• Team

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    Tomohiro Takano

    Chief Executive Officer

    Tomo started his career as a member of the founding team of Impact Hub Tokyo. Through his involvement in establishing this social enterprise community center and business incubator, he honed his start-up business acumen and connected with domestic and international entrepreneurs. In his next role as the business development manager of G-TAC, a genomic corporate venture of M3, Inc., he leads major operations in building a genomic healthcare platform within the primary online network of physicians in Japan. His belief in the potential of the genome in widespread applications led to the founding of AWAKENS, Inc. in 2017.

    Yuta Matsuda

    Chief Operating Officer

    After completing a master’s degree in genomics at the University of Tokyo, Yuta joined DeNA (a leading IT company providing mobile and online game and healthcare services). Serving as the head of the science team and partnering with the Institute of Medical Science of the University of Tokyo, he leads the development of the genetic testing service MYCODE. After its success, he continued to serve as the leader of healthcare ventures within the group. He co-founded AWAKENS, Inc. in 2017.

    Kensuke Numakura

    Chief Technology Officer

    Kensuke graduated in bioinformatics ​at Tohoku University, where he developed web-based applications and open-source code for the analysis of personal genomic information. He is also experienced in statistical genetics, genomic data analysis, and web development. Upon graduation, he joined P5 as head of the R&D division. He co-founded AWAKENS to accelerate the transition to a society where everyone owns and are empowered by their whole genome data.

    Takamasa Kudo

    Scientific Collaborator

    Takamasa is currently a Chemical and Systems Biology Ph.D. candidate in Stanford School of Medicine, where he uses machine learning to develop high-throughput DNA sequencing methods using microscopy analysis and sequencing techniques. Observing that insights from biological research are rarely applied in consumer-facing services compared to the speed with which academic insights accumulate, he decided to co-found AWAKENS.

    Kristina Chou

    Marketing and Community Manager

    Kristina recently graduated from the University of Tokyo with a degree in biology and environmental sciences. Her passion for the biotech industry and her interest in entrepreneurship drove her to Awakens. She believes in the power of genomics to transform how people perceive and interact with their genome data. In the future, she would like to make significant contributions to the biotech / digital healthcare space through introducing disruptive technologies. She plans to return to school to pursue a graduate degree in bioengineering.

    Matt Wong

    Strategy and Operations Manager

    Matt first started his career in the industry at Illumina, where he connected with labs and other genomics companies to help grow the sequencing business. Eager to learn more about how smaller companies were changing the life sciences, he then joined Transcriptic, a YC/GV backed startup that uses high throughput robotics and software to automate assays. He helped drive the bioassays business of the startup and manage collaborative projects. His passion toward software, NGS, and consumer-facing solutions lead him to transition to AWAKENS, where he manages B2B strategy and operations. Matt graduated from Claremont McKenna College with a degree in Science and Management.

    Akiko Yoshida

    Science / Database Development Lead

    Akiko first started her career as a laboratory assistant in the Laboratory of Biological Function at the University of Tokyo. She explored the mechanisms of the genes involved in taste-sensing.
    She then completed a Master of Science degree in Systems Engineering and Science at Shibaura Institute of Technology. There, she explored gravitaxis genes at the Laboratory of Mechanoregulation in Biological Systems. In total, she has had 6 years of wet lab experience. During this time, she thought about what kind of business would grow in the future, and became convinced that it would be the field combining genes and IT. GENOME LINK products fascinate her, and her vision of the field fits that of the AWAKENS team. She would like to be a reformer of the biotech industry.