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Fukushima Medical University aims to accelerate cancer research by contributing patient derived organoids to

London – UK, Fukushima and Tokyo – Japan:, the research tools arm of Cancer Research UK (CRUK), and the Fukushima Medical University (FMU) and Summit Pharmaceuticals International (SPI) today announced a new partnership to progress their shared mission of accelerating cancer research. Through this partnership, FMU has made their patient derived organoids (F-PDOs) available to the global cancer research tools community.

Progress in cancer research has always been dependent on the generosity and willingness of scientists to make their rare and unique materials accessible to their colleagues. Scientists globally will now be able to access these latest experimental models from FMU for use in disease modelling, drug development, toxicology screening and other related applications.

As part of this partnership, will work with FMU and their technology transfer partner Summit Pharmaceuticals International (SPI) to bring the production of these organoids in-house and manage quality control and global distribution. These are the first primary tumour tissue – derived organoids to be part of the existing tools portfolio within

F-PDOs are well-characterized experimental models derived from patient explants with 15 different types of cancer. Expansion and differentiation of these tissues/cells produces functional “mini-organs”. Preserving similar genetic profile and morphology with source tumour tissue, F-PDOs represent a physiological and patient-specific path to assess safety and efficacy of drugs in addition to disease modelling. Their physiological nature mimics human biology, which allows them to accurately predict patient response to treatment in comparison to traditional systems.

“Our collaboration with will allow us to achieve our goal of making these incredible technologies accessible to researchers in their pursuit of organoid based research. This is an exciting opportunity for FMU to demonstrate to their scientists how their research efforts can expand beyond the confines of their own lab helping to accelerate cancer research and the associated discoveries worldwide”

Motoki Takagi, Ph.D., of FMU

“At we are on a mission to accelerate cancer research. Partnering with FMU and SPI allows us to demonstrate to their research community the value of the tools they are developing in their labs. On our end, organoids as experimental models are a complementary addition to the portfolio which will expand the offering and include tools that will benefit in vitro disease modelling, drug discovery and development together with safety and toxicity studies.”

Robert Bondaryk, Global Head, Research Tools, at CRUK

“This is the beginning of an exciting partnership and we look forward to working with to enable the scientists from FMU effortlessly make a long-standing impact in oncology research by contributing tools to this unique and first of its kind collaborative in this field.”

Katsuya Okuyama, President & CEO of SPI

About / Cancer Research UK, the research tools arm of CRUK, is a non-profit, global community of cancer researchers, academic institutes and societies, with a shared mission to accelerate cancer research. In this collaborative, researchers contribute research tools and share knowledge to deepen our understanding of cancer, and drive innovation within cancer research.
Cancer Research UK (CRUK) is the world’s leading charity dedicated to beating cancer through research. It invests more than £400 million annually into cancer research through funding schemes, conferences, initiatives, resources, and a UK-wide network of research infrastructure across basic, translational, clinical and population research.

About Fukushima Medical University

Fukushima Medical University was established for the purpose of educating and fostering medical education of people who contribute to the health, medical care and welfare of people in Fukushima Prefecture. At the same time, as a research institute, it has an important mission of asking the world about the results of constant research.
After the Great East Japan Earthquake and the nuclear power plant accident in 2011, the government quickly supported the resurgence of Fukushima from the perspective of medical care and health, and it has accelerated its activities in cooperation with medical institutions and research institutions around the world. As part of its activities, FMU established the Industry for Medical-Industrial Translational Research in 2012. By bridging the medical community and industry, FMU provides multifaceted support for the development of new drugs, diagnostic reagents and test reagents for cancer-based diseases.
Through these efforts, FMU is contributing to the creation, clustering and employment of pharmaceutical-related industries in Fukushima Prefecture, as well as contributing to the improvement of the quality of cancer treatment and diagnosis within Fukushima Prefecture to maintain and improve the health of the prefectural population.
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About Summit Pharmaceuticals International

SPI is a company that provides support for everything from research and development to manufacturing and sales of pharmaceuticals. They offer cutting edge technology and products from all over the world to the domestic pharmaceutical industry in Japan.
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