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New Chinese Biochip Center Straddles Business, Academe

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Science  15 Dec 2000:
Vol. 290, Issue 5499, pp. 2061-2062
DOI: 10.1126/science.290.5499.2061

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BEIJING-- Last month, U.S.-trained entrepreneur and researcher Cheng Jing was named head of a new, two-pronged biochip venture here that will be highly unusual even for China, which has been experimenting with academic-industrial arrangements in recent years. One part is a for-profit company backed by $48 million from a combination of national and academic partners and overseas venture capital. The second piece is a nonprofit national center with nearly $10 million in research funding from the Ministry of Science and Technology.