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Relationships with Society

Contributions to Medical Treatments and Health

Kanzawa Medical Research Foundation

Kanzawa Medical Research Foundation was established on June 27, 1997, on the basis of private assets offered by Kunio Kanzawa, then chairman of Kissei Pharmaceutical, and funds provided by Kissei Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd., in commemoration of its 50th anniversary in business.
When the foundation was established, there was the expectation that the drop in birthrate and growth in life expectancy at that time would result in a declining birthrate and aging society phenomenon and become an important socioeconomic issue in the near future. From a medical perspective, it was believed that a highly significant part of solving this problem was the maintenance and promotion of women’s health. Against this backdrop, the foundation promotes the development of healthcare and medical science by encouraging studies from various angles on the causes, prevention, diagnoses, and therapies, etc., of various diseases that occur in women of reproductive age with a focus on the perinatal period and elderly women, thereby contributing to the enhancement of people’s health and welfare.

To achieve these goals, the foundation conducts the following activities:
(1) Research grants
(2) Overseas study grants
(3) Awards for excellent results-bearing research (Kanzawa Medical Award)
(4) Organization of seminars on subjected studies
(5) Other business necessary to achieve the purposes of the foundation

Kissei will contribute to medical developments through the foundation’s activities.

Contributions to Local Communities

Kissei places great importance on its relationships with local communities. We continue to make social contributions through cultural, health, welfare, environmental, and sports activities and contributions to the medical field.

The main activities are listed below:

1) Sponsorship of a community health forum

2) Donations to children’s welfare facilities through charity bazaar

3) PET bottle cap collection and book donation activities

4) Participation in local cleanup activities (organized twice a year by Kissei)

5) Science class (organized once a year by Kissei)

6) Company tours for high school and college students

Contributions to Culture

Kissei Culture Hall (Nagano Prefectural Matsumoto Cultural Hall) ―Naming Rights

In July 2012, we acquired the naming rights for Nagano Prefectural Matsumoto Cultural Hall, located in Matsumoto City. The purpose for acquiring these rights is to contribute to culture and the arts through payment of the naming rights fee, to be used for maintenance and management of the facility.
The Kissei Culture Hall hosts a wide variety of events, such as the Seiji Ozawa Matsumoto Festival, concerts, and brass band performances, and is widely known as a base to support cultural and artistic activities in the region.

“Music that Reverberates in the Heart to the World” The Seiji Ozawa Matsumoto Festival

Music is a language common to the world. We believe that companies play an important role in the support and cultivation of cultural activities that bring people together and touch them emotionally.
Since September 1992, the annual music festival Seiji Ozawa Matsumoto Festival (formerly the Saito Kinen Festival Matsumoto) has been held in Matsumoto City under the guidance of internationally renowned conductor Maestro Seiji Ozawa. This festival gathers elite musicians from around the world to form the Saito Kinen Orchestra, performing operas and concerts and producing music of the highest levels transmitted from Japan to the world, resounding in the hearts of all who hear it. The festival is held in various places in Matsumoto City, including the Kissei Culture Hall.
Kissei has supported the festival since its inception.

Contributions to Sports

Support for the Matsumoto Yamaga Football Club

Kissei is the official sponsor of the Matsumoto Yamaga Football Club.
The Matsumoto Yamaga Football Club was formed in Matsumoto City in 1965 and is currently a member of the Japan Professional Football League (J-League).
Kissei supports the club with a vision toward contributing to “town development,” “human development,” and “future development” through soccer, which brings vigor and vitality to local communities and supplies dreams and excitement to the community and its promising children.

Our Relationship with Patients

Product Customer Service Center

We have established the Product Customer Service Center to encourage the proper use of pharmaceutical products in a safe and effective manner, and we have responded to inquiries not only from healthcare professionals but also patients. In addition, we are working to build dedicated phone lines for TAVNEOS®, launched in June 2022 as a treatment for microscopic polyangiitis and granulomatosis with polyangiitis, TAVALISSE®, launched in April 2023 as a treatment for chronic idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura, and SAVENE®, a treatment for anthracycline extravasation. These steps have been taken to ensure prompt and accurate responses to questions requiring expertise on rare diseases in the case of TAVNEOS® and TAVALISSE®, and to urgent inquiries regarding SAVENE®.

Patient-Oriented Information Websites

Kissei has established and operates patient-oriented information websites to communicate information to patients in its key fields of renal diseases and dialysis, urology, and rare and intractable diseases (sites in Japanese only).
The concept behind these sites is to help patients and their families enjoy living their daily lives. Accordingly, the sites contain activity and diet-related content that can help improve the daily lives of patients. In addition, the sites use a Q&A format to give specific advice focused on the various situations that they may experience. These sites provide an avenue to deliver information highly relevant to the lives of patients with each disease and their families.
In particular, the site dedicated to patients with ANCA-associated vasculitis provides medically accurate information in an easy-tounderstand manner to address the questions and concerns that arise that are specific to rare diseases. The site provides checklists, a hospital search function, and information that can help patients undergoing treatment as well as people who have not been diagnosed.