/Collaborative Innovation for the Future of Health

Collaborative Innovation for the Future of Health

April 26, 2022 | Imec, Kapeldreef 75, Leuven / digital

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The Belgium-Japan Association & Chamber of Commerce is proud to invite you to the inaugural event of the new BJA Innovation, Partnerships and Trade (IPT) Committee.

Prosperity in our societies and having better lives for everyone is one of the fundamental challenges for authorities, companies and essentially billions of people across the globe. Our communities become more ‘smart’, and increasingly determined by new technologies and their availability to the people. Therefore, the BJA IPT Committee has set the focus on a set of seminars on drivers for collaborative innovation between Japanese and Belgian teams.

As health is within this scope one of the biggest drivers, even more prominently so after 2 years of pandemic, Collaborative innovation for Health as the theme for the first inaugural event was chosen.

Four distinguished speakers will shed a light on the obstacles and opportunities to drive towards breakthrough technology innovation benefiting future health challenges. The purpose is to be a catalyst for further initiatives for Belgian-Japanese collaborations in this domain, as well supporting the framework of the upcoming Princely Mission to Japan at the end of this year.

We invite you to participate and share your views.


09:30    Registration participants

10:00    Welcome words by Prof Gilbert Declerck, Member of the Board of imec International, BJA President

10:05    Opening statement by Mr Koh Ichi Masaki, European Representative JMA & BJA IPT Committee Co-Chair

10:15    Introductory statement by Dr Pierre Meulien, Executive Director, Innovative Health Initiative

10:30    Speakers’ Presentations with Master of Ceremony, Dr Lode Lauwers, Senior Vice President Business Development and Strategy, imec

Dr Peter Peumans, CTO health, imec, on “Next-generation approaches to healthcare based on deeptech”

Dr Sofie Pattijn, CTO & Founder, ImmuXperts, on “Accelerating drug and vaccine development across the globe”

Mr Geoffrey Pot, Vice President and Site Head of Takeda’s Global Manufacturing Site in Lessines, Belgium, on “Unleashing the power of the Belgian Health ecosystem, in fostering sustainable healthcare innovation”

Dr Hitoshi Kuboniwa, Chairman Steering Committee, Japan Bioindustry Association, on "Japan's Bioeconomy Strategy and Collaborative Innovation for the Health" Followed by an interactive Q&A

11:50    Closing statement by Dr Fabrice Stassin, Director Umicore & BJA IPT Committee Co-Chair

12:00    Networking cocktail and light lunch, kindly offered by imec

13:30    Event adjourns

To view the Speakers' CVs, kindly click here.

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