Healthy & Green: China in Greater Philadelphia's Future

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September conference brings China focus and resources on offer for the region’s economic development

Greater Philadelphia’s business relevance to China may not be immediately obvious. Fortunately for the region, what the rising power vitally needs includes resources where the Tri-State area has strength: innovation in biomedicine, a determined focus on and a promising resource-base related to clean tech, and new paradigms for financing tech investment.

To add momentum to the region’s China business outreach, several regional organizations have teamed up to offer a CEO/Panel conference. “Healthy & Green: China in Greater Philadelphia’s Future” which will be hosted by The China Business Network, the Main Line Chinese Culture Center, and GC3 Strategy. (http://healthandgreen.eventbrite.com/)

“Any CEO working on anything related to cleantech has to be thinking about China. It is the world’s major market for application and deployment. That will not change next month, next year or next decade. Also, China is investing in clean tech at six times the proportional dollar level of the USA, so we need to get prepared to sell our clean tech ideas to Chinese organizations.” says Terry Cooke, founder of GC3 Strategy and national clean tech investment expert. (http://www.thechinabusinessnetwork.com/Channel-Index/Green-Development/Charter-Member-Focus/Charter-Member-Focus-2010/Cooking-up-Big-Plans-for-Philadelphia-and-China.aspx)

“Biomedicine, health care, and health IT are among the Tri-State area’s deepest strengths, and among the top acquisition and development priorities for China’s government. So as founder of both Cobbs Creek Healthcare and the Mainline Chinese Culture Center, I feel compelled to make area businesses aware of and prepared for the opportunities that China presents.” offers Jun Huangpu. “We’re thrilled to have the involvement of leading universities in the Greater Philadelphia area who themselves are active in building a regional collaboration to support translational research globally, helping take ideas out of the ivory tower and putting them in the hands of medical practitioners, technology entrepreneurs and end-users so that together we can build a healthier and greener future.”

Cooke and Huangpu are working with a wide range of Greater Philadelphia association and government partners to highlight the success of – as well as the lessons learned by – area CEOs in building their companies through a combination of local innovation and China-based commercialization in the biomedical, cleantech, and finance-related sectors.

The China angle is reinforced by third organizer The China Business Network (http://www.thechinabusinessnetwork.com). CEO Janet Carmosky explains, “What we need to do, as an economy, is increase the leverage of our strongest sectors as regions with respect to China related investment and business. As executives and business leaders, we will find more success in China to the extent that we can approach our opportunities as part of something larger, more cohesive, more impressive. We have to network and group, so the commitment and resource base behind our efforts is more visible to the Chinese.”

Registration opens on June 15, 2010.

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