Last November, Taiwan Cube Energy (TCE), Taiwan’s first privately invested enterprise specializing in renewable energy derived from solid recovered fuels (SRF), broke ground on its initial project in Taiwan, an industrial waste-to-energy (WtE) plant in Taoyuan. Once construction of the plant is completed in 2025, the company forecasts that it will be capable of converting…

For multinational pharmaceutical companies, Taiwan has proven itself to be a very attractive investment destination in the Asia Pacific. The island’s sizeable pool of high-quality STEM talent, its extensive expertise in and productive environment for conducting clinical trials, active government-industry-academia cooperation in medical research, and advanced bio-ICT capacity are just a few of the qualities…

The use of artificial intelligence (AI) technologies in critical care has potentially lifesaving outcomes for long-term disease prevention and critical decisions during surgery. AI technologies can help medical professionals find biomarkers of disease, identify target molecules, discover drug candidates, speed up clinical trials, and even monitor and predict epidemic outbreaks. There is also a distinct…

By Courtney Donovan Smith Taishang Factories Disrupted by COVID-19 Taiwanese manufacturers in China, particularly those based in Shanghai and neighboring Kunshan, have suffered plant closures and supply chain issues due to China’s “dynamic zero-COVID” policies and the extended lockdown of the Shanghai region, widespread disruptions to trucking within China, and delays at the port of…

By Courtney Donovan Smith April Marks End to Zero-COVID Policy Locally transmitted cases in Taiwan have been rising exponentially since early April, as the Omicron variant began spreading across the island. Recognizing the variant’s infectiousness, the economic costs of the zero-COVID approach, and that almost all reported cases have been mild or asymptomatic, the government…

By Courtney Donovan Smith U.S. and Taiwan Discuss Bilateral Relations Though Taiwan was disappointed by the delay of an expected visit by U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi after she tested positive for COVID-19, other visits and meetings between Taiwan and the U.S. underscored the importance of the bilateral relationship as concerns grew that…

By Courtney Donovan Smith Experts Split On Economic Forecast Uncertainty about inflation and supply chain resilience have led various organizations to reach different projections about the economy’s direction this year. The Chung-Hua Institution for Economic Research (CIER) in April raised its forecast of Taiwan’s 2022 GDP growth by 0.29 percentage points to 3.96%. CIER attributed…

“The confluence of biology, chemistry, and data sciences provides the opportunity to solve some of the world’s greatest challenges. But this opportunity only exists for companies and scientists who dare to ask, ‘what if.’”  Those were the words of Werner Baumann, chairman of the Board of Management of Bayer AG, when he opened the company’s…

The crisis in Ukraine has sparked discussions among policymakers in Taiwan on how to enhance the island’s defense capabilities, including through a recently intensified reservist training program and proposals to lengthen the conscription period. A key takeaway for many is that training, motivation, leadership, mobility, and flexibility are just as much key factors in defending…