Japan’s Foundation for Biomedical Research and Innovation (FBRI) and Life Science Nord have signed a letter of intent in Kobe to boost development and launch innovations in the health sector. The move came during a five-day visit, begun Tuesday (May 10, 2016) by a North German delegation to Japan. The letter outlines co-operation in the Regional Industry-Tie-Up (RIT) programme by the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO). This successful programme has been extended until 2017 and at least one annual visit is being scheduled over the coming years.
Backing technology transfer
Dr. Hinrich Habeck, Managing Director of Life Science Nord Management GmbH said: “After several preliminary discussions, we began an intensive exchange of views and ideas between companies and research institutes in both regions. Several participants have already drawn up specific collaboration plans”, adding, “After such a short time, this is a very positive interim result.” He noted: “For us, the agreement means continuing and deepening the activities between Life Science Nord and the Kobe Biomedical Innovation Cluster.”
The letter of intent outlines specified areas for action. Apart from attempts at building networks between firms, research institutes and authorities, both cluster management organisations seek to augment the transfer of technology and launch innovations on the market.
Promising connecting factors
The visit to Japan, and later China, was led by Schleswig-Holstein’s Prime Minister Torsten Albig, and Reinhard Meyer, the Minister of Economic Affairs, Employment, Transport and Technology. Life Sciences was a focal point of the trip.
Meyer said: “Together with Hamburg, Schleswig-Holstein has set up the Life Science Cluster with a view to supporting life science companies in north Germany,” adding, “This takes place, among other things, thorough contacts to businesses and organizations at the international level. The similar areas of focus and structures of the north German and Japanese life science clusters offer a host of highly promising opportunities for the future.”
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