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Taiwan can become Asia's biotech hub: vice president

2017/05/13 18:32

Taipei, May 13 (CNA) Vice President Chen Chien-jen (陳建仁) said on Saturday that Taiwan can become a biotechnology hub for the Asia-Pacific region if proper efforts are made.

Biotechnology is one of the "five plus two" innovative industries being focused on by the government, which is seeking to develop a "biotechnology corridor" along Taiwan's western coast, Chen said in a forum on enhancing the competitiveness of Taiwan's biotechnology, health and wellness industries held in Taichung, central Taiwan.

Following the near completion of the National Biotechnology Research Park in Taipei's Nangang District, a biomedical science park is being built in Hsinchu County's Zhubei City, Chen said.

He proposed that a biotechnology industry cluster also be developed in Taichung as well by combining the resources of Chinese Medical University, Chung Shan Medical University, Taichung Veterans General Hospital, National Chung Hsing University and the many precision machinery manufacturers in the city.

(By Su Mu-chun and Y.F. Low)ENDITEM/AW