Medical CityAsia’s leading medical research base, Kobe Biomedical Innovation Cluster
The devastation of the 1995 earthquake was the catalyst to reinvent Kobe as a centre for cutting-edge life science research. Transforming an island in the city harbour, it created one of the largest biomedical clusters in Asia. With universities, research institutes, hospitals, and biomedical companies all concentrated within 2 km, it is an environment that encourages collaborative research and development, and practical application. Through this collaboration, Kobe continues to generate innovative research and technologies that will change the world.
A hotbed for the future of medicine
Employing 11,700 people in around 370 organisations, including the large research institute RIKEN and highly-specialised hospitals, it continues to grow with a focus on cultivating future leaders.
Advanced medical care x technology from Kobe
Japan’s first-ever produced surgical robot
Medicaroid Corporation* has developed the hinotori™ Surgical Robot System, in the industry-academia collaboration environment of Kobe. The system was put into practical use in just 5 years, and the first surgery was successfully performed at Kobe University in December 2020.
- *A venture company funded by Kawasaki Heavy Industries and Sysmex based in Kobe.
The world’s most powerful supercomputer Fugaku
Leading the supercomputer performance ranking TOP500*, Fugaku became available for shared use in March 2021. Its unrivalled calculation speed has been utilised to help research and combat COVID-19.
- *As of November 2020
World’s first transplantation of iPS photoreceptor cells
In 2020, Kobe City Eye Hospital performed the first transplant of iPS developed retinal cells to treat a genetic eye disease. This has opened up new possibilities for the use of iPS cells which can be programmed to create any new cell in regenerative medicine.