Using human cells
Research on beauty ingredients derived from Euglena
"Looking for human cell researchers"
Naoko Ohko, who was considering returning from Nagoya to her hometown of Kanto in the spring of 2015, was surprised to find a job by chance. When he saw the job vacancies, Oko thought, "This is me."
After graduating from graduate school, Oko was in charge of basic research on skin stem cells and functional research on plant-derived materials for about two years at a cosmetics company in Nagoya, and was engaged in research using human cells.
At that time, we were researching Euglena-derived cosmetological ingredients, and it was just time to recruit experienced people to take on the challenge of research using human cells. Oko proceeded to an interview, and while talking with one of the founders and researchers Suzuki (current Executive Officer) and Nagata (current vice president), he was fascinated by the balance between family and work and his attitude toward research. He joined Euglena Co., Ltd. in July 2015.
Departure from 0, such as preparing research equipment
After joining the company, Oko begins preparations such as selecting and purchasing equipment and reagents in order to proceed with research using human cells. Oko was engaged in research using human cells in his previous job, but he had no experience of preparing equipment and reagents on a zero basis, so he started by trial and error.
Around November 2015, when we proceeded with preparations while consulting with both inside and outside the company to ensure stable research, we discovered new knowledge about "cellulose single nanofibers" * in joint research with material manufacturers.
* TEMPO Oxidized Cellulose Nanofiber. This study showed a growth-promoting effect on human skin fibroblasts and suggested that they are involved in cell adhesion.
"While conducting various studies to stabilize the research, I didn't think that the results would come out so quickly."
This was the first result of our own research using human cells. The results of this research led to an academic conference presentation and patent application at the Pharmaceutical Society of Japan in March 2016.
In March 2017, we Euglena hot water extract on suppressing fat differentiation (released on March 27, 2018), and in May 2018, we discovered the effect of Euglena extract on epidermal cells (2018). The research using human cells developed by Oko, such as the one released on October 16, 2014, has made a great contribution to the academic society and our business.
After maternity leave, the appeal of beauty products
Transfer of department to sales
In the summer of 2017, when research using human cells began to stabilize with the addition of colleagues who specialize in research, Oko, who had a child, went on maternity leave.
"What impressed me was that when I reported my pregnancy to my boss and colleagues, everyone was as happy as I was," Congratulations! "
Oko, who gave birth to one child and returned to work in May 2018, meets with Suzuki, the Executive Officer who was his boss at the time, and is consulted for a department change.
"I would like to focus on the field of beauty products, so as a sales position, could you tell your customers about the attractiveness of the material and products called Euglena
Oko was a little worried about the sales position, which he had never experienced before, but he can convey the appeal of materials and products by appealing to customers the evidence he gained through his own research. He said he found it attractive.
"Please challenge me"
Currently, Oko is engaged in the OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) business of beauty products. Initially, the unit of numbers handled at work changed from "μ (micro) and n (nano)" to "100 million", and it was said that he was not accustomed to it, but now he is utilizing his experience as a researcher in addition to sales work. , Also working on the development of new products.
What I realized when I was transferred to sales is that customers who actually use the product after understanding it by carefully communicating its appeal with evidence will be able to experience the goodness of the materials and products more strongly. In August 19th, he visited customers all over the country and once again appealed the appeal of Euglena.
We would like to continue our activities so that more customers can Euglena
Posted in September 2019
Euglena Complex" that efficiently delivers active ingredients to the skin-
- Material / Overseas Sales Section 1 Naoko Oko
Joined the company mid-career in July 2015. After joining the company, engaged in functional Euglena Entered maternity leave in August 2017 and returned to research position in May 2018. Transferred to sales position from July 2018 and is in his current position.
“Euglena 's research to product development and sales. In the future, we will be able to utilize our experience to deliver good products to as many customers as possible. I want to work on it. "
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