Tsinghua University develops new tumor detection kit

Professors from Tsinghua University proved that Hsp90α can be used as a biomarker to test for lung cancer and have developed a Hsp90α quantitative detection kit. This method of testing is cheaper and more efficient than traditional solutions, all they need is a drop of blood.

The kit for Hsp90α has passed the relevant clinical trials and has been approved for the Chinese and EU market.

Because Hsp90α is produced by various cancer cells, it is to be expected that other tumors could also be detected and monitored. Within the next year, similar test kits for liver, rectal and breast cancer should become available according to Chinese sources.


Sources: Sina (in Chinese with video), ChinaNews (in Chinese)

Science talent programme aims at Nobel Prize

noble-prize-physicsChina has recently unveiled the first group of talents selected for an ambitious programme, which aims to financially support Chinese scientists’ bids for the Nobel Prize, while boosting innovation and development in both natural and social sciences.

The National Special Support Programme for High-level Talents, also dubbed the “Ten Thousand Talents Programme,” was launched in 2012. It will support 10,000 people in the fields of natural sciences, engineering, philosophy, social sciences and higher education over the next decade.

The programme has three tiers, including top 100 “outstanding talents” who have the potential to become world-class scientists and win the Nobel Prize. Another 8,000 “leading talents” will be pioneers needed in China’s scientific fields and 2,000 “young talents” who are under 35. The programme will help “outstanding talents” set up their own lab and provide financial assistance to their research. The 8,000 “leading talents” will receive 1 million yuan ($164,292) each for research, training and team building.

The plan has also aroused some controversy. One of shortlisted scientist Zhou Zhonghe from China Academy of Sciences says that he disagrees with the notion of selecting “people with the potential and chance at Nobel Prizes”. Zhou says China should encourage more people to explore science and support their efforts instead of grouping them into a category where one of them may win a Nobel Prize.

Dutch vocational education institutions find Chinese partners during first education policy dialogue in Beijing

On November 1st, the first Sino-Dutch Education Policy Dialogue on Vocational Education & Universities of Applied Sciences Cooperation was held in Beijing. The policy dialogue was initiated by the Chinese and Dutch Ministry of Education and implemented by the Netherlands organization for international cooperation in higher education (Nuffic) and its Chinese counterpart CEAIE.

Mr. Hans Schutte, Director-General of Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science headed the Dutch delegation consisting of over 30 representatives from the education ministry, Nuffic, Dutch education associations, vocational schools and universities of applied sciences.

OCW VIP Meeting

During the VIP meeting with Mr. Schutte, Vice Minister Lu Xin of MoE, expressed great hopes for Dutch and Chinese education institutions to establish long-term partnerships. In the following sessions and roundtable discussion at the Policy Dialogue seminar, Chinese and Dutch government officials, school representatives and other experts shared their views on the developments and cooperation in the field of Vocational and Technical Education.

The Policy Dialogue seminar was concluded with the official signing of the Letter of Intent (LoI) between the Ministries of Education of China and the Netherlands. Both ministries intend to establish a mechanism of continuous dialogue and cooperation between governments, educational institutions, associations and companies of China and the Netherlands. There are plans to establish a joint working group to facilitate dialogue and to ensure concrete results of the new partnerships between both countries.

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On the next day this intention was partially materialized during the Sino-Dutch Education Matchmaking Reception at the Netherlands embassy hosted by Ambassador Jacobi and Science Attaché David Pho. Dutch and Chinese education institutions were able to identify suitable partners further discuss concrete possibilities for exchange and collaboration.

China MedTech Partnering in Suzhou

China MedTech Partnering (CMP2013) is a two-day international partnering conference which is organized on November 7-8th in Suzhou. The conference covers two fast growing sectors: Medical Devices and IVD. It provides a platform for international and Chinese companies to collaborate on commercialization, co-development, manufacturing, licensing as well as investment.

Companies and organizations presented themselves with ‘roadshow’ presentations and during panel discussions.


In between the roadshow presentations, several medical device specialists shared their expertise on market trends, regulatory challenges, government
policies and the investment landscape in China.

During the second day, focus will be given to the IVD field, notably with five Chinese projects which will be evaluated by the Chinese 863 National R&D programme committee (MOST). This will give the audience an opportunity to acquire insight into the government policy in the IVD sector.

Download conference brochure here: CMP2013_Brochure-public_v9

Is China a world leader in science?

NESTA tries to answer that question in a report on risks and opportunities for China-UK research and innovation collaboration. The report is thought-provoking as can already be seen from its title: ‘China’s Absorptive State’.

Some indicators that China is on route to becoming a world leader in science:

  • China has the world’s fastest supercomputer. Yes, chips are made by Intel, but Chinese experts made them work together.
  • Chinese scientists developed the world lightest material ever.
  • In 14 years China went from having 1% of world’s gene sequencing capability to almost having 50%.
  • National spending on R&D keeps on rising (18% from last year).
  • Patent filings are growing even at higher rates.
  • By 2020 China will produce more graduates than US and EU combined.
  • In that year China will also publish more papers than the US.

However it is also possible to have a different view:

  • A recent study estimates that only 10% of Chinese engineering graduates meet international standard of employability.
  • China has been called a “fast follower”, swallowing others’ advances, quickly catching up but never leading.
  • China is driven by “techno-nationalism”, where China desires to secure a “absolute (technological) advantage”.


Source: NESTA
Report: China’ s Absorptive State