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[2019/06/10] The Global Research & Industry Alliance and NYMU/FEMH Conduct a “Call for Proposals” Orientation to Assist with the Commercialization of Clinical Research and Development Outcomes

Vice Superintendent Jeng affirmed the guidance provided by the NYMUGLORIA in his welcome remarks. He also encouraged Far Eastern Memorial Hospital personnel to benefit more patients by developing technological innovations.


Being confident about in depth capabilities of medical institutions regarding clinical research and development (R&D), National Yang-Ming University began to execute the Global Research & Industry Alliance (GLORIA) Project by conducting a “Call for Proposals” orientation at Far Eastern Memorial Hospital on the 6th of March. This project was launched by the Department of Industry-Academia Collaboration, Ministry of Science and Technology, and had been entrusted to National Yang-Ming University for its execution. The goal is to encourage medical personnel who are interested in the value of technological innovation and the commercialization of R&D outcomes to submit proposals. Vice Superintendent Jeng, Far Eastern Memorial Hospital, attended the meeting in person on the day of the orientation. He hoped that the alliance would be able to help open new doors in the area of applied clinical R&D and thus to create more opportunities for innovation in the future.


Far Eastern Memorial Hospital is a teaching hospital for National Yang-Ming University and has been a member of NYMU GLORIA since last year. The two institutions have been cooperating actively in the areas of research, teaching, and medical services. Vice Superintendent Jeng claimed that Far Eastern Memorial Hospital has been committing itself to innovative research and development in a productive manner, and encouraged his colleagues to patent their research results. With the help of the alliance’s guidance in the past, hospital personnel have been able to implement and verify their medical technology ideas and prototypes in a preliminary manner. The applicability of their research results to health care has thus been increased, which has dramatically improved the service procedures and efficiency within the hospital.



  Chief Executive Officer Monica Bey, GLORIA (left), and the experts from GLORIA gave advice on commercialization to the teams submitting proposals.


Chief Executive Officer Monica Bey pointed out that project funding remains insufficient, yet is indispensable for the exploring and testing of innovative ideas. Clinical research cannot be implemented on the spur of the moment, but needs to follow a comprehensive plan and this should include engagement, above all; this will then involve different levels of assistance at the pioneering stage, the trial stage, and commercialization stage. With the support provided by the National Yang-Ming University's GLORIA expert team and other relevant resources, the hospital will begin to yield more fruitful results. She believed that the services offered by the alliance will push more teams at the hospital to commit to innovation.


The Chief of the R&D Office, Dr Wang, Far Eastern Memorial Hospital, especially thanked the alliance at this orientation for the continuing assistance provided to the Far Eastern Memorial Hospital personnel. She was positive that the alliance is the best channel for the promotion of clinical R&D. Not only does it provide substantial funding to support the hospital’s clinical research, but the program also helps the hospital personnel to reinforce their ideas by improving their professional knowledge regarding the development strategy needed for healthcare commercialization during their research-free time. She hopes that both parties will work together in the future to create value-added products in the area of medicine-based clinical research and its applications. The goals are to take-on the responsibility of meeting society’s medical care needs and allow this industry-academia-hospital alliance to collaborate and innovate, which creates a win-win-win situation.


Proposal submission ended one month after the orientation. The Far Eastern Memorial Hospital personnel who participated in the event with passion, and as a result the number of proposals submitted reached a new high. Based on each participating team’s technological novelty, the business feasibility of each proposal, and the ability to bring about execution of the idea, the alliance has been able to selected twelve teams in total; these teams all set themselves apart during the competition. There was one proposal identified as being outstanding, five were classified as excellent, and six were pinpointed as having potential. The alliance will provide guidance and funding to these selected teams during 2019, and subsequently will offer them more diversified advice depending on each team’s R&D characteristics and needs. The alliance will have Far Eastern Memorial Hospital’s robust backing.


A photograph from the 2019 “Call for Proposals” Orientation hosted by the Global Research & Industry Alliance, National Yang-Ming University and Far Eastern Memorial Hospital.