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Hats off to our science and tech pioneers

Asia’s biggest radio telescope, a paradigm for future megacities and cutting-edge cancer treatment were among the innovations honored yesterday by the Shanghai Science and Technology Awards.

The city’s top awards for scientific innovation recognized 300 breakthroughs and distinguished researchers.

Biomedicine led the parade of winners this year, garnering about a quarter of the top prizes and scooping up almost 18 percent of all awards.

The award winners include biologist Hui Lijian’s discovery related to cell conversion, which provides possible approaches to treat liver failure, and Jiang Zhengwen’s gene-testing startup service, which helps reduce birth defects.

The city has created a mature industrial chain in biomedicine, supported by its manufacturing industry and medical services, according to the Shanghai Science and Technology Awards Center.

Information technology, aerospace engineering and construction were among other noteworthy winners. Of the total awarded projects, 111 involved out-of-town scientists, institutes and companies.

Chang Shu-ting, a Chinese-Australian biologist who has introduced different mushrooms to China over the last 40 years, was honored for his contribution to international science and technological cooperation.

There were two winners of special awards: one involving the design of the Tianma Telescope; the other, the construction of Shanghai Tower.


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