ICGEB and Moldova: strengthening partnerships – towards membership

Alessandro Marcello, Molecular Virology Group Leader, presented ICGEB’s Biomedical Science R&D at the International Conference on Biotechnologies and Personalised Medicine at Moldexpo in Chisinau, Moldova from 12-14 September 2018.

An event organised by Ghenadine Curocichin, Head of the Science Department at the State University of Medicine and Pharmacy “N.Testemitanu” USMF.

The Expo included an exhibition of local pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. “Feedback was enthusiastic from local students interested in ICGEB’s PhD Programme”, said Dr. Marcello, “from local scientists interested in our CRP Grants and Meetings as well as from local Biotech companies interested in the production of biosimilars (such as Balkan Pharmaceuticals)”.

Meetings with Ghenadie Curocichin and Sergiu Porcescu, Founder, Knowledge Hub Moldova, were also held with Elena Belei, Secretary of State for Research, Ministry of Education, Culture and Research and Valentina Stratan, Member of Parliament of the Republic of Moldova and Deputy Chairperson of the Committee on Social Protection, Health and Family. 

Discussions within the Government of Moldova are at an advanced stage to achieve the goal of full membership in the ICGEB, possibly before the next ICGEB Board of Governors session in May 2019, and before the Moldovan General Elections also next year.

 ICGEB also met with Dr. Boris Gilca, Secretary General of State, Ministry of Health, Labour and Social Protection, who was also very positive regarding ICGEB Membership.