Future Medicine Education and Research Organization at Chiba University

IP Support

Medical IP Strategy Team

Outline of the Team

Establishing a system conducive to help the results of basic medical researches evolve into practical use and putting forth efforts in the management of intellectual property (IP) of such results have become important themes for any medical university or research institution. At Chiba University, in particular, these must be pursued and attained in order to take steps towards high-functionality and innovation creation on its Inohana Campus. To that end, with respect to any technology seeds in the medical, pharmaceutical or biotechnology areas, the Medical IP Strategy Team of the Future Medicine Education and Research Organization (FMERO) is to be responsible for the following matters regardless whether a technology seed is obtained from research conducted by the researchers of the university alone or from researches conducted jointly by the researchers of the university and by certain external institutions, entities, or companies:

On IP, Generally

Kenichi Osawa, Professor

Japanese Patent Attorney, US Attorney (NY, DC), received M.S. degree in biotechnology in Japan and Juris Doctor degree in U.S. He has served in this position since 2019. He has extensive experience in preparing and filing of patent applications, and rendering legal advice and opinions concerning patent strategies, technology licensing, the infringement of and the validity of patents.

Yasuhiko Matsumoto, Associate Professor

Completed graduate study program for M.S. After working as a public high school teacher, joined the intellectual property and technology transfer department of a university, and engaged in patent acquisition and technology transfer.
After that, set up a consulting company and worked on building a drug discovery ecosystem.
Also contributed to the development of the food industry as a project manager at Kyushu Bio Cluster Conference.
After serving as an associate professor at Tokushima University in 2019, In the present job since 2020.
Areas of specialization include patent practice, technology transfer, industry-academia collaboration.

Yoko Shinagawa, Associate Professor

Patent attorney. Completed graduate study program for M.S. The early part of career includes aggregate ten years of work experience of researcher at a chemical company and of specialist to support researchers of University of Tokyo, during which obtained qualification as patent attorney. After that, joined the Japan Patent Office in the capacity of patent examiner to deal with organic chemistry-related cases and matters. In the present job since 2016. Areas of specialization include patent practice and patent law.

Junzo Koike, Associate Professor

Patent attorney, Ph.D. in Medicine. Completed graduate study program for M.S. Worked for a chemical/ pharmaceutical company in the capacity of researcher for 4 years. After that, pursued and completed graduate study program for Ph.D. Then, stepped into patent practice in biology, pharmaceutical and other broad fields at a prominent patent firm. In the present job since 2018. Areas of specialization include immunology, patent practice and patent law.

Jun Shimada, Research Fellow

Completed graduate study program for M.S. Then, spent aggregate 8 years as either a researcher or an IP specialist at a research institution, or a university, or a company. Her work experience with the company extended to the creation and evaluation of transgenic mouse and providing of support for IP training and education, as well as prior art search. After that, changed the career into patent practice in a patent firm. In the present job since 2019. Areas of specialization include patent practice and patent law.

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Osamu Ohara, Professor

Professor of FMERO, and Deputy Director of Kazusa DNA Research Institute. Areas of specialization are biophysics and molecular biology. PhD in Science (Biophysics), Kyoto University in 1983. Shionogi Pharmaceutical Research Center in 1983. Post-doc fellow under the mentorship of Walter Gilbert at Harvard University from 1986-1988, Laboratory head of DNA Technology in 1994, Deputy Director of Kazusa DNA Research Institute since 2009. Director of Laboratory for Integrative Genomics, RIKEN Center for Integrative Medical Science since 2013.

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