Japanese Pharmaceutical Reverse Pitch Session 2022

DIT Japan hosted a webinar to facilitate collaboration between UK life sciences companies and universities and Japanese research based pharmaceutical companies. Speakers for this webinar are representatives from Astellas Pharma Inc, Daiichi Sankyo Co Ltd, Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma Corporation and Shionogi & Co Ltd in charge of pre-clinical stage R&D and business development.  


9:00-9:05 Opening / house keeping

9:05-9:25 Astellas Pharma Inc

9:25-9:45 Daiichi Sankyo Co Ltd

9:45-10:05 Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma Corporation

10:05-10:25 Shionogi & Co Ltd

*Q&A Moderator: Dr Ivana Poparic, Head of Life Sciences Cluster Development, MedCity


Key interest areas from the companies are:

Astellas Pharma Inc

Astellas is interested in emerging areas of drug discovery including new biological insights, platforms, and modalities across multiple therapeutic areas.

·       Cell and gene therapy programs and technologies for regeneration of eye and other organs

·       AAV gene therapy projects and technologies

·       Programs and technologies to modulate mitochondria related pathway

·       Novel immuno-oncology programs

·       Targeted protein degradation programs and technologies

·       New technologies and modalities for immune regulation, including immunoregulatory cell therapy

Daiichi Sankyo Co Ltd

·       Novel protein degradation technologies        

·       New modalities to treat pancreatic cancer like oncolytic virus, bacteria

·       Novel immuno-oncology (IO) targets or research

·       Novel therapeutic approach to CNS (psychiatric and neurodegenerative) and rare disease

·       Technologies enabling CNS delivery for siRNA

·       Proteases or ion-channels as novel therapeutic targets

·       AAV production related technologies

Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma Corporation

Looking for drug seeds realizing precision medicines for following diseases and technologies contributing to their discovery.

Target diseases: ALS, MELAS, MSA, PSP, ASD, Epileptic encephalopathies, Polymyositis, Dermatomyositis, Vasculitis

Technologies: DDS, Animal models, Organoids, RNA targeted small molecules

Shionogi & Co Ltd

·       Research Collaboration in CNS – dementias and other neuro-psychiatric disorders

·       Research Collaborations in Infectious diseases (all modalities)

·       Health technologies (for CNS and infectious disease areas in particular)

·       Phase 2 and 3 clinical assets in infectious Diseases and CNS areas

This webinar is an ideal opportunity to learn more about the Japanese pharmaceutical companies, their research priorities and collaboration structures.

DIT Japan will assist 1:1 call requests from UK companies. Please send non-confidential information to LS.Japan.trade@fco.gov.uk and we will set up meetings with those agreed by speaker companies after the webinar. Please also indicate which companies you would like to have a meeting with.