ABOUT US

Highly specialized personnel provide strong support for joint research with companies

Hiroshima University has established the "Open Innovation Institute" (HOIP) under the direct control of the university president in order to promote large-scale joint research through intensive management of large-scale joint research that is deeply related to corporate business strategies, as well as to contribute to the strengthening of the university's financial base, the promotion of university reform, and the strengthening of research capabilities.

PHILOSOPHY

Hiroshima University was founded on the principle of "one free and peaceful university," and by engaging in activities aimed at creating "science that leads to sustainable development," we aim to fulfill our responsibilities as a university that will shine around the world even 100 years from now.
In order to contribute to the realization of a sustainable society through the commercialization of our high-level research and technology, we will work diligently as a partner in the research and development of our corporate customers.

Director (Vice President for Industry-Academia Collaboration)

Yoshihisa Kawahara

ORGANIZATION

HOIP works closely with existing departments in charge of industry-university cooperation to conduct joint research from the perspective of the company. We have proposed a plan and have a view to expanding into international markets under a centralized management system of professional personnel. Project Management.
In order to effectively support the commercialization of technology seeds, HOIP members have the following knowledge in addition to the knowledge of each industry.

HOIP Division Organization Chart

Introducing Our Members(Alphabetical order)

  • RITSUO HASHIMOTO

    Creative Manager
    (Risk Management)
  • YOSHIHISA KAWAHARA

    Director
    (University Vice President in charge of industry-academia collaboration)
  • HIROKAZU KAWASAKI

    Creative Manager
    (Medical, dental and pharmaceutical field)
  • YUMIKO KUSAKABE

    GCA*.
    (Global expansion/Regional revitalization)
  • KATSUAKI KUSHIOKA

    Creative Manager
    (Research & Planning)
  • MASATO NAKAGAWA

    Technical Advisor
  • HISASHI SATO

    Executive Creative Manager
  • MINAKO SHIMODA

    Creative Manager
    (Non-medical, dental and pharmacological field)
  • HAJIME SUETSUGU

    Creative Manager
    (Non-medical, dental and pharmacological field)
  • KAZUYA ONOMICHI

    Technical Advisor
  • DEVANG K. THAKOR

    GCA*.
    (International licensing)
  • HAYATO URABE

    GCA*.
    (Global expansion/Technology evaluation)
  • TAKAHIRO YAMASHITA

    GCA*.
    (Finance & Human Resources)
  • FUTOSHI YASUEDA

    Deputy Executive Creative Manager
  • SHIONA YUKIMURA

    Creative Manager
    (Interdisciplinary research fields)
* GCA: Global Creative Advisor

ACCESS

HOIP (Kasumi Campus)  〒734-8553 1-2-3, Kasumi, Minami-ku, Hiroshima City, Hiroshima, Japan TEL:+81-82-257-5918
HOIP (Higashihiroshima Campus) 〒739-8511 1-3-2, Kagamiyama, Higashihiroshima City, Hiroshima, Japan TEL:+81-82-424-4303

SHIONA YUKIMURA

Creative Manager
(Interdisciplinary research fields)

After the Director of Rakuten, Inc. She joined the startup company as Co-founder and COO. Later, she was involved in new business development with investments at Macnica, a technology trading company.
She has extensive business development experience and a broad network in the digital industry.

FUTOSHI YASUEDA

Deputy Executive Creative Manager

Mr. Yasueda worked for Japan Industrial Partners, a major PE fund, for 14 years, where he managed numerous carve-out investments of non-core businesses from major Japanese companies. He is experienced in many corporate management positions including TSE-listed electronic components manufacturer.

TAKAHIRO YAMASHITA

GCA*.
(Finance & Human Resources)

Worked for the Industrial Bank of Japan (IBJ) for over 20 years as international investment banker. Then worked for Privat Equity funds (PE funds) for 10 years, inclusive of Japan Industrial Partners (JIP) as Managing Director, and Hiroshima Innovation Network (public-private investment fund of Hiroshima Prefecture) as CEO.
Currently, Founder & CEO of Tri-Wins Inc, a consulting firm of executive search and financial advisory services.

HAYATO URABE

GCA*.
(Global expansion/Technology evaluation)

As a global corporate venture manager in Silicon Valley, he connected technologies from Japan and the US through formation of partnerships and conducted business and technological due diligence for startups. He returned to Japan in 2016 after living abroad for 30 years in total. He is Senior Director of Investment Strategy, Portfolio Development and Innovations in a public-private partnership fund for the development of drugs, vaccines and diagnostics for developing countries.

DEVANG K. THAKOR

GCA*.
(International licensing)

Devang Thakor is the founder and president of Anioplex, LLC, a global strategic, business, and technical advisory firm in Silicon Valley. He works closely with startups, multinational corporations, venture capital firms, and universities to deploy groundbreaking technologies. He previously developed gene therapy, stem cell, and biomaterial technologies at Harvard Medical School, Kyoto University, and UCLA.

KAZUYA ONOMICHI

Technical Advisor

In June, 2020, he took up a new post of senior managing director and executive officer of EA Pharma. Until then, worked for a long time in R&D for Ajinomoto Co., Inc., gaining considerable experiences globally in open innovation between universities and companies

HAJIME SUETSUGU

Creative Manager
(Non-medical, dental and pharmacological field)

Mr. Suetsugu worked on R&D for engines at Mazda for around 30 years. He was a visiting researcher at Hiroshima University for six years where he contributed to an increase in joint research funding between Mazda and Hiroshima University. He was involved in the launch of Hiroshima Council for the Promotion of Collaboration between Government, Academia and the Automobile Industry (HIROJIREN), which is an industry-academia-government collaboration organization.

MINAKO SHIMODA

Creative Manager
(Non-medical, dental and pharmacological field)

Ms. Shimoda worked on strategy and product planning for a major automaker for about 10 years. She was involved in wide range of explorative projects to create value from scratch. She is adept at using visuals to organize information.

HISASHI SATO

Executive Creative Manager

After working for companies, he became independent in the US in 1995 in business incubation field, and ran his own ventures in Japan and the US. In 1996, he participated in management of a machine manufacturing startup. Launched and raised a new business using industry-academia and industry-industry collaborations on a global basis. Listed the company onto the Tokyo Stock Exchange in 2007.

MASATO NAKAGAWA

Technical Advisor

Senior fellow at the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST). And former Denso Europe President and CTO. He has lived overseas for a long time and is knowledgeable about industry-academia collaboration and open innovation especially in the German automotive industry.

KATSUAKI KUSHIOKA

Creative Manager
(Research & Planning)

At the Hiroshima Prefectural Office, Mr. Kushioka established a public-private fund and was responsible for creating measures for promoting innovation and facilitating industry-academia-government partnerships. At Hiroshima University, he was in charge of the Cabinet Office’s Regional University/Regional Industry Revitalization Grant. He served on the innovation promotion committee for the industry-academia collaboration and regional support groups for science and technology operated by the Council for Science and Technology (9th and 10th terms).

YUMIKO KUSAKABE

GCA*.
(Global expansion/Regional revitalization)

After working in investment banking for Goldman Sachs, she worked for the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington DC for 15 years mainly focused on its Project Finance.
Upon return to Japan in 2014, she established IMPACT ACCESS corporation.
She advises new business strategy for corporate/organizational leaders and leads new business operations for varied innovation sector projects, utilizing her international business experience and applying open innovation & design thinking based approaches.
The University of Tokyo-Softbank Joint Venture “Beyond AI” Project “Institute for AI and Beyond” Organizing Task Force Director Tokai Tokyo Financial Holdings CSR program “Chubu Open Innovation College” Director
Visiting researcher at the Institute of Future Initiatives.

HIROKAZU KAWASAKI

Creative Manager
(Medical, dental and pharmaceutical field)

Engaged in drug discovery research (small molecule drugs/antibody therapeutics) at a Japanese pharmaceutical company for about 16 years. His areas of expertise include allergy, immunology and oncology. After participating in research projects and consortium of overseas organizations including Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (USA) and the National Health Research Institutes (Taiwan), he’s served since 2018 as an industry-academia-government collaboration coordinator at Hiroshima University.

YOSHIHISA KAWAHARA

Director
(University Vice President in charge of industry-academia collaboration)

After graduating from the University of Tokyo, Mr. Kawahara worked at Nagaoka University of Technology, Public Works Research Institute (formerly Ministry of Construction), and Kagawa University. From October 2004, he assumed the position as Professor of Engineering at Hiroshima University Graduate School of Engineering. Area of expertise is river engineering. He has been active in teaching, conducting research and raising social awareness about how to reduce the impact of torrential rain. After serving as Dean of Graduate School of Engineering and Dean of Engineering, he has been supervising industry-academia collaboration at Hiroshima University since 2019.

RITSUO HASHIMOTO

Creative Manager
(Risk Management)

Dr. Hashimoto has been engaged in research and development at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. since he joined the company and he served as Director of Hiroshima R&D Center. At Hiroshima University, he was involved in industry-academia collaboration activities for 14 years, and served as Director of the Center for Collaborative Research and Community Cooperation, where he contributed to starting numerous large-scale joint research projects.