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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.

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THE TEAM BEHIND JAIM

Made possible by students from UCLA, Stanford, and Japanese medical universities

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KANON MORI

UCLA '23, Computational and Systems Biology

inochi WAKAZO, International Business Development Head

TSUBASA TANABE

Osaka University, Medical School

inochi WAKAZO, Leader Committee

RIKO TAKAHASHI

University of Tokyo, Medical School

inochi WAKAZO

TONY CHANG

Stanford '22,
Human Biology

Stanford SHIFT Co-Lead

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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.

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