Dr. Toru Seo obtained his PhD in Molecular and Cellular Pathology from Wake Forest University and completed post-doctoral training in cardiovascular and metabolic diseases at Columbia University. He joined the faculty as an assistant professor in Department of Pediatrics at Columbia University Medical Center where he performed independent academic research as well as teaching in the field of lipid metabolism. In 2006, he moved to pursue a R&D career, focusing on target identification and preclinical pharmacology, first with GSK and then with Merck, both in Japan and the US. While at Merck in the US, his responsibilities grew to include project leader, global scientific committee member and Team Lead in Central Pharmacology, and his teams were responsible for preclinical PK/PD and pharmacology studies as well as external collaborations supporting cardiovascular and diabetes therapeutic areas. In 2012, he joined Taisho Pharmaceutical in Tokyo leading efforts in corporate strategy, scientific scouting, academic partnering, and product licensing. Leveraging his unique experience with the combination of academia and industry background, he has been actively engaging in scientific partnering efforts and he continues to lead open innovation after joining Pfizer Inc. as a head of External Science&Innovation in Japan, Worldwide Research & Development.