Taking over the outcome from FIRST Program

In July 2009, the Council for Science and Technology Policy in the Cabinet Office of Japan placed an open call for innovative research projects and received 565 applications. Thirty proposals were chosen, and their respective leading researchers and topics are referred to as the Top 30 and are expected to deliver results at the world’s highest level. This national project totaling ten billion yen had been underway since March 2010.

FIRST (Funding Program for World-Leading Innovative R&D on Science and Technology) program was one of these Top 30 and it aimed to produce a complete molecular tumor-tracking proton therapy system in five years. Proton Beam Therapy Center, Hokkaido University Hospital was established in March 2014 as the outstanding outcome of the FIRST program and began to accept patients since its opening.

Our Global Station for Quantum Medical Science and Engineering is taking over this great achievement of FIRST and will strive to develop and apply the radiation and proton therapy system further.