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BiocK subcommittee

The “BiocK subcommittee” refers to a project team formed to solve social issues through new businesses in the field of biotechnology in collaboration with companies, industries, the academia, and the government. The teams are formed depending on the themes and based on proposals from individual companies, involving institutions inside and outside the Kansai region. These teams will work together by contributing their respective technologies and knowledge.

Composition of the subcommittees and how to proceed with the activities:


Identification of social issues

Social issues for the year 2050

  • Environment and energy
  • Healthcare
  • Sustainable primary production system
  • Startup support

Determination of themes

Themes are determined based on proposals from different institutions.

  • Themes are long-term issues that cannot be solved by only one institution.
  • Themes will be promoted through open innovation.
  • A 5-year plan will be formulated for each theme.

Activity support

Support measures

  • Use of existing facilities
  • Use of public subsidies
  • Attracting investment
  • Evaluation mechanism

List of BiocK Subcommittees

1. Biomethane subcommittee

Environment and energy

Content of Efforts Carbon neutralization of energy
Leadership Organization Osaka Gas Co., Ltd.
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2. Plastic subcommittee

Environment and energy

Content of Efforts Bioplastic & Plastic resource recycling
Leadership Organization Saraya Co., Ltd.
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3. Mental health subcommittee


Content of Efforts Improving social productivity
Leadership Organization Shionogi & Co., Ltd.
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4. Personal Data Subcommittee


Content of Efforts Use of personal data
Leadership Organization Nippon Telegraph and Telephone West Corporation
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5. Wellbeing Subcommittee on Aspergillus (National fungi)

Lifestyle modification healthcare

Content of Efforts Elucidation of health and cosmetic effects of Aspergillus oryzae
Leadership Organization Gekkeikan Sake Co., Ltd.
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6. Lifestyle DX Subcommittee

Digital Health

Content of Efforts Updating Lifestyles with the Latest
Leadership Organization Suntory Global Innovation Center
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7. Toilets excellently add value to your life Subcommittee


Content of Efforts Supporting healthy living through the use of toilets.
Leadership Organization TOTO LTD.
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8. Smart Cultivation Subcommittee

Continuous primary production system

Content of Efforts Maximizing the use of biotechnology in the primary industry
Leadership Organization Yanmar Holdings Co., Ltd.
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9. Utilization of wood and CLT with DX

Large scale and Mid-to-high-rise building using wood and CLT

Content of Efforts Reuse of CLT with Building Information Modeling (BIM) data
Leadership Organization TAKENAKA CORPORATION
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10. Forest Environment Subcommittee utilizing KODOBOKU technology

Forest Environment Conservation

Content of Efforts Creating a forest of rich biodiversity.
Leadership Organization C-TECH CORPORATION
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11. Biofoundry Cluster Subcommittee

Manufacturing Value Chain

Content of Efforts Bio manufacturing
Leadership Organization Bacchus Bio innovation Co., Ltd.
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12. Subcommittee on Analysis and Measurement Technologies

All biotechnology fields

Content of Efforts Promoting bioindustry through analysis and measurement technologies
Leadership Organization Shimadzu Corporation
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13. Space Biological Experiments Subcommittee

All biotechnology fields

Content of Efforts Construct a democratized space biological experiment platform using satellite payloads from Japan
Leadership Organization IDDK Co., Ltd.
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14. Section committee changing the world of Biotechnology by sound

Biotechnology production system / Healthcare

Content of Efforts Use of sound to Biotechnology production system and healthcare area
Leadership Organization Onkyo Corporation
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15. Start-up subcommittee

Support for start-up

Content of Efforts Support for start-up in Kansai
Leadership Organization Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC)
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16. Subcommittee on Digital Biohealth


Content of Efforts General health industry city
Leadership Organization National Cerebral and Cardiovascular Center(NCVC)
Remarks Field of JST co-creation
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17. Subcommittee on Photonics Life Engineering


Content of Efforts Photonics biotechnology
Leadership Organization Osaka University
Remarks Field of JST co-creation
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18. Well-Being with Bright Eyes Subcommittee


Content of Efforts Social implementation of happy lifestyles through digital health big data with a focus on ophthalmology
Leadership Organization Tohoku University
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19. Subcommittee on modality


Content of Efforts Manufacture of antibodies, gene therapy products, and vaccines
Leadership Organization Manufacturing Technology Association of Biologics (MAB)
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20. MedTech Innovation Subcommittee


Content of Efforts Cultivate human resources for the development of medical devices
Leadership Organization Osaka University/Terumo Corporation
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21. Subcommittee on cell production

Regenerative medicine

Content of Efforts Construction of an ecosystem for cell production
Leadership Organization Osaka University
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22. Regenerative Medicine Subcommittee

Regenerative Medicine

Content of Efforts Development of regenerative medicine
Leadership Organization Osaka University
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23. Health Functions Quotient

Prediction of and Prevention from Health Vulnerability

Content of Efforts Maximize Personalized Health
Leadership Organization Kobe University and RIKEN
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24. Food loss subcommittee

Continuous primary production system

Content of Efforts Innovative low food loss co-creation base
Leadership Organization Osaka University
Remarks Field of JST co-creation
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25. Subcommittee on Digital Green

Continuous primary production system / Digital healthcare/ Bioproduction system

Content of Efforts Realization of a sustainable society in which Keihanna Science City and nearby rural villages complement each other
Leadership Organization Nara Institute of Science and Technology
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26. Biomass subcommittee

Carbon neutral

Content of Efforts Realization of carbon zero emissions through biomass technology
Leadership Organization Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology (TUAT)
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27. White bioindustry subcommittee

White bioindustry

Content of Efforts Biofoundry business
Leadership Organization Osaka University (representative sponsor)
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28. Human Resource Development in industrial Bio-production fields

Supporting trial manufacturing and educating engineers in bioindustry fields

Content of Efforts Bioindustry business
Leadership Organization Osaka Institute of Technology
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29. Future Urban Subcommittee

Sustainable society

Content of Efforts Dissemination of future intellectual infrastructure models
Leadership Organization Osaka University
Remarks Field of JST co-creation
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