Mr.Hiroshi Kakihira has been a CVC maneger since July 2012 focusing on invetment in the material technology area. He joined Asahi Kasei in July 2008 and engaged in R&D of optical film and imprinting techolology over 4 years.
Prior to joining Asahi Kasei, he worked at the Canon Group for 10 years designing photo glossy papers and developing technologies for inkjet printers. He holds a Masterâ€™s degree in material science from the Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology.
Takeshi Ohno has been a CVC manager since May 2013, working on investment and in-license activities in therapeutic areas, particularly focusing on chronic/neuropathic pain and rheumatoid arthritis. He joined Asahi Kasei in 1995 and engaged in R&D as a drug discovery researcher for over 15 years.
Prior to joining Asahi Kasei, he was a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Michigan, Medica Center, 1992 - 1995 working in the gene therapy area. He holds a PhD in chemistry from Hokkaido Unversity in Japan.
Kentaro has been a Corporate Venture Capital Manager at Asahi Kasei since December 2015, focusing on investments in the healthcare industry to nurture new products and services that complement Asahi Kaseiâ€™s operations in healthcare which include pharmaceuticals, diagnostics, and medical devices.
His current focus is medical information and communication technologies (ICTs) with respect to remote patient monitoring for chronic diseases (such as chronic heart failure, asthma, and epilepsy).
Kentaro began his career in Asahi Kaseiâ€™s pharmaceutical operations in Japan and became an integral part of Asahi Kaseiâ€™s pharmaceutical business development activities in China. He later joined Asahi Kaseiâ€™s Corporate R&D organization to search for new products and technologies in areas not served by Asahi Kaseiâ€™s core healthcare subsidiaries of Asahi Kasei Pharma, Asahi Kasei Medical, and ZOLL Medical. He joined Asahi Kasei Corporation in April 1998. He received a B.A. from Keio University and his MBA from City University London.
Founded in 1920s, Asahi Kasei is a diversified business based in Tokyo focused on three primary sectors: Materials, Homes and Healthcare.
Asahi Kasei Corporate Venture Capital was established in 2008 and is focused on investing in innovative global companies in areas of strategic importance to Asahi Kasei. Our primary mission is to create new long-term business opportunities for Asahi Kasei. Our team, based in Menlo Park and the Boston area, consists of senior professionals with backgrounds in R&D, start up operations and venture capital.
Asahi Kasei invests across all stages. Our initial investment size can range from several hundred thousand dollars up to several million, depending on the opportunity. Given the right situation, Asahi Kasei can lead investments.