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The NU Tech Roundtable 2024

Sustainable AgBioTech

Thursday, January 25th, 2024

8:30AM - 12:00PM EST

followed by Networking Luncheon


North Carolina Biotechnology Center, RTP, NC

15 T.W. Alexander Drive, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709

What's New

[Jan 5]    JST and JSPS joined as guest speakers.
[Jan 4]    Mr. Aribayashi from the Embassy of Japan delivers Opening Greetings.
[Jan 4]    BASF is now our sponsor of NU Tech Roundtable 2024.

[Dec 18] JST is our sponsor of NU Tech Roundtable 2024.

[Dec 18] Dr. Fox, Dean of the CALS, NC State delivers Closing Remarks.

[Nov 29] Registration site is open.

Complimentary Registration


Technology Roundtable Series aims (1) to highlight some of the many innovative cutting-edge research technologies with promising commercial potential from NU and participating universities, and (2) to strengthen ties and networks among university and industry researchers, startups, and business development professionals from major and local companies.


The NU Tech Technology Roundtable Series is a joint technology marketing effort by Nagoya University (NU) and its US technology transfer office, Technology Partnership of Nagoya University, Inc. (NU Tech), in cooperation with prestigious universities in RTP. The first Roundtable commenced in 2010. The Roundtable 2024 focuses on Sustainable AgBioTech.



Registration open


8:30 - 8:35  

Opening Remarks

Akihiro Sasoh, Vice President, Nagoya University

8:35 - 8:40 

Opening Greetings

Koji Aribayashi, Cheif of Science Section/Science Counselor, Embassy of Japan

8:40 - 9:10


Mark Brooks, FMC Ventures

9:10 - 9:35

Presentation (1)

Satoshi Okada, Nagoya University  

9:35 - 10:00

Presentation (2)

Anna Locke, USDA

10:00 - 10:05

Japan Science and Technology Agency

Opportunities for creating Japan-US research collaboration

10:05 - 10:30

Coffee Break

10:30 - 10:55

Presentation (3)

Yusuke Aihara, Nagoya University

10:55 - 11:20  

Presentation (4)

Joe Gage, NC State University

11:20 - 11:45  

Presentation (5)

Masaaki Terano, Nagoya University

11:45 - 11:50

Japan Society for the Promotion of Science

Overview of JSPS -Research Together: Japan and the U.S.-

11:50 - 12:00

Closing Remark

Garey Fox, Dean, College of Agriculture & Life Sciences, NC State University


12:00 -

Networking Luncheon     



Seeding Innovation – AgTech Venture Capital

Mr. Mark Brooks

Managing Director

FMC Ventures

FMC Corporation



The mechanism of heterosis in high-biomass sorghum and its application to breeding

Dr. Satoshi Okada

Assistant Professor

Bioscience and Biotechnology Center

Nagoya University, Japan

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Field- and AI-based approaches to improve soybean temperature stress tolerance

Dr. Anna Locke

Soybean & Nitrogen Fixation Research Unit 

Agricultural Research Service

US Department of Agriculture 

Raleigh, NC


Conferring drought tolerance on plants by isothiocyanate-based inhibitors on stomatal opening 

Dr. Yusuke Aihara

Designated Lecturer

Institute of Transformative Bio-Molecule

Nagoya University, Japan


Interactions and natural variation driving gene expression patterns

Dr. Joe Gage

Assistant Professor

Laboratory of Crop Science

Department of Crop and Soil Sciences

NC State University


Industry-academia collaboration activities in food and agriculture

Dr. Masaaki Terano

Designated Professor, General Creative Manager, Manager

Promotion Office for Open Innovation

Institute of Innovation for Future Society

Nagoya University, Japan

Executive Officer

Tokai Innovation Institute Inc., Japan

Complimentary Registration



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