The Business Instructional Facility, Gies College of Business, University of Illinois

CEO Hideaki Ogasawara is quoted in a news article from Gies College of Business, University of Illinois, on the fifth anniversary of its online MBA program. He was among the first cohort of the program and comments in the interview that he did not hesitate to quit his job and join colleagues to co-found Tanso Biosciences because of the insights and courage he had gained from Gies.

New jobs, new titles, and a renewed sense of purpose are how the first cohort of the Gies College of Business iMBA describe what’s happened to them since they joined the program in 2016. We’re sharing some of their journeys as part of our fifth anniversary celebration.

As listed in Illinois Startups, Tanso Biosciences is among thousands, if not millions, of companies founded by people who were, or are, part of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, whether faculty, staff, students, or alumni.