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Minister Ma Hui Attends the Opening Ceremony of Tuspark Cambridge and the Topping-Out Ceremony of the Bio-Innovation Centre
2018/07/20

On July 19, 2018, Minister Ma Hui attended and addressed the Opening Ceremony of Tuspark Cambridge and the Topping-Out Ceremony of the Bio-Innovation Centre. Over 100 people were present, including Wang Jiwu, Chairman of TusHoldings, Wang Yan, Vice Chairperson of University Council, Tsinghua University, Sir Gregory Winter, Master of Trinity College, University of Cambridge, David Sheppard, Representative of the Department of International Trade Life Science Organization (LSO), Julie Spence OBE QPM DL, HM Lord Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire, Dr Andrew Harter CBE, Cambridgeshire’s High Sheriff, Jeanette Walker, Director of Cambridge Science Park, and representatives of companies in Cambridge Science Park and investment funds.

In his speech, Minister Ma said, “The launch of TusPark Cambridge, jointly built by Tusholdings of Tsinghua University and Trinity College, Cambridge, is a landmark in China-UK cooperation on science, technology and innovation.” He reviewed 40 years of China-UK cooperation on science, technology and innovation, pointing out that under the guidance of the Joint Strategy for Science, Technology and Innovation Cooperation issued by the governments of the two countries at the end of last year, China and Britain will further upgrade and expand their cooperation to address global challenges and promote economic growth. The Minister hoped that TusPark Cambridge would become a high-level platform for the incubation of hi-tech companies, research, innovation, cooperation and exchange to contribute more “golden fruits” to the China-UK “Golden Era”.

Sir Gregory Winter reviewed the history and achievements of Cambridge Science Park. He noted that the collaboration between TusHoldings and Trinity College to jointly build TusPark Cambridge and carry out in-depth cooperation on life science and technology, digital economy, energy conservation and environment protection will bring new opportunities for the development of Cambridge Science Park. The Bio-Innovation Centre created by both sides is the first Biohub in the history of Cambridge Science Park and will play an important and leading role in the development of the UK’s biomedicine industry.

Chairman Wang Jiwu briefed the guests on TusHoldings and noted that the cooperation on TusPark Cambridge will leverage the advantage of Global Clusters of Innovation and share the experience of the two countries on the transformation of achievements and the incubation of companies. They will make an all-out effort to set TusPark Cambridge as a model of China-UK Science Parks.

Sheppard pointed out in his speech that life science is one of the important pillar industries in the UK. China is the UK’s second largest trading partner outside the EU. Britain attaches great importance to strengthening cooperation with China in life science and hopes TusPark Cambridge and its life science industry will play a greater role in China-UK cooperation.

Mrs. Spence expressed the hope in her speech that TusPark Cambridge could feel at home in the innovative and hi-tech environment of Cambridge and the UK, bring in its own resources and network to build connections between the innovative resources and start-ups of china and the UK, and become a new landmark in Cambridge.

During the opening ceremony, Jeanette Walker, Director of Cambridge Science Park, presided over a panel discussion. Five panelists including Jiang Sunan, Minister Counsellor for Science and Technology of the Chinese Embassy and Dr Andrew Harter CBE, Cambridgeshire’s High Sheriff, participated in the discussion on “the Opportunities and Challenges of British Technology Companies in China”.

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TusPark Cambridge is a joint venture created by TusHoldings and Trinity College of the University of Cambridge, with an investment of £200 million and nearly 40,000-square-meter office and laboratory space. It will be a new base for R&D, incubation and innovation for Cambridge and technology companies in the UK. It will also promote the connection and cooperation between Chinese and British companies.

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