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Collaborative Innovation for the Future of Health

Apr 26, 2022
09:30 - 13:30
Kapeldreef 75
3001 Leuven
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The Belgium-Japan Association & Chamber of Commerce is proud to invite you to the inaugural event of the new BJA Innovation, Partnerships and Trade (IPT) Committee.

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Prosperity in our societies and having better lives for everyone is one of the fundamental challenges for authorities, companies and essentially billions of people across the globe. Our communities become more ‘smart’, and increasingly determined by new technologies and their availability to the people. Therefore, the BJA IPT Committee has set the focus on a set of seminars on drivers for collaborative innovation between Japanese and Belgian teams.

As health is within this scope one of the biggest drivers, even more prominently so after 2 years of pandemic, Collaborative innovation for Health as the theme for the first inaugural event was chosen.

Four distinguished speakers will shed a light on the obstacles and opportunities to drive towards breakthrough technology innovation benefiting future health challenges. The purpose is to be a catalyst for further initiatives for Belgian-Japanese collaborations in this domain, as well supporting the framework of the upcoming Princely Mission to Japan at the end of this year.

We invite you to participate and share your views.


09:30Registration participants
10:00Welcome words by Prof Gilbert Declerck, Member of the Board of imec International, BJA President
10:05Opening statement by Mr Koh Ichi Masaki, European Representative JMA & BJA IPT Committee Co-Chair
10:15Introductory statement by Dr Pierre Meulien, Executive Director, Innovative Health Initiative
10:30Speakers’ Presentations with Master of Ceremony, Dr Lode Lauwers, Senior Vice President Business Development and Strategy, imec
Dr Peter Peumans, CTO health, imec, on “Next-generation approaches to healthcare based on deeptech”
Dr Sofie Pattijn, CTO & Founder, ImmuXperts, on “Accelerating drug and vaccine development across the globe”
Mr Geoffrey Pot, Vice President and Site Head of Takeda’s Global Manufacturing Site in Lessines, Belgium, on “Unleashing the power of the Belgian Health ecosystem, in fostering sustainable healthcare innovation”
Dr Hitoshi Kuboniwa, Chairman Steering Committee, Japan Bioindustry Association, on "Japan's Bioeconomy Strategy and Collaborative Innovation for the Health"
Followed by an interactive Q&A
11:50Closing statement by Dr Fabrice Stassin, Director Umicore & BJA IPT Committee Co-Chair
12:00Networking cocktail and light lunch, kindly offered by imec
13:30Event adjourns

To view the Speakers' CVs, kindly click here.

Participation fees

  • Attending at imec:
    • BJA member: 30 €
    • Leuven MindGate member: 30 €
    • Non-member: 50€
  • Attending digitally: Free of charge


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