From the Director-General

This month, Lawrence Banks, writes from Cape Town, South Africa, where, following the session of the Council of Scientific Advisers, a team set out on a tour of Universities in Limpopo, Venda, and Walter Sisulu (Eastern Cape).

The visit culminated in the signing of an Agreement with the University of KwaZulu-Natal, to enable partnerships with local companies to develop advanced biotherapeutics.

“This has been an exciting time for ICGEB!”

“On 21-22 October we held the Council of Scientific Advisers session, where we were exposed to the wonderful science and enthusiasm of our team in Cape Town. There was universal appreciation of the fantastic work being done there, and, on a personal note, it was an absolute joy to be able to discuss and enjoy science in person after so many months of virtual meetings! We are, as usual, indebted to the wonderful dedication of our Council who provide the backbone to all of ICGEB’s activities. We would also like to take this occasion to warmly congratulate Prof. Li Jin, our CSA Member from China, who has been recently appointed as President of Fudan University in Shanghai.”

“Building collaborations to ensure that no-one is left behind is a cornerstone of ICGEB. With this principle in mind, after the CSA Meeting, we enjoyed the wonderful hospitality of the Universities of Venda and Limpopo, both in the Limpopo Province of South Africa, where great strides were made in cementing collaborations, in particular aiming to ensure that students from those Universities will be able to access ICGEB laboratories and training opportunities.”

“We were also delighted by the signing of an MoU with the University of KwaZuluNatal, agreeing to work together to ensure that modern biopharmaceutical products can reach the populations that most need them, at prices that are affordable.”

“An ICGEB delegation also visited IFOM in Milan, where the groundwork for future collaboration on cutting-edge cancer research and the delivery of state-of-the-art cancer diagnostics to low-resource setting are at the forefront of our shared priorities.”


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