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Representatives of the main biomedicine cluster in Japan visit research centers in Barcelona

The Kobe Biomedical Innovation Cluster is made up of more than 300 biomedical and biopharmaceutical companies

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13.11.2015

On 29 and 30 October, representatives of the main biomedicine cluster in Japan had all eyes on Barcelona. Erika Kim, coordinator of Pro-Cluster Kobe, and Ryuji Hiramatsu, senior manager of the Pro-Cluster Global Innovation Program, visited several research centers, showing special interest in those doing research into cell therapies given the connection with their field of work.

Kobe is the sixth largest city in Japan and home to the country’s most important biomedicine cluster, the Kobe Biomedical Innovation Cluster (KBIC). Pro-Cluster Kobe is part of the Foundation for Biomedical and Research Innovation (FBRI) and is one of the main organizations that coordinate the KBIC.

Some of the centers they visited include the Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC), Banc de Sang i Teixits, Center of Regenerative Medicine in Barcelona (CMRB), Cell Therapy Program of the University of Barcelona, and Grífols’ Gri-cel. Carlos Lurigados, Biocat head of Entrepreneurship and Business Growth, accompanied them on these visits and highlighted the Kobe cluster’s interest in generating synergies and learning about advances in research into cell therapy in the BioRegion of Catalonia.

The KBIC project kicked off in 1998 and now has more than 300 biomedical companies present in Japan. It specializes in three areas: medical devices, drug development and regenerative medicine. The ageing Japanese population, along with growing demand for new therapies for healthy ageing, have made Japan the second-largest market in the world for medical technology products. 

Representants del clúster Kobe visiten Biocat

From left to right: Ryuji Hiramatsu, senior manager of the Pro-Cluster Global Innovation Program; Carlos Lurigados, Biocat head of Entrepreneurship and Business Growth; Adela Farré, director of Communication at the Barcelona Science Park (PCB); and Erika Kim, coordinator of the Pro-Cluster Kobe.

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