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2 Pinoy Scientists in 5th Novartis International BioCamp
Written by Cherry   
Friday, 08 April 2011

Ms. Karen Rosal, who completed her Master of Science in Molecular Biology at Okayama University in Japan and Mr. Carlo Castillo, who is currently taking up Master of Science in Molecular Medicine at St. Luke's College of Medicine. They are the 2 young Filipino scientists who represented the country in the prestigious Novartis Biotechnology Leadership Camp (BioCamp). They requested the government and private sector to merge to maximize the huge potential of biotechnology research and development (R&D). Castillo and Rosal together with 58 other young scientists from 23 countries participated in the 5th Novartis International BioCamp held last August 31 to September 2, 2010 at the Novartis International Headquarters in Basel, Switzerland.

"The government, private sector and research institutions must bridge the huge gap between these key stakeholders that keeps them from smoothly interacting with one another," Mr. Carlo Castillo stated. "Government must fully support biotech R&D by increasing its budget allocation, giving higher compensation to local scientists and providing incentives to those who work in this particular scientific field. For its part, the private sector must support the government by sponsoring continuous training of local scientists and providing research funding," Ms. Karen Rosal added.

The research-based Swiss healthcare company Novartis, BioCamp searches for students all over the world with the chance to learn from top biotech experts, interact with professionals and work together with other students from different cultures. The workshop also enables students to discover job opportunities and set of connections with worldwide leaders in the biotechnology sector. In our country, Novartis works with the Department of Science and Technology in organizing annual Local BioCamps. The two participants are selected to represent the country in the International BioCamp. Local BioCamp partners are Intellectual Property Philippines and Hybridigm Consulting. [via novartis.com.ph]


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