"Digital Technologies for Life Science Innovation" ~ LINK-J & UC San Diego Life Science Symposium #4

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LINK-J, in close collaboration with University of California San Diego (UC San Diego), will host a special symposium titled “Digital Technologies for Life Science Innovation” on May 27, 2022.

Franklin Antonio Hall, a brand-new engineering research and education facility at UC San Diego, is a dynamic ecosystem that is home to over 10 “Collaboratories for the Digital Future.” A “Collaboratory” is a large, open research laboratory that brings together an interdisciplinary group of professors, students, and industry partners working toward the common goal. Co-location helps the investigators find impactful, relevant research directions. Co-location also accelerates the translation of cutting-edge knowledge and advances into solutions for the public good for our global 21st-Century digital society.

After an opening overview of the Collaboratories for the Digital Future in the context of life science innovation, the symposium features two experts from research collaboratories at US San Diego – one expert on “Precision Genomics” and one on “Engineered Natural Intelligence.” The symposium also includes an expert from Osaka University, a strategic research partner in Japan.

Following the technical presentations, an expert panel will discuss the value that international acceleration programs can bring to Japanese life science startups that are aiming to access global markets. This session will highlight how the UC San Diego Institute for the Global Entrepreneur, located in Franklin Antonio Hall and tasked to accelerate the commercialization of research results generated on campus, can help prepare Japanese startups to break into the U.S. and other markets using its experiences and network of entrepreneurial professionals.

This is the first event that LINK-J and UC San Diego will host in the hybrid format, since the last in-person special symposium in January 2020 and several joint webinars in 2021.

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Date and Time

Fri, May 27, 9:30 - 12:15pm (JST) / Thu, May 26, 5:30-8:15pm (PDT)


- In-person:Nihonbashi Life Science HUB
- Virtual:Zoom Webinar

Register here!

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JST PDT Agenda
9:30-9:35am 5:30-5:35pm Opening Remarks - Aki Soyama, President & CEO, Director of LINK-J & Miwako Waga, Director of International Outreach, UC San Diego
9:35-9:50 5:35-5:50 Presentation - “Collaboratories for the Digital Future in Franklin Antonio Hall”
Albert P. Pisano, Dean, Jacobs School of Engineering, UC San Diego
9:50-10:20 5:50-6:20 Presentation - “Precision Genomics – Complex Structural Rearrangements in Cancer”
Vineet Bafna, Professor of Computer Science & Engineering, UC San Diego (Online)
10:20-10:40 6:20-6:40 Presentation - “A Collaborative Study on Tracking Cell Migration in Live Animals”
Hideo Matsuda, Professor of Bioinformatic Engineering, Osaka University (Online)
10:40-11:10 6:40-7:10 Presentation - "Engineered Natural Intelligence – Adaptive Neural Systems in Silicon"
Gert Cauwenberghs, Professor of Bioengineering, UC San Diego (Online)
11:15-12:00 7:15-8:00 Panel Discussion - International Cooperation in Startup Acceleration Programs
Dennis Abremski, Executive Director, Institute for the Global Entrepreneur, UC San Diego
Tomoyoshi Koyanagi, Professor, Faculty of Medicine, University of Tsukuba
Nobuhiko Hibara, Associate Professor, Waseda Business School
Miwako Waga, Director of International Outreach, UC San Diego
12:00 8:00 Closing Remarks - A. Soyama and M. Waga
12:00-12:15 - Mixer with the Symposium attendees (In-person only)


Albert P. Pisano(Dean, Jacobs School of Engineering, UC San Diego)
Vineet Bafna(Professor of Computer Science & Engineering, UC San Diego)
Hideo Matsuda(Professor of Bioinformatic Engineering, Osaka University)
Gert Cauwenberghs(Professor of Bioengineering, UC San Diego)
Dennis Abremski(Executive Director, Institute for the Global Entrepreneur, UC San Diego)
Tomoyoshi Koyanagi(Professor, Faculty of Medicine, University of Tsukuba)
Nobuhiko Hibara(Associate Professor, Waseda Business School)
Miwako Waga(Director of International Outreach, UC San Diego)
Akihiko Soyama(President & CEO, Director of LINK-J)

Participation fee



In-person: 150 people
*We reserve the right to change the event as a completely virtual format due to government requests or the status of the spread of COVID-19 infection. In such cases, please watch the webinar even if you have registered as an in-person attendee.

Virtual: 1000 people


Co-organizer:University of California San Diego