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STPI’s SPARK Team Shared Successful Experiences with Global SPARK Experts


STPI’s “SPARK Taiwan” project team members traveled to Japan and participated in SPARK Japan Exchange Session as well as “Research Studio 2018 powered by SPARK TPP Pitch” and “Open Seminar - Early Stage Technology Incubation and Acceleration” in the end of 2018.  Through these sharing and learning sessions, the SPARK Taiwan project team members absorb successful biomedical talent training model in various countries.  These models will be introduced to Taiwan’s SPARK training program, hoping to optimize the SPARK Taiwan’s screening system for the consultant team in order to promote the commercialization and application of research and development in local bio-medical industry.

            Group photo of “Research Studio 2018 powered by SPARK”

At the beginning of the visit, STPI’s SPARK team members attended the SPARK Japan Exchange Session held at the Medical School in the University of Tokyo.  This exchange session was hosted by Professor Yoshihiro Arakawa from University of Tsukuba.  Participating institutes include University of Tsukuba, University of Tokyo, Kyoto University and Kitasato University.  In addition to local universities in Japan, the organizers also invited Professor Kevin Grime, the co-Director of SPARK Program in Stanford University, and Mr. Christian Elze from Catenion consulting firm in Germany to join the session.  A number of international experts including Dr. Y. Jane Tseng, the SPARK Taiwan Program Director  from STPI, shared and exchanged the experiences of executing SPARK program in different countries.

Professor Kevin Grimes from Stanford SPARK shares Stanford experiences with participants

In the second half of the visit, STPI’s SPARK team members participated in "Research Studio 2018 powered by SPARK" which is co-hosted by Tsukuba Clinical Medical Research Institute of Tsukuba University and Keio University Hospital.  Sponsored by the Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development (AMED), "Research Studio 2018 powered by SPARK" is a two-and-a-half-month entrepreneurship training workshop divided into three phases.  The first phase is Boot Camp, which offers strategic courses such as product development, intellectual property rights and business models.  The second phase is the coaching and team work held weekly.  In this phase, international consultants help draft target product profile (TPP) and the business model.  In the third phase the team is required to do the wrap up presentation for both mid-term and final report.

Professor Yoshihiro Arakawa explains how ”Research Studio 2018 powered by SPARK” is organized

      Dr. Y. Jane Tseng from STPI’s SPARK Program shares Taiwan experiences