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NTT and Fujitsu Embark on Strategic Alliance to Drive “Realization of Sustainable Digital Society”

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TOKYO, Apr 26, 2021 – (JCN Newswire) – NTT Corporation (NTT) and Fujitsu Limited today announced their strategic business alliance toward the “Realization of a Sustainable Digital Society,” leveraging their respective strengths to deliver innovation that contributes to the resolution of societal and environmental challenges. The two companies envision a new, energy-efficient digital society founded on global and open collaboration with a wide range of partners supporting the IOWN (Innovative Optical and Wireless Network) initiative (1).

Specifically, Fujitsu and NTT will conduct joint research and development activities toward the realization of a variety of energy efficient, sustainable technologies in areas including open architecture optical transport and mobile communications technologies, combined with disaggregated high-performance computing, all of which are made possible by innovation in photonics-electronics convergence device technologies.

A Shared Vision of a Digital Future in the Face of Persistent Challenges

As the digital transformation (DX) of society and industry accelerates against the backdrop of the COVID-19 crisis, many anticipate a drastic shift toward a more decentralized society built around the premise of protecting public health as part of a post-pandemic “New Normal.” The ICT (information and communication technology) systems supporting this will connect vast amounts of data generated from people, devices and sensors, and digital space, and process these in real time, demanding ever faster and larger-scale communications technologies as well as enormous computing resources.

Simultaneously, humanity continues to confront urgent societal and environmental challenges, including climate change. Awareness around these issues continues to grow, and a consensus has emerged throughout the world that businesses can no longer go on without making bold commitments to achieve sustainable growth that combine economic efficiency with the meaningful, substantive measures necessary to resolve these challenges.

Against this backdrop, NTT is promoting innovative R&D that will bring about change throughout the world in alignment with its group vision: “To resolve societal issues through its business operations, NTT Group works together with its partners as ‘Your Value Partner’.”

NTT is working with partners around the world to develop game-changing innovative technologies, setting forth its IOWN initiative as a part of its vision of building a platform for creating a wide range of services in society.

As a global technology company, Fujitsu works closely with customers and other stakeholders throughout society to help realize the dream of a prosperous and hopeful future through the fulfillment of its Purpose: “to make the world more sustainable by building trust in society through innovation.”

Outline of the Business Alliance

Going forward, the two companies will conduct joint research in fields that leverage their respective technological strengths of both companies, including optical technology, for which NTT and Fujitsu combined boast the world’s largest number of patents, and NTT’s information and communications technologies and their operational know-how, as well as Fujitsu’s world-leading computing technologies. Specific initiatives are as follows.

1. Establishing Photonics-Electronics Convergence Manufacturing Technology:

NTT Electronics Corporation (NEL), which develops hardware products utilizing NTT R&D’s advanced device technologies, will acquire a 66.6% stake in Fujitsu Advanced Technologies Limited (FATEC), which possesses semiconductor mounting technology. FATEC will begin business as NTT Electronics Cross Technologies Corporation, and commence operations on June 1, 2021.

By the end of fiscal year 2022, the new company will start to provide compact, power-saving optical communication co-packages (2) that integrate digital coherent optical communications LSIs and COSA (Coherent Optical Sub Assembly) (3) based on silicon photonics technology. These will contribute to high-speed, large-capacity communications and low-power optical networks, where power consumption is a growing concern. In addition, with an eye toward the Beyond 5G era, both companies will introduce a new architecture for applying ultra-high-speed, compact, and low-cost photonics-electronics convergence devices on mobile communication products, as well as a wide range of other ICT products, starting with Fujitsu’s 5G base stations. Going forward, NTT will further strengthen and expand its photonics-electronics convergence technologies, including semiconductors for computing, for a variety of applications, with the aim of realizing energy efficient ICT systems.

In addition, the enhancement of photonics-electronics convergence technology will further accelerate innovation with partners to expand photonics-electronics convergence devices.

2. Promotion of Open Communication Technologies (Optical Transport and Mobile Communications):

The two companies are promoting an open approach (4) in which white box and general-purpose software can be supported in multiple vendor environments, shifting away from the existing, vertically-integrated model that relies on specific vendors, with the ultimate aim of encouraging a climate in which a variety of innovative ICT services can be realized to bring flexibility for a new digital society.

In the field of optical transport communications, Fujitsu and NTT will work together to plan new optical devices based on an open architecture, build system products developed by Fujitsu, and control supply chain management. The two partners aim to expand the business globally with a strategic entry into the data center interconnect market, where demand is expected to grow and the adoption of open architectures is accelerating.

In the mobile communications field, in order to promote more open mobile networks in anticipation of the Beyond 5G era, the two companies will study the development and promotion of open interface-based technologies, as well as the development of global businesses based on the results of these activities. The first step is to develop technologies that can be established globally with a variety of partners through avenues including the “5G Open RAN Ecosystem” launched by NTT DOCOMO. For example, the two companies will work on measures to improve performance, which remains a challenge for expanding the adoption of virtualized radio access network (vRAN) and develop control technologies to optimize radio access networks. NTT will use these technologies to further enhance mobile network infrastructure in preparation for full-scale 5G deployment. Technology developed through the collaboration will be used by telecommunications carriers on a global basis through the “5G Open RAN Ecosystem” initiative and other means.

While the two companies will openly promote these developments with various partners, NTT and Fujitsu will actively participate in these developments and leverage results from joint research into the optical transport and mobile communications business with the ultimate aim of expanding into the global market and making sustainable network infrastructure a reality throughout the world.

3. Joint R&D for Low Power Consumption in High-Performance Computing (disaggregated computing infrastructure):

The two companies will conduct research and other activities aimed at developing technology for disaggregated computing that enables high-speed, high-efficiency data processing by radically reimagining conventional computing architecture, for which speed and energy efficiency remain a challenge, and flexibly integrating and utilizing a variety of hardware with software according to the intended use. Specifically, the two companies will work to develop innovative computing technologies by combining the photonics-electronics convergence technology being researched and developed by NTT with technologies developed by Fujitsu for the supercomputer “Fugaku”. By leveraging this technology, the partners will be able to securely link a wide variety of real-world data, efficiently and quickly realize services that create value for diverse stakeholders, while simultaneously contributing to a more sustainable future by maximizing energy efficiency.

Future Plans

NTT and Fujitsu are promoting open joint research with various global partners to realize a sustainable digital society that will contribute to the vision of the IOWN initiative. NTT will create innovative smart solutions and ICT platforms that make use of the knowledge and technology cultivated through this alliance, and will strive to create an inclusive, safe, flexible, and sustainable community. On April 1, 2021, Fujitsu established the “IOWN/6G Platform Development Office” with the aim of developing technologies for the IOWN initiative and the 6G era. Research and development are now in full swing. Fujitsu aims to provide new value to a wide range of customers in areas including manufacturing, distribution, retail, and medical industries by leveraging the fruits of the alliance for solution services and platforms that benefit people’s lives and society as a whole. The two companies will continue to proactively discuss further specific areas of collaboration under this alliance.

Roles of the Companies:
NTT – Research and development to realize the IOWN concept, and real-world implementation of IOWN
Fujitsu – Development of technologies related to mobile communications systems, optical transport systems, computing, and real-world implementation of the resulting technologies

(1) IOWN initiative
IOWN stands for Innovative Optical and Wireless Network and a concept proposed by NTT for networks and information processing infrastructure. Since March 2020, Fujitsu has been a Sponsor Member of the IOWN Global Forum (Established on Jan 2020), an international forum promoted by companies and organizations supporting the IOWN vision.
https://www.rd.ntt/iown/
https://iowngf.org/
(2) COSA
Coherent Optical Sub Assembly. This is one of the products based on a photonics-electronics convergence technology proposed by NTT that integrates various optical devices in optical transceivers on a silicon chip. NTT is the first company in the world to promote research and development of silicon photonics, and is expected to drastically reduce the size and power consumption of transceivers.
(3) Optical communication co-packages
This is an optical device that integrates optical communication LSIs and COSA with photonics-electronics convergence technology. The key to realizing a compact co-package is the technology for integrating devices. NEL intends to strengthen this technology by investing in FATEC.
(4) Promoting an open approach
NTT and Fujitsu are participating in and leading the activities of the Open Community “Open RODAM”, a group of telecommunications carriers and network system suppliers that defines the functions and interconnection specifications of optical communications equipment, and the “O-RAN Alliance”, an organization of telecommunications carriers and telecommunications equipment vendors that promotes the expansion of next-generation wireless access networks, including 5G, with the aim of promoting more open deployment. In February 2021, NTT DOCOMO began collaborating on a “5G Open RAN Ecosystem” with 12 other companies, including Fujitsu, to promote the openness of the Internet.
http://openroadm.org/
https://www.o-ran.org/
https://www.nttdocomo.co.jp/info/news_release/2021/02/03_00.html

About NTT

NTT believes in resolving societal issues through our business operations by applying technology for good. We help clients accelerate growth and innovate for current and new business models. Our services include digital business consulting, technology and managed services for cybersecurity, applications, workplace, cloud, datacenter and networks all supported by our deep industry expertise and innovation. As a top 5 global technology and business solutions provider, our diverse teams operate in 80+ countries and regions and deliver services to over 190 of them. We serve over 80% of Fortune Global 100 companies and thousands of other clients and communities around the world. For more information on NTT, visit www.global.ntt/.

About Fujitsu

Fujitsu is the leading Japanese information and communication technology (ICT) company offering a full range of technology products, solutions and services. Approximately 130,000 Fujitsu people support customers in more than 100 countries. We use our experience and the power of ICT to shape the future of society with our customers. Fujitsu Limited (TSE:6702) reported consolidated revenues of 3.9 trillion yen (US$35 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2020. For more information, please see www.fujitsu.com.

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BullPerks Allocates $90k in a Whitelist Campaign ahead of IDO on June 14

BullPerks Raises $1.8 Million To Enhance Decentralized VC and Multi-Chain Launchpad Services

BullPerks Raises $1.8 Million To Enhance Decentralized VC and Multi-Chain Launchpad ServicesBullPerks, a fair and decentralized venture capital, plans to distribute $90k in their private allocation whitelist for users who complete simple tasks as directed, an announcement on June 12 reads. $90k Allocated to a whitelist Campaign The audited community-facing and multi-chain platform is “heeding” the calls from its growing user base. The offer is available

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BullPerks, a fair and decentralized venture capital, plans to distribute $90k in their private allocation whitelist for users who complete simple tasks as directed, an announcement on June 12 reads.

$90k Allocated to a whitelist Campaign

The audited community-facing and multi-chain platform is “heeding” the calls from its growing user base. The offer is available for 300 lucky winners who will split the huge $90k while getting a chance to participate in the private round sale.

Winners will buy the token at $0.04, enjoying the same VC terms as investors who took part in the private round. The vesting schedule will be 11 percent upon token generation and 8.9 percent for the next ten months.

To participate, users need to fill out a form and complete some easy tasks to be eligible as part of their whitelist campaign.

These tasks include following the official BullPerks Twitter account, joining their official Telegram group, and subscribing to the BullPerks announcement channel.

BullPerks IDO Begins on June 14

This marketing drive is strategic for BullPerks. Its creators say it is the fairest with plans of launching in various protocols, including Polygon, Tron, and other high profile public chains by the end of the month.

BullPerks IDO will start on June 14, 2021, launching first on TrustPad before activating at ZeroSwap and BSClaunch on June 16.

The team said they opted to raise on these platforms because they are intuitive and easy to use.

The Decentralized Venture Capital Redefines Project Valuation

In each Launchpad, BullPerks has allocated 1.5 million tokens with plans of raising $225k across the three platforms.

The amount raised will be on top of those received from private investors in May.

BullPerks raised $1.8 million from top-tier crypto funds, including Moonwhale Ventures, GD10 Ventures, Alphabit, Sora Ventures, and others.

Commenting, Dr. Deeban Ratneswaran of GD10 Ventures said:

“BullPerks empowers small investors to compete with whales by allowing them to accrue lucrative projects at seed and private stages. We’re impressed by the strong and deeply experienced team that operates BullPerks, supported by a reliable network across multiple blockchains. Their capacity to select disruptive ideas speaks for itself.”

At the same time, Jason Fang of Sora Ventures believes BullPerks is bringing forth a solution that will redefine how retailers evaluate blockchain projects in the future.

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Perfect World to pioneer digital culture and creative sector in joint hands with partners

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As a world’s leading entertainment group, Perfect World proposed “Creative Thinking” strategy, aiming at breaking the barrier of the real world and virtual world, and combining new types of games with traditional industries so as to empower the development of traditional industries and promote digital upgrade of traditional industries as well.

Under the “Creative Thinking” strategy, Perfect World has made significant achievements in its cooperation with enterprises and institutions, such as implanting scenes of the Qinhuai Lantern Fair of Nanjing Confucius Temple into its famous game “Zhuxian,” and the collaboration between its mobile game Chronicle of Infinity and the famous sports brand Peak.

Perfect World CEO Dr. Robert H. Xiao said at the conference that after all the successful cases, Perfect World has been more confident about cross-over cooperation between digital culture industry and traditional industries. He promised that Perfect World will keep exploring to establish a value chain that empowers traditional industries, and incubate more new types of culture content, products, and business models.

In its collaboration with Nianhuawan scenic spot in Wuxi, Perfect World gamified the scenic spots, and brought tourists an immersive experience by combing the scenic spot and the digital world. The move helps the scenic spot to upgrade from service-based economic to experience economy.

“Not only will we explore subdivided fields with partners, but also work as a bridge to promote cross-over cooperation among companies in various fields, so as to achieve common development,” said Dr. Xiao. “And we hope to joint hands with our partners to unlock a new track in this ‘experimental production’ of the culture industry that faces the future,” he added.

Perfect World will tailor a whole set of solutions and plans on digital upgrading partners’ products based on their requirements. For example, in its cooperation with Shanghai Science and Technology Museum, Perfect World will develop a game to turn the complicated scientific knowledge into visions to help readers understand the scientific knowledge. The Group will also have an in-depth cooperation with China Audio-video and Digital Publishing Association in the field of education and vocational training such as e-sports talent cultivation.

The culture department of Beijing’s Dongcheng district, People’s Cultural Tourism of People’s Daily, a cultural & creative institute affiliated to Tsinghua University, Beijing Dongsheng Bozhan Cloud Computing Technology Co., Ltd., and Nianhuawan scenic spot, also signed strategic cooperation agreements with Perfect World in the brand cooperation conference.

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European Hematology Association : la réponse humorale au vaccin Pfizer/BioNTech BNT162b2 est altérée chez les patients recevant un CAR-T ou un traitement immunosuppresseur de haute intensité

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LA HAYE, Pays-Bas, 12 juin 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Le vaccin Pfizer/BioNTech BNT162b2 a été approuvé pour la prévention de l’infection par le coronavirus 2 du syndrome respiratoire aigu sévère (SRAS-CoV-2) et est recommandé pour les patients immunodéprimés. Cependant, son efficacité et son innocuité chez les patients suivant une thérapie cellulaire immunologique n’ont pas été bien documentées. Dans le cadre de cette étude, nous avons évalué l’efficacité et l’innocuité du vaccin BNT162b2 chez les patients ayant subi une greffe de cellules hématopoïétiques (HCT) et un traitement au récepteur d’antigène chimérique (CAR)-T. Nous avons suivi prospectivement 79 patients vaccinés ayant été activement traités au Centre médical Sourasky de Tel Aviv et surveillé le profil d’innocuité et la réponse immunitaire humorale au vaccin.

Dans l’ensemble, le vaccin a été bien toléré et tous les effets indésirables se sont résorbés en quelques jours, à l’exception d’un rejet de greffe secondaire, qui fait toujours l’objet d’une enquête. Nous avons observé que seulement 36 % des patients ayant reçu un traitement CAR-T ont développé une réponse aux anticorps humoraux comparativement à 81 % des patients ayant subi une TSS allogénique. De plus, les patients atteints d’aplasie des cellules B et ceux ayant reçu le vaccin peu après la perfusion de cellules étaient moins susceptibles de développer des anticorps. Prises ensemble, ces données démontrent que la réponse humorale au vaccin BNT162b2 est significativement altérée chez les patients recevant le CAR-T, par opposition à ceux ayant reçu une TSS allogénique ayant une bonne réponse.

Présentateur : Professeur Ron Ram

Affiliation : Unité BMT, Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center, Tel Aviv, Israël

Résumé : #S285 INNOCUITÉ ET EFFICACITÉ DU VACCIN BNT162B2 MRNA COVID-19 CHEZ LES PATIENTS APRÈS UNE THÉRAPIE ALLOGÉNIQUE À BASE DE HCT ET DE CD19 – ÉTUDE DE COHORTE PROSPECTIVE À UN SEUL CENTRE

À propos du congrès annuel de l’AEH : Chaque année, en juin, l’AEH organise son congrès annuel dans une grande ville européenne. Cette année, en raison de la persistance de la pandémie de COVID-19, l’AEH organise pour la deuxième fois un Congrès virtuel. Le Congrès s’adresse aux professionnels de santé travaillant dans le domaine de l’hématologie ou s’y intéressant. Les sujets du programme scientifique vont de la physiologie et du développement des cellules souches à la leucémie, le lymphome, le diagnostic et le traitement, les globules rouges, les globules blancs et les troubles plaquettaires, l’hémophilie et le myélome, la thrombose et les troubles de la coagulation ainsi que la transfusion et la transplantation de cellules souches.

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EHA:Eficacia de la vacuna Pfizer/BioNTech BNT162b2 en pacientes que reciben CAR-T

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– European Hematology Association:La respuesta humoral a la vacuna Pfizer/BioNTech BNT162b2 se ve afectada en pacientes que reciben CAR-T o terapia inmunosupresora de alta intensidad

LA HAYA, Países Bajos, 12 de junio de 2021 /PRNewswire/ — La vacuna Pfizer/BioNTech BNT162b2 ha sido aprobada para la prevención del síndrome respiratorio agudo severo por coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) y se recomienda para pacientes inmunosuprimidos. Sin embargo, su eficacia y seguridad en pacientes sometidos a terapia celular inmunológica no han sido bien documentadas. En este estudio, evaluamos la eficacia y seguridad de la vacuna BNT162b2 en pacientes que se sometieron a trasplante de células hematopoyéticas (HCT) y terapia con receptor de antígeno quimérico (CAR) -T. Seguimos prospectivamente a 79 pacientes vacunados que fueron tratados activamente en el Centro Médico Sourasky de Tel Aviv y monitoreamos el perfil de seguridad y la respuesta inmune humoral a la vacuna.

En general, la vacuna fue bien tolerada y todos los efectos secundarios se resolvieron en unos pocos días, excepto un rechazo secundario del injerto, que aún está bajo investigación. Observamos que solo el 36% de los pacientes que recibieron terapia CAR-T desarrollaron una respuesta humoral de anticuerpos en comparación con el 81% de los pacientes que se sometieron a un HCT alogénico. Además, los pacientes con aplasia de células B y los que recibieron la vacuna poco después de la infusión de células tenían menos probabilidades de desarrollar anticuerpos. Tomados en conjunto, estos datos demuestran que la respuesta humoral a la vacuna BNT162b2 está significativamente alterada en los pacientes que reciben CAR-T, a diferencia de aquellos después de un HCT alogénico que tuvieron una buena respuesta.

Presentador:  Profesor Ron Ram

Afiliación:  BMT Unit, Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center, Tel Aviv, Israel

Abstract: #S285  SAFETY AND EFFICACY OF THE BNT162B2 MRNA COVID-19 VACCINE IN PATIENTS AFTER ALLOGENEIC HCT AND CD19-BASED CAR-T THERAPY – A SINGLE CENTER PROSPECTIVE COHORT STUDY

Acerca del Congreso anual de EHA: Cada junio, la EHA organiza su Congreso Anual en una de las principales ciudades europeas. Este año, debido a la persistente pandemia de COVID19, EHA organiza un Congreso virtual por segunda vez. El Congreso está dirigido a profesionales de la salud que trabajen o estén interesados en el campo de la hematología. Los temas del programa científico van desde la fisiología y el desarrollo de las células madre hasta la leucemia; linfoma diagnostico y tratamiento; las células rojas de la sangre; trastornos de los glóbulos blancos y las plaquetas; hemofilia y mieloma; trombosis y trastornos hemorrágicos; así como transfusión y trasplante de células madre.

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