As Chairman of Hong Kong Biotechnology Organization (HKBIO), it is a privilege to host Hong Kong’s premier global biotech convention, , held on January 8-11, 2020 at a truly world-class venue, AsiaWorld-Expo.
Biotechnology has witnessed a paradigm shift every second decade, starting with the US in the 1980s and Europe in the 2000s. As we approach the 2020s, Asia is emerging as the world’s next biotech powerhouse. Biotechnology in China and Hong Kong through the years has witnessed rapid growth, the government acknowledging this by investing more in research and development. Hong Kong, being the gateway to China, provides a rich source of opportunities for overseas investors looking to capitalize on the growth of the Greater Bay Area (GBA). Meanwhile, for companies from China, Hong Kong is a bridge to connect with the West. Moreover, the new listing rules adopted by the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (HKEX) which allow pre-revenue biotech companies to be listed on the HKEX is a bold imperative step for the growth of the biotech sector in Hong Kong. Thus, we could not think of a better way to kick-start the Asian biotech revolution than by organizing BIOHK2020 convention in Hong Kong, the potential biotech epicentre of Asia. This is a golden opportunity to personally view the major GBA cities involved in the future of biotechnology by becoming a part of this historical event.
Asia’s biotech industry is red hot! Those who will be most successful will be those who find the best partners to translate new knowledge into innovations. As a city with a glorious past of industrial development and innovation, Hong Kong cannot afford to stand still. Also, being the most internationalized city of China, it is our commitment to connect the East with the West under one roof and take forward the biotech sector to greater heights, with BIOHK2020 being a major leap towards our goal. This convention opens a new page both for the cosmopolitan city and the global economy. The January timeframe is perfect for building on momentum when deals are announced here and colleagues are seeking strategic collaborations. You really can’t afford to miss this convention if you are aiming high for your company.
We invite you to join us at our first major global biotech convention in January 2020 to grab countless opportunities to exchange and engage with global industry leaders.
Professor Albert Cheung-hoi YU, PhD, JP