Articles of Biotechnology

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The emergence of Soberana 1 is not a chance event

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Since the beginning of the Revolution, the priority granted to scientific progress, with emphasis on the training of highly qualified human capital and the creation of research centers in dissimilar branches of knowledge, were essential prerequisites that allowed Cuba to venture into the promising sector of biotechnology in the decade of the 1980s, practically at the same time this industry was emerging in a small group of nations with greater technological development.

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BioCen develops secure medium to transport viral samples, a first in Cuba

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Researchers at the National Biopreparations Center (BioCen) have developed Cuba’s first secure medium to transport viruses, created for use in the collection and transfer of patients’ nasopharyngeal and oropharyngeal samples for the diagnosis of SARS-COV-2, the COVID-19 causal agent. BioCen achieved and industrially scaled the product in only seven days and, subsequently received its Sanitary Registration from the State Center for the Control of Drugs, Equipment and Medical Devices (Cecmed).

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The Cuban pharmaceutical industry vs COVID-19

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The Cuban pharmaceutical industry has been key to the national strategy to confront the SARS-COV-2 pandemic, guaranteeing medications to implement treatment protocols established by the Ministry of Public Health (Minsap), including several products used successfully with high-risk segments of the population, reducing the number of patients reaching serious and critical conditions, as well as mortality rates for this group.

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BioFarma Innovations, a new joint enterprise created by BioCubaFarma and SG Innovations Limited

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The new partnership aims to provide broader access to BioCubaFarma’s patent-protected portfolio of biopharmaceutical products, developed by the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry in Cuba. Cuba’s BioCubaFarma Enterprise Group and the British company SG Innovations Limited has announced the creation of a new company, BioFarma Innovations focused on accelerating the development of new medications and their distribution in Europe and the British Commonwealth.

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Cuban drug approved to treat COVID-19 in India

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India’s Drug Regulatory Authority has approved exceptional use of the Cuban drug Itolizumab to treat severe patients with COVID-19, reported Eduardo Ojito Magaz, director of Cuba’s Molecular Immunology Center (CIM), on Twitter. Winner of a National Prize from the Cuban Academy of Sciences in 2014, this humanized monoclonal antibody has been part of the medical care protocol for COVID-19 in Cuba since April.

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Efficiency: a challenge for the pharmaceutical industry

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To ensure stability in the basic supply of medications and reduce shortages, on April 8, President Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez called for greater efforts to replace imports with domestic products and incorporate new ones; diversify markets and meet with export projections; while strengthening the investment process – despite the complex financial context – to increase productive capacity.

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A new milestone in Cuban biotechnology

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The development of Cuban biotechnology has reached another important milestone with the recent signing of an agreement to establish a Cuba-United States joint venture enterprise to produce and distribute a therapeutic cancer medication.