UNAIR-BPOM establish cooperation in health innovation development

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UNAIR Rector, Prof. Dr. Mohammad Nasih (right) with the Head of BPOM RI Dr. Ir. Penny K. Lukito (left) after signing the MoU. (Photo: M. Alif Fauzan)

UNAIR NEWS – Universitas Airlangga has established cooperation with the Indonesian Drug and Food Monitoring Agency (BPOM). The cooperation was made after the signing session of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Wednesday, November 27, 2019.

The session was held in Amerta Hall of Campus C Management Office UNAIR and attended by UNAIR Rector Prof. Dr. Mohammad Nasih, other university leaderships and Head of BPOM RI Dr. Ir. Penny K. Lukito.

In the meeting, Prof. Nasih said that UNAIR had a significant contribution to the nation and country, especially in the field of drug and food development. UNAIR has many researchers and experts who are actively innovating in the field of drug development.

“We have been waiting for this cooperation between UNAIR and BPOM for a long time, and hopefully it will be a good start for the future, so it can contribute to the nation and state,” said Prof. Nasih.

Then, Prof. Nasih revealed that educational and research institutions have different expertise. The goal is to produce a formula and create a product. However, to get a permit and distribute widely to the market, there are still many processes that must be passed.

“The presence of BPOM has become a gift for us. At the very least, various assistance efforts by BPOM could accelerate the process of various innovative products UNAIR produces to be accepted by the community, as well as provide an impact and benefit to the nation and state legally, “he explained.

On the health innovation products developed by UNAIR, Dr. Penny said that cooperation between BPOM and UNAIR was important. Because she said, BPOM cannot work alone because of the importance of research from academics must continue to be encouraged.

Dr. Penny is also very supportive of UNAIR who always wants to realize the results of research to become an innovative and diverse product in the health sector in line with the current needs and BPOM is ready to assist.

“Surely it is a proud achievement by UNAIR to be able to produce the first Stem Cell product in Indonesia, and hopefully it can produce commercially so it can be more beneficial for the community and we are waiting for the next products to be produced,” stated Dr. Penny.

After signing the MoU, Dr. Penny and BPOM delegation visited the Stem Cell Science and Technology Development Center and Seaweed Teaching Industry. The two products are some of the many excellent products that UNAIR produced. (*)

Author: Febrian Tito Zakaria Muchtar

Editor: Binti Q. Masruroh

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