Building bridges between European & Japanese life science regions and initiatives

Submitted by Emilie ROMEO on 23 November 2016

bioXclusters Plus, the European Strategic Cluster Partnership on Personalized Healthcare – co-funded by the COSME Programme of the European Union – organized a “Cluster-to-Cluster” workshop at the occasion of BIO-Europe 2016 in Cologne on November 8th.

This session, built up in collaboration with the Council of European BioRegions (CEBR) and with the kind support of the EBD Group and the EU-Japan Centre, was dedicated to EU-Japan collaborations with the presentations of three major life sciences organisations in Japan.

The event started with an introduction by Mr. José Freitas from the DG for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (EC) about the European Commission’s clusters policy. Then, speakers from the Japan Bioindustry Association (JBA), the Forum for Innovative Regenerative Medicine (FIRM) network and the Prefectural Government of the Osaka cluster gave in-depth presentations of the vibrant life science sector in Japan, in particular concerning Regenerative medicine topics. The presentations are available on the bioXclusters Plus website ( The workshop attracted over 50 participants, mainly EU clusters managers, and was then followed by the CEBR Global Cluster Hub. At the end of the two cluster-focused events, the cluster representatives from European and Japanese regions were kindly invited to a EBD drinks reception to facilitate networking.

The bioXclusters Plus alliance ended this fruitful afternoon with the announcement of the signature of an MoU with Osaka Bio Headquarters, the management organisation of the Osaka cluster, agreeing to closely work together in supporting SMEs interested in the respective regions.

Contact: Emilie Romeo (Lyonbiopole) coordinator of bioXclusters Plus – [email protected]

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