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Hajime Sakai

CEO & Co-founder

NAPIGEN, INC.

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 that were used to identify new trait leads for major crops, such as maize. That work resulted in numerous patent applications and 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 that regulate the development of reproductive tissues and organs. Sakai's Ph.D. from the University of Munich, Germany, involved the study of mitochondrial genetics in yeast.

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