Center for Cluster Development and CoordinationPersonnel

Personnel

Director

Takeyuki SATOH

After I entered the former Ministry of Health and Welfare, I worked at the Economic Affairs Bureau of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Evaluation Center of the National Institute of Health Sciences, the Organization for Pharmaceutical Safety and Research, the European Agency for the Evaluation of Medicinal Products (EMEA), and the Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Agency (PMDA). Then, after successively serving as Evaluation and Licensing Division Director of the Pharmaceutical and Food Safety Bureau, Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, Associate Executive Director of PMDA, and Deputy Director of the Center for Research Administration and Support, National Cancer Center, I was appointed to my present position. Taking advantage of my previous experience, I will strive to disseminate innovations from Kobe and contribute to the further development of the Kobe Biomedical Innovation Cluster.

Medical Devices

Senior 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.

Chief Coordinator

Tadanori YASUDA

Expertized in regulatory science such as ISO13485 and Japanese QMS regulations as well as technical standards, e.g. IEC60601-1, which is essential to medical devices worldwide. Experienced in managing aseptic sterile facilities projects, political aids overseas and industrial business with the background of engineering knowledge. Professional advice available for your medical device business in Japan.

Drug Discovery and Biomedicine

Executive Coordinator

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.

Senior 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.

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.

Coordinator

Saori ITO

As a Coordinator mainly in charge of innovation programs in the areas of regenerative medicine and drug discovery, I intend to provide close and precise support for industrial-academic collaboration and further business development within KBIC, drawing on my experience of working in companies operating in KBIC.

Transversal Coordination

Coordinator

Kuniko KAWAMURA

Utilizing my qualification as a registered dietitian, I support “Kobe Trial,” urban population-based cohort studies, and health maintenance projects. Support for businesses is also available at the Kobe Healthcare Industry Development Center (HI-DEC), where the monthly event “HI-DEC café” is organized to support companies looking for solutions relating to business partnership, sales channel expansion, and so on.

Advanced Medical Technology Coordinator

Takashige OKA

Based on my experience of developing absorptive medical devices and scaffold materials for regenerative medicine and operating business with such products, I offer advice on business projects involving medical devices and regenerative medicine.

Project Coordinator

Kyoko WATANABE

Utilizing my professional experience in academia and the private sector, I make sure to be able to offer support that meets user needs, mainly in connection with collaboration among the industrial, academic and governmental sectors. The areas I assist in problem-solving are transversal, ranging from pharmaceuticals and medical devices to biomedicine and healthcare.

Business Project Support

Chief Coordinator

Arisa IMAI

I am in charge of the one-stop general service for commercialization support at the KBIC liaison office. Utilizing my experience in intellectual property work at a pharmaceutical company, we contribute to keep cooperation among industries, research institutes, universities and medical institutions in Kobe medical industrial city, and practical application and commercialization of their seeds and needs.

Chief Coordinator

Fumiko SUZUKI

I work at the KBIC Liaison Office’s one-stop contact point. I support the realization of business projects, based on my experience in drug discovery and research at a pharmaceutical company and projects involving collaboration among the industrial, academic and governmental sectors. Users are also invited to attend the “HI-DEC café.”

Science Communicator

Science Communicator

Chihiro INOUE

I am in charge of KBIC’s public relations. While providing information on KBIC’s activities in an accessible manner, I also introduce activities by companies and organizations that make up KBIC, assisting them in communicating to domestic and international audiences.