HKU & SJTU To Collaborate On Translational Medicine

The University of Hong Kong and Shanghai Jiao Tong University have entered into a strategic partnership for drug discovery and development.

AsianScientist (Jan. 20, 2017) – On January 12, 2017, the President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Hong Kong (HKU), Professor Peter Mathieson, and the President of Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU) Professor Zhang Jie, signed a strategic partnership agreement to establish a joint fund to support emerging areas of collaboration.

“HKU and SJTU are both members of the C9+3HK university alliance. This partnership funding scheme is another example of HKU’s real commitment to strengthening ties with top universities in the Mainland,” said Mathieson.

This collaboration is the result of active discussions that started in April 2016 when Mathieson led a large delegation represented by all ten faculties to visit SJTU. This strategic partnership will advance research and education in areas including drug discovery and development.

An integral part of this partnership is the establishment of the HKU – SJTU Consortium on Translational Medicine. The Consortium serves as a platform where distinct strengths of each institution can be synergized and coordinated along the drug discovery and development continuum: from basic research to development to pre-clinical and clinical studies.

The Consortium provides a platform to convene a wider range of stakeholders and expertise. Already Hong Kong Science and Technology Park has committed to offer support to the development of the Consortium.

“The Consortium is a nexus bringing together HKU and Mainland talents, public agencies, and industry to advance biomedicine in serving the public, and to kick it off we are holding a public Education Workshop on February 15. HKU collaboration with Mainland partners benefits us all,” said Professor W. John Kao, Vice-President and Pro-Vice Chancellor (Global).


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