A Stanford Biodesign Program Development Partner Japan Biodesign

A Stanford Biodesign Program Development PartnerJapan Biodesign

Program Overview


Biodesign was launched by Dr. Paul Yock and other members of Stanford University in 2001 as a development and training program for talents who will lead innovations in medical devices based on Design-Thinking approach. The program develops solutions to various problems, using the needs in the clinical site as the starting point while verifying the perspective of commercialization from the initial stages of development, and is characterized by approaches that make innovation a reality. Applications are sent from around the world to participate in a course lasting approximately one year, called “Fellowship.” Competition is fierce, with more than eighteen times competition rate, and only eight candidates are selected each year. Forty companies were started up during the 14-year period, and applications for over 400 patents were filed. In addition, over 500,000 patients receive benefits from devices that were created through this program. The program has already been introduced to India, Singapore, Ireland and the UK, and their introduction is currently being studied in countries all over the world.


BIODESIGN The Process of Innovating Medical Technologies,Yock.Petal.より

Japan Biodesign

A Stanford Biodesign Program Development Partner

Osaka University, The University of Tokyo and Tohoku University concluded program-development partnership with Stanford University in order to establish Japan Biodesign. With implementing entities being made up of Osaka University’s Graduate School of Medicine and the Global Center for Medical Engineering and Informatics, The University of Tokyo’s Medical Innovation Initiative, and Tohoku University Graduate School of Biomedical Engineering, Japan Biodesign cooperates with Nihon Biodesign Gakkai to conduct Fellowship, Classes and various seminars.

Osaka University

Sawa Yoshiki

Sawa Yoshiki Endowed Chair Professor, Graduate School of Medicine Chairman, Japan Biodesign Steering committee

Yagi Masakazu

Yagi Masakazu Specially-Appointed Associate Professor, Graduate School of Medicine Program Director, Japan Biodesign

Yamada Kenji

Yamada Kenji Visiting Professor, Graduate School of Medicine

Tomizawa Rie

Tomizawa Rie Associate Professor, Division of Health Sciences, Graduate School of Medicine Academia Faculty, Japan Biodesign

Masuda Hirotada

Masuda Hirotada Assistant Professor, Global Center for Medical Engineering and Informatics Academia Faculty, Japan Biodesign

The University of Tokyo

Ono Minoru

Ono Minoru Professor, Graduate School of Medicine Japan Biodesign Steering committee

Maeda Yujiro

Maeda Yujiro Director, Department of Biodesign, Translational Research Center Program Co-Director, Japan Biodesign

Kiriyama Hiroyuki

Kiriyama Hiroyuki Project Assistant Professor Translational Research Center Academia Faculty, Japan Biodesign

Tajima Tomoyuki

Tajima Tomoyuki CEO, Alivas INC. Assistant Faculty, Japan Biodesign

Tohoku University

Izumi Shinichi

Izumi Shinichi Professor, Graduate School of Biomedical Engineering Japan Biodesign Steering committee

Nagatomi Ryoichi

Nagatomi Ryoichi Dean, Graduate School of Biomedical Engineering

Nakagawa Atsuhiro

Nakagawa Atsuhiro Special Appointment Professor, CRIETO Tohoku University Hospital Program Co-Director, Japan Biodesign

Taki Hirofumi

Taki Hirofumi Part-time Lecturer, Graduate School of Biomedical Engineering Academia Faculty, Japan Biodesign

Hara Yosuke

Hara Yosuke CEO, LIFE TODEI Co., Ltd. Assistant Faculty, Japan Biodesign


Watanabe Masaya

Watanabe Masaya Vice-chairman, The Japan Federation of Medical Devices Associations Advisory board, Japan Biodesign Steering committee

Nakao Koji

Nakao Koji Advisory board, Japan Biodesign Steering committee

Nishiuchi Daisuke

Nishiuchi Daisuke Program Co-Director, Japan Biodesign Industrial Faculty

Omori Sayaka

Omori Sayaka Industrial Faculty, Japan Biodesign

Stanford Biodesign

Paul G. Yock

Paul G. Yock Founder, Director, Stanford Biodesign Japan Biodesign Steering committee

Gordon Saul

Gordon Saul Executive Director, Stanford Biodesign Japan Biodesign Steering committee

Sandra Waugh Ruggles

Sandra Waugh Ruggles Assistant Director, Innovation Fellowship, Stanford Biodesign

Ikeno Fumiaki

Ikeno Fumiaki Program Director (US), Stanford Biodesign Advisory Director, Japan Biodesign

Lyn Denend

Lyn Denend Director, Academic Programs, Stanford Biodesign

Shiqin Xu

Shiqin Xu Course Manager, Stanford Biodesign


Kitagawa Naoyoshi

Kitagawa Naoyoshi Secretary General, Biodesign Japan

External Expert Lecturers

Japan Biodesign program is inviting expert lecturers from various quarters.

  • Hata MitsuhiroBD Sprint Partners K.K.
  • Jinjo NaokoUWC ISAK Japan
  • Machida RaikiKatsuiku Education Foundation
  • Miyasaka TsuyoshiSamuel Planing Co.,Ltd
  • Nakamura TomoyukiMedVenture Partners, Inc.
  • Oshita HajimeMedVenture Partners, Inc.
  • Suzuki TakashiJapan Association for the Advancement of Medical Equipment

They are experts in each professional area, mentoring our Japan Biodesign fellows from May 11th, 2020 to March 5th, 2021. We list them by the permissions to publish from them. We invited those 33 experts in total from 2015, the beginning of Japan Biodesign program.