Webinar explores avenues for vaccine and drug development

ISLAMABAD: Prominent scientist Professor Dr. Ahmed Abdullah Azad Tuesday speaking at a webinar said many resource and technology poor Islamic countries, with valuable human and intellectual capital, must be provided the opportunity to contribute to competitive research that benefits them and the Islamic world.

Prof. Dr. Ahmed Abdullah Azad, is the Chief Research Scientist, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, Division of Biotechnology, Melbourne, Australia.

He was addressing the webinar on “Opportunities for production of affordable biosimilar medicines and plant-based novel therapeutics in the Islamic World” arranged by COMSTECH.

Dr. Azad was of the view that the pharmaceutical research has huge potential in the Islamic world through multinational and multidisciplinary collaboration between research groups possessing complementary expertise and facilities.

“Pharmaceutical and biotechnology research in the Islamic world would greatly benefit from access to cutting-edge technologies and uniform and common IP and regulatory guidelines”, he said.

Dr. Azad suggested that the area of drug discovery and development is promising for Islamic countries to productively collaborate, “rational” bio prospecting of the Biota.

COMSTECH, with support of Islamic Development Bank, could play a catalytic role by enabling and coordinating the development of world-class Biomolecular research capacity in OIC-member countries, he suggested. - APP ���������������