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Energize the Industry, Connect the World

2019/10/29

The LEAP Program sends trainees to study state-of-the-art technologies and business management abroad every year, starting from 2017. This initiative encourages Taiwanese talents who work in the innovative high-end industry to challenge themselves and to gain overseas working experience. The LEAP Program provides opportunities for trainees to collaborate with well-known companies, start-ups, and venture capital companies in the United States, and to gain knowledge of industrial innovations and management strategies to nurture high-caliber professionals, energize Taiwanese industries, and create global connections.

The trainees visited the Microsoft Headquarters in Seattle

 

The institutions in the LEAP Program expanded from Silicon Valley to Seattle and areas on the east coast, such as Washington D.C. and Boston, where the innovative energy and benefits of the industrial clusters are substantial. For example, Seattle not only accommodates the headquarters and offices of Amazon, Google, and Microsoft but is also acclaimed as the “Next Silicon Valley” in recent years for its innovative capabilities. On the other hand, Boston boasts some of the most prestigious educational establishments in America and enjoys advantages in history, politics, and economics. The solid connection between the industry and academia has given rise to a prominent local community for research and development. Moreover, Kendall Square in Cambridge Massachusettsthe brings together incubators and accelerators clusters, including MassChallenge, Cambridge Innovation Center, and Techstars, and becomes a hotspot for biotechnology start-ups. According to the ranking published by the United States Chamber of Commerce in 2017, Boston surpassed San Francisco Bay Area and was crowned the best US city for fostering entrepreneurial growth for the second year in a row.

The supervisors at AstraZeneca and the trainees

 

Recently, the organizers of the LEAP Program visited the trainees and their supervisors at the Microsoft office in Seattle, AstraZeneca and H2O Clinical in Maryland, and Pfizer, BioLegend, MIT, and MGH in Boston. The supervisors highly praised the working attitude of the trainees, expressed their expectation of the LEAP Program, and shared their plans for future cooperation. They also mentioned the excellent techniques and professional knowledge of Taiwanese trainees, for whom they set the current goals of commercializing their research outcomes and obtaining management experience in the industry chain.

 

The trainees also shared their thoughts on participating in the LEAP Program with the organizers, indicating their first challenges were language and culture. It took them about three months to feel at ease with the colleagues and the local community. For those academics who aspire to take on research and development positions in the industry, the LEAP Program is an excellent opportunity to broaden their horizons and gain overseas working experience.

The supervisors at BioLegend and the trainees