A leading drug manufacturer in Japan donated $100,000 to the Dolph Simons Biosciences Research Laboratories at Kansas University.
The commitment from Taisho Pharmaceutical Co. of Tokyo will support an interactive conference room and help retire debt of the new Simons building. The laboratory houses programs dedicated to research on cancer-fighting drugs.
"We hope our donation will help to foster further good friendship," said Shoichiro Hamano, deputy general manager of a Taisho division.
Taisho's connection to KU began when the company invited to a conference Valentino Stella, university distinguished professor of pharmaceutical chemistry and director of KU's Higuchi Biosciences Center for Drug Delivery Research.
Recently, Taisho researchers have worked as visiting scientists at the Simons Laboratories. The company also awarded a series of grants to buy equipment for the facility.
Taisho had sales of $2 billion last year. About 75 percent of the company's sales come from over-the-counter business, with the rest from prescription drugs, toiletries and other household products.
Simons Laboratories is named for the late Dolph Simons, former publisher and editor of the Journal-World. He was chair of the KU Endowment Association from 1966 to 1972.