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Institute for Advanced Biosciences Honored for Contributions to Prosperity in Yamagata

Update:Feb. 25, 2014

The Keio University Institute for Advanced Biosciences has received the "Prosperity Award" as part of the "57th Yamagata Shimbun 3P Awards," hosted by local newspaper, the Yamagata Shimbun, and Yamagata Broadcasting Co., Ltd. The awards, which were presented this year at a special ceremony on February 18 in Yamagata City, honor the contributions of Yamagata-based individuals and organizations to "peace," "prosperity," and "progress" in the local region.

The Institute for Advanced Biosciences, which is located in Tsuruoka City, Yamagata Prefecture, applies metabolome analysis technology to research in a number of fields, including medicine, environment, and food. This award recognizes the institute's contributions to the revitalization of local society through initiatives incorporating research techniques that are firmly rooted in the region. These initiatives include investigating the practical application of oil-producing algae and establishing Spiber, a venture company which has developed synthetic spider silk fiber.

The award was presented to Professor Masaru Tomita, Director of the Institute for Advanced Biosciences, by Yosuke Kurosawa, Chairman of the Yamagata Shimbun Group Executive Committee. Following the awards ceremony, Professor Tomita delivered a lecture in which he emphasized the significance of pursuing research in Japan and expressed his wish to use Yamagata as a base to bring about change in Japanese science.

Professor Masaru Tomita, Director of the Institute for Advanced Biosciences, accepts the award
▲Professor Masaru Tomita, Director of the Institute for Advanced Biosciences, accepts the award
Professor Tomita delivers a speech
▲Professor Tomita delivers a speech

The special lecture session
▲The special lecture session
The Institute for Advanced Biosciences
▲The Institute for Advanced Biosciences