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A pioneer in cell-free synthesis and amplification of genome-scale large DNA for synthetic biology

01 BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Seiji Hirasaki

CEO

Seiji Hirasaki co-founded OriCiro Genomics in December 2018 and has served as the CEO since then. Prior to founding OriCiro, he was the COO of AnGes, a gene therapy company based in Tokyo, where he worked for sixteen years with increasing responsibilities in business and corporate development functions. Previously, he was a journalist with NIKKEI, a leading economic newspaper in Japan, covering biotechnology, medicine and science policy. He received a MSc in Physics from Tohoku University, Japan, and a MSc in Science and Technology Policy from University of Sussex, UK.

Masayuki Su’etsugu, Ph.D.

CSO

Masayuki Su’etsugu is the Co-founder and Chief Science Officer (CSO) of OriCiro Genomics. He also serves as Principle Investigator and Associate Professor at College of Science, Rikkyo University, Tokyo, and recently developed a cell-free technology to assemble and amplify large circular DNA. Prior to becoming Associate Professor in 2013, he worked as Assistant Professor at Kyushu University, Japan (2003-2008, 2011-2013), and Postdoctoral Fellow at Newcastle University, UK (2008-2011). He received his Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences from Kyushu University, Japan.

Atsushi Usami, Ph.D.

OUTSIDE DIRECTOR

Atsushi Usami is a Partner at the University of Tokyo Edge Capital (UTEC). He focuses on seed/early-stage life science investments and serves on the boards of several of UTEC’s portfolio companies. Before joining UTEC in October 2013, he worked as a strategy consultant at Mitsubishi Research Institute (MRI), serving pharmaceutical, medical device and other manufacturing companies across a range of areas including mid-to-long term management planning and new business development. He received a Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the University of Tokyo and is a pharmacist.

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