Prime Minister Theresa May, Business Secretary Greg Clark and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe have announced a UK-Japan partnership of £30 million designed to research degenerative diseases. Diabetes, heart disease and arthritis were specifically mentioned in the announcement, which included a £10 million programme led by the UK’s Medical Research Council (MRC) and Japan’s Agency for Medical Research and Development (AMED) towards regenerative medicine.
The programme involves academia as well as business-led research, with British and Japanese companies of all sizes taking part in the work to come.
Business Secretary Greg Clark said:
“The UK and Japan are home to some of the most innovative businesses in the world, and we share the same fundamental belief in the power of enterprise to improve the lives of our citizens.
“This government wants to give older people at least five extra healthy independent years of life by 2035. Our modern Industrial Strategy and its Ageing Society Grand Challenge aims to put the UK at the forefront of new technologies. We can do this most effectively by reaching out to other centres of excellence around the world. Japan is the perfect partner with which to build on our strengths in science, medicine and research and to lead the world in developing innovative solutions to help us live longer, healthier lives.”