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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Cities and states around the corner and around the country have angled for years to set themselves up as the next Kendall Square, hoping to import some of the magic of Boston’s biotech hub and its job-creating economic engine.

Increasingly, foreign governments are pushing for the same.


Denmark just opened a permanent incubator here that will give Danish researchers and startup founders the chance to network with Kendall Square’s industry scene — with the hope that they will then bring what they’ve learned back home. Japan’s local consulate has a more modest satellite office, just opened in April. Both are following in the footsteps of countries like Canada and the Netherlands, which have each brought hundreds of homegrown companies into their own biotech incubators since they opened in 2013 and 2015, respectively. And now, they, too, are expanding their staff and their offerings.

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