Board of Directors
Christopher J. Savoie, M.D., Ph.D.--Chairman & CEO
Dr. Savoie is a world recognized technology luminary who was named by MIT's Technology Review Magazine as one of the original TR100, a list of top technology innovators to watch in the 21st century. He previously established one of the fist web design companies in Japan and went on to found Dejima, a Silicon Valley based software company. During his tenure as Chairman and CEO, Dejima grew to become a global telecommunications software company with offices and Fortune 500 customers in the US, Japan and Europe. He is a published scholar in immunology, cancer proteomics and structural biology. Dr. Savoie received his B.A. in Biology from the University of Rhode Island and his M.D. and Ph.D. from Kyushu University.
Dr. Takeo Matsumoto, Ph.D., General Partner of Biotech Healthcare Partners
Dr. Matsumoto has over 15 years of experience in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries. He most recently was General Manager of the life sciences division of NOF Corporation, a diversified multinational healthcare and pharmaceuticals products company. Takeo was previously Director of the biomaterials division and Vice President of U.S. Operations at NOF, where he was responsible for the development of key technologies in medical devices, immunoassay systems, an artificial pancreas, drug delivery systems and polymeric drugs. Dr. Matsumoto holds a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Kagoshima University and a B.E. in Chemical Engineering from the Tokyo Institute of Technology. He is also a Research Fellow at the Institute for Medical and Dental Engineering, Tokyo Medical and Dental University and Visiting Professor of Kagoshima University in Japan.
Yoichi Suzuki, General Manager of Innovation Engine
Yoichi Suzuki is Investment Officer for the Critical Technology Fund, a pioneering Japanese Venture Capital Fund managed under a U.S. style LPS structure. As CEO and General Partner of IIBC Fund, a Kyushu based venture fund, he led numerous high tech investments in the Kyushu region and sat on the boards of several companies. After graduating from the University of Electro-Communications, Japan, he spent more than 15 years as a consultant and researcher in the high-tech industry especially the electronics and telecom areas with clients such as Motorola, Baxter, 3COM, Nissan Motor, Toshiba and Matsushita Electric. Yoichi was a visiting scholar at Northwestern University, where he supported U.S. and European venture companies in the development of marketing strategy to expand their businesses to South East Asian countries and he has served as a part-time lecturer in venture management at Fukuoka University.