A high ranking Japanese life science delegation has been visiting Hamburg for two days. Together with business developers and experts in the life science industry, they met with company representatives in Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein, in order to explore possibilities for strategic co-operation, thus HWF Hamburg Business Development Corporation and Life Science Nord GmbH.
Co-operation of cluster regions
With the head of the Foundation for Biomedical Research and Innovation (FBRI) and the local director of the Japanese Economic Development (JETRO) among them, the guests from Kobe were greeted by Dr. Hinrich Habeck. In his welcome speech, the managing director of Life Science Nord GmbH said: “We appreciate Kobe as a strong location for biotechnology and medical technology. A co-operation in these sectors with a highly innovative country like Japan would be of great advantage for Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein.”
Funding in view
The aim of the talks with the Life Science Nord management and HWF representatives was to discuss whether and how a strategic alliance between the two cluster regions could be implemented in future. For such co-operations, funding by the Japanese government has been promised. On the agenda of the delegation trip were thus visits of the Japanese Life Science company Olympus Surgical Technologies Europe and Sysmex Inostics GmbH. Both companies are role models for German-Japanese co-operation in the field of life science. Visits of Hamburg’s Fraunhofer IME ScreeningPort (formerly European ScreeningPort GmbH) and Lübeck’s BioMedTec-campus were also part of the itinerary.
A strong metro region in Japan
Next to Osaka and Kyoto, the city of Kobe with its population of 1.5 million people is part of the Kansai region, one of the world’s largest and strongest economic metro regions with a total population of more than 24 million people. Kobe’s life science cluster focuses on medicine technology, clinical trials, and biomedicine. With more than 275 companies, it is the largest cluster of Japan in the field of life science.