Developing the Business Areas related to Healthcare

Expanding business in the area of medical devices, and support for hospital management

Mainly comprising medical services and health-related businesses, the Life & Healthcare business area is increasingly becoming a focus of attention as society ages and is one of the areas where ITOCHU is at the forefront.

Utilizing its expertise as a general trading company (sogo-shosha), ITOCHU is developing and adopting new business models in all areas, including manufacture and distribution of medical devices, and support for hospital management. Also, we are redoubling efforts in such new business areas as China’s market through sales, technology, capital tie-ups with major partners.

Medical Device Manufacturing and Sales

Centered on subsidiary Century Medical, Inc., we are expanding and improving our business foundations.
In 2008, ITOCHU invested in Japan Medical Dynamic Marketing Inc., which specializes in orthopedic medical devices, and continues to expand its businesses in Japan.

Century Medical, Inc. Established in 1974. Engaged in the importing and distribution of medical devices for a wide range of areas in the field of treatment and diagnosis, such as cardiovascular surgery, cardiology, orthopedics, emergency medicine, and cancer treatment.
Japan MDM, Inc. Established in 1973. Listed on Tokyo Stock Exchange, First Section.
Engaged in the importing, manufacturing and distribution of orthopedic surgery devices, such as artificial joints, fracture plates, and spine plates.

Hospital Management Support

As streamlining of operations in hospitals is required, in order to provide services that help improve the hospital management, we develop and promote new business models, including improving management service and one-stop outsourcing service.

Kobe Medical Care Partners Co., Ltd. Established in 2007, as a joint venture, partnering with Kobe Steel, Ltd., ITOCHU Corp. and Nikken Sekkei, Ltd. Provides service for the one-stop outsourcing of operations and management support of the Kobe City Medical Center General Hospital, as a PFI (Private Finance Initiative) project.
The Kobe City Medical Center General Hospital, which is working to provide a high level of care based on medical capabilities currently available only at a handful of local-government-owned hospitals in Japan, seeks to leverage private sector expertise in the operation of this hospital. The hospital will be rebuild, with the PFI providing facility maintenance, management and peripheral treatment services over the subsequent 30 years.
PFI (private finance initiative): A method of social infrastructure development that entails using private-sector expertise and capital to design, construct, maintain, and operate public facilities as well as providing public services efficiently by having private-sector companies manage them.

ITOCHU is providing SPD services to the Osaka Prefectural Hospital Organization since April 2006. The SPD is a centralized method utilizing IT and outsourcing services to control medical supply stocks in the hospitals. The SPD services are operated to the five prefectural hospitals. It contributes to reduce procurement cost and inventory and increase operational efficiency in the hospitals.

Distribution of medical supplies

We have jointly established “Japan Medical Partners,” a corporate alliance with various other companies aimed at making preparations to continue to provide medical services in Japan in the event of a disaster. Its objective is to provide the national government, local governments, hospitals, and companies with equipment, supplies, and other items to be used for first-aid treatment and the prevention of infection, which will be needed in the event of a medical emergency or a disaster, as a one-stop service.

A negative-pressure-type air tent jointly developed by Achilles Corp. and ITOCHU for dealing with the new strain of influenza

In 2008, ITOCHU jointly established the “Japan Medical Partners” corporate alliance with various other companies to provide a one-stop service for the transportation of devices that the national government, local governments, and companies use to prevent infection or as part of emergency measures.