George Freeman MP supports new China:UK link

This week saw the launch of the Window-on-Wuhan Program in Cambridge UK, led by British entrepreneurs Dr Simon Haworth, Richard Leaver and team.

The Launch Event included senior government delegates from Wuhan in Hubei Province, China, and a Key Note speech by former Life Sciences Minister George Freeman MP.

In his speech, Freeman celebrated the power of UK innovation and the unique, creative talents of Cambridge. Match Cambridge innovation with the extraordinary business ecosystem of Wuhan, delivered through a safe ‘soft landing point’ for ...

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A ‘sure thing’ funding pitch in China

I am back in Wuhan, Hubei Province, pitching for grant money.

Wuhan Biolake, two hours flight time west of Shanghai, runs an annual funding competition called ‘The 3551 Scheme for Talents’, providing ‘free money’ to enterprises that bring high quality technology and technical knowledge to Wuhan.

chinaProvinces-704548The 3551 competition is a fantastically successful program and is worth entering, if anyone is interested. Winners gain up to £500k in cash for use ...

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Chinese business award for Dr Haworth

Illustration: the 2015 Yellow Crane Friendship Award winners, including Doctor Simon Haworth (3rd from right), presented by Wan Yong, the Mayor of Wuhan city (centre).

Dynasty Biotechnology and CompanDX are delighted to report that Dr Simon Haworth has been awarded the Yellow Crane Friendship Award in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China.

The award represents the highest honour that can be given to a non Chinese national in Wuhan and is awarded in recognition of an individual’s contribution regarding investment and trade, ...

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You are losing. What do you do?

How does it feel when a project starts well but then deteriorates … until you find yourself being soundly beaten?

rubgy_ballI am in Wuhan, China this week. I met with Mr Qian, leader of the Wuhan Biolake and Mrs Shen of Wuhan-based pharma company HumanWell yesterday. Over a delicious Chinese lunch, conversation turned first to rugby – Mr Qian clearly being bemused to receive a full ...

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China: where should you locate your business?

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When in China, many government-sponsored science parks vie for your attention and investment.

In my first China trip of 2014 I visited the new science and innovation park in Benxi, just South of Shenyang in the North East of China and only around 100 miles north of Dandong/Sinuiju on the North Korean border, where we sought to engage with the local cluster. Luckily we brought along two products that gained immediate buy-in from ...

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China Beckons

The first point I would like to make about trips to China is this: you soon discover that, despite not understanding their language culture or politics, we in the UK have more in common with the Chinese folks one meets than with the Americans. The Chinese and English are as one people, divided by almost everything except the importance of relationships. And in China, relationships are everything.

This China trip is part of what appears to be my Grant Application Month. First there ...

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Chasing the dragon? Setting up in China

So, as the ‘white wine’-induced hangover wears off, I realise that I have a new addiction: China.

China is a heady drug for anyone involved in biotech, cleantech or IT, representing a massive potential market, a source of significant funding – both in terms of grant and investment – and offering the potential for rapid product development. It is also a frightening, challenging, bureaucratic, unknown business environment with alien culture and, at first sight, inpenetrable language.

This series of blogs ...

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