Chris joined the Asahi Kasei CVC team in 2020 and is focused on medtech, digital therapeutics, and biotech. Prior to AK, Chris worked in life sciences strategy consulting and biotech business development. Chris received his BA in biology and economics from Williams College and his MBA in healthcare management from The Wharton School.
Jeff Chen joined Asahi Kasei Corporate VC in 2023. Prior to his current position, Jeff was VP of Product Management and Development at Crystal IS, a ventured-back semiconductor device company Asahi Kasei acquired in 2012. At Crystal IS, Jeff also held a variety of roles managing Product Management, R&D, Engineering, Operations, Quality, Safety and Purchasing. Jeff received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Stony Brook University and his MBA from Stern at New York University.
Throughout his 30-year career, John has passionately pursued identifying and commercializing technologies spanning the building eco-system.
John has held several management positions in the building products and homebuilding industry, including Research and Development Manager at NVR Ryan Homes, Vice President of PHI Building Systems, and Vice President of R&D at Rollease Acmeda.
He served on the research faculty at MIT as the Director of the MIT Innovative Housing Technology Program, a multi-national industry supported program focused on advanced materials and systems for residential and light commercial buildings.
John has founded several building material and product companies integrating design, workflow, and material technology to improve the end-to-end production process, customer experience and finished products.
He is a board member of Plant Prefab, Toolbx and Skipp Technologies working with stakeholders to provide healthy, low impact, attainable housing solutions.
He earned a master’s degree in architecture, planning & building technology from MIT. He has authored numerous publications and patents.
Ryoichi Takashima is focusing on IoT technology and creating new business. Before joining the CVC team, he worked as a ASIC designer in Asahi Kasei Microdevices Corporation (AKM) and developed sensor devices to achieve customer solutions incorporating AKM's software technology. He graduated Osaka University with a master's degree of science.
Yo Nakayama joined CVC team in 2022 and is in charge of the investment strategy and execution. Prior to CVC team, he worked for 15 years as a legal staff in steel manufacturing company and Asahi Kasei, facilitating business development through contract review, litigation management and compliance activities. He received the degree of Bachelor of Arts in faculty of letters from the University of Tokyo.
Masatoshi is focusing on Construction & Real Estate.
Before joining the CVC, he worked as a production engineer both in JFE steel and Asahi Kasei for 13 years.
He has a Master's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Keio University in Japan.
Kazuho Igarashi is a manager focusing on mobility and MaaS related technologies and aims to co-create new businesses.
Prior to coming to CVC, he was involved in semiconductor product planning at Asahi Kasei Electronics for seven years, and spent five years at Asahi Kasei Corporation in cross-sectional marketing for a wide range of material fields including functional resins, fibers, and semiconductors.
He holds a Master's degree in Electronic Engineering from the University of Electro-Communications.
Shinichi Arita creates new business opportunities in semiconductor and electronics devices sector for collaboration with AK business units.
Before joining the CVC team, he worked for circuit design, software development of voice DSP, customer/FAE support, product planning and marketing in Asahi Kasei Microdevices(AKM) throughout his 15 years carrier.
He also engaged to PMI work in France when AKM acquired a french startup. He received master of electronics from Hiroshima University and MBA from Waseda University.
Daisuke Hotta is currently concentrating on Climate Tech as an investment field and is actively seeking new business ventures in the areas of Materials and Sustainability in collaboration with Asahi Kasei's business units and R&D department. Prior to his role in the CVC team, he spent five years in R&D where he was involved in the full spectrum of activities from research to pre-sales for a new membrane technology applicable to the food and pharmaceutical industries. He has filed over ten global patents and possesses extensive experience in research, development, scale-up, factory design, quality control, quality assurance, intellectual property strategy, and marketing. He later joined a strategic team for six months to consider a new business. Before his tenure at Asahi Kasei, he founded a marketing company during his university years. He holds a Master of Science degree in Macromolecular Science from Osaka University.
Michinori Muraoka is exploring new business opportunities in material and sustainability sector in collaboration with AK business units. Before joining the CVC team, He worked in Asahi Kasei's membrane division in various industrial fields and spent 5 years in India as country manager for business development of membrane technology in water sector. He received Bachelor of Business Administration from Hokkaido University and MBA from Kobe University.
Based in Düsseldorf, Tomo Ishikawa specializes in identifying investment opportunities within the Hydrogen sector. Also, he oversees the business development of electrolyzers for hydrogen production in EU region. Previously, he was an integral part of the CVC team from 2015 to 2019, participating in numerous investment activities. In addition to his experience in CVC team, he had M&A experiences in Corporate Strategy Department, and had valuable experience as a brand manager in consumer brand marketing.
Shun Ohama is a founder of CVC China, Asahi Kasei since 2020. He is in charge of all the CVC activities in China region including the investment strategy, execution for both direct investments and VC fund investments and business collaborations with AK business units. He was a Manager of CVC US, Asahi Kasei before he came to Shanghai. Before joining the CVC team, he was in charge of the business development of one of advanced materials businesses of Asahi Kasei. He graduated from Waseda University with a BA in Political Science and Economics.
Masa Kaneta is exploring new business opportunities in material and sustainability sector in collaboration with business units.
Before joining the CVC team, he worked in Asahi Kasei Corporate Strategy as a manager of business developing and investment control and carbon neutral promotion project for 3 years. He held a variety of roles managing R&D, Engineering, Operations, Quality in Consumable BUS for 18 years. In addition, he had experienced marketing and researching new technologies in polymer engineering in Asahi Kasei America.
Kohei Miyabe is in charge of healthcare investment. He has expertise in pharmaceutical development, especially formulation science and CMC work. His dedicated research work led to one approved pharmaceutical in Japan and more than ten published patents. He also has research experience in nucleotide delivery for gene therapy. He has a master's degree of agricultural science from Nagoya University in Japan.
Yoshiki Miyamoto is now focusing on IIoT and Sustainability. Before joining the CVC team, he worked on R&D in Asahi Kasei E-materials and Asahi Kasei for 10 years and he has been experienced in various applications for high performance polymers like epoxy-resin hardeners, photosensitive polymers, flexible display substrate, electrolyte membrane for fuel cell and drug delivery system. He has a Master of Engineering degree from Osaka University in Japan.
Founded in 1922, Asahi Kasei is a diversified business based in Tokyo focused on three primary sectors: Material, Homes, and Health Care.
Asahi Kasei Corporate Venture Capital was established in 2008 and is focused on investing in innovative global companies in areas of strategic importance to Asahi Kasei. Our primary mission is to create new long-term business opportunities for Asahi Kasei. Our team, based in Menlo Park, the Boston area, Düsseldorf and Shanghai, consists of senior professionals with backgrounds in R&D, start up operations and venture capital.
Asahi Kasei invests across all stages. Our initial investment size can range from several hundred thousand dollars up to several million, depending on the opportunity. Given the right situation, Asahi Kasei can lead investments.