• Welcome to SING

    SCIENCE and INNOVATION for the NEXT GENERATION

    San Diego

    Our Events

    SING San Diego Seminar

    Dr. Moroishi and Dr. Kiyoizumi

    February 3rd

    Donations

    Donate to Next Generation-Life Science Talent Initiative

  • 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.

  • A Message from SING

    We are grateful for the support we received last year as our first year as SING, in which we were able to have new experiences such as helping with Waseda and Tokyo University’s summer program and hosting a seminar with Dr. Okano. This year, as our second year, we plan to solidify our base and explore what new projects we can develop.

    In particular, we plan to:

    1) Broaden our networking so that bio and engineering researchers can interact with a wide variety of people, including those in business and public policy, involved in the development of science and technology.

    2) Learn about the San Diego area as a hub for biology, especially its connection to startups in San Diego, so that we can introduce it to researchers in San Diego and Japan.

    3) Facilitate communication and cooperative exchange between San Diego’s education and research institutions, beginning with UCSD and Japanese universities.

    We would be very grateful to receive your feedback and ideas. Thank you.

  • Our Team

    Tomoko Hayashi

    President​

    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.

     

    Linkedin:

    https://www.linkedin.com/in/tomoko-hayashi-45bb6738

    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.

     

    Linkedin:

    https://www.linkedin.com/in/tomomi-kurosu-a2008841

    Tokio Matsuzaki

    Director

    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.

     

    Linkedin:

    https://ca.linkedin.com/in/tokio-matsuzaki-a86491123?trk=pub-pbmap

    Yasue Yoshizumi

    Director

    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.

     

    Linkedin:

    https://www.linkedin.com/in/yasue-yoshizumi-48119652

  • Our Most Recent Event

    Featuring Guest Speaker Dr. Eichiro Kimura

    Co-Sponsored by Watson Bio Lab

    As a kickoff to a new academic year at UC San Diego, we invited Dr. Eichiro Kimura of Ajinomoto Althea to speak to us about his wide range of experience, from his time as a researcher, as a special member of the Japanese government, and as a postdoctoral researcher at Stanford University. Our generous co-sponsor Watson Bio Lab also provided us with food and drinks, and was kind enough to conduct a raffle with prizes such as pipettes.

    We at SING would like to thank Dr. Kimura and Watson Bio Lab as well as everyone who joined us for making this event possible.

  • Our First SING San Diego Seminar

    Guest Speakers Dr. Hideyuki Okano, Dr. Martin Marsala

    November 16th

    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

    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.

  • Our Past Events

    Join us at our next event!

    Graduation Event

    June 2017

    SING Seminar

    September 2017

    SING Seminar

    November 2016

    SING Event

    February 2017

  • 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.

    Step 3: You will be directed to secure website. Please follow the directions.

    Online

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    Phone

    If you would like to call with your credit card information, contact:

    UC San Diego Gift Processing

    858-534-4493

    Mail

    To mail in your gift check, make your check payable to "UC San Diego Foundation" and mail it with your payment to:

    UCSD Gift Processing

    9500 Gilman Drive, #0940

    La Jolla, CA 92093-0940

    Questions about your gift? Call or email us at:

     

    Tomoko Hayashi

    9500 Gilman Drive

    La Jolla CA92092-0695

    (Office) 848-822-0253 (Cell) 858-342-2254

    thayashi@ucsd.edu

     

    UC San Diego Gift Processing

    858-534-4493

    onlinegift@ucsd.edu

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