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Dr. Chii-Wann Lin Appointed ITRI Vice President and General Director of the Biomedical Technology and Device Research Laboratories

Dr. Chii-Wann Lin was appointed as ITRI’s Vice President and the General Director of the Biomedical Technology and Device Research Laboratories.
Dr. Chii-Wann Lin was appointed as ITRI’s Vice President and the General Director of the Biomedical Technology and Device Research Laboratories.


Dr. Chii-Wann Lin on April 21 formally assumed the post of ITRI Vice President and General Director of the Biomedical Technology and Device Research Laboratories. ITRI President Jonq-Min Liu stated that the demand for health care continues to rise in light of an aging society throughout the world, adding that the biotech and biomedical device industries will undoubtedly be important industries in the future. In recent years, semiconductor and information & communications technologies have been extensively applied in the biomedical and device industries, leading to a large number of amazing innovations involving multi-disciplinary approaches. If Taiwan can take advantage of its strong foundation in ICT, we should be able to be a world leader in this emerging market, he said.

"Dr. Lin has a background in electrical engineering, and over the years he branched out into biomedical engineering, enabling him to be well-versed in both disciplines," President Liu said. He added that ITRI is relying on Dr. Lin's expertise and experience to engage in R&D into innovative technologies, which will further pave the way for cross-disciplinary and clinical cooperation involving ITRI, and the academic and industrial communities.

Dr. Lin received his Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University in the United States, following which he started his academic career at National Taiwan University's (NTU) Institute of Biomedical Engineering and now serve as a Full Professor at the Institute. He also serves as Director of the NTU-ITRI Joint Nano Research Center. His research encompasses nervous system engineering, medical micro-sensing components and systems, medical optoelectronics, and medical device regulatory science. To date, two high-end medical device technologies have been spun off from the laboratory team into startups.

Dr. Lin remarked that the government is promoting biotechnology corridors alongside the high-speed rail line in northern, central and southern Taiwan. The Hsinchu Biomedical Science Park is geographically close to ITRI, the National Health Research Institutes, National Tsing Hua University, National Chiao Tung University, the Hsinchu Science and Industrial Park, as well as the National Taiwan University Hospital Hsinchu Biomedical Science Park Branch and China Medical University Hospital Hsinchu Branch. The congregation of these industrial, academic, and research organizations provide an ideal opportunity to harness the capacities of Taiwan's ICT and biomedical research, he said. ITRI's Biomedical Technology and Device Research Laboratories will continue to play an active role in the eco-system and strengthen cooperation between the Hsinchu Science Park and the biotech and medical devices industries, while providing assistance and recommendations in product development, back-end production, and the regulatory environment, he said. Meanwhile, it will coordinate the technology and unmet needs of industry and clinics, helping to promote the sector in the international market and create Taiwan into an Asia-Pacific hub for biomedical R&D and industry.