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Daiichi Sankyo Announces TaNeDS Global 2018 Collaborative Drug Discovery Program

Tokyo, Japan (September 26, 2017) – Daiichi Sankyo Company, Limited (hereafter, Daiichi Sankyo) today announced details of the application for its Take a New Challenge for Drug Discovery (TaNeDS) Global 2018, a collaborative drug discovery initiative for universities and research institutes in Europe and the East Coast of the United States.


The TaNeDS program was launched in Japan in 2011 to help discover new lines of research through open innovation. From 2013, it expanded outside of Japan, opening up to researchers in Europe. This year, based on past experiences and results, the program will be further expanded to include the East Coast of the United States and be known as “TaNeDS Global 2018”. The aim of the program, however, will continue to be increasing collaborative opportunities between Daiichi Sankyo and researchers outside of Japan.


About TaNeDS Global 2018 Collaborative Drug Discovery Program

1. Eligible Countries & US States

・ All EU member states plus Iceland, Norway, Switzerland and Israel

・ The East Coast of the United States: Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Vermont, and Virginia


2. Candidate Research for Application

New drug-target discovery, drug-target validation, and innovative technological research that could result in novel drug discovery and development


3. Research Themes

(1) Oncology

Novel targets and mechanisms for small-molecule and biologic treatments (antibody drugs, etc.)

(2) Pain and Sensory neural systems

Novel targets and compounds for pain and sensory neuronal systems in vision/hearing loss

(3) Cardiovascular and renal diseases

Novel targets and mechanisms for heart, kidney, and vascular diseases

(4) Other Diseases

Novel targets and therapeutics for genetic rare diseases, gut microbiome-related diseases, stroke and anemia

(5) Cell Therapy

Research on novel mesenchymal stem cell, novel somatic stem/progenitor cells, and adoptive T-cell therapy

(6) Technology and related research

Novel technology on nucleic acid therapeutics, gene therapy and biomarker research

Novel targets for nucleic acid therapeutics and protein therapeutics


For more details, please visit TaNeDS Global webpage at:


4. Budget and Period of Research

Depending on the project type, up to maximum of EUR/USD 75,000 (Type A) or EUR/USD 150,000 (Type B) (plus overhead) per year for collaborative research projects for 2 years


5. Eligibility

Researchers of any nationality employed by universities, research institutes and start-up companies within the EU, Iceland, Norway, Switzerland, Israel, and the East Coast of the United States who can conduct research in those countries


6. Selection criteria

By matching Daiichi Sankyo’s research interests as well as demonstrating originality, potentiality and possibility of drug discovery


7. Schedule

Application period: January 10 to February 19, 2018

First shortlist selection period: Late February to Mid-March, 2018

Second shortlist selection period: April, 2018

On-site visit interview: Mid-May, 2018

Notification of final decisions: Mid-June, 2018

Start of research program: August 2018 and onward


About Selection Results for TaNeDS Europe 2017 Collaborative Drug Discovery Program

The selection for 2017 resulted in four projects, and the three collaboration are currently underway having one under negotiation.

(1) Applications: 56

(2) Selected: 4


The themes of four selected proposals are Pain (Denmark), Rare Disease (Spain), Microbiome (Germany), and Technology (Finland).