With the hope of making the city a hub for medical device research and development, the municipal government of Kyoto has opened an office in the centre of Kyoto to attract manufacturers, researchers and engineers. From 2006 to 2011, the city has committed to support researchers from local companies and in the medical and engineering departments of Kyoto University to collaborate in creating new technology for the medtech industry. Some of the projects supported by the city have already been commercialised while others are still being researched.
“By providing advice and information, the new office will assist outstanding projects as well as new plans to develop leading-edge medical technology,” says Akira Kojima, a senior officer of the new industry support division at the City of Kyoto. “We not only want to encourage local companies to develop new products, but also hope to invite more researchers across the nation and from overseas to work closely with Kyoto University to create new technology.”
The city’s new office was opened in a public rental facility for venture development known as “Creation Core Kyoto Mikuruma,” which is located in the heart of Kyoto, near the city’s ancient imperial palace. It is scheduled to be relocated later this year to a new building, which the Kyoto University Hospital is now constructing on the campus. “By taking advantage of the location, the office aims to become a liaison between the clinical site, researchers of the university and engineers at private companies,” Kojima says.Miki Anzai