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The second medical equipment innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem construction Symposium came to an end successfully! (Morning Post)
Date:2017-07-24
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On July 2, 2017,  the rainy weather for several days shortly ended. On this day, the group innovation space of Tacro, the Wuhan national biological industry base construction management office, and the National Health Industry Enterprise Management Association of medical business branch of Hubei union jointly organized the second medical equipment innovation ecosystem construction Symposium. The meeting aimed at focusing on the characteristics of the supervision of medical equipment industry and the difficulty of medical equipment life cycle management to invite medical industry experts, medical institutions, administrative supervision departments, research institutes, entrepreneurs. They discussed the construction of medical health the ecological, sought the road of conforming to the trend of joint innovation, resource cooperation and developing together from the policies and regulations, innovative achievements, the third-party platform, international cooperation, pricing and sales and other aspects. Guo Lei, Secretary of the board of Tacro Technology Co. Ltd, served as chair of the event in the morning.

The participative guests of the activity: Qian Deping, executive deputy director of the Wuhan national biological industry base construction and management of the office ; Zhang Qiang, the vice president of Union Hospital Affiliated to Tongji Medical College of Huazhong University of Science and Technology; Jiang Haihong, associate professor of Shanghai College of medicine and health; Huang Jianying , deputy director of Wuhan University Zhongnan Hospital Clinical trial test center , President of the drug and provincial medical device clinical evaluation Institute in Hubei ; Wang Bidou, the researcher of Suzhou Institute of Medicine Engineering ; Zhang Yinhua , vice president of Suzhou Iron Technology CO.,LTD and Dushu Lake Alliance; Lin Lin , The representative of the embassy of Belgium in China; Zhang Zhou, general manager of European technology investment co. LTD.

At the beginning, Qian Deping, executive deputy director of the Wuhan national biological industry base construction and management of the office was the opening guests of speech. He said that this symposium was very meaningful. The innovation chain of bio pharmaceutical industry was complete, but the medical instrument industry had not formed a complete chain of innovation, which was caused by "big industry" with the medical equipment. Policy department, clinical research institute and other multi-level groups and institutions assembled in this symposium , which was helpful for us to explore how to form a complete chain of innovation in the field of medical instrument. Some certain progress biolake had made in the field of medical instrument these years owe to Tacro , a company engaged in medical device consultancy services. At the same time, director Qian Deping said he had high expectations for this medical equipment innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem construction Symposium, hoping to form a relatively mature program implemented in the biolake by this Symposium, and to establish a model of medical device innovation.

Jiang Haihong, associate professor of Shanghai College of medicine and health, shared his profound understanding of the medical device industry from the perspective of policy and regulation , which was based on the theme of the bottleneck and breakthrough of the innovative development of medical instruments. Professor Jiang pointed out that there were four major bottlenecks on the development of medical innovation: regulations, policies, technology, and talent. In the aspect of laws and regulations, Medical Equipment Management is in urgent need; the concept of registration applicant still needs to be implemented; the relationship between registration and production is not clear, the foundation of monitoring and recall for adverse events is weak. In the aspect of policy, the phenomenon of bidding lower price still exists;  the renovation circulation of second-hand medical equipment has become a problem, and long-distance medical devices production and commissioned production management is still unclear . However, there are a series of policies and regulations reflecting the support of the state for the innovation and development of the medical device industry either the reform of Shanghai Free Trade Zone promulgated by the State Council (the State Council [2017] No. 23), or CFDA Order No 52,53,54,55 , since 2017.

Huang Jianying , deputy director of Wuhan University Zhongnan Hospital Clinical trial test center , President of the drug and provincial medical device clinical evaluation Institute in Hubei , stressed that the great market demand of China's pharmaceutical industry, but the medium and high-end medical instruments mainly rely on imports. After introducing the background of the development of clinical trial institutions and the verification of clinical trial data briefly , director Huang pointed out that the authenticity of clinical data is the main problem in the national self-examination. He also cited the supervision of clinical trials of the State Food and Drug Administration for the case, explained the reason and situation of 4 clinical verification returned by the State Food and Drug Administration in detail. At last, Huang listed some open policies on the clinical front issued by nation , and he also gave great expectations for the future in the development of medical instrument clinical innovation.

Wang Bidou, the researcher of Suzhou Institute of Medicine Engineering, shared some experiences from the exploration on the transformation of medical device achievements. Professor Wang pointed out that life science is one of the most active and important direction in the field of science and technology. Governments have issued a series of related policies to support medical devices, but the medical device achievement is in low efficiency and long cycle, and it is a resistance to technology transfer. Therefore, enterprises tend to fall into the "valley of death". Then, Professor Wang shared some experiences about medical device achievement in Suzhou Institute of Medicine Engineering, In the same time, he introduced some successful transformation cases.

Zhang Yinhua , vice president of Suzhou Iron Technology CO.,LTD and Dushu Lake Alliance, told a humor story as the opening, and introduced the background of the establishment of Suzhou Dushu Lake Alliance. Under the guidance of relevant government departments, Dushu Lake Alliance hope to become a booster for the development of China self-innovation city of medical equipment, uniting enterprises based on independent innovation ; suggesting for government in the field of medical devices;  accumulating resources to assist the growth and development of the members in the alliance, promote the construction of alliance brand , establish a honest and healthy alliance system. Since 2015, there has been 1609 enterprises patents and 42 companies including Suzhou Iron Technology CO.,LTD, LONWIN, VINNO and other industry-leading companies.

Guo Lei, Secretary of the board of Tacro Technology Co. Ltd and the leader of Tacro space, analysed the beneficial policy environment for innovation and entrepreneurship of the medical device, from the aspect of the development of medical device innovation. And he pointed out that the laws and regulations become more and more perfect, and the supervision become more and more strict. Therefore listed work in medical device will face challenges. On the one hand is the huge market potential and support of national policy, on the other hand is the most strict supervision. Medical equipment enterprises how to integrate resources to achieve innovation and development? On this issue Guo Lei introduced Tacro – a group innovation space focuing on medical devices. Tacro space, as an important part of Tacro, is a professional service platform for medical innovation project, relying on the professional technology Medical service system of"Tacro platform" to help medical device project integrate industry resources, invest and incubate for seed stage, cultivate professional talents (especially some engineering talents) for enterprises, promote horizontal cooperation among quality projects and complement each other. At last we have to improve the conversion of medical device innovation project success rate.

Lin Lin , The representative of the embassy of Belgium in China , introduced Walloon -- A place for health industry innovation. She said that the development of the Walloon bio pharmaceutical industry has become the driving force of economic growth in the region. Among them, BIOWIN as the Walloon health industry clusters, gathered 157 small and medium innovative enterprises, 400 research institutions from 5 universities, 11000 researchers, 20 thousand medical beds, which is one of the six dominant industrial clusters in Walloon.

Zhang Zhou, general manager of European technology investment co. LTD, introduced industrial advantages of CBTC in sharing innovation resources between China and Europe. In recent years, China's medical equipment enterprises continued to expand overseas mergers and acquisitions, the wish of "going globle" become more and more strong, among them, the Western Europe is the most attractive the medical device market in the world. In this environment, CBTC became China's first scientific and technological overseas Park in Europe. Located in Belgium's new Leuven University, Science and Technology Park is the innovation demonstration zone of "The Belt and Road", serving the enterprising China-Europe business. they adopt one-stop service and the whole industry chain operation.

In the end, we entered the signing session of this event. At signing session, Wuhan Tacro Technology Co.Ltd signed a strategic cooperation agreement with Shanghai HanSheng Law Offices and European technology investment co. LTD to seek path of innovation and development of medical equipment industry together in the future.

After the activity, guests posed for a photo together, and either guests or delegates of the meeting gave high evaluation for this seminar. Many of the delegates said that participants shared many practical experiences, and they benefited a lot from it.