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SPARK is proud to support the programs at institutions across the world working to develop their own translational research programs. 

SPARK NEWS around the globe

Innovating together: universities start program to accelerate growth of research-based companies in the health sector

The Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment, the University of Helsinki and the University of Tampere launch a development programme with objectives of enhancing the commercialisation abilities of researchers and research-based companies in the health sector and building internationally competitive, growing business in Finland.

US Congress Visit, May 2017

With congresswoman, Jackie Speier, and the California Life Science Association Board, visiting the US Congress, May 2017 to talk about life science and government.

Korea, 2015

On the KU Jeongneung Campus on September 4, 2015 Korea University held the launching ceremony for KU-MAGIC. The program is expected to emerge as a leading global complex in biomedical research, innovation, and commercialization.

Kevin presenting during the KU-MAGIC launch ceremony

The KU-Magic team celebrating the program's launch in September 2015

Dr. Ma Dong Hoon presenting at the KU-MAGIC Launch Ceremony

Taiwan, 2015

In August of 2015 the 1st SPARK International Conference National Taiwan University College of Management, Taipei, Taiwan

Organizers of the 1st International SPARK Conference

Daria speaking at the 1st SPARK International Conference

Conference attendees enjoying a presentation

Sydney, Australia, 2014

Kevin helping to celebrate the launch of SPARK Sydney

November, 2014

Singapore, 2014

Kevin delivers a talk entitled ‘An Expanded Role for Drug Development in Academia: The SPARK Approach.’

March, 2014

SPARK was pleased to have Dr. Yin-Ku Lin visit with teams and present a special lecture on his work with Traditional Chinese 
Medicine botanical treatments. His lecture was part of a special SPARK seminar on ‘Natural Products as Therapeutics’, which also featured Dr. William Fenical from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego.


Photo Credits:
Left to right: Che-Hong Chen (PhD, Senior Scientist, Stanford), Kevin Grimes, Yin-Ku Lin (MD, PhD, Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, Chang Gung University), Daria Mochly-Rosen

Tokyo, 2013

In December of 2013 Daria was invited to speak in Japan at University of Tokyo’s Translational Research Initiative (TRI) Symposium. The Administration plans to launch SPARK Japan in 2014. Learn more about launching a SPARK program at your institution.

Daria speaking at University of Tokyo's Translational Research Initiative Symposium


Photo Credits: Left to right: Daria, Masuhiro Kato (PhD; Project Professor, Translational Research Initiative, University of Tokyo), Nobuhito Saito (MD; Manager, Translational Research Acceleration Network Program and Vice Director/Head of Education and Research Support, The University of Tokyo Hospital)

Daria meets Masuo Aizawa, PhD; Advisor, Japan Science and Technology Agency


Taiwan, 2013

Kevin and Daria visited National Taiwan University and National Cheng Kung University to observe the progress of national translational efforts through Supra Incubation Center (SiiC) at their translational conference. 

SiiC Translational Conference

November, 2013

Visiting Scholars from Zimbabwe