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North life sciences delegation seeks collaboration with businesses in Japan

A delegation of UK life sciences, including representatives from the University of Leeds, is heading to Japan to showcase the strengths of the sector and establish links with businesses.

The North delegation is led by regional cluster organisations MedCity and the Northern Health Science Alliance (NHSA), with the Department for International Trade.

This week, more than 40 experts from biotech companies and universities, along with Business Minister Lord Prior, highlighted the UK’s digital health in the NHS, successful university spinouts and academic-industry partnerships in Tokyo– attracting an audience of over 150 people.

The NHSA brought together the delegation which included Professor Colin Johnson of the University of Leeds; Arjun Sikand of Health and Innovation Manchester; Professor Mike Trenell of Newcastle University; and Dr Liz Mear of the NHSA and Innovation Agency North Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs) for the North West Coast.

The delegation will also attend BioJapan in Yokohama, Asia’s biggest biosciences conference, to promote the UK as being open for business, investment and research. Here, the Northern UK companies will meet with more Japanese businesses promoting UK business.

Lord Prior, Business minister commented: “Japan is one of the UK’s most important science and research partners which is why we are taking the largest ever delegation to the BioJapan conference, reinforcing our commitment to international collaboration to solve some of the greatest medical issues of our time.”

Dr Liz Mear, CEO of the Innovation Agency and Northern Health Science Alliance board member said: “Health Innovation is one of the key strands of government Industrial Strategy and trade delegations such as this offer global industry the opportunity to engage with the best in Life Sciences.

“We’re delighted to be bringing our members to BioJapan to explain exactly why the UK is leading the world in health innovation,” She added.