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(Kansai Region) Mission Dispatch to Cambridge, U.k., holding the “Exploring Biotech Business and Research Opportunities in the Kansai Region of Japan” seminar (FY2006) [September 26 – October 01, 2006]

(Kansai Region) Mission Dispatch to Cambridge, U.k., holding the "Exploring Biotech Business and Research Opportunities in the Kansai Region of Japan" seminar (FY2006)


Outline


The Cambridge region has one of the most outstanding bio-clusters in Europe, where research institutions and biotechnology companies have agglomerated around the University of Cambridge. Kansai Bio Cluster, which has a highly advanced bio industry and attaches much importance to exchanges and cooperation with leading overseas bio clusters, called on Cambridge’s bio- cluster for exchanges and sent a mission consisting of members from academia, industry and government to the region. During the mission, seminars and business partnering events were held in Cambridge to extend information about the excellent businesses and investment environment of Kansai.


Dates: September 26 (Tuesday) - October 1 (Sunday), 2006
Organized by: Kansai Bureau of Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI-KANSAI), Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), Institute for International Studies and Training (IIST)
Co-organized by: Eastern Region Biotechnology Initiative (ERBI), Osaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (OCCI), Osaka Business and Investment Center (O-BIC)
In cooperation with: British Consulate-General in Osaka, Osaka Prefectural Government, Kobe Municipal Government, Kinki Bio-Industry Development and University of Cambridge
Place: “Exploring Biotech Business and Research Opportunities in the Kansai Region of Japan”: Centre for Mathematical Science (CMS), University of Cambridge

Overview


- Visit to Eastern Region Biotechnology Initiative (ERBI)*
- Visit to Research Services Division (RSD), University of Cambridge
- Networking lunch at Research Services Division (RSD), University of Cambridge
- Participated in JETRO’s seminar on investment in Japan
- Held “Exploring Biotech Business and Research Opportunities in the Kansai Region of Japan”
- Held a business partnering event (individual business meetings between Japanese and British companies)
- Visit to Babraham Institute (research institution supported by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), which is also engaged in incubation projects in biomedical research)
- Participated in a welcome event for the Kansai Biomission organised University College London Business (UCLB), held at University College London under the sponsorship of UK Trade & Investment

The seminar was very successful, while at the business partnering event, about 30 business meetings were held where the possibilities of future cooperation and alliance were discussed.
During the mission period, a plan to send a mission from Cambridge to the Kansai region in the forthcoming year (2007) was raised. It is expected that this mission from Kansai would lead to increased bio cluster exchanges between Kansai and Cambridge in business, R&D and investment, resulting in fruitful cooperation in future.

*ERBI: An organization with a membership system aiming at the development of bio companies in Cambridge and the eastern part of Britain. It was founded in 1997 with a subsidies from the British government and has been operated under the membership system (with companies as members).


Venue for Kansai biotechnology seminars:

Venue for Kansai biotechnology seminars:

Presentation by the CEO and President, Alexander Capital Access Co., Ltd.

Presentation by the CEO and President, Alexander Capital Access Co., Ltd.



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