Kobe is home to more than 360 companies in the medical industry, several of Japan’s most advanced medical hospitals, and a bulk of Japan’s top-level research institutions in life science and computational science. Together they form the Kobe Biomedical Innovation Cluster (KBIC), an unequaled network of experts working together as part of an international coalition.
Enjoying both support from top industry and academia, KBIC is Japan’s largest ecosystem of life science. For the people involved in these fields, KBIC works to facilitate coordination and collaboration, allowing for the creation and accumulation of new research.
KBIC includes experts in fields like medical equipment, drug discovery, regenerative medicine, healthcare, and nursing care. Serving in the role of mentorship, KBIC can help match this rare expertise along with local needs for development support, joint research coordination, regulatory compliance, business matching, sales channel expansion support, or otherwise helping startups succeed.
In addition, a system has been established in which more than 2,000 Kobe residents participate in trials and tests for healthcare services and products. With the cooperation of care facilities in Kobe City, we also support the implementation of demonstration tests for products related to elderly care.
KBIC companies have full access to these forms of support, each of which can significantly accelerate research, development, and business growth.