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It is clear from my visit that China is on the rise as a center for pharmaceutical R&D, but the trend is still in its early stages. Pharmaceutical companies are still getting their footing for operating in China, and the pharmaceutical services industry still has a lot of maturing to do.

One scene at the Impact China II conference captured the state of affairs for me. On one side of the conference hall sat a five-member team from a major pharmaceutical company that came to explore how its company should establish operations in China. On the other side of the hall sat a senior research scientist who was there at his own expense to determine whether he should accept an offer from a venture capital firm that was recruiting him to lead a CRO start-up.

He worked for the same Big Pharma company that sent the five-member team.


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