A COLLABORATION BETWEEN INOCHI WAKAZO & STANFORD SHIFT
inochi WAKAZO Project
inochi WAKAZO Project is an international organization of next-generation medical leaders in Japan, the US, Asia, and Europe that strives to tackle the most pressing issues in medicine and healthcare through the power of high school and university students, and young professionals.
Founded in 2015 by Professor Yoshiki Sawa of Osaka University, a world-renowned cardiovascular surgeon, the organization has held hackathons and educational programs for high school students in Japan yearly, helped Osaka's bid to host the 2025 World Expo, and presented ideas and proposals at various international conferences. Students and mentors from the program have launched startups from the ideas born from inochi, and have gone on to become medical students, healthcare advocates, and young leaders in the life sciences in Japan and internationally.
To learn more about inochi and past entrepreneurial ventures launched from their competition in Japan, check out inochi’s website: https://inochi-wakazo.org/projects/igip
PS - "inochi" means "life" in Japanese. We are driven to save and improve the lives of people by improving healthcare through innovation. If you share this mission, join us.
THE TEAM BEHIND JAIM
Made possible by students from UCLA, Stanford, and Japanese medical universities
UCLA '23, Computational and Systems Biology
inochi WAKAZO, International Business Development Head
Osaka University, Medical School
inochi WAKAZO, Leader Committee
University of Tokyo, Medical School
Stanford SHIFT Co-Lead
IGIP HEALTHTECH IDEATHON @ UCLA
Past event by Kanon and Tsubasa
In November 2021, inochi had a successful event at UCLA where 60 bright high school students gathered to create innovative business ideas to solve issues surrounding the use of AEDs. It was a first ever medical ideathon for high school students in the United States that did not require coding skills nor a fee to participate. The event was empowered by several influential industrial leaders like David Whelan, the CEO of BioscienceLA, and sponsors like Niantic and UCLA Biodesign.