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Opening Ceremony for AIST-Osaka University Advanced Photonics and Biosensing Open Innovation Laboratory held


On Friday, January 6, the opening ceremony was held for the AIST-Osaka University Advanced Photonics and Biosensing Open Innovation Laboratory (PhotoBIO-OIL), which was newly established in the Osaka University Photonics Center.


This laboratory was established with the aim of advancing biosensing research and technology and developing this research to industrial application through the coordination of biosensing technology at the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) and nanophotonics technology at the Photonics Center based on a cooperative agreement between AIST and Osaka University concluded in March of 2011.

At the opening ceremony held at Icho Kaikan, AIST President CHUBACHI Ryoji and Osaka University President NISHIO Shojiro greeted attendees, SUEMATSU Hiroyuki (Director-General, Industrial Science and Technology Policy and Environment Bureau, METI), ITO Yoichi (Director-General, Science and Technology Policy Bureau, MEXT), and MATSUSHITA Masayuki (Vice Chairman, Kansai Economic Federation) gave congratulatory speeches, and a signing ceremony took place for the memorandum regarding the establishment and operation of the laboratory.

In addition, a commemorative lecture was given by AIZAWA Masuo (Program Director, Japan Science and Technology Agency), closing the standing-room only event on a high note.

Chosen as the MEXT Creation of Innovation Centers for Advanced Interdisciplinary Research Areas Program, (with the MEXT grants) Osaka University established the Photonics Center in 2007 to carry out various programs for advanced interdisciplinary research and development, industry-university-government collaboration, and human resource development.

At this newly established laboratory, under the guidance of Laboratory Director and Osaka University Professor TAMIYA Eiichi and Vice Director and AIST Principal Research Manager WAKIDA Shin-ichi, efforts to clarify biological mechanisms will be made in three groups with each group having its own respective challenge. At the same time, they will perform research and development in biosensing technology in order to realize epoch-making drug development, evaluation of drug efficacy and toxicity, health status evaluation, and infectious disease diagnostics.

In addition, this laboratory aims to perform simultaneous collaborative research while closely collaborating with private corporations and quickly industrialize these results and implement them into society.

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