Congratulations to all of the awardees and showcase companies honored at the seventh annual Japan-US Innovation Awards Symposium on July 28, 2017 at Stanford University. Nearly 300 participants enjoyed an exciting day of learning and networking in this program hosted by the Japan Society of Northern California in cooperation with the US-Asia Technology Management Center. We would like to give a special thanks to our sponsors for their invaluable support.

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Friday, July 28, 2017
1:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Arillaga Alumni Center, Stanford University

1:30 pm  Opening Remarks Richard B. Dasher, PhD, Director, Stanford University US-Asia Technology Management Center

1:35 pm  Welcome Remarks –
Ranjana Clark, Head, Transaction Banking & Bay Area President, MUFG Union Bank, N.A., Executive Officer, The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd.

1:40 pm  Keynote Dialogue
 – “Silicon Valley Goes Global: Investors Facilitating Cross-Border Success” –
Moderator, Jon Metzler, Chairman of the Board, Japan Society of Northern California 

Ashvin Bachireddy
Partner & Co-Founder, Geodesic Capital

David Chao
Co-Founder & General Partner,
DCM Ventures

Ann Miura-Ko

2:30 pm  Emerging Leader Awards – Presented by Richard B. Dasher, PhD, Director, Stanford University US-Asia Technology Management Center

Preferred Networks, Inc.
Hiroshi Maruyama, Chief Strategy Officer
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Cylance Inc.
Stuart MacClure, Co-Founder,Chairman & CEO

Panel moderated by Michi Kaifu, CEO, Enotech Consulting

3:15 pm  Networking Break

3:35 pm  Outstanding Accomplishment in Japan – U.S. Collaboration in Innovation Award –
Richard B. Dasher, PhD, Director, Stanford University US-Asia Technology Management Center

The Pokemon Company
Takato Utsunomiya, COO

Niantic, Inc.

Masashi Kawashima, Director, Asia Pacific Operations

4:15 pm  Innovation Showcase Recognition & Panel Discussion Moderator, Ken Yasunaga, Managing Director, Value Creation Investment Group, Innovation Network Corporation of Japan

Fracta, Inc.
Takashi Kato, Co-Founder & CEO

Megakaryon Corporation
Genjiro Miwa, Co-Founder, President & CEO

Seven Dreamers Laboratories, Inc.
Shin Sakane, President & CEO

TBM Co., Ltd.
Nobuyoshi Yamasaki, CEO

Treasure Data

Kiyoto Tamura, Vice President, Marketing

5:15 pm  Wrap Up – John R. Thomas, CFA, Martingale Asset Management

5:25 pm  Closing Remarks –
C. Lawrence Greenwood, President, Japan Society of Northern California

5:30 pm – 6:30 pm  Networking Reception


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Innovation Awards 2017 Recap

Missed the Innovation Awards? Catch up on this year’s highlights by clicking on the link below!

JSNC President’s Blog






2017 Updates

Read up on this year’s Innovation in these articles!

Business Insider Japan

Cylance, Inc.

Fracta, Inc.

Megakaryon Corporation




Hear about exciting Innovation Showcase company Seven Dreamers Laboratories, Inc., in this interesting podcast with Tim Romero of “Disrupting Japan”.



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