Message from the CEO
A new society created by stem cells
We founded SCAD in May 2014 with the aim of commercializing stem cell and micro/nanotechnologies developed in the Kyoto University’s Institute for Integrated Cell-Material Sciences (iCeMS). We have refined these technologies to develop proprietary human cell-based devices that serve the drug screening, safety and efficacy assay markets.
It is widely known that the current discovery and development of drugs and compounds is afflicted by high rates of attrition and low levels of productivity. Pluripotent stem cells (PSC), including ES and iPS cells, are regarded as key enabling technologies for driving change in the pharma industry.
The translation of PSCs into commercial products demands “T-shaped” people, who simultaneously embrace cross-disciplinary understanding with expertise in specific fields. Driven by the diversity of our team and partner organizations, SCAD is working towards the establishment of a reproducible large-scale production of functional and mature 3D human-like micro-tissues that exceeds the strictest requirements of our pharma customers around the globe.
By pursuing the above objectives, SCAD will strive towards the realization of “a new society created by stem cells.”
We provide stem cell application technologies to realize efficient drug discovery. Furthermore, by continuously advancing and improving our technologies, we aim to contribute to the development of feasible regenerative medicine technologies.
- We develop and supply high quality cell-based products that exceed the requirements demanded by drug discovery assays.
- We promote technology integration and development through collaboration with companies aiming at the development of cell-related fields and the creation of businesses.
|Company name||Stem Cell & Device Laboratory, Inc. (SCAD)|
OFFICE-ONE Shijo Karasuma 11F, 480, Niwatoriboko-cho, Shimogyo-ku,
209 Creation Core Kyoto Mikuruma, 448-5, Kajii-cho, Kamigyo-ku,
|Foundation year||May 29, 2014|
Kensuke Kato, PhD. is the founding CEO of SCAD. From his initial experiences at the Agency of Industrial Science and Technology (currently AIST) and Hitachi Mechanical Engineering Research Laboratory, Dr. Kato has accumulated more than 20 years of experience in product and business development in high-technology fields. Through the establishment of his own start-up backed by the Tokyo Institute of Technology in 2008, he supported a wide range of companies—from electrical and material manufacturers to public research institutions—with the formulation and execution of their new business development strategies. In 2014, Dr. Kato established the Stem Cell & Device Laboratory (SCAD) in Kyoto, Japan.
He specialized in business strategies for new technology commercialization at the Tokyo Institute of Technology (PhD., Management of Technology). He is a part-time lecturer at the University of Tokyo’s Graduate School of Frontier Science. He also serves as Director of the Japanese Society for Science Policy and Research Management (JSSPRM), and he is a member of the Japan MOT Society.
Prof. Nakatsuji is considered one of the pioneering stem cell researchers in Japan. After graduating from Kyoto University’s Faculty of Science with a PhD. in 1977, Prof. Nakatsuji conducted several research stays in the United States and the United Kingdom. During his professorial careers at the National Institute of Genetics and at Kyoto University’s Institute for Frontier Medical Sciences, Prof. Nakatsuji carried out the pioneering development and differentiation of diverse cell types, including embryonic stem (ES) cells, germ cells, and neurons. In fact, he led the Kyoto University team that established the first human ES cell line in Japan and distributed them to other scientists free of charge.
In 2003, Prof. Nakatsuji founded the university-originated start-up company Reprocell, which accomplished a successful IPO in 2013. From 2003 to 2007, he served as the Director of Kyoto University’s Institute for Frontier Medical Sciences. In 2007, he founded Kyoto University’s Institute for Integrated Cell-Material Sciences, an institute which advances cross-disciplinary research and technological innovation based on cell biology, chemistry and physics. In 2014, he also established the Kyoto Stem Cell Innovation, Inc., and currently serves as its CEO. Prof. Nakatsuji is also the Director General of Nakatsuji Foresight Foundation, which is a non-profit organization established to support society and young leaders of the next generation by advancing programs relating to education, science and technology.
Kazuhiro Aiba, PhD. is the CTO of SCAD since October 2015. His experience in the field of stem cells ranges over 15 years. After research work at the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (1994-1996) and the Exploratory Research for Advanced Technology (ERATO) research funding program (1996-2000), Dr. Aiba moved into the NIH’s National Institute on Aging (MD, USA), where he worked from 2000 to 2006 as a visiting fellow.
From 2006 until 2010, he conducted research at the NPO Stem Cell and Drug Discovery Institute as a Senior Researcher and a Director. During his tenure, he worked on a research consortia project from the Japanese agency “New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization" (NEDO). In 2010, he became a Senior Lecturer in the Kyoto University’s Institute for Integrated Cell-Material Sciences (iCeMS), and from 2012 he was appointed as an Associated Professor. Dr. Aiba led a series of NEDO and AMED (Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development) research consortia projects, during which he gathered significant experience in collaborative public-private R&D efforts.
As the Head of Kanematsu’s Investment and Business Development Group, Ryosuke promoted numerous domestic and foreign business investments, M&As, and venture investments in a wide range of fields, while providing business divisions' new business development with comprehensive support from business planning and strategy, to contract negotiation.
He also has experiences launching his own technology start-ups, including an electric vehicle charging infrastructure service and smartphone application service. From September 2015, he is in charge of the Investment Group at the Kyoto University Innovation Capital Co., Ltd. He holds LL.B. from Kyoto University and an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University