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Osaka Bio Headquarters

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General Information
The date when the cluster organisation was established: 
Monday, 8 September, 2008
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Membership to other networks/partnerships: 
Cluster Management Team: 
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Sectoral and Industrial Focus
Sectoral Industries: 
Composition of the cluster
Total number of members: 
Number of SME members: 
Number of research organisations/universities/technology centres: 
Entrepreneurship and scale-up support facilities in the cluster's ecosystem (see "Organisation type"): 
Organisation/Facility NameOrganisation/Facility TypeWebsite
Saito Bio Incubation Facilities
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Cluster Strategy

In order to promote the further development of the life sciences industry in Osaka Prefecture, a prefectural industry-academia-government collaboration paved the way for a headquarters system called “Osaka Bio Headquarters.” The headquarters system is a system composed of the “Osaka Bio Strategy Promotion Conference,” the heart of the system, and the “Osaka Prefecture Life Science Industry Division,” a bureau that is responsible for implementing the headquarter functions.

Function examples

・Has a good command of a wide range of external and internal networks, and strategically implements business developments.

・Reinforcement of overseas transmission functions

・Form networks with overseas clusters

・Newsletter transmission

・Active participation in international conferences


Utilizing the accumulated strengths of the industry-academia-government collaborations in the field of life sciences and promoting the creation of drugs, medical devices regenerative medical products and evidence-based health-related products/services, Osaka will aim to support and lead Japan by becoming one of the major bases between the East and West and playing the role of a growth engine and further develop the health and medical-related industries.

Do you have a formalised strategy?: 
Do you have a specific strategy focus that addresses internationalisation ?: 
Support services provided: 
Access to the European Internal market
Internationalisation support (= Access to third countries markets)
Details of support services: 

We have some supporting programs for foreign companies. 

(A)Support of the search for a business partner

(B)Support of business meetings and market research in Osaka.

(C)Support when entering Osaka market

=Regarding Investment in Osaka=

We are working closely together with Osaka Business and Investment Centre(O-BIC).

O-BIC's wide-ranging services include the following;

(a)General information on Osaka in English, Chinese, Korean, and Japanese

(b)Real estate information regarding office space, locations for warehouses and plants, and residential properties

(c)Information on investment incentives offered by Osaka Prefecture and Osaka City

(d)Introductions to relocation services providing expertise in acquiring resident status and registering companies

(e)Introductions to interpreters, translators, market researchers, attorneys, general and tax accountants, and other professionals

(f)Assistance in meeting potential business partners through websites, meetings, and seminars

(g)Essential information on education, health, and other aspects of living in Osaka

(h)Holding seminars for foreign consulates / economic organizations, and foreign-owned enterprises located in Osaka

Cooperation Activities
International Cooperation
The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
United States
Our cluster organisation undertook the following international activities to support our members: 
Support to collaborative activities/etc.
Trans-national Cooperation
The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
Our cluster organisation undertook the following trans-national activities to support our members: 
Support to collaborative activities/etc.
Which clusters do you collaborate with?: 
bioXclusters(BioM, bioPmed / Bioindustry Park, Biocat, Lyonbiopole), FlandersBio, BIOCOM
Support Programmes
Participation in Funded Support Programmes: 
Success Story / Achievements: 

In cooperation with EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation, Osaka Bio Headquarters annually hold a biotech and pharma partnering conference for EU member countries and Japan in Osaka since 2016 on the day before BioJapan, Asia's Premier Partnering Event for the Global Biotechnology Industry. Many European clusters has made this conference a significant part of their missions to Japan and some joint research contracts has been realized.

Why should partners choose you for cooperation?: 

In Osaka, there are a lot of pharmaceutical and medical devices companies as well as renowned universities and institutes (https://osaka-bio.jp/english/field/outline/).

We are located in Kansai region, in the vicinities of Kyoto and Kobe which also have strengths in the life sciences field.

We offer various service for entering Japanese market!