Brabant Innovation Days 2022: Tokyo Meeting Nov 16th

Automotive Campus Helmond, home of mobility innovation


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Here’s an open invitation to attend the

2022 Smart & Green Life Innovation Summit.

Preparing for Society 5.0. Organised by Brabant Innovation Days.

In Tokyo on Wednesday, November 16th 2022



Meeting Location: The Okura conference center in Minato City, Tokyo 105-0001.


There are less than 1000 days before the World Expo opens its doors at Osaka World Expo 2025 on 13th April 2025. The six-month event expects to welcome over 28 million business and private visitors.  The theme “Designing Future Society for Our Lives” perfectly fits the Society 5.0 concept first launched by the Japanese Cabinet Office in 2016.  

The Netherlands is already preparing its pavilion, having reserved 2.865 million Yen (€20 million) for its pavilion to showcase breakthrough innovation to the world.


Already this year, the high-tech region of North Brabant in the Southern Netherlands is expanding its close ties with many companies and universities in Japan. The goal is to accelerate the discussion of important issues that form part of Society 5.0 as soon as possible.



Details of the 2022 Smart & Green Life Innovation Summit.


On Wednesday, November 16th 2022, starting at 1200 pm, the Netherlands high-tech region of North Brabant will share many breakthrough innovations in a special one-day summit to be held in Tokyo.


Designed to appeal to both industry leaders and high-tech startups, this meeting is a catalyst to foster more effective innovation and international collaboration between Japan and The Netherlands. This meeting focuses on two critical themes relevant to Japanese society.


1.     Advanced personalised healthcare,

2.     Smart and sustainable mobility.


Here is more background on the topics in brief:


1.    Personalised Healthcare: Towards artificial organs by 2030.

More than 850 million people worldwide live with kidney diseases, including around 348,000 chronic dialysis patients in Japan. Yet, fifty years after hemodialysis became widespread, dialysis patients still need to visit a hospital three times a week for a 4 hr dialysis treatment. Their number increases every year, and the annual medical cost of dialysis treatment in Japan is approx 1.6 trillion yen (Japanese Society for Dialysis Therapy :JSDT).


At our summit on November 16th, Professor Fokko Wieringa ( IMEC Holst Centre, Eindhoven) will share his international work to launch an eco-efficient portable, wearable kidney dialysis machine by 2024. Dialysis patients were a high-risk group during the recent Covid-19 pandemic exposing the strong need for home dialysis.


But the ultimate goal is to create an artificial kidney that can be implanted in the body. Holst Center is aiming for the realization of the implantable artificial kidney by 2030, using the latest Organ-on-Chip technologies using new biocompatible materials and nanotechnology.  Wieringa estimates that an implantable artificial kidney could reduce the cost of caring for patients with kidney disease by 60 to 80 per cent.

The urgency is also high in the field of regenerative medicine. Promising therapies are in the pipeline from the lab to the patient, but next-generation infrastructure is needed to manufacture therapies in high quantity at lower cost. The Netherlands “Regenerative Medicine Crossing Borders” project is a new patient-driven public-private partnership dedicated to bringing affordable regenerative medicine solutions to patients with chronic conditions.  RegMed XB’s ambitious research currently focuses on curing type 1 diabetes, kidney failure, osteoarthritis and cardiovascular disease. Major Japanese companies including Fujifilm are working on solutions with us. More details on November 16th.


Brabant is home to over 910 life science and health companies, making it the leading Dutch province in European healthcare innovation.


2.    Breakthrough Smart Mobility Solutions for 2022 and beyond:


Across the Brabant region, many Dutch and Japanese companies are working together on smart mobility solutions for the smart cities of the near future. On November 16th we’ll be showcasing the latest developments, many centred around Europe’s most innovative automotive campus in Helmond. These include:


NXP, a leading system supplier for the Japanese automotive industry is working with TU/e Eindhoven Engine on a smart mobility project involving their Blue Box onboard computer.


Organisations in Brabant are exploring links with photonics scientists at Kyoto University who are at an advanced stage of a revolutionary kind of LIDAR (PCSCELS).


TNO (Netherlands Organisation for Applied Research) in Helmond is currently working with several Japanese companies on advanced perception detection. In order to reduce spiralling congestion on our roads, semi-autonomous smart truck “convoys” are now being trialled. This is all part of 2025 roadmap toward truck platooning.

On November 16th, we’ll examine projects with several Japanese OEMs in automotive and motorcyles.


The other area of interest includes alternative fuels for the hydrogen combustion engine a field that TNO Helmond is developing with Japanese partners, including their MEMS programme, (modular energy management systems). This is a bespoke technology designed for automotive OEMs to implement hybrid technologies, including next generation batteries as well as various types of fuel cells. Note that hydrogen fuel is going to be important to power large ships as well.


Brabant is also home to an intricate network of leading companies. During the summit we’ll look behind the scenes at ELEO, a company where high performance, tailor made, battery packs are assembled.  Japanese Mirai Data is developing an autonomously controlled two-seater for older people. And Sekisui is a major Japanese materials company working in Brabant on improving safety technologies for both cars and trucks.



Conference Format:


The series of presentations will be given in English, but there will be Japanese translation facilities. Questions can be asked in Japanese or English. In addition, we will provide networking opportunities along with a buffet lunch and drinks.