Health Biotechnology Research: Research Highlights and Areas for

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HEALTH BIOTECHNOLOGY
RESEARCH: RESEARCH HIGHLIGHTS
and AREAS for COLLABORATION
Jaime C. Montoya, MD MSc
Executive Director
Philippine Council for Health Research and
Development
DOST
PCHRD
Health Biotechnology Plan
(2004 – 2010)
To generate knowledge, products and
technologies to improve quality and
effectiveness of health interventions
Health Bioindustry with focus on
Pharmaceuticals
(2006 – 2010)
One of the five flagship programs of
the DOST
PCHRD as the lead coordinating
agency
Health Bioindustry with focus of
Pharmaceuticals
(2006 – 2010)
4 Focus Areas:
• Natural Products
• New Chemical Entities (New Drugs)
• Off-Patent Drugs
• Functional Foods
Health BioIndustry Focus Areas
a.
Natural products
 Terrestrial plants
 Marine /aquatic species
 Functional foods
Health BioIndustry Focus Areas
b. New Chemical Entities
 Diagnostics
 Vaccines
 Drugs
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On-going activities
a.DOST agencies
- AMOR
- Cancer genetics
- Dengue viral antigen production
- Genetic characterization of SARS
- Edible vaccine production
- RTD on bioinformatics
On-going activities
b. Other agencies
- marine invertebrates as potential
anti-tumor and anti-bacterial agents
- lectins from sea cucumbers as anti-
cancer agents
On-going activities
b. Other agencies
- sediment microorganisms as potential
drug source
- dengue vaccine production
Areas of Collaboration
1. Development of pharmaceutical products for
priority health problems/needs
Diagnostics for prevention and control of priority
diseases
Drugs and vaccines
Areas of Collaboration
2. Development of natural products for priority
health problems/needs
Alternatives to modern drugs
Include herbal products, functional foods and
nutraceuticals
Areas of Collaboration
3. Development of other technologies and
processes for emerging health problems
Indicators for SARS, dengue, influenza, avian flu
Environment-friendly products to control vectors of
disease e.g. Malaria, dengue, schistosomiasis
Appropriate waste management and recycling
biotechnologies for different settings
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Areas of Collaboration
4. Development of Bioinformatics
Formulation of a national bioinformatics
infrastructure through centralized high performance
computational resources and locally deployed
computational resources
Strengthening and sustaining the national
bioinformatics community
Strategies in Research and Development
Defining niche areas
Focusing on particular niche areas in health
biotechnology
Identifying areas that leverage some specific
technological strength or resource
Relying on competitive advantage
Strategies in Research and Development
Research Priority Setting
 Focusing on local health needs in an environment
of limited resources
 Fostering innovation and resourcefulness
 Ensuring relevance and maximizing impact
 sustaining government support
Strategies in Research and Development
Close Linkages
 Multisectoral and intersectoral partnership
 Consultative and cooperative spirit
 Ensuring relevance and maximizing impact
 Sustaining government support
Strategies in Research and Development
 Strengthening of HR development
programs
 Continued facilities upgrading
Strategies in Research and Development
 Wider and balanced information
dissemination activities
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If there is technological advance without social
advance, there is, almost automatically, an
increase in human misery
Michael Harrington, The Other America
THANK YOU VERY MUCH !