Kenichiro Fujiwara, PhD
Clinical Trials Panel
Job Title: Regulatory Affairs Research Analyst
Current Employer: Proxima Clinical Sciences, Inc.
Ph.D. in Integrative Molecular and Biomedical Sciences, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX (2018)
B.S. in Biology, Duke University, Durham, NC
I became interested in pursuing a career in science early on with summer internships at Monsanto/Pharmacia Inc. during college. After graduating from Duke University and gaining laboratory experience as a research technician for several labs there, I moved to Houston to attend the Integrative Molecular and Biomedical Sciences Ph.D. Program at Baylor College of Medicine. I completed my dissertation in 2018 in the lab of Dr. Larry Donehower on the topic of DNA Damage Response.
After graduating from BCM, I realized that what interested me the most about scientific research was learning about the innovative technologies that are currently in development and seeing how much of a difference those technologies could make on people’s lives. Houston has recently seen much growth in startups and entrepreneurship in the life sciences—particularly in the field of medical devices and clinical sciences—and I was fortunate to find an opportunity to join a startup that helps other startups get their innovative products/ideas to the market.
At Proxima Clinical Sciences, Inc., I work as a Regulatory Affairs Research Analyst. Proxima Inc., located in the TMC X+ Accelerator, is a Contract Research Organization (CRO) which provides clinical and regulatory services to life science companies.
Most useful skill sets acquired from/for your field:
As a Regulatory Affairs Research Analyst, I am required to read many technical documents/patents and keep abreast of the current scientific literature that is relevant to our clients and their companies. Thus, the ability to review literature effectively is a highly relevant skill, and scientific writing is also a key component of the job. Finally, as a CRO, client relations are paramount, and great communication skills will go a long way in this regard.
What I love most about my job:
On a macro-scale, I most enjoy being able to help our clients develop their products and ultimately obtain regulatory approval for the market so that the patients in need may have access to them. I also enjoy being a part of the young and vibrant startup scene here in Houston.