TBAP Members


Takashi Kiyoizumi, MD, PhD, SM​

Mr. Takashi Kiyoizumi is a life science entrepreneur and executive with over 30 years of experience as well as a board certified plastic surgeon. As a founding President and CEO of MediciNova, he raised over $190 million in private placements and a successful IPO, within 5 years of inception. Prior to founding MediciNova, he was President and CEO of Tanabe Research Laboratories, USA (U.S. affiliate of Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma). Since 2005, he has been an active angel investor/board member with various life science ventures in San Diego.
  • M.D. and Ph.D. from Keio University School of Medicine
  • MBA from Sloan School of Management at MIT

Sadashi Suzuki, MBA

Mr. Suzuki started his 40+ yrs career in healthcare/life sciences with Kyowa Hakko. Recently, he held a series of management positions at Japan divisions of global companies, Baxter Japan, Alcon Japan, and Affymetrix Japan (CEO), Bio-Rad Laboratories Japan (CEO),Cepheid Japan,(CEO). Currently, he is the head of the Japan office of Newton Biocapital (Belgium base VC). He has extensive experience working with Japanese regulatory authorities on securing the approval of medical devices, testing equipment, reagents and compounds.
  • MBA from Kellogg School at Northwestern Univ.

TBAP Management

  • General Producer

Takuma Aoyama, MBA

Mr. Aoyama is the founder of AIFAM Group, a global investment management company. AIFAM currently manages $700 million in on a discretionary basis. Mr. Aoyama is responsible for overall investment strategy across hedge funds to private equity and venture capital. Prior to founding AIFAM, Mr. Aoyama was at UBS Global Asset Management in Chicago and Long-Term Credit Bank of Japan.
  • MBA from University of Chicago

  • TBAP Office

Hiroyuki Okano

Mr. Okano joined AIFAM in 2001 and has been involved in various roles in fund of funds, including fund analysis, investment and operational due diligence, and risk analysis. He began his career at the Long Term Credit Bank of Japan where he managed a team on the foreign fixed income desk. He was subsequently assigned to the Pension Fund Association for Local Government Officials and directly managed a portfolio in addition to selecting outside managers for a portion of the book. Prior to AIFAM, he was a global fixed income portfolio manager at Nomura Asset Management from 1999. Mr. Okano is a Chartered Member of the Security Analysts Association of Japan.
  • BA in Law from Waseda University