Suzhou Innovation Ecosystem
The beautiful ancient garden city of Suzhou in China, known as "the Venice of the Orient", has been transformed into a high-tech city in the last two decades and it is now known as one of the fastest growing high-tech industrial and innovative cities in China.
In the past 5 years, regional and provincial governments have invested substantially, have built world-class infrastructure, and provide attractive incentives for international companies and high-tech entrepreneurs to establish R&D, manufacturing and business in the China-Singapore jointly developed Suzhou Industrial Park (SIP). The SIP has committed 10 billion RMB (about 1.6 BUSD) for the next five years to further develop Suzhou high-tech industries including nanotech enabled industries.
Today the SIP is housed with 20000 national and multinational companies including 3M, Samsung, Siemens, Johnson & Johnson, Phillips, AMD, Bosch, Eli Lily and others within 288 square kilometers. Suzhou was ranked top 3 in "2010 China's Most Innovative Cities" by Forbes.
Suzhou has been designated by the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) as the "China International Nanotech Innovation Cluster (CHInano)". SIP launched the "Nanopolis Suzhou" initiative to provide a complete ecosystem support for the growth of nanotechnology and its enabling industries.
Suzhou Ecosystem (pdf)
The Nanopolis Suzhou will be built with total area of 1 square kilometers, equipped with integrated services for R&D, technology incubation, pilot production, mass production, corporate HQ, conference/exhibition facilities and other auxiliary amenities. Phase I of Nanopolis Suzhou will be ready to house R&D&I centers and companies by the end of 2012.
The industry areas of focus include micro and nano-manufacturing technologies (printed electronics, nano carbon, MEMS technology & devices, nanoimprint lithography, instrument & devices), energy and green technologies (battery technology, photovoltaics technology, lighting, power electronics, gas/water purification, green technologies) and nano medicine (targeted drug delivery, nano devices and instruments for imaging and diagnostics, health and safety). Suzhou intends to attract over 200 nanotech companies from all over the world and 10,000 nanotech experts within the next 5 years to make Suzhou the most global and innovative nanotech hub in China by 2015.
Today SIP is equipped with world-class R&D infrastructure including the state of art nanotech fabrication, processing and characterization facilities; commercialization platforms (prototyping and manufacturing) for LED, OLED, Printed Electronics, Battery Technology, Targeted Drug Delivery, GaN based Power Devices, and Nano-Carbon Materials and Applications.
SIP has also established complete industry value chains for LED, MEMS, Laser etc. Together with Chinese Academy of Sciences and national and regional funding agencies, SIP established one of the most advanced nanotech institutes in the world, the Suzhou Institute of Nano-tech and Nano-bionics (SINANO) with a total of 400 principle investigators and research staff conducting world-class application R&D.