The MIT Startup Showcase in Tokyo, Japan, will feature MIT-connected startups leading innovation and disruption in Artificial Intelligence, Energy, Metaverse, Life Science, Quantum Computing, Robotics, Sustainability, Renewable Energy, Nanostructured Carbon, and more.
The day’s agenda will include lightning talks, startup exhibits, and networking opportunities with MIT-connected startups and industry professionals.
MIT Startup Exchange actively promotes collaboration and partnerships between MIT-connected startups and industry, exclusively members of MIT's Industrial Liaison Program. MIT-connected startups are based on licensed MIT technology or are founded by MIT faculty, staff, and alumni. Currently, over 1,400 startups are registered with MIT Startup Exchange.
John Roberts has been Executive Director of MIT Corporate Relations (Interim) since February 2022. He obtained his Ph.D. in organic chemistry at MIT and returned to the university after a 20-year career in the pharmaceutical industry, joining the MIT Industrial Liaison Program (ILP) in 2013. Prior to his return, John worked at small, medium, and large companies, holding positions that allowed him to exploit his passions in synthetic chemistry, project leadership, and alliance management while growing his responsibilities for managing others, ultimately as a department head. As a program director at MIT, John built a portfolio of ILP member companies, mostly in the pharmaceutical industry and headquartered in Japan, connecting them to engagement opportunities in the MIT community. Soon after returning to MIT, John began to lead a group of program directors with a combined portfolio of 60-80 global companies. In his current role, John oversees MIT Corporate Relations which houses ILP and MIT Startup Exchange.
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Blade is an innovation and user-experience expert, Sr. Lecturer at MIT on Design-Thinking and Innovation, and provides consulting service in Design-Thinking (www.bladekotelly.com), Blade’s consulting services helps top brands to innovate radically on their product and services, and teaches corporate teams how to create solutions that customers love.
Prior to that, Blade led the Advanced Concept Lab at Sonos where he defined the future experience that will fill your home with music. Prior to joining Sonos, Blade was the VP Design & Consumer Experience at Jibo, Inc. where he was in charge of the industrial-design, human-factors, user-interface, brand, packaging, web experience supporting Jibo, the world’s first social robot for the home. Blade has also designed a variety of technologies including ones at Rapid7, an enterprise security-software company, StorytellingMachines, a software firm enabling anyone to make high-impact movies, Endeca Technologies, a search and information access software technology company, Edify and SpeechWorks, companies that provided speech-recognition solutions to the Fortune 1000.
Blade wrote the book on speech-recognition interface design (Addison Wesley, 2003), The Art and Business of Speech Recognition: Creating the Noble Voice and his work and thoughts have been featured in publications including The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and on media including TechTV, NPR, and the BBC.
Since 2003, Blade has taught courses on design-thinking. He's a frequent guest lecturer at Stanford University and Harvard University, and holds a Bachelors of Science in Human-Factors Engineering from Tufts University and a Master of Science in Engineering and Management from MIT.
When it comes to innovation, startups can often remain innovative for years, while established companies might need to create innovation initiatives to continue to stay competitive and reach their business goals. But what causes this difference, and how can these companies bridge the gap?
Large organizations need to behave differently in order to foster successful innovation approaches, to understand how to take the right kinds of risks, and to create cultural change that will be successful for the next 30 years. Meanwhile, startups need to postpone acting and operating like large organizations to continue to innovate.
For companies both large and small to truly disrupt and transform, innovation requires the ability to understand how to create a repeatable culture of innovation by uncovering the innovation skills of every employee, incorporating new processes designed to enhance and show the innovation process, and implement the leadership skills needed for innovation.
Patrick Teyssonneyre is an entrepreneur, angel investor, and accomplished senior executive with over 20 years of global experience in Deep Tech Ventures, Climate Tech, and General Management of Innovation and Technology, having led the development of numerous Technologies, Products, and Applications into successful commercialization in the Chemical and Materials Industries. Teyssonneyre has a B.S. in Materials Engineering and earned an M.B.A. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
Dr. Catherine Havasi is the Chief Product Officer at Basis Technology, which has been providing AI-powered identity resolution and text understanding for mission-critical industries such as finance, legal, insurance, and the public sector for 10 years. She taught machine learning and go-to-market strategy at MIT, where she ran the Digital Intuition Group and has been a pioneer in human and AI collaboration. She is also a two-time entrepreneur founding both Luminoso and the regtech company Dalang. She has been working on helping computers understand Japanese for over fifteen years.
Kota Weaver is a co-founder and CTO of Skylla Technologies, located in Lexington, Massachusetts, and a spin-off from Prof. Harry Asada’s lab at MIT. Skylla is transforming the manufacturing industry with its Jetstream Controller, a robot intelligence platform that features human-aware navigation and exceptional endpoint positioning accuracy. Skylla can help customers quickly and cost-effectively deploy mobile manipulators and other vehicular robots for a wide range of applications in manufacturing, construction, and public service.
Kota has prior experience at Neurala and Boston Incubation Center, working on various AI/ML, computer vision and robotics projects. He has a BS degree in Computer Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Alberto Moel is the VP of Partnerships and Strategy at Veo Robotics, making industrial robots collaborative. He is responsible for industry partnerships, intellectual property, market and competitive analysis, and company strategy. Previously a Senior Research Analyst at Sanford C. Bernstein in Hong Kong, where he covered Asian high technology companies in the automation and robotics, manufacturing technology, display, and PC OEM sectors. Previously, he was Principal in the Hong Kong office and co-leader of the Tokyo office of Monitor Group. At Monitor, he specialized in technology strategy and corporate finance for Asian high-tech companies, with an industry focus in consumer electronics, flat panel displays, and semiconductors. Worked extensively with private equity and other financial investors in identifying opportunities, performing due diligence, and supporting turnaround efforts post-acquisition or investment. In addition, a Professor and Lecturer at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and at Harvard Business School, co-founded a successful Brazilian hedge fund, and worked at JP Morgan (New York and Mexico City), Toshiba Corporation in Japan, and IBM Corporation in New York, Cambridge, and Zurich. A native of Mexico, he has SB, SM, and ScD degrees from MIT, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Vishal (‘Vish’) is the CEO and co-founder of SoWork - the 'Workplace Metaverse' - founded at Harvard's iLab. SoWork started off as a more human way for his team to internally communicate, and now Fortune 10 companies and thousands of companies and startups alike enter the SoWork Metaverse to work, socialize, build communities, and host events. Besides being a CEO, Vishal is a medical doctor, an Entrepreneur-in-Residence with Harvard Alumni Entrepreneurs, a Mentor at the Oxford Foundry, and Alumni Advisor at MassChallenge Boston. In his prior life, Vish worked at the World Health Organization in Geneva, and became one of the highest rated Teaching Fellows at Khan Academy in Health and Medicine. Vish likes traveling, playing videogames and hockey, and building things with smart people.
Ali Merchant is the co-founder and CEO of iQ3Connect. He has worked and published in the aerospace industry in the area of numerical simulation and design optimization of gas turbines. Design methods and tools he has developed are used for gas turbine design in universities and industry. He brings 15 years of experience and knowledge of CAD, CAE, and multi-disciplinary product design to the iQ3Connect team. Ali holds a Masters and Ph.D. from the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Sean Mihm is Director of Mechanical Engineering at CATALOG where he is responsible for leading CATALOG’s storage efforts through hardware and process development of DNA Writing, platform advancement, and supporting the drive toward commercial readiness. As part of the team for nearly four years, Sean has been instrumental in the development of the world’s first automated, high throughput DNA Data Storage Writer, Shannon, which was awarded Time 100 best inventions in 2019.
Previously, Sean co-founded a point-of-care blood-based diagnostic device leveraging protein engineering and novel microfluidic strategies to offer personalized blood thinner recommendations to patients. Sean is passionate about the unique utilization of biology to solve the world’s most complex problems, innovative design, and sustainability. Sean holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology.
Adam’s career has spanned over three decades advancing new battery and fuel cell products for energy storage, consumer electronics, and military and industrial markets. Adam led Duracell’s OEM sales and consulting group. He was president of Millennium Cell and CEO of Acumentrics, fuel cell technology developers and manufacturers. Most recently as the Chief Commercial Officer of NEC Energy Solutions, he led the capture of grid-scale energy storage projects for that leading energy storage integrator over a four-year growth period.
Adam’s experience in the introduction of new battery products has been instrumental in guiding Ambri towards energy storage markets and partnerships.
Trevor Best is the CEO and Co-Founder of Syzygy Plasmonics. Syzygy Plasmonics is pioneering a new type of chemical reactor driven by light rather than heat, enabling the potential for dramatically more efficient chemical manufacturing. At Syzygy, he has successfully raised three funding rounds. He is currently focusing on bringing Syzygy’s revolutionary photochemical technology to market. Before starting Syzygy, he worked for Baker Hughes. There he steadily progressed into management, where he gained expertise in quality assurance (Six Sigma Black Belt), regulatory compliance, technology development management, project and personnel management, supply chain management, internal/external communications, and business process architecture.
Shoji Nishiura has over thirty years of experience architecting and selling solutions for BSS/OSS, Big Data, and Cloud financial management across many verticals. Shoji's past experience includes working 15 years at HP, working at Vodafone/SoftBank, and a management consulting firm. He graduated with a master's in opto-electronics and bachelor's in solid state physics/electronics engineering from Tokushima University in Japan.
Joel is above all an advocate for climate action and is the co-founder and CEO of Swift Solar, a CA-based startup developing next-generation perovskite solar cell technology. Before founding Swift in 2017, he served as Executive Director of the Tata-MIT GridEdge Solar research program, which focuses on scale-up of new solar photovoltaic technologies for India and other developing countries. As an NSF Fellow at MIT, Joel developed ultra-lightweight and flexible solar cells that were recognized by the 2017 Katerva Award. He was named a Forbes 30 Under 30 Fellow in Energy and one of Business Insider’s Rising Stars of Clean Energy. He co-authored the MIT Future of Solar Energy Study and has worked extensively on emerging PV materials and devices, techno-economic analysis, and energy and climate policy. Joel holds a PhD and SM in electrical engineering from MIT and a BS with distinction from Stanford University.
Roy has over 20 years of computational drug discovery experience, including 5 years as co-founder and CEO of Modulus Discovery, and prior to this, 10 years at Bristol-Myers Squibb in Connecticut, 2 years at Variagenics, a personalized medicine company formerly in Cambridge, MA, and 4 years at Schrodinger, Inc. where he was responsible for launching collaborative research projects with global pharmaceutical firms and top academic laboratories. Roy also previously served as Visiting Associate Professor at the Tokyo Institute of Technology where he lectured on drug discovery and biotechnology entrepreneurship. Roy received his Ph.D. in biomedical engineering from Boston University and completed his post-doctoral studies at MIT.
Andrew A. Radin is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Aria Pharmaceuticals, a preclinical-stage pharmaceutical company discovering and developing novel small molecule therapies for complex and hard-to-treat diseases. Andrew created the company’s first drug development algorithms as part of his studies in biomedical informatics at Stanford University in 2014. Since co-founding Aria, Andrew was named an Emerging Pharma Leader by Pharma Executive magazine, was invited to give a TEDMED talk, and was named a Top 100 AI Leader by Deep Knowledge Analytics.
Prior to co-founding Aria, Andrew served as Chief Technology Officer at several successful internet startups. His prior projects have reached tens of millions of people in telephony systems, advertising networks, video games, and geographical mapping systems. Andrew studied Biomedical Informatics in Stanford University's SCPD graduate program and holds Master of Science and Bachelor of Science degrees in Computer Science from Rochester Institute of Technology.
Ms. Kerin Perez Harwood, Director of Business Development at Nano-C, has 10 years of global industry experience in bringing new materials and chemicals to market. She has a diverse professional background spanning commercial, operations, and development roles. Ms. Perez Harwood leads all business and strategy-related activities for the Semiconductor and Optical Semiconductor materials business at Nano-C and is an active member of the executive management team. She also works with small local businesses as a business planning and marketing consultant primarily focused on upgrading business technology systems and marketing strategy. Prior to joining Nano-C, Ms. Perez Harwood was Business Development Manager for Merck KGaA / EMD Performance Materials (now EMD Electronics) covering Lighting, Photovoltaics, Display Technologies, and related materials for printed electronics. She successfully built and managed relationships with customers and strategic partners with major U.S. solar and lighting manufacturers, leading U.S. technology companies, and high-tech startups. With a focus on driving multi-million-dollar sales growth and market expansion, Ms. Perez Harwood led and executed commercial agreements driving the diversification of Merck’s product pipeline. With her years of corporate experience, she brings a unique and valuable perspective to Nano-C, as she views negotiations through the corporate lens. Ms. Perez Harwood managed all commercial activities related to customer programs from the early stage to mass production, including communications strategy, price negotiation, and forecasting. Prior to Merck, she was with Siemens HealthCare Diagnostics (now Siemens Healthineers). She also has a personal interest in health and wellness and has pursued several related entrepreneurial endeavors. Ms. Perez Harwood holds an MBA from F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson College.