MENTOR

Douglas Crawford, Ph.D.

MBC BioLabs

General Manager
Managing Director, Mission Bay Capital

Douglas Crawford, Ph.D.

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Douglas Crawford’s goal is to help entrepreneurial scientists create successful startups. Doug created MBC BioLabs in San Francisco which has helped launch 131 companies that have raised over $3.5B. Doug is also the Managing Director of Mission Bay Capital. Doug received his PhD in biochemistry from UCSF.

Jean-Jacques Yarmoff, Ph.D.

BioLabs

International Strategy

Jean-Jacques Yarmoff, Ph.D.

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Worked for over 15 years in the pharmaceutical industry. Responsible of Amgen’s third product. Helped innovative SMEs develop for over 10 years, in Europe and in the US. Biotechnology, Business Development, Cleantech. Currently working with BioLabs (biolabs.io), which is expanding internationally.

Michael C. Chen, Ph.D.

PureTech Health

Director

Michael C. Chen, Ph.D.

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Leads new program business development and search and evaluation at PureTech. Previously led R&D and business development for Sonde Health, a PureTech affiliate company. Ph.D scientist by training. Background in venture creation and program strategy in therapeutics and devices.

Shinobu Suzuki, Ph.D.

Kyoto University

Medical Science and Business Liaison Organization (KUMBL)

Shinobu Suzuki, Ph.D.

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After engaging in basic research (molecular biology and immunology) at the University of Toronto, RIKEN and etc., I have been involved in various open innovation activities in especially the Drug Discovery Stage at global pharmaceutical companies such as Boehringer Ingelheim. I got current position this year. Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences (Osaka University).

Taku Nakahara, Ph.D., MBA

Fast Track Initiative, Inc.

Venture Expert

Taku Nakahara, Ph.D., MBA

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Taku is a startup accelerator and a venture capitalist focusing on future businesses with life science and computer science. Taku is a venture partner at Fast Track Initiative, Inc. since Jan 2019. Formerly, Taku served as an assistant professor at two universities and joined an US startup as a founding member who led R&D in bioinformatics, and led new business development in a Japanese business company.

Tsutomu Uchiyama, Ph.D.

Uchiyama IP Strategies

Patent attorney, partner

Tsutomu Uchiyama, Ph.D.

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After working for pharma company as a researcher for 7 years, working for another pharma companies for 20 years as in-house patent attorney to prepare IP strategies. In 2017, established Uchiyama IP Strategies to provide IP strategies to Pharma/bio venture companies, small companies and academias.

Yasutaka Sakon, MBA

Amazon Web Services Japan K.K.

Senior Business Development Manager (Healthcare and Life Sciences Industry)

Yasutaka Sakon, MBA

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Support the health-tech business development. Share industrial knowledge and global trends around cloud technologies in BioPharma, Payer, and Provider market segments; help build data analysis platform, wearables and PHR apps. Have CxO experience in startups in Australia and Japan.

GLOBAL NETWORK

Global Network

  • 360IP
  • anri
  • biolabs
  • EIGHT ROADS
  • First Track Initiative
  • Keio Innovation Initiative
  • KISCO
  • KSP inc.
  • MBC Biolabs
  • Mitsubishi UFJ Capital
  • PureTech Health
  • STRIVE
  • VENTURE CAFE TOKYO