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Current Projects and Initiatives

Osaka

Forum for Industrialization of Next-Generation Medical System
  This initiative aims to develop new diagnostic devices, medical/analytic devices, medical instruments, and test devices useful in the medical field, while providing information on the development of the most advanced devices, and promoting technological exchange between academia and industry, or between industries. The goal is to launch actual R&D projects utilizing the technological ability of existing manufacturers.
Saito Life Science Park Project
  Saito Life Science Park (Saito LSP) is located at the hub of the Northern Osaka biomedical cluster. Many pharmaceutical firms have traditionally concentrated in Osaka, and a number of biomedical research institutes including Osaka University surround Saito Life Science Park. This concentration bestows a unique advantage on Osaka. Saito Life Science Park plans to promote research activities in this area through industry-government- academia collaborations.
Pharmaceutical Innovation Value Chain
  The new Pharmaceutical Innovation Value Chain project brings together venture capital companies, medium- to small-sized companies, large companies, academic laboratories, and other organizations. This project seeks to develop computing technology for drug discovery, such as in silico drug screening (Molecular Mechanics: myPresto), molecular orbital simulation (Quantum Mechanics: AMOSS), etc. In this project, disease-related protein structures are determined by actual wet experimentation to identify and optimize new lead compounds for medical therapies. After animal testing, these compounds enter the market. This project seeks partners to develop lead compounds together.
Bio Information Highway Plan
  For this project, mainly Osaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (OCCI), Osaka Prefecture, and Osaka University put together bio-industry promotion measures for the Northern Osaka region in 2001. The plan put emphasis on creation of new medicines, and succeeded in inviting a national project, as well as in creation of private sector venture businesses. Phase II has been drawn up the promotion of bio-industry as one of tractional industries in the region. Ultimately, it aims to form a world-class bio-cluster in the Northern Osaka region.

Kyoto

Regionally Intensive Joint Research Project in Kyoto City:
Development of Fundamental Technologies to create a Nano-Medicine Base
  This project creates new businesses targeting diagnostic devices, foods possessing mild medicinal properties or health-promoting constituents, and pharmaceuticals to address lifestyle-related diseases, particularly diabetes. These businesses would be concerned with technological development and application studies to analyze protein and genetic information related to the diseases, and to promote the formation of an internationally competitive regional cluster in this field.
Creation Core Kyoto Mikuruma
  This entity provides supports for rent to the residents of Creation Core Kyoto Mikuruma, which is the facility to promote entrepreneurship in the wellness industry, developed and managed by the independent administrative agency, the Organization for Small and Medium Enterprises and Regional Innovation.
Project to Support Bio-Industry Creation in Kyoto
  This project supports local firms for bio-related business. Creates R&D network between companies and universities, and offers a variety of programs for seeds exploitation, new product development, information service, and market cultivation support.
Program to Promote Broad Spectrum Collaboration of Bio-Related Corporations
  Inheriting the network of bio-businesses established in Kyoto City so far, this initiative organizes technological presentations and business meetings in Osaka and Kobe, and promotes expansion, activation, and revitalization of areas where Kyoto firms operate businesses, in order to exploit the new market for measuring/analyzing technologies that are the strongest assets for Kyoto.

Tokushima

Proposal for Formation of Health and Medical Cluster focused on health technology
  This project would create new businesses targeting diagnostic devices, foods possessing mild medicinal properties or health-promoting constituents, and pharmaceuticals to address lifestyle-related diseases, particularly diabetes. These businesses would be concerned with technological development and application studies to analyze protein and genetic information related to the diseases, and promote formation of an internationally competitive regional cluster in this field.

Shiga

Bio-Industry Creation Project based on academic research bases including Nagahama Institute of Bio-Science and Technology
  The Nagahama Institute of Bio-Science and Technology adjacent to Nagahama Science Park (approximately 5 ha) seeks to form a bio-industry cluster by establishing and nurturing bio-ventures resulting from supporting technology transfer entrepreneurship at the Nagahama Bio Incubation Center and other organizations.

Mie

Mie Medical Valley Project
  This project would create and stimulate medical, health, and wellness industries in the prefecture. Mie Prefecture is engaged in a number of programs to create networks between industries, academia, Mie Prefecture research institutes, non-profit research institutes, and cities and towns, and promote R&D., collaborating with many industrial, academic, and political organizations including private firms, related organizations, seven universities, and three technical colleges in the Prefecture, Mie TLO, and other cities and towns.

Nara

Human L-cube cluster
  Implement a project to transfer the most important study results accumulated in the Kansai Science City to the business sector to contribute to establishing a society that leads to a higher quality of life for people in the 21st century. This cluster will focus on the three aspects of life science, living, and learning.
Development of Frontier Biotechnology with Traditional Plants of Nara
  Develop new century technologies using the botanical resources from the traditional potent plant ingredients of Nara Prefecture. These include Yoshino kudzu (Pueraria lobata), Yamato tea (Thea sinensis), Yamato mana, Yamato Tohki (Angelica acutiloba), and Yamato peony root (Paeonia lactiflora). The advanced scientific capacity of the region will focus its attention on these plant resources to create new products and technologies. Joint venture studies designed for entrepreneurship will be pursued.

Kobe City

Kobe Medical Industry Development Project
  The city is currently working on a project to establish an R&D center for leading-edge medical technology and to form a cluster of medicine-related industry on the Port Island 2nd Stage Area. This cluster will thereby accelerate local innovation and create international research and business networks.