Research Support Structure

Collaboration between Industry and Academia

Center for Clinical and Translational Research (CCTR) – Creation of networking organizations

Center for Clinical and Translational Research (CCTR) – Creation of networking organizations

Japan’s life sciences research is among the best in the world. In spite of this, Japan has lagged behind in the development of a framework for practical application of the fruits of such research. To address this issue, life science has now been positioned as one of the four major thrust areas in the “Third Science and Technology Basic Plan” and the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) in 2007 started a program for preparation of translational research centers as part of the aforesaid basic plan. This program was upgraded in 2012 as the Translational Research Network Program. In the same year, MHLW initiated a Core Clinical Research Hospitals Associated Project and thus a support framework for promotion of clinical trials and late stage clinical studies and for development of precision medicine was created. Furthermore, in the current year, it was decided to pursue as a national initiative, the strengthening of industrial competitiveness in the field of pharmaceuticals and medical devises (including the promotion of research for the practical application of ground breaking technologies) under the banner of “Comprehensive Strategy for Innovation in Science and Technology – Taking up the Challenges of Creating a New Japan”. The aims of this initiative are: “To promote the development of non-invasive and minimally invasive testing, early diagnosis technology, radiotherapy technology, medical devices such as nano biodevices and surgical robots, and medical software applications for supporting diagnosis; and research and development for creating innovative pharmaceuticals such as biologics and the creation of support frameworks for them; and concurrently promote research for evaluating the effectiveness and the safety of drugs, medical devices, etc. based on the latest technology and prepare guidelines for the development and examination of innovative medical technologies”. We may say that in Japan we are at the start of a new path to “Life Innovation”, a major national policy.

Kyushu University Hospital CCTR was chosen as a center for MEXT’s Translational Research Network Program and also for MHLW’s Clinical Research Core Hospital Program. Since then, CCTR has been searching for “promising research seeds” not only in Kyushu University but also other academic institutions in the whole of West Japan and supporting and promoting the development of such seeds. A number of seeds have already been identified and “first on humans” trials have been started for more than one novel drug. In the current financial year, we created the West Japan Academia Translational Research Network (WAT-NeW) for promotion of “Life Innovation” among academic institutions of West Japan.

On the other hand, commercialization of innovative drugs and medical devices cannot be realized without licensing them out to pharmaceutical companies and corporations dealing with medical devices. In other words, industry-academia tie-ups are essential for promoting “Life Innovation”. However, we can hardly say that there exists a well-designed framework for continuously supporting smooth collaboration between academia and industry. It was in this context that we planned the creation of the Asia-Pacific Research and Development Network (ARDENT) that connects industry with academia. We hope that research seeds in academic institutions of Japan would reach the society through this network and the pharmaceutical and medical devices industries of the country would become leading industries with greater international competitiveness. The ultimate hope is of providing innovative novel medical care to the society at large. With this hope, we request you to join ARDENT. Seeking your kind support,

Yoichi Nakanishi
Director, Center for Clinical and Translational Research (CCTR) Kyushu University Hospital
President, Japan ARO Council (a General Incorporated Association)

West Japan Academia Translational Research Network (WAT-NeW)

West Japan Academia Translational Research Network (WAT-NeW)

The West Japan Academia Translational Research Network (WAT-NeW) was established by CCTR to strengthen the linkage between basic research and clinical medicine research and to set up a network of academic institutions. This was done to address the difficulty experienced in applying the fruits of basic studies in life sciences and medical science undertaken in universities to the development of new medical technologies and wider development of medical science.
We now have the participation of 19 universities of western Japan.

WAT-NeW
Activities so far
  • Matters relating to co-ownership of TR information
  • Searching for seeds
  • Strategy development consultation
  • Consultation on the appropriate management/usage of intellectual property
  • Co-ownership of resources
  • Implementation of collaborative research
  • University seeds development collaboration (individual seeds development researcher network)
  • Industrial matching
  • Application for public funding

For details please see the website:
http://wat-new.org/english

Send inquiries to:
E-mail: info@wat-new.org

ARDENT (Asia-Pacific Research and Development Network)

ARDENT(Asia-Pacific Research and Development Network)

Concurrently with the establishment of WAT-NeW, CCTR has set up the Asia-Pacific Research and Development Network (ARDENT) to facilitate smooth industry-academia collaboration aimed at commercialization of innovative pharmaceutical products and medical equipment.
We aim to enable the seed ideas from Japan’s academic institutions to reach the society through the network that links industry and academia, make the country’s pharmaceuticals and medical devices industry an internationally competitive leading industry, and provide epoch making new medical care to the society in general. We invite researchers and corporations interested in these aims to join us in our endeavor..

ARDENT
Activities so far
  • Organizing life science technology exchange meetings
  • Introducing exhibitions within and outside the country
  • Promotion of matching of academic institutions with private enterprises
  • Promotion of joint research by private enterprises and universities, etc.
  • Cooperation with other networks (comprehensive collaboration with Kihara Memorial Yokohama Foundation)
  • Distribution of information on research seeds, corporate needs, offers of public funding and events
  • Distribution of e-mail newsletters with columns on TR promotion

For details please see the website:
http://ardent-j.org/english

Send inquiries to:
E-mail: http://ardent-j.org/

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