Movers & Shakers: Suzhou Industrial Park Aims to be a Portal to China for International Nanotech Communities

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The art sculpture of Harmony, an icon of the Suzhou Industrial Park, China (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

During the recently concluded CHInano Conference & Expo 2013, the Technology Agency of the Czech Republic and Suzhou Industrial Park signed an MOU on building the Czech Technology China Center, marking the kickoff of technology exchange and trade cooperation between the two countries in such fields as nanotechnology and biology. This is also the third international cooperation platform after the China-Finland Nano Innovation Center and the Holland Hi-Tech China Center, both of which are located in the park.

As a result of the previous three sessions of CHInano, SIP developed diversified relationships with nanotech-related organizations from over 20 countries and regions including the U.S., Finland, Germany, Singapore, Japan, and the U.K., integrating and utilizing international resources on an ongoing basis. Using the cooperation with Finland as an example, from joining in the China-Finland Nanotech Strategic Cooperation Program and locating the China-Finland Nano Innovation Center at Nanopolis Suzhou, to the launch of the first four cooperation projects, the partnership has expanded from purely just nanotechnology to related areas including nanomaterials and pharmaceuticals.

In addition, through its partnerships with the world’s most prestigious universities and colleges in the U.S., Canada, the U.K., France and Australia, SIP has created an international, diversified system for nanotech talent development, under which, to date over 2,000 students have received bachelor’s, master’s, or doctor’s degrees in nanotechnology.

Suzhou Industrial Park is now China’s only state-level nanotech industrialization and innovation base.  There are nearly twenty nanotech-related facilities based in the park, including the Chinese Academy of Science (CAS) Suzhou Institute of Nano-Tech and Nano-Bionics, SUN-WIN Joint Research Institute for Nanotechnology founded by Soochow University and the University of Waterloo, and USTC-UC Berkeley Joint Nano-Science and Technology Institute, collectively gathering around 200 of the top talents in the nanotech field and spawning 200 nanotech-related companies. During the first eight months of this year, total output from the sector increased by 50% year-on-year to RMB 8 billion.

From: Suzhou Industrial Park


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