The Director-General, Lawrence Banks and a delegation from ICGEB Headquarters in Trieste, Italy visited partner institutes in Member States Argentina and Peru in March, 2022.
In March this year a delegation headed by Dr. Lawrence Banks, ICGEB Director-General participated in a bilateral meeting with Minister Lic. Daniel Filmus at the Argentinian Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MINCyT), in the presence of Lic. Karina Pombo, National Director for the Promotion of Scientific Policy, ICGEB Appointed Governor for Argentina, ICGEB Member State since 1990.
Dr. Victor Romanowski, ICGEB Liaison Officer for Argentina participated in the technical collaboration meeting and visits to the Research Institute in Genetic Engineering and Molecular Biology (INGEBI) and to the Institute of Biology and Experimental Medicine (IBYME), where the DG gave seminars on ICGEB’s research and institutional activities.
The delegation also visited the Argentinian National Institute of Industrial Technology (INTI) and met with President Dr. Ruben Geneyro and attended the unveiling ceremony celebrating ICGEB – MINCyT – INTI cooperation. The ceremony was followed by a presentation of the Biotechnology department and a visit to the associated laboratories, as well as a presentation of the institute’s work on renewable energy and a visit to the Food – Pilot Plant and laboratories. The visit also allowed for a meeting at the Italian Embassy in Buenos Aires with Ambassador Fabrizio Lucentini.
Visiting Peru, the DG discussed Tech Transfer opportunities at the National Council for Science, Technology and Technological Innovation (CONCYTEC) Lima, with Ms. Ana Sobarzo, Vice Director of SDITT and Dr. Cristina Guerra Giraldez, Vice-President of the ICGEB Board of Governors and ICGEB Liaison Officer and Appointed Governor for Peru. He also met with Mr. Benjamín Marticorena, President of CONCYTEC and the council’s higher management team.
The DG visited the Genomics and Genetic Resource Laboratories and Germplasm Banks, National Institute of Agrarian Innovation (INIA), the Biotechnology and Microbiology Laboratory at the National Agrarian University La Molina, and the Investigation and Development Laboratories at the Cayetano Heredia University of Peru (UPCH), participating in a conference on cancer. Additional stops were made at the Applied Biophysics and Biochemistry Laboratory, Peru University of Applied Sciences (UPC), the Biomedicine Laboratory, National Health Institute (INS), and a tour of the labs at the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (PUCP).