MADISON, Wis. - The decision by Foxconn to build a facility in Wisconsin could further collaboration between the National Taiwan University hospital and the University of Wisconsin, Carbone Cancer Center.
The two institutions have a history that spans nearly 30 years. The late Dr. Paul Carbone helped to establish a cancer care and research program in Taiwan in 1988.
The ties were strengthened when Ann-Lii Cheng assumed a leadership role at National Taiwan University Hospital. Cheng did cancer research at Carbone Cancer Center.
“We have a strong connection to the leader of the cancer center at National Taiwan University because he did his training here under Dr. Carbone and others, and has really been a key part of maintaining the relationship between us,” said Dr. Howard Bailey, director of the Carbone Cancer Center.
National Taiwan University hospital received nearly a half a billion dollars in donations from Terry Gou, the chairman of Foxconn.
Gou’s first wife died from breast cancer.
“He and his family have suffered greatly as it relates to cancer and as a result of that, that is one of the key things that he focuses on and he invested greatly in cancer care and research in Taiwan,” said Dr. Bailey.
When Foxconn made the decision to invest in a Wisconsin facility it also spurred interest in the cancer research being done at Carbone Cancer Center.
Representatives of Foxconn have met with leaders of Carbone Cancer Center to discuss areas where collaboration might exist.
“It is something with recent events that has kind of re-ignited that longstanding relationship. So there is much more talk of even more persistent or consistent exchanges of ideas, educators, researchers and making sure the cutting edge research and care that goes on here is available there. Also, where we can learn from them in new cutting edge technologies,” said Dr. Bailey.
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