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Opportunity to Join U.S. Delegation to Japan during 2015 BIO Asia International Conference

Tuesday, January 27, 2015   (0 Comments)
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BIO’s International Affairs Department will be hosting a delegation trip for BIO Board Members and senior level CSBA (Council of State Bioscience Associations) member company representatives to visit Japan in conjunction with the BIO Asia International Conference, taking place March 24-25 in Tokyo. Led by Jim Greenwood and Joe Damond, Senior Vice President, International Affairs at BIO, delegation participants will include Baxter, Johnson & Johnson, Shire, and NPS Pharma.


The purpose of this trip will be to learn about the Japanese biotechnology market from key government and industry stakeholders, convey important policy messages, and make senior-level introductions to Japanese government officials. 


The biotechnology market and government landscape tour will be held on Thursday, March 26, at the conclusion of the BIO Asia conference. Specific attention will be given to underscoring collaborative opportunities for small and medium-sized BIO members with domestic companies and stakeholders.


Since MichBio is a member of the CSBA, MichBio members are invited to join regardless of their membership with BIO.


A formal agenda is in development but meetings will likely take place with representatives from the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI); the Pharmaceutical Medical Devices Agency (PDMA) National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (NIAIST); National Institute of Bioscience and Human Technology (NIBHT); the Ministry of Health Labour and Welfare (MHLW); Japan Health Sciences Foundation (JHSF), and the U.S. Embassy in Japan. 


BIO will manage all details of the trip and coordinate with relevant member staff on travel specifics. Find more details in this PDF. Interested parties should contact Joe Damond ( and Greg Meiselbach ( by January 30, 2015.


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