Posted by: Audrey Erbes | April 26, 2015

China Lacks Freedom of Individual Expression Essential for Innovation Plus Events and Jobs

I was just reading April 10th article Will China Ever See Its Own Blockbuster Drug?” by Anna Rose Welch asking the question as to when China will innovate blockbuster pharma products. The author concludes that China has only two of three essentials necessary to develop innovative drugs—people and money—but not a regulatory framework. I suggest that it also doesn’t have a societal environment of openness and honesty which are essential for any innovation or brainstorming as well. The originality found in Western countries is often attributed to its social fiber and mores—I contend there needs to be freedom of communication and trust.

There’s been a problem in Asian countries with history of authoritarian rule that I believe blocks to fostering the development of the individual. For example, I believe the insistence of maintaining focus on the group rather than individual in Japan limited its potential for drug innovation. Groups don’t come up with ideas but rather the individuals do and then the interplay of the group members improves upon it and develops a better product. The seminal idea for a product comes from an individual. I see the lack of freedom of expression in China a major obstacle to creative ideas of individuals. Chinese society lacks support for freedom of expression of thoughts and, especially, thoughts that don’t support the party line. The creative and talented Chinese architect Ai Weiwei being under house arrest for criticizing the government on human rights and lack of democracy is a good example.

Bay Area Life Science Events This Upcoming Week

  • Bio2Device Group, Tuesday Morning, April 28, 2015, Topic: “Leveraging Technology to Improve Senior Care in Assisted Living and Aging In Place,” Speaker: Paddu Govindaraj, Founder & CEO, Carevium
  • Biotech Vendor Services, Wednesday Evening, April 29, 2015, Event: Bay Area Life Sciences Community Event; Dominic’s Oyster Point – 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm.  This fun event will provide a wonderful way for fellow scientists and entrepreneurs to connect and network, and visit with the best suppliers in the industry along with having some great food, beer and wine!
  • BioScience Forum, Wednesday Evening, April 29, 2015, Title: “Pharmacokinetic & Pharmacodynamic Transformation of a Cytokine (NKTR-214) Into an Effective Cancer Immunotherapy,” Speaker: Seema Kantak, Ph.D. Vice President of Preclinical Development, Nektar Therapeutics
  • Palo Alto AWIS, Thursday Evening, April 30, 2015, Topic: “What Happened? Inside the World of Engineering and Scientific Consulting,” Speakers: Meredith Sellers, PhD, is a managing engineer who aids clients in materials analysis and incident/accident investigation pertaining to oil and gas pipelines, chemical process safety, and consumer and industrial electronics Adrienne Higa, PhD, is a senior associate who provides consulting expertise for medical device product failures, medical device regulatory affairs, trade secret and technology acquisition litigation,and vehicle safety.

You can download Audreys Picks April 26, 2015 with complete details on the above and other meetings and conferences through Dec. 2015 by right clicking the highlighted titles. Also see JobsThatCrossedMyDeskThrough April 26, 2015 for your information. I list mostly jobs in California posted in the last three weeks but you can also find national listings at the websites mentioned.



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