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December 19, 2017

Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.


Otsuka Pharmaceutical Establishes Joint Research Chair for
Women's Health Promotion with Hirosaki University Graduate School of Medicine

Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. (Head Office: Tokyo, Japan; President: Tatsuo Higuchi) has announced the establishment with Hirosaki University (President: Kei Sato) of a Joint Research Chair for Women's Health Promotion within the Hirosaki University Graduate School of Medicine Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology (Professor: Yoshihito Yokoyama).
The newly established Joint Research Chair for Women's Health Promotion aims to maximize information gained through a variety of health-related projects implemented by Hirosaki University to contribute to enhancing healthy longevity and improving quality of life for women in particular through promotion of research focusing on equol, with the aim of sharing research results with society, contributing to the health and wellbeing of Aomori Prefecture citizens, and communicating the latest discoveries and solutions to relevant organizations in Japan and around the world.

Hirosaki University and Joint Research Chair

Hirosaki University promotes basic research and research that contributes to the growth and development of local communities, with a focus on issues related to the four key areas of renewable energy, the environment, radiation emergency medicine, and food and food production. In addition to existing industry-university collaborations, the Hirosaki University Institute for the Promotion of Research and Innovation aims to promote strategic research and innovation and maximize strategic intellectual assets to achieve the university's goal of "creating innovation and developing human resources" to revitalize research initiatives and contribute to local and regional communities.

Joint Research Chairs are research units established within the University with the support of funding from corporations and other organizations. Researchers from participating organizations work together with university researchers using facilities and equipment provided by the university; the research units are operated on a joint basis with the organization financing the research. This Joint Research system was established to promote innovative research to resolve shared issues and encourage superior research results.

Otsuka Pharmaceuticals Nutraceuticals Business and Saga Nutraceuticals Research Institute

Otsuka Pharmaceutical utilizes expertise accrued in our pharmaceutical business to develop innovative consumer products based on scientific evidence for the maintenance and improvement of human health. Through continuous activities to inform and educate consumers on the value of products born of our own ideas, we have created several entirely new market categories. Contributing to maintaining and improving health, the extensive range of Otsuka Pharmaceutical Nutraceutical* Business Products includes POCARI SWEAT, Calorie Mate, and Equelle.
Established in 1984, the Saga Nutraceuticals Research Institute was Japan's first privately funded clinical exercise and nutrition research institute. Engaged in research that addresses various health-related issues including exercise and nutrition and women's health, the Saga Nutraceuticals Research Institute continues to propose new research themes to contribute to the health and wellbeing of people around the world.

  • Nutraceuticals = Nutrition + pharmaceuticals

Saga Nutraceuticals Research Institute: Overview

5006-5 Higashiyama, Omagari, Yoshinogari-cho,
Kanzaki-gun Saga Prefecture, Japan
October, 1984
Primary research facilities
Muscular force evaluation training unit (BIODEX)
Multi-purpose exercise units
Body composition measuring device (TOBEC)
Nutrition research lab
Artificial environment control room

Major Research Results to Date

  • Recovery of plasma volume through consumption of ion drinks when dehydrated
  • Effects on intestinal environment of ingestion of beverages containing dietary fiber
  • Increase in muscle volume through consumption of protein after exercise
  • Maintenance of performance through consumption of BCAA before exercise
  • Fluid replenishment during long flights
  • Effects of balanced diet on brain function
  • Discovery of equol-producing bacteria and effects of equol consumption on menopausal women

Based on our corporate philosophy of 'Otsuka - people creating new products for better health worldwide', Otsuka Pharmaceutical is dedicated to the development of innovative products that contribute to the health of people around the world.

Information in this news release was current as of the original release date.

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