[2015-09-10] Investing in Japan, with a focus on “Life Science Industries”

Amsterdam, September 11, 2015

Dear attendees,

Thank you very much for your participation in the seminar on Investing in Japan, with a focus on  “Life Science Industries”, co-organized by DUJAT, JETRO, NCH, City of Utrecht, Utrecht Science Park USP and  (name of the company of speakers/ ASTELLAS) on September 10 at the City hall of Utrecht.

The Utrecht Province is one of the most competitive regions in Europe and scores high in areas such as innovation and quality of the institutions, infrastructure, digital networks, healthcare and human capital. Here you will find the Utrecht Science Park (USP) with a substantial number of start-ups and companies in the area of life sciences, as well as renown Universities (Utrecht University, Hogeschool Utrec

ht, University Medical Center Utrecht). We are happy that the City of Utrecht will host this unique “Invest in Japan”.

We welcomed speakers from NCH, JETRO to keep you informed on doing business in Japan.  Next to that, Astellas, a leading pharmaceutical Japanese company, will give you insight and information on the Japanese pharmaceutical market and its opportunity.

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Registration with coffee/tea


Welcome by City of Utrecht


Opening speech by DUJAT (Dutch and Japanese Trade Federation)

Geert Jan Mantel, Chairman


Speech by H.E. Ambassador of Japan to the Netherlands, Mr. Masaru Tsuji



Keynote Speech – Invest in Japan

Shigeki Okada, Executive Director, JETRO Amsterdam of JETRO AMSTERDAM


Opportunities in Japan

Jan Siemons, Managing Director of NCH


The global pharmaceutical industries in Japan – Astellas’s point of view

Sibo de Jong, Vice President Pharmaceutical R&D and Asaka Orie,

Associate Director, Global Project Management

of Astellas Pharma


Utrecht Science Park (USP) – the perfect match between innovative knowledge and business

Friso Smit, PhD, Business Development Manager of USP



Q&A and round discussion by all, coordinated by Radboud Molijn, Managing Director of DUJAT


Closing remarks  – Jan van Zanen, Mayor of Utrecht








Network drinks









18.00 End of the program