Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Flask Corporation
Professor, Yamagata University
Takuya Komoda received his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Kyoto University in 1978 before joining Panasonic Electric Works Co. Ltd. (now the Panasonic Corporation) in the same year. He has worked on semiconductor device fabrication processes and device design technology. From 1991 to 1997, he directed the Panasonic Electric Works UK Laboratory in the United Kingdom, and he has conducted research on nano-crystalline silicon and its visible light emission properties. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Surrey in the United Kingdom in 1997. Following this, he conducted research into ballistic electron surface emitting displays (BSDs) from 1997 to 2005.
In 2002, he began working on organic LEDs. From 2007 to 2014, he was the project leader of the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO, a Japanese public R&D management body) project, “The development of next-generation highly efficient and high-quality OLED lighting.” He received the Fujio Frontier Award from the Institute of Image Information and Television Engineers in 2001.
He moved from the Panasonic Corporation to Yamagata University in 2015, and he is currently working there as a professor; his focus is on business–academia collaborations. He is also teaching at both Osaka University and Tokyo University of Agriculture & Technology as a visiting professor.
Chief Technology Advisor, Flask Corporation
Distinguished Research Professor, Yamagata University
Junji Kido graduated from Waseda University in 1984. He received his Ph.D. in polymer chemistry from Polytechnic University, New York, in 1989 and began working for Yamagata University as an assistant professor in the same year. He invented the world’s first white OLED in 1993 and became a full professor at the Faculty of Engineering in Yamagata University in 2002. From 2002 to 2007, he led a research project on OLEDs funded by the Japan Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry (METI) and the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) as a project director.
From 2003 to 2010, he served as the general director of the Research Institute for Organic Electronics, which had been founded by the Yamagata Prefecture government. In 2011, he was chosen to be a Distinguished Research Professor at Yamagata University.
In 2013, he received a Medal with a Purple Ribbon from the Emperor of Japan, and in 2015, he received the Karl Ferdinand Braun Prize from the Society for Information Displays. He was listed in the Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researchers list from 2014 to 2016.
He has contributed to the building of Yamagata University ventures such as the Organic Lighting Corporation (2009), the Natural Process Factory (2012), and the Vegea Corporation (2016). He is currently working as the director of the Frontier Center for Organic Materials (FROM) at Yamagata University.
Director, Flask Corporation
Associate Professor, Yamagata University
Hisahiro Sasabe graduated from Osaka Prefecture University in 2000, and in 2005, he received his Ph.D. in Engineering from there. He started working for the NEDO project “the Development of Highly Efficient Organic Devices” as a researcher in 2005; this project was managed by the Optoelectronics Industry and Technology Development Association (OITDA). He began working for Yamagata University as a postdoctoral researcher in 2007, and in 2009, he became an assistant professor. In 2016, he became an associate professor at the Graduate School of Organic Materials Science at Yamagata University.
He is an expert in organic synthesis and material chemistry for organic electronic devices, and he has published over 100 academic papers on OLEDs and organic photovoltaic devices (OPVs), including several papers that are among the most cited in the world. In 2013, he received the Yamagata Prefecture Science and Technology Award.
He also contributes to science education for children with Prof. Kido through a Science Camp Project and a Science Program.
Director, Flask Corporation
Professor, Yamagata University
Takeshi Sano graduated from the University of Tokyo in 1991 and began working at the R&D Headquarters of Sanyo Electric Co., Ltd. in the same year. He joined the Sanyo Electric OLED research team early on, and he has contributed to the development of highly efficient devices. He also has more than 100 patent applications related to OLEDs to his name. A joint venture between Sanyo Electric and Eastman Kodak brought the world’s first active matrix OLED (AM-OLED) display to the market; AM-OLED has since become the standard architecture for color OLED displays.
Between 1998 and 2001, he studied organic semiconductors and light-emitting polymers at the University of Cambridge, and in 2002, he received his Ph.D. from there. From 2010 to 2011, he also served as a visiting professor at Nara Institute of Science and Technology.
In 2011, he moved from Sanyo Electric to Yamagata University, and he is currently working there as a professor. He is researching organic solar cells and participating in research projects on organic electronics, including the Center of Innovation (COI) Program supported by the Japan Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) and the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST).
Visiting Professor, Yamagata University
Born in 1946, Osamu Matsuda graduated from the Faculty of Material Science, Tohoku University, in 1969 before working in a variety of different fields: he worked for a steel manufacturing company, a sake brewing company, a home electric appliance production company, a foreign precise filter manufacturing company, and a foreign molding part manufacturing company. In these companies, he was mainly involved in developing the factories and in mergers and acquisitions (M&A). In 1999, he joined Entegris Japan, Inc. as a representative director.
In 2008, he joined Yamagata University as a professor, and there he engaged in a variety of projects related to the revival of regional manufacturing through cooperation between industry and academia. He served as a Vice-Director of the Research Center for Organic Electronics, having previously been the Chairman of the MOT course for graduates. He is currently a visiting professor at Yamagata University and also serves as the Vice-Chairman of the Joint Committee for New Industry Creation in Yonezawa.