Medical Alley Promotes Health and Life Sciences Ecosystem in Trade Mission to Japan

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September 15  

Medical Alley President and CEO Roberta “Bobbie” Dressen recently returned from a trade mission to Japan. This trip aimed to foster deeper connections and understanding between Medical Alley and Japanese health and life sciences companies.  

Medical Alley was invited by the Minnesota Trade Office as part of a delegation which included Gov. Tim Walz, Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan, and Department of Employment and Economic Development Commissioner Matt Varliek.   

While in Japan, Dressen spoke on panel discussions to the Japanese Women’s Leadership Initiative as well as to the Osaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry.  

“It was an honor and a privilege to speak with these inspiring and distinguished business leaders in Japan, Dressen said. “This trade mission is a testament to the global reach and impact of Medical Alley’s partner companies. We stand ready to assist Japanese companies looking to enter the U.S. market.”  

Medical Alley’s relationships with Japanese companies date back to the organization’s founding in 1984. Currently, Medical Alley is proud to work with the Japanese External Trade Organization (JETRO) to provide advisory services to Japanese startups on the U.S. market.  

Currently, Medical Alley partners based in Japan include Takeda, Teijin, Toray, Mitsubishi, and Olympus. Many other Medical Alley partners operate offices in Japanese cities.  

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