Investing in Japan
Vitalograph, UK-based manufacturer and distributor of spirometers, establishes corporation in Japan
Jan 11, 2017
Vitalograph is a UK company that manufactures and distributes diagnostic devices for conducting diagnostics of lung function called spirometers. Founded in 1963, it maintains employment about 200 staff members, and has R&D and manufacturing bases in Ireland as well as business bases in the US, Germany and Hong Kong.
Vitalograph established Vitalograph Japan Co. Ltd in Tokyo in January 2016 to launch operations supporting clinical trials to develop drugs for respiratory diseases. The company plans to rent out their spirometers and provide necessary technical support. It is expected that Vitalograph will expand its business as a partner of manufacturers of drugs for respiratory diseases or as a partner of CROs who are engaged in clinical trials for these drug manufacturers.
The JETRO Invest Japan Business Support Center (IBSC) provided support for Vitalograph’s incorporation in Japan, including consultation on registration, tax matters and labor affairs, referral to service providers (tax accountant offices) and provision of information on the pharmaceutical industry in Japan.