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Team NCU GLORIA in a group photo (from right to left): James Chu, CEO of NCU GLORIA; American Representative; Professor Ching-Shiow Tseng, NCU’s Department of Mechanical Engineering; Yu-Song Jang, CEO of NTOU GLORIA; and Joseph Hsieh, Senior Manager of NCU GLORIA.

The 2019 BIO Asia-Taiwan Conference and Exhibition was recently hosted in Taipei. This year, with the theme“Biotech as the Next Growth Engine for Asia,” this event aims to expand global participation and business opportunities in the biotech sector, upholding the reputation as one of the largest annual biotech events in Asia.

Together with alliance member, Microsignerapy Co., Ltd, residing companies of National Central University’s Innovation & Incubation Center, HeHo Co., and Hukui Biotechnology Corporation, National Central University’s Global Research & Industry Alliance (NCU GLORIA) showcased 11 innovative solutions from various fields, including precision medicine, smart health, advanced materials, and microbial technology. Furthermore, with services and products from partnering corporations, NCU GLORIA promoted NCU’s diversified research capability through marketing, pursuing working connections and opportunities with experts and enterprises in the biotech sector both domestically and from abroad, while sponsoring members and residing companies with exhibition services.

Representing one of the participating research teams, Professor Nianhan Ma, from the Department of Biomedical Sciences and Engineering, appreciates supports from the NCU and NCU GLORIA, along with Microsignerapy Co., Ltd., to introduce her microRNA diagnostic solution. “Apart from DNA mutation, which has qualitative variation and may only be treated with gene therapy,” as she proclaimed, “microRNA's expression profile instantly reflects changes in the body and may be altered or reversed with lifestyle changes.” Since microRNA is released from the cell into all kinds of bodily fluids, the goal of regular monitoring is easily attained by conducting blood test or urinalysis. Professor Ma expressed satisfaction at participating in the exhibition, which provided first-hand understanding on the commercialization of research technology through communication with other exhibitors and interested parties. “I couldn’t have asked for a better training session for my lab members, and this will boost research motivation for my team,” as she made her final remarks on the event. On the same occasion, Johnson Liu, Chairman of Microsignerapy Co., Ltd., commented, “Our company is dedicated to developing genetic testing products, and microRNA is an excellent subject, with potential applications on cancer prevention and monitoring, cardiovascular diseases, metabolic syndrome, and neurodegenerative diseases.” He foresees microRNA taking on an important role in maintaining consumers’ health condition, and plans to work closely with Professor Ma on commercializing her research.

Professor Ching-Shiow Tseng, from the Department of Mechanical Engineering, displayed the “C-arm Image Assisted Robotic Surgical Navigation System,” and met with a few domestic venture capital firms, as well as an American company that manages health care, medical equipment and pharmaceutical manufacturing, in discussion of possible funding opportunities. Other exhibited technologies, also part of the MOST Germination Program, including “Vibrasee” by Professor Rong-Seng Chang, from the Department of Optics and Photonics, Professor Chen-Han Huang's “IoT System for Food Allergen Detection,” and Professor Chun-Jen Huang's “Functional Medical Coating,” both from the Department of Biomedical Sciences and Engineering. Also from the same department are “Skin Microbiome Lab” by Chair Professor Eric Chun-Ming Huang and “A Spontaneously Immortalized Oral (mouth floor) Caner Cell Line” by Professor Shu-Chen Liu. In addition, from the Department of Life Sciences are “Enhanced Reductive Dechlorination of Trichloroethene with Immobilized Clostridium Butyricum in Silica Gel” by Professor Ssu-Ching Chen and “The Ultimate Relief for Chronic Pain” by Professor Wei-Hsin Sun, along with Professor Akon Higuchi's “Thermoresponsive Nanobrush Surface Enabling Continuous Harvest of Stem Cells” from the Department of Chemical & Materials Engineering – these are all original innovative solutions that attracted corporates’ attention and anticipated for breakthrough performances in membership recruitment, technology transfer, and industry-academia collaboration in the near future!

Meet & Greet (from left to right): Dar-Bin Shieh, Political Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Science and Technology; Yamin Kao, Manager of NCU GLORIA; and PC Ting, Senior Manager of NCU GLORIA.

NCU GLORIA with Professor Ching-Shiow Tseng’s Research Team (from right to left): Joseph Hsieh, Senior Manager of NCU GLORIA; Chiwen Chu, Manager of NCU GLORIA; Wei-I Chang and Kuan-Chun Chen, graduate students; and Ching-Ming Cheng, Postdoctoral Research Fellow.