In this 2011 piece by Jim Greenwood, President and CEO of BIO entitled “China: The Intersection of Innovation: Biotech is one of China’s “strategic pillars” for meeting its ambitious goals for healthcare access and delivery.” a case is made for progress in innovation in biotech in China.
The editorial is not a detailed research piece on the demonstration of progress but, not unexpectedly, promotes BIO’s role in partnering and deal making between their member companies and Chinese companies.
In my earlier blog April 26 on the potential for true innovation in drug development in China, I noted that not only necessary regulatory structures were missing but also respect for individual rights and freedom of thought that are necessary for the development of high performance teams that bring truly innovative products to market. The Greenwood piece notes that China hasn’t moved away from the manufacturing focus of success into true R&D development.
I’m old enough to remember when Japanese manufactured products were suspect but later known for quality when produced by Japan International companies using quality circles as basis for success. In China exported items are suspect, especially those in food, chemicals and medicine fields. Residents of China buy products locally that look like foreign products but lack their quality and integrity. They are suspicious that Chinese medicines are contaminated or lack any efficacy.
Japanese companies marketed Western company discoveries and then more recently started to develop home-grown or rather partnership-based drugs for sale worldwide. It took decades for them to achieve innovation with help of others. I suspect China will benefit greatly from the “sea turtles”— Chinese born but Western educated and trained professionals who return to work in the biotech industry there. But without growing domestic scientists in country they will be highly dependent on those expatriates who find the regulatory slowness, corruption and lack of individual freedom obstacles to repeating their high performance team successes learned elsewhere.
Highlights for This Coming Week’s Bay Area Life Science Events
- BioDesign, Monday Evening, May 4, 2015, Event: From the Innovator’s Workbench, Speaker: Tim Ring, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, C.R. Bard
- Bio2Device Group, Tuesday Morning, May 5, 2015, Topic: “A Compact Device to Better Diagnose and Manage Epilepsy,” Speaker: Aswin Gunasekar. Founder & CEO, Zeto, Inc.
- ShareVault, Wednesday Morning, May 6, 2015, Topic: What’s Hot & What’s Not in Gene Therapies for Rare Disorders, Moderator: Michael C. Rice, MS, MBA, Senior Consultant, Defined Health; Matthew Porteus, MD; Associate Professor of Pediatrics (Cancer Biology), Stanford University; Paul Gallagher, MBA; President, Compass Strategic Consulting; Stewart Abbot, Ph.D, Executive Director, Integrative Research at Celgene Cellular Therapeutics (CCT)
- MedPace Medical Device, Thursday Mid Day, May 7, 2015, Topic: “Lunch and Learn Series: Lessons Learned from Executing Complex Medical Device Trials”
- JLABS, Friday Morning, May 8, 2015, Event: “Meet with National Cancer Institute,” Speaker: Ming Zhao, Ph.D. | Program Director, SBIR Development Center, National Cancer Institute
- RAPS San Francisco Bay Area Chapter, Friday, May 8, 2015, Topic: “Managing Mobile Application Development under FDA Regulation,” Scheduled presenters include: Kim Tyrrell-Knott, Epstein, Becker Green, Mike Righter, principal, Righter Consulting Group LLC, Kirsten Franco, RAC, project manager, Johnson & Johnson Diabetes Solution, Shilpa Mydur, regulatory consultant
- CABS, Saturday, May 9, 2015, Event: BioPacific Conference 2015: “Opportunities, Challenges, and Growth – A New Era in Biomedical Innovation and Discovery”
You can download Audreys Picks May 3, 2015 with complete details on the above and other meetings and conferences through Dec. 2015 by right clicking on the highlighted titles. Also see JobsThatCrossedMyDeskThrough May 3, 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.