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Profile of Dr. Yukihiko Hara

Yukihiko Hara
Date of birth:13/1/1943

Dr. Yukihiko Hara

Current occupations

  • President: Tea Solutions, Hara Office Inc.
  • Director: Shizuoka Industrial Innovation Foundation for the Japan Science and Technology Agency’s Regional Program(2009-2013).
    44-1, Outemachi, Shizuoka City, 420-0853 Japan
    Tel: +81-(0)54-273-4435, Fax:+81-(0)54-2533-0019
  • Visiting Professor: Shizuoka University Innovation Joint Research Center.
  • Visiting Professor: University of Shizuoka Prefecture.

Brief personal history

2010
Chairperson for the 4th ICOS(International Conference on O-Cha(Tea) Culture and Science (Oct. 26-28, 2010, Shizuoka City).
2009
Appointed as Director, Shizuoka Industrial Innovation Foundation for the Japan Science and Technology Agency's Regional Program(5 years program 2009-2013).
2008
Retired Mitsui Norin Co., Ltd.
2006
Got an US FDA approval for the Botanical Drug "VeregenR", putting tea catechins as an API (Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient)
2004
Executive Managing Officer, R&D Unit, Mitsui Norin Co., Ltd.
1996
Awarded the Director of the Ministry of Science and Technology's Merit Award for his contribution to tea science.
1996
Started working with the US NCI for the chemoprevention clinical trials with tea catechins, a 10 years program.
1990
Earned Ph. D. from the University of Tokyo with a thesis entitled: "Physiological Activities of Tea Polyphenols".
1983
Director of Food Research Laboratories of Mitsui Norin Co., Ltd.
1967
Joined Mitsui Norin Co., Ltd.
1967
Graduated Tokyo University, Dept. of Agriculture.

Throughout his career, he has been devoted to work concerning the analysis and separation of catechins, elucidation of their physiological actions and the utilization of these functions.