TEAM PROFILE

All of Our Consultants Are
Well-versed in the Healthcare Industry

Clients’ growth is supported by our consultants, who are well versed in the healthcare industry.
Each of them treats clients with sincerity.

  • Jeffrey B. Schnack
    President
    Jeffrey B. Schnack

    Jeffrey B. Schnack
    President
    Jeffrey B. Schnack

    Jeff began his career with a boutique consulting firm focusing on new market business development. After launching the JPAC subsidiary of a German industrial manufacturer, he led the first overseas subsidiary of the East Japan Railways Group, creating a US consumer business that won a #2 ranking in the Nikkei Shimbun New Product of the Year competition. He now focuses on strategy development, implementation and capability-building for clients in the pharma and healthcare industry.

    Jeff has taught courses on Brand and Project Management in the CUMOT program at the Tokyo University of Technology, and Technology Marketing at the QREC Entrepreneurship Center of Kyushu University. Recently he has spoken overseas at digital healthcare events “Medicine X” at Stanford University and “Doctors 2.0 & You” in Paris. He also contributes to industry press such as Monthly Mix.

    Born in the US state of Iowa, Jeff is trilingual in Japanese, German, and English. He earned his BA with Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude honors from Amherst College, and then a Graduate Diploma in International Relations from the University of Vienna, which he attended on a Fulbright Scholarship. Later he graduated top of his Executive MBA class at the University of San Francisco.

    Jeff played basketball in college and a bit with a semi-professional league in Europe. He currently enjoys getting outside of Tokyo to ski, camp, or climb mountains with his family.

  • Chikako Schnack
    Director, Chief Financial Officer
    Chikako Schnack

    Chikako Schnack
    Director, Chief Financial Officer
    Chikako Schnack

    Chikako started her career at a domestic securities company as a securities analyst of listed companies in the Japanese and South East Asian stock markets. She then managed Japanese equity portfolios of public and private pension funds, as well as investment trusts, at a global investment management group. One of her funds was ranked as the 3rd best performer in the Morning Star Fund of The Year’s rookie category.

    She moved to the US and managed a global technology fund and then established her own practice as a financial advisor. After coming back to Japan, she managed Japanese equity portfolios for a global life insurance company group.

    She is now CFO at 3Rock, overseeing operations, developing the company’s financial strategy, and leading new business development.

    Chikako graduated from The Department of Business Administration at Rikkyo University. She is a Chartered Member of the Securities Analysts Association of Japan (CMA®) and AFP of the Japan Association for Financial Planners.
    Medical Management Specialist, Third Grade.

    She enjoys yoga, dance, calligraphy and outdoor activities.

  • Yoshiaki Matsuda
    Executive Consultant
    Yoshiaki Matsuda

    Yoshiaki Matsuda
    Executive Consultant
    Yoshiaki Matsuda

    Yoshiaki has 26 years of experience with foreign pharma, generics, CSO and medical device companies, progressing through growing responsibilities in sales, market intelligence, KOL management, sales promotion, product management, global liaison, sales & marketing excellence, and new business development. He also worked as Research Director at a foreign-affiliated healthcare research company.

    One of his key contributions was significantly improving brand performance in a commoditized marketplace through the development of patient-friendly services that drove differentiation while significantly increasing patient awareness and treatment rates.

    Yoshiaki graduated from Chuo University’s school of commerce, and earned an MBA from the University of Montana in the US.
    He is fluent in Japanese and English. In his earlier days, he played soccer and worked as a swimming coach. He now enjoys traveling, camping and cooking for his family.

  • Izumi Matsuzaki
    Consultant
    Izumi Matsuzaki

    Izumi Matsuzaki
    Consultant
    Izumi Matsuzaki

    Izumi joined 3Rock after working for 9 years as an MR at a Japanese pharmaceutical company in Tokyo, where she both won company top-performer awards several times and also focused energy on educating newcomers within the organization.

    At 3Rock, she leverages that experience in developing various sales-oriented programs in both specialty and primary areas. She also contributes to develop marketing cases, customer personas. patient journeys, and other project work.

    Born in Tokyo, Izumi is a graduate of the Tokyo University of Pharmacy and Life Sciences, School of Life Sciences, Molecular Sciences Division. Medical Management Specialist, Third Grade.
    Izumi enjoys travelling, cooking and searching for good restaurants.

  • Yoshie Yamagishi
    Consultant
    Yoshie Yamagishi

    Yoshie Yamagishi
    Consultant
    Yoshie Yamagishi

    Yoshie has a wide variety of experiences in marketing, sales and sales support in both foreign and domestic pharmaceutical, medical device and chemical companies.

    Most recently, as a pharmaceutical Market Research Manager, she conducted various primary and secondary research projects. There she proposed strategies for new product launches and contributed to maximize product value for a range of in-line products. Before that, as a Sales Manager in a medical device company, she developed new business and increased sales by 400% compared to prior results.

    Yoshie began her career in sales support with a chemical company, and was seconded to join a start-up joint venture between Japanese and American companies. There she worked on a variety of tasks, including sales forecasting, supply chain system, and both domestic and export/import sales.

    She holds a Diploma in a short-course MBA from the University of California, Berkeley. During her time in the US, she held an internship in an affiliate of a large Japanese pharmaceutical company, where she won a “Brilliance Award” for her proposal around new opportunities in the nutraceuticals market for Japan and the US.

    Junior & High School English Teacher’s licenses.
    Medical Management Specialist, Third Grade.
    Yoshie is fluent in Japanese and English. She enjoys making sweets and swimming, logging 1.5km every weekend at her local health club.

  • Mie Anabuki
    Consultant
    Mie Anabuki

    Mie Anabuki
    Consultant
    Mie Anabuki

    Mie started her career as an MR at a domestic pharmaceutical company handling mostly primary care products. She later moved to a foreign-capital firm where she focused more on specialty therapeutic area in Tokyo and Chiba Prefectures. Mie holds a pharmacist license and also has experience working in that role. At 3Rock, she is leveraging this background in training / marketing programs for MR’s, helping them adapt to rapid changes in the healthcare industry.

    Mie graduated from Kobe Gakuin University with a Pharmaceutical Sciences degree.
    Medical Management Specialist, Third Grade.
    Outside of work, she enjoys traveling and bouldering.

  • Tojo
    Consultant (Media/Digital)
    Takeshi Tojo

    Tojo
    Consultant (Media/Digital)
    Takeshi Tojo

    Takeshi began his career in the sales department of a higher educational books publisher, where he contributed to expand business through innovative data analysis and the establishment of new social networking services.

    After moving to the editorial department, he worked extensively in the planning, editing, and production of science, technology, and medical books. Especially in the medical area, he collaborated deeply with doctors to optimize structure, contents, and terminology to improve the understanding of medical student readers. He specializes in editing contents for readability, whether in analog or digital formats.

    Takeshi is a graduate of the department of Acoustic Design at Kyushu Institute of Design.

  • Nao Shibata
    Consultant (Community Healthcare)
    Nao Shibata

    Nao Shibata
    Consultant (Community Healthcare)
    Nao Shibata

    Nao has both extensive experience in regional psychiatric care model research, and several years of clinical practice in the field of psychology.

    At the Department of Community Mental Health and law at the National Center of Neurology and Psychiatry (NCNP), she worked with the day care team, supporting patients, engaging with companies, and performing data analysis regarding therapeutic effectiveness. In addition, she also collaborated with the psychological education group on cognitive behavioral therapies focused on work reinstatement efforts. After moving to the clinical side, she performed examinations, counseled individuals, and managed group therapy sessions for both pediatric and adult patients involving a range of learning, cognition, and psychological disorders.

    Immediately before joining 3Rock, Nao worked as Director of Psychology at a private clinic where she supervised other clinicians, lead case reviews, and prepared best practice manuals and reports.

    Nao’s past research subjects have included the selection of evaluation items for the design of regional psychiatric care & rehabilitation models, and creation of psychological tests to improve psychiatric and neuropsychological diagnosis methodologies. She has also worked with companies to increase the understanding of mental illness for the purpose of supporting employment and rehabilitation in the CNS field.

    Nao holds a BA in Psychology and an MS graduate degrees in from the Human Social Sciences Psychology major course at Japan Women’s University Graduate School. 
    She is a Certified Public Psychologist and Clinical Psychologist.
    Her hobbies include Kabuki appreciation, walking, detective novels, etc.

  • Rika Abe
    Consultant
    Rika Abe

    Rika Abe
    Consultant
    Rika Abe

    Rika has 15 years experience working in a leading foreign pharmaceutical company. She began her career as an MR before moving to marketing as a product manager. After several years, Rika expanded her knowledge and skillset in her role as product trainer and worked to drive better sales execution practices. Rika excelled at leveraging instructional design to construct training frameworks to best serve the sales force. She also played an active role in transforming the company from a primary care organization into a leading specialty care organization.

    Rika is a licensed pharmacist with a Masters in Pharmacology from Hoshi University.
    She also holds an MBA from Globis University.
    Medical Management Specialist, Third Grade.

    In her spare time, Rika enjoys bouldering and gardening.

  • Tomo Inoue
    Consultant (Community Healthcare)
    Tomo Inoue

    Tomo Inoue
    Consultant (Community Healthcare)
    Tomo Inoue

    Tomo has been involved in assisting regions and municipalities with pharmaceutical policies for many years during his work at a foreign pharmaceutical company. His focus there was coordinating with various local players to contribute to the issue of “medical cost reduction,” while supporting the introduction of subsidy programs for many local governments.

    Earlier in his career, he also worked as an MR handling new drugs in primary therapeutic areas, and before that he did sales at a human resources firm, serving as a branch manager responsible for building and training his team in the Kanto area.

    He has an excellent understanding of regional medical issues, and how to bridge between different stakeholders to propose new medical services and approaches.

    Tomo graduated from Chuo University in economics. He enjoys traveling and watching sports.

  • Satoshi Nagai
    Consultant
    Satoshi Nagai

    Satoshi Nagai
    Consultant
    Satoshi Nagai

    Satoshi worked at Japanese and foreign pharmaceutical companies for over 30 years in multiple positions, including sales, marketing, clinical development, and medical affairs. His experience ranges from managing clinical trial protocols, CRFs, and monitoring teams to handling multiple new product launches, marketing plans and LCM plans as a brand manager. In medical affairs, he was responsible for establishing the function, then leading its administrative operations and developing and educating the MSL team. His main focus therapeutic areas include immunology, neuroimmunology, neurodegenerative diseases, hematology, pain, and infectious diseases. In his free time, Satoshi enjoys playing tennis and wine tasting.

  • Masahide Azuma
    Associate
    Masahide Azuma

    Masahide Azuma
    Associate
    Masahide Azuma

    Masahide worked for 26 years in a leading domestic pharmaceutical company. There he began by creating, submitting, and approving in-house educational materials and two drug reexamination dossiers in the post-marketing surveillance department, before moving to marketing, where he helped to plan and execute antihypertensive drug promotion plans, building evidence and liaising on paper development using PMS data. Finally, he specialized in data management, handling functions such as secondary data analysis, sales force automation, and database creation. He graduated from the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Tokyo University of Science. His hobbies include scuba diving, travelling, and handling gadgets such as cameras and PC’s.

  • Satoshi Ota
    Associate
    Satoshi Ota

    Satoshi Ota
    Associate
    Satoshi Ota

    Satoshi has 19 years of mainly sales experience at healthcare manufacturers, beginning as a primary care Medical Representative in a major domestic pharmaceutical company. After moving to a global top foreign pharmaco, he was assigned as a team leader and then front-line sales manager in the oncology field, where he received top-level sales awards (for the top 1% of the global sales employees), and contributed highly to cross-functional projects and speaker development efforts. During his time as a sales manager, Satoshi strove to build organizational strength by emphasizing his role as a coach, not simply as a leader and manager. With this focus, he developed great experience in maximizing the hidden skills and abilities of his team members in order to help them grow and perform. In addition to the perspective gained from each of his sales positions, Satoshi brings great strengths in building cross-functional win-win relationships that transcend the silos of the head office, marketing, and specialized fields. Satoshi graduated from Meiji University with a B.S. in Agricultural Chemistry. While a student he learned the importance of team power as a member of the rowing club. His hobbies are cycling and exploring delicious take-out food options.

  • Hirabayashi
    Associate (Community Healthcare)
    Tatsuya Hirabayashi

    Hirabayashi
    Associate (Community Healthcare)
    Tatsuya Hirabayashi

    After working as an MR for 22 years at a major domestic pharmaceutical company, he was engaged in information activities in the fields of lifestyle-related diseases and oncology, as well as new drug launch activities, and then worked in the pharmaceutical wholesaling division (in charge of distributors) and the medical policy division (in charge of regional medical care).

    During his tenure in the Healthcare Policy Division, he was in charge of Kanagawa Prefecture and Shikoku area. He conducted interviews with many government officials, insurers, and medical professionals to identify issues. Through support for training sessions for local governments and cooperation with medical institutions, he experienced the conclusion of a comprehensive agreement with a local government (Kochi Prefecture).

    He is good at understanding the needs and issues of pharmaceutical companies and governments regarding community healthcare, and providing support and proposals to resolve these issues while involving healthcare professionals.

    ・Graduated from Keio University, Faculty of Economics
    ・Medical Management Specialist Level 2
    ・Hobbies:Driving, walking around town