About AMED Greetings from the president
“Our mission is to fast-track medical research and development.”
Despite remarkable advances in medicine, new approaches to prevention, diagnostics and therapeutics are as vital now as ever before. We continually face new public-health challenges that must be met under the weight of growing public expectation.
AMED was established in the spring of 2015 in consideration of these challenges, in addition to those yet to come. Our most important role is to catalyze the process of medical innovation and overcome the barriers between sectors, connecting talented individuals in order to accelerate discovery.
In just two years, we have made significant gains in the fight against many diseases. We are relatively small and have no hospitals or institutes of our own. However, our simple structure and function is our strength. It provides us with a unique flexibility that allows us to be decisive and forward thinking. This innovative approach led to the creation of our consolidated regulations, which make funding for vital research more accessible than ever.
While our progress is encouraging, we understand the challenges we face cannot be overcome without global collaboration. To date, we have entered into Memorandum of Cooperation agreements with several of our counterparts: NIH in the U.S., MRC in the U.K. and A*STAR in Singapore. We have also established offices in these countries to further reinforce our relationships.
Indeed, this integration of collective strengths is already making a difference - particularly in the fields of rare and undiagnosed diseases, infectious diseases and cancer research, where we are successfully establishing systems for identifying complex conditions through the sharing of data and logistical know-how internationally.
Many challenges lie ahead as we work to improve health in Japan and around the world. However, through close cooperation with the global medical community, we can deliver the best medicine and change lives for the better.
Makoto Suematsu, M.D., Ph.D.
Last updated 2017.4.1