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Tokyo, Japan

Itochu Corporation is a Japanese corporation based in Umeda, Kita-ku, Osaka and Aoyama, Minato, Tokyo.Itochu is the third-largest Japanese sogo shosha after Mitsubishi Corporation and Mitsui & Co. Among Japanese trading companies, it is distinguished by not being descended from an historical zaibatsu group, but by the strength of its textiles business and its successful business operations in China. It has six major operational divisions specializing in textiles, metalschemicals and ICTreal estate. Itochu was ranked 174th on 2013's list of Fortune Global 500 companies with an annual trading revenue of 145 billion USD.Itochu entered into a cross-shareholding relationship with the Thai conglomerate Charoen Pokphand in 2014, and together with CP, plans to invest over $8 billion in the Chinese state-owned conglomerate CITIC Group during 2015, the largest investment ever made by a Japanese general trading company. The transaction is also the largest acquisition in China by a Japanese company, and the largest investment by foreigners in a Chinese state-owned enterprise. Wikipedia.


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News Article | May 2, 2017
Site: techcrunch.com

This morning Orbital Insight, a geospatial analytics startup, announced that it had completed raising a $50 million Series C round of financing from Sequoia. The fresh capital brings the company’s total fundraising to $78.7 million. Orbital Insight generates analytics for businesses using satellite imagery and other data. A product of deep learning and more readily available satellite imagery, the geospatial analytics space as a whole has drawn a lot of attention for the role it has played in the hedge fund industry. With images of retailer parking lots, companies like Orbital Insight have proven their ability to extrapolate out accurate revenue predictions for businesses in advance of official earnings reports. But as data and technology commoditize, startups have been racing to service new markets and simplify their offerings to avoid becoming clunky consultancies. With the news of today’s Series C, Orbital Insight has grown to become one of the most capitalized startups in the geospatial analytics space. Some of its competitors, Descartes Labs and Spaceknow have raised $8.28 million and $5.2 million respectively. New investors, Envision Ventures, Balyasny Asset Management, Geodesic Capital, ITOCHU Corporation and Intellectus Partners joined Sequoia in today’s round. And of course earlier investors, GV, Lux Capital and CME Ventures maintained their involvement with participation. The diverse collection of investors hints heavily at ambitions of international expansion. Geodesic Capital is regularly involved in helping startups access Asian markets and Itochu itself is a Japanese firm.


Envision Ventures, Balyasny Asset Management, Geodesic Capital, ITOCHU Corporation and Intellectus Partners Join in Series C to Drive Global Scale MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA--(Marketwired - May 2, 2017) - Orbital Insight, a geospatial analytics and software company, today announced it has closed a $50 million Series C round led by existing investor Sequoia Capital, with participation from new investors Envision Ventures, Balyasny Asset Management, Geodesic Capital, ITOCHU Corporation and Intellectus Partners. Previous investors GV, Lux Capital, and CME Ventures participated in the Series C as well. This latest round brings the four-year-old company's total funding to $78.7 million. This funding firmly positions Orbital Insight in the vanguard of geospatial analytics. With the imminent arrival of daily satellite imagery of the entire planet, the company will provide unprecedented visibility into what we are doing on and to the earth. As the commercial space sector booms, rapid improvements in the frequency and resolution of imagery are allowing Orbital Insight to commercialize new analytic and software tools that let clients follow socio-economic trends that were previously too complex and subtle to unravel. With this new round of funding, Orbital Insight plans to expand its portfolio of analytic products and grow its global strategic partnerships and sales presence in key international markets. The firm will also continue to attract the brightest minds in engineering, data science, design and sales who want to operate at the intersection of new geospatial analysis, artificial intelligence and complex problem solving for leading clients around the world. "We are on the precipice of having daily five-meter imagery of the world, and then daily one-meter imagery within a few years. Until very recently, the standard was weekly 15-meter imagery, with one-meter imagery available much less frequently," said Orbital Insight CEO and founder Dr. James Crawford. "We've only just begun to uncover a handful of signals, but we've already seen the impact they can have on financial, energy and insurance markets, as well as society as a whole. We're looking forward to having an even greater presence as we scale alongside the industry." Since launching in 2015, Orbital Insight has made headlines with its announcements, including: finding more oil stored in China than was previously reported, a partnership with the World Bank to effectively gauge poverty from space, and analysis of retailer parking lot traffic patterns. The company has garnered numerous accolades, including being named a Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum in 2016 and the Most Innovative Company in Space by Fast Company in 2017. "The proliferation of affordable drones and satellites is generating unprecedented amounts of geospatial imagery, and Orbital Insight is making that data actionable," said Bill Coughran, partner at Sequoia and Orbital Insight board member. "Just as Google is organizing the world's information, Orbital Insight is interpreting it. We've been impressed with their progress since their Series A and are thrilled to increase our support for one of the leaders in the geospatial software industry." Orbital Insight is the first mover in large-scale analysis of satellite and unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) imagery. The company partners with leading satellite operators, including Airbus, DigitalGlobe, ImageSat, MDA, Planet and Urthecast, to gain access to vast amounts of imagery. Orbital Insight then applies machine learning and computer vision to these images to count and measure objects like cars, agricultural fields, buildings and more to provide an accurate and near real-time understanding of the world. The company's client list includes leading financial services firms, Global 500 companies, several U.S. government agencies and global non-profit organizations.


Patent
ITOCHU Corporation and Oishi Koseido Co. | Date: 2015-01-14

If lidocaine is composed of non-aqueous patch, the adhesive power of the preparation tends to get lower, as the composition amount of lidocaine is higher. It is popular to solve lidocaine in dissolving agent in order to compose lidocaine in patch and release effective amount into skin. However, if the amount of dissolving agent gets higher, the adhesive power gets extremely lower, so that an long-time attachment is difficult. For solving this problem, a non-aqueous patch is provided comprising lidocaine and/or its reactant, and a dissolving agent which are contained in a base of plaster, the plaster being held by a support, of which strength of 50% stretched to longitudinal direction is less than 2,000g/50mm and of biaxially-oriented stretch cloth.


Patent
ITOCHU Corporation and Oishi Koseido Co. | Date: 2014-03-19

Non-aqueous patches comprising lidocaine, which is not dissolved and is present in a crystalline state, have poor permeability to the skin. Therefore, non-aqueous patches have a high concentration of lidocaine. It is pointed out that lidocaine has an adverse effect on the heart. Prolonged use of a high concentration of lidocaine causes side effects, such as shock, rubor, and irritating sensation. External preparations comprising more than 5 mass% of lidocaine are designated as powerful drugs, and cannot be used as household (nonprescription) medicine. Provided is a non-aqueous patch that is effective to relieve muscle pain, the non-aqueous patch comprising lidocaine and/or its reactant, and a dissolving agent composed of an organic acid and a polyalcohol, which are contained in a base.


Patent
ITOCHU Corporation and Oishi Koseido Co. | Date: 2016-03-09

Non-aqueous patches comprising lidocaine, which is not dissolved and is present in a crystalline state, have poor permeability to the skin. Therefore, non-aqueous patches have a high concentration of lidocaine. It is pointed out that lidocaine has an adverse effect on the heart. Prolonged use of a high concentration of lidocaine causes side effects, such as shock, rubor, and irritating sensation. External preparations comprising more than 5 mass % of lidocaine are designated as powerful drugs, and cannot be used as household (nonprescription) medicine. Provided is a non-aqueous patch that is effective to relieve muscle pain, the non-aqueous patch comprising lidocaine and/or its reactant, and a dissolving agent composed of an organic acid and a polyalcohol, which are contained in a base.


Providing a method of modifying refractory particles used to produce a casting mold by using a furan resin as a binder, so as to effectively improve a strength of the casting mold and to reduce a required amount of the binder. An artificial aggregate which is artificially produced and which has an apparent porosity of not more than 5% is used as the refractory particles, and the artificial aggregate is subjected to a heat treatment at a temperature of 400-1500 C. for not shorter than one hour in a heating atmosphere having an oxygen concentration of not higher than 15%.


Patent
ITOCHU Corporation and The Japan Research Institute Ltd | Date: 2015-07-03

Provided is a battery pack comprising a plurality of batteries; and a plurality of memories that correspond respectively to the batteries and that each record deterioration information of the corresponding battery. Each set of a battery and a corresponding memory may be formed integrally as a battery cell. As a result, the deterioration information of each battery cell can be known even after the battery pack is disassembled.


Providing a method of modifying refractory particles used to produce a casting mold by using a furan resin as a binder, so as to effectively improve a strength of the casting mold and to reduce a required amount of the binder. An artificial aggregate which is artificially produced and which has an apparent porosity of not more than 5% is used as the refractory particles, and the artificial aggregate is subjected to a heat treatment at a temperature of 400-1500C for not shorter than one hour in a heating atmosphere having an oxygen concentration of not higher than 15%.


Patent
ITOCHU Corporation | Date: 2012-03-29

Provided is a multilayer-type comforter having at least three fabrics as first to third fabrics. A first raw material is interposed between the first fabric and the second fabric. A second raw material is interposed between the second fabric and the third fabric. The first fabric and the second fabric are joined by a baffle-box quilting. The second fabric and the third fabric are joined by a sewn-through quilting. The baffle-box quilting and the sewn-through quilting are different in arrangement. A baffle of the baffle-box quilting formed on the second fabric is sewn to the second fabric by the sewn-through quilting and then cut to stand up from the second fabric.


Patent
ITOCHU Corporation | Date: 2014-02-05

Provided is a multilayer-type comforter having at least three fabrics as first to third fabrics. A first raw material (4) is interposed between the first fabric (1) and the second fabric (2). A second raw material (5) is interposed between the second fabric (2) and the third fabric (3). The first fabric (1) and the second fabric (2) are joined by a baffle-box quilting (6). The second fabric (2) and the third fabric (3) are joined by a sewn-through quilting (7). The baffle-box quilting (6) and the sewn-through quilting (7) are different in arrangement. A baffle (8b) of the baffle-box quilting (6) formed on the second fabric (2) is sewn to the second fabric (2) by the sewn-through quilting (7) and then cut to stand up from the second fabric (2).

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