- Research and Development
- Examples of Society-focused Initiatives
- Offering Healthy, Hygienic Lifestyles to All People
Offering Healthy, Hygienic Lifestyles to All People
Against the background of today's world, we face issues such as aging populations, and there is a need to extend healthy life expectancy, improve the quality of healthcare, and reduce the burden on nursing care and healthcare providers. Another issue we must address to achieve healthy living is keeping people safe from global-scale risks such as unusual weather, natural disasters, and infectious diseases. At Toray, we are focused on contributing to a healthy society with longevity, improving healthcare quality, reducing the burden on healthcare providers, and contributing to people's safety. In this way, we are expanding our Sustainability Innovation Businesses that contribute to people's health through advanced materials and innovative technologies.
Contributing to a healthy society with longevity
The Toray Group's advanced materials and innovative technologies contribute in areas such as maintaining and improving health, allowing the elderly and disabled to live more vibrant lives, and reducing the burden on care facilities.
Sensing fabric Hitoe™
Biosignals are weak electrical signals produced by our bodies, and this functional material collects such signals without the wearer being conscious of the measurement. The fabric is gentle on the skin and can be worn for extended periods of time. Use is being expanded into areas such as sports, worksites, and nursing care.
Improving healthcare quality and reducing the burden on healthcare providers
The Toray Group's pharmaceuticals, medical devices, medical device parts, and medical materials help to realize higher quality healthcare and reduce the burden on healthcare providers.
New development of TRK-950, a therapeutic antibody for several cancers
TRK-950 is a monoclonal antibody preparation created by Toray. It was developed with the expectation it will regress cancer by binding to cancer cells specifically, via a novel cancer target discovered by Toray. We are promoting global clinical development in Europe and the United States, and seeking early marketing approval as a first-in-class anti-cancer drug.
HotBalloon™ ablation system
The HotBalloon™ ablation system is an ablation system employing a hot balloon catheter, developed in Japan to treat paroxysmal atrial fibrillation. Its distinguishing feature is the outstanding flexibility of its balloon, and treatment is administered by placing this balloon in close contact with the affected area of the heart, and then ablating the tissue which causes atrial fibrillation over a wide range.
We have created and commercialized the 3D-Gene® DNA chip for research purposes by integrating elements from the nano and bio fields. We are also developing next-generation biotools to contribute to preemptive medicine through early discovery and treatment of various cancers, dementia, allergies, and other conditions based on our previously developed technologies enabling high-sensitivity detection of genes (messenger RNA, micro RNA) and proteins in blood.
Contributing to people’s safety
The Toray Group's advanced materials and innovative technologies help to safely protect people from infectious diseases, unusual weather (intense heat, etc.), natural disasters, and accidents.
LIVMOA™ Clothing to protect against infection
By using material incorporating Toray's unique high-performance breathable waterproof film, we have achieved both comfort and a barrier to viruses and blood-borne pathogens. Infectious diseases are a global concern, and as a measure to prevent their transmission, we are contributing to improving the safety, and lessening the physical burden, of medical professionals.