Bloomberg Anywhere Remote Login Bloomberg Terminal Demo Request


Connecting decision makers to a dynamic network of information, people and ideas, Bloomberg quickly and accurately delivers business and financial information, news and insight around the world.


Financial Products

Enterprise Products


Customer Support

  • Americas

    +1 212 318 2000

  • Europe, Middle East, & Africa

    +44 20 7330 7500

  • Asia Pacific

    +65 6212 1000


Industry Products

Media Services

Follow Us

Bloomberg Customers

The Most Influential 'Sea Turtles'

Getty Images

The Most Influential 'Sea Turtles'

For nearly two decades, America's life sciences industry has benefited from a Chinese brain drain. Since 1985 some 10,000 mainlanders have earned biomedicine PhDs in the U.S.—and the vast majority stayed to work at U.S. pharmaceutical companies and research universities. Now some of China's brightest brains are returning home to start drug-research companies, run university programs, and establish operations for multinationals.

China's gain is not necessarily America's loss, however. Most of these "sea turtles," as the returnees are known, are building strategic tieups with U.S. drugmakers that could expand their pipelines of new drugs, speed up development time, reduce R&D costs—and gain inroads to China's rapidly growing drug market. Others are founding U.S. companies with China operations.

Following are some of the most influential sea turtles.