Creating “innovative new medicines” for the next generation

Updated on Apr. 7, 2015. The validity of this article may expire without notice.

Japan
Kozue Kato
Pharmaceutical Research Laboratories
Toray Industries, Inc.

  1. Q1. What was your most impressive work?
    It was when useful information for designing new anti-thrombogenic agent was acquired by analyzing the structure of the new peptide that I had discovered. The accomplishment of being published in journals and presented in academic societies gave me confidence as a researcher.
  2. Q2. Please describe about the plant you are working at.
    I am working in the Pharmaceutical Research Laboratories located in the Basic Research Center. It aims to create “innovative new medicines” that look ahead to the next generation's needs.
  3. Q3. What does your department/section do and what work are you in charge of?
    My department focuses on drug discovery research of synthetic and bio-pharmaceuticals. I am in charge of finding out the activity of newly synthesized compounds by evaluating them on proteins, cells, or animals.
  4. Q4. What kind of job do you mainly put a lot of effort into?
    I put a lot of effort into creating “innovative new medicines” that can cure intractable autoimmune diseases without known causes.
  5. Q5. When do you feel rewarded at work?
    It is when I discover that our own compound, which is narrowed down by protein and cell evaluating, after being administered to a pathological animal model shows dramatic improvement in a symptom.
  6. Q6. What is it that you put a lot of effort into in your personal life?
    It is skiing; the only sport that I am able to play even though I am not good at exercise. Being raised in a snowy country, I have been skiing every winter since I was very little. I love the speed and exhilaration of skiing down wide slopes in snowy white scenery. My children recently learned how to ski, so we enjoy it together as a family.