Building bridges between European & Japanese life science regions

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bimg_29072ioXclusters plus, the European Strategic Cluster Partnership on Personalised Healthcare – co-funded by the COSME Programme of the European Union – organised a “Cluster-to-Cluster” workshop in BIO-Europe 2016 (Cologne) on 8th November. This session, built up in collaboration with the Council of European BioRegions (CEBR) and with the kind support of the EBD Group and the EU-Japan Centre, was dedicated to EU-Japan collaborations with the presentations of three major life sciences organisations in Japan.

The event kicked-off with an introduction about the European Commission’s clusters policy by Mr. José Freitas from the DG for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (EC). Speakers from the Japan Bioindustry Association (JBA), the Forum for Innovative Regenerative Medicine network (FIRM) and the Prefectural Government of the Osaka cluster gave in-depth presentations about the vibrant life science sector in Japan, in particular regarding Regenerative medicine.


The workshop attracted over 50 participants, mainly EU clusters managers, and was followed by the CEBR Global Cluster Hub event.

At the end of these two cluster sessions, the representatives from the European and Japanese clusters were invited to a EBD drinks reception to facilitate networking.


The presentations are available by clicking on the following link.

dsc00297The bioXclusters plus alliance ended this very fruitful afternoon by announcing that it had signed a MoU with the Osaka Bio Headquarters, the management organisation of the Osaka cluster. Both parties agreed to work closely together to support SMEs interested in their respective regions.



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