Dec 03, 2015




              Japan-UK Joint Workshop on Life Science
 and Biomedical Engineering

  On 3rd December 2015, the Embassy of Japan in the UK held the Japan-UK Joint Workshop on Life Science and Biomedical Engineering, building on the collaboration among the world leading universities such as Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech), Imperial College London and University College London, together with the local government and the industry. This event was co-hosted by the Tokyo Tech, the Japan External Trade Organisation (JETRO), and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS). With the aim of further promoting Japan-UK cooperation in the field of Biomedical Engineering, particularly in the development of biomedical devices, and equipment for bio-sensing and bio-imaging, speakers delivered cutting-edge presentations introducing recent research trends in Japan and the UK. This was followed by lively discussions regarding future possibilities and challenges.

  The workshop highlighted the importance of further collaboration between our two countries in the field of biomedical engineering, in view of the keen wishes of our two ageing societies to integrate engineering sciences with biomedical sciences and clinical practice, and to bridge the gap between academia and industry.


The programme of the day was as follows:

Opening remarks

14:20 - 14:30   Mr Hiroshi Matsuura, Minister, Embassy of Japan in the UK

                        Mr John McKinley, CEO, Precision Medicine Catapult




 Mr John McKinley, CEO, Precision Medicine Catapult


Session 1  Efforts towards innovation from clusters in Japan and the UK

14:30 - 14:45   Ms Sarah Haywood, Chief Operating Officer of MedCity

14:45 - 15:00   Mr Kentaro Yamaguchi, Bureau for promoting "Healthcare New Frontier",
                        Kanagawa prefectural government, Japan


                 Ms Sarah Haywood                                                  Mr Kentaro Yamaguchi


Session 2  Latest trends and future of biomedical sensing and imaging in Japan and the UK

15:00 - 15:15   Prof. Quentin Pankhurst, University College London    

                        “Biomedical Applications of Magnetic Nanoparticles’”

15:15 - 15:30   Prof. Tony Cass, Imperial College London

                        “Engineering Nucleic Acid Aptamers for Healthcare Applications”

15:30 - 15:45   Prof. Eiry Kobatake, Tokyo Institute of Technology

                        “Design of DNA-Protein Hybrid Molecules for Biosensing”

16:00 - 16:15   Dr. Adrien Desjardins, University College London

                        “Optical ultrasound and photoacoustic imaging for guiding minimally invasive procedures”

16:15 - 16:30   Prof. Sergei G. Kazarian , Imperial College London

                        “Spectroscopic imaging for biomedical research”

16:30 - 16:45   Prof. Natsue Yoshimura, Tokyo Institute of Technology

                        “The possibility of electroencephalography signals towards non-invasive brain-machine



Session 3  Industrial Collaboration between Japan and the UK

16:45 - 17:30   Dr. Tommy Duncan, Touchlight Genetics Ltd.

                        Mr Anil Vaidya, Life-science Specialist, JETRO

                        Mr Matthew Lovatt and Mr Hiroshi Sheraton, Baker & Mckenzie


Q&A / Discussion

17:30 - 17:55   Promoting innovation in Japan and the UK, and future investment



Closing Remarks
17:55 - 18:00   Prof. Susumu Kajiwara, Tokyo Institute of Technology

  Prof. Susumu Kajiwara


For more information, please refer to the seminar handout.

The seminar handout <PDF> (2228KB) 

Presentation: "Welcome to MedCity"/ Ms Sarah Haywood, Chief Operating Officer of MedCity <PDF> (719KB) 

Presentation: "UK & Japanese Biomedical Engineering Collaborations"/Mr Anil Vaidya, Life Science Specialist, JETRO <PDF> (314KB)