Life sciences conference attracts interest from all over China

News / Tue 1st Apr 2014 at 07:07am

chinaA CONFERENCE to promote the East of England life sciences sector held in Jiangsu province attracted interest from potential investors from all over China.

Delegates from the East of England’s cutting edge life sciences sector are in Jiangsu this week to forge business links which could create high profile jobs in the UK.

About 170 representatives from Chinese life science businesses and organisations attended the networking conference at Nanjing, some from as far away as Yunnan in the south of China, Chongqing city to the west, and Shanghai.

The aim of the conference was to promote two-way trade and investment exchanges between Jiangsu and the East of England life sciences sector, with a particular focus on inward investment to Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk.

Essex County Council, which has an international trade office in Jiangsu, did some preliminary work before the conference, in partnership with Suffolk and Norfolk County Councils, to match Chinese companies to the East of England delegation.

The East of England delegation leader, Councillor Sue Lissimore, Essex County Council Deputy Cabinet Member for Economic Growth and Infrastructure, addressed the conference.

She said: “The conference is just the start of a long-term project to encourage Jiangsu organisations to meet and find partners and invest in the East of England, and to encourage East of England organisations to find partners and invest in Jiangsu.

“The East of England has one of the most advanced life science sectors in the world. We can provide you with access to world-leading research, strong business partners, advanced new technologies, and large new markets.”

She added: “We welcome you to visit us. When you do, we will personally take you to see some of the world’s top life science research institutions, where we will introduce you to top academics and businesses, and help you get access to the UK market.”

Other speakers at the conference included Anita Thornberry, Medtech Director at Anglia Ruskin University, Matthew Hills, Business Science Liaison, Norwich Research Park, Martin Stocks, Business Development Manager, Plant Biosciences Ltd and Charles Wilby, Senior Research and Enterprise Manager, University Campus Suffolk.

Cllr Colleen Walker, Norfolk County Council’s Cabinet Member for Economic Development, closed the conference. She said: “Our speakers have given you a taste of the different opportunities in the East of England.

“The life sciences sector covers many different sub-sectors. But you have seen that in the East of England we have strengths in a great many of them. In agricultural technologies, clinical research, medical technologies, human health, food research, gene research, biotechnology and environmental technologies.”

Councillor Richard Smith MVO, Suffolk County Council’s Cabinet Member for Economic Development, said: “This conference is a great opportunity for Suffolk, Essex and Norfolk to present the top class establishments and research facilities that we have in our area.

“It is the first step in enabling us to open up our region as a place to do business and in which to collaborate on the technologies of the future.”

The trade mission continues this week with visits to pharmaceutical companies, universities and health organisations in Nanjing, Taizhou and Suzhou. Follow developments on Twitter: @Essex_CC.

For more information about Essex County Council’s international work in China please visit www.essexinternational.org.cn.

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