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Philippines Unilab open to using 'biologicals' by Amy Remo
24-April-2008 Philippine Daily Inquirer
Laboratories Inc. (Unilab), one of the country’s biggest pharmaceutical
companies, has expressed interest in helping biotech firms
use natural ingredients in producing medicines, the Department
of Agriculture said.
In a statement, Unilab vice president for business development
Jose Maria Echave said the company encouraged scientists
to bring their natural pharmaceutical products for possible
development, collaboration and marketing.
“If you have a very good natural product, we are willing
to listen,” Echave said, noting the great potential of the
natural ingredients sector.
Echave added that the trend in pharmaceuticals was to go
“The Philippines has the edge in this potentially huge
market since the country has a strong natural ingredients
industry,” he said.
“In the pharmaceuticals sector, the way to go now is biologicals.
The era of blockbuster synthetic drugs is about to end,”
Unilab said it was also encouraging scientists to use biotechnology
to develop vaccines.
Filipino-owned firm Servac Philippines Corp. is currently
developing an anti-rabies serum from the antibodies produced
Servac hopes to make the vaccine commercially available
by the end of the year.
Another area in which biotechnology can venture into is
development of dengue diagnostic kits.
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