More than 200 monoclonal antibodies and other biopharmaceuticals have been approved in Japan. In 2004, biopharmaceuticals, including biosimilars, accounted for about one-fourth of all 138 items approved in the pharmaceutical category in the country. The development and marketing of biopharmaceutical products are certain to continue to increase. Come and join us as we visit biopharmaceuticals GMP facilities located in Port Island, Kobe. After visiting the facilities, we will visit their next-door neighbor Riken to take a look at the K (aka Kei) supercomputer.

Proposed dates and times:

First: Thursday, February 16, 2017, 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Second: Wednesday, February 15, 2017, 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Third: Monday, February 20, 2017, 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Notes: The GMP facilities will choose the final date of the tour later. We will inform all applicants of the date once it is determined in late January.

1) GMP facilities: GMP Facilities, Manufacturing Technology Association of Biologics Website

Address: 7-1-49 Minatojima-Minamimachi, Chuo-ku, Kobe, Hyogo 650-0047

Three-minute walk from K Computer-Mae Station on Port Liner

Map: (Please scroll down to the bottom of the page.)

A lecture and guided tour of the facilities will last about 1.5 hours.

2) K supercomputer: RIKEN Advanced Institute for Computational Science Website

Address: 7-1-26 Minatojima-minami-machi, Chuo-ku, Kobe, Hyogo 650-0047

Five-minute walk from K Computer-Mae Station on the Port Liner line

Map: (Please scroll down to the middle of the page.)

Presentations on the K supercomputer and K-aided research projects and a tour of K will last about 1 hour.

3) Fee: Free

Number of participants: Maximum of 25

Registration deadline: Sunday, January 15, 2017

To register, please email the following information to Hiroko Kawakami at [email protected]. Be sure to write “GMP facility tour registration” in the subject line.




・I would like to participate in the tour if it is held on

( ) February 16, 2017,

( ) February 15, 2017,

( ) February 20, 2017.

・I am ( ) a JAT member or ( ) not.

・Job affiliation (required only for non-JAT members):