Hiromichi Kumagai



Biotech Laboratory Head

Hiromichi Kumagai, PhD is presently a Fellow and Biotech Laboratory Head of AGC’s Central Research in Yokohama, Japan.

Kumagai obtained a BS (1978) and a PhD (1983) at the Department of Biophysics and Biochemistry, School of Science of the University of Tokyo. He was a Researcher at the National Center of Neurology and Psychiatry and from 1986 to 1990 a Researcher at the Asahi Glass Co. Ltd.

In 1997 he became New Business Leader at Asahi and in 2000 became Managing Director of Asahi’s ASPEX Division which features a S. pombe expression system with a unique chromosome engineering technology, termed “Minimum Genome Factory.”

He received the 2010 Technical Award of the Japanese Association of Animal Cell Technology and the 2011 Award of the Japan Bio-industry Association.