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We make innovation based on science and technology

Corundum Innovation provides high quality and comprehensive innovation support through venture investment services and new business consulting services by members specializing in finance, science and technology, business development, management control, and consulting.

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Chief Executive Officer

Yasushi Yamamoto

Born in Kyoto City, graduated from the Faculty of Economics, Kyoto University. He joined Sumitomo Corporation in 1992, then engaged in international business development of crop science business at Life Science Headquarters, and worked in Africa, France and Australia. Since he became CEO of a Japanese corporation of an Israeli life science company in 2005, he has accumulated outstanding network and knowledge through his business experience with Israel. He is an understanding of Israeli innovation and entrepreneurship, and started Corundum Innovation Co., Ltd. in 2014 with the aim of creating value with Japan's industrial base.

We want to create new growth and new industries based on innovation and entrepreneurship. With a strong awareness of this issue, various growth strategies are being discussed and challenged in both the public and private sectors. We, Corundum Innovation, started our business in 2014 with a very unique perspective, namely to focus on the creative power of Israeli high-tech start-ups. We partnered with Corundum Open Innovation in Israel that invested in a number of innovative startups, achieving high returns while continuing the challenge of, business creation, and business infrastructure strengthening with our Japanese clients.
Since then, we together with Corundum Open Innovation our partners in Israel, have established an Innovation-Hub in Israel, which specializes in neuroscience in 2017.
Thereafter, we had established additional hubs in Luxembourg, and Japan, specializing in microbiome in 2020, and we are also working on business creation from advanced science through a unique mechanism that combines academic research funding and investment.
We will continue to powerfully develop value creation that is not bound by the framework of scheduled harmony disciplined by rationality and efficiency, while building a diverse and high quality network.

Fundamental Information

Company name

Corundum Innovation Co., Ltd.

Legal qualification

投資助言・代理業 関東財務局長(金商)第2854号

Address and Tel

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Ark Hills Executive Tower S601
1-14-5 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo 1070052, JAPAN
Tel: +81-3-3588-0133

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Tel Aviv, Israel
Address: 11 Ha’Menofim St. Akerstein Towers B, 3rd Floor, Herzelia Pituah, Israel
Tel: +972-72-2-500-610

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Silicon Valley, USA
Address: 525 Middlefield Road, Suite 120, Menlo Park, CA 94025, USA
Tel: +1-650-324-9100

Business

Management consulting
Investment advisory (関東財務局長(金商)第2854号)
Introduction of oversea business to Japanese market

Founded year

April 2014

Board members

Yasushi Yamamoto (CEO)
Kenji Takeda (CTO)
Keiji Sugimoto (CIO)
Naohiro Takemoto (CFO)
Kazuyuki Sasaki

Our History

Apr 2014

Founded Corundum Innovation Inc. in Minato-ku, Tokyo

Oct 2014

Partnered with Corundum Open Innovation Ltd. in Israel

Mar 2015

Moved the head office to Akasaka, Minato-ku in Tokyo

Aug 2015

Registered investment advisory and agency
投資助言・代理業 関東財務局長(金商)第2854号

Jan 2016

Are partners in Corundum Open Innovation Fund L.P. (COIF I)

Feb 2017

Co-founded Joy Ventures in Herzliya, Israel.
Started operation of a fund specializing in brain science.

Dec 2018

Established an entrepreneurship course in collaboration with Waseda University “NVx2 – No Venture No Victory” (EDGE-NEXT program of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology)

Apr 2020

Founded Corundum Systems Biology Co., Ltd.

Jul 2020

Founded Corundum Systems Biology S.à.r.l.
Started operation of a fund specializing in microbiome.

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