The city has more than doubled its number of innovation research centers, now at 1,106, according to a report released by Shenzhen’s Technology and Innovation Commission on Saturday.
“Shenzhen is the pioneer of implementing the strategy of innovation-driven growth in Guangdong, accumulating some experience for other cities and regions to learn from,” Hu Chunhua, Party chief of Guangdong Province, said at a provincial conference on high-tech innovation.
In 2014, Shenzhen clinched 17 National Technology Awards, hitting a record high. Among the five scientists who won the Tan Kah Kee Young Scientist Awards 2014, two of them are from Shenzhen. They are Wang Jun, co-founder of BGI, and Zheng Hairong, a professor at Shenzhen Institute of Advanced Technology.
In 2014, Shenzhen spent 600 million yuan (US$98 million) on R&D of 147 projects, spanning the fields of 4G telecommunications, metamaterials, new-energy vehicles and 3D displays. In 2014, the city’s number of applications for patents under the Patent Cooperation Treaty increased by 15.9 percent to 11,600, accounting for about half of the nation’s total.
According to a report released by Guangdong Academy of Social Sciences, Nanshan District was voted as the most innovative incubator among all districts in China, and Futian, Bao’an and Longgang districts have entered the top 20 on the list.