We are on the cusp of a biotechnology revolution, and no one wants to be left behind. Looking to copy the successes of Boston and the San Francisco Bay Area, cities across the globe are searching for the perfect ecosystem blueprint, one that sparks innovation. In all cases, the public and private sectors working together towards the same goal is key.
On the evening of November 5, Kanagawa Prefecture Governor Yuji Kuroiwa and GE Healthcare Life Sciences General Manager of Cell and Gene Therapy Strategy Dr. Philip Vanek will join us in a conversation about the necessary building blocks of successful innovation ecosystems.
Under the leadership of Governor Kuroiwa, Kanagawa Prefecture has launched several initiatives aimed at developing the Tonomachi area into an innovation hub that supports industrial development and healthy aging. From opening the Life Innovation Center in Kawasaki City to releasing the Healthcare New Frontier Policy package, Kanagawa is leading the way in developing a new model for sustainable innovation that impacts people’s lives.
Please join us at this exciting event to learn more about Kanagawa’s ongoing efforts to catalyze innovation and the role public–private partnership must play!
18:50 Remarks by invited guests
19:10 Fireside chat followed by Q&A
19:50 Light reception and networking
20:25 Event closing
About the Speakers:
Mr. Yuji Kuroiwa
Governor, Kanagawa Prefecture
Yuji Kuroiwa is leading efforts in Japan to address age-related challenges. He was first elected governor of Kanagawa Prefecture in 2011, then re-elected in 2015 for the second term, and in 2019 for the third term for another four years. Since 2013, he has been a member of the Japanese government’s Council of Healthcare Policy Advisors. Before that, he was a professor at the International University of Health and Welfare Graduate School in Tokyo from 2009 to 2011 where he taught healthcare journalism. From 1980 to 2009, Kuroiwa worked at Fuji Television Network, Inc., where he served as a news anchor for more than 20 years. During that time, he campaigned for emergency medical care and won awards for his television series on the subject. He graduated in politics from the School of Political Science and Economics at Waseda University in 1980.
Dr. Philip G. Vanek, PhD
General Manger, Cell and Gene Therapy Strategy, GE Healthcare Life Sciences
Prior to joining GE Healthcare Life Sciences Healthcare Life Sciences, Dr. Vanek was head of business development for cell therapy at Lonza’s Pharmaceutical division. Later, as their head of innovation, he helped drive new technology initiatives focused on cell, protein, and viral therapeutic manufacturing. His career has included a number of innovation, business, and market-development roles at Becton Dickinson, Invitrogen, and Life Technologies, as well as two biotechnology startups in the
Washington, DC, area. Dr. Vanek received his PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Georgetown University Medical Center and subsequently held an IRTA fellowship at the National Cancer Institute in the Laboratory of Molecular Oncology and the Hollings Cancer Center in Charleston, South Carolina.
John W. Carlson III, Chair
William Bishop, Yuko Kidoguchi, Takeo Morooka, Toshio Nagase, R. Byron Sigel, and Mika Shirai, Vice-Chairs
ACCJ Healthcare Committee
Mari Matthews, Chair
Yoshitaka Sugihara, Mark Davidson, Vice Chairs
ACCJ Government Relations Committee
Timothy Connor, Lori Hewlett, Robert Melson, Jr., Co-chairs
ACCJ Special Events Committee
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