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March 27, 2014
Asahi Kasei Medical Co., Ltd.


Receipt of the 60th Annual Okochi Memorial Technology Prize

Asahi Kasei Medical received the 60th Annual Okochi Memorial Technology Prize for the development of production technology for virus removal filters and the establishment of a market for them.

The Okochi Memorial Prizes are a prestigious series of prizes with a rich tradition, awarded to honor outstanding achievements in the field of manufacturing engineering and industrial technology in Japan by the Okochi Memorial Foundation in commemoration of Dr. Masatoshi Okochi. This year’s award ceremony was held yesterday in Tokyo at the Industry Club of Japan.

This prize was awarded in recognition of the contribution to enhanced safety in the manufacture of biotherapeutic products through the establishment of production technology for Planova™ virus removal filters and obtaining their widespread use by manufacturers of plasma derivatives and biopharmaceuticals worldwide. The outstanding performance of Planova™ filters featuring reliable virus clearance, high rates of protein recovery, and effectiveness against various kinds of virus has been widely recognized by manufacturers of biotherapeutics in many countries. It is also expected that the use of Planova™ filters will soon begin in countries and regions which do not yet manufacture plasma derivatives such as China, Southeast Asia, India, and South America.

Asahi Kasei Medical will continue to create new value in the field of health care by leveraging the operational strengths of the Asahi Kasei Group together with its core technologies such as hollow-fiber membrane separation and selective adsorption.

Recipients of the Prize

Tetsuo Sato – General Manager, Technical Marketing Dept., Bioprocess Division, Asahi Kasei Medical Co., Ltd.
Shoichi Ide – General Manager, Medical Material Laboratory, Medical Products Development Division, Asahi Kasei Medical Co., Ltd.

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