Shoko Takahashi founded the Japanese personal genome company Genequest in 2013 while a graduate student at the University of Tokyo.
Genequest provides a web-based personal genetic service for consumers and collaborates with research institutions in a large-scale genome research project to maximize synergistic effects between research and personal genome services. She is filled with ambition to accelerate genetic research and contribute to human health all over the world.
She graduated from the University of Tokyo with a Ph.D. in Molecular Bioscience in 2015, and Kyoto University with a Bachelor of Biochemistry Science in 2010. She has been awarded the Japan Venture Award and received the highest rating by the Japan Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry as female entrepreneur in 2016.
In 2015, she was commended by the Japan Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology as one of the researchers who is contributing major innovations to science technologies in Japan.