Cuba and China strengthen ties in biotechnology

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The biotechnological cooperation between Cuba and China has been a longstanding relationship in the scientific and technological realms. For the benefit of both countries, Havana and Beijing have undertaken various collaborations in the field of biotechnology, driven by their bilateral relations and shared interest in the development of the healthcare and pharmaceutical industry.

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Recently, the two countries have taken new steps to further deepen their cooperation in biotechnology by signing a technology transfer contract for the research, production and development of a medicine designed to treat different types of cancer.

Currently, the two countries operate three companies in Chinese territory that oversee five manufacturing plants, which incorporate Cuban technology. Over the last 20 years, they have undertaken more than 30 joint projects, including those related to monoclonal antibodies and interferons, marketed in China and other states.

In the Asian giant, various Cuban biotechnological products are present, such as Nimotuzumab, used for the treatment of pancreatic cancer. In fact, during the COVID-19 pandemic, on Chinese territory, the Interferon Alfa 2B recombinant treatment was used for individuals infected by the virus. 

Part of these advances includes the establishment of the China-Cuba Joint Innovation Center in Biotechnology in the Yongzhou Economic and Technological Development Zone. This centre is the first of its kind in the realm of scientific and technical collaboration.

The scientific cooperation between Cuba and China in the field of health is an example of collaboration between two countries that share a common vision regarding the importance of research and development in improving the health and well-being of their populations [1].

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