Mitsubishi Research Institute, Inc.

Wellness

The goal is to realize a society where everyone can enjoy a vibrant and healthy life.

Sub-themes

At the Innovation Network for Co-Creating the Future, we believe that the following 3 changes will have a significant impact in resolving societal problems in the area of Wellness.

Innovations for individual disease prevention and health management

Social problem

  • Increase in medical expenses due to lifestyle-related diseases

    Illness caused by lifestyle habits account for about 30% of national medical expenses and about 60% of deaths among those afflicted are caused by such diseases. Moreover, the proportion will increase further as the aging problem worsens.

Issues to be tackled

  • To maintain and promote health through recognizing predictive signs and by prevention

Examples of innovation

  • Awareness of risks associated with lifestyle-related diseases
    Health monitoring devices that are affordable and user friendly
  • Prevention system that does not depend on region or where you live
    Mobile-based personalized counseling services
    New service that taps on the network of doctors and nurses on leave

Innovations to close gaps between supply and demand in medical and nursing care

Social problem

  • Shortage of medical staff despite rising demand for medical services

    In metropolitan areas where the number of seniors has risen, the provision of medical services has become more challenging. In addition to the shortage of medical facilities and medical workers, doctors and nurses have become excessively burdened because they do not efficiently delegate basic work tasks to support staff. On the other hand, with the declining population in the countryside, medical facilities have become excessive in some local cities. There is thus a problem of inefficient allocation of medical services and resources by geography.

Issues to be tackled

  • To provide medical and nursing care services in an efficient manner

Examples of innovation

  • System that improves the quality of care and productivity
    System to support family doctors by gathering detailed medical information
    Match patients and their needs to doctors through a system of remote diagnosis
  • Highly efficient nursing care services
    Utilize ICT and nursing care robots
    Build an information network for local medical/nursing care facilities

Innovations to supplement and strengthen functioning among the elderly and disabled

Social problem

  • Rising number of seniors with difficulty living unassisted

    The proportion of seniors who can enjoy non-assisted living is about 80% for those in their mid-seventies, but drops to 10%5 for those in their late eighties. We currently lack the means to deal with this situation, and to help seniors maintain a high quality of life even in old age.

Issues to be tackled

  • To enhance the ability of seniors to live unassisted

Examples of innovation

  • Establish new methods to promote and support the non-assisted living of seniors
    Utilize robotics to support daily activities
    Provide an early warning system or service through use of wearable devices

Past Finalists

  • 2016 “Wellness” Grand Award
    Chrono Wellness: World’s first service to improve sleep through visualization of biological clock

    O: Co., Ltd.,

    Inspired by the biological clock of the human body, which closely relates to health and sleep, the company has developed a comprehensive insomnia treatment service incorporating “CBT” (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy). The world’s first non-invasive wristwatch device provides visualizations of dysfunctions in the biological clock. An app incorporating CBT helps users to regulate their circadian rhythms, thereby improving the quality of their sleep and preventing insomnia. While a self-care approach, the service aims to provide a fundamental remedy for insomnia.
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  • 2016 “Wellness” MRI Award
    Creation of Comfortable Environment for Health Maintenance - Countermeasures for air pollution and infectious diseases using plasma and electrostatic forces –

    Akira Mizuno (Professor of Toyohashi University of Technology)

    As a solution to air pollution and infection issues, Professor Mizuno proposed a solution that uses core technologies (plasma and static electricity) to create visualizations of fine particles, bacteria, and viruses to identify routes of infection, thereby providing comprehensive countermeasures for infections that ensure appropriate defense and attack against the targeted sources. Through the proposal, Mizuno aims to sell consumer products like masks to business-to-consumer (B to C) companies, and to provide solutions combining visualization, defense, and attack capabilities to business-to-business (B to B) companies (e.g. public transportation agencies, nursery schools, schools, care facilities, and hospitals).
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Application Details

  • Benefits for Competition participants

    About mentoring by MRI scientists with expert knowledge in the various fields, cash award and supplementary awards.
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  • Screening process

    About the competition procedure and criteria for participation.
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  • Schedule

    About the schedule from the period between the application deadline and the final screening.
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Other-themes

The following themes will also be considered for this program:

Business proposals may also be submitted for multifaceted social issues that involve several focus areas.

Note: business proposals focusing only on infrastructure technologies (e.g. AI and blockchains) will not be accepted.