Technologies shine at the 2020 Future Tech as new records set for scaleefficiency
Taiwan’s research achievements continue to shine brightly in the world in this uncertain time. The “2020 Taiwan Innotech Expo – Future Tech” concluded a spectacular three-day run on Sept. 26. The scale of this year’s exhibition was the largest ever. It focused on the areas of precision health ecosystem electronic & optoelectronics AI & IOT application smart machinerynovel materialsexcellence research center, with over 100 innovative technologies on display. The cumulative number of visitors reached 53,000,7,000 matchmaking discussions took place. The event was completely unaffected by the current severe global pandemic situation. The Ministry of ScienceTechnology’s creative team also developed an online VR exhibition for those unable to travel to Taiwan to attend the expo. Highlight technologies attract industry participationsupport The expo used lively exhibition spaces to simulate various future settings, helping visitors to bridge knowledge gapsprecisely grasp the principlesapplications of various technologies. The biggest highlight was “precision health ecosystem,” which proposed the joint researchdevelopment results of the publicprivate sectors as effective solutions to the problems faced by modern humans. This theme covered precision medicine, biotech drugs, digital medicine,regenerative medicine. A total of 36 items were displayed, including numerous first-in-class drugs. Highlight technologies included “5D Smart City – SmartES Platform,” which was developed with 3D city models as a basecan be integrated with 4D time informationconnected to all types of sensors around the world. Meanwhile, “All-Optical Volumetric Physiology for Brain Connectomics: High-Speed Volumetric Imaging, Precise Optical Stimulation Spiking Neural Circuit Models” is the world’s first all-optical physiology capable of millisecond volumetric imaging to observe three-dimensional neural movementactivity in living animal brains. Another highlight was the “Self-Healable, Self-Powered, Stretchable, Transparent Electronic Skin (human-device interfaces) Nanogenerator.” All these technologies showed that Taiwan’s academicresearch institutions are at the forefront of technological development. Major industry players were invited to tour the exhibition. Professionally guided group tours allowed for real-time interaction with technical teams, increasing the chances of successful matchmaking. It is worth mentioning that numerous domesticforeign pharmaceuticals sent personnel to the expo on scouting trips. This shows that Taiwan’s biotechnology researchdevelopment results have commercialization potentialare being recognized by the industry. Empowering new technologies, holding summit meetings The Ministry of ScienceTechnology specially organized two forums, the “Cross-Ministry Summit Meeting – Developing Taiwan’s Precision Health Strategic Industry”the “2020 Trends Forum – Advanced Deployment of the New Future of the 6G Industry” to respond accordingly to future industrial developments. It invited officials from various ministriesagencies, as well as representatives from industry, academia,research, to brainstorm togetherforge a path for Taiwan’s next star industry. During the closing ceremony, ScienceTechnology Minister Wu Tsung-tsong personally presented the “Future Technology Award” to 71 winning teams,announced the 10 technical teams that were selected for the “People’s Choice Award” (see attachment for the complete list of winners). The Ministry of ScienceTechnology also recognized teams that actively invest in R&D for technology transfer, conferring the “Outstanding Technology Transfer Contribution Award” on 14 inventors of 10 award-winning technologies. The curtain has dropped on the 2020 Taiwan Innotech Expo, which means the Future Tech showcase has also come to an end. However, Future Tech will still be accessible online as a virtual expo over the next year as the number of viewers continues to rise,matchmaking services will continue to be offered. It is hoped that “Taiwan Innotech Expo – Future Tech” can serve as a global sciencetechnology showcase for Taiwan’s academicresearch institutions, as well as continue to enrich Taiwan’s research storehouse with diversified digital display content.
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Cross-ministry summit meeting on precision health strategic industry to be held during opening day of “2020 Taiwan Innotech Expo – Future Tech”
The COVID-19 pandemic has sealed off world economies, paralyzing global operations. Taiwan is the one of the few countries where life is proceeding as normalthe economyindustries continue to grow. This year, the Ministry of ScienceTechnology (MOST)the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) have teamed up for the first time to jointly organize the highly-regarded “2020 Taiwan Innotech Expo,” consolidating the resources of 10 major governmental agencies to showcase Taiwan’s scientifictechnological achievements. The MOST integrated curatorial resourcesinvited the Academia Sinica, Ministry of Education (MOE),Ministry of HealthWelfare (MOHW) to jointly host the “Future Tech” showcase, which is making its debut at the Taiwan Innotech Expo. This cross-ministry collaboration also resulted in the MOST, MOEA, Academia Sinica, MOE,MOHW creating a dialogue on “developing Taiwan’s precision health strategic industry.” This will not only help to familiarize Taiwan’s industriespublic with the key directions of future industrial development, but also bring a more forward-looking viewpoint to the 2020 Taiwan Innotech Expo. The cross-ministry summit meeting will take place on Sept. 24 at Taipei World Trade Center’s Exhibition Hall 1.   ScienceTechnology Minister Wu Tsung-tsong has actively promoted the three major facets of precision health since 2016. He announced upon taking office this year that he will promote cross-ministry cooperation to develop the “precision health strategic industry” within the next four years with the objective of raising the biotechnew drug output value from NT$600 billion to NT$1 trillion within five years’ time. Think tanks have forecasted that the global precision health market will be worth US$584.7 billion by 2025. Take the COVID-19 pandemic as an example. The development of preventative vaccines, the diagnosis of symptoms, the screening of antibodiesdrugs, the use of special equipment for smart disease prevention,the application of the Internet of things to provide remote medical treatment all fall under the scope of the precision health industry. The cross-ministry summit meeting of senior officials debuting during this year’s Future Tech will focus on industry aspects, clinical applications, talent cultivation,big data applications. ScienceTechnology Minister Wu Tsung-tsong, Economic Affairs Minister Wang Mei-hua (pending confirmation), Academia Sinica Vice President Liu Fu-tong, Political Deputy Education Minister Lio Mon-chi,Deputy HealthWelfare Minister Hsueh Jui-yuan will launch a dialogue on the current development directionachievements of Taiwan’s precision health industry. This meeting will explore the development of Taiwan’s precision health strategic industry through the crunching of National Health Insurance big data, the cultivation of cross-sector talents, clinical applications in precision medical treatment cases,the support of supply chains.   Taiwan has substantially raised its international profile since the start of this year due to its success in epidemic prevention. It hopes to use this expo to raise the visibility of Taiwan’s precision health strategic industrydrive exports of follow-up precision health productsservices to the world. The three-day expo is taking place from Sept. 24 (Thursday) to Sept. 26 (Saturday)focuses on “six core strategies.” On display are the researchdevelopment achievements in the areas of precision health ecosystem electronic & optoelectronics AI & IOT applicationsmart machinerynovel materials, with a focus on innovative applicationstechniques that can be transferredtraded within three yearsresearch technologies with the potential of industrial development within the next five to 10 years. Trend forumstechnology presentations, as well as matchmaking events such as guided tours, will provide a glimpse into the future directionprospects of Taiwan’s sciencetechnology industry. We welcome everyone who is interested in the development of Taiwan’s sciencetechnology industry to attend this annual industry event.   In addition to physical exhibitions, this year’s Future Tech is also offering an online VR exhibition so that those people who cannot attend in person will also be able to explore forward-looking technologies, thereby increasing the opportunities for industry-academia cooperation. The Ministry of ScienceTechnology’s “One on One Matching” system (https://matching.org.tw/) is a platform to connect industry playersforward-looking academicresearch institutions. Get more information on eventsactivities at www.futuretech.org.tw.  
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