Images taken at OIST Meetup on 9/10

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Growing out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Series, the Business & Public Policy Programs delve into the major economic, trade, and international issues facing the US-Japan relationship. All programs feature a keynote speaker and opportunities for networking. Programs are held quarterly.

The OIST Experiment: Building a World-Class Scientific Research University: Tuesday, September 10

Join the Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia at the third US-Japan Business Meetup Philly, presented by AGC Chemicals and hosted by Volpe & Koenig. We will welcome Dr. Mary Collins, Provost, Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology and David Janes, Senior Advisor for Institutional Development at OIST and Managing Director of the OIST Foundation.

In just eight short years as a graduate university in Okinawa, OIST was listed this year as one of the 10 top scientific research institution globally according to Nature Magazine’s normalized rankings. This places OIST above MIT globally and first in Japan. With this recognition, OIST is rapidly realizing its aim of becoming a world-class scientific institution based in Japan that is truly global. OIST aims to be a challenge to traditional education in Japan and also intends to promote the sustainable development of Okinawa.

Dr. Collins will discuss the creation of OIST, its rapid move from concept to reality, and how it was able to achieve such remarkable status in such a brief span. She will also discuss new insights into the nature of cutting edge scientific research in Japan. Mr. Janes will discuss OIST’s role in US-Japan science diplomacy, and how OIST is enhancing Okinawa.

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Schedule of Events
5:00 PM Registration Opens/Networking
6:10 PM Program
6:45 PM Q&A
7:00 PM Event Concludes


Mary Collins is a British immunologist and virologist. From 2005-15 she directed the Medical Research Council Centre for Medical Molecular Virology at University College London, a national hub for research and training in human viral infectious disease, studying its cause, prevention and treatment. Mary’s own research program is known for the development of genetic tools to treat human disease. Her leadership roles at University College London also included Dean of the Life Sciences Faculty from 2009-2014. In September 2016 Mary relocated to Onna-son, Okinawa to work at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology. OIST is a new Japanese strategic project, aiming to develop a world class international graduate university on the beautiful sub-tropical island of Okinawa.

Mary is Provost at OIST. Her responsibilities involve coordinating the work of seventy Professors, four hundred researchers and two hundred students, whose research topics span all of science from pure mathematics to marine biology.

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Former speakers

Issei Hatakeyama, President of JETRO New York
Koji Abe, Deputy Chief of Mission, Consulate General of Japan in New York
Ambassador Shin’ichi Nishimiya
Shuhei Aoki, Manager for the Americas, Bank of Japan
Kiichiro Sato, President, JETRO New York
Seiei Ono, President and CEO, Mitsubishi Corporation Americas
Ambassador Charlene Barshefsky, former U.S. trade representative and negotiator with both Japan and China

The 2019 US-Japan Business and Public Policy Series is presented with support from AGC.

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