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SCIENCE and INNOVATION for the NEXT GENERATION
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dr. Matsuzaki graduated from Kobe University (Japan) in 2006. As an orthopedics specialist, he gained experience in treating external wounds/bone fractures, artificial joint replacement, sports disabilities, and went on to obtain his medical degree (PhD) from Kobe University. Since 2014, he has worked at Scripps Institute on research involving pathological condition analysis of osteoarthritis, and anti-aging genetics. He is now beginning research development on robotics for medical use.
Dr. Bekki graduated from Kumamoto University's School of Medicine in 2008. He specialized in the treatment and research on malignant tumors and spinal diseases as an orthopedic surgeon. After obtaining his PhD from Kyushu University, he came to Scripps Research Institute in 2017. He is currently researching osteoarthritis with an emphasis in bioinformatics.
Our Most Recent Event
Featuring Guest Speaker Dr. Fumiaki Ikeno
"Development of task discovery type medical equipment"
We welcomed Dr. Fumiaki Ikeno, Program Director (U.S) of Japan Biodesign at Stanford Biodesign. After 9 years of clinical practice as an interventional cardiologist and Family Doctor in rural areas of Japan, Dr. Ikeno became a researcher at Stanford and completed his Biodesign Certificate Program. He spoke about his experience concerning GLP on medical devices, as well as collaboration between industry and academia.
Our First SING San Diego Seminar
Guest Speakers Dr. Hideyuki Okano, Dr. Martin Marsala
Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine
As our first event, we hosted a seminar featuring Dr. Okano, one of Japan's top professors in regenerative medicine, and Dr. Marsala, a cell-replacement specialist at UCSD. After a seminar where both professors introduced their current research, participants were able to interact with the two professors at a reception at Bella Vista.
Dr. Hideyuki Okano
"Challenge toward Clinical trial for Spinal Cord Injury using iPS cells”
Dr. Okano is a professor at the medical department at Keio University, vice president of the Japan Neuroscience Society, secretary of the Physiological Society of Japan, and is on the board of directors for the International Society for Stem Cell Research, Japanese Society for Regenerative Medicine, the Japanese Society for Neurochemistry. He was involved in stem cell research as a professor at Keio, and since 2013, he has been a leader in research involving the use neural progenitor cells derived from iPS cells to treat spinal traumatic injury and cerebral infarction. He specializes in molecular neurobiology, developmental biology, and regenerative medicine.
Dr. Martin Marsala
"Pre-clinical and clinical utilization of cell-replacement therapies for treatment of spinal traumatic injury"
Dr. Marsala is a professor at the Department of Anesthesiology at UC San Diego. After obtaining his MD in Slovakia, he worked on ischemic neurological disease treatment as a research professor in the US. Most recently, in his stem cell research, he demonstrated the effectiveness of cell-replacement therapy in treating spinal traumatic injury. He is a pioneer in clinical studies of cell replacement therapies for the treatment of spinal traumatic injury, in both the US and Japan.
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