IT / Telecom

Turning research into reality

by Isabella Lee

S W Cheung, vice president, business development and technology support
Hong Kong Science & Technology Parks Corporation
Photo: Wallace Chan

Innovation and technology hub expands its scope and services in a bid to advance international excellence

Continuous technological advancement and sustainability are essential for healthy growth and success in the world of technology.

With this in mind, Hong Kong Science & Technology Parks Corporation (HKSTP) is firmly focused on playing a leading role in establishing Hong Kong as a major international centre of technology development and innovation.

HKSTP provides quality infrastructure and support facilities in the four "focused clusters" of electronics, precision engineering, biotechnology and information technology and telecommunications.

More than 6,500 staff from 220 companies are now accommodated at the park after Phase 2 was opened last year, adding two energy towers, two dedicated buildings for biotechnology and six research and development office buildings to the advanced facilities already incorporated in Phase 1.

"In view of the increasing importance of working towards a greener planet, HKSTP will take the lead to assist the development of renewable energy and related technologies. Environmental protection and energy efficient R&D development will therefore become our new focused cluster," says S W Cheung, vice president, business development and technology support, HKSTP.

Under the "Shenzhen Hong Kong innovation circle", the first major technology co-operation project will be launched to establish a solar energy research and industrial platform in collaboration with multinational chemicals and healthcare company Dupont. HKSTP will establish a solar energy R&D support centre at HK Science Park to assist the development of solar energy and related technologies in Hong Kong and the Pearl River Delta region. Dupont will become the anchor tenant by locating its global thin film photovoltaic business/R&D centre in the park.

The Shenzhen Municipal Government will also collaborate with Hong Kong to provide land and other facilities to support the development and manufacturing of solar energy products.

"Sustainability is the key in technology today, whether it is for a form of power, in non-traditional science or the commercialisation of innovative concepts," Mr Cheung points out.

International ties

HKSTP signed a memorandum of understanding with the Ministry of Advanced Education and Technology (AET), government of Alberta, Canada in May this year to increase the flow of business and technology not only between Hong Kong and Canada, but also Canada and mainland China.

As a gateway to the fast-growing China market, Hong Kong's convenient location adds a strong geographic advantage to its unique business environment to access neighbouring regions.

"HKSTP's infrastructure, resources and service support will assist firms from Alberta to develop and commercialise their innovative ideas, helping them to tap into markets in China and other Asian economies. The laboratories, biotechnology centre and solar energy R&D support centre align closely with Alberta's priority focus areas of information and communications technology, the life sciences and nanotechnology," Mr Cheung notes.

HKSTP also works with local and overseas universities, such as Simon Fraser University and the University of Toronto, to develop technology talent through training, internships and summer placement programmes.

Highest standards

"To establish Hong Kong as an Asian innovation and technology hub, we must maintain the highest standards. The fact that the Hong Kong Quality Assurance Agency has awarded us an ISO 27001 certification for our information security management systems is testament to our efforts in managing and maintaining our systems to the highest standards," Mr Cheung remarks.

He stresses that HKSTP's endorsement as an IC design centre (ICDC) and intellectual property servicing centre (IPSC) will enhance its role in IC design and IP servicing in Hong Kong and the region, supported by Hong Kong's sound legal protection regime for intellectual property.

The ISO 27001 certification can reassure start-up companies and multinationals that their intellectual property and proprietary information are secure and complemented by a legal framework. It also provides semiconductor design companies using ICDC and IPSC services with safeguards for their intellectual property and related information.

"As one of the measures to maintain the certification, we plan to invest HK$4 million in upgrading our computers and servers to protect our clients' data. We also aspire to other internationally recognised certifications to make sure that all the professionals based at HKSTP understand their responsibilities and the importance of quality service," Mr Cheung explains.

Also on HKSTP's agenda this year is the annual Hong Kong Technology & Renewable Energy Events (HKTREE). These are activities and competitions aiming to promote innovative application of renewable energy technology, to advance science and technology education, and to set the pace for zero emissions on the road. For instance, a car design contest will help to promote the innovative application of renewable energy through the building of vehicles powered by renewable energy, a practical way to create a better environment for people to live in.


Taken from Career Times 06 June 2008, p. B3
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