Event

November 10, 2023

[Event Report] GHIT 10th Anniversary Dinner

The Global Health Innovative Technology Fund (GHIT Fund) held the “GHIT 10th Anniversary Dinner” at a hotel in Tokyo on October 20th to express gratitude to all the partners who have supported our activities and to explain the strategy of the third five-year plan, “GHIT 3.0”. Approximately 120 people attended the event.

At the opening, Dr. Hiroki Nakatani, the Chairman and Representative Director of the GHIT Fund, expressed his gratitude to all the partners who have supported our global health efforts over the past 10 years, also extending his greetings expressing gratitude and seeking further support and cooperation for the next 10 years.

 

photo:Ms. Keiko Kojima Photo: Ms. Keiko Kojima served as moderator for the event.
photo:Dr. Hiroki Nakatani, the Chairman and Representative Director of the GHIT Fund Opening remarks by Dr. Hiroki Nakatani, the Chairman and Representative Director of the GHIT Fund

 

We received a congratulatory speech and toast from Mr. Seiji Kihara, Acting Secretary-General, Liberal Democratic Party, Member of the House of Representatives, with expectations for the GHIT Fund’s past contributions and future developments in global health.

We held a traditional sake barrel opening ceremony called “Kagami Biraki” to pray for further development of the GHIT Fund, together with all the dedicated members of our Council members who have contributed their efforts.

Furthermore, we were honored to have the presence of Hon. Prof. Keizo Takemi, Member of the House of Councillors, Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare, who has dedicated his efforts to global health for many years and made significant contributions to the establishment of the GHIT Fund, who graced us with his congratulatory remarks.

Expectations for the GHIT Fund were stated as follows: “I believe that the past ten years of collaboration between industry, academia, government and the private sector, connecting Japanese and overseas institutions and promoting global open innovation, has not only contributed to the people of developing countries, but has also made a significant contribution to strengthening drug discovery in Japan. I sincerely hope that the GHIT Fund will continue to develop this major role and further promote the activities to improve the health of people in the global community, especially in low- and middle-income countries.”

 

photo:Mr. Seiji Kihara, Acting Secretary-General, Liberal Democratic Party, Member of the House of Representatives
photo:Prof. Keizo Takemi, Member of the House of Councillors,   Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare

 

photo:Group photo Photo: from left to right Dr. Osamu Kunii, CEO & Executive Director, GHIT Fund/Dr. Richard Seabrook, Independent Senior Advisor, Wellcome/Ms. Mihoko Kashiwakura, Head of East Asia Relations, Global Policy and Advocacy, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation/Dr. Kenji Yasukawa, Representative Director, Chairman of the Board, Astellas Pharma Inc./Dr. Sunao Manabe, Representative Director, Executive Chairperson & CEO, Daiichi Sankyo Company, Limited/Dr. Haruo Naito, Representative Corporate Officer and CEO, Eisai Co., Ltd./Mr. Takeshi Akahori, Ambassador, Assistant Minister, Director-General for Global Issues, Minister's Secretariat, Ministry of Foreign Affairs/Mr. Seiji Kihara, Acting Secretary-General, Liberal Democratic Party, Member of the House of Representatives/Mr. Ichiro Fujita, Deputy Assistant Minister for International Policy Planning, Minister's Secretariat, Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare/Mr. Christophe Weber, Representative Director, President and CEO, Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited/Dr. Osamu Okuda, Representative Director, President & CEO, Chugai Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd./Dr. Hiroki Nakatani, Chair & Representative Director, GHIT Fund

 

Afterwards, Dr. Osamu Kunii, GHIT Fund CEO, delivered a presentation titled “GHIT 3.0 – Towards the Next 5 Years”, reiterating the commitment to work alongside partners in Japan and overseas to enhance the efficiency and acceleration of research and development efforts, ensuring that products reach patients in need as quickly as possible. Later, musician Ryota Fujimaki, who had met with Dr. Kunii in Africa and developed a connection through various activities, including support for the recovery from the Great East Japan Earthquake, made an appearance as a special guest. They shared their thoughts on Africa, individuals suffering from illnesses, delivering a performance that encapsulated these emotions and gratitude.

 

photo:GHIT 3.0 – Towards the Next 5 Years
photo:Dr. Osamu Kunii, GHIT Fund CEO
photo:musician Ryota Fujimaki
photo:musician Ryota Fujimaki

 

Lastly, Dr. Osamu Kunii, GHIT Fund CEO, delivered the closing remarks, expressing the desire to further strengthen collaboration with everyone and to advance together, continuing the fight against infectious diseases in partnership. Dr. Kunii expressed his gratitude once again to all the stakeholders who have supported the GHIT Fund over the past 10 years and concluded the event by requesting continued warm support for the GHIT Fund in the future.