Isao Teshirogi

Isao Teshirogi, Ph.D.

Vice Chair, Osaka Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Representative Director, Chairman and President, Shionogi & Co., Ltd.

Vice Chair, Osaka Chamber of Commerce & Industry (July 2010-)
Council member, Global Health Innovative Technology Fund (GHIT Fund)(April 2013-)
Vice President, Japan Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association (May 2014-) Vice President, International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufactures & Associations (June 2016-)

Richard Traherne

Richard Traherne

Chief Commercial Officer, Cambridge Consultants

Richard is Chief Commercial Officer at Cambridge Consultants, with responsibility for global business growth, client relationship strategy, marketing and brand. Richard joined Cambridge Consultants in 2003, with a background in telecommunications, and led the company’s Wireless division for 10 years. Prior to joining Cambridge Consultants, Richard held R&D and general management roles in consulting, product manufacturing and IP licensing environments. Throughout, focused on generating value from breakthrough technology innovation and working internationally, from Asia to the USA. Richard specialises in working with ambitious businesses that wish to make a difference through genuine market-changing advances.

Torsten Kanisch

Torsten Kanisch

Executive Officer, Vice President, Commercial Excellence, AstraZeneca Japan

20+ years leadership experience in Pharmaceutical industry, including Bristol Myers Squibb (BMS), Johnson & Johnson, and Novartis Pharma. Leading innovation programs such as development of omni channel marketing with a deep market focus on Japan. Driving AstraZeneca's innovation in Japan through business engines through external innovation partnerships.

Buzz Palmer

Buzz Palmer

CEO, The Actuator

Dr Buzz Palmer co-founded the MedTech Actuator –in 2018 and is strongly involved in a number of venture capital and technology/product development initiatives. A regular advisor to governments at all levels and a Professor of Entrepreneurship at Monash University Business School, Buzz is passionate about catalysing innovation and supporting the founders who drive it.

Kenzo Ibano

Kenzo Ibano, Ph.D.

CEO, Osaka Heat Cool Inc.

Born in Illinois, U.S.A, Ibano received his Ph.D from Kyoto University. Now, he is an assistant professor at Osaka university. His main research area is system design and plasma physics of nuclear fusion power plants. At the same time, he is working with Prof. Sugahara on the technology of thermoelectric semiconductors, applying the knowledge he has cultivated in fusion research. Recently he founded Osaka Heat Cool inc. to provide unique solutions to people's pains. The first product, ThermoScratch, an itchy reliever using thermal illusion, is being released at CES2023. Ibano is also a finalist of Medtech Actuator Origin2022.

Yan Lin Lye

Yan Lin Lye

Head of Medtech APAC, Cambridge Consultants

Yan Lin has spent over 10 years working in and with start ups across the world to help commercialise their cutting edge medical technology. In particular, she has insights into the life science and diagnostic industry. She currently leads Cambridge Consultants’ medtech commercial activity in APAC.


Hiroshi Masuda

Cross Business Unit Strategy and Business Development Lead, Medtronic Japan

Medtronic Japan, Senior Strategy and Business Development Manager (Aug. 2021 – Present)
Johnson and Johnson K.K., Corporate Strategy & Commercial Excellence (Oct. 2012 – Aug. 2021)
Olympus Corporation, (Apr. 2008 – Aug. 2011)


Norio Nakazawa

Chairman of the Board & Chief Executive, U-FINO

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