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March 31, 2019

June 10 – 14, 2019 in Boston, MA


Connections by BioLabs is a program designed with BioLabs’ partners to help biotechnology companies in countries outside of the United States discover and better understand the American healthcare market.

For many companies active in the healthcare field, the American market can represent a major opportunity. It is also a vast and complex market, that can be daunting and take significant resources to approach.

Connections by BioLabs will allow your company to:

  • Understand how American innovative companies develop and grow in the largest biotechnology cluster in the world
  • Analyze opportunities for development of your company in the US
  • Develop partnerships with key stakeholders in the United States


Connections by BioLabs is organized in two phases, after the application and selection process. See key dates, eligibility, and costs.

Exchanges with the Organizing Team

This phase allows us to understand the ambition of the company and the goals you may have in the United States, and will help us organize the specific meetings you need:

  • Benchmarking
  • Learning about best practices in a specific field
  • Preparation for international expansion of your company
  • Preparation for clinical trials in the United States for regulatory application
  • Looking for a corporate partner or for a technology partner
  • Looking for scientific advisors or to structure a board of directors
  • Learning about the structure of US healthcare market

Immersion Week

The immersion week is organized to give you a broad overview of the stages of growth of biotechnology companies in the United States, to give you the tools for understanding the healthcare market in the United States and the knowledge necessary for your company’s expansion.

The five-day program will alternate between:

  • Seminars, where the participants learn about subjects of interest to all companies
  • Workshops, whree the participants will actively work with experienced professionals to prepare their pitch, check (and possibly adapt) their business model for the US setting
  • Visits and personal meetings, organized according to the needs of each participant
  • Networking events, allowing to you to expand your network of relationships in the Boston area.


To apply to Connections by BioLabs, review the information below and email the completed application form to Jean-Jacques Yarmoff at

Download Application Form
March 31, 2019 Application Deadline
April 15, 2019 Selection of Participants
April 15 – 28, 2019 Exchanges with Participants
April 28, 2019 Limit for Administrative Exchanges
June 10 – 14, 2019 Immersion Week in Boston, MA

Connections by BioLabs 2019 is designed for Japanese biotech and healthcare young companies, with innovative technologies or business models, whether venture backed, recently created, or with a few years since company creation in Japan.

The program is organized to help those companies that need to approach the US market, now or in the near future, to ensure they have the knowledge and the resources for their aspiration. The program is also helpful to companies who would like to get inspiration from US venture companies to apply their best practices in Japan.

Criteria for Eligibility

  • Size and stage of company: startups and small/medium enterprises
  • Net Revenues less US$ 5 Million and fewer than 25 employees
  • Strong motivation of the entrepreneurs, skills of the team
  • Necessity for the company to consider the US market
  • Company’s growth potential

Note: This program is not for companies that have already approached the North American market, who already have sales or marketing partners in North America. The program is not designed to achieve commercial development, rather it focuses on the long-term development of the companies.

Participation Fee

There is no cost to compete, but a fee of US$ 5,000 for participation will be asked of each participating companies to cover the cost of the training program provided by BioLabs and by our partners. Two persons from each company can participate. An additional fee of US$ 500 will be asked for each participant above two persons (three or more).

Transportation to and from Boston, accommodation in Boston, is to be organized by the participants. BioLabs can help with some suggestions for accommodation.


The Consulate-General of Japan in Boston works to promote economic, cultural, science and technology, and educational exchange between the New England region and Japan. As part of our economic activities, we opened a satellite office in CIC Cambridge, one of the major centers of the local innovation ecosystem. We are there to support both businesses and people interested in networking with start-ups, entrepreneurs, big companies and/or researchers and students, as well as any company interested in the local ecosystem. We aim to help people forge stronger business connections between New England and Japan.


Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) is a government-related organization that works to promote mutual trade and investment between Japan and the rest of the world. Originally established in 1958 to promote Japanese exports abroad, JETRO's core focus in the 21st century has shifted toward promoting foreign direct investment into Japan and helping small to medium size Japanese firms maximize their global export potential. JETRO’s Kyoto office promotes business exchange on life science field between Boston and Kyoto through Regional Promotion Project since 2016.


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