Joining forces to put Japan on the map - The Pistoia Alliance and Matador Japan KK

By Liza Laws

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A collaboration will unlock Japan’s research and development (R&D) and boost the adoption of new technologies, experts in the Japanese pharmaceutical sector and a not-for-profit alliance say.

The Pistoia Alliance and Matador Japan KK will ‘enable pre-competitive collaboration in the Japanese market’ and the two will share a vision bringing together experts from diverse backgrounds and experiences.

By joining forces, Pistoia and Matador will be able to make sure companies will be able to deploy new technologies and solve common R&D challenges faster and more effectively. They will help members accelerate research and grant them access to a ‘truly global’ pharmaceutical ecosystem.

“This partnership marks an exciting stage in the Pistoia Alliance’s evolution. Japan is the second largest pharmaceutical market in the world, and we believe it can benefit from the pre-competitive collaboration the Alliance has long been offering members in regions including Europe and North America,” said Becky Upton, a doctor and president of the Pistoia Alliance.

“We’ve already had Japanese members including Takeda, QunaSys, Chugai, and National Cancer Hospital East benefit from being part of the Alliance and contribute to advances in exciting areas such as quantum computing. Our work alongside Matador will offer even more Japanese companies the same opportunities.”

The formal partnership builds on a series of Japan-based events held by the Pistoia Alliance last year, where Matador CEO, John Bolger, discussed specific examples of how the alliance’s pre-competitive collaboration model of shared-risk and shared-reward delivers value.

Together, he said, Pistoia and Matador will create further networking and interest groups in the Japanese language and time-zone that directly benefit member organizations in the region. He said Japanese pharmaceutical companies have demonstrated R&D excellence in areas such as targeted immunotherapy, the human microbiome, and neurology, and partnering with the Pistoia Alliance will give members access to global expertise in these domains.

Bolger, said: “The world-class pre-competitive collaboration happening within the Pistoia Alliance presents great opportunity for the vibrant Japanese life sciences sector.

"Matador was founded to build a bridge between overseas technology firms and Japanese pharmaceutical companies, and collaboration is critical to this aim. We work to accelerate the implementation of the latest technologies and innovations to support R&D in Japan and bringing Matador under the Pistoia Alliance umbrella will help us further that mission.”

Takayuki Yoshino, is a doctor and deputy director, of the National Cancer Center Hospital East, in Japan.

He said: “Membership of the Pistoia Alliance enables us to collaborate on shared global healthcare challenges with life science organizations here in Japan and all over the world.

“The Alliance’s educational event program, pre-competitive legal framework, projects, and expert communities are dedicated to advancing science and providing better outcomes for patients, both of which are fully aligned with our mission at the National Cancer Center.”

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