Prof. Dr. Lorenz Granrath 29 Jahre Erfahrung

After gra­dua­ting with a degree in indus­tri­al engi­nee­ring from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Karls­ru­he in Ger­ma­ny, Prof. Dr. Lorenz Gran­rath at the Uni­ver­si­ty of St. Gal­len in Switzerland.

During this time he was a visi­ting scho­lar at Tokyo Uni­ver­si­ty and spent a year rese­ar­ching the exch­an­ge and pro­tec­tion of tech­no­lo­gies in coope­ra­ti­on with Japa­ne­se companies.

After a care­er in indus­try and tech­ni­cal con­sul­ting, Prof. Dr. Gran­rath assu­med respon­si­bi­li­ty as the main repre­sen­ta­ti­ve for Japan for Fraun­ho­fer, Europe’s lar­gest insti­tu­te for appli­ed rese­arch. After set­ting up the repre­sen­ta­ti­ve office in Japan, he estab­lished rese­arch and deve­lo­p­ment part­ner­ships with many lar­ge Japa­ne­se companies.

Sin­ce 2014 Prof. Dr. Gran­rath is the super­vi­so­ry inno­va­ti­on coor­di­na­tor of the Japa­ne­se Natio­nal Insti­tu­te for Advan­ced Indus­tri­al Sci­ence and Tech­no­lo­gy (AIST) and repres­ents seve­ral high-tech com­pa­nies in Japan.

He has more than 25 years of expe­ri­ence in Japan with tech­no­lo­gy trans­fer from sci­ence to indus­try and go-to-mar­ket stra­tegy for high-tech pro­ducts. He suc­cessful­ly sold R&D ser­vice to many big Japa­ne­se Com­pa­nies, advi­sed com­pa­nies and start-ups, ope­ned a Lab at Toho­ku Uni­ver­si­ty. His are­as of exper­ti­se include arti­fi­ci­al intel­li­gence, the Inter­net of Things, the envi­ron­ment and rene­wa­ble ener­gies, life sci­en­ces, mate­ri­als rese­arch and electronics.

Personal Information

NameProf. Dr. Lorenz Granrath
Address 7–6‑26 Aka­sa­ka, Mina­to-ku, kyo 107‑0055, Japan 
Pho­ne +81–90 9137 6736 
Date of Birth02.09.1961
Marital Sta­tusMar­ried, one daughter


Assistant Pro­fes­sor / Seni­or Advi­sor with more than 25 years of expe­ri­ence in Tech­no­lo­gy Trans­fer bet­ween Aca­de­mia and Indus­try and B2B for High-Tech Pro­ducts. Suc­cessful in AI, Envi­ron­ment Tech­no­lo­gy, Rene­wa­ble Ener­gy, Life­sci­en­ces, Mate­ri­als, Electronics.

Current Work

Assistant Pro­fes­sorToho­ku Uni­ver­si­ty, Smart Aging Rese­arch Cen­ter, sin­ce 5/2021
• Inter­na­tio­nal pro­jects with indus­try / sci­ence by AI & Digi­ta­liza­ti­on
• Dis­se­mi­na­ti­on at EU-Japan Pro­ject e‑VITA (vir­tu­al coach for smart and healt­hy aging, with help of AI)
Seni­or AdvisorCONTACT Soft­ware GmbH, (Fin­ding Chan­nel Part­ner), sin­ce 3/2020
Kien­baum Japan, (Human Resour­ce), sin­ce 1/2020
ENV Sci­ence Tra­ding, (Envi­ron­men­tal Ana­ly­zers), sin­ce 4/2021
Visi­ting LecturerWase­da Uni­ver­si­ty, Tokyo, Sin­ce 2013
Visi­ting Lec­tu­rer Gra­dua­te Pro­gram Ener­gy Next for Ph.D. students


  • Sci­ence & Tech­no­lo­gy Diplo­ma­tic Circle
  • Euro­pean Japan Experts Asso­cia­ti­on EJEA, Board Member
  • DIHKJ Ger­man Cham­ber of Com­mer­ce in Japan
  • DJW Ger­man-Japa­ne­se Busi­ness Association
  • JSAI Japan Socie­ty for Arti­fi­ci­al Intelligence


  • 1994: Uni­ver­si­ty of Sankt Gal­len, Switz­er­land
    Dr. oec, The­sis: Pro­tec­tion and exch­an­ge of tech­no­lo­gies in cooperation’s bet­ween Japa­ne­se and Wes­tern Com­pa­nies in Japan
  • 1992/93: The Uni­ver­si­ty of Tokyo, Japan: visi­ting scholar
  • 1990: Karls­ru­he Insti­tu­te of Tech­no­lo­gy (KIT), Ger­ma­ny, Diplo­ma in Engi­nee­ring & Busi­ness Admi­nis­tra­ti­on (Dipl.-Wirtschaftsingenieur)

Past Work

Supervisory Innovation Coordinator

Japa­ne­se Natio­nal Insti­tu­te for Advan­ced Indus­tri­al Sci­ence and Tech­no­lo­gy AIST, (AI Rese­arch Cent­re) Tokyo, 7/2014 — 3/2021

  • Brought AIST into inter­na­tio­nal AI indus­try pro­jects “e‑VITA” (EU- Japan Vir­tu­al Coach for Smart Aging) and CrossCDR (Pede­stri­an models for auto­no­mous cars) with DFKI inclu­ding good funding!
  • Initia­ted col­la­bo­ra­ti­on with DLR (Ger­man Aero­space Rese­arch Cen­ter): 23 pro­jects run­ning in rene­wa­ble ener­gy and materials!
  • Initia­ted / chai­red Inter­na­tio­nal Indus­try Work­shops: H2, AI, Adhe­si­ves for Indus­tri­al Appli­ca­ti­ons, Hybrid Materials

Past Work Experience

Advi­sor Indus­try 4.0APO Asi­an Pro­duc­ti­vi­ty Orga­niza­ti­on, Tokyo, 4/2018 — 5/2019 Advi­sed APO, trai­ned pro­fes­sio­nals in India, Japan, Fiji in Indus­try 4.0
Japan Repre­sen­ta­ti­veSun­fi­re GmbH, Ger­ma­ny, 4/2016 — 6/2018
Mar­ket Eva­lua­ti­on for Solid Oxi­de Fuel Cells and Steam Elec­tro­ly­sis

Mul­ti­pho­ton Optics GmbH, Ger­ma­ny, 4/2015 — 12/2020
Mar­ket ent­ry 3D prin­ter for micro-optics: PR, first suc­cessful appli­ca­ti­on pro­jects with Japa­ne­se Com­pa­nies, part­ne­ring with tra­ding house

Plan Optik AG, Ger­ma­ny, 7/2014 — 12/2018
Mar­ket ent­ry for glass wafers for Microelectronics/Microfluidics. PR, trade shows, VIP recep­ti­ons. Part­ne­red with tra­ding house, first sales
Chief Repre­sen­ta­ti­veFraun­ho­fer Repre­sen­ta­ti­ve Office Japan, Tokyo, 5/2001 — 12/2013
• Increased R&D con­tracts from 3 to 12 Mio. € /a with Japa­ne­se Indus­try in IT, Microelec­tro­nics, Pro­duc­tion, Mate­ri­als, Rene­wa­ble Ener­gy, …
• Ope­ned R&D lab 2012: “Fraun­ho­fer Pro­ject Cen­ter NEMS/ MEMS devices and manu­fac­tu­ring tech­no­lo­gies at Toho­ku Uni­ver­si­ty”
• Initia­ted Ger­man-Japa­ne­se Solar Day 2010/12 and many more
• Got Japa­ne­se Com­pa­nies / Insti­tu­tes for first EU-Japan pro­jects EURASIAPAC (2010–11: IT), NGCPV (2011–13: Con­cen­tra­tor Pho­to­vol­taic) and JEDI-ACE (2012–14: Air­craft Anti Icing)
Liai­son Offi­cer JapanGMD – Ger­man Natio­nal Rese­arch Cen­ter for Infor­ma­ti­on Tech­no­lo­gy, Sankt Augus­tin, 9/1997 — 4/2001
Par­ti­ci­pa­ti­on of GMD in Japa­ne­se Pro­ject “Real World Com­pu­ting Part­ner­ship (RWCP)”. Got big US Tele­com as new customer
Pro­ject Mana­ger New TechnologiesABB STOTZ KONTAKT GmbH, Hei­del­berg, 4/1995 — 9/1997
Brought a pro­to­ty­pe of an elec­tro­nic Resi­du­al Cur­rent Cir­cuit Brea­k­er into pro­duc­tion clearance


Uni­ver­si­ty of Sankt Gal­len, Switz­er­land, Dr. oec., 1994
The­sis: “Pro­tec­tion and exch­an­ge of tech­no­lo­gies in co-ope­ra­ti­ons bet­ween Japa­ne­se and Wes­tern Com­pa­nies in Japan

The Uni­ver­si­ty of Tokyo, Japan, Visi­ting Rese­ar­cher, 1992/93

Uni­ver­si­ty of Karls­ru­he (KIT), Ger­ma­ny, Dipl. Wirt­schafts­ing., 1990 (Diplo­ma in Busi­ness Admi­nis­tra­ti­on, Engi­nee­ring, Com­pu­ter Science)

Schloß­schu­le Kirchberg/Jagst, Ger­ma­ny, Abitur 1981 (school)


Ger­man, Eng­lish (flu­ent), French & Japa­ne­se (con­ver­sa­tio­nal)


AI, IoT, renewable energies, life sciences, materials research, electronics

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