专访:台湾生技研发企业家 陈水田

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【新唐人北京时间2021年04月27日讯】台湾生技业研发实力,世界有目共睹,更成立国家生技研究园区,网罗具有研发新药潜力的公司,72岁的陈水田博士,就是其中一员。 5年前陈水田从中研院退休后,把退休金作为创业基金,投入新药开发,为产业孕育人才。
With internationally reputed biotech Research & Development competence, Taiwan established the National Biotechnology Research Park and recruited those with new-drug development capacity and Dr. Shui-Tein Chen is one of them. Retiring from the Academia Sinica five years ago, Dr. Chen began his additional engagements in new-drug development and talent development with his pension as the startup founding.

坐落在南港的国家生技研究园区,是全台首座跨部会整合园区,以新药研发为主。并配合国家发展生技医药产业,特别设立创服育成中心。首批进驻业者,通过严格审查,在百名厂商中,脱颖而出。
Located in Nangang District, the National Biotechnology Research Park is Taiwan’s first cross-ministerial integrated park dedicated to new drug development. In coordination with the national policy in developing the biotechnology industry, the BioHub Taiwan was founded. After stringent evaluation, only few companies were selected out of more than 100 applicants in the first run selection.

生技公司董事长 陈水田:“第一个题目是我在中研院申请专利的,一个肺癌的早期的一个生物检体蛋白质。(第二)小分子药就是做牛樟芝,那审查委员觉得这2个,符合这个园区进驻的,应该有的条件,而且超过这个条件,所以他第一次就批准我们可以进驻。”
Biotech company chairperson Dr. Chen: “The first subject, “An Early Bioptic Protein of Lung Cancer,” was the patent I applied for when I was at the Academia, and AC fungus is (the second subject) for small molecule drugs. The IRB considered that the two subjects meet and even surpass the qualification of park entry requirements, so they approved our entry application with our first attempt.”

带领这家生技公司,是72岁的董事长陈水田,台大生化所博士、前中研院生化所研究员暨总务长。陈水田拥有37年的研究基础,及多项研究成果。技转给多家上市柜生技公司,协助台湾生技产业发展。
This biotech company is under the leadership of Dr. Shui-Tein Chen at his age of 72. He earned a PhD in biochemistry from the NTU and has been the former research fellow and general affairs president of Academia Sinica. With 37 years of experience in fundamental research and a wide range of research achievements. He has transferred his achievements to many listed biotech companies to nourish the growth of Taiwan’s biotech industry.

生技公司董事长 陈水田:“我自己觉得说,生技是一个很重要的一个题目。那我自己也是在实验室脚踏实地做,所以我也很希望,这样的脚踏实地的精神,跟训练我们学生的这些精神,可以带到生技公司。”
Dr. Chen: “In my opinion, biotech is a very important issue and I do research step by step in the lab. I hope that I can bring this down-to-earth spirit and carry the way I train students from labs to the biotech company.”

退休金,成了陈水田的创业基金。在太太的支持下,67岁成立生技公司,专注在天然物及生物化学的相关研究,握有2大核心技术。进一步将牛樟芝萃取技术,投入武汉肺炎的新药研究。
Dr. Chen’s startup funding came from his retire pension. With the full support from his wife, Dr. Chen at age of 67, established a biotech company specializing in the research which is related to natural substances and biochemistry with two core technologies. Dr. Chen further engages in developing new drugs for COVID-19 with the AC fugus extraction technology.

生技公司董事长 陈水田:“我们把这一个,肺的细胞或是免疫细胞处理,这个牛樟的萃取物,他的ACE2是会降低的,降低到几乎差不多60%、70%以下。5月底以前我们的动物实验通通做完。”
Chairman Dr. Chen: “We treat lung cells or immunocytes with AC fungus extracts. The ACE2 of cells has been reduced to almost below 70-60%. All of the animal tests will be completed in May 2021.”

脚踏实地,是陈水田的人生态度。一步一步,完成实验任务。
Being down to earth is how Dr. Chen sees life. He believes in taking one step at a time to accomplish his goals.

生技公司董事长 陈水田:“虽然我们有这样好的计划五年十年,一定是还要有人来传承愿意做,所以我要找到,更好的人愿意投入的人来做才有,这个是我想是,目前我这个年龄的人想到的问题,因为我不会想到说,去游山玩水就出去,把生命放在那个地方,是还有一点点使命。”
Dr. Chen: “No matter how good our plans are, in 5 or 10 years, we are looking for someone who has passion and vision to carry on. So, I need talents who are better and more willing to engage in related research. This is my expectation. Most people at my age, at least not me, would like to travel around and have fun in the rest of their life. For me, I still have a bit of mission to work on.”

会有这般感触,或许跟陈水田的成长经历有关。家中世代务农,陈水田高中和大学都读夜间部,总共读了10年。高中时,陈水田到台大化学系打工。没想到,因此跟化学结下不解之缘。
Such a remark may have something to do with Dr. Chen’s achievements. Dr. Chen came from a farmer family and spent 10 years to finish his secondary and higher education at the evening school. When he was a high school student, he worked as a part-time at Chemistry Department of NTU. The coincidence made Dr. Chen have the great bounding with chemistry.

生技公司董事长 陈水田:“小学多读一年初中没毕业,现在可以当教授又可以当研究员,我觉得是很满足了啦,就是我觉得自己这一辈子很有成就了,只是,又弄了这个生技公司,觉得还有其他的任务要做,所以就继续努力下去,但是这一条路我相信,大概是没有后悔的,应该也是觉得说,我这一辈子都走这样的路是正确的。”

Dr. Chen: “Even, I spent one more year at primary school and skipped grades 7-9. Now, I’m pretty satisfied with my achievements as a professor and research fellow. Although I am already a successful person, I have established this biotech company because I see that there are other missions to accomplish in life, so I keep going and have no regret. I should say that, I’m sure this is the right way for me.”

孩童时代的成长,奠定陈水田勤恳务实的本性,延续到创新研发。陈水田的这份精神,壮大团队,迈向国际。
The childhood experience and learning shaped Dr. Chen’s sincere and pragmatic attitude. Those great characteristics helped him extend to innovation and research. With those spirits, Dr. Chen strengthens his team to walk onto the global stage.

Interview and writing by Jin-Jin Li
Photography post production: Robin Zeng

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