WASABI Discovery vol.6 "A Healthier Earth & Mankind with Euglena, Japan’s Microalgae Biotechnology"


24th May (Wed) 7:00pm WorkCentral @ Dhoby Ghaut

"Trending with experts on Japan's culture, tourism, & latest happenings."

What is Euglena? ​
Euglena is microalgae with only 0.05mm in length. It is a mysterious creature with the features of both plants and animals grows in fresh water. It can store energy by means of photosynthesis like plants while it can also move around like other microorganisms. Euglena was born 500 million years ago in the primitive age. Euglena was discovered by Antoni van Leeuwenhoek of Austria in the 1660’s. In 2005, euglena Co.,Ltd became the first in the world to succeed in outdoor commercial mass cultivation for food. Euglena is capable of creating nutrients through photosynthesis because it can grow using sunlight, water, CO2 and fertilisers. Another special feature is its capability to grow under high CO2 concentration of 1000 times the normal content in air. Euglena which has features of both plants and animals contains 59 varieties of nutrients, which is enough for human survival. When euglena grows through photosynthesis, it produces oil that can be used as biofuel that is suitable for jet-fuel, which also helps to reduce CO2 emission to the atmosphere.

About the Speakers

Ms. Keiko Ueki

Senior Staff, Raw Materials and Overseas Sales Section, Healthcare Business Division, euglena Co., Ltd. ​

Ms Keiko Ueki has many years of professional experience in the imported food industry, especially from Europe. She is now one of the staffs for euglena Co., Ltd., expanding the business in Singapore, as well as the ASEAN region. She was determined to join euglena Co., Ltd. in 2015, inspired by the corporate philosophy of "Make People and the Earth Healthy" and the charm of the uniqueness of Euglena as a healthcare material, which has features of both plants and animals.

Mr. Yuta Asayama

Manager, Life Science Section, Healthcare Business Division, euglena Co., Ltd. ​

After Mr Asayama studied about the photosynthesis of microalgae in the Department of Life Sciences in the Tokyo University of Pharmacy and Life Sciences, he joined euglena Co., Ltd. in 2009 with the passion to make the best out of microalgae’s photosynthesis capability. In managing a wide range of responsibilities at the company in its startup period, he was mainly in-charge of product quality assurance and application research in the healthcare business. He was involved in the development of "Midorimushi (Euglena) cookie" which was sold at the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation in Japan. He is also involved in functional research and planning research strategies.

About euglena Co., Ltd.

Established in 2005, they succeeded in the outdoor mass cultivation of the microalgae called Euglena (Japanese name: Midorimushi) for the first time in the world. With the corporate philosophy of "Make People and the Earth Healthy", they research, develop and sell food and cosmetics containing Euglena. By 2020, they aim to utilize it as the first algae biofuel in Japan and conduct research on biofuels. They won Prime Minister’s Award, the highest award in the 1st "Japan Venture Awards Program" in 2015. They were listed on the TSE Mothers in December 2012, and upgraded to the First Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange in December 2014.

Event detail

Date: 24th May (Wed) Evening: 1900~2130 (opening 1830)

Venue: WorkCentral, Brew House Singapore Shopping Centre 190 Clemenceau Avenue #06-03 Singapore 239924

Capacity: 50 people max

Fee: $50 (advance tickets $40),

Refreshment, drinks, beer, wine included

Language: English (some Japanese with interpretation)

Dress code: Smart casual


1830~1900 Registration, Refreshment & Networking

19015~1945 Introduction & short presentation by speakers

1945~2000 Panel discussion by speakers

2000~2015 Questions & discussion from the participants

2015~2030 Quiz & Prizes

2030~2130 More drinks & Networking

2130 The End

About WASABI Discovery

WASABI Discovery is a casual presentation and meet-up event for the world to make new discovery about Japan and its people.

At each event, we invite a couple of special guests to share and discuss about culture, people, happenings, or simply any topic from Japan that is worth discovering. We will also engage the participants in the conversation to make comparisons and contrasts with the local or other countries.

This is a meet-up for people who have great interest in Japan, it's traditions, and cultures. Participants are welcome to join in the conversation with the special guests, sharing experiences and opinions. If you have an interesting topic in mind, feel free to propose to us and make it into a great discussion session.

Language: English, or Japanese with English interpretation

Who should join in?

If you say "YES" to any of the following:

  • Do you want to learn about the deeper Japan from the experts?

  • Are you interested in culture, food and travel in Japan that you would not have known by yourself?

  • Would you want to find out about interesting social-cultural phenomenon in Japan and how it compare to other countries?

  • How about a relax evening after work, meeting like-minded people, with good food and drinks?


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Past WASABI Discovery Events

WASABI Discovery vol.1 "Japan Travel: the Paths Less Travelled" by JR East & IPPIN Cafe & Bar

WASABI Discovery: CHITOSE BIO EVOLUTION "Agriculture from Japan to the world" (Read more)

WASABI Discovery: Hoshino Coffee "Japan's Coffee & Cafe Culture" (Read more)

WASABI Discovery~ "Omotenashi... Revealing the secrets of Japan's hospitality" by Ishikawa Prefecture (Read more)

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7:00 PM - 9:30 PM SGT
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