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Nobel Prize boosts regenerative medicine in Japan

Fujifilm and Takeda Pharmaceutical have been building on Shinya Yamanaka's discovery and are planning clinical trials to try out new therapies using this technology

Dr Yamanaka's prize has spurred Japan's government to loosen approval regulations, making the country one of the world's fastest places to get a regenerative product on the market.


FOUR years ago, Shinya Yamanaka received a phone call that would forever change his destiny. The Kyoto University professor had won a Nobel Prize for his work in stem cell biology, which has since sparked a torrent of investment into regenerative medicine in Japan, a fast-moving...