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Officers

President, representative director and CEOHardy TS Kagimoto, MD

Hardy TS Kagimoto, MD

Hardy TS Kagimoto founded a biotech company after working at Kyushu University Hospital, where he developed an adjuvant to stain containing BBG250 (which had been invented by Kyushu University in Japan). The product was launched in Europe after a self-conducted Phase III study in India and the US, and is now established de-facto-standard status in ophthalmic surgery.
He then founded Healios K.K. in 2011 to realize his driving objective, the development of a therapy for age-related macular degeneration.

Masanori Sawada

Senior Managing Director, CMO (Chief Medical Officer)Masanori Sawada, MD, PhD, MBA

Masanori Sawada joined Healios K.K. in 2012, after working at the Department of Medicine in the Division of Respirology, Neurology, and Rheumatology at Kurume University Hospital.
His work helped to launch Kobe Research Institute, and he has contributed to establishing culturing methods for iPS cell–derived RPE cells at actual production levels.
He opened a collaborative research laboratory with Osaka University in 2014, and is now engaged in developing an automated cell culture system.

Yoshinari Matsuda

Managing DirectorYoshinari Matsuda, Attorney-at-Law

Yoshinari Matsuda founded his own law office after working for a large law firm.
He has served in leading roles for multiple tasks in the M&A and finance fields. Since becoming a director at Healios in 2013, he has contributed to obtaining funding and established the company’s administrative organization, including business collaborations.

Al Reaves

Director in charge of overseas developmentAl Reaves, PhD

Al Reaves has consistently delivered important results in the development of medical drugs in the ophthalmologic field.
His lifework has been focused on the development of drugs for age-related macular degeneration, and while at Novartis, led the clinical development program for Visudyne and began the X-US development of Lucentis®, which became a standard of treatment for age-related macular degeneration and other retinal indications.
He became a director at Healios in 2013 after working for Acucela Inc. as Senior Vice President.

Kouichi Tamura

Director in charge of research and manufacturing / Head of Kobe Research InstituteKouichi Tamura, PhD

Kouichi Tamura led all Transplantation research projects at Fujisawa Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. (currently Astellas Pharma Inc.), and played a core role to develop Tacrolimus, a cornerstone Immunosuppressant. After the merger to become Astellas, he served as a Senior Vice President and Director of Astellas Research Institute of America, and developed the Drug Discovery Research on Immunology, Inflammatory and Central Nervous System.

He became a Corporate Officer and Head of the Kobe Research Institute at Healios in 2014.

Michihisa Nishiyama

Director in charge of domestic developmentMichihisa Nishiyama

Michihisa Nishiyama led the global development of tacrolimus (Prograf®), a standard immunosuppressant, to a successful conclusion at Fujisawa Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd. (currently Astellas Pharma Inc.) After launching tacrolimus, he created a marketing network across more than 70 countries, including the US and European countries.
He has experience in both global development/marketing and managing biotech ventures.
He became an outside director of Healios in 2014, then a director in charge of domestic development since 2016.

Ken Ishikawa

Director in charge of administrative fieldKen Ishikawa

Ken Ishikawa has accumulated experiences in starting up businesses by working at consulting firms, venture businesses and other entities. After serving as General Manager of Human Resources and Administrative Departments at Cookpad Inc., he joined our company in 2013. He became Corporate Officer in 2014 and was assigned to his current post in 2017.

Michael Alfant

DirectorMichael Alfant

Michael Alfant is a former president of the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan and CEO of Fusion Systems Group.
With his abundant experience as an entrepreneur and manager of multinational enterprises, he has worked to build bridges between entrepreneurs in Japan and the US.
He became an outside director of Healios in 2013.

Hiromitsu Ogawa

DirectorHiromitsu Ogawa

Hiromitsu Ogawa is the founder and chairperson of the board of CAI International, Inc. (NYSE: CAI), an intermodal freight container leasing and management company. He took the company public in May 2007. Prior to founding CAI, he worked in the pharmaceutical and beverage industries in sales promotion and marketing in Japan.
He makes a significant contribution to the stem cell industry by both serving on the global advisory council of the International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR) since 2011 and also establishing the “Ogawa-Yamanaka Stem Cell Prize,” along with Dr. Shinya Yamanaka and Gladstone Institutes in 2015.
He became an outside director of Healios in 2016.

Go Nakano

AuditorSeigo Kashii

Seigo Kashii became the Corporate Auditor & Chair of the Board of Auditors in 2011 after serving as the Corporate Officer & Vice President of Legal Affairs Group at Astellas Pharma Inc. (formerly Fujisawa Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.) and President &CEO of its US subsidiaries.
From 2014, as Corporate Officer and Head of Integrity & Compliance Division at Novartis Pharma K.K. and the Japan Country Head in Novartis, he was in charge of reconstructing and reinforcing the integrity and compliance structure in Japan. He became our company’s Corporate Auditor in 2017.

Jun Narimatsu

AuditorJun Narimatsu, Accountant

After working for Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu LLC, Jun Narimatsu worked for the Department of Listing at the Tokyo Stock Exchange on the implementation of disclosure rules. He joined Cookpad Inc. and played a key role in the listing of the company after establishing a management system as CFO. While running his own company, he supports venture companies as an outside director.
He became a statutory auditor of Healios in 2014.

Hideki Takeda

AuditorHideki Takeda

Hideki Takeda established Medical Patent Research Inc. in 2009 after engaging in intellectual property strategies and other operations at Fujisawa Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. (currently Astellas Pharma Inc.) and the Foundation for Biomedical Research and Innovation. He specializes in submission of patents related to biotechnologies and pharmaceuticals, as well as their investigations, etc. He became our company’s auditor in 2017.