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Promotion of advanced research and regional development in collaboration with Yamagata Prefecture and Tsuruoka City.

In April 2021, the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Tsuruoka Town Campus of Keio(TTCK) and the Institute for Advanced Biosciences(IAB) based on the collaboration agreement with Yamagata Prefecture and Tsuruoka City was celebrated. At the IAB research activities using advanced biotechnology is being promoted and many joint research projects are being carried out with local companies (19 in AY 2022), contributing to the development of regional industries. Additionally, 8 venture companies have been formed to date (one of which is the only listed company with headquarters in the Shonai region of Yamagata Prefecture), creating jobs.
Furthermore, in 2009, a program that appoints students at nearby senior high schools as "senior high school student research assistants" was launched, and in AY 2022, 8 students were participating. In addition, senior high school students who dream of "becoming researchers in the future" have been accepted as "special research students" since 2011 through a system that fully supports research activities, and in AY 2022, 14 students were accepted. Among those who were accepted as special research students, there are those who have found employment at one of the abovementioned venture companies after obtaining a degree at graduate school.
At the Bio Summit for senior high school students (August 22–24, 2022), which has been held every year since 2011, 259 students from 70 schools all over Japan participated, and through this, recycling-oriented human resource development and the formation of a global biotechnology center are being promoted.

Applicable regions

Yamagata Prefecture and Tsuruoka City

Implementation period

March 19, 1999 - present

Community and Regional Affairs category

  • Regional collaboration as research targets and implementation sites/research that aims to popularize region-specific issues
  • Social collaboration through advanced research
  • Education of students/human resource development for the next generation

Related agreements, etc.



Tsuruoka Town Campus

Person in charge

Institute for Advanced Biosciences/Tsuruoka Town Campus