China is likely to become a major driving force in the biotechnology industry in Asia, an international forum was told at its opening in Taiiwan Monday.
Experts from the world-renowned biotech periodical, Nature, told the forum that the biotechnology industry in Asia was generally weak in infrastructure and development capacity, but China was likely to become one of major driving forces in the industry in this region.
They said that China was potentially the largest pharmaceutical market in Asia, and it was strong in pharmaceutical research.
The three-day forum will focus on applied science and technology in the biotech industry, including the development of Chinese herbal medicine, and the release of the latest information.
Participants include representatives from Nature and experts from the United States, Germany, the United Kingdom, France, Hong Kong and Taiwan.
(China Daily June 26, 2002)