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Invitation Program – Aemrica: Mr. Rebekah KENT, Senior Program Manager, BioBusiness Alliance of Minnesota, – America: Mr. James D. SOUTHWICK, Vice President, Medtronic, Inc. [October 30-31, 2008]

Invitation Program - Aemrica:
Mr. Rebekah KENT, Senior Program Manager, BioBusiness Alliance of Minnesota

Invitation Program - Aemrica:
Mr. James D. SOUTHWICK, Vice President, Medtronic, Inc.


Outline


The Kansai region has numerous small-to-medium-sized companies with the high technical capability of developing/producing precision equipment needed in medical equipment manufacturing. Those companies are looking for opportunities to export products overseas and are searching for partnerships with overseas companies. IIST held these seminars to promote ideas for future tie-ups in medical equipment-related businesses for the Kansai region, by introducing the current state of medical equipment field in Minnesota, a state that boasts an industrial cluster for the state-of-the-art medical equipment development in the United States.

Dates: Kobe Program: October 30th, 2008 (Thursday), Osaka Program: October 31st, 2008 (Friday)
Places: Kobe Program: Kobe International Business Center, Osaka Program: Osaka University Nakanoshima Center
Organized by: Institute for International Studies and Training (IIST), The Osaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Co-organized by: Kansai Bureau of METI (Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry)


Invited persons


Mr. Rebekah KENT
Senior Program Manager, BioBusiness Alliance of Minnesota

Mr. James D. SOUTHWICK
Vice President, Medtronic, Inc.


Overview


Mr. Rebekah KENT
Ms. Kent spoke about the role of BioBusiness Alliance of Minnesota (a non-profit organization that aims to promote the bioscience industry) in bioscience development in Minnesota. In 2005, the organization was established to unite business, academia, and government at the request of the state governor. She also talked about the possibility of assisting Japanese companies through the International Business Support Center (IBSC), which provides international collaboration and help Japanese companies develop business in the United States.

Mr. James D. SOUTHWICK
Mr. Southwick lectured on the history of Medtronic, Inc., research and development for medical equipment, future plans, and R&D investment strategies. Although Medtronic,Inc.,is already purchasing products such as equipment components from some Japanese companies, he indicated the hope of potential partnerships with others for technological development and R&D in the future.

Through this seminar, those players in the development of medical equipment in the Kansai region were able to learn about future possibilities and the current state of life sciences in Minnesota, USA, with its world-class, advanced medical care and a hub of medical equipment development. In addition, through individual discussions, participants were able to explore the possibility of pioneering business development in the future.


James D. Southwick, speaker, at the Kobe seminar.

James D. Southwick, speaker, at the Kobe seminar.

At the Osaka Seminar.

At the Osaka Seminar.


Rebekah Kent, speaker, at the Osaka seminar.

Rebekah Kent, speaker, at the Osaka seminar.




International Exchange Dept.

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