SymbolAnalysis of related policy, funds and outputs on stem cells in China

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There are loose political and social environments for research and application on stem cell in China compared with in American and European countries, and Chinese governments have always paid many attentions to development of stem cells.


To know more about stem cell related policies released by Chinese governments, funds supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC), outcomes of publications and patents achieved, and the leading academies and companies in China.


SCI database and Derwent database (, projects database funded by NSFC (, Wanfang database (, VIP database (, were searched by the first author. Search terms were “stem cell, stem cells” in English and Chinese. Thirty suitable papers related to policies and research developments on stem cell in China, 1 871 projects released by NSFC, 6 802 SCI papers published by Chinese authors, 1 225 patents applied to China Patent & Trademark Office were retrieved.


Chinese governments continuously increase yearly investments, and have achieved huge outcomes. Number of SCI papers published by China lists the eighth all over the world, although there is a long distance from US. Chinese Academy of Science has released most of the related publications, and NSFC is the major source of funds. Number of stem cell related patents applied in China lists the seventh worldwide. The leading units applying patents are Zhejiang University, Academy of Military Medical Science and Shanghai University. China should promote stem cell research on the basic level, and strengthen its application research.

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