Dr. Takahiko Hayakawa is a senior chief consultant at Mitsubishi Chemical Techno-Research Co., a comprehensive think tank focused on the field of science.
Dr. Hayakawa studied plant physiology at Kyoto University and obtained a doctorate of agriculture in 1986. He then joined Plantech Research Institute (a subsidiary of Mitsubishi Chemical Co.) as a research scientist where he developed the world’s first virus resistance transgenic rice plants. He also developed salt-stress tolerant transgenic rice plants expressing a sodium proton anti-porter isolated from a halophyte. He has extensive experience in rice and rapeseed breeding.
Dr. Hayakawa led and managed a phytoremediation program entrusted by the government of Japan, wherein his work was mainly on plant molecular biology. He has authored nearly 30 peer reviewed papers and has filed more than 20 patents.
Following Plantech, Dr. Hayakawa joined DuPont/Pioneer as a manager of regulatory affairs in Japan responsible for submission of dossiers for environmental, food, and feed safety assessments of herbicide tolerant soy and corn, and high oleic acid soybean. In 2009, Dr. Hayakawa returned to MCTR and now offers regulatory consulting services on genetically modified organisms in Japan. Services include risk assessments, permits for experimental field testing, commercial dossier preparation and filing, and public advocacy. Recently, he supported submission of safety assessment dossiers to the Japanese government for genetically modified soybean, potato, tomato, and microorganisms on behalf of clients from Europe, Japan, Taiwan, and the United States.