BioMedVic and Osaka University collaborate on an innovative PhD program

Established in 2014, the partnership between BioMedVic and Osaka University (OU) continues to strengthen with the recent signing of a MoA to collaborate on OU’s new doctoral program, the “Transdisciplinary Program for Biomedical Entrepreneurship and Innovation” (TPBEI). The first of its kind in Japan, this innovative program involves over 20 organisations including four OU Graduate Schools, Osaka University Hospitals, the Osaka Prefecture Government, the Japanese Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Agency, the Japan Patent Office, and industry partners such as Pfizer, Novartis Pharma and Shionogi.

A delegation from Osaka University visited Melbourne on March 25th to meet with Jan Tennent, BioMedVic’s CEO, and Núria Saladié, BioMedVic’s Engagement Manager, and sign a Memorandum of Agreement. The delegation included Prof Eiichi Morii (Dean, Graduate School of Medicine), Prof Yoshikatsu Kanai (TPBEI coordinator, Graduate School of Medicine), Prof Yasushi Okamura (Graduate School of Medicine), A/Prof Kyoko Hombo (Co-ordinator, TPBEI) and Ms Noriko Inoue (Assistant Director, Partnering Manager Global Health Initiative Graduate School of Medicine and Osaka University Hospital). The meeting was also attended by Ms Shelley Jackson, Assistant General Manager, Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade).

In the afternoon, the delegation was hosted at the Melbourne Town Hall by Mr Shane Mcilroy, Senior Business Development Coordinator, International and Civic Services Branch, who gave a short briefing on the ongoing importance of the sister city relationship between Osaka and Melbourne now in its 41st year!

The TPBEI aims to develop professionals with the dual ability to create innovative solutions to real-life challenges through world-leading academic research and apply those research outcomes to the benefit of society, while also developing their skills as entrepreneurs. BioMedVic is honoured to be the only TPBEI partner from Australia and will contribute to the curriculum and internationalisation of the program, with a focus on how cooperation between industry, academia and government nurtures entrepreneurial “knowledge professionals”.

More information on the “Transdisciplinary Program for Biomedical Entrepreneurship and Innovation” is here.

A delegation from Osaka University last visited BioMedVic in 2016; details about that visit can be found here.

Prof Jan Tennent and Prof Eiichi Morii after the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement