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Friday, July 08 2022 - 18:07
Industry Empowered by Science: Guangming Science City Lures Talent Globally
SHENZHEN, China, July 8, 2022 /Xinhua-AsiaNet/--

The 8th Shenzhen Global Shenzhen Entrepreneurs Convention and Guangming Science 
City Conference kicked off on July 5, and gathered global scientists and 
leading entrepreneurs together to the southern Chinese city. They're invited to 
share their perspectives on how the Guangming Science City will embrace a 
bright future in terms of the innovation ecology, the research-enabled economy, 
the life science and health, and the digital economy.

Fan Jianping, academician of the International Eurasian Academy of Sciences and 
director of Shenzhen Institute of Advanced Technology under Chinese Academy of 
Sciences, said in a keynote speech that Guangming Science city, supported by 
both the government and the market, is on track to become an innovation hub 
with large-scale science facilities, research institutes, universities and 
industrial parks.

To translate scientific exploration into industrial innovation, Guangming 
Science City has found a way to bridge the science with the market quickly. It 
is being built into a platform where innovative chain can be integrated with 
the industrial chain. It pioneered a model, the first of its kind in China, by 
holding innovation and business in one complex. The model helps bring the 
latest findings in upstairs labs directly to startups downstairs where their 
market feasibility and possibilities of mass production can be examined. Also, 
the researchers can be quickly informed when something needs to be fixed, thus 
substantially shortening the commercialization cycle and speeding up the 
science-enabled economy.

Guangming Science City, located in northern Shenzhen, will be built into a 
place to support a comprehensive national science center. It covers an area of 
99 square kilometers and will be home to nine key science and technology 
facilities, 10 research institutes, two key labs at provincial level, and two 
research universities. Now, more than 3,000 high-quality researchers from over 
150 innovation teams and over 20 academician-led groups are working in the City.

"We're going to embrace the opportunities of scientific and technological 
innovation," said Shang Yuanfang, president of Shenzhen Cellbri Bio-Innovation 
Technology Company. Shang spoke of how smart manufacturing empowers synthetic 
biology. Founded in February 2020, Cellbri is a leading biotech company in 
China specializing in producing the devices for cell and gene therapies.

Cellbri is one of many enterprises that grasped the opportunities brought by 
Guangming Science City. In the Guangming Investment Promotion Conference, held 
in Guangming District on July 6, a total of 200 Chinese companies inked 40 
deals worth over 60 billion yuan. The contracts cover biopharma, new materials, 
smart manufacturing, new energy, scientific institute building and financial 

Guangming District is home to over 78,000 businesses. It sees competitive 
industrial clusters of UHD video displays, new materials, and smart sensors. 
Among its star enterprises are China Star Optoelectronics Technology (CSOT), 
BTR New Material Group, and Sunwoda, a battery manufacturer. The District looks 
set to build a hub of original innovation to develop science-empowered economy 
and lure global innovators. In recent years, the enterprises in the district 
grew by an average of 15.7 percent annually, making it one of the most vibrant 
and promising area in Shenzhen.

Owing to the industry cluster effect, upstream enterprises in the industrial 
chain have been attracted to the district. Hengmei Optoelectronic Corporation 
(HMO), signed in the conference to settle in the district, is an example. HMO, 
specializing in the development, manufacturing and marketing of polarizers, 
functional optical films and optical compensation films, is one of CSOT's 
suppliers. It plans to move into CSOT's industrial park to support CSOT's 
next-generation panels, according to HMO's business director Tan Zhimin. 
"Guangming is now seeing a cluster effect for UHD video display manufacturing. 
It offers favorable industrial policies that can help businesses reduce costs. 
That is why we're optimistic about the district's growth."

Top Precision Engineering (TPE), another signee, is attracted by Guangming's 
lures for top global talent. The Foshan-based machinery parts manufacturer, 
built in 2012, is considering to base its R&D headquarters in the district in 
order to develop cobots and human-machine interaction technologies. Guangming 
Science City is advantageous in promoting innovation and R&D, luring talent, 
boosting growth and offering industrial policy support, said TPE's vice general 
manager Wang Yangxi. "Guangming enjoys a remarkable ecological environment, and 
it is a platform by which our company can lure more talent," he added.

Guangming will roll out a package of policies to support the growth of its 
major industries. Priority will be given to bringing in outstanding businesses 
on the industrial chain, commercializing key scientific innovations, building 
professional platforms for public services, incubating innovative startups and 
bolstering good climate for tech industries. Public supporting services will 
also be put in place accordingly.

Source: Guangming Science City