Scientific Advisory Board
Shozo was awarded his PhD in biochemistry and neurochemistry from Niigata University. Following five additional years at the university performing post-doctoral research, he joined Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd (FLL) as a Biotechnology and Biomaterials scientist. From 2001, he led the Bio-nanotechnology research group at a newly established Nanotechnology Research Centre in FLL, before becoming a Director of an R&D Division at FLL. His team developed a novel aptamer platform incorporating modified nucleotide chemistries, a sensing platform to detect molecular interaction using tethered dsDNA on gold electrodes, and computational system to calculate free energy change during protein-molecule interactions.
He went on to continue aptamer-related research at FLL in Singapore before founding his own venture company (Apta Biosciences Ltd) in 2010 with the aim to commercialise the technology. Shozo retired from Apta Biosciences in 2018, and now works as a self-employed consultant across various fields of biotechnology.