Who we are

We are the first startup from the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST) established on June 25, 2014. The company has grown from advanced structural imaging technology developed by Professor Ulf Skoglund of the OIST Structural Cellular Biology Unit.

What we do

Our technology is a unique combination of Cryo Electron Microscopy and specifically designed 3D reconstruction program called COMET (Constrained Maximum Entropy Tomography), which innovative algorithms enhance resolution, producing relatively noise free reconstructions of target proteins.
Depending on customer’s needs we can produce different kinds of images, from multiple tilted views from a specimen for 3D tomograms (individual molecule visualization) to a large number of 2D images (for averaged reconstructions).

The new technology allows visualization of protein complexes and their dynamics, serving as an alternative solution to the study of biological samples that are difficult or impossible to crystallize.
Proteins that with conventional methods were unable to visualize, are now easily reconstructed with our service.

Our mission is to become the world leader covering all Cryo Electron Microscopy imaging services. To achieve this goal our staff is constantly improving their skills and knowledge, while daily operations on Titan Krios and Talos Arctica allow us to expand our experience.

It is very important for us that our customers are provided with the most accurate technology available in the world.

More about Protein Tomography here

Our company

Name: Okinawa Protein Tomography Ltd. (OKPT)
Date of Establishment: June 25, 2014
Head Office: Onna-son, Okinawa
Capital: 80 million JPY
CEO: Akira Kamei
Director: Nobuo Fukuda (BSC)
Director: Kazuhiro Hara (BSC)
Technical Consultant: Ulf Skoglund (OIST)

Scope of Business: Contract research service using imaging and analyzing technology for macromolecules

Detailed company info here