Greetings from the Center Director

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

Etsuro Hatano, M.D., Ph.D.
CRCMeD Director

In our country, which is facing a super-aged society, there is an urgent need to advance medical innovation towards the formation of a healthy society with longevity. To achieve this goal sustainably, it is crucial to foster the development of pioneering medical technologies, including pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and regenerative medicine, and to establish robust platforms to facilitate their effective dissemination and implementation for the improvement of public health.

In this context, in April 2011, our center was established at Kyoto University Hospital with the primary objective of serving as a catalyst for the development of groundbreaking medical equipment, supported by “the Advanced Innovation Base Establishment Program” of METI (the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry). This building, which is equipped with rental laboratory space for academia-industry research projects, spans over five floors above ground and one below, with a total floor area of approximately 4,635 m2. Capitalizing on this dynamic atmosphere of open innovation, where we nurture collaborative partnerships between academic researchers and corporate entities, we are committed to expediting the commercialization of cutting-edge medical devices and technologies.

Furthermore, in April 2020, iACT (the Institute for Advancement of Clinical and Translational Science) was established via a strategic organizational restructuring aimed at bolstering the clinical research support system within our center and enhancing our ability to effectively tackle the increasingly complex challenges associated with medical device development, particularly in the realm of clinical research.

Since its establishment, the Center has been instrumental in the development of a variety of medical devices, including a state-of-the-art diagnostic modality that leverages innovative visualization technologies. Moreover, we conduct comprehensive human resource development programs aimed at advancing medical data utilization capabilities for the industry and provide our own research and development grants for medical devices. Our center's core policy is to facilitate industry-government-academia collaboration and enable the rapid translation of innovative medical devices from clinical research to practical applications, spanning early diagnosis to treatment and encompassing compliance with regulations, including the Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Act. Building on this foundation, we aim to leverage the expertise of the Kyoto University and its affiliated hospital to further advance the utilization of medical information and promote the widespread adoption of cutting-edge medical technologies beyond traditional medical devices, such as regenerative medicine. We firmly believe that the medical equipment, technology, and personnel developed through our center will significantly contribute to the delivery of safe and high-quality healthcare.

Finally, we would like to express our sincerest gratitude to METI for generously funding the construction of our building, as well as to Canon Inc for their kind donations. Our endeavors are made possible through the collaborative efforts of individuals from Kyoto City and numerous organizations. We humbly request the privilege of your unwavering support going forward, while once again expressing our heartfelt appreciation for your partnership.

April 1, 2023

Etsuro Hatano, 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.