Japan Innovation Night: Future Perspectives on BioTech and Manufacturing
This virtual conference will highlight trends in Japan and opportunities for collaborations between Boston and Japan. Attendees will learn about the importance of Japanese biotech manufacturing, see cutting-edge technologies from Japanese biotech startups, and hear about the latest emerging areas of innovation from Japan.
The shift to online work has broken down geographical barriers to bring global collaboration right to our fingertips. Now the strengthening biotechnology industry in Japan is closer than ever to the Boston community of biotech entrepreneurs and innovators. The Japanese pharmaceutical industry is the 2nd largest in the world. With Japanese drug giant Takeda rooted in Cambridge, MA, there is already a strong history of collaboration between the Boston and Japanese biotech communities – and that link is getting stronger.
Join our fireside chat, panel, and pitch presentations to hear from experts and startups from both sides of the globe, as we explore how the Boston and Japanese biotech communities can work together to accelerate innovation to improve health for all.
FEBRUARY 11, 2021
3:30 – 7:00 PM (ET)
3:30 – 4:00 PM (ET) | ROUND TABLE: Make Things Happen: Innovation and Opportunities Around Cambridge
4:00 – 4:45 PM (ET) | FIRESIDE CHAT: International Collaborations and the Rise of Manufacturing
5:00 – 6:00 PM (ET) | PITCH SESSION: Meet the Latest Japanese BioTech and MedTech Innovations
6:00 – 7:00 PM (ET) | PANEL: Emerging Industries in Japan: AgeTech, FemTech, SportsTech
JAPAN INNOVATION SESSIONS
ROUND TABLE: Make Things Happen: Innovation and Opportunities Around Cambridge
3:30 – 4:00 PM (ET)
Our flagship #ThursdayGathering is Boston’s weekly meeting point for entrepreneurs, researchers, mentors and investors, connecting to make things happen. Every week we’ll kickoff the event with a half-hour of informal conversations to highlight opportunities in the ecosystem, help connect you with the right people, or just say what’s up!
Hosted by Shaheen Hakimi, Director at Venture Café Cambridge
Fireside Chat: International Collaborations and the Rise of Manufacturing
4:00 – 4:45 PM (ET)
More than ever, the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the power of coordinated global biotech efforts and the importance of manufacturing to deliver discoveries in the lab to patients in healthcare settings. In addition to its thriving biopharma industry, Japan has a long history of manufacturing excellence and is poised to apply lessons learned in other manufacturing sectors to the specialized demands of biotech manufacturing. Join us for a conversation where we consider how biotech companies in Boston and Japan can better collaborate to support new research and to advance manufacturing in order to solve the challenges of making and supplying much-needed medicines.
Pitch Session: Meet the Latest Japanese BioTech and MedTech Innovations
5:00 – 6:00 PM (ET)
The Japan External Trade Organization, in partnership with the Japan Desk at the Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC), will host a pitch event for high potential biotech and medical device startups. The pitch event culminates a four-month long JETRO Innovation Program Boston 2020 boot camp hosted by the Japan Desk at CIC. Ten startups focused on technologies related to neurology, oncology, cardiovascular, gene therapy, and drug discovery platforms will pitch to showcase the latest innovations from Japanese startups and academic spin outs. The startups will receive feedback from experts from the Boston area.
Panel: Emerging Industries in Japan: AgeTech, FemTech, SportsTech
6:00 – 7:00 PM
From FemTech to SportsTech, new industries are gaining momentum among entrepreneurs in Tokyo and Boston. Learn about four new industries producing innovations, which might be your next big investment or just make our lives a bit healthier.