Enhancement of QOL
Gunze aims to achieve growth in the health and medical care field in order to help enhance people’s quality of life (QOL). To live up to this vision, Gunze set up the QOL Research Center.
With the rapid increase in the elderly population in Japan, reducing the gap between the average life expectancy and healthy life expectancy is one of the nation’s major challenges. Healthy longevity improves QOL and helps people live fulfilling and rewarding lives. This has become a major issue worldwide.
QOL Research Center
Gunze’s QOL Research Center helps existing businesses make a foray into the health and medical care field in terms of technology. By looking into each business from the perspective of QOL, the research center deals with planning for products and services, and provides technological support.
Gunze’s activities intended to enhance QOL are centered on the medical field. Our bioabsorbable materials such as surgical suture thread have been used in clinical settings for a long time. The R&D for these materials to seek new applications in the field of advanced medical treatment is paving the way for tissue engineering.
The vascular graft is a bioabsorbable material used for surgery to treat congenital single ventricle defects. It is aimed for commercial-scale launch in the United States, and is now in clinical trials at the stage that verifies its efficacy and safety for humans.
This device, made by combining Gunze’s bioabsorbable polymer technologies, is designed for regeneration of a patient's own meniscus. This device is expected to enhance QOL of patients by minimizing restrictions in daily life activities and limitations in physical activity.
By leveraging the characteristics of our bioabsorbable materials, the core strengths of our medical business, we will promote R&D for medical devices used for tissue engineering, minimally invasive treatment procedures*, custom-made treatment, and other fields that can contribute to enhancing patients’ QOL.
Minimally invasive treatment procedures include endoscopic therapy, catheterization, and other treatment procedures that avoid incisions or skin puncture to the greatest extent possible.
In the apparel business, Gunze has also been active in R&D for underwear and innerwear based on physical anthropology. The QOL Research Center takes on the challenge of pioneering a new field of “medical care through wear,” designed to help patients relieve pain or discomfort through suitable clothing. Going forward, Gunze will promote innerwear products with minimal skin irritation by paying attention to skin-related technology, in order to help alleviate various skin problems.
- Seamless innerwear
- Use of special adhesives eliminates stitches, thus proving more gentle and comfortable to the skin.
- Seminars for nurses
- Gunze staff helps nurses understand the importance of postoperative care, so they can in turn inform patients of Gunze’s concept of “medical care through wear” in an easy-to-understand manner.
In the field of sports, Gunze collaborates with medical institutions to promote the new style of sports club management aimed at enhancing QOL.