Potential in the field of life innovation

Potential in the field of life innovation

Kansai has a concentration of the top Japanese research institutes and companies in life sciences, where work is underway in various areas from health to drug discovery and treatment including regeneration medicine such as iPS cells, for which the Nobel Prize was awarded. Also, it is designated as an international strategic comprehensive special zone of the nation, where companies located in Kansai can benefit from regulatory and taxation benefits in the special zone.
At the Kansai International Airport as a hub airport in Kansai, alongside cool chain transport of pharmaceutical products and simplification of trade procedures for pharmaceutical products/medical devices, various efforts are being made for quality control and speed-up of trading pharmaceutical products/medical devices.
Efforts to match companies and research institutes in the life science area are actively promoted, which makes the region advantageous for companies looking to pursue business and R&D in this field in the future.

Research institutes of the life science

Research institutions of Life Sciences

Umeda in the field of life sciences

Thanks to Umeda’s excellent accessibility to universities and research institutes located in Kansai, companies in the field of life sciences are starting businesses in Umeda.
Also, in GRAND FRONT OSAKA located in Umeda, the Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Agency (PMDA) was established in Japan outside for Tokyo. A system to speed-up approval/examination of pharmaceutical products is developing.
Furthermore, Umeda is one of the areas designated as an international strategic comprehensive special zone of the nation, where companies that satisfy certain criteria in the area can receive incentives.

Infrastructure in the field of life sciences

1. Simplification of trade procedures for pharmaceutical products/medical devices in cargo at the Kansai International Airport

For cargo passing through Kansai International Airport, the procedures by importers or the Kinki Regional Bureau of Health and Welfare can be simplified and electronic Yakkan Certificate procedures are available. This should remarkably shorten the time to acquire Yakkan Certificate from 2 to 7 days to about 1 hour.

2. Cool chain transport of pharmaceutical products at the Kansai International Airport

In 2010, the Kansai International Airport opened a common low-temperature warehouse for pharmaceutical products for the first time in a Japanese airport. Also, since 2012, it has introduced cargo airplanes that can transport pharmaceutical products at stable temperatures for the first time at a Japanese airport Cargo can be kept cool between airplane and warehouse even during summer.