Sowing Bilateral R&D Partnerships to Help Canadian Firms Reap Economic Benefit in China’s Agriculture Market

ISTP on Performance Plants; leading ag biotech bioenergy company
During the mission to Yangling, Performance Plants Inc., a leading biotech company in agricultural and bioenergy crop markets in Kingston, Ontario,  established a  technology transfer and product commercialization 
partnership with the Shaanxi Hybrid Rapeseed Research Centre, a renowned rape breeding centre in China.

Performance Plants Inc., a leading biotech company in agricultural and bioenergy crop markets in Kingston, Ontario,  established a  technology transfer and product commercialization partnership with the Shaanxi Hybrid Rapeseed Research Centre, a renowned rape breeding centre in China.

 

ISTPCanada, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and the Canada-Israel Industrial R&D 
Foundation Lead Mission to the China Yangling Agricultural Hi-Tech Fair

ISTPCanada, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and the Canada-Israel Industrial R&D Foundation Lead Mission to the China Yangling Agricultural Hi-Tech Fair

by ISTP Canada

OTTAWA, Ontario,  March  12, 2012– International Science and Technology Partnerships Canada

(ISTPCanada), the Canada-Israel Industrial R&D Foundation (CIIRDF) and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC), led a delegation of 22 companies and other organizations to Yangling China to explore technology partnering, R&D and trade opportunities at one of the largest agricultural events in the world. The China Yangling Agricultural Hi-Tech Fair (CAF) served as the backdrop for dozens of bilateral industry-led meetings, sowing the seeds of  at least  22 significant  technology  partnerships with high potential for business or R&D llaboration.

This is timely as China is seeking novel technologies from around the world that could boost the productivity of its agricultural sector through its ‘948 Program’. As the Government of China aims to invest more than $914 billion in this program by 2015, the outcomes of this mission will help to position Canadian firms as technology suppliers of choice and stimulate new business in the world’s second largest economy.

Hosted in one of China’s fastest growing industrial zones,  the mission brought  35 representatives  from 14 companies, three universities and five government organizations to the CAF in November 2011.  Participating leaders focused on the establishment of  new business in China and  key  Canadian  agricultural priorities. This includes the pursuit of increased export  opportunities for Canadian beef  in China,  and  the  creation  of bilateral canola research partnerships that could grow the market for Canadian producers.  Prime Minister Stephen Harper addressed these same agricultural imperatives with Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao during his recent trip to Beijing China, where he announced two new agreements that will expand Canadian agricultural exports to China.

The delegation included participants from several agricultural sub-sectors and seven provinces including British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario, Quebec, PEI and Newfoundland and Labrador.  Throughout the fourday event, participants engaged  in: match-making meetings; briefing sessions on doing business in China;plenary sessions and seminars; and the CAF exhibition. Potential collaborations emerging from the mission span vaccines and antibodies development; seed supply; canola; biomaterials; Geographic Information Systems (GIS); fruit, rice, dairy and cattle food products; agri-equipment; plant and wildlife preservation. 

The mission also represents another key milestone in  a  trilateral R&D cooperation program between Canada, China and Israel for the sustainable development of agriculture and agri-foods.  Building on the outcomes of trilateral roundtables and other activities over the last three years, leaders from ISTPCanada, AAFC, CIIRDF and the Yangling Administrative Committee discussed the creation of a new  incubator to streamline the agriinnovation cooperation of China-Canada-(Israel) in the state-level Yangling Agricultural Hi-Tech Industries Demonstration Zone.2

The proposed incubator would help Canadian companies to find research and business partners; manage issues related to capital (including land and facilities); financial, Intellectual Property (IP) management and human resource management; sales and marketing; and the import/export of raw materials and equipment.  It will also help to address key Canadian agricultural priorities, such  as  providing dairy and beef cattle to the Chinese market.  

“As a highly regulated economy, China is a challenging market for  companies  to penetrate,” said Dr. Henri Rothschild, President and CEO of ISTPCanada and President of CIIRDF.    “The incubator  will serve as  an effective gateway for Canadians to access  China’s R&D expertise and markets.  More broadly, it  will further strengthen Canada’s  commercial ties with this rapidly growing economy, and promote new partnerships thatstimulate the sale of Canadian agri-technology and increased trade with China.”

“AAFC  is working with Chinese partners to develop six China-Canada Agricultural Science and Innovation (CCASI) Centers in China as a platform for cooperation in science and  technology  and for industries to demonstrate and adapt their products,” said Dr. Stephen Morgan Jones, Director General, Science Partnerships of AAFC. “The incubator will help to facilitate the transfer of new technologies from these research hubs, and increase the commercial potential of jointly developed agri-innovations in China and other global markets.”

“Consistent with our vision, an incubator office would further establish Yangling as a nexus for innovation and the production of world-class agriculture and agri-food technologies,” said Mr. Sherong Guo, Executive DirectorGeneral of the Administrative Committee, Yangling Demonstration Zone. “It would accelerate the development of the High-Tech Demonstration Zone; support the establishment of user-friendly operations for participating domestic and international firms; and strengthen our collaboration with Canada and Israel.”

During the mission to Yangling, Performance Plants Inc., a leading biotech company in agricultural and bioenergy crop markets in Kingston, Ontario,  established a  technology transfer and product commercialization partnership with the Shaanxi Hybrid Rapeseed Research Centre, a renowned rape breeding centre in China. 

“The mission enabled us to conduct highly productive meetings with new and existing Chinese collaborators and make important progress towards our business objectives,” said Dr. Yafan Huang, President and Chief Scientific Officer of Performance Plants. “The Shaanxi Hybrid Rapeseed Centre holds 10 percent of rapeseed market share in China, and has established broad sales and marketing networks across the country.  Our new partnership will help to accelerate PPI’s product development and help facilitate our entry into China’s rapeseed market.” 

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