Report: The Japanese Model for a Bioeconomy

About the Report: 

This report titled "Japan’s model for a bioeconomy - a primer for European SMEs" introduces the current situation of the Bioeconomy sector in Japan. It first provides a description of Japan’s government strategy and its evolution over the past few years, and then gives a brief review of major technologies at the core of a future bioeconomy. Furthermore, the report presents products which are key to the future of this sector, including energy chemicals, biopolymers, other chemical bulk and speciality materials, and novel agricultural and food products. Moreover, the report develops on the major stakeholders such as industry, venture business and public-private partnerships, but also the stakeholders amongst the government ministries, academia, the national research centre RIKEN and other research centres. Finally, it presents various recommendations to EU companies for a successful market entry. 

About the Expert:

Doctor Rolf Schmid is a biochemist, with post-doctoral stages in France and the USA. After 15 years of career in Germany's chemical industry and 7 years as director at a National Research Center, he was invited as a Director of Stuttgart University's Center of Bioprocess Engineering. Dr Schmid also founded Bio4Business, a consulting company in Stuttgart with a focus on Japan and China.  Mr Schmid has promoted cooperation with Japanese companies and academia throughout his career. 

The recording of the past webinar covering this topic is available for online viewers here(Once you are logged in, look for the link below the "After event information") 

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