Synplogen is a DNA synthesis startup spun out of Kobe University's Graduate School of Science, Technology and Innovation in February, 2017. Combining its proprietary OGAB techniques with cutting edge genetic engineering, information science and robotics, Synplogen provides a variety of services including DNA synthesis, DNA library development and synthesis and viral vector development for gene therapy applications.


DNA synthesis

DNA synthesis

Synplogen offers competitive rates and lead times for up to 100kbp DNA, even with high GC or AT content.

DNA synthesis
Combinatorial DNA libraries

Combinatorial DNA libraries

Synplogen provides large, high quality DNA libraries generated utilizing its industry-leading combinatorial OGAB techniques.

Combinatorial DNA libraries
Therapeutic vector characterization and development

Therapeutic vector characterization and development

Synplogen partners with clients, applying its core DNA synthesis technologies for the creation of novel viral vectors.

Therapeutic vector characterization and development

Corporate information


Company Name
Synplogen Co., Ltd.
HQ: 1-1 Rokkodaicho, Nada-ku Kobe-shi, Hyogo, 657-0013, Japan
R&D Center: 6-3-7 Minatojima-minamimachi, Chuo-ku, Kobe-shi, Hyogo 650-0047 Japan
February 21, 2017
Paid-in Capital
¥1.118 billion (Incl. capital reserves)
Business Domain
DNA synthesis R&D
Board of Directors
CEOJunichi Sugahara, PhD
Junichi Sugahara graduated with a B.S. from the Keio University Faculty of Environmental Information in 2007, and subsequently received a doctorate in bioinformatics from the university’s Graduate School of Media and Governance in 2011. An initial founder of Spiber, Junichi has served as a company director since its establishment in 2007, and Representative Director of Synplogen from September 2018.
DirectorAkihiko Kondo, PhD
After graduating from the Kyoto University Undergraduate School of Industrial Chemistry in 1983, Akihito Kondo received a doctorate from the university’s Department of Chemical Engineering in 1988. Beginning in 2003, he joined Kobe University’s Faculty of Engineering, where he later worked as a professor. From 2016 to present, Akihito has served as the head of the Kobe University Graduate School of Science, Technology and Innovation. Akihito founded Synplogen Co., Ltd. in February 2017, and currently serves as a company director.
Academic profile: http://www2.kobe-u.ac.jp/~akondo/kondo.html
DirectorKenji Tsuge, PhD
Kenji Tsuge graduated from the Saitama University Department of Applied Chemistry in 1993. He received his doctorate from the Tokyo Institute of Technology’s Interdisciplinary Graduate School of Science and Engineering in 1998. After a fellowship at the Mitsubishi Kagaku Institute of Life Sciences, Kenji worked as an senior lecturer at the Institute for Advanced Biosciences, Keio University. Since 2016, he has served as an associate professor at the Kobe University Graduate School of Science, Technology and Innovation. Inventor of the OGAB method, Kenji is one of Synplogen’s founders and has served as company director since the company’s creation in February 2017.
DirectorKazuhiko Yamanoto
Kazuhiko Yamamoto graduated in 1988 from the Hitotsubashi University Faculty of Commerce and Management. He has worked at Sumitomo Electric Industries, the Nomura Research Institute, and various venture companies in accounting and strategic management positions. Kazuhiko founded and served as the representative director of an independent venture capital firm from 1998 until 2016. A specialist in development-stage venture investment, Kazuhiko is also an authority on corporate financing, and has worked as a consultant on topics such as mergers and acquisitions and financial strategy. Since early 2016 Kazuhiko has served as a professor at the Kobe University Graduate School of Science, Technology and Innovation. He became a director of Synplogen in September 2018.
DirectorYoshihiro Oshima
Yoshihiro Oshima graduated from the Keio University Faculty of Law in 2007. The same year, he joined the Deutsche Bank Group, where he served as an advisor on cross-border mergers and acquisitions. Yoshihiro joined Spiber Inc. in 2018, and subsequently became a director of Synplogen in September 2018.
DirectorDaniel Meyer
After spending part of his undergraduate degree studying abroad at Temple University’s Tokyo campus, Daniel Meyer graduated from Seattle Pacific University College of Business in 2010 with a degree in International Business. Daniel joined Spiber Inc. in 2015, where he currently oversees business development and fundraising projects. He became a director of Synplogen in September 2018.


  • R&D Center

    6-3-7-409 Minatojima-minamimachi,
    Chuo-ku, Kobe, Hyogo 650-0047 Japan


    Seven stations from Sannomiya to Port Island
    One station from Kobe Airport to Port Island
    Two-minute walk from K Computer Mae Station

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