Global Life Science Session 2022 (Oct 11, 2022)

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Oct 11, 2022, LINK-J held a networking event "Global Life Science Session 2022" online and at the Nihonbashi Life Science Hub, bringing together life science clusters from Japan and abroad. (Organized by LINK-J)

This event was held for the first time in three years, as COVID-19 had restricted international exchanges.
8 countries and regions from around the world gathered to report on the state of life sciences and to introduce start-ups from their countries.
The event was a great success, with many speakers who came to Japan for BioJapan2022 starting the following day.

[Clicking the image allows you to watch the archived video on YouTube. ]



Opening Remarks


Shunichi Takahashi, Chief Operating Officer, LINK-J


Yoshiaki Tsukamoto, Executive Director, Japan Bioindustry Association

Presentations by overseas clusters and startups


Wallonia Export-Investment Agency
Yuka Morita, Economic and Commercial Attaché, Wallonia Export-Investment Agency


Germany Trade & Invest (GTAI)
Hiroshi Iwamura, Director, Japan, Germany Trade & Invest (GTAI)


MedCity / NHSA(UK)
Ivana Poparic, Head of Clusters Development, MedCity
Helen Cole, Advanced Therapies and Data programmes, Northern Health Science Alliance (NHSA)

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Délégation générale du Québec à Tokyo
Mathieu Dumont, Director of Economic Services, General Delegation of Quebec in Tokyo
Frédéric Laurin, Senior Director, Partnerships, Mila - Quebec AI Institute


Swiss Business Hub Japan
Toshihiro Matsuda, Head, Investment Promotion, Swiss Business Hub Japan

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Ontario, Canada
Christian Howes , Counsellor, Commercial, Ontario Canada
Mel Barsky, Director, Business Development, Centre for Aging + Brain Health Innovation (CABHI)
Amr Abdelgawad, COO, FluidAI
Kenneth Cheng, Director of Sales, Asia, NuraLogix Corporation
Brian Jamieson, CEO & President, Vigurus Technologies Inc. 


Business Finland
Eiji Atsumi, Senior Advisor, Business Finland

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Patricia Rodríguez, Project Manager - Biotechnology, ICEX Spain Trade and Investment
David Fernández, Director of Business Development & International Affairs, ASEBIO
Ignacio Urbelz, CEO, ADL BIOPHARMA
Päivi Linna, Business Development, BIOINGENIUM
Miguel Fernández, Business Development Manager, BIOMAR MICROBIAL TECHNOLOGIES
Abi Vázquez, Chief Operating Officer, DIVERSA TECHNOLOGIES
Teresa Sardon, Business Developer, FUNDACION MEDINA
Matilde De las Rivas, Technical Director, LEVPROT BIOSCIENCE
Almudena Gómez, Qualified Person, INVES BIOFARM
Sara Micó, Business Developer / Product Specialist, REGEMAT 3D


Toast by Akihiko Soyama, President and CEO, Director, LINK-J



The session was followed by a joint networking reception with the "UK Life Science symposium 2022" in foyer.

Nearly 90 participants from Japan and abroad, from a wide range of backgrounds, participated both online and in person.
Participants commented that "the event was very useful as it provided a concise summary of the situation and characteristics of each country" "served as a good preparation for BioJapan2022 starting from tomorrow" "helped to build a network as it was the first time in a while that the event was held in person".

Thank you very much for your participation.