District at­tracts ex­perts with poli­cies

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - WORLD - By ZHENG CAIXIONG in Guangzhou zheng­caix­iong@ chi­nadaily.com.cn

In giv­ing pri­or­ity to in­creased in­no­va­tion, the Guangzhou De­vel­op­ment District in Guang­dong prov­ince has be­come a prime des­ti­na­tion for a grow­ing num­ber of lead­ing pro­fes­sion­als from home and abroad.

Li Xue­jun, deputy direc­tor of the or­ga­ni­za­tion and per­sonal bureau of the GDD in the pro­vin­cial cap­i­tal, Guangzhou, said the district has be­come a core model zone for pro­pri­etary in­no­va­tion in the city and be­gan to take the lead in in­tro­duc­ing pref­er­en­tial poli­cies to at­tract tal­ents in 2008.

“The GDD has at­tracted 34 mem­bers from Chi­nese acad­e­mies of sciences and en­gi­neer­ing, plus many lead­ing tal­ents from home and abroad,” Li said.

“These ex­perts who have set­tled down in the district are play­ing an in­creas­ingly im­por­tant role in pro­mot­ing the GDD’s sci­en­tific in­no­va­tion and con­struc­tion of the district’s en­tire econ­omy,” Li said.

To at­tract ex­perts, the GDD has set up a num­ber of in­no­va­tion parks, in­dus­trial de­vel­op­ment zones and in­cu­ba­tors to ac­com­mo­date high-tech com­pa­nies and their re­search and de­vel­op­ment cen­ters, Li said.

In ad­di­tion to fi­nan­cial sup­port, the GDD has also in­tro­duced a se­ries of poli­cies to as­sist new busi­nesses through tax­a­tion, hous­ing, ed­u­ca­tion, com­mu­ni­ca­tion, em­ploy­ment, health­care, aca­demic ex­changes and sim­pli­fied en­try and exit pro­ce­dures, Li said.

The GDD is ex­pect­ing to at­tract tal­ents in the in­dus­tries of new ma­te­ri­als, bio­med­i­cine, elec­tronic in­for­ma­tion and tech­no­log­i­cal in­no­va­tion, Li said.

The district has built many plat­forms to help tal­ents from home and abroad to visit, start up busi­nesses and set­tle down there through­out the past few years.

The GDD an­nu­ally orga- nizes Chi­nese stu­dents who are study­ing or con­duct­ing re­search abroad to par­tic­i­pate in the Con­ven­tion on Ex­changes of Over­seas Tal­ents, the Ex­changes of In­ter­na­tional Tal­ents and re­lated events in Guangzhou, and to share their ex­pe­ri­ences.

Spe­cial fo­rums, aca­demic ex­changes and lec­tures are or­ga­nized ev­ery year to en­able over­seas pro­fes­sion­als to learn more about the GDD’s in­vest- ment poli­cies and eco­nomic cli­mate.

The GDD hopes to be­come a des­ti­na­tion of in­ter­na­tional ex­perts, suitable for work, busi­ness, learn­ing and liv­ing, Li added.

By the end of last month, the GDD had in­vested more than 200 mil­lion yuan ($29.41 mil­lion) in at­tract­ing ex­perts.

As a re­sult, the district has reg­is­tered 79 com­pa­nies es­tab­lished by high-level tal­ents. Com­pa­nies in the district run by high-end tal­ents gen­er­ated 31.7 bil­lion yuan in in­dus­trial out­put value last year.

Li Shengfeng, chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of Bio-Thera So­lu­tions, said his com­pany is en­joy­ing rapid de­vel­op­ment in the GDD, which pro­vides pref­er­en­tial po­lices and in­vest­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Li’s com­pany, which is build­ing a 40,000 -square-me­ter pro­duc tion fa­cil­ity, mainly re­searches and pro­duces new­gen­er­a­tion an­ti­body medicines to treat tu­mors, car­dio­vas­cu­lar and auto-im­mune dis­eases.

Li said he ex­pects an­ti­body drugs de­vel­oped and pro­duced by his com­pany to be­come the first China-made biomedicines to en­ter North Amer­ica and Europe in the com­ing years.

PHOTOS PRO­VIDED TO CHINA DAILY

A re­searcher con­ducts an an­ti­body drug test at Bio-Thera So­lu­tions in the Guangzhou De­vel­op­ment District in Guang­dong prov­ince. of Chi­nese acad­e­mies of sciences and en­gi­neer­ing work within the Guangzhou De­vel­op­ment District spent on at­tract­ing ex­perts to the Guangzhou De­vel­op­ment District

A staff mem­ber of LdeBio in the Guangzhou De­vel­op­ment District con­ducts re­search on cells.

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