Medical Industry Accumulation Project
Fukushima is one of Japan's top prefectures for the production of medical devices. Quantities of contract manufacturing of medical devices, as well as of correspond - ing machinery and parts rank among the highest nationwide, and Fukushima plays host to many production facilities of leading medical device manufacturers.
There are also many small and medium sized businesses that work in support of this production, forming a major industrial cluster within Japan.
Utsukushima Next-Generation Medical Industry Accumulation Project
In Fukushima, research and development of medical devices is being carried out by Fukushima Medical University, the College of Engineering at Nihon University, Fukushima University, as well as the University of Aizu.
The prefecture aims to utilize this characteristic to bring together these different fields relating to medical devices through a collaboration between industry, academia, and government; and since 2005, has been implementing the "Utsukushima Next-Generation Medical Industry Accumulation Project."
Fukushima is home to an Olympus production plant, and approximately 70% of the world's digestive endoscopes are produced within the prefecture. It also has important importing and production bases of major American medical equipment manufacturers like Johnson & Johnson and Nippon Becton Dickinson, and around 60 medical device manufacturers including Novo Nordisk Pharma, Hakuzo Medical, Fuji Systems operate here.
Biomedical cooperation for medical device development and support locations
Fukushima Medical Device Development Support Center (Koriyama)
"Fukushima Medical Device Development Support Center" is the only public testing organization in Japan that can carry out biological testing using large animals (implantation testing, etc.), including medical equipment evaluations that are compliant with overseas standards.
Being able to carry out such safety evaluations in Japan means shorter development time-frames as well as lower costs. Together with this, the center also carries out business matching and consulting, as well as employee training utilizing development and prototype products, and offers integrated assistance right from development through to commercialization of medical devices.
Medical Industrial Translational Research Center (Fukushima Global Medical Science Center)
The center provides comprehensive developmental support for new therapeutic drugs, diagnostic agents, and other diagnostics mainly for cancer patients, as well as for medical equipment.
Clinical samples (specimens and clinical information) that have been optimized to assist in the development of pharmaceuticals, etc. are provided after being converted into analysis data, processed products, and bio-evaluation data.
At present, the center is preparing human disease-related genetic expression analysis data, human-derived RNA, DNA, protein purified products and processed materials, which are all biomedical materials to be used in the development of anticancer agents.
Nihon University College of Engineering Worldwide Research Center for Advanced Engineering & Technology (NEWCAT) (College of Engineering, Nihon University, Koriyama)
This has as its aim sharing of corporate information regarding integrated education into renewable energy related industries, together with investigating industries' courses of action and understanding their progress. A total of 598 groups (as of March 2016) are members, including national and prefectural governments as well as industry and academia from around Japan. This has solar power, wind power, biomass, and energy network (smart communities) special interest groups, and carries out studies into joint research as well as specialized seminars and announcements of information.
Medical creation Fukushima (medical equipment design & manufacturing exhibition and seminar on latest technologies)
Medical equipment manufacturers from Fukushima, Japan, and overseas, as well as companies producing related equipment exhibit their technologies and conduct seminars here to help expand their businesses.
The exhibition has been held since 2005, and every year we are seeing exhibits from more companies, from within Japan, but also Germany, Korea, Taiwan, and other countries.
As a symbol of "Medical Equipment Fukushima," it is an exhibition becoming recognized worldwide.
The prefecture is also cooperating with the Fukushima Medical Device Industry Promotion Agency in presenting booths at Medical Japan & Business Expo (Yokohama) and Medix Kansai ̶ Medical Device Development Expo (Osaka), offering support for the business activities of local companies.
Exhibiting at MEDICA/COMPAMED, the world's largest medical equipment trade show
Fukushima Prefecture has also presented a booth at MEDICA/COMPAMED (Dusseldorf, Germany), the world's largest medical equipment-related trade show, to present the outstanding technical capabilities of Fukushima's companies, supporting their business activities.
Cooperation with advanced areas worldwide (overseas development efforts)
Fukushima is conducting business exchanges in the field of medical equipment with the ministry of economy, energy, and production of Germany's state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW).
In September 2014, Fukushima signed a memorandum for strengthening cooperation with the state for equipment development in cancer treatment, telemedicine, and robotics technologies, and for mutual presentations at each others' exhibitions.
Additionally, in October 2015, the prefecture signed a memorandum for strengthening partnership with Europe's largest third-party certification body, "TÜV Rheinland," also situated in NRW.
Subsidies for medical industry cluster project
This provides financial support for businesses involved in the product development, verification testing, and commercialization of medical and welfare devices.