AsianScientist (Nov. 29, 2016) – China leads the developing world in terms of the number of scientific publications, according to the first report on biotechnology in developing countries released by the CAS-TWAS Centre of Excellence for Biotechnology (CoEBio), a center jointly supported by the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and the World Academy of Sciences for the advancement of science in developing countries (TWAS).
The report was released on November 15, 2016 at the 27th TWAS General Meeting held in Kigali, Rwanda. Released by Professor Li Yin, director of CoEBio, the report focused on scientific publications and patents in 32 categories of industrial, agricultural and medical biotechnologies covering 141 developing countries between 2004 to 2014,.
“This report is the first extensive document summarizing the development status of a specific technology area in the developing world. It provides a strong, valuable assessment of biotechnology activities in developing countries, as measured in scientific publications and patents,” said Bai Chunli, President of CAS and TWAS, in the foreword of the report.
The report reveals that among the 141 developing countries, 128 countries have references published in biotechnology and only 30 countries have patents granted. In the five regions of TWAS, TWAS East and South East Asia and Pacific Region and TWAS Sub Saharan Africa Region (TWAS-SSA) have the most references and patents; while, TWAS-SSA has the most active cooperation.
According to the report, China, India, Brazil and Mexico have the most references and patents, while Saudi Arabia, Iran, Pakistan, Malaysia and Algeria have the fastest growth in references. China has the most references and patents among all.
The report was a joint work of CoEBio and Clarivate Analytics (formerly the IP & Science business of Thomson Reuters). It provides a detailed analysis of each country, helping TWAS and UNESCO understand the current status and future trends of biotechnology development in developing countries.
The report can be found at: CAS-TWAS Centre of Excellence for Biotechnology (2016) Biotechnology in Developing Countries: Growth and Competitiveness.
Source: Chinese Academy of Sciences; Photo: Shutterstock.
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