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The Japanese Cancer Association and Debiopharm Group™ Present Doctors Arakawa and Kurokawa With the 2011 'JCA-Mauvernay Award' for Their Innovative and Outstanding Research in the Field of Cancer
Date:10/5/2011

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Dr Mineo Kurokawa works in the department of Hematology and Oncology at the Graduate School of Medicine. For 20 years, he has studied the mechanisms of malignant transformation of hematopoietic stem cells (multipotent stem cells that give rise to all blood lineages) in order to elucidate the pathogenesis of blood malignancies. He focused on the role of transcription factors associated with human leukaemia. For instance he revealed the transforming activity of EVI1, a protein frequently activated in human leukaemia and elucidated its' functions that are involved in the prevention of cell death.

Through his pursuit of the pathogenetic significance of deregulated transcription factors in leukaemia, Dr Kurokawa has consistently contributed to the understanding of a mechanistic basis of leukaemia development and the identification of novel therapeutic targets of human haematological malignancies.

"We are proud to reward these very talented and inspiring scientists for their hard work and accomplishments. The jury's decision to nominate them was unanimous," said Rolland-Yves Mauvernay, President and founder of Debiopharm Group™. "We wish them a lot of luck for the future hoping their work will lead to major medical developments eventually benefiting the patients in the years to come."

About Debiopharm Group™

Debiopharm Group™ (Debiopharm) is a Swiss-based global biopharmaceutical group of companies with a focus on the development of prescription drugs that target unmet medical needs. The group in-licenses, develops and/or co-develops promising biological and small molecule drug candidates having reached clinical development phases I, II or III, as well as earlier stage candidates. It develops its products for global registration and maximum commercial potential. The products are out-licensed to pharmaceutical partners for s
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