Spiritual idea: Work together to create happiness and build the Chinese dream
Scientific research idea: Focus not only on pure basic research but also on applied scientific research
Life and health industries are key areas which all countries worldwide definitely contend for in the 21st century. Human demand for advanced medical treatment and healthy products has promoted the rapid development of global biomedical engineering and provided unprecedented opportunities. With the development of economic society, the large population of China has brought about an unprecedented enormous demand for the quality and level of products and services regarding life and health, which has greatly driven the development of scientific research and technology progress in life and health industries as well. Since the overall level of life and health industries and the product competitiveness are both relatively low at present China, the transform and upgrade of related industries are urgently needed.
In this context, with the aim to gather high-level talents worldwide, cultivate high-tech industries, closely integrate science and technology with economy, promote the development of life and health industries in this region, and further enhance regional scientific and technological innovation ability, the People's Government of Cixi City signed up with Ningbo Institute of Materials Technology and Engineering, Chinese Academy of Sciences on October 24, 2013 to jointly establish Cixi Institute of Biomedical Engineering.
Centering on the health industry value chain of “diagnosis-treatment-rehabilitation”, Cixi Institute of Biomedical Engineering has made arrangements for three major areas, namely, advanced diagnostic techniques, biomaterials and instruments, and rehabilitation techniques and systems. It mainly conducts researches on areas like medical image analysis technology, advanced diagnosis technology of major diseases, MRI Contrast Agents, biosensors, micro-nano devices, surface biofunctional coating technology and rehabilitation robots. It also undertakes many important research projects such as National Key R&D Program of China, National Natural Science Foundation of China, the “3315 Plan” of Ningbo City, Zhejiang Key R&D Program and Zhejiang Natural Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars.
Located in the intersection of North 3rd Ring East Road, Cixi City and Shenglu Overpass, the new park of Cixi Institute of Biomedical Engineering adjacent to Cixi High School, College of Science & Technology Ningbo University and Cixi National Forest Park. The new park covers a total area of more than 30,000 square meters, with a finished research building of more than 20,000 square meters, dormitories of 6,200 square meters and chemical storage of 55 square meters. Physics laboratories, chemistry laboratories, biology laboratories and engineering centers are built here in accordance with leading international standard. The advanced biomedical engineering research platform here consists of one public test platform and three professional platforms and is equipped with a full range of advanced scientific research instruments worth more than 50 million yuan, providing strong support for scientific research and related industries. On July 18 , 2019, all the staff and students of the institute officially moved into the new park and a opening ceremony was held on September 18, 2019. Up to now, there are over 60 full-time employees and over 120 graduate students in the new park.
Cixi Institute of Biomedical Engineering is willing to carry out cooperation and exchanges. It has established a joint research center with Medtronic, a Global 500 company and the largest manufacturer of implanted medical devices. It also develops extensive cooperation with internationally renowned universities and research institutions such as Harvard Medical School, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, and International School for Advanced Studies, Italy, etc.
Facing the future, Cixi Institute of Biomedical Engineering will adhere to the spiritual idea of working together to create happiness and build the Chinese dream and the scientific research idea of focusing not only on pure basic research but also on applied scientific research. Centering on national strategies and market demands, Cixi Institute of Biomedical Engineering will carry out researches on original and integrated innovation, develop biomedical materials, medical devices, medical equipments and other products in great demand while making academic breakthroughs, promote industrial development, build itself into a domestic first-class and internationally renowned base for basic research, applied technology development, engineering and technology transfer and senior talent cultivation.