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  • Locations: Shanghai, China
  • Program Terms: Spring
  • Restrictions: Drexel applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description:
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Biotechnology and Industry in Shanghai

Shanghai Skyline Picture

Program Overview

China is widely regarded as an emerging powerhouse in biotechnology. Chinese investment in scientific research and development has more than doubled in the past 15 years, making it the second-largest spender in the world (after the United States). China grants more PhD’s in engineering than any other country, and publishes the second highest number of publications. China’s patent office is the most active in the world, and venture capital firms are investing billions of dollars in Chinese biotechnology startups. At the same time, American biotechnology companies are increasingly opening headquarters in China, the world’s second-largest healthcare market, and the US is China’s major international partner in terms of scientific collaborations. This course offers students the opportunity to become immersed in biomedical engineering China through visits to universities, start-up companies, and large biotechnology companies in Shanghai. Students will also learn about the culture of biomedical engineering in China through interactions with Chinese students. Through field trips and follow-up research projects, students will be introduced to the policies and practices in China surrounding biomedical engineering with respect to the following areas:

  • Basic research
  • Translational research
  • Opportunities for start-ups
  • Regulatory pathways
  • R&D in large pharmaceutical companies


This course is designed for biomedical engineering graduate students, and is open to advanced undergraduate students.
All students will be registered for BMES T680 (GRAD - 3 credits) or BMES T480 (UG - 3 credits) as part of their spring term course load. Undergraduate students must leave space for the 3 credits in their spring term credit load or will have to pay for exceeding the 20 credit maximum. Graduate students will be billed per credit. The 3 credits for this program is not optional. 

Kara Spiller, PhD

Program Calendar

Arrival Date: Saturday, March 23, 2019
Departure Date: Saturday, March 30, 2019
*Students may extend their travel independently before or after program dates.

Tentative Itinerary Overview

Friday, March 22 Depart for Shanghai
Saturday, March 23 Arrive in Shanghai.
Evening: welcome dinner
Sunday, March 24 Visit major cultural sites in central Shanghai (Shanghai Museum, Yu Gardens, Xintiandi, the Bund).
Group lunch
Evening: free time
Monday, March 25 Tour of BME research laboratories of Shanghai Jiao Tong University (Med-X at Xuhui campus); sightseeing in French Concession area
Group lunch
Evening: dinner with SJTU students
Tuesday, March 26 Tour of translational research facilities (National Tissue Engineering Center of China) and MInhang campus of SJTU
Group lunch
Evening: transfer to Pudong (east of central Shanghai)
Dinner on own
Wednesday, March 27 Visit Amgen and GlaxoSmithKline in the Zhangjiang Hi-Tech Park
Group lunch
Evening: free time
Thursday, March 28 Visit Xnode (start-up incubator space), with lecture on regulatory pathways and entrepreneurship (by Dr. Suting Hong)
Group lunch
Evening: free time
Friday, March 29 Visit laboratories of basic biotechnology researchers at ShanghaiTech
Group lunch
Evening: Farewell dinner, joined by ShanghaiTech students
Saturday, March 30 Depart for Philadelphia

Program Fee - $1525

Due 11/15/2018 - $500 Advance Payment + $25 application fee
Due 01/15/2018 - $1025 Final Payment
*All payments are non-refundable unless declined admission or program cancels for unforeseen reasons.

Included in Program Fee:

  • Hotel accommodation (2 students per room)
  • Airport transfers
  • Local transportation for all activities listed on the itinerary
  • All site visits listed on the itinerary
  • Several tours and entrance fees
  • Welcome and Farewell dinners
  • Lunch every day
  • OnCall Emergency Assistance

Estimated Expenses Not Included in Program Fee:

  • Graduate tuition for 3 credits
  • Airfare: $1200
  • Additional meals: $140
  • Passport: $135
  • Visa (if applicable): $100
  • Miscellaneous: $150

More Information 

  • All US Citizens need a visa to enter China. Other nationalities please check with the Chinese Embassy. 
  • For questions about the course content, please contact Kara Spiller. For questions about the application process, please contact Lotte Buiting


Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.