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Japanese Delegation to Tour BioBridge Global Facilities
August 26, 2014

 

SAN ANTONIO - BioBridge Global and its subsidiaries - the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center, QualTex Laboratories and GenCure - are pleased to announce a visit from Gov. Eikei Suzuki of Mie Prefecture in Japan, who will bring a state-level delegation to San Antonio on Aug. 27 to establish mutually beneficial economic relations between the city and Mie in the biomedical industry. The visit is a direct result of a meeting former Mayor Julián Castro had with the governor last fall in Japan. The group will tour BioBridge Global's facilities as well as Port San Antonio, the University of Texas at San Antonio, Southwest Research Institute and Toyota among others.

The City of San Antonio's International Relations Office is working closely with the Mie Prefectural government in preparation for the signing of a letter of intent focused on collaboration in the areas of aerospace, life sciences, automotive, information technology and sports. This agreement will be signed by Mayor Ivy R. Taylor and Gov. Suzuki at an official event welcoming the governor and his delegation to San Antonio on Aug. 27.

The delegation of about 20 members will include a biomedical vice president from Mie National University.

"BioBridge Global is thrilled to help the city of San Antonio showcase the city's burgeoning biomedical and regenerative medicine industries on the world stage," said Linda Myers, BioBridge Global CEO. "The Japanese delegation's interest in touring BBG's labs helps strengthen our standing as an international participant, allowing us to increase our ties abroad and providing the city additional opportunities for economic development in these fields."

The visitors are scheduled to see BioBridge Global's blood donor pavilion, cord blood bank, peripheral blood stem cell (PBSC) collection suite and labs for blood and plasma testing as well as tissue procurement and processing.

"San Antonio continues to strengthen its reputation internationally as a dynamic economy," said Shahrzad Dowlatshahi, chief of protocol for the city's International Relations Office. "The city has a long-standing relationship with Japan, and we take pride in showcasing our strong and diverse intellectual capacity."

About BioBridge Global: BioBridge Global is a San Antonio, Texas-based organization that offers diverse services in regenerative medicine, blood banking and biological testing. Subsidiaries house several centers that provide products used in regenerative medicine treatment and research - including cellular therapies, umbilical cord blood and tissue services - and testing of blood and plasma products for clients in the United States and worldwide. BBG is committed to supporting groundbreaking research, addressing unmet clinical needs and enabling the development and commercialization of novel biotechnology products. Visit us at biobridgeglobal.org.

 

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