China (Nanjing) Forum on International Pharmaceutical Cooperation Raises Interest

Published on 2011-07-15

British Chamber Executive Director Phil Roebuck lead a delegation to the 2011 China (Nanjing) Forum on International Pharmaceutical Cooperation on the 8th and 9th of June.



As part of the Chamber’s ongoing efforts to increase ties with the city of Nanjing, British Chamber Executive Director Phil Roebuck lead a delegation to the 2011 China (Nanjing) Forum on International Pharmaceutical Cooperation on the 8th and 9th of June. Sponsored by the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT) and Nanjing Municipal People’s Government, the forum drew over 150 representatives from multinational companies, local Chinese companies, government agencies, and universities.

During the course of the forum, attendees has numerous opportunities to engage directly with senior Nanjing officials. Ms. Wang Yingjie, President of the CCPIT Nanjing Council, hosted a dinner on the 8th, which was joined by China CCPIT Vice Director Lin Ning, Nanjing Economy and Technology Development Zone Vice Director Zhang Qianmao, and Nanjing Food and Drug Administration Bureau Vice Director Zhu Weiguo. In addition, Mr. Luo Qun, Vice Mayor of the Nanjing Municipal People's Government, held a private meeting with a group of company representatives on the morning of the 9th prior to commencement of the forum activities.

**Highlights included:**

- Vice Mayor Luo’s description of Nanjing’s strengths in the pharmaceutical industry and stated commitment to continuing development of this industry.
- A discussion led by Mr. Xia Mingde, Senior Director of Corporate Office of Science and Technology, Johnson & Johnson, addressing “Open Innovation in Diversified Healthcare Business”
- President of Aleon Pharmaceutical International, LLC Andrew Hua Jiang’s discussion of the challenges faced by Chinese pharmaceutical companies and subsequent strategic solutions for these
- Brief presentations by 11 company representatives outlining the advantages of their respective businesses, what they have to offer potential business partners and the sorts of business collaborations they’re particularly interested in

The forum piqued the interest of several member companies that attended the event and are now exploring possible avenues of investment in Nanjing. A summary brochure containing the company information and representatives’ biographies was produced after the conclusion of the forum. The Chamber has copies and would be happy to share these with interested members. Copies are limited, so are available on a first come first serve basis.