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Entities of Russia and Cuba sign agreements in biotechnology sphere

Moscow, March 18 (Prensa Latina) Cuban Deputy Prime Minister Ricardo Cabrisas presided today in Moscow over the signing of five memoranda of understanding between the group of Cuban biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries and several Russian companies.

Present at the ceremony, which was held at the embassy of the Caribbean nation in Moscow, were representatives of the Cuban government, the diplomatic mission and directors of Russian and Cuban companies, according to Prensa Latina.

The first of the documents was signed between the Russian companies BKF and the Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology of Cuba (CIGB) for the clinical development and registration of the Jusvinza product for the territory of Russia and the Eurasian Union.

Jusvinza was developed to be used in the treatment of hospitalized patients positive for Covid-19, who are serious or critical and in whom a state of hyperinflammation is suspected or identified.

Likewise, the option agreement was signed between BKF and the Center for Molecular Immunology of Havana (CIM) to complete the clinical development and therapeutic vaccine against advanced lung cancer, Cimavax, for the territory of Russia and the Eurasian Union.

The third agreement was signed by the general director of the Russian company Alfanil, Dmitri Chelovsky, and the vice director of the CIM Kalet León for the clinical development and registration of the IL-2 mutein product for the territory of Russia and other countries.

The representation contract was also signed to obtain health registrations for GAVAC and Hebernem products for the territory of Russia between the companies Casa Comercial Kupiechesky and the CIGB.

Finally, the scientific-technical cooperation contract for the development of the vaccine against African swine fever was signed between the companies Phitovit and the CIGB, which establishes an association between the parties applicable to those activities linked to research projects and search for financing for its development.

As a culmination, Cabrisas highlighted that this action marks a path to follow based on the consensus reached between the parties, in a sector of the Cuban economy that is excellent for its value from a scientific and economic point of view and for transmitting health to the population.

“In addition, it gives important content to the work related to the 21st session of the Intergovernmental Commission for Economic and Scientific-Technical Relations between the Russian Federation and Cuba, which we have just concluded,” said the deputy prime minister.

This advance in the scientific-technical collaboration is a reference for other sectors of the economy. From this moment comes the greatest commitment: to implement everything that is signed, he concluded.