Yuichi Hikichi, Ph.D., leads the MDB division in Yamaha Motor. He is a scientific leader with 20 years of industry experience in cellular pharmacology, drug discovery and preclinical drug development of small molecule drug candidates against various target classes and in multiple therapeutic areas.
Prior to Yamaha, he was employed by SymBio pharmaceuticals. Then, as Senior Scientist, he searched and evaluated pharma’s pipeline for alliance and was also involved in clinical development team for an approved drug.
Before SymBio, he leaded the oncology drug discovery unit of Takeda Pharmaceutical Company as a Director and managed all of oncology preclinical programs and many collaborations. Through more than 20 years in Takeda, he contributed to various drug discovery programs in oncology, stem cell research and microbiology.
He obtained his BSc and MSc degree from Kyoto University and his PhD degree in Medical Science from Tsukuba University.
Monday, January 27
1:30 PM – 1:50 PM