Call for applications for biotech business mission in Japan

Businesses operating in pharma, biotechnologies, and life sciences are invited to join the upcoming biotech business mission in Japan from October 7th-11th, 2024.

The mission is organised by EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation, a non-profit organisation that aims to promote mutual understanding between Europe and Japan through business cooperation and exchange programmes.

This mission is a great opportunity for businesses operating in the pharma, biotechnologies, and life sciences sectors to showcase their products and services. The Biotech Business Mission will take place first in Osaka, Japan’s historical pharmaceutical powerhouse, from October 7th-8th, and then at the BioJapan Expo, the largest biotech partnering event in Yokohama from October 9th-11th.

As an exhibitor, you will get the chance to showcase your business and meet potential business partners from Japan and beyond. You will have the opportunity to have face-to-face meetings with industry experts, investors, and potential clients which can help you establish new contacts and partnerships that can prove beneficial for your business. This can help you expand your business and reach new markets.

Don’t miss out on this exciting chance to connect with the global biotech community and showcase your business on an international stage. Register now and be one of our 12 selected participants.


Biotech business mission session dates:

Application deadline: June 6th, 2024

Places available: 12

The programme targets EU SMEs and clusters active in the following sectors:

  • Drug discovery
  • Drug discovery support, including AI-assisted drug development
  • Regenerative medicine
  • Digital Therapeutics such as drug-device combinations, non-pharmacological therapy systems



  • The EU-Japan Centre covers all costs directly related to the mission: the booth at the trade fair, transfer costs from Osaka to Yokohama, partnering activities.
  • The participating company is expected to cover travel to/from Japan, accommodation and living expenses including local transportation and meals.


Programme’s objectives:

  • Explore partnering opportunities with Japanese biotech, pharma, and healthtech companies
  • Meet and network with potential business partners in Japan
  • Create new business opportunities and partnerships with Japanese companies
  • Gain valuable insights and knowledge about the Japanese market to become more competitive on a global scale as an SME
  • Prepare the ground for practical cluster cooperation with Japanese counterparts as a cluster


Additional details and application form:


(This programme is subject to the allocation of a Grant Agreement by the European Commission for 2024-2026)