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Leader Database

Sohta Yamaguchi

Position

President, Member of the Board of Directors, Representative Director

Company Name

ASKA Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.

Information

Birth Date:

December 17, 1983

Background / Biography:

2008   Joined Hitachi, Ltd.

2016   Joined ASKA Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.

2017   Member of the Board of Directors, Executive Corporate Officer, in charge of Innovative Drug Discovery

2019   Managing Member of the Board of Directors, in charge of Innovative Drug Discovery, Development, and Business Strategy

2020   Managing Member of the Board of Directors, in charge of Innovative Drug Discovery, Development, Business Development, and Medical Affairs

2021   President, Member of the Board of Directors, Representative Director (to Present)

2021    Senior Managing Member of the Board of Directors, Representative Director of ASKA Pharmaceutical Holdings Co., Ltd. (to Present)

Education

2006    Graduated from Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Tokyo Metropolitan University

2008    Completed the Graduate School of Science, Tokyo Metropolitan University

2011    Registered as patent attorney

2020    Completed the School of business Administration, Hitotsubashi Business School (A Master of Business Administration: MBA)

Areas of Expertise

Corporate management, R&D, Intellectual property, Legal, Risk management

What have been the main lessons you have learned in your career and how do you implement them in your management?

It is a fact that one of the most important factors of success is luck. And we can only seize opportunities by continuing to move in specific.

Mentors

My friends who run the company are mentors. They offer advice and support in many situations.

Goals as president

As women enter the workforce and their lifestyles change, we feel that now more than ever there is a need to address women’s specific health issues.

As a leading company in female healthcare that responds to various needs, we will create innovative new drugs by accelerating open innovation through collaboration between industry, government, and academia in Japan and overseas.

We will continue making efforts to raise awareness in various ways such as using the knowledge we have cultivated over the years to disseminate information. In doing so, we will create opportunities for women to make choices that lead to healthy and fulfilling lives.

While strengthening the core of our pharmaceutical business with a focus on new drugs, we aim to go beyond solely providing pharmaceuticals. We will take an integrated approach covering prevention, testing, diagnostics, treatment, and prognosis to become a total healthcare company while transforming into a competitive specialty pharma company.

Quotes

 “You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future.” Steve Jobs

We cannot create the future entirely as we wish, but we can create the future intentionally from connecting the past.