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2015 AgBiotech Roundtable

March 6, 2015 (Fri)

This Roundtable was cancelled due to inclement weather.

Our 5th annual Technology Roundtable conference featuring innovative cutting edge discoveries and research in agricultural biotechnology from four universities: Nagoya University, North Carolina State University, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, and Duke University.

1. Goal

The goals of the Technology Roundtable Series are (1) to highlight some of the main innovative cutting- edge research technologies with promising commercial potential from Nagoya University (NU) and participating local universities, and (2) to strengthen ties and networks among university and industry researchers, startups in RTP, and business development professionals from major and local biotech and plant/agriculture companies working in the research fields. NU expects these networks fostered via its Roundtables will lead to future research collaborations and licensing opportunities between academia and industry by which the technology seeds can be further developed to commercialization by both parties.

2. Date and Time

Date: March 6, 2015 (Fri)

Time: 8:20 am -1:30 pm (Registration begins: 8:00 am)

3. Venue

North Carolina Biotechnology Center

15 T. W. Alexander Drive, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709 (Get directions on Google Map)

4. Keynote Speaker

Eric Ward, Ph. D.


AgBiome Inc.

5. Agenda


8:00am 8:20am

Registration, Breakfast, Networking and Poster Presentations

8:20 am - 1:30 pm

Opening Remark:

Shigeaki Zaima, Ph.D.

Presidential Advisor Professor, Doctor of Engineering

Ecotopia Science Institute/School of Engineering Nagoya University


Keynote Speech:

Eric Ward, Ph. D.


AgBiome Inc.


Technology Presentation # 1:

  " Nitric oxide functions in plant defense responses "

Kazuhito Kawakita, Ph. D.


Plant Pathology Laboratory, Graduate School of Bioagricultural Sciences Nagoya University



Technology Presentation # 2:

" Redesigning carbon assimilation and allocation pathways in crops."

 Heike-Winter Sederoff, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Department of Plant and Microbial Biology North Carolina State University

9:50am Technology Presentaion # 3:

" Novel Genetic Resource for Native Traits in Maize Improvement"

Mary W. Eubanks, Ph.D.

Adjunct Professor, Biology, Duke University


Sun Dance Genetics, LLC.


10:15am Intermission, Networking and Poster Presentations


10:50am Technology Presentation # 4:

"Diversifying Timber Crops with Gourmet Truffles" Omoanghe S. Isikhuemhen, B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D/C.Sc.


School of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences North Carolina A&T State University

Nancy Rosborough, PMP

Founder and CEO

Mycorrhiza Biotech, LLC


11:25am Technology Presentation # 5:

" Genetic and physiological analyses of the traits involved in flooding tolerance using maize and teosinte 'Zea nicaraguensis' "

Mikio Nakazono, Ph.D.

Professor, Plant Molecular Genetics Graduate School of Bioagricultural Sciences Nagoya University


11:50am Technology Presentation # 6: "CRISPR technologies for microbial communities"

Chase Beisel, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering North Carolina State University


Closing Remark:

Mr. Wayne Szafranski

Assistant Vice Chancellor for Outreach and Economic Development North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University


Lunch and Networking




6. Registration

Registration is already closed.

7. About Technology Roundtable Series

The Technology Roundtable Series is one of the technology marketing efforts by Nagoya University (NU) and Technology Partnership of Nagoya University, Inc. (NU Tech), NU’s technology transfer office in the U.S., in cooperation with local universities in RTP. The first Roundtable was held on October 22, 2010 in cooperation with North Carolina State University (NCSU), whose main topic was focused on Plant/Agriculture technology; the second was on October 6, 2011 with University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH) and Wake Forest University Institute of Regenerative Medicine (WFIRM), focusing on Regenerative Medicine; the 3rd Roundtable was on October 4, 2012 in cooperation with NCSU, UNC-CH and WFIRM, focusing on Diagnostics and Molecular Therapeutics; and the 4th Roundtable was held on October 25th, 2013, focusing on Crop Science and Biotechnology in corporation with Duke University, NCSU and UNC-CH and brought 150 participants.

NU Tech’s Roundtable aims to bridge the gap and strengthen networks and relations among university researchers, entrepreneurs and startups in RTP, and business representatives from major and local healthcare and Lifescience companies, by showcasing cutting edge technologies from Nagoya University and local universities in North Carolina.

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