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Cheaper drugs, vaccines forecast as collaborations grow between developing countries' biotech firms
Date:5/10/2010

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Extending health biotech capacity through south-south collaboration saves Egypt's diabetics

Human insulin has at times been in short supply in Egypt, a considerable health threat to the country's diabetics. To help overcome this, the Holding Company for Biological Products and Vaccines (VACSERA, Giza, Egypt) transferred the technology to produce recombinant insulin from the Chinese company Dongbao (Shanghai, China) and can now produce recombinant insulin locally. As a result, Egypt is capable of meeting its own demands for insulin and ensuring a more affordable product is available to its population in need.

India-Africa Bridge the Technology Divide through joint-ventures

India has transferred technology for diagnosing infectious diseases to South Africa. As part of a joint venture between the publicly funded, LIFElabs in South Africa (Durban, South Africa), and the Indian Tulip Group Diagnostics (Bambolim, India) the Indian company agreed to transfer several diagnostic technologies to South Africa including rapid malaria diagnostic kits, and pregnancy diagnostic kits. The Tulip Group committed to transfer the technology and provide substantial capacity and technical assistance. By transferring the technology to South Africa, the South African firms are able to diagnose diseases locally and rapidly.


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Contact: Terry Collins
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416-538-8712
McLaughlin-Rotman Centre for Global Health
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