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  • Kyoto University Life Science Showcase

    February 28th, 2020 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine

    SING is proud to support Kyoto University's event, Kyoto University Life Science Showcase at UC San Diego. Startups and researchers from Japan will be presenting on their novel technologies to US investors, pharmaceutical companies, and industry executives. Through this event, Kyoto University aims to introduce Japanese companies to US investors and industry in the hopes of facilitating expansion to US and global markets.

    Seating is limited, so please register at https://kuls-showcase-2020.eventbrite.com.

    aceRNA Technologies - Solution provider for new pharmaceutical modalities using RNA switch technology

    Cyfuse Biomedical - Creation of functional tissue with a novel scaffold-free bio 3D printing technology

    Department of Drug Discovery for Lung Diseases, Kyoto University - Innovate the drug discovery for respiratory diseases using iPS-cell technology

    KinoPharma - Innovative therapeutic drug development for cervical intraepithelial neoplasia (CIN) through industry-university collaboration

    Oligogen - Development of drug and cell therapy products using novel human neural stem cells “OligoGenie”

    Quadlytics - Offering epilepsy patients world's first clinically approved seizure prediction software

    Therabiopharma - Development of curcumin monoglucuronide (CMG) as an anticancer drug for phase I/II clinical trials of refractory and rare cancers, glioblastoma and drug-resistant multiple myeloma

  • Our Mission

    Support young life science researchers obtaining knowledge for innovation/development/business

    As researchers in San Diego, we believe it is our mission to support the growth of those who will be the future of Japan's sciences. Here, we welcome post-doctorates from Japan, as they are all hard workers. However, they have their concerns about re-employment, so our wish is to assist them in any way we can.

    What We Do​

    • Create and maintain a network for Japanese students studying in the US, and introduce them to San Diego's medicine/equipment development ecosystem.

    • Develop training programs and organize seminars involving biology/medicine development/medical devices, in order to create external value for students.

    • Family support for those accompanying researchers/students overseas.

    Location Matters

    San Diego’s Torrey Pine Scientific Mesa forms a unique cluster of academic research institutions (University of California San Diego, The Scripps Research Institutes, Salk, Burnham Biomedical Research). The biotech companies and large pharmaceutical companies on the Mesa form a cluster of organizations operating next each other within a 20 mile radius. Within this synergistic environment, groundbreaking innovations in drug and medical devices development emerging from the academic institutions provide opportunity for entrepreneurs to initiate start-up companies. These companies can carry on such innovations to the products for patients. The environment, that academic institutions can commercialize their innovations in collaboration with the private sector, can accelerate development of new medical treatment, including novel drugs and medical devices.

    Using the advantages of the area, we hope to organize seminars, networking events, and eventually courses all pertaining to the topics of medicine, medical optical equipment, business, and policy relating to these subjects.

  • Our Team

    Tomoko Hayashi


    Dr. Hayashi graduated from Hyogo College of Medicine (Japan) and obtained a medical degree on 1982. After clinical training as an ophthalmologist, she completed the graduate program (Ph.D) in Japan. She has lived in San Diego since 1995, working at UCSD for the drug development in the immunochemistry field. In 2016 she formed the support group "Science and Innovation for Next Generation, San Diego (SING San Diego)" with Ms. Kurosu and Dr Matsuzaki. With the help of Rocky Mitsuhashi, a graduate of UCSD Rady’s Business School, she initiated the foundation "Next Generation Life Science Talent Initiative" to support the education and training programs for international postdoctoral fellows and the visiting scholars in San Diego.




    Tomomi Kurosu

    Vice President

    Ms. Kurosu graduated from Aoyama Gakuin University in 1990 with a degree in International Politics and Economics. She worked at the consulting firm Accenture in a wide variety of transnational projects including IT, manufacturing, government, outsourcing and human resource development. Using the wide range of networking she established in her 20 years in the US, she works as a consultant for cross cultural communication, global human resource development, and the support of foreign families. She also works as a coordinator, writer, and teaches Japanese at UCSD.




    Yasue Yoshizumi


    Ms. Yoshizumi graduated from International Christian University in 1979. She conducted medical trials on antibiotics and cancer treatment drugs at the Bristol-Myers Squibb department, as well as MR education. She was also involved in translating medical literature at the National Diet Library. In San Diego, in addition to teaching at San Diego Japanese School, she worked as a senior chemist and formulation lab group leader at Inova diagnostics. She has also worked on protein purification, modification and assay at Quidel Corporation.




    Ayumi Ouchi


    Ms. Ouchi graduated from Juntendo University School of Medicine in 2006. Japanese Ophthalmologist. She obtained a doctorate with retina development research after studying at the University of Tokyo, Institute of Medical Science in 2013. As an assistant professor at Juntendo University School of Medicine, she gained experience in clinical research and treatment of retinal diseases such as diabetic retinopathy and retinopathy of prematurity. In 2017, she moved to the United States for the purpose of basic research on such diseases. At the Scripps Research Center, she is conducting research targeting neovascular control and neuroprotection by retinal ischemia and inflammation.

  • Speakers



    Hideyuki Okano: "Challenge Toward Clinical Trial for Spinal Cord Injury Using iPS Cells”


    Martin Marsala: "Pre-clinical and Clinical Utilization of Cell-Replacement Therapies for the Treatment of Spinal Injuries"




    Toshiro Moroishi: “Why I was able to Conduct Such a High-Impact Research”


    Takashi Kiyoizumi​: “Transformation from a Doctor’s path to an Entrepreneur”


    Shinichiro Okazaki: “Views on Industrialization of Regenerative Medicine and Bio-ventures from the Perspectives of Officials and MBA”


    Tokio Matsuzaki​: "Dr. Pepper – The Future of Medicine"


    Eiichiro Kimura: "Discontinuous Growth Strategy through M&A and Open-Link Innovation in Overseas"


    Masatoshi Hirayama​: “The Future of Medical Care in 10 years by Keio Ophthalmology”​


    Susie Harborth​: “From Innovation to Investment in Life Sciences: The Role of Incubators in Life Science Entrepreneurship"​




    Dr. Michael Sung: "China’s AI Renaissance: While the Rest of the World Debates, China Deploys"


    Fumiaki Ikeno: “Development of Problem Detecting Medical Devices”


    Masato Mitsuhashi: "Liquid Biopsy of Brain: Development of a New Diagnostic Method for Neurological Diseases Using Brain Cell-Specific Exosomes present in Blood"


    Dr. Timothy Mackey: "Role of Block Chain in Healthcare and its Future"




    Kouji Arai: "The First Ever Detection of Gravitational Wave in Humanity: The Beginning of Gravitational Wave Astronomy"


    Satomi Tsuboko: "Literature x Language x Biology = New Power born from Combination"


    Naoki Sakurai: "Antibody-Drug Conjugates: Aiming for Ultimate Molecular Target Cancer Drugs"


    Naoki Nariai: "Present and Future of Genomic Medicine for Large-Scale Genome Analysis Research Utilizing Ultrafast DNA Sequencing"

  • Donations

    SING San Diego is run by UC San Diego's “Next Generation-Life Science Talent Initiative”. Gifts to UC San Diego “Next Generation-Life Science Talent Initiative” will give us the opportunity to provide education for science/innovation to business development to the International scholars visiting San Diego. The funding will support class room lectures and site visits to the local start-up companies. The funding will also subside expenses for networking activities where the international fellows will meet local innovators and entrepreneurs. This gift can help achieve big results and begin a lifetime of philanthropy with impact in future science and innovation.


    Step 1: Go to https://giveto.ucsd.edu.

    Step 2: Type “Next Generation-Life Science Talent Initiative” in the site. Please enter information and click next.

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    Give now by credit card, cash gift, pledge or recurring donation through UC San Diego's convenient and secure https://giveto.ucsd.edu

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