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China's biotech industry: An Asian dragon is growing
Date:1/7/2008

past. For the sake of both national and global health, we hope China will embrace the financial and regulatory reforms needed to attract the venture capital required for sustained innovation in the health biotech sector, he adds.

The report builds on a similar study of Indias private health biotech sector published in April 2007, opening a window on the product development capabilities and strategies used in rapidly growing economies to survive and grow amid developing country challenges. It also recommends policies that could help their biotech firms succeed.

Lead author Sarah Frew, a research associate of the McLaughlin Rotman Centre for Global Health, says the budding of biotech industries in China and India holds major implications for the global industry and for improving both health and prosperity in the developing world.

The biotech revolutions in the two countries differ significantly, she says: Indias firms are largely focussed on process innovations to improve affordability and accessibility of medicine among local and global populations; Chinese firms are striving to create novel products in such areas as gene therapy and regenerative medicine.

Addressing the health needs of 1.3 billion people in China is global health, says Dr. Frew. The challenges faced by the private sector, research institutes and universities, and health care providers will be very difficult to meet unless the countrys leaders are prepared to look at new approaches.

Drs. Singer and Frew, with co-authors Abdallah S. Daar, MD, Stephen Sammut, Alysha Shore, Joshua Ramjist, Sara Al-Bader and Rahim Rezaie, say they found a home-grown Chinese private health biotech sector motivated both financially and morally to develop innovative health products to address local and global health needs.

The responsibility now lies with both the Chinese government and the international health community to support these companies in their ventures a
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Contact: Terry Collins
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416-538-8712
Program on Life Sciences, Ethics and Policy,McLaughlin-Rotman Centre for Global Health
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