In order to develop assistive technologies for an advanced inhomemedical care system, the Japanese government has established several projects. The project “Acceleration of a Social Returns on Research Achievements” is a five-year project that began in 2008. The aim is to accelerate society's realization of returns on research funding by integrating some of the technologies that are expected to reach their implementation stage in the near future and promoting integrated experimental studies as well as ‘institutional’ reforms. A second project to create “Innovative Technology” started in 2009. To launch this project, an “Innovative Technology Promotion Fund” was established for the specific promotion of “Innovative Technology” that will enable prompt, mobile investments to be made in research and development, regardless of the government ministry responsible. This fund is hoped to strengthen the connection to the private sector, and build a system using all our national resources. The third project, “Super Special Consortia” System, was established to support the development of cutting-edge medical care, using pharmaceutical consults in its earliest stages, efficient research fund management and structural reforms. The five research areas were identified, such as iPS cell application, regenerative medicine, innovative medical instruments, innovative biotechnology-based drugs and other important medicines, and 24 research projects were selected to be promoted by the Super Special Consortia System.
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