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Acucela’s roots are here in Seattle, Washington – back in 2002, our CEO, Dr. Ryo Kubota, established Acucela in the basement of his Seattle home - just he and an accountant. Today, we employ dozens of people across three offices – two in the United States and one in Japan. Our employees come from a number of countries and backgrounds, creating a rich and diverse environment.

We were founded with a simple, but powerful goal in mind – develop the very best therapies for sight-threatening eye diseases – and that goal still holds true today, and also holds much meaning in the origin of our company name – Acucela, an amalgam of letters from the words “acuity” (or visual sharpness) and “cell.”