M3 Inc.: One of the Largest Investigator Databases Worldwide

Jun 2, 2019 | Investigator Database, Japan, M3


Tokyo, Japan-based M3 Inc. is a network of physicians worldwide. With 250,000 members in Japan and 3.5 million worldwide in the USA, UK, China, Korea and India, they provide a treasure trove for research access (investigators),health information and career services.

They offer medical-related services primarily to physicians and other healthcare professionals through Internet. The company operates m3.com, a members-only Web site for providing information to the healthcare professionals; and MR-kun that delivers medical and drug information online through m3.com. It also provides MDLinx that offers the review of medical articles and theses in English for physicians in the United States; and MEDI:GATE, which provides various medical news and content, and features online discussion boards where doctors can exchange opinions and communicate with one another in South Korea. In addition, the company offers various Internet-based services for pharmaceutical and other medical-related companies, including marketing support services for medical solution providers and healthcare professionals, clinical trial services, clinical trial support services, market research services, and doctor and pharmacist recruiting support services. Further, it provides services for general public, such as the operation of AskDoctors, a Q and A site to consult doctors through the Internet; Ichie Websites comprising Ichie Breast Cancer and Ichie Menopause, which offers insights and solutions related to breast cancer and menopause; and iTicket Plus, a reservation system for clinics through mobile phones and the Internet. The company was formerly known as So-netM3, Inc. and changed its name to M3, Inc. in January 2010.  They were established in 2000 with Sony Communications Network Corporation, a supplier of network-related services, as the largest stockholder. The company was founded in 2003.

M3 breaks down business units by the following:

  • Medical Platform
  • Evidence Platform
  • Career Solutions
  • Other Emerging Business
  • Overseas

They report now over 5 million physician members worldwide with 2.6 million physicians in China!  Their strategy is based on significant momentum with activities such as new services development (e-medical records and consolidation of various assets such as Ultmarc as well as growth with their pharmaceutical marketing group not to mention exciting AI initiatives and B2C business models.


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