For some members of the team a trip to the Shanghai Institute of Materia Medica (SIMM) was a familiar event, as when they visit Shanghai it’s a location for many meetings to discuss many ongoing collaborations across the Science Bridges Projects within the School of Life Sciences at the University of Bradford.
SIMM evolved from the Institute of Materia Medica of Peking Academy of Sciences founded in 1932 and ranks at the top in China for its drug discovery and development activities.
Their mission is to provide a comprehensive solution in drug discovery and development. The major research directions of SIMM include drugs against diseases seriously endangering the health of Chinese people like tumors, cardiovascular diseases, neurological diseases, metabolic diseases, autoimmune diseases as well as infectious diseases. Another task for SIMM is to strengthen research and development of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).
The University of Bradford has been working with SIMM for some time now. The University hosted an RCUK Summer School at SIMM, for students in Shanghai in 2008.
We also have an Open Innovation partnership with SIMM and the Science Bridges China Programme is carrying out joint research in to anti-maleria drugs, funded by the Ministry of Science Technology (MOST).
SIMM are also co-hosting the Expo event with the University. Last night they hosted a dinner for us, we were honoured to attend since it was eve of the Autumn Festival. They will join us today at the UK pavilion.