About FMI

About FMI


The Global Research Center for Food & Medical Innovation (FMI) building was completed on March 16, 2015. The Center promotes research and development toward the creation of an ageless society in which people of all ages lead healthy, active lives. In such a society, the focus of health promotion is shifted from hospitals to homes, that of health maintenance from medical treatment to prevention, and that of health-related information management from a distributed approach led by medical institutions to a unified concept led by individuals. The Center also provides opportunities for informal interaction among researchers and locals through the publicly open spaces on its first and second floors. The facility is expected to serve as a place for locals and people from industry and academia to share a variety of novel ideas toward true innovation.

Major Initiatives

A Terra Madre meeting held by the Slow Food grass roots organization

The Global Research Center for Food & Medical Innovation (FMI) co-hosted a Terra Madre Japan meeting in connection with its Innovative Food & Healthcare MASTER project. These meetings are held worldwide to help to recover a sustainable equilibrium between man and Mother Earth by highlighting their relationship in today’s society.


The 1st International Symposium hosted by the Innovative Food & Healthcare MASTER project (a Hokkaido University Center of Innovation (COI) initiative)

The symposium featured discussions on ways of proceeding with research on grape cultivation and wine fermentation for an even brighter future in Hokkaido’s food and wine industry. Agenda items included training of future leaders in the local wine industry and ways to improve winemaking techniques.