Last week, the Bay Area Council, in partnership with BayHelix, hosted a delegation to China with leaders from business and academia, centered around the life sciences and healthcare industries.  Members, including Catholic Healthcare West’s Wade Rose, met with top Chinese business leaders from companies including WuXi AppTec, the largest Contract Research Organization in China, and Eli Lilly, starting an important dialogue on the partnership between Bay Area and Chinese companies around the life sciences and healthcare industries.  Also on the trip, University of San Francisco Professor and creator and host of NPR’s Tech Nation and BioTech Nation radio programs, Moira Gunn, launched a new podcast series entitled BioTech Nation China, featuring interviews with several Chinese industry leaders.

Coming up in June, the Council will also be hosting a delegation to Shanghai and Hangzhou focused on cloud computing, a sector growing exponentially in both China and the U.S.  On the trip, delegates will be able to familiarize themselves with China’s new policies and programs designed to encourage U.S. cloud computing companies to expand and invest in China, find new partners and customers, and get to know the key government leaders for this industry.  For more information on this trip or other upcoming delegations on digital media, brownfields and green technology, contact Kristen Durham, Vice President of Global Initiatives at 415-946-8736 or

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