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Volume 111: Sleep Health Week - Highlighting the importance of sleep and bodily rhythms for a healthy lifestyle

See the full story with pictures at: In recent years a lot of attention has been given to sleep, an essential part of our daily cycle, which accounts for approximately one-third of our lifetimes. World Sleep Day, organized by the World Association of Sleep Medicine, is held every March to highlight the importance of sleep for a healthy life and raise awareness of the impacts of sleep disorders. In Japan there is...


Volume 110: Towards a Sustainable Society - Environmental Cleanup Projects Aiming for Zero Refuse in the Oceans

See the full story with pictures at: In June 2019, Japan hosted its first G20 summit in Osaka, with a focus on the international issue of plastic waste pollution in the oceans. There, the "Osaka Blue Ocean Vision" plan was agreed upon, which aims to reduce ocean waste to zero by 2050. In the run-up to the summit, Japan’s Ministry of the Environment and the Nippon Foundation began a nationwide cleanup campaign...


Volume 109: National Kidney Foundation in U.S. Honors Otsuka With 2019 Corporate Innovator Award

See the full story with pictures at: Otsuka received the 2019 Corporate Innovator Award from the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) at the NKF 2019 Spring Clinical Meetings in Boston during May. The Corporate Innovator Award was established to recognize companies that advance the field of nephrology by addressing an unmet medical need, or improving upon an existing practice, therapeutic or technology. Otsuka...


Volume 108: Bringing new health benefits to the Indonesian market in an historical year

See the full story with pictures at: 2018 marks the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Japan and Indonesia, and six decades of collaboration between the two countries in a variety of fields. Otsuka has also played a part in building strong ties, with the establishment of its first operations in Indonesia dating back to 1974 when it began local distribution of intravenous...


Volume 107: Supporting the 18th Asian Games as an Official Partner

See the full story with pictures at: Held every four years, the Asian Games is Asia’s largest sports event. Hosted by the Olympic Council of Asia, it is also known as the Asian Olympic Games. The 18th Asian Games was held in the Indonesian cities of Jakarta and Palembang from August to September, and featured 11,000 athletes from 45 countries and regions. This was the second time for Indonesia to host the Games,...


Volume 106: Dietary Education App "Deliciously Illustrated SketchCook"

See the full story with pictures at: Otsuka Pharmaceutical launched “Deliciously Illustrated SketchCook - A Nutritious Experiment with Google” dietary education app, which emphasizes the importance of nutritionally balanced meals. SketchCook uses the latest AI technology to transform illustrations of meals drawn by children into digital images, and then suggests nutritionally balanced recipes and, based on...


Volume 105: Otsuka Leader in U.S. Honored by Gives Keynote on Digital Medicine Era

See the full story with pictures at: Dr. William H. Carson, president and chief executive officer of Otsuka Pharmaceutical Development & Commercialization in the U.S., was lauded as one of 2018’s Top Blacks in Healthcare honorees selected by at their 5th annual gala on April 26, 2018. The event, presented by in conjunction with The George Washington University Milken Institute...


Volume 104: Daiya, North America’s Leading Maker of Plant-Based Comfort Foods

See the full story with pictures at: Daiya Foods was founded in Vancouver, Canada in 2008 with a simple belief that plant-based living was better for people’s health, better for the planet and better for animal welfare. It all started with the founders, Greg Blake and Andre Kroecher, trying to make plant-based cheese at home in the kitchen with a blender and a pot on the stove. Their perseverance paid off...


Volume 103: A Tireless Patient Advocate Against PKD Rejoices on Drug Approval

See the full story with pictures at: Bill Brazell was ecstatic on April 24 upon reading a decision he has long advocated for and awaited: U.S. regulatory approval of Otsuka’s tolvaptan for use in slowing the progression of ADPKD (autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease) in patients at risk of rapid progression. ADPKD is a progressive, inherited condition in which cysts proliferate in the kidneys, often...


Volume 102: Astex’s Harren Jhoti Receives Highest Accolade from the UK BioIndustry Association

See the full story with pictures at: On January 25, the BioIndustry Association (BIA) honoured Dr. Harren Jhoti, president & CEO of Astex, UK (an independent subsidiary of Otsuka Pharmaceutical) with a Lifetime Achievement Award. The Award was presented by Dr. Jane Osbourn (BIA Chair) at a dinner attended by 700 professionals from the UK life sciences sector. Dr. Osbourne commented, “Harren’s contribution to the UK...


Vol. 101: Otsuka and NASCAR Race Together to Champion Mental Health

See the full story with pictures at: Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, Inc. and the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) team Chip Ganassi Racing (CGR) joined together to mark Mental Health Awareness Week at Charlotte, North Carolina on October 7th and 8th, 2017. In the US, NASCAR is second only to American Football as the most popular sport in the country in terms of both television viewers and live...


Vol. 100: Developing Heroes On and Off the Futsal Pitch

Sports are good for the body, mind and spirit. Participating in sports boosts self-esteem, team-work and leadership skills, and provides a channel for young people to relieve stress. Five years ago, the Korean Ministry of Education launched an initiative to encourage sports club activities in schools. In support of this initiative, Donga Otsuka, an Otsuka affiliate and manufacturer of POCARI SWEAT for the Korean market, launched a tournament intended to help young people learn the twin...


Vol. 99: Otsuka Recognized at the Polycystic Kidney Disease Foundation Gratitude Event

See the full story with pictures at On April 22, 2017, the Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) Foundation honored Otsuka Pharmaceutical for our long-standing and successful commitment to develop an innovative, first-in-class drug treatment for autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD) and for its collaboration with the foundation. “Working together with basic science funded by PKD Foundation and the...


Vol. 98: Clinical Access Program for MDR-TB Medicine Launched in South Africa

See the full story with pictures at On World TB Day, March 24th 2017, Otsuka Pharmaceutical in cooperation with South Africa’s Ministry of Health and a non-governmental organization called Right to Care, officially launched DCAP, a clinical access program for delamanid (DeltybaTM), a medicine developed by Otsuka for the treatment of pulmonary multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB). The event, organized by...


Vol. 97: Astex employees get walking for blood cancer charity

More Every year since 2000, Astex employees and their families have taken part in the Light The Night of East Bay event in Walnut Creek in Northern California to raise much needed funds and awareness to support the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS). The LLS, founded in 1949, is the largest voluntary organization in the US dedicated to research, finding cures and ensuring access to treatment for blood cancer...


Vol. 96: Nutrition & Santé wins top national award for sustainability efforts

See the full story with pictures at Otsuka Group member Nutrition & Santé, a leading manufacturer of dietetic products including slimming and sports foods, won the 2017 Inaugural Grand Prix Award from the French National Association of Food Industries (ANIA) and EY *1 at an award ceremony held on January 18th. The prize rewards French food industry companies for their growth in France or overseas, for job creation, and for their commitment...


Vol. 95: Opening of the RIKEN CDB-Otsuka Pharmaceutical Collaboration Center

See the full story with pictures at In September of 2016, Otsuka Pharmaceutical and RIKEN opened the RIKEN CDB-Otsuka Pharmaceutical Collaboration Center (COCC) inside the RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology (RIKEN CDB), which is located in the city of Kobe. The COCC will be involved in collaborative developmental biology and regenerative medicine research projects with the goal of investigating disease mechanisms and discovering new drugs...


Vol. 94: Otsuka Develops a New Pill Dispenser with NEC Using IoT Technologies

Read the full story with photos at: Otsuka Pharmaceutical and NEC Corporation have partnered to jointly develop a smart medicine container that will help ensure that patients do not forget to take their daily dose of anti-stroke medication. Otsuka has experience with patients who have suffered one or more strokes through its involvement in the research, development and marketing of blood-thinning drugs, and NEC has many years of experience in...


Vol. 62: POCARI SWEAT Supports 17th Asian Games in Incheon

Read the full story with pictures at In support of 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea, the official drink POCARI SWEAT was provided to 46 stadiums including Incheon Asiad Main Stadium for players. 15,000 players and staff from 45 Asian countries participated in the competition, and POCARI SWEAT united Asia's diverse cultures into one. To support this event, Dong-A Otsuka mobilized nearly all its staff to support...


Vol.93: The Ten Year Journey of POCARI SWEAT 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament

Read the full story with pictures at Otsuka Sims (Guangdong) Beverage Co., Ltd. has been sponsoring the annual POCARI SWEAT 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament since 2006. The aim of the tournament, in which teams of 3 compete, is to encourage consumers to develop and maintain healthier bodies through exercise and good hydration habits. At the start of each summer's team recruitment drive, basketball fans from many...