International firm boosts Kenya medical research
from MARIA MACHARIA in Nairobi, Kenya
NAIROBI – MERCK, a leading company for innovative and top-quality high-tech products in the pharmaceutical, chemical and life-science sectors, announced the signature of a memorandum of understanding with Kenya Medical Research Institution (KEMRI) for a scientific partnership.
This is aimed at contributing to the country’s social and economic development.
The partnership will cover research and development projects, programs and activities focused on malaria and schistosomiasis, as well as related co-infections.
“Merck is pleased to engage with KEMRI on a scientific collaboration as part of our commitment to advancing healthcare capacity and providing sustainable access for patients to high-quality health solutions and safe medicines in Africa,” said Belén Garijo, President and Chief Executive Officer of Merck Serono, the biopharmaceutical division of Merck.
“We are fully committed to partner with KEMRI, Kenya Ministry of Health, Kenyan patient associations and other stakeholders to develop and deliver solutions to expand healthcare capacities and improve access to health in the country.”
Solomon Mpoke, KEMRI Director and Chief Executive Officer, said KEMRI was especially delighted to partner with a company was committed to building healthcare capacities and providing sustainable access to high-quality, safe medication and health solutions in developing countries.
“We are looking forward to establish a scientific collaboration with Merck focused on malaria and schistosomiasis, as well as related co-infections, for the purpose of advancing science and most importantly for benefitting patients. Merck’s partnership with local research institutions will advance their research capacity and boost their rigorous efforts to improve healthcare in the country,” added Mpoke.
Merck is planning to partner with other research institutes in Africa in order to deliver innovative products quickly and cost-effectively.
– CAJ News
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