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Reagents – substances used in chemical analysis – are vital to biomedical research. Reagents of inconsistent quality yield inconsistent research results. David Cyranoski’s fascinating report reveals how massive investments in science, supply chain problems, and pop-up distributors have created a thriving counterfeit reagent market in China and globally. getAbstract recommends this report to biomedical industry stakeholders, academics and readers with an interest in China’s changing scientific landscape.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How counterfeit reagent distributors are thwarting the efforts of China’s scientists,
  • Why it’s so difficult to shut down fraudulent distributors, and
  • What scientists and reagent companies are doing to combat the problem.

About the Author

David Cyranoski is an Asia-Pacific correspondent for Nature magazine. He has written for the Scientific American and Real Clear Science.



It’s no secret that China is investing in biomedical science. The National Natural Science Foundation has quadrupled its funding for biomedical research since 2007. Such investment has created a staggering demand for research provisions – something international manufacturers are happy to provide. China’s complicated customs procedures represent one major hurdle to suppliers, but the struggle doesn’t end there. As manager of the Asia Pacific region for Cell Signaling Technology Jay Dong says, “The country poses many distribution challenges and shipping is logistically difficult.”

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