In 1995, Kobe was devastated by the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake. In the wake of the disaster, the city announced its “Kobe Medical Industry Development Project" as initiatives to restore the city's economy and began to promote biomedical clusters promising growth in the 21st century. Now, with state-of-the-art research facilities, hospitals, and biomedical firms/organizations, Kobe is a world leader in the medical industry after achieving a solid recovery and is host to many medical conferences, including some of the largest medical conferences in Japan and the G7 Kobe Health Ministers’ Meeting in 2016.
One of Japan’s largest medical and biotechnological clusters
After the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake, Port Island has grown as Kobe’s center for the medical industry. Presently, more than 340 medical, biotech, and related firms and organizations have a presence there, and the number of entities continues to grow with each passing year.
The companies in this area not only pursue their own projects but also engage in pioneering research and business-matching initiatives in collaboration with universities, research centers, and hospitals.
Cutting edge R&D environment
The area around Port Island’s Iryo Center Station is packed with state-of-the-art medical centers, research institutions such as the Institute of Physical and Chemical Research (RIKEN), and highly specialized hospitals. It provides a prime environment for cutting-edge projects such as the world’s first clinical study involving the use of iPS cells and efforts in IT drug development with the K computer.
The advantages of holding your event in Kobe
With state-of-the-art research facilities, mechanisms for promoting commercialization and industry-academia collaboration, and large convention facilities capable of meeting the needs of diverse conferences, KOBE is perfectly suited to medical conferences.
Holding your medical conference in Kobe ensures the participation of numerous attendees and presenters in medical disciplines, thereby securing more organizers. Large medical conferences will attract researchers and colleagues from the same field, where an exchange of information and the sharing of the latest technologies will take place across national borders, stimulating innovation.
Kobe is committed to supporting medical conferences large and small, leveraging its platform as a Japanese center for the medical industry to maximize the goals of organizers and participants alike.
- Medical Association Attached Exhibition
- G7 Health Ministers Meeting
- Medical Conference Meeting