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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).

Shigeru Yasue

Mitsubishi UFJ Capital Co., Ltd.

Main specialty areas

  • medicines
  • medical devices
  • regenerative medicine products

Specialized support fields

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

He graduated from the Department of Economics, School of Political Science and Economics, Waseda University.
He was involved in investments in biotech venture companies in Japan, the USA and Europe at Mitsubishi UFJ Capital Co., Ltd. for 18 years.
He has accumulated experience in reviewing presentations given by hundreds of companies and conducting due diligence by discovering cases of biotech venture companies in Japan and overseas, which are developing cutting-edge technologies, including regenerative medicine, nucleic acid drug discovery, and antibodies.
A pharmaceutical company, even a domestic one, searches for the best business partner from among many counterparts of the negotiation all over the world.
To make it possible to expand an excellent science business, various types of skills, including those in intellectual property, business planning, negotiation for a partnerships, and presentations, need to be improved to levels that are not lower than those of foreign venture companies.

Achievements
Support for biotech venture companies’ activity aiming at obtaining license from foreign pharmaceutical companies.
Support for biotech venture companies’ activity aiming at obtaining license from Japanese pharmaceutical companies.
Planning and support for financing from venture capital firms

Takayuki Hirose

Patent attorney, Hirose International Patent Firm

Main specialty areas

  • medicines
  • medical devices
  • regenerative medicine products

Specialized support fields

  • Specialized support fields

He graduated with a master’s degree from the Graduate School, University of Tokyo. Patent attorney. After working in the intellectual property department in a major company, he was involved in lawsuit-, adviser- and application-relating services at a lawyer's office, followed by establishing his own international patent attorney's office in 2017. He offers intellectual property strategies in cooperation with companies as an adviser for multiple companies, including the Japanese Organization for Medical Device Development, Inc., (JOMDD) and Shin Nippon Biomedical Laboratories, Ltd. Furthermore, he applies for patent rights and trademarks in a wide variety of areas. He is involved in intellectual property-related services that include medical devices and pharmaceutical products. When he applies for a patent in foreign countries, he offers application strategies by placing the most importance on client’s profit, for example, to give advice to receive a subsidy or to select a foreign agent at a reasonable price depending on the company’s size.

Hiroshi Akimoto

Representative Director, Intellectual Property Strategy Network, Inc.

Main specialty areas

  • medicines
  • medical devices
  • regenerative medicine products

Specialized support fields

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

In 1970, he graduated with a doctoral degree in pharmacology from the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, the Tokyo University.

He was research staff at the Department of Chemistry, University of Pennsylvania. In 1972, he joined Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited, where he was involved in research on antibiotics and cancer areas at the chemical laboratory. He successfully developed two new drugs (Pansporin and Alimta). He successively held the following positions of director of the Third Drug Discovery Research Institute in 1992, director of the Intellectual Property Department in 1994, company director in 2000, managing director in 2003, and a member of the management conference from 2005. In 2008, he retired from his position. After that, he was the leader of a project for iPS cell intellectual property support as a counselor on intellectual property from the Japan Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association. In July 2009, he established Intellectual Property Strategy Network, Inc., and became the Representative Director. In August 2010, he established LSIP Fund Management Limited liability Company and became Functional Manager, which is his current role today.

Miyuki Shimizu

Medical Lab Partners Corporation

Main specialty areas

  • medicines
  • medical devices
  • regenerative medicine products

Specialized support fields

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

She graduated from the Graduate School of Natural Science, Chiba University. She holds the degrees of doctor of medicine and master of management in information technology. She worked on the development of medical devices and medicinal products in a wide range of fields related to blood, surgical operations, general-purpose medical devices, dialysis, and rehabilitation at Terumo Corporation. She also has experience in a series of project developments from planning a theme to commercializing at a medical practice, as well as experience in management. Since 2015, she has provided consulting services to more than 100 companies entering the medical industry as her current role. She is trying to provide consulting services with the viewpoint of the individual company in mind.

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