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Introduction

Introduction and Brief History

Biotechnology has been considered as a star industry in the 21st century. Taiwan is a small island with rather limited resources, it would a wise decision to enhancing the competitiveness of Taiwan biotechnology industry and create more intellectual value. As Taiwan facing with worldwide competition, there is a great demand for high-technology and skilled workers in biotechnology industry. In order to suit such need, the Asia University (called Taichung Healthcare and Management University before August 1, 2005) has established the Department of Biotechnology since 2003 which deliver both undergraduate and graduate programs. To foster the tight co-operation and co-ordination of the education program, the Department of Biotechnology and Biological Sciences merged with Department of Bioinformatics in 2004, and in 2005 the former Department of Biotechnology and Biological Sciences conjoined the Graduate Institute of Bioinformatics and renamed as Department of Biotechnology and Bioinformatics.