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World Trade Centre Toronto Taiwan Digital Health & Innovation Trade Mission
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2020-03-01 to 2020-03-05
When: March 1 to 5, 2020
Where: Taiwan
Contact: Erin Ellis, World Trade Centre Toronto

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Proposed Mission: Taiwan Digital Health & Innovation Trade Mission, March 1-5, 2020

The information and communications technology (ICT) industry has been the key economic engine for Taiwan in the past 50 years and in recent years Taiwan's economy has shifted to focus on knowledge-based innovation. The historical ICT strength and current innovation focus is dramatically changing the healthcare industry by integrating advanced IT technologies with the latest medical applications, realizing the concept of future hospital and smart care. It is expected to bring great synergistic impact to the emerging biomedical industry in Taiwan, and this impact will be elevated by the government's commitment (including sector-specific funding, talent and bylaw development, and incentives for international partnerships) to advance the development of the “Hospital of the Future”.

Why Taiwan

Besides being a close partner with Japan and the US, they are major investors and distributors in China and South-East Asia. To remain globally competitive, Taiwanese conglomerates are always looking for new innovations and technologies to integrate into their existing portfolio of products and solutions.

Taiwan is regionally integrated into ASEAN and is a proven gateway to China.

Taiwan can be a partner for Canadian Startups / SMEs looking for:

  • Production cost and development cost reduction
  • Joint development for product portfolio expansion
  • Supply chain management and mass production
  • Proto-typing and commercialization
  • Localization and development
  • Intellectual property protection
  • Sales distribution
  • Venture capital financing

Taiwan is ranked 4th globally on “Innovation Capability” according to WEF 2018 Global Competitiveness Rankings. This is driven by notable strengths in intellectual property protection (2nd globally), R&D expenditure (5th globally), cluster development (5th globally) and international co-inventions (5th globally).

Taiwan ranks 13th out of 190 world economies and 4th in Asia Pacific for ease of doing business according to the 2018 Doing Business report.

 Mission Highlights*

• Highly curated and professionally organized business-to-business meetings with cities, regional and intergovernmental organizations, corporate buyers and research and academic professionals to address individual company needs within the scope of business development or investment raising activities

• Connecting with best-in-class subject matter experts and intermediaries to provide insight and help Canadian companies refine and adapt their market entry and expansion strategies in the region

• Presentations and education about the main economic, political and technological trends, and key challenges and opportunities in the market and life sciences sector

• Opportunity to participate in the World Trade Centre’s 51st Annual General Assembly in Taipei focused on “Connecting Business to the Digital World” with representation from more than 90 countries (300+ World Trade Centres and business delegations from their respective regions)

*We are also open to the addition of a second regional market, i.e. South Korea, to this mission’s program so please provide WTC-T with priority market interests for consideration

 Who Should Join Us

  • Canadian companies with innovative, unique, export and/or investment ready products or services in the health sector
  • Sector-specific service providers, regulators and industry associations interested in learning more about the regional opportunities for Canadian businesses in Taiwan and ASEAN
  • Companies must have the financial resources to cover costs associated to spending time developing businesses opportunities in the market (travel, accommodation, delegate fee, etc) – Government resources such as CanExport are available to assist companies in funding trade activities, and WTC-T is available to advise on applications as needed

Any companies interested in joining the World Trade Centre - Toronto in Taiwan need to connect by January 15th as we require a minimum of 6 weeks in-market business development to deliver the calibre of B2B meetings for the individual companies that lead to the impact stats highlighted on the attached info sheet.

Any questions can be directed to Erin Ellis at or 416.278.4494.

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Medtech Canada is the national association representing the medical technology industry in Canada. Our association advocates for achieving patient access to leading edge, innovative technology solutions that provide valuable outcomes. Our members are committed to providing safe and innovative medical technologies that enhance the quality of patient care, improve patient access to health care, and help enable the sustainability of our health care system. The medical technology industry in Canada employs over 35,000 Canadians in approximately 1,500 facilities across the country.

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