An upcoming roundtable in RTP aims to facilitate connections between life science researchers, developers and stakeholders in the Triangle’s academic institutions and that of Nagoya University in Japan.

The half-day event features four presentations on a selection of biotech and agtech solutions being developed at Nagoya and in the Triangle.

This event is a program of Technology Partnership of Nagoya University (NU Tech), a nonprofit that works to establish technology transfer partnerships between Nagoya University and life science research facilities in North Carolina and other states around the U.S.

The organization partners with universities, recruits prospective students and connects students to healthcare and life science companies and representatives.

The NU Tech Roundtable series helps further this initiative by collaborating with local universities to expand the networks of startups, innovators and researchers.

This year’s roundtable is the ninth program of its kind, marking a positive track of connecting universities in the Triangle to Nagoya University. The first event was held in October of 2010, then dubbed the Regenerative Medicine Roundtable (RMR).

The 2018 roundtable will be held October 23 from 8:30 a.m. through 1 p.m. at the North Carolina Biotechnology Center. Participating partners of the event include NC State University, UNC Chapel Hill, the North Carolina Biotechnology Center and the Japan Science and Technology Agency.

Here’s a snapshot of the agenda:

Elo Life Systems Inc. CEO Dr. Fayaz Khazi will deliver a morning keynote welcoming the audience.

A series of 30-minute presentations of life science and biotechnology projects will follow:

“Control of stomatal aperture by genetic and chemical approaches,” by Dr. Toshinori Kinoshita, a professor in the Institute of Transformative Bio-Molecules at Nagoya University. He is also the director of Nagoya’s Center for Gene Research.

“Harnessing synthetic chemistry to hijack plant hormone responses,” by Dr. Keiko Torii, visiting professor from the Institute of Transformative Bio-Molecules at Nagoya University (of which she is a founding member). She’s also an endowed distinguished professor in the University of Washington’s Department of Biology.

“DeCIFRing a population genetics approach to biological control of mycotoxin production,” by Dr. Megan Andrews, project manager for NC State’s Center for Integrated Fungal Research and Plant Soil Microbial Community Consortium.

Dr. Paul S. Maddox, an assistant professor in UNC Chapel Hill’s Department of Biology, will deliver the final presentation.

Closing remarks will be delivered by Dr. Richard Linton, NC State’s Dean of the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences.

A networking session and luncheon will follow, along with a talk by K&L Gates LLP, the lead sponsor of the event.

If you’re interested in attending, you can register online here.