Safety research


Investigation for unintended genome edits caused by CRISPR-Cas9 and/or other cutting-edge genome editing therapy as a safety assessment

Therapeutic application of genome editing technologies (e.g. CRISPR-Cas9) for human disease attracts attention. In parallel with increased preclinical evidence of therapeutic benefit, unintended genome edits are reportedly a potential risk.

Areas of interest:

  • New assay to detect off-target site and/or unintended deletion/insertion at on-target site
  • Experimental comparison of gRNA sequences or Cas9 delivery method
  • New method/technology to control/reduce unintended edit.


Development of translational monitoring methods for vascular homeostasis during endothelial injury

Drug-induced vascular injury (DIVI) is a significant cause of termination of candidate drugs in nonclinical safety assessment, because methodology to predict or monitor the onset of DIVI in nonclinical or clinical is not established. Hence, DIVI in nonclinical safety assessment can be an obstacle to the further development of candidates.
We are seeking your ideas which can be anticipated to aid the identification and translational monitoring system for DIVI, especially focusing on the endothelial progenitor and/or stem cells


Research for species differences of sensitivity or human relevancy in drug induced neuropathy

Drug induced neurotoxicity in experimental animals is a critical issue in the continuation of drug development, especially if neuronal necrosis is noted. To proceed with compound development, investigational studies for toxicity mechanism, species differences of sensitivity or human relevancy are essential. We are interested in assay developments for bridging drug induced neurotoxicity in animals to those in human.


Assay development for Cardio-oncology

Recent developments of novel targeted therapies are contributing to the increased long-term survival of cancer patients; however, drug-induced cardiotoxicity induced by cancer drugs remains a serious problem in clinical settings. Especially, Cardio-oncology, the intersection of heart conditions in patients who have been treated for cancer, is a focus of attention in drug development. To develop safer cancer drugs in pre-clinical studies, we seek ideas for assays or technologies to estimate drug-induced risks in advance.


The discovery of safety biomarkers using bacteria

Serious adverse events (SAE) often occur with individual differences. However, few models recreate individual differences in drug susceptibility.
To overcome this issue, we are seeking proposals that can recreate individuals’ different susceptibilities to a drug-induced SAE using bacterial flora such as enterobacterium and dental bacterium.


Safety biomarker discovery on odour sensor

Recently human body odour has been proven to vary in relation with health disorders. Especially, biomimetic approaches such as dog's olfactory senses were reported as powerful tools to detect disease that is not clinically evident. However, there are few reports about using odour sensors to monitor drug safety as biomarkers. We are seeking ideas for technology to monitor drug safety biomarkers using odour sensors.

Other Areas of Interest

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