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Molecular Imaging Research Project and Advanced Educational Program (Okayama Medical Innovation Center OMIC)

Molecular Imaging Research Project and Advanced Educational Program (Okayama Medical Innovation Center OMIC)

In 2012, Graduate School of Medicine, Dentistry and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Okayama University and RIKEN Center for Molecular Imaging Science launched the Molecular Imaging Research Project as an important part of its efforts to promote research and development in life sciences that respond to societal needs. We take the results obtained from a range of scientific fields, such as chemistry, physics, engineering, biology, and medicine and apply them to the living body. This has enabled us to trace different phenomena within the actual living body that were previously only observed in vitro or from cells removed from the body. While drug discovery is one of the ultimate goals of life sciences, up until now, research expenses on the scale of tens to hundreds-of-billion Japanese yen have been invested into a development process for a single drug, which lasts an average of 15 years. Furthermore, the road to successfully completing the R&D phase to clinical trials and finally receiving approval and distributing the product remains extremely difficult, with only 1 in 11,000 projects actually reaching the market. Reducing the time and costs involved for drug development is a key concern in the process of drug discovery. We aim to improve the efficiency in identifying candidate compounds and analyzing their effectiveness in reaching target molecules by combining a range of technologies centered primarily on molecular imaging technologies, such as PET, SPECT, Optical Imaging, MRI and GREI. Main member of this project on our graduate school is Prof. Shuichi Enomoto and his laboratory.

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PET/CT system for middle size animal
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PET system for small size animal
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Baby cyclotron system
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18F-FDG PET imaging of living mouse

 

 

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