Message from the CEO

A new society created by stem cells

SCAD was established in May 2014 with the aim of practically available on the research outcomes of pluripotent stem cell (ES/iPS cell) research conducted at Kyoto University’s (former) Institute for Frontier Medical Sciences (current Institute for Medical and Biological Sciences) and Institute for Integrated Cell-Material Sciences (iCeMS). Research starting from ES and iPS cells, which are called pluripotent stem cells or pluripotent cells and have the ability to differentiate (change) into cells of various organs and tissues of the body, will be incorporated into social systems such as medical care and drug discovery industries, and many people can benefit from the research results when they are put to practical use.

On the other hand, implementing advanced technology into society requires not only expertise in a specific field, but also a wide range of knowledge and experience. Especially in new fields, many discussions, trials, and explorations are required before practical application can be realized. For this reason, in addition to the members transferred from Kyoto University, we are working to deepen the transferred technology and ensure sufficient reliability as a commercial technology through the participation of members with diverse knowledge and experience, and we are also actively promoting the global expansion of these businesses.

Furthermore, based on the one-of-a-kind technologies developed independently for practical use and on joint development, collaboration, and support with external organizations, we are developing and commercializing new cell products and new treatment methods, and will continue to return the results of our research to society toward the realization of a “new society created by stem cells”.

CEO Kensuke Kato

Company Outline


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)
Head Office

OFFICE-ONE Shijo Karasuma 11F, 480, Niwatoriboko-cho, Shimogyo-ku,
Kyoto 600-8491 Japan


Head Office
IHK Office

4F Med-Pharm Collaboration Building, Kyoto University 46-29 Yoshida-Shimo-Adachi-cho, Sakyo-ku,
Kyoto 606-8501 Japan


Business Office
Foundation year May 29, 2014


Kensuke Kato

Kensuke Kato

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 including life science. 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), and studied in Management of Technology at the University of Tokyo, graduate school of engineering. He has served as visiting professor at Osaka Metropolitan University, Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU), and assistant professor at the University of Tokyo, Graduate School of Frontier Science. He also served as Director of Japan Society for Research Policy and Innovation Management (JSRPIM).

Norio Nakatsuji

Director, Chief Advisor
Norio Nakatsuji

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 Konishi

Kazuhide Konishi

Kazuhide Konishi, PhD. has experiences in drug discovery fields in Novartis Pharma and Taisho Pharmaceuticals after working as a postdoctoral fellow at Chemistry Department, the University of Virginia in the United States. And then, he worked in foreign-affiliated venture capital to support the commercialization of early seeds and ventures centered on regenerative medicine and drug discovery-related projects. Currently, he is a representative director of a chemical software company which is founded by own him in 2015, and CEO of Kyo Diagnostics KK. since 2019, which is a technology startup from Kyoto University.
He graduated from the Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Kyoto University in 2000. PhD (Pharmaceutical science), pharmacist, MBA and registered management consultant.