Regenerative Medicine in China

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Regenerative Medicine in China Within Health Sciences, Regenerative Medicine is an area that China excels in. Research mostly happens in universities across the country, but it is to be expected that the Chinese Academy of Sciences will take a bigger share in this research. Patent analyses suggest corporate innovation is still limited compared to other countries. Therefore, Dutch interests in …

Nobel Prize for Medicine links to Traditional Chinese Medicine

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It would be fair to say that the Nobel Prize in China is a very ambiguous phenomenon. Since the 1950s, 6 Chinese nationals have been awarded The Prize. Given China’s turbulent past and its aftermath, it is not surprising that most of these prizes are domestically blurred by controversy. There are many factors that trigger political sensitivity (historical and distant …

Competition in the medtech sector in Suzhou, China

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Suzhou Suzhou is home to two large industrial parks. These two parks compete for business, and the competition leads measures that enhance the attractiveness for Suzhou as a whole. For knowledge-intensive organisations, Suzhou is quickly implementing measures to boost the city’s innovative capacity. This article is based on a presentation by dr. Jiang Feng, vice chairman of the China association …

Medtech overview in China

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Summary This article gives a broad overview of the medical sector developments in China. Highlights areprojected against challenges, and opportunities for Dutch involvement are highlighted. *** The medical sector is vastly expanding in China. China has become the second largest pharmaceutical market in the world; and with its size of 17 Billion USD, the medical technology market in China currently …

Shanghai, a spring-time life-science hub

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Spring brings a large number of Life-science events to Shanghai. Among which, the Sino-Euro Biopartnering event (SEBP) and the China Medical Equipment Fair (CMEF) in May. SEBP focuses on innovative European SMEs and life-science organisations and capital from China. This year, projects spanned from a novel approach against antibiotic resistance to a technology-assisted epidural technique. Moreover, one could generally discriminate …

PM series: human naïve embryonic stem cells

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In a short series, we will focus on various topics on personalized medicine in China. Third in this series: the on-going search for naive human stem cells. At a cellular level, controlling multiplication and specialization drives growth and development. The less a cell is specialized, the more directions it can develop into. For instance, once a cell has started to …

Endlessness in genetic info: circular RNA.

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Researchers at the Partner Institute for Computational Biology (PICB), established by the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the German Max Planck Gesellschaft, unraveled the existence and mechanisms behind circular RNA molecules. RNA usually carries information from cellular DNA. This information is used to produce proteins and to regulate all kinds of cellular processes. Historically, DNA and RNA are approached as …

PM series: Nanoporphyrin

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In a short series, we will focus on various topics on personalized medicine in China. Second in this series: personalized nano-medicine. A group of Chinese and American researchers recently published a paper in Nature Communications on a nano-particle with a high potential in diagnostic and therapeutic approaches. The investigators designed particles, consisting of nanoporphyrins, to specifically target tumors in mice. …

Cystic fibrosis links to diabetes

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Researchers from Hong Kong, Chengdu, Beijing and Tokyo recently reported a functional link between diabetes and cystic fibrosis. Cystic fibrosis occurs when mutations in the CFTR gene hamper the function of the Cystic Fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator. This leads to a “tough mucus” secretion in the lungs, and its most acute symptoms are therefore shortness of breath. Indigestion is also …

BGI and Edinburgh start to synthesize

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Following a MoU (memorandum of understanding) earlier this year, the University of Edinburgh and the BGI in Shenzhen have now started a collaborative project on synthetic biology. This emerging discipline combines techniques in the sequencing and DNA synthesis fields to re-create and re-model entire chromosomes, that can replace the original chromosomes in host organisms such as yeast. As such, new …