Contributing to Health and Public WelfarePursuing Open Innovation for
the Progress of Cutting-Edge Medicine

Toray's Pharmaceuticals and Medical Products Division is pursuing strategic open innovation, collaborating with researchers and partners from diverse fields, to make the most of cutting-edge technologies based on Toray's proprietary materials and technologies. Toray aims to leverage these efforts to achieve true innovation that delivers both social and economic values.

In 2012, Toray started developing an anti-adhesive material based on the nano-scale polymer thin film technology of Nanotheta Co., Ltd., a venture business that was started based on joint industry-university research between Toray and Waseda University. The development project is currently moving forward with the goal of starting clinical trials in fiscal 2017.

Anti-adhesive materials are typically biodegradable thin films that are applied to the surgical site after surgery, to prevent post-operative adhesion of organs, which can cause intestinal blockage and blood flow insufficiency. Conventional anti-adhesive materials are designed for open surgery, but there is a need for anti-adhesive materials to be used with the tiny scopes employed in laparoscopic surgery, which is being used more and more today. The goal of the project is to invent a thin film-type anti-adhesive material that easily attaches to organs and stays in place.

Toray is applying its film manufacturing technology to ensure that the development outcome will be able to be mass produced in consistently high quality.

 

VOICEMessage from a Research Partner

Making Dreams Come True for the Next Generation

Toray shares the progressive spirit that we have at Waseda University, willingly pursuing long-term development of materials that will find application in the future, even at the expense of short-term profits. It has always been a challenge to overcome the gap between academic research and the actual needs of medical practice, but the joint research we are doing with Toray is actually closing this gap. Another benefit is the frequent communication between Toray and our junior researchers, which gives them valuable exposure to the latest research of industry.

Shinji Takeoka Professor and Dr. of Engineering, Department of Life Science and Medical Bioscience, School of Advanced Science and Engineering, Waseda University

Shinji TakeokaProfessor and Dr. of Engineering, Department of Life Science and Medical Bioscience, School of Advanced Science and Engineering, Waseda University