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News Article | May 18, 2017
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Having already established itself in a highly-saturated Japanese market, ANA decided to strategically expand its international business and widen its focus to include the North American and fast-growing Asian markets. However ANA needed a platform that could help engage with a diverse audience in their native language - across any device - while also providing the flexibility to rapidly launch new campaigns and offers. After implementing SDL WorldServer ANA has realized significant operational efficiencies through rapid, cost effective translation processes involved in launching 25 websites (12 languages), across 46 countries by the end of 2016. "The collaboration with SDL helps us to efficiently localize and accelerate our global expansion. With SDL's reliable translation support, our field marketers in each country can now focus on their local campaigns rather than spending time translating," explains Keita Ishikawa, Digital Marketing Team Manager, ANA. Since working with SDL, customer loyalty has also increased, highlighted by a 150 percent boost in the number of overseas customers signing up to the ANA Mileage Club. Outside Japan, ANA also now has 1.3m regular monthly visitors engaging with its websites (over 80 percent of which prefer to view content in a language other than Japanese). SDL's powerful technology integrated easily with the airline's existing content management system, providing a centralized localization process across websites and other digital assets. With SDL WorldServer's terminology management and translation memory features, ANA is now able to maintain the quality and consistency of local language content. "We are proud to help ANA achieve its global ambitions," said Adolfo Hernandez, CEO, SDL. "High quality, localized content is a requirement for any company looking to build relationships with customers in new markets. We look forward to continuing our journey with ANA by fine-tuning their content to match each unique culture as the company expands globally." To learn more about SDL and ANA, please read our case study. ANA is the largest airline in Japan by revenues and passenger numbers. Founded in 1952, ANA flies today on 83 international routes and 116 domestic routes. The ANA group has 35,000 employees and a fleet of about 250 aircraft. In FY2015, it carried 50.8 million passengers and generated revenues of 1.79 trillion Japanese yen. ANA has been a member of Star Alliance since 1999, and has joint-ventures with United Airlines on trans-Pacific and Asia routes, and with Lufthansa, Swiss International Airlines and Austrian Airlines on Japan-Europe routes. Its Frequent Flyer Program, ANA Mileage Club, has more than 26 million members. ANA was voted Airline of the Year for 2013 by Air Transport World Magazine, and in 2017 was awarded five stars for the fifth consecutive year by the world's leading Airline and Airport review site, SKYTRAX. ANA is the launch customer and biggest operator of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. About SDL SDL (LSE:SDL) is the global innovator in language translation technology, services and content management. Over the past 25 years we've helped companies deliver transformative business results by enabling powerful, nuanced digital experiences with customers around the world. Are you in the know? Find out why 78 out of the top 100 global brands work with us at SDL.com and follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.


SANTA ANA, Calif., May 15, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Cold Genesys Incorporated ("Cold Genesys"), a late-stage immuno-oncology company, today reported interim clinical data from the Phase II trial (BOND2) evaluating Cold Genesys' investigational oncolytic virotherapy, CG0070, in patients with...


News Article | May 17, 2017
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Bold IP Law Firm (SEATTLE, WA) partners with General Practice and Transactional Business Attorneys and Firms around the nation to help them add the powerful practice area of Patent Law to their repertoire. This win-win arrangement allows the host law firm to take on Patent Law cases for the first time, helping their current clients be fully served by keeping the intellectual property representation in-house. Up until now, these firms have had to simply refer out those types of cases – losing control over the subject and losing valuable connection with a client. By keeping these clients in-house, Bold IP Host Firms are able to serve these new technology clients by helping them with a multitude of transactional and business representation including entity formations, contract drafting, membership agreements, employment agreements, and the like. Announcing two new Of Counsel Partnerships, who signed just this April, 2017: Palacios Law Firm (SANTA ANA, CA) – Highly-talented Principal Attorney, Elio Palacios, has a multi-faceted transactional and litigation practice covering the entire state of California. “We are excited about bringing in the expertise of Bold IP,” said Elio Palacios Jr., founding attorney of Palacios Law Office. “This will be a great way to better service our clients’ intellectual property needs.” Aharoni Business Law (OAKLAND, CA) – Innovative Principal Attorney, Galia Aharoni leads a team of passionate attorneys serving small businesses in the greater Bay area. “Working with Bold IP feels like opening up a new door in my legal practice” said Galia, “I'm excited for the opportunity to provide an even greater depth of service for my clients.” According to a Bold IP Law Firm Official, they hope to grow their Of Counsel Network to over 100 firms by the end of 2017. If you are an attorney and would like to learn how you might be a part of this network, call 1-800-849-1913 or email info(at)boldip(dot)com.


News Article | May 18, 2017
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Having already established itself in a highly-saturated Japanese market, ANA decided to strategically expand its international business and widen its focus to include the North American and fast-growing Asian markets. However ANA needed a platform that could help engage with a diverse audience in their native language - across any device - while also providing the flexibility to rapidly launch new campaigns and offers. After implementing SDL WorldServer ANA has realized significant operational efficiencies through rapid, cost effective translation processes involved in launching 25 websites (12 languages), across 46 countries by the end of 2016. "The collaboration with SDL helps us to efficiently localize and accelerate our global expansion. With SDL's reliable translation support, our field marketers in each country can now focus on their local campaigns rather than spending time translating," explains Keita Ishikawa, Digital Marketing Team Manager, ANA. Since working with SDL, customer loyalty has also increased, highlighted by a 150 percent boost in the number of overseas customers signing up to the ANA Mileage Club. Outside Japan, ANA also now has 1.3m regular monthly visitors engaging with its websites (over 80 percent of which prefer to view content in a language other than Japanese). SDL's powerful technology integrated easily with the airline's existing content management system, providing a centralized localization process across websites and other digital assets. With SDL WorldServer's terminology management and translation memory features, ANA is now able to maintain the quality and consistency of local language content. "We are proud to help ANA achieve its global ambitions," said Adolfo Hernandez, CEO, SDL. "High quality, localized content is a requirement for any company looking to build relationships with customers in new markets. We look forward to continuing our journey with ANA by fine-tuning their content to match each unique culture as the company expands globally." To learn more about SDL and ANA, please read our case study. ANA is the largest airline in Japan by revenues and passenger numbers. Founded in 1952, ANA flies today on 83 international routes and 116 domestic routes. The ANA group has 35,000 employees and a fleet of about 250 aircraft. In FY2015, it carried 50.8 million passengers and generated revenues of 1.79 trillion Japanese yen. ANA has been a member of Star Alliance since 1999, and has joint-ventures with United Airlines on trans-Pacific and Asia routes, and with Lufthansa, Swiss International Airlines and Austrian Airlines on Japan-Europe routes. Its Frequent Flyer Program, ANA Mileage Club, has more than 26 million members. ANA was voted Airline of the Year for 2013 by Air Transport World Magazine, and in 2017 was awarded five stars for the fifth consecutive year by the world's leading Airline and Airport review site, SKYTRAX. ANA is the launch customer and biggest operator of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. About SDL SDL (LSE:SDL) is the global innovator in language translation technology, services and content management. Over the past 25 years we've helped companies deliver transformative business results by enabling powerful, nuanced digital experiences with customers around the world. Are you in the know? Find out why 78 out of the top 100 global brands work with us at SDL.com and follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.


News Article | May 17, 2017
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NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The IAB Technology Laboratory today announced a new means to eliminate the black market for digital advertising inventory, offering a tool that will prevent the sale of counterfeit and unauthorized impressions in programmatic transactions. This new tool, known as ads.txt, is a pre-formatted index of authorized sellers that publishers can post to their domains. Programmatic buyers can then use these publisher ads.txt files to screen for fake or misrepresented inventory. “Ads.txt can take both the ‘fake Rolexes’ of digital ad inventory and our industry’s ‘luxury handbags that fell off the back of a truck’ out of circulation,” said Alanna Gombert, Senior Vice President, Technology and Ad Operations, IAB, and General Manager, IAB Tech Lab. “With the introduction of this simple supply chain safety tool, there will be no excuses for bad impressions flowing through our ecosystem.” “The criminals who profit from digital advertising do their dirty work in the dark,” said Mike Zaneis, CEO, Trustworthy Accountability Group (TAG), the industry supply chain safety organization that was founded by the IAB, the ANA, and the 4A’s. “The ads.txt tool will help publishers shine a light on the legitimate sellers for their inventory, so brands and agencies will know when they are dealing with a legitimate programmatic reseller, and when they are not. It adds another vital component to our collaborative industry-wide efforts to validate legitimate companies, add transparency to inventory, and ultimately stop criminals from defrauding our industry of billions of dollars.” Zaneis also committed to referring ads.txt to TAG’s Business Transparency Committee to increase adoption of the tool across the industry. “Brands will be able to confidently purchase authentic, verified inventory, once ads.txt is adopted across the programmatic landscape,” said John Montgomery, Global Executive Vice President, Brand Safety, GroupM. “It will be a game-changer in establishing the kind of transparent, safe, market that advertisers seek from digital media.” “Ads.txt is a significant milestone in alleviating one of the most critical challenges for publishers in the digital marketplace," said Tim Mahlman, President, AOL Platforms. “It will clear out the wheat from chaff, and increase confidence in programmatic buying and selling for all stakeholders involved. The entire industry will benefit from this increased transparency and trust.” “This new solution elegantly addresses the issue of counterfeit inventory, where advertisers’ spend does not reach the intended publisher,” said Scott Spencer, Director of Sustainable Ads, Google. “It provides a clear means for publishers to safely and transparently benefit from programmatic channels, without fear of inventory misuse—it is crucial to ensuring a thriving digital advertising ecosystem.” "Recurring issues around brand safety, fraud, and media quality undermine trust in the industry and advertisers deserve a real response that moves us beyond the next crisis,” said Chris Bell, Group Product Manager, Inventory, Adobe Advertising Cloud. “The IAB Tech Lab’s ads.txt is a positive step that should benefit both buyers and publishers, ensuring broad adoption across the industry. We're proud to support the initiative. Ultimately, software can mean more control and transparency for advertisers—not less—and ads.txt is a great example of that." The public comment period for ads.txt will run through June 19, 2017, after which the IAB OpenRTB Working Group, which developed the tool, will evaluate the comments received. It will then make any necessary revisions, and release a final version. Comments are being accepted via email to OpenRTB@iabtechlab.com. Ads.txt was released at the IAB Programmatic Symposium, in New York City. To review the open standard and technical spec, please go to http://www.iabtechlab.com/ads-txt. The IAB Technology Laboratory is an independent, international, nonprofit research and development consortium charged with producing and helping companies implement global industry technical standards. Comprised of digital publishers and ad technology firms, as well as marketers, agencies, and other companies with interests in the interactive marketing arena, the IAB Tech Lab’s goal is to reduce friction associated with the digital advertising and marketing supply chain, while contributing to the safe and secure growth of the industry. The organization’s founding member companies include AppNexus, Google, GroupM, Hearst Magazines Digital Media, LinkedIn, PubMatic, Sonobi, Tremor Video, Yahoo, and Yahoo! JAPAN. Established in 2014, the IAB Tech Lab is headquartered in New York City with an office in San Francisco.


SANTA ANA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Irvine Scientific, a world leader in the development and manufacture of cell culture media today announced another addition to its expanding line of products to support stem and immunological cell therapies with the introduction of PRIME-XV® Hematopoietic Cell Basal Medium. This new formulation follows other media in the PRIME-XV line as it is another serum-free, xeno-free basal medium that specifically supports robust expansion of hematopoietic progenitors while maintaining their multipotency, or functional properties needed for cell-based therapies. Hematopoietic stem and progenitor cells (HSPCs) give rise to all other blood cells, and therefore have therapeutic potential for the treatment of cancers such as leukemia and lymphoma, and non-malignant diseases such as sickle cell anemia or immune related disorders. However, to be effective there must be sufficient numbers of HSPCs that retain their progenitor cell properties, including self-renewal and multipotency, to provide successful therapies. HSPCs are often obtained from the blood or bone marrow of donors and are rare (only 1 in 100,000 in peripheral blood cells and 1 in 10,000 in bone marrow). With numbers of cells in the 100’s of millions required for therapy the challenge has been obtaining sufficient numbers of HSPCs that maintain their progenitor cell properties to differentiate and mature into the various hematopoietic lineage cells needed for therapies. “In ex vivo culture HSPCs tend to spontaneously differentiate over time making it difficult to obtain large numbers of multipotent cells,” explained Dr. Jessie Ni, Chief Scientific Officer, Irvine Scientific. “When supplemented with the appropriate cytokines, PRIME-XV Hematopoietic Cell Basal Medium is formulated to support robust expansion of cell numbers while maintaining high percentages of multipotent hematopoietic progenitor cells.” Its serum-free, xeno-free formula reduces the risks of contamination associated with media containing serum or non-human, animal-derived components. PRIME-XV Hematopoietic Cell Basal Medium is manufactured using stringent raw material qualification and under Current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP) for consistency, reliability and to make the move from research towards clinical applications. For more information please visit www.irvinesci.com Irvine Scientific, a member of JXTG Group, is a worldwide leader in the innovation and manufacture of cell culture media, reagents, and medical devices for researchers and clinicians. The company provides unrivalled service and quality to scientists working in cell therapy and regenerative medicine, assisted reproductive technology and cytogenetics, and industrial cell culture for the large-scale production of biotherapeutics and vaccines. Irvine Scientific adheres to both ISO and FDA regulations and operates dual cGMP manufacturing facilities in California, USA and Tokyo, Japan. The company’s consultative philosophy combined with expertise in cell culture and compliance provides customers with unique capabilities and support. For over 40 years, Irvine Scientific has remained uniquely flexible and focused on media while becoming a strategic global leader in media products and services.


News Article | May 19, 2017
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SANTA ANA, CA, May 19, 2017-- At age 14, Michelle Wulfestieg was told she wouldn't live to be 30. She had survived a massive stroke when she was just 11 years old and a second stroke, thought to be untreatable, was imminent. For Wulfestieg, this was a revelation: life is not about quantity, but rather quality. From that day on, she committed to making each moment count, not allowing her disabilities to hold her back. She went on to join her high school volleyball team, travelled to distant countries, earned a college degree, found a meaningful job and married the man of her dreams.Wulfestieg, a Newport Beach resident, is the May/June recipient of Fairhaven's Oliver Halsell Care Award. Fairhaven Memorial Park & Mortuary, with locations in Santa Ana and Mission Viejo, created the recognition program in 2012 to pay tribute to individuals who have demonstrated exceptional care in their profession and community, improving the lives and spirits of those they help.Wulfestieg, 35, first discovered her passion for hospice work by volunteering with Betsy, an 84-year-old patient who, like her, had suffered a stroke that had left her paralyzed on one side of her body. Wulfestieg felt an overwhelming passion toward helping the disabled and the dying as she so well understood their struggles, feelings and their desperate longing to be comfortable and pain free.After graduating from California Lutheran University at age 22, she began her career in hospice as a volunteer coordinator. Her own struggles, however, were far from over. A second stroke at age 25 left her comatose for eight days. Outwitting the surgeon's prognosis, she survived the removal of a brain lesion, responsible for her two strokes. While recovering and regaining the ability to talk, feed herself and walk, Wulfestieg completed her master's degree in Organizational Leadership from Chapman University.Fast forward nine years and she is now Executive Director at the Southern California Hospice Foundation in Costa Mesa, where she not only helps patients and their families with expenses such as groceries, utility bills or flying their loved ones to say last goodbyes, but also has a stellar track record of fulfilling patient last wishes.For seven years, Wulfestieg has helped many patients - both children and adults - realize their last dreams, including an eight-year-old boy with stomach cancer whom she flew to Legoland in a private plane and arranged for him to meet Star Wars' Hans Solo, Harrison Ford. Other high-profile dream fulfillments have included Oprah, Selena Gomez, astronaut John D. Olivas and The Weeknd."Michelle Wulfestieg is an inspiration to us all," says Rod Gomez, General Manager at Fairhaven Memorial Park in Santa Ana. "She is steadfast, brave and kind - all qualities required to work in the hospice field. She has made a huge impact on so many end-of-life patients and their families by filling their last days with joy and love."When not in the office, she can be found advocating for hospice care, often by giving motivational talks drawing from her award-winning autobiography "All We Have is Today." Wulfestieg also volunteers at Mariners Church Sunday school in Irvine and with her daughter's kindergarten class. Additionally, she is a member of the Women of Chapman, a women's group that raises money for Chapman's Dodge College of Film and Media Arts."I'm so honored to be selected for this award," says Wulfestieg. "Every day I wake up with a profound sense of purpose and I pray that God will use me to do his good work. And each day he does. Hospice work is more than a job to me, it's a calling. I want to raise awareness of hospice care so that all people at end-of-life receive the dignity and comfort they deserve."In November 2017, Wulfestieg will be presented her award at Fairhaven's Oliver Halsell Care Awards ceremony at its Mission Viejo facility. The Care Awards banquet will recognize six honorees' accomplishments awarded during this year. Additionally, Fairhaven will make a donation on her behalf to the Southern California Hospice Foundation.Fairhaven is accepting nominations for additional 2017 Oliver Halsell Care Awards. For more information and to nominate an outstanding citizen, call 714-633-1442 or email Suzy.Moriarty@dignitymemorial.com.About Fairhaven's Oliver Halsell Care AwardFairhaven's Oliver Halsell Care Award pays tribute to Orange County individuals whose kindness and dedication to serving others is inspirational. These courageous individuals go above and beyond their job descriptions to serve with the utmost care and compassion. Fairhaven's Oliver Halsell Care Award winners come from many fields including private care, hospice, social work, counseling, assisted living, medical providers, nursing, therapy, volunteer work and more.About FairhavenFounded in 1911 by Oliver Halsell to provide a peaceful and comforting place for families to honor their loved ones, Fairhaven Memorial Park & Mortuary is Orange County's most beautiful full-service mortuary, crematory and cemetery. With the memorial park and mortuary in Central Orange County and an elegantly appointed mortuary in South Orange County, Fairhaven provides funeral, cremation and burial services both at the time of need and through advanced planning, maintaining its steadfast commitment to care and compassion. Fairhaven is dedicated to celebrating the individual, providing services that are as unique and wide-ranging as the people they celebrate. Additional information is available at http://www.dignitymemorial.com/fairhaven-memorial-park-mortuary. Connect with Fairhaven at Facebook and Twitter.Contact:Alvina Olivier714-426-0444


News Article | May 15, 2017
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SANTA ANA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Stearns Lending, LLC (“Stearns”), a leading mortgage lender with Wholesale, Retail, Strategic Alliance and Consumer Direct channels, today announced the appointment of David C. Schneider to serve as Chief Executive Officer and a member of its Board of Managers effective May 15, 2017, replacing Brian Hale who is stepping down from the company. During Mr. Hale’s tenure, Stearns experienced significant growth in origination volume to $26 billion in 2016 from $5.7 billion the year before he joined. Additionally, he helped diversify the company’s origination channels beyond wholesale lending to the retail and strategic alliances sectors. “Over the past few years, Stearns has become a leading, national player in mortgage lending and has, what I consider to be, the best team in the industry,” said Brian Hale. “I have been honored to serve as CEO and I believe that David Schneider will continue to build upon the strong foundation the company has established.” William H. Cary, Chairman of the Board, said: “Brian has helped lead Stearns through a period of meaningful diversification and expansion in its business, and during the transition, Brian will continue to assist the company through May 31st. We thank him for his contributions to Stearns. We are excited to have David join the Stearns team and are confident in his ability to move the company forward into its next phase of growth.” Glenn Stearns, Founder and Board Member added: “I am so proud of Brian and all that he and the team accomplished over the past five years. He has been an exceptional leader as well as a great friend and I wish him the best. I am thrilled to welcome David to the team, and am excited about the possibilities for the future of the company.” “It is my privilege to be appointed to lead Stearns Lending,” said David C. Schneider. “I look forward to working with Stearns’ world-class team to continue the company’s success.” Mr. Schneider is a seasoned mortgage industry executive with nearly three decades of experience. Most recently, he served as the President of Ditech and Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Walter Investment Management Corp. He has also previously held positions as President and COO of CitiMortgage, President of Washington Mutual Home Loans, Senior Vice President for Servicing Strategic Initiatives at JP Morgan Chase, and President and CEO of Vericrest Financial. Mr. Schneider received his BSBA in Accounting from Babson College and his MBA from Indiana University. Stearns Lending, LLC is a leading provider of mortgage lending services in Wholesale, Retail, and Strategic Alliances sectors throughout the United States where licenses are held. The company was ranked as the #3 Wholesale Lender nationwide by Inside Mortgage Finance in June of 2016. Stearns Lending is an equal housing lender and is licensed to conduct business in 49 states and the District of Columbia. Additionally, Stearns Lending is an approved HUD (United States Department of Housing and Urban Development) lender; a Single Family Issuer for Ginnie Mae (Government National Mortgage Association); an approved Seller/Servicer for Fannie Mae (Federal National Mortgage Association); and an approved Seller/Servicer for Freddie Mac (Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation). Stearns Lending is also approved as a VA (United States Department of Veterans Affairs) lender, a USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) lender, and is an approved lending institution with FHA (Federal Housing Administration). Stearns Lending, LLC is located at 4 Hutton Centre Drive, 10th Floor, Santa Ana, CA 92707. Company NMLS# 1854.


HONG KONG, June 15, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Everything from Japan's flying cars to hip-hop grandmas are celebrated in two new series produced by Great Big Story and CNN Digital Studios as part of a branded content collaboration with All Nippon Airlines (ANA), Japan's premium five-star airline. The partnership between ANA and CNN International Commercial (CNNIC) was originally established in 2016 with the ambition to encourage travelers to explore Japan with ANA, leading to the creation of the successful 2016 Ichigo Ichie digital series. Evolving that strong partnership, the new campaign marks the first sponsorship from CNNIC which combines the expertise of the network's premium original video content arm CNN Digital Studios, cinematic storytelling from global media company Great Big Story, and bespoke content from CNNIC's brand content studio, Create. The CNN Digital Studios series, titled Vision: The Future of Japan, is the biggest series to date produced by CNN Digital Studios in London. A collection of eight films, all shot on location across Japan, offers an in-depth look at the fascinating destination and explores the ambitious projects that are shaping the future of the universe including flying cars and the world's fastest supercomputer. All eight videos have been published today on a bespoke Vision: The Future of Japan ANA-sponsored page on CNN Digital alongside a range of immersive multimedia features encompassing articles, photo galleries, interactives and infographics. Over on Great Big Story, an original eight-part series titled The Inspiration of Japan highlights the creativity and curiosities of everyday life throughout the country: intricate animal sculptures from recycled newspaper, robot restaurants, the king of crepes and more. The first video in this sponsored editorial series launches 15 June. To complement the two series, CNNIC's branded content studio, Create, has produced a multi-platform campaign and digital hub dedicated to telling human stories of Japanese kindness. Branded content films around this theme will sit on the hub, Great Big Story and natively on CNN Digital. The integrated campaign draws on Japan's unique hospitality and instinct to welcome visitors to the country. All sponsored and branded content is targeted through native ad placements across CNN Digital properties, utilising CNN Audience Insight Measurement (AIM) to focus on defined audiences and via Launchpad to reach relevant tribes of audiences through social media. The campaign is aimed at consumers with an interest in global travel from UK, Germany, France, Belgium, Italy, Switzerland and Spain with the objective of boosting the 200,000 Western European visitors that the Japan National Tourism Organization already welcomed in Q1 2017. Sunita Rajan, SVP, Advertising Sales, APAC, CNN International Commercial comments: "Building on the success of ANA's sponsorship of 2016's Ichigo Ichie Great Big Story series, we're delighted to be working with ANA on this fresh initiative to offer more new perspectives on Japan to encourage travellers to experience this vibrant country for themselves. Our solution for ANA has been powered by in-depth audience insight and tailor-made to deliver a tangible benefit for ANA through a smart combination of premium editorial and branded content and well targeted audience across CNN and Great Big Story platforms." Akira Nakamura, Senior Vice President EMEA, comments: "In this second series, we look forward to sharing more of the unique Japanese culture that's at the centre of ANA's five-star service, through rich and innovative storytelling with our partner CNN. Our ambition is to inspire people to experience Japan, as the airline carrier that can best connect passengers with the country's many world-class destinations and its distinctive culture." CNNI Commercial (CNNIC) is responsible for CNN's intercontinental commercial operations, spanning a diverse multiplatform portfolio across five continents. Its strategy is to grow CNN's dominance in the pan-regional TV market while accelerating growth through digital and data capabilities. This includes monetising and growing linear and digital news brands such as CNN International, CNN en Español, CNN Arabic, Great Big Story, CNN Style and CNN Money, and a number of other verticals and local properties. CNNI Commercial delivers best-in-class, award-winning cross-platform ad sales, brand and marketing solutions underpinned by advanced digital expertise and data insight. It operates a Content Sales and Licensing business called CNN Access, which offers a suite of consultancy, content and CNN-branded initiatives around the globe as well as establishing strategic partnerships to serve new audiences. The organisation's branded content studio, Create, has been producing award-winning multiplatform content for clients for over ten years. CNNI Commercial is part of Turner, a Time Warner company. For more information, visit http://commercial.cnn.com About ANA All Nippon Airways (ANA) is the largest airline in Japan by revenues and passenger numbers. Founded in 1952, ANA flies today on 87 international routes and 116 domestic routes, including a daily flight between London Heathrow and Tokyo Haneda. The ANA group has 35,000 employees and a fleet of 256 aircraft. In FY2016, it carried 52.1 million passengers and generated revenues of 1.77 trillion Japanese yen. ANA has been a member of Star Alliance since 1999, and has joint-ventures with United Airlines on trans-Pacific and Asia routes, and with Lufthansa, Swiss International Airlines and Austrian Airlines on Japan-Europe routes. Its Frequent Flyer Program, ANA Mileage Club, has more than 26 million members. ANA was voted Airline of the Year for 2013 by Air Transport World Magazine, and in 2017 was awarded five stars for the fifth consecutive year by the world's leading Airline and Airport review site, SKYTRAX. ANA is the launch customer and biggest operator of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.


LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--XPRIZE, the global leader in incentivized prize competitions, in partnership with ANA, Japan’s 5-star airline, today announced the creation of a Science Fiction Advisory Council, with a mission to accelerate positive change in the world by bringing together those who can imagine a bold vision of the future with those who can innovate to get us there. The roster of 64 advisors includes bestselling novelists (Margaret Atwood, Neil Gaiman, Veronica Roth, Andy Weir, A.M. Homes, Daniel H. Wilson, Ernest Cline, Hugh Howey), award-winning science fiction writers (Gregory Benford, Nancy Kress, Cory Doctorow, Kelly Link, Mike Resnick, Charles Stross), visionary filmmakers (Darren Aronofsky, Don Hertzfeldt), producers (Gale Anne Hurd, J. Michael Straczynski), and screenwriters (Akiva Goldsman, David Goyer), among others. Originating from nine countries, members of the advisory council collectively hold 13 doctorates, 44 Hugo Awards, 28 Nebula Awards, 35 Locus Awards, 10 John W. Campbell Awards, six Arthur C. Clarke Awards, six British Science Fiction Association Awards, and one Academy Award. The advisors will assist XPRIZE in the creation of digital “futures” roadmaps across a variety of domains: Planet & Environment; Energy & Resources; Shelter & Infrastructure; Health & Wellbeing; Civil Society; Learning & Human Potential; and Space & New Frontiers. These roadmaps will be dynamic, interactive narratives that describe a vision for the future in each of these domains and identify the ideal catalysts, drivers and mechanisms—including potential XPRIZE competitions—to overcome grand challenges and achieve a preferred future state. “XPRIZE has always been inspired by science fiction. Heinlein’s The Man Who Sold the Moon was an early inspiration for me, as was Star Trek, which inspired the recently-awarded Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE,” said Dr. Peter H. Diamandis, founder and executive chairman of XPRIZE. “As the future becomes harder and harder to predict, we look forward to engaging some of the world’s most visionary storytellers to help us imagine what’s just beyond the horizon and chart a path toward a future of abundance.” Next month, XPRIZE and ANA will launch Seat14C.com, a digital science fiction anthology featuring original stories by members of the advisory council, told from the perspectives of passengers onboard a fictional ANA flight from Tokyo to San Francisco who mysteriously find themselves transported 20 years in the future. “Ambitious visions and dreams of a better future bring people together no matter where in the world they are from, and that has been ANA’s mission for over 60 years,” said Mr. Shuichi Fujimura, executive vice president of international affairs and alliances at ANA, and XPRIZE Innovation Board member. “In my experience, the most interesting ideas come when you bring different viewpoints together; as one of Japan’s most innovative airlines, we are thrilled to be involved with the Science Fiction Advisory Council and support the creation of Seat14C.” “We are grateful for the support from ANA and our world-renowned Science Fiction Advisory Council members, who will help build and refine XPRIZE’s vision of the future and accelerate the work we are doing to create real and meaningful impact in the world,” said Marcus Shingles, CEO of XPRIZE. The advisors will also participate in quarterly virtual and in-person meetings. For more information, and a complete list of Science Fiction Advisory Council members, please visit: XPRIZE.org/SciFi. XPRIZE, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, is the global leader in designing and implementing innovative competition models to solve the world’s grandest challenges. XPRIZE utilizes a unique combination of gamification, crowd-sourcing, incentive prize theory, and exponential technologies as a formula to make 10x (vs. 10%) impact in the grand challenge domains facing our world. XPRIZE’s philosophy is that—under the right circumstances— igniting rapid experimentation from a variety of diverse lenses is the most efficient and effective method to driving exponential impact and solutions to grand challenges. Active competitions include the $30M Google Lunar XPRIZE, the $20M NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE, the $15M Global Learning XPRIZE, the $7M Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE, the $7M Barbara Bush Foundation Adult Literacy XPRIZE, the $5M IBM Watson AI XPRIZE, the $1.75M Water Abundance XPRIZE and the $1M Anu and Naveen Jain Women’s Safety XPRIZE. For more information, visit XPRIZE.org. All Nippon Airways (ANA) is the largest airline in Japan by revenues and passenger numbers. Founded in 1952, ANA flies today on 87 international routes and 116 domestic routes. The ANA group has 35,000 employees and a fleet of 256 aircraft. In FY2016, it carried 52.1 million passengers and generated revenues of 1.77 trillion Japanese yen. ANA offers trans-Pacific connections between Asia through the gateway of Japan and 10 North American destinations namely: New York, Washington D.C., Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Jose, Seattle, Houston, Vancouver, and Honolulu. ANA has been a member of Star Alliance since 1999 and has joint-ventures with United Airlines on trans-Pacific and Asia routes and with Lufthansa, Swiss International Airlines and Austrian Airlines on Japan-Europe routes. Its Frequent Flyer Program, ANA Mileage Club, has more than 26 million members. ANA was voted Airline of the Year for 2013 by Air Transport World Magazine, and in 2017 was awarded five stars for the fifth consecutive year by the world's leading Airline and Airport review site, SKYTRAX. ANA is the launch customer and biggest operator of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

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