Regional Information Shizuoka

Medical and Health Industries at the foot of Mount. Fuji, Shizuoka

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The information below is as of November 2017.

Pharmaceutical products, medical devices, health-related industry

(Related sectors: Life science)

Attractive features

Pharmaceutical Valley Initiatives (Concentration of leading-edge health industry at the foot of Mt. Fuji)
The eastern region of Shizuoka offers a large concentration of medical and health-related companies. Through industry, academic and government cooperation (as well as medical, nursing and engineering cooperation) centered on the Shizuoka Cancer Center, Shizuoka has created a world-class R&D environment. The interconnection of everything from new drug and treatment development to the wellness industry creates a broad range of business opportunities. For example, new drug development has a participant from a clinical testing network which includes 28 hospitals (approx. 14,000 beds) throughout the prefecture. Cutting-edge medical business aimed at the global market takes a flight in Shizuoka.

Principal Japanese companies in the industry
  • Beckman Coulter Mishima
  • K.K.Olympus Terumo Biomaterials Corp. Mishima factory
  • Terumo Corporatio. Fujinomiya factory
Major education/research institutes of the industry
  • Fujinokuni Medical Castle Town Promotion Organization
  • Shizuoka Cancer Center
  • Shizuoka Cancer Center Research Institute
  • National Institute of Genetics
  • Numazu National College of Technology
Major industry cluster plans, special zones and industry-government-academia collaboration of the industry

Centered on the world-leading, cancer treatment base, Shizuoka cancer Center, research institutions such as National Institute of Genetics, universities inside and outside the prefecture such as University of Shizuoka, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Waseda University, and pharmaceutical and medical device-related companies that are located mainly in the eastern part of the prefecture have been working with each other to promote advanced research and development and product development based on collaboration among the fields of medicine, nursing, and medical engineering.
A facility with laboratory where companies may rent and make the base of projects is now under construction (scheduled to be open in September 2016).

Food products, medical products, chemical products

(Related sectors: Food manufacturing, Life science)

Attractive features

Food Science Hills Project (Concentration of food-related industry)
Central Shizuoka has a concentration of food product-related industries as well as an abundance of farm and marine products. Through the effective use of the region's natural resources, the existing industries are able to add high added-value to their products and new health-related industries are created. Research institutions, such as those belonging to the University of Shizuoka and Shizuoka University, are working together with local industry to develop functional foods and stress assessment technologies and other areas. Numerous patents applications have been submitted from the areas such as next-generation Japanese tea products and functional food components. Development of new product from this area are also brisk including GABA-containing foods and cat food containing bonito egg oil.

Principal Japanese companies in the industry
  • Yaizu Suisankagaku Industry Co.,Ltd.
Major education/research institutes of the industry
  • University of Shizuoka
  • Shizuoka University
  • Tokai University
Major industry cluster plans, special zones and industry-government-academia collaboration of the industry

Many agricultural and marine products in Shizuoka have the largest market share in Japan. In the central part of the prefecture, various pharmaceutical industries and chemical industries, as well as food industries that take advantage of these rich agricultural and marine resources are accumulated. Together with these industries, University of Shizuoka, Shizuoka University, and Tokai University, which are strong in the field of life science, collaborate with each other to conduct research and development that focus on the functionality of the local products, and try to create a new food-related industry.

Optical and electronics technology-related

(Related sectors: Electronics, Automobile and Transport Equipment, Healthcare and Welfare)

Attractive features

Photon Valley Project (Concentration of optical and electronic technology-related industries)
With Hamamatsu City located in western Shizuoka as a hub, globally renowned companies such as Hamamatsu Photonics, a proven world-class leader in the field of opto-electronics have been making Hamamatsu outstanding. Through collaboration between cutting-edge companies and research institutions, research and development of next-generation technologies, such as high-function and high-performance imaging devices, is being advanced. Already there have been successes such as the development of high-power femtosecond laser systems and wide dynamic lens CMOS sensors, and these sorts of key technologies are expected to develop industry and medicine.

Principal Japanese companies in the industry
  • Hamamatsu Photonics K.K.
  • Pulstec Industrial Co., Ltd.
Major education/research institutes of the industry
  • Hamamatsu Agency for Innovation
  • Shizuoka University (Faculty of Engineering, Graduate School of Science and Technology, Faculty of Informatics, Research Institute of Electronics)
  • Hamamatsu University School of Medicine (School of Medicine, Medical Photonics Research Center, Collaboration Center for Medical Innovation)
  • The Graduate School for the Creation of New Photonics Industries
  • Hamamatsu Industrial Technology Support Center
Major industry cluster plans, special zones and industry-government-academia collaboration of the industry

Based on the technology seeds of local universities such as Shizuoka University and Hamamatsu University School of Medicine, and with the collaboration of local industry–academia–government, the prefecture aimed at a concentration of industries utilizing wide-range optical technologies such as imaging and sensing. In addition, sixteen organizations of industry, academia, the government, and the financial institutions of Hamamatsu and Higashimikawa area, based on the local cutting-edge optical and electronic technologies as the basis, promote four new industries as the core industries, “next-generation technology industry for transportation equipment,” “health and medical industry,” “light energy industry,” and “new agriculture”.