Center for Cluster Development and CoordinationPersonnel

Personnel

Managing Director

Tadaaki HANATANI

Before taking this managing director position at the Foundation for Biomedical Research and Innovation at Kobe (FBRI), I’d worked at the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, Kyoto University and other administrative organizations.
Center for Cluster Development and Coordination (CCD) of FBRI is a team of expertise with extensive experience working at companies, academia, independent administrative agencies and Kobe City, who have vast knowledge in medical related field. As a concierge in the Kobe Biomedical Innovation Cluster, we will provide one-stop service to respond to the needs for practical use of R&D seeds and its commercialization.

Medical Devices

Executive Coordinator

Takahiro NAKANISHI

Drawing on my background thoroughly engaged in new healthcare business creation, ranging from pharmaceutical R&D to market exploration for medical devices, I have already worked on over 2,000 wide-ranging consultation cases regarding KBIC, promoting healthcare business inception and development in Kobe.

Senior Coordinator

Masahide AZUMA

Having worked for a medical device manufacturer, which enriched my experience and knowledge especially through assignments in some European countries and China over many years, I am here to contribute to global bridge-building among the industrial, academic, governmental and medical sectors, utilizing my expertise in international business of sales channel development, local incorporation and operation of foreign companies, alliances management and so on.

Senior Coordinator

Tadanori YASUDA

Professional advice available for regulatory science strategy, e.g. the Japanese QMS, JIS T0601-1, based on career experience as a Marketing Director of Medical Device. Additionally, experience in formulating international projects overseas enables to give good hints to start up collaboration between you and Japanese partners.

Project Coordinator

Maiko TANAKA

My role is to support medical device commercialization by coordinating the consultation service by professional advisors for member companies, supporting the overseas expansion through global networking opportunities and various promotional activities.

Drug Discovery and Biomedicine

Executive Coordinator

Tsuyoshi NOGUCHI

I am honored to offer my full support for R&D within KBIC and business development in and outside Japan, using my experience of drug research and development within a pharmaceutical company and business strategy planning and promotion in Japan and abroad.

Visiting Director

Ryuji HIRAMATSU

I would like to support advanced medical research and promote international collaboration among bio-science clusters, making use of my experience of working for many years in a pharmaceutical company involved in low molecular weight drug discovery, biotherapy, and regenerative medicine.

Senior Coordinator

Keijiro SUGIMURA

I would like to support and promote inter-sector collaboration and business development in drug discovery, life science, and regenerative medicine, making use of my wide-ranging professional experience, which includes R&D in biotherapy and regenerative medicine, CMC (chemistry, manufacturing, and control), intellectual property, and licensing.

Chief Coordinator

Mikiko SASAYAMA

I am determined to do my best to work actively with our international partners and support global flows and interaction among people, things, and information so that I can actively contribute to making Kobe an even more attractive city for the international community.

Chief Coordinator

Saori ITO

By utilizing my work experience at one of the KBIC member companies, I intend to provide close and precise support for collaboration among industry, academia, government, and medical sectors, further promote business development within KBIC especially in the field of regenerative medicine, drug discovery, pharmaceutical and biotechnology.

Coordinator

Aiko TAKASU

Temporarily assigned from Pharmaceutical and Medical Devices Agency(PMDA) to provide supports related to pharmaceutical regulatory issues in KBIC. Please feel free to stop by at “PMDA Strategic Consultation Coordination Center Kobe” whenever you have questions. Appropriate services during various phases of development will be offered.

Project Coordinator

Kyoko WATANABE

Utilizing my professional experience in academia and the private sector, I would like to support the collaboration among the industrial, academia and governmental sectors and promote the activities of open innovation, especially in the field of drug discovery and biotechnology in the Kobe Biomedical Innovation Cluster.

Healthcare

Group Leader

Tadashi MATSUBARA

By utilizing my experience in business management and marketing for pharmaceutical products and medical devices at pharmaceutical company, I will support the development of healthcare-related products and services that can bring smiles and healthy lives to many people.

Coordinator

Shuji SENDA

With my 40 years’ experience in medical research & development, business strategy planning and business management, I will communicate closely with companies in need and support their commercialization activities at Kobe Research Complex Council.

Coordinator

Yutaka KOBAYASHI

Based on my experience in health care design and product & business development, I support the business relating to the area such as preventive medicine, healthy life and medical services by referring to the evolution of lifestyle, environment and biometric sensor and its analytic data in life course health care.

Startup support

Executive Coordinator

Tsuyoshi NOGUCHI

I am honored to offer my full support for R&D within KBIC and business development in and outside Japan, using my experience of drug research and development within a pharmaceutical company and business strategy planning and promotion in Japan and abroad.

Senior Coordinator

Yoshihiro SASAYAMA

Based on my background of engaging at an electronics manufacturer and with local government, which both have different cultures, traditions and viewpoints, I have supported manufacturers' entry to medical device business. Applying my extensive experience and knowledge, I will promote collaboration among industry, academia, government and medical sectors.

Chief Coordinator

Kuniyoshi UCHIDA

I am in charge of start-up support for new businesses. I have worked for commercialization of intellectual property in universities and research institutions. I also have an experience in starting up a company and launching a new product based on technology in the academia region. I would like to be of service to anyone who aims to turn research outcome or idea into practical use through starting up a company.

Chief Project Coordinator

Keiko KOBAYASHI

I offer comprehensive support in global expansion and network building that the Kobe Biomedical Innovation Cluster aims at, through participation in international exhibitions and symposiums and deepening relationships with major bioclusters in various regions around the world.

Business Project Support

Coordinator

Kuniko KAWAMURA

As a contact person of consultation service counter, I will connect companies and researchers to KBIC by communicating and through networking opportunities. I’ll try my best to be the closest and most reliable person, so if any support is needed, please reach out to me at any time.

Coordinator

Shizuka SHIMA

I am in charge of one-stop service counter for business development and commercialization. By utilizing my work experience at pharmaceutical company, I will support to turn R & D seeds into practical application for companies and researcher at KBIC. Please feel free to contact me for any assistance.

Project Coordinator

Masumi YAMAMURA

My responsibilities include event planning and management, and support of the consulting services. I have diverse work experience such as in marketing and R&D support at a medical device manufacturer, so I am sure I can make a contribution to the further development of the KBIC.