In the new century, modern biotechnology is applied in industry, husbandry, medicine, and environmental protection. In recent years, sales volume of the global bio-industry has been doubling almost every five years. Its growth rate is ten times that of the world’s economic growth. The Chinese government attaches great importance to the research and industry development of biotechnology and has made it top of agenda of hi-tech development. A number of policy measures have been introduced as a result. However, China’s bio-industry is lacking in professionals. R&D and industrialization are not developing correspondingly. Government input and R&D capacity are insufficient. Import of advanced biotechnology and establishment of bio-tech industry cluster districts are pending tasks.
DeTao Biotechnology Center has brought together industry experts like Professor Ralf Conrad. He is Professor of the Department of Biogeochemistry at the Mac-Planck-Institute for Terrestrial Microbiology and was honored as ‘Einstein Distinguished Chair Professorship’ by the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2010. The Center will provide a service platform for technological achievements to be industrialized, accelerate the development of innovation alliance combining production, university and research, integrate resources and strengths, and facilitate strategic cooperation between research institutes with certain strengths and enterprises in an effort to enhance the R&D capacity and status of China’s biotechnology in the world.
Ralf ConradDeTao Master of Biogeochemistry
Prof. Ralf Conrad is the director at the Mac-Planck-Institute for Terrestrial Microbiology in Marburg, professor of the University of Marburg and adjunct professor at the China Agriculture University in Beijing. Since 2007, he has been serving for the Scientific Committee of the Netherlands Institute of Ecology. He also serves on the editorial board of scientific journals like “Environmental Microbiology” and “Systematic and Applied Microbiology”. In the year 2010, Professor Ralf Conrad was honored the “Einstein Distinguished Chair Professorship” by the Chinese Academy of Sciences. In 2002, he co-founded nadicom-GmbH, which is a company for applied microbiology.