Every Life Deserves A Bright Future


FELIQS is featured by Nikkei Biotechnology and Business, one of the most famous biotechnology magazine in Japan(Japanese only)

October 19, 2023

FELIQS became the only Bio2023 Start-up Stadium finalist from Japan

May 15, 2023

FELIQS became RESI Boston June Innovator’s Pitch Challenge (IPC) finalist

April 28, 2023

Completed 2.5M seed funding by allocation of new shares to a third party

September 22, 2022


To create the society without people left behind

In an aging society with a declining birthrate, it is important not only to extend healthy life expectancy, but also to maintain the number of healthy children. We try to solve the problems of both pediatric and aging diseases.


Developing novel medicines
targeting ferroptosis / oxidized lipid

FELIQS【fíːlɪks】 is a preclinical-stage start-up company established based on the robust science from molecular pathobiology, department of pharmaceutical science, Kyushu university.

Ferroptosis is a new type of cell death reported in 2012(Cell. 2012 May 25;149(5):1060-72.), and it is caused by the accumulation of oxidized lipids. In recent years, it has been reported to be associated with many diseases such as cancer, ischemia-reperfusion injury, and neurodegenerative diseases, and is being investigated as a new drug target. We have established a unique drug discovery platform targeting ferrotosis/oxidized lipids, and are now conducting preclinical research toward the clinical trial to create new medicine for unmet medical needs in ophthalmology space.



1-1 Hyakunenkoen, Kurume, Fukuoka, 8390864, JAPAN
50,500,000 JPY
Main bank
MUFG bank
Mitsubishi UFJ Capital, Keio Innovation Initiative, FFG Venture Business Partners, Kurume Research Park



Code Target
Preclinical Clinical
Discovery / Research Lead optimization IND enabling Phase I/II
FLQ-101 Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP) Intravenous 505(b)(2)
FLQ-104 Geographic Atrophy / wet AMD Oral 505(b)(1)


Ken-ichiro Kuninobu
Ken-ichiro Kuninobu,
Ph.D., RPh
Co-founder and CEO
Dr.Kuninobu has 15 years+ experience in the pharmaceutical industry. He led the US regulatory and clinical affairs of the department of regenerative medicines in NIPRO until 2022 in collaboration with Yale University
Ken-ichi Yamada
Ken-ichi Yamada,
Co-founder and CSO
Professor of Kyushu University. Dr.Yamada is the Principal investigator of basic research on elucidation of disease mechanisms and drug discovery by targeting oxidized lipids. He worked as a research fellow in NIH(NIH/NCI: Dr. Murali C. Krishna)
Samir Tari
Samir Tari,
Consultant Medical Director
Dr.Tari has 16 years+ experience as a pharmaceutical executive in ophthalmology. He served as Senior Director of Medical Affairs at Regeneron, Global Medical Lead, and Senior Medical Director at Astellas.
Aiko Kato Sullenberger
Aiko Kato Sullenberger
Boston Operations Manager
Aiko has ten years of experience in research and business development in Daikin Global HQ. She handles its CVC operation in Boston up to 2020. In Allm USA, she engaged in scouting opportunities to digital health solutions to US medical institutions. Experience at CIC expanded her network of life science and VCs in greater Boston area.


Robert M. Ward
Robert M. Ward, M.D.
Professor Emeritus
Dr.Ward was the former chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Drugs began the Pediatric Pharmacology Program at the University of Utah School of Medicine and served as an attending neonatologist and medical director of the Primary Children’s Hospital NICU. He has published widely and lectured internationally.
Darius M. Moshfeghi
Darius M. Moshfeghi, M.D.
Chief of Retina Professor of Ophthalmology Stanford University School of Medicine
Dr.Moshfeghi is an internationally-recognized expert in pediatric vitreoretinal disease and pediatric retinal telemedicine. He has dedicated his career to using telemedicine and digital technology to prevent blindness in children.
Kenichi ShimadaHarvard / Columbia University
Kenichi Shimada, Ph.D.
Research Associate
Laboratory of Systems Pharmacology Harvard Medical School
Dr.Shimada received his Ph.D. for the elucidation of the mechanisms of ferroptosis, a form of non-apoptotic cell death phenotype, under the supervision of Dr. Brent Stockwell at Columbia Univeristy. In 2015, he came to HMS and continued his training as a postdoctoral fellow with Dr. Timothy Mitchison and has published a few papers in mechanistic toxicology and cancer signaling.
Norman Barton
Norman Barton, M.D., Ph.D.
Ex-Global Head Clinical Sciences Rare Metabolic Disorders and Neonatology in Takeda(Shire)
Dr.Barton is an experienced executive with substantive accomplishments in rare diseases. He has 40 years of experience in orphan drug product development in leadership positions with strategic, operational, and management responsibilities at Takeda and Shire, including the retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) program.
Robert Bhisitkul
Robert Bhisitkul, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor of Retina of UCSF.
Dr.Bhisitkul is an ophthalmologist and retina specialist who provides medical and laser treatment for macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and other retinal diseases. He also performs surgery on macular hole and macular pucker, retinal detachment and complications of diabetic eye disease.
Christian Ofslager
Christian Ofslager
CMC Expert
Christian Ofslager has spent 35 years in sterile drug development and manufacturing and has developed several commercial products and has wide experience in developing liquid & lyophilized vial, frozen bag and prefilled syringe drug products. During that time he spent 24 years in Wyeth formulations development and 10 years at Pfizer in development and manufacturing.


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