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Japanese Trade Organization Facilitating Partnerships with Michigan Life Sciences Companies

Thursday, March 27, 2003

Jennifer Owens
(517) 335-4590

2003 Life Sciences Conference Gives Companies Opportunity to Interact

The Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) will be sending representatives of its biotechnology initiative, including top-level executives from companies such as Takeda Pharmaceuticals North America, Asahi Kasei and Mitsui, to the 2003 Michigan Life Sciences Corridor Conference in Novi to meet with Michigan’s biosciences entrepreneurs, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation announced today.

Participation in the April 8th conference will help the Michigan life sciences community to extend its cross-state networking infrastructure across the world.

"Without a doubt, JETRO’s presence is one of the most exciting elements of this year’s conference,” said Sabrina Keeley, acting CEO of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.“Extra-regional cooperation will take on an increasingly important role in financing the future of Michigan’s life sciences industry, and this is an excellent opportunity for Michigan companies to learn about Japan’s life science sector and what it can offer them.”

JETRO’s Kansai-Midwest Biotechnology Initiative (KAMBI) 2003 is a focused effort to develop greater business and research links between the life sciences communities of the Midwest (U.S.) and the Kansai region of Japan.Kansai is home to the major metropolitan areas of Osaka, Kobe, and Kyoto, and a burgeoning life science cluster.The organization believes that its participation in the conference presents one of the best possible means of interacting with Michigan’s life sciences community.

“Right now is the time for the life science communities in Kansai and Michigan to stop seeing each other merely as counterparts and to begin developing partnerships,” said Mr. Tomoharu Washio, Chief Executive Director of JETRO Chicago.“Research collaboration, technology licensing, developing new start-up businesses — these are all areas where partnerships can benefit everyone involved.This conference is the perfect venue to meet and start down the road toward partnership.”

In addition to JETRO’s afternoon panel session on research collaboration, co-licensing of, and co-investment in bio-innovation, the conference will feature engaging industry expert speakers, afternoon breakout sessions covering research, funding, and services.Richard Seline, a nationally renowned high-tech industry consultant, will be the conference’s keynote speaker.Governor Jennifer M. Granholm will address the conference in the morning.Conference details, program and registration information are available on the MEDC Web site at http://www.michigan.org/lifesciences.

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