Dr. Sadao Nagaoka is a Professor of economics at Tokyo Keizai University (Japan) and the Program Director for research on Innovation in the Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI). He was a professor at the Institute of Innovation Research of Hitotsubashi University (Japan) and was its head. He worked in the MITI, the World Bank and in the OECD. He has been an economic advisor for the JPO and was a member of the Economic and Scientific Advisory Board of the EPO. He has a Ph.D. in Economics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
His scientific interests are economics of innovation, especially R&D, intellectual property, standards and science. His recent publications include (1) Drug discovery in Japan: Exploring the sources of breakthrough drugs from Japan, 2019 (forthcoming from Springer), (2) “Making the patent scope consistent with the invention: Evidence from Japan”(with Okada Yoshimi, Yusuke Naito), Journal of Economics & Management Strategy, 2018.(3)”Impact of initial seeds on the growth of biotechnology startups: evidence from the U.S. and Japan”, Economics of Innovation and New Technology (with Nishimura Junichi and Yungyun Tsai),2018 (4)Initial public offering and financing of biotechnology start-ups: evidence from Japan”(with Honjo Yuji), Research Policy, 2018, (4)“An economic analysis of deferred examination system: Evidence from apolicy reform in Japan,” with Isamu Yamauchi, International Journal of Industrial Organization, 2015, (5) “Contribution of postdoctoral fellows to fast-moving and competitive scientific research,” with Masatsura Igami and John Walsh, Journal of Technology Transfer, 2014.