7 Oct 2011

OIST Prominent at BioJapan 2011

OIST was at the forefront at BioJapan 2011 held October 5-7 in Yokohama, the largest meeting of biotechnology industry in Japan. OIST had a very popular booth in the exhibition hall and on the first day of the meeting, OIST President-elect Dr. Jonathan Dorfan gave a sponsored seminar “Promoting Technology and Innovation on Okinawa” to a packed conference room.  Mr. Yoshio Okada from the Okinawa Industry Promotion Public Corporation also gave a talk entitled “The Condition of the Bio Cluster in Okinawa.”  Together, they explained how a combination of highly imaginative academic minds and sophisticated research infrastructure at the new university can generate scientific breakthroughs in diverse areas, a driving force for innovation and technology development on Okinawa.

Mr. Takayuki Ueda, Director General, Manufacturing Industries Bureau, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, in front of the OIST booth

Dr. Dorfan also met Dr. Isao Teshirogi, President of Shionogi & Co. Ltd.,  the internationally renowned Japan-based pharmaceutical company. In a cordial exchange, they discussed potential joint activities following the Memorandum of Understanding that was signed between OIST and Shionogi on October. 3   At the reception for exhibitors, Dr Dorfan was asked to participate in the traditional breaking of a sake barrel.  His aim was true and the barrel lid was successfully broken! BioJapan2011 was a great opportunity for OIST to introduce itself to the worldwide bio industry community.

Dr. Isao Teshirogi and Dr. Jonathan Dorfan
At the reception
By Kaoru Natori

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