BioExpo 2009 in Tokyo

July 13 2009

Submitted by Kazumi Iino.

INT'L BIO FORUM & BIO EXPO JAPAN 2009 was held in Tokyo from July 1st to July 3rd at Tokyo Big Sight in Japan. The visitors reached more than 20,000 people for the three-day event. The number of visitors seemed to be approx 9% fewer than last year, especially foreign visitors were less than usual, according to my observation.

There were 614 exhibitors including 12 bioventures at BioExpo 2009. Additionally, many researchers from 168 universities and public research institutes throughout Japan joined to exhibit their research results through poster panels and small presentations. On site, active discussions took place between the exhibiting researchers and visitors. The 250 sessions/seminars as well as key note presentations also attracted strong attention as the place to collect information and knowledge of novel products, technologies and services in biotechnology and the life sciences.

This year, more than 10 local bioclusters had their own exhibit booths. Additionally, most of them made presentations of their activities at the presentation venue especially organized for the bioventures. Some presentation examples: “Newly established Biochip system named PepTenChip” presented by HiPep Laboratories, and “Production of recombinant proteins in cocoons of transgenetic silkworms” by NEO SILK.

On the other hand, international pavilions were slightly fewer than usual. This year, Belgium, India, Korean, Milan, and North Carolina had their own booths.  Both Japanese bioclusters and international pavilions exhibited actively.

At BioExpo 2009, one featured area was Genetic testing and Diagnostics. 28 companies involving the businesses related to genetic testing/diagnostic reagents, equipment, biochips, etc. gathered; Toshiba, Roche Diagnostics, Toray, Carl Zeiss, Eiken Chemical, Qiagen, Gene world, Toyobo, DNA Chip Research Inc., Onchip Biotechnologies, etc.

Concurrently INTERPHEX,/PHARMACEUTICAL INGREDIENT JAPAN was held, to which more than 35 thousand people visited for three days.

Category: BioEvent Coverage
Filed under: Japan, Bioclusters