Governor Gianforte Discusses Bioscience Industry with Executive Yuan Premier Chen

Promotes Montana cattle industry at steak aging facility

Governor's Office
  • November 01 2023

TAIPEI, Taiwan – Continuing his trade mission in Taiwan, Governor Greg Gianforte today discussed Montana’s growing bioscience industry with Premier Chen Chien-jen of the Executive Yuan, who leads Taiwan’s executive branch.

“Montana ranks sixth among states for bioscience industry growth over the last five years, and fifth in the nation for growth in research and development expenditures,” Gov. Gianforte said. “This means our bioscience industry is expanding, and we’re at the tip of the spear for cutting-edge research.”

Executive Yuan Premier Chen

Gov. Gianforte meeting with Executive Yuan Premier Chen

During the meeting, the governor promoted a partnership between Missoula-based Inimmune and Taipei-based ImmunAdd, which are collaborating to develop an adjuvant.

The governor also spotlighted Solo-Dex, a Montana company developing an innovative regional anesthesia that would greatly reduce risks with general anesthesia.

In 2005, the Executive Yuan created the Bio Taiwan Committee aimed at developing the bioscience industry in the country.

Later in the day, the governor toured the steak aging facility of Mayfull, one of the largest food importers in Taiwan which specializes in beef.


Gov. Gianforte touring Mayfull’s steak aging facility

“The people of Taiwan know what Montanans know to be true – Montana beef is the best in the world,” Gov. Gianforte said. “I look forward to expanding our ranchers’ access to this important market.”

Beef is Montana’s third largest export to Taiwan, totaling $16 million in sales last year.