OSAKA, Japan, September, 7, 2021 - Shionogi & Co., Ltd. (hereafter "Shionogi") announced that Shionogi has concluded a capital and business alliance (hereinafter, this capital and business alliance) with AVITA, Inc. (Headquarters: Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, President: Hiroshi Ishiguro)
As healthcare needs diversify, data and digital technologies are increasingly being utilized in the fields of medical care and welfare to increase efficiency. A major driver for this trend is the serious labor shortage in medical and long-term care settings. While digitalization in these fields is expected to continue to accelerate, the need for effective interaction with patients is anticipated to increase alongside the progress of digitalization.
Based on this capital and business alliance, Shionogi and AVITA will utilize the strengths of both companies to develop and provide new healthcare solutions, including, for example, dialogue services and health consultations from pre-symptomatic utilizing robots and CG avatars for medical and welfare applications.
Shionogi has set forth in its medium-term business plan "Shionogi Transformation Strategy 2030 (STS2030)" its plans to meet the needs of patients and society by transforming ourselves from a pharmaceutical company strictly focused on ethical drugs into“a HaaS company”* that provides comprehensive healthcare services. As we continually refine our strengths as a pharmaceutical company, we will intensify our efforts, including through collaboration with external partners, to continue to provide new value to society.
* HaaS; Healthcare as a Service: Providing a range of healthcare services in line with customer needs, rather than only supplying pharmaceuticals.
The company was established with the aim of implementing various projects for the benefit of society, such as the "Moonshot R & D System", in which Hiroshi Ishiguro, a professor of the Graduate School of Fundamental Engineering, Osaka University, is the project manager, and "the OSAKA-Kansai Japan Expo", in which he is the theme business producer.
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