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Osaka University Institute for Open Innovation Launched


On Tuesday, October 1, 2019, the Osaka University launched its Institute for Open Innovation (IOI; Director: Senior Executive Vice President KANEDA Yasufumi).

Taking advantage of its tradition of practical education, Osaka University has performed industry-university collaboration that puts emphasis on both basic and applied research under its motto of “Live Locally, Grow Globally.”

Since 2006, under the slogan of “Industry on Campus,” the university has engaged in upgrading and expanding open spaces for inviting corporations to campus through the establishment of Joint Research Chairs and Research Alliance Laboratories as systems to build hubs for creating industries in cooperation with the industry.

Under the central administration system, by combining several academic fields and technical seeds, IOI will engage in the management of collaboration with corporations, such as planning worthy joint research for corporations, progress management according to joint research plans, smooth operation and negotiations with corporations, and management of legal affairs, contracts, and risks.

Reflecting corporations’ business strategies that will lead to the establishment of a competitive domain, IOI will make plans for large-scale joint research and put forward and promote proposals.

In addition, IOI will support researchers in IOI-related research and development projects so that they can dedicate themselves to their research.

Initially, the Institute will begin with research and development projects in the fields of medical equipment, behavior sensing, drug discovery, materials (polymers/medical materials), and environmental/energy research, eventually expanding university-wide.

Osaka University has been selected for the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) “Project for Establishing Institutes for Open Innovation” for the 2019-2020 academic year, and through IOI, the university intends to contribute to the promotion of open innovation in Japan.


(MEXT) Regarding the Selection of Universities in the 2019-2020 Project for Establishing Institutes for Open Innovation

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