Chapter List

Referring to “One Encounter One Chance” at the Nobel Lecture

Chapter 11 New
The Long Journey

In 2015, Professor Omura became a Nobel laureate. He looked back on all the people he worked with during his research. He could not have achieved so much without great encounters. He had also emphasized unity among the research team. Outside the lab, he enjoyed fine art.

 Children surrounding Omura holding a peace sign

Chapter 10
A Miraculous Remedy for Infectious Disease in the Tropics

Through successful trials to treat tropical disease, the enhanced form of avermectin, Ivermectin was introduced to Africa in order to treat the devastating river blindness. WHO had requested Merck to provide Ivermectin free of charge and this resulted in effective suppression of the disease. Every child in the village knew of its great medicinal effect.

Returning Home - R&D of Animal Antibiotics

Chapter 9
Discovery of the Century

By thorough analysis and observation, Omura’s lab came across an interesting microorganism that seemed to be forming a useful chemical. With cooperation from Dr. Campbell’s team at Merck, they were able to find a chemical that can get rid of harmful parasites. Through joint research, they finally encountered avermectin.

Chapter 8
Returning Home-R&D of Animal Antibiotics

In January 1973, right after Omura returned home from Wesleyan University, he started to prepare for the joint research with Merck.

As a boy, Satoshi had never been told to study by his parents while he was in primary school. However, his parents did not spare the effort to create the right environment for their children, once they found their goals in life.

Chapter 7
Life at Wesleyan University

In September 1971, Satoshi and Fumiko Omura departed for the United States from Haneda Airport. They were headed for...

Chapter 6
Decision to Study in the U.S.

In addition to his role as a researcher at Kitasato Institute, Omura also did research for Kitasato University’s School of Pharmaceutical Sciences. In 1969...

From April 1, 1965, Satoshi Omura became a researcher at the Kitasato Institute.

Chapter 5
First Step as a Researcher - Wiping Blackboards

From April 1, 1965, Satoshi Omura became a researcher at the Kitasato Institute.The Kitasato Institute is a research institute founded by...

Chapter 4
From Teacher to Researcher

Besides teaching chemistry and physics at the nighttime high school, Omura coaches the school’s table tennis team. Spending time with his students who worked by day and studied at night, Omura got inspired to continue his studies once again.

As a boy, Satoshi had never been told to study by his parents while he was in primary school. However, his parents did not spare the effort to create the right environment for their children, once they found their goals in life.

Chapter 3
University Days

While building his interest in chemistry, Omura tackled competitive ski by practising with top skiers. As he nurtured close relationships with some professors, the time came for him to work on his license to become a certified science teacher.

As a boy, Satoshi had never been told to study by his parents while he was in primary school. However, his parents did not spare the effort to create the right environment for their children, once they found their goals in life.

Chapter 2
Teenage Years

Satoshi’s teenage years were spent in the farming fields and getting involved in different competitive sports. Until he was in the last year of high school, Satoshi had not thought about applying to university, but after his decision to do so, he starts to take academic accomplishments very seriously.

Satoshi Omura was born on July 12, 1935, as the eldest son of a farming family in Nirasaki-shi, Yamanashi Prefecture. His home was located in a geographical basin where one could look up to Mount Fuji.  In the backyard of the house, there were many ruins from the feudal war era.

Chapter 1
Childhood and Family Background

Satoshi Omura’s life is deeply influenced by his family’s farm and rice fields. He spent his early life among abundant nature. He was raised by his strict yet loving parents who were committed to the community.

Dr. Omura talks about once-in-a-lifetime encounter while showing a tea ceremony photo

Preface

We will introduce you to Nobel laureate Dr. Satoshi Omura’s life by going back to his roots. The author will reveal episodes in his life which led to his research.