HKBU hosts 2014 International Summit on Innovative Drug Discovery

10 November 2014


The School of Chinese Medicine held the 2014 International Summit on Innovative Drug Discovery on Saturday (8 November). With a focus on "Charting the Course of Standardisation of Chinese Materia Medica", the Summit featured experts and committee members of pharmacopoeias of China, USA, Europe, Australia, Japan and Hong Kong who shared their expert knowledge and insights on the standardisation of Chinese materia medica, a prerequisite for the internationalisation of Chinese medicine.

Officiating at the opening ceremony were Mr Yu Wenming, Vice-Commissioner of State Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine, People's Republic of China; Mr Ji Zhengkun, President of China Association for Standardisation, Former Administrator of Standardisation Administration of China; Dr Constance Chan, Director of the Department of Health, HKSAR Government; Miss Janet Wong, Commissioner for Information and Technology, HKSAR Government; Professor John Leong, Chairman of the Hospital Authority, HKSAR; Professor Rick Wong, Vice-President (Research & Development); and Professor Lu Aiping, Dean of the School of Chinese Medicine.

In his opening remarks, Professor Rick Wong said that despite the robust growth of the Chinese medicine pharmaceutical industry in Mainland China, it lacks effective quality assurance systems resulting in hurdles to the production of Chinese medicinal products of high and stable quality. The task ahead is therefore to establish a system of standards for Chinese medicines to integrate Chinese medicine with modern science. He added that SCM, as one of the main tertiary institutions offering Chinese medicine education in Hong Kong, has innovative drug discovery as one of its research focuses and has been making considerable efforts to contribute to the standardisation of Chinese materia medica.

SCM launched in 2012 the biennial summit on novel drug discovery in Chinese medicines to provide a platform for scholars and experts in the field from around the world to conduct exchanges and share their latest research findings.

At the summit, Professor Rudolf Bauer, Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, TCM Research Center Graz, Universitaet Graz, Austria, introduced European monographs for quality control of herbal medicines; Dr Wang Mei, Sino-Dutch Centre for Preventive and Personalised Medicine, Leiden University, The Netherlands, delivered a talk on "A systems pharmacology view on Dioscorea nipponica used in modern Chinese medicine: the first traditional herbal medicinal products registered in Europe and produced in China"; Dr Richard Ko, Herbal Synergy, California, USA, provided an overview of the US approach to standardisation of traditional Chinese medicines; Professor Kelvin Chan, Faculty of Pharmacy, The University of Sydney and NICM, University of Western Sydney, introduced the global regulation and standardisation of Chinese medicines including some aspects in Australia; Dr Yukihiro Goda, Division of Drugs, National Institute of Health Sciences, Japan, gave a talk entitled "Introduction of qNMR to the Japanese Pharmacopoeia (JP) for specification of marker compounds used for standardisation of herbal medicines"; Professor Qian Zhongzhi, Chinese Pharmacopoeia Commission, gave the audience an overview of national drug standards; Professor Xiao Hongbin, Institute of Chinese Materia Medica, China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences, gave a talk entitled "Preparing reference substances for herb medicine by pilot-scale - High performance column chromatography techniques"; Professor Yu Shishan, Institute of Materia Medica, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences, shared the study on bioactive compounds with novel structures from toxic plants in China; Professor Guo De-an, Shanghai Institute of Materia Medica, Chinese Academy of Sciences, spoke on the strategy to elaborate TCM quality monographs and global harmonisation; Professor Shen Yuandong, Shanghai Shuguang Hospital, Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, updated the audience on the standardisation on traditional Chinese medicine in the field of ISO (International Organisation for Standardisation) while Professor Zhao Zhongzhen, School of Chinese Medicine, HKBU, gave an talk entitled "Authentication is fundamental for standardisation and globalisation of herbal medicine".


(From left) Professor Rick Wong, Professor John Leong, Mr Ji Zhengkun, Mr Yu Wenming, Dr Constance Chan, Miss Janet Wong and Professor Lu Aiping officiate at the opening ceremony of the 2014 International Summit on Innovative Drug Discovery