About Institute for Translational Research

At HKSTP, we turn scientific discoveries into life-changing biomedical innovations.

The Institute for Translational Research (ITR) is home to this significant work. We make this transformation possible with our Research to Innofacturing to Finance (R-I-F) value chain, empowering innovators to shape a healthier world with InnoHK collaborations, InnoPark’s advanced manufacturing, and Hong Kong’s huge investor pool.

With powerful connections with the government, academia, as well as investment and biotech communities, we are equipped to provide comprehensive support for translational research in the healthcare landscape.

Researchers will find inspiration from ITR’s vibrant community, which has grown from 50 to 180 biotech companies in the last five years, as well as our successful InnoHK collaborations with globally renowned health scientists. Our tailored programmes and the over 1,000 collaborators within our reach also help develop their skills and enrich their discoveries.

To this day, our growing world-class ecosystem continues to produce top-notch biotech innovations that benefit not just Hong Kong but also the global community.


Hong Kong’s Advantage as a Biotech Hub

Having ranked as the #1 IPO venue globally in the last 12 years, Hong Kong provides biotech startups a platform to shine.

Empower your discoveries with this international city’s leading universities—3 of them in the world’s Top 50, and first-rate biomedical researchers. As the second largest biotech funding hub worldwide and a gateway to the vast markets of Mainland China, Hong Kong also connects you to exciting business opportunities to propel your biotech innovations forward.

Ready to grow with 1,000+ biotech investors and collaborators within ITR? Contact institute@hkstp.org  to learn more about how we can build a healthier world together.

Our Partners

Programmes enabling biotech startups at every stage

With our deep knowledge of our startups’ needs, we have built, and are continuously building, customer-centric programs to enable every journey. Supporting a wide spectrum of technologies at every stage, our core facilities are second to none, with some of these state-of-the-art facilities exclusively available at the Hong Kong Science Park.

Technology Type

  Discovery Pre-Clinical IND IND : Investigational New Drug Clinical
Phase I
Phase II
Phase III
NDA/MAA NDA: New Drug Application
MAA: Marketing Authorization Application
Biomedical Technology Support Center (BSC)                
Chemical Co-working(CCC)                
Biobank and Histopathology Services                
Good Laboratory Practice Drug Safety Testing Center (DSC) *                
HKSTP Independent Ethics Committee (IEC)                
Medical Device Testing Lab                
Sensor Lab                
STP platform                
MedTech Co-create Programme                    
Clinical Translational Catalyst (CTC)                
Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) (Biologics) *                
Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) (cells) *                
Healthy ageing platform                

* First in Hong Kong

 Where science meets business

Any significant medical discovery will not succeed without a viable business model and a growth strategy plan. We offer experiential learning with a key objective of enabling a growth and entrepreneur mind-set for our startups.

Your success is always at the top of our minds. Our bespoke Lean Launcher programme is designed to enable scientists and researchers to formulate an executable business model, which will further prepare you for the successful commercialization. In close partnership with the local and international universities, we are creating synergies for our biomedical technology communities in Hong Kong, Greater Bay Area and beyond.

Thriving biotech hub in Asia Pacific

Being one of the best enablers for biomedical startups in the region, we have the power to connect you with the academia, investors, partners and the biotech communities to offer the most needed support at every stage along this transformative journey.

At our interconnected ecosystem, the world’s leading universities will support your early-stage research and scientific discoveries, while our unmatched facilities will empower the development of your biomedical discoveries. Crowned as the world’s number two biotech funding hub, Hong Kong will give you access to limitless investment and partnership opportunities.

We are the agent of change in this ever-changing healthcare landscape. Are you ready to join us to build a healthier world together? Get in touch with our professional team at institute@hkstp.org to learn more.

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