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Health Biotechnology Innovation for Social Sustainability – A Perspective from China

Authors: Yantai Chen and Adrian Ely

Abstract:

China is not only becoming a significant player in the production of  high-tech products, but also an increasingly important contributor  of ideas and influence in the global knowledge economy. This paper  identifies the promises and the pathologies of the biotech  innovation system from the perspective of social sustainability in  China, looking at the governance of the system and beyond. Based  on The STEPS Centre’s ‘Innovation, Sustainability, Development: A  New Manifesto’, a ‘3D’ approach has been adopted, bringing  together social, technological and policy dynamics, and focusing on  the directions of biotechnological innovation, the distribution of its  benefits, costs and risks and the diversity of innovations evolving  within it and alongside it.

This is one in a series of Working Papers from the STEPS Centre
www.steps-centre.org.