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Management

Hajime Oshita President & CEO
Experience

Hajime has over 18 years of experience in the medical device industry, including venture capital, new business development and marketing. He started his medical device career at Japan Lifeline, a medical device trading company, where he was involved with distribution deals with US start-ups. He then started his investment career at ITX Corporation in Tokyo and also served as director of medical device investments for ITX International Holdings, Inc. in Mountain View, CA, leading medical device investment deals, such as Chestnut Medical, Fox Hollow Technologies, etc..

Hajime holds a BA in Language and Area studies from Osaka University of Foreign Studies, and an MBA from Hosei University in Tokyo.

Education
  • MBA, Hosei University in Tokyo
  • BA, Language and Area studies, Osaka University of Foreign Studies
Fumiaki Ikeno Chief Medical Officer
Experience

Fumiaki was born in Hamamatsu, Japan. After graduating from Jichi Medical University, he began practicing general medicine in the rural areas of Japan and experienced firsthand the issues facing the medical field because of the aging population.

Fumiaki joined the Department of Cardiovascular Medicine at Stanford University in 2001, and over the next 14 years was closely involved with the R&D, animal studies, and clinical studies of many medical devices startups. He has experienced multiple successful exits of the startups that he was deeply involved with, such as Fox Hollow Technologies, Atheromed, KAI Pharmaceutical, CV Ingenuity, etc. He is not only heavily involved in the startup community, but because of his extensive experience in the medical device field in both the US and Japan, he serves as an advisor to many major medical device corporations. He is also actively involved in projects with the US and Japanese regulatory agencies working to create an effective cross-border medical device eco-system.

Fumiaki has also been an advisory faculty for the Stanford Biodesign Program since 2014. He is deeply involved with the development of the Japan Biodesign Program and is working diligently to establish a Silicon Valley-like medical device eco-system in Japan.

Education
  • Stanford Biodesign Certificate Program, 2007
  • M.D. Jichi Medical School, 1992
  • Medical Doctor, Cardiologist
 

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Tomoyuki (Tommy) Nakamura Director
Experience

Tommy began his career at Olympus Co. in Japan where he developed image processing technologies at the Corporate Research and Development Center and filed multiple patents. He later was dispatched to Tokyo Institute of Technology as a collaborative researcher and experienced digital camera marketing in Europe.

Tommy made a career change after graduating from business school and became a venture capitalist at Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Venture Capital Co., Ltd. where he invested in early and middle-stage ventures in the technology field and served as a board member for Digital Media Professionals Inc. (went public in Sep.2011). Afterwards, he became a consultant and provided project management services to Johnson & Johnson Japan by supporting new product introduction (to the Japanese market) projects and post-merger integration projects of the Synthes and Micrus acquisitions.

Education
    • MBA, Hult International Business School (formerly known as the Arthur D. Little School of Management)
    • MS, Electrical Engineering, Shibaura Institute of Technology
    • BS, Electronics Engineering, Shibaura Institute of Technology
Tomoko Inoue Senior Manager
Experience

Tomoko was born in New Jersey, USA, and grew up in Germany where she witnessed the fall of the Berlin Wall, the reunification of Germany, and the end of the Cold War. Inspired greatly by both her great-grandfather, who was a pioneering business leader and an innovator who first domestically produced glass fibers in Japan, and her father, who was an investor from a financial family, Tomoko began to think strongly that she wanted to one day become an investor who could truly support the development of totally new and innovative technologies.

Tomoko began her career at the Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd. and then moved on to Tokio Marine Capital Co., Ltd. and The Innovation Network Corporation of Japan where she was engaged in a wide range of investment deals, mainly in the healthcare industry. Her first encounter with medical devices was during her summer MBA internship at Johnson & Johnson where she was involved in a project to create a new business model for a computer assisted sedation system. It was this captivating experience that eventually lead her to becoming one of the founding members of our company. Tomoko also applied to and was the first Japanese finalist for the Stanford Biodesign Innovation Fellowship Program.

Education
  • MBA, University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School
  • BA, Economics, Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo
Justin Takashi Fukuyama Manager
Experience

Justin was born and raised in San Diego, California. While attending college in Los Angeles, he began working at a medical device startup as a regulatory affairs associate and experienced multiple 510(k) and CE Mark filings. After graduating, he joined Boston Scientific Corporation as a regulatory affairs professional and worked in both the US and Japan. During this time, he worked on nearly 20 submissions for products such as carotid artery stents, neurovascular embolization coils, and coronary stents.

Upon completing business school, Justin joined Johnson & Johnson in Japan as a part of the new business development team and was in charge of assessing new technologies, managing cross-company product portfolios, and leading new projects. He also gained experience as a sales representative for the Ethicon franchise where he was responsible for over 200 Million Yen in revenue for surgical sutures, surgical drains and adhesion barriers across multiple specialties such as general surgery, gynecology, cardiology, and orthopedics.

Education
  • MBA, Kyoto University
  • MS, Regulatory Science, University of Southern California
  • BS, Biomedical Engineering, University of Southern California
 
 
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