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Japanese startups develop “lifestyle guidance AI system” using intestinal environment information

Metagen Co. and MOLCURE Co., two Japanese startups, will established an AI-based system that predicts optimal weight loss using information about an individual’s intestinal environment. The AI ​​system will provide guidance and support for improving lifestyle habits (eating and regular exercise) according to the intestinal environment of the individual.

Metagen (Metabologenomics) is active in microbiome analysis, Molcure onantibody-based libraries for metabolite analysis.

The project is supported by NEDO.

NEDO news release, November 14, 2019

 

EdiGene startup to focus on gene therapy of orphan diseases

The company is a spin-off of the University of Tokyo, using the research results of Osamu NUREKI. They develop in vivo gene therapy using adeno-associated virus (AAV) vectors for single gene diseases. https://www.j-startup.go.jp/en/startups/017_edigene.html

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MHLW approves two gene therapies in Japan

The two items approved were Anges Co. HGF gene therapy for treatment of critical limb ischemia (AMG0001, beperminogene perplasmid)Novartis CAR-T cell therapy Kymriah (Tisagenlecleucel) for the treatment of acute lymphoblastic B-cell leukemia Nikkei Biotech news...

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