Cuba and India inaugurate joint biotechnology plant

Campaign News | Wednesday, 19 April 2006

We have become world leaders in biotech says Indian minister

Havana, April 18 (ACN) India’s Finance Minister P. Chidambaram said that Cuba and his country have turned into leaders in biotechnology.

Chidambaram made the statement during the inauguration on Tuesday of the Cuban-Indian joint enterprise Biocon Biopharmaceutical, a modern plant to produce and market humanized monoclonal h-R3 antibodies.

The official said the people of India and their government are thankful to Cuba for its assistance to earthquake victims in neighboring Pakistan. The ceremony was attended by the director of the island’s Molecular Immunology Center Doctor Agustin Lange and by Biocon President Kiran Mazumder. PL reports.

Doctor Lage stressed the favorable evolution of patients suffering from head and neck neoplasia after being treated with h-R3 humanized monoclonal antibodies.

Cuban ambassador to India Juan Carretero said it was a memorable day for all those involved in the project and especially for those who, like Cuban President Fidel Castro, had the vision to develop biotechnology.

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