Medical products push frontiers of diseases prevention, intervention
A series of high-tech innovative technologies and products from the Zhangjiang National Innovation Demonstration Zone in Shanghai will be rolled out soon, and are expected to play an important role in the early prevention of and intervention in gastro diseases.
Ji Pengsong, president of Shanghai Ankon Technologies Co, one of the many high-end medical equipment developers in the zone, revealed that the company is working on research and development projects involving several new medical devices.
He said that thanks to the streamlining of the approval process at a national level, the entire process of clinical trials and registration had been greatly shortened.
Ankon is a pioneer in medical capsule robotic development and production, and has developed an endoscope system for gastric examination using robotics. Integrated with more than 300 precise components, the pill-size robots have been developed using more than 40 patents for technological innovation, according to the company.
Healthcare is one of the most important personal issues for people. In recent years, China's government has promoted early screening for diseases and encouraged a healthy lifestyle for its population.
"The application of new technologies is a key to carrying out early prophylaxis (disease prevention) and control measures," said digestive system diseases expert Li Zhaoshen, an academician of the China Academy of Engineering.
Li is chief physician at the gastroenterology department of Changhai Hospital, affiliated to the Second Military Medical University.
"Thanks to a series of scientific breakthroughs in the areas of medicine and health care, more people have access to early detection and can adopt measures at the early stage," said Li, at a startup event for a national digestive tumors screening program that was held in April in Shanghai. The program encourages more citizens, especially those in the high-risk categories, to participate in early health detection at community- based medical service providers.
In recent years, Shanghai's Zhangjiang National Innovation Demonstration Zone has actively promoted the development of innovative technologies in the fields of medical and healthcare through a combination of various resources.
Early this year, a medical innovation research institute was established in Zhangjiang, which integrates the resources from higher education institutes, top hospitals and leading biopharmaceutical companies.
The plan is for it to become a medical demonstration center for diagnosis technologies, innovative medicines, frontier treatment technology and precision clinical medical practice.
The zone has become a global hub for the development of medical devices. Its total industrial output value for medical device manufacturing reached 11.43 billion yuan ($1.82 billion) in 2016, an increase of 5.2 percent compared with 2015, according to the zone.
Shanghai Ankon Technologies Co displays its products in an exhibition of China's outstanding achievements over the past five years in Beijing in 2017.