A City of Science and Technology
        Taking advantages of the opportunities of the reform and opening policy, Ezhou founded Hubei Gedian Economic and Technology Development Zone in 1990--the first development zone in Hubei province.
       Gedian is a splendid land. Ge Hong, a Taoist and medical scientist of Eastern Tsin Dynasty, settled down here. Perhaps due to the respect of nature or perhaps due to the pursuit of health, the thought of human life being in a highly harmony with nature gave the birth of the high and new technology industry zone, which is registered as “China Medical Valley”.
        Nearly 30 large or medium-sized pharmaceutical enterprises have been set up in Gedian such as Spring Biological Engineering Stocks Co. Ltd., Human Well Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd, An Zhi Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd, Kang Yuan pharmaceutical Co. Ltd, Haosun pharmaceutical Co. Ltd. etc. The first group of well-known multinationals have invested here, which are Ball Asia Pacific Ltd., The China Paint Mfg. Co. (Hong Kong) Ltd., Owens Corning, Xingda Group, and ASUSTek Computer Inc. More than 20 universities’ high and new technology are quickly being turned into productive forces there, including of Wu Han University, Huazhong University of Science & Technology, Chinese Geology University, Hubei Research Institute of Chemistry etc.
       Innovative enterprises group has been established under the idea of “researching and developing in Wuhan, producing in Ezhou.”& “Headquartering in Wuhan, carving out in Ezhou”. Gedian Development Zone has been approved as a medical industry base by Hubei provincial government; a bio-engineering and new drugs base by the Science &Technology (S&T) Ministry of China.
       At present, Gedian Development Zone is in line with the provincial government policy for integrating “one zone with three districts” requirement of the government, and has become an important component of “Science and Technology Town”.