uses expensive palladium catalysts, which not only consumes a lot of energy, but also has the limitation that organic substances are generated as by-products and cause environmental pollution. Therefore, as the demand for hydrogen peroxide increases with the development of ultra-precision semiconductors and mechanical parts, there is a need for a sustainable process that can produce hydrogen peroxide with cheap and high efficiency. * Anthraquinone process: A process of producing hydrogen peroxide by sequentially reducing and oxidizing anthraquinone dissolved in an organic solvent in the presence of a catalyst. Expensive palladium catalysts are required in large quantities, and excessive energy is consumed in each step, resulting in low energy efficiency. In addition, since organic solvents are generated as by-products, there is a limit that causes environmental pollution. ▲ Control of catalytic activity through structure control around cobalt atoms (Image provided by IBS) The research team devised an inexpensive catalyst that could electrically produce hydrogen peroxide using water (H2O) and oxygen (O2) without the need for complex steps. The catalyst, developed by the researchers, is in the form of putting a cobalt (Co) atom on two-dimensional graphene. Unlike conventional catalysts, they are inexpensive as they use cheaper cobalt atoms instead of precious metals such as platinum and palladium. When the developed cobalt atom/graphene catalyst is added to an aqueous solution of saturated oxygen and subjected to electricity, hydrogen peroxide can be produced without adding any other compound. This catalyst has produced up to eight times higher productivity than the expensive noble metal catalysts known to be the most efficient. With 1kg of catalyst, it is capable of producing 341.2 kg of hydrogen peroxide per day. In addition, it was confirmed that even after the experiment for continuously producing hydrogen peroxide for more than 110 hours, it maintains more than 98% of the initial performance. “The idea is based on the finding that an inexpensive atom such as iron, cobalt, or nickel effectively mediates electrochemical reactions when stabilized on graphene. It was confirmed that the activity of the catalyst could be controlled at the atomic level and even justified by calculation chemistry. Consequently, by changing the structure around the cobalt atoms, the team was able to develop a catalyst with world-class hydrogen peroxide production ability.” Said Sung Yeong-eun vice leader. ▲ Performance Comparison of Catalysts Developed by Researchers and Conventional Catalysts (Image provided by IBS) The catalyst developed by the researchers is a heterogeneous catalyst**, which is cheaper than a homogeneous catalyst and is eco-friendly because it does not generate waste catalyst and it can be recycled after the reaction. This work means a lot academically in the way of the world's first discovery of a principle for increasing the activity of heterogeneous catalysts at the atomic level. The researchers expect the catalyst to be used in a wide variety of chemical processes as it can synthesize products stably and environmentally at both room temperature and atmospheric pressure. **Heterogeneous catalyst: When a catalyst has the same form with the reactants and products, it is called a homogeneous catalyst. In this time, the reaction proceeds in the form of all catalyst, reactants and products dissolved in solvent. On the other hand, heterogeneous catalysts have the advantage that they can be recovered and recycled after the reaction as the reactants and products differ from each other in the gaseous or liquid state. “Hydrogen peroxide, the world's top 100 industrial chemicals, can now be produced environmentally and economically. It is expected to improve productivity by applying hydrogen peroxide production as well as many chemical reactions using catalysts.” Said Hyun Teak-hwan leader. Meanwhile, the results of the research were published in Nature Materials (IF 39.124), the world's leading journal in materials, on the January 14 in Korean time.
EBS Well-Made Documentary ‘Singers – Laugh and Cry with the Times’ Press Conference
On December 22, EBS (CEO Kim Myung-Joong) announced a specially designed documentary ‘Singers – Laugh and Cry with the Times’ (10 episodes) during the press conference held at Sookmyung Women's University. ‘Singers – Laugh and Cry with the Times’ (hereinafter ‘Singers’) is a music & interview documentary that intensively sheds new light on the great singers who soothed the anxiety and sorrows of the people and sometimes encouraged their hope and courage throughout the turbulent modern history. In particular, ‘Singers’ is a biography with a bold line that finds the value of musical DNA and rediscovers the singers who have comforted people in the ages before the BTS craze that swept the world today. ▲ ‘Singers’ Season 1, which recorded Korean modern and contemporary history with singers' voice and songs, was revealed on 22. ‘Singers’ is composed of only singers’ songs and real interviews without narration. EBS produced a teleprompter for video for the first time in Korea and performed a special shooting where the performer looks directly at the camera. And it made viewers feel like they are vividly meeting stars through TV. In addition, high-quality audio, such as a hyper-cardioid condenser mic, was used to show the music as if we are at the live concert of the singers. ‘Singers’ first episode, aired at 9:35 pm on Sunday, December 22, was opened by a folk singer Song Chang-Sik. After a long absence, Song Chang-Sik, who slugged the 70s as a symbol of youth culture, such as <Whale Hunting> and <Why Do You Call Me?>, talked about a story which has never been done in front of the camera. ▲ Singer Hye-Eun-Yi ▲ Singer Lee Eun-Ha ▲ Singer Jeon Young-Rok ▲ Han Sang-Ho, CP at EBS and General Director of ‘Singers’ ■ “I wanted to play my music with our words and language, just like writing an old poem pleasantly.” We can meet Song Chang-Sik, who pursued Korean colors in a series of hit songs, including <Ga Na Da Ra>, <A Day of Sparrow>, <Azure Days>, <We are>. The second episode, which will be broadcasted on December 29, will be handed by Yang Hee-Eun, who presented a deep resonant sound to the times. Yang Hee-Eun found an echo in all ages’ hearts through the folk songs like <Morning Dew> and <Evergreen Tree> as well as popular songs with unique emotions such as <About the Loneliness Called Love> and <Han Gye Ryeong>. This time, she will present another impression with serious interview. Besides the broadcaster Yang Hee-Eun who is loved by various entertainment programs and radio, the true character of the singer Yang Hee-Eun and the reason why she is a godmother of folk song will be revealed through the ‘Singers’. Korea’s first singer for video, Hye Eun-Yi, had taken the love of the whole nation by causing ‘Hye Eun-Yi Syndrome’ with a series of hit songs such as <You Wouldn’t Know>, <I Really Really Like You>, and <Third Han River Bridge>. Her popularity as a fashion icon, such as a short cut hair craze called ‘wind hair’, was greater than any other female singers. Still singing with a little girl’s heart, Hye Eun-Yi can be confirmed through the third episode of ‘Singers’. ▲ EBS first developed and introduced a teleprompter designed to keep viewers and interviewers at the same eye level. ■ “The movie is my father, and the song is my mother. My musical and sensory talent came from 98% of my family's genes. I do not want to deny my roots.” Jeon Young-Rok, who is known as an all-round entertainer and the originator of a huge fan base of teenage girls called ‘Oppa Budae’, is the one who always meets fans at the front line. Recently, he has challenged fishing life through the evening program of public TV and is expecting his second heyday. He said that ‘Singers’, which looks back on the song life, is a welcome program like rain for a drought. Meanwhile, Jeon Young-Rok's music diary, such as holding a concert at Cheongju CJB Media Center on December 29, 2019, is still in progress. ■ “I like to challenge myself. My heart is as excited as waiting for a loved one. ” The confession of disco queen and singer Lee Eun-Ha, who has challenged various genres such as ballad, disco, rock and jazz, is beautiful. Overcoming the illness and restoring the current health, she boasts colorful colors like a chameleon. In addition, you will be able to meet 10 great singers, including Lee Eun-Ha, Han Dae-Soo, Kim Soo-Chul, Song Dae-Gwan, and Lee Jang-Hee until February next year. ▲ PD Jeon Young-Geon also attended the joint interview and told the story behind the production. ▲ EBS exhibited photographs of moments during filming and paid tribute to the singers who shed light on an era.
Xilinx-SK Telecom Held Press Conference to Present FPGA-Based AI Accelerator Implementation Cases
Xilinx and SK Telecom held a press conference at the Grand InterContinental Seoul Parnas Hotel in Gangnam-gu, Seoul on November 1st, and SK Telecom announced the adoption of Xilinx Alveo data center accelerator card to strengthen its real-time AI-based physical intrusion detection service. SK Telecom's AI inference accelerator (AIX) implemented on Xilinx Alveo cards provides efficient and accurate physical intrusion detection using deep neural networks. ADT CAPS CO., LTD. licenses and commercially deploys the physical intrusion detection service. SK Telecom's AI-based physical intrusion detection service, T view™, monitors hundreds of thousands of customers' commercial and home camera systems in real-time and dispatches security guards under physical intrusion circumstances. Processing a large volume of data from thousands of cameras using deep neural networks necessitates a powerful AI accelerator that can provide enough throughput and accuracy. T view uses SK Telecom's AI inference accelerator (AIX), implemented on Xilinx Alveo U250 cards. Running on servers in SK Telecom's data center, Alveo U250 cards have demonstrated high throughput and accuracy in theft detection services. Built on the Xilinx 16nm UltraScale+ architecture, Alveo accelerators are adaptable to changing algorithms and acceleration requirements, enabling domain specific architectures that optimize performance for a range of workloads without changing hardware, and while reducing overall cost of ownership. Xilinx Alveo accelerator cards are designed to meet the performance and flexibility needs of data center AI workloads, providing 10X higher performance for AI-based speech translation and over 3X higher throughout for video analytics pipelines compared to GPUs. ▲ Sam Rogan, Vice President of APAC Regional Sales at Xilinx ▲ Jin-hyo Park, Head of ICT Technology Center at SK Telecom Sam Rogan, vice president of APAC regional sales at Xilinx, introduced that the key to meeting the growing demand for computing is ‘performance’, and there are many ways to define it. And the definition of this performance and the way to improve it are changing. Starting with competing simple processor speeds, parallel processing, a combination of multicores and heterogeneous cores have been made as well as a lot of performance gains in the process. However, we are now faced with the limitations of performance improvements again. And Xilinx has proposed a ‘domain-specific architecture’ in the form of next-generation system configurations. This ‘domain-specific architecture’ is drawing more attention in the hot topics such as artificial intelligence and machine learning applications. Since 2012, about 20 to 30 models of neural networks have invented, and compared to the earlier models, the current models are able to use parallel processing or non-sequential processing, which greatly increases processing performance. In addition, the neural network model for these AIs requires the optimal architecture to boost the performance, and also requires customized precision, datapaths, and memory hierarchies to get the highest performance from the architecture. At this time, the hardware that can be used to implement these features is GPU, ASIC, FPGA. Of these, the GPU is flexible but has a problem of high-power consumption and latency. In addition, ASIC/ASSP, which locks logic on hardware to overcome the drawbacks of the GPU, takes long time from design to production, and sometimes the neural network model is already devalued at the start to production. FPGAs, however, overcome the challenges of GPUs and ASICs, and provide an environment to quickly keep up with the ever-changing neural network model. Xilinx highlighted that it develops tools and libraries that users can easily access, and provides a way of using high-level languages that can be used for the existing model development on FPGAs. Jin-hyo Park, Head of ICT Technology Center at SK Telecom, explained that the existing telecommunications company thought that it would be necessary to use 'artificial intelligence' in areas that can differentiate itself from the existing operators in expanding the scope as a ‘service’ other than telecommunications. And he commented that SK Telecom has an artificial intelligence service called ‘NUGU’, which requires the development of algorithms and software for artificial intelligence, and an appropriate infrastructure to use the developed software and algorithms well. Hence, SK Telecom has focused on accelerators using FPGAs in researching infrastructure for artificial intelligence services, which is the third application for SK Telecom. In addition, he stated that AI and accelerators will be used for MEC in the future, and cooperation with Xilinx is important to create new converged services. ▲ Kang-Won Lee, Head of Cloud Labs at SK Telecom ▲ AIX, an accelerator for high-performance AI inference environments Kang-Won Lee, Head of Cloud Labs at SK Telecom, introduced that SK Telecom's “AIX” was the project name for the inference accelerator for AI services. He explained that SK Telecom is currently the largest mobile network operator in Korea, and is conducting business in various areas such as media, e-commerce, security, and semiconductors. Also, in all those areas, AI is used for various purposes, and AI is not a technology for a specific area, but a technology that can provide value to customers and society in every area. Moreover, in the application of AI, there are AI technologies that become 'cores' such as image analysis, data analysis, and natural language processing. SK Telecom believes that these technologies will be the core competency of the business, and has been developing accelerators. In general, the lifecycle of an AI service consists of 'training' and 'inference', of which 'training' takes place in a specific part of the data center during the development phase. It is not latency sensitive and is primarily deployed in GPU farm environments. And ‘inference’ is what the developed AI services actually provide, and when more parts become AI in the future, it is expected that there will be greater market opportunities related to inference. Furthermore, he stated that the service infrastructure for the AI inference environment is targeted at large users, and since cost and power consumption are important as well as performance, an accelerator that can satisfy both high performance and high efficiency will be effective. SK Telecom's AIX designs the Neural Processing Unit (NPU) for AI inference and mounts it on Xilinx FPGAs to use for the actual services. At this time, the AIX unit implemented in the FPGA can provide high performance with high performance memory such as HBM, and the FPGA is a configuration that is used in a commercial server in the form of a PCIe card. In addition, software stacks such as compilers, libraries, and runtime environment for AIX are prepared. In terms of software, it supports the framework environment that is widely used, and there are modules for performance optimization under it. It also provides a runtime environment that enhances users’ convenience. ▲ An example of speeding up the intrusion detection process with AIX, based on Alveo U250, was introduced. SK Telecom stressed that its AI services were not created at the laboratory level, and have been repeatedly used and improved in actual services. In addition, AIX has been used for voice recognition of 'NUGU' speakers to achieve higher performance and cost-effectiveness than existing GPU-based systems. SK Telecom also introduced that it provided a real-time speech-to-text (STT) service through AIX accelerator to the call center’s STT service, Vanessa Speech Note. Moreover, in the case of 'T view', AIX has expanded its use of video analysis. While there have been many false positives and inefficiencies until now, AI-based intrusion detection technology will provide more accurate detection and higher cost efficiency. The two hardwares used in the case of ‘T view’ are Alveo U250 and a custom card with two Virtex-based FPGAs. AIX utilizing FPGAs can expect to be more than twice as cost-efficient as GPUs, and can handle a lot of processing while reducing latency. Even removing some of the latency constraints, AIX provides more performance than GPU. In addition, by utilizing AIX for intrusion detection, the inefficiency of on-site dispatch caused by false positives was greatly reduced, and the environment where AI could send out dispatch requests was implemented with accurate and quick intrusion detection. Meanwhile, with the rise of 5G networks, the ‘edge cloud’ can place infrastructure and services closer to users and expect lower latency. By utilizing the edge cloud in 5G networks, the network and the edge cloud can handle the tasks that the devices had to handle because of latency until now. Consequently, it is expected to reduce the dependence on device performance and spread the use of “smart” devices. In particular, AI will also be handled at the network level, offering a wider variety of AI services to more users and adding new value to customers. ▲ Adam Scraba, Director of Product Marketing, Data Center and AI at Xilinx Adam Scraba, director of product marketing, data center and AI at Xilinx, introduced about 'Adaptive Platform' and Vitis Unified Software Platform. He stated that in the future, the demand for "real-time" AI services is expected to increase in voice-activated AI assistants, home security, and commercial environments, but achieving this goal is not so easy. And to achieve this, a processor-centric computing architecture would have to be transformed into a workload-specific form, and computing would have to evolve in the way of more closely integrating with storage and networks. To meet the high throughput, low latency, power efficiency, and fast adoption of modern algorithms that future services will demand, next-generation computing environments are also required to be transformed into ‘adaptive platforms’ that can be defined in both software and hardware. In addition, Xilinx stressed that the Alveo data center accelerator card enables companies such as SK Telecom to respond appropriately to problems, combines the latest architecture, performance, and connectivity, and can be used in various areas such as cloud services. Above all, Xilinx highlighted that it provides the 'adaptive' features in both hardware and software terms. Xilinx introduced that the company is providing solution stacks for its Alveo accelerator cards and platforms, and in terms of Alveo’s market entry, it can be used both on premises and in the cloud. Accordingly, various methods such as channel partners, cloud providers, and solution providers may be possible to provide. Moreover, in AI inference performance, Alveo can be used as an effective means of achieving performance goals in the presence of various algorithms and workflows. Even on HPC, Alveo can offer several to tens of performance improvements over traditional CPUs or GPUs, such as in financial risk modeling. In leveraging 'adaptive hardware' in these new workloads, Xilinx Vitis unified software platform enables developers to abstract better, develop applications based on industry-standard frameworks, and utilize Xilinx hardware in an optimal form, providing an environment that can speed up development. Furthermore, Vitis AI integrates the 'Domain Specific Architecture' development environment so that the customer’s AI models can be optimally used on Xilinx hardware through industry-standard frameworks and pre-trained AI models.
Samsung BioLogics Is Assigned to Grand Ballroom at ‘J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference’ for Two Consecutive Years
- Samsung BioLogics is assigned to the largest main venue, and this is the second consecutive year since the Korean company got the venue for the first time last year. - Samsung BioLogics will announce its business results after establishment and present its 2020 goals and mid- to long-term vision. Samsung BioLogics (CEO: Kim Tae-han) will participate in the J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference, the world's largest global investment event, held in San Francisco, USA on the 13th. Samsung BioLogics was the first Korean company to receive the “Main Track” in 2017. Also, since last year, it has been assigned the Grand Ballroom for the first time in Korea, and has attracted the attention of global investors. The Grand Ballroom is a large 800-seat presentation venue and is known to be assigned to only major global pharmaceutical companies such as Pfizer, Roche and Johnson&Johnson. Samsung BioLogics was assigned to the Grand Ballroom for two consecutive years, and has been recognized for its solid position in the global market and high status among major investors. Samsung BioLogics will present its achievements, 2020 goals, and mid- to long-term vision under the theme of 'Innovation and Growth of Samsung in Biologics Industry' through a presentation on the 15th(Wed) afternoon. CEO Kim Tae-han and Vice President John Rim will give the presentation. Meanwhile, J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference, which marks its 38th anniversary this year, is the largest investment event in healthcare sector, in which 500 bio and pharmaceutical companies around the world, invited by global investment bank J.P. Morgan in January every year, gather in San Francisco, USA, to announce major business results and vision. During the J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference, meetings for business partnerships are actively held and the latest trends in the industry can be seen at a glance, drawing attention from industry workers and investors around the world. Samsung BioLogics President Kim Tae-han is presenting at 2019 J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference (Photo Credit: Samsung BioLogics)
Uljin Seongryu Cave in Gyeongsangbuk-do, The First Korean Peninsula Cave to Be Found and Recorded in History
‘Uljin Seongryu Cave’, famous for the first Korean peninsula cave to be found and recorded in history, was opened on May 7, 1963, when it was designated as Korea's Natural Monument No. 155. The first history book that appeared here is ‘Samguk Yusa(The Heritage of the Three States)’, written by the Buddhist monk Il-yeon at Ingak Temple in the seventh year of King Chungnyeol (1281). In Samguk Yusa, Seongryu Cave, which appeared as Jangcheon Cave, was revealed in history as a place where the Silla Bocheon Prince was able to settle the public sentiment. At the end of Goryeo(918-1392), it was recorded as a nearby attraction, referring to the Buddhist temple of Seongryu Temple in ‘Gwandongyugi’, which was written by the great scholar Lee Gok. It is also a place with a sad legend. There is a record that, at the time of Japanese Invasion of Korea, the soldiers blocked the entrance and massacred about 500 refugees. Seongryu Cave is a limestone cave in a straight form. The total length is about 870 meters, of which 270 meters are open to visitors. Large stalactites, stalagmites, and flowstones can be seen, and the viewing points by the lakes in the caves are impressive. There are photo zones named in a similar fashion everywhere, attracting visitors. Since 1976, Gyeongsangbuk-do Uljin-gun has been managing Seongryu Cave. Tickets can be purchased by individuals or groups, and it is necessary to wear a safety helmet. And while having a look around, visitors are recommended to read the main signs and instructions, such as safety notices, which are placed inside the caves. ▲ Panoramic view of passageway leading to Seongryu Cave ▲ The entrance of Seongryu Cave. Visitors must wear a safety helmet. ▲ Passing through the narrow entrance, you will encounter a huge space. ▲ There are several places where lighting is ideal for taking commemorative photos. ▲ Information signs are placed at the notable sites to watch. ▲ There are facilities such as staircases and safety facilities, but visitors should always be careful of the safety while touring.
Skywalk, Suspension Bridge, and Even Gatbawi Rock! All-In-One Tourist Attraction ‘Mount Deunggi Skywalk’
As you travel all over Korea, you can see the sights that reveal Korea’s “hurry, hurry” culture. In Korea, the “All-In-One” style, which means that everything is done in one place, is popular. If you visit Gyeongsangbuk-do, we recommend the ‘Mount Deunggi Skywalk’ located near Hupo Port, Uljin-gun. Skywalk, built in the park of the mount Deunggi, is nationally famous with its 135-meter walking path on the East Sea. In particular, the 57-meter section is built with glass, so you can actually feel like you're walking on water. The most important part is the operation time, as its closing time varies depending on the season from 9 am. It closes at 5:30 pm in March-May and September-October, at 6:30 pm in June-August, and at 5:00 pm in November-February. There is ‘Hupo Gatbawi Rock’ right under the Skywalk. It's so popular that there is a stairway going down from the Skywalk, and there is a folktale that Gatbawi Rock grants one wish in a life among local residents. Therefore, it is a place where laughter blooms with various wish origins from getting a child to winning the lottery. On the way from the Skywalk to the park of the Mount Deunggi, there is a Suspension Bridge. It’s so short that people might think it won’t shake much, but if you go up, its shaking is considerable. For this reason, the screams of people who are afraid to shake are sometimes heard. Still, the railing is high, so if there is no excessive joke, there is no problem. ▲ Mount Deunggi Skywalk is good for taking a walk after using the Hupo Port passenger terminal or nearby restaurants. ▲ Because it is built on the glass floor based on the height of which people could be afraid, the excitement is considerable even in the short section. ▲ You can enjoy it for free during the operation time, so it is full of visitors on a sunny day. ▲ If you look at the bottom of the glass, you can see the bottom of the blue sea of the East Sea. ▲ At the end of the Skywalk, you will find sculptures that are mermaids, which is a photo zone. ▲ Hupo Gatbawi Rock is a famous spot for people who come to make a wish. It leads directly to the stairs from Skywalk. ▲ Suspension Bridge is located on the way from Skywalk to the park of the Mount Deunggi. Even if it looks short, the shaking is considerable. ▲ There are sculptures where visitors can take commemorative photos throughout the park of the Mount Deunggi.
Suggesting Model of Korean Winter Festival, ‘Santa Village at Buncheon Station’, Opens Until February 16
Gyeongsangbuk-do (Governor Lee Cheol-woo) held the opening ceremony of Santa Village at Buncheon Station in Socheon-myeon, Bonghwa-gun, Gyeongsangbuk-do on December 21, 2019, and announced the opening of Santa Village by February 16. The Santa Village, which is operated by Gyeongsangbuk-do and Bonghwa-gun, KORAIL's Gyeongbuk headquarters and local residents, is a festival to showcase the Korean winter festival. Every year, content and events are held in order to establish itself as a representative tourist destination in the winter season, and visitors are growing year after year. The Santa Village, which is now in its sixth time, is one of the best examples of the future revitalization strategy for the tourism industry in Gyeongsangbuk-do, and has become the ideal type of revitalization of the local economy that attracts more than 100,000 tourists each time through public-private partnership. The success know-how here has a positive effect on the tourism policy of Gyeongsangbuk-do, and a variety of visitors-oriented services and events are being realized. The opening ceremony was held in conjunction with the ‘Buncheon Santa Village Trekking Tournament', which was selected as the 2019 Walking Tour Festival by the Korea Tourism Organization. Consisting of the first course (22km) and the second course (12km), the competition attracted a lot of attention as participants could enjoy Santa Post Office, Santa train, Santa Rail bike as well as Samgut-grilling (cooking cones, potatoes, etc. in the pit with heat) in Santa Village. On the day of the opening ceremony, a wide variety of programs such as nail art, face painting, Santa roulette, orchestra march, and 15 second video experience were held. ▲ Santa Village, which makes Buncheon Station a festival venue, also came this year. ▲ Buncheon Station, where the Santa Village was held, is known as a base for mountain inland travel in Korea. ▲ In line with the opening of Santa Village, tourists from all over the country gathered. ▲ Prize events were very popular with crowds. ▲ With one of the oldest anthropological recipes, ‘Samgut-grilling’, eggs, potatoes, and sweet potatoes were provided free of charge according to the schedule. ▲ The opening ceremony of the Santa Village began with the Marching Parade, which was attended by a nearby school band. ▲ Buncheon Station, which is inland, couldn’t keep snow for a long time due to global warming, so it was possible to see the snow scene only around major sculptures. Buncheon Station, where the Santa Village was opened, is a gathering place for inland train travelers, including the V-train. On the use of these characteristics, major experience programs such as Santa sledding, feeding alpaca, making Santa strawberry finger food, Samgut-grilling, traditional folk games, and Santa Post Office are carried out throughout the operation period of Santa Village. The Bonghwa-gun is planning a Santa character sculpture, Christmas street maintenance, photo zone, user-generated content (UCC) and photo essay contest for consistent branding. In addition, it is striving for the success of the Santa Village by arranging snow plows in response to global warming and creating a white snowy field when conditions, such as temperature, permit. Through such investment and sincerity, Buncheon Station has become the home of Santa Village, Korea's representative winter festival, in the rural simple station. And has become the representative tourist attraction of Bonghwa-gun, where an average of 1700 visitors visits each day during the period. On the other hand, Son Sam-ho, head of the domestic marketing team of Gyeongsangbuk-do Province, was awarded the Appreciation Plaque for his successful settlement in Santa Village and his contributions in major tourism promotion policies. At the award ceremony, he revealed that he plans to grow Santa Village as a new tourist resource in Gyeongsangbuk-do, and announced that he will make efforts to promote tourism in Gyeongsangbuk-do with his know-how. ▲ Major officials from local governments such as Lee Cheol-woo, Governor of Gyeongsangbuk-do, and Eom Tae-hang, Governor of Bonghwa-gun, visited the Santa Village and prayed for the success of the festival. ▲ Son Sam-ho, head of the domestic marketing team of Gyeongsangbuk-do Province, received the Appreciation Plaque for the successful settlement of Santa Village. ▲ Santa Village is showing the epitome of the local festival held by the Korean local government and beckoning to not only Koreans but also foreign tourists.
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the world's first 6DoF mobile VR device under $200LAS VEGAS, Jan. 8, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- NOLO VR has launched the world's first 6DoF Cloud VR solution, the NOLO N2 VR headset + NOLO CV1 Pro motion tracking kit for less than $200. The world's first 6DoF mobile VR device under $200 In 2019, the commercialization of 5G brought positive effects to the global VR industry. Mobile network operators have also launched their own Cloud VR services. The NOLO N2 + NOLO CV1 Pro bundle is a low-cost solution specially designed for mobile network operator Cloud VR projects. At present, NOLO VR has started cooperation with China Mobile, China Telecom, and China Unicom on Cloud VR services. The cost of traditional VR devices is still out of reach for the average consumer. Compared to high-priced standalone VR headsets which the price is normally $300 or $400, the combination of NOLO N2 and NOLO CV1 Pro breaks industry barriers, bringing the price of a 6DoF interactive device below $200. The price is better for consumers and is perfect for the mobile network operators to use as a landing solution for 5G Cloud VR service promotions. NOLO N2 + NOLO CV1 Pro This bundle includes NOLO N2 (a cardboard type VR headset) and NOLO CV1 Pro motion tracking kit. With the combination of NOLO N2 and NOLO CV1 Pro, users only need to connect to a 5G smartphone or a high-speed in-home broadband and there is no need to connect to a VR ready computer to play 6DoF Cloud VR games. In a scenario of 5G network or high-speed in-home broadband, there is no significant difference when using the combination of NOLO N2 and NOLO CV1 Pro compared to high-end VR ready PCs with standalone VR headsets, but its advantages such as portability and high-cost performance make it take a superior product in the market. NOLO CV1 Pro has higher positioning precision, refresh rate, and lower latency than the previous generation NOLO CV1. View original content to download multimedia:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/nolo-vr-exhibits-the-most-cost-effective-6dof-mobile-vr-device-300982444.html
Canadian Space Technology Startup SkyWatch Raises $7.5M USD ($10M CAD) to Make Satellite Data Easily Accessible
SkyWatch has completed a $7.5M USD Series A round of financing to provide companies with affordable and reliable access to satellite data. WATERLOO, Ontario, Jan. 8, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- SkyWatch Space Applications Inc. ("SkyWatch"), a Waterloo-based space technology startup, announced it has completed a $7.5M USD ($10M CAD) Series A round of financing to provide companies with affordable and reliable access to satellite data. Bullpen Capital led the investment round with participation from existing investors, Space Capital, Golden Ventures, Techstars Ventures, SK Ventures, and Angel Round Capital, and new investors BDC Industrial, Clean, and Energy Technology Venture Fund. James Slifierz, SkyWatch CEO and co-founder, on stage at the 2019 Collision conference. The Series A financing builds on an exceptional year for SkyWatch, which saw its roster of clients grow more than 10x, highlighting the appetite for Earth Observation data from the private sector. The market for Earth Observation satellite data and services is projected to represent a $56B cumulative revenue opportunity over the next 10 years, growing to $7.2B annually in 2028 (source: NSR). Arguably, the largest hurdle in achieving this potential is reaching new, non-traditional customers in the private sector. "SkyWatch is a special satellite company which should broaden the market for satellite images by making it easy and fast to schedule image capture," said Duncan Davidson, General Partner at Bullpen Capital. "Over the past couple of years, SkyWatch built key enabling technologies for the future of Earth Observation capture and distribution. Today, we are excited to announce that we'll be able to commercialize and scale that technology globally, thanks to the closing of our Series A financing," said James Slifierz, SkyWatch's CEO and co-founder. "We're excited to have Bullpen Capital and BDC, two firms with deep experience in scaling technology companies, join the SkyWatch team. We're also happy to have the support from our earliest investors who continue to believe in our ambitions to change the Earth Observation industry." "Our platform EarthCache™ enables application developers to programmatically integrate satellite imagery into any software application with an industry-leading user experience. We will soon surpass 100 customers building applications across more than a dozen unique industries. This new round of financing will enable us to accelerate and grow past 1,000 customers over the next 12 months, while continuing to develop partnerships with the world's leading satellite operators." "We're also excited to publicly announce the launch of TerraStream™. Our newest product will provide any company launching a satellite with an integrated data storage, cataloging, ordering, processing, and delivery solution, allowing them to serve customers faster, with less operational and financial risk. With this new injection of capital into the business, SkyWatch will strengthen its global partnership program, helping us support more than a dozen partners who will use TerraStream in the coming years to distribute their satellite data to the world." "These two products together are shaping the future of Earth Observation," continued Slifierz. "We feel incredibly lucky to be building our vision of the future right here in Waterloo, Canada, one of the most vibrant technology hubs in the world and an important ecosystem within Canada's space technology landscape." About SkyWatch SkyWatch (www.skywatch.com) is on a mission to make Earth Observation data accessible to the world. Hundreds of trillions of pixels of our planet are captured from space every day. Utilizing our past experience in space data aggregation software, our team is building the infrastructure to connect satellite data operators and application developers. EarthCache™ is the simplest way to get satellite data for an application. TerraStream™ is an integrated data management solution for satellite data operators that handles all data-related operations from ground station to customers. Contact For more information, contact Marine Dumontier at email@example.com. Related Images james-slifierz-skywatch-ceo-and-co.jpg James Slifierz, SkyWatch CEO and co-founder James Slifierz, SkyWatch CEO and co-founder, on stage at the 2019 Collision conference. Related Links SkyWatch TerraStream Related Links :https://www.skywatch.com
Context Therapeutics to Present at Biotech Showcase 2020
Enrollment of PR+ ovarian cancer trial on track, initial data in 2020 Program update on onapristone ER in hormone positive breast cancer PHILADELPHIA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--#ASCO--Context Therapeutics, a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company dedicated to advancing medicines for hormone driven cancers, today announced that chief executive officer Martin Lehr will deliver a corporate presentation at Biotech Showcase™ 2020, being held January 13-15, 2020, at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square in San Francisco. During the presentation, Mr. Lehr will provide updates on Context’s lead clinical program, onapristone extended release (onapristone ER), including the Company’s ongoing Phase 2 study (ONWARD 220) evaluating onapristone ER alone in patients with progesterone receptor positive (PR+) rare ovarian and endometrial cancers, and pending combination trials in ER+,PR+,HER2- breast cancer. Details for this presentation are as follows: Time/Date: 4:30 p.m. PT on Tuesday, January 14, 2020 Location: Hilton San Francisco Union Square Room: Franciscan D (Ballroom Level) To schedule a meeting with the Context management team, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. About Onapristone ER Onapristone ER (onapristone extended release) is a potent and specific antagonist of the progesterone receptor that is orally administered. Currently, there are no approved therapies that selectively target PR+ cancers. Preliminary preclinical and clinical data suggest that onapristone ER has anticancer activity by inhibiting progesterone receptor binding to chromatin, downregulating cancer stem cell mobilization and blocking immune evasion. Onapristone ER is currently the subject of an ongoing Phase 2 clinical trial in progesterone receptor positive ovarian cancer. Additional Phase 2 clinical trials in breast and endometrial cancers will initiate in 2020. Onapristone ER is an investigational drug that has not been approved for marketing by any regulatory authority. About Context Therapeutics® Context Therapeutics LLC is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company advancing medicines to treat hormone driven cancers. Context’s lead program is onapristone ER, an investigational Phase 2 drug that is being developed for progesterone receptor positive (PR+) breast, ovarian and endometrial cancers. For more information on Context, visit www.contexttherapeutics.com. Contacts Company Contact:Martin LehrCo-Founder & Chief Executive Officerinfo@contexttherapeutics.com Media Contact:Heather Anderson6 Degrees980email@example.com
Darren J. Birkelbach Appointed CEO of LBB Specialties LLC
NORWALK, Connecticut, Jan. 8, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Charles Hinnant, founder of the Charkit Chemical Company ("Charkit") and a member of the LBB Specialties Advisory Board, announced today that Darren J. Birkelbach has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of LBB Specialties LLC ("LBB Specialties"). Darren J. Birkelbach, CEO of LBB Specialties LLC Mr. Birkelbach, who joined LBB Specialties in May 2019 as President, American International Chemical ("AIC"), will have oversight for all commercial and operational functions across LBB Specialties – including AIC, Charkit, and future acquisitions. A seasoned industry executive with over 25 years' experience in specialty chemical distribution, Mr. Birkelbach has a successful track record driving business growth in diverse roles that include sales and marketing, operations, and finance. In addition, Jay Lang, formerly President of Charkit, has been promoted to Executive Vice President, Strategic Business Development for LBB Specialties. In this capacity, Mr. Lang will lead key commercial growth initiatives for both organizations. He also will play a key role in assessing potential acquisition targets for fit within the LBB Specialties portfolio. Commented Mr. Hinnant, "LBB Specialties' growth strategy will enable AIC and Charkit to offer our customers and principals even stronger partnerships than we can today. Redeploying our two Presidents to enterprise-wide roles will facilitate strategic alignment to maximize growth, which LBB Specialties is committed to pursuing via the AIC and Charkit brands." Concludes Mr. Birkelbach, "LBB Specialties is perfectly positioned for accelerated growth through our focused market coverage, strong relationships with specialty product principals, acquisition strategy, and commitment to provide top-notch service and quality to our growing customer base. I'm excited to begin my expanded role and the opportunity to work alongside the entire team to meet and exceed expectations." About LBB Specialties LLCLBB Specialties LLC, through its subsidiary companies American International Chemical, LLC ("AIC") and Charkit Chemical Company, LLC ("Charkit"), is a leader in the North American specialty chemical and ingredients distribution industry, with annual sales surpassing $200 million. The LBB Specialties companies source high quality products from hundreds of suppliers and serve thousands of customers in all of the specialty ingredient markets. These include but are not limited to the aroma, biotech, flavor and fragrance, food and beverage, HI&I, imaging, life sciences, metal and water treatment, nutritional, paint and coatings, personal care, pharmaceutical, and specialty industrial markets. LBB Specialties is a subsidiary of LeBaronBrown Industries LLC. About American International Chemical, LLC AIC is an ISO Registered specialty chemical and ingredient sales and marketing company serving the North American market since 1972. AIC's success reflects its customer-focused company culture, along with strategic partnerships with global manufacturers committed to quality and product innovation to meet the demands of the North American markets. About Charkit Chemical Company, LLCFounded in 1982 by Charles Hinnant, Charkit has built a reputation as a leading provider of unique specialty chemicals across a spectrum of diverse industries. Their team of experienced sales representatives collaborate closely with customers to provide solutions to complex issues while creating long-term business relationships. In June 2019, Charkit added custom blending capabilities to the LBB Specialties portfolio with its acquisition of Custom Ingredients and CA Specialities. Media Contact:Carolyn FinnVice President, Human ResourcesLBB Specialties LLC32 Haviland Street, Norwalk, CT 06854203-299-3299 (office)firstname.lastname@example.org Photo - https://mma.prnewswire.com/media/1062686/LBB_Specialties_Darren_Birkelbach.jpg
Sheppard Mullin Adds Appellate and Commercial Litigator David Schwarz in Century City
LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP is pleased to announce that David Schwarz has joined the firm’s Century City office as a partner in the Business Trial practice group. Schwarz was most recently a partner at Irell & Manella LLP, where he was co-chair of the appellate practice group. “Several of us here at Sheppard Mullin have known – and respected – David for many years,” said Sheppard Mullin Chair Guy Halgren. “Not only is having someone of David’s caliber join our industry-leading group of litigators great for our clients but also having him join us now is a terrific way to start out the new year.” Commenting on Schwarz’s joining, Fred Puglisi, Practice Group Leader of the firm’s Business Trial practice group, said, “We continue to carefully build and strengthen our litigation capabilities and David is an excellent addition to our team. His deep appellate experience and his unique understanding of state administrative agency proceedings are ideal complements to our existing practice.” Schwarz represents clients in a broad range of complex commercial disputes and appeals, class actions and corporate governance matters, and in state and federal regulatory proceedings. He has extensive litigation experience in federal securities class actions, wage and hour disputes, and trade secret matters, as well as particular capabilities in high-profile California state adversarial administrative agency proceedings, often involving significant constitutional issues. Among his most recent matters, Schwarz prevailed before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in Fowler Packing v. Lanier, a landmark equal protection challenge to AB1513, a recently enacted wage and hour statute governing California minimum wage law for piece work labor. In connection with his appellate practice, Schwarz argued 11 appeals in state or federal courts over the last four years, nine of which resulted in precedent-setting decisions ranging from constitutional separation of powers to First Amendment rights. One of Schwarz’s most recent appellate wins includes his successful defense against a union challenge to one of the largest decertification elections in California agricultural labor history. He also maintains an active amicus practice, including, most recently, a 2019 brief submitted in the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maryland Governor Lawrence Hogan in a constitutional challenge to partisan gerrymandering. Schwarz’s public service includes two terms (2007-2016) as a gubernatorial appointee to the Milton Marks "Little Hoover" Commission on California State Government Organization and Economy, an independent, bi-partisan government oversight board, where he chaired studies ranging from California’s renewable energy governance structures to public-private partnerships. Schwarz received his B.A. from Columbia University and his J.D. from Duke University. Following graduation from law school, he clerked for the Hon. Alex Kozinski on the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. After his clerkship, Schwarz served as special assistant to Ambassador Morris B. Abram, the U.S. Permanent Representative to the European Office of the United Nations. In that capacity, he advised U.S. delegations at various international conferences, including the UN Human Rights Commission, the World Intellectual Property Conference and the International Labor Conference. In 2001, President George W. Bush appointed Schwarz as a public member delegate to the UN Human Rights Commission. Schwarz is a 2019-2020 Program Affiliate Scholar at New York University’s Classical Liberal Institute. About Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP Sheppard Mullin is a full-service Global 100 firm with more than 900 attorneys in 15 offices located in the United States, Europe and Asia. Since 1927, industry-leading companies have turned to Sheppard Mullin to handle corporate and technology matters, high-stakes litigation and complex financial transactions. In the U.S., the firm's clients include almost half of the Fortune 100. For more information, please visit www.sheppardmullin.com. Contacts JOHN J. BUCHANAN(415) email@example.com