Chinese Business Association of Bio-Medical Engineering
The Biomedical Engineering industry has been growing by leaps and bounds over the past few years. With the current technological advancements, academic collaborations and the support of government on scientific research, Biomedical engineering actually has a very promising future ahead. In fact, many of the conventional industry are already under reform and transition to the high tech high value-added industry.
Biomedical engineering is the application of engineering principles to biological, medical concepts for healthcare purposes. This includes various advanced expertise from high tech electronics, mechanical, chemical, information engineering to design medical devices such as medical implants, bionics, medical imaging equipment and other apparatus. As the technology of biomedical engineering develops, the quality of the healthcare services and benefits of patients will be significantly improved with enhance, efficient and accurate equipment.
In Taiwan, the knowledge of Biomedical engineering was first established in 1972 (61st year of republic era). The principle of Chuang Yuan Christian University Dr. Han Wei founded the first Biomedical engineering institution for higher education, with just over 3000 alumni since. As of now, Taiwan has over 26 biomedical research institutions across the nation, over thousands of biomedical engineering graduates every year. Unfortunately, during the early years, the conditions for biomedical engineers were not ideal. Due to the limited market, funding and low demand in research, real design and manufacture were difficult to be conducted; thus it wasn’t valued as a mainstream profession. Few professionals succeeded in this field with endurance and little support, however, most of the graduates still joined the foreign markets or import distributions.
Taiwan has built a very solid foundation on information communication and technology in respond to the recent energy saving, carbon reduction, ageing of population, creative economy and various global trends. Since the March of 2009, the Executive Yuan (Executive branch of the Government of Republic of China) have announced its campaign to advocate the “six emerging industries” and “emerging smart industries”. In particular, “Biomedical Engineering” and “Health care” was under the categorization of six emerging industries that will be strongly supported by the government. Taiwan is facing severe ageing in population at present, the medical and healthcare industry is under rapid transform and growth, moreover, as the Taiwan’s socioeconomic develops, the demand for medical and pharmaceutical market will rise too. The value for biomedical engineering has increased ever since, with a high demand in professionals and research on this market to fulfill Taiwan’s needs.
As a matter of fact, Industrial Economics & Knowledge Center’s (IEK) latest survey showed Taiwan’s biomedical and healthcare output values are only worth 1% out of the world’s total output value of 200 billion USD. This was considerably lower than the world’s average output value; the government launched multiple campaigns to improve on such situation. The “Central Government Technology Development Act” was a campaign launched by the government between 2000 and 2008 where total investment in biomedical field reached 115.7 billion USD, taking up 20% of the nation’s technology investment. Up till February 2009, the National Development Fund has also invested 13.1 billion USD in the biomedical sector.
In the “Diamond Action Plan for Biotech Takeoff” campaign, the government established the Southern Taiwan Medical Device Industry Cluster, Hsinchu Biomedical Science Park; furthermore, the Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) also founded the Biomedical Technology and Device Research Laboratories to contribute to the driving force of Taiwan’s Biotech future. This shows Taiwan’s potential and ambition to become premier country for the development of innovation-based biomedical technology and medical devices.
“The wisdom of the masses exceeds that of the wisest individual.” This is essentially the incentive for the establishment of Chinese Business Association of Bio-Medical Engineering. We want to gather and integrate the professionals of Biotech industry; for exchange of information and collaboration to promote Taiwan’s biomedical engineering industry, taking it to a real world-class standard. We currently have members from various professions including physicians, surgeons, doctors, medical engineers, scholars, financial analysts and even data scientists. In particular, we have over 100 eminent elites from the Medical business industry, 6 executives of medical companies and various international renowned managers. This integration of knowledge and experience across the academia, research, biotech, marketing channel and the industry is our strongest advantage to push Taiwan’s biotech platform to another height. We are aspired to bring together a professional platform to provide more assistance to the manufacturer, investors, engineers and government; a reliable and quality consultancy communication channel.
We hope our efforts will be accredited by people who have similar interests and passion. We want to be seen; hence we assembled government officials, legislators and the elites from biotech, medical industry, hoping to bring greater exposure to the field of biomedical engineering. We sincerely look forward to everyone’s participation, make effort to our association, may we work together, concur and build the brightest future for biomedical engineers together.