In the context of the difficulties described by this week's cover story on partnering in Japan, BioCentury has accepted an invitation by Shinichi Tamura, president and CEO of Sosei Co. Ltd., to participate in BioGlobe, a partnering tool being created on the Internet.

BioGlobe hopes to be a conduit for lessening the communications difficulties experienced by the Japanese and their would-be partners. Specifically, these communication problems involve: