October 13

2021

October 15

2021

BIOTECH Cluster/SME Mission

Since 2016, the EU-Japan Centre is organizing Cluster/SME Missions in the field of Biotech/Pharma. These Missions consist of a predeparture briefing followed by a programme with participation in a Partnering event co-organised with a Japanese local Cluster, as well as a participation in BioJapan including Partnering access and a representation in a joint exhibition stand.

1st event: Biotech & Pharma Partnering Event 2021
The EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation and Osaka Prefectural Government will renew  their collaboration for a Biotech & Pharma Partnering event in 2021.
If the current travel restrictions and the Japanese immigration ban due to COVID-19 continue, the Mission will be carried out online and would be held from 27 to 30 September 2021.

This event is an excellent opportunity to get into contact with Japanese companies and research organisations in the field of Pharma, Biotechnologies and Life Sciences. Participants will have to commit to their presence in all parts of the programme. No costs will be incurred for the online participation.

Link for inscription coming soon.

Previous edition: Biotech & Pharma Partnering Event 2020

2nd event: Bio Japan expo 2021
The EU-Japan Centre will once again organise a participation in BioJapan expo from 13-15 October 2021.
If the current travel restrictions and the Japanese immigration ban due to COVID-19 continue, we will organise a remote participation for selected Mission participants inlcuding access to the event virtual partnering and representation in the EU-Japan Centre’s booth in the exhibition.

BioJapan is Asia's largest partnering event and exhibition and brings together people from business development, licensing, alliance management, R&D as well as biotech company executives. BioJapan is colocated with Regenerative Medicine Japan and healthTECH Japan

Click here to apply!

*A physical mission with travel to Japan is not excluded but will only be possible if by early June 2021, Japan announces a lift of the immigration, together with a scheme to prevent weeklong quarantine. A few other conditions such as insurance coverage must be met as well. If so, we will consult selected mission participants about possible travel options. In this case participation in BioJapan would be possible onsite in Yokohama and the Biotech & Pharma Partnering Event (1st event mentioned above) might be held as a one day event on 12 October in Osaka.

For more details about this  event (content, eligibility, costs etc) see here below. 

ONLINE MISSION CONTENTS
in the case of a virtual mission

  • A preparatory Webinar
  • Participation in  the European Biotech & Pharma Partnering Conference, an event jointly organized by the EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation and Osaka Prefectural Government from 27-30 September 2021 online.
  • Remote participation in BioJapan from 13-15 October with representation in the EU-Japan Centre’s booth in the exhibition and access to the events virtual partnering.

OBJECTIVES

  • 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)

PARTICIPANT PROFILE

The programme targets participants from EU companies (SMEs mainly) and clusters from the EU or COSME partnering countries, active in sectors covered by the trade fair, i.e:

  • Drug and Drug Discovery (Biologics, Vaccine Small-Molecule Drug etc.)
  • Digital Technologies and AI for Drug Development, Bioinformatics
  • Cell therapies, Regenerative Medicine
  • Drug Discovery Support and Contract Services (Drug Synthesis Services, Analysis Contract Services, Compound Libraries and Screening etc.)
  • Digital Medecine
  • Medical Devices and Equipment (AI-assisted Drug Development, Drug-Device combinations etc.)
  • Digital Therapeutics (Non-pharmacological therapy systems, App-device combinations)       
  • Healthcare/Preventive Medicine (Health management Apps, App-device-combinations) 

SERVICES INCLUDED - WHO PAYS WHAT

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

  • Organisation of preparatory Webinar prior to the Mission

  • Partnering Access for BioJapan Expo

  • Joint representation of mission participants in an exhibition booth in BioJapan organized by the EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation.

  • ·Promotion of participants’ profiles to potential Japanese partners even before and during the mission, translation of company profile summaries into Japanese.

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

Representatives of EU SMEs or Clusters can apply for the mission until May 27. Until mid-June we would inform selected companies and give more detailed information on how the Mission is going to take place.  

The main criteria for selection will be:

  1. the innovative aspects of the product/technology/service offered by the company
    and their market potential in Japan

  2. the strategy of the participant's company regarding Japan

  3. the professional & educational background of the candidate

 * 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.

Following sections are only applicable during "physical" Biotech mission. A physical mission with travel to Japan will only be possible if Japan announces a lift of the immigration together with a scheme to prevent weeklong quarantine by early June 2021. 

PARTICIPATION FEE 

The EU-Japan Centre covers all costs directly related to the mission (i.e. Osaka partnering event registration, trade fair registration, booth rental & printing service to give participants more visibility, access to the partnering system; interpretation 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 **

– GRANT - 

Participation is free of charge. On top, SMEs and clusters benefit from a €600 grant but absences during the mission may lead to deductions amounting to 150 EUR/day.

– REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT - 

SMEs and clusters must 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 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 **)

- NO GRANT -

- NON-REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT-

Other entities must pay a contribution (non-refundable deposit) 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.

THE BIOTECH SECTOR IN JAPAN

Looking for information about the biotech sector in Japan?
Visit the dedicated pages in our EU Business in Japan website:
https://www.eubusinessinjapan.eu/sectors/biotechnology
Free membership registration.

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