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Welcome to Kyoto University Research Center San Diego

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​Kyoto University

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Message from the director

Kyoto University has established Kyoto University on-site labs in each country in order to become a hub of a global network of knowledge in cooperation with leading overseas universities and research institutes. Our Graduate School of Medicine has signed an agreement with the Graduate School of Medicine of the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) to establish a venture incubator facility completed in August 2019 on the UCSD campus. The newly established on-site laboratory is named Kyoto University Research Center San Diego and is located in the Center for Novel Therapeutics (CNT). This on-site lab not only promotes joint research, academic exchange, and education on the west coast of the United States but also disseminates the culture of knowledge created at Kyoto University to US citizens and students as well as research and development at Kyoto University. We aim to introduce these new technologies to US investors and companies and to support university ventures in North America.

         Masatoshi Hagiwara,  Director of KURC-SD


Since its founding in 1897, Kyoto University has shown its presence to the world as an academic capital that cultivates a spirit of creation under the free-flowing culture of dialogue. Currently, it has approximately 5,500 faculty members, 22,600 students, 10 faculties, 18 graduate schools, etc., plus 13 research institutes boasting the most diversity in Japan, and 14 education supporting higher education and academic research. It has a research facility and 63 overseas exchange bases. Through the international and interdisciplinary joint research, we have contributed to the harmonious coexistence of the global society through the international and interdisciplinary joint research while accepting many international students and researchers from overseas. In addition, he has promoted many original and cutting-edge researches, and has produced many winners of world-class awards such as the Nobel Prize and Fields Award. As an initiative of industry-government-academia collaboration, we established Kyoto University Original Co., Ltd., which makes use of university seeds in industry, and boasts the top number of university-initiated ventures in Japan per year.

The Graduate School of Medicine


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Kyoto University Graduate School of Medicine is a comprehensive biomedical research institute with an associated hospital based in Kyoto, Japan. It has a long history that spans well over 120 years since its establishment in 1899 as the College of Medicine Kyoto Imperial University. The Graduate School has produced numerous world-leading distinguished medical scholars and researchers such as Professor Emeritus Tasuku Honjo, the 2018 Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine, while sharing our continuous stream of original research findings and medical treatments in the world.

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UC San Diego


University of California, San Diego (UCSD) is one of the world's major public universities located in La Jolla, California, has academic strengths in the fields of medical biology, medicine, engineering, and ranks third in the pharmacology in the United States for high-quality research. Kyoto University has signed an academic exchange agreement with UCSD in 2014 and has continued to deepen its relationship with UCSD by establishing the Kyoto University San Diego Office. By founding the Kyoto University Research Center San Diego in the CNT, which will be newly established within the UCSD School of Medicine, researchers, graduate students, and undergraduate students of the University will be able to access the UCSD library and animals. Various joint-use facilities are expected to be available, and short- and long-term international exchanges and international joint research can be expected to be promoted in the future.

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Moores Cancer Center 

UCSD Moores Cancer Center's unique blend of cancer research and patient care is transforming cancer prevention, detection and treatment. Established in 1978, Moores Cancer Center is the region’s only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center. This designation is reserved for centers with the highest achievements in cancer research, clinical care, education and community contributions. 


Center for Novel Therapeutics San Diego


The Center for Novel Therapeutics (CNT) is designed to foster collaboration with scientists and clinical researchers with the common goal of accelerating therapies from the research bench to the treatment at the patient’s bedside. The new 137,500 square foot research hub will leverage the strength of the university’s world renowned doctors and research at the Moores Cancer Center with private sector companies looking to translate research into helping cancer patients throughout the world.

Located on the University of California San Diego’s Science Research Park, the Center for Novel Therapeutics is in the heart of an area rich in academic researchers, healthcare institutions, life science and technology companies and is anchored by UC San Diego leasing over 20% of the building.

CNT is ideally suited to facilitate academic collaboration and foster participation in the region’s largest community of researchers as it provides technology commercialization resources to entrepreneurs, including incubator space with fully equipped wet and dry laboratories and path-breaking programs that nurture and sustain new technology businesses.

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