Taipei, President Tsai Ing-wen (???) visited the Hsinchu Biomedical Science Park Thursday, hailing its progress and envisioning it as the driving force to further promote the sector -- one of the key industries included by the government in its "five plus two" policy.
"We have witnessed the initial progress of the industry as shown in this park and we hope that it can demonstrate more concrete results in the fields of medical care and medical equipment more rapidly," Tsai said in a speech after being briefed by Ministry of Science and Technology officials about the development of the park in northern Taiwan.
"As the biomedical industry is one of the sectors promoted by the government to transform Taiwan's industry, establishing a new cluster by integrating the features of its existing centers at the science parks in Taipei, Hsinchu, Taichung and Tainan will also help boost the strength of each park in different parts of the country," she stressed.
When Tsai came to office in May 2016, her administration outlined the "five plus two" industries as the key to spurring innovation, creating well-paid jobs and balancing regional development, with the aim of transforming Taiwan's economy from a manufacturing-based one to solution-oriented business models.
The program was later broadened to include the digital economy and cultural innovation, with even semiconductors and IC design included, although the name of the policy remains "five plus two."
Because most members of the task force in charge of the policy come from the private sector, Tsai said she believes that the diverse pool of talent will be able to register the pulse of the biomedical industry and carry out its mission more effectively.
While the industries listed in the "five plus two" development plan might seem to stand alone and separate, they actually can help each other out, the president noted.
"We know it takes time to develop new medicines and medical equipment and we would like to see more solid results in these fields," Tsai said, adding that "I'm confident the team's efforts will gain recognition from Taiwan's people."
The president also toured a hall in the park showcasing smart medical equipment, as part of her efforts to better understand the development of high-end medical equipment such as minimally invasive surgery, molecular cell biology implementation equipment and navigation systems for brain surgery.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel