Kyoto & Boston Present: The Life Sciences Forum


CIC Boston
50 Milk Street 20th Fl.
Boston, MA
United States

Thursday, 25 April 2019 - 9:00am

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This year the City of Boston and the City of Kyoto, Japan, will celebrate our 60th Anniversary as Sister Cities. Signed in 1959, Kyoto is Boston’s first-ever Sister City. In Japan, 60 is a significant number, signifying rebirth or kanreki; therefore, the two cities are planning a series of events throughout 2019 in order to commemorate this milestone.

Join a world of experts at CIC Boston on April 25th as we explore the explosive growth of the life sciences sector in both regions. Guests will hear remarks and insights from Kyoto's Mayor Kadokawa, Dr. Phillip A. Sharp of M.I.T., Dr. Robert Langer of M.I.T., and Dr. Yasuhiko Tabata of Kyoto University. A moderated panel discussion featuring the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center, Takeda Pharmaceuticals, Biogen, and FUJIFILM Pharmaceuticals will follow, illustrating lessons and best practices for life sciences companies, academia, and local government.

Event Agenda:

  • Arrival & Networking, 9:00AM - 9:20AM
  • Event Introduction, 9:20AM - 9:25AM
  • Mayoral Welcome, 9:25AM - 9:30AM
  • Opening Remarks & Q&A, 9:30AM - 9:50AM
  • Keynote Presentations & Q&A, 9:50AM - 10:25AM
  • BREAK, 10:25AM - 10:35AM
  • Panel Discussion & Q&A, 10:35AM - 11:30AM
  • Closing Remarks, 11:30AM - 11:35AM
  • Informal Networking & Departure, 11:35AM - 12:00PM

Panel Overview

  • Moderator, Dr. Jean-Jacques Yarmoff, BioLabs Boston
  • Massachusetts Life Sciences Center, Jennifer Griffin, VP, Industry Programs & Relations
  • Takeda Pharmaceuticals, Dr. Dominique Verhelle, Senior Director, Strategic Academic Alliances
  • Biogen, Dr. Alfred Sandrock, Executive Vice President, Chief Medical Officer
  • FUJIFILM Pharmaceuticals, Mikihiko Kato, President

Light refreshments and food will be provided. Boston-Kyoto 60th Anniversary Sister City Logo designed by the Boston Children’s Museum.