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Biotechnology in China I


  • State Food and Drug Administration (SDA)
  • State Environment Protection Administration (SEPA)
  • State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO)
  • National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC)
  • China Science and Technology Exchange Center (CSTEC)

State programs[edit]

National Key Technologies R&D Program (NKTRDP)

Approved in 1982 and implemented for three Five-year Plans, the program includes three major issues: agriculture, new and high technologies and social development. The research on biological technologies is focused on agricultural breeding, gene medicine, marine biological products and the industrialization on key technologies.

National High Technology Research and Development Program (863 program)

The program was approved in March 1986 (because of that date it is simply called "863"). Its objective was to develop frontier high technology to narrow the gap between China and developed countries. The program lists biotechnology as one of seven targeted areas. '863' is China's biggest S&T development program. The budget for the 863 program has been raised from RMB 5.9 billion in the past 15 years to RMB 15 billion for the 10th 5-Year-Plan (2001–2005).

Torch Program

Established in 1988, the Torch Program aims to commercialize China's new and high technologies. The program encourages to invest in China's high technology zones.

Spark Program

Established in 1986, the Spark Program was the first program to promote the development of rural economy by relying on science and technology. One of the main contents of the program is the development of high yield, high quality and high effective agricultural products.

Science parks and incubators[edit]

Since the start of China's Torch Program in August 1988, 53 "National Science and Technology Industrial Parks" (STIPs) have been approved by the State Council (State-Level Hi-Tech and New Technology Zones). By 2000, there were altogether 20, 796 enterprises in the STIPs.


  • Journal of Chinese Biotechnology
  • Chinese Journal of Agricultural Biotechnology
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