In fiscal year 2006, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science
and Technology (MEXT) launched
funding scheme to create “innovation centers for advanced interdisciplinary
research.” Out of forty-six
applications, Okayama University’s research proposal to form “a center
for the creation of nanobio-targeted
therapy through interdisciplinary research” is one of the nine winning proposals. A follow-up to the Ministry’s
Super COE (Center of Excellence) program, this program promotes the creation
of innovations, which is the
focus of the Ministry’s Third Science and Technology Basic Plan.
Okayama University is committed to making ICONT a “center for creative innovations.” With our strong
history in advanced biomedical sciences, including gene and cell therapy, we are focusing on the integration
of cutting-edge nanotechnology with state-of-the-art biotechnology to
develop a new therapy that is more
patient-friendly than conventional ones. Interdisciplinary approaches,
partnerships between academia and
industry, and international alliances are strongly encouraged. Development of new biomolecular imaging
technology and research training/education in the field are also important
parts of our goal to accomplish
innovations in biomedical research.
- A wide variety of ICONT logotypes are
designed for this project.
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| To develop a new cluster of innovation for
the medical industry within the region, Okayama
Prefecture is now promoting the Medical–Techno
Valley Scheme and has established Medical–Techno
Okayama through industry–academia–government
cooperation. Our project is one of Medical–Techno
Valley Scheme’s core projects that is currently
supported by Okayama – the Medically Advanced
Secretariat, Innovation Center Okayama for Nanobio-targeted Therapy, Okayama
2-5-1,Shikata, kitaku, Okayama 700-8558 Phone: +81-86-235-7548 E-mail: