The von Liebig Entrepreneurism Center and Global Connect worked with Osaka University in 2014 to design a program for students and faculty from universities in Osaka, Japan to learn about technology acceleration and transfer. Through a combination of lectures, guest speakers, site visits and practical experience, the Osaka teams learn the basic steps involved to commercialize scientific discoveries and technology ideas. On February 1st through February 12th, the third cohort of students participated in this two-week workshop at UC San Diego. Since women are an underrepresented group in the fields of science and technology both in the U.S and in Japan, it was a pleasant surprise when the third cohort included three women.
Sunri Lee is a graduate student and scientist at Osaka University in the field of electronic devices with organic materials. She developed $800 eye glasses made of flexible liquid crystal lens to correct vision and develop the cerebral nerves of Amblyopic children. Ke Zheng is an accountant, currently working on a medical tourism platform for foreign patients from China and other countries who want to travel to Japan for high quality medical treatment. Rieko Ogura, a PhD researcher at Yokahama National University, is currently working in the field of genetic engineering of plants and plant pathology. In 2014, Ogura founded a start-up company specialized in developing a screening system to identify plant activators for sale to chemical and agrochemical companies. Click here for more details on the projects that these three pioneering women brought to UC San Diego.