2015 Symposium

5th Annual Japan - U.S. Innovation Awards Symposium

Friday, July 10, 2015

We would like to thank all of our participants and guests for attending July 10th’s Japan-US Innovation Awards Symposium at Stanford University‘s Arrillaga Alumni Center!

(Left) Jun Yamada, Consulate General of Japan SF. (Center) Kurt Kelty, Director, Battery Technology, Tesla Motors and Shinichi Ito, Manager, Business Promotion Office, Panasonic Energy Corporation of North America. (Right) Hanns Anders, Investment Manager, iRobot Ventures


(Left) Hitoshi Tanaka, Founder & CEO, JIN Co., LTD. (Center) Pablo Quintanilla, Head of Asia-Pacific Public Policy, Government Affairs, Salesforce. (Right) Keita Mori, Co-Founder & CEO, SanBio.

(Center) Allen Miner, Founder & Chairman, SunBridge Corporation and Eileen Tanaka, COO & Acting Executive Director, Japan Society of Northern California

More photos available here!


1:35 pm  Welcoming Remarks

Jun Yamada, Consul-General of Japan in San Francisco

1:40 pm  Keynote Dialog: What the Tesla/Panasonic “Gigafactory” Means for Silicon Valley

(Left) Kurt Kelty, Director, Battery Technology, Tesla Motors. (Center) Shinichi Ito, Manager, Business Promotion Office, Panasonic Energy Corporation of North America. (Right) Richard Dasher, Director, Stanford University US-Asia Technology Management Center.


2:30 pm  Salesforce Emerging Leader Awards & Panel Discussion

Moderator: Allen Miner, Founder & Chairman, SunBridge Corporation

3:45 pm  Prior Emerging Leader Award Winner Report

Keita Mori,Co-CEO & Founder, SanBio

Moderator: Hiroshi Menjo, Managing Partner, Hack Ventures


4:15 pm  Innovation Showcase Recognition & Panel Discussion

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Cloudian, Inc.
Michael Tso, CEO & Co-Founder
Breakthrough cloud storage solutions offer unmatched scalability,
high reliability and low cost
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PI R&D Co., Ltd.
Yasuo Kikuchi, President
Proprietary material offers dramatic performance advantages;
application include cell phones, solar panels and electric vehicles.
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Quantum Biosystems 
Toshihiko Honkura, Founder & CEO
Disruptive DNA sequencing technology facilitates personalized medicine
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SleepWell Co. Ltd.

Masaki Yoshida, Representative Director
Revolutionizes sleep measurement studies

Satoshi Sugie, Founder & CEO
Space age design wheelchair greatly expands personal mobility
Moderator: Ken Yasunaga, Managing Director, Innovation Network Company of Japan 

5:15 pm  Wrap Up Dr. Robert Eberhart, Assistant Professor of Management,
Santa Clara University & Director, STVP Fellow, Stanford University

5:25 pm  Closing Remarks David Makman, Board Chairman, Japan Society of Northern California

5:30 pm  Networking Reception Light snacks and non-alcoholic beverages


Web Articles(日本語):


7/22/2015 著:本橋信也, Biz/Zine


7/28/2015 著:兼松雄一郎, 日本経済新聞, The Nikkei

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