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Sachiko Kuno, Ph.D.
In the mid-80s, Dr. Kuno and her partner, Dr. Ryuji Ueno established R-Tech Ueno Ltd. in Japan. Leading teams of talented scientists at R-Tech Ueno, Drs. Ueno and Kuno unlocked the therapeutic potential of prostones, leading to more than 650 international patents.
Leveraging R-Tech’s success in Japan, Dr. Kuno and Dr. Ueno founded the Sucampo Group, an affiliation of companies in the Americas, Asia and Europe. Sucampo Pharmaceuticals, Inc., which was founded in 1996 is an international biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of proprietary drugs based on prostones.
Dr. Kuno is a founder and Managing Member of S&R Technology Holdings, LLC, a Bethesda, Maryland based holding company founded in 1999. Its mission is to provide support to global entrepreneurs and new businesses, and to give back to the community by investing in the unique and wonderful talent of future generations.
Dr. Kuno also dedicates much of her time to philanthropic activities, including sponsoring events at The Washington Opera, Smithsonian Institute, and other charitable organizations. In 2000, Dr. Kuno, together with Dr. Ueno, founded S&R Foundation in Washington, D.C. to support talented individuals with great potential and high aspirations in the sciences and arts, especially those who contribute to U.S. – Japanese cultural collaboration.
She has received a number of awards over the years, some of which include the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for the Greater Washington Area in the Life Sciences Category (2007) and recognition as one of the 25 “Women Who Mean Business” by The Washington Business Journal (2009).
Dr. Kuno earned her Bachelor's degree in Engineering in Industrial Chemistry and Ph.D. in Industrial Biochemistry from Kyoto University and conducted post-doctoral research at the Technical University of Munich, the Mitsubishi Kasei Institute of Life Science (Tokyo) and the Department of Medicinal Chemistry of Kyoto University. In addition, Dr. Kuno has completed the Georgetown University (Washington, D.C.) International Business Management Certificate Program. She has been serving as Project Professor, Graduate School of System Design Management, Keio University, Japan since 2009.