Agenda - LES Asia


DAY 1 ( 10.17.2017 )

Time Topic Location
6:00pm - 8:00pm

Welcome Cocktails / Dinner

Arcana Tokyo (JP Tower KITTE 6th Floor, 2-7-2 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan)

DAY 2 ( 10.18.2017 )

Time Topic Speakers
9:00am - 9:15am
Conference Registration and Information Desk Open
9:15am - 9:25am
Welcome and Introductions
Cort Isernhagen, Managing Director Asia-Pacific, Lux Research
9:25am - 10:00am
Lux Research Opening Keynote: Lux Research Keynote Address: The Innovation Paradox
An eye-popping variety of inventions are making us more connected, providing us more choices, and giving us more capabilities than ever before. But despite this cornucopia of technologies, too often companies, industries, and nations struggle still to find real growth. Political discontent is on the rise, and a swelling group of skeptics lament slow productivity gains and ask plaintively why we got 140 characters instead of flying cars. The pace of technology change seems greater than ever, but why hasn’t the flood of innovation and disruption made our world happier and more prosperous? And how can companies sort through the flood of data and information to focus on those innovations that will really move the needle for growth?
Michael Holman, Ph.D., VP Research, Lux Research
10:00am - 10:30am

Perspective of Information Technology’s Role Change and Associated Insights

The role of the Information Technology has drastically changed in the past two decades – it became a critical infrastructure of the industries in 1990s, but now it is becoming an indispensable infrastructure for the societies thanks to the technological progress in computation processing power and data handling, service oriented architecture, cloud computing, big data and artificial intelligence. This brought about several changes as well: 1) the value is now located in the ecosystem around services rather than things themselves; 2) the boundaries are blurring among physical things and cyber space, individuals / institutions and communities, machines and humans. We need to define new identities and new ecosystems based on the fusion of cyber and physical things. In this presentation, we will discuss the vision “Reality 2.0”, and how Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings applies these ideas to drive digital transformation within its organization.

Kazuo Iwano, Ph.D., Executive Officer and Chief Digital Officer, Emerging Technology and Business
Development Office,
Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Corporation
10:30am - 11:00am
Networking Break
11:00am - 11:30am

The Best of Both Worlds: Using Data and Insight to Drive Your Digital Transformation

Growth is a critical imperative for many organizations and history has shown that the only truly sustainable source of growth is leveraging technology innovation. Unfortunately, many companies do not truly understand what the future of innovation means for them. Even more alarming, the present state of innovation eludes many, and in some cases the past remains opaque as well. New research demonstrates that even technology inflection points that occurred 5 to 10 years ago often fail to register for these organizations until it is too late. These organizations miss these inflection points because the signals are often scattered and buried across disparate and under-appreciated datasets. This delay in understanding often results in lost opportunities or wasted investments, even though the solution is most likely in the organization’s grasp. This presentation will take a focused look at our proprietary data-driven methodology for analyzing complex data sets, to generate a signal, which pinpoints the state of innovation for any technology. We will demonstrate how this methodology is effective by examining a variety of use cases, and in particular the evolution and traction for digital technologies. We conclude by detailing how companies should augment their conventional technology foresight efforts with an accurate big data and analytics strategy, and warn of specific hidden pitfalls that can falter such efforts.

Kevin See, Ph.D., VP of Digital Products, Lux Research
11:30am - 12:00pm
Materials 2030: Building a Digital Bridge to Tomorrow’s Business Model
The material and chemical industry is under ever mounting pressure to improve efficiency, margins, and develop new business. To do so, the industry has begun to turn to digital tools such as materials informatics, predictive analytics, and new digital sales channels. The effect of this digital transformation will be much broader, however, transforming traditional roles and activities in the material and chemicals industry, with ripple effects throughout every value chain. In this talk, Lux identifies key actions that players in the materials space and downstream can take to own this transformation.
Anthony Schiavo, Analyst, Lux Research
12:00pm - 12:30pm
The Great Energy Transition: Scouting for Energy’s Five-Tool Player
The global energy transition is already underway and the near-term impacts have already been felt by several major energy players in their recent financial performances. In reaction, many have taken strides in improving operational efficiency, diversifying product offerings, and even completely transforming its business model. However, this approach has been reactive to an industry transformation that is inevitable. In order to mitigate risk and take advantage of emerging opportunities arising in the changing energy system, Lux has identified five key technology bets and hedges that will be essential in this dynamic and evolving energy landscape.
Yuan-Sheng Yu, Analyst, Lux Research
12:30pm - 1:00pm

The Rise of Consumer Health & Wellness: Selling Wellness: Do Consumers Pay for Perceived or Actual Value?

From non-GMO and organic food to activity tracking and “natural” ingredients, consumers care about and are willing to pay for wellness. Some estimates put the wellness market at nearly $4 trillion, but do these products actually improve wellness or are they merely gimmicks masquerading as solutions? With definitions of wellness as varied as the solutions promising to deliver it, we examine the commercial opportunities to understand which solutions actually deliver value and which are just snake oil. We’ll also explore how companies can engage, retain, and sell wellness to consumers and whether consumers are willing to pay more for actual value.

Sara Olson, Ph.D., Senior Analyst, Lux Research
1:00pm - 2:10pm
Networking Lunch
2:10pm - 2:35pm

Catalyzing Growth for Start-Ups & Small-Medium Businesses with Nanotechnology

NanoMalaysia’s business model is underpinned by technological intervention and strategic positioning for start-ups and small-medium businesses. Nanotechnology’s value-add is manifested in two major programs namely iNanovation and National Graphene Action Plan 2020 whereby enterprises are provided with growth and new market penetration opportunities. Activation of supply and value chains are key to effective roll out of the said commercialization plans.

Rezal Khairi Ahmad, Ph.D., CEO, NanoMalaysia
2:35pm - 3:45pm
Speed Pitches
Moderator: Cort Isernhagen, Managing Director Asia Pacific, Lux Research
Participant Companies:

Phil Blyth, Ph.D., CEO and Founder, GreenSync
CC Keong, CEO, IGL Coatings
Phillip Aitchison, Ph.D., COO and Head of R&D, Imagine Intelligent Materials
Kerry Thacher, CEO and Founder, Librestream Technologies
David Lester, Ph.D., CEO, NIESM

Markus Moor, Partner, Emerald Technology Ventures
Chris Aurand, Ph.D., Senior Expert – Innovation Global Sourcing, Mitr Phol
Jack Motoyama, Management Professor Center for Innovation and Business, Tohoku University


3:45pm - 4:15pm
Networking Break
4:15pm - 4:45pm

Innovation at Felda Global Ventures: How R&D Drives Growth

This presentation will discuss oil palm breeding programme that includes both conventional and molecular breeding technology that has put FGV to be the number 1 oil palm seed producer in the ASEAN region.


Sharifah Shahrul Rabiah, Ph.D., CEO and VP, Felda Global Ventures Research and Development
4:45pm - 5:15pm

Lux Research Closing Keynote: 2020 Vision

The year 2020 has long been a milestone of the future; a time ahead when the world’s most pressing problems would be solved in a dreamy technoutopia, or – more pessimistically – so out of control that civilization itself would collapse into a new stone age. Now 2020 is well within most corporations’ strategic planning horizons, but still a mystery; as with human vision, our ability to see clearly both near and far is deteriorating. Will technology for human rights be the next cleantech; how will post-capitalist economics work; will we finally have flying cars? Find out what will be world-changing or meh, inevitable and impossible, over the next 3 years and thirty – when the 2050 milestone will be upon us before we know it.

Mark Bünger, VP Research, Lux Research
5:15pm - 5:20pm Wrap Up Cort Isernhagen, Managing Director Asia-Pacific, Lux Research
5:20pm - 6:30pm


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