Akkharawit Kanjana-opas

Vice President, National Science and Technology Development Agency and

Chief Executive Officer of Food Innopolis

Dr.Kanjana-Opas is currently responsible for FoodInnopolis, a national platform for food innovation. With his strong background in Food Sciences and Biotechnology, he is a key person to establish and drive of the governement’s initiative project on “FoodInnopolis”  which is the first specialized area of innovation focusing on food and agriculture.

Dr. Kanjana-Opas received his Ph.D. in Marine Chemistry from Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California San Diego with the full scholarship from Ministry of Science and Technology, Royal Thai Government. Upon the completion of this graduate study, he joined the Department of Industrial Biotechnology, Prince of Songkla University as a faculty member where he taught and conducted research in the field of marine natural products chemistry and marine biotechnology. His research led to the discovery of novel genus and species of marine gliding bacteria which are highly potential for producing bioactive compounds and enzymes. He received several achievement awards including the top 20 researchers with highest number of publications and the outstanding young faculty member.  

Beside his academic works, Dr.Kanjana-Opas  had participated in several trainings in the field of Intellectual property,  technology transfer, innovation and science park management in Japan, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Singapore, and Thailand. He is also certified as Thai professional patent agent by the Department of Intellectual Property, Thailand.

He also teaches and conducts seminars related to intellectual property in various universities and institutions in Thailand and other ASEAN countries appointed by World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).

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