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  Taiwan is surrounded by ocean, and the rich marine resources have been what everyone values and wish to explore. The Global Research & Industry Alliance of National Taiwan Ocean University said that continuous efforts in exhibitions and exchanges, collaborations between the industry, government and academia, academic applications in aquaculture development, globalizing academic studies and incorporation of Taiwan's aquaculture development to open new opportunities with the world are the main goals. 

  The Global Research & Industry Alliance of National Taiwan Ocean University uses the school's forward-looking technologies and business teams to help member teams tailor their key technologies and expand the overseas business. It coordinates aquaculture industry peers both upstream and downstream to build a one-stop value chain. The goal is to establish sustainable development and long-term growth of the aquaculture industry to be able to collaborate with other industry peers in Southeast Asia.  The 2020 Bio Asia-Taiwan will showcase several innovative technologies. 

  The geographical advantages of Taiwan being surrounded by ocean and having a rich variety of seaweeds have made Distinguished Professor Chang-Jer Wu of National Taiwan Ocean University focus on developing algae extracts to treat or prevent the infection of Influenza A virus. The laboratory has developed the mass-production technology for algae functional extracts by studying seaweeds near Taiwan. The extraction has been proved to be more convenient and faster compared with other known methods. The extracts are safer for the human body, and the production can improve the effective ingredients. An effective anti-virus screening platform has been established to verify, offering more comprehensive effects on fighting viruses and immune regulation.

  Professor Ming-Wei Lu also uses the Lipoplex oral delivery platform to develop high-value quality aquatic seedlings. National Taiwan Ocean University has successfully developed orally-ingested active ingredients for immune stimulation which has the specificity to inhibit the protein shell performance of neuronal necrosis virus and iridescent virus. The key point of the technology is that it can specifically inhibit viral infections and significantly improve the survival rate.

  Associate Professor Meng-Chou Li's high-quality red algae phycobiliprotein product development focuses on the cultivation of seaweeds and the extraction of functional ingredients, isolating native algae species suitable for extraction of phycobiliprotein, completing their identification, purification, and conservation, as well as establishing the cultivation technology and intellectual property protection. The research team said that the goal is to produce high-quality phycobiliprotein and provide reagents with high sensitivity, identification and fluorescence intensity and low attenuation rate required by the international market. 

  Professor Han-Chia Lin's use of an herbal charcoal formula to fight bacteria and viruses for pandemic control is based on the scientific breakthrough in the fields of material chemistry, food chemistry, and Chinese herbal medicine. The products are made entirely of food-grade raw materials and have undergone strict safety and toxicological assessment to ensure that there will be no safety hazards for animal and human consumption. At the same time, they are capable of inhibiting harmful bacteria and even viruses. They are the best food-grade antibacterial materials on the market.

  Professor Chih-Ching Huang's antiviral curcumin nanomedicine can improve the water solubility of curcumin and can be used in the prevention and treatment of Enterovirus 71. Curcumin nanomedicine can absorb viruses and inhibit the production of reactive oxygen species (ROS), or reduce the amount of gene expression needed for translation, resulting in a significant decrease in the infectivity. Animal testing has also confirmed that its biocompatibility is extremely high, and can prevent enterovirus infection.

  Currently, there are no effective antiviral drugs or vaccines to prevent or treat EV71 infection. Most hospitals provide supportive therapies to relieve the discomfort caused by the disease. Therefore, developing vaccines that effectively prevent viral infections or offer therapeutic effects is what the world currently needs. The development can improve the water solubility of curcumin and make it useful in preventing and treating Enterovirus 71. Enterovirus 71 is mainly transmitted through the respiratory tract (droplets, coughing or sneezing). The product can be made into mask fillings or hand sanitizer to prevent the infection and spread of the virus by absorbing it.