European Innovation Day 2018

15 October 9:30 -18:30
Delegation of the EU to Japan  Access

Presentations now available!

1-_eu-jp_tech_transfer_helpdesk_and_euraxess_japan.zip (15.27 MB)

2-_rtom_session_1_-_genomics_rna_dna.zip (14.38 MB)

3-_european_innovation_landscapes_session.zip (10.57 MB)

4-_rtom_session_2_-_mems_nems_nanotech.zip (49.12 MB)

5-_rtom_session_3_-_biotech_cell_science_proteins.zip (7.53 MB)

6-_rtom_session_4_-_energy_fuel_cells_hydrogen.zip (8.38 MB)

7-_rtom_session_5_-_ai_automated_vehicles_aeronautics.zip (6.61 MB)

8-_european_success_stories_session.zip (45.45 MB)


What is this event?

This event is jointly organised by EURAXESS Japan and the EU-Japan Technology Transfer Helpdesk (run by the the EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation), with support from the Delegation of the EU to Japan and Enterprise Europe Network.

It aims to bring together the Japan-based community of innovators, individuals as well as institutions, to help them discover opportunities in and cooperation with Europe.


Event features

It will feature informative sessions on useful services for innovators interested in Europe; case study sessions with European researchers and companies (‘Research to Market’ sessions); and presentations of various European countries innovation landscapes and success stories.




Host and Support




These sessions will underline the excellence of Europe for research and innovation, and for entry into market, by matching the expertise of high profile European researchers based in Japan with that of a European company active in the same domain.


Research to Market session 1: #Genomics #RNA #DNA

Prof. Piero Carninci, RIKEN


Born and educated in Italy, he obtained his doctoral degree at the University of Trieste in 1989. From 1990 to 1995 he developed technologies for DNA extraction and DNA sequencing at Talent, a spin-off biotech.

He moved to Japan in 1995 at RIKEN, Tsukuba Life Science center and became tenure researcher in 1997. He has been developing technologies to capture full length cDNAs, which were used for the construction of the FANTOM projects.

Between 2008 and 2013, he was a Team and Unit Leader and a Deputy Project Director at the RIKEN Omics Science Center in Yokohama. He has developed technologies to analyze the transcribed part of the genome (transcriptome), such as the cap-trapper and the CAGE. These technologies have been broadly used in the RIKEN FANTOM projects and allowed identifying non-coding RNAs as are the major output of the mammalian genome and providing comprehensive maps of the mammalian promoters. Additionally he developed a miniaturization of CAGE, in order to approach biological problems that for which there is limited amount of starting material.

From April 2013 to March 2018, he was Director of the Division of Genomics Technologies and Deputy Director of the RIKEN Center for Life Science Technologies. Subsequently, he became Deputy Director of the RIKEN Center for Integrative Medical Sciences in April 2018. He is currently focusing on broad profiling of lncRNA functions in the FANTOM6 and expression of RNAs in the Human Cell Atlas projects.

He has published more than 320 papers and book chapters, edited books and is a member of editorial boards of various scientific journals.





IGENOMIX is a Spanish company that provides advanced services in reproductive genetics. Our broad experience and qualifications make us one of the global leaders in this field.

Our constant efforts in R&D, led by Prof. Dr. Carlos Simón (2011 Jaime I award-winner for Clinical Research), enable us to create and develop specific tools to support professionals in the reproductive medicine field.

We offer services such as:
- NACE (Non-invasive Prenatal Test)
- CGT (Carrier Genetic Test)
- PGD (Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis)
- ERA (Endometrial Receptivity Array)

Speaker: Dr. Andy Chang, Country Manager Japan & Business Development Director, Asia Pacific Region





Research to Market session 2: #MEMS #NEMS #Nanotech

Prof. Eric Leclerc, CNRS - University of Tokyo


2016-Present LIMMS French co-director

2015-Present CNRS senior researcher (Directeur de Recherche) in LIMMS

2013-2015 CNRS senior researcher (Directeur de Recherche) in BMBI (UMR 7338, UTC Compiegne)

2003-2013 CNRS junior researcher (Chargé de Recherche) in BMBI (UMR 7338, UTC Compiegne)





Soitec plays a key role in the microelectronics industry. It designs and manufactures innovative semiconductor materials.

Helping to speed up the mobile and digital revolutions. Its products are used to manufacture chips that go into smart phones, tablets, computers, IT servers and data centers as well as electronic components in cars, connected devices, and industrial and medical equipment.

Session contents: General Soitec introduction & success in Japanese industry, Success & Growth in MEMS Industry

Speaker: Dr. Carlos Mazure, Chairman & Executive Director, SOI Industry Consortium






Research to Market session 3: #Biotech #CellScience #Proteins

Dr. Cedric Rentier, (formerly)Tokyo University of Pharmacy and Life Sciences


Dr. Cédric Rentier received his double Ph.D. (Peptide Chemistry & Chemical Biology) in July 2015 from University of Cergy-Pontoise (France) and University of Florence (Italy) under the supervision of Prof. Anna Maria Papini and Prof. Paolo Rovero, working on the synthesis of post-translationally modified peptides for autoimmune diseases diagnostics.

In October 2015, he started working on myostatin inhibitory peptides in the laboratory of Prof. Yoshio Hayashi at the Tokyo University of Pharmacy and Life Sciences as a post-doctoral fellow. He later obtained in October 2016 an Overseas Researcher fellowship from the Japanese Society for Promotion of Sciences, expanding his interests in molecular biology and peptide-protein interactions.

In December 2016, he was awarded the Formal Chancellerie Prize “Louis Forest” from Paris Universities Chancellery for his doctoral work.

Since December 2017 he is employed by Biotage Japan Ltd. as a Peptide Application Chemist, in charge of technical & scientific support of peptide-related products for the Asia Pacific region.






IBA is a German biopharma company developing & selling technologies and tools for innovative cell isolation techniques (Fab-TACS), Strep-tag/StrepTacin based purification and handling of recombinant proteins and a very versatile oligo synthesis department.

In this session, they will discuss innovative techniques and tools form cells to recombinant proteins and nucleic acids

Speaker: Dr. Joachim Bertram, Managing Director, CSO













Research to Market session 4: #Energy #FuelCells #Hydrogen

Prof. Stephen Lyth, Kyushu University


Dr Stephen Lyth studied Physics at Durham University in the UK,and earned a PhD in Electronic Engineering from the University of Surrey. In 2008, Dr Lyth travelled to Japan,as a postdoc at Tokyo Institute of Technology. In 2011, he moved south to Kyushu University as a WPI Assistant Professor at the International Institute for Carbon-Neutral Energy Research (I2CNER), where he was promoted to WPI Associate Professor in 2015. In 2017 Dr Lyth became Associate Professor at the newly-formed Kyushu University Platform for Carbon-Neutral Energy Research (Q-PIT). He is also Visiting Professor at the University of Sheffield in the UK.

Dr Lyth’s interests are in lowering the cost of energy-related green technologies in order to make them available to everybody. In particular, he is interested in synthesizing platinum-free carbon based electrocatalysts,and nanocellulose ionomer membranes, to drastically reduce the price of hydrogen fuel cell systems. He has written over 60 papers on carbon materials, edited a book on Hydrogen Energy Engineering, and given talks at over 70 international conferences.





Fraunhofer is Europe’s largest application-oriented research organization. Our research efforts are geared entirely to people’s needs: health, security, communication, energy and the environment. As a result, the work undertaken by our researchers and developers has a significant impact on people’s lives. We are creative. We shape technology. We design products. We improve methods and techniques. We open up new vistas. In short, we forge the future.

Fraunhofer has several centres for fuel cell and hydrogen technology research: https://www.ise.fraunhofer.de/en/business-areas/hydrogen-technologies.htmlhttps://www.ise.fraunhofer.de/en/rd-infrastructure/center/center-for-fuel-cells-electrolysis-and-synthetic-fuel.html

The presentation will give a short overview about Fraunhofer worldwide and the cooperation of Fraunhofer ENAS with Japanese institutions and companies in different fields of research and development. As one example the technology for miniaturized energy storage devices will be shown.




Speaker: Dr. Mario Baum, Fraunhofer Institute for Electronic Nano Systems ENAS





Research to Market session 5: #AI #AutomatedVehicles #Aeronautics

Prof. Helmut Prendinger, National Institute of Informatics


Helmut Prendinger is a professor at the National Institute of Informatics, where he works in the Digital Content and Media Sciences Research Division. He carries out research in the areas of Artificial Intelligence, Cyber-Physical Systems, and Deep Learning.

The primary focus of his work relates to the NEDO UTM government project, where he and his team develop Conflict Detection and Resolution (CDR) algorithms for UTM (Unmanned Aircraft System Traffic Management) and also design and implement the entire UTM System. The secondary focus is Deep Learning methods for increasing the usefulness of UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles).

Helmut Prendinger has published extensively, more than 230 refereed papers in international journals and conferences, and book chapters, in the fields of Artificial Intelligence, massively multi-user 3D networked virtual environments, multi-modal content creation tools, and affective human-computer interaction. His h-index is 37. He co-edited (with Mitsuru Ishizuka from the University of Tokyo) a book on Life-Like Characters (tools, affective functions, applications), which was published in the prestigious Springer Cognitive Technologies series in 2004.

In 2008, he organized (with James Lester and Mitsuru Ishizuka) the 8th International Conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents (IVA'08) in Tokyo.

He won the Best Paper Award at the Pacific-Rim International Conference on Artificial Intelligence in 2000, and  in 2004, he received the Future Program Special Contributor Award for his research in the Multi-modal Anthropomorphic Interface project of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science. His work on visual attentive presentation agents was awarded the best application of lifelike agents in the GALA competition held at the International Conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents in 2006. He was also a Finalist for the COLING 2010 Best Paper Award. In 2015, his work on Cyber-Physical System simulation received the Hojjat Adeli Award for Innovation in Computing for the Most Innovative Paper Published in 2014, in high impact Computer-Aided Civil and Infrastructure Engineering journal (2015 IF=4.925).


Please check the website of his UTM project, which describes drone related technologies and field experiments in Okutama town, in the western part of Tokyo Metropolis. (The website is available in English and Japanese.)
Videos from the UTM project page can also be found on a  YouTube channel.


Delegation of the EU to Japan (about Horizon 2020 projects in AI and Automated Vehicles)



Speaker: Dr. Lee Woolgar, Senior ICT Policy Officer, Delegation of the European Union to Japan








These sessions will provide an overview of the different innovation landscapes from various European countries, and will also give highlight to some success stories or case studies of European startups, companies of initiatives active in Japan or looking to be.


European Countries Innovation Landscapes Session: participants

  • Austria: Advantage Austria || link

  • Embassy of France || link

  • Germany: DAAD || link

  • Embassy of Israel || link

  • Embassy of Italy || link

  • Embasssy of Latvia || link

  • Embassy of the Netherlands || link

  • Embassy of Sweden || link

  • Embassy of Switzerland || link


European Countries Success Stories & Highlights session: participants

  • Austria: AVL Japan || link

  • Belgium: Materialise || link

  • France: Devialet || link

  • France: Secure-IC || link

  • France: Hello Tomorrow || link

  • Germany: DIHKJ || link

  • Israel: Embassy

  • Italy: Enerbrain || link

  • Poland: COMARCH SA || link

  • Sweden: Biotage Japan Ltd. || link






Doors open at 09:00. Come early for good seats!

09:30 -- Welcome remarks

 - Mr. Francesco Fini, Deputy Head of Delegation, Delegation of the European Union to Japan
- Dr. Philippe de Taxis du Poët, EU-side General Manager, EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation, and Minister Counsellor, Delegation of the European Union to Japan
 - Dr. Gediminas Ramanauskas, Counsellor and Head of the S&T Section, Delegation of the European Union to Japan

09:45 -- EURAXESS and EU-Japan Technology Transfer Helpdesk services for innovators

- Mr. Luca Escoffier, EU-Japan Technology Transfer Helpdesk
- Dr. Matthieu Py, EURAXESS Japan

10:15 -- Research to Market Session 1 #Genomics #RNA #DNA

10:15: Prof. Piero Carninci, Deputy Director of the Center for Integrative Medical Sciences, RIKEN
10:45: Dr. Andy Chang, IGENOMIX Country Manager Japan & Business Development Director, Asia Pacific Region

[check RtoM sessions tab for details]

11:15 -- European Countries Innovation Landscapes (rapid fire session)

- Austria: Mr. Marcel Rasinger, Head of Technology Affairs, Advantage Austria Tokyo Austrian Embassy, Commercial Section
- France: Mr Jean-Christophe Auffray, S&T Counsellor, Embassy of France
- Germany: Dr. Saiki Hase, Deputy Director, Tokyo Office, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)
- Israel: Ms. Noa Asher, Economic Minister and Head of Economic and Trade Mission, Embassy of Israel
- Italy: Prof. Enrico Traversa, Science and Technology Counsellor, Embassy of Italy
- Latvia: Ms. Alīna Aščepkova, Head of the Representative Office in Japan, Investment and Development Agency of Latvia, Embassy of the Republic of Latvia in Japan
- Netherlands: Mr. Jan-Hein Christoffels, Counsellor for Science, Technology and Innovation, Embassy of the Netherlands
- Sweden: Dr. Michael Jacob, Science and Innovation Councellor, Embassy of Sweden
- Switzerland: Dr. Thomas Meyer, Head of Science & Technology Office, Embassy of Switzerland

12:10 --   Lunch Networking

13:30 -- RtoM Session 2 #MEMS #NEMS #Nanotech

13:30: Prof. Eric Leclerc, CNRS - University of Tokyo, LIMMS laboratory co-director
14:00: Dr. Carlos Mazure, Chairman & Executive Director, SOI Industry Consortium (SOITEC)

[check RtoM sessions tab for details]

14:30 -- RtoM Session 3 #Biotech #CellScience #Proteins

14:30: Dr. Cedric Rentier, (formerly) Tokyo University of Pharmacy and Life Sciences [video]
15:00: Dr. Joachim Bertram, Managing Director, CSO, IBA-Lifescience

[check RtoM sessions tab for details]

15:30 --   Coffee break

16:00 -- RtoM Session 4 #Energy #FuelCells #Hydrogen

16:00: Prof. Stephen Lyth, Kyushu University Platform for Carbon-Neutral Energy Research (Q-PIT)
16:30: Dr. Mario Baum, Fraunhofer Institute for Electronic Nano Systems (ENAS)

[check RtoM sessions tab for details]

17:00 -- RtoM Session 5 #AI #AutomatedVehicles #Aeronautics

17:00: Prof. Helmut Prendinger, Digital Content and Media Sciences Research Division, National Institute of Informatics (NII)
17:30: Dr. Lee Woolgar, Senior ICT Policy Officer, Delegation of the European Union to Japan

[check RtoM sessions tab for details]

18:00 -- European Countries: success stories & companies (rapid fire session)

- Austria: Mr. Harald Alge, General Manager & Board member, AVL Japan
- Belgium: Mr. Jo Anseeuw, Managing Director, Materialise Japan K.K.
- France: Mr. Yan-Taro Clochard, Director for Secure-IC Japan and Head of Sales North Asia
- France: Mr. Lucas Fenech, Devialet
- France: Mr. Jean-Dominique Francois, Hello Tomorrow Japan Ambassador
- Germany: Dr. Christian Heideck, Team Leader Industry-Academia Cooperation & Head of the German Innovation Award Secretariat, German Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Japan
- Israel: Mr. YAIR BAUER, Japan & Korea Country Manager, InSightec Japan
- Italy: Dr. Matteo Belfiore, Enerbrain
- Poland: Mr. Paweł Kleczek, Managing Director, COMARCH
- Sweden: Dr. Cedric Rentier, Technical and Scientific Support, Biotage Japan Ltd. [video]

19:00 --   Wrap-up and Networking reception