Associate Professor・Yukinori Hirano
Associate Professor・Imayoshi Itaru
Associate Professor・Hiroyuki Okuno
The collaborative research project between Shionogi and Kyoto University (SK Project) began in 2013 under the supervision of Professor Ayae Kinoshita, striving for development of novel therapeutic agents for dementia with
close cooperation between five diverse specialized groups. Participation in this project has brought us a valuable opportunity to understand the project operations and processes for drug discovery at pharmaceutical
companies that could not be easily perceived at universities. There were some different perceptions about the true project goals at the start of the project, but mutual understanding has gradually been achieved with
both academic and industry researchers sharing the same laboratory facilities. The expertise and know-how of both parties are now combined in a truly complementary manner, with the collaborative research functioning
extremely efficiently. We expect this form of academia-industry collaboration will be popularized in the future, and it is sincerely hoped that an environment can develop that enables cross-fertilisation and a high
level of mobility for both sets of researchers, as well as a pipeline that returns profit to society through drug discoveries from cutting-edge pure research.
The SK project is in the vanguard of open innovation models, and we are striving to achieve great results from it.