April 8, 2020
Nao Nitta, President, Received the Award for Science and Technology from the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology
Nao Nitta, President of K.K. CYBO, received the Awards for Science and Technology (Research Category) in the Commendation for Science and Technology by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. The award-winning achievement, "Research on Intelligent Image-Activated Cell Sorting," was published in Cell in 2018, and formed the basis of CYBO. The research was led by Professor Keisuke Goda (Graduate School of Science, the University of Tokyo), and Nitta contributed as a project leader of the research program. In recognition of this achievement, Prof. Goda (the lead recipient), Associate Professor Yasuyuki Ozeki (School of Engineering, the University of Tokyo), and Nitta were honored with the award.
The "Intelligent Image-Activated Cell Sorting" is a fundamental technology for rapid sorting of desired cells from heterogeneous cell populations, which employs a combination of various technologies such as high-speed imaging, low-latency AI, and high-speed mechanical controlling. We have been working on product development and commercialization of the technology with support from the Ogasawara Foundation for the Promotion of Science & Engineering and the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO). In addition, in our SHIGI project, we apply the derivative technologies, such as high-speed imaging and AI, to improve microscopic examination. Currently, we are conducting joint research with the Japanese Foundation for Cancer Research for cervical cancer cytology.
Comments from Nao Nitta
I am very honored to receive this very prestigious award. We have been making efforts to deliver this technology to many people and to contribute to the advancement of life science and medicine. Encouraged by this award, we will continue to work diligently to develop and commercialize the technology.
About K.K. CYBO
CYBO is an engineering company committed to “understand cells deeply, harness cells widely,” that develops and provides research instruments, diagnostics devices, and software. CYBO is developing an innovative image-activated cell sorter with AI-based cell-image-classification capability (ENMA), and a fast 3D cell scanner with real-time image processing AI (SHIGI), by employing our high-speed imaging, real-time AI computation, and high-speed mechanical controlling technology.
Draft design of ENMA