INTERVIEW: Nobel Winner Honjo Eyes Fund for Young Researchers

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Kyoto, Oct. 2 (Jiji Press)--Japanese scientist Tasuku Honjo, who won this year's Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, revealed on Tuesday a plan to set up a fund to nurture researchers.

Speaking in an interview with Jiji Press, the 76-year-old Kyoto University professor said the prize money and patent revenue from Opdivo, a cancer drug developed based on his research, will be donated to the university as the fund's resources.

"I would like to create a fund at the university to support young people in the life science field," Honjo said.

The fund should be worth a few hundred billion yen so that it will be able to support researchers using only the interest, he said, adding that pharmaceutical companies and others will be asked to make contributions to the fund, he said.

Honjo and James Allison, professor at the University of Texas, jointly won the prize for discovering how to harness the body's immune system to fight cancer.

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