Regional Information Chiba

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The information below is as of November 2017.

Biotech industries (super foods, etc.)

(Related sectors: Life science, Food manufacturing)

  • In the Chiba and Tokatsu regions, new cross-disciplinary research is underway at universities, research institutes, and biotech venture companies in the areas of medical services, development of new drugs, diagnostic agents, and analytical devices that employ nanotechnology.
b>Alliances between Industry, Academia and Government
  • Chiba Bio Lifescience Network
  • Kazusa Bio Venture Network
Attractive features

There are over 100 biotech, medical care, welfare, and health service companies located in Chiba, including the international R&D site, Kazusa.

Major Companies

Kikkoman, a company that operates worldwide (soy source and biotech products using brewing technology), is one of the companies located here.

Principal Japanese companies in the industry

Kikkoman, a company that operates worldwide (soy source and biotech products using brewing technology), is one of the companies located here.

Major education/research institutes of the industry
Educational Institutions
  • Human resources trained at the graduate school of the University of Tokyo, Chiba University, Tokyo University of Science, and other universities
  • Human resources training programs through exchanges among industry, academy, and government
  • Totsuka Techno Plaza offers practical cources and training, everything from general training to high-level instruction in specialized fields, to managers and technicians of small- and medium-sized businesses.
Research Institutions
  • Kazusa DNA Research Institute
  • Department of Biotechnology, National Institute of Technology and Evaluation
  • Chiba University Environmental Health and Urban Horticulture Field Science Education and Research Center
  • Chiba Prefectural Agriculture and Forestry Research Center, and other institutions
Major industry cluster plans, special zones and industry-government-academia collaboration of the industry
The Biotechnology and Life Sciences Cluster
  • The Kazusa region of Chiba prefecture is one of the world's leading locations for research in genome analysis of animals, plants, and microbes. The Tokatsu region has a concentration of biotech venture companies and institutions of higher education. The Chiba region aims to make use of its concentration of medical research facilities to study tailored medical care, the basics of preventive medicine, and applied and clinical research. These three regions are home to over 100 companies related to biotechnology, medical care, welfare, and health services.
  • Kazusa in particular is strong in the fields of plant and microbe genome research that can lead to the development of functional food and pharmaceuticals, as well as in research about the human genome, which can lead to the development of medical services, new drugs, DNA chips, diagnostic agents, and other advances. Active research programs are underway, based on alliances between industry, academy, and government.