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MEDISOA comprehensive portal site for Medical Innovation Support Office (MEDISO).Medical Innovation Support Office

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Knowledgeable experts support the practical application of medicines, medical devices, and regenerative medicinal products.

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2018.03.01
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What is MEDISO

MEDISO provides support for business ventures, academia,
and individuals intending to put into practical use medicines,
medical devices, and regenerative medicinal products.
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About the Medical Innovation Support Office

The medical innovation support office matches medical venture companies and academic institutions facing challenges in the practical application of medical products and devices for specialists* who provide detailed consultation and support for solving problems at each stage from research and development to practical use, as well as insurance coverage at clinical sites, while looking ahead to the overall comprehensive advances and dissemination into the global market.
* Specialists in each field provide support for the response to laws and regulations, marketing, business planning, fund rasing, management strategy, intellectual property management, and international development, etc.

This website is operated by Mitsubishi Research Institute, Inc., as a trustee under instructions from the Economic Affairs Division, Health Policy Bureau, and Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare as a part of the total support for the medical ventures program sponsored by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare.

Support targets

Ventures, academic institutions, and individuals aiming to put into practical use the medicines, medical devices, regenerative medicinal products, and novel drug-discovery technologies or medical materials subject to the Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Law.

Details of support

MEDISO provides support for the practical application of medicines, medical devices, regenerative medicinal products, and other products subject to the Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Law.
That support includes business planning, financing, advice on laws and regulations, and other assistance as required.

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Specialists Introduction

We will introduce registered specialists (updated as necessary).

Mayu Morishima

Beyond Next Ventures Inc.

Main specialty areas

  • medicines
  • regenerative medicine products

Specialized support fields

  • Regulatory compliance
  • Marketing
  • Business planning
  • Funding
  • Business operation systems
  • Specialized support fields

She graduated with a doctoral degree in biosciences from the Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, University of Tokyo. At McKinsey & Company, she engaged in the projects of pharmaceutical companies and medical device companies, which included placing novel products on the market, marketing strategies, and new market development. She participated in Beyond Next Ventures Co., Ltd., in 2016 and conducted investment and business support mainly in biotechnology, life science fields, and overseas. She concurrently served as a project promoter for the Program for Creating Startups from Advanced Research and Technology by the Japan Science and Technology Agency.

Nobutaka Tani

Coordinator for Collaboration Between Industry and Academia, “Compass to Healthy Life” Research Complex program of the Institute of Physical and Chemical Research

Main specialty areas

  • medical devices
  • regenerative medicine products

Specialized support fields

  • Regulatory compliance
  • Marketing
  • Business planning
  • Funding
  • Business operation systems
  • Specialized support fields

He graduated with a master’s degree from the Department of Synthetic Chemistry, Graduate School of Engineering, University of Tokyo. He led the research and development and the launching new project for medical devices, including blood purification system and brain and heart catheters, at Kaneka Corporation. After that, he was involved in RD of the whole life science, including biopharmaceuticals, as the head of the Life Science RD Center, while investing in medical venture companies such as DDS and establishing joint ventures. He then moved to JSR Corporation and established JSR Life Sciences. He led the launch of the life science project for M&A as the first president since JSR Life Sciences was established. As a part of open innovation, he established a CVC and invested in or acquired venture companies in Japan and overseas, while successively holding the positions of president of the invested companies.

Tomoko Nakatani

Prezio IP Firm

Main specialty areas

  • medicines
  • regenerative medicine products

Specialized support fields

  • Specialized support fields

She graduated from the Department of Life Science and Technology, School of Bioscience and Biotechnology, Tokyo Institute of Technology. After working at a research institute of Sankyo Company, Limited, she gained experience in intellectual property about low molecular weight compounds and biopharmaceuticals in the Intellectual Property Department. Subsequently, she was in charge of intellectual property assessment and investment and intellectual property consulting about investment destinations at biotechnology venture capital firms. For the purpose of providing support for strengthening intellectual property in biotech venture companies, she moved to a patent attorney's office, where she supported intellectual property strategies and human resources development in addition to application and procedures at the Japan Patent Office of biotech venture companies and universities. She has more than 10 years of experience supporting intellectual property of venture companies and universities with her strong interest in putting into practical use research seeds by effectively gaining patent rights.

Masanobu Naruto

Representative, Phronesystems (consulting)
Senior Research Fellow, Toray Corporate Business Research, Inc.

Main specialty areas

  • medicines
  • medical devices
  • regenerative medicine products

Specialized support fields

  • Marketing
  • Business planning
  • Funding
  • Business operation systems

He has experienced and learned from many failures and successes through his career of research, planning, business development and business operation, which include co-development with domestic and global companies. In his experiences with startup companies, including opposite extremes of excellent bio-ventures and unsuccessful bio-ventures gave him practical wisdom of startup management. He was involved in the evaluation and review of about 90 startup companies at venture capital institutions. He graduated with a master's and doctoral degree in chemistry from Osaka University. He studied abroad at the Department of Molecular Biology, University of California, Berkeley, for two years. At Toray Industries, Inc., he contributed to R&D, business development and business operation of pharmaceuticals, serving as general manager(s) of several divisions including Regulatory Compliance Division, Pharmaceutical Research Laboratories, and Pharmaceuticals Division. After retiring from Toray, he has been working in the consulting business, and serving as Senior Research Fellow at Toray Corporate Business Research, Inc. and committee member at several public institutions for R&D. He has published 38 academic papers in English (total citation, 2090) and 37 opinion articles on research and development in Japanese journals.

Katsuhiko Hiwatashi

Representative Director, SynX Inc.

Main specialty areas

  • medicines
  • medical devices
  • regenerative medicine products

Specialized support fields

  • Marketing
  • Business planning
  • Funding
  • Business operation systems

Regarding company strategy, business management, business transformation, business development and alliances, he has over 20 years of experience in the consumer digital field and about 5 years of experience in the medical care and healthcare field.
In June 2017, he established SynX Inc. to provide support for development of novel business and business innovation focusing on medical care, healthcare, and wellness areas and became the Representative Director.

Major Work Experience
・Business Innovation Director at MSD K.K.
・General Manager of Facebook Japan
・A Responsible Person for Electronic Commerce (EC) Project in President's Office and other positions at Rakuten, Inc.
・Producer for New Business Development at M3, Inc.
・Planning Office and other departments at Recruit Co., Ltd.

About details of specialists

Introduction of measures implemented by public institutions

We will describe the measures from public institutions for pharmaceutical companies,
medical device companies, companies manufacturing regenerative medicinal products, and venture companies.

See more about measures implemented by public institutions