Yoshiaki Uyama is currently Director, Division of Review Planning and Director, Division of Pharmaceutical Affairs Consultation, Office of Review Management, Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Agency (PMDA) of Japan. He coordinates the review and scientific consultation activities in PMDA and is also involved in regulatory science research in PMDA. He received his Ph.D. degree from the Nagoya City University in 1994 and became a research fellow for Japan society for the promotion of science. He was a post-doctoral fellow at University of Calgary, Canada in 1994-1995 before being a researcher in the Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Medical Science (1995-1998). In 1998, he joined the Ministry of Health and Welfare (presently Ministry of Health, Labour & Welfare) as a technical officer. He started his review for new drugs in Pharmaceuticals & Medical Devices Evaluation Center of National Institute of Health Science (PMDEC) in 2001 and continues his career on drug review in PMDA since April 2004, including the Review Director (2007-2010), ICH Technical Coordinator (2004-2009) and the topic leader of ICH E15 and E16, Division Director for Regulatory Science Research (2011-2012).