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Overseas Collaborations

From overseas to Japan, and from Japan to overseas: Spurring innovation through mutual collaboration

LINK-J is collaborating with overseas universities and organizations that are forerunners in the life sciences to spur innovation in the life sciences in Japan.

San Diego

San Diego landscape

In the U.S., San Diego, California is a global hub for the life sciences alongside Silicon Valley and Boston. Located in the vicinity of the University of California San Diego (UC San Diego) and the compact area of the Sorrento Valley are home to world-class research institutes, frontline bio venture companies, top-rated pharmaceutical and medical equipment makers, and an association of business enterprises that will enhance your network such as BIOCOM. Against the backdrop of San Diego's open culture, these various entities collaborate together to create an ecosystem that supports startups through innovation.

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University of California San Diego

UC San Diego has played a major role in bringing innovation to San Diego's life sciences industry. UC San Diego was established in 1960 with the Scripps Institution of Oceanography as one of its founding organizations. Today, it is the third largest university in California and is consistently ranked among the top nationwide universities overall.
Currently, this university is playing a pivotal role in front-line research in the life sciences through collaboration, joint development, and networking with world-class medical research institutes, hospitals, and companies in the area. UC San Diego is also a nationally top-ranked public research funding recipient and is home to several university-launched incubators and investment funds. It plays an important role in creating innovation clusters in the life sciences by pursuing initiatives to promote research and development.

Source: UC San Diego website as of April 12, 2016, JFIT report dated March 28, 2016
Established 1960
Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla
Academic Ranking of World Universities Ranked 14th overall (consistently ranked among the top 5 universities in the U.S. for engineering, bioengineering, oceanography, and international policy)
Nobel Prize recipients 16
Government fellowship grants Approximately 1 billion dollars (2015)
*Ranked 5th nationwide (approximately 110 billion yen calculated at 1 dollar = 110 yen)
Grant-in-aid for scientific research
(National Institutes of Health)
Approximately 460 million dollars (2014)
*Ranked 2nd nationwide (approximately 50 billion yen calculated at 1 dollar = 110 yen)
University-launched venture development organization CONNECT
*Became independent in 2005
University-launched investment funds Triton Technology Fund. Rady Venture Fund
Incubators Von Liebig Entrepreneurism Center (Jacobs School of Engineering)
The Basement (entire campus)
Institute for the Global Entrepreneur (Jacobs School of Engineering and Rady School of Management)

BIOCOM is a business group in the life sciences industry based in San Diego. It is the second largest domestic business group after the nationwide bio industry business group Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO). Its main activities include networking, educational and job training programs jointly with universities, attracting venture capital and holding investment events, and joint procurement and programs with participating companies to purchase high quality products and services at low cost.

Source: BIOCOM website as of May 26, 2016, JFIT report dated March 28, 2016
Established 1992
President and CEO Joseph D. Panetta
Goal 1) Deepen understanding of local bio industry
2) Become the center of the biotechnology industry network
Profile A non-profit organization funded by membership fees of member companies. It is made up of 60 personnel including directors, an executive secretary, accounting officer, and general affairs committee. The directors come from various industries and occupations such as the pharmaceutical industry, medical equipment industry, architects, and university professors.
Number of participating companies Approximately 800 (of which 200 are venture companies).
They are wide-ranging and include companies from the pharmaceuticals, medical equipment, diagnostic agents, bio research support, development outsourcing organizations, and the bio fuel industry.
Main businesses 1) Network and communication building
2) Education and job training programs
3) Capital procurement support
4) Organizing purchasing groups
Number of annual events Approximately 100


France landscape

EUROBIOMED is the catalyst of the health sector in Southern France. EUROBIOMED leads territorial initiatives, provides resources and offers solutions for businesses and research organisations in France and in Europe.
Founded in 2009 by regional stakeholders, EUROBIOMED tops European rankings in all stages of innovation: education, basic research, translational and clinical research, technological innovation centers, start-ups and Industrial success stories. Together, the + 260 EUROBIOMED members from about 220 different companies are a driving force in regional development (with 160 projects, representing 585 million EUR of investment and 700 direct jobs) and a source of solutions for millions of patients coping with serious conditions such as cancer, chronic inflammatory disease, infectious and (re)emerging diseases, neurological diseases, and rare diseases.

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Established 2006
President Xavier Tabary
CEO Emilie Royere
Goal Improve life through innovation in health
Support companies and life science organizations from Southern France from the research to the market and help them to achieve their scientific and business objectives
Profile A non-profit organization funded by membership fees and public fundings. It is made up of 13 personnel : A president - necessarily coming from life science industry, a CEO, a deputy director , 1 competitivness team, 1 R&D team, 1 territorial project managers team.
Number of participating members 260 members with 236 innovative companies. They are wide ranging and include companies from the pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, medical equipment, diagnostic agents, digital health, bio research support development outsourcing organizations, but also hospitals, universities and research organisations from academia.
Main businesses 1) Network and communication building + matchmaking events
2) Global R&D fundings support
3) Corporate strategy and private fundings support for companies
Number of annual events 20-25