HealthTurku cluster: strengthening collaboration with the Japanese health sector

Located in Southwest Finland, HealthTurku is a healthcare-sector cluster built around strong research expertise and business activities. It is the most important and successful health cluster in Finland, whose cornerstones are diagnostics and drug development. The cluster has also strong expertise especially in the fields of health care technology, functional foods, and materials technology.
The life science industry is going through a technological transition in which interdisciplinary approach plays a big role. In the future, new innovations are expected in areas where individualised medical science, elderly care, digital services, genetics, and preventive health care meet.
"Japan is one of HealthTurku's strategic collaboration partners," tells Tero Piispanen, senior executive of HealthTurku cluster at Turku Science Park Ltd., Finland. "We regularly participate in events like BioJapan and Biotech & Pharma Partnering Conference in Osaka, or partnering events in Japan organised by Business Finland, where we meet local Japanese companies and research institutes from the healthcare sector. So far we enabled about 10 companies and research groups from Turku to reach the Japanese health market and we would like to strengthen the collaboration even more."
HealthTurku is currently participating in a newly launched EU funded GEN.ERA project which offers support to companies operating in the areas of genomics. One of project's objective is to help participating companies reach Japanese markets by finding new customers or collaboration partners.
"Mainly we are promoting Turku-based health companies on the Japanese market, but we are also offering personalized free of charge invest-in services for Japanese companies who want to start their business in Finland or EU," adds Teppo Laaksonen, network manager for HealthTurku.

For those companies HealthTurku offers networking and partnering opportunities and a cutting-edge ecosystem, which serves even the most demanding needs.
For partnering possibilities contact HealthTurku representatives.

Published: October 2020