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16th DIA Japan Annual Meeting 2019

Delivering Rational Medicine for All People in the Globe

[S36] Bringing Japanese Technology to the World! Ideal Way of Life Science Innovation in the Era of Peace, Considered by Industry, Government and Academia

Session Chair(s)

Kei  Tanaka

Kei Tanaka

  • Founder
  • TheraPeer, Japan
Tips for breaking the sense of closure in life science industry in Japan will be provided by uncovering the success of startup company in life science field that are making remarkable and innovative efforts. In the first half of the session, perspectives from industry, government, and academia or from the successful startup company will be provided and an overview of Japan’s situation in the life sciences sector will be given. Then what we should do to revitalize Japanese life sciences will be discussed in a panel discussion format. Through discussions on themes that cannot be involved in daily work, further growth and career hints to audiences who will lead the pharmaceutical industry in the future will be provided. Also “importance of the challenge” in the pharmaceutical industry that requires innovation will be delivered through examples.


Mikio  Kawahara, MBA

Innovations around Academia and Startups

Mikio Kawahara, MBA

  • Chief Investment Officer
  • U Tokyo IPC, Japan
Akira  Suwa

How Does Pharma Create “Innovation”?

Akira Suwa

  • Business Producer, Rx+ Business Accelerator division
  • Astellas Pharma Inc., Japan
Yoshikazu  Nakamura, PhD

The Fate of Innovative Bio Ventures

Yoshikazu Nakamura, PhD

  • President and CEO
  • RIBOMIC Inc., Japan
Hiroya  Kuwahara, MD, PhD

Initiatives for the Promotion of Healthcare Ventures by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare

Hiroya Kuwahara, MD, PhD

  • Health Policy Bureau Research and Development Division/Economic Affairs Division
  • Ministry of Health Labour and Welfare (MHLW), Japan