Li Zexiang and his game-changing plans to take Chinese robotics global

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An early supporter of drone giant DJI, Professor Li Zexiang is building robotics hubs across China to pivot homegrown enterprises into global players

From industrial machines to drones and Go-Pro cameras, Chinese robotics pioneer Professor Li Zexiang wants to infuse business into the laboratories of academia. “Most tech startups in China are founded by experienced businessmen, with only a very small portion by academics,” he said. “Hong Kong has some top-ranking universities in terms of paper volume and impact, but few of the academic achievements have been translated into industrial output.”After spending over a decade in academia, Li himself took a leap of faith and founded Googol Technology in Shenzhen in 1997. He was part of the fi...
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