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TAITRA Assisting the Promotion of Health Technology Industry of Southern Taiwan

Source: Taiwantrade | Updated: 29 October 2015

In order to promote foreign investment in the health technology industry of Taiwan and increase diversity and competitiveness of Taiwan’s industry, Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) executed the “Integrated Health Technology Industry Promotional Plan” of the Ministry of Health and Welfare, partnering with the Kaohsiung American Chamber of Commerce to organize the “Seminar on Health Technology Industry Business Opportunities” at the Less Hotel Kaohsiung, on 15th October, 2015. The seminar introduced the investment opportunities of Taiwan for developing health technology, medical supplies, and the biotechnology industry to the relevant industry participants.

The director of TAITRA Kaohsiung branch office, Mr. Wen-Rui, Lu, said that our government established the Southern Taiwan Medical Device Industry Cluster in Tainan and Kaohsiung dated to 2009. The cluster has set the medical supply industry as the core, integrating the existing resources of research institutes, universities and manufacturers to generate an overall development strategy and create investment incentives for the biotech medical equipment industry area. It also promotes the transformation and upgrading of traditional industries, facilitating industry-university cooperation. Obviously, Southern Taiwan is equipped with a comparative geographical advantage for developing health technology and biotechnology industries. 

During the seminar, the principal investigator of the Southern Taiwan Medical Device Industry Cluster, Dr. Huang, Bo-Wei elaborated on how Taiwan is located at the East Asia transport hub, with high technology and talents, producing world-class 3C devices, materials engineering products, and a trend to an aging society, which has led to the rise of the preventive health care and an increasing ratio of Taiwanese citizens suffering from chronic disease. Thus, the investment in health care and the ICT industry in Taiwan has vast potential in the future.

A professor at the Department of Biotechnology at the Southern Taiwan University of Science and Technology, Dr. Chen, Qi-Zhen shared the biotechnology developments and applications in health foods. He utilized Taiwanese edible and medical use mushrooms in health biotech industry as an example to share successful experiences. Dr. Chen explained that the biotechnology of Taiwan’s mushrooms develops well with high market potential because Taiwan is equipped with technologies and factories which can produce quantities of high quality mushrooms. Furthermore, the liquid spawn of the cultivated mushrooms has the anti-cancer properties and health benefits, so the mushroom related biotechnology industry of Taiwan has great marketing value.

Close to 30 people participated in the seminar from, American Institute in Taiwan (AIT), the National Immigration Agency, E-Da Hospital, Fengshan Rotary Club, along with participants from the hospital, medical device, biotechnology, health food and chemistry industries as well.

Christina Chen(tina.chen@taitra.org.tw)


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