2019 Innovators in Science Award Winners Celebrated for Regenerative Medicine Research

The 2019 Innovators in Science Award Winners were honored in an award ceremony in Tokyo, Japan for their commitment to and excellence in regenerative medicine. Takeda recognized the honorees in partnership with the New York Academy of Sciences in celebration of their research and its potential to deliver a new generation of innovative medicines for patients across therapeutic areas.

Michele De Luca, M.D., Professor of Biochemistry and Director of the Centre for Regenerative Medicine at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia in Italy, received the 2019 Winner of the Senior Scientist Award. Dr. De Luca’s research career has provided new insights into epithelial stem cell biology that may lead to the development of new cell and gene therapies.

The 2019 Winner of the Early-Career Scientist Award is Shruti Naik, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Departments of Pathology, Medicine and Dermatology, NYU School of Medicine in the United States. Dr. Naik received the Award for her research on immune cell, epithelial cell and microbial interactions and their role in immune response.

Christophe Weber, Takeda CEO; Andy Plump, President, Research & Development; and Toshio Fujimoto, General Manager, Shonan Health Innovation Park represented Takeda during the ceremony and presented Dr. De Luca and Dr. Naik with their Awards. Videos highlighting each winner’s research accomplishments are available above. 

Award Partnership Recognizes and Celebrates Disruptive and Transformative Research

In 2016, Takeda and NYAS launched the Award partnership to recognize and celebrate disruptive and transformative research conducted by promising Early-Career Scientists and outstanding Senior Scientists from across the globe. The Award recognizes research in the areas of neuroscience, gastroenterology, oncology, and regenerative medicine.

The 2019 Award recognized outstanding research in regenerative medicine. The inaugural Award focused on recognizing excellence in neuroscience discovery.

The goal of the Innovators in Science Award is to celebrate scientists who have distinguished themselves for the creative thinking and impact of their research. This program is another step in Takeda’s commitment to promoting scientific excellence as well as fostering a sense of community between industry and academia.

Over the course of the award program, the Innovators in Science Award will honor research from across the areas among which Takeda has focused its drug discovery with two prizes of US $200,000 each year, distinguishing innovative scientists in their respective fields, drawn from major universities and academic medical centers, or equivalent, around the world.