October 10

2016

October 14

2016

BIOTECH Cluster SME Mission

SMEs' Internationalisation through EU-Japan Cluster Cooperation

Gain knowledge about market structure, sector analysis, business policy
Identify relevant key contacts (decision makers, R&D centres, business partners)
Establish relationships with potential partners (trade and technology)
Benefit from face-to-face meetings leading to possible business opportunities
Exhibit at a 3-day targeted trade fair

ABOUT THE MISSION

The mission lasts 5 days and is composed of market-specific business seminars, group company visits, one-on-one meetings at a targeted trade fair with showcasing and networking events to maximize opportunities for the EU participants.

The mission, targeting the Biotechnology sector, will be organised on the fringes of “BioJapan” Expo in Yokohama (http://www.ics-expo.jp/biojapan).

!!! NEW !!!  - The EU-Japan Centre and the European Strategic Cluster Partnership alliance on Personalized Healthcare, "bioXclusters PLUS" (www.bioXclusters.eu) have teamed up to provide specific support to EU SMEs participating either in the Centre's mission or in the BioXclusterPlus mission during the 2 first days.

The European Strategic Cluster Partnership alliance on Personalized Healthcare, "bioXclusters PLUS" (www.bioXclusters.eu) is a project supported by the European Commission that unites 4 leading biotechnology and healthcare clusters with the objective of fostering the internationalisation of the wide and innovative network of Small and Medium Enterprises in the participating regions:

  • Bavaria – represented by BioM
  • Catalonia – represented by Biocat
  • Piedmont – represented by bioPmed
  • Rhône-Alpes – represented by Lyonbiopole

Highlight on Tuesday, 11 October 

A unique opportunity is offered to the Centre's mission participants to attend the 1-day “European Biotech & Pharma Partnering Conference” at Senri-Life Science Center in Osaka with pre-arranged B-2-B meetings with companies from the Kansai regions – in cooperation with Osaka Bio Headquarters.
Through support of the European Commission and Osaka Bio Headquarters, participation in the Osaka conference is free of charge for European SMEs that will be a part of either the "bioXclusters PLUS" delegation or the EU-Japan Centre's delegation.

The European Biotech & Pharma Partnering Conference in Osaka event includes expert presentations in the morning on business opportunities for European companies in the Kansai region.
In the afternoon, pre-arranged 1-on-1 partnering meetings will be held between European SMEs and Japanese companies from the Kansai region.

OBJECTIVES

Through this mission you will have the opportunity to:

  • meet potential business partners
  • create new business opportunities
  • develop partnerships and business cooperation on global markets
  • attend match-making events
  • increase your innovation capacity and become more competitive on a global scale (as an  SME),
  • prepare the ground for practical cluster cooperation across borders and make a more strategic use of transnational cluster cooperation on markets outside Europe in areas of strategic interest (as a cluster)

PARTICIPANT PROFILE

The programme targets participants from SMEs (large companies may apply but will not be given priority) and clusters from the EU or COSME partnering countries, active in sectors covered by the trade fair, i.e:

  • Drug and Drug Discovery (Small-Molecule Drug, Biologics, Vaccine etc.)
  • Drug Discovery Support and Contract Services (Drug Synthesis Services, Analysis Contract Services and Chemical Compound Libraries and Screening etc.)
  • Pharmaceutical and Medical Devices
  • Functional Food, additives, enzymes
  • Medical Treatment, Diagnosis and Medical Devices and Equipment
  • Research Devices, Bioinformatics and Bio imaging etc.

ELIGIBILITY

The candidate must:

- be a citizen of an EU Member State or of a COSME partnering country;

- work for a company that is > 50% EU (or COSME partnering country) owned;

- work for an organisation that is an EU (or COSME partnering country) juridical person;

- be supported by his/her employer

- be able to participate in the entire programme

- have a good command of English

- be a manager with proven experience in industry

SELECTION

The main criteria for selection are:

  • the professional & educational background of the candidate;
  • the strategy of the participant's company regarding Japan.

In order to ensure a high degree of personal attention, the number of participants in this mission is limited to 20.

PROGRAMME DESIGN AND CONTENT

Structure

Day-1 Orientation session and market-specific business seminars (Osaka) 
Day-2 Lectures and BtoB meetings (Osaka) 
Day-3 to day-5 participation in BioJapan Expo (Yokohama) including:
- EU delegation booth
- Individual company presentations
- Access to the matchmaking platform/area for the BtoB meetings during the trade fair

Programme schedule:

Provisional schedule

AM

PM

Evening

Sunday

Arrival in Osaka, Japan

Monday

Introductory and Orientation session
Lectures done by experts

Get together event

Tuesday

“European Biotech & Pharma Partnering Conference”
at Senri-Life Science Center in Osaka

Expert presentations in the morning on business opportunities for European companies in the Kansai region

Pre-arranged B-2-B meetings with companies from the Kansai regions – in cooperation with Osaka Bio Headquarters

Group transfer to Yokohama

Wednesday

Plenary session
BioJapan Expo, Yokohama
http://www.ics-expo.jp/biojapan

BtoB meetings  & exhibition
BioJapan Expo, Yokohama

Debriefing session

Thursday

BtoB meetings  & exhibition
BioJapan Expo, Yokohama

BtoB meetings  & exhibition
BioJapan Expo, Yokohama

 

Friday

BtoB meetings  & exhibition
BioJapan Expo, Yokohama

Final debriefing and reporting session

 

Saturday

Departure to EU

PARTICIPATION FEE – GRANT - GUARANTEE - CANCELLATION

The EU-Japan Centre covers all costs directly related to the mission (i.e. lectures and seminars, group study trips, including travel outside Tokyo, trade fair registration, booth rental & printing service to give participants more visibility, access to the partnering system; interpretation during B2B meetings and simultaneous interpretation during individual presentation at the fair).

The participants' companies must cover travel costs to/from Japan, accommodation and any other costs not covered directly by the EU-Japan Centre (living expenses).

SMEs * and CLUSTERS **:

Participation is free. On top, SMEs and clusters benefit from a €600 grant.

SMEs and clusters must pay a 100% refundable deposit of €1,000 to guarantee the place on the course.

Failure to transfer the deposit by the deadline set by the Centre may result in the offer of the place being withdrawn.

The deposit will be refunded within 8 weeks after the course, minus any unpaid bills, provided that the participant attends the entire course (absences during the course may lead to deductions amounting to 120 EUR/day) and submits any and all reports the Centre asks him/her to make. 

If, for whatever reason, a participant cannot take up his / her confirmed place, the deposit may NOT be refunded.

 OTHER ENTITIES (entities that cannot be considered as SMEs * or clusters **):

Other entities must pay a contribution of €1,000 towards the costs incurred by the EU-Japan Centre in relation to the company's participation.

Failure to do so by the deadline set by the Centre may result in the offer of the place being withdrawn. 

If, for whatever reason, a participant cannot take up his / her confirmed place, the contribution may NOT be refunded.

 * SMEs are companies meeting the standard European Commission criteria for an SME

(**): Clusters are those who are registered in the European Cluster Cooperation Platform (http://www.clustercollaboration.eu). Registration on that platform is free of charge.

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