This Cuban industry began with 6 scientists, a tiny lab — and Fidel Castro’s obsession

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HAVANA. When Dr. R. Lee Clark, then president of the University of Texas’ famed M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, visited the island in November 1980 as part of a delegation, the late Cuban leader Fidel Castro wanted to hear about the latest advance in cancer treatment. Clark said it was interferon — a naturally occurring protein that inhibits virus development in cells. At the time interferon was thought of as something of a wonder drug that could be used as an anti-viral and for fighting various cancers. Curiosity piqued, Castro dispatched two Cuban doctors to M.D. Anderson for training, […]

Cuba’s biotech industry expands through decades of innovation, overseas exploration

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HAVANA, June 24 (Xinhua) — Cuba’s half a billion-dollar biotechnological industry, considered key to the country’s future, is looking to expand with innovation and overseas market development. “Today we export our established products to about 50 countries, and we have a portfolio of innovative and unique drugs that are in different stages of research or clinical trials,” Merardo Pujol, business development director at Cuba’s Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (CIGB), told Xinhua. Cuban scientists are looking to the future for new ways to create unique and innovative drugs that not only benefit the island’s population but also millions of […]

Heberprot-p, Reaches Slovakia, First Stop in the European Union

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Havana, May 24.- A delegation of Cuban doctors arrived in Slovakia to bring advisory in the application of Heberprot-p, the only drug in the world for the treatment of diabetic foot, reported today CubaMinrex foreign Ministry’s website. The note highlighted that Slovakia will be the first country of the European Union where the injection, made by the Center of Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology has been in the market for almost a decade. Data from the National Center for Medical Information also specify that more than 8,000 people suffer from this disease in the European nation. The director of the Health […]

Medical directors of the INTERMED Hospital in Ulaanbaatar meet with Cuban Ambassador.

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Ulaanbaatar. March 30, 2017. (EmbaCuba Mongolia) Cuban Ambassador Raúl Delgado held a working meeting with the Executive Director (CEO) of the INTERMED Hospital Sr. Ya.Nyamtogtokh, as well as with the main executives and chiefs of medical specialties of that prestigious hospital In Ulaanbaatar the capital of Mongolia. The doctors were able to know through the presentation offered by the Cuban Ambassador of the excellent medicines that are produced in the Center of Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology of Cuba. At the meeting INTERMED specialists were interested in several of the drugs presented which are already marketed by the CIGB in 50 […]

Signed in Mongolia Letter of Intent for the use of Cuban biotech products

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Ulaanbaatar. March 16, 2017. With the presence of the Minister of Health, Dr. A.Tsogtsetseg, a Letter of Intent was signed this morning between the Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (CIGB) of Cuba and the Central Hospital No. 1 of Mongolia which reflects the intention of both institutions to promote medical programs and therapies based on Cuban biotechnological medicines. The document was signed by the Cuban side by Dr. Eulogio Pimentel, Director of the Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, and by the Mongolian side the General Director of Central Hospital No. 1, Dr. Byambadorj Batsuuri. During the ceremony the […]

New treatment for diabetic foot ulcers launched in Kuwait

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The Heberprot-P, a developed treatment for diabetic foot ulcers, recently registered in Kuwait, was launched by the Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (CIGB) in coordination with Kuwait’s Central Gulf Medical Company (CGMC) at the Hotel Mövenpick on 6 March. The launch ceremony was attended by Dr. Eulogio Pimentel Vázquez, General Director of CIGB, who outlined the development of Cuba in the field of biotechnology, and detailed the products that have contributed to the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of many diseases, and their impact on health, agriculture and the environment. Dr. Jorge Berlanga, creator of Heberprot P and Dr. José […]

Sancti Spiritus First to Use Herberferon in Cuba

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According to the latest statistical records, skin cancer —the one with the highest incidence in the territory in recent years— continues to rise rapidly in Sancti Spiritus. Sancti Spíritus becomes the first Cuban territory to use Heberferon, a drug created by the Center of Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (CIGB) to fight skin cancer, after the results obtained in the clinical trials which led to the cure or remission of the disease in several groups of patients. According to the latest statistical records, skin cancer —the one with the highest incidence in the territory in recent years— continues to rise rapidly […]