Kathryn Ibata-Arens is Vincent de Paul Professor and Director of the Global Asian Studies Program, DePaul University. Her current scholarly work focuses on innovation and entrepreneurship in Asia, science and technology policy, women’s economic empowerment, and inclusive innovation in access and benefit sharing of plant genomic resources for medicinals. Ibata-Arens’ current research analyzes technology leadership, innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystem development in biomedical industries in Asia. Her current book, Beyond Technonationalism: Biomedical Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Asia (2019) Stanford University Press, analyzes national policy and firm level strategy in China, India, Japan, and Singapore. From 2012 to 2013 she served on the METI-State Department Japan-US Innovation and Entrepreneurship Council, and is currently on the Board of Directors of the Japan-America Society of Chicago and a member of the U.S.-Japan Council. Previous research, utilizing social network analysis and GIS methodologies, examines emerging life science (biotechnology and medical devices) regions in Japan and the United States. In 2012, Ibata-Arens was a visiting researcher at the Research Center for Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI, Tokyo) and Ritsumeikan University Research Center for Innovation Management (Kyoto) (2011-2012). In 2008, Ibata-Arens was a Japan Policy Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, DC and received a Sloan Foundation Industry Studies Grant for her work on national entrepreneurship and innovation policy. Her dissertation research was conducted at the Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology (RCAST) at the University of Tokyo as a Fulbright Doctoral Fellow. Ibata-Arens’ previous book, Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Japan: Politics, Organizations and High Technology Firms (Cambridge University Press, 2005) analyzes leading high technology firms and regional economies in Kyoto, Osaka and Tokyo. She received a BA from Loyola University Chicago and a Ph.D. from Northwestern University.
Specialties: innovation and entrepreneurship strategy, economic development, policy analysis, high technology, life science entrepreneurship, Japan, Asia, entrepreneurial ecosystems
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