Mon, Jul 28, 2003 - Page 10 News List

Biotech firms beg for rules

CNA , TAIPEI

The biotechnology sector has called on the government to develop a biotech-products quality-certification system, as local companies have seen promising prospects for their newly developed technologies in the international market and they are keen to maintain these advantages.

At the Bio Taiwan Exhibition 2003 being held at the Taipei World Trade Center July 24 to July 27, transgenic fish that are completely luminescent presented by the Taikong Technology Co and a DNA anti-counterfeiting technology developed by Biowell (博微生物科技) and Markwin Biotechnology Inc (優勢生物科技) have attracted the attention of many visitors.

The two technologies are among the achievements of Taiwan's biotechnology sector over the past year. Researchers of the two companies are especially proud because the new technologies have been successfully commercialized, according to the organizers.

Fang Chu-hsi (方祖熙), chairman of the Taikong Technology Co (邰港科技), said that having successfully cultivated the luminescent fish, the company spent two more years in order to achieve a breakthrough in breeding infertile fish. Before marketing the creatures as ornamental fish, the company needed to take precautions to ensure that the transgenic species would not pollute the ecological environment with its offspring, he explained.

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