Dr. Kiminobu Sugaya is a professor of medicine in Burnett School of Biomedical Science, College of Medicine, University of Central Florida (UCF) since 2004. He is a Director of Multidisciplinary Neuroscience Alliance of UCF and a Chair of Central Florida Chapter of Society for Neuroscience. He moved from Japan to Mayo Clinic, US as a post doc. in 1992 when he was a lecturer in Science University of Tokyo and he was promoted to an associate consultant in 1994. Then he moved to University of Illinois at Chicago as an assistant professor in 1997 and got promotied to an associate professor in 2002. He has been conducting stem cell researches to treat neurodegenerative diseases by the adult stem cells. He recently received National Honor Plaque of Panama for exceptional contribution to neuroscience based on his study on stem cell therapies for neurodegenerative diseases from the President of Panama. His publication regarding improvement of memory in the aged animal by stem cell transplantation was reported Washington Post, BBC, NBC, ABC and other media in all over the world.
Dr. Sugaya is also a founder and chair of Progenicyte, which is a biotech company holding his 67 patent licenses. Among those are a revolutionary process of creating iPS (induced pluripotent stem) cells from a patient's own cells and a novel pharmacological approach to increase endogenous stem cells. With Dr. Sugaya's proprietary technologies covering all aspects of stem cell manipulations, Progenicyte is launching services to include: modified stem cell banking and a commercial product to increase cellular regeneration which fights against aging. Certain to be at the forefront of stem cell innovation.