Economic review

An innovative platform zone

2017-09-12 09:46:00 (Beijing Time)         Shanghai Daily

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Zhangjiang High-Tech Park was established in July 1992. Located in the north of hanghai's Pudong New Area, it covers 80 square kilometers, including half that belongs to Shanghai Free Trade Zone.

As the site of one of China's first state-level high-tech zones, Zhangjiang has gathered rich resources in science and technological innovation since over 10,000 companies have registered in the park, which mainly cover information technology, bio-medicine, cultural creativity and low-carbon environmental protection, according to the Zhangjiang management committee.

Zhangjiang also plays its role as a base for basic research, featuring several platforms for big science, such as the National Center for Protein Science Shanghai and the Shanghai Supercomputer Center.

The ultimate goal of the platforms is to boost research translation and drive technological innovation of industries.

Coming into service in 2014, the protein center is the first comprehensive big science infrastructure in the life sciences around the world. Having been operated for around 200,000 hours, it has served scientists from more than 200 institutions globally. Those scientists have conducted more than 1,300 research projects at the center which led to over 80 publications in Science Citation Index journals.

Meanwhile, the high-performance computers at the supercomputer center have been used by thousands of research teams, providing more than 1 billion CPU hours and accomplishing about 5.7 million computing tasks since it was put into use in 2000.