The InnoMuNiCH project aims to increase global innovations in the biopharmaceutical industry and pool together German and Japanese expertise in research and development. InnoMuNiCH stands for “Innovations through Munich-Nippon Cooperations in Healthcare”.
The project has been funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) as part of the funding program “Internationalization of Leading-Edge Clusters, Forward-Looking Projects and Other, Comparable Networks” since January 2017.
The ability to effectively translate the findings of academic research into pharmaceutical products is challenging for global health research. As many research findings are usually not directly applicable to major industry projects, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) can function as catalysts in this context. SMEs may significantly increase the process of innovation by advancing projects successively.
The InnoMuNiCH project is funded by the BMBF and managed by BioM. InnoMuNiCH links pharmaceutical companies, research groups and biomedical SMEs from Japan with cooperation partners in Munich, Bavaria and beyond. The project provides a platform for German-Japanese cooperation to initiate and foster binational research and development projects. Both, German and Japanese players will profit from this cooperation between partners on equal terms.
Information on funding programs for research collaboration can be find here (pdf): Funding programs in Japan for international collaboration
The aim of BioM Biotech Cluster Development GmbH as a cluster management organization is to coordinate all Bavarian biotechnology regions and manage the Munich Biotech Cluster with a focus on biomedical innovations. Since 1997, the non-profit organization BioM supports the regional biotechnology sector and is the first point of contact for global partners with business interests in Bavaria. BioM is also a member of the working group German BioRegions and is on the management board of the Council of European BioRegions (CEBR).
Since 2010, BioM has built a long-lasting and trusting relationship with Japan. BioM organizes trade missions for Bavarian companies, represents Bavaria at Japanese trade fairs and maintains close contact with key Japanese regions and experts. BioM and Osaka BioHeadquarters signed an official cooperation agreement in 2011. Building on that agreement, diverse and fruitful B2B working relationships have since developed.