Center for Cluster Development and CoordinationInternational collaboration

International collaborative projects and partnerships

Our Mission
We promote KBIC’s international development through collaboration with biomedical clusters outside Japan and continue these efforts in accordance with its founding philosophy.

MAGIA Alliance

MAGIA Alliance is a union consisted of 4 European medical healthcare clusters (Italy, Belgium, Germany, France) and providing comprehensive supports of business development to associated companies as EU union, not an individual country. KBICFBRI has signed MOU with MAGIA Alliance aiming to strengthen international competitiveness of associated companies in the medical device segment in March 2022. With this partnership agreement, MAGIA Alliance and KBICFBRI are promoting international business development of associated companies through networking and supports together.
MAGIA Alliance visited Kobe in October 2022 and had meetings with KBICFBRI, startups and associated companies.

BIOCOM California

San Diego forms the largest biomedical cluster on the west coast of the United States home to the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, many established research centers, and biomedical companies. BIOCOM California is the leading presence in the field of life science on the west coast serving over 1700 companies and organizations as members. In October 2016, FBRI signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with BIOCOM California, the non-profit organization to enhance FBRI’s international development.
Together with BIOCOM California, FBRI is actively working on the trans-cluster collaboration on the west coast of the United States.


A world-class biomedical cluster has been formed with a high concentration of global pharmaceutical companies and biomedical venture businesses in Flanders in the northern Belgium, a relatively small region about the size of Japan’s Shikoku Island (approximately 18,800 m²).
In June 2010, to promote joint activities, the Kansai Bio Promotion Council, of which FBRI is a member, signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Flanders.Bio, whose members include pharmaceutical giants, biomedical ventures, universities, and research centers located in Flanders and continue the collaboration works.

Life Science Nord

A concentration of over 500 healthcare-related companies in the northern German states of Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein constitutes one of the largest life science clusters in Europe.
With support from the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), FBRI has been involved in a regional industry tie-up (RIT) between the northern Germany and Kobe centered on Hyogo Prefecture. This led to the signing in May 2016 of the letter of intent (LOI) between FBRI and Life Science Nord, a life science cluster support organization. The two parties have been regularly holding seminars and business interaction events, receiving corporate participants from each other.