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Nippon Boehringer Ingelheim Co., Ltd.

Major field:Production of Drugs and Quasi Drugs

Miner field:Drug Discovery

R&D of medicine


The Boehringer Ingelheim Group has been operating globally, focusing on researching, developing, manufacturing and marketing novel medications as a family-owned, independent company consistently oriented towards long-term sustainable organic growth.
With our vision “Value through Innovation”, we have committed ourselves to the goal of serving humankind through research into development of new drugs and therapies. Some 50,000 employees are active in the world.
Boehringer Ingelheim has been operating in Japan and providing innovative prescription medicine in the area of diabetic, cardiometabolic, respiratory, oncology and central nervous system diseases.
As one of Boehringer Ingelheim Group’s research centers, Kobe Pharmaceutical Research Institute supports global research and development, conducting early drug formulation and specific pharmacokinetic investigations.

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    The Boehringer Ingelheim Group brings innovative medications to the world markets through its global R&D activities focusing on four therapeutic areas: Cardiometabolic diseases, Central nervous system diseases, Immunology and respiratory diseases and Oncology research & cancer immunology. We are providing medicine with reliable evidence for diabetes, anti-coagulant, COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease), IPF(Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis), lung cancer, hypertension, and Parkinson’s disease.
Address: ThinkPark Tower 2-1-1 Osaki, Shinagawa-ku,Tokyo 141-6017 Japan 
TEL: +81-3-6417-2200 FAX: +81-3-5435-2920
Web site: http://www.boehringer-ingelheim.co.jp

Japan Convention Services, Inc Kobe Regional Office

Major field:Other

Planning/operation of congresses of medicine, dentistry or pharmaceutical sciences; pharmaceutical companies' seminars; fairs, etc. Provision of interpretation and translation services in the field of medicine, etc.


Established in 1967 as Japan’s first professional congress organizer, Japan Convention Services, Inc. (JCS) has 50 years of experience in providing full-service management for various healthcare and medical sciences related conferences and events, including the General Assembly of the Japan Medical Congress. JCS’s previous experiences also include the planning and operations of the public exhibition at the “29th General Assembly of the Japan Medical Congress 2015 Kansai,” the operational management of “International Port Conference Commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the Opening of the Port of Kobe” and celebratory events, and operational assistance for “OCEANS'18 MTS/IEEE Kobe/Techno-Ocean 2018,” amongst many others. As a pioneer in the conference and convention industry, JCS strives to continue providing an extensive range of highest quality services tailored to client needs, from interpretation and translation services in healthcare and medical sciences to audio-visual equipment services, and the facility operations and management of Kobe International Conference Center.

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    ・Healthcare and medical sciences related convention services (medicine, dentistry, and pharmaceutical conferences/public lectures/medical corporate seminars/medical equipment and pharmaceuticals exhibitions/new pharmaceutical product launch events/secretariat operations/registration services/editing services for abstracts and academic papers)
    ・Convention services (bidding for international conferences/international conferences and ceremonial events/corporate seminars/shareholders’ meetings)
    ・Language services (healthcare and medical sciences related interpretation /translation/content production)
    ・Staffing services (temporary staffing/bilingual staff services)
    ・Consulting services for MICE facilities (facility operations, investigative research)
    JCS Communications, Inc. (audiovisual equipment and operations, video production, exhibitions, secretariat operations)
Address: Kobe Kokusai Koryu Kaikan 6-9-1 Minatojima Nakamachi, Chuo-ku, Kobe 650-0046, Japan  (Contact Person Narumi Hira)
TEL: +81-78-303-1101 FAX: +81-78-303-3760
Web site: https://www.convention.co.jp/en/ E-mail: hira@convention.co.jp


Major field:Packaging

Miner field:Production of Drugs and Quasi Drugs

Miner field:Cosmetic

Contract Packaging ,R&D


KANAE was founded in 1956 as a business that processes and sells flexible packaging materials. Since then, we have expanded our business throughout the world, and nowadays widely offer optimal packaging solutions to almost 700 valued customers in the pharmaceutical, medical, cosmetics and food industries, by utilizing rich experience, know-how, and R&D capabilities.
In order to expand and enhance our business foundation, we established a creative/development type plant and R&D Lab. in Port Island.

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    As an integrated packaging company, KANAE provides optimal packaging solutions to our valued customers through 3 key businesses – Packaging materials, Contract packaging and Packaging machinery.
    Kobe plant, equipped with the latest facilities which meet GMP standards, provides high quality contract packaging services for pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, and Clinical Trial Materials.
    The R&D Lab. is committed to developing original packaging materials/formats and packaging systems to meet customers’ requirements.
Address: 5-2-7, Minatojima-minamimachi, Chuo-ku, Kobe 650-0047 JAPAN 
TEL: +81-78-306-6041 FAX: +81-78-306-2840
Web site: https://www.kk-kanae.jp/en/


Major field:IT

Sale of medical equipments , medical consumables and computer systems


Major field:Production Equipment

Miner field:Material and Chemical Products

R&D of sensors for air quality control and allergy prevention etc.

Copan Japan Co., Ltd.

Major field:Medical Equipment

Sales of LBM® (Liquid Based Microbiology™) product lines that improves the efficiency of microbiological examination.


Focusing on sales of LBM® (Liquid Based Microbiology™) product lines manufactured by COPAN ITALIA SPA to major clinical laboratories and university/ base hospitals with optimal scientific education and training.

Product / Service / PR

    LBM® product lines are ready-to-use system, including FLOQSwabs®, flocked swab for collection and transfer of biological samples, and liquid medium in one pack: eSwab®, UTM® (Universal Transport Medium™), FecalSwab™ and others. We are supporting our customers to create better testing environment through providing such LBM® products as sample collection devises for laboratory automation: WASP® and WASPLab®.
Address: 5-5-2 Minatojima Minamimachi, Chuo-ku, Kobe-city, KIBC6F 659  (Contact Person Shinji Matsuura)
TEL: +81-78-599-9460 FAX: +81-78-599-9461
Web site: http://japanproducts.copangroup.com/ E-mail: Shinji.Matsuura@copangroup.com


Major field:Patent

Miner field:IT

Miner field:Other

Providing business support services for medical related companies

Address: 4-2-13 #4,Hachiman-dori,Chuoh-ku,Kobe-shi,651-0085,Japan  (Contact Person Miyaji)
TEL: +81-78-261-2327 FAX: +81-78-261-2361
Web site: http://port.bayarea.jp E-mail: webkanri@bayarea.jp

Integrated Research Center of Kobe University

Major field:Research Institutions, University and Academic Society, Foundation

Promotion of advanced interdisciplinary research programs and development of their industry-government-university collaborations


・The Integrated Research Center of Kobe University promotes advanced interdisciplinary research programs and has roles to develop integrated and most advanced researches in collaboration with other universities, research institutions, and industries.
・Kobe University will use the industry-government-university collaborations established on Port-Island as driving force in creating innovation with its integrated and most advanced research.
・In April 2014, the Education Center on Computational Science and Engineering was established within the Integrated Research Center, to further focus on human resources development, both within and outside the university.
・From April 2016, the Integrated Research Center became the research base of the Organization for Advanced and Integrated Research in the Port Island area, aiming to further promote advanced research and integrated study both arts and sciences.

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    【Projects • Unit】
    ・Integrated Bio-Refinery Research Project
    ・Research Project for Membrane Technology
    ・Research Project for Structure Based Drug Discovery
    ・International Research Project on Human Health Science and Technology
    ・Center for Planetary Science
    ・Next-Generation Subsurface Imaging System Research Project
    ・Creative Research for Multi-Scale Computational Biology
    ・Integrated Research Project on Natural, Social and Human Sciences using Three-Dimensional Visualization Systems
    ・Research Project on Computational Science and Computer Engineering
    ・Research Project on Simulation Models of Neural Networks
    ・RIKEN Center for Computational Science(R-CCS)
    Joint Research Project
    ・Multidisciplinary Integration for Resillence and Innovation; MIRAI
Address: 7-1-48 Minatojimaminamimachi, Chuo-ku, Kobe 650-0047  (Contact Person Takahiro Nonomiya)
TEL: +81-78-599-6710 FAX: +81-78-599-6711
Web site: http://www.ircpi.kobe-u.ac.jp/ E-mail: ircpi-hall@office.kobe-u.ac.jp

Industry-Academia Collaboration Partners LLC

Major field:Patent

O and R Co., Ltd.

Major field:Cosmetic

Research, planning, and manufacturer of original hair care brand [Off & Relax]

Address: Room 609, Kobe International Business Center, 5-5-2 Minatojima-Minamimachi, Chuo-ku, Kobe City, 650-0057, Japan  (Contact Person Ning XIA)
TEL: 0081-78-381-9640 FAX: 0081-78-381-9730
Web site: https://offandrelax.jp/ E-mail: info@offandrelax.jp