TECH China more receptive to innovation: US-based biotechnology startup

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China more receptive to innovation: US-based biotechnology startup

By Wang Xiangyu | People's Daily app

14:33, December 04, 2019

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Luo Yonghao, Global Partner of STI. (Photo: STI)

"It's exciting to be in China. I think the US will benefit from the deployment of Sharklet throughout the world as well," said a manager of Sharklet Technologies, Inc. (STI), a US-based biotechnology startup at an event in Beijing on Tuesday.

Sharklet is biomimetic technology inspired by the pattern of shark skin and achieves antibacterial and antifouling activities through microtopography on surfaces of various materials, said Luo Yonghao, Global Partner of STI.

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The microtopography consists of modules that are two microns wide and three microns high, arranged in a regular pattern. (File photo: STI)

"Sharklet is particularly suitable for medical devices and consumer products, especially those with frequent and direct contact with hands and mouth, such as maternal and child products, tableware, outdoor sports supplies, household appliances and consumer electronics," said Luo.

STI was founded in 2007 and began to accelerate its commercialization process after being acquired by Peaceful Union, a Chinese medical device firm in 2017. " In the US, sometimes innovations just take too long to develop and gain popularity. The acquisition by Peaceful Union really allowed the commercialization stages to really take off and improved the manufacturing process, product development process and marketing throughout the world, largely in Asia and in China," said Dr. Ethan Mann, the VP of Marketing and Sales at STI.

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Dr. Ethan Mann, the VP of Marketing and Sales at STI. (Photo: STI)

Mann views China as a unique market where innovations can be launched in related areas and solve problems efficiently and a fertile ground for STI to become a global company. "It's exciting to be in China. I think the US will benefit from the deployment of Sharklet throughout the world as well."

Luo said he is honored to cooperate with Sharklet and will promote more cooperation between Chinese and American technology enterprises, if there are opportunities.

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