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CHB initiates 10 Industry-University Collaboration Projects with 7 academic and research institutions

CH Biotech vigorously boosts the nurturing of talents in agricultural biotechnology and recently initiates their communications for 10 Industry-University Collaboration Projects with 7 academic and research institutions such as National Taiwan University, National Chung Hsing University, National Cheng Kung University and Academia Sinica. CH Biotech even provides full sponsorship to collaborative professors, energizing research and development in plant sciences.
According to Kai-Wun Yeh the professor of Institute of Plant Biology in National Taiwan University, the scale of industry-university collaboration projects in the past is too small. Besides, in previous projects, the government’s funding shall account for 50-70%, and only 20-30% shall be provided by a business entity, whereas CH Biotech provides all research funding required by professors. Full sponsorship allows professor from academia and research institutions to save time applying for the government’s financial subsidies, making the whole progress more efficient. Professor Yeh says “This is an unprecedented move, and it will create a new pattern for the research of agricultural biotechnology in Taiwan.”
CH Biotech has utilized gene maps as big data for the foundation of product development and developed new agricultural biotechnology products. At present, CH Biotech has already gained the access to distribution channels of Agrium, the largest distributor of agricultural chemical and machinery in the North America, and their products are widely applied to field crops such as corns, wheat and soybeans.
As a matter of fact, Chenpang Wu the Chairman of CH Biotech had cooperated with National Taiwan University as far back as 1980 and successfully developed “Bean Sprout Incubator”, given the title “King of Bean Sprout” by Japanese mainstream media. He adopts a positive outlook on addressing global agricultural issues and nurturing more research talents via industry-university collaboration.
Professor Yeh has also indicates that industry-university collaboration can increase employment opportunities. Furthermore, he points out that a lot of young plant scientists have to relocate to China for opportunities due to a dead end in Taiwan. He hopes that the new pattern “CH Biotech sets questions, and the academia addresses them” can keep trained and educated young scientists at home and lead academic research results to commercialization.