Kyoto University and Takeda T-CiRA Programme begins
Posted: 15 December 2015 | Victoria White | No comments yet
The “Takeda-CiRA Joint Programme for iPS Cell Applications” (T-CiRA) will begin research in six core directions to explore clinical applications of stem cells in therapeutic areas including cancer, heart failure and diabetes mellitus…
The “Takeda-CiRA Joint Programme for iPS Cell Applications” (T-CiRA) will begin research in six core directions to explore clinical applications of stem cells in therapeutic areas including cancer, heart failure, diabetes mellitus, neurodegenerative disorders and intractable muscle diseases.
Induced pluripotent stem cell technologies have the potential to bring about ground-breaking transformations to future medical treatments, and their applications span a variety of fields, including drug discovery, cell therapy and drug safety assessments. During the next 10 years, Takeda will provide collaborative funding of 20 billion yen, and will jointly run multiple projects led by researchers invited from CiRA and other universities. The collaboration is expected to make significant contributions to the application of iPSC technology into clinical practice.
New projects to be added to the T-CiRA Programme
“I am so happy to see that the six research groups, comprised of researchers from Takeda and CiRA, have been kicked off their research projects, with generous support from Takeda. Using iPSC technology as a tool, this collaboration will develop new approaches to drug discovery and produce new cures to intractable diseases over the next 10 years,” said Shinya Yamanaka, M.D., Ph.D., director of CiRA, who is a Nobel laureate in 2012 for his work on iPS cells.
“Takeda is proud to be part of this important research programme. Academic and research partnerships, particularly with renowned scientific institutions such as Kyoto University, are critical to advancing clinical knowledge and potential future applications that could improve patient lives,” said Christophe Weber, President & CEO of Takeda. “This partnership also marks a new direction for Takeda, by exploring cell therapies and genetic strategies to avert and remedy disease.”
Currently are carried out simultaneously at Takeda’s Shonan Research Centre (Kanagawa, Japan) as the main venue, with approximately 60 researchers in total from CiRA and Takeda.
“New projects will be added to the T-CiRA Programme when the new laboratory space is completed in April, 2016,” said Seigo Izumo, who is Global Head of Regenerative Medicine and Takeda’s chief advisor to Professor Yamanaka. “It is anticipated that the Programme will have over 10 projects with participation of more than 100 researchers at its steady state.”