Chemistry Department Team Wins the UTokyo1000k Product Idea Contest - School of Science, the University of Tokyo
Jun 26, 2017

Chemistry Department Team Wins the UTokyo1000k Product Idea Contest

Professor Keisuke Goda, Department of Chemistry

 

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The second UTokyo1000k Product Idea Contest was held by the Division of University Corporate Relations at the University of Tokyo on May 27, June 3 and June 4, 2017. UTokyo1000k is a product idea contest for students of the University in which the participants present product ideas based on their research that are intended for commercialization by 2021. The prize pool totals 1,000,000 yen, with 700,000 yen awarded for the best technology and 300,000 yen awarded for the best theme.

This year’s technology prize went to a research team represented by Mr. Ryo Kinegawa, a master’s degree student in Prof. Keisuke Goda’s research group in the Department of Chemistry. Their award-winning idea was “an intraoperative rapid diagnosis technology for highly accurate, non-invasive, and rapid identification of cancer by high-speed molecular imaging.”

As the number of cancer patients continues to increase all over the world, shortening the time and increasing the efficacy of cancer surgery is required. The technology proposed by Mr. Kinegawa and his team will answer this need by identifying cancerous tissue resection sites in real-time during cancer surgery. Their technology is based on high-speed Fourier-transform coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering spectroscopy developed at Goda Lab in the Department of Chemistry where Mr. Kinegawa performs his research. The practical use of this technology will greatly shorten operation times, and as a result, reduce medical expenses.

Team Members
Ryo Kinegawa (Master’s student, Department of Chemistry, The University of Tokyo)
Angelina Frank (Master’s student, Department of Chemistry, The University of Tokyo)
Matthew Lindley (Master’s student, Department of Chemistry, The University of Tokyo)

Team Advisors
Kotaro Hiramatsu (Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, The University of Tokyo)
Takuro Ideguchi (Lecturer, Department of Physics, The University of Tokyo)
Atsuhiro Nakagawa (Associate Professor, Tohoku University Hospital)
Yutaka Yatomi (Professor, The University of Tokyo Hospital)
Satoshi Matsusaka (Head, Cancer Institute Hospital)
Nao Nitta (Associate Program Manager, Japan Science and Technology Agency)
Takeaki Sugimura (Associate Program Manager, Japan Science and Technology Agency)
Keisuke Goda (Professor, Department of Chemistry, The University of Tokyo)

UTokyo1000k
https://www.ducr.u-tokyo.ac.jp/activity/venture/utokyo1000k.html

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