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Springboard Program in Yokohama 2019 Demo Day

by | Sep 18, 2019

The City of Yokohama and Kihara Memorial Yokohama Foundation are collaborating with CONNECT with San Diego Venture Group to promote rising life science companies through the Springboard Program in Yokohama, a three-months mentoring program. By virtue of CONNECT’s great assistance, four Japanese companies will be ready to pitch on October 10th at Bio Japan 2019, the largest life science partnering event in Asia.

Here are the four companies and presenters:

Nitto, developing “archelis”, a wearable chair intended to solve the physical stress of medical professionals caused by standing for long hours at work

Presenter: Hideyuki Fujisawa, CEO (Japanese only)


atDose, developing a mobile dosing and infusing device which can dose a very small amount precisely at a target point

Presenter: Hidenori Nakamura, CEO <>



Jiksak Bioengineering, supporting drug discovery and developing “Nerve organoid”, a realistic model of internal nervous tissue

Presenter: Norihiro Yumoto, Chief Technology Officer



ARTham Therapeutics, developing through a virtual R&D operating model drugs such as a treatment for non-alcoholic steatohepatitis

Presenter: Hiroshi Nagabukuro, COO/CSO



Yokohama City also has been partnered with the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) to include the event as a part of the Regional Business Conference (RBC) which aims to promote foreign investment to Japan. Four U.S. companies which completed the original program of the Springboard in San Diego are also scheduled to present at the event. Other U.S. and European companies (in the field of Regenerative Medicine, Pharmaceuticals, etc.) aiming to expand into the Japanese market will also deliver their pitches, back to back with the Demo Day of the Springboard Program in Yokohama.

Event Information

Date and Time: October 10th, 2019, starts at 12:45 PM

Venue: Pacifico Yokohama, Annex Hall, F205-206

Event Title: RBC YOKOHAMA Program Pitching Event(Yokohama Day)

Pre-Registration required at


CONNECT with San Diego Venture Grou

CONNECT and San Diego Venture Group, two major supporting institutions in San Diego, merged in April 2019. CONNECT is an accelerator supporting tech and life science startups, and San Diego Venture Group is an organization that works with its network of connections in venture capital to support fundraising. The merger enables the new CONNECT to provide even stronger and more stable services.


Kihara Memorial Yokohama Foundation

Encourages science and the diffusion of knowledge in the life-science sector, and supports R&D and business growth for Yokohama City, Kawasaki City, Kanagawa Prefecture, the Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry, and the Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development.


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