About KBIC


Kobe City launched the "Kobe Medical Industry Development Project (currently KOBE Biomedical Innovation Cluster)" as part of earthquake reconstruction projects to revitalize Kobe's economy after the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake that hit Kobe on January 17, 1995.


the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake Phot

Realizing the importance of life after this devastating earthquake, Kobe City was determined to create new industry, protect the lives of citizens and contribute to a global society.



In 1998, Dr. Hiroo Imura, Honorary chairman of the Foundation for Biomedical Research and Innovation (Director of Kobe City Medical Center General Hospital at that time) together with deans from the medical departments of Kyoto University, Osaka University and Kobe University, president of the National Cardiovascular Center (currently National Cerebral and Cardiovascular Center), Kobe Medical Association, and Hyogo Prefectural Government establish the "Kobe Medical Industry Development Project Discussion Group." The project team chaired by Dr. Hiroo Imura held a series of discussion on basic framework of the "Kobe Medical Industry Development Project."

Objectives and Core Functions of KBIC

Main Research Fields
Core Functions

Since 1998, establishing a center of excellence for research and development of state-of-the-art medical technology has been promoted on Port Island, Kobe, with the aim of integrating medical-related industries, which are considered growth industries of the 21st century. The project was also positioned as a National Urban Revitalization Project that endeavored to establish the first "Life Science (Health Science) Cluster" in Japan.

KBIC Aerial Photography

Eighteen years have passed since the vision was launched. During this time, the KBIC has progressed to be the largest biomedical cluster in Japan by gathering nearly advanced medical research institutes, highly specialized medical institutions, corporations and universities (as of ).

"Cluster" is defined as "bunch," "group" or "mass." Like KBIC, a cluster represents a complex of research institutes, corporations and organizations.


Logo Mark

The KBIC logo was adapted from the hexagon-shape of Kobe Port Island, and represents the six strengths of Kobe; "urban infrastructure," "culture," "nature," "people," "enterprises" and "administration."