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Flanders hosts 4th Tokyo biotech seminar

Around 120 people from the Japanese biotechnology industry have attended the fourth annual Flanders Biotech Seminar in Tokyo, Japan.

Opened by Mr Jean-Francois Branders, Belgian Ambassador to Japan, the seminar covered topics ranging from nanoparticle research and plant system biology to Alzheimer’s disease and cartilage regeneration research. The seminar was jointly organized by the Flanders Interuniversity Institute for Biotechnology (VIB) and the Flanders Foreign Investment Office (FFIO).

During the seminar, Mr Branders paid special tribute to Professor Marinee Chuah, of the Department of Transgene Technology and Gene Therapy, a VIB research group at the University of Leuven, and Professor Masakazu Ueda, of the Department of Surgery of the Keio University School of Medicine.

Both had teamed up with researchers from the Osaka University, Kobe University and Okayama University, with their joint research on nanoparticles leading to the establishment of a spin-off company, Beacle Inc. ( The company was launched in Okayama, Japan, in April with Professor Ueda serving as CEO and Professor Chuah as scientific advisor.

The tribute was followed by presentations from Professor Inze, Cropdesign, Value for Growth and CosmoBio. The seminar concluded with presentations from Innogenetics, Xcellentis and Tigenix. Xcellentis ended its session with a press release on clinical data obtained with LyphoDerm.

The organization of the seminar was part of a larger promotional campaign run by FFIO Japan. Two months prior to the seminar, FFIO Japan had organized a press mission for Japanese journalists to Flanders. This was followed by the participation of the FFIO and VIB, along with the Flemish biotech companies Biodynamics and R.E.D Laboratories, at Bio Expo Japan 2004 a week prior to the seminar.

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21 June 2004

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