National University Corporation Hokkaido University (hereinafter referred to as Hokkaido University) is working on the ``Industry-academia-region co-creation project between Iwamizawa City and Hokkaido University that has reduced low birth weight babies'' at the Hokkaido University COI ``Food and Health Masters'' base *. We received the 3rd Japan Open Innovation Award, Science Council of Japan Chairman's Award.

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[Outline of the award]
As international competition in the creation of innovation intensifies, we need to rapidly implement research and development results into society, solve social needs, and create new value by moving knowledge beyond organizational boundaries. Open innovation, which promotes new initiatives by combining technology, technology, and management resources, is attracting attention. In order to further promote open innovation in Japan, the Cabinet Office recognizes innovative and highly original initiatives that are expected to serve as future role models with the Japan Open Innovation Award.

* Hokkaido University COI “Food and Health Master” base
COI (Center of Innovation) is a research and development program run by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology and the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) that aims to realize breakthrough innovation through industry-academia-government collaboration. Hokkaido University has been selected for this program since 2015, and has been working as a base for the ``Food and Health Masters'' together with the University of Tsukuba, Kitasato University, and over 30 companies and related institutions. This center develops products and services that utilize the center's research results and knowledge under the ``Food and Health Master'' brand.