LEXICON
No.147 April 28, 2015

Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development (AMED)
日本医療研究開発機構

The Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development (日本医療研究開発機構; nihon iryo kenkyu-kaihatsu kiko ), or AMED, was established on April 1, 2015, as a state-backed organization that integrally oversees the government’s healthcare R&D budgets. AMED aims to eliminate bureaucratic silos...

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