Disrupting Japan: Startups and Innovation in Japan

Disrupting Japan: Startups and Innovation in Japan


How Government Money is Hurting Japanese Startups

July 22, 2019

Japanese university and government venture funds play a much larger role in Japan than in the West. 

I've always considered this difference to be, on balance, neutral, today's guest makes a convincing case that these funds are actually hurting the startup ecosystem here. 

Today we sit down and talk with Hiroaki Suga, co-founder of PeptiDream.  PeptiDream is now a $7 billion biotech company, but it started out as a couple of university faculty members funding operations out of their own pockets. 

PeptiDream succeeded by using a very different model than that used by either the current generation of university spin-outs or biotech startups in the West. It's an interesting blueprint that other biotech firms might want to copy, but only if they are really sure that their technology will actually work.

It's a great conversation, and I think you will really enjoy it.