Otsuka People Talk

Pharmaceutical Business
Division Product
Management Manager

From a new employee who didn’t know much about Otsuka to becoming a leader in product management. Comments from a person who helped establish Otsuka Canada Pharmaceutical Inc.

In collaboration with NHK Enterprises, Inc.

February 2015

Growing with Otsuka

I joined the company in 1996. At first I was assigned to the Tokyo branch and worked as a medical representative (MR) for five years. After that I got a new opportunity to work in Hokkaido, working as an MR for two years, then finally the overseas posting for which I had been waiting a long time. I was in Princeton, New Jersey, for three and a half years.

I then came back to Japan and was a deputy leader for antipsychotic drug application development, as well as being an on-site leader in Nagoya.

After that I worked on a global drug for leukemia, and was then posted overseas again , starting a new company in Canada. After three years I came back to Japan.

Exciting times

The work I’m in charge of at the moment concerns an intractable rare disease, affecting the kidneys that until now has had no treatment, but we have introduced a new medicine for this and I’m working on that now.

This medicine was first approved in Japan. So you have the joy of potentially delivering something completely new to the rest of the world.


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