Keita Mori, MBA, Co-Founder, SanBio Co., Ltd. President, SanBio, Inc. Chairman
Mr. Mori has been Co-Chief Executive Officer and has served as a member of the Board since SanBio's inception in 2001. Prior to founding SanBio, Mr. Mori was Head of New Product Development from 2000 to 2001 at Xuma, an informatics startup in San Francisco. From 1993 to 1999, Mr. Mori held positions of increasing responsibility in R&D and Manufacturing at Kirin Holdings, Ltd. in Japan. Mr. Mori holds an MBA degree from the University of California, Berkeley and a master's degree in Biochemistry from the University of Tokyo.
Toru Kawanishi, Co-Founder, SanBio Co., Ltd. Executive Chairman
Mr. Kawanishi served as SanBio's Chairman of the Board from 2001 to 2005 and has been Co-Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board since 2005. Prior to founding SanBio, Mr. Kawanishi co-founded CareNet, Inc. (TSE: 2150) and was Executive Vice President from 1996 to 1999. At CareNet, Mr. Kawanishi established eHealthcare in Japan. From 1993 to 1996, Mr. Kawanishi was a management consultant at the Boston Consulting Group. Mr. Kawanishi has a master's degree in Biochemistry from the University of Tokyo.
Noboru Kotani, External Director
Mr. Kotani previously worked for the Boston Consulting Group (BCG), a management consulting firm, where he developed business strategies for research and development, manufacturing, new businesses, marketing, sales, organizational structuring, and project management in a variety of businesses, including pharmaceuticals, automobiles, and consumer goods. Mr. Kotani was formerly a BCG senior vice president, a core member of the BCG Worldwide Health Care Practice Group (advisory committee on pharmaceutical businesses). Mr. Kotani established Dream Incubator Inc., a management consulting and a venture capital firm which was listed on the Mothers Section of Tokyo Stock Exchange in its 2nd year, and on the First Section of Tokyo Stock Exchange (TSE, First Section: 4310) in the 6th year after founding. Mr. Kotani has served as an outside director at a number of companies such as Santen Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. [TSE, First Section: 4536], JINS Inc. [TSE, First Section: 3046], and Combi Corporation). Mr. Kotani graduated from the Faculty of Engineering and completed bachelor’s degree requirements in the Department of Mathematical Engineering and Information Physics, School of Engineering, the University of Tokyo. Mr. Kotani received a Master’s degree in Management Science and Engineering from Stanford University.
Masaaki Tanahashi, External Auditor (full-time)
Mr. Tanahashi has extensive experience in business planning, management and external review. Formerly Managing Director of GLAMS Inc., he has also served as external auditor for eole Inc. and SELTECH Corporation. Previously Mr. Tanahashi served in progressively senior roles at Konami Co. Ltd., a leading entertainment and gaming company. He is a graduate of the Faculty of Economics at Rikkyo University.
Ken Yamazumi, External Auditor
Previously, Mr. Yamazumi worked for the Kirin Brewery Company, Ltd., serving as i) the General Manager of the Planning Department in the Pharmaceutical Division, ii) General Manager of the Planning Department, Executive Officer, Vice President, and General Manager of the Licensing Department in the Pharmaceutical Company, and iii) Managing Director, Executive Officer, Vice President, and the head of the Production Technology Research Institute of the Pharmaceutical Company. Mr. Yamazumi was former President and Representative Director of Kirin Pharma Company, Limited. Mr. Yamazumi was former Vice President and Representative Director of Kyowa Hakko Kirin Co., Ltd. (TSE, First Section: 4151). Mr. Yamazumi graduated from the Faculty of Agriculture at the University of Tokyo.
Toshimichi Ueda, External Auditor
Mr. Ueda worked for ChuoAoyama Audit Corporation, IPO Department of Daiwa Securities, AnGes MG, Inc. (TSE, Mothers: 4563). He currently serves as a partner in HIBIKI Partners Co., Ltd., an IPO consulting firm. Mr. Ueda was former Executive Officer of AnGes MG, Inc. Mr. Ueda graduated from the Faculty of Business and Commerce, Keio University. Mr. Ueda is a Certified Public Accountant.