MHLW to Support Healthcare-Related Startups from “Long-Term Perspective”: Health Minister Shiozaki

Health Minister Yasuhisa Shiozaki
The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare (MHLW) presented a future course of action to encourage startups at the first meeting of its “council to promote healthcare startups” on July 31. It calls for 1) the creation of a system to foster the development of a startup ecosystem, 2) the creation of forums for training and exchanging the human resources who comprise the ecosystem, and 3) the establishment of a startup support system that involves the entire MHLW. In addition, it will conduct marketability surveys on promising seeds to prepare an environment that encourages investment. It will also establish training programs on intellectual property and other subjects to enhance the ability of startups to commercialize seeds ...