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Biotechnology industry in Cuba

BioFarma Innovations, a new joint enterprise created by BioCubaFarma and SG Innovations Limited
The new partnership aims to provide broader access to BioCubaFarma’s patent-protected portfolio of biopharmaceutical products, developed by the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry in Cuba

Juan Diego Nusa Peñalveraugust 3, 2020 09:08:0

Photo: BioCubaFarma

Cuba’s BioCubaFarma Enterprise Group and the British company SG Innovations Limited has announced the creation of a new company, BioFarma Innovations, focused on accelerating the development of new medications and their distribution in Europe and the British Commonwealth, according to a joint statement, made available to Granma.

The new partnership aims to provide broader access to BioCubaFarma’s patent-protected portfolio of biopharmaceutical products, developed by the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry in Cuba.

Amidst the global crisis and threats to public health systems, BioFarma Innovations will expand distribution networks and increase accessibility around the planet to Cuban products, including those being used to combat COVID-19.

Clinical trials of several products developed by BioCubaFarma for the treatment of the new coronavirus have shown promising results in several countries.

BioFarma Innovations’ strategic approach is based on the development and commercialization, in Europe and the Commonwealth, of a portfolio of patented biopharmaceutical products; providing access to BioCubaFarma’s expertise worldwide; promoting investment in new product development, including clinical trials and new drug launches.

BioFarma Innovations will be based in the UK, and Lord David Triesman, who will assume the role of CEO of the new company, has over 40 years experience with the National Health Service.

Commenting on the new partnership, Dr. Eduardo Martínez Díaz, president of BioCubaFarma, noted, “In line with our mission to prioritize public health, we are offering a dynamic, open approach to collaboration with global pharmaceutical companies and public health agencies throughout Europe and the Commonwealth, ranging from licensing to joint development and research agreements.”

Eusebio Leal Spengler has died

Eusebio Leal Spengler has died: Forever yours, dear Historian
Over the next few hours our people will be informed of planned funeral ceremonies

Author: Granma | internet@granma.cu
july 31, 2020 11:07:37

Eusebio Leal Spengler (1942 – 2020).

Photo: Ariel Cecilio Lemus
This Friday morning, Eusebio Leal Spengler died, following a long, painful illness.

In accordance with his family’s wishes, Leal’s ashes will be preserved, and once the COVID-19 epidemic is under control, in just recognition of his enduring work, our people will be able to pay their respects at the Capitol in Havana, an emblematic edifice restored under his guidance, for the benefit of the nation.

BIOGRAPHY

(From the Havana City Historian’s Office)

Eusebio Leal was born in his beloved Havana on September 11, 1942.

– PhD in Historical Sciences at the University of Havana – 2000, Master’s Degree in Latin American, Caribbean and Cuban Studies, Specialist in Archaeological Sciences, 1975 Bachelor’s degree in History

-Postgraduate studies in Italy in restoration of Historical Centers, on a scholarship granted by the country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs – 1980

-Member of the Communist Party of Cuba Central Committee since its IV Congress in 1991

-Deputy to the National Assembly of People’s Power from 1993 to date.

-United Nations Goodwill Ambassador – 1996

-He began working in 1959 at the Havana Metropolitan Administration and in 1967 was appointed Director of the Havana City Museum, succeeding Dr. Emilio Roig de Leushenring, as the eminent intellectual’s disciple.

-He assumed direction of restoration works of the city government’s headquarters, the former Palace of the Captains General and the Captain’s residence, completed in 1979.

-In 1981 he was given the responsibility of conducting restoration works approved by the City government on May 5 of that year.

-On April 16, 1986 he is assigned the responsibility of the works on the San Carlos de La Cabaña Fortress and, later, the Morro.

-Historian of the City of Havana

-President of the Cuba – Mexico Parliamentarian Friendship Group.

-Vice-president of the Cuba-Japan Parliamentarian Friendship Group.

Our martyrs: Neither forgotten, or dead

Our martyrs: Neither forgotten, or dead
Yesterday, Martyrs of the Revolution Day, Cuban President Díaz-Canel tweeted a heartfelt message: “July 30, a sad day in the memory of Cuba. Frank País and Raúl Pujol were murdered in Santiago de Cuba. The rebellious city wears the 26th and sings the Bayamo anthem. Today is Martyrs’ Day. Glory to those who had only their young, promising lives, and gave them for the homeland”

Author: Eduardo Palomares | informacion@granmai.cu
july 31, 2020 09:07:00

Photo: Miguel Rubiera Justiz/AIN
SANTIAGO DE CUBA.— The First Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba Central Committee, Army General Army Raul Castro Ruz, sent a floral tribute to honor Frank Pais Garcia on the 63rd anniversary of his brutal assassination, placed alongside his tomb, during the people of Santiago’s customary commemoration every July 30, Martyrs of the Revolution Day.

Central Committee members and leaders of the Provincial Defense Council, Lázaro Expósito Canto and Beatriz Johnson Urrutia, presided the events in the city’s patrimonial Santa Ifigenia Cmetery, with the participation of other representatives of the Party, government, the Young Communist League, mass organizations, the Revolutionary Armed Forces and the Ministry of the Interior.

Floral wreaths from Army General Raul Castro, President of the Republic Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, National Assembly of People’s Power President Esteban Lazo Hernández, and the people of Cuba, were placed before the pantheon of July 26th Martyrs.

Dedicated to all the many martyrs, Díaz-Canel tweeted a heartfelt message: “July 30, a sad day in the memory of Cuba. Frank País and Raúl Pujol were murdered in Santiago de Cuba. The rebellious city wears the 26th and sings the Bayamo anthem. Today is Martyrs’ Day. Glory to those who had only their young, promising lives, and gave them for the homeland.”

30th anniversary of the Sao Paulo Forum, an online meeting of leaders

The most inclusive and representative force in the region
The Presidents of Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua, Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, Nicolás Maduro Moros and Daniel Ortega Saavedra, respectively, participated, yesterday, in an online meeting of leaders, on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the Sao Paulo Forum

Author: Enrique Moreno Gimeranez | informacion@granmai.cu
Author: Milagros Pichardo Pérez | internet@granma.cu
july 29, 2020 11:07:16

Conceived by Fidel and Lula, the São Paulo Forum is more alive than ever.

Photo: Liborio Noval

The Presidents of Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua, Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, Nicolás Maduro Moros and Daniel Ortega Saavedra, respectively, participated, yesterday, in an online meeting of leaders, on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the Sao Paulo Forum.

The meeting, moderated by Monica Valente, executive secretary of the movement, took place on the day that Our America and the world remembers as the 66th anniversary of the birth of Commander Hugo Chavez Frias, at a time when the planet is immersed in the COVID-19 battle.

The President of the Republic of Nicaragua, Daniel Ortega Saavedra, condemned the recent attack on the Venezuelan Consulate in Bogotá, Colombia; an act that violates the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations and adds to the aggression against Caracas perpetrated by the government of Iván Duque.

He expressed his nation’s solidarity with the Cuban people, “who for more than 60 years have resisted numerous aggressions, in addition to an unjust blockade, by the United States.”

He recognized regional integration efforts promoted by the Sao Paulo Forum in organizations like the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) and the Bolivarian Alternative for the Peoples of Our America-People’s Trade Agreement (ALBA-TCP).

The President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, stated, “We are the historical continuity of Latin America and the Caribbean. Today we are celebrating 30 years of the São Paulo Forum.”

He recalled that this July 28 was the 66th anniversary of the birth of our eternal Comandante Hugo Chávez Frías and presented a video featuring a selection of speeches and moving moments in the Venezuelan leader’s life, as a tribute.

Maduro added, “The Forum has been a great democratizing, vanguard force, the force that brings together the most parties and movements, the broadest, most inclusive and representative body of the last 30 years in Latin America and the Caribbean.”

He concluded emphasizing that this coordinating body must be strengthened and that the São Paulo Forum “is more alive than ever”.

Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez thanked Forum members for their solidarity with our country and stated, “Cuba we will continue on the independent and sovereign path, with the people leading the way. There will be no pandemic, no blockade, no imperial pressure that will change our course.

“To political forces in the Sao Paulo Forum, we call on you to mobilize in unity to face the new challenges, along with social and popular movements and intellectuals of the left.

“The true, definitive independence of Our America depends on the character, strength and correctness for our current struggles.

“We will continue, alongside the Sao Paulo Forum, to contribute to the unity and integration of Latin America and the Caribbean.

“History is made by the people, even if it is written by others. No empire can decree its end as long as there are chains to be broken, walls to be demolished, exclusions and abuses to be fought.

For the life and independence of our peoples; for the legacy of our founders, who taught us that even in the most difficult conditions it was always possible, it is always possible and will always be possible; for the new generations giving continuity to the struggle, as Maduro explained; for anti-imperialist unity that is the tactic and strategy of victory: We will fight, we will live and we will triumph! (Applause).