Japan is the third largest pharmaceuticals market in the world. As a result of the country's ageing population, there is a continuous increase in societal healthcare awareness. Japan has a number of internationally operating research companies that are actively looking for collaboration opportunities with new and innovative pharmaceutical companies. The healthcare and medical industries make up the majority of the biotechnology sector in Japan, and its expansion is an integral part of the Abe administration’s growth strategy. Over the last 30 years Japan’s biotechnology sector has grown rapidly and offers numerous opportunities for European exports of biopharmaceutical products and R&D cooperation
Japan continues to be Asia’s number-one country in biotech and pharma patents (13,748 listing at least one Japanese inventor, according to WIPO), as well as a firm number-two in R&D ($170.082 billion in 2015, according to OECD).
How is Japanese biotech R&D structured, who are the key stakeholders, and how can European SMEs profit and find Japanese partners? Japan spends consistently over 3% of its GDP on R&D, of which some 70
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