Today, the Central Incubation Park of Eye Valley was officially open and successfully introduced the first batch of projects, funds, and platforms. The Super Eye Hospital opened simultaneously. This marks a significant leap in the construction of the Wenzhou National Innovation Demonstration Zone and the Wenzhou Sci-tech Innovation Corridor around DaLuo Mountain, contributing to the establishment of a new national landmark in the field of life and health.
Chen Weijun, member of Zhejiang Provincial Party Committee and Secretary of Wenzhou Municipal Party Committee, attended the opening ceremony. Yao Gaoyuan, Deputy Secretary of Wenzhou Municipal Party Committee and Mayor of Wenzhou, delivered a speech. Municipal leaders Wang Jun, Wang Chi, Tang Xiaoshu, Secretary of the Party Committee of Wenzhou Medical University Lu Fan, President and Academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering Li Xiaokun, Deputy Secretaries of the Party Committee of WMU Lu Yijun, Cheng Jinguo, Vice Presidents Wang Liangxing, Jin Shengwei, Director of the Department of Ophthalmology and Optometry and President of the Eye Hospitals Group Qu Jia, heads of relevant government sectors and WMU departments, and representatives of the introduced projects took part in the opening ceremony. Heads of well-known eye health enterprises worldwide were invited to participate in the ceremony online.
‘Eye Valley is of vital importance for Wenzhou to develop science and technology, to stay ahead of the industry, and to promote high-quality development’, said Yao Gaoyuan. The opening of the Central Incubation Park has promoted the city’s advancement from discipline-leading to industry-leading, strengthened our firm belief in scientific and technological innovation, built up our confidence in the construction of the ‘Zone and Corridor’ strategy, and accelerated our steps toward the peak of the life and health industry. It is time to forge ahead. He hoped that the Eye Valley will concentrate on the life and health industry, make breakthroughs in incremental projects, large-scale accumulation of talents, great fission in innovation ecology, and improvements in regional environment. One day it will become the paradise for talents around the world, a promising land for scientific achievement transformation, and highlands of life and health industry He urged the relevant departments of municipal and district governments to do their utmost to introduce a group of high-quality innovation projects from domestic and foreign enterprises so that high-quality innovation resources will benefit Wenzhou, Zhejiang, and even the whole country.
Li Xiaokun said that Eye Valley is a major cooperation project between WMU and Wenzhou city with the support of the municipal Party committee and government. It is also an important exploration and practice to comprehensively deepen the innovation mechanism of cooperation between colleges and cities. As a key provincial university rooted in Wenzhou, WMU always bears the responsibility of contributing to the economic and social development of southern Zhejiang and Wenzhou. A new pattern of serving local economic and social development with the two driving forces of ‘Eye Valley’ and ‘Pharmaceutical Valley’ has been formed. The university will maximize its disciplinary advantages, unify the pace, and explore more flexible and efficient management and cooperation mechanisms, to build Eye Valley into a world-class optometric version of Silicon Valley that combines eye health research and development, innovation and business incubation, industrial clustering, and high-end medical center, outlining WMU’s commitment to Zhejiang.
Zhou Yifu, Secretary of Longwan District Party Committee and Secretary of the Party Working Committee of Wenzhou High-tech Zone, said that the eye health industry is a strategic emerging industry in Longwan District which will be attached great importance to, and Eye Valley is a demonstration project of the eye health industry. Next, Longwan District will focus on the life and health industry with eye health as the core, strengthen the innovation chain, optimize the ecological chain, and improve the service chain, to ensure early achievements of Eye Valley.
On the opening ceremony, Eye Valley hosted a number of enterprises, including Aier Eye Hospital, Alcon, Allergan, Eyebright, Novartis, Menicon, and Gaush Medical, and awarded Zhejiang Youth Innovation and Entrepreneurship Base, China Mobile Intelligent Ophthalmology Research Institute, along with other settled research centers and sci-tech platforms. According to the innovation path of integrating scientists, entrepreneurs, and venture capitalists, the Central Incubation Park has attracted 41 companies in the field of eye health at home and abroad, including the world top 500 enterprises, as well as start-up SMEs, and introduced CITIC Medical fund.
A press conference was held after the ceremony. Relevant leaders from Wenzhou Science and Technology Bureau, Longwan District People's Government, Wenzhou Medical University and its affiliated Eye Hospital, and the Optometry Innovation Center of Eye Valley answered reporters' questions about the development planning of Eye Valley.
The Super Eye Hospital opened simultaneously will integrate high-quality medical resources at home and abroad, cooperate with Boao Super Hospital, take advantage of institutional mechanisms, establish remote outpatient clinics and 5G+ mobile medical system, and provide world-class eye care and health services. The Super Eye Hospital is committed to becoming a medical consultation center for difficult eye diseases and plans to establish departments and specialties of ophthalmology, optometry, and plastic surgery, and carries out projects that are not yet available in the headquarter, including myopia treatment with Implantable Collamer Lens, refractory glaucoma valve implantation, minimally invasive repair of infraorbital wall fractures, plasma anti-wrinkle-around the eyes cosmetology.
Eye Valley is located in the Wenzhou Zhenan Technology City. Its construction started in September 2018 and was selected as a Zhejiang Industrial Innovation Service Complex for Optometry in 2019. Chen Weijun had inspected the construction of Eye Valley many times and urged it to keep up with the world's first-class counterparts and march toward the forefront of technological innovation, top professionals, and cutting edge of industrial development. Based on the high reputation of three national platforms owned by the Eye Hospital affiliated to WMU, namely National Clinical Medicine Research Center, National Key Laboratory, and National Engineering Technology Research Center, Eye Valley focuses on the field of eye health and advances the construction of the Central Incubation Park and the Science and Technology Innovation Park in the planned 1000 acres land. It plans to build a world-class ophthalmology&optometry technology research and development system, an ophthalmology&optometry academic exchange platform, an ophthalmology&optometry high-end medical center, an ophthalmology&optometry innovation and entrepreneurship talent gathering zone, and an ophthalmology&optometry high-tech industry incubator.
As the icing on the cake, the Central Incubation Park covers an area of about 80 acres and has a construction area of nearly 80,000 square meters. It integrates basic research and development, clinical experiments, and industrial incubation and provides start-ups with services covering every stage of industry incubation. The Science and Technology Park supporting the Incubation Park is planned to cover about 460,000 square meters, giving priority to the development of five major industries including visual optics, ophthalmic drugs, ophthalmic equipment, ophthalmic materials, and ophthalmology smart healthcare.