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Medical Device Innovation Center of NCKU and ITRC Signed MOU

On March 30, 2017, Medical Device Innovation Center (MDIC) of National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) and Instrument Technology Research Center (ITRC) of National Applied Research Laboratories (NARLabs) signed MOU, where the two parties expected to combine MDIC's R&D and innovation capability in the field of medical devices with ITRC's complete medical technology and service platform to create new opportunities for medical devices development.

The agreement was signed by Director of MDIC, Dr. Yung-Nien Sun and Director General of ITRC, Dr. Yao-Joe Yang and witnessed by Dr. Fong-Chin Su, Deputy Minister of Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST). Under the agreement, both parties will be committed to the technical cooperation in medical devices. With MDIC's capability of clinical needs and ITRC's one-stop biomedical service platform, jointly promote Taiwan toward high-end intelligent medical equipment industry. The cooperation can not only upgrade Taiwan's international competitiveness, but also benefit the community.

Deputy Minister of MOST, Dr. Fong-Chin Su said, "MDIC has been devoted to developing high commercial value and innovative medical devices, and has great contribution to Taiwan's biotechnology industry innovation. ITRC, the affiliated center of NARLabs, which is an independent non-profit institute funded by MOST, has accumulated excellent counseling technology and one-stop service capability in the field of biomedical, and is capable of transforming R&D ideas into industrial applications. The collaboration agreement create added value to both parties as well as effectively link academia, medical and research cooperation to enhance the industry development for human welfare."

The signing ceremony was held at the "2017 International Conference on Regulatory Approaches for Fostering Innovation in Drugs and Medical Devices". The symposium invited several international renowned scholars and guests including Dr. James Goh, President of IFMBE (International Federation for Medical and Biological Engineering), Dr. Debabrata Mukhopadhyay, Associate Director of Mayo Clinic Comprehensive Cancer Center, Dr. Arthur Erdman, Richard C. Jordan Professor, Distinguished Teaching Professor and Director of Medical Devices Center, University of Minnesota, Dr. Albert J. Shih, Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering, Associate Chair of Integrative Systems and Design Center, University of Michigan, Dr. Ton van der Steen, Head of Biomedical Engineering of the Thorax Center of Erasmus University Medical Center, Rotterdam, Netherlands Dr. Jenny Dankelman, Head of Minimally Invasive Surgery & Intervention Techniques, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands and more. The main topics of this conference included nanotechnology and 3D printing, innovative medicine and innovative medical device, ICT (information and communication technology) or biomedical engineering, precision medicine, and wearable devices based on health promotion. The conference attracted more than a hundred domestic and abroad experts from government, industry, academia, research and medical institutes in the fields of pharmaceuticals and medical devices to share new technology and research results. All participants of the conference witnessed the collaboration of MDIC and ITRC at the same time!

Director General of ITRC, NARLabs Dr. Yao-Joe Yang introduce the R&D capability of NARLabs.
Dr. Fong-Chin Su, Deputy Minister of Ministry of Science
Director General of ITRC, NARLabs Dr. Yao-Joe Yang (left) and Director of MDIC, Dr. Yung-Nien Sun (right) signed MOU
Director General of ITRC, NARLabs Dr. Yao-Joe Yang (left) and Director of MDIC, Dr. Yung-Nien Sun (right) signed MOU

2017/4/6 updated