History of Fukuoka Bio Valley Project

2001

September:

Fukuoka Prefectural Bio Industry Center Promotion Conference established.

Fukuoka Bio Valley Project started. (Kurume Research Park Co., Ltd. was in charge of the secretariat.)

September:

Programs to develop bio-ventures started with grant for R&D support from Fukuoka Prefecture and Kurume City.  

 

2003

August:

The project selected for the MEXT City Area Program (General Type) with the project expense approx. 100 million yen x 3 years.  R&D started through Kurume University School of Medicine.

2004

April:

Fukuoka Bio Incubation Center (F-BIC) opened as a facility for R&D supports.

2005

February:

Chuncheon Bioindustry Foundation in Korea and Kurume Research Park Co., Ltd. singed an MOU.

September:

The 5th Anniversary forum of Fukuoka Prefectural Bio Industry Center Promotion Conference held in Fukuoka City.

2006

March:

The MEXT City Area Program (General Type) completed.

April:

The project selected for the MEXT City Area Program (Development Type) with the project expense approx. 200 million yen x 3 years.  A constructive R&D stated based on the cancer treatment by Kurume University School of Medicine.

2007

February:

The commendation of Chikugin (Chikuho Bank) bio-venture award started.

April:

Fukuoka Bio Factory (F-BF) opened as a facility to support product manufacturing.

May:

The delegation sent to the first Asia Bio Business Partnering held in Chuncheon, Korea.

September:

Lugu Biological Technology Industry Co., Ltd in Chenyang of China and Kurume Research Park Co., Ltd. singed an MOU.

November:

The delegation sent to the 2nd Asia Bio Business Partnering held in Bangkok, Thailand.

2008

May:

CRNF (Clinical Search Network Fukuoka) established in Kyushu University Graduate School of Medical Sciences.

August:

GNI Co., Ltd. founded out from Fukuoka Bio Valley Project and listed on the Mothers Broad of the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

October:

The 3rd Asia Bio Business Partnering held in Kurume (Participants; Korea, China, Thailand and Malaysia)

 

2009

March:

the MEXT City Area Program (Development Type) completed.

September:

The project selected for the MEXT Intelligent Cluster Construction Program (Global Base Development Type) with the project expense approx.300 million yen x 5 years. R&D started on 3 strategies such as development of cancer peptide vaccines, conducted by Kurume University.  

September:

Queensland Clinical Search Network in Queensland of Australia and Kurume Research Park Co., Ltd. singed an MOU.

September:

The delegation sent to the 4th Asia Bio Business Partnering held in Chenyand, China.

2010

February:

The delegation sent to Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney of Australia.

April:

The project changed from Fukuoka Prefectural Bio Venture Development Program to Fukuoka Prefectural New Product/Technology Creation R&D Support Project.

April:

Kurume Bio College established inside Kurume Research Park and the courses on various subjects started.

June: J and Smith Co., Ltd, which was placed in F-BF, established their own factory in Kurume/Hirokawa new industrial complex. (The first company graduated from the project.)

September:

The delegation sent to the 5th Asia Bio Business Partnering held in Chuncheon, Korea.

November:

The delegation sent to the TRX2010 held in Brisbane, Australia.

2011

September:

The delegation sent to the 6th Asia Bio Business Partnering held in Chenyand, China.

October:

To support development of business to Korea, the delegation sent to Bio Business Mission held in Jeonju of North Jeolla Province, Korea.

 

2012

August:

Fukuoka Prefectural program on Product Development Project Workshop set to support marketable products such as foods and cosmetics to enhance companies’ sales and expand employment.

October:

The 7th Asia Bio Business Partnering held in Kurume. (Participants; Korea, China, Thailand and Australia)

2013

July:

Attended the 8th Asia Business Partnering held in Bangkok, Thailand.

October:

First presentation to the exhibition of Hi/S-tec Japan 2013 held in Tokyo Big Sight

 

2014

March:

The MEXT Regional Innovation Strategy Support Program (Global Type) completed.

July:

The consultation counters for Foods with Function Claims established.

2015

June:

For development support of Foods with Function Claims, a Connoisseur Survey started.

2016

November:

Fukuoka Prefecture and Kurume City selected to be provided with Regional Revitalization Promotive Grant (3-year’s horizontal deployment type), and the projects determined to be conducted through Fukuoka Prefectural Bio Industry Center Promotion Conference.

2017

May:

The Regional Revitalization Promotive Grant expanded from 3-year’s horizontal deployment type to 5-year’s pioneering type until 2020.

May:

The cooperative R&D center for regional revitalization placed at the R&D building in Kurume Research Center.

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