As of this month, the Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development will have been established to improve medical care, and help develop drugs and medical equipment in the country. It will distribute the ¥140 billion ($1.16 billion) research budget of several ministries across nine fields that the Japanese government considers important. The areas are pharmaceuticals, development of medical devices, cancer, clinical research bases, regenerative medicine, intractable diseases, uses of genetic information, dementia and infectious disease. The Drug Discovery Support Network, which helps researchers develop products, will be part of the new agency, and will increase in staff and the range of research it supports. The agency will likely focus on research on maintaining the health of Japan’s aging population. It will promote multidisciplinary research, as well as support research on iPSCs.

Source: Yomiuri Shimbun

< | >