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STPI Visited Australia to Globalize Taiwan’s Biomedical Industry


This September, SPARK Taiwan Program (executed by STPI) attended the 5th Annual SPARK Global Meeting in Sydney, Australia, as well as several related events such as the pitch competition at the closing ceremony of the Biomedical Innovation & Entrepreneurship Training Course (BIE Training Course). On the first day of the visit, SPARK Taiwan attended the SPARK Global Celebratory event held before the official meeting at New South Wales Parliament House in Sydney. Ambassadors in Australia from around the world, the Executive Director of SPARK, and the trainees of the 2019 BIE Training Course all gathered to promote the vision of SPARK Program and to share its current and future development. With the support of Department of Life Sciences of MOST and Science and Technology Division of Taipei Economic & Cultural Office in Australia, SPARK Taiwan had the opportunity to invite Ya-Ping Chiu, the Director of Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Sydney, to exchange ideas with the regional representatives of SPARK from around the world and the selected trainees of BIE Training Course. Director Chiu also expressed her recognition and support for the efforts of SPARK Taiwan, SPARK Australia, and SPARK partners across the world in improving human health. 

Ya-Ping Chiu, the Director of Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Sydney (first from the right), Y. Jane Tseng, Joint Appointment Research Professor of STPI (fourth from the right), and Yong-Yu Mei, Assistant Researcher of STPI (front, second from the right) took a picture with six trainees of the 2019 Annual BIE Training Course in Sydney.


On the second day, SPARK Taiwan visited the pitch competition held at the closing ceremony of the BIE Training Course. The 2019 Annual BIE Training Course saw 35 doctoral trainees from SPARK institutions from around the world, six among whom were doctoral students and young postdoctoral scholars selected by SPARK Taiwan Program from National Taiwan University, Taipei Medical University, and National Yang Ming University. In the pitch competition, Mr. Liu, a student from National Yang Ming University, and his group members won the Most Popular Award, showing Taiwanese doctoral students’ high strength and good teamwork as well as their potential unlocked by the international training course. STPI hopes that these trainees could represent and showcase Taiwan’s biomedical industry to the world and contribute to improving human health. In the afternoon on the same day, SPARK Taiwan also attended the talks on biomedical innovation in the Accelerating Australia Showcase event. As a national consortium of biomedical research, Accelerating Australia supports mentorship and training programs for cultivating pharmaceutical talents through operations teams such as SPARK Sydney, SPARK Monash, and SPARK Melbourne. Australia also established Perth Biodesign and Adelaide Biodesign to encourage the development of medical devices and technologies. By attending the Meeting, SPARK Taiwan witnessed Australia’s ambition and achievements and hopes that Taiwan could also bring its advantages into full play to promote and cultivate talents of translational medicine as well as to accelerate the development of Taiwan’s biomedical industry.

The trainees of the 2019 Annual BIE Training Course took a picture with the staff of SPARK Sydney and the Director of SPARK Finland at the closing ceremony of the course.


In the last two days, SPARK Taiwan attended the 5th annual SPARK Global Meeting and SPARK Training Day. This year Y. Jane Tseng, Joint Appointment Research Professor of STPI, was honorably re-elected as the regional head of SPARK Asia to moderate the panel discussion between different SPARK members. Through multiple panel discussions, members from SPARK Asia together drew up the plans for each country and area over the next year. One day after the Training Day, Professor Tseng was invited as the speaker, during which she and other SPARK members gave talks on subjects such as item selection strategy, project manager, and management mechanism, which allowed many new SPARK partners to understand the goals and key practices of SPARK. The 5th Annual SPARK Global Meeting this year has drawn together 16 SPARK countries and the representatives from more than 30 colleges and research institutions to share and exchange their practical experiences and the challenges they faced. With a new Executive Director, the organization of SPARK Global is almost complete. SPARK Global will continue to seek cooperation with WHA, WHO, and Gates Foundation as well as to design cross-border cooperation between international SPARK programs to enhance human health and wellbeing.

The group photo of all participated SPARK representatives of the 2019 5th Annual SPARK Global Meeting