Past Events and Programs

MD&M West – Celebrating 30 Years of Medtech Innovation

For years, MD&M West has been the trusted resource for what’s next in medical design and manufacturing.  Regardless of your particular design and development objectives, MD&M offers everything you need to drive your project to a profitable completion. MD&M West delivers key decision makers in general corporate management, research and development, and design engineering whose primary interests include manufacturing & production machinery, contract R&D, and medical grade materials. Explore cutting edge technologies from hundreds of top suppliers.  Learn from thought leaders including Babak Parviz, Ph.D., Vice President, Amazon.  Build your knowledge with free Tech Theater, Center Stage, & Innovation Tours.  Expand your network with like-minded individuals.

ILE attended with our Saitama Japan partners. Click here to view a special page highlighting our partners from the Saitama Prefecture. Show dates: February 10-12, 2015. 

Photos from ILE’s west coast trip!  

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 Sainokuni Business Arena

Lifesciences and Technical Manufacturing “Business Match” Exposition

Joe Shaw attended the Sainokuni Business Arena Lifescience and Technical Manufacturing “Business Match” exposition on January 28-29, 2015.

Contact Joe to learn more about this event, the business partners ILE has in Saitama Prefecture and how we can assist you.


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Arab Health Exhibition & Congress – Celebrating 40 Years


The Arab Health Exhibition & Congress is the largest healthcare exhibition & medical congress in the Middle East. Second largest in the world.

Arab Health first took place in 1975 – so this will be its 40th anniversary.  Healthcare and life science industry representatives attend from the Middle East, Asia, Europe and the United States.  The 2015 Exhibition & Congress attracted 11,000 delegates, 4,000 exhibitors and 95,000 visitors.  There were more than 200 new companies exhibiting, 40 country pavilions and a “Future of Surgery” center.

Arab Health is now reputed for delivering the highest quality program of Continuing Medical Education (CME) to medical professionals in the Middle East and will boast 18 CME accredited conferences.

Nida Shoubash from International Life Science Enterprises attended on behalf of ILE’s partners, clients and affiliates.  Please contact us to talk about how our affiliation and involvement with and at Arab Health can aid you.  Show dates were: January 26-29, 2015

Contact Joe Shaw / Paul Turney for more information.  Visit Arab Health’s website here.

Watch for more photos from this year’s event to appear here soon!

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December, 2014 – International Life-Science Enterprises Hosts Shunsuke Takeguchi and Hiroshi Matsushima of Nippon Piston Rings.

Joe Shaw, Tim Tripp and Tim’s family were honored to share some time with Shunsuke Takeguchi (General Manager in the red shirt in the accompanying photos) and Hiroshi Matsushima (Assistant Sales Manager in the white shirt in the accompanying photos) during the holidays.  One important location can’t be missed when visiting ILE in the Twin Cities — and that’s the Mall of America — where Shunsuke and Hiroshi posted with two cheerleaders from the Minnesota Vikings! We thank both gentleman for the time they spent with us in December!

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November 1, 2014 – International Life-Science Enterprises Attends The Japanese American Society of America Annual Mondale Award and Scholarship Gala


Both Joe Shaw and Nida Shoubash attended this wonderful charitable event.Sarah_Nida_Kathrine_Gala

The Japanese American Society of Minnesota works to promote trade between Minnesota and Japanese companies.  Here’s a bit about the event:  

To further the Japan-Minnesota Partnership, JASM holds the Mondale Award and Scholarship Dinner every Fall. At this gala event, the Mondale Award for Japan-Minnesota Partnership and Mondale Scholarships are presented. The Mondale Award recognizes outstanding contributions to the building of understanding, cooperation and respect between the people of Japan and Minnesota. The Mondale Scholarship is awarded to undergraduate students enrolled in Minnesota colleges and universities who want to broaden their knowledge of Japan through a combination of study and travel. These awards are intended to both recognize and encourage the continued efforts to build a bridge between Japan and Minnesota.

Proceeds benefit the merit-based Mondale Scholarship Fund; every year the Fund supports two or more Minnesota undergraduates studying in Japan.

September 12-13, 2014 – Saitama Japan

ILE Senior Partner Joe Shaw visited with Kodensha/Tokyo Titanium, NPR and Ninomiya, Saitama Fuji.

Productive discussions were had by all — here are some photo highlights of Joe’s meetings and plant tours.

Please feel to contact us to learn more about ILE’s activities in Japan.

Kodensha/Tokyo Titanium, Co. Ltd.

Ninomiya, Saitama Fuji

August 7, 2014 – Finnish Business Forum

ILE participated in the Finnish Business Forum in Minneapolis on August 7.

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In attendance were:

  • Ritva Koukku-Ronde, The Finnish Ambassador to the United States
  • Mark Richie, the Minnesota Secretary of State
  • Peter Vesterbacka, Mighty Eagle for Rovio  (seen in the red Angry Birds shirt in the pictures below)

Rovio Entertainment, founded in 2003, is an industry-changing entertainment media company and creator of

the globally successful Angry Birds franchise.  Rovio is headquartered in Finland.

July 2014 – American Association of Clinical Chemistry

AACC LogoILE recently attended the American Association of Clinical Chemistry with our partners and clients from Saitama Japan.

Saitama Prefecture (“State”) is adjacent to Tokyo, Japan with a population of over 7,000,000 occupying 1,500 square miles and is a center of precision manufacturing and innovative small to medium sized companies. These companies produce unique precision components and processes and are establishing themselves as an integral part of the supply chain to the global medical device industry. They are able through their expertise combined with extensive automation to supply precision components and materials of the highest quality while remaining economically attractive. These companies can assist your product development and ongoing production with a quality and cost profile that will make them an effective partner to your organization.

Learn more about our Japanese partners on our Partners & Clients page.

Learn more about the American Association of Clinical Chemistry on their website.

Our activities started in the Twin Cities with a program for our Saitama partners at the University of MN UEL. Our meetings were at the University Campus Club.  Photos from this gathering in the 1st of 2 galleries below.  We were pleased to introduce our Saitama partners to the staff at Senator Amy Klobuchar!

We traveled to Chicago IL for the AACC Conference and Exposition. Photos from this trip in the 2nd of 2 galleries below.

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AACC Expo in Chicago, IL

January 2014 – Arab Health

AH-LOGOILE attended Arab Health in Dubai in January 2014. This trade mission was sponsored by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.

ILE met with representatives of the Middle East medical and life science community.  This was the 39th year for the Arab Health exposition and it’s the largest life science event in the Middle East. It annually offers Minnesota’s (and ILE’s clients – in Minnesota and beyond) manufacturers, wholesalers and distributors the opportunity to meet the medial and scientific community in the Middle East and beyond. ILE meets with it’s network of contacts from Europe, Asia and beyond.

The significance of this event is borne out by the following factoids:

* The Middle East healthcare sector is growing – with expected strong 5-year growth.
* Demand for healthcare in the Middle East will double by 2015
* As an example:  the UAE’ current pharmaceutical expenditures are $1.5 billion; Expenditures on medical devices tops $500 million; and healthcare costs have reached $8 billion.

The Middle East represents a growing opportunity for life science businesses, and ILE intends to be part of it and help clients with opportunities in this portion of the global market.

To see a PDF from this expo, click here.

Here are just a few photos from our time in Dubai!  Let us know how we can help you in 2015!

Arab Health US Pavilion – International Life Science Enterprises

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January 6, 2014

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November 2013

UEL State Finance Committe Presenatation 11-12-13On November 12, 2013, ILE presented to the Minnesota State Finance Committee.  See our blog for a short narrative!

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November 2013

International Lifescience Enterprises recently hosted a trade delegation from Saitama Japan. We spent time at the Medical Design and Manufacturing exposition at the Minneapolis Convention Center. We also met with them at the University of Minnesota Medical Device Innovation Center.


Shaw and China Minister of Health

Summer 2012

International Lifescience Enterprises Founder Joe Shaw had the pleasure of meeting and discussing life science matters with China’s Minister of Health.