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SPARK Program (台灣生醫與醫材轉譯加值人才培訓計畫)
SPARK Program was launched in accordance with the biotechnology industry development planning. This program aims to provide assistance to those that are in the pharmaceutical industry or the medical device industry with potential products but are lacking in initial commercial planning for entrance into the market. This program includes: translation, medical regulation implementation, intellectual property registry, negotiation, marketing and commercialization planning and training.

SPARK Taiwan cultivates future teams and team projects in preparation for the entrance into the industry. Part of the program is to provide teams with initial funding as a start. The teams will go through training to learn product development methods gaining international view on turning research into products. There are five anchor universities involved in SPARK Taiwan Program including Northern area-National Taiwan University, National Yang-Ming University, Taipei Medical University;Central area-China Medical University (cooperated with Asia University);Southern area-National Cheng Kung University, executing more than 50 biomedical innovation projects. In addition, more than 150 persons from universities, research institutions and medical centers participate to carry out the value of bio-innovation and translate the research projects into products.
SPARK office
  • In collaboration with Stanford University, the training material is introduced to the selected teams and as part of the training the teams are expected to exchange experiences gained during the commercialization process.
  • Anchor university selection.
  • Form an industry expert panel.
  • Regular milestone based review on project progress.
Regional anchor university
  • Provide selected teams matching fund as part of "Translation and Promotion Project for Innovation and Exploration".
  • Assist SPARK office in members training and team selection, invitation, assess, manage, and promote training course.
  • Provide training faculties facilities, equipments, and support for the members and teams under training. Make available core facilities to allow teams’ access to equipments, help in IP application, market strategy, and clinical study/trial assistance.
  • Assist teams under training by expanding and creating value to R&D; results.
  • People who have an original concept or are interested in product development are qualified as potential candidates for selection.
  • Must complete the training program including the periodic training course, attend expert lectures, and attend regular meetings, etc.
  • Team must fulfill milestones set by the managing organizers to enter into the next round of financial assistance accessments.