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Experts call for integrated approach to biotech development

2012/06/27 12:45:26

Taipei, June 27 (CNA) Government officials and medical specialists in Taipei said Wednesday better integration among different disciplines is needed in order to boost Taiwan’s biotechnology industry.

For example, in the planning of national health insurance reforms, the relevant authorities should take into consideration future developments in the pharmaceutical industry, said Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng at a forum on biotechnology policies in Taiwan.

Taiwan can increase its competitiveness through better integration in the government, industrial and academic sectors, said

Wang, founder of the Institute for Biotechnology and Medicine Industry that organized the forum.

Noting that biotechnology is a priority industry in many countries, he said Taiwan already has prerequisites such as good research-and-development capabilities but lacks coordination.

“In this forum, we can discuss and review the plans we have right now and see if they are effective,” he said.

Chen Wei-zhao, chairman of the institute, said the purpose of the forum “is not to criticize but rather to find solutions to the existing problems.”

The biotechnology industry needs a “favorable environment” in order to grow and thrive, he said, adding that inter-ministerial efforts are important.

The forum is being held in four sessions from June 22-29 at various locations in Taipei.

(By Nancy Liu)