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1. Goal

Technology Roundtable Series aims (1) to highlight some of the many innovative cutting-edge research technologies with promising commercial potential from 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 AgBiotech companies. NU expects these networks fostered via the Roundtables will lead to future research collaborations and licensing opportunities between academia and industries, by which technology seeds could be further developed to commercialization.

2. Date and Time

Date: November 18, 2016 (Fri)

Time: 8:30 a.m. - 1:20 p.m. (Registration begins at 8:00 a.m.)

3. Venue

North Carolina Biotechnology Center

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

4. Keynote Speaker

Dr. Rick DeRose (Syngenta)

Dr. Alan Kriz (Bayer CropScience)

5. Agenda

8:00 AM

Registration, Breakfast, Networking

8:30 AM

Opening Remarks

Dr. Hideyo Kunieda

Trustee (Research, Student Support, and Admissions) Vice-President

Nagoya University

8:40 AM

Keynote Speech 1

Syngenta: A Culture of Collaboration and Partnership

Dr. Rick DeRose

Global Expert, Technology Acquisition, Syngenta

9:05 AM

Technology Presentation #1

Small molecules that change the number of stomata and plant growth

Dr. Naoyuki Uchida

Designated Associate Professor

Institute of Transformative Bio-Molecules Nagoya University

9:30 AM

Technology Presentation #2

Gene regulatory networks controlling root stem cell maintenance during development

Dr. Rosangela (Ross) Sozzani

Assistant professor

Department of Plant and Microbial Biology NC State University

9:55 AM

Intermission, Networking

10:25 AM

Keynote Speech 2

Open Innovation at Bayer

Dr. Alan Kriz

Strategic Alliance Manager, Bayer CropScience

10:50 AM

Technology Presentation #3

Tissue joining ability of Nicotiana overcomes the graft restriction and achieves grafts with a wide range of plants


Dr. Michitaka Notaguchi

Designated Assistant Professor Department of Biological Science Nagoya University

11:15 AM

Technology Presentation #4

How Plants Integrate Time and Temperature and the Effects of High Nighttime Temperature on Field-Grown Rice

Dr. Colleen Doherty

Assistant Professor

Department of Molecular and Structural Biochemistry NC State University

11:40 AM

Technology Presentation #5

Pure sucrose production from crops

Dr. Ryushiro Kasahara

JST PRESTO Scientist (Kasahara Sakigake Project)

Invited Lecturer Institute of Transformative Bio-Molecules

Nagoya University

12:05 PM

Closing Remarks

Dr. Rebecca Boston

William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor Assistant Director, NC Agricultual Research Service NC State University

12:15 PM

Lunch Networking

12:30 PM

Platinum Sponsor Presentation (10 min)

Insights on Using Metabolomics for Plant Molecular Phenotyping

Dr. Danny Alexander

Senior Study Director, Agriculture, Metabolon, Inc.

1:20 PM


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6. About Technology Roundtable Series

The NU Tech 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 2010 in cooperation with North Carolina State University (NCSU), whose main topic was focused on Plant/Agriculture technology; the second was on October 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 2012 in cooperation with NCSU, UNC-CH and WFIRM, focusing on Diagnostics and Molecular Therapeutics; and the 4th Roundtable was held on October 2013, focusing on Crop Science and Biotechnology in corporation with Duke University, NCSU and UNC-CH and brought 150 participants. Although 5th NU Tech Roundtable in March 2015 was cancelled due to inclement weather, 6th Roundtable focusing on Biomedical Engineering was concluded with great success in November 2015.

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 Life science companies, by showcasing cutting edge technologies from Nagoya University and local universities in North Carolina.

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