Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) and the Danish Agency for Science, Technology and Innovation have signed a collaboration agreement on research in life sciences. The agreement is a direct result of Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen's meeting in November 2006 with erstwhile Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, where the opportunities to intensify research collaboration were discussed.
Before signing the agreement, a delegation from JST headed by director Mr. Fumiaki Takahashi, visited the Medicon Valley Alliance, a Danish-Swedish organisation representing the Medicon Valley* life science cluster, to learn more about the region.
The agreement involves co-financing of three Danish-Japanese collaboration projects annually. In 2008, the projects will be focusing on clinical research. The Danish Minister for Science, Technology and Innovation Helge Sander told Newsmarket that he is delighted with the opportunity to strengthen the collaboration with one of the world's knowledge centres.
"Japan is one of the world's leading knowledge societies. It is investing solidly in research and development and has universities in the world elite class. So it is a highly attractive country to collaborate with," Sander said.
*Medicon Valley is located in the Øresund Region, which includes the regions of Greater Copenhagen and Zealand in Denmark, as well as Skåne in Sweden – Ed.