SAKAI Takayuki



Research Field

Technology Commercialization, Technology Transfer


Educational Background

Ph.D. , Kyoto Institute of Technology, September 2011

Current Position

Professor, Graduate School of science, Technology and Innovation, Kobe University

Academic Career

Dr. Takayuki Sakai is a Professor in the Graduate School of Science, Technology and Innovation at Kobe University. He obtained his M.E. and Ph.D. (Advanced Fibro-Science) at Kyoto Institude of Technology in Japan. Before joining Kobe University, he was a Professor at Tokushima University. He concurrently served as the president of Techno Network Shikoku (SHIKOKU TLO), the technology transfer office of the Shikoku Region, from 2013 to 2015. Prior to that, he was the Director of Kansai Technology Transfer Organization (Kansai TLO), the technology transfer office of Kyoto University, from 2006 to 2013. He concurrently served as a visiting scholar at the Center for Technology Enterprise and Commercialization, Cornell University from 2012 to 2013. Prior to the Kansai TLO, he was Assistant Director of the Enterprise and Commercialization Division of Ritsumeikan University, from 1999 to 2006. Before he moved to Ritsumeikan University, Dr. Sakai worked in the International Operations Division of Mitsubishi Motors, as well as played rugby on their semi-professional team.


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