Kenji MONDE Ph. D Director of Frontier-AMLS
Hokkaido University has made enormous efforts in innovating its organizations and improving its education and research systems to support the academic activities. “Graduate School of Life Science (GSLS)” and “Faculty of Advanced Life Science (FALS)” were founded as new interdisciplinary organizations in April 2006 in order for the university to fuse outstanding scientist and staffs from many existing departments and institutes under the concept of challenging the new education and research of life science.
Our Frontier Research Center for Advanced Material and Life Science (Former Frontier Research Center for Post-Genome Science and Technology) was also formed in 2006 as a new organization which promote the academia-industry collaboration and interfaculty collaboration research that had been developed in Frontier Research Center for Post-Genome Science and Technology building (Current Frontier Research Center for Advanced Material and Life Science building). Since the center was established, our center has successfully achieved its contribution to the university in leading the research of life science field and academia-industry collaborations.
After the ten years, it is said that the original goal of the center was accomplished, but a social need to the principles the center suggested at first is now strongly growing. To be the platform to promote the development of high technology and create more intellectual properties and to be a bridge across academia and industry to contribute to the advancement of society are still important ideas. Furthermore, a research on Life Science started a new era that is changing from the Post-Genome research to transdisciplinary research of Life Science and Material Science. It requires the stronger functional enhancement from a global perspective. For the further strengthening, the center changed the name as “Frontier Research Center for Advanced Material and Life Science” from April 2016. We would like to work toward the research and education more than ever. Thank you for your continuous support.