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SPARK Taiwan Delegation Left Japan With a Pocketful of Friendship

Led by Dr. Yuh-Jzer Joung, the Principal Investigator of SPARK Taiwan, a delegation of 10 including professors from 6 anchor universities visited University of Tokyo, Tohoku University, and Osaka University in Japan on March 7-11. During their visit in Sendai, the delegation receives an overwhelming gift from the grade school students in northeastern Japan: a ROC flag weaved by Sen Ba Tzu Ru (thousand paper cranes), a gift to pray for those who suffered from the February earthquake in southern Taiwan.

The delegation is also surprised to see a thank you text message in every presentation during their meetings in Tohoku University and Tohoku University hospital, a way that Japan expresses its gratitude for Taiwan’s donation following the 311 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami in 2011.

The main purpose of the trip is for SPARK Taiwan office and local anchor universities to learn how SPARK Japan cultivates future teams and team projects in preparation for the entrance into the pharmaceutical industry or the medical device industry. At the same time, the delegation aims to share Taiwan’s experiences in translation, medical regulation implementation, intellectual property registry, negotiation, commercialization planning as well as expanding sales market for promising products.

Currently there are 6 anchor universities involved in SPARK Taiwan.  They are National Taiwan University, National Cheng Kung University, Taipei Medical University, National Yang Ming University, China Medical University (cooperated with Asia University) and National Tsing Hua University.

SPARK Taiwan, a program launched in accordance with the biotechnology industry development planning, aims to provide assistance to those that are in the pharmaceutical industry or the medical device industry with potential products but are lacking in initial commercial planning for entrance into the market.  SPARK Taiwan is executed by both Taiwan Supra Integration and Incubation Center (Si2C) and Science and Technology Policy Research and Information Center (STPI) of National Applied Research Laboratories (NARLabs) under the supervision of Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) in Taiwan.