Moonshot Research and Development Project
Development of Multi-lock Biopolymers Degradable in Ocean from Non-food Biomasses






伊藤 耕三
Kohzo ITO
Project Manager
1986  Doctor of Engineering, The University of Tokyo
1986-1991  Researcher and Senior Researcher, Research Institute for Polymers and Textiles, AIST
1991〜  Lecturer, Associate Professor, and Professor, The University of Tokyo
2005〜  Director, ASM Co.
2014-2018  Program Manager, ImPACT, CAO
2020〜  Project Manager, MOONSHOT, NEDO


He invented Slide-Ring Materials (SRM) with movable cross-links in 1999 to set up a venture company, ASM in 2005. He has been managing the R&D of new materials with SRM for practical application.

External advisor

小山 清人
Kiyohito KOYAMA,
Yamagata University Professor emeritus

I developed the elongational rheometer for polymer melts and commercialized it. I discovered that the non-linearity of elongational viscosity in large deformation is caused by long relaxation time and also affects the molding processability of polymers. I Applied these to CAE and commercialize. I engaged in university management as a director or president of Yamagata University from 2007 to 2020.

阿部 敬悦
Keietsu ABE
Professor (Laboratory of Applied Microbiology), Tohoku University, Graduate School of Agricultural Science, Division of Agricultural Chemistry,

I mainly conduct research on the production of useful substances using bacteria and filamentous fungi. 2019-2021: Dean of graduate school of agricultural science; 2020 – Panel officer of JST fusion oriented research for disruptive science and technology program.

岩崎 富生
Doctor of Science, Principal Researcher of Hitachi, Ltd., Fellow of JSME.

Has researched on molecular simulations at Hitachi since graduated from Tsukuba University in 1990. Received best technology awards (JSMS, JIEP), best paper awards (IEEE, JSMS, JSME, JIEP, IEEJ), and publicity award (SPSJ).

上田 充
Mitsuru UEDA
Tokyo Institute of Technology, Emeritus Professor

He has consistently been involved in the development of new synthetic methods for condensation polymers, and has also been engaged in the development of advanced functional polymeric materials using these methods, such as thermally stable and photosensitive polymers, polymer electrolyte membranes for fuel cells, polyimide memory, polymers for solar cells, forward osmosis membranes, and high refractive index polymers.

藤井 健吉
Kenkichi FUJII
Director, R&D- Regulatory Science, Kao Corporation

K. Fujii is a Director of regulatory strategy and principle risk assessor of chemicals and consumer products in Kao Corporation. His works are area of responsible for promoting as well as tracking global development in safety standard of chemicals and products. He involved in international committee in chemical stewardship including MP environmental risk management.

吉岡 敏明
Professor, Graduate School of Environmental Studies, Tohoku University. Doctor of Engineering.

His major is recycling engineering and environment-related chemistry. He has developed processes using chemical reactions to promote the recycling of waste resources, and has developed links with industry through the conversion of chemical raw materials.

大嶋 雄治
Prof. Kyushu University.

I was grew up in Nagasaki city. I spent most of my life in Fukuoka for over 40 years. My major is eco-toxicology, and the main topic is the impact of microplastics on aquatic organisms. Jogging, Mac, and dog are my fun.

沼田 圭司
Professor, Department of Material Chemistry, Graduate School of Engineering, Kyoto University, Japan. Team Leader, Biomacromolecules Research Team, RIKEN Center for Sustainable Resource Science, Japan.

Dr. Numata earned his Ph.D. (2007) with a thesis centered on enzymatic degradation and synthesis with hydrolases of biopolymers, especially poly(hydroxyalkanoate). Please find his full cv here:

出村 雅彦
Masahiko DEMURA
Dr. Eng.
Research and Services Division of Materials Data and Integrated System (MaDIS)
National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS)

He started working at the National Research Institute for Metals (now NIMS) since 1995 and became Project Professor at the Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology, U. Tokyo in 2015. He moved back to NIMS as Deputy Director of Research and Services Division of Materials Data and Integrated System, newly established at NIMS in April 2017. He has been in his current position since April 2020. He specializes in data-driven materials research.

桂 ゆかり
Ph.D. Advisor Senior Researcher, National Institute for Materials Science, Japan

Experimental/theoretical researcher on inorganic functional materials including thermoelectric materials in the University of Tokyo and RIKEN (since 2009). The founder and the leader of the Starrydata project: an open database of experimental materials data extracted from papers (since 2015).

国岡 正雄
Standardization officer Standardization promotion center, Research and Innovation Promotion Headquarter, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Japan

He entered to "Research Institute for Polymers and Textiles" after doctor course. This institute and others have been reconstructed to "National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology". His research activities are "Synthesis of biodegradable polymers", "International Standardization of biodegradation for polymers" and "Standardization of biomass carbon content measuring method". He changed the position from research group to general affairs at 2016. He is supporting the standardization in AIST.

平尾 雅彦
Masahiko HIRAO
Professor, School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo

He specializes in life cycle engineering, which evaluates the environmental impact of products and manufacturing processes and the development of environmentally conscious design methods. In particular, he conducts life cycle environmental impact assessment of plastic products including disposal and recycling. He also conducts research on social systems, such as consumer behavior, recycling legislation, and sharing economy as a new form of consumption and production pattern.

Distinguished Professor and Director, Faculty of Engineering and Center for Polymer Interface and Molecular Adhesion Science, Kyushu University

His fields of specialization are physical properties of polymers and interfacial engineering. Currently, he has been leading a national project related to the construction of next-generation adhesive technology.

Team Leader, RIKEN Center for Sustainable Resource Science

His research field is analytical data science. He has been working on data cleansing of complex NMR data of biological and environmental samples, extracting relationships with other factors (e.g., environmental microflora, environmental physical information, material properties, etc.) by machine learning, and performing causal inference. He is also a visiting professor at the Graduate School of Bioagricultural Sciences, Nagoya University, a visiting professor at the Graduate School of Medical Life Science, Yokohama City University, and a visiting professor at the Graduate School of Medicine, Chiba University.

Teiyu Sako
Advisor/Attorney at law
Attorney at law, Patent Attorney

Teiyu Sako is an attorney at law and patent attorney in Tokyo, Japan. He received Ph.D. in Engineering from University of Tokyo and LL.M. degree from UC Berkeley. Based on his IT knowledge and practical experience as an engineer, he handles many IP cases, particularly in the fields of patent litigation, opinion, negotiation, licensing, and application.