Special Science Advisor / Nonexecutive Director
Hideyuki Okano (M.D., Ph.D.)
Dean, Keio University Graduate School of Medicine
Professor, Department of Physiology
He graduated from Keio University School of Medicine in 1983. Medical doctor. He served as a professor of Basic Medicine, University of Tsukuba in 1994; professor of Osaka University School of Medicine in 1997; professor of Keio University School of Medicine since 2001 (present position); Chair of Research Dept., Keio University Graduate School of Medicine since 2007; Dean of Keio University School of Medicine since April 2015; and Chair of Research Dept., Keio University Graduate School of Medicine since October 2017 (present position). He specializes in stem cell medicine and neuroscience. He has received many honors, including an award by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology in 2006, the Medal with Purple Ribbon in 2009; and the 51st Bälz Prize (first prize) in 2014.
Engineer/MechanicsTaiji Adachi (Ph.D.)
Professor, Kyoto University
Biomechanics Lab, Department of Biosystems Science, Institute for Frontier Life and Medical Sciences
He completed the master’s program at the Department of Physics, Graduate School of Mechanical Engineering Science, Osaka University. Doctor of Engineering. He became a professor in 2010, and an associate director in 2013, and was appointed to his present position in 2016 at the Institute for Frontier Life and Medical Sciences, Kyoto University. During that time, he also engaged in research as a fellow at the Orthopaedic Research Laboratories, Department of Surgery, the University of Michigan. He is a leader of the Computational Cell Biomechanics Team, RIKEN VCAD System Research Program.
He graduated from the Department of Pharmacy at Osaka University of Pharmaceutical Science. Pharmacist. After working at Tanabe Seiyaku Co., Ltd. Formulation Research Laboratories and serving as a director of Kanebo Co., Ltd., Kampo Research Institute, he worked on research and development of numerous pharmaceutical products, Kampo medicines, and health foods. He was appointed to important positions at the Japan Kampo Medicines Manufacturers’ Association, the Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers’ Associations of Japan, and the Japan Self-Medication Association. In addition, in a research project related to the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, he worked on the preparation of Japanese Pharmacopoeia standards for crude drugs, application standards for medical Kampo preparations, and medical Kampo GMP.
Shigenori Ikemoto (M.D., Ph.D.)
Professor Emeritus, Jichi Medical University
Director, Nippon Medical School
Honorary President of Nippon Veterinary and Life Science University
He graduated from Nippon Veterinary and Animal Science University (currently Nippon Veterinary and Life Science University) with a degree in Veterinary Medicine, and completed the Graduate School course of Medicine at Tokyo Women’s Medical University (former system). Medical Doctor. He was appointed as professor of Jichi Medical University in 1981 (currently emeritus professor), and President of Nippon Veterinary and Life Science University in 1999. He has served on the Board of Directors of Nippon Medical University, was President of the Japanese Association of Comparative Clinical Medicine, has served on the Council of the Veterinary Medical Association, Veterinary Affairs Committee, and is an ethics committee member of the Medical University and other public hospitals in Shimane Prefecture. He is also an active member of the New York Academy of Sciences. He received the Erwin von Bälz Prize, and The Order of the Sacred Treasure, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon.