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2022-10-07: China-Canada Science and Technology Enterprises Exchange and Innovation MatchmakingConference Successfully Held

Gather innovative resources and link the industrial development of China and Canada. On October 27, the third event of the Canadian Station of the 2022 Overseas Mass Entrepreneurship and Innovation Week — The China-Canada Technology Enterprise Exchange and Innovation Matchmaking Conference was jointly held in Beijing, Nanjing, China and Toronto, Canada. As an important part of the 2022 Overseas Entrepreneurship and Innovation Week.It aims to build a bridge for exchanges and cooperation between Chinese and Canadian scientific and technological innovation enterprises and the government, embassies, investment institutions and industrial research institutes, pragmatically promote China-Canada scientific and technological innovation cooperation,entrepreneurial culture exchanges, promote and implement the smooth implementation of international projects.

Du Xinfeng, Director of Achievement Transformation Service Department of Science and Technology Communication Center of China Association for Science and Technology; Yu Honghai, Deputy Director of Gulou District Government of Nanjing; Luo Benjin, Chief Scientist of National Technology Innovation Center of Yangtze River Delta; Cheng Yong, Director of International Department of Nanjing Association for Science and Technology;Wang Tong, Co founder of China Canada Angel Alliance, Mao Hai, Secretary General of the Angel Hundred The trade commissioner of the Canadian Embassy in China and the commercial commissioner of the Canadian Embassy in China in Beijing, Ontario, and other guests attended the meeting, together with representatives of Chinese and Canadian innovative technology enterprises, investment institutions, enterprises in the Yangtze River Delta, and government parks. The event included many links such as the roadshow of China Canada scientific and technological innovation enterprises, the sharing of opportunities and challenges of China Canada scientific and technological cooperation, and presented a feast of China Canada innovation and entrepreneurship cooperation for the audience.

The Pictures: Beijing Special Session, Nanjing Special Session and Online Participants

Du Xinfeng said in his speech that since 2017, the Overseas Mass Entrepreneurship and Innovation Week has successfully held more than 290 events in nearly 100 innovative countries, regions and cities around the world, with tens of millions of people being publicized and influenced. The China Association for Science and Technology has been actively carrying out international non-governmental scientific and cultural exchanges for a long time, promoting scientific and technological innovation to play an important role in promoting social and economic development. The Science and Technology Communication Center of the Chinese Association for Science and Technology, as a directly affiliated institution of the Chinese Association for Science and Technology that undertakes important functions such as the dissemination of scientific spirit, the dissemination of technological achievements and the dissemination of innovative culture, is responsible for the construction and operation of the National Science and Technology Communication Center, and will also provide assistance and services for more international scientific and technological innovation exchanges and cooperation in the future. We hope to take this opportunity to promote China Canada scientific and technological innovation and entrepreneurship cooperation in a pragmatic way, and look forward to greater creative vitality and more innovative achievements through deeper, broader and stronger exchanges and mutual learning.

The picture: Du Xinfeng, Director of Achievement Transformation Service Department of Science and Technology Communication Center of China Association for Science and Technology, delivered a speech online. 

Yu Honghai, Deputy Governor of the Gulou District Government of Nanjing introduced the basic economic and social situation of Gulou District, the development situation of scientific and technological innovation and the policy of scientific and technological innovation and talked about:  With less than 1% of the city’s land area contributing nearly 12% of the total economic volume, Gulou District has formed a “three major and four special” industrial system led by “high-end commerce and trade, software information, cultural tourism” and featured by “shipping, science and technology, finance, and intellectual services”, which has been developing continuously.  Since 2018, Nanjing Municipal Government has issued “Innovation No. 1 Document” for four consecutive years, striving to build a leading national innovative city.  We hope that through this event, Canadian entrepreneurs will learn more about the Drum Tower and Nanjing, and be willing to come to Nanjing and visit the Drum Tower.

The picture: Yu Haihai, Deputy Governor of Gulou District Government, Nanjing, delivers a speech

At the event, Wang Tong, co-founder of the China-Canada Angel Alliance, Luo Benjin, chief scientist of the National Technology Innovation Center of the Yangtze River Delta/Jiangsu Industrial Technology Research Institute, shared the theme of “Opportunities and Challenges of China-Canada Science and Technology Cooperation in the Post-COVID-19 Era” and “Agglomeration and Cooperation of Overseas Innovation Resources for the Yangtze River Delta” respectively. Representatives of Canadian science and technology enterprises came to China for exchange.  Ms. Luna Yu, founder and CEO of Genecis, shared a discussion on “New Opportunities and new Directions for Canadian Enterprises brought by growing Chinese technology Companies”.

Wang Tong said: At present, major threats to mankind, such as hunger and disease, are being overcome. The fields of artificial intelligence, life science, gene editing, material technology, space exploration and other fields have shown unprecedented scientific and technological strength. The trend of globalization is irreversible. We need to understand and tolerate each other, and we need to work together, learn from each other’s strengths, and cooperate for win-win results. Both China and Canada are one of the innovation centers in the world today, with many complementary advantages. China has a huge market, strong manufacturing capacity, and relatively sufficient capital. Canada has a lot of talents, technology and scientific research, has a good innovation system, and the two sides have a very good foundation for cooperation. China Canada Angel Alliance has worked hard in Canada for 7 years, invested more than 40 Canadian high-tech enterprises, and now has a Unicorn company with a valuation of 4 billion Canadian dollars. We hope to be a builder of cross-border ecology, and also hope to be an accelerator for innovative enterprises to move towards Canada or Canadian enterprises to move towards China. Looking forward to the future: First, we will continue to invest in innovative companies and help them grow. Second, we hope to build an innovative bridge of reliable mutual trust between China and Canada. Third, attract more partners to join the whole ecosystem.

The picture : co-founder of China Canada Angel Alliance Wang Tong shares for the event

Luo Benjin gave a detailed introduction to the construction background of the center and the functional positioning of the industrial technology innovation system of the Yangtze River Delta. He also said that the center is committed to introducing international innovation resources into the Yangtze River Delta by building two Bridges, namely “the bridge between science and industry” and “the bridge between the world and the Yangtze River Delta”.  At present, CCIAC has set up a system of CCIAC research institutes in Jiangsu, Shanghai and other places, with 22 affiliated research institutes, 47 new R&D carriers and 15 R&D and transformation functional platforms. In addition, CCIAC has established joint innovation centers with more than 220 leading enterprises.  Luo Benjin also introduced oversea cooperation modes and cases such as international cooperation capital pool plan and project manager plan of CCIAC in detail. Up to now, CCIAC has established strategic cooperation with more than 60 domestic first-class universities and institutions, and carried out extensive cooperation in joint research and development, talent training, technology achievement transfer and transformation, and in-depth cooperation with more than 70 overseas universities and institutions.  And set up 7 overseas incubators and representative offices.

Photo and text: Luo Benjin, Chief Scientist of Yangtze River Delta National Technology Innovation Center/Jiangsu Industrial Technology Research Institute

Yu Luna introduced her feelings of exchange and cooperation in China and said: “In the past two months, I have deeply felt China’s advantages in innovation introduction, innovation service efficiency and growth rate, especially in big data, artificial intelligence, biological science and other fields. I have also personally seen that many foreign enterprises have good development in China. For example, some foreign enterprises can go from conceptual design of products to the final market in six months. From cooperation, China has a strong supply chain Ying Chain, a vast market, a large number of scientific research institutes, and entrepreneurs from China and Canada can make mutual achievements in the market, means of production, and research and development. It is hoped that bioengineering enterprises like Genecis can quickly enter the market with the help of Chinese resources and channels in the future.

The Picture : Yu Luna, founder and CEO of Genecis shares

The meeting specially introduced 4 Canadian hard technology enterprises that are willing to land in the field, including Agri-Neo, a new generation of agricultural product safety exterminate technology company, TeTechS, a sensor platform based on terahertz technology, applied to the whole manufacturing process of plastic packaging industry, and MemPore, a new nano filtration membrane technology project applied to high viscosity materials such as oil.  DDS, a new sensor project that provides digital output without analog signal conversion.

Most roadshow enterprises have strong R&D teams and continuous R&D capabilities. For example, Agri Neo uses organic active mixtures to eliminate pathogens, viruses, molds, yeast and other microorganisms and other harmful organisms, while maintaining the natural and prosperous nutrition and quality of food; MemPore core technology was developed by Oleh Kutowy, a former senior scientist of the National Research Council of Canada (NRC), commercialized the nano osmosis membrane technology that has been researched and developed for more than 30 years, and established a set of systematic production lines for waste oil regeneration; TeTechS can save resin for enterprises in real time during the production process and automate the quality control process to reduce production waste and improve labor productivity; DDS eliminates the traditional analog output conversion circuit mode, provides “direct to digital” output, makes the sensor category cheaper, requires no calibration, uses almost zero power and is very robust.

The Pictures: Group photo of guests at Beijing and Nanjing venues

In the future, the China Canada Angel Alliance and China-Canada Joint Venture Camp will cooperate with our partners to regularly organize docking activities for Canadian science and technology enterprises, so as to build a bridge between the government and industrial research institutes for overseas outstanding enterprises to land in China, and promote overseas enterprises to enter the Chinese market more quickly. 

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