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Japanese Health Officials and Danish Enterprises Share Needs and Expertise

15.11.2018  02:59


Denmark and Japan enjoy a privileged and trusted health partnership

Economic diplomacy in health between Denmark and Japan deliver tangible outcomes, further sealing the privileged bilateral health and life sciences relationship. Co-hosting with Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, the Royal Danish Embassy delivered a public-private health officials and experts innovator seminar, linking health areas with a high-unmet need, with service model redesign and life sciences expertise. The agreed purpose was to advance collaboration on initiatives that are relevant and effective, recognizes the value of treatment and care pathway optimization, mobilize citizen participation in better health area programs and support health outcomes and societal sustainability.

New Minister of Health to Japan

In recognition of the recent appointment of Mr. Takumi Nemoto as new Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare, the Royal Danish Embassy delivered a Welcome Letter from Denmark’s Minister of Health, Ms. Trane Nørby, reiterating the privileged cooperation and close partnership in the field of health, operationalised with former Minister Mr. Katsunobu Kato.

The bilateral public-private sector cooperation is unique in its form, supporting integrated health service delivery and regulatory efficiencies, among others exemplified by the regulatory cooperation agreement between Japan’s Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Agency (PMDA) and the Danish Medicines Agency (DKMA). Further, the new Japan-Danish TeleTech Network between knowledge environments has gained momentum in various therapy areas, linking sciences and commercialisation efforts based on research of high quality and relevance for industry, universities, hospitals and municipalities.

Health Officials Cooperate with Enterprise Experts

The seminar aimed to foster joint capability building across the full health and life sciences value chain, expanding public-private cooperation on evidence-based practice and serve the overall contribution of scientific production and body of evidence in support of policy implementation and more favourable framework conditions for clinical product development and commercialisation.

Orchestrating cooperation on unmet disease area programs take support and commitment from accountable authorities and innovators alike. Co-chaired by Japan’s Vice-Minister for Health provided the encouragement, and the seminar was joined by colleagues from Japan Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW); Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development (AMED); and Japan Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI). Clinical leaders and enterprise experts joined key health department representatives from MHLW, including Maternal and Child Health and Family Policy Bureau; Cancer and Disease Control Division; Medical and Assistive Device Industries Office; Bio-Industry Division; and Division of International Cooperation. The Danish Medicines Agency (DKMA) joined as special guests presenting newly signed collaboration program and regulatory science idea catalogue with PMDA.

Health Area Briefings for Better Organisation of Health Care

The seminar provided a unique platform to share experiences among appropriate peers in the healthcare system, discussing outcome-based care models, patient pathway organisation and consumer participation, where cooperation on Danish and Japanese capabilities, products and solutions are relevant and effective.

Focus was on positive clinical practices, regulatory sciences and coalition building for strengthening public-private commitments delivering better health organisation. Health area briefings were discussed within:
 - Urban diabetes and social design
 - Single use technologies against infections
 - Dermatology care without stigma
 - The value of improved hearing health
 - Reproduction for a future Japan

DK-JPN Health Officials Seminar, November 14th, Japan Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare - Royal Danish Embassy, Tokyo, Japan
Mr. Joakim Steen Barron-Mikkelsen, Economic Diplomacy in Health, Royal Danish Embassy, Tokyo, Japan