About Us

Edanz was founded in Japan in 1995, and has been providing high-quality and cost-effective medical and scientific editing, rewriting and publication guidance to the academic and research communities ever since. Edanz launched its dedicated Medical Writing business in April 2008 servicing the pharma and biotech industries. Flagship services include Opportunities Analysis and Manuscript Development. Whatever your specific content development needs are, contact us for more information, and we will explain how we can help.

Edanz Team

Koji Yamashita

Koji Yamashita

Edanz Group CEO and Managing Director

Koji Yamashita joined Edanz in January 2016 as Group CEO and board member. Koji joined Edanz from SpringerNature where he was Japan President and Managing Director as well as the APAC Regional Sales Director for Springer Healthcare, a leading global provider of medical communications services. Koji has a wealth of experience in the medical communications and publication industry.

Tom da Costa

Tom da Costa

Division Director

Tom da Costa graduated from the University of Oxford in 2000 where he specialized in ancient languages. His international career includes positions in the city of London, Sydney and Japan. Tom oversees the medical writing division, and is a member of the Edanz Group management team.

Tom is a member of ISMPP.

Daniel McGowan, PhD, CMPP

Daniel McGowan, PhD, CMPP

Science Director & Head of Medical Writing

Dr Daniel McGowan, PhD Molecular Neuroscience, was an Associate Editor of Nature Reviews Neuroscience, before joining the Edanz Group in 2006. Prior to working in the publishing industry, Dr McGowan was a Senior Scientist at the University of Cambridge, UK and a Marie Curie Research Fellow at the Babraham Institute, also in Cambridge. He has more than ten years of post-doctoral and post-graduate laboratory experience in the areas of neurodegenerative diseases, molecular and cellular biology, protein biochemistry, proteomics and genomics.

Daniel is a member of ISMPP and is a Certified Medical Publications Professional.

Mary Richardson, MSc, CMPP

Mary Richardson, MSc, CMPP

Project Manager

Mary earned her BSc (Hons) in biochemistry at the University of Winnipeg in 2008. Upon graduating and gaining experience in a federal research lab, Mary pursued graduate studies as a MEXT scholar at the University of Tohoku, Japan, where she earned her MSc in chemistry in 2014. Her Masters research involved investigating molecular mechanisms related to the subcellular localization of IPAS, a dual-function protein expressed in neural cells and implicated in familial Parkinson’s disease. Mary is well-versed in many areas of biochemistry, including enzymology, signal transduction, genetics, and immunology. She has experience in bacterial and mammalian cell culture, DNA sequencing, recombinant DNA techniques (vector construction and primer design), PCR, electrophoresis, western blotting, and immunoprecipitation.

Mary is a member of ISMPP and is a Certified Medical Publications Professional.

Hikari Chiba, BPharm

Hikari Chiba, BPharm

Project Manager

Hikari earned her BPharm at Yokohama University of Pharmacy in 2014. Her bachelor research involved investigating a new approach to cranial nerve disease. After graduation, Hikari worked for the Tokyo office of the global contract research organization Parexel International, where she gained clinical development experience in virology, dermatology and oncology.

Hikari is a member of ISMPP.

Satomi Eguchi

Satomi Eguchi

Account manager

Satomi Eguchi, a fluent English and Japanese speaker, is responsible for liaison between medical writing clients and Edanz teams. In her role, she plays an important part in ensuring manuscript version control, as well as overall speedy and efficient project progress.

Hiromi Imoto

Hiromi Imoto

Account manager

Hiromi Imoto worked for 9 years at a clinical trial site management organization before joining Edanz Group in 2015. Her responsibilities include liaison with medical writing clients and manuscript version control, as well as ensuring that projects run smoothly and effectively.

Abeer Fadl

Abeer Fadl

Assistant Project Manager & Medical Copy Editor

Abeer graduated with a BA in International Relations (University of Western Ontario) in 2009 before concurrently completing an MA in Political Science (University of Windsor) and a Master of Public Policy degree (University of Michigan) in 2012. Having served in various research, editing, and public policy assistantship roles, and since joining Edanz Group in 2015, Abeer has specialized in academic editing and strategic communications and has developed a keen interest in publication ethics. As part of the Edanz Medical Writing team, her roles include copy editing of medical manuscripts and materials, project scope and needs estimation, and medical writer and expert editor recruitment and onboarding.

Medical writers and reviewers

The Edanz medical writing team comprises former academics and industry researchers with excellent communication skills. Many have previously performed in-house medical writing duties within pharma or worked for medical communications agencies.

Edanz writers work as a team on each project: one lead writer and internal reviewer. Each project will also have an independent clinical reviewer. The project manager will coordinate this team to get the maximum benefit from each person’s expertise.