Events in 2011

June 22 - June 30, 2011

Hong Kong Biotechnology Organization (HKBIO), Hong Kong Science & Technology Parks Corporation (HKSTP) and the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) are pleased to announce the recent success of co-organizing the Hong Kong Biotechnology Delegation, comprising prominent Hong Kong biotech companies and organizations, to exhibit at the BIO 2011 International Convention at Washington DC during June 27-30. Prior to the Convention Exhibition, side missions to Boston & Maryland were also organized to visit key biotechnology companies, research and educational institutes during June 23-26. Delegates of the Mission were privileged to meet representatives and explore international collaboration opportunities between biotech industries of U.S. and Hong Kong.

June 18, 2011

Together with Innovation and Technology Commission (ITC)Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation (HKSTP)Guangdong Provincial Association for Science and Technology and Shenzhen Provincial Association for Science and TechnologyHong Kong Biotechnology Organization (HKBIO) has organized the Satellite Forum on HK-Guangdong Biotech Cooperation, supported by the Hong Kong Trade and Development Council (HKTDC). The Satellite Forum on HK-Guangdong Biotech Cooperation is one of the major events in the biotech industry of the Pearl River Delta Region. Experts from Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Hong Kong gather at the Tulip Hall of the Shenzhen Convention and Exhibition Centre, where the Satellite Forum is held, to discuss various issues about the development of biotechnology with over a hundred guests.

May 16, 2011

Since its establishment, with the help from the industry, academia and the Government, the Hong Kong Biotechnology Organization (HKBIO) has always been dedicated to promote biotechnology as a sustainable industry in Hong Kong as well as to educate people from different fields on general knowledge about biotechnology.

On May 16, 2011 (Monday), HKBIO had the privilege to hold a welcoming reception for Professor Bruce ALBERTS at the Hong Kong Jockey Club in Happy Valley. Professor ALBERTS is the Editor-in-Chief of Scienceand a United States Science Envoy. He is also a Professor Emeritus at the University of California, San Francisco, to which he returned after serving two six-year terms as the president of the National Academy of Sciences(NAS). Professor ALBERTS is also noted as one of the original authors of The Molecular Biology of the Cell, a preeminent textbook in the field.

Our special guests for the evening include The Honourable Mr. LEUNG Chun-Ying, GBS, JP, the Convenor of the Non-official Members of the Executive Council, The Honourable Mrs. Regina IP LAU Suk-Yee, GBS, JP, the Legislative Council Member, Ir. Dr. the Honourable Samson Wai-Ho TAM, JP, the Legislative Council Member, Prof. Tong F. CHAN, the President of The Hong Kong University of Science & Technology, and Mr. Nicholas BROOKE, the Chairman of Hong Kong Science & Technology Parks. Together with guests from the Innovation and Technology Commission (ITC), the Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in the Hong Kong S.A.R., the U.S. Commercial Service Hong Kong, local universities and prominent trade organizations, as well as Council Members, Advisors and Fellows of HKBIO, participants shared a wonderful evening with exchange of opinions on science and technology development in Hong Kong.

Prof. Albert Cheung-Hoi YU, HKBIO's Chairman gave a warm welcome to Prof. ALBERTS during the opening speech. He also mentions that this evening reception is a good start of biotechnology exchange between the U.S. and Hong Kong. 
Prof. Bruce ALBERTS said he was pleased to represent the U.S. biotechnology industry and to share his experience here. He hopes that this kind of beneficial events could be held more frequently in the future. Prof. ALBERTS also added that biotechnology is rapidly growing in Asia with a very prosperous future. 
The Honourable LEUNG Chun-Ying, GBS, JP stressed on HKSAR Government's role in promoting Hong Kong as Asia's biotechnology hub, where people from various countries and the mainland China could exchange thoughts and opinions on collaboration and cooperation. 
The Honourable Mrs. Regina IP LAU Suk-Yee, GBS, JP mentioned that life sciences industries in Hong Kong have their unique culture of developing without much Government support, while awaiting something more proactive from the government. 
Mr. Nicholas BROOKE said the Government could provide more support to the biotechnology industry in Hong Kong in order to increase international visibility. Hong Kong Science Park will continue to promote and support Hong Kong's biotechnology industry.

Please click here for the Event Summary in pdf version. For media enquiries, please contact Ms. Otata LI (2799-7688) of the HKBIO Secretariat.

March 4, 2011

On March 4, 2011 (Friday), HKBIO held its First Spring Dinner with the support from the industry, the academia and the Government. Ms. Janet WONG Wing-Chen (JP), Commissioner for Innovation and Technology was our Guest of Honor, and Mr. CAO Gou-Ying, Deputy Inspector of the Department of Educational, Scientific and Technological Affairs of the Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in the Hong Kong S.A.R., Dr. David Y. K. WONG, President of the Chinese Manufacturers' Association of Hong Kong were also our special guests for the night.

Professor Albert Cheung-Hoi YU, HKBIO's Chairman, expressed his vision for the development of Biotechnology in Hong Kong. Professor YU stressed on the importance of having Biotechnology as a supporting pillar of Hong Kong's economy as well as promoting Hong Kong as a globally recognized city in Biotech. With the support from Government, existing sound infrastructure in transport, legal and accreditation systems, and talents from the industry, Hong Kong could certainly be the Testing and Certification Centre for Asia, especially in the fields of Food Safety and Chinese Medicinal Materials.

Our Guest of Honor, Ms. Janet WONG Wing-Chen (JP), echoed with the Government's promising and continuous support to this prosperous field in the coming years. According to Ms. WONG, the Government is giving more emphasis on different approaches to help this budding industry in Hong Kong. Funding will also be given to 12 key laboratories; most of them are very closely related to life sciences. Biotechnology is surely the world industry of the upcoming century.

HKBIO's Executive Vice Chairman, Dr. Terence Lok-Ting LAU, followed up with highlights of past events organized by HKBIO. Together with several rounds of Luck Draw and Traditional Chinese Music Performance, the Spring Dinner ended with laughter and smiling faces of our hundred guests.

Please click here for the Event Summary in pdf version. For media enquiries, please contact the HKBIO Secretariat (2799-7688).

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