2016 Symposium



Many thanks to all of the participants and guests who attended our July 22nd Japan-US Innovation Awards Symposium at Stanford University’s Arrillaga Alumni Center!

To view photos from the event, please click here.


Friday, July 22, 2016
1:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Arillaga Alumni Center, Stanford University

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

1:35 pm  Welcoming Remarks
John V. Roos, Founder and General Partner, Geodesic Capital & former U.S. Ambassador to Japan

John V. Roos (website)

1:40 pm  Keynote Remarks
Ari Horie, Founder & CEO, Women’s Startup Lab, “Breathing New Life into Innovation.”
Read Forbes Japan article on Ari Horie here (Japanese).

Arie - crop (website)

2:25 pm  Emerging Leader Awards Presentation & Panel

Thomas Hansen, Global Vice President
Simplifies the way millions of people work together by enabling secure sharing and collaboration anytime and from anywhere.

Ryo Ishizuka, US CEO
Japan’s largest C2C marketplace app to buy and sell anything, from anywhere, in seconds from your phone.
Read about Mercari & Ryo Ishizuka’s entry into Silicon Valley here.

Presented by Allen Miner, Founder and Chairman, SunBridge Corporation
Panel moderated by Robert Eberhart, PhD, Assistant Professor, Management, Santa Clara University

3:10 pm  Networking Break

3:35 pm  Prior Emerging Leader Award Winner Report: “A New Model For Japan – U.S. Innovation Collaboration”
Moderator, Hiroshi Menjo, Net Service Ventures Group

Cellular Dynamics International
Chris Parker, Executive Vice President & Chief Business Officer

4:10 pm  Innovation Showcase Recognition & Panel Discussion
Moderator, Ken Yasunaga, Managing Director, INCJ

Axelspace Corporation
Yuya Nakamura, Ph.D., President & CEO
Low cost, micro-satellites for private sector satellite imaging and data service markets.
Floadia Corporation
Kosuke Okuyama, President & CEO
Embedded nonvolatile memory (eNVM) chip technology with potentially disruptive low manufacturing cost and low-power-consumption.
Preferred Networks, Inc
Toru Nishikawa, Founder
Deep learning (artificial intelligence) technology for industrial IoT applications such as manufacturing, automotive & healthcare.
Read a WSJ article about Preferred Networks, Inc here.

Spiber, Inc.
Kazuhide Sekiyama, CEO
Mass-production of spider silk using genetic engineering technology.
Read more about Spiber & Kazuhide Sekiyama here.
Xenoma Inc

Ichiro Amimori, Co-Founder & CEO
“E-skin,” a platform-based solution for fully customized wearable electronic apparel.

5:10 pm  Wrap Up – John Thomas, Vice Chair, Martingale Asset Management

5:15 pm  Closing Remarks –
Larry Greenwood, President, Japan Society of Northern California

5:20 pm – 6:30 pm  Networking Reception –
Light snacks and beverages