Establishment and History


April 1, 1993


October 1989

Planning began for the establishment of a central research facility that would focus on the fundamentals of biotechnology as applied to the agriculture, forestry, fisheries, and food industries in Iwate Prefecture.

March 1990

Guidelines established for the creation of Iwate Biotechnology Institute.

April 1990

Organizing committee formed.

October 1990

Construction site selected.

January 1992

Construction of the institute began.

February 1992

Iwate Biotechnology Research Center established.

December 1992

Construction completed; research equipment procurement and installation started.

April 1993

Iwate Biotechnology Institute inaugurated.

March 1996

Construction of Transgenic Plant Characteristics-Safety Assessment Building(Sealed and Open Greenhouses) completed.

March 1997

Isolated Experimentation Field completed.

June 1997

Accepted certification of STA fellow (Science and Technology Agency special researcher).

April 1998

Research divisions and groups reorganized.
Transition to 4 divisions and 5 projects system.

June 1998

The 5th anniversary celebrated.

July 1999

Began hosting science and technology special research fellows.

April 2001

Collaboration with United Graduate School of Agricultural Sciences (Iwate University) initiated.

March 2003

Experimental wastewater treatment facility completed.

July 2003

The 10th anniversary celebrated.

April 2004

Certified as a research institute eligible to apply for "Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research [KAKENHI]".

April 2007

Research divisions and groups reorganized.
Shift from the five-project system to seven-research field system.

April 2008

Research divisions and groups reorganized.
Transition from 4 to 3 Research Divisions.

May 2009

Radio Isotope (RI) facility abolished.

March 2010

Facilities related to RI renovated and converted to whole genome sequencing lab, metabolomics lab, and a common lab.

April 2012

Registered as a public interest incorporated foundation.