Online International Symposium on "Toward Resilient Co-creative Society in the Paradigm Change"

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The exponential global crisis of COVID-19 has generated unprecedented upheaval of our daily life, business, education, and research. This trend is not a trigger of simple change but is driving irreversible paradigm change. In the midst of the storm, we enter a new era of post COVID-19 when we re-build the social platform together with the domestic and foreign industry, government, politics and academia. Furthermore, we should expect another big wave of environmental change that force paradigm change in the future. The main theme of this online symposium is “Toward Resilient Co-creative Society in the Paradigm Change”. We offer the opportunity to consider our approaches to build resilient society to maintain healthy and safe life. We review the issues around the future society and the super-aging society and discuss our agenda to create new values and new businesses leveraging advanced medical-engineering science and technology generated from international industry-academia co-creation.

Date and Time

May 12,Tue, 2020, 17:30 - 19:20pm (Online site Open 17:00 )


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Time Program
17:00 Online site Open
17:15 Announcement to Participants
17:20 Introduction of LINK-J

Purpose of the Symposium
Toru Asahi (Professor, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Waseda University)

17:27 Opening Address
Yutaka Hishiyama (Director-General, Science and Technology Policy Bureau, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology)

Session 1 *the session will be conducted in English with simultaneous translation into Japanese.
"Impact of Paradigm Change after COVID-19 on the Future of Health Society"


- Hiroaki Kitano(CEO and Chairman of Sony Computer Science Laboratories, Inc. / Executive Director of Sony Corporation / President and CEO of the Systems Biology Institute (SBI) / Professor, Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University / Advisor of AI Systems Medicine Research and Training Center, Yamaguchi University)

- Eran Segal(Professor, The Weizmann Institute of Science)

- Atsushi Sunami (Professor, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies/ Professor, Waseda University)

Moderator : Hidehiko Otake(CEO, Corundum Systems Biology Inc. )


Session 2  *the session will be conducted in Japanese with simultaneous translation into English.
"Industry-academia Joint Research and New Business with and towards Post COVID-19 Era"


- Tsuyoshi Tanabe (Professor, Graduate School of Medicine, Yamaguchi University / Director of International Center for Preventive Medicine and Medical Education)

- Yoshiyuki Asai(Director of AI Systems Medicine Research and Training Center, Yamaguchi University)

- Tetsuya Ogata (Director of Institute for AI and Robotics and Professor in Faculty of Science and Engineering, Waseda University / Joint-appointed Fellow of the Artificial Intelligence Research Center, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology)

- Haruko Takeyama(Professor, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Waseda University / Director for the Integrated Institute for Regulatory Science)

- Tomy Kamada (CEO of TomyK Ltd./ Co-founder of ACCESS Co., Ltd.)

Moderator: Takechika Tsurutani (Visiting Professor, Waseda Business School)

19:05 Closing Address 
- Taka-Aki Sato (Senior Fellow and Director of the Life Science Research Center, Shimadzu Corporation / Director and Professor of the Research and Development Center for Precision Medicine, University of Tsukuba)
19:10 Reflections and Announcement
19:20 Online Site Close

Symposium Speakers, Moderators, Directors

08.png Hiroaki Kitano
Hiroaki Kitano is CEO and Chairman of Sony Computer Science Laboratories, Inc., Executive Director of Sony Corporation, President and CEO of the Systems Biology Institute (SBI), a Professor of the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University. He graduated from International Christian University with B.A. in physics in 1984. He received PhD in computer science from Kyoto University in 1991. From 1988 to 1994, he was a visiting researcher at the Center for Machine Translation in Carnegie Mellon University. From 1998 to 2008, he was the project director in the KITANO "Symbiotic Systems" Project of the Exploratory Research for Advanced Technology (ERATO) and the successive project. He was Founding Trustee in the RoboCup International Committee and the chief editor in npj System Biology and Applications. His research interests are Calculation Biology, Artificial Intelligence, Massively Parallel Computer, Autonomy Robot, System Biology, and Open Energy System.
07.png Eran Segal
Eran Segal is a Professor at the Department of Computer Science and Applied Mathematics at the Weizmann Institute of Science, heading a lab with a multi-disciplinary team of computational biologists and experimental scientists in the area of Computational and Systems biology. His group has extensive experience in machine learning, computational biology, and analysis of heterogeneous high-throughput genomic data. His research focuses on Microbiome, Nutrition, Genetics, and their effect on health and disease. His aim is to develop personalized medicine based on big data from human cohorts. Prof. Segal published over 150 publications, and received several awards and honors for his work, including the Overton prize, awarded annually by the International Society for Bioinformatics (ICSB) to one scientist for outstanding accomplishments in computational biology, and the Michael Bruno award. He was recently elected as an EMBO member and as a member of the young Israeli academy of science. Before joining the Weizmann Institute, Prof. Segal held an independent research position at Rockefeller University, New York. Prof. Segal was awarded a B.Sc. in Computer Science summa cum laude in 1998, from Tel-Aviv University, and a Ph.D. in Computer Science and Genetics in 2004, from Stanford University.

Atsushi Sunami

Atsushi Sunami received his undergraduate degree in foreign service from Georgetown University in 1988. He received a master's degree in international affairs from Columbia University in 1993, where he further earned his Ph.D. in political science in 2001. He worked as a researcher at the policy research unit in Nomura Research Institute, Ltd. from 1989 and then became a fellow of the Training and Guided Study Program at the Science Policy Research Unit, University of Sussex in 1997. From 2001 to 2003, he served as a fellow of the Research Institute of Economy, Trade, and Industry. In 2003, he joined National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS) as an Associate Professor and then became an Assistant to the President and Professor in 2014. From 2015, he served as a Council for Science, Technology, and Innovation in cabinet secretariat until 2018. He became a Vice President at GRIPS in 2016 and then the Special Assistant to the President in 2019. Since 2017, he has been serving as Executive Director of the Sasakawa Peace Foundation, and the chief of the Ocean Policy Research Institute. Currently, he is the Special Assistant to the President and aVisiting Professor of GRIPS, and also a Visiting Professor of the Research Organization for Nano& life Innovation, Waseda University.


Tsuyoshi Tanabe

Tsuyoshi Tanabe graduated from Yamaguchi University Graduate School of Medicine and received M.D., Ph.D in 1992. From 1992 to 1993, he was an Assistant Professor with Department of Pediatrics, Yamafguchi University. From 1993 to 2002, he was a Researcher with Department of Pathology and Pharmacology, Institute of Medical Science, The University of Tokyo. From 2002 to 2009, he was a Seneor Researcher with Age Axis Biotechnology Research Center, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology. From 2009 to 2014, he was an Associate Professor with Department of Public Health, Shimane University School of Medicine. He is currently a Professor with Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Yamaguchi University Graduate School of Medicine, and Director of International Center for Preventive Medicine and Medical Education. His specialty is molecular epidemiologic analysis of lifestyle-related diseases.


Yoshiyuki Asai
Yoshiyuki ASAI is a professor in Department of Systems Bioinformatics, Graduate school of medicine at Yamaguchi university since 2016, and a director of AI Systems Medicine Research and Training Center since 2018. He received his bachelor's degree from Department of Biophysical Engineering in 1998, and Master's degree in 2000 and Ph.D. (engineering) in 2003 from Graduate School of Engineering Science at Osaka University. During his postdoctoral researches, he had a position in Graduate School of Engineering, Osaka university, and visited Neuroheuristic Research Group led by Prof Alessandro E. P. Villa in ISI Foundation in Torino, Italy and in Lausanne University, Switzerland for two years from 2003. He got a position of a research scientist in National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) in 2005. In 2007, he started to work as a specially appointed associate professor in the Center for Advanced Medical Engineering and Informatics (MEI Center) in Osaka University. In 2010, he took up the current position as a group leader in the Open Biology Unit led by Dr. Hiroaki Kitano, in Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST). In 2015, the unit name changed to the Integrated Open Systems Unit. He took a role of a researcher's representatives in OIST Researchers Community from 2014 till 2016.


Tetsuya Ogata
Tetsuya Ogata received the B.S., M.S., and D.E. degrees in mechanical engineering from Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan, in 1993, 1995, and 2000, respectively. He was a Research Associate with Waseda University from 1999 to 2001. From 2001 to 2003, he was a Research Scientist with the RIKEN Brain Science Institute. From 2003 to 2012, he was an Associate Professor with the Graduate School of Informatics, Kyoto University. Since 2012, he has been a Professor with the Faculty of Science and Engineering, Waseda University. He is currently a technical advisor of Exawizards co. from 2016, a Joint-appointed Fellow with the Artificial Intelligence Research Center, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology from 2017, a director of Japan Deep Learning Association (JDLA) from 2017, and a director of Institute for AI and Robotics, Waseda University from 2020.


Haruko Takeyama
Haruko Takeyama received Dr. in engineering at Department of Biotechnology, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology (TUAT) in 1992. From 1991 to 1994 she worked for University of Miami, Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science as a research fellow. She was an Assistant Professor from 1994 to 1999, an Associate Professor from 1999 to 2005, and a Professor from 2005 to 2007 at Department of Biotechnology, TUAT. Since 2007 she has appointed her Professor position at Waseda University, Advanced Science and Engineering, Department of Life Science and Medical Bioscience. Director for the Integrated Institute for Regulatory Science, Waseda University from 2009. Since 2016, she has been appointed as Director for National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) and Waseda University Computational Bio Big-Data Open Innovation Laboratory and joint-appointed as a Joint Appointed Fellow of AIST. Her current research interests are; Utilization of Environmental Bio/Gene Resources, Metagenomic Analysis, Single Cell Analysis and Development of Supporting Technologies. She has been appointed as president of Japanese Society for Marine Biotechnology and Asia-Pacific Marine Biotechnology Association, and vice president of International Marine Biotechnology Association.

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Dr. Tomy Kamada
Dr. Kamada is co-founder of ACCESS Co., Ltd. (listed in Tokyo Stock Exchange: 4813), a global software company for mobile and beyond-PC markets. Dr. Kamada received a Doctorate in Computer Science from the University of Tokyo. He is also renowned as the inventor of "Compact HTML" for mobile phones, enabling successful mobile Internet services in the early days of the Internet. After retiring from ACCESS, in 2012, Dr. Kamada founded "TomyK Ltd." - Startup Booster, which actively supports young innovative startups, including the areas of Robotics and AI, Human Augmentation, Biotechnology, Medical & Life Science, Space, and other frontier technologies. He is the author of the book "Tech Startups and Entrepreneurs Create the Future" (in Japanese, University Tokyo Press, 2017) and gives many lectures on entrepreneurship.

03.png Hidehiko Ohtake
Hidehiko Otake started his career at the Tokyo office of Bain & Company, a US management consulting firm, where he oversaw corporate strategy, marketing strategy, post-merger integration and e-commerce strategy in fields such as medical device, pharmaceutical, energy, beverage and retail. After two years in Boston at Harvard Business School, he joined JWT, WPP Group's advertising agency, where he served as the General Manager of Thompson Connect/digital@JWT in charge of online/direct marketing and BTL marketing for automotive, financial, and multinational FMCG clients. Subsequently, he became a founder and CEO of two bio-technology start-up companies. He joined Kantar Japan in June 2011 and was appointed as CEO in 2014 and Chairman in 2019. Hidehiko is now CEO of Corundum Systems Biology Inc. launched in 2020.
02.png Takechika Tsurutani
Takechika Tsurutani is a Visiting Professor at Waseda Business School and Kanazawa Institute of Technology. He leads Polygon Magic group as CEO. He has dedicated to several startups including Digital Hollywood, IMJ and Digital Scape. He is also a board member of a medical corporation NYS, an advisor for Sesame Workshop NY, and a board of trustees of CANVAS, a non-profit organization for children workshops. He holds MBA.

Yasushi Yamamoto
Yasushi Yamamoto established Corundum Innovation Ltd with the aim of creating great value captured from the network of Israeli entrepreneurship and Japanese business community. Yamamoto worked for Sumitomo Corporation, Japanese top tier Sogo Shosha, and experienced management positions in life science segment in diversified locations such as Ivory Coast, France and Australia. Since 2005, Yamamoto has more than 15 years of experience of promoting open innovation between Israel and Japan. Corundum Innovation has three subsidiaries such as Corundum Open Innovation (Israel) which manages venture capital funds (Corundum Open Innovation Fund-I ; Corundum Open Innovation Fund-II), Joy Ventures (Israel) an Innovation-Hub focusing on Brain-Science and Corundum Systems Biology (Luxembourg and Japan) another Innovation-Hub focusing on Microbiome segment. Yamamoto graduated Kyoto University (faculty of economics), married and a father of one son.

01.png Toru Asahi
Toru Asahi graduated from Department of Applied Physics in 1986 and received Dr. in Sci. in Waseda University in 1992. He was a Postdoc Fellow of the JSPS and then was nominated as an Associate Professor of Kagami Memorial Lab. for Materials Science in 1997 and as a Professor of the Consolidated Research Institute for Advanced Science and Medical Care (ASMeW) in 2004, Waseda University. He is a Professor of Department of Life Science and Medical Bioscience and a Professor of Department of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering, and the Chief Professor of Department of Advanced Science and Engineering, Graduate School of Advanced Science and Engineering in Waseda University. He is the Director of the Global Consolidated Research Institute for Science Wisdom and also the Deputy Director of the Research Organization for Nano & Life Innovation. Since he received MBA at Waseda Business School in 2007 he has played important roles in promoting interdisciplinary researches and nurturing innovators as a Super Technology Officer (STO). He is engaged in developing entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs as the Deputy Director of WASEDA-EDGE PROGRM. His current research interests are Chiral Science, Bio-solid State Physics, Crystal Optics, Functional Thin Films, Symmetry Breaking. He was awarded the Molecular Chirality Award 2016.

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Main Co-organizers: Life Science Innovation Network Japan, Inc. (LINK-J) and Global Consolidated Research Institute for Science Wisdom, Waseda University

Co-organized by WASEDA-EDGE Program / AI Systems Medicine Research and Training Center, Yamaguchi University / Tokyo Women's Medical University -Waseda University Joint Institution for Advanced Biomedical Sciences (TWIns) / National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies

With the support of Corundum Systems Biology Inc. / Center for Self-managing Healthy Society, University of Tokyo / Center for Smart Life Support Innovation, Waseda University /BEYOND 2020 NEXT FORUM /Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies / Ohkawa Academy in Waseda University

Organizing Committee

Director: Dr. Toru Asahi (Professor, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Waseda University) 

Deputy Director: Yasushi Yamamoto(CEO, Corundum Innovation)

Committee Members:Akira Hatakeyama, Miguel Mitsuishi, Shota Hayakawa, Ryoji Endo, Mariko Mizogami, Chikako Hiraoka、Keita Shibuya


International Symposium Organizing Committee