Sci­en­tistIn con­nects ex­perts with busi­nesses seek­ing tech

China Daily (Latin America Weekly) - - Business - By ZHU LIXIN in Ji­ax­ing, Zhe­jiang prov­ince Con­tact the writer at zhulixin@chi­

Sci­en­tistIn has been bridg­ing the gap between re­searchers and com­pa­nies seek­ing new tech­nolo­gies in Ji­ax­ing, a city in East China’s Zhe­jiang prov­ince, since 2016.

“Dif­fi­cul­ties can arise from the fact that many man­u­fac­tur­ers don’t have ef­fec­tive ac­cess to such sci­ence pro­fes­sion­als, mean­ing they have to search very hard and take on high costs,” said Zhi Qiang, who runs the on­line plat­form.

“Many sci­en­tists are con­duct­ing good re­search in in­sti­tu­tions and uni­ver­si­ties, but of­ten don’t know how they can put their aca­demic find­ings into prac­tice,” Zhi said.

“Only a frac­tion of the sci­en­tists have started their own busi­nesses with their find­ings, though the coun­try has been en­cour­ag­ing them to com­bine their aca­demic work with busi­ness.”

With big data tech­nolo­gies, Sci­en­tistIn is able to track ev­ery up­date of the reg­is­tered sci­en­tists’ aca­demic work.

When a reg­is­tered com­pany an­nounces its need for tech­ni­cal so­lu­tions, the plat­form will send the re­quest to the most suit­able sci­en­tists.

As such, the plat­form im­proves the ef­fi­ciency of co­op­er­a­tion between sci­en­tists and com­pa­nies, ac­cord­ing to Zhi. He holds a public af­fair man­age­ment PhD from Bei­jing­based Ts­inghua Univer­sity.

The plat­form has a vast on­line data­base of sci­en­tists and ex­perts from around the world, who are mostly Chi­nese. More than half of the re­searchers are ac­tive on the Sci­en­tistIn plat­form, ac­cord­ing to Zhi.

His com­pany has also helped Zhe­jiang to for­mu­late a tal­ent map of lo­cal sci­en­tists and ex­perts, in­clud­ing their lo­ca­tions and sub­jects of study.

Sci­en­tistIn is one of the dozens of com­pa­nies that have been in­cu­bated by the Yangtze River Delta Re­gion In­sti­tute of Ts­inghua Univer­sity, based in Ji­ax­ing, ac­cord­ing to Zhang Haige, vice-pres­i­dent of the in­sti­tute.

Sup­ported by the Zhe­jiang pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment and Ts­inghua Univer­sity, the in­sti­tute was founded in 2003.

Many Chi­nese uni­ver­si­ties have es­tab­lished such in­sti­tutes to bet­ter serve the lo­cal econ­omy, but the Ji­ax­ing­based one dif­fers from the oth­ers partly be­cause it doesn’t rely on gov­ern­ment fi­nanc­ing, Zhang said.

“It has been adopt­ing a mar­ket-ori­ented model. We re­ceive funds from in­vestors, with which we can in­vest in in­cu­bat­ing star­tups, so that we can re­ceive div­i­dends,” Zhang said.


Zhi Qiang, founder and CEO of Sci­en­tistIn, ex­plains how the plat­form helps to con­nect en­ter­prises and sci­en­tists.


A lo­cal gar­ment pro­ducer in Ji­ax­ing uses in­ter­net tech­nolo­gies in its process man­age­ment.

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