Industry minister to oversee MOU signing between major biotechnology companies
Gary Spaulding, Senior Gleaner Writer
A Jamaican company is set to forge an important partnership with an overseas firm to advance the use of biomedicine in the country.
Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Anthony Hylton is expected to participate in the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) tomorrow between noted Jamaican scientist, Dr Henry Lowe and Mexican scientist, Dr Roberto Trujillo.
Dr Lowe is the Executive Chairman, Bio-Tech R&D Institute (BTI) and Dr Trujillo, President and CEO of TruBios1.
Lowe, speaking of the partnership, said: “Dr Trujillo and I have identified areas of opportunities where the two biotechnology companies can collaborate and partner to boost research, innovation and the provision of quality services to combat lifestyle diseases such as cancer in Jamaica and the wider Latin American and Caribbean region.”
TruBios1is an internationally renowned and innovative researcher in the fields of biomedicine and biotechnology.
The company’s CEO, who is based in the United States, has done extensive work in Latin America promoting biomedical research and biotechnology.
BTI has been a pioneer and innovator in research and product development using indigenous medicinal plants as raw materials in Jamaica.
It has been conducting research and developing products, mainly nutraceuticals, aimed at prevention and/or the management of lifestyle diseases such as diabetes, hypertension and some types of cancer.
The first in a series of ventures of collaborative goodwill between the two countries to advance cancer research in developing states will be a lecture on The Future of Medicine using Quantum Physics: Diagnostics & Applications of Current Inventions in collaboration with the University of the West Indies, Mona, Medical School on January 20 at the Undercroft.
The lecture is intended to build awareness and provide information on access to effective and affordable technologies for cancer therapy and to promote strategic partnerships and networks with local and international researchers to advance research in the management of cancer in Jamaica.
Dr Trujillo is set to sign the MOU with Dr Lowe this Wednesday, January 21 at 10 a.m. at the Eden Gardens Wellness Resort & Spa. Minister Hylton, is slated to give official remarks.
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