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From rubble to pioneering research - Kobe Biomedical innovation cluster

After a massive 7.3 earthquake in 1995, Kobe city planners were left with the formidable task of rebuilding Japan’s sixth-largest city. In 1999, Hiroo Imura proposed setting up an organization to link industry, government, and academic institutions to collaborate on clinical research and the development of medical devices for cutting-edge medical treatment. Then in 2000, Imura established the Foundation for Biomedical Research and Innovation (FBRI) and the Kobe Medical Industry Development Project to form the Kobe Bio-medical Innovation Cluster (KBIC). Its mission was to revitalize Kobe’s economy, provide health care for the local community, and support the development of medical technology in Asia.

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