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About ICBiotech

Linking the World through Biotechnology

International Center for Biotechnology(ICBiotech), Osaka University, aims for turning into a hub of the biotechnology research in Asia, engaging in education and research in the field of biotechnology from an international view, together with an oversea laboratory, Cooperative Research Station for Southeast Asia(CRS, about 500m2) in Mahidol University, Thailand.

After 35 years since the establishment in 1978, it turned to α & β buildings of International Research Complex for Biotechnolgy which is approximately 4000 square meters in April 2013.

Now, the Complex is a major base for 2 existing laboratories, collaborative laboratories, Research Alliance Laboratories, and Center for International Affairs in Graduate School of Engineering, so that the stage is set for planning and operating more productive international exchange programs. ICBiotech's main research field is industrial biotechnology based on microbiology and plant engineering, especially utilizing agricultural and forestry resources from Southeast Asian countries on a sustained and equitable basis.

Regarding international exchange, we are conducting education and research projects in Asia cooperating with Division of Advanced Science and Biotechnology, Graduate School of Engineering, Osaka University, and researchers from influential universities and institutes in as well as outside Japan with support of Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology(MEXT), Japan Society for the Promotion of Science(JSPS), and United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization(UNESCO).

Arrangement of the summary-room building and activities
New) The pamphlet about ICBiotech (updated 2022.08)
The pamphlet about ICBiotech


The establishment of The International Center of Cooperative Research and Development in Microbial Engineering, Japan (ICME) under the Faculty of Engineering, Osaka University.
In the Recognition of successful achievement of ICME, the center restarted, renaming as International Center of Cooperative Research in Biotechnology (ICBiotech).
The foundation of International Center for Biotechnology (ICBiotech) as an independent institute in pursuance of academic advancement and collaborative research in biotechnology.
December, 2002
The establishment of the Cooperative Research Station (CRS) in Southeast Asia, International Center for Biotechnology, Osaka University, and Mahidol University - Osaka University Collaborative Research Center (MU-OU CRC) in Mahidol University.
May, 2013
The completion of new building, the International Research Complex for Biotechnology (α+β complex, 4,100 m2), and moving-in from the 1978-established old building (1,000 m2).
The International Post-graduate University Course in Microbiology was initiated in 1973 by the Department of Biotechnology (former Department of Fermentation Technology). Since the establishment of the ICME in 1978 which has been founded as ICBiotech in 1995, the course has been under the continuous management of both the Department of Biotechnology and ICME/ICBiotech.


Past activities of ICBiotech