An international workshop on cross-sector R&D collaboration was staged Nov. 7 in Taipei City as part of broader government efforts to strengthen Taiwan’s research capabilities and industrial competitiveness.
Organized under the Ministry of Science and Technology’s Global Research and Industry Alliance (GLORIA) program, the event gathered some 150 scholars and business leaders from home and abroad to explore tie-up opportunities in areas spanning artificial intelligence, biotech, financial technology, green energy, semiconductors and smart machinery.
Keynote speakers included Yaron Daniely, president and CEO of Yissum, the technology commercialization arm of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem; Brian Graves, acting managing director of U.K.-headquartered Imperial Innovations; and James A. Severson, CEO of U.S.-based Pinnacle Reach.
MOST Deputy Minister Hsu Yu-chin said in his opening address that Taiwan is committed to boosting innovation-based growth through enhancing technology transfer between the academic and commercial sectors. By fostering dialogue among local experts and counterparts from Israel, the U.K. and U.S., the GLORIA workshop aims to optimize Taiwan’s strategies toward the realization of this objective, he added.
GLORIA is a R&D and talent cultivation platform connecting an alliance of 18 Taiwan universities with local and foreign enterprises. A total of 275 businesses have joined the initiative since its launch in 2017.
According to Hsu, the program is expected to facilitate the training of 4,000 Taiwan talents and garner NT$4 billion (US$122.6 million) in investments by 2021.
In addition to the workshop, participants also visited Taiwan Tech Arena and National Taiwan University of Science and Technology in Taipei, as well as Hsinchu Biomedical Science Park and National Tsing Hua University in northwestern Taiwan Nov. 6-8.
Source: Taiwan Today (https://taiwantoday.tw/news.php?unit=6&post=145006)