National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology(AIST) started in April, 2001.
AIST composed of 21 Research Center, 20 Research Institute and 2 Research initiative.
The number of researchers is about 2400.
Research fields are life-science, Biotechnology, infomation technology, Electronics, Nanotechnology, Materials, Manufacturing, Enviroment, Energy, Geological Survey, Applied Geoscience, Metrology and Measurement Science. There are various fields which supporte industrial technology of Japan.
AIST Shikoku is one of the Research Bases of AIST, and composed of Health Research Institute .