CORPORATE

CORPORATE
PROFILE

Company NameMetcela Inc.
FoundedMarch 9, 2016
Outline of BusinessResearch and development of fibroblast-based therapies for cardiac diseases

ACCESS

Research Center


Life Innovation Center #419 3-25-22
Tonomachi, Kawasaki-ku,
Kawasaki-shi, Kanagawa 210-0821

MANEGEMENT
TEAM

Takahiro Iwamiya

Takahiro Iwamiya

Co-Founder / Co-CEO

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Takahiro Iwamiya

Takahiro Iwamiya

Co-Founder / Co-CEO

  • Graduated from Tokyo Women’s Medical University with a Ph.D. in Medicine in March, 2014
  • From 2010, Taka worked on regeneration of the heart and cardiac fibroblasts at Tokyo Women’s Medical University’s Advanced Biomedical Sciences (TWIns)
  • From 2014, Taka led a research team to create organ tissues with fibroblasts at the Institutes for Advanced Biosciences, Keio University. Taka started to prepare for the launching of Metcela in that same year
  • As a co-founder at Metcela, Taka is responsible for R&D matters
Kenichi Nogami

Kenichi Nogami

Co-Founder / Co-CEO

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Kenichi Nogami

Kenichi Nogami

Co-Founder / Co-CEO

  • Graduated from the University of Tsukuba with a B.A. in International Relations in March, 2008. Ken started the MBA program at UCLA Anderson School of Management in August, 2015 (later dropped out)
  • Began professional career as an investment banker at Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation in 2008 and continued at Morgan Stanley from 2010, Ken cultivated expertise in M&A and equity financing for 6.5 years
  • Since 2014, Ken led the corporate development office at The RealReal Japan, while preparing to launch Metcela with Taka
  • As a co-founder at Metcela, Ken is responsible for all the business initiatives including financing, business model development, partnerships and clinical development strategies

HISTORY

2014
Launched Project Metcela

2016.03
Incorporated Metcela Inc.

2016.05
First investment from a venture capital

2016.06
Chosen for STS grant (JPY 70M) from NEDO

2017.03
Chosen for SCA grant (JPY 70M) from NEDO

2017.04
Initiated joint research with University of Tsukuba

2018.07
Chosen for Hashiwatashi grant (JPY 100M) from NEDO