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  • Hayami Shimizu

    Chief Executive Officer

    img_member_detail_01 Hayami Shimizu 代表取締役社長 Hayami Shimizu, following his entry into Itochu Corporation in 1987, embarked on a multifaceted career path. He initially served as a German language trainee and subsequently held roles in the semiconductor business, life sciences business, and as CEO of a company specializing in health checkup support. Later, he served as the CEO of a Contract Sales Organization (CSO) specializing in medical marketing.
    In November 2019, Hayami Shimizu joined Osaka University Venture Capital, assuming the position of President and Representative Director in June 2020. His journey at Itochu Corporation encompassed various roles, ranging from sales of machinery and special equipment, semiconductor measurement device sales, and asset management for manufacturing equipment to engagement in collaborative efforts between academia and industry in running a preventive medicine center. Additionally, he gained experience in fund investments, direct investments, and the establishment of in-house startups within the healthcare services sector.
  • Akira Uotani

    Director Investment Division

    img_member_detail_05 Akira Uotani 投資部長 Akira Uotani joined Sumitomo Chemical Co., Ltd. in 2005, where he worked on research and development related to high-performance materials, as well as new business planning.
    Subsequently, after engaging in venture startup support activities at the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, he joined Osaka University Venture Capital in 2017. As a venture capitalist, he primarily supports the creation of startups based on university research (Company Creation), investment activities, and provides management support to portfolio companies. He also serves as the Head of the Investment Department, overseeing the management of the entire investment division.
  • Shinsaku Miyagi

    Director Administration Division

    img_member_detail_04 Shinsaku Miyagi 管理部長 Shinsaku Miyagi joined Osaka University Venture Capital in February 2016, following his tenure at a foreign-based insurance company and investment firm, Crest Investments. He currently serves as the Head of Administration.
    During his time at Crest Investments, Shinsaku Miyagi was involved in investment and recovery operations for unlisted companies. Subsequently, he assumed the role of Managing Director responsible for the acquisition of business companies through M&A, as well as serving as a director of the acquired subsidiaries. This allowed him to accumulate practical experience in management and administration. Additionally, he has a background in serving as a CFO in a business company.
  • Satoshi Morikawa

    Director Corporate Planning Division

    img_member_detail_24 Satoshi Morikawa 経営企画部長 Satoshi Morikawa joined Itochu Corporation in 1998 and has promoted business development, investment activities, etc., mainly in IT-related fields.
    For three years from 2014, he launched Osaka University Venture Capital and conducted the initial investment activities.
    After that, he promoted IT-related business development, joint research with the University of Tokyo, and other activities. In 2024, he returned to Osaka University Venture Capital to support the growth of portfolio companies.
  • Masahiro Uehira

    Senior Venture Partner,

    Investment Division

    img_member_detail_08 Masahiro Uehira 投資部シニアベンチャーパートナー Dr. Masahiro Uehira he joined Osaka University Venture Capital in 2018 following a distinguished career of over 30 years at Shionogi & Co. Ltd. He is responsible for scientific evaluation of life science-related technologies, and he also takes a hands-on support of the ventures based on his rich experience in various expertise including research, development, regulatory affairs, project management, and business development.
    During his tenure at Shionogi & Co., Ltd., Dr. Masahiro Uehira held a range of key positions, including Research Manager, Development Project Manager, Global Project Manager, Head of Area Project Management, and Head of Area Research and Development Oversight Committee. His leadership played a pivotal role in successfully bringing several products to market. He also has experience leading multiple projects, including global development, as a key member in collaboration with the company's overseas subsidiaries and global pharmaceutical partners.
  • Kenta Kimoto

    Recruiter,

    Investment Division

    img_member_detail_11 Kenta Kimoto 投資部HR担当 Kenta Kimoto joined Osaka University Venture Capital in August 2022 as a recruiter, following his tenure at a regional bank and JAC Recruitment Co.,Ltd. He is in charge of searching for management candidates, managing events with upto4, and in-house recruitment.
    During his five years at JAC Recruitment Co.,Ltd., he worked on resolving recruitment challenges from both the talent and company perspectives. Additionally, he consistently focused on the pharmaceutical industry, including major and mid-sized pharmaceutical manufacturers, generic drug manufacturers, large to small Contract Manufacturing Organizations (CMOs), and biotech startups, and he has experience introducing talent in this sector.
  • Hiroki Sato

    Senior Venture Partner,

    Investment Division

    img_member_detail_13 Hiroki Sato 投資部シニアベンチャーパートナー Hiroki Sato joined Osaka University Venture Capital in October 2022 after working at five pharmaceutical companies. He is currently responsible for the technical assessment of drug discovery and life science-related seed technologies.
    In his previous job, he worked at a pharmaceutical company for 25 years in drug discovery research (medicinal chemistry; metabolic diseases, respiratory diseases, etc.) and drug development research. After that, he gained experience in business development work such as alliance management and licensing out (cancer fields) mainly for European and American pharmaceutical companies, as well as management work in planning, drafting, and implementing epidemiological research, and managing presentations of clinical trial results at academic conferences and publication of papers (in the pain and cancer fields).
  • Yuki Taga

    Capitalist, International Strategy Manager,

    Investment Division

    img_member_detail_14 Yuki Taga 投資部キャピタリスト Yuki Taga joined Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd. in 2012 after completing a master's degree in condensed matter physics, then studied abroad for an MBA, and joined Osaka University Venture Capital in October 2022. At Osaka University Venture Capital, he is primarily responsible for venture investments and management support for investee companies.
    In his previous job, he was an engineer in charge of the design, development, and capital investment of industrial machinery. He was primarily in charge of optical fiber production equipment in the Optical Communications Division, and took the lead in setting up production bases in Japan and overseas and optimizing production through equipment improvements.
  • Aya Takahashi

    Investment Division

    img_member_detail_15 Aya Takahashi 投資部 Aya Takahashi joined Osaka University Venture Capital in 2019. She is responsible for supporting investment operations and internal IT-related tasks.
    In her previous job, she worked in the fields of nuclear energy and embedded engineering.
  • Kosuke Takamoto

    Capitalist,

    Investment Division

    img_member_detail_16 Kosuke Takamoto 投資部キャピタリスト Kosuke Takamoto joined Osaka University Venture Capital in 2019 after working at a financial institution.
    When he first joined, he was involved in all back-office operations in the Administration Division, including fund administration, dealing with government agencies, and assisting with the recruitment of portfolio companies. Since 2021, he has been in charge of investing in university-originated ventures and providing hands-on support to investee companies at the Investment Division.
    During his time at a financial institution, he was involved in financing operations for individuals and small and medium-sized companies, corporate transactions, and venture support operations such as fund management, LP investments, and support for university-industry collaborations.
  • Naoto Nozue

    Associate,

    Investment Division

    img_member_detail_17 Naoto Nozue 投資部アソシエイト Naoto Nozue joined The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ (now MUFG Bank) in 2015 and has been seconded to Osaka University Venture Capital since 2022.
    As an associate in the investment division, he is involved in investment activities for university-originated ventures and provides hands-on support to portfolio companies.
    During his time at MUFG Bank, he worked in corporate sales for small and medium-sized enterprises at domestic branches and was also involved in financial advisory services at the head office.
  • Yusuke Fujita

    Associate,

    Investment Division

    img_member_detail_19 Yusuke Fujita 投資部アソシエイト Yusuke Fujita joined The Senshu Ikeda Bank in 2011 and was involved in bank loans, and was seconded to Osaka University Venture Capital in 2021.
    At Osaka University Venture Capital, he is working as an associate in the investment division, where he is involved in investment activities for university-originated ventures and provides hands-on support to portfolio companies.
    During his time at The Senshu Ikeda Bank, he was involved in support operations for small and medium-sized enterprises that are unique to regional financial institutions, including loan operations, corporate finance, and corporate accompanying support.
  • Hiroshi Suizu

    Associate,

    Investment Division

    img_member_detail_21_1 Hiroshi Suizu 投資部アソシエイト Hiroshi Suizu joined Osaka University Venture Capital in September 2023 after joining a daily goods manufacturer in 2015. 
    At Osaka University Venture Capital, he is primarily responsible for venture investments and providing management support to portfolio companies. In his previous position, he was involved in research and development work and led several new product launches.
  • Taiki Nakayama

    Associate,

    Investment Division

    img_member_detail_22 Taiki Nakayama 投資部アソシエイト Taiki Nakayama joined The Senshu Ikeda Bank in 2011, and after 10 years of corporate loan operations, he was transferred to Osaka University Venture Capital in October 2023.
    At Osaka University Venture Capital, he is working as an associate in the investment division, where he is involved in investment in university-launched ventures and management support for portfolio companies.
    During his time at The Senshu Ikeda Bank, he was involved in financing small and medium-sized businesses, primarily in the manufacturing industry.
  • Yoshiyuki Shimekake

    Venture Partner,

    Investment Division

    img_member_detail_23 Yoshiyuki Shimekake 投資部ベンチャーパートナー Yoshiyuki Shimekake joined Osaka University Venture Capital in November 2023 after joining Shionogi & Co. Ltd., where he is involved in technology evaluation of early seeds.
    In his previous job, he was engaged in research on physiological functions of peptides and nucleic acids for more than 20 years, after which he was in charge of searching and contracting for joint R&D partners and drug discovery-related seeds and technologies, as well as alliance management.
  • Takahiro Ito

    Corporate Planning Division

    img_member_detail_06 Takahiro Ito 経営企画部 Takahiro Ito joined Kansai Urban Bank (now Kansai Mirai Bank) in 2013. Since October 2022, he has been seconded to Osaka University Venture Capital. In his role in the Business Planning Department, he is involved in supporting the exit strategies of portfolio companies, monitoring activities, and identifying new investment opportunities. During his tenure at Kansai Mirai Bank, he worked in business development for corporate clients and was responsible for corporate sales to medium-sized and small businesses. He also engaged in personal banking services. Additionally, he worked in the headquarters, where he focused on store efficiency and personnel optimization.
  • Nozomu Mamiya

    Assistant Director,

    Corporate Planning Division

    img_member_detail_20 Nozomu Mamiya 経営企画部主任 Nozomu Mamiya joined Osaka University Venture Capital in 2022 after working at The Bank of Kyoto.
    At Osaka University Venture Capital, he is involved in the Corporate Planning Division, supporting the growth of investee companies and networking with large companies and financial institutions.
    During his tenure at The Bank of Kyoto, Ltd., he was responsible for startup support in the Sales Division. He was also involved in establishing banks' own funds, investing in various funds, and planning business matching and seminars.
  • Yoshihiko Sakamoto

    Chief,

    Corporate Planning Division

    img_member_detail_12 Yoshihiko Sakamoto 経営企画部主任 Yoshihiko Sakamoto joined Japan Asia Investment Co., Ltd. in 1991 and he joined Osaka University Venture Capital in January 2015 to engage in investment operations. He led investments of JTEC Corporation, Kringle Pharma, Inc., and Microwave Chemical Co., Ltd., which were investees of OUVC 1st Investment Limited Partnership and achieved IPOs, as well as KOTAI Biotechnologies, Inc., which achieved M&A. He has been in the Corporate Planning Division since April 2022.
    During his time at Japan Asia Investment Co., Ltd., he led more than a dozen IPOs and M&A exits in the investment department. He was appointed as an executive officer in 2008 and provided hands-on support to startups according to their growth stage, including securing management personnel, strengthening sales systems, arranging capital and business alliances, and developing governance and IPO systems. He also raised funds for multiple VC funds.
  • Jumpei Ueda

    Chief,

    Administraion Division

    img_member_detail_07 Jumpei Ueda 管理部主任 Jumpei Ueda joined Resona Bank in 2009 and, after working with the Race Group in the field of human resources services, he joined Osaka University Venture Capital in 2021. In his role within the administration department, he is responsible for fund management, government agency coordination, as well as various back-office functions including human resources, general affairs, and accounting.
    During his time at Resona Bank, he worked at branch offices in Osaka, where he handled lending services for small and medium-sized enterprises, corporate transaction support, and asset management services for individuals. In his role at the Race Group, he was involved in talent scouting for middle management positions within small and medium-sized enterprises.
  • Serina Oda

    Administraion Division

    img_member_detail_10 Serina Oda 管理部 Serina Oda joined Osaka University Venture Capital in 2017. In the Administration department, she is responsible for various back-office functions, including human resources, general affairs, and accounting.