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Japan's Bioventures: Past, Present and Future


  • Shiaw Jia Eyo

    () (Department of Global and Interdisciplinary Studies, Hosei University, Tokyo, Japan)


This paper reviews the creation and the development of biotechnology start-ups in Japan known as "bioventures". In the early 1990s, the Japanese government began to introduce new policies to promote the development of bioventures. Within the span of a decade, the number of bioventures grew five times. However, majority of them continued to operate at the seed or start-up stage. This paper seeks to explore the underdeveloped state of bioventures in Japan, based on the case study method which includes the use of interviews and reviews of several policies and regulations. This paper also compares the development of Japanese biotechnology industry with the biotechnology industry in the US and Europe. This paper concludes that the lack of a sustainable system of funding is the real issue hindering the development of bioventures in Japan.

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  • Shiaw Jia Eyo, 2014. "Japan's Bioventures: Past, Present and Future," International Journal of Innovation and Technology Management (IJITM), World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd., vol. 11(05), pages 1-22.
  • Handle: RePEc:wsi:ijitmx:v:11:y:2014:i:05:n:s021987701450031x
    DOI: 10.1142/S021987701450031X

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