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Osaka Conference] Considering the Health of the Earth from Useful Substances Produced by Algae / August 27, 2022


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Considering the health of the earth from useful substances produced by algae


A panel discussion, "Considering the Health of the Earth from Useful Substances Produced by Algae" (session partner: DIC Corporation), will be held within the Osaka Conference 2022 (Saturday, August 27, 2022) of the Society of Hyperdifferent Fields.


Hyper Interdisciplinary Conference in Osaka 2022

Algae is a general term for organisms that perform photosynthesis, excluding angiosperms, gymnosperms, ferns, and mosses. Currently, there are approximately 40,000 known species alone, and if undescribed species are included, there are said to be between 300,000 and 10 million species. In recent years, the useful substances contained in microalgae such as spirulina, chlorella, and euglena have been attracting attention, and their potential has been widely explored in medical and biotechnological applications including functional materials, agricultural and environmental technologies such as feed and environmental purification, biomass resources, and biofuels. In this session, we will invite leading experts in microalgae research to discuss the production of useful substances by algae and their potential applications.

We will have a program of discussions among researchers, startups, and large companies from a variety of perspectives, not limited to the themes of this session. For more information,Conference Websitefor more information.

*The event will be held after taking measures against new coronavirus infection on the day of the event.

Considering the health of the earth from useful substances produced by algae

Date: Saturday, August 27, 2022, 15:10-16:00
Location: Knowledge Capital Conference Room Tower C


Mr. Masahisa Hasunuma
Professor, Director, Center for Advanced Biotechnology Research, Kobe University

He is a leading young researcher in the field of metabolic engineering. He has been a research leader of national projects such as JST PRESTO, NEDO Biomass Energy Technology Development Project, and JST Future Society Creation Project, and has been a research leader of the NEDO Smart Cell Project since 2016. Since 2016, he has been leading the bio-monozukuri field as the R&D leader of the NEDO Smart Cell Project, and has also conducted numerous joint research projects with companies. He developed the first biofoundry in Japan and was involved in the founding of Bacchus BioInnovation Inc.

Mr. Takashi Osanai
Associate Professor, Department of Agricultural Chemistry, Faculty of Agriculture, Meiji University

D. in Agricultural Sciences from the Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences at the University of Tokyo in 2007, a JSPS Research Fellowship in the same year, a RIKEN Basic Science Fellowship in 2010, and a JST PRESTO Full-time Researcher in 2011, before becoming a full-time lecturer at the Faculty of Agriculture, Meiji University in 2015. 2018-present: JST-ALCA research project. Representative; founded Cyanology, Inc. in June 2022, and President; 2018 United Sunda Kai Academic Encouragement Award; adopted by Kawasaki Deep Tech Accelerator in 2021; 2021 Agri-Tech Grand Prix Real Tech Fund Award, among others.

Mr. Yota Takakura
Representative Director and CEO, Inoka Co.

Born in 1994. Graduated from the University of Tokyo's Faculty of Engineering, and conducted research in the Junichi Rekimoto Laboratory of the Graduate School of Engineering at the University of Tokyo, where he conducted research on supporting practice of musical instruments using machine learning. While in school, he founded a hardware development company and established Inoka Inc. in April 2019, and became a director of the Roth Foundation for Children's Mirai in October 2021. In the same year, he was selected for Forbes JAPAN "30 UNDER 30".

Mr. Daisuke Tagawa
Group Manager, Healthcare Planning and Development Group, DIC Corporation

After working for a major chemical manufacturer and a healthcare manufacturer, he is currently struggling to launch a new business within a major company at DIC Corporation. His background is in polymer science. After conducting structural control research on hydrophilic resins and urethane resins at a major chemical manufacturer, he developed a number of functional chemical products. He was the youngest person at the time to receive the Best Invention of the Year Award. At a healthcare manufacturer, he planned a wide range of new businesses for pharmaceutical, food, and industrial applications using the food-use capsule technology that was his base technology. In particular, he created solutions by combining technologies from different fields, such as polymer materials x microorganisms and food materials x pheromones. Involved in business management of existing businesses while launching new businesses.

Yukihiro Maru
Group CEO and Representative Director, Liverness, Inc.

In 2002, while a graduate student at the University of Tokyo, he founded LIVERNESS with only undergraduate and graduate students in science and engineering. He developed Japan's first "delivery laboratory class" into a business. He operates a "knowledge manufacturing business" that creates new knowledge by combining assets that lie dormant in universities and local communities, and as the instigator of one of Asia's largest venture ecosystems, he works to solve global-scale social issues by discovering deep tech from around the world. He is also an innovator who has been involved in the launch of numerous deep tech ventures, and from February 2020 will serve as Representative Director of Real Tech Holdings Corporation, which invests in R&D-based innovative technologies that contribute to solving global and human issues, and from January 2022 will serve as CRO of Euglena Co. Ltd. from January 2022.


Hyper Interdisciplinary Conference in Osaka 2022