Hong Kong Life Sciences Society (HKLSS or the Society) is dedicated to building a dynamic life sciences ecosystem in Hong Kong and attracting, cultivating and retaining talents in local life sciences and biotechnology sectors. With the aim to nurture local life sciences talent and foster technology development, Life Sciences Summer Internship Program, one of the key programs of HKLSS, has been held for two consecutive years. Life Sciences Summer Internship Program 2021 is now officially open for application, continuing the mission in offering students with internship opportunities for cutting-edge life sciences research and development.
Broaden Industry Horizons and Practice Theoretical Knowledge
HKLSS has always been adhering to cultivating talents and actively providing a platform for students to learn, communicate and practice. The Life Sciences Summer Internship Program is a crucial part in fulfilling this commitment. Through the 8-week program, participants are given the opportunity to expand their skills and horizons at a biotech start-up, venture capital firm, healthcare or pharmaceutical company in Hong Kong or mainland China, and engage with sector specialists through networking and presentations, exploring other career directions of biotechnology and life sciences. The Life Sciences Summer Internship Program was first launched in 2018 and has gradually gained recognitions. Throughout the internship and the series of talks and activities hosted, participants not only deepen their understanding of local life sciences trend and future directions, but also successfully establish and expand the interpersonal network in the industry to lay a solid foundation for future career. Life Sciences Summer Internship Program 2021 is now accepting online applications and is open to senior-year undergraduates and postgraduate students in Hong Kong. This year, participants will visit medical, pharmaceutical or biotech start-ups in Hong Kong, Beijing or Shanghai to learn practical skills, relevant information and know more about the career path within biotechnology and life sciences industries.
In addition to Life Sciences Summer Internship Program’s application, our Mentorship Scheme 2021 was inaugurated earlier in January. The one-year Scheme assigns each participant to a mentor, who is dedicated to help them discover their strengths and realise their potential. HKLSS has built up close relationships with industry leaders through continuous effort, which successfully established a strong network of over 100 mentors and mentees, including Mr. Antony Leung, Chairman & CEO, Nan Fung Group, Professor Dennis Lo, Associate Dean (Research) of the Faculty of Medicine at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and Mr. Tony Yung, CEO of Take2 Health Limited. Each mentor will be assigned to not more than two mentees, allowing both parties to have a close and engaging relationship to facilitate mentees to build their own network, develop their communication skills and prepare them for a life sciences career.
Seize industry opportunities and become an all-rounded talent
The latest Policy Address indicated a number of favourable policies for the development of the life sciences industry in Hong Kong. For example, the expansion of Stock Connect allows eligible pre-revenue biotech companies in Hong Kong to be included in southbound trading. Moreover, the government plans to launch Global STEM Professorship Scheme to attract overseas talents to start their business in Hong Kong. With the introduction of Chapter 18A of the Listing Rules by the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, allowing non-income biotech companies to list in Hong Kong, more than 150 pharmaceutical companies have been listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, adding up to a market value of over HKD 2.6 trillion, making Hong Kong the world's second largest financing center for life sciences enterprises.
Mr. Vincent Cheung, Chairman of Hong Kong Life Sciences Society said: "With the enormous medical demand, complement by active policy reforms, sufficient funds and outstanding talents, China has now entered the golden age of life sciences development. Moreover, the latest Policies Address and the policies of the Greater Bay Area provide Hong Kong with historic opportunities in life sciences development. With rapid growth of the industry, the requirements for life sciences talents in both China and Hong Kong is getting higher and higher.If we want to seize development opportunities, we should establish a T-shaped system with knowledge from different areas and gain skills in technology, business and legal policies fields."
HKLSS is moving towards the goal of cultivating all-round talents. Through activities like Life Sciences Summer Internship Program and Mentorship Scheme, we hope students will get out of the laboratory, learn knowledge of all walks of life, and equip themselves with the working ability required by the industry and the society.