Fujifilm and Takeda to develop regenerative medicine therapies

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Fujifilm Corporation and Takeda Pharmaceutical Company will together develop regenerative medicine therapies using cardiomyocytes derived from iPSC for the treatment of heart failure.

Aiichiro Hiruma, General Manager of Regenerative Medicine Division at FUJIFILM Corporation, said: “In addition to establishing new treatment methods for patients with heart disease, Fujifilm and Takeda will contribute to the elevation of regenerative medication business to the industrial stage by applying our engineering technologies to manufacture high-quality cells safely and efficiently.”

While significant treatment benefit is expected with regenerative medicine, there remain unaddressed technological and economic challenges.

Collaborative research will combine Fujifilm’s expertise in cutting-edge iPSC-related technologies and engineering technology nurtured by photographic business with Takeda’s iPSC technology capabilities. This will be fostered by collaborative research with CiRA (T-CiRA), as well as expertise in pre-clinical and clinical studies for drug development to make effective and safe therapies available for cardiac patients.

Seigo Izumo, MD, Global Head of the Regenerative Medicine Unit at Takeda, added: “This collaboration allows us to leverage the strengths of both organizations with the goal of achieving meaningful, life-changing benefits for patients.”