Developmental Support for Youth

Daiichi Sankyo Group offers a variety of support programs to encourage the healthy development of the next generation.

Expanding the interest of youth in science with Local Communities

Through communication, exchange with researchers, and helping to conduct experiments, we are seeking to expose the younger generation to the fun and wonder of science. We are carrying out these types of activities to raise awareness of youth towards “science” and “medicine” in the area where our office is located.

●Science and Pharmacology Seminars for High School Students

At the Shinagawa R&D Center, we hold annual science and pharmacology seminars for high school students. These seminars are held annually with the aim of contributing to the social issue of youths losing interest in science and to promote coexistence with the regions where our business activities are conducted. The fiscal 2017 seminar marked the 12th time it was held. To date, more than 300 students have participated, and a large number of these students have subsequently pursued higher education in scientific fields such as pharmacology and science. A total of 33 high school students participated in the fiscal 2017 seminar. The seminar for this year included lectures by researchers at the Shinagawa R&D Center, a tour of the center, and a forum for discussion with young researchers. During the discussion forum, participants asked numerous questions about how to proceed with one’s education and what knowledge was necessary as a working member of society among others. After the conclusion of the seminar, students stated that it had not only sparked their interest in pharmacology and science, but also opened their eyes to the preciousness of life. Others spoke of how they enjoyed hearing a lot of information that could not be obtained through the Internet.

Science and pharmacology seminar

Science and pharmacology seminar

●Community Contributions through Drug Education for Junior High School and High School Students

The Hiratsuka Plant held a tour of its research facilities for junior high school students. A total of 20 students from one junior high school in Hiratsuka City participated in the fiscal 2017 tour, the fourth of such tours. The program consisted of lectures from researchers in the Pharmaceutical Technology Division, a tour of the research facilities, and a discussion forum with researchers. “I am happy to learn the drug safety is investigated over a long period of time,” “I really enjoyed the experiments performed at the laboratory. Especially, crystals generated from liquid was of particular interest,” and “I was surprised to see efforts taken not only in the development of new drugs, but also for other aspects such as packaging,” students who participated in this tour remarked. The event also served as a valuable opportunity for researchers to make new discoveries.

Research facility tour

Research facility tour

●Science Sessions for Children

In December 2017, a Science Session for Children was held at the Hiratsuka Plant of Daiichi Sankyo Propharma Co., Ltd. A total of 37 fifth and sixth graders from elementary schools located near the plant took part in this session. The 37 children first transformed into scientists by putting on white coats, gloves, and goggles under the supervision of an associate professor from the National Institute of Technology, Numazu College! They thoroughly enjoyed a science experiment where they created various types of slime and completely immersed themselves in the process.

Science Session for Children

Science Session for Children

●Social Studies Classes for Elementary School Students

The Takatsuki Plant of Daiichi Sankyo Propharma Co., Ltd. held a social studies class in December 2017 that was attended by 85 fifth grade students from elementary schools located near the plant. As part of this class, students viewed the process of manufacturing solid formulation pharmaceuticals and took quizzes designed to teach them basic knowledge about medicine. The elementary students who participated were proactive in asking questions on aspects of medicine that they were curious about in addition to simple questions about the plant and other topics. This enjoyable class helped to stimulate their interest in medicine.

Medicine Seminar

Medicine Seminar

●Students to Science (S2S)

Daiichi Sankyo, Inc., of the United States has been supporting the Students to Science (S2S) program since fiscal 2011 with the aim of providing junior high school and high school students with an opportunity to experience science firsthand. Approximately 15,000 students have participated in the program to this day.

Students to Science (S2S) program

Students to Science (S2S) program