Hajime Sakai

Hajime Sakai

Company: Napigen

Job title: Chief Executive Officer


Prior to co-founding NAPIGEN in 2016, Hajime Sakai gained extensive experience in agricultural R&D from his eighteen years at DuPont Pioneer. While at DuPont Pioneer, he used diverse genetic and genomic strategies to create robust lead discovery platforms to identify new trait leads for major crop plants such as maize.  That work resulted in numerous granted patents in the US and other countries. Before his industrial engagement, Sakai spent several years at Caltech researching plant molecular genetics, which led to the discovery of genes (e.g. SUPERMAN) that regulate the development of plant reproductive tissues and organs.  Sakai obtained a Ph.D. from the University of Munich, Germany, in the area of yeast mitochondrial genetics.


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New Technology that enables gene editing of both mitochondrial and chloroplast DNA Prospective opportunity in creating superb male-sterility lines for hybrid seed production in wheat and other crop plants Prospective opportunity in crop protection by expressing pest control genes Prospective opportunity in breeding by introducing new variations of organelle genesRead more

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