LINK-J Networking Reception with National Institutes of Natural Sciences × Princeton University, by LINK-J, Corporate Engagement Life Sciences Lead (to connect basic research and life science innovation) was held in conference room 1004 in the Nihonbashi Life Science Building on Wednesday, April 3 (hosted by LINK-J, supported by Inter-University Research Institute Corporation National Institutes of Natural Sciences).
The event was held while Dr. Dean Edelman of the Princeton University Corporate Engagement Team was visiting Japan. With Dr. Amane Koizumi, specially appointed professor of the National Institutes of Natural Sciences, a lecture was given and networking was conducted under the topic of each organization's efforts on the academic-industrial alliance.
Moderator: Dr. Amane Koizumi (National Institutes of Natural Sciences specially appointed professor)
Speaker: Dr. Dean Edelman (Princeton University, Corporate Engagement Team)
At the outset, Dr. Koizumi provided an explanation on National Institutes of Natural Sciences (NINS). NINS is the headquarters of an institute consisting of five research laboratories including the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan, the National Institute for Fusion Science, the National Institute for Basic Biology, and the National Institute for Physiological Sciences, Institute for Molecular Science, and the establishment of the International Research Collaboration Center (IRCC) as a new hub for international collaboration and the promotion of cooperation with Princeton University, introducing a case of innovative applications. He said that NINS will move ahead aggressively with academic-industrial alliances.
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Dr. Dean of Princeton University provided an explanation on the background of Princeton University's basic research resulting in its having produced a large number of Nobel laureates, and the reputation that although it has placed priority on undergraduate education through 270 years of its history, the university is not very enthusiastic regarding academic-industrial alliances (corporate engagement) and is conservative. Since the decision by the management of the university on the proactive promotion of academic-industrial alliances in 2015, this situation has been changing rapidly, and he spoke about the new efforts that commenced in 2015, including the creation of a database of the results of research, support for fostering ventures, and collaboration with NINS in order to promote the industrialization of research outcomes. He said that he hopes that pharmaceutical companies and biotechnology companies that are interested in Princeton University will contact it.
In the Q&A session held during the latter half of the seminar, in response to the question submitted in advance about the current status of development at the National Institutes of Natural Sciences National Institute for Fusion Science, Akio Komori President, National Institutes of Natural Sciences spoke about the current status of nuclear fusion research and the future outlook.
After the seminar, a networking reception was held in the 10th floor lounge. Around 40 people from a broad range of fields attended the seminar, including those from academia and the research and development divisions of private companies.
We received feedback such as "This was a good opportunity to thoroughly understand the specific initiatives that NINS and Princeton University are currently taking" and "The topic was excellent and interesting," ending the seminar on a high note.
LINK-J plans to hold a variety of events in cooperation with academia in the future. We would appreciate your attendance.