Emeritus Professor Takashi Muramatsu

Emeritus Professor Takashi Muramatsu is the co-discoverer of midkine. He has authored more than 200 peer-reviewed publications on the role of this exciting novel target during the past 25 years. Professor Muramatsu is inventor on a number of Cellmid’s patents and he continues to actively contribute to the field of midkine research.

A distinguished scientist, Professor Muramatsu graduated from The University of Tokyo in 1963 and received his PhD from The University of Tokyo in 1968. He was Research Fellow, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York (1968-72),  before going on to become Assistant Professor (1972-73) and then Associate Professor (1973-80) in the Department of Biochemistry at Kobe University School of Medicine. In 1975 he received the Young Investigator’s Award from Japanese Biochemical Society for research into glycosidases acting on glycoconjugates. During this period Professor Muramatsu was also Visiting Scientist within the Department of Molecular Biology, Pasteur Institute, Paris (1977-78).

In 1980 he was appointed to the position of Professor of the Department of Biochemistry at Kagoshima University Faculty of Medicine where he continued until 1993. He then became Professor, Department of Biochemistry, Nagoya University School of Medicine (1993-2000). In 2000 he was appointed Professor and Chairman, Department of Biological Chemistry, Nagoya University Graduate School of Medicine, a role he fulfilled until 2004.

In 2002 Professor Muramatsu was awarded the prestigious Chunichi Cultural Prize for the ‘Discovery of a cell growth factor, midkine’. He served as Associate Editor, Glycobiology (1999-2007) and President, Japanese Biochemical Society (2002-03)

Since 2004 he has been Professor in the Department of Health Science, Faculty of Psychological and Physical Science at Aichi Gakuin University, where he remains actively involved in midkine research, as well as being Professor Emeritus, Nagoya University.

Professor Muramatsu brings a wealth of lifelong research and his unparalleled knowledge of midkine to Cellmid.

Professor Kenji Kadomatsu

Professor Kenji Kadomatsu is the co-discoverer of midkine and author of over 150 peer reviewed publications on the function and properties of this novel target. He is inventor on a number of Cellmids' patents with an ongoing interest in midkine research.

Professor Kadomatsu gained his PhD from Kyushu University in 1989 after which he joined Kagoshima University as a Research Associate working closely with Professor Muramatsu. In 1993 he joined Nagoya University as an Associate Professor and in 1998 he received the Young Investigator Award from the Japanese Biochemical Society for the ‘Discovery of midkine and its functional analysis’.

Professor Kadomatsu has retained an active interest in midkine after being promoted to Professor, Department of Biochemistry, Nagoya University in 2004.

Professor Kadomatsu brings a wealth of research and his in depth knowledge of midkine to Cellmid.

     Dr Masakuni Yamamoto    

Dr. Masakuni Yamamoto, PhD, is Global Head of R&D at Advangen. Previously Dr Yamamoto worked as a research scientist in the Biotechnology division of Shin-Etsu Chemical Company, and then as Head of Cosmetic Ingredient Development division of Matsumoto Trading Company, Japan. He graduated from the University of Tokyo (TODAI) and his thesis work was performed at Université Louis Pasteur, France.                           

Dr Yamamoto’s research has been published in high ranking journals including Angewandte Chemie, Biochemistry, and Chemistry. He is a member of Japanese Cosmetic Science Society and the Japan Hair Science Association.