Visiting Researchers & Scholars
Toray Industries, Inc., Japan
KOJI KADOWAKI (2017-2019)
Koji Kadowaki was a visiting researcher at the Earl E. Bakken Medical Devices Center at the University of Minnesota. He received the BS, MS, and Ph.D degrees in the department of applied chemistry from Osaka University in Japan where he researched biomaterials and tissue engineering. Koji attended the Bakken Innovation Fellows Program and earned a Bakken Industry Innovation Fellow award.
Koji is a medical device industry technologist at Toray Industries, Inc. in Japan, where he has researche iocompatible/biodegradable polymers, anti-thrombogenic materials, and coating technologies for medical devices. He was also in the inaugural group of Japan Biodesign Fellows at Osaka University from 2015 to 2017, and he completed the Japan Biodesign Program, which has a collaboration with Stanford University (Stanford Biodesign Program). His group launched the first startup of the Japan Biodesign Program, named "Remohab," which is focusing on remote cardiac rehabilitation.
(Updated Feb. 2020)
Nihon Kohden Corp., Japan
MITSUHIRO OURA (2012-2014)
Mitsuhiro Oura was a visiting researcher within the Earl E. Bakken Medical Devices Center at the University of Minnesota. He received a BS and MS in mechanical engineering from Waseda University in Japan, where he researched medical robotics. After graduation Mitsuhiro Oura has been working in the medical device industry at Nihon Kohden Corporation in Japan, where he researched pulse photometer technology, new blood circulation simulators and new monitoring devices for regenerative medicine. He was also a visiting researcher at the Medical Innovation Laboratory (MIL) at Tokyo Women's Medical University, and completed the Bio-Medical Curriculum (BMC) program.
(Updated Jan. 2014)