Industry, Academia, and the World

Recognizing that innovation thrives on collaboration from diverse groups, Guangzhou has been actively forging partnerships between established enterprises, research institutions, and their counterparts around the world.

industry + academia

  • Guangzhou has established 103 "collaborative innovation unions", entities bringing together universities and enterprises to conduct research into new scientific and technological fields, especially those with high economic potential. 
  • The city has also focused on attracting top academic talent from around the world to bolster its innovative capabilities. As an example, Craig C. Mello, 2006 Nobel Prize winner in physiology and medicine, currently leads RiboBio, a biotech company focused on nucleic acids-based technologies. Their team has received over $13 million USD in financial support from the government of Guangzhou for their innovation efforts. 

industry + the world

  • GE has partnered with the Guangzhou Development District to develop an $800 million USD biotech park for KUBio™, which provides solutions for modular production of biologics. Future annual output value is expected to reach $4-8 billion USD. 
  • CISCO has partnered with Guangzhou to create one of the world's first "smart cities", focusing on developing technologies such as cloud computing, intelligent healthcare, and intelligent logistics. 

academia + the world

  • Guangzhou has engaged in bilateral scientific research with more than 30 different countries and regions from around the world.
  • Its university partners include such prominent institutions as the United States's Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Hong Kong's HK University of Science & Technology, the UK's University of Birmingham, and New Zealand's University of Auckland. 
  • In 2016, the city carried out 267 international cooperation projects and established 62 bases of international scientific and technological cooperation.