The Precision Medicine and Vaccines Global Expert Mission travelled to China in December 2018.

Innovate UK’s Global Missions Programme is one of its most important tools to support the UK’s Industrial Strategy’s ambition for the UK to be the international partner of choice for science and innovation. Global collaborations are crucial in meeting the Industrial Strategy’s Grand Challenges and will be further supported by the launch of a new International Research and Innovation Strategy. The Global Expert Missions, led by the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN), play an important role in building strategic partnerships, providing deep insight into the opportunities for UK innovation and shaping future programmes.



China is also emerging as a leader in the international innovation landscape. The country’s spending on R&D has grown massively since 2000 and is expected to overtake the USA as the largest investor in 2019. This reflects China’s ambition to become a leader in technology, as set out at the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China in October 2018. In addition, the country is home to 25% of the world’s R&D workforce, and in the past 15 years, the number of foreign-run R&D centres in China has increased from 200 to over 1,500. China’s economic growth and investments in science and innovation are being translated into the growth of the population’s disposable income driving the rapid expansion of the middle classes which is seeking a better quality of healthcare services.

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The Precision Medicine and Vaccines Expert Mission travelled to China in December 2018 and in this publication, KTN share the information and insights gathered during the delegation’s time there.

Read the latest Global Expert Mission Report “Precision Medicine & Vaccines China 2018” here.

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