[Event Report] Denmark-Japan Expert Roundtable “Combating Together against Silent Pandemic: AMR” (August 31, 2022)

On August 31, 2022, Health and Global Policy Institute (HGPI), the Embassy of Denmark in Tokyo, the Denmark Ministry of Health, the Japan Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, and the AMR Alliance Japan held an expert meeting on “Combating Together against Silent Pandemic: AMR.”

Denmark is known as the world’s first country to establish a biobank and is home to many world-leading life science companies. In addition to having a thriving livestock industry and making significant contributions in the area of global health, Denmark has also taken a leadership role in the field of AMR, taking part in various efforts alongside Japan

At this meeting, Mr. Magnus Heunicke, Health Minister of Denmark, and Mr. Eiji Hinoshita, Assistant Minister for Global Health and Welfare, Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW) Japan, participated in a lively discussion among multi-stakeholder groups from the industry, government, academia, and the private sector.

The day began with an introduction of examples of good practices in Japan and Denmark by governments, research institutions, private companies, private foundations, and public-private partnerships. Possibilities for further collaboration were also discussed.

During a panel discussion held in the latter half of the day, various points were raised, including those listed below

In order to promote AMR measures, the HGPI will continue to contribute to the development of domestic policies and international collaboration through the activities of the AMR Alliance Japan, for which it serves as the secretariat.

[Event Overview]



13:30-13:35 Welcome and Keynote Remarks “Danish Initiatives in AMR and beyond”

Magnus Heunicke (Health Minister, Denmark)

13:35-13:40 Keynote Remarks “Japan’s Initiatives in AMR and beyond”

Eiji Hinoshita (Assistant Minister for Global Health and Welfare, Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW) Japan)

13:40-14:30 Presentations from Experts

Lars Fruergaard Jørgensen (President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Novo Nordisk)
Naoko Katagiri (Senior Marketing Manager, Ambu)
Norio Ohmagari (Director, Disease Control and Prevention Center; Director, AMR Clinical Reference Center, National Center for Global Health and Medicine Hospital Japan (NCGM))
Takuko Sawada (Director and Vice Chairperson of the Board, Shionogi & Co., Ltd.)
Robert Skov (Scientific Director, International Centre for Antimicrobial Resistance (ICARS))
Motoyuki Sugai (Director, Antimicrobial Resistance Research Center, National Institute of Infectious Diseases (NIID))
Tetsuji Umeno (Director, Primary Care Business Development, HUP Business, Sysmex Corporation)
Henrik Ullum (Chief Executive Officer at Statens Serum Institut (SSI))
Akihiko Fujie (Senior Science Coordinator, Division of Strategic Planning and Evaluation, Department of Innovative Drug Discovery and Development, East Japan Office, Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development (AMED))
John Paul Pullicino (Vice President, Developed Asia and General Manager Japan, Pfizer Hospital Business, Pfizer Japan Inc.)

14:30-15:30 Roundtable Discussion by Experts

Agenda 1: Tangible Actions in AMR Policy (Market Mechanism / Screening)
Agenda 2: One Health Approach
Agenda 3: Global Collaboration for Future

Moderated by Ryoji Noritake (CEO and Board Member, HGPI)

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