The Institute for Advanced Biosciences, Keio University, is an academic research institute pioneering the new life science field of Systems Biology, using both experimental and computational biology. There are several groups working in collaboration, focusing mainly on genome biology and engineering, genome design and synthetic biology, metabolic engineering, proteomics, metabolomics, RNA biology, bioinformatics and computational biology. Using cutting-edge technologies, intracellular components can be analyzed comprehensively to construct computer simulation models that can find numerous applications in fields such as biomedical, environmental, and agricultural science. Experimental and computational facilities are located in Tsuruoka, Yamagata prefecture, in northern Japan while the SFC campus, in the Tokyo area, hosts the bioinformatics laboratory and most undergraduate curricular activities. IAB has successfully attracted very significant funding for multiple research projects from major funding organizations including the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) (2002-2006), for bioprocesses and cell modeling, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) and its COE network, for biosimulation and systems biology (2003-2008), the Japan Science and Technology Agency (CREST, 2004-2009) for simulation and systems biology, the Ministry of Health, for cancer biology (2005), as well as from Yamagata prefecture and Tsuruoka city, 2001-2006 and 2006-2011). Over the past few years, IAB scientists have accumulated several awards including the 1st prize during the 5th Japan Biotechnology Business Competition (2005), the Minister of State for Science and Technology Policy award in recognition for industry-academia-government collaboration performance (2004), the IBM Shared University Research Award (2003), and the Nihon Kogyo Shimbunsha Award (2003) during the 17th Leading-edge Technology for Originality and Creativity. Sponsor. This study was supported by a grant from the Global COE Program entitled, Human Metabolomic Systems Biology and by a Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research on Priority Areas Systems Genomes and on Lifesurveyor from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan as well as research funds from the Yamagata prefectural government and the City of Tsuruoka.
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