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Major industrial park opens in Baoshan

A MAJOR industrial park around Shanghai University in Baoshan District was launched yesterday to incubate the scientific achievements of the university into lucrative industries.

The Huanshangda, or Shanghai University-Rim Industrial Park, officially opened in the Lingang Innovation Galaxy Scientific Oasis in Dachang Town.

The first batch of three research institutes, eight companies and eight key incubation projects have already entered the park.

The park covering 57 square kilometers will feature Dachang, Baoshan Urban Industry Park and Nanda Smart City around the university as key regions. It will focus on the transformation of scientific research, incubation of scientific startups and cultivation of professionals.

By 2025, about 200 scientific research projects of the university will be incubated in the park, along with 1,000 scientific companies, according to the district government.

“The park will become the hotbed of Shanghai’s ambitions to become a global scientific innovation center,” said Chen Jie, Party secretary of Baoshan.

“It will also become a key site to incubate the research findings of local universities and an industry highland with economic scale of more than 100 billion yuan (US$15.20 billion),” he added.

The Baoshan government and the university jointly established a company to serve as the operating platform of the park. The university’s research institutes on new materials, intelligent equipment, unmanned systems and biomedicine were unveiled in the park yesterday.

The park will mainly focus on fields such as new energy, advanced materials, artificial intelligence and biomedicine, according to operators.

Some recent research achievements from the university were displayed on the sidelines of the launch ceremony. For instance, there was a robotic arm which operators can control with their eye movements. Another robot can irrigate farmlands and clean streets automatically.

The park can be expanded further to other key industrial parks in Baoshan, such as the newly unveiled North Shanghai Biomedical Industrial Park, the robotics industry park and Wusong Smart City, the district government said.

“It will eventually become the main engine to drive Baoshan’s future development,” Chen said.

Suburban Baoshan District, the city’s former iron-steel production base, aims to become the “front line” of Shanghai’s scientific innovation center by transforming traditional industrial parks into sites of high-tech industry.

For instance, with most of its old factories shut down or relocated, Wusong Smart City is earmarked to become a subcenter of Shanghai with new material and hardware industries, scientific and cultural innovation parks, commerce and business facilities, residential communities and waterfront attractions.


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