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Posted: September 16, 2009
Chinese Academy of Sciences establishes center for life science instruments and technological innovation
(Nanowerk News) The Life Science Instruments and Technological Innovation Centre, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) has been established in the Institute of Biophysics, CAS (IBP) in Beijing on September 10th.
Being CAS' first life science instruments and technological innovation institution, the centre will be responsible to design and develop research equipments, such as precision machinery, precision optical devices and general electronics circuit, and realize basic control software formulation and debugging.
According to Prof. Xu Tao, director of IBP, life Science has entered of the era of systematic biology from molecular biology and therefore need breakthroughs in experimental methodology and support of key research technology and equipment innovation.
"Equipments are critical for some major scientific achievements," said Xu.
However, Chinese labs are mainly equipped by imports. The home-made equipments account for only an insignificant percentage. Some leaders of Chinese science community believe that this dependency on the expensive advancedequipments is becoming a barrier of Chinese innovation.
According to Xu, IBP has developed more than one hundred scientific research equipments since its establishment, covering areas of space, Biomimetics, radiation, separation and purification, spectrum, graphical analysis and medical diagnosis.