In April 2018, our Foundation changed its official name, notably in Japanese, including in it the mention of “Kobe Biomedical Innovation Cluster.”
The Kobe Biomedical Innovation Cluster (KBIC) started out as a project to reconstruct Kobes economy, which had been devastated by the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake, as well as to protect and nurture local residents lives and contribute to the international community. Since the Kobe Medical Industry Development Project Discussion Group was set up in 1998 to elaborate the project and take concrete steps, by October 2018, twenty years will have passed. During this period, the FBRI, established in March 2000 as the main organization supporting the KBIC, has vigorously pursued biomedical cluster formation in Kobe through advanced clinical research and other efforts toward the construction of next-generation healthcare systems.
The KBIC has indeed developed into a remarkable healthcare cluster representative of Japan, concentrating over 340 companies, organizations, and research institutions, as well as a number of highly specialized hospitals. As for the FBRI, now reorganized under its new name, we are expected to continue making equally significant progress, promoting joint projects and other forms of collaboration among corporate, scientific, academic, and medical institutions located at the KBIC, leading to the development of innovative medical technologies and the creation of innovations beneficial to Kobes economy.
We are also required to offer solutions to the great question as to how to build a bright future in the face of the unprecedented challenge that Japan is undergoing ahead of the rest of humanity: rapid population aging and birth rate decline.
At the FBRI, we hope to continue to effectively fulfill our role of proposing, from Kobe to the rest of the world, solutions to problems along the way to realizing a society in which all members can enjoy good health and longevity, growing as a center of intelligence where human resources, information, knowledge and wisdom meet, and building bridges for trans-sector collaboration.
Your continued warm support and cooperation will be greatly appreciated.