BIOTECH Cluster/SME Mission

October 10 2023 -> October 13 2023

Since 2013, the EU-Japan Centre has organised Cluster/SME Missions in the field of Pharma, Biotechnologies and Life Sciences.

  • Take part in a physical biotech & pharma partnering event in Osaka – Japan’s historical pharmaceutical powerhouse.
  • Exhibit at BioJapan Expo, take advantage of Asia’s largest biotech partnering event to meet potential business partners from across Japan and beyond.
  • Benefit from face-to-face meetings and establish new contacts that could help your business development in Japan.


The Biotech Cluster/SME mission will be organised on the fringe of “BioJapan” Expo in Yokohama from 11 to 13 October 2023.  During this 3-day fair, you will attend B2B meetings and meet with Japanese visitors. In order to maximize your partnering opportuni­ties, you will be able to exhibit in the EU-Japan Centre booth. Based on materials you provide, the EU-Japan Centre will arrange Japanese-language posters to promote your product at the EU Delegation booth at the trade fair. Additionally, a partnering event will be organised in Osaka on Tuesday, October 10 with the cooperation of local administrations and biotech clusters.

Successful applicants should ensure that they are vaccinated against covid and meet all Japanese immigration and covid requirements.


10 October 2023 EU-Japan Biotech & Pharma Partnering Event Osaka, Japan
11 to 13 October 2023 Joint Booth at BioJapan 2023 Yokohama, Japan


  • Maximize partnering opportunities with Japanese Biotech, Pharma and Healthtech companies
    • meet potential business partners,
    • create new business opportunities
    • develop partnerships and business cooperation with Japanese companies
  • increase your knowledge about the Japanese market and become more competitive on a global scale (as an SME)
  • prepare the ground for practical cluster cooperation with Japanese counterparts (as a cluster)


The programme targets participants from  SMEs(*) (small and medium enterprises, start-ups) and clusters(**) from the EU or COSME partnering countries (***), active in the following sectors:

  • Drug discovery and drug discovery support
  • Regenerative medicine
  • Therapeutic agents, diagnostic agents
  • AI and IoT technologies related to 1.-3
  • Digital Medicine (AI-assisted Drug Development, Drug-Device combinations etc.)
  • Digital Therapeutics (Non-pharmacological therapy systems, App-device combinations)


The candidate must:

- work for an organization that is a juridical person based in

  • the European Union, or
  • a COSME partnering country(***), or
  • Ukraine

- be supported by his/her employer
- be able to participate in the entire programme
- have a good command of English
- have proven experience in the industry


The main criteria for selection are:

  • strategy of the participant's company regarding Japan ;
  • innovative aspects of the product/technology/service offered by the company.
  • the professional & educational background of the candidate

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


The EU-Japan Centre covers all costs directly related to the Biotech mission which includes:

  • Promotion of participants’ profiles to potential Japanese partners even before and during the mission, translation of company profile summaries into Japanese.
  • Partnering activities and transfer costs from Osaka to Yokohama
  • Partnering Access for BioJapan Expo
  • Free Booth space at BioJapan Expo

The participants' companies must cover travel costs to/from Japan, accommodation and any other living costs.

NB: Selected participants will be requested pay a 100% refundable deposit of €1,000 to guarantee the place on the mission. 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 mission only if the participant submit the mission report the Centre asks him/her to make.

On top of this refunding, participants will also benefit from a €600 grant. However, absences during the mission may lead to deductions amounting to 120 EUR/day.


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

(**) Clusters are those who are registered in the European Cluster Cooperation Platform ( Registration on that platform is free of charge.

(***)  Please check the status of your country at, Please only refer to the sub-paragraph: "COSME strand (SMP COSME)".

SMP-COSME: Stands for “Countries Participating in the COSME strand of the Single Market Programme". The Single Market Programme is the Commission programme that funds the EU-Japan Centre.



Looking for information about the biotech sector in Japan? Visit the dedicated pages in our EU Business in Japan dedicated content.

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