Elix, Inc. is an AI drug discovery and materials informatics company with the mission of “Rethinking Drug Discovery and Materials Development”.
In addition to talented AI researchers and AI engineers, many of the team members have Ph.D. degrees and come from different specialities such as chemistry, biology and physics. This diverse lineup gives us the capability to always be on the cutting-edge of AI research and development.
The Elix team consists of a diverse international team who all share a strong passion for deep learning. Together we strive to solve some of the world's most challenging problems.
Casey received a Ph.D. from North Carolina State University and a Bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University, both in Chemical Engineering. Prior to joining Elix, he developed medical diagnostic platforms as a Research Manager at Sysmex Corporation. Casey first came to Japan as a post-doctoral scholar at the OIST. He has published 12 peer-reviewed journal articles and a book chapter in the fields of polymer chemistry, materials science and microfluidics.
Full Stack Engineer
After a Master’s degree in software engineering at the University of Marne-la-Vallee in France, he worked for over 19 years as a software developer / technical consultant, solving problems on a broad range of systems, from low latency trading engine to grid computing or embedded devices. As a long time user of Debian, he often does system and network maintenance too, bordering on DevOps. On his free time, he likes roller blading, playing Factorio or a low-tech game of Go. Hand ground beans / V60 pour-over coffee maniac. Now living in Kobe, he joined Elix on May 2021.
Daniel has a Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia. Prior to joining Elix in March 2019, he worked as a core developer for an Australian cryptocurrency exchange. He has worked on API’s, ICO’s, websites, machine-learning systems, simulations, robotic systems and electric race-cars.
After completing his Bachelor in Physics from Universidad de Los Andes in Colombia, he obtained a Master in Artificial Intelligence from KU Leuven in Belgium. Prior to joining Elix, he worked two years in Tokyo as a Machine Learning Engineer in the automotive industry, focusing in Computer Vision, and non-classical behavior and planning algorithms. Here he helped develop and deploy new algorithms in vehicles and authored a patent in computer vision. Has a strong passion for researching new technologies.
Business development, Legal
Genichiro is a patent attorney. After a Master’s degree in Agriculture at Kyoto University, he involved in drug discovery as a researcher at Shionogi & Co., Ltd. After passing a patent attorney exam, he transferred to Intellectual Property department and he was in charge of patent application, patent search and patent worldwide litigation. He has an experience of studying in US law firms. He joined Elix on May 2021 and is now responsible for IP/legal, business development, and sales.
Haris received his Bachelor and Masters degree in Computer Science from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering at the University of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. After working as a full-time Teaching Assistant at the University of Sarajevo and a part-time AI Researcher for a year, he continued to pursue a PhD in Artificial Intelligence at the Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan, through the Japanese Government MEXT scholarship. He has gained experience in working with relational database systems, web and mobile applications, and machine learning systems in logistics before joining Elix in September 2020.
After completing both Bachelor and Masters Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Federal Universities in Nigeria, Joshua continued to pursue and earn a Ph.D. in System Information Science from Tohoku University, Japan, through the Japanese Government MEXT scholarship. He has gained industry experience and developed deep learning solutions for perception in consumer electronics, and autonomous vehicles before joining Elix in June 2020.
Majoring in Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence, prior to joining Elix, Jun Jin obtained his Ph.D. and Master's degree from Tokyo Institute of Technology. Before that, he received his Bachelor in Computer Science degree from RMIT University, Melbourne. Passionate about research and development on machine learning, Jun Jin has spent his free time working with various technology companies throughout his studies. As a Malaysian, he enjoys the cultural diversity and uniqueness of both Elix and Japan.
Graduated from a double master degree program in applied mathematics and computer vision from CentraleSupélec and École Normale Supérieur de Cachan, Laurent accomplished his end of studies internship at Riken AIP (Tokyo). He then worked as a lead machine learning engineer for a company applying deep learning to radiology before joining Elix in October 2020.
Loïc received his Master’s degree from ESIEA in France majoring in Computer Science where he received a scholarship. During his master, he carried out machine learning related research at ESIEA CVO laboratory, he also did internships at Fujitsu Laboratories in both Tokyo and London offices.
He then worked as a researcher for 2 years at Fujitsu Laboratories of Europe in London as an AI researcher prior to joining Elix in 2021.
On his journey from Kyrgyzstan to Japan, Nazim spent 6 years in Istanbul, obtaining his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Molecular Biology from Fatih University. He then earned a Ph.D. degree in Immunology from Tokyo Medical and Dental University (TMDU). Prior to joining Elix in April 2020, Nazim worked as a research fellow at TMDU.
After completion of the Bachelor program in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at EPFL (Switzerland), Pierre obtained a Master's degree from the Chemical System Engineering department at the Engineering School of the University of Tokyo. Prior to joining Elix, he worked for two years as a Deep Learning Engineer at a startup company specialized in machine automation.
Double majored in Computer Science and Psychology and furthered his studies with a graduate course in Mathematics, Romeo has been a professional software engineer for the past 7 years before joining Elix in February 2019.
Corporate Planning Director
After graduation from Waseda University, Saki worked as a strategic planner at LIFULL Co., Ltd., and joined Creww Inc. in 2015. Has experienced the operations of accelerator programs and the launches of several new businesses, she joined Elix in 2018 and is now responsible for corporate planning, recruitment, finance, accounting, legal and public relations.
Co-Founder & CEO
Shinya earned a PhD in physics. After working as an engineer at DeNA and a Singapore startup, he co-founded Elix in 2016.
Co-Founder & COO
Tatsuya majored in electrical and electronics engineering at National College of Technology (Kosen), and got a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from University of Tsukuba. He did an internship at a startup in Singapore. After graduation, he co-founded Elix in 2016. Lifelong learner. He wants to be immortal.
After finishing double degree curriculum at ESTIA, an Engineer school in France and Crandfield University, Vincent took a Post-Master’s Degree in Machine Learning at Télécom Paris. After his internship in a medical start up in fracture detection in Paris, he joined Elix in April 2021. Enjoys both climbing and old movies.