Greetings from the Center Director

Director, Clinical Research Center for Medical Equipment Development (CRCMeD)

Shuichi Matsuda, M.D., Ph.D.,
CRCMeD Director

Our country, in facing a super-aged society, is strongly pursuing innovations in the field of medical diagnosis and treatment in order to make a vigorous and healthy society of longevity a reality. It is thought that the creation of innovative medical equipment and technologies have an important role to play in achieving innovations in this society. For that purpose, our center was selected by the “Advanced Innovation Base Establishment Program” of the Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry and was established within the grounds of the Kyoto University Hospital in April of 2011.

Our center provides an environment of open innovation where academic and industrial researchers can closely exchange information with each other within our facilities that boast 5 floors and a basement with approximately 4,635m² of floor space, as a base of the industry-academia-government collaboration for cooperatively developing innovative medical equipment and technologies. Here, we are promoting development of the most advanced medical equipment and technologies through various industry-academia collaboration research projects and conducting effective training for the staff that are responsible for dealing with the development of medical equipment.

Facing our 10th year this year, as an organization of Institute for Advancement of Clinical and Translational Science(iACT) reorganized in April, 2020, we are reinforcing the system for dealing with clinical trials and research that become issues with the development of medical equipment and promoting the implementation of the most advanced medical technologies through quickly and, moreover, properly conducting the flow from a series of clinical research and trials to regulatory applications. In the near future, the equipment and technologies developed and personnel trained at our center are expected to contribute to the Kyoto University Hospital’s aim of providing “safe, high-quality medical care.”

Lastly, our building was constructed through the funding of the Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry along with donations from Canon Inc. Additionally; we are conducting our activities with the collaboration of individuals from Kyoto City and from many companies. Along with expressing our gratitude once again to everyone for their collaboration, we ask the honor of your unchanging support hereafter.

April 1, 2020

Shuichi Matsuda, M.D., Ph.D.
Clinical Research Center for Medical Equipment Development (CRCMeD),
Institute for Advancement of Clinical and Translational Science(iACT),
Kyoto University Hospital

Basic Principles of the Hospital

  • 1. To provide safe high-quality medical care as an open and patient-centered hospital.
  • 2. To contribute to society through the development and practice of innovative medical treatments.
  • 3. To foster medical personnel with a strong sense of professional responsibility and mission as well as strong moral and ethical values.

Basic Policy of the Center

The center was established as Japan's first authentic base of industry-academia-government collaboration for medical equipment development in order to carry out processes from clinical research to regulatory application and continuously develop innovative medical equipment demanded by society. As an organization of Institute for Advancement of Clinical and Translational Science (iACT) of Kyoto University Hospital, the center will accelerate the real application of medical innovation through innovative medical equipment development in collaboration with industry and local authorities and effective and efficient cooperation with the Kyoto University Medical Science and Business Liaison Organization (KUMBL).

Mission of the Center

Promote innovative medical equipment development
To contribute to the development of advanced medical equipment, promotion of the medical equipment industry and strengthening its international competitiveness by fostering clinical research, which is currently considered a bottleneck in the development of medical equipment in Japan.
Contribute to cancer control
To contribute to society through the development of medical equipment for which there is high demand, such as for the early diagnosis and treatment of cancer, which develops in one in two people and kills one in three, and other common diseases including lifestyle-related diseases.
Promote the development of human resources
To foster the human resources necessary for developing and improving medical equipment, through collaboration between medical professionals, including medical doctors and technicians, and industry.
Contribute to the community
To contribute to the achievement of the "Kyoto City Life Innovation Promotion Strategy" developed by Kyoto City and the development of advanced human resources in the region through industry-government-academia collaboration activities between companies in the region and Kyoto University.