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Fiocruz receives visit from Ambassador of India in Brazil


10/12/2020

Julia Dias (AFN)

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The Oswaldo Cruz Foundation received on Monday (7/12) the visit of the Ambassador of India to Brazil, Suresh K. Reddy. The embassy delegation was received by the president of Fiocruz, Nísia Trindade Lima, for a meeting in which the main topic was cooperation in the field of pharmaceuticals.

The Indian ambassador and the president of Fiocruz addressed the prospect of new partnerships in health (Photo: Pedro Paulo Gonçalves)

India is today one of the main producers of inputs and medication in the world. Fiocruz already has partnerships with Indian companies for the supply of active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) for some drugs and technology transfer agreements. Among the technological transfers already underway are the drug for the treatment of tuberculosis, PDP TB 4 EM 1 (Rifampicin 150 mg + Etambutol 275mg + Isoniazid 75mg + Pyrazinamide 400mg), which should have its pilot batches manufactured by Farmanguinhos in 2021.

The meeting addressed the prospect of new partnerships involving drugs and combinations for neglected diseases; antiretrovirals; immunosuppressants; biomolecules for the treatment of cancer, vaccines, nanotechnology and natural products. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) is due to be prepared soon to address these new cooperation.

In addition to the president, the following Fiocruz collaborators were also at the meeting: the director of the Institute of Technology in Pharmaceuticals (Farmanguinhos/Fiocruz), Jorge Mendonça; the deputy director of development of Bio-Manguinhos, Sotiris Missailidis; the technical advisor to the vice presidency of production and innovation in health (VPPIS), Jorge Costa, the advisor for institutional relations for the presidency, Valber Frutuoso, the advisor for international cooperation for Farmanguinhos, Marcos Targino, and the representative of the Center for International Relations in Health (Cris/Fiocruz), Lúcia Marques.

The ambassador was accompanied by the honorary consul general of India in Rio de Janeiro & President of the India-Brazil Chamber of Commerce, Leonardo Ananda, the consul general of India in São Paulo, Amit Kumar Mishra, and the chief advisor of the Consulate of India in Rio de Janeiro and general coordinator of the India-Brazil Chamber of Commerce, Letícia Gomes.

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