RALEIGH, N.C. (September 28, 2012) – Nagoya University and North Carolina State University have agreed to renew their Industry-University Collaboration Agreement for an additional five years. This announcement comes in advance of the third annual NU Tech technology roundtable, a cooperative event hosted by the Technology Partnership of Nagoya University in partnership with North Carolina State University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Wake Forest University. This year’s event will take place at the North Carolina Biotechnology Center in Research Triangle Park on October 4. It will feature presentations of cutting-edge research innovations in the fields of diagnostics and molecular therapeutics.
“For the last five years, Nagoya University and NC State have strengthened their collaborative relationship in technology transfer,” said Dr. Michinari Hamaguchi President of Nagoya University. “For the next five years, we will pursue further collaborations toward promotion and commercialization of our research-driven intellectual property in the USA and Japan.”
“Over the past five years, NC State and Nagoya University have worked together to advance a common goal of promoting technology transfer, transforming our world through innovative solutions to grand challenges,” Dr. Randy Woodson, Chancellor of North Carolina State University. “We look forward to continuing this partnership with Nagoya University and collaborating in the global marketplace of ideas.”
The original Agreement between the universities was signed in 2007. It facilitated the establishment of Technology Partnership of Nagoya University offices in RTP, commonly known as NU Tech. The renewed agreement continues the primary goals of:
• Promoting industry-university collaborations involving NU and NC State in the USA and Japan
• Contribute to society via promotion and commercialization of university IP and research
• Information sharing on industries and research institutions in the USA and Japan
• Promotion of joint research
• Facilitate the exchange of research, academic and administrative staff
Professor Masahiro Abe, director of International Technology Transfer Headquarters for Industry, Academia and Government Cooperation for Nagoya University will fly in from Japan to attend the NU Tech Roundtable and meet with Michael J. Bustle, Associate Vice Provost and Director of the Global Training Initiative of NC State. Abe will also hold conversations with area business leaders and officials from other UNC and WFU. The roundtable is free to attend and is open to all business professionals, researchers and others interested in diagnostics and molecular therapeutics. For more information about the roundtable and registration, please see the event website.
The NU Tech Roundtable Series is designed to promote commercially promising research to the North Carolina life sciences industry. Held annually in October, the first roundtable in 2010 focused on plant and agricultural technology. The 2011 event focused on regenerative medicine.
About Nagoya University:
Nagoya University, home to four Nobel Peace Prize laureates and the development of the blue LED, is an elite educational hub in central Japan. Originally established as a temporary hospital and medical school in 1871, NU has long been a leader in higher education and research in Japan. Currently, NU has 13 graduate schools, nine undergraduate schools, three research institutions and 18 research centers. More than 16,000 students study and work with 2,000 faculty members and 2,000 support staff. Each year, NU enrolls 1,600 international students from all over the world.
About Technology Partnership of Nagoya University, Inc.:
Technology Partnership of Nagoya University, Inc. is 501(c)(3) registered non-profit organization founded by Nagoya University in 2007. Headquartered just outside of Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, NU Tech functions as a technology transfer office to commercialize Nagoya University’s technologies in the United States. It promotes research collaboration between US partners and Nagoya University, focusing on the life science and biotechnology fields. For more information about NU-Tech and its available technologies, please visit our web page at www.NUTechTransfer.org.