David Yeregui Marcos del Blanco
Dr. David Yeregui Marcos del Blanco is a Process and Robotics Engineer (2005) and has a PhD in Production and Computing Engineering with honors from the University of Leon (2018). He also holds an M.Sc. Degree in International Business Management from the ICEX (Ministry of Industry, Tourism and Commerce of Spain). David has co-authored over 10 articles in high-impact journals in the Cybersecurity and Biotech fields.
David has lived in Japan since 2006, and previously worked as a Trading Officer for Industry and Investment at the Economic and Commercial Office of the Embassy of Spain in Japan from 2006-2008. Subsequently, he established the Science and Technology Department of the Instituto Cervantes in Tokyo, becoming its first director.
In late 2008, he co-founded the biotech group Genhelix, devoted to the development and manufacturing of Monoclonal Antibodies and other biological therapies against cancer and auto-immune diseases. Genhelix was acquired by a Global Pharma Group in 2014 and currently has more than 150 employees, a majority of them being college graduates and PhDs.
Simultaneously in 2012, he also co-founded Nishibi, the lean service provider, with offices in Spain and Japan and more than 70 employees.
Dr. Yeregui Marcos’ current venture in biotech is called DeMa Biotech and it is devoted to the development of biological therapies against different types of cancer, as well as Alzheimer’s, Crohn’s and other autoimmune diseases.
Currently, Dr. Yeregui Marcos also serves as Senior Director of Strategy and Business Development for Quantum Group in Tokyo and Senior Advisor for Cybersecurity at Openbrix.
In parallel, he is Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at IE University and is the Lead Consultant for the Organization of American States (OAS) for the project “Cybersecurity applied to Electoral Processes in Latin American and the Caribbean Region”.
Since 2016, David has been Vice President of the Spanish Chamber of Commerce in Japan.
Regarding charitable activities, following the Great Earthquake of 2011 in Tohoku (Japan), David co-lead the organization and served as the host of a Charity Event held on 30 April 2011 at the Auditorium of his hometown Leon with the participation of the City Hall, the University of Leon and the Japanese Embassy of Spain. More than 11.000 EUR was raised and sent through the Spanish Red Cross to the victims. David marks this activity as the most rewarding project he has ever taken part in.
David is fluent in Spanish, English, Japanese (JLPT-1) and Italian, and has a basic command of Russian.
In 2017, David received the award “Engineer of the Year” by the Computer Engineering Professional Association of Spain, Castille and León Chapter.