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2020 MIT Japan Conference

January 24, 2020
 
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617-253-8003

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Saurabh Amin
Associate Professor
MIT Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Saurabh Amin is Associate Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Professor Amin's research focuses on the design and implementation of high confidence network control algorithms for infrastructure systems. His research group works on robust diagnostics and control problems that involve using networked systems to facilitate the monitoring and control of large-scale critical infrastructures, including transportation, water, and energy distribution systems. The group also studies the effect of security attacks and random faults on the survivability of networked systems, and designs incentive-compatible control mechanisms to reduce network risks.
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Chris Brown
Director of Quantum Solutions
Zapata Computing
Dr. Christopher Brown (Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin) joined Zapata Computing as Director of Quantum Solutions in 2019. Bringing a distinguished and broad performance portfolio to his new role in Business Development, Dr. Brown has led projects and programs at both large corporations and startups across technological fields. As Director of Platform Innovation at Rogers Corporation, he managed the company's Burlington Innovation Center. An acknowledged expert in OLED Display technology (34 U.S. granted patents, 16 pending, 88 global), he has extensive research and leadership experience commercializing electronic materials while having worked in a variety of roles at Eastman Kodak Company, Kateeva Incorporated, Plextronics Incorporated, Kyulux, Rogers Corporation, and Zapata Computing.
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617-253-9379

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Cullen R. Buie
Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Director, Laboratory for Energy and Microsystems Innovation
MIT Department of Mechanical Engineering
Cullen Buie is an associate professor in MIT’s Department of Mechanical Engineering and director of the Laboratory for Energy and Microsystems Innovation. His laboratory explores flow physics at the microscale for applications in materials science and applied biosciences. His research is applicable to a diverse range of problems, from anti-biofouling surfaces and biofuels to energy storage and bacterial infections.

In 2017 Kytopen, a start-up Buie co-founded that offers a method of genetic engineering 10,000 times faster than current methods, was among the first start-ups to be backed by The Engine, a start-up ecosystem launched by MIT. Buie was honored with the NSF Career Award in 2012, the DuPont Young Professor Award in 2013, the DARPA Young Faculty Award in 2013, and the NSF Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers in 2016.

Buie received his BS from The Ohio State University. He earned his master’s and PhD in mechanical engineering at Stanford University and served as a postdoctoral fellow for one year at the University of California-Berkeley.

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617-253-7012

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Vladimir Bulovic
Director of MIT.nano
Professor of Engineering, MacVicar Fellow
Fariborz Maseeh (1990) Chair in Emerging Technology
Vladimir Bulovic is a Professor of Electrical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, holding the Fariborz Maseeh Chair in Emerging Technology. He directs the Organic and Nanostructured Electronics Laboratory, co-leads the MIT-Eni Solar Frontiers Center, leads the Tata GridEdge program, and is the Founding Director of MIT.nano, MIT's new 200,000 sqft nano-fabrication, nano-characterization, and prototyping facility that opened in the summer of 2018. He is an author of over 250 research articles (cited over 45,000 times) and an inventor of over 100 U.S. patents in areas of light emitting diodes, lasers, photovoltaics, photodetectors, chemical sensors, programmable memories, and micro-electro machines, majority of which have been licensed and utilized by both start-up and multinational companies. The three start-up companies Bulovic co-founded jointly employ over 450 people, and include Ubiquitous Energy, Inc., developing nanostructured solar technologies, Kateeva, Inc., focused on development of printed electronics, and QD Vision, Inc. (acquired in 2016) that produced quantum dot optoelectronic components. Products of these companies have been used by millions. Bulovic was the first Associate Dean for Innovation of the School of Engineering and the Inaugural co-Director of MIT’s Innovation Initiative, which he co-led from 2013 to 2018. For his passion for teaching Bulovic has been recognized with the MacVicar Fellowship, MIT’s highest teaching honor. He completed his Electrical Engineering B.S.E. and Ph.D. degrees at Princeton University.
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Marcus Dahllöf
Program Director, MIT Startup Exchange
Marcus Dahllöf leads MIT Startup Exchange, which facilitates connections between MIT-connected startups and corporate members of the MIT Industrial Liaison Program (ILP). Dahllöf manages networking events, workshops, the STEX25 accelerator, opportunity postings, and helps define the strategic direction of MIT Startup Exchange. He is a two-time tech entrepreneur (one exit in cybersecurity), and has previously held roles in finance, software engineering, corporate strategy, and business development at emerging tech companies and Fortune 100 corporations in the U.S., Latin America, and Europe. Marcus was a member of the Swedish national rowing team and he is a mentor at the MIT Venture Mentoring Service.
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617-253-2247

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Nicholas Fang
Professor of Mechanical Engineering
MIT Department of Mechanical Engineering
Nicholas X. Fang received his BS and MS in physics from Nanjing University, and his PhD in mechanical engineering from University of California Los Angeles. He is currently professor of Mechanical Engineering at MIT. Prior to MIT, he worked as an assistant professor at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign from 2004 to 2010. Professor Fang’s areas of research look at nanophotonics and nanofabrication. His recognitions include the ASME Chao and Trigger Young Manufacturing Engineer Award (2013); the ICO prize from the International Commission of Optics (2011); an invited participant of the Frontiers of Engineering Conference by National Academies in 2010; the NSF CAREER Award (2009) and MIT Technology Review Magazine’s 35 Young Innovators Award (2008).
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Ophir Gaathon
Cofounder & CEO
DUST Identity
Dr. Ophir Gaathon is a supply chain security expert who has a deep understanding of the complex security challenges associated with global value chains. As CEO of DUST Identity, he oversees the commercialization of DUST's solution in the aerospace, automotive, medical, industrial, and consumer markets. Gaathon founded DUST Identity in 2015 and developed the core technology through contracts from DARPA, later raising money from prominent investors including Kleiner Perkins, Lockheed Martin, and Airbus. He holds a PhD in applied physics from Columbia University, led research projects at MIT and Columbia, and authored multiple patents.
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617- 253-7018

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Peter Gloor
Research Scientist, Center for Collective Intelligence
MIT Sloan School of Management
Peter Gloor is a research scientist at the Center for Collective Intelligence at MIT Sloan working on Collaborative Innovation Networks. He is also founder and chief creative officer of the software company galaxyadvisors and an honorary professor at the University of Cologne and Jilin University, China. Previously, Gloor was a partner with Deloitte and PwC and a manager at UBS. His latest books are Sociometrics and Human Relationships and Swarm Leadership and the Collective Mind. Gloor holds a PhD in computer science from the University of Zurich and was a postdoc at MIT's Lab for Computer Science.
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617-253-4588

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T. Alan Hatton
Ralph Landau Professor
Director, David H. Koch School of Chemical Engineering Practice
MIT Department of Chemical Engineering
T. Alan Hatton is the Ralph Landau Professor and Director of the David H. Koch School of Chemical Engineering Practice at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Co-Director of the MIT Energy Initiative Center for Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage. The most recent focus of his research has been on CO2 capture and conversion exploiting both electrochemically-mediated approaches and use of high-temperature molten oxides, and on electro-swing sorption processes for chemical and environmental separations, such as in the removal of trace contaminants of emerging concern in water supplies, and treatment of environmentally problematic waste streams.

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Scott Healey
VP of Business Development
Kebotix
Scott Healey is trained as a Materials Engineer but has worked in Sales and Business Development for most of the past 20 years, including several multi-national packaging materials companies and three different technology startups. He has a long track record of partnering business needs with technology solutions. When he isn't working, he enjoys spending time with his family doing anything outdoors.
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Yoichi Kadota
Director, Business Development Japan
Realtime Robotics
Yoichi Kadota is the Director of Business Development for Japan at Realtime Robotics. He transitioned his career to represent US and EU based high-tech startups to successfully enter into the Japanese market after 15 years of service at a German global laser equipment company selling components into factory automation. Kadota has worked in major industries, including factory automation, lasers and optoelectronics, automotive, machinery, semiconductors, electric and electronics, medical, and research sectors. He holds an MA in political science from Aoyamagakuin University in Tokyo and has an academic background in industrial machines/robotics.
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Kazu Komoto
Robotics Software Engineer, Head of Deployment and Hardware
OSARO
Kazu Komoto is a roboticist and Head of Deployment and Hardware at OSARO, a machine learning startup specializing in AI software for industrial automation. He received a MEng in mechanical engineering and science from Kyoto University, focusing on human-robot interaction design. His involvement in the robotics industry started at strategic innovation consulting firm Arthur D. Little, and he has been a guest contributor to Robotics Business Review, CNET, Nikkei, etc.
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617-253-0439

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Karl Koster
Executive Director, MIT Corporate Relations
Director, Alliance Management
MIT Office of Strategic Alliances & Technology Transfer
Opening Remarks
Day 1, 9:20 AM
Karl Koster is the executive director of MIT Corporate Relations. MIT Corporate Relations includes the MIT Industrial Liaison Program and MIT Startup Exchange.

In that capacity, Koster and his staff work with the leadership of MIT and senior corporate executives to design and implement strategies for fostering corporate partnerships with the Institute. Koster and his team have also worked to identify and design a number of major international programs for MIT, which have been characterized by the establishment of strong, programmatic linkages among universities, industry, and governments. Most recently these efforts have been extended to engage the surrounding innovation ecosystem, including its vibrant startup and small company community, into MIT's global corporate and university networks.

Koster is also the director of alliance management in the Office of Strategic Alliances and Technology Transfer (OSATT). OSATT was launched in Fall 2019 as part of a plan to reinvent MIT’s research administration infrastructure. OSATT develops agreements that facilitate MIT projects, programs, and consortia with industrial, nonprofit, and international sponsors, partners, and collaborators.

Koster is past chairman of the University-Industry Demonstration Partnership (UIDP), an organization that seeks to enhance the value of collaborative partnerships between universities and corporations.

Koster graduated from Brown University with a BA in geology and economics and received an MS from MIT Sloan School of Management. Prior to returning to MIT, Koster worked as a management consultant in Europe, Latin America, and the United States on projects for private and public sector organizations.
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Marinna Madrid
Cofounder & VP of Operations
Cellino
Marinna Madrid is a cofounder of venture capital-backed early-stage biotech company Cellino, where the team is building the first tissue foundry capable of manufacturing tissues at scale with single-cell precision. She received her PhD and MA in applied physics from Harvard University, where she co-invented several laser-based intracellular delivery techniques. She received her BSc in biophysics from the University of California, Los Angeles, where she co-invented a cellular organelle isolation technique.
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617-253-6314

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Gregory Ornatowski
Senior Director of Corporate Relations
Director, MIT-ILP, Japan
Opening Remarks
Day 1, 9:20 AM
Closing Remarks
Day 1, 5:05 PM
Dr. Ornatowski is currently a Senior Director in the Office of Corporate Relations (OCR) at MIT and the Director, MIT-ILP, Japan. He works with various companies in the automotive, electronics and materials industries. Prior to joining MIT, he worked as a consultant in the Boston area with Standard and Poor's DRI and Harbor Research.

Previously he spent nine years with General Electric, where he held various management positions in business development, strategic planning and marketing in the U.S. and Asia and worked with several of GE's technology-focused businesses. Dr. Ornatowski began his professional career as a management consultant working with the Tokyo office of the Boston Consulting Group.

In addition to his corporate experience, Dr. Ornatowski has taught at the MIT Sloan School of Management, Boston University, and Trinity College. He has also published articles in the Sloan Management Review, Far Eastern Economic Review, The Journal of the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan, and the Journal of Socio-Economics. He is fluent in Japanese, having lived and worked in Japan a total of 12 years, and has worked extensively with Asian and European companies as well.
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617-253-2063

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Julia Ortony
Finmeccanica Career Development Professor of Engineering
MIT Department of Materials Science and Engineering
Professor Ortony obtained her B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Minnesota in 2015, her Ph.D. in Materials Chemistry from U.C. Santa Barbara in 2011, and was a postdoctoral fellow at Northwestern University until she joined the Department of Materials Science and Engineering as Assistant Professor in 2015. Prof. Ortony's research program focuses on design and synthesis of small molecules that spontaneously self-assemble in water into highly ordered nanostructures tailored for custom applications, particularly those related to the environment and human health. Prof. Ortony is a Bose Fellow (2018), NSF Early Career Award recipient (2019), and she holds the Finmeccanica Career Development Professorship in MIT's School of Engineering.
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Allison Parker
VP of Marketing
Wise Systems
A seasoned enterprise software marketing executive, Allison Parker leads marketing strategy. She brings more than 25 years of high tech corporate and product marketing experience, including leadership roles at Elemental Machines, Digital Lumens, OpenWave, Microsoft Startup Labs, Narrative Communications, and IBM/Lotus Development Corporation. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English literature from Boston University.
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Andrew A. Radin
Cofounder & CEO
twoXAR
Andrew A. Radin is cofounder and CEO of twoXAR, a pharmaceutical company dedicated to drug discovery and development by harnessing the power of Artificial Intelligence to transform the traditional R&D approach. Prior to twoXAR, Radin held CTO roles at several early-stage companies. He studied biomedical informatics at Stanford University’s SCPD graduate program and holds MS and BS degrees in computer science from Rochester Institute of Technology.
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Boaz Efroni Rotman
VP of Marketing & Business Development
Lightelligence
Boaz Efroni Rotman is the VP of Marketing and Business Development at Lightelligence. He is a creative and forward-thinking professional with over 24 years of hands-on global technology in business development, product management, strategic marketing, and sales. Boaz oversaw operations to manage and lead over 20 semiconductor SoCs and products into Consumer, IoT, Cellular, Mobile, Media, Telecom, and Automotive markets through strong technical background and aggressive and innovative go-to-market strategies. Boaz holds a BS in electrical engineering from the Ben-Gurion University in Israel and an MBA from Netanya Academic College in Israel.
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Nader Yaghoubi
Cofounder, President, & CEO
PathMaker Neurosystems
Nader Yaghoubi, M.D., Ph.D. is Cofounder, President, and CEO of PathMaker Neurosystems, a clinical-stage neuromodulation company with operations in US and France. He has over 20 years of experience in the creation, operations, and financing of life science companies. At PathMaker, he established a global collaboration with Servier’s WeHealth for the company’s first product, and received a $5M grant from NIH, on which he serves as Principal Investigator to support this first product. Before starting PathMaker, Yaghoubi was President and CEO of Symbiotix Biotherapies, a pioneering venture-backed microbiome company developing novel molecular therapeutics. Previously, he was the first employee at Selecta Biosciences (Nasdaq:SELB) and BIND Therapeutics (Nasdaq:BIND), nanoparticle companies emerging from MIT. Earlier, Yaghoubi was at Zero Stage Capital, a venture capital firm where he was responsible for investing in the life sciences sector, and completed an internship at Advent International. Prior to this, he was a Health Care Entrepreneurship Fellow at Boston University. Dr. Yaghoubi received an MD and PhD in molecular pharmacology from the combined degree program at Boston University School of Medicine. His doctorate work on the development of high-throughput automated electrophysiological systems resulted in five issued US patents, received one of Boston University's highest awards for dissertational research, and was the basis of a venture-backed neuroscience company. Yaghoubi is extensively involved in mentoring young companies and has served/serves as a mentor, advisor, and reviewer with Massachusetts Biotechnology Council’s MassCONNECT program, Mass Life Sciences Center programs, and numerous international and university business plan competitions.
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