2023.05.22 Press Release

ARCALIS – Notice Concerning Change of Representative Directors

ARCALIS, Inc.(Location:Kashiwa-shi Chiba、hereafter “ARCALIS”) hereby announces that the Extraordinary General Meeting of Shareholders and Board of Directors Meeting held on 22nd of May, 2023 resolved to change the representative directors as follows.

1.New Appointment of Representative Directors(effective May 22nd

NameNew Appointment 
Satoshi TakamatsuRepresentative Director, CEO and President

2.Change of Representative Directors(effective May 22nd

NameNew AppointmentFormer Appointment
Tomoyuki FujisawaRepresentative Director, ChairpersonRepresentative Director, CEO and President
Satoru IinoDirector, ChairpersonRepresentative Director
Masamichi SatoDirector, Co-CEODirector, COO

3.Satoshi Takamatsu’s Biography

Graduated Tohoku University Graduate school. (Ph.D.) After graduating from graduate school, he has been consistently involved in contract development and manufacturing of pharmaceuticals (CDMO), pharmaceutical business, and life sciences for over 30 years, working for companies such as Ajinomoto, Fujifilm, and AGC. During the carrier in Ajinomoto, he held various positions in the CDMO field, including research and development, manufacturing, sales, and business management, both domestically and internationally. At Fujifilm, he served as a general manager, leading the expansion of the biopharmaceutical CDMO business, including M&A, and driving pharmaceutical licensing activities. In 2018, he served as the Chief Planning Officer (CPO) at Fujifilm Irvine Scientific, a U.S. company manufacturing cell culture media for biopharmaceuticals, overseeing finance, accounting, human resources, legal affairs, and strategic planning departments and executing post-merger integration (PMI) of acquired companies. In 2020, he joined AGC as the head of the Fine Chemicals division, expanding the CDMO business for small-molecule pharmaceuticals and agrochemicals.

In May 2023, he assumed the position of CEO at ARCALIS, Inc. Leveraging his diverse and global experience in the life sciences and CDMO industry, he aims to lead ARCALIS in establishing a Japanese bio-CDMO company that challenges new modalities and contribute to global health and medical care.

New Board Members (as of May 22nd, 2023)

Representative Director ChairpersonTomoyuki Fujisawa
Director, ChairpersonSatoru Iino
Representative Director CEO and PresidentSatoshi Takamatsu
Director, Co-CEOMasamichi Sato
Director, CFOHiroki Maekawa
Member of the BoardPadmanabh Chivukula
Member of the BoardLance Kurata
Member of the BoardDr. Kiyoshi Tachikawa, Ph.D.
AuditorMakoto Kojima


ARCALIS is an mRNA vaccines and therapeutics contract development and manufacturing organization (“CDMO”), jointly established by Axcelead, Inc. (President & CEO, Yoshinori Ikeura, hereafter, Axcelead) and Arcturus Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: ARCT/hereafter, Arcturus). ARCALIS aims to develop the world’s first mRNA vaccines and therapeutics CDMO business that promises a stable supply of high-quality mRNA medicines to all customers, including Arcturus, other pharmaceutical companies, biotech companies, and academic institutes worldwide. The new facility in the city of Minami-soma (Fukushima prefecture) will be equipped with state-of-the-art manufacturing and quality control systems that meet the cGMP standards for pharmaceuticals.

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