Bio-oriented Technology Research Advancement Institution, NARO (BRAIN)

New prospect of agriculture and bioindustry using genome editing technology

The second phase of the Cross-ministerial Strategic Innovation Promotion Program (SIP) "Smart bioindustry and agricultural infrastructure technology" program under the Cross-ministerial Strategic Innovation Promotion Program (SIP) was started at the end of November 2018. In the first phase of SIP, four research groups have jointly promoted the technologies for creating next-generation agriculture, forestry and fisheries. It is necessary to make further use of its results in the future and develop precision genome-editing basic technology and applied technology to plants.

An inter-project joint open seminar aimed at giving an overview of the current status and challenges for practical application of genome editing research in Japan will be held on February 7, 2019. In this seminar, Prof. Daniel Voytas of University of Minnesota who has developed TALENs for genome editing, will give an overview of the recent advances in genome editing technology including efforts of US enterprises on developing crops that provide consumer benefit. In addition, presentations will also include the outputs and social implementation of the first phase of SIP, the efforts of the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO), the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), Program on Open Innovation Platform with Enterprises, Research Institute and Academia (OPERA) of JST, Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development (AMED) etc.

The seminar is open to all interested parties. Please feel free to join us. The seminar will be conducted in English.

Date and time:

Feb 7, 2019 (Thur)
13: 00 ~ 17: 00 (Registration starts from 12:30)


Ochanomizu University
Room 201 Inter-Faculty Building 2
2-1-1 Ohtsuka, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 112-8610, Japan
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  • Next-Generation Breeding Technology Consortium, the Technologies for Creating Next-generation Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, SIP
  • Genome Editing Consortium, Innovative Design / Manufacturing Technologies, SIP

Program details


Please send your application with name, affiliation to There will be a reception party for exchange of information after the seminar. If you would like to participate, please contact us via email ( before January 30.

For inquiries

Please contact Dr. Sakiko Hirose at
SIP Next Generation Breeding Techniques Consortium
Institute of Agrobiological Sciences, NARO