From 21 to 25 February, a North German delegation visited the Biomedical Innovation Cluster in Kobe. Funded by the Japanese External Trade Organization JETRO RIT programme ( “Regional Industry Tie-up”), the business trip focuses on two themes: regenerative medicine and implants in orthopedics.
Intense Four-Day Delegation Programme
A total of four member companies and institutions in the Life Science Nord cluster had made their way to Japan to make new contacts and to discuss common issues. After a successful start with a matchmaking event with 20 companies from Kobe and the Kansai region, leading academic institutions such as the “RIKEN Advanced Institute for Computational Science”, the “RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology”, and the “Institute for Biomedical Research and innovation” opened their doors for visitors from Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein. In addition, the delegation members visited the trade fair “Medical Japan” in Osaka to gain insight of the latest developments in the Japanese medical industry and its suppliers.
Important Milestone in the Japanese-North German Co-Operation
“This trade mission made an important contribution to deepening the close cooperation between the Kobe Biomedical Innovation Cluster and the Cluster Life Science Nord”, said Dr. Hinrich Habeck, Managing Director of Life Science Nord GmbH. “Against the backdrop of demographic change, Japan and Germany are facing similar challenges in the development of new therapies and care concepts. On the other hand, similar thematic manifestations can be found in both clusters. Thus, there are many points of contact for future projects between the companies, a fact confirmed by this journey.”
Exchange with Clear Target
The North German cluster Life Science Nord and the Japanese Kobe Biomedical Innovation Cluster has been maintaining close contacts for m,ore than two years, supported among others by the RIT program the Japanese External Trade Organization JETRO. Covering a period of three years, the programme helps life science companies from northern Germany to find potential partners in Japan, for example, for market entry or for research collaborations to find by financial and advisory support.
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