The event was held on the 15th of Oct. 2018. Check the Report for a summary, photos and videos!

EURAXESS Japan and the EU-Japan Technology Transfer Helpdesk present:

European Innovation


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.

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.



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.


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.



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

09:30 — Welcome remarks

– Francesco Fini – Minister, Deputy Head of the Delegation
– 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

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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 — Research to Market 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)

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14:30 — Research to Market Session 3 #Biotech #CellScience #Proteins

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

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15:30 — Coffee break

16:00 — Research to Market 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)

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17:00 — Research to Market Session 5 #AI #AutomatedVehicles #Aeronautics

17:00: Prof. Helmut Prendinger, Digital Content and Media Sciences Research Division, National Institute of Informatics (NII)
17:30: Company speaker TBA

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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.


19:00 — Wrap-up and Networking reception

15 October 2018, 9:30 – 18:30

Delegation of the EU to Japan,
Europa House 4-6-28 Minami-Azabu, Minato-ku


Language: English

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Host and Support

Delegation of the EU to Japan

EU-Japan Centre
European CommissionMeti