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Japan-US 6th Annual Medtech & Healthtech Innovation Forum Kobe

| Events, Hyogo Events & Expo, Science and Technology Events & Expo | 09/07/2019

Japan-US 6th Annual Medtech & Healthtech Innovation Forum Kobe

This event aims to support the promotion of medical device development through the lectures and panel discussion by leading experts in the US who are front-runners of medical device development.

This forum is led by volunteers from Silicon Valley, and has been held in Sendai in 2014, then in Osaka, Hiroshima, Okinawa and Shizuoka.

At the seminar session and panel discussion will be held in the afternoon, the latest trend of United States will be introduced and the development of a Japanese ecosystem for medical device development will be discussed.

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The Japan-US Medical Device Innovation Forum brings together experts from a range of medical disciplines, including Stanford University, Japan and US enterprises, medical personnel, and incubators/accelerators engaged in developing a core of medical device innovation. The forum features a series of panel discussions and lectures with successful case studies, presented by the experts so as to discuss challenges in the Japanese medical device business, outlook of medical device needs, adoption of effective R&D operations used in Silicon Valley a renowned frontrunner of emerging medical technology development transforming ideas into success, Japan-US collaborative solutions to resolve challenges, and other additional discussion.

This premier forum aims to drive continued growth of Japan’s medical device innovation, support to accelerate Japan-US collaboration, leverage Japan’s core competencies, and bring in new technologies to fill the gaps for infinite possibilities, that is to say, building “Global Ecosystems”.


  • Name: Japan-US 6th Annual Medtech & Healthtech Innovation Forum Kobe
  • Date: Friday, November 8th, 2019
  • Time: 10:00-18:00, Networking Reception 18:30-19:30, Registration from 9:00
  • Venue: Kobe Portopia Hotel
  • Address: 6-10-1 Minatojima Nakamachi, Chuo-ku, Kobe-City, Hyogo, Japan 650-0046 (Google Map)
  • Capacity: 1,000
  • Attendance Fee:
    Seminar Only JPY 2,000 (Incl Program and Lunch Box), Seminar and Networking Reception JPY 5,000 (Incl Program and Lunch Box)
  • Official Website: www.fbri-kobe.org/kbic/forum/



  • Ministry of Education
  • Ministry of Economy
  • Ministry of Health
  • U.S. Embassy in Japan and Ministry of Commerce
  • Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development(AMED)
  • Japan External Trade Organization(JETRO)
  • Hyogo Prefecture
  • Japan Bio Design
  • The Japan Federation of Medical Devices Associations
  • American Medical Devices and Diagnostics Manufacturers’ Association
  • Life Science Innovation Network Japan, Inc. (LINK-J)
  • University of Hyogo
  • Kobe Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • Osaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • Kyoto Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • Kobe Tourism Bureau
  • Kobe Convention Bureau


  • Sysmex Corporation
  • Zimmer Biomet
  • American Medical Devices and Diagnostics Manufacturers’ Association
  • Medicaroid Corporation
  • electrosuisse japan
  • Senju Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.
  • Nara Seiko Inc.
  • Nobelpharma Co., Ltd.
  • Minato Bank, Ltd.
  • Miyano Medical Instruments Co., Ltd.
  • Japan Products

USJMF Sponsors

  • Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
  • Nichibei Medtech Advisors, LLC
  • Triple Ring Technologies
  • Spirosure, Inc.
  • Voler Systems
  • Life Science Innovation Network Japan, Inc.
  • Vorpal Technologies K.K.
  • Kicker Ventures
  • Drawbridge Health, Inc.
  • Globizz Corp.
  • AZCA, Inc.
  • Silicon Prairie Center



Jack W. Moorman

10:00 Welcome Speech

    Mayor of Kobe
  • Tasuku HONJO
    President, Foundation for Biomedical Innovation at Kobe
  • Jack W. Moorman
    Chairman, US-Japan Medtech Frontiers

Russell H. Taylor

10:25 Keynote Speech: A thirty year perspective on medical robotics: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

  • Russell H. Taylor
    Professor, Johns Hopkins University

11:10 Panel Discussion: Medical Innovation by Robotic Technology
The use of robot technology is attracting attention in the global market, while innovative medical device development is expected in Japan facing a super aging society. “The father of medical robots” Dr. Russell H. Taylor of Johns Hopkins University and panelists who are working on developing surgery support robots will discuss the future of robot technology.

  • Moderator: Amish Parashar
    Managing Partner, Explorers’ Lab
  • Panelist: Myriam J. Curet
    Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, Intuitive Surgical, Inc.
  • Panelist: Yasuhiko Hashimoto
    [Medicaroid Corporation] President And [Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd.] Director Managing Executive Officer, President Precision Machinery & Robot Company
  • Panelist: Bruce Lichorowic
    President & CEO, Galen Robotics Inc.
  • Panelist: Russell H.Taylor
    Professor, Johns Hopkins University

Amish Parashar

Myriam J. Curet

Yasuhiko Hashimoto

Bruce Lichorowic

Russell H.Taylor
12:15 Lunch Presentation
Venue A: Seminar Session
Venue B: Panel Discussion


A-1 Innovation in US Medtech Hot Areas
Panelists introduce their attentive fields, which are always one step ahead against the global market, and innovation trends in the accelerated development of medical device in the US, represented by Silicon Valley.

  • Moderator: Shinichiro Komoto
    Partner, Eight Roads Ventures Japan
  • Panelist: John MacMahon
    Chief Executive Officer, Mitre Medical Corp.
  • Panelist: Lee McCracken
    Chief Executive Officer, Drawbridge Health
  • Panelist: Lucas Buchanan
    Chief Financial Officer, Silk Road Medical Inc.
  • Panelist: Klaudyne Hong
    CEO and Co-Founder, Peach IntelliHealth
B-1 Developing Unmet Needs Driven Innovative Medical Devices
What is the ecosystem for medical device development in Japan? As everybody knows, the development process of medical device is different from that of pharmaceutical industries. It is essential to know the NEEDS of clinics or medical professionals to develop new devices. By understanding those factors, we discuss how we should promote medical device development and its solutions.

  • Moderator: Kirk Zeller
    Board Member, US-Japan Medtech Frontiers
  • Moderator: David Smith
    Board Member, US-Japan Medtech Frontiers
  • Panelist: Takumi Fukumoto
    Professor, Kobe University Graduate School of Medicine, Department of Surgery
  • Panelist: Oren Knopfmacher
    CEO & Co-Founder, Avails Medical Inc.
  • Panelist: Amr Salahieh
    President & CEO, Shifamed LLC
  • Panelist: Masakazu Yagi

    Program Director, Japan Biodesign, Specially-Appointed Associate Professor, Dept. of Biodesign for Healthcare Innovation, Graduate School of Medicine, Osaka University

Shinichiro Komoto

John MacMahon

Lee McCracken

Lucas Buchanan

Klaudyne Hong

Kirk Zeller

David Smith

Takumi Fukumoto

Oren Knopfmacher

Amr Salahieh

Masakazu Yagi
Venue A: Seminar Session
Venue B: Panel Discussion


A-2 Medtech and Healthtech for Super Aging Society
We clarify the forecasted problems in super aging society in upcoming 20 years Japan will face. In addition, panelists introduce their activities in the healthcare sectors to show hints leading developing new services or devices to solve Japan’s 2040 problem.

  • Moderator: Yasuko Akutsu
    President & CEO, MT Health Care Design Research Inc.
  • Panelist: Esben Grøndal
    Representative Director, Public Intelligence Japan Co. Ltd
  • Panelist: Motoshi Hayano
    Research Assistant Professor Department of Ophthalmology Keio University School of Medicine
  • Panelist: Sayaka Tomihara
    Director, Medical and Assistive Device Industries Office, Commerce and Service Industry Policy Group, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry
B-2 How to Foster Players for Medical Device Development
What kinds of players are necessary to realize medical device development – as so called Needs-Driven concept? How should we foster such human resources? Panelists hold discussion on development of human resources for this purpose from different point of view.

  • Moderator: Takahiro Yasuda
    Associate Professor, Kobe University Hospital, Div. of Translational & Regulatory Science
  • Moderator: Takahiro Nakanishi
    Senior Coordinator, Center for Cluster Development and Coordination (CCD), Foundation for Biomedical Research and Innovation at Kobe (FBRI)
  • Panelist: Dan Burnett
    President & Chief Executive Officer, TheraNova LLC.
  • Panelist: Tomohisa Kisaka
    Associate Professor, Division Chair, Division of Biodesign, Translational Research Center, Hiroshima University
  • Panelist: Akihisa Maeda
    Director, Office for Medical Devices Policy, Health Policy Bureau, Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare
  • Panelist: Aya Yamamoto
    Academic Researcher, Tohoku University
  • Panelist: Tomokazu Yoshida
    Executive Officer, Sysmex Corporation

Yasuko Akutsu

Esben Grøndal

Motoshi Hayano

Sayaka Tomihara

Takahiro Yasuda

Takahiro Nakanishi

Daniel Burnett

Tomohisa Kisaka

Akihisa Maeda

Aya Yamamoto

Tomokazu Yoshida
Venue A: Seminar Session
Venue B: Panel Discussion


A-3 Successful Cases of US-Japan Collaborations
Medical professionals expect innovative medical device in the market, and that enables international alliance for research and development. Panelists from the US and Japan introduce their own success stories from their different position as to how the borderless resources can be applied to find future possibilities.

  • Moderator: Joseph Heanue,
    Chief Executive Officer and President, Triple Ring Technologies, Inc.
  • Panelist: Vivek Balasubramanyam,
    Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Spirosure, Inc.
  • Panelist: Prakash Murthy,
    President and CEO, Atonarp Inc.
  • Panelist: Kazuya (Kaz) Ogawa,
    Chairman & President, Zimmer Biomet G.K.
  • Panelist: Mitsuyo Yamamoto, President & CEO, JOHNAN Corporation
B-3 Understanding Evaluation Criteria for Investors
Let’s talk about investors mind. This must be interesting topic for entrepreneurs of medical device business and M&A players. Panelists consisted of entrepreneur, investor and experienced business person will make analysis and discuss on the investors’ criteria.

  • Moderator: Tomohisa Ishikawa
    Head of Macro-Economics Research Center, Advanced Senior Economist
  • Panelist: Yasushi Kiyobayashi
    Deputy General Manager, Kansai Research & Business Development Department, ITOCHU Corporation
  • Panelist: Hajime Oshita
    President, MedVenture Partners, Inc
  • Panelist: Ira Prigat
    President & CEO of Network in Motion Ltd./President Japan & China at Itamar Medical Ltd.
  • Panelist: Hirotaka Saso
    Representative Director, Cambridge Consultants Japan Inc.

Joseph Heanue

Vivek Balasubramanyam

Prakash Murthy

Kazuya (Kaz) Ogawa

Mitsuyo Yamamoto

Tomohisa Ishikawa

Yasushi Kiyobayashi

Hajime Oshita

Ira Prigat

Hirotaka Saso

Fumiaki Ikeno

17:25 Special Lecture: US-Japan Difference in Medical Device Development

  • Fumiaki Ikeno
    Interventional Cardiologist and Researcher, Stanford University

17:50 Closing Remarks

  • Masato Fujisawa, Dean, Kobe University Graduate School of Medicine

17:55 Kobe Declaration

  • Masayoshi Murakami, Senior Executive Director, Foundation for Biomedical Research and Innovation at Kobe

18:30-19:30 Networking Reception

Please note that the program is subject to change