Petition in US supports Wong Chi-huey

Taipei Times Taiwan News

By Chen Yung-chi  /  Staff reporter

National policy adviser to the president Shieh Ching-jyh (謝清志) earlier this month initiated a petition in the US in support of former Academia Sinica president Wong Chi-huey (翁啟惠), who in January was indicted on charges of corruption and misconduct as a public servant in a case involving the development of a cancer drug by biotech firm OBI Pharma Inc.

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國策顧問謝清志北美發起連署 454位同鄉挺翁啟惠

自由時報 政治新聞

〔記者陳永吉/台北報導〕曾因「南科減震案」一度被誣陷收押59天的前國科會副主委、現任國策顧問的謝清志,這個月初在美國以「北美洲台灣工程師協會總會」會長名義率先發動11個分會聲援前中研院院長翁啟惠,另北美洲5個地區鄉親也同時響應連署,短短2週,已經有454位台灣同鄉具名連署。

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中研院長翁啟惠──當世界為他喝采,台灣呢?

一切的故事從「錢」開始。

台灣人很不習慣出現一位富裕的中研院長。 中研院長的形象大概要跟陶淵明連在一起,一簞食、一飄飲,家徒四壁,這才是大家心目中的完美院長形象。

過去的中研院長以文人出身為主,鬻文為生的文人雅士如何連結到財經這一塊? 不是刻意經營刻苦儉樸形象,是文人本來就很難連結到富貴。

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我的醣科學研究之路

2016年1月,美國總統歐巴馬在國情咨文中強調美國應該要領先世界,本著挑戰不可能任務的精神,發展根治癌症的方法,就是目前的「國家癌症登月計畫」(National Cancer Moonshot)。台灣由於在癌症基因體研究已累積深厚的資源與成果,是美國癌症研究院邀請參與的國家之一。我所致力研究的醣分子不僅廣泛存在於細胞中,也和許多疾病有關,意外引導我走向以醣科技發展治癌及傳染性疾病新藥的開發。

撰文/翁啟惠

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醣化酵素互動新發現

決定醣蛋白上醣分子的組成、功能與疾病的關係

中央研究院基因體研究中心特聘研究員翁啟惠院士研究團隊,關於探究與癌細胞惡化有密切關聯的酵素FUT8之論文,已於7月5日發表於《美國化學會期刊》 (Journal of the American Chemical Society)。此研究結果不但確定FUT8對醣分子有選擇性,更進一步配合質譜研究,釐清其於細胞內醣化的步驟,並發現新的醣化調控機制,這項成果對於蛋白質醣化的研究及之後蛋白藥物的研發,均具有影響力。

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The Interplay of Glycosyltransferases Shapes the Structures of Glycans

Their Function and Disease State

Dr. Chi-Huey Wong, Distinguished Research Fellow at the Genomics Research Center (GRC), and his team have recently published a report that increases understanding of the substrate specificity of an enzyme called fucosyltransferase 8 (FUT8). FUT8 is the only enzyme to catalyze core fucosylation of N-glycans on glycoproteins in mammalian cells. This research furthers our understanding of the important biological process of glycosylation, and has potential to be applied to explore new glycan markers for diseases or cancers and/or lead to the development of better glycoprotein pharmaceuticals such as antibody drugs. The research was published in JACS, the Journal of the American Chemical Society, on July 5.

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翁啟惠案件說明

我首先在此誠摯的感謝多位中研院院士、院內同仁及親友關心本人所涉浩鼎案件,及最近受監察院彈劾之事,我也再次鄭重聲明絕無做任何不法的事。我於14 年前從美回國服務主要是想協助台灣改善科研環境,萬萬無法想像會在院長卸任前6 個月被指涉犯貪污治罪條例,前幾天監察院又決定彈劾本人送公懲會,雖言追究的是行政責任,但彈劾案文中多次提及違法失職,自行判斷「事證明確」,但其內容主要來自於未經辯證的起訴書,且有嚴重誤解,本人深感遺憾也無法接受。此案既已進法院審理中,我相信事實真相會大白,司法會還我清白,謹澄清並向各位報告如下:

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Statement by Chi-Huey Wong

I would like to sincerely thank many of the Academicians and colleagues of Academia Sinica, friends and relatives for their concern and support in connection with my involvement in the “OBI Case” and the recent impeachment by the Control Yuan. Once again, I emphatically stress that I have never committed any misconduct. The main reason for my returning from the United States to Taiwan 14 years ago was to help improve Taiwan’s research and development (R&D) environment. I could never have imagined that six months before completing the term as President of Academia Sinica, I would be charged with violating the Civil Servant Anti-Corruption Act and additionally impeached by the Control Yuan a few days ago. Though the Control Yuan stated publicly that the impeachment had to do with my administrative responsibility, the impeachment text mentioned several times that I committed illegal conduct with clear evidence, which was mainly based on information contained in the unproven Indictment Paper. As I will explain below, I believe that the accusations arose from serious misunderstandings and that I will be vindicated as the truth will prevail.

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翁啓惠所涉浩鼎案是社會遭受蒙蔽的政治迫害?

驚聞翁啓惠被依貪污罪起訴,翁啓惠在第一時間聲明全文如下:

「對於士林地檢署於今日發布新聞稿並起訴本人於擔任中央研究院院長期間與張念慈期約收受賄賂及收受賄賂罪,本人對士林地檢署穿鑿附會,濫行起訴,深感震驚與憤慨。特此澄清如下:

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