CRI is owned and operated by the state in the People's Republic of China.
Chien said advances in science, technology and medicine are closely coupled with society, economy, and culture.
"Novel developments in science and technology can lead to new medical advances, which improve the economy, benefit the society, and help to advance culture," said Chien.
He said a great society with a strong economy can provide the resources needed to further develop science, technology and health care, thus constituting a positive feedback system for the good of the people.
"The reverse of this is a vicious cycle that leads to poor science, sick people, weak economy, unstable society, and disintegrated culture," said the bioengineering expert.