The 2020 Guanzhou International Bio Forum was held in Guangzhou's Huangpu district on Nov 16.
Zhong Nanshan, winner of the Medal of the Republic and an academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, delivered a speech at the opening ceremony and shared the latest progress on the development of COVID-19 vaccines.
Xu Tao, an academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Thomas C. Südhof, winner of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, Wang Linfa, fellow of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering, and Hans R. Schöler, an academician of the German National Academy of Natural Sciences Leopoldina also shared their insights in frontier bioscience topics, such as epidemic prevention and control, in their speeches.
Xu Tao speaks at the forum.
Rao Zihe, an academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, talked about the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and COVID-19 pandemics from the aspects of the life cycle of the novel coronavirus and key protein complexes.
Liu Liang, president of the Macao University of Science and Technology and an academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, discussed the diagnosis of rheumatism via quantitative glycomics techniques.
Jeal Paul Thiery, a Chevalier of the National Order of the Legion of Honour, France's highest recognition of merit, detailed the strategic significance of synthetic biology to the global health, food, and biological energy sectors.
The forum was co-organized by the Guangzhou Development District Administrative Committee and Bioland Laboratory, under the auspices of the Guangzhou municipal people's government. Guangzhou Medical University and Guangzhou Institutes of Biomedicine and Health of the Chinese Academy of Sciences provided support.
Having been held four times since 2017, the forum has become a platform for exchanges and cooperation in biotechnology with a wide-reaching influence.