Kanagawa Prefecture Seminar on Healthcare New Frontier in Japan

ME-BYO: Building a Better Future through Behavior Change

Topic for the year 2019 ME-BYO Technology and Innovation Promotion from Kanagawa Prefecture:


Mr. Yasuo Otani
Advisor to the Governor of Kanagawa Prefecture
Chairman (CEO), Kanagawa University of Human Services

Academic Background:

Graduated from The University of Tokyo (Faculty of Law)

Work Experience:

1976: Joined the Ministry of Welfare
September 2012: Health, Labour and Welfare Deputy General Director
July 2013: Retired from Office
July 2013 – May 2014: Secretary General of National Public Service System Reform
May 2014 – July 2015: Special Advisor to the Cabinet
April 2015 – March 2017: Member of Board of Directors for Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development (AMED)
July 2015: Senior Advisor to the Governor of Kanagawa Prefecture
April 2018: Chairman (CEO) of Kanagawa University of Human Services (Municipal University Corporation), Advisor to the Governor of Kanagawa Prefecture
Ms. Kumiko Miyasaka
Executive Director of International Strategy
Healthcare New Frontier Promotion Headquarters Office
Kanagawa Prefectural Government
Education: Graduated from Keio University (Department of Political Science, Faculty of Law)
Earned the Master’s Degree from The University of Tokyo Graduate Schools for Law and Politics
Work experience: Kanagawa Prefectural Government
She has experience working in the following departments; policy coordination, vocational training, prefectural hospital
administration, information disclosure and personal information protection, employment promotion, etc.
In 2017, she was appointed to the current position.
Prof. Dr. Hugo Hämmerle
Prof. Dr. Hugo Hämmerle
Spokesman of the Innovationsallianz Baden Württemberg (innBW)
Prof. Dr. Hugo Hämmerle spokesman of the Innovationsallianz Baden Württemberg (innBW) an alliance of 13 applied research institutes with 1250 employees and 140 million Euro annual turnover. The mission of the institutes is the transfer of technology from basic research to business. Prof. Hämmerle was Director of the NMI until 2018, a member institute of innBW, with a focus on life science and materials science. The scientific interest of Prof. Hämmerle is the interaction of materials and biological tissue. He is co-founder and chairman of the supervisory board of TETEC AG, a company that manufactures cell-based drugs (ATMPs).
Prof. Shinichi TOKUNO
Project Associate Professor
Dept. of Voice Analysis of Pathophysiology
Graduate School of Medicine
The University of Tokyo
Shinichi Tokuno graduated from National Defense Medical College, Saitama, Japan in 1985, received his Diploma in the Medical Care of Catastrophes from the Society of Apothecaries, London, UK in 2001, and also obtained his Ph.D. degree from Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden in 2001. Since 2014, he has been a Project Associate Professor of the Verbal Analysis of Pathophysiology, Medical School of the University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan.
His major research interests are Medical Engineering, especially noninvasive examination, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and disaster medicine.
Prof. Shinichi Tokuno was awarded the Jules Voncken Prize - the best poster presentation in 2011.
Prof. Noriko Yoshimura
Project Professor
Department of Preventive Medicine for Locomotive Organ Disorders
22nd Century Medical and Research Center
The University of Tokyo
Noriko Yoshimura MD, PhD graduated from Wakayama Medical University in 1986 and earned her PhD in 1996. Since 1986, Dr. Yoshimura worked as an internist in the Second Department of Internal Medicine at Wakayama Medical University. She was a Senior Research Associate from 1991 to 2001, and was an Assistant Professor from 2001 to 2005 in the Department of Public Health, the Wakayama Medical University. From 2005 to 2017, Dr. Yoshimura was a Project Associate Professor in the Department of Joint Disease Research, and from 2017 to present, a Project Professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine for Locomotive Organ Disorders, 22nd Century Medical and Research Center, The University of Tokyo.
She is interested primarily in the epidemiology of musculoskeletal diseases such as osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, and sarcopenia. Dr. Yoshimura was awarded by the Japanese Society of Bone Morphometry (1999), the Japan Epidemiological Association (2000), the Japan Osteoporosis Society (2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011) and the Japanese Orthopaedic Association (2006). She has also received the Journal of Orthopaedic Science Best Paper Award in 2011, 2014, 2015, Journal of Bone and Mineral Metabolism Best Paper Award in 2012 and the academic award by the Japanese Society for Bone and Mineral Research in 2015.
Dr. Hideki Katano
Venex Co., Ltd.
Dr. Hideki Katano is one of three founders of Venex Co., Ltd. The Company name "Venex" was named by extracting “V” “E” “N” “E” “X” from the word "Creative Next". Venex Corporation was founded in 2005 in Japan with the aim of enlightening people with products and services related to the global recovery market. Dr. Katano is a researcher at Tokai University Health Science Department and Tokai University School of Medicine, where he was engaged in various research on Venex materials and clinical trials.
In 2014, he established Venex Europe GmbH in Germany, it has been serving as the Managing Director in order to open up the new markets in Europe. Received a Doctoral degree from Tokai University graduate School of Medicine. Currently, Dr. Katano is also working on clinical trials as a research fellow at Nippon Sport Science University.
Mr. Takatoshi Kuno
Science and Technology Coordinator
Kanagawa Institute of Industrial Science and Technology
Shonan Health Innovation Park Commercial& Business Development Head (Takeda Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.), Kanagawa Institute of Industrial Science and Technology (KISTEC), Science and Technology Coordinator 1999 Graduate from Waseda University, Department of Political Science and Economics
1999-2008 Ibaraki prefectural government agency, mainly responsible for industrial policy
2008-2018 CYBERDYNE Co., Ltd. General Manager, Business Promotion Department, 2014-2018
Shonan Robocare Center Co., Ltd. President, Specialized Public Policy (Innovation, Marketing, robots, nanotechnology, medical device practical support)
Contact information:
E-mail: takatoshi.kuno@takeda.com(working place)