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CAS Leader Praises "Suzhou Speed"

Phase-one construction began on Dec. 31 in SIP for Suzou Institute of Nano-Tech & Nano-Bionics through cooperation of China Academy of Sciences, Jiangsu Province, and Suzhou Municipality with the support from all quarters in the process of designing and planning. The project is expected to complete by the end of 2007. The project commencement ceremony was attended by Shi Erwei, Vice-president of CAS, Wang Jinhua, Deputy Secretary of CPC Suzhou Municipal Committee and Secretary of SIP Party Working Committee, and Wang Qin, Vice-director of Provincial Bureau of Science and Technology, etc. Yan Li, Deputy Secretary of CPC Suzhou Municipal Committee and Mayor of Suzhou, met Shi Erwei and his group.

CAS Suzhou Institute of Nanotech and Nanobionics, a national-level research institute located within SIP Nanotech Park, is listed as a major infrastructure project for technological development of Jiangsu province in the "11th 5-year plan" period, as well as a major technological project of Suzhou Municipality in the "11th 5-year plan". The institute will carry out basic and application research in the fields of nano-materials and fabrications, nanobiotech, mano-medicine, and nanobionics, and promote the integration of related disciplines and application systems so as to foster new growth points.

The institute occupies a land area of 66,000 square meters with a total of planned constructed area of 72,000m2. The first phase will cover 48,000m2 constructed area, consisting of 21,000m2 for research and administration building, 13,000m2 for purification complex, 6,000m2 for education, and 8,000m2 for basement parking. The project will meet the function requirements for administration, research, training, and catering service.

During the meeting, Mayor Yan Li expressed thanks for CAS’s support for the project and said that the commencement of the project was a good beginning of the year 2007 and the cooperation among the three sides would be of far-reaching significance in the integration of production, research and education and the upgrading of technological innovative capabilities of Suzhou.

Shi Erwei highly praised the strong support of Suzhou in the project of the nanotech institute and said that the construction started up a few months shortly after the signing of the agreement in typical "Suzhou speed". He expressed that the institute would speed up the work of recruitment in the course of construction and build the institute into a national-level research base with close links with market and enterprises.

Jan. 1, 2007


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