On April 26th, 2012, “the Opening Ceremony of China Technology Transfer Centre of The University of Western Ontario, Canada and Project Signing Ceremony” was held in Nanjing New-Town Sci-Tech Park. It marked the establishment of The Western University’s  first overseas technology transfer operation , which  was inaugurated by Hon. Joe Fontana, Mayor of London, Canada and Mr. Sumin Cao, Deputy Director-General of Science and Technology Department of Jiangsu.

The Centre will become a gateway for innovative and breakthrough Canadian technologies to be further developed and commercialized in China. This ceremony was presided over by Mr. Yangwei Zhao, Director of International Cooperation of Science and Technology Department of Jiangsu Province. Several foreign dignitaries also attended the event including Mr. Eric Pelletier (Canadian consul general in Shanghai), Hon. Joe Fontana (Mayor of London, Canada)  Dr Janice Deakin (Vice President and Provost of The University), and Dr. Michael Strong (Dean of Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry).There were a total of 19 representatives from Canadian Government and The Western University. The event was also attended by several Nanjing municipal leaders and representatives of related institutes and enterprises in China including Mr. Ming Chen (Counselor of International Cooperation of Chinese Science and Technology Ministry), Mr. Sumin Cao (Deputy Director-General of Science and Technology Department of Jiangsu Province), Mr. Qun Luo (Deputy Mayor of Nanjing City),  and Mr. Jun Zhang (District Governer  of Jianye District of Nanjing City). At the ceremony The University signed three Intellectual Property Agreement with Kunshan RNAi Institute Co., Ltd., Targetpharma Laboratories (Jiangsu) and Xiamen Bioway Biotech Co., Ltd, respectively.

About WORLDiscoveries

WORLDiscoveries is one of Canada’s top five technology transfer institutions. It is one of the founding members of the technology transfer consortium (C4) of Southwestern Ontario, which covers more than 10 universities and research institutes that have a research budget of 1 billion CAD (6.5 billion RMB) and more than 10,000 faculty members. WORLDiscoveries had started to research the Chinese market since 2007 in order to promote research exchange between The University and China and to seek collaboration partners to commercialize research from Ontario in the Chinese market. Since 2009 team members from WORLDiscoveries have visited China many times and established a great relationship with Science and Technology Department of Jiangsu Province and its Exchange Centre.

WORLDiscoveries is maintaining close ties with many Chinese industry players including, but not limited to, Taizhou medical city, Chanzhou biomedical industrial park and Suzhou high-tech zone. In late 2011, with a plan to expand its operations in Asia, WORLDiscoveries decided to set up a branch institution in Nanjing. After careful consideration, Nanjing New Town Sci-Tech Park was selected to be the home to WORLDiscoveries’ first China Technology Transfer Centre. Western  is the first  Canadian and North American University to set up a permanent tech-transfer centre in China. This development is expected to be be mutually beneficial for Ontario and Jiangsu and will bring advanced technologies for enterprises in Jiangsu Province to enhance their R&D pipeline increase investment returns. Meanwhile, the set-up of this centre is going to be a model for other North American technology transfer institutions to enter and grow in Chinese market, and thereby, lead the science and technology cooperation between the two markets.